A grey metropolis and a sunny day.

Being back in the hectic UK’s capital has brought along lovely memories – London, once again, fully lives up to the expectations and it is easy to feel swamped by the sheer abundance of sights the city serves on a silver platter.

Great was the surprise when, instead of a gloomy sky, we were gifted with a fetching sunny day. Such a rare and blissful event is greatly welcomed by the crafty Londoners who promptly flock to parks, cram rooftop bars or opt for the most disparate outdoor activities to get some of the sunshine that London, once a year, is blessed with.

Flowers bloom, birds chirp and drinking becomes acceptable before noon. Aww, Londoners indeed love summer!

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As a shimmering sun surprisingly shone bright on the year-round grey metropolis, I was struck by an idea to help Londoners get through the shock (London and sun? Anybody?) and Aplacewelike’s brand new article miraculously came to life. Please sit back and relax – what we intend to present goes beyond bounds of cultural norms.

What to do in London WHEN IT’S SUNNY.

 

Crazy isn’t it?

Stroll riverside from Notting Hill to Camdem Town via Little Venice.

Preferred day of the week: Saturday.

Notting Hill is one of London’s most picturesque districts. Be it Portobello Road’s colourful houses and quaint antiques, or the retro charm of a little village taken straight out of a postcard, Notting Hill is a major draw among locals and tourists alike.

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Livening up on Saturday, Portobello Road pulsates with life and it’s lined up with antiques, vintage clothing stalls and street-food hawkers, making it a bargain hunter’s paradise and the perfect kick-start for a wonderful summery day.
Going through the crowd that pours down the street can indeed be an unnerving experience but I guarantee that the market’s quirky knickknacks and oddities do have healing powers.

The meandering footpath that stretches lazily along the river starts a stone’s throw away from the nearby Westbourne Park Underground Station. As you stroll towards Warwick Avenue, you will start noticing several boathouses moored riverside, to culminate in a real floating village.

Colourful boats, miniature gardens and an area that retains its original Georgian buildings – there are few neighborhoods that bring London’s diversity into sharper focus than Little Venice, leading the way to the striking Camdem Town.

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After having walked past the zoo and Primrose Hill, the path ends at Camdem Market, where foodie’s flair seems to have followed the district’s peculiarity. And we all know that walking is hard and thirsty work: round off the day with a glass of wine along the canal. This corner of Camdem Town turns into a vibrant gathering hub when the weather looks promising.

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Tip: if walking is not your thing, several boat cruises connect Warwick Avenue with Camdem Lock. For more info: http://www.londonwaterbus.com
Before we go any further, we’d like to apologize for the lack of photographs of the below destinations. They are awesome though !

Take a train to Rye and enjoy Camber Sands.

On a sweltering summer’s day, the citycenter can get pretty heated. Survive the scorching sun and lounge at Camber Sands’ sandy beach: unlike its counterparts along the Sussex’s coast, the beach features fetching dunes and a breathtaking seaside backdrop, retaining the original allure of a destination that has yet to earn its well-deserved attentions.

Dip into Hampstead Heat swimming ponds.

Stepping into Hampstead Heat means leaving behind the bustling metropolis to welcome a green area made up of a patchwork of lowlands and walking trails that twist and turn down gentle hills . Take a refreshing dip into one of the park’s swimming ponds: the jaw-dropping surroundings create the atmosphere and the chilly waters help you cool off.

Find poetic inspiration at Primrose Hill.

Source of poetic inspiration for centuries, Primrose Hill boasts one of London’s most suggestive view. And what’s better than enjoying the sun and a picnic at one of the city’s poshest district? Find respite in London’s best viewpoint and hobnob with the celebrities who reside in the neighborhood.

18 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ve always wanted to see London beyond the usual sights (and maybe attending an Arsenal match) since I’d like the opportunity to do some unscheduled wandering.

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    1. APlaceWeLike says:

      Well, you certainly won’t find yourself short of options, London has always something to offer!

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  2. kristinakoti says:

    Beautiful pictures 😍. I plan on going next year, can’t wait to wander in London 😊
    http://kristinakoti.com

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    1. APlaceWeLike says:

      Thanks. Stay tuned, I’ m going to post again about London soon 😊

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      1. kristinakoti says:

        Wow great, just followed you 😄

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  3. Great post! We have never been to England before, but are determined to visit someday soon!

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    1. APlaceWeLike says:

      It’s a wonderful country, you should definitely visit! As an Italian expat, I have to admit that the weather can sometimes be depressing. On the other hand, it’s London, and the sights make up for it 🙂

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  4. Natalie says:

    I love your use of images — you really know how to keep your readers interested without overwhelming them. Awesome! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing. I’ll be following you for sure.

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    1. APlaceWeLike says:

      Thanks a million, it is very much appreciated 😊

      Like

  5. Zee says:

    This was such a refreshing post. It was nice to take a virtual trip to London ! The pictures were lovely as well 😍 I have a lot of my immediate family in London but have never gotten around to visiting it myself but I look forward to visit someday 🙂

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    1. APlaceWeLike says:

      You definitely should! I’m moving to London (again) at the end of the month and I’m really excited about it. Thanks for stopping-by and thanks for your nice words 😊

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      1. Zee says:

        You’re most welcome and good luck with new endeavours ! 🙂

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    1. APlaceWeLike says:

      Thanks, that’s very much appreciated 😊

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  6. Beautiful photos! Camden Town and Portobello road are some of my favourite places to wander around in London.

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    1. APlaceWeLike says:

      Thank you !. I’ve been discovering Hackney and surroundings lately and I have to admit there are lots of interesting finds there too !

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