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.

Why Does London Have So Many Royal Parks?

Why Does London Have So Many Royal Parks?

Henry VIII, mainly. | By Laura Reynolds
Take A Magical Mystery Tour of London's Beatles Locations

Take A Magical Mystery Tour of London's Beatles Locations

Follow in the footsteps of the Fab Four. | By Zoe Craig
Everything You Need To Know About London's Peregrine Falcons

Everything You Need To Know About London's Peregrine Falcons

We host more than 30 pairs of these amazing birds | By Zoe Craig
Why Is There A Japanese Kyoto Garden In Holland Park?

Why Is There A Japanese Kyoto Garden In Holland Park?

A relatively recent addition. | By Laura Reynolds
9 Things You Might Not Have Done In Tate Modern

9 Things You Might Not Have Done In Tate Modern

Did you know about the chocolate? | By Zoe Craig
Coram's Fields: Where Adults Must Be Accompanied By A Child

Coram's Fields: Where Adults Must Be Accompanied By A Child

A great place for kids. | By M@
9 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Lewisham

9 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Lewisham

Including its international namesake. | By Zoe Craig
8 Secrets Of Tobacco Dock

8 Secrets Of Tobacco Dock

A chequered history. | By Zoe Craig
9 Things You Might Not Know About Hammersmith Bridge

9 Things You Might Not Know About Hammersmith Bridge

Plus some gorgeous archive footage. | By Zoe Craig
The Ultimate East London Canal Bar Crawl

The Ultimate East London Canal Bar Crawl

Boozy and bargy. | By Helen Glaberson
This Is What London Looked Like In 1976

This Is What London Looked Like In 1976

Step back in time. | By Londonist Staff
When Wardour Street Was 'Film Row'

When Wardour Street Was 'Film Row'

And the clues that remain today. | By Zoe Craig
14 Alternative Sites To Visit In Epping Forest

14 Alternative Sites To Visit In Epping Forest

Not in the guidebook. | By Will Ashon
In Pictures: Empty and Abandoned London

In Pictures: Empty and Abandoned London

London without the people | By Londonist Staff
In Pictures: London At Sunset

In Pictures: London At Sunset

Get a load of this in your retinas. | By Londonist Staff
Try This Weekend Walk: From The River Lea To The Thames

Try This Weekend Walk: From The River Lea To The Thames

Through the East End's old industrial heartlands. | By David Fathers
How To Climb Up The Old Wembley Stadium

How To Climb Up The Old Wembley Stadium

West London park holds a secret. | By M@
What Are The Strange Mounds On The Banks Of The Thames?

What Are The Strange Mounds On The Banks Of The Thames?

They weren't there before. | By Harry Rosehill
Cool Photos Of London's Street Performers

Cool Photos Of London's Street Performers

How many have you seen? | By Londonist Staff
The East London Adventure Playground Teaching Inner City Kids How To Play

The East London Adventure Playground Teaching Inner City Kids How To Play

Anarchy: welcome. | By Zoe Craig
Things You Might Not Know About The Borough Of Wandsworth

Things You Might Not Know About The Borough Of Wandsworth

Do you know about its connection to the red planet? | By Zoe Craig
Now You Can See How Healthy The Thames Is

Now You Can See How Healthy The Thames Is

Light display on major riverside landmark. | By James Drury

Photos of Brixton Looking Beautiful

SW2, we love you. | By Londonist Staff
Video: Will Croydon Look Like This One Day?

Video: Will Croydon Look Like This One Day?

Brutalist visions. | By Londonist Staff
In Pictures: London's Most Beautiful Flowerbeds

In Pictures: London's Most Beautiful Flowerbeds

The city in bloom. | By Londonist Staff
The Police Forces Of London's Parks

The Police Forces Of London's Parks

Specialists in their fields... or parks. | By Harry Rosehill
A Hidden And Stirring 9/11 Memorial In The Olympic Park

A Hidden And Stirring 9/11 Memorial In The Olympic Park

Steel remnants. | By M@
Video: Discovering The Hidden River Westbourne

Video: Discovering The Hidden River Westbourne

From Hampstead to Chelsea. | By M@
London's Cutest City Farms

London's Cutest City Farms

Wook at de widdle wabbits. | By Londonist Staff
London's Lost Football Stadiums

London's Lost Football Stadiums

Millwall have had more stadiums than hot dinners. | By Londonist Staff
Where To See The Berlin Wall In London

Where To See The Berlin Wall In London

It's a slice of history. | By Zoe Craig
Video: Gladiators in London

Video: Gladiators in London

Executions, animal hunts, and bloodlust. | By Zoe Craig
How To Get A Memorial Bench In London

