The UK heatwave has certainly been a hot topic recently, with temperatures climbing to high 20s and level 3 health warnings across the country. Early signs of good weather appeared when Andy Murray smashed his way to an untraditional, but dry Wimbledon championship. Time spent around the water cooler in the office and trips to the UKâs intriguing coastline are fast becoming solutions for relieving the heat. Besides the obvious factors of hydration and dressing lightly, Essential Travel has put together five helpful tips for keeping cool.
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Take A Dip
Going for a swim in one of the country's 1930 Art Deco lidos or outdoor swimming pools is a quick way to escape the roaring temperatures, and won't cost you much. If its a chlorine-free dip you're after, the Hampstead Heath swimming ponds or Serpentine Lake at Hyde Park are an alternative and fun way to cool down.
Visit Public Buildings
The National Galleryâs magic temperature is 23Â°C, which is optimum for keeping the art - and you - cool. The British Library falls between 18Â°C and 21Â°C. A lot of these places are free, and give you the opportunity to see some of the latest or most famous artworks, while enjoying the comfortable and cool environment.
Go To An Outdoor Cinema
The Luna Cinema Club is the country's leading organiser of open air cinema events, and has introduced a new, exciting concept into cinema viewing this summer. With state of the art equipment and bespoke sound systems, the concept is simple - a great movie in a great location, while you enjoy a picnic at sunset with mates. And their official sponsor is the delicious HÃ¤agen-Dazs ice-cream, to top off the perfect evening of cooling down.
Hit The Roof
There are a number of rooftop bars across London, which have their own personal flair, offering tasty cocktails and tapas - and have been known to get pretty rowdy when the sun goes down. Proud Sky Bar is the ultimate eclectic mix of the perfect roof-top venue in North London. Each night offers different live music to enjoy, while during the day you can relax in their tub enjoying a cold beverage.
Ice skating can now be enjoyed in the summer months, thanks to indoor ice rinks around the country. Queens Ice and Bowl, located in Bayswater, West London, is the ultimate entertainment center. With state of the art sound, lights and REAL-ice, this is one of London's best indoor ice skating rinks. Queens Ice and Bowl also offer skate lessons for kids and adults who are wanting to learn for the first time.