Monday, 2 July 2012

Things To Do In London This Summer

Apart from Summer barbecues and laying out in the sun, here's a list of a few things you can do if you're in London this summer...

1. Wilderness Festival (10 - 12 August)

The Wilderness Festival has so many events going on, from the Vintage Festival to the Secret Garden Party.

Here's a little video teaser of the event if you need some persuasion!

2. The Big Dance (7 - 15 July)

The Big Dance this year is a massive celebration of dance, with so many events including dance classes covering different varieties of styles. If you've always wanted to learn a form of dance or just keep active this summer, it's a perfect option.

3. Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (3- 8 July)

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show may seem boring to some, but it's a low-cost and an interesting thing to have a look at. The flowers are beautiful (who doesn't like flowers?) and you can pick up a few cheeky gardening tips on the way for your inner domestic goddess.

4. Olympics

Apart from the Queen's Jubilee, the Olympics is England's pride and joy this year. If you're lucky enough to snatch up some tickets (so jealous of anyone who has gymnastics) then well done to you, you'll have an amazing time! Apparently there's still a lot of tickets that haven't been sold, so if you have the spare cash lying around, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

5. Olympics Party

If you can't afford an Olympic ticket, or hate huge, busy crowds of people, host an Olympics party. You can sit and watch all the events in the leisure of your living room, and pick what you want to watch at a click of a button! These Olympic-themed biscuits from Biscuiteers would make a great addition to any party, they're so cute!

6. Wimbledon

Wimbledon is always fun, if you like tennis. I remember getting the amazing chance to watch the Gentleman's final a couple of years ago with Federer and Roddick. That game was sooo long that I had a little nap. But the experience was amazing and it was definitely worth going to, especially for all the food stalls! Champagne and strawberries pleaaase.

7. Wimbledon Party

Again, if you can't make it to the live matches, have a party! The Gentleman Finals are on the 8th July and the Ladies are on the 7th. Grab these beauuutiful tennis cupcakes from Selfridges Food Hall.

8. Hampshire Food Festival (1 to 31 July)

The Hampshire Food Festival is a celebration of local food and farming. It has so many events such as chocolate and jam-making workshops and barbecues, as well as farm tours and vineyard tours if thats more your thing! How can you resist a food festival?

9. Dorset Seafood Festival (7 to 8 July)

The Dorset Seafood Festival has over 80 stalls of mouth-watering seafood. Combined with Pommery champagne, what more can you ask for? Also, the festival raises money for The Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen, so you're being charitable by scoffing down as much fresh seafood as you can get your hands on.

10. Berry Picking

It's summer, which means berries are IN SEASON! You can probably tell by the amazing quality of berries from the supermarket recently. Picking your own berries is fun and allows you to be active, and also lets you get some sun if its a hot day (I wouldn't recommend berry picking in the rain). You get the satisfaction of knowing your berries are as fresh as can be, and you can take them home to make some jelly or a berry trifle or just eat the fresh and healthy berries straight out of the basket. You can do this in your own home if you have berries growing there (obviously), or there are plenty of berry picking sites across England.

11. Thorpe Park

Thorpe park is a must in the summer. I've been going since I was a little kid and was a part of the kids club there. If you haven't been (which would be crazy), there are rides for everybody, and so many huge rides which are my favourites, such as Nemesis Inferno, Stealth, Colossus and The Saw Ride. They also have a Saw Maze (which I'm far too scared to go into) and lots of games which I love and waste all my money on, and lots of food such as fresh doughnuts (which smell AMAZING) and toffee apples, as well as other food, which I also love and waste all my money on. The reason to go especially this summer is because of their new ride - The Swarm! I'm so excited!

12. Hyde Park

Apart from Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park is best to visit during the summer. You can stay active or have a romantic day out in the sun by having a picnic or go cycling or boating. You're able to rent pedal boats, which is so cute and something right out of the movies!

13. Great British Beer Festival (2 - 6 August)

The Great British Beer Festival is perfect for the boys, or the beer-loving gal. There are over 800 real ales, ciders and foreign beers, as well as different foods and music, so even if you're not a beer-lover it's always worth coming along with someone who is!

14. Foodies Festival (29 - 31 July)

Another food festival! The Foodies Festival has many events across the UK, but the ones in London Battersea Park are in August 17/18/19. I love food festivals - there's always so much different food to eat there or take home with me, and I love trying new things or just eating great quality food. You also get the chance to pick up some cooking tips from top chefs, which again will fuel your inner domestic goddess!

15. Greenwich Comedy Festival (13 - 20 July)

This is for comedy lovers. Watch some of your favourite comedians or discover new acts at the Greenwich Comedy Festival. There's nothing better than a good comedy show!

16. The Big Rooftop Tea & Golf Party in Selfridges (31 May - 2 September)

This is a must-do during summer! Selfridges are holding The Big Rooftop Tea & Golf Party this summer, and their mini-golf course is MADE OUT OF CAKE! High tea and mini-golf, how does that not seem like the best day ever? You need to get tickets to go, so make sure you do whilst you can! To know a bit more about it or to convince someone to go with you, watch the video teaser here.

17. British 10K (8 July)

If you're feeling sporty, or want to accomplish something great this summer, join 25,000 runners in the British 10K. The route passes many of Britain's iconic landmarks and you'll feel great about yourself once its over. I wish I had the stamina to do something like this! One day..

There's HUGE amounts in London to do this Summer, so if you're around, try some of these suggestions! Woohooooooo Summer here we come!

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