How To Get A Memorial Bench In London

Have a seat. | By Harry Rosehill
Kensington Gardens Has Parakeets That Will Land On Your Hand

Kensington Gardens Has Parakeets That Will Land On Your Hand

Exceptionally tame. | By M@
Beautiful Examples Of Brutalist Architecture In London

Beautiful Examples Of Brutalist Architecture In London

Did we get your favourite? | By Londonist Staff
Beautiful Examples Of Art Deco In London

Beautiful Examples Of Art Deco In London

Did we get your favourite? | By Londonist Staff
London's Neon Lights

London's Neon Lights

Did we get your favourite? | By Londonist Staff
Have You Spotted The 450-Million-Year-Old Bench Outside Euston Station?

Have You Spotted The 450-Million-Year-Old Bench Outside Euston Station?

More than just a place to park your bum. | By Zoe Craig
London's Most Beautiful Bridges

London's Most Beautiful Bridges

Did we get your favourite? | By Londonist Staff
Everything You Need To Know About The St James's Park Pelicans

Everything You Need To Know About The St James's Park Pelicans

Including that rumour about one eating a pigeon. | By Zoe Craig
The Butterfly Named After A Part Of South London

The Butterfly Named After A Part Of South London

Beautiful and elusive. | By Will Noble
How Reedbeds Can Help Save London's Rivers

How Reedbeds Can Help Save London's Rivers

A simple but effective solution. | By Harry Rosehill
Watch Oscar-Nominated Film The Salesman For Free In Trafalgar Square

Watch Oscar-Nominated Film The Salesman For Free In Trafalgar Square

London shows Iranian film in defiance of Trump's 'Muslim ban'. | By Zoe Craig
Why Does The City Of London Corporation Own Green Spaces Outside The Square Mile?

Why Does The City Of London Corporation Own Green Spaces Outside The Square Mile?

Some are outside of Greater London entirely. | By Harry Rosehill
6 Of The Best Romantic London Days Out

6 Of The Best Romantic London Days Out

London for lovers. | By Zoe Craig
This Man Is Sketching Every Central London Park

This Man Is Sketching Every Central London Park

No mean feat. | By Tabish Khan
What We Learned Running Every Single London Parkrun

What We Learned Running Every Single London Parkrun

We completed the challenge, so you don't have to. | By Geoff Marshall
An Amazingly Detailed Map Of London's Trees

An Amazingly Detailed Map Of London's Trees

700,000 green treasures, mapped. | By M@
Step Back In Time And Visit London's World-Famous Markets

Step Back In Time And Visit London's World-Famous Markets

A sneak peek into the past at Covent Garden, Billingsgate and Smithfield. | By Zoe Craig
Things You Might Not Know About Kew Gardens

Things You Might Not Know About Kew Gardens

Don't get on the bad side of the Kew Constabulary... | By Harry Rosehill
7 Ways To Float Your Boat In London

7 Ways To Float Your Boat In London

Books, beds, bibles and beer. | By Zoe Craig
A Micropub Crawl Of South East London

A Micropub Crawl Of South East London

An awesome beer scene. | By Darryl Chamberlain
London's Craziest Day Trips

London's Craziest Day Trips

Rafting, climbing, indoor skiing; it's all right here in London. | By Zoe Craig
Watch Amazing Video Footage of Piccadilly Circus From 50 Years Ago

Watch Amazing Video Footage of Piccadilly Circus From 50 Years Ago

A gorgeous glimpse of another time. | By Zoe Craig
London Ruled By Plants

London Ruled By Plants

Over windows and through the walls. | By Daan Deol
Some Of London's Best Secret Gardens

Some Of London's Best Secret Gardens

Tranquil spots away from the madness. | By Laura Reynolds
Non-Touristy Things To Do In West London

Non-Touristy Things To Do In West London

Avoid the crowds. | By Harry Rosehill
Where Is London's Longest Pier?

Where Is London's Longest Pier?

Find amazing peace out east... | By Zoe Craig
Video: Discovering The Hidden River Fleet

Video: Discovering The Hidden River Fleet

Culverted by not forgotten. | By M@
What's The Coldest It's Ever Been In London?

What's The Coldest It's Ever Been In London?

