The perfect summer get-away spot lays right in the heart of the city, at the London Roof Gardens, 6 stories above the hustle and bustle of the city. The flowering green space, formerly known as the Kensington Roof Gardens, is open to the public for free – when it is not rented out for private events or to Babylon restaurant events and club nights. (You can now check the availability on the London Roof Gardens website.) Simply bring photo identification, check in at the first floor reception desk and hail the elevator to effortlessly rise and emerge in an urban oasis.

Oddly enough, you will find a pair of very pale and old-looking flamingos in the English Woodland. They wade through the tiny stream and seem to enjoy dunking their heads under water to avoid photos – or eat whatever food they can find.  When you tire of being the urban flamingo paparazzi, walk through the series of arches to survey the Tudor Garden’s courtyards, which are used for outdoor dining. Then hurry to snag a seat in the best area of all…

The Spanish Garden! Based on the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, the Spanish Garden boasts of “Moorish flavour” and Mediterranean trees. Park on a couch and peek between twisted pillars to view a myriad of bright English flowers, contrasting with the soft salmon-toned buildings and powder blue sky. Drink in the fresh air and enjoy the serenity of The Roof Gardens.