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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SECRET CINEMA: ROMEO AND JULIET
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.

KAYAK TO CRATE BREWERY
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.

STROLL AROUND EEL PIE ISLAND
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.

SEE A SHOW AT REGENT’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE
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.

GET DRUNK
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!

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I’ve always talked about how London is a hub for quirky cinema experiences and although I’m planning to do a post rounding up some of these for this summer, today I’m blogging about my recent Drive in Film Club experience.

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As usual, I haven’t been paid or prompted to rave about this particular experience, unless you count how much fun I had as a prompt to write about it! So basically Drive in Film Club is a take on that classic American drive in movie experience – y’know the ones I mean, as seen in Grease and other popular American movies. It’s something I’ve always wanted to experience myself so I was chuffed when I found out there was a chance to do that without, y’know, actually going to America.It takes place at Alexandra Palace in London (I tried very hard not to point out and shout about the vague area where myself and my favourite rockstars once got drunk. I failed.)

Drive in Film Club is by the same people behind Rooftop Film Club which is something else I’d like to get around to trying. I suppose I kind of stumbled across Drive in Film Club by accident really – I’d been researching quirky film experiences for the blog and had come across another drive in cinema experience but wasn’t really sure if it was still running and besides, it wasn’t so local.

So the Internet must have taken note of my google searches and an advert popped up on my Facebook advertising Mad Max: Fury Road at Drive in Film Club. I wasted no time in booking tickets; £22 for a car, regardless of how many people are inside.Keeping in mind that an average car can seat five people, that could cost as little as £4.40 per person.

Such a bargain.

Now that I’m driving, I can book stuff like this all the time without having to check if I can get there or not, so that’s a really lovely feeling.

When Tuesday rolled around I took an early leave from work just because I didn’t know how the traffic would be and also because I’d never driven to London before, since passing my test I haven’t had much time to go much further than work and back really.

But driving there was fine. And home too, especially since I at last braved the motorway.

Upon arriving, our tickets were checked, we were handed a couple of menus, one of which was for the hot dog van (!) and the other for food you can order to your car window, along with further details of the experience and what to expect. Then we were shown to our car space which was sort of near the front but obviously it didn’t matter because we could see over the cars anyway.

We parked up and immediately ran to the hot dog van – well we didn’t run but y’know, rushed, because I love hot dogs. The hot dog van was Popdogs, who we’d actually stumbled across at Winterville just before Christmas and I ordered the delicious Clinton’s Lovechild. It was the perfect menu for a drive in cinema.

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Then we headed back to the car and settled down for the movie.

The whole process and running of the event was spot on and I couldn’t fault it one bit. From just the right amount of tickets being released so that it was busy but not too busy (so we still felt looked after), to the ease of simply flicking on your hazard lights mid-movie for someone to skate over with popcorn, drinks and snacks for you – it was just great and ran so smoothly.

I particularly loved that for the audio to the movie, you had to tune in through your car radio – so genius! It would be a shame if an event like this had to stop because of loud music and such for people living nearby but this simply wasn’t an issue.

It was without a doubt worth driving to London for and I just thought it’s such a unique but affordable idea. I love big nights out with my friends now and then but with something as fun but relaxing at this, I’d happy pay £4.40 to drive down and have the experience again every weekend.

And of course, there was no faffing about with getting trains, a taxi to the train station and then trying to find the venue because, well obviously, it was a drive in so you needed your car. But saying that, a friend had met us there as he’d been in London that day already and they were happy to let him just jump in my car.

Even on a Tuesday night it was just right.

My friends and I are already looking at booking ourselves in to another showing. There’s also a huge variety of movies too from classics like Labyrinth (a must do), Grease sing-a-long and even more recent films like Mad Max obviously (I’ve seen this a million times now so admittedly spent half the movie explaining to my friends what was going on, proclaiming my love for the crazy guy who plays guitar atop a speeding truck and murmuring inappropriate comments about Tom Hardy beneath my breath).

Without a doubt I’d recommend this – for dates, groups of friends or even family. The feel of the whole evening can be changed from romantic or just hilarious depending on the type of movie you pick, so there really is something for everyone.

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Drive in Cinema Club is currently running until 24th April and tickets can be booked here.

*Photos provided by Rooftop Cinema (apart from the hot dog one) with permission.

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