Winter has its own charms: holidays, gifts, snow, skates, skis, but with the first bright rays of the February sun everyone remembers about summer and warmth. Mankind can`t speed up the time yet, but it is possible to visit places that, at least, temporarily can transfer us on a hot summer day. In London, there are six such "summer" points.
From winter to summer in a blink of an eye
1. Feel the hot summer in Kew Gardens
Royal Botanical Gardens is one of the most beloved and popular places in the capital. Walking along it gives a special pleasure in winter, when most days are gloomy and grim. Organize a "summer" mini vacation for yourself in Princess of Wales Conservatory, where you can spend a few hours in a warm atmosphere, finding yourself among flowers, trees and bushes.
Address: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Green, Richmond TW9 3AE.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 16:00, Saturday and Sunday are days off.
2. Relax in the restaurant Blixen
This restaurant they adore greenery, so its interior is full of various flowerpots, flowers and scramblers. Get settled comfortably on one of the sofas, order a gin and tonic for a few hours, and be taken to a hot summer evening, despite the fact that it is snowing or raining outside.
Address: 65A Brushfield St, London E1 6AA.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 23:00, Saturday from 10:00 to 23:00, Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00.
3. Swim and dive in the pool
It is impossible to rest on the beach in winter, of course, if you are not an ice swimmer, but you also do not want to completely deprive yourself of the pleasure of plunging into the water for the whole winter period. An ideal alternative to summer beach entertainment is the London Fields Lido. The water in the open air pool is heated to 25 ° C. This is summer temperature of the sea in Ibiza, so every Londoner has the opportunity to have a great time, like at a real resort.
Address: London Fields West Side, London E8 3EU.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 6:30 to 21:00.
4. Find a perfect bush in the Petersham Nurseries store.
If your apartment is empty, after you threw out the Christmas tree and hid the colored garlands, then the store for the garden can help you. In Petersham Nurseries it is always sunny and warm. Here is for sale a huge collection of beautiful deciduous plants and cute cacti. Pick yourself something to taste and create in your home the illusion of the summer.
Address: Church Lane, Petersham Road, Richmond TW10 7AB.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00, Monday – day off.
5. Create your own terrarium
Many of us like to spend time in the garden, planting flowers or vegetables. But in winter London there is no opportunity to be engaged in gardening. Of course, you can plant something at home or attend a workshop on the creation of a terrarium. But if you do not have time for this, you can look into London Terrariums gardener's shop and pick up a ready-made terrarium that is best to place on the windowsill. You will be pleased to look at it, especially when the storm rages outside the window.
Address: 106a New Cross Rd, London SE14 5BA.
Opening hours: Monday and Tuesday are weekends, from Wednesday to Friday from 11:00 to 19:00, on Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00, on Sunday from 12:00 to 18:00.
6. Play mini-golf
If you have already tried all the methods of winter return in the summer and you want something new, organize yourself a leisure with mini-golf on green grass in the cocktail bar Swingers. Take a brassy and try to beat everyone at a blow, and then grab a pizza, burrito or Mexican dish in the bar of the institution. Such pastime will give you a sunny summer holiday, which will help to forget about the winter melancholy and bad weather.
Address: 8 Brown's Buildings, London EC3A 8AL.
Opening hours: Monday to Tuesday from 12:00 to 00:00, Wednesday to Saturday from 12:00 to 1:00, Sunday from 12:00 to 32:00.