I promised to write a post about my best summer tips for London on Instagram and although we are half way through summer, there is still plenty of time to tick these things off your to do list. So here we go!
#1 TimeOut Movies on the River
I am so excited about this one! Outdoor movie screenings is just my thing so can you imagine yourself getting comfy on a boat and watching a movie while drifting a long the sparkling river side of the Thames? I can! So I got myself tickets. I found out about this fantastic event flipping through the weekly TimeOut London on my way to work one morning. The movie boat starts from Tower Hill Pier and runs five days a week till early September. You can buy food and drinks on board basically making it a sunset cruise! All I have to do know is hope for beautiful weather and think about what sort of snacks will go best to my Aperol Spritz pitcher. See the whole schedule here.
2# Uniqlo Tate Late
Every last Friday of the month, Tate Modern is open after hours, where you can experience the gallery by night or just go to have a drink to the sounds of various established DJs in the perfect bank side location (This is me!). Entrance is free (even better) and the event is open from 18.00 – 22.00. If you want to see some of the special exhibitions entry fee might apply. More about Uniqlo Tate Late here.
3# Notting Hill Carnival
The Notting Hill Carnival is insane but also a fantastic experience. To all my danish readers, imagine Distortion (ca. 200.000 attendants) only this giant street party has an estimated attendance of ca. 1 million people making it the largest street party in Europe. With over 30 sound systems, a parade with floats and endless food stall planning your visit is essential. Make sure to check TFL to see how you can get there and back again as a lot of the tube stations are closed or get off only. I suggest staying away from Westbourne Grove (It is mental!) and joining the party on Chepstow Road or Westbourne Park Road (with me) instead.
#4 Pergola Paddington Central
Oh how I love this place. The best place to go for after work drinks or to meet with friends on a sunny summer day. It is an open roof top terrace with fairy lights, daybeds, loads of seating and 2 busy bars. But what about when you got the perfect seats and get hungry? Not to worry..There is a food hall below the bar with food stall like Patty and Bun and MAM Vietnamese Barbecue. If you are a bigger group I suggest booking in advance as it get really busy especially on weekends. Pergola Paddington Central is open Wednesday to Sunday from April to October.
#5 Little Venice-Camden Lock Boat Trip
How about a boat trip in the historic Regents Canals? I think yes please! I did it last summer and it was great. You can jump on a boat in either Little Venice or Camden Lock and jump off at the stop in London Zoo. I suggest getting there by walking along the canals from Paddington Station up to little Venice and have a small breakfast (or second breakfast.. I know you are out there, because I am one of you!). You arrive in Camden Lock 50-60 min later just in time for lunch. You don’t have to book in advance and you buy the tickets on the boat! For more information and schedule take a visit London Waterbus Company.
#6 Victoria Park Market
If you are looking for something a little more chilled to do, head to East London and enjoy Victoria Park. Every Sunday from 10-4pm there is a market on where you can get organic coffee, baked goods, french cheeses, veggies fresh from the farms and lots of other good bits. It is a fairly small market but very, very nice and chilled – Always a winner!
#7 Kings Cross
Every time I walk in the area I tell myself to make time for an afternoon hangout here. You get there by walking along the Regents canal or taking the tube to Kings Cross Station. When you arrive at Kings Cross, you come out from the station on Battle Bridge Place (or in my case take the wrong exit, again, of what feels like a 1000 possible exits and have to walk aaaall the way around). Anyways.. If you see a giant birdcage outside the station, you are in the right place. Walk along Kings Boulevard and do some shopping in one of the many good shops like & Other Stories, Nike & 18Montrose but with the benefit of avoiding the crowds of Oxford St. Continue to Granary Square where you can sit on the Canalside steps with a cold drink, get cosy in the sun chairs or have a look in the cool Tom Dixon store located in The Coal Office. There are plenty of good restaurants for lunch and dinner, so no fear of going hungry (Phew!) Try places like Granger & Co., Dishoom, Vinoteca and Barrafina. If you are staying late I highly recommend getting a drink in the German Gymnasium. It is pretty cool! Find out more about the place, the shops and restaurants here.
#8 Daisy & May Green
Situated in the Grand Union Canal just outside of Paddington Station and a stone throw from Pergola Paddington, you can find Daisy and May. Two beautifully decorated boats serving everything from early morning flat whites and bottomless brunch, to delicious chilled cocktails and relaxed dining. The two places are open every day of the week and are definitely on my to do list. Take a look at the menu and book a table here.
Feel free to leave a comment if you have more suggestions or other things you would like me to write about.