By Lauren Harmes
The beauty of our great city is that alongside the skyscrapers and busy city center lifestyle is an abundance of nature, serenity and perfect spots to soak up some rays. Here we go through the top 7 lakes to make the most of the wonderful London summertime.
1. Hyde Park
The Serpentine Lido at Hyde Park is a perfect spot to enjoy London’s nature – and also go for a dip! The Serpentine Swimming Club is the oldest swimming club in Britain – so don’t forget your swimsuit!
2. Victoria Park
This Hackney park (also known as the People’s Park) boasts a boating lake, Chinese pagoda and acres upon acres of natural beauty – a must-visit in the summer!
3. Regent’s Park
Home to the famous London Zoo, Regent’s Park also benefits from a boating lake and even a separate lake for children’s boating. Head down there and hire a pedalo or boat for the day and enjoy a relaxing experience on the lake.
4. Alexandra Palace Boating Lake
Ally Pally is a must visit in the summer – and the boating lake is a true highlight. From swans and dragons, to cars and just regular boats, there’s a vehicle of choice for everyone on this famous lake.
5. Hampstead Heath
Fancy a dip to cool down in the hot summer weather? Take a dip in Hampstead Heath’s open-air swimming lake if you’re feeling brave, or just enjoy one of its 25+ ponds if you would prefer to keep dry!
6. St James’s Park
If you’re looking for somewhere to relax after a busy day of sight-seeing, you won’t find anywhere better placed than St James’s Park. Situated near Buckingham Palace, the park is home to a small lake and houses a large collection of waterfowl including a resident colony of pelicans.
7. Ruislip Lido
Who says you need to jump on a plane to enjoy sun, sea and sand? This 60-acre lake is surrounded by sandy beaches – just close your eyes and imagine you’re on the Costa Del Sol!