You might be a little surprised to see a post of this kind featured on the blog… and you are definitely not wrong in your thinking. I tend to generally post ‘Things To Do’ kinda posts only around Valentines Day or another special holiday/ season like Christmas and maybe Easter (at a push) but this year, I couldn’t help but share with you my exciting finds of
Things To Do In London & UK wide. I will admit, I mostly like to attend free attractions and
reap the freeness available in such a huge and culturally wide city like London (we are sooo lucky!) however don’t be shocked to see a few features which may cost a few pounds.
It’s all relative and of course, your choice what you choose, I’m just here to be your helping hand! Giving you that extra nudge to, you know, have fun!
London Riviera: Somewhere to watch Wimbledon outdoors with great food and drinks
Try: The London Riviera special Wimbledon-inspired cocktail menu – strawberries and cream and Prosecco every day in the true spirit of British tennis.
Crowne Plaza Hotel (Kensington):
The grandest garden in High Street Kensington – situated in a gorgeously refurbished hotel – right by the station and with a great new chef cooking the best asian fusion food ever!
Where do I start with this gorgeous and historic London attraction? Not only is the site humongous with lots of telling history and nooks for you to wonder but the amazing events team have also curated their annual gig series for 2015 as well as the new Film4 series. So if you fancy listening to the likes of in beautiful, central London surroundings or you fancy watching a cult classic in the heart of London surrounded by great people, tasty snacks and great music book your tickets here now!
Just across the road from London’s darling Somerset House, you will find the ME London Hotel – Great for exploring the best views of West End along with spectacular dining options including Cucina Asselina and STK London – Complete your ME experience with a visit to sky high and super elegant, Radio bar.
Eventbrite Summer School:
According to Eventbrite’s stats, there’s been an increase in ‘early learning’ and I’m not talking kids! Us Brits/ Londoners are taking full advantage of our early mornings, so much so, there’s been an 80% year on year increase in the number of Brits attending morning classes –so throughout July, Eventbrite is hosting a Summer School full of fun workshops and are inviting you early risers to enjoy an exciting timetable of pre-work classes, designed to champion morning learning at Pizza Pilgrims’ new coffee kiosk, Sottoscala. Now I’m not so much a morning person (by any means) but because I’d really would like to be, I am going to join Rose & Wolf florist Georgina Agutter who is holding a class here on how to make a stunning floral headpieces (a perfect festival accessory).
For more classes including a business orientated with Cawston Press and Top 10 Social Media Stategies for Start Ups hosted by Digital Agency, Avocado Social click here
The Sloane Bros. Frozen Yoghurt Co:
The Fro Yo is back and now, very cool thanks to the launch of The Sloane Bros. Frozen Yoghurt on Brick Lane & it’s gourmet edge.
I went, conquered and fell in love with the place. I hope you do too! Review coming soon!
I’m in love with trainers! Always have and always will, so pretty jealous and could slap myself that I didnt come up with the idea of an exclusively womens trainer and clothing shop in the heart of east London. Thankfully a friend of my boyfriend’s family did and it’s called PamPam London! This shop is super freaking cool with exclusive pieces for the ladies from all the hot right now kinda brands you want buy! And.. it’s definitely worth a visit. They say a girl cannot have enough shoes, I say a girl cannot have enough trainers!
A Younger Theatre – Edinburgh Fringe Festival London Previews
Ever been to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival? me neither however I’d love to go even just to say I went. Sometimes travel can be a little exhausting from London so this year, A Younger Theatre is hosting a series of London previews of theatre shows going to the Edinburgh Fringe! Book yourself a show here!
Garden – One day Lucy rescues the abused office pot plant from her job at Insignia Asset Management and her world alters. Inside her flat on the 24th floor, she starts to plant, cultivate and nurture her own personal wilderness. Written and performed by Lucy Grace,Garden tells of one city dweller’s journey into the natural world. It pairs urban loneliness and an inherent desire to connect with the natural world, exploring an attempt to find a bigger picture than a life packed into small boxes.
Show times: 24 – 25 July, 7.45pm, Pleasance London
My Beautiful Black Dog – This show is where gig meets theatre. It is a wild and poetic musical exploring the difficult contradictions and complexity of fragile minds. Brigitte Aphrodite comments that, depression is at its heart but it’s not depressing – it’s joyous, funny and hopeful (I hope…). I believe in hope. This electrifying show challenges the urgent stigma around mental health and encourages the audience to take ownership of their own black dogs. Show times: 30 – 31 July, 7.30pm, Hackney Downs Studios
Newrevue – Nobody is safe: from Farage to the royal foetus, politicians and celebrities alike come under fire in a turbo-charged barrage of bladder-threateningly funny songs and sketches brimming with punchlines. Expect the very best of British satire in the longest-running live comedy show in the world.
Show times: 9 – 19 July, 9.30pm (Thurs-Sat) and 9pm (Sun),Canal Café Theatre
La Suite West:
If you happen to be near Hyde Park and there is no where to sit or if you’d like the landscape of Hyde Park & Notting Hill without the tourists and pedestrain congestion, try this stunning hotel. The food I hear is amazing, with a recently launched vegetarian restaurant “RAW” at La Suite West offers a tastefully designed, contemporary new health focused option including chic alcohol free “mocktails” to a meat free restaurant with a capacity of 50 seats.
Free Tours Of London:
If you are new to London, or simply scoping out the city and all it’s historical finds, I’d definitely suggest Free Tours Of London. For obvious reasons, you don’t loose out and also becuase it’s great to walk round this gorgeous city. I love finding out crazy facts about London and with this type of tour you can do just that, like exploring London’s Old City where the Romans first settled, visit London’s medieval castle and discover the origins of the Knights Templar and Free Masons right here in the city centre. I’d just try and plan your excursion on a day with good weather…if that’s even possible!
Shaun in the City Exhibition
‘Shaun in the City’ is a charity sculpture trail that took place in London earlier this year. The trail featured 50 individually-designed sculptures of Aardman Animation’s Shaun the Sheep installed at iconic locations and tourist destinations all over the city. Each sculpture was designed by a different artist, designer or celebrity, including supermodel David Gandy, fashion designer Zandra Rhodes and Cath Kidston.The trail featured attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors and was extended for an extra week due to overwhelming popular demand. A second trail featuring 70 more Shaun designs just launched in Bristol, and will run until 31st August. From 24th to 27th September, all 120 sculptures from both trails will be going on display in London’s Covent Garden, giving visitors a unique opportunity to see every single design all in one place, before they are auctioned for charity. This is the first time a well-known character like Shaun has “taken over” Covent Garden for the weekend, and we hope it will attract Shaun fans of all ages.
The 120 sculptures will be auctioned off to raise money for charity in the autumn. The proceeds from the London sculptures will benefit Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity, which supports children in hospitals all over the UK, and the funds raised by the sale of the Bristol sculptures will support Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity. Nothing beats having fun and raising money for charity at the same time!