Summer is well and truly here and in true British style, it’s a little hit and miss. But when the sun does appear, cooling down can be a welcome treat. Here is a list of the top 5 ways to cool off this summer
1.Treat yourself to something sweet
From the humble and classic ice cream, to the trend setting freakshakes taking the UK- and social media- by storm, there’s no shortage of ice cold sweet treats to cool you down on a hot day. Award winning and uniquely flavoured ice creams and sorbets can be found at Gelato Gusto in the seaside resort town of Brighton, while London is the place to go for some freakishly good milkshakes. Maxwells in Covent Garden serve up their own creamy concoctions in their ‘freakshake’ menu. Their delicious shakes are adorned with indulgent sweet treats such as ring doughnuts, marshmallows and topped with lashings of chocolate sauce and whipped cream- not one for the faint hearted. For a more toned down cool refreshment, head to Frurt in Manchester where you can fill your boots with frozen yogurt and pick your own toppings from a generous menu of sweets, cereals and fresh fruit.
2.Visit an urban beach
Dream beachy day feel out of reach as you’re too far from the sea? Worry no more. Nestled in the trendy Shoreditch district, London City Beach is just the remedy for those pining for the beachy atmosphere. Featuring all the beach favourites; craft beers, live music, beach bars, palm trees and of course the humble deck chair, it’s no surprise that this is London’s number 1 beach party spot in the summer months. So, kick your shoes off, grab your beach gear and enjoy the best of the beach in the centre of the city. Open only on Saturdays and Sundays between 15th June and the 16th July.
3.Go for picnic or fire up the BBQ
Eating al-fresco is a great way to cool off in the open air whilst enjoying some great UK landscapes, and the location and menu is completely up to you. You can take your own sarnies along to a scenic spot, or why not bring the BBQ with you for an extra summery feel? Bring your friends and family along for a fun alfresco party in the sun.
After some more BBQ inspiration? Check out our list of London’s best BBQ spots
4. Retreat to a rooftop bar
Want to keep cool, enjoy an amazing view while still enjoying the thrills of a pub or a bar? Rooftop bars and pubs are becoming quite the trend in the UK’s cities with many venues even offering exciting al-fresco entertainment. The Boundary Project in London’s East End offers a stunning rooftop, a relaxed restaurant TraTra as well as an all day cafe Albion. The rooftop bar offers stunning views across the Capital in a relaxed Mediterranean style. Sip a cocktail or sample some modern English fare whilst looking out at the panoramic London skyline.
5. Get wet and wild
You don’t have to go abroad or suffer over-crowded public pools to enjoy the fun and refreshing effects of water this summer. There are plenty of exciting water parks and places to go wild swimming here in the UK. For a great waterpark experience, venture out to Water World in Stoke on Trent for a day of guaranteed fun for all the family. For the more adventurous swimmers, wild swimming is a great alternative where you can enjoy some of the most picturesque places in the UK and even discover some hidden gems.