What's on (outdoors) this Summer?
Best Swimming Pools and Lidos
Whether you're looking to swim yourself fit or simply escape the summer heat, nothing beats a refreshing dip in the open air. Luckily, London has loads of options for front-crawlers and pool-posers alike, with open-air facilities in every corner of the city. Just remember: no heavy petting.
See here for more information and venues around London.
Outdoor cinema in London
Venue: The Luna Cinema
Price: From £8 to £19.50
Date: Until Sept.29
It’s location, location, location with Luna Cinema. Its mission is to sit you down in a gorgeous spot at sunset with a picnic and a classic movie. Most popular are Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Kew Gardens. If you fancy a day trip, out-of-town venues include Ascot Racecourse and Pinewood Studios.
BP Big Screens Royal Opera House
Venue: Royal Opera House London
Date: June 13 - July 18
Curious about the opera? Always fancied seeing a ballet but not sure where to start? Every year the Royal Opera House beams three performances live from Covent Garden to a smattering of London venues. Biggest is Trafalgar Square, where up to 10,000 people are squeezed in, but there's also Victoria Park, Waltham Forest, Canary Wharf and Woolwich. The crowd is a mix of pearl-rattlers, opera buffs and passers-by who get sucked in by the electric atmosphere of the audience.
The Rooftop Film Club
Venue The Roof Gardens 99 Kensington High St, W8 5SA
Price: £22 (includes food)
Date: Jun 9 - June 23
Watching ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ on one of London’s loveliest rooftops, 100 feet above Kensington High Street, is surely something Holly Golightly would approve of. With a stream and flamingos, it’s a chic setting for a movie night – and best of all, it’s fully weatherproofed.
Kew's Summer Festival: IncrEdibles
Venue: Kew Gardens
Price:£5, concs £4.50, children £2.50, family ticket (2+2 or 1+3) £12
This year Kew’s summer festival highlights the extraordinary diversity of edible plants at the Royal Botanic Gardens. The centrepiece – ‘Tutti Frutti’ – is the work of architectural foodsmiths Bompas & Parr. The pair have come up with another of their trademark bonkers concepts: a giant ‘fruit salad’ boating lake complete with a floating pineapple island. Tickets are available from the kiosk by the pond and all the boats have been designed to look like slices of papaya, melon, durian or pear. The Global Garden, on the Great Lawn opposite Kew Palace, features more than 90 edible plants from around the globe.
Lord Mayor's Show and Fireworks
Date: Nov 9
This spectacular three-mile-long procession winds its way from Mansion House through the historic streets of the Square Mile to the Royal Courts of Justice – and it has nothing to do with Boris. He's the mayor of London, and this parade, a tradition dating back to 1215, welcomes into office the new Lord Mayor of the City of London – this year, it's the turn of the 686th incumbent. Around half a million spectators will watch the procession, which will begin at 11am with an aircraft fly-past. There will be carriages (notably the 254-year-old, gold Lord Mayor's State Coach, which spends most of the year glittering impressively in the window at the Museum of London), marching bands and floats featuring people from a huge variety of London organisations. The fireworks display normally starts at 5pm, from a barge moored between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges. Watch from the banks or grab a prime position on one of the bridges.