Get active outdoors
If you’re looking for some adventure on the capital’s waterways, there’s no better place to start than East London.
Different companies offer various canoe and kayak routes differing in length and difficulty, starting at locations like Hackney Wick and the Limehouse Basin.
With options of routes like rowing through the Olympic Park, this is the perfect adventure activity for the kids – and is equally fun for adults if you’re wanting an excuse to get the crew together.
You can also join river clean up events each month, such as the one organised by Friends of the Cut and The Lower Regent’s Coalition. Volunteer to help them rid the river of trash, to make a difference while you’re having fun on the water.
Alternatively, why not head to Hampstead Heath and spend the day swimming in the bathing ponds? It’s a refreshingly natural alternative to your run-of-the-mill chlorinated indoor pool experience.
Originally dug in the 17th and 18th centuries to meet London’s water demand, three of the main ponds are now large freshwater swimming/bathing ponds. The single-sex ponds are the UK’s only lifeguarded open water public swimming facilities.
Music and movies
If you’re looking for more relaxing outdoor things to do in London, why not catch a movie at the Rooftop Film Club or the Southport Weekender Festival this August?
Showing classics such as Moulin Rouge, Top Gun and The Notebook, as well as more recent movies such as Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, you’re spoilt for choice at the Rooftop Film Club.
You can then end the month with a bang and dance the day away at the Southport Weekender Festival on the 31st of August.
Head down to the historical and beautiful Crystal Palace Park for the festival’s 30th anniversary. Headline acts include Danny Tenaglia and Kenny Dope.
Summer is best when spent with friends! So enjoy a drink or two with a view at Netil360 in Hackney.
Netil360 is a unique rooftop bar, garden and café providing panoramic views of the city skyline.
Providing locally-sourced drinks and regular guest DJs, you’re sure to have an authentic East London experience.
Or if you’re looking for a more nature-based experience, have cocktails around the campfire at The Midnight Apothecary.
They provide delicious cocktails with minimal environmental impact, as well as offering street food every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer.
Alternatively, if cocktails aren’t your thing and you can’t wait for Oktoberfest, don’t miss the London Craft Beer Festival running from the 9th to the 11th of August.
Head down to Tobacco Dock for a great selection of brews, food, and live music from the Kaiser Chiefs, Jack Stevens and Zombie Disco Squad.
Things to do in London for the kids
School’s out for summer! So if you’re looking for outdoor things to do in London with the little ones, the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park and Surrey Docks Farm have fun events this August.
Explore water creatures from grasshoppers to newts in the ponds and meadows at Greenwich Peninsula. With guided sessions every Wednesday, your kids can learn from someone who knows their stuff.
Alternatively, open 7 days a week from 10 am – 4 pm, why not get in touch with the countryside and give your child an urban farming experience at Surrey Docks Farm?
Make some new furry friends and join the Farm Holiday Club, which offers activities such as feeding the friendly farm animals, as well as arts and crafts, gardening and nature activities.
If you’re not going away this summer, you can have a day at the beach without leaving the city at Kids Summer Splash at London’s Royal Docks.
Open from the 27th of July – 30th August, head down to London’s Royal Docks for a relaxing day lazing in a deckchair or building sandcastles.
Outdoor things to do in London in August
Who says you can’t enjoy the outdoors in London? We hope our list of outdoor things to do in London this August have inspired you to get out and enjoy the treats this beautiful city offers in the summer.
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