Summer in the city – where to go to cool down when the mercury rises


Britain has been gripped by a heat wave and we’re all hoping the warm weather will continue well into the summer this year. If you’re visiting London for the first time, it’s important to know that things can hot up quite quickly, especially in the centre of the city. But we’re lucky to have some great places to cool off when the mercury rises, too. With a number of places to enjoy outdoor swimming in London, incredible cafes and restaurants, and great spa deals at the Montcalm, London is definitely the place to be this summer.

Oasis Sports Centre

If you’re not familiar with the city, it could be easy to miss the Oasis Sports Centre. It’s a hidden gem in the heart of Convent Garden. While the centre does offer a myriad of different facilities – including a large gym, squash courts, and yoga studios – one of the biggest draws is the incredible open air swimming pool. It’s Central London’s only heated outdoor swimming pool, complete with a sun terrace, and this makes it a popular spot. On really sunny days it will be difficult to get any serious swimming done, but it’s a great location for a dip in the pool.

The Parlour at Fortnum and Mason

There’s nothing better on a sunny day than a delicious ice cream, and there’s no place in London quite like The Parlour. Located at one of London’s premier department stores, Fortnum and Mason, you’re guaranteed a luxury ice cream experience. Here you can indulge in an ‘afternoon tea’ ice cream style, build your own magnificent sundae, or indulge in The Parlour’s classic Knickerbocker Glory. Ice cream is often associated with kids, but a trip to The Parlour is a treat for London tourists of any age – what better way to cool down on a hot summers day?

Parliament Hill Lido

Refurbished in 2005, the Parliament Hill Lido is a great place for a family afternoon cooling down. It has the main lido where everyone is welcome during the day, adult-only sessions on certain evenings, a paddling pool for children, and a café. Although it is unheated, the 60×27 metre pool is the only one in the UK to be fitted with a stainless-steel pool liner, which gives the water a metallic shimmer.

The Montcalm Spa

Montcalm Spa London

Is there anything more soothing on a warm day than a relaxing spa treatment? At the Montcalm Marble Arch, we provide a range of great spa treatments for our guests, including facials, massage, and body wraps. All treatments take place in the luxurious on site spa, well away from the heat outside. You can also enjoy a dip in our private pool or spend time in our jacuzzi. Find out more about what we have to offer in our brochure.

Summer is one of the best times to visit London, but in the height of summer it’s good to have places to escape too. Whether you want to enjoy outdoor swimming in London, a fabulous ice cream, or even spa deals, London has so much to offer, and this summer is no exception.