Since it’s almost summer, and the weather has been really nice in London this week, I thought I’d share my favourite things to do in the city when the sun is shining. Sunny days are rare in London, so if you’re lucky enough to have a day off when the sun does appear, venture into London and tick off my suggestions below.
1. Walk from Camden to Notting Hill.
Okay, so this may sound like a bit of a trek, but walking from Camden to Notting Hill only takes around a couple of hours. I’d recommend going via Regent’s Canal as it’s a direct route and you don’t have to worry about using your phone as a map and running out of data (although you will need to get out at Westbourne Park). Regent’s Canal is really peaceful too, and there are plenty of photo opportunities. If you head out early, you could stop off for brunch in Little Venice and then have a late lunch or early dinner in Notting Hill. You can’t go wrong with Farm Girl and Aubaine.
2. Watch an open-air performance.
Regent’s Park is famous for its outdoor performances. The Open Air Theatre seats over 1,000 people and holds a variety of plays and other performances. This summer you can choose from Peter Pan (17th May – 15th June), The Turn of the Screw (22nd June – 30th June), As You Like It (6th July – 28th July) and Little Shop of Horrors (3rd August – 15th September).
3. Eat street food.
If you’re a bit of a foodie, pop down to Street Feast Dalston Yard this summer. It’s open every Friday and Saturday night from May 1st to September 26th, and there is plenty to choose from: not only will you find pizza, burgers and doughnuts, but there’s also food from the Caribbean, Mexico and Taiwan. And don’t worry if you’re vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free – Street Feast caters to all diets so you won’t feel left out.
4. Go to the park.
This is an obvious one, but you can never grow tired of London parks. Hyde Park and Regent’s Park are the usual choices, but if you want something a bit different / quieter, try St James Park (perfect for finding blossom in March / April), St Dunstan-in-the-East, Golders Hill Park or Primrose Hill.
5. Eat all the ice cream.
There are only a handful of days each year when you can eat ice cream and not feel absolutely freezing afterwards, so that gives you the excuse to eat as much as you can. Amorino is a firm fave amongst bloggers due to its Instagrammable floral design. There’s also Snowflake Gelato (try their signature Snowflake ice cream), Sprinkles Gelato (I combined mango and watermelon sorbet when I went there earlier this week and it was delicious), and Baskin Robbins (the Pineapple Coconut ice cream is divine).
So those are my top five things to do in London on a sunny day! What is your favourite thing to do when the sun is shining?