Summer-time in the UK often feels increasingly transient, with peeking shimmers of hazy sunlight evoking the gleaming hope of a beautiful day; only to be shunned by swirling clouds and patches of the typically ‘British’ rain. However, for those rare days of endless sunshine, we have listed our top five locations to catch some rays!
1. Duke of York Square
Located in the heart of Chelsea, the Duke of York Square is the hub of beauty, culture, fashion and cuisine. Overlooking the gardens of the Saatchi Gallery and laden with areas to relax in the sun, the square itself is perfect for taking a moment away from the hustle and bustle of Kings Road.
In order to celebrate the Rolling Stones Exhibitionism, currently showcased at the Saatchi, the benches are decorated with vibrantly coloured and iconic ‘Stones imagery, reflecting the fiery summertime we so wish we had.
2. Chelsea Physic Garden
If escapism is what you desire, look no further than one of London’s oldest botanic gardens; the Chelsea Physic Garden. Filled with an array of exotic and amazing flowers, plants and shrubbery, the garden enables you to view a different side to Chelsea. Its tranquil and calm aura allows you to focus upon the beauty of flora and fauna through the senses, and its winding paths lead you to hidden areas obscured by foilage. Quintessential for short and quiet walks in the sunlight.
3. The Ivy Chelsea Garden
An iconic spot for all Chelsea-goers, the Ivy Chelsea Garden intertwines a perfect balance of relaxation and an urbane aesthetic. With the main restaurant located inside, it’s outdoor terrace, filled with quirky décor and lush garden, is a blissful area to bask in the sun and enjoy some al fresco dining!
4. Battersea Park
Just a short walk from Kings Road is the endless greenery of Battersea Park. Although a favoured spot for a fast-paced jog, you couldn’t feel further from the big city when caught in its peaceful and relaxed [CK1] vibes. The gentle breeze, peaks of glistening sun, and rustling leaves are the perfect mix for a picturesque day out.
5. Kensington Roof Gardens
The Kensington Roof Gardens, sits above Kensington High Street, oozes sophistication and is located on top of the former Derry & Toms department store. However, there is far more than meets the eye at this rooftop bar. What lies ahead is a 6000sq foot space, brimming with a Spanish and Tudor garden, a flowing stream and even, flamingoes. Catch some rays at lunchtime, brunching at the Babylon Restaurant or at the bar sipping one of their signature cocktails.
The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism is open at the Saatchi Gallery until 4 Sept 2016. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Box Office located at the Duke of York Square. http://www.saatchigallery.com
The Chelsea Physic Garden is open Monday-Sunday located at 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea. Tickets can be purchased on entry. http://chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk
The Ivy Chelsea Garden is open Monday-Sunday located at 195-197 Kings Road, Chelsea. Telephone for reservations on +44 203 301 0300. http://theivychelseagarden.com
Kensington Roof Gardens is open to the public unless there is a private event located at 99 High Street, Kensington. Telephone before making a visit on +44 207 937 7994. http://www.virginlimitededition.com/en/the-roof-gardens/the-gardens