London is a pretty place. In summer though, London is beyond beautiful and the opportunities for having a great time are endless. I’ve decided to share with you my favourite things to do with my friends when the London weather is treating us well.

Outdoor swimming

I lived in the UK for 5 years before realising that open-air swimming is a thing here. I never thought lidos existed in London land, simply because we rarely get a proper summer, like the one we’re currently experiencing. A couple of years ago, I came back from holiday and the weather back here was unbelievably hot. Like, I actually genuinely could not believe how hot it was! So, off I went on a quest to find a solution to deal with the heat, after realising that copious amounts of ice lollies were clearly not resolving the issue. I went to Parliament Hill Lido for the first time, expecting a tiny puddle. But these guys are taking outdoor swimming seriously. They even have palm trees and a cafe that sells delicious food, drinks and all the yummy ice cream to cool you off. Pack your and your bestie’s bags and head to Costa del Gospel Oak for a refreshing day by the pool.

Open-air cinema

An outdoor cinema is like the coolest thing to do on a summer evening, ever! Enjoying a cider or two and having a laugh whilst watching your favourite comedy could be such a relaxing thing to do. Who wants to be stuck indoors watching a movie, when the weather is this good outside? The Luna cinema has various locations in really cool spots across London, including Kenwood House which one of my favourite places in Hampstead Heath (also good for picnics). Check out their website for info and screenings.

Afternoon tea at The Den Summer Terrace

Whether you enjoy a traditional afternoon tea complete with delicious treats on the side or seek to soak up the sun with a Bacardi cocktail in hand, The Den Terrace is the perfect tropical oasis to escape to in the heart of Covent Garden. Their afternoon tea includes savoury and sweet bites, and of course classic warm scones. These treats can be enjoyed with a glass of champagne, G&T or a rum cocktail in hand. I’ve tried all the options (ooops..) and I’m currently struggling to pick a favourite. The terrace itself is beautifully decorated with an arch of fern foliage as the focal point, alongside an array of greenery from flower pots to mini cacti on the tables. The surrounding will definitely make you feel as if you have left Covent Garden and entered the tropics. Oh, did I mention it’s the perfect place for pictures as the light is very subtle. And trust me, you’d definitely want to take a picture of those treats. Even the porcelain Ted Baker sets are too cute not to be captured. Book here.

I’d love to know what are some of your favourite summer activities? I’m sure there’s something I haven’t tried yet and I’m always up for new experiences.

Michelle x

 

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*This post is in partnership with St Martins Lane and The Den Terrace, however all opinions are my own.

Now that the weather in London is so much nicer and all the trees are blossoming, it’s all about spending time outside. Organising a fun afternoon in the sunshine seems like an obvious thing to do. London is such a diverse and dynamic city, and there is something for every mood and occasion. So much that sometimes we find it hard to sift through all the options.

When I’m searching for inspiration and places to visit in my favourite city, I normally look on Instagram first. However, the place we visited this time, I discovered by accident a few years ago. It was one of my first times visiting London back in my student days. I was traveling on a budget, so coaches back then were the only affordable option for me. I met my friends near Victoria coach station and right next to where they had parked, I saw this girly, blush pink cafe. It was like a fairy tale come to life.

A couple of weeks ago, while browsing on Instagram and Pinterest for some girly inspiration to match my new pink skirt, I stumbled upon the same pink cafe again! I could not hold my excitement and messaged my friend to meet up. Cake included, of course! You cannot go to Peggy Porschen without trying her award-winning treats. I highly recommend a slice of the strawberry and champagne one, with a side of macarons, if you too are a fan. A selection of Peggy’s own blend teas, inspired by flavours from her kitchen, is also available. We couldn’t get enough of the jasmine one, which had such a beautiful aroma.

Later that afternoon we went on a quest to find the most instagrammed pink door in the area. I’ve seen it scrolling through my Instagram feed a million times but I had no idea where exactly it was. I remember taking a screenshot of it on my phone but it wasn’t there anymore. That’s the problem with having no memory – you end up deleting important stuff. Luckily, everything’s online these days, if you are lucky enough to have battery on your phone of course.

After a long stroll down King’s Road in the sunshine and a few stops on the way (mainly at florist shops), we found ourselves on Oakley Street. We had to stop and admire the beauty for a while before continuing ahead. And just when I thought the afternoon could not get any better, we discovered a pink bridge at the end of the street. It lead to the beautiful Battersea Park where we spent the rest of our lovely afternoon.

I would love to know where you guys find inspiration and places to visit. Do you have any tips and different sources to Instagram and Pinterest?

The photos were taken on my Olympus Pen camera.

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