School’s out for the summer! The holidays have finally begun and schools, colleges and universities have kissed good-bye to their long drawn out exams (until next year anyway). The next couple of months are dedicated to relaxation after the hard work the kids have put in all year, unless you are a university student where 7 months hardly counts as a year. London this summer is FULL of activities and events for all ages and here are some personal recommendations of what you can get up to.
We’ll start with the infants, as I am sure any parents reading this are dying for some ideas to amuse their little ones this summer. Well, have no fear! The good news is that many of London’s attractions and museums are completely free of charge, so if you’re thinking ‘it is going to cost me a fortune’, relax! Take the Natural History Museum in Cromwell Road, for example. Nobody can deny that we all absolutely love the huge skeleton of a dinosaur greeting you as you walk through the doors, but over the years the museum has extensively developed and now offers visitors more than ever before. There are hundreds of exhibits to explore, many of which are now interactive which can keep the kids amused for hours (to a point where you have to drag them away). Star attractions include the Fishes, Amphibians and Reptiles Gallery, the Fossil Marine Reptiles Gallery where you can gaze upon the bones of an ancient Giant Sloth and lastly the meeting of an interactive T-Rex and don’t worry; it may look fierce, but it won’t eat your child. My personal favourite is the chance to stand by a life-size blue whale, the largest creature ever that hangs down from the exhibit ceiling. Talk about feeling small! After your historical day you can purchase special souvenirs from gift shops to remember the exciting day out. The Natural History Museum is a perfect choice for a family adventure where you can all go back in time through centuries. This is just one of many other city museums such as the Science Museum and the V&A Museum of Childhood.
Any teens to twent-eens out there who are thinking ‘museums aren’t my style, where’s the party at?’ then you should definitely take a look at some of the awesome events happening in the city. As it is festival season, you are truly spoilt for choice from the Somerset House Summer Series to Visions alternative rock festival. Another personal recommendation if I may: this Saturday 2nd August an internationally famous event is coming to Wembley Park. I’ll give you a clue; it involves coloured powder and outdoor music. Got it? Yes, it is the HOLI ONE Festival of Colours this weekend where thousands of youngsters will come together to enjoy an impressive musical line-up alongside getting absolutely covered in every colour of the rainbow! HOLI ONE brings this incredible experience to cities around the globe and it is definitely not one to be missed. Even I will be there! Tickets are still available (tip: Wowcher has got some good deals going). If you don’t fancy getting all this powder stuck in your hair then there are plenty more occurrences to choose from. If you are more into cultural events, how about the Tasty Africa Tasty Caribbean Festival? Delicious dishes from Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Ghana, Sierra Leone and more are coming to Brixton Market from Saturday 9th August where you can grab a tasty meal for just £6! There will also be live music and guests are encouraged to bring along their nation flags, whistles and instruments to enrich the carnival atmosphere. Get yourselves along to this appetising food festival and experience African and Caribbean culture. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!
For those of you who fancy a fun day out or a relaxing weekend with that special someone, who needs Paris to be romantic? Hyde Park is one of the most beautiful parks in London and on a hot day, it would be a great idea to simply bring along a picnic and feel the sunshine on your face. You could even hire out a pedalo (because rowing is too much effort) and sail around the city lake. Pedalos are available every hour and are a lovely way to spend some quality time with your other half. For something a little different and perhaps if you’d like a giggle, I would suggest a drink at the mysterious Evans and Peel Detective Agency in Earls Court. It may not sound like your average bar and that’s because it isn’t your average bar. Prepare an imaginative detective case, assume an identity and make an appointment (reservation). Upon arrival, you give the front desk your creative case for them to solve and a menu of exciting drinks and cocktails is yours to enjoy. The role play and sense of story in Evans and Peel guarantees a unique and unforgettable atmosphere and experience, perfect for a couples date night.
I now turn to the other readers of this blog (if you’re still with me). Everybody has different interests and sometimes those interests change through life, but one thing for sure; is that everyone loves a good theatre production! The good thing about the London shows is that there is something for everyone whether you are delighted by dance, moved by musicals or cracked up by comedy. A previous blog I wrote recommends the Lion King at the Lyceum theatre which is a truly spectacular performance, but I shan’t go on about that again. A recent record breaking hit has taken theatre by storm as a little girl called Matilda captivates thousands of audiences. Inspired by the genius that is Roald Dahl, ‘Matilda’ tells the story of childhood anarchy, the power of imagination and a young girl who dreams of changing her life for the better. With a loveable cast, exhilarating music and exceptional choreography, The Sunday Times branded ‘Matilda’ as ‘easily the standout musical of the decade’. It is simply impossible to miss out and there is plenty more where that came from. Top shows include Wicked, Mamma Mia, Warhorse, Thriller, Les Miserables and so many more!
We at the Georgian House have a passion for London and a love for what it has to offer. We always encourage our guests to make the most of their time visiting the city and we enjoy hearing stories of the fun days and nights out that they have experienced. Why wait? Explore and discover London, you will not be disappointed! Below is a list of websites connecting to the venues that have been mentioned throughout the blog, just in case.
- Natural History Museum: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/
- Science Museum: http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/
- V&A Museum of Childhood: http://www.museumofchildhood.org.uk/
- Camp Bestival: http://www.campbestival.net/
- Visions Festival: http://www.ovalspace.co.uk/events/view/visions-festival-2014/
- HOLI ONE London: http://www.holione.com/en/events/london.html
- Tasty Africa Tasty Caribbean Festival: http://www.theafrikanfamilyworks.net/tasty-africa-tasty-caribbean/
- Evans and Peel Detective Agency: http://www.evansandpeel.com/
- Theatre productions: http://www.londontheatredirect.com/
- Georgian House: www.georgianhousehotel.co.uk