So, exams are finally done. You can breathe a sigh of relief for the first time in months and, more importantly, you can really start to celebrate.
Luckily for you, the terrible weather in London is also ending in time with your exams. So you’ll want to make sure you’re exulting in your new-found freedom somewhere which benefits from the sun. Not to worry, as we’ve rounded up the best places to enjoy the sun adfter your exams in London.
Islington Canal Side
What better place is there to sit and enjoy a drink in the sun than by a gorgeous canal? Islington Canal Side is a sprawling area to go and explore and walk along, admiring the beautiful houseboats and natural scenery as you celebrate your newfound freedom – and the weather.
This giant green area in Clapham has so many spots to park your bum in that you’re spoilt for choice. It’s also really, really pretty, meaning you can get some great snaps for Insta G while having loads of space to spread out in and relax.
The hidden jewel of South London, Richmond, means it’s well worth the journey out to Zone 4 at least once this summer. This absolutely gorgeous riverside could fool you into thinking you were in Europe when it’s a sunny day out, as crowds flock to the picturesque riverside area in droves to soak up some rays.
The festival haven which hosts the likes of All Points East this year is also an excellent place to explore and chill when you’re free from the mental shackles of exam season. With all sorts of scenery and a massive area to wander around, it’s like your own little national park in the middle of East London. Sort of.
If there’s one thing which is pretty much synonymous with summer in London, it’s rooftop parties. And these glorious open-air celebrations of warmer climes don’t come much better than Brixton Rooftop. The summer stalwarts host a massive number of events with brilliant bands and DJs throughout summer.
Situated just by Waterloo Station and the London Eye, Southbank is honestly one of the most gorgeous places you could hope to find in England when the sun hits it. Either stroll along the river and take in the amazing sights and sounds it has to offer – there are frequent street performances, excellent buskers, book fairs and some fantastic popup food stalls – or plonk yourself down at Southbank Centre’s outside bar with the perfect view. Whatever you decide to do at Southbank, you really can’t go wrong.
The most classic summer hotspot for Londoners every year is definitely Hyde Park, and if you pay it a visit when the sun is up then it’s very easy to see why. Whether you’re swimming in the Serptentine or cycling along its gorgeous paths, or even just sunbathing in one of its many, many massive green spaces with a Pimms in hand, Hyde Park is one of the best places you could possibly celebrate summer in London, and enjoy your post-exam freedom, in.