Fake it till you make it with our top five for providing holiday vibes; jet-lag free and as cheap as a rooftop cocktail...

Words Helen Brown 

No money? No problem. Recreate those holiday vibes right here in the city. We’re living the beach-life by bringing the best parts of any trip to London. Our top five will whisk you away to white sands and palm trees. We can’t promise sunshine but we’ve got our fingers crossed…

HEAD TO A ROOFTOP BAR

For full on summer vibes head to one of London’s amazing rooftop bars. Here you can soak up the city sun against a backdrop of the capital’s iconic skyline. With cocktail in hand and the scent of street-food in the air, London will seem a million miles away. Brixton Rooftop even has real sand.

GET TO AN OUTDOOR SWIMMING AREA

A gloriously blue swim spot is one of the biggest draws of any summer holiday. While you may not be able to recreate the accompanying white sand and palms, swimming spots are in abundance. London has many outdoor pools and ponds that are perfect for cooling down in when temperatures rise.

GET A NEW SUMMER SCENT

What holiday doesn’t begin with a mandatory duty-free dash? Evoke the memories of holidays past by re-purchasing your holiday fragrance. Or upgrade your scent with a new sunny scent that will whisk you away to the palm-lined beaches of the caribbean. Estee Lauder bronze goddess is one of our favourites.

WHIP UP A DAIQUIRI

You might not be poolside but that never stopped anyone mixing up a cocktail or six. This frozen daiquiri is super refreshing and perfect now during strawberry season.

GO FOR A PICNIC

Emanate that carefree holiday feeling with an outside jaunt to one of London’s many green spaces for a picnic. From secret gardens to lakeside lounging, there are hundreds of top spots to pick. Sitting on the grass with the sun on your face you’ll forget about the nine to five. Make yours truly effortless by picking up a ready-made hamper

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