Top Outdoor Activities In London Right Now

The urban landscape of London is extraordinary: a staggered skyline rises above streets dotted with galleries, shops, museums, cafés and restaurants, highlighting the city’s rich history. However, when you turn a corner or wander down a side street, you’ll often find yourself on the edge of a Wetlands Nature Reserve or surrounded by lush foliage.

Through its 2,000-year history, London has been honed into a truly amazing city, whether you’re into art, architecture, food, or football. From outdoor entertainment and drive-in cinemas to London’s best beer gardens and rooftop bars, these are a few of the best outdoor activities in the UK.

  1. Dine outside

Eating is at the top of the list of Londoners’ favourite pastimes. You may have mooched at Borough Market more than you’ve had hot dinners, but a new generation of outdoor restaurants in London has sparked our appetites. Maltby Street (one of the more established options) is close by and home to some of the food-truck heavyweights. Pass through the market on your way to The Cheese Truck, which specialises in thick-cut, oozing toasties served from a vintage ice-cream truck from the 1970s.

2.       Discover more of London on foot

Walking around London is one of the greatest ways to see the city, especially when the weather is nice. Some of the best routes in the capital take you along lovely canals and past some of the city’s most famous landmarks. Try a stroll along Richmond Hill or Ham House, or take the road less travelled and walk from Hackney Wick to Beckton District Park.

  1. Experiment with different cycle tracks

On two wheels, you can go further and quicker than you can on two feet. Take a spin along the Thames, pedal between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace for spectacular views, or loop around Hyde Park for an easy, traffic-free circuit.

  1. Take a look at some of the capital’s unique street art

There’s plenty of street art to brighten your day in London, and there’s no better place to see it than East London. Brick Lane is arguably the epicentre, with great painters painting pelicans, foxes, and parkour dancers on the buildings and alleyways.

  1. Take a Thames cruise 21st-century style

There are a lot of adrenaline-filled activities in London, but taking a speed boating cruise on the Thames River is one you mustn’t miss. While it is thrilling to see the sights at 30 knots, the experience will also be one you will never forget. A cruise on the river lasts 50 minutes and is led by experienced skippers. There will be plenty of sightseeing since this cruise is part-speed and part-guided.

  1. Discover St. James’s Park

St James’s Park is one of London’s eight Royal Parks. The peaceful, scenic place features a large lake surrounded by trees that is home to many birds such as waterfowl, ducks, and pelicans.

The Russian ambassador presented pelicans to King Charles II and they have lived here for almost 400 years. Therefore, you may encounter some birds and bird watchers inside the park.

  1. Bottomless Outdoor Comedy Night

There are tons of socially-distant events happening at the Vauxhall Food and Beer Garden all summer long, making it one of the best beer gardens in London. You can expect quizzes and drag shows, and there’s a comedy show every Friday with some of the best TV and circuit comics in the UK.

  1. The Luna Cinema

The Luna Cinema is one of London’s longest-running pop-ups, with a fantastic line-up of movies to entice you away from your couch. This iconic travelling cinema will show films in the open air in many spots around the capital, including the South Grounds of The Royal Hospital Chelsea and Dulwich Park.

During the summer months of June, July and August, London transforms into a whole new city. If the sky is blue and the temperature is rising, the rooftop bars are open, the parks are packed with sunbathers, and you can eat, drink, and play outdoors all day. Depending on what suits you and what suits your interests, there’s a great number of outdoor activities available in London for you to choose from.