So you can’t guarantee the weather but you can guarantee a good time in old LDN. There’s always heaps to do but this summer I’ve had countless emails already about free events, roof top bars, outdoor parties, free things and other such fun times to be had. Get out your diary and make a WhatsApp group. It’s time to plan.
1) Sunset Safari at London Zoo
I’ve already done this one and it’s definitely worth fitting in. You basically just go along after work on Friday and watch the animals have dinner, see the otters bed down for the night and watch the penguin show. We also went to a talk about giraffes and watched them munch some leaves and stick out their tongues. Ideal, really. There’s pop up bars, massive bean bags, deckchairs, lots of food stalls and twinkling lights in the tree. Pretty good for a date night, or just watching sleepy animals while you have a wine with your pals. You can get your face painted too, so there’s that to be excited about. I was lucky and went on a lovely, warm sunny Friday. If you go and it’s a bit wet, definitely take something waterproof. OHHH and you can also get tickets for £16 each through Time Out.
2) Udderbelly at Southbank
Southbank is always a winner on a sunny day, and it’s currently packed with pop-up bars and food stalls, including Bleeker Street burgers, which are so completely divine you will think you’ve died and gone to a burgery, cheesey, calorific heaven. yep. Udderbelly has become a summer regular and there’s currently comedy shows as well as a gin bar. You can buy tickets there, so you can sort of just fall in.
3) Flamingo Pier
So this is happening on the first Friday of every month up until September. East Londoners or just anyone who can be bothered to trek that far from others corners of the city, can get tickets and attend an exotic location themed party, with matching food and drink. Cute. It’s all very adorable and instagram-friendly looking, and it’s in Hackney Wick, which is pretty nice.
4) Gin tasting at Waterloo sky bar
You have to book this one, but if you like nice views and you like gin, GO GO GO. These are on every Wednesday in July including some free sessions. You also get a voucher for money off dinner at the Three O Two restaurant. So yeah, win win gin gin.
5) Dalston Roof Park
So this is literally a park on a roof. In Dalston. It’s that simple. It’s on top of an old factory and this summer there’s going to be all sorts going on. If you’re into music, they’ll be gigs a plenty and a DJ residency by The 2 Bears, who are immensely fun. So if you want a boozy, dancey, different night out, here’s your answer.
6) London Pride
This is on June 27th, and if you want to spend a day having all of the colourful, cheerful, fun, you should go. proceedings start in Baker Street and run to Whitehall, so wear comfy shoes.There’s also Pride in the Park on Sunday 28th June in Vauxhall. This is usually full of arts stalls, good food, events to join and drinks to drink. Oh and the weather is meant to be alright, so yeah.
7) Wimbledon in Wimbledon town centre.
If you’re not going to Wimbledon but wanna hang out where there’s atmosphere, deck chairs and gallons of Pimms, just go to Wimbledon town. The pubs go mad for it, they set up nice little outdoor areas, everywhere sells jugs of yummy alcohol and Wimbledon village, if you venture upwards, is bloody lovely. They’re actually going to stick up a massive screen in the town centre so you can lounge around and watch it and cheer at whoever is the fittest. YAY SPORTS.