Summer may be coming to an end, but Londoners are nothing if not determined when it comes to enjoying and making the most of their free time. Luckily, there are tons of outdoor events to satisfy the urge to be out in the open on a day off. Take your pick from our selection of the best outdoor events in London and enjoy whatever slice of summer there is left!
The Best Outdoor Events in London
Outdoor Film Screenings at Pitch Stratford
Every Wednesday, Moroccan-inspired event space Pitch Stratford will be hosting outdoor screenings of classic films such as Clueless, Jumanji, The Fifth Element, Max Max: The Fury Road, and more. A fun and unusual way to spend a barmy evening, Pitch invites you to sink into a beanbag with a cocktail in one hand and street food from popular Pakistani food vendor Empress Market in the other. Prefer to spend the day there? Book a spot at the Boozy Bottomless Brunch, every Saturday from 12-2pm. pitchstratford.com
Yoga & Wine at The Lawn in St Martin’s Courtyard and Mercer Walk
The Lawn is a pop-up garden in the heart of the city, a stone’s throw from Covent Garden and Leicester Square station. Go on a Wednesday 5-6pm for a yoga class with Yogarise, where money taken from ticket donations go to the charity Help Refugees. Every Thursday lunchtime from 12:30pm – 1:30pm, join in with the Community run club with Runners Need for a free guided run through the city. Plus, on August 22nd, wine bar Dalla Terra will welcome the most punctual visitors of their pop-up wine bar with free glasses of wine spritz (from 5:30pm). stmartinscourtyard.co.uk
Sports Screenings at Elephant Park
Here’s another screening experience but with additional offerings: as well as showing movies including Black Panther, Minions, Avengers Endgame and Big Hero 6, Elephant Park will be showing Ashes cricket and the US Open. Plus, kids can enjoy Cbeebies screenings every day from 9 – 11am. elephantpark.co.uk
The London Bar Bus
The Original Tour has launched The London Bar Bus, a 44-seat mobile bar rolling across town, passing by some of London’s most iconic landmarks. Designed as a garden, riders can expect flowers and quirky lighting with leather booths in which to sit and toast a cold beer or refreshing G&T – quite far indeed from a typical tourist bus! The bus operates daily until the end of September. Adult tickets cost £25, book at theoriginaltour.com
Buckingham Palace Gardens Tour
Go behind the vast gates to get a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the gardens of Buckingham Palace. Specially designed for children and families, you’ll be led by a creative storyteller who’ll explain in a captivating way the royal history of the gardens and walk guests through some science behind the gardens, such as the wildlife that lives there and the magical tree which must be found. tickets.rct.uk. Looking for more family friendly events? Peruse fantasticforfamilies.com!
Notting Hill Carnival
Carnival spreads over the Sunday and Monday of the last August bank holiday weekend and is totally outside. Millions of people take to the streets to celebrate Caribbean culture – the food, the drinks, the music, the traditions, the community. Read our guide to the 2019 Notting Hill Carnival here.
Riverside Pilates Classes
Outdoor Swimming Pools and Lidos
So there’s a hot day – and it’s too hot to do much – head to one of London’s outdoor swimming pools and lidos such as the ponds at Hampstead Heath, Shoreditch House’s rooftop pool, Tooting Bec’s lido and The Berkeley Hotel’s pool on the terrace. Read our full list here.