Any Londoner will tell you that on a rare hot day in the capital, there’s no better place to be in the world. Here are five of the best places to enjoy sunny days in a city that appreciates them more than most…
Every summer, Frank’s Cafe pops up on the rooftop of a Peckham carpark and provides its patrons with several months of popsicle-coloured Campari cocktails (the bar is sponsored by the Italian aperitif brand), delicious food, and some of the best views you’ll find in London. Go for the locals-only scene and the spectacular sunset.
On warm summer nights, people sit by Caravan’s huge open windows and spill out onto the street. Share small plates of squid pancake and confit rabbit and drink pear and prosecco Bellinis as you soak up the ‘summer in the city’ atmosphere.
791 acres of lush, sprawling woodland, a zoo, an athletics track, an education centre, kids’ parks, three swimming ponds (men’s, women’s, mixed), a Lido, and one of the best views of London from the top of Parliament Hill. What more could you ever need?
This small but perfectly formed cafe is located on a quiet backstreet in Hackney, just a few minutes’ walk from London Fields. Pick up a strong, rich coffee and something from its delicious brunch and lunch menu – think mushrooms on toast with goat cheese, bacon baps, or virtuous granola yoghurt parfaits - before making your way to sunbathe in the park. Alternatively, stay put on the bench outside and bask in the sounds of London Fields Radio – the cafe’s very own station.
Stretched out in a long, L-shaped strip over the roof of The Print House building in Dalston, this astroturfed cocktail bar is a good place to seek respite from the cacophony of neighbouring Kingsland Road. There’s a small but refreshing selection of cocktails (frozen margarita, anyone?), regular pop-ups from local restaurants, and even a free weekly cinema club. Undoubtedly one of London’s best local gems.