Must-see outdoor summer attractions in London

Discover how to enjoy London's beautiful weather with this guide on the best outdoor attractions in the city that are perfect whilst it's a little warmer.

Bea Maynard
Bea Maynard

While the British weather may say otherwise, summer is in full swing. When the sun is shining and the temperature is beautifully warm, there is nothing better than getting outside and enjoying it.

Amid London’s bustling streets lies a busy hive of outdoor attractions that beckon locals and tourists alike to embrace the beauty of nature, creating unforgettable experiences. This thriving capital city offers a remarkable array of outdoor activities for every taste, from lush parks and gardens to historic centuries-old landmarks to adrenaline-fuelled experiences.

So, whether you are a nature enthusiast, a thrill seeker, or a history buff, take the time to explore these outdoor attractions in London. First, read this guide to find the best experience for you to create an unforgettable experience in the heart of this magnificent city.

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Kew Gardens

For nature lovers, a trip to Kew Gardens is an absolute must. This iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site spans 300 acres and showcases an awe-inspiring collection of plants from around the globe. Established in 1759, this botanical paradise has evolved into a world-renowned scientific research, conservation, and education institution. It is a vital centre for understanding and preserving the Earth's diverse plant life.

Within its lush grounds, visitors can wander through flourishing landscapes, marvel at the grand Victorian glasshouses, and encounter an astonishing array of rare and exotic flora. Wander through the Palm House, a magnificent Victorian glasshouse, or explore the Treetop Walkway for stunning views of the gardens from above.

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Up at the O2

Walk over one of London's most iconic structures and witness the city's incredible panoramic views. With Up at the O2 tickets, you’ll climb up the roof of the world-famous entertainment arena, and a knowledgeable tour guide will provide interesting information about the unique architecture and some of its all-star guests.

Daytime, sunset, and twilight tickets are all available. Whether you’ve had a busy day exploring other attractions or this is the first on your list, there is time for everybody to climb this exceptional piece of architecture.

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River Cruise

All aboard! If you're in the mood for a cruise that's not your average high-seas adventure, hop aboard a boat and sail down the majestic River Thames. It's the ultimate way to see London from a whole new perspective! Feel the gentle sway of the boat as it glides past iconic landmarks like the Tower Bridge, the London Eye, and the Houses of Parliament.

Passengers climb aboard the cruise vessel at the London Eye pier and embark on a 40-minute circular guided tour to view the city’s riverside landmarks. Live commentary is available in nine different languages, and onboard expert guides humorously provide fun facts whilst you calmly make your way down the River Thames.

If you’d like to set sail more than once, the Red River Rover is for you. This ticket includes 24-hour unlimited access to the river, as you can hop on and off at any of the four piers as many times as you like. This all-weather boat is a unique way to discover London or get from one attraction to the next!

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Outdoor theatre in London

There is nothing quite like an outdoor theatre experience. The weather plays a part in every performance, and open-air theatres around London offer a huge range of plays and musicals with something for everyone to enjoy. Combining nature and the magic of the stage means a closer connection between the audience and performer so that you will feel completely immersed in the action.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre boasts a huge array of performances each summer, from bringing prehistoric creatures back to life to a mounting a glitzy musical revival. There is lots to do in the park other than stage productions; learn more about Regent’s Park.

It would be amiss to mention al fresco theatres without Shakespeare's Globe. This iconic building stands as a faithful reconstruction of the original Globe Theatre, where legendary playwright William Shakespeare showcased his timeless works. Nestled on the banks of the River Thames, this open-air venue immerses the audience in Elizabethan and modern dramas. You can also get a tour around the famous structure, with its distinctive thatched roof and circular design.

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See London by Night

Embark on a London open-top sightseeing bus tour at night for an enchanting experience to reveal the city's iconic landmarks in a whole new light… or dark? As the sun sets and the metropolis transforms into a glittering spectacle, take a breathtaking journey through London's illuminated wonders. You’ll get to see spectacles like Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, and the luxurious Harrods on this dazzling drive.

You can choose tours beginning from 7:30 p.m. until 10:15 p.m., so there is booking availability for whenever you need. Whether you’re ending your fun-filled day or beginning a night in the city, this is the perfect experience on a warm, marvellous night in London.

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