Keep your fingers crossed for good weather and a fabulous day taking in the best our wonderful capital city has to offer...
There’s so much to pack into a London day trip: shopping, galleries, exhibitions, iconic buildings, to say nothing of those all-important breaks for coffee, lunch or cocktails. Our ideas are sure to help you turn a good day into a truly unforgettable experience, though you?ll need some decent reserves of stamina ? and a pair of comfy shoes ? if you?re going to get the very most from your day.
We reckon it makes sense to minimise your travelling once you?re in town. Don?t waste time on busy tube trains or slow-moving buses. Pick an area, do your research and you?re sure to find loads to see and do. Another vital rule is to eliminate queuing wherever possible. After all, no one gained much from standing in line for a table, a sale or a show. So plan well, book ahead and you?ll maximise your enjoyment.
Our selection of events, venues and activities spans all times of the day. We?ve done our best to offer a good selection of locations, themes and prices, so all you need do is keep your fingers crossed for good weather and a fabulous day taking in the best our wonderful capital city has to offer…
Design adventure at the Serpentine Pavilion
Over the past 15 years the Serpentine Pavilion has become an international site for architectural experimentation, presenting inspirational temporary structures by some of the world’s greatest architects. A much-anticipated landmark in London each summer, the Pavilion is one of the top-ten most visited architectural and design exhibitions in the world. Spanish architects SelgasCano are designing the 15th Serpentine Pavilion. The award-winning studio, headed by José Selgas and Lucía Cano, is the first Spanish architecture practice to be asked to design the temporary Pavilion on the Serpentine?s lawn in London?s Kensington Gardens.
Watch out for it between 25 June and 18 October.
Located in Somerset House, the Courtauld is one of London’s must-see art museums. Its permanent collection stretches from early Renaissance to the 20th century and beyond. The Gallery’s forthcoming Summer Showcase is entitled ?Unfinished… Works from The Courtauld Gallery? and runs from 18 June to 20 September. This special display brings together paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture, including pieces left incomplete by Degas, Cézanne and Daumier amongst others. It’s sure to be a great opportunity to explore this aspect of art and will undoubtedly be a revelation.
Admission £8.50; tickets available from http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/
With the city heating up, there’s no better place to kick-back this summer than on one of the capital’s finest rooftops, as London’s favourite outdoor movie experience continues its summer session.
With the tarmac sizzling below, escape the crowds and ascend to the Rooftop Film Club’s cinematic oasis atop Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch, The Bussey Building, Peckham Rye, The Roof Gardens, Kensington or Roof East, Stratford and take in screenings of classic, cult and current movies with London’s famous skyline as your backdrop.
Beat the beer garden crush and lounge back under the stars with an ice cool refreshment to take in a favourite flick at height for truly elevated entertainment. Choose from vintage vacation romps Some Like It Hot and Roman Holiday or get all nostalgic for the days when summer presented endless adventures with classic kids’ capers Back to the Future, Grease and The Goonies. And it wouldn’t be a summer screening programme without a bit of romance, so grab your significant other and get reacquainted with oldies but goodies The Notebook, Cocktail and Romeo + Juliet.
Tickets are £14.00. For full listings, tickets and more information visit www.rooftopfilmclub.com
Head for City Road and indulge in the £36 Three Martini Lunch. Inspired by the original 1950s trend for food and drink pairings, 5cc Singer Tavern offers a choice of three martinis from the exclusive martini menu paired with a selection of small plates to sustain guests through their liquid lunch. The Three Martini Lunch is £36 per person, and includes titbits such as mushroom, pecorino and truffle toastie, crispy duck and charred broccoli salad and hazelnut brownie with salted caramel sauce.
Look at http://www.5cc-london.com for details.
The world?s most notorious serial killer ? Jack the Ripper ? is one of the London Dungeon?s most famous residents and all summer there will be some spine-tingling new insights into his murderous story as the attraction explores The Ripper Myths. Who was Jack? Will the London Dungeon finally unravel the mystery? Visitors will get the latest from an East-End Newspaper Boy, whilst a determined detective tries to solve one of the ghastliest murder sprees of all time. Prices on the door £25.95 (adult), £20.95 (children), book in advance online to save 30%; The Where?s Jack? show is included in the entry price.
