Whether you are a London local or you are just spending a few days in the city this summer, here are are some things to do over the next few months in the capital. Don’t get me wrong, BBQs and beer gardens are good, but if you want some fun date/mate/family days out which are a little different, here is some inspiration.
ZSL Zoo Nights
An adult only evening where you can see the animals without screaming children on their dad’s shoulders blocking your view. You are also spoilt for choice with what to eat at the world food market. Grab a drink and sit back and enjoy live entertainment which ranges from live animal talks to acrobatic performances whilst surrounded by fairy lights, animal lanterns and stilt walkers.
This year they also have added Plonk Golf (at an additional charge) if you fancy getting competitive with your mates. And if you are a big kid like me, you can even get your face painted too.
I went last year and wrote about it in a bit more detail if you fancy a read: http://marcellacarelli.co.uk/2018/06/19/zoo-nights-at-zsl-london-zoo/
Running every Friday until 26th July 2019.
Underbelly Festival Southbank
Forget evenings after work crowded outside the local pub (because it’s the only hot day of the week so you NEED to make the most of it). Head to Southbank for a more appealing al fresco option.
There is a huge outdoor seating area which includes a Rekorderlig Botanicals Bar. You can sit under the flowers and fairy lights and enjoy a pitcher (you heard me right) of cider in the sunshine.
If like me, after one drink you get hungry, there is a selection of street food from Mexican to Vietnamese to tickle ya tastebuds.
Aside from eating and drinking (the important stuff, let’s be honest) Underbelly is home to a huge variety of entertainment. Comedy and drag performances as well as children’s shows to keep the kiddies entertained over the long summer hols.
Running until the 29th September 2019.
Backyard Cinema L.A. Nights
Want an American West Coast Summer but have a Butlin’s budget? Backyard Cinema are transporting you from its Camden venue to a beach party in Los Angeles.
Think beach bar, palm tress and Hawaiian shirts before you settle down on a bean bag with your besties to watch one of your favourite films. You may want to make the most of the bar if you fancy watching (and belting your heart out to) The Greatest Showman sing-a-long, or maybe you fancy a more relaxing classic like Dirty Dancing or Clueless.
Various dates from 18th July- 18th August 2019 at Camden Roundhouse.
Roof Fest London
Located on John Lewis Rooftop on Oxford Street, you can escape the hustle and bustle of sweaty shoppers on this free rooftop spot. Enjoy music, massages, cocktails (as shopping is thirsty work) as well as Filipino food from Bong Bongs Manila Kanteen and lots more.
You can also book your own area in a choice of three dens if you’re getting your pals together.
Monday – Friday 12-10pm (last entry 9pm) and Sunday 12- 9pm (last entry 8pm) until 29 September.
If you aren’t jetting off this summer but still want to get boozy on the beach, head to Fulham’s Neverland for chilled drinks in the sunshine or get involved in one of their fun events.
They have an Ibiza White Party for those of you who can’t make it to the the White Isle this year, where you can get covered in glitter and listen to Sax players as the sun goes down. They also have Rosé Saturdays which include bottomless glasses of the pink stuff and a £10 food voucher for £22pp (sounds like a hangover but worth it.). There is also a Full Moon Party, beach club cinema and bottomless brunches.
So if you are looking for somewhere to have a birthday event this summer, or you just really like rosé, this is the place to be.
Wednesday to Friday 6-11pm, Saturday 12-11pm, Sunday 12-8pm until
Summer Safari at Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration
This Covent Garden bar is transformed into an African Safari over the next few months. As well as summer safari inspired cocktails in collaboration with Whitley Neill Gin, you will truly be transported to a tropical climate with the decor, staff and sounds making you feel as though a zebra could be around the corner.
This bar isn’t dependant on weather, so you can book it without the fear of the British summer being a bit of a let down/ bloody baltic. Who needs English sunshine when you’re in Africa (Covent Garden).
Running until September 2019.
What is on your summer bucket list?