50 Great Things to do Outdoors in London

Big Ben in London

I was standing on top of the O2 Arena the other day admiring the view of London and thought you might like to know a few of the other great things to do outdoors in London.

    1. Bungee Jumping – I get a lot of people looking for places to go bungee jumping in London. Occasionally you can get to do it at Tower Bridge. The most popular place to go is bungee jumping at the O2.
    2. Explore London on a Boris Bike – You can rent a bike to explore London. You can find a bike rack at most tourist locations throughout London
    3. Sports events at the London Olympic Park – Following the 2012 London Olympics, sports events such as the schools games or Invicta games are held there every year. I have been to watch the Extreme Drift Allstars racing championships there. A superb day out.
    4. Watch the Oxford Cambridge boat race – Every year the same two teams end up in the final of the Oxford Cambridge Boat Race. The two university rowing teams race along the river Thames. You can watch from the river bank. Should you want to go rowing yourself, you can do that on the Thames or in London Parks.
    5. See the Christmas lights on Regents Street – A celebrity is selected to turn on the lights and amaze the crowds. Whilst looking at the visual spectacular, I usually head for Hamleys toy store to play with the latest toys and games.
    6. Fun in the Royal Parks – Whether you are on a lunch break, touring, or on a day trip, you can find plenty of fun in the Royal Parks around London. Picnics, chess, ping pong, Frisbee, boating, cycling, running, cafes. You can even go Nordic roller skiing.
    7. Tower of London – Discover some great history in the castle used to hold traitors captive.
    8. Trafalgar Square – Trafalgar Square has Nelson’s Column looking down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace. A great place to meet, feed the pigeons (or not depending on current local bylaws), see some amazing art at the National Gallery.
    9. Downing Street – Go see where the Primeminister lives in Whitehall. Take your picture standing next to the uniformed military guards outside Horseguards Parade.
    10. Big Ben
    11. Buckingham Palace
    12. View Tower Bridge from Blackfriars Train Station
    13. Boating on the Serpentine
    14. Stadium Tours
    15. London Marathon
    16. Ghost Walks
    17. Raise money on a Moon Walk
    18. White Water Rafting at the Lee Valley Olympic course
    19. Greenwich Cutty Sark
    20. Climbing
    21. London Zoo
    22. Go Ape
    23. Thames Barrier
    24. Stand on the Meridian Line at Greenwich Observatory
    25. Get a fast water taxi up the Thames
    26. Go on a fast rib ride on the Thames
    27. Monopoly Run
Big Ben in London
  1. Watch street entertainers in Covent Garden
  2. City Farm
  3. Go Up at the O2
  4. Emirates Skyway cable car across the Thames
  5. Watch a play at the Globe Theatre. There are several other outdoor cinema and theatre events held during the summer in London.
  6. Metal detecting along the shore of the Thames at low tide
  7. Kite flying
  8. Running, free running, parkour and jogging
  9. Exercise classes and bootcamps in the parks
  10. Ride on an open top bus
  11. Skateboarding
  12. Roller skating/blading
  13. Nordic Roller Skiing
  14. Scooters
  15. Join the crowds celeb spotting in Leicester Square for a film premiere
  16. New Year at the London Eye and Trafalgar Square – This year you have to pay to see it.
  17. Watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace
  18. Winter Fair in Regents Park, Winterwonderland
  19. Ice skating
  20. Football matches
  21. Concerts at Wembley
  22. Notting Hill Carnival – This is London’s version of the Rio carnival. Not quite on the same scale, but definitely just as amazing to watch. Held on the bank holiday weekend in August.
  23. Lord Mayor’s Parade – Often a soggy affair, the parade takes place on New Year’s Day in London

One more late entry new in 2015 – Go Ape Battersea is the first of its kind in the city of London.