I have been back in London this summer. As you may know, I lived in UK and worked as an architect for more than a decade before I moved to New York with my family. It’s lovely to come back to my old stomping ground and catch up with my friends.
The weather has been just incredible (which is unusual) and this city is magical when weather is like this. England is going to the semi-final in the world cup, too. How miraculously fantastic is this summer?
I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite summer London spots. You can always cycle to these destinations of course!
1) Hyde Park
This is the biggest park in central London. The vast green space in the middle of the city reminds you that London is the greenest metropolitan city in the world. Diana Memorial Fountain is a great place to splash water with kids. It has a lot of trees around to chill out when it gets too hot.
Barrel sculpture in Serpentine Lake
Princess of Wales Memorial
Serpentine Summer Pavilion
Every year an architect practice is selected to design a temporary outside pavilion. They of course select the hippest team and it’s always fun to check out the creative space.
A Mexican architect Frida Escobedo was selected this year. Her philosophy on material and reaction to urban fabric is always inspiring but her pavilion was not my favourite I must admit.
Instead, I really enjoyed the exhibition of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who installed a jaw-dropping cool huge sculpture on the Serpentine Lake this year.
2) South Bank
Whenever I come back to London, I have to run down this massive slope in Tate Modern. The ambitious extension has been completed now and the viewing platform is cool. Enjoy an iconic view of the Millennium Bridge & St Pauls from their upper level balcony. I used to work in an architecture practice near here and come here for lunch break almost everyday.
|South Bank in summer||Urban garden on top of Queens Elizabeth Hall||
The best part of London is my friends!
Queens Elizabeth Hall Roof top
This fountain is iconic every summer. You cannot stop giggling when you get wet when you predict the fountain’s next move wrong! This building has a rooftop bar which is also mellow.
3) Primrose Hill
Surrounded by beautiful terrace houses this park is quintessentially English. It has always attracted a lot of celebrities such as Jude Law, Kate Moss…
|Primrose Hill||pretty houses in Primrose Hill|
My Manhattan children don’t get a chance to run down a hill often so we always enjoy just going up and down this hill. Regents Park Road has a few cute cafes and shops, worth strolling through it. I love this area and have used for a photoshoot in the past.
I would love to hear about your favourite London spots! Enjoy summer!