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.

See A Spitfire And Typhoon In Guildhall Yard, Right Now

See A Spitfire And Typhoon In Guildhall Yard, Right Now

Chocks away! | By M@
Sensational Butterflies Has Landed In Kensington And It's Absolutely Magical

Sensational Butterflies Has Landed In Kensington And It's Absolutely Magical

Get up close to the winged wonders. | By Laura Reynolds
This Giant, Inflatable Obstacle Course Is Coming To London And It Looks Epic

This Giant, Inflatable Obstacle Course Is Coming To London And It Looks Epic

300m of bouncy fun. | By Londonist Staff
A Guide To London's Outdoor Cinemas 2018

A Guide To London's Outdoor Cinemas 2018

Too early? Never... | By Laura Reynolds
Fancy A Whizz Around And Under The Thames Inside A Killer Whale?

Fancy A Whizz Around And Under The Thames Inside A Killer Whale?

Dive four metres deep, jump six metres high. | By Robert Greene
Get Lost In The Multi-Level Labyrinth That Is The Barbican Estate

Get Lost In The Multi-Level Labyrinth That Is The Barbican Estate

Follow the golden line... | By M@
Top 10 Things To Do In And Around Euston Station

Top 10 Things To Do In And Around Euston Station

Waiting for your train needn't be dull. | By M@
10 Stunning Trees To Enjoy In London While You're Having A Pint

10 Stunning Trees To Enjoy In London While You're Having A Pint

Good boozer + beautiful trees = bliss. | By Londonist
This Is Why You Should Put London Wetland Centre On Your Spring/Summer To Do List

This Is Why You Should Put London Wetland Centre On Your Spring/Summer To Do List

Escape the city. | By Londonist Staff
Behind The Tourist Trap: 10 Secrets Of Tower Bridge

Behind The Tourist Trap: 10 Secrets Of Tower Bridge

Prepare to be riveted... | By Londonist Staff
Would You Jump 160ft From A Giant Crane Next To The O2 Arena?

Would You Jump 160ft From A Giant Crane Next To The O2 Arena?

One for the daredevils. | By Robert Greene
Are These London's Most Instagrammable Houses?

Are These London's Most Instagrammable Houses?

The vibrant streets of Primrose Hill. | By Londonist Staff
Watch The Snow Sweep Into London In This Beautiful Timelapse Footage

Watch The Snow Sweep Into London In This Beautiful Timelapse Footage

And a marvellous sunset to boot. | By Londonist Staff
Behind England's Largest Listed Building: The Alexandra And Ainsworth Estate

Behind England's Largest Listed Building: The Alexandra And Ainsworth Estate

A brutalist masterpiece. | By Harry Rosehill
Never Been To Hampstead Heath? This Is What You're Missing Out On

Never Been To Hampstead Heath? This Is What You're Missing Out On

Make some memories. | By Londonist Staff
The Singing Grave In Islington You're Actually Invited To Dance On

The Singing Grave In Islington You're Actually Invited To Dance On

Most fitting for a clown. | By Londonist Staff
The Story Of The Beautiful London Graveyard Created By A Famous Author

The Story Of The Beautiful London Graveyard Created By A Famous Author

It has an incredible history. | By Harry Rosehill
Ever Wondered How Canal Boats Move Upstream In London?

Ever Wondered How Canal Boats Move Upstream In London?

Patience is key. | By Robert Greene
The 8 Best Sledging Hills In London

The 8 Best Sledging Hills In London

Weeeeee!! | By Stuart Black
Never Been To Windsor? Here's What You're Missing

Never Been To Windsor? Here's What You're Missing

A quick jaunt outside the M25. | By M@
Have You Seen The Canary Wharf Roundabout With Over 75 Traffic Lights?

Have You Seen The Canary Wharf Roundabout With Over 75 Traffic Lights?

Beautiful yet... confusing. | By M@
Did You Know This Is Tucked Away Beneath Waterloo Station?

Did You Know This Is Tucked Away Beneath Waterloo Station?

You might even see the artists at work. | By Harry Rosehill
This Is Why You Should Absolutely Put Spitalfields City Farm On Your To-Do List

This Is Why You Should Absolutely Put Spitalfields City Farm On Your To-Do List

You might even get a feline guide. | By Londonist Staff
St James's Park, 300 Years Ago

St James's Park, 300 Years Ago

An historical view of the royal park. | By M@
Things To Do With Kids On A Rainy Day In London

Things To Do With Kids On A Rainy Day In London

Don't let the British weather get to you. | By Londonist
The Heritage Routemaster Bus That's Perfect For London Sightseeing

The Heritage Routemaster Bus That's Perfect For London Sightseeing

All for the regular Oyster card fare. | By Laura Reynolds
Have You Spotted This Replica Of Sir Francis Drake's Ship?

Have You Spotted This Replica Of Sir Francis Drake's Ship?

