26 July 2014

How to keep cool in London this summer

It is absolutely baking this summer with temperatures rising over 30ºC (86ºF for my expat friends - as a sidenote, I've always thought that thinking in Fahrenheit makes everything seem warmer. Logically it doesn't make any sense but 86ºF is just more than 30ºC).
Let's be quite frank here, London doesn't really do baking hot so well. I'm not complaining at the sunshine, hold back those pitchforks people, but being stuck at a desk without a lovely sea breeze, soft sandy beaches or beautiful waiters waving palm fronds to keep you cool, it just doesn't really work. There isn't really air conditioning because we don't ever expect to have good enough weather, and then there's the tube. Let's just not go there.
How to keep cool in London this summer Hampstead Heath
Thankfully we do have one of the greenest cities on earth, and all these trees create little valleys for that incessant rainfall to collect (well, something like that anyway, biology was never really my strong point). London is crisscrossed with a myriad of Rivers; obviously there's the Big Daddy Thames, the canal network, hidden rivers and a surprising range of open-air places to take a cooling dip. Just be aware there is a high chance of chest hair...
Hampstead Heath bathing pools where both men & women's pools have been swum in since Victorian times: 
How to keep cool in London this summer Hampstead Heath

The newly opened, and fantastic looking Olympic Park Swimming Pool:
 How to keep cool in London this summer Olympic Park
The Serpentine, where crazy people also swim during Winter:
How to keep cool in London this summer Hyde Park Serpentine
Act like a London River Rat on Regent's Park boating lake:
How to keep cool in London this summer Regent's Park
Or just hide under a cluster of trees with good friends and a picnic.
For the more epicurean less sports minded, thankfully there is relief to be found in your very own kitchen; Guilt Free 'Ice-Cream' made with low (not no)-fat yoghurt, flavour and a little time:
Keeping cool in London - Guilt free ice cream - Adventures of a London Kiwi
Summer Smoothies bursting with fruity goodness and vitamins:
Heaven in a glass, my newest discovery of Afrogato - a scoop of ice cream, shot of Frangelico and a serving of espresso:
Keeping cool in London - Afrogato- Adventures of a London Kiwi
Or of course, my favourite Mojitos - home made, and fully customisable:
 Keeping cool in London - Easy Mojitos - Adventures of a London Kiwi
The choice is yours. How do you prefer your summer liquid?

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  1. I had some friends tell me about the Hampstead Heath pools just the other week. Have you actually tried them out?
    Claire xx

  2. I'm absolutely loving Mojitos at the moment so totally going to steal your recipe o try!

  3. Heaven in a glass please! Heaven in a glass! Been leaving home early this past week to take the bus in an effort to avoid the Tube. That situation is just ridiculous.

  4. mmm... heaven in a glass sounds delicious! Must try that one out!

  5. Great post!! Ice cream is my favourite way to bea the heat and yours is yum!!

  6. Ice cream is the best - and totally worth the brain freeze roulette!

  7. It is unspeakably good - some come with caramel sauce for extra opulence. Mmm.

  8. Orderrrr up!
    I know, London doesn't do super heat well (or often thankfully).

  9. Oh do! Let us know how you enjoy them!

  10. I've not quite been brave enough, but have friends who do!

  11. I was here for summer last year and it was just as hot! I don't know why people say it doesn't get bloody hot here.. the tube has been hell this year.

  12. It doesn't as a rule, we have been insanely lucky the last few summers - the trouble is London is really constructed for cold weather. Long may it continue!


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