Top 20 Things To Do This Summer

We made it! Winter was great and god knows we love the charming wet weather of spring, but by darn it's summer - and luckily for us, you, and everyone else in fair London; there are loads of weather-appropriate bars and cool events going down. From pop-up parties to boozy river cruises, tasty chow to rooftop wonders; this here city has them all. In no particular order, check out our recommended top 20 things to do this summer in London and don't you waste another sunny minute, okay? Good.

Last updated on 8th August 2017

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From cocktails by Sipsmith through to an immersive secret event, Juniper Manor is an unmissable summer event. Head to the secret location in your finest black and white dress for an evening of cocktails, nibbles and surprises. 

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Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Date Night, Pop-Up
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Perfect for anyone looking to end their summer in style, the Late Summer Night's Dream Ball takes over Kensington's Roof Gardens this September for one night only. The decadent affair will couple huge DJ sets and with a suave masquerade ball and hand-crafted cocktails. As part of the Late Night Cocktail Club's 5th birthday celebrations, you can expect to find some of the best cocktails in London at this quirky night out.

Fun Time Partying, Themed Nights, Something A Little Different, Clubbing
Party Mash Up
Kensington
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Back for another round of immersive storytelling - this time hosted from a dilapidated warehouse space in Dalston...
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Pop-Up, Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts, Date Night
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The Royal Academy of Arts are opening their doors for a magical, mystical, roaring summer party. Wander the Victorian halls to discover mermaids, yurts, immersive theatre, famous art exhibitions, paper gardens and delicious cocktails.

Fun Time Partying, Live Music, Something A Little Different, VIP Party
Funk & Soul
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21 events @ Brixton Rooftop with 32 upcoming dates starting on 17 Aug 2017

Can a top summer list in London not include Brixton Beach? That's what we thought. This iconic venue is making waves with their huge DJ nights, sandy brunches and sunny vibes down in south London.

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Home to one of London's prettiest rooftops, Ham Yard Hotel are hosting a hot series of summer events. From rose wine in fresh ways through to a damn good aperol spritz, these summer nights tick all the right boxes.

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Date Night, Food & Drink, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different
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There's nothing like a summer evening spent partying, and that's exactly what's going to be happening with The Dutch Master as the boat cruises the Thames, taking in some of London's most beautiful sights. Along with jaw-dropping scenery, there will also be a killer soundtrack blasting through the headphones, with multiple channels so you can choose exactly how to sound track your night.

Boat Party, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different
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4 events @ 2 venues with 4 upcoming dates from 17 Aug 2017 until 23 Sep 2017

Screening in some of London's most beautiful locations, Nomad Cinema is a huge summer event. Watch Top Gun in Grosvenor Square, catch Grease at Westquay Esplanade and see Cinema Paradiso in Queen's Park.

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The London Shuffle Club is back open this summer for you to enjoy the biggest game in London. Rent out a court and get your friends involved, as not only are there 6 indoor shuffleboard courts, there’s two table shuffleboards, cocktails, pizza and all the disco tunes you can listen to.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Pop-Up, Something A Little Different, Sport, Fun Time Partying, Daytime, Food & Drink, Stag Do, Hen Party, Activity
Background Music
Shoreditch
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After sell-out success in 2015 and a slew of rave reviews, Alice's Adventures Underground returns for 2017 to the Vaults in Waterloo. The amazing immersive theatre event whisks you down the rabbit hole into a topsy-turvy land of Mat Hatters, Cheshire Cats and Tweedledees and Tweedledums.

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Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts
Waterloo
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21 events @ 11 venues with 21 upcoming dates from 17 Aug 2017 until 24 Sep 2017

Throwing their hat into amazing things to do this summer comes The Luna Cinema. The renowned group screen a whole variety of films in stunning locations such as Westminster Abbey, Kew Gardens and Alexandra Palace.

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Perfect for any amateur bakers out there, The Big London Bake is a quirky event taking place this summer, revolving around all the yeast-based fun of baking. Guests will be set a number of challenges by the event's talented professionals in order to find out who is London's true star baker. Immortality is only a scone's throw away; this great summer event has everything you could possibly knead.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Something A Little Different, Hen Party, Date Night, Food & Drink
Tooting
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11 events @ 7 venues with 11 upcoming dates from 19 Aug 2017 until 24 Sep 2017

Pop Up Screens is bringing the best throwback films to London’s coolest parks. Their bars are filled with Brewdog, you just need to sit back and watch.

