From canal festivals to open-water swimming: Top five events to do in London during the heatwave this weekend

If you’re looking for ways to get outside in this weekend during the sweltering sun, then look no further as we have our to five events to stay cool.

With a heatwave currently sweeping London, you might be looking at ways to get out of the house and find something to do in the sunshine.

There’s plenty to do across the capital to stay cool and things to explore for all ages.

Whether you fancy a swim in Canary Wharf or an ice skate, there’s something for everyone.

Here’s our top five recommendations for heatwave activities.

The East End Canal Festival takes place over the weekend and is full of activities for the whole family

East End Canal Festival

The Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, Clinton Road, London, E3 4QY July 16-17 - 11am-5pm Free

Join Regent’s Canal Heritage for a weekend celebration of the heritage and community of the Regents Canal in the East End.

With activities for all ages, including art workshops, pond-dipping and storytelling, it’s the perfect activity for the whole family.

The two-day event will also have boat tours, live music and Mr Bubbles to keep everyone entertained.

For more information and to sign up for the events, visit the Eventbrite page.

Ice skating is the perfect way to experience some cooler temperatures this weekend

Ice skating

Queens, 17 Queensway, London, W2 4QP July 16 & 17 10am - 11pm Pre-bookings £13.50 - Walk Ins £14.50

There is no better way to keep cool than visiting an ice rink for some ice skating.

London’s only all year-round ice skating rink is the perfect way to stay chilled during the heatwave.

Queens are asking visitors to book your ice skating session with a specific time for an hour session on the rink.

For more information visit the Queens website.

Swimmers enjoying the new open water venue at Middle Dock, Canary Wharf. Photo: Canary Wharf Group

Canary Wharf Open Water Swimming

Love Open Water Canary Wharf, Mackenzie Walk, London E14 4PH July 16 -12noon-3pm £8

Middle Dock has opened up to invite swimmers to cool off during the warmer temperatures.

It is suitable for people aged 10 and up and has a 250m loop and 600m loop available.

The venue is also close to free-to-play mini golf and the Summer Lights art trail so could be a perfect addition to a full day of activities.

For more information visit the Love Open Water website.

Floating Film Festival

Floating Event Pontoon, St. Katharine Docks, London, E1W 1AT Saturday July 16 - Sunday July 24 - Various times Tickets start at £16.76

If you fancy a film with a difference this weekend then take a look at the Floating Film Festival.

This weekend’s viewings include Encanto, Spider-Man: No Way Home and West Side Story.

Whether you fancy a deck chair or a sofa for two, it’s the perfect outdoor activity to do as a family or for a couples date night.

For more information visit the St Katharine Docks website.

Lambeth Country Festival

Brockwell Park, Brockwell Park Gardens, London, SE24 0NG July 16-17 - 12noon - 8pm Free

After a two year break, the Lambeth Country Festival is back at Brockwell Park.

With attractions from traditional country shows, plus animal displays and craft and food stalls, this is the perfect activity for the family.

The afternoon’s entertainment also includes a host of music, from dub to Afro-beats and disco and soul, there’s something for everyone.

For more information visit the Lambeth Country Show website.