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 after far too long spent in lockdown, 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 The Luna Cinema invites you to watch old school classics and recent releases in stunning surroundings at Westminster Abbey, Kenwood House 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.
The Montague on the Gardens has transformed its rooftop space once again; this time, bringing you a slice of the Bahamas in its beach bar. Journey off the beaten track where you’ll find a beach hut, palm trees and real sand all under one alfresco roof. Grab something from the BBQ paired with cocktails served in coconuts.
Top-notch dining 100ft up in the air? It can only be London in the Sky. Elevating your usual brunch, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and even cocktails, this unique experience is like nothing you've ever seen before. Expect beautiful dishes and drinks set to a backdrop that includes London's best landmarks and iconic sights.
Take things sky-high.
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.
Haven't checked out foodie hotspot yet? It's about time you got a taste. Head to London Bridge for a menu that includes loaded burgers from Nanny Bill’s, chimichurri-drenched steaks from Up In My Grill and hangover-soothing naanwiches from Baba G’s. 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.
For more alfresco inspo, check out our guide to the Best Outdoor Events in London.