London’s Summer Hotspots

If you can’t afford a break abroad this year, how about a staycation in London?

Here are my top hotspots in the capital that will bring the med to your doorstep.


For an authentic tapas experience in the heart of Tooting, The Little Taperia feels like you’ve just walked into a Spanish restaurant. The perfect upbeat vibe for cocktails and small Spanish plates. You can even get your Spanish evening delivered by The Little Taperia with Deliveroo.

 Central London-based? The Port House, on The Strand takes a very close second to the Spanish tapas experience with the addition of very large and perfectly formed gin and tonics! 

Open-air Pools

We have some lovely little open-air pools in London. Weather permitting, take the kids or sneak an hour of pool time on your lunch break! 

Popular lido’sTooting lido, Brockwell lido.

Covent Garden Oasis swimming pools.

Members club and hotel  Shoreditch House and The Berkeley, Knightsbridge.


Roof Top Bars

There’s nothing like an aperitif while taking in the sites of the capital, check out these little hotspots.

ME London, The Strand.

Aqua Spirit  – champagne and cocktail bar, Argyl Street

Century Club, members club, West End.



A staycation must include a good gallery, and in London they’re free!  

National Portrait Gallery, Charing Cross

Somerset House, The Strand

Victoria and Albert Museum – Knightsbridge

Serpentine Galleries – Kensington Gardens

Design museum – Kensington

Tate Modern – Bankside

Saatchi Gallery – Chelsea




Natalie is the founder and editor of Balanced Being. She is also an Ambassador for beat, the UK's leading eating disroder charity. Natalie provides wellbeing content and wellness reviews to the site.

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