The summer holidays are fantastic, don’t get me wrong. But after a couple of weeks of lying on your bed, catching up on all that Love Island you missed during exam season, the old routine can get a little tedious. So consider broadening your summer holiday horizons with our list of five fun things to do around London this summertime.
For the book lover: If you’re running low on reading material, or just fancy having a slice of cake surrounded by shelves of books, then look no further than the London Review Bookshop. Located in Bloomsbury, it’s an easy-access independent bookstore with over 28,000 titles (selected for whether or not the customers and owners think they’re good), regular book-related events, and the incredible added bonus of an attached café. Find it at 14 Bury Place, Bloomsbury, London, WC1A 2JL
For the film junkie: Personally, I don’t think anything sounds more amazing than watching a film outdoors under the stars, but maybe that’s just me. Still, if you happen to agree, then The Luna Cinema is the experience you’re looking for. Hailed as the UK’s best open air cinema, The Luna Cinema is responsible for showing classic movies in a huge variety of beautiful outdoor locations all over London. Check out their website for more details on venues and film options.
For the scientifically-minded: Whether you’re a chemist whose parents have temporarily banished you from the house for your Breaking-Bad-esque experiments, or a physicist who is clawing their eyes out that they can’t take a day trip to NASA, the Royal Institution is a safe haven. With regular events and lectures, as well as a museum, it’s a perfect place to spend the day getting lost in the wonders of science. Find it at 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS
For the artist: Since summer is the perfect time for artistic inspiration to strike, it’s good to have plenty of supplies. So for when you really need that one, very specific product, L. Cornelissen & Son is guaranteed to have it. One of London’s oldest art shops, Cornelissen specialises in high-end and high-quality art materials, and even if you don’t plan on buying anything, it’s impossible to resist its antique beauty. Find it at 105A Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B
For the foodie: London is full of places to eat, so in my opinion, the real question is: what is both delicious, and Instagrammable? The answer to that is Bake, a Pan-Asian Bakery with various treats that are gorgeous both to look at and to taste. Top of the list of recommendations is the matcha ice cream, but in my opinion, the best option would be to return multiple times and slowly eat your way through the menu. Find it at 9 Wardour Street, London, W1D 6PF
Bonus round: Although I know they’re not technically in London, Oxford and Cambridge are stunning this time of year, and visiting them makes for a wonderful day trip. Take aesthetic photos with one (or two, or ten) of the colleges, go punting on the rivers, and have a picnic in one of the local parks. Hot tip: The Fudge Kitchen in Cambridge gives out a variety of free samples, and you get to see all the fudge being made right in front of you.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of summer activities, and will maybe think about visiting one of these beautiful locations and experiencing one of these unique things. Or you could, y’know, stay at home and watch Netflix. We won’t be offended.