Technically summer is not over yet, but when I look out of my bedroom window today, it looks like the sun has decided it is. For those of you who are finding it hard to let go of the summer season, here are some tips on how to keep that summer feeling going in London.
I love going to Kew Gardens as there is always so much going on there, whatever the season. Even if temperatures are slightly below balmyness, they won't be in the parks' green houses which are home to an abundance of tropical plants and trees species. You'll walk past coconut and banana trees and, many colourful orchids. Or take a walk on the Treetop Walkway, where you'll enjoy a bird's eye view across the park while being cheered on by the loudly cackling parakeets. You'd almost feel like walking though a Costa Rican cloud forest. Almost.
Bring back those memories of your holiday in Spain at Pix Bar, where they only serve the best pintxos in the entire city. Wash it down with a chilled glass of unlimited cava during their Infinity Sunday sessions and you'll be transported to the tapas bars of San Sebastian in no time. Check out their website to reserve.
Take a Dip in an Outdoor Pool
There's nothing that screams summer more, than swimming in the great outdoors. Okay, this might gives you goose bumps just thinking about doing this in winter, but there are numerous outdoor pools around the city that stay open year round, and, most importantly, they are heated. There is Hampton Pool which is located smack in the middle of gorgeous woodlands and a stone's throw away from luscious Bushy Park. Alternatively, head to the many retro-style lido's. Many of them, like the London Fields Lido in Hackney and Charlton Lido in South-East London are also great for a winter dip.
|Photo by Nat Urazmetova under Creative Commons Licence|
Step Out in a Tiki-Bar
With their exotic set-up, exotic cocktails and sexy Latin tunes, temperatures are bound to rise when stepping out in one of the capital's many tiki-bars. Head to Kanaloa London where you can hire a tree house or lounge at the beach or salsa the night away at Trailer Happiness in Notting Hill. They do awesome cocktails too.
Fly to the Winter SunNow if you're still suffering from summer nostalgia, then I'm afraid there's only one thing left to cure it. Get yourself down to your laptop and book a winter sun holiday. No need to go far for some after summer sun either. The south of France, Italy and Spain will still be warm enough to don a bikini, or if you like it a bit hotter, how about the Canary Islands? Tan lines guaranteed.
|I wrote this post, in collaboration with Inntravel. The experiences are my own.|