5 ways to cool off this summer

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

Freakshake ice cream drinkFrom the humble and classic ice cream to the trendy freakshakes, 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 yoghurt and pick your own toppings from a generous menu of sweets, cereals and fresh fruit.

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2. Visit an urban beach

Urban BeachDream 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 on select days for the public between the 19th of June and the 23rd of July. Or if you’re really craving the water’s edge, why not check out the Thames Beach at Southbank.

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3. Go for a picnic or BBQ on the water

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 are 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? You can even try a BBQ boat on the River Thames to really make the most of that breeze from the water.

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4. Retreat to a rooftop bar

Rooftop BarWant to keep cool and savour an amazing view while still enjoying the thrills of a pub or a bar? Rooftop bars and pubs have become quite the trend in the UK’s cities with many venues even offering exciting entertainment. Bussey Rooftop Bar in London’s Peckham offers a stunning rooftop experience complete with cocktails, mocktails and pizza!

The bar offers stunning views across the Capital in a relaxed, sociable style. Sip a fruity drink and sample some freshly baked pizza whilst looking out at the panoramic London skyline.

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5. Get wet and wild

Waterpark UKYou 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.

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