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On the search for things to do now you can meet up with your pals outside? We’ve rounded up the best eight outdoor activities that you can do with six or less people. 

The ‘Rule of Six’ has returned and we can now meet up with five other people as long as we’re outdoors. From picnics to boating, paddle boarding to barbecuing, there are several fun activities you can do in groups of six this month. Here are our favourites…

Whizz down the Thames with GoBoat 

Ahoy there! Jump on board one of GoBoat’s electric vessels and whizz on down the Thames in style with your friends this weekend.

Both GoBoat’s Paddington and Kingston sites have reopened for groups of up to six people, meaning you can get out on the open river and dart up and down the River Thames on one of their electric picnic boats without needing a license. Grab your five friends and pack up the ultimate picnic to be enjoyed while you live out your pirate adventures on board your mini ship. 

GoBoat now has a contact-free check-in at the kiosk and all new safe-distanced queuing systems to ensure all staff and guests are safe, as well as every boat being sanitised between each trip.

Where: Paddington & Kingston
Website: www.goboat.co.uk

Paddle along the Thames with Paddleboarding London 

Whether you’re a paddleboarding fanatic or it’s your first time on a board, put your balance to the test and embark on a riverside journey with Paddleboarding London. 

Based in Camden Town, Paddleboarding London has now reopened for business and has a whole host of different lessons and classes you can get involved in. From paddling with Prosecco to sunrise sessions, grab your adrenaline junkie friends and book in for a class. 

In each lesson, you’ll be guided through the ropes, from learning how to paddle to standing up with confidence. They also host paddle tours along Regent’s Park and one-to-one sessions too, perfect for those starting out on their paddleboarding journey.

Where: Camden Town
Website: www.paddleboardinglondon.co.uk

Walk the grounds at Kew 

A day trip to Kew Gardens is always magical, whether you’re burrowing your head inside the Davies Alpine House or letting the kiddies run wild at the Children’s Garden. 

There’s so much to see along the way. Stroll through the Bamboo Garden and Minka House, before picnicking along the Arboretum nuzzled amongst the 14,00 trees around you. See the Cedar Vista and head along the Lake and Sackler Crossing to admire the wildlife merking in the pond, before taking a mindful moment in the Japanese Gardens. 

The gardens are currently open to the public to explore, but some of the buildings are still closed in line with national guidance.

Where: KEW, RICHMOND, TW9 3AE
Website: www.kew.org

Chill with the otters at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo 

Grab your troupe of five and head to Battersea Park Children’s Zoo for a fun-filled, family-friendly day out.

Preparing to reopen from Monday 12th April, the Battersea zoo is a great day out for all to enjoy. Roam the zoo and meet the furry mammals and scaly reptiles. Catch sight of the Asian short-clawed otters, watch the Bolivian squirrel monkeys cause havoc and see a mob of red-necked wallabies in person. There are several reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates to visit too, from the Sambava panther chameleons to the Vietnam giant forest scorpions.

Where: Chelsea Bridge Gate, Battersea, SW11 4NJ
Website: www.batterseaparkzoo.co.uk

Picnicking in the park 

Picnicking is going to be all of the rage this spring and summer as we ease out of lockdown restrictions. And they are just perfect for meeting up with friends and celebrating the beginning of spring too!

Pimp up your picnic and make sure you have everything catered for, from the best parks to visit to the best hampers to try.

We’ve even got all of your picnic drinking essentials too, from hard seltzers to CBD infused tins. You’ve never been so prepared… 

Get in shape for Wimbledon with Finsbury Park Tennis

With Wimbledon season around the corner, everyone is going to want a piece of the tennis action. 

You’ll find tennis courts dotted around every London park, but we love Finsbury Park’s offerings which have recently been refurbished. They’ve got an all-year coaching programme too for those who want to give Robert Federer a run for his money come Wimbledon season. 

If you’re on the search for other outdoor sporting activities, check out our guide to the best reserve sporting facilities.

Where: Finsbury Park Tennis Courts, N4 3ET
Website: www.finsburyparktennis.org.uk

Visit one of the National Trust’s estates

Many of National Trust’s gardens and estates are back up and running this month, so where better to catch up with friends than with a socially distanced stroll around some of the country’s prettiest gardens. 

We love Fenton House, located in Hampstead, who’s gardens will be opening up Friday to Sundays and bank holidays from 9th April. Catch the flowers in full bloom as you stroll through the walled garden. Spread over three levels, expect lawns, herbaceous borders and a pretty rose garden to await your discovery.

Where: Fenton House, Hampstead Grove, Hampstead, NW3 6SP
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Go boules-deep with a game of pétanque

Another day, another outdoor sporting activity for you. This time it’s pétanque. While your annual holiday to France might be off the cards for yet another year – sigh – get your French sporting fix at one of London’s pétanque pitches.


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