Great Things to do in London Right Now

Here at dealchecker, we’re based out of the Big Smoke and it’s a city that we truly love. Bike rides into the city centre during the early months of lockdown had us feeling a little sad as the city we adore went into hibernation. However, over the last month or so we can feel that buzz in the air again, as London awakens bringing with it a whole host of activities to partake in. Here, we’ve rounded up the finest things to do right now.

Go For a Dip

Summers are all about al fresco swimming. Normally, we admit these dips would be in azure seas or twinkling swimming pools but this year is a little different, and we’re not about to give up the chance to enjoy some breast stroke under the sky. As of the 11th July, swimming pools and spots have been allowed to re-open (with some additional precautions to avoid the spread of Covid-19 of course). For a sprawling metropolis, London has some great locations in which to enjoy some sun and a swim.

London Fields Lido

London Fields Lido is a firm favourite with those who live in East London. At 50 metres long, it’s a great size for exercise while its primary-coloured changing facilities also make it great Instagram fodder. Pre-booking is essential right now, so be sure to download the Better UK app, and be prepared for your slot to be later on in the week.

 

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Hampstead Heath Ponds

Sometimes, the confines of lane swimming in a chlorinated swimming pool is just not enough, and you want to feel a little bit more in tune with nature. This is where the Hampstead Heath Ponds come in – there are three dotted across the sumptuously verdant Hampstead Heath – there’s a pond for ladies, another for men and finally, a mixed pond. The vibe in the single sex ponds is decidedly relaxed and clothing is often fairly optional. You can find all the information you’ll need about pre-booking here.

Tooting Bec Lido

As London’s largest lido at 91 metres long and 30 metres wide, Tooting Bec Lido offers a fairly unique swimming experience. You can kick off at one end and not feel concrete on your palms for almost four times the length of your average swimming pool. Located within Tooting Common, this spot provides a great place for an afternoon in the sun.

 

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Yay! The lido is open again at last. Lovely swim this morning 🏊‍♀️😃

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Soak Up Some Culture

We don’t know about you but we think that one of the biggest draws about London are its wealth of cultural attractions. Having a quiet Sunday? You could pop to an art gallery, enjoy a show or perhaps even, go to a sing-a-long cinema experience, without much planning at all. This was all swept away in lockdown but it’s starting to creep back. Here are some of the best options right now, and over the next few months.

Head to the Tate Modern

The Tate Modern boasts a prime location on London’s South Bank. Its newest extension boasts vistas out over London. However, that’s not the main draw here. Instead, it’s the Covid-friendly art exhibitions they have so carefully constructed. Book a free ticket for the main exhibitions, and amble on a course through rooms carefully curated by theme and period of time.

Soak up the Atmosphere at the Open Air Theatre

If you’re looking to enjoy some theatre but aren’t yet ready to venture indoors, the Open Air Theatre in the scenic Regent’s Park is offering performances until late September. These performances are fully socially distanced and audience members are asked to wear face masks throughout. Jesus Christ Superstar is being performed at the moment, and there are bookings now available for next year too.

 

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Welcome Back the National Theatre

This one is one that we at dealchecker have been eagerly awaiting. The National Theatre is set to reopen its doors in late October with a socially distanced audience being able to enjoy a sequel to the highly acclaimed Death to England. This sequel is particularly timely for 2020 and sees a black man questioning his identity in Britain. Tickets which will be released in September are sure to whizz out fast so set reminders on your phones and be ready to hit that refresh button.

 

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Head to an Inside Garden

We’ve sweated through the heatwave, survived the storms only to find Britain’s unreliable climes are back. This means that days out in parks are a little less easy to plan. However, we’re lucky enough in London to have several undeniably lovely indoor gardens in our midst. These two are free too!

Enjoy the Views at the Sky Garden

When the Walkie Talkie first opened, it was famous for all the wrong reasons. I think we all remember that ballsy journalist who fried an egg on the floor in its glare. However, once that was fixed it became a hotspot for those looking for fauna and flora at eye watering heights. The Sky Garden (located on the 35th floor) is open to visitors, you’ll just need a ticket and a face mask. If you’re feeling flush, there are cocktails and DJ sets to be found in the evening between Wednesday and Saturday.

 

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Brutalist Surrounds and Huge Plants at the Barbican

This one is a bit of a lockdown special. The Barbican’s conservatory is normally only open to non-residents at weekends. However, until the end of August it is open seven days a week to visitors. Be aware that tickets go fast so you’ll need to book in advance! These steamy gardens boast over 5,000 varieties of plants and have two idyllic ponds. You won’t believe you’re smack bang in the middle of London’s financial district.

 

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Happy exploring!

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