We’re in a weird point in life right now, right? Post-quarantine, mid-pandemic…life is confusing to say the least. However, we’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel as businesses are opening back up again. With many days of beautiful London weather still ahead, get out of your home and see the beautiful city that is London. These activities are a good mix for locals&tourists alike and I preface this with only do what you are comfortable with. Check out these 8 socially distanced things to do in London!
Have a Picnic in one of London’s Many Parks
I’m gonna start this list off with the most basic/common/duh ‘thing to do’- picnics in the park! Did you know that the city of London has over 3,000 parks? Odds are no matter where you are throughout the city, you have a park within walking distance. Take advantage of the beautiful summer weather in the city and have a picnic with a small group of friends. Plan a charcuterie board with some sav blanc and shooo that’s my kind of day!
See the Sights via Bike
It’s an obvious statement that London has many historical sites and buildings around the city. Even if you’ve seen Buckingham palace a hundred times, biking around the city is a great way to soak up the culture and get a sweat on. Plus, you can skip the tube and travel via open air! Please note that if you’re a tourist, take extra precaution and double check all streets before crossing- the streets of London can be dangerous for someone unexperienced. If you want to skip the busy streets, you can also bike around Hyde Park- London’s biggest park.
Explore London’s Famous Street Art
Home to the infamous Banksy, London is known for it’s beautiful and interesting street art. Even if you’ve lived in the city your entire life, chances are you’ve still never seen it all. Take advantage of this time and check it all out (and score some cool pics for the ‘gram). Shoreditch, Brick Lane, and Camden have some of the best street art in the city. You can adventure on your own and see what you find (it wont be hard) but you can also check out this Free London Street & Graffiti Art Tour.
Explore a New Neighborhood
One of the best things about a massive city like London is that there’s always something new to explore. Soho, Covent Garden, Shoreditch, Chelsea, and Little Venice are some of my favorites, to name a few. One of the best things about London is that each of these neighborhoods are so different with their style, restaurants, shops, etc. Pick a random one and go see what you can find!
Take an Outside Workout Class
Who else hasn’t been to the gym since March? Home workouts have been my new thing, but oh my I miss working out with other actual humans! If you’re wanting to get your sweat on or really just socialize while doing burpees 6 feet apart, check out the many options of outdoor workouts in the city. Digme Outdoors (Covent Garden) does HIIT and Yoga classes for £22 a class, BXR (Paddington) has boxing classes for £20 a class, F45 (Regent’s Park) has HIIT classes for £15 a class (shoutout Culture Whisper for these workout class ideas, check out more outdoor workout classes here).
Grab a Pint at a Beer Garden
Socializing over a beer? Who is she? With proper social distancing measures in place, outdoor beer gardens shouldn’t be overcrowded and masks are typically enforced. Grab a small group of friends and head for your favorite beer garden.
Rent a Pedal Boat in Hyde Park
If you’ve never done this, now is your time! This is another great active outdoor idea for when the weather is nice. Renting a pedal boat/pedalo in Hyde Park is available until October 31st and costs £12 for an hour or £10 for 30 minutes. This is available at the Serpentine, which is at the Southeast end of the park (close to the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain and across from Burger & Lobster Knightsbridge).
Explore the City with a Walking Tour
I heard self-guided walking tours are all the rage right now. You heard that too? Cool cool. I’m actually a big fan of walking tours as you can easily do it yourself for free or do an inexpensive one with a tour guide. See the sights and get your steps in at the same time (I guess that’s the unintended theme of this post, huh?). Just give it a quick Google search and there are hundreds of results, but London For Free has 12 different routes all for free! They’ve got self-guided walking tours like the Bridges walk, Ripper walk, Riverside Pubs walk, Cultural walk, etc.