When the sun is shining and the corks are popping off the Prosecco MSK loves summer in London. We’re looking forward to a jam-packed month or two of long light evenings and cool hangouts across the capital – so here’s our guide to the top ten things to do in London this summer.
What to See
A mobile cinema from The Lexi (London’s best independent cinema) that roams around London’s parks and outdoor spaces. At screenings themed decorations, music and catering make it more than just an open-air cinema. This summer’s screenings include This is Spinal Tap and Stand By Me at venues including Queen’s Park and Coram Secret Garden.
For more information visit http://www.whereisthenomad.com
London’s cultural hub, the Southbank Centre, has put together a festival of what makes a neighbourhood. In the spirit of community they have asked artists, designers and architects to help turn the Southbank into a site of installations and exhibits to watch and explore as well as plenty of activities to join in. A great one for all the family the exhibit, which runs all summer will encompass
themes as diverse as a local beach,
street parties and family games on the village green.
For more information visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk
In its 245th year, the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition ( June 10 – August 18) is the world’s largest open submission exhibition. The exhibit includes over 1,00 works of art including painting, printing, photography, sculpture and film and this year will showcase a series of tapestries by Grayson Perry called the Vanity of Small Differences.
Photo: John Bodkin
For more information visit Royalacademy.org.uk
On the 10th floor of a multi-storey car park in Peckham, South London will see the return of Frank’s Café and Campari Bar. Probably one of the coolest hangouts in town, Franks’s serves all things Campari as well as other cocktails, beers and Prosecco with a view over the cityscape – it’s urban chic at its best.
For more information Frankscafe.org.uk
Every Friday night throughout July Regent’s Park’s London Zoo opens its gates to wild revellers to party among the birds and the beasts. They have pop-up bars and street food trucks, music, comedy and even a short film festival. For a night out with a bit of twist you can’t miss eating with the elephants and chilling out with the penguins.
For more information visit www.zsl.org
We may not be blessed with natural sands here in London town, but the innovative people at cultural hub The Roundhouse have created their very own beach experience in Camden. Using around 150 tonnes of sand on the rooftop, you can eat barbecued food from the Tiki Hut, drink ice-cold margaritas and recline in stripy deckchairs with the city skyline as your backdrop.
Add in ping-pong tables and boules and it’s
the coolest place to hangout in the sunshine.
For more information visit roundhouse.org.uk
Combining the worlds of film and bikini-clad drinking in hot tubs, the Hot Tub Cinema a top the roof of Rockwell House in Shoreditch. Movie-themed cocktails, a delicious BBQ menu and it’s all provided by a tub-side waiter. Showings in July include Borat, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life and The Big Lebowski, classic comedies for a not so classic cinema experience.
For more information visit hottubcinema.com
A summer pop-up café and bar on the banks of the Thames that’s eclectically decked out in the sets and scenery from National Theatre productions. If you love theatre it’s an intriguing little hidey-hole to sip on English wines and street food snacks. With al fresco tables on the river it’s the perfect spot for sunshine drinking and with live music on Saturdays it makes a good party spot
For more information visit nationaltheatre.org.uk
Step into Carom’s vaulted atrium into a wonderland of gin and flora. The secret indoor garden has been inspired by Tanqueray gin and the botanicals harnessed for its distillation. Special events include foraging and cocktail making where you can pick the ingredients to shake your cocktail hour companion or simple chose from the exciting menu and leave it to the experts.
For more information visit meza-soho.co.uk
Situated in London’s cultural heartland The Scoop is an outdoor sunken amphitheatre that seats 800 guests. The More London festival hosts free events at The Scoop throughout the summer months including film, theatre, music and theatre. Every Wednesday throughout July will see the stage lit up by musicians from blues singers to funk bands
and drumming troupes to gospel choirs.
For more information visit morelondon.com