Right next to Borough Market. | By Jordan Waite
Looking For The Best View Of St Paul's Cathedral? Try This Roof Terrace

Looking For The Best View Of St Paul's Cathedral? Try This Roof Terrace

Bonus points: it's free! | By Jordan Waite
The Little Oasis Of Calm In The Shadows Of Canary Wharf

The Little Oasis Of Calm In The Shadows Of Canary Wharf

And breathe... | By Jordan Waite
Why We Love Roundwood Park: The Willesden Treasure Favoured By Locals

Why We Love Roundwood Park: The Willesden Treasure Favoured By Locals

First opened in 1895. | By Lydia Manch
Discover This Secret Garden In A Bombed Out Church

Discover This Secret Garden In A Bombed Out Church

We'll show you the way. | By M@
How And Where To See The Pelicans Of St James's Park

How And Where To See The Pelicans Of St James's Park

Say hello to Louis, Vaclav and Gargi. | By M@
It's Official: South London Beats North (On The Green Scale)

It's Official: South London Beats North (On The Green Scale)

The fringes of London are where it's at. | By Harry Rosehill
Snowy London Is Simply Magical

Snowy London Is Simply Magical

From riverside to countryside. | By Londonist Staff
An Ode To DLR Trains
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An Ode To DLR Trains

A journey across the entire system. | By James FitzGerald
Where Can You Find London's Tamest Peacocks?

Where Can You Find London's Tamest Peacocks?

Makes a change from the pigeon. | By M@
Here Is Why You Should Definitely Pay Mudchute Farm A Visit

Here Is Why You Should Definitely Pay Mudchute Farm A Visit

Animals and skyscrapers. What more could you want? | By M@
Why Would Anyone Go To Maidenhead?

Why Would Anyone Go To Maidenhead?

Home to Theresa May, seven Michelin stars, and, briefly, Girl Power. | By James FitzGerald
Enjoy Wintry Richmond Park From Your Very Own Horse-Drawn Carriage

Enjoy Wintry Richmond Park From Your Very Own Horse-Drawn Carriage

Proceeds help fund Shire horse conservation initiatives. | By Robert Greene
There's A Place On Mars Called Tooting

There's A Place On Mars Called Tooting

They're not exactly twins. | By M@
Get Your Santa Suit Ready And Run For Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity

Get Your Santa Suit Ready And Run For Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity

Ready, set, Santa. | Sponsor
Fancy Ice Skating In The Tower Of London Moat?

Fancy Ice Skating In The Tower Of London Moat?

Then warm up in the bar afterwards. | By Laura Reynolds
How To Get Covered In Squirrels In London

How To Get Covered In Squirrels In London

Spoiler alert: it involves nuts. | By M@
Be A Big Kid For The Day At Wonderful Ruislip Lido

Be A Big Kid For The Day At Wonderful Ruislip Lido

Escape the city. | By Londonist Staff
Squawk! London's Parakeets Star In New Children's Book

Squawk! London's Parakeets Star In New Children's Book

Can you spot them all? | By M@
Whizz Down A 79 Metre Long Zip Wire At Alexandra Palace

Whizz Down A 79 Metre Long Zip Wire At Alexandra Palace

London's new sky-high adventure. | By Eleana Overett
Did You Know That There Are Seahorses Living In The Thames?

Did You Know That There Are Seahorses Living In The Thames?

Secrets of our river, revealed. | By Laura Reynolds
London Looks Stunning In Autumn

London Looks Stunning In Autumn

From Richmond to the River Thames. | By Londonist Staff
Have You Seen What's Popped Up On This Rooftop?

Have You Seen What's Popped Up On This Rooftop?

It's beginning to look a lot like winter. | By Laura Reynolds
Ever Been On This West London Ferry?

Ever Been On This West London Ferry?

Transporting you to a different century (and Twickenham). | By James FitzGerald
On Board London's Most Tranquil Bus Route

On Board London's Most Tranquil Bus Route

Have your own 'light at the end of the tunnel' moment. | By Laura Reynolds
London's Parakeets: Everything You Need To Know

London's Parakeets: Everything You Need To Know

They will land on your head and bite your ear. | By M@
Be Dazzled By These Winter Light Festivals In London

Be Dazzled By These Winter Light Festivals In London

Not the Christmas lights. | By Laura Reynolds
Where Is The Source Of The Thames?

Where Is The Source Of The Thames?

