Great Outdoors

Londonist's guide to  things to do in London including everything from the best parks to summer events, activities, open-air cinema, outdoor and more.

London has a new bridge, open now

London has a new bridge, open now

Take a stroll over London's newest bridge
Charming memories of life by the green belt

Charming memories of life by the green belt

To what extent should we be sacrificing adequate and affordable housing in order to maintain this rather unremarkable ring?
London's most relaxing days out

London's most relaxing days out

Take a break.
We've found London's narrowest passage...

We've found London's narrowest passage...

Deep breath...
10 Places In London You'll Probably Never Visit

10 Places In London You'll Probably Never Visit

We've done it, so you don't have to
Is This The Most Peaceful Spot In Bloomsbury?

Is This The Most Peaceful Spot In Bloomsbury?

The closest thing to silence we've found in central London
London in 1976

London in 1976

Amazing shots of London from 40 years ago
In Pictures: Empty and Abandoned London

In Pictures: Empty and Abandoned London

Abandoned areas of London
It's Possible To Walk 17 Miles From Trafalgar Square Without Crossing A Road

It's Possible To Walk 17 Miles From Trafalgar Square Without Crossing A Road

How to walk 17 miles from Trafalgar Sq without crossing a road.
The Best Walk For A Date In London

The Best Walk For A Date In London

Pubs (and escape routes) along the way.
Have you seen the lights on the Sea Containers building? Here's what they're for

Have you seen the lights on the Sea Containers building? Here's what they're for

Plus details of how you can help keep the river clean.
What's the coldest its ever been in London?

What's the coldest its ever been in London?

Ice, ice, baby.
11 secrets of London's Millennium Bridge

11 secrets of London's Millennium Bridge

Expensive, but beautiful
To Barnet, in search of London's oldest tree...

To Barnet, in search of London's oldest tree...

Yew-nique.
Londonist Out Loud: The Living And The Dead

Londonist Out Loud: The Living And The Dead

There's more to London's cemeteries than meets the eye.
Where you can still find the river Fleet in Lonond

Where you can still find the river Fleet in Lonond

From Hampstead to the Thames.
Is this the Croydon of the future?

Is this the Croydon of the future?

Brutalist visions.
How many of these 14 London secret gardens have you been to?

How many of these 14 London secret gardens have you been to?

Tranquil spots away from the madness.
In Pictures: London In 1976

In Pictures: London In 1976

George Best, Concorde, and The Jam
This east London museum has beehives in its back garden

This east London museum has beehives in its back garden

Historically accurate herb gardens.
London's Lost Football Stadiums

London's Lost Football Stadiums

Step back in time.
London's Best Brutalist Architecture

London's Best Brutalist Architecture

Brutal but often beautiful.
How Holland Park ended up with two Japanese gardens

How Holland Park ended up with two Japanese gardens

A relatively recent addition.
Ever encountered this fragment of the World Trade Center?

Ever encountered this fragment of the World Trade Center?

Chances are, you'll be alone.
Non-Touristy Things To Do In West London

Non-Touristy Things To Do In West London

Ever wondered what there's to do in Uxbridge?
Where in London are these ships made of concrete?

Where in London are these ships made of concrete?

'Concrete ship' sounds as effective as a chocolate fireguard, but here they are...
Feel LIke You're In The Countryside Without Leaving London

Feel LIke You're In The Countryside Without Leaving London

Beautiful greenery.
8 Secrets Of Tobacco Dock

8 Secrets Of Tobacco Dock

Did you know OMD filmed a video here?
Ever Walked The Wandle? Here's A Great Way To Do It

Ever Walked The Wandle? Here's A Great Way To Do It

Pick up some crafts along the way.
What Lies Beneath: West Norwood Cemetery

What Lies Beneath: West Norwood Cemetery

A guest reporter bravely investigates the catacombs under one of London's great Victorian cemeteries...
The Falcons That Haunt Tate Modern's Chimney

The Falcons That Haunt Tate Modern's Chimney

We host more than 30 pairs of these amazing birds
Do you know what you can find on the Thames foreshore?

Do you know what you can find on the Thames foreshore?

From prehistoric flint to Blitz rubble.
We follow the route of the long-buried River Westbourne

We follow the route of the long-buried River Westbourne

You can actually paddle in parts of it... sort of.
London's best art deco architecture

London's best art deco architecture

Did we get your favourite?
Date inspiration: romantic day trips in London

Date inspiration: romantic day trips in London

London for lovers.
In Search Of London's Loftiest Tree

In Search Of London's Loftiest Tree

It's 39m, don't you know.
How Did London End Up With So Many Royal Parks?

How Did London End Up With So Many Royal Parks?

Eight Royal Parks, and one special case.
Ever been to this fairytale walled garden right next to the Thames?

Ever been to this fairytale walled garden right next to the Thames?

Climbing roses and tree swings.
Top 10 Things To Do In The Borough Of Southwark

Top 10 Things To Do In The Borough Of Southwark

From the banks of the Thames down to Peckham, here's the best of the borough.
Secrets Of Chelsea Bridge

Secrets Of Chelsea Bridge

From biker hangout to super highway, this bridge has a chequered past
Ever noticed the piece of the Berlin Wall, hiding in plain sight in London?

Ever noticed the piece of the Berlin Wall, hiding in plain sight in London?

Proving, perhaps, that London really does have a little bit of everything
A Secret Garden In South London

A Secret Garden In South London

Worth climbing *that* hill for.
What We Learned Running Every Single London Parkrun

What We Learned Running Every Single London Parkrun

Including the one with the best café.
How to get close to London's parakeets

How to get close to London's parakeets

Green squawkers.
The Place In London Where You Can Stay For £10 A Night

The Place In London Where You Can Stay For £10 A Night

Ever considered it?
North London's finest unsung museums

North London's finest unsung museums

Exploring beyond London's big-name museums.
Nature-ist: The Pymmes Brook Trail

Nature-ist: The Pymmes Brook Trail

Through open parkland, shady lanes and grassy fields.
Feeling a bit wild? Have yourself a crazy day out in London

Feeling a bit wild? Have yourself a crazy day out in London

Brand new answers for next time someone asks, 'How was your weekend?'
Climb up the old Wembley Stadium in Northolt

Climb up the old Wembley Stadium in Northolt

One to file away for a sunny weekend.
Where's London's longest pier?

Where's London's longest pier?

And why is it shaped like a boomerang?