Whether you’re planning on staying in London this weekend, or escaping to the countryside, read our guide to fun, summer activities in the outdoors. From surfing trips to boat tours and the coolest rooftop bars…
BE YOUR OWN CAPTAIN
Load up those picnic baskets, chill the Rosé and captain your own boat with a group of friends. Depart from Merchant Square and travel up to Little Venice, from where you can either head East to Camden, or West to Kensal Green and beyond.
Where: Merchant Square, London W2 1JZ. Nearest tube Edgware road.
Price: 1 hour £55 / 2 hours £85 (8 per boat)
BOARD A FLOATING RUM BAR
Fancy being a Pirate instead? Head to Kings Cross for a Rum soaked voyage. Feast on seafood from the London Shell Company, washed down with lots of delicious Wood’s Navy Rum served from the Ladies and Gentlemen bar.
Try the Greenheart Grog cocktail inspired by the traditional ‘grog’ invented for seafarers in 1740. A simple, refreshing mixture of Wood’s Navy Rum, pink grapefruit juice, lime juice, honey and ginger beer.
The boat holds up to 12 people and makes for an ideal evening with friends.
Where: Good’s Way (opposite the Lighter Man restaurant) King’s Cross, London, N1C 4BN
When: Boat cruises run daily until 31st July.
SURF A MAN MADE WAVE
What: Looking to improve your surf technique? Pay a visit to Surf Snowdonia Adventure Parc: a world-first inland surf lagoon. They offer lessons, structured courses and residential surf camps for all ages and abilities. Stay in great value B&B glamping accommodation. Dogs are welcome too!
Why not weave some walking, climbing, kayaking and mountain biking into your stay? You’ll also find the world’s fastest zipwire just down the road as well as a cavern converted into a huge trampoline system with slides and neon lights! #Findyourepic
Where: Surf Snowdonia, Conway Rd, Dolgarrog, Conwy LL32 8QE
When: 10.00am until sunset. The park is open from 8.00am for breakfast through to last orders in the bar at 11pm, 7 days a week.
Price: Surf courses from £70. Glamping from £25 per person, per night. Parking and entrance is free.
PLAY ROOFTOP CROQUET
Croquet and Pétanque aren’t exactly games you’d associate with an East London car-park – but this is exactly what you’ll find at Skylight. An imaginative new rooftop destination themed around a British lawn club.
Do battle with your mallets and feast on delicious street food while supping a glass of Laurent-Perrier. Pets are welcome until 18:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Bookings are only accepted for groups larger than 10 people.
Where: Tobacco Dock – Pennington Street Entrance. Pennington St. Car Park entrance, Wapping, London E1W 2SF. Nearest tube Tower Hill.
When: Open Thursdays to Sundays (closed Thursday 29 June).
Price: £15 – £25
WATCH IRONMAN ON EXMOOR
Situated in Exmoor National Park, one of the most picturesque areas of England, Wimbleball Lake has been host to IRONMAN 70.3 UK since 2006.
Whether you have a friend competing in the race, or need an excuse to visit this beautiful part of the world, make a weekend of it and book a cosy B&B. If you’re feeling brave, why not book a place. Walk in registrations are still open!
Where: Wimbleball Lake, Brompton Regis, Dulverton, Somerset. TA22 9NU
When: 25th June 2017
Price: Individual £280 / Relay £320
SURF OR SUP IN NORTH DEVON
While you’re in the area… drive to the nearby beaches of Croyde, Putsborough and Saunton Sands. Book a surf or SUP lesson with North Devon Surf School and reward efforts with pub grub at The Thatch. Be sure to stop off at Croyde’s Ice Cream Parlour to help you cool off after battling the swell.
Where: North Devon Surf School, Pebbleridge Road, Westward Ho!, North Devon EX39 1HN
When: Open 7 days a week 9am – 6pm
Price: Surfing half day £30 / full day £55 / SUP £85 (all equipment provided)
HIRE A BOAT IN SALCOMBE
For something a little less rugged and wild, head over to the scenic Salcombe waters and hire your own self-drive boat.
Spend the day at the beach or go fishing. Visit the local pubs in Kingsbridge and Southpool at high tide or enjoy exploring the beautiful estuary and creeks, with their local resident seals and birdlife!
Where: Salcombe Boat Hire & Fishmongers, 11 Clifton Place, Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8BX
Price: Salcombe Flyer £40 per hour (free fuel for 1 to 4 hour hires)
WORKOUT & BRUNCH IN TOWER HILL
Book a table in the outdoor terrace overlooking Tower Bridge. Order some Summer Berry Waffles with crème fraîche, fresh berries, orange blossom honey & bee pollen, or Baked Eggs and Chorizo washed down with White Sangria or a Bloody Mary.
Where: Coppa Club, 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, London, EC3R 6AH
When: Weekend brunch served until 4pm.
Price: £4.45 – £9.95
WORKOUT & BRUNCH IN THE CITY
Prefer a rooftop brunch instead? Sweat it out at Barry’s Bootcamp, Lagree or 1Rebel before heading to the Aviary in Finsbury Square. Dine on Avocado on toast, smoked bacon, chilli washed down with a ‘Burdock Breezer’. A fusion of Kale, coconut milk, banana, pineapple.
Where: Montcalm Royal London House, 22-25 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1DX (nearest tube Moorgate or Liverpool Street)
When: Weekend brunch served until 4.30pm.
Price: £2.50 – £16.00
ANNA DE CODORNIU TERRACE, DOUBLE TREE DOCKLANDS
Get a slice of Barcelona’s beach club vibe at this glamorous riverside terrace. Sip Sangria, pick on tapas and prepare for some leisurely, languid lounging. Come sundown, fluffy white blankets, fairy lights and flickering lanterns set the mood for evenings of live Spanish music and chilled-out DJ sets. (Read the full review here)
Where: Anna de Codorníu Terrace on the Thames, DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside, 265 Rotherhithe Street, London SE16 5HW
When: 7 days a week, from 2pm – 10pm Monday to Friday, and 12noon – 10pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Walk-ins welcome, group bookings and private hire available.
Price: Anna Tasting Brunch – £32 per person, available between 11am – 3pm, Friday – Sunday
Book by emailing email@example.com or by calling 020 7064 4515.