If you find yourself in London this summer then you’re one lucky bug! There is so much happening in the city that one is just completely spoiled for choice. The British are lucky f they get three or even four months of sunshine but with the Olympics this year, London is teeming with exciting happenings (and yes, people too). So other than the Olympics here are my Top Five things to do in England this summer:
Get Jiggy at a Music Festival:
England is known for its amazing music festivals and unbeatable line-ups. So what if the all too famous Glastonbury is cancelled this year there are several other amazing festivals (some with tickets still available) to keep you more than entertained.
Stretching out at an Outdoor Cinema:
London’s gardens, rooftops and squares turn in to gorgeous snug open air cinemas in the summer. Take advantage of this wonderful summer tradition and get comfy in one of the numerous venues. The options are plenty from the fancy Roof Gardens in Kensington to Rooftops in Dalston; or maybe go regal with a screening in Somerset House. The Internet has plenty of options available but my personal favourite is the Midsummer Night’s Screen events: a rooftop movie screening where the theme of the movie is followed in the decor, the outfits of the staff and even the audience is encouraged to dress up!
I can guarantee you this is one of the most unique things you’ll do in London. For starters it is on the Selfridges rooftop and last year they flooded the roof to make an emerald green lake you could actually boat on. This year promises to be even better with tickets at only £6, you get to play on nine-hole golf course they’ve set up on the rooftop. Oh and did I mention that each course will be designed to look like a giant cake display resembling a famous London landmark. Think sugary waterfalls, chocolate bridges and Buckingham palace clad in fondant. Yes, crazy it is.
Sup at a Supper Club:
A supper club evening is an absolute must for all you foodies out there. What you basically get is a fabulous meal at someone’s house or perhaps at another secret location. They aren’t restaurants, they are quite hush-hush and payment is by “suggested donations”. Each supper club owner has their own story: some are amateur chefs, some secret chefs or some are Michelin-starred chefs who want to do some more experimental cooking. The events are relatively small of up to say 15 to 20 people at the most. I’ve been to ones where we’ve only been eight people including our host. Also, the events can be very sporadic. Most hosts have only one or two evenings a month. The Internet is your best resource; my favourite to this date has been a seven-course Vietnamese dinner in the home of the chef. If you happen to find it and you like Vietnamese then don’t miss it!
Watch some Theatre:
You cannot be in London and not watch a play and no… it’s not overrated. Musicals are the ones that receive the most attention but to be honest it’s a matter of preference. Don’t feel compelled to watch a certain kind of performance; it doesn’t have to be West End or Lion King or Phantom of The Opera. If you’re under 25 even better because most London theatres do “Young Person” deals.
With summer coming up there are a gazillion shows (literally) that are available to you. With everything from comedy to puppetry to mystery there is no dearth of options. Some of my favourite venues are The Globe, The Barbican, The National Theatre and The Old Vic. There is also a London 2012 Festival this year which has some amazing theatre as part of its programme, including lots of free stuff and some amazing gravity defying displays in Trafalgar Square. Keep an eye out on the multitudinous websites to know more and to be able to see all that you want before tickets sell out.