Great news folks, London is coming out of lockdown. If you’re anything like us, your summer adventures are already planned but if your late to the party, check out our top activities for London this summer below.
Is it safe to travel to London?
At Clink Hostels, we have lots of safety measures in place to make sure our guests are as safe as possible. Check out our Covid-19 safety measures here.
When does everything open up in London?
Pubs gardens, outdoor eating, gyms and non-essential retail can now open in England. Hostels can open no earlier than the 17th of May. Find out more about the government’s roadmap out of lockdown here.
1. Shop ’till you drop
After months of being in lockdown and wearing nothing but pyjamas or trackie bottoms, it’s high time to get yourself some new glad rags. With bars and restaurants starting to open up too, you’ll want to dress to impress. Whether you’re into vintage second-hand clothing or high street brands, London is a haven for fashionistas – you’ll have no trouble finding something you like. Just remember your mask, hand sanitiser and to keep your distance from other shoppers to keep everyone safe!
2. Visit a museum
Calling all culture vultures! After months of being closed many of London’s world-famous museums are now back open for business. Now that coronavirus restrictions have been eased it’s time to re-discover some of London’s cultural gems. Best of all, most of the museums have pulled out all the stops and put on brand new displays and exhibitions.
Clink’s Top Pick: We strongly recommend paying a visit to The Design Museum. From the humble trainers of yesteryear to sought-after retro designs and high-fashion treads, Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street proves there’s more to our casual footwear than simple soles
3. Visit Ally Pally’s gigantic new beer garden
Complete with panoramic views of London, street food vendors and of course a large, well-stocked bar, Alexandra Palace’s new beer garden is definitely top of our London bucket list for this summer. Best of all Alexandra Palace is just 40 mins away from Clink78 and Clink261 making it the perfect day trip for those looking to experience a different side of London. To beat the crowds it’s best to book ahead.
4. Alfresco dining
If you love nothing more than wining and dining in the sun then London is the ideal location for place your summer getaway. Although the UK capital can’t promise stunning sunshine every day of the summer, it more than makes up for its cooler climate with a hot range of restaurants, cafes and bars offering top-notch food. There are far too many restaurants to mention here but a good place to start for passionate foodies is BOXPARK Shoreditch.
5. Picnic in a park
Although London is a bustling city, there are heaps of stunning green spaces to roll out a blanket and chow down on some picnic faves. After a winter stuck inside binge-watching Netflix a picnic in the sun sounds pretty good right? If you’re stuck for where to go for your picnic, Kew Gardens, Hampstead heath or Holland Park won’t disappoint. Sausage roll or mini quiche anyone?!
6. Soak up the scenery and get snapping
With everything from Gothic churches and cobbled streets, to skyscrapers and iconic monuments, London is one of the most picturesque cities in the world. You can easily spend a day or more soaking up the sights and grabbing a few selfies – just remember to tag us when you do!
7. Enjoy the big screen outdoors!
If your a movie buff but also love the great outdoors then London is the place for you this summer! If you’re looking for a unique cinema experience filled with sunset and skylines then head to one of Rooftop Film Club’s locations in Peckham or Stratford. For those less keen on heights, you can kick back and watch a film with the magnificent view of the river at Battersea Power Station, or Summer Showtime on The Coaling Jetty.
You probably don’t need any more convincing that a trip to London this summer should be on your agenda but if you did we have just refurbished Clink78 in the heart of Kings Cross. We are set to reopen in late June but beds are selling fast!