Hot in Canary Wharf isn’t it? So much so Public Health England has issued a Level 2 heat-health alert (that’s bad) for Tuesday, June 30 and Wednesday, July 1.
While you should take the sun seriously by wearing plenty of sunscreen, there’s fun to be had in the rays too.
And when you get too hot, we’ve found the best ways (most are pretty tasty too) to keep yourself cool in Canary Wharf and escape the heat.
Iced juices, milkshakes and ice cream
We’re spoilt for choice for cool drinks and eats. There is Kruger in Cabot Place Mall with smoothies, Supernatural in Canary Wharf Tube station with healthy concoctions or grab a smoothie at The Breakfast Club in Crossrail Place. Za Za in Canada Place Mall will be serving up creamy ice cream as well.
At Starbucks , Costa and Nero the crunch, crunch, crunch of the frappe machine will be on constant loop during the heatwave, so don’t miss out. You won’t be able to miss at least one of the many coffee chains in either Jubilee Place Mall, Canada Place Mall or Cabot Place Mall.
Ice cold beer
The Beach Bar is still in Montgomery Square and has plenty of shade out the back to relax in at lunch or after work. Just don’t drink too many beers – that’s always a fast route to the lobster look.
Take a boat trip or relax in the Roof Garden
The Thames Clipper can be caught just a short walk up to Westferry Circus or, if you really can’t be bothered to head up there, then how about keeping in the shade in the Roof Garden? All those lovely ferns keep it that little bit cooler, we’re told.
If the heat really is too much for you head into one of the malls and take a break for a bit. You may even have to go shopping while you’re at it. How about some swimwear from Sweaty Betty in Jubilee Place Mall or Cabot Place Mall?
Go for a dip
Over at Crossharbour (a few stops on the DLR) there’s Tiller Leisure Centre , or up at Westferry Circus is the Four Seasons . Just don’t jump in the Thames or a dock, no matter how hot you’re feeling.
Public Health England has some more tips for staying safe when it’s hot outside:
- Keep out of the sun from 11am to 3pm
- Apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection
- Wear UV sunglasses
Dr Yvonne Doyle, London regional director for Public Health England, said: “We want everyone to be able to enjoy the good weather safely.
“Older people, young children, and those with long-term illnesses are particularly vulnerable to the effects of very hot weather, so it’s important to look out for them by helping them to take plenty of cool drinks, for example.
“Many members of the Muslim community may be fasting during the current period of Ramadan. During hot weather it’s important to balance food and fluid intake between fasts and especially to drink enough water. The Muslim Council of Britain and the NHS have published lots of useful information for those likely to be affected during this period.”