6 Exciting Outdoor Activities to Try in London

Exploring London’s outdoors is an excellent opportunity to see the city from the perspective of a local. It is also a great way to make the most of its gorgeous green spaces, outdoor entertainment options and more. Plus, good weather in London always calls for an open-air adventure.

Here’s our run-down of the best outdoor activities to try in the capital city!

Take in the Views from London’s Best Vantage Points

The London skyline is one of the world’s most iconic views. So, while you are out exploring the city, why not scale one of its many vantage points to admire the spectacular cityscape? Primrose Hill is a favourite amongst Londoners and has plenty in store for the aesthetically minded. Perch yourself at the top of the hill and enjoy unobstructed views of landmarks like The Shard and the London Eye.

Picnic in St James’s Park

St James’s Park is a great lunchtime rest stop, located only minutes away from your luxury accommodation in Kensington. As the oldest royal park in the heart of London, it also makes for the perfect picnic spot. Tuck into delectable picnic treats surrounded by greenery and birds or relax in one of the park’s many deck chairs. If you fancy a cup of tea or an ice cream to accompany your picnic, explore the St James’s Café or the park’s many refreshment spots.

Spot Wildlife in Phoenix Garden

Nestled between Covent Garden and the busy Soho, the Phoenix Garden offers a peaceful green respite for locals and tourists. The ornamental garden is the last of Covent Garden Community Gardens and is a haven for urban wildlife. Spot a vibrant array of wildlife from insects, butterflies and species of birds including blackbirds and sparrows. Keep your cameras ready because the garden is also home to the West End’s only frog population!

Hike The Kensington Conservancy’s Parkland & Walking Trails

Next, why not plan a hiking adventure to enjoy the outdoors of London? But before you set out for the hike, enjoy a hearty meal at The Grand Restaurant Paddington. Afterwards, head over to The Kensington Conservancy’s Parkland and Walking Trails, where you can explore two different nature preserves. The Boyer Preserve has a mixed forest, and a wetland called the Kensington Complex. You can also learn about the local flora at the Forest Parkland and Walking Trails Preserve, featuring interpretive signs for a fantastic hiking and learning experience.

Regent’s Park Open Theatre

Make sure to visit Regent’s Park Open Theatre during the summer months for an unforgettable theatre experience. The award-winning theatre is a London landmark and an integral part of the city’s cultural scene. Immerse yourself in the magic of outdoor theatre with Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night or the heartwarming Bear Snores On, surrounded by the scenic views of Queen Mary’s Gardens. Catch one of the iconic summertime plays and enjoy a wholesome post-theatre meal at the exquisite Hyde Park Hotel restaurant in the neighbourhood.

Hampstead Heath

Wild and undulating, the 320-hectare Hampstead Heath offers an untamed contrast to the more manicured parks in the capital. Don’t miss out on the chance to take a swim in the Parliament Hill Lido open year-round. And if you don’t mind the chilly waters, Hampstead’s remarkable men’s and ladies’ bathing ponds are perfect for strong swimmers.

Planning a day out for outdoor activities in London is a great choice to explore the city like local and discover the city’s best offerings. If you wish to elevate your stay and hotel experience further, join the Premier Inn Rewards membership suitable for all travellers! Book your stay through our rewards and offers in a luxurious central London accommodation and enjoy exclusive privileges from complimentary nights to upgrades.

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