This is a sponsored article on behalf of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
While it's nice to get out to Oxford or Margate once in a while, some of the best day trips from London are to other parts of London.
The are even places in London which can be multiple day trips in the same summer — take the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. From walking trails to urban beaches to hundreds of sporting events to one SERIOUSLY big slide, The Park has something for everyone this summer.
1. Go to the beach
Who says London doesn't have sandy beaches? BeachEast is at The Park until 4 September, boasting sumptuous white sand, a huge kids' paddling pool, funfair rides and two beach bars. And between 6-21 August, you can watch live coverage of the Rio Olympics, with the sand between your toes! Who needs Brighton?
2. Take the slide of your life
If the views from the ArcelorMittal Orbit — ranging up to 20 miles — don't take your breath away, the journey down certainly will. Whizz down the world's tallest and longest tunnel slide, in what will be the most exhilarating 40 seconds of your summer. Altogether now: "I've had the slide of my li-i-ife..."
3. Watch amazing sport
Once an amazing sports complex, always an amazing sports complex. As well as getting to watch the best of Rio from BeachEast, on 3 and 7 August, you can see awesome basketball teams battle it out at the Copper Box Arena, for the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Qualification Series. Slam dunk!
4. Play amazing sport
Make play while the sun shines... Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is as much about getting involved as it is about watching. Get stuck into over 250 free sports and activities at the Park during Active August. And from now until 1 September, you can hone your front crawl, or learn how to dive, with lessons at the stunning London Aquatics Centre.
5. Dive into some culture
The Park isn't all about sport, you know. Dive into culture on 30 and 31 July, when the Polyphonic Playground arrives — UAL's London College of Fashion’s ground-breaking playable structure. And on 27-28 August, there's live dance, parkour, and circus outdoors — courtesy of Evolving Landscapes.
6. Take a walk... or go for a sail
Did we mention that The Park is an incredibly pretty place, filled with wildflower meadows and waterways? Whenever you feel the need to get away from it all, go for a ramble on one of four walking trails, or, if your feet aren't up to it, hop on a boat, and drink in the views from deck.
7. See out the summer in style
No one likes to see summer go, but at least see it out with a bang. National Paralympic Day is on 3 September, and The Park is offering you the chance to try out para-sports for yourself, as well as get stuck into an exciting programme of deaf and disability arts.
So there you have it — seven awesome day trips to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this summer. All of them with something for everyone. Many of them totally free.
And if you're wondering how you'll keep yourself energised for this lot — you can refuel at the Timber Lodge Café or The Podium, grab a bite to eat in the landscaped gardens of Canalside at Here East or sit by the fountains and enjoy a picnic in the sun. Wow, we love summer.