As such a large city with such a large amount of tourists visiting every year, it comes as no surprise that the attractions of the city are not just for the inside attractions of galleries, museums and performances, but spans to the outside as well. We all know that England is not best known for its weather but with the “Great British Summer” giving at least a months-worth of decent warm weather and a plethora of astounding monuments, parks and attractions taking place outside, the fact is that there is a wide variety of events to cater to all ages taking place in the open air. This is one of the factors that makes London such a great destination for guests at the Lancaster Gate Hotel and other Budget Accommodation in London and which is why at least 17.4 million international tourists flock to the city each year.
As a fairly urban and industrial city which is not renowned for being rural, it may come as a surprise to some that there are a number of City Farms dotted around London. These are great fun, family orientated spaces that dedicate themselves to the upholding of green living and organic farming. Hackney City Farm for instance has been around for 20 years and gives people in the North East of London an opportunity to meet a range of farm yard animals including Pigs, sheep and Rabbits. The farm also gives locals the chance to see smell and plant vegetable and foodstuffs whilst also offering a range of activities that are suitable for all ages. Some of the activities available at Hackney City Farm are art and pottery classes as well as animal feeding and plant growing.
Kentish Town City Farm is another centrally located farm space right in the heart of London’s famous Camden area. The farm itself has been running for years and is a charity run farm space that helps the plethora of urbanites in London reconnect with nature through getting up close and personal with farm animals and learning how to create their own vegetable gardens. There are at least ten city farms in the city and therefore a huge opportunity and days of activity promised in the city.
Although spring is just beginning and the weather still brings a chill, it won’t be long till the parks become packed with sun bathers and the pools bringing masses to them. A great way of retaining body warmth is through exercise it’s also well known that one of the best ways to exercise without muscle strain is through swimming. Studies show that the lack of resistance when swimming means you are far less likely to strain and pull muscles, making it one of the healthiest ways to keep fit. If you are looking for a scenic and traditional place to take a dip, whether it be for fitness or for leisure or for both, London has plenty of opportunities and what’s more, the surrounding areas are often bustling with attractions and things to do.
London Fields Lido is among these, located in the park from where it gains its name, the Lido offers a 50 Metres heated outdoor swimming pool which is also Olympic standard. There are a great range of amenities available within the centre and the prices are brilliant value for entry. This is not the only lido available in the city. There are also lidos located in Brockley, Hampstead Heath and Hyde Park, among many others.
The Royal Parks of London were created at various times during the height of the monarchy. They were designed at first to be large private spaces for kings and queens for leisure time as well as for hunting purposes but slowly became public spaces. Nowadays the Royal Parks, consisting of Bushy Park, Green Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Regents Park, Richmond Park and St James Park are great and vast spaces of green within the hustle and bustle of the city. Many of these boast a wide range of iconic landmarks. Hyde Park in particular is well known for its vast range of memorials and unique art works. These include the Princess Diana Memorial playground, a moving tribute to the 7/7 bombing victims as well as Speakers Corner, where on a weekly basis passers-by can engage in debate and listen to often well-known speakers and political and philosophical speakers. Think of it as a live Ted Talk surrounded by tweeting birds!
The South Bank gives tourists a great view of many different London Monuments, including Big Ben and London Bridge. This is also the place where you can find the iconic London Eye and if it takes your fancy, you can even take a ride on it. On top of this, there are a number of outside seated bars and restaurants at which you can enjoy the glittering river reflecting the cityscape, as well as on a clear day, the beautiful sunset fall across London. There are also various market stalls and pop up shops available for visitors to eat and buy from as well as the arts hub of the area including the British Film Institute and the National Theatre.