The clocks have gone forward, the weather is heating up and it’s time to make the most of London’s great weather… because it’s not every day that the sun is shining. If you’re looking for something a little different to the usual beer garden and park hangout combo, then this guide’s for you. From floating BYOB hot tubs to rooftop cinemas and open-air food markets, here’s 10 of the best quirky things to do outdoors in London.
Fancy watching a film in the open air? Swap your usual screen for some of London’s best rooftops as Rooftop Film Club invites you to watch old school classics and recent releases in stunning surroundings at The Bussey Building, Roof East and more. Expect Insta-baiting views of the city and quality food and drinks, as you catch cult flicks against the sunsets and starry skies.
You’ve probably spotted one of these cheeky Hot Tugs making its way down the canal and now it’s your turn to climb aboard. ICYMI, this is the world’s first ever floating hot tub boat. Yep, that’s right. It's BYO so grab your favourite tipples and get ready to take in breathtaking views of London from the comfort of your own heated vessel.
Looking for a proper summertime getaway without the pricey airfare? Head to this Fulham favourite where the south of France meets west London. From lounging on your own private cabana and watching films on the sandy beach through to cocktail classes and shuffleboard, Fulham Beach has a wealth of quirky things to do outdoors.
The latest foodie hotspot has just opened in London Bridge and you're gonna want a taste. Think loaded burgers from Nanny Bill’s, chimichurri-drenched steaks from Up In My Grill, hangover-soothing naanwiches from Baba G’s and much more. With a huge range of vendors alongside pop-up shops, art installations and impressive views of The Shard, this is definitely one #ForTheGram.
Not only does this east London hotspot offer a variety of outdoor games, but Skylight is the perfect party venue, with DJs providing you with a soundtrack each and every weekend. Whether you’re thirsty for after-work drinks or chilling with mates, head east for croquet, pétanque and private table bookings.
Still haven’t experienced this offbeat Shoreditch spot? Well now is a prime time to check out London Shuffle Club, as warmer weather welcomes the opening of the outdoor lanes. Gather your crew and try your hand at shuffleboard before digging into vegan, veggie and meaty pizzas and reimagined cocktails. There’s even bottomless shuffle brunch on Saturdays.
Cocktails meet cruise at this canal barge. Perfect for sun-drenched days, Alfred Le Roy offers bevvies along the Hackney Wick waterways and the chance to climb aboard for an East End adventure with Cocktails Ahoy!, where artisan spirits, sharing boards and an eclectic playlist enter the mix.
With a gorgeous alfresco terrace boasting room for 30 guests, this Thames-side spot is the perfect place for a little wining and dining. Join Jimmy's BBQ Club for a hefty 6-course spread, complete with whiskey-smoked trout, mouthwatering lamb ribs and dessert in the form of a barbecued pineapple and coconut pannacotta. There’s even masterclasses and guest chef specials.
The Queen of Hoxton has transformed its rooftop space once again; this time, bringing you a slice of Mexico. Journey off the beaten track where you’ll find wrestling, tacos and tequila all under one alfresco roof. Grab a stacked chilli cheeseburger paired with a frozen pineapple margarita as you celebrate the likes of Cinco de Mayo and the Aztec summer solstice.
Spend a balmy evening roasting marshmallows on a campfire and sipping on botanical cocktails as the Brunel Museum plays host to this enchanting secret garden. A top choice for everything from date nights to catching up with pals, Midnight Apothecary offers something for everyone; from Hiver Beer’s craft brews to sizzling seasonal fare.
For more alfresco inspo, check out our guide to the Best Outdoor Events in London.