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From weeks of rain to snow in March you can never be sure what you are going to get from British weather, but with temperatures hitting upwards of 36 degrees Celsius in the capital it has us asking: Is it too hot?
If you think that it is a bit on the warm side you’re in luck. In true British fashion everybody is complaining about the temperature so some entrepreneurial folks around London have come up with ways to keep the country cool, here’s a few of our favourites:
Never been go-karting? Always wanted to try it? Well maybe leave the conventional version for a day more suited to wearing boiling fireproof overalls and a helmet and hit the ice instead. That’s right, you can now go kart on ice with specially adapted go karts and keep cool in the suits as you wiz around the Queens track in Paddington.
Not cool enough for you? At the same venue you can jump into a rubber dingy and compete with your friends launching yourself at a bullseye in a game of human curling to see who has the best accuracy. With so much fun on Ice you’ll forget how hot it is outside.
With all the heat of the city, the cool water of The River Thames can seem like a good place to take a nice refreshing dip, don’t though. Although The Thames is an iconic stretch of water known for its views and history it is also known to have powerful currents and not the cleanest in the world. Luckily there is still one good way to hit the water without getting wet: Kayaking. Head down to Chelsea and take a gentle cruise down the river to see London like you’ve never seen it before.
Quite possibly the coolest bar in town with ice sculptures to top it off this -5℃ venue worthy of Bond himself will leave you glad to see the sun after your 40-minute cocktail experience. If 40 minutes isn’t enough you can go all out with the restaurant experience for a full meal on ice, definitely one of the more interesting ways of staying out of the heat.
Luckily there are countless places to swim in London so no matter where you are residing there won’t be a pool too far away and if you’re not yet too drunk on sunlight there are also plenty of outdoor lidos to take a dip in. Alternatively, if you’re taking every step possible to avoid unfiltered sunlight and its burning rays then you’d love one of London’s indoor swimming options:
This open-air, blue-tiled 16-metre pool is surrounded by plants, fully heated and open all year-round/ there are changing rooms on the rooftop, poolside daybeds with umbrellas and blankets, and a bar. Plus, the views of London are insane, just make sure to match your swimwear to the funky red and white lounge chairs.
Popular open-air fresh water swimming pool, which is the second largest swimming pool by surface area in the UK. Surrounded by cool multi-coloured changing rooms, this pool is the perfect place to cool off and throw it back to the 50s, when outdoor pools were all the rage.
This huge 60-acre lake comes complete with sandy beaches, so you can convince yourself you are actually abroad, instead of in the middle of a working week. This lake and mini beach is perfect for a day out with friends or family, as there is a restaurant and tea room on site. So why not get down to Ruislip and pretend you’re in the Med… although the water won’t be as warm.
This cooling off spot has three pools which are open to the public. There is a men’s, women’s and mixed pool to choose from and this is a great way to escape the bustle of London life and get back in touch with nature The ponds aren’t heated, which normally would be a disadvantage, but in this weather it’s a bloody god send!
For most of the year, this section of the serpentine lake is exclusive to the serpentine swimming club. However, in the summer months, it opens up to the public. Be prepared to get in touch with your wild side though, as it is an open-air lake and you’re likely to find yourself sharing a dip with the ducks and swans. Additional benefits include a private sunbathing area, with sun loungers for hire as well as a service which allows you to order from the Lido Café next door, perfect for those summer days of sweet nothing, whenever getting your own food is too much effort
We appreciate that although we’d love to strip off and jump into a pool, it’s not always appropriate timing. So, if you’re in desperate of cool surroundings but don’t have the time or inclination to dive head first, there are plenty of fountains to ease the pain. Granary square fountains, just around the corner form kings Cross, are not only pretty but also incredibly useful for allowing you some much needed respite.
London’s museums and galleries have to maintain strict temperatures to preserve the artefacts on display, so there’s never been a better time to take in some of London’s amazing free culture. The national gallery’s mercury rests at 23 degrees for example, while the temperate inside the British library will always hover between 18 and 21 degrees. Blissful. Head to a crypt: the crypt at St Pauls cathedral. There are three different tombs holding lord nelson, the iron duke and sir Christopher wren, the architect of the cathedral. It’s pretty important these tombs stay cold, so they can, well, continue to do their job, so you can wander down there with a firm belief that you won’t be exposed to any of that dreaded heat
You can check now which tube lines have air-conditioning, helping you avoid those painful sweaty journeys, pushed up against another person skin or nearly fainting not being able to sit down! Pre-warning: the central line won’t have aircon till 2030!