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Five London Summer Activities and
Ideas for Walking Holidays

Where to enjoy your outdoor activities in London

London is the ideal summer holiday destination. With plenty of outdoor spaces, parks and visitor attractions even in the heart of the capital, there is no shortage of things to do. Although a vibrant city all year long, in the summer the range of activities on offer in London expands.

Parks and Gardens

Summer is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. Central London boasts some of the largest parks in the country, such as Regents Park and Hyde Park. Regents Park is the ideal location for a family day out and to have a picnic and it is equipped with the facilities to host sporting activities and open air concerts. It is also home to London Zoo. Entrance to the park itself is free as it is one of the Royal Parks of London. However, there is a fee for admittance to the zoo.

Changing of the guard

Hyde Park is very popular and has many attractions, including the Serpentine Lido. It is a great venue for summer activities such as walking, running, boating and swimming. Kensington Gardens is next to Hyde Park and surrounds Kensington Palace. In the summer, the gardens are a peaceful retreat in which to sunbathe and picnic.

Lidos and Paddling Pools

The Serpentine is a multi-functional water attraction centrally located in Hyde Park. During the summer months, the lido is open daily to swimmers. For children travelling with you on family holidays there is a shallow paddling pool to help them to cool down. In south London there is Tooting Bec Lido, which is famous for its brightly coloured changing huts. It also has a separate paddling pool and poolside café. Brockwell Lido boasts a 50-metre pool and an award-winning café on site. The Lido is open to all and is an important community venue, hosting outdoor film showings and fairs in the summer.


London is a great place for cycling. As an activity suitable for all ages and abilities, cycling is not only a great way to exercise, it is also a relatively cheap way to get out and about in the summer. Parks are safe venues for cyclists, particularly children and there are plenty of them in and around central London. Cycle lanes can be found along all the major routes in the capital, making it a very effective way to travel around the city.

Saint Paul's Cathedral in London

Walking holidays along the Thames

For an alternative view of London, spend a few days walking along the banks of the River Thames. Trace the source of the river and meander through miles of beautiful and unspoilt countryside. You can walk on your own or with others at a pace to suit you. The river will take you through exclusive and picturesque towns and villages such Henley as you gradually make your way towards the capital. The summer is the perfect season in which to complete this trip.


There are many companies offering pleasure cruises along the Thames. A boat trip is a relaxing way to see all the sights and attractions that London has to offer. In the warm weather during the summer months, tourists can make the most of the sunshine and relax and enjoy themselves. Some cruise trips can include refreshments such as meals and drinks.

London is a world city and has much to offer visitors, particularly those who prefer to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Take some photos and share your memories with others via your social profiles.


Kathy Lloyd writes regularly for a number of travel-related blogs and websites. Her special interests include walking holidays and she regularly travels with her partner and children on family holidays.

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