As we enter into the last leg of the summer break, before heading back to Uni here are my tried & tested super seven things to do in London in the next month.
1) Place to Eat – Homeslice Pizza – Great for a meal out with friends. 20” pizza for £20, made fresh while you wait. Dishes vary from the classis Margarita & Caprese to the more obscure White Anchovy & Haggis, Leek & Ogleshield.
13 Neal’s Yard, WC2H 9DP, Seven Dials http://www.homeslicepizza.co.uk/menus
2) Place to Drink – Bar Kick Shoreditch – Not everyone’s cup of tea, but during the World Cup this place was impossible to get into. Located at the top of Shoreditch High Street, this cosy, no airs-and-graces bar is a great night for anyone looking to have a couple of drinks with friends. Don’t be deceived by the name, it’s not simply for ardent football supporters, with happy hour cocktails for £4:85, this place always has a buzz to it. http://www.cafekick.co.uk/bar-kick/index.html
3) Activity – Morning Glory – This innovative, early morning, dance extravaganza provides a space, music and coaches to help you “rave your way into the day”. The next session is coming to East London on the 27th of August. This is a really fun activity and worth the 6am wake-up. You get to jump around to great music, wear your pyjamas if you wish and on arrival are greeted with coffee, smoothies and a free ‘wake up massage’… Prices start at £10. http://morninggloryville.com/
4) Free activity – If you’ve not already been to one, this summer London has some fantastic outdoor cinemas with great films on offer, and these are great for a sunny evening with friends or after work . Some are free, some require reservation, and some you have to buy tickets for. However, whatever kind of film you like, whether it’s classics such as Cinema Paradiso & Pulp Fiction, comedies such as Alan Partridge:Alpha Papa or even rom-com’s such as Pretty Woman & Ten Things I hate About You. There are a variety of locations, ranging from parks, to pleasure gardens, to courtyards and even to hot tubs! http://www.popupscreens.co.uk/whats-on/
5) Outdoors – Whether you’re the next Michael Phelps or just enjoy a length here and there, London’s got some fantastic outdoor lidos, the same price as regular pools plus the advantage of fresh air and a blue sky. Hampstead Heath swimming ponds are the only ones in the UK to provide a life guarded, open water swimming pool to the public every day. If you’re looking for one slightly closer (and slightly warmer) to home, the London Fields lido in Hackney makes for a really good trip for only £3.40.
6) Upcoming Music – Alright, maybe this one’s a bit of a cheat as it’s not till November, but tickets have just been released and they’re going to go quickly. The ever emerging Swedish phenomenon Lykke Li is embarking on her ‘I Never Learn’ tour come August 6th and is in London for one night only on November 13th. Tickets have just been released, so get your hands on them quickly! http://lykkeli.com/tour
7) Play – David Hare’s play Skylight with Bill Nighy & Carey Mulligan is coming to the end of its successful run on August 23rd and I’d definitely recommend trying to catch it before it leaves. Believable/likeable characters, a few laughs & Bill Nighy being effortlessly charming…what more could you want?! Day tickets are available but you’ll have to get there by 8am to be in with a chance. Alternatively, there are pretty good standing seats at the back of the theatre, £15 per ticket. http://www.wyndhamstheatre.co.uk/