It’s starting to get dark by eight and breezy by five, this means summer won’t be around for much longer. It also means some of the best roof top bars and terraces will slowly start to disappear. Pops up will begin to pop off and come back next summer. I love a cocktail on a roof so I will really miss rooftop bars and sunshine! There are beaches, slides and fun fairs in this list so scroll down for some fun in the sun..
However let’s face it, the weather is absolutely rubbish in summer. London has more wind than sun most of the time. But we do have some of the coolest pop ups and events, you just need to know where to find them. Luckily, I’ve got the key.. If you live in London or are planning a visit soon, here’s how to make the most of it. Most of these places close for good in October. I promise, you will want to visit at least ten of the venues on my visit. This list includes Brixton Beach, The Orbit and more! I haven’t visited them all but I am excited to explore more before summer ends! Enjoy.
1) Brixton Beach
I love this place. There’s real sand and amazing cocktails. Not far from the high street and station, a real treasure hidden away in Brixton! It is so bright and beachy. You feel like you are away.. for a few minutes anyway. There are several different pop up restaurants and bars inside. My favourite pop up is ‘Mac to the future’. They specialise in freshly prepared Mac n Cheese which is very tasty. ‘StakeHaus’ is delicious as well. I also love the frozen alcoholic slushies from ‘Icely done cocktails’. I recommend their frozen Piña Colada slushie. #Obsessed
I will definitely be going back to the beach before it closes in October! Brixton Beach offers drinks, street food, music and entertainment. Honestly on a hot day, there isn’t anywhere better to go. I love the atmosphere. There’s live music on certain days and really good Dj’s. The last time, I went I danced for hours. Britxton Beach is an 18+ venue. More information here https://www.brixtonrooftop.com/
2) Pergola on the roof
Pergola on the roof is the perfect rooftop bar. Located on the old White City BBC Building. It’s such a pretty venue, you are surrounded by flowers and it’s just beautiful. A great location choice and huge, there are plenty of seats. There’s normally a little bit of a queue to get in but Pergola is 100% worth the wait.
There are a few food options and a bar in the centre. You will end up Snapchatting so get your phones ready. Pergola also have a new venue in Paddington called Pergola Central. I normally visit the White City venue as it’s local for me and I like the idea of being on top of the old BBC Building. We all love a freebie right? Receive a free drink when you fill out the form on https://www.pergolaontheroof.com/free-drink
3) The Beast London
Rooftops, cocktails and food are three of my favourite things but I had to think about the dare devils and adventure seekers as well! Now this is insane, brace yourself. The Beast is the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course. It is 272m long and located in Alexandra Palace. The Beast is basically a bouncy castle for adults. Erm..why do I suddenly find trampoline parks boring? Watch the video below. #BeastMode
There are 32 obstacles and tickets are £22. The Beast will only be there until the 28th August. Do you think you can take it on? If you want a challenge or just a bit of fun, you can book online here http://www.alexandrapalace.com/whats-on/the-beast/
4) Backyard cinema (Miami Beach)
Can’t afford a flight to Miami? Or maybe you just need a relaxing night out. Don’t worry, Miami is coming to Newington Causeway. Miami Beach is an indoor beach cinema, complete with flip flops, tasty food and cocktails. This is an experience, you will never forget. You can sit on bean bags and enjoy a film at the same time. Movie options include La La Land, Wonder Woman, Beauty and the Beast and more. There are options for the kids as well! Watch the video below to get a feel of how authentic the cinema is!
This is a cinema like no other. I think this is a great idea and a unique concept. I like going to the cinema but I don’t go very often. I think I’d go more if I knew, I was going to enjoy warm food, a cocktail and sand in between my toes. The boarding gates for Miami Beach Backyard Cinema close in October. More information here https://www.backyardcinema.co.uk/miami-beach/
5) Last days of Shoreditch
Another fantastic rooftop bar. Located in East London. There are five bars and food stalls. They also host really cool events. Upcoming events include ‘Fun DMC, The Daytime Block Party for kids and Parents’ and ‘Shoreditch Okoberfest’ plus many more! Events are very popular so please book in advance. Last days of Shoreditch stays open until 12pm which is nice and late for a rooftop bar! Feeling arty? There is also one of the last surviving Bansky’s on site.
