10 Alternative Things To Do In London This Summer

We’ve all been there. It’s the weekend. The weather is great. You want to do something in London but aren’t sure what. So you take to Google and find 14,765,001 options. You watch one more episode on Netflix while you decide. Before you know it, it’s 10pm on Sunday and you hate yourself.

On the slight chance you’re not on TimeOut, and bored of searching through TripAdvisor, I’ve searched through a load of places and things to do in London that I’ve done or want to do in 2018.

I’ll try and keep this updated with any new places I’ve visited or discovered, please share any below that you’ve stumbled across in the comments below.

And yes, this article has a list of 10 for content snobs. Because I don’t believe everything I read on HuffPost.

1. Hike over the O2

Up at the O2 offer a 90 minute climb over the O2 that you can do in the daytime, at sunset or evening at twilight to get a beautiful view of London from the peak of the dome. Are we still allowed to call it that?


2. The Castle Cinema

The bar at The Castle Cinema in Hackney, London

The bar at The Castle Cinema in Hackney, London

An intimate cinema venue in East London, restored in 2015 with beautiful boutique decor and a nice bar for a pre movie tipple. They tend to show indie classics as well as mainstream cinema so worth taking a look at their showings. A nice alternative to Brixton’s Ritzy Cinema.

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3. The Crystal Maze

It was weird and eccentric back in the 90s and still is looking at the promotional video. An alternative to a group escape room, a group escape room with a nostalgic theme tune.

Costs and availability below:

4. Zoo Nights @ London Zoo

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Because if you don’t like animals, you’re a monster. Zoo Nights are back all this June, offering the chance of seeing the Zoo after hours with a drink and to “discover the weird and wonderful world of sex in the animal kingdom” – Direct quote from their website. SOLD. There are plenty of other activities on show too, if you rather not see how lions are made. SPOILER: Look out for Mr Stork.

What’s on:

5. Boating at Crystal Palace

Sometimes you just want to sit in a blue plastic boat and float your troubles away. For the love of all things, don’t fall in.


6. Lates @ the Science Museum

Great night at the Science Museum lates on Weds. #sciencemuseumlates #sciencemuseum

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The Science Museum host Lates, an adult-only, after-hour theme nights that take place the last Wednesday of every month. Admission is usually free but some events require you to sign up for a ticket.

30 May 2018: The Secret Life of the Home
27 June 2018: 
25 July 2018: Medical Marvels
29 August 2018: The Circus
26 September 2018: The Science of Celebration
31 October 2018: Engineering
28 November 2018: The Sun

Tickets and more info:

7. Horniman Museum

🦋🐛#hornimanmuseum #butterflygarden

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Enjoy the beautiful gardens if it’s sunny, or visit their tropical indoor butterfly sanctuary if it’s not.

Availability and tickets prices:

8. Walk along Regents Canal

Take a casual stroll along regents Canal, there are plenty of beautiful views and a step by step guide of where to walk.

More info on what to do:

9. Sky Garden views

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Head up to the 43rd floor of the Walkie Talkie building and enjoy some of the best views London has to offer. If you just want to see the views, you have to book a ticket in advance. You can however try out their restaurants and bars to enjoy the sights for a tad longer.

More info:

10. Kyoto Japanese Gardens in Holland Park, Kensington

THERE ARE PEACOCKS. That is all. There are beautiful gardens that will make the most frantic Londoner have a sense of calm and tranquility that only the hug from a Giant Panda could bring. I imagine.

More info on opening times and how to get there:

That’s it from me. Any more interesting places, I’ll add to the list and update for later in the year.

Any places I’ve missed? Let me know here or below.

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1 Comment

  1. 1st May 2018 / 12:35 pm

    I like the lates at London Transport Museum!!

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