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1 events @ Belair House with 1 upcoming dates starting on 24 Aug 2017

The Night Star Cinema team don't do things in half measure; their two mid-summer parties are no exception. The team will be screening the Great Gatsby and La La Land on the venue's idyllic lawn, all the while serving themed cocktails and complimentary popcorn to guests as they arrive. Better still, ticket holders will have access to the 1920s themed after-party taking place in the mansion once the screening is finished.

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This summer celebrate your bank holiday as you should by kicking it off with a  bottomless brunch, while live music plays for thirteen hours. But that’s not all – the Piano Works have drinks discounts after 5pm and a DJ once 1am rolls around.

Daytime, Fun Time Partying, Live Music, Food & Drink
Live Music
Farringdon
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Bar Elba

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There's a new rooftop riding into town and it promises to take over your summer days. Bar Elba is located in Waterloo and is inspired by Napoleon's Mediterranean exile but with a sexy twist; think London views, neon colours and summery concoctions.

Happily Affordable ££
Waterloo
1 events @ Geffrye Museum with 6 upcoming dates from 17 Aug 2017 until 01 Sep 2017

The Geffrye Museum in Hoxton is opening their summer garden and filling it with everything you need for a Friday night. Each week a guest bartender will be whipping up tipples, renowned foodie Beagle will be cooking goodies and there will be plenty of fun and games to see you into the weekend.

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Neverland London

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@Neverland London on Various dates

'A beach in the city,' we hear you cry, 'what is this madness?'. But that is exactly what Neverland is. Whizzing you away from the skyscrapers, the urban beach is beside the river, has cutesy beach shacks, massive sun loungers and even lets you BYOB.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Date Night, Food & Drink, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different
Background Music
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One of London's most spectacular venues is hosting a huge summer party and we're all invited. The Roof Gardens in Kensington are showing off their urban gardens with DJs, BBQs, cocktails and a whole lot of party happy people.

Clubbing, Live Music
Commercial/Pop
Kensington
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Hold onto your wizard hats and get ready to live out your dreams, people. A seven-course, Harry Potter inspired meal is coming to London; slurp on a mug of butterbeer, defeat the Devil's Snare, and FINALLY get your Hogwarts letter.

Food & Drink, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different, Supper Clubs
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1 events @ The BBQ Club with 35 upcoming dates from 17 Aug 2017 until 20 Sep 2017

It is really summer if you don't have a BBQ? Do it properly with pop-up king Jimmy Garcia as he hosts a supper club right besides the Thames. Reserve a space on the top terrace for a five-course meal that you cook on a Green Egg BBQ under the watchful eye of the super chef.

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One of the most terrifying and hilarious things you can do in London, Zombie S.W.A.T Training is a three hour immersive experience that will throw you into a dystopian world. Deep in a bunker underground, all sorts of hell is being let loose, and it's your job to get those zombies under control.

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Something A Little Different, Stag Do, Themed Nights, Hen Party
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Get a serious wake up call on one of London's best rooftops as Aviary host HIIT. Run by Digme fitness, the class kicks off with a heart-pumping session before a delicious breakfast smoothie from the restaurant.

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Classes, Sport, Daytime
City of London
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Taking place at The Greenhouse in North London, this magical event from The Literary Hour is inspired by The Wind in the Willows. Feast on five courses of delicious food and a welcome cocktail as well as being allowed to BYOB.

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Food & Drink, Supper Clubs, Something A Little Different, Pop-Up
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For a truly unforgettable seaside experience, head to the 39th and 40th floors of the Gherkin and enjoy everything a seaside-themed pop-up bar has to offer. Searcy's has teamed up with Plymouth Gin and Nyetimber sparkling wine to create a pop-up bar like no other, complete with nautical memorabilia and summer cocktails.

Themed Nights, Something A Little Different, Pop-Up, Food & Drink
Background Music
Liverpool Street
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Enjoy summer properly with Neverland’s beach bottomless brunch. Expect endless G&Ts, Bloody Marys, prosecco and cider, alongside delicious street food and a DJ to deliver the sick beats all day.

Classes, Daytime, Pop-Up, Activity
Background Music
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