4 ways to keep cool in London while enjoying the summer heatwave
As Britain prepares for a sizzling heatwave this summer, make sure you’ve read our favourite ways to keep cool in the capital while still making time to enjoy the sunshine! Whether it’s jetting down the River Thames on a speedboat or enjoying a refreshing ice-cold drink, there’s something for everyone to do in the warmer weather without getting sunburnt!
Keep cool in London
See a show in an air-conditioned theatre
Make the most of unforgettable entertainment in theatres across the West End this summer and stay cool at an air-conditioned theatre. With our complete guide of London theatres open throughout the season that have air-conditioning in the auditorium, you’ll be able to watch an unforgettable production without the worry of sweltering in your seat.
As the sun is at its strongest during the day, why not avoid the risk of burning with a visit to a matinee production this summer? From shows suitable for younger ages like The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole to long-running classics like The Phantom of the Opera, a visit to London in the sunshine isn’t complete without a trip to the theatre.
Head on a River Thames adventure
If you’re looking for a high-speed, energetic way to spend a day in London, make sure you head out on a Thames Rocket. On a new generation of river transport, zoom past the capital’s riverside landmarks while on an adrenaline-fuelled ride that reaches speeds of up to 35 miles per hour! Combining the knowledge of expert tour guides as well as powerful engines, speed around the city in style on a Thames Rocket.
Belowzero Ice Bar
If you’re looking to sip on a cold drink while in the capital, step into an icy Siberian-like paradise this summer at the UK’s permanent ice bar in London. Offering patrons up to 45 minutes at a time, you’ll wear a cape and gloves while you are served signature ice cocktails in a bar that’s kept at -5c all day long, served in an ice glass to ensure that the drinks are kept as cold as possible. While you’re inside, why not take a closer look at the bespoke ice sculptures inside, as an alternative icy London comes to life. Once you’ve been inside the ice bar experience, warm up with a visit to the Heddon Street restaurant and you’ll definitely feel cool enough to walk around London’s streets.
See the best of London at night-time
Take in the city once the sun’s gone down on a See London By Night tour. Feel the warm evening breeze on board a double-decker bus as a tour guide will share information behind some of London’s greatest landmarks including Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. Whether you’ve walked around London many times or you’ve never visited the city before, relax in style on an evening bus tour.
Still don’t know what to do in the summer months? Why not check out our guides to make sure you have the best summer in the UK!