Insider guide: How to enjoy a socially distant London staycation
Put the Berlin trip on ice, say ciao to Rome for now and indulge in some of the capital’s best bits with our guide to safely making the most of London in this new era.
8th July 2019
Boating on Regent’s Canal
Get out on the water in one of London’s most picturesque waterways. Electric boats are available to hire in Paddington – perfect for picnics along the river while meandering through Little Venice, past London Zoo and towards Camden Lock.
Believe it or not, there are sandy beaches in our amazing city! There are a whole host of man-made beaches – many located by the River Thames – just waiting for some bucket and space action this year. Favourites include Neverland at Fulham Beach, London City Beach at South Bank and London’s Royal Dock Beach.
Treetop Walkway in Kew Gardens
Get a bird’s eye view over London’s most pristine gardens on the Kew Gardens Treetop Walkway this summer. The Treetop Walkway towers 18 metres above the ground, letting you into the secrets of the treetop ecosystems you pass through.
Serpentine Pavilion 2019
Each year, the Serpentine Gallery in the heart of Hyde Park invites an artist to create an al fresco piece of art. This year, Junya Ishigami has created the Serpentine Pavilion – a cool, shady space topped with interlocking slates – perfect for practising a little summertime mindfulness.
London Craft Beer Festival
Summertime was made for drinking beer. Embrace this in London between 9 and 11 August by the water at Tobacco Dock, where more than 60 craft breweries will be showcasing their creations.
Outdoor cinema at Somerset House
The courtyard of this iconic building becomes extra special this summer with an outdoor cinema experience with Film4 Summer Screen from 8 to 21 August. This year, watch everything from The Matrix and Reservoir Dogs to The Piano and This is England in the magical surroundings.
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
An annual celebration of art that has taken place each and every year since 1769, visit the Royal Academy for its iconic Summer Exhibition 2019. More than 1,500 works will be on display – many for the first time ever.
See creative spirit come alive by the river this summer at the National Theatre’s River Stage. It’s a place to watch free theatre performances and join dance workshops under the sun.
Hampton Court Maze
The maze of this royal palace was planted all the way back in the 1600s and contains half a mile of paths! Puzzle your way out of the maze this summer with the whole family – it’s the perfect summertime adventure.
Croquet and cocktails
Play old English lawn games and sip cocktails at a rooftop bar overlooking the City of London. Skylight bar is an amazing venue for the summer!
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