Where to Celebrate Summer in the UK & Europe

July 5, 2017

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The sun’s out, flowers are in bloom and summer is in full swing. Whether you want to soak up the rays in Berlin, cool down with a sweet treat in Rome or wile away a lazy afternoon in Parisian style, The HUNT Guides have you covered on where to  celebrate summer however you’d like in cities throughout the UK and Europe.

Come Il Latte – Rome

Come Il Latte. Image by Livia Hengel.

The smoothest gelato in all of Rome is found at Come Il Latte, a vintage-inspired parlor. There are two fountains with white and dark chocolate, which they drizzle into your cone before topping the scoops of your flavor of choice with whipped cream. The salted caramel alone is worth the trip.

Dok – Amsterdam

Dok. Image courtesy of the venue.

When the days start to get longer, the folks at Amsterdam’s Dok throw open their doors, welcoming city dwellers. This urban retreat is tucked in northwest Houthavens along the IJ River; so while some beaches require extensive travel, this one is easily accessible and offers a unique blend of culture, entertainment and dining. Dig your toes in the sand, order a cold beer, bask in the sunshine and enjoy the laid-back vibe of it all.

Haubentaucher – Berlin

Haubentaucher. Image courtesy of venue.

On hot summer days, the Berlin’s hip crowd is heading to Haubentaucher. With its expansive pool, beach bar chill-out lounge areas and occasional DJ appearances, there’s a bit of an LA pool party vibe, though the post-industrial setting in a former railway yard adds that special Berlin touch. Show up in the morning for poolside yoga or later in the day for a sunset cocktail.

Kensington Roof Gardens – London

Kensington Roof Garden. Image via Fiickr Creative Commons, by Tanya Hart.

If you want to bask in the rays while also admiring the city, get thee to Kensington Roof Gardens. There are three different gardens to choose from – Spanish, Tudor and English Woodland – that include trees, a stream and flamingos (not of the plastic variety!) situated 100 feet above Kensington High Street.

Lily of the Valley – Paris

Lily of the Valley. Image by Haleigh Walsworth.

For a spot of tea in Paris, Lily of the Valley is a dreamy little spot. Flowers and vines cover the ceiling and reflect off of the mirrors to fanciful effect, and there’s a floral benched divided up by small tables that makes the perfect perch to admire the mismatched dishes and selection of teas. In summer, the tables in front get direct light, making for a delightful afternoon.

Parc del Centre del Poblenou – Barcelona

Parc del Centre de Poblenou. Image via Flickr Creative Commons, by Oriol Lladó

If the beach isn’t for you, try Parc del Centre del Poblenou. This peaceful, 12-acre oasis of avant-garde sculptures, native plants and spiraling flower tunnels truly captures the essence of Barcelona’s way of life, what with its elegant seating, bicycle parking, ping pong tables, pétanque pits, dog runs and games for children. Pack a picnic, take a walk and breathe in deep.

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