I am fascinated by Bansky by the way. I mean is there anyone more mysterious? Does his family know who he is? Does he live in London? Will we ever know more about his identity? Oh the suspense..More information here http://lastdaysofshoreditch.co.uk/
6) The Arcelormittal Orbit Slide
Now, I don’t know if this is old news but it’s new news to me! You can now slide down the Orbit. It isn’t just a cool sculpture anymore! I only found out last week. yes I am a bit late. I am really shocked, the Orbit is now a giant slide. This is the world’s highest and at 178m, the world’s longest tunnel slide. The slide was created by German artist Carsten Höller. I feel like this wouldn’t be as fun in Winter. It would be nice in the Sun.
The Arcelormittal Orbit is the UK’s tallest sculpture and an iconic symbol of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the London 2012 Games. Apparently the views from the top of the slide are litty. You can also abseil down. This sounds like a fun and daring experience. The Orbit was named as Time Out’s London’s number one things to do in London 2016. More information here http://arcelormittalorbit.com/
7) Beach East
More sand please! Also located in Queen Elizabeth Park, Beach East! An urban beach, bar and amusement park. Beach East is next to the Aquatics Centre. There is a giant paddling pool, double decked beach bar (oh yes) and thrilling rides for all ages, plus games and food. You might want to lounge around on one of the free deck chairs or go on a ride, there is something for everyone!
They have the fairground classics including the Waltzer, Dodgems, Sizzler, Super Bowl, Crazy Frog (Bounce) and a full-size spinning car rollercoaster called Crazy Mouse. I can’t wait to grab a cocktail at The Tropicana Beach Bar. Why not head down to Beach East today and catch a nice Golden tan? More information here http://beacheast.co.uk/
I am a huge Peter Pan fan so I love the name! Fancy a beach party or sunday bottomless brunch? Neverland is the place for you. Neverland is Fulham’s very own beach. (We all know I am a proud west Londoner) Entry tickets are best booked in advance as only a small number are left for walk-ins.
Cocktails are £5 which is super reasonable and they have pitchers which is great. Neverland has a unique concept.. they allow you to bring your own spirits and their very own mixologists will create you a delicious cocktail. There are a few food stalls as well. Why not treat yourself to a ‘Bottomless beach brunch’ for £30 including food. There are good tunes as well. “Now think of the happiest things, it’s the same as having wings” – Peter Pan. More information here https://www.neverlandlondon.com/
9) The Shard (virtual reality experience)
Too scared to slide down The Orbit? Why not go virtual! This is the Uk’s highest virtual reality experience located in The Shard. How does it work? Well the headset turns The Shard into a helter skelter. Or you can choose the ‘Vertigo’ mode, a virtual adventure which travels back in time to The Shard’s construction. This will test your nerve and balance. This is definitely a once in a lifetime experience and it’s for a limited time only! Tickets are available to, or on the door at £30.95.
10) Alice’s Adventures Underground
Now this is weird and wonderful and it looks extremely exciting. So we all know the story of Alice and Wonderland but how many of us know this version? Fall deep into the Vaults, hidden beneath Waterloo station and explore! There are 4 separate routes to take, each Wonderland adventure is completely unique. Watch the video below for more thrills. ‘One of the best theatre experiences you will ever have’ – Buzzfeed
The promo video looks incredible. It actually looks a little bit scary. If you have little ones, there is range of workshops for all ages from professional and aspiring actors to primary aged school children. Take the quiz on the website to find out which Alice In Wonderland character you are. Tickets and more information here https://www.alice-underground.com/aau
I hope you enjoyed this post. Make some time to explore before summer ends! We all deserve a Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Stay Golden. N x
(Snaps from my visit to Brixton Beach)