1. Everyone is really, really happy when the sun comes out
By the time summer comes around we’re all so desperate for a bit of sunshine we get over-excited and may even stretch to eye contact with strangers on the tube. We don’t mind when someone stands on the wrong side of the escalator, or puts their armpit in our face on the northern line, because HEY GUYS – it’s sunny.
2. In fact, we’re so happy we don’t even mind spending those long summer days at work
Imagine going to work every day during the summer in Barcelona? Not only would you resent being stuck in the office whilst tourists bask in the thirty degree heat, you’d also turn up covered in sweat, and possibly wearing flip flops. Let’s position our ‘mild’ summers as a benefit, shall we?
3. We know what it’s like to truly love a square metre of outdoor space
Londoners know exactly what it is to love a patio when the sun comes out. Or a roof terrace. Or a really, minutely small balcony. Unlike people living in normal conditions who may take their gardens for granted, we understand what it is to appreciate that tiny bit of beautiful outdoors with all our heart, and are able to position a BBQ on any flat surface.
4. Same story with beer gardens and roof terraces
Never has a community of people enjoyed a small outside space more. Come Friday night (or midweek if it’s really sunny) we flock to the numerous beer gardens and roof terraces dotted across the capital and fight our way through the crowds for a seat. Add to this excitement some of the most beautiful city skylines on offer, great beer on tap, proper cocktails, decent food and all your mates, and it’s hard to imagine anywhere you’d rather be. Except Fiji.
5. We have air con on tubes and bikes for hire
Look away now if you’re confined to the central line during the summer months, but the Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan lines now have air con, and quite frankly it’s wonderful. Even better, you can hire a bike incredibly cheaply courtesy of our fine mayor Boris, and explore the city on a sunny day al fresco. If, like me, the chances of you being knocked off said bike on London’s roads are high, I’d recommend a trip along Regents Canal.
6. Every summer brings even more pop up street food markets
If the best street food in the world, brilliant cocktails and an outdoor DJ sounds like your thing, head to one of the many street food markets on offer over the summer. Dinerama is my personal favourite, but you can find all sorts dotted around East London from May/June onward. If you’re not a fan of pop ups, try one of the traditional outdoor food markets like Borough or Broadway market for some of the best food in the city.
7. There are seven million trees in London…
So there’s always somewhere to take shelter from the sun when it makes an appearance. Although you’d question this living in Whitechapel.
8. We have pools, lidos, ponds and ‘urban beaches’
On the two or three days a year that it’s actually warm enough to swim outdoors, Londoners like to take advantage of the pools, lidos and urban beaches available in the city. Yes, we have ‘urban beaches’… Sadly I’ve never managed to time being in London with a day hot enough to swim, but I’m assured the lido at Victoria Park is a great spot. Who needs Spain.
9. We’ve got you covered when it rains
Whilst you might struggle to fill your days in a beach resort when the weather turns sour, we here in London specialise in rainy day activities. From world class museums and galleries like Tate Modern, the National History Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, to pubs, restaurants, shopping arcades, coffee houses, cinemas, indoor markets and more pubs, this is basically our thing.
And finally… where else in the world can you bask in the sun on a roof terrace, visit the beach, go for a swim in the pool, hit the bars, have a picnic in the park, go to a gig, take a stroll along the world’s best high street and cycle home for less than a fiver with a basketful of street food?
We have it good.