You may remember that a little while ago I wrote about things that you can do in Newcastle over the Summer. Now I have some things that you can do if you are in London as well as a lovely giveaway for two tickets to the London Eye. It has been many years since I was in London and I want to go back. I would love to visit the Tower of London and HMS Belfast, which look fascinating. This is a photo I took while in London.
This is a guest post and it is full of great ideas of places to visit.
I suspect some of you are wondering just what summer I am referring to. For those who do still find themselves with a little spring in their step owing to the glorious rays of sunshine still present in London, here’s how you can make the most of those longer days and shorter nights, with even a couple of ideas where you won’t need to remember your credit card.
While there is more than enough to keep restlessness in check all year round in the city of London, the summer months (or weeks perhaps) offer even more variety to keep all ages and interests occupied.
Sure, meeting your mates for a drink is a year round activity in London, and definitely not dependent on the weather, but how often will you be able to do this while basking in the sun on a roof terrace overlooking the cityscape? Spending the rest of the year in hibernation are those pop-up bars and cafes scattered around the city that seem to appear out of nowhere, yet feel like they have always been there. With so many to choose from it really depends on what you want from your evening out. For something a little more elegant and old-worldly, try Kensington’s The Roof Gardens (http://www.roofgardens.virgin.com/) for exquisite greenery, chic cocktails and even flamingos. Admission is free but make sure you call ahead to check whether or not an event is taking place. If you prefer the sound of an urban oasis filled with colour, wooden benches and Astroturf then you might like the Dalston Roof Park. There is no entry fee; all you need to do is become a “friend” of the park by picking up a card from the ground-floor gallery upon arrival. This season the roof park is also home to “Films4Free – Movies in Bed”. This event takes place every Tuesday and allows you to enjoy free film screenings for the rest of the summer by becoming a member for a once-off charge of £3.The film title is only revealed on the night but clues are given prior to this on Facebook and Twitter.
Just when you thought there was no beach in London, Camden’s Roundhouse came along with 150 tonnes of sand, some beach huts and deck chairs, tropical island-style bars, transforming the area’s usual industrial air into an idyllic paradise. At Camden Beach entrance is free, kids are welcome, and the earlier you arrive the better your position. This beach is unlike any other beach in that you have until the 24th of August to get there before it disappears for another year.
There are a number of runs that take place in the city, but have you heard about the Great Gorilla run (http://www.greatgorillarun.org/) coming up on the 21st of September? This is a fun run with a very special difference – the participants are all wearing gorilla suits. The money raised goes to The Gorilla Organisation, a wonderful charity dedicated to saving the world’s last remaining gorillas in the wild from extinction. With only 800 places available for “wannabe” gorillas, make sure you sign up now to avoid missing out on a truly unforgettable experience. There is a registration fee of £80 because, ultimately, money needs to be raised in order to have any impact on the lives of these beautiful creatures. Included in this amount is your very own gorilla suit which you get to keep (for those ever popular animal-themed fancy dress parties) and a whole lot of good feelings knowing you have made a worthy contribution.
Do the words “summer of tub” mean anything to you? Well, they will once you reach the end of this paragraph. Hot Tub Cinema (http://www.hottubcinema.com/) is back for the summer and still running until the middle of September. Situated on a rooftop in the heart of Shoreditch, you can expect to enjoy screenings of classics both old and new while enjoying the warmth from the hot tub under the stars. This cinema experience is like no other and ensures an exceptional night. Be aware that tickets for each event do sell very quickly and cost £30 per individual.
There is no need for those summer spirits to disappear just yet as there is so much still to do here in London that will also allow you to keep your savings untouched. Let this be your guide on how to make the most of what’s left of summer, and rest assured you won’t have any regrets.
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