Let it snow. | By Zoe Craig
11 Secrets of London's Eros Statue

11 Secrets of London's Eros Statue

Torrid tales of vandalism and bankruptcy. | By Zoe Craig
Alternative Ideas For Family Christmas Fun In London 2016

Alternative Ideas For Family Christmas Fun In London 2016

Because there's more to Christmas than grottos and ice rinks. | By Zoe Craig
13 Secrets of Waterloo Bridge

13 Secrets of Waterloo Bridge

The 'noblest bridge in the world'. | By Zoe Craig
Should London Erect A Statue Of Barack Obama?

Should London Erect A Statue Of Barack Obama?

Could he be the 7th president with a London statue? | By M@
Cross The Thames On A Zip Wire This December

Cross The Thames On A Zip Wire This December

Just like flying into the Houses of Parliament. | By Zoe Craig
London's Most Beautiful Fountains

London's Most Beautiful Fountains

A joy forever. | By Zoe Craig
Don't Miss Ally Pally's Night To Remember

Don't Miss Ally Pally's Night To Remember

Tickets selling fast for fireworks extravaganza. | Sponsor
The Best Family-Friendly Pubs In North London

The Best Family-Friendly Pubs In North London

The best places to go for a pint with a pushchair. | By Adrienne Wyper
A Guide To Open Water Swimming In London

A Guide To Open Water Swimming In London

Rules to follow, plus tips and advice. | By Rachael Chadwick
Eddy Grant To Switch On Brixton's Electric Avenue Lights

Eddy Grant To Switch On Brixton's Electric Avenue Lights

Following £1m refurbishment. | By Zoe Craig
5 Reasons To Go To Alexandra Palace's Fireworks Festival

5 Reasons To Go To Alexandra Palace's Fireworks Festival

More than just ooohs and ahhs. | Sponsor
Explore London's Blue Plaques In Your Lunch Break

Explore London's Blue Plaques In Your Lunch Break

Celebrating the 150th anniversary. | By Zoe Craig
Hear The Voice Of God In A Swimming Pool By The Thames

Hear The Voice Of God In A Swimming Pool By The Thames

Bompas & Parr want to make your eyeballs vibrate. | By Zoe Craig
London's Best Museum Gardens

London's Best Museum Gardens

Skip the exhibits and head for the greenery. | By Laura Reynolds
How To Explore The City Of London At The Weekend

How To Explore The City Of London At The Weekend

The Square Mile revealed. | By M@
King's Cross Pond Threatened With Closure

King's Cross Pond Threatened With Closure

Sad news for swimmers. | By Zoe Craig
A Sea Of Singing See-Saws Is Coming To Leicester Square

A Sea Of Singing See-Saws Is Coming To Leicester Square

Move over kids, it's the grown ups' turn to play. | By Laura Reynolds
Free Guided Walks In London For One Weekend Only

Free Guided Walks In London For One Weekend Only

Book your place now. | By Chloe Koura
Take The BikeTube To Work On Wednesday

Take The BikeTube To Work On Wednesday

It's Cycle To Work Day. | By James Drury
Book Tickets For Alexandra Palace's Bonfire Night Fireworks Extravaganza Now

Book Tickets For Alexandra Palace's Bonfire Night Fireworks Extravaganza Now

Including the city's largest Day of the Dead parade. | Sponsor
Try One Of These Treasure Trails In Your Lunch Hour

Try One Of These Treasure Trails In Your Lunch Hour

37 around London. | By M@
London Should Be A National Park City: This Event Explains Why

London Should Be A National Park City: This Event Explains Why

Royal Festival Hall. | By M@
8 Secrets Of The South Bank Lion

8 Secrets Of The South Bank Lion

There's more to this leonine statue than meets the eye. | By Zoe Craig
In Pictures: London's Burning, The Great Fire 350 Festival

In Pictures: London's Burning, The Great Fire 350 Festival

The weekend when things really heated up. | By Zoe Craig
Where To See And Hear The Hidden River Fleet

Where To See And Hear The Hidden River Fleet

London's most famous hidden river. | By Tom Bolton
Where To Watch Fireworks On Bonfire Night In London

Where To Watch Fireworks On Bonfire Night In London

Whizzbangs and flashes. | By Laura Reynolds
In Photos: Notting Hill Carnival 2016

In Photos: Notting Hill Carnival 2016

All the colours of Carnival. | By Laura Reynolds
A Guide To Playing Pokémon Along London's Canals

A Guide To Playing Pokémon Along London's Canals

Gotta catch 'em all. | By Laura Reynolds
Where To Be A Pirate In London

Where To Be A Pirate In London

Raise yer skull an' crossbones. | By Victoria Thomas
Where Is London's Tallest Tree?

Where Is London's Tallest Tree?

You won't be-leaf it. | By Chloe Koura