Planning a staycation in London this summer? Read ELL’s guide to your best local holiday hotspots

Hilly Fields, Brockley

Hilly Fields, Ladywell Pic: Hannah Ashton

Summer is finally here and it’s time for the annual getaway in the sun. Or is it? If you are not heading abroad this year, you are not alone.  Research by Visit England suggests that almost 40 per cent of Brits are cutting back on holiday spending due to money worries.

If you are feeling the pinch there is no need to feel jealous of the holiday photos that keep appearing on your newsfeed.  Each of the ELL boroughs is home to a wide variety of restaurants, activities and events for you to explore: from an Italian restaurant in Forest Hill, to Lovebox festival in Victoria Park, we have chosen our favourite things to do in Hackney, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets and Croydon.

Whether you are looking for a romantic weekend for two, family friendly fun, or simply to have a laugh with your mates, we have the perfect staycation for you.

Each day this week we will be publishing our suggestions, starting with the undiscovered gems of Lewisham here.  For a staycation in Croydon click here, Tower Hamlets here and Hackney here.

We also want to hear your suggestions of places to visit across the boroughs.  Join the conversation by tweeting us your recommendations using the hashtag #ellstaycation.



What are your plans for this summer?
I’m going to be working pretty much all the time
I’ll spend most of my time in London and am looking forward to trying some of the things the city has to offer
I haven’t really thought about it yet
No chance I’m going to spend all summer in the city, get me out of here now!

Poll Maker

By Hannah Ashton, Cristiana Bedei and Takeshi Kosaka

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