A trip to Gloucestershire. | By M@
Where To Watch Fireworks On Bonfire Night 2017 In London

Where To Watch Fireworks On Bonfire Night 2017 In London

Remember remember... | By Eleana Overett
Weekend Walks: The River Ravensbourne From Catford To The Thames

Weekend Walks: The River Ravensbourne From Catford To The Thames

Beautiful maps bring walk to life. | By David Fathers
Watch As Tower Bridge Is Recreated In Lego Before Your Eyes

Watch As Tower Bridge Is Recreated In Lego Before Your Eyes

The real one took a bit longer. | By M@
London's Most Colourful Garden Centre

London's Most Colourful Garden Centre

Flower power. | By Laura Reynolds
Ever Been To Stanmore, At The End Of The Jubilee Line? Here's Why It's Worth Your While

Ever Been To Stanmore, At The End Of The Jubilee Line? Here's Why It's Worth Your While

All change please. | By Jordan Waite
Memories Of Growing Up By London's Green Belt

Memories Of Growing Up By London's Green Belt

Life on the fringe. | By James Drury
London Has A New Bridge

London Has A New Bridge

It's not the garden bridge, but it has its similarities. | By M@
Parkitecture: The Hidden Jewels Of London's Parks

Parkitecture: The Hidden Jewels Of London's Parks

Because sheds can be beautiful too. | By M@
Catch An Ancient Ferry To A Ghost Station

Catch An Ancient Ferry To A Ghost Station

A little-used passenger service just beyond the M25. | By M@
Make The Most Of Your Outdoor Space At This Urban Garden Show

Make The Most Of Your Outdoor Space At This Urban Garden Show

Got green fingers? | Sponsor
10 London Walking Tour Books You Need On Your Shelf

10 London Walking Tour Books You Need On Your Shelf

Covering everything from blue plaques to pub crawls. | By Eleana Overett
The East End Has Its Own Magnificent Cemeteries

The East End Has Its Own Magnificent Cemeteries

Two of the capital's oldest Jewish burial grounds. | By M@
The 20 Best Sanctuaries For Enjoying London's Rivers

The 20 Best Sanctuaries For Enjoying London's Rivers

Rewilding projects that you can enjoy. | By Kirsten Downer
Take On A Triple Cancer Research UK Challenge This Summer

Take On A Triple Cancer Research UK Challenge This Summer

Time to get training. | Sponsor
Fancy Paddle Boarding Through London At Night?

Fancy Paddle Boarding Through London At Night?

City adventures. | Sponsor
Weird Sculptures Fill The Square Mile

Weird Sculptures Fill The Square Mile

Look out for a lonely horse and an exploding shed. | By M@
Which London Animal Are You?

Which London Animal Are You?

Are you a parakeet or a Cockney sparrow? | By M@
Sundials Of London

Sundials Of London

Shadows of time. | By Londonist
The New Serpentine Pavilion Is Here And It's Part Waterfall

The New Serpentine Pavilion Is Here And It's Part Waterfall

Expect excitable kids to dash through the water. | By Harry Rosehill
Where To Watch Wimbledon 2017 On The Big Screen

Where To Watch Wimbledon 2017 On The Big Screen

No Centre Court ticket? No problem. | By Laura Reynolds
Kayak Through London At Night

Kayak Through London At Night

See the city differently. | Sponsor
How To Fill London With Nature

How To Fill London With Nature

Ideas for a greener city. | By M@
Weekend Walks: The Wandle From Morden To The Thames

Weekend Walks: The Wandle From Morden To The Thames

Past parks, mills and a farm. | By David Fathers
16 Ships Made Of Concrete, Hiding In The Thames

16 Ships Made Of Concrete, Hiding In The Thames

Ships *made* of concrete. | By M@
There's A Fairy Tale Secret Garden On The Bank Of The Thames

There's A Fairy Tale Secret Garden On The Bank Of The Thames

Plus a stunning palace to boot. | By Laura Reynolds
6 Of London's Most Relaxing Days Out

6 Of London's Most Relaxing Days Out

Calm down, dear. | By Zoe Craig
The City Farm That Straddles A Train Line

The City Farm That Straddles A Train Line

Spotted a goat on your commute? | By M@
London's Little Gardens: Geffrye Museum's Herb Garden

London's Little Gardens: Geffrye Museum's Herb Garden

Home to the boldest squirrel we've ever met. | By Laura Reynolds
Secrets Of Chelsea Bridge

Secrets Of Chelsea Bridge

Have you spotted the doves? | By Zoe Craig
Visit London's Oldest Tree

Visit London's Oldest Tree

The Totteridge Yew. | By M@
Get Muddy In The Name Of Cancer Research UK

Get Muddy In The Name Of Cancer Research UK

Raise some cash for scientific research. | Sponsor
Where To Find Dinosaur Food Growing In London

Where To Find Dinosaur Food Growing In London

On the look-out for the ginkgo tree. | By Zoe Craig
London's Most Poignant Memorials

London's Most Poignant Memorials

How many have you spotted? | By Londonist Staff
This Is The Narrowest Street In London

This Is The Narrowest Street In London

It's a bit of a squeeze. | By Zoe Craig
Londoners Are Growing Food All Over The City

Londoners Are Growing Food All Over The City

Find out where. | By Kate Hodges
11 Interesting Facts About The Millennium Bridge

11 Interesting Facts About The Millennium Bridge

Yes, it used to wobble; but do you know why? | By Zoe Craig