When my friend suggested we go swimming at 6.30 on a Sunday - I thought she was kind of mad... but agreed to it anyway (does that make me mad?!) Turns out 6.30 on a Sunday is the PERFECT time to go ocean swimming. Think pink sunrises and crashing waves and without hoards of people. Magic.
Am I posing in the English countryside?
Nope, this cute little cottage is in St. James's Park which is right in the middle of London (just in front of Buckingham Palace)!
Pro tip: in summer they set out deck-chairs and beanbags here, perfect for lounging around and enjoying the sunshine!