5 things to do in London that prove it’s still summer
The kids may have gone back to school but we're not mourning thedeath of summer yet. London is still alive with fantastic outdooractivities and events so instead of putting your sunnies away, readon and enjoy the last warm weeks of 2016 in style.
1.Keep riding the festival wave at OnBlackheath
Sat 10th - Sun 11thSeptember
Ticket cost per day: £52.50 - £99
Blackheath, Shooters Hill Rd,London,SE30TY
South East London sees the festival season out with a bang withthis awesome mash-up of great live music, scrumptious food andlocally brewed beer. This year's headliners include Primal Screamand Belle & Sebastian, and your ears will also be graced by thesounds of artists such as Hot Chip, James and Squeeze. You'll haveyour fair share of delicious dishes to choose from with a wholevillage dedicated to food, and in true London festival style,things will get crafty with beer from the local Meantime BrewingCompany.
2.Swim a warm summer's afternoon away at King's Cross PondClub
Mondays-Fridays - 8am-8:30pm, Saturdays & Sundays -8am-dusk
£3.50-£6.50 for peak swims and non-swimmers can visit ata discounted rate
20 Canal Reach (entrance on Tapper walk) London N1C4BE
Part art installation, part totally awesome outdoor swimmingvenue, the King's Cross Pond Club has been a massive hit thissummer and is open well into September. It's the first everman-made fresh water bathing pond, making for a refreshingexperience all round, especially on those hot and humid Londonafternoons. It comes complete with all the facilities you'd expectfrom a normal swimming pool, with lockers, toilets, changing roomsand even hot showers. Having said that, there aren't any hairdryers or vanity areas so bring something to tie up your locks ifyou don't want to get them wet.
3.Watch the sun set over London at one of these epicbars
It's a fact - we're completely spoilt for choice when it comesto rooftop bars in London, and late summer is the perfect time toenjoy them. Watch the sun go down over spectacular views atPeckham's Frank's Café,where the people are happy and the Campari-based cocktails areaplenty (although expect to queue). Or head to Aqua Spirit in Soho, which isadmittedly less about breath-taking views and more about a uniqueand chilled ambience, but perfect for a mid-week date.
Then there's Dalston Roof Park, a hipster hangout with bright green astroturf, live bands and big-name DJs - oh, and the occasional freecinema screening. And for a spot of sophistication and epic views,Sushi Samba is situated onthe thirty-eighth floor of the Heron Tower. This one's worth avisit for the glass elevator ride alone. And if you like to keepthings a little more grounded, our Chelsea Harbour Hotel has abeautiful terrace bar and offers the perfect setting to enjoy acocktail by the water.
4.Party on the River Thames at Totally Thamesfestival
Totally Thames takes place throughout the whole of September, sothere's no excuse for missing out on its fantastic offerings. Artinstallations, river races, regattas, community events andenvironmental activities are just some of the things to take placeover the course of the month. Don't miss Floating Dreams by artistIk-Joong Kang - a three-storey high illuminated lantern covered inhundreds of miniature drawings, set to appear in the very middle ofthe Thames. Discover the fascinating history of the river itself atthe Maritime Lecture Series, which invites archaeologists andcurators to speak at the National Maritime Museum. For those on amusical mission, there's the Bascule Chamber Concerts, which offertruly one-of-a-kind musical experiences. Expect acoustics likeyou've never heard before.
5. Putyour hands in the air at Proms in the Park
Saturday 10th September
Hyde Park, London
Taking over from the late Terry Wogan, Michael Ball will behosting Proms in the Park this year, which takes place in HydePark. The show is a true spectacle, and this time around includesheadliners such as Irish flautist, Sir James Galway, comedian TimMinchin with the cast of 'Matilda' (which he wrote the music andlyrics for), and big pop names including All Saints, Rick Astleyand Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Not to mention theeye-boggling light displays and rip-roaring atmosphere, which'llhave you waving your arms in the air until things come to a close.Before you hit the crowds, why not enjoy a moment's peace with anAfternoon Tea at our Mayfair restaurant, Avista?
If you're not a London local but still want to get in on thelast of the summer action, the central and charming Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington offers theperfect base. Now all's that's left to do is to put those summergarms back on… it's far from over yet.