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Things to do in London when the sun is shining

Published: Monday 28th of May 2012

After months of cold, rain and generally miserable weather, the sun is finally shining, and people will be looking for outdoor activities to do in London to make the most of the hot spell.

What better way to pass a warm day than among the splendour of nature? Around this time of year the delightful Kew Gardens will be in colourful bloom, and visitors can spend happy hours wandering among the flora and fauna.

During spring, over five million bulbs come into bloom at Kew Gardens, and a colourful collection of the best garden, nature and outdoor photography will also be on show in the International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition.

From June 9th, visitors to Kew will get to glimpse David Nash at Kew: A Natural Gallery, which exhibits the work of one of the UK's most prolific sculptors. It includes sculptures, installations, drawings and film in place throughout the gardens, glasshouses and exhibition spaces.

If you're less of a budding botanist and more an animal lover, then London Wetland Centre could be the attraction for you. Visitors can enjoy the sun while attending a guided tour around the grounds, learning about the history and wildlife of the centre.

A wetland is an area in which water saturates the ground for prolonged periods of time, meaning that specially adapted plants, animals and soils manifest themselves. The London Wetland Centre is an award-winning manmade example of wetland.

The Wimbledon Tournament is a summer staple for most Brits, and tennis fans will not want to pass up on the opportunity to visit Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum to learn more about the world-renowned game.

Visitors can opt for a guided tour around the grounds to experience the remarkable venues used during the prestigious tournament. The tours are directed by Blue Badge Tourists guides and last around an hour and a half, featuring the most iconic and exclusive locations in the grounds.

The route includes Centre Court, No 1 Court, the Picnic Terraces and Water Gardens, The Millennium Building and Press Interview Room. Visitors can then go on to visit the museum, which features memorabilia tracking tennis' evolution from a leisurely pastime into the international sport it is today.

There is also the opportunity to enjoy Wimbledon's trademark snack of strawberries and cream in the sunshine - an idyllic and quintessentially English moment.

Strolling around London in the sunshine and taking in plenty of different London attractions is one option, with many intriguing City Secret Walks on offer. 

One popular walk is The Blood and Tears Walk, which has been ongoing for ten years, and explores the stories of Jack the Ripper as well as other London serial killers and stories of witchcraft, execution and much more.

Meanwhile, the Shakespeare City Walk provides fresh insight into the mind of the great playwright, and its quality has been confirmed by The Independent newspaper, which recently labelled it 'One of London's Grand Tours'.

After all this activity browsing London attractions, tourists may want to enjoy the sun while enjoying some fine food, and the Tiltyard Cafe is an ideal place to do so. Immersed in Tudor history, the cafe complements other London attractions with its intriguing past.

It is situated in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, and was originally used by Henry VIII for jousting. Nowadays it is a large, warm and open space that is extremely enjoyable to sit in.

Food from the Tiltyard Cafe is homemade and the delicious menu changes seasonally.

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