Keeping cool in London this summer

With temperatures rising and the sun finally peeking out from behind the clouds, it’s safe to say that summer has finally arrived in London.

And, unless you’re lucky enough to have access to your own personal air conditioning system, keeping cool in the current heatwave can seem like something of an impossible task. But there are a whole host of fun and affordable activities that will allow you to keep cool, calm and collected in the capital this summer…

Grab an ice cream

If you’re feeling the heat, then a delicious ice cream will definitely help you to cool down (and taste pretty tasty too!).

London is home to an array of ice cream parlours and gelaterias, so you’ll be spoilt for choice. We’ve heard that La Gelatiera on New Row, Freggo on Swallow Street, and Gelupo in Soho are all great choices.

Head to a Lido

There might be a shortage of beaches in central London, but the capital has a great selection of lidos that offer the perfect spot to cool down in a sun-kissed outdoor pool. We’d recommend heading to Tooting Common where you’ll find the UK’s largest, unheated outdoor lido, the Serpentine in Hyde Park, Hampstead Heath bathing ponds, or Brockwell Park lido in South London.

Check out an art gallery

An art gallery might seem like a strange choice of venue for a hot sunny day, but galleries have to keep their temperature at a very precise level – so you can guarantee that they will be nice and cool, however hot it is outside.

And the good news is that there are countless galleries to choose from in London, from the National Gallery, and the Tate, to the National Portrait Gallery and Saatchi – so pick your favourite and go take advantage of their super-precise air conditioning systems!

Find a fountain

Frolicking in fountains isn’t just for kids – in the midst of a heatwave, they’re a great place to keep cool. And there’s no shortage of fountains in London…the fountain outside the Royal Festival Hall, the square just behind King’s Cross, and the classic Somerset House courtyard fountain are all great options.