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!


Recently I was lucky enough to head down to my local Lush store for their Lush Summer Beauty Event – an opportunity any blogger would be best pleased with as it’s practically a necessity to love lush to be a blogger!
It’s taken me a while to get this post up because one evening when I was shopping, my phone (with all the photos taken at the event and of the products) decided to leap out of my hand and smash on the floor of TK Maxx. TOTALLY NOT MY FAULT. Then when I went to get it fixed, I realized I’d lost my phone. It later turned up beneath a bag of cat litter in my best friends car and then turned out it couldn’t be fixed at the place I wanted to fix it at anyway. FAIL.
The event, much like past ones, was basically to introduce us bloggers to some of Lush’s biggest/best summer products – think awesome powder deodorant for holiday, minty toothy tabs for festivals and suntan lotion that protects you whilst helps you gain a nice healthy tan. Score. 
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We spent most of the evening mooching about, trying some of these products and finding out more. A lot of the products I thought would be perfect for my holiday to Mexico later this year, which is actually a holiday-come-travelling tour, meaning I have to pack light. Toothy tabs were my first thought because not only would they be light but they’re also really easy to use – you simply crush a tab between your two front teeth, add a tiny bit of water and then wash away. Also, we all know the chances of having an actual toothpaste squeezy tube thing explode in your luggage, which is a chance I’d rather not take…
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The sunblock was products were also a pretty different and nifty idea where rather then getting suntan lotion in a bottle, instead you have it in a block. It’s quite straightforward to use and lasts ages, as well as offering a wide range of factors. Again, this is perfect for holiday because it’s easier to pack!
One of my favourite goodies to try out from the event was the Seanik shampoo bar, a particular product that was recommended to me during my mini solid/dry shampoo consultation. I talked about how my hair was thick but dull with very little volume and was recommended this product to help with that. I have to say, after getting over the initial weirdness of using a shampoo bar for the first time ever, this product was effective like a shampoo and did leave my hair feeling softer and looking a little more bouncy/with more volume etc.  
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As you can see, the bar creates a shampoo/foamy effect when wet, despite being a solid product!
I think when I do finally go on holiday/travelling, I’ll definitely be purchasing a couple of these along with some toothy tabs! I think I’ll also be looking into getting some of that magical suntan block that helps speed along the tanning process this summer – since I doubt we’re going to get much sun naturally..!

Although Lush have always been known for their innovative products, I never even thought about the wide range of shampoo bars, suntan blocks and general summer holiday friendly things they’d have just for summer or perfect for travelling. I can imagine choosing to buy a lot of your hair and body products from Lush would make a big difference and not just in suitcase space!

I’ll also be reviewing a few other freebies I managed to blag at the event soon so keep an eye out and definitely pop into your local Lush if you’re heading on holiday anytime soon…

What do you think? Will you be treating yourself to any of these awesome products? Let me know with a comment!

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