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Things to do outside in the sun this week

Things are hotting up as London temperatures soar to 26C on Wednesday - here are some ideas for things to do whilst it's warm...

It's getting hot in London, as 26C temperatures mean the capital will be warmer than Hawaii, Madrid and Rome on Wednesday (April 15).

Met Office forecaster Helen Roberts said: "The hottest days of the year look very possible in the first days of the week ahead.

"It will become rather warm for many and perhaps very warm in places."

With all of this lovely weather forecast for the week, here's a list of things to do in the sunshine in west London.

Just remember to always wear suncream; the lobster-red look is hard to pull off!

Go power-kiting in Richmond Park

London's largest royal park offers sports such as horseriding and fishing. But one of the most exciting sports on offer is power-kiting. For daredevils in the family, power-kiting means wearing skates and being pulled along by a kite. Kitevibe offers lessons for beginners to experts for an exciting day out for the families. Those with a less sturdy disposition can stroll through the park among the deer.

Kitevibe will offer lessons from March to August.

Robin Hood Gate, Kingstone Vale, Richmond, SW15 – 020 7870 7700

Have a picnic

With Richmond Park, Regents Park, Hyde Park and Kew Gardens on our doorstops, what better do than gather up your family and friends and sit with a lovely picnic and sunbathing session?

Plus, it's free!

See an outdoor film at sunset

Kensington Roof Gardens are one of the venues participating in the Rooftop Film Club, a series of outdoor film events where you can watch the latest flicks under the stars.

With the weather warming up there's no need for a blanket; snuggle up with a friend or partner and laugh or cry your way through the best summer movies.

Over the next few weeks Kensington Roof Gardens will be screening The Imitation Game, Pretty Woman and Some Like It Hot.

99 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA - 0207 635 6655

Visit the farm

Take the children for a visit to Hounslow Urban Farm for the day and enjoy the animals in the sunshine.

Take a walk around the paddocks and feed the farm animals. Weekly pig racing is sure to be a hit with the kids!

Fagg's Road, Feltham, TW14 0LZ – 020 8831 9658

Enjoy free ice cream!

Tuesday (April 14) is Free Cone Day for Ben & Jerry's! Going on in branches all over the country, a free ice cream is a sure-fire way to celebrate the start of summer.

Participating west London stores:

Isleworth - 72 Hill Street, Isleworth, TW9 1RW

Uxbridge - High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1GD

Harrow - St. Ann's Road, Harrow-on-the-Hill, HA1 1HS

Fulham - Fulham Road, Fulham, SW6 1BW

Shepherd's Bush - 1 Shepherds Bush Green, Shepherd's Bush, W12 8PP

Event phone number: 020 3128 6522

Take the kids outdoor swimming

Normally, the thought of swimming outside in England is enough to make you want to run inside with a blanket and a cup of tea, but now the weather's nice and hot, it sounds like heaven!

Take a picnic and load up on the suncream, there are plenty of local lidos to relax in and enjoy a leisurely swim.

Hillingdon Sport & Leisure Complex, Gatting Way, Uxbridge, UB8 1ES - 0845 130 7324

Dine outside

London has plenty of beautiful choices for al-fresco dining, and it's the perfect time of year to go. A glass of wine and a bite to eat is heaven on a springtime evening now the days are getting longer.

Here are a few just on the doorstep in west London:

Greek Affair: 1 Hillgate Street, Notting Hill Gate, London W8 7SP - 020 7792 5226

Blue Elephant: The Boulevard, Imperial Wharf, Townmead Road, Fulham, SW6 2UB - 020 7751 3111

Princess Victoria: 217 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd's Bush, W12 9DH - 020 8749 5886

Petersham Nurseries Cafe: Church Lane, Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 7AB - 020 8940 5230

Shoryu: 3 Denman Street, Soho, W1D 7HA - no bookings

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