Travelling to London this summer? Beat the heat!

Travelling sunseekers, it’s a miracle! Summer has arrived in London, with more warm weather on the way.  It seems a shame to waste the long, hot days and endless nights.  Still, sometimes it can get overwhelmingly hot, especially when the pavement traps the heat. Travelling is no fun when you’re sweaty and uncomfortable, but Palmers’ tips will keep you cool.

Hydrate

The number one rule for keeping cool, preventing dehydration and heat stroke is to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water, and carry a water bottle with you to refill (the tap water is perfectly safe to drink in London). We know it’s tempting to spend the afternoon with friends at a beer garden or bar terrace, and by all means enjoy. Just remember to order some water with your alcoholic beverage.

Protect yourself from the sun

Make sure you wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, even if it’s cloudy. The sun’s rays are deceptively strong in London, and you won’t feel very comfortable at night with a fiery sunburn. Besides, do you really want to look like a lobster in all your holiday pictures?

Switch it off (for a bit, anyway)

What’s that scorching feeling on your upper thighs? Why it’s your laptop, of course. We love social media as much as anyone, but all those devices emit even more heat. So give your computer a rest, go out, and you’ll have even more adventures to tweet about when you get back to the hostel.

Wear light, loose clothing

Okay, we’re not suggesting you don a toga (unless it’s at one of our epic parties), but you can probably leave the 3 piece suit at home. Still it’s good to have a couple of long sleeved shirts in your backpack in case the weather takes you by surprise.

Go underground

London has lots of great historical sites, many of them underneath the city. Check out St Paul’s crypt, or the dungeons in the Tower of London.

But keep cool on the underground

With the exception of Metropolitan Line trains, none of the trains on the underground have air conditioning. Consider investing in a small handheld fan, and avoid travelling during rush hour when the trains are most crowded. Alternatively, walk or take the bus.

Air conditioning without the purchase

Most shops and restaurants will have air conditioning, but require you to spend money (or are too tempting not to spend money). If you fancy somewhere air conditioned for the low price of free, pop in to one of London’s many museums. They’re temperature controlled (to keep the artefacts from turning to dust), and you can stay as long as you’d like.