Check out http://www.thedungeons.com/london/ for more details.
The Canal & River Trust (canalrivertrust.org.uk) is excited to be a leading partner for a new world-class sculpture walk in London. The three-mile route, named after the Meridian Line, takes in the River Lee Navigation, passes through the ever-changing East London landscapes and links the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the O2. The project brings contemporary sculpture by major artists to the waterways and include works by Damien Hirst, Abigail Fallis, Gary Hume and Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, whose work is pictured.
For more details, visit http://www.the-line.org
This is the first-ever David Collins Studio-designed outdoor space, at the centre of this Grande Dame hotel. A dazzling array of gold, cream, red, terracotta and grey handcrafted mosaics by leading French artist Mathilde Jonquière adorns the walls and fireplaces, an elegant glass canopy provides cover, an exotic mix of terrarium plants brings nature to the heart of the hotel. The Garden Lounge is open every day from 7am to 1am.
Champagne afternoon tea costs £55pp. More details at http://www.corinthia.com/hotels/london/
Nothing like some activity and high-octane adventure to lure you away from the city?s traditional sights. Go Ape Trent Park is just 10 minutes? walk from Cockfosters tube station and offers the perfect opportunity to findyour inner Tarzan and embark on a forest adventure. From the treetops to the forest floor, you can tackle zip wires, swings and rope ladders with the Tree Top Adventure.
Book now at http://www.goape.co.uk or call 0845 643 9236. Price is £33 for an adult
Join in a celebration of the vibrant and diverse cuisines and cultures
of the East. Tantalise your taste buds and sample exotic street food
dishes from local London vendors such as Sambal Shiok?s sweet and spicy
burgers, Vietnamese baguettes from Banh Mi11, Sri Lankan roti dishes
from Kothu Kothu through to Yee Kwan?s ice creams and sorbet flavours
influenced by her Chinese heritage ? there?s an intriguing taste of the
East for everyone. You can also sit back and relax to the sounds of
traditional Chinese strings music or get carried away by the athletic
Zulu dancers. For a great family day out filled with immersive
entertainment and a feast for all the senses, head down to the Emirates
Go East Festival.
It?s taking place on Saturday 13th and
Sunday 14th June, 12pm-10pm Saturday and 12pm?8pm Sunday. Location is
Doon Street Car Park, Southbank, Lambeth, London SE1.
What a fun way to end a day in London. Head Barman at The Capital in Knightsbridge, Cesar da Silva, offers a tempting Scotch Whisky and English Cheese tasting session for just £40 per person. The Capital is a classic five-star boutique hotel at the heart of Knightsbridge in London?s West End, with 49 bedrooms, eight suites and ? for longer stays – apartments in an adjacent building. Its location on Basil Street is close to Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Knightsbridge underground station, and only a few minutes? walk from the Victoria & Albert Museum and Hyde Park. The £40pp price includes three pairings and a whisky-based cocktail with fascinating information. Cesar will select whiskies to suit taste preferences or suggest something new as you choose. Advanced booking required, and a minimum of two people.
For bookings, go to: http://www.capitalhotel.co.uk/masterclasses/whisky-master-class/103-6/) or call 0207 589 5171
The Who, one of rock?s legendary and defining bands, is the second headline act announced for this year?s British Summer Time Hyde Park 2015. One of the greatest live bands of all time, The Who will take to the Great Oak Stage on Friday 26 June with guests Paul Weller, the Kaiser Chiefs and Johnny Marr. There?s a Family Fun event on Sunday 28 June, featuring Justin Fletcher, Bart and Homer Simpson, SpongeBob SquarePants and Horrible Histories, as well as boyband favourites Union J.
A ticket admitting four costs £50 via http://www.axs.com
Hot foot it to Kensington House Hotel, a contemporary town house of just 41 rooms, situated on Prince of Wales Terrace within an historic 19th century façade. The hotel has taken its place amongst the Kensington set and London?s cognoscenti. Stylish, intimate and friendly, this cool and understated property, which lies just off High Street Kensington, is an oasis of calm amidst the buzz of central London with overnight rates starting at £95 inclusive of VAT and breakfast.
Go to http://www.kenhouse.com for more information.