If you’re moving to London at this time of year then it might surprise you to find out about the many things there are to do. Even if it is a good idea to be prepared for the occasional downpour, London really does put on its very best during the summer months of June, July, August and September, with the city springing to life and often being astonishingly vibrant. Here are a few things for you to do so that you can make the very best of the summer.

Outdoor swimming isn’t something that you would normally associate with London, so you really are in for a surprise when you’ll see what’s available. There are two notable outdoor swimming facilities at Brixton Lido and Hampton Pool. If you’re a braver sort, maybe the pools at Hampstead Heath are more what you’re looking for. Just be careful as even if it is summer, the water can get a bit chilly.

For those of you who are real movie-buffs (or even if you’re not), an outdoor cinema might be just the right thing for a summer evening. There’s a load for you to choose from in London, from the BP Summer Screen at Trafalgar Square to the Rooftop Cinema at Queen of Hoxton to performances at Richmond park.

Of course, with the summer here, there’s no better time to take in the plethora of parks and gardens dotted throughout the London area. For choices, you have Hyde Park, Regents Park, Kew Gardens and Greenwich Park. For something really special, head on over to the Japanese Gardens at Holland Park.

Had a long day at the office? Then why not do a bit of kayaking on the Thames. Yes. Kayaking. On the Thames. Just hire a kayak, take it out and start rowing. And there really is very little that can beat the relaxing slosh of water as you slide through the Thames at sunset.

That’s just a few of the things for you to do in the summer and as you’ll soon discover, moving can really be the complete opposite of its grey stereotype.

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