LONDON | 5 offbeat things to do in London this summer

Ah, London. You never fail to disappoint me. From the large, beautiful green spaces to plush rooftop bars, there’s always something on offer – especially when the weather is this hot out. There are so many quirky things to do in London this summer, giving you more than enough excuses to brave the tube and head into the capital whilst the weather is still nice.

Even though a day spent sipping cocktails or drinking pints outside a Camden pub is a tempting thought, I’d definitely recommend doing something a bit different this summer.

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I’ve become a huge fan of Secret Cinema since my first adventure with them a few years back. Although it’s pricey, it didn’t take me long to realize that the price makes the experience more than worth it; in fact when you take into account how much fun you have and how immersive it is, you almost wonder why it isn’t more expensive. This year, they’re offering you the chance to step into the world of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. Little is known about what goes on upon arrival, except that it takes place outside with a Verona beach theme. But, I know it’s going to be something entirely unexpected. So if you want something really immersive this summer, here’s your chance to get given a character, dress up and see a movie really come to life…
Secret Cinema‘s Romeo and Juliet runs until the 25th August.

If you’re more of an adventurer, why not take to the waters and try your hand at kayaking? Secret Adventures are currently offering you the chance to kayak along one of London eldest canals to Crate Brewery bar in Hackney. The 6km route follows the Limehouse Cut and River Lea, offering views of houseboats, warehouses, swans and other birdlife along the way. The route will conclude at Crate Brewery, where you can try house beers and delicious pizza (not included in the experience), or, if the weather does turn and you want something more cosy, you can hop onto the cosy Alfred Le Roy bar/boat nearby. What better way to enjoy this warm weather before mooring up with a relaxing drink as the sunsets?!
Kayak To Crate Brewery with Secret Adventures costs £45.00 and you can find more information here.

After finally getting around to visit Eel Pie Island recently, I cannot stop recommending it to people. It’s super small, yes, but you can easily spend a good hour or so strolling around, taking photos and exploring the stalls available on the island. Some of the art for sale there is absolutely beautiful too. Afterwards, it’s a nice walk along the riverside or throughout Twickenham, and there’s a cute little museum all about Eel Pie Island too. Or, dedicate an afternoon to exploring more of the islands that London has to offer!
Eel Pie Island is accessible only to the public during an artists open weekend, which take place a twice throughout the summer.

I’ve recommended this a few times before, but Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is truly beautiful and offbeat. The setting is absolutely wonderful with a really rustic open air stage and has the most amazing food options – I absolutely adore the fact that you can order a picnic or luxury hamper for two – how romantic?! This summer’s offering even includes Little Shop of Horrors – someone take me PLEASE!
For more information, click here.

Finally, if all else fails, grab a couple of mates and have a few drinks in the sun at one of London’s many beer gardens or rooftop bars. My personal favourites are The Leather Bottle (which sees it’s garden shacks turned into beach huts in the summer and winter cabins at Christmas), Owl and Hitchhiker (which is obviously dedicated to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy so has tons of cool deco) and The Queen Of Hoxton (so, so cool and quirky and has the added benefit of Rooftop Film Club too).
BUT be safe. Drinking in the sun all day can be super dangerous so don’t start too early, drink water in between alcoholic drinks, wear sunscreen and EAT DELICIOUS FOOD TOO.

What are your go-to recommendations for summer in London? Let me know!