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Sick of the Heat? Best Places in London to Cool Down

While summer is often a time for spending long afternoons in the garden and enjoying the sunshine, when you’re on the move, sometimes the heat can get a little bit too much. Travelling around a big city is one of the times people suffer the most when it comes to the hot weather, especially during 2018’s historic heatwave when temperatures soared higher than ever. If you’re looking for great places to cool down in London this season, here are some ideas just for you.

Water, Water, Water

As well as London’s green spaces and cityscape, there’s plenty of water to enjoy, often accompanied by a breeze to keep you cool this summer. Why not book a boat trip down the Thames to feel the wind on your face? If you’re in the capital for some leisure time, there’s also an array of play fountains which are perfect during a heatwave and great fun for kids too. Try Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for its 195 individual jets of water or Granary Square in King’s Cross, which has an impressive 1,080 choreographed jets and a picnic area in the surrounding square. The Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park is the ideal spot to dip your toes in the water and refresh. There’s also some amazing outdoor pools and lidos to discover, including the Serpentine Lido, which comes with beautiful views of Hyde Park.

Head to the Ice

When you’re feeling the heat, one of the best things to do is head for the ice. Mayfair is home to ICEBAR London, offering a unique way to enjoy a drink or two, in -5 degree temperatures. Everything from the tables, chairs, walls and even the bar is made from ice. If you’re looking for a fun activity, there are also some fantastic ice rinks open all year round, including the stunning Alexandra Palace in North London or Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre. For something a little different, book Ice Karting at Queens in Bayswater.

Relax in the Shade with an Ice Cream

Find yourself a shaded spot and enjoy some of the capital’s best ice creams with hundreds of options available, especially at this time of year. However, if you’re looking to get out of the sun entirely, The Parlour in Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly is not to be missed. Find decadent creations, including their ‘Build Your Own Sundae’ option to combine your favourite ice creams, toppings and sauces.

Keeping Cool As You Travel

However much you try to keep cool, crowded trains and buses are some of the worst transport options if you suffer in the heat. Avoid public transport and make travelling around London hassle-free by pre-booking luxury coaches and minibuses which have air conditioning and spacious, comfortable seating. This the perfect option for group trips, travelling to events, airport transfers and even work and corporate travel around the capital.

Speak to the team at Mayday Travel about all your private coach hire needs. We cover London, Surrey and the South East, including Gatwick, Camden and Blackheath. We cater to all your travel needs in every season. Request a callback now.