A beautiful London park that’s a little out of the way for the average visitor is Brockwell Park – a short bus ride from Brixton, or a short walk from Herne Hill station. I’ll often spend a sunny day at the 50-hectare park, as there are lots to do for kids and adults alike. Near the north end of the park is the Grade 2 listed Lido, an open-air swimming pool built in 1937. Naturally, the pool is packed on hot summer days but join the hardcore swimmers in the cooler months and enjoy a lot more space. The adjoining café is a popular brunch spot for swimmers and non-swimmers alike. Take a stroll to the centre of the park, and take in some magnificent views right across London. For kids, there’s a small miniature railway which you can take rides on, a BMX track, and don’t miss the excellent adventure playground, which is one of the best I’ve been to in London and is busy all year round.
If we’re in town in mid-July, a visit to the Lambeth Country Show is a must. A truly unique (and free) event for all ages, where the spectacle of an English agricultural show collides with the local community – itself an eclectic mix of demographics. Expect jousting demonstrations, giant vegetable competitions, farm animals, cooking demonstrations, bouncy castles, live reggae and a huge selection of food stalls. Also look out for the flagons of Chucklehead cider which you’ll see many people walking around with.