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By Reshma Krishnan Barshikar
Whether you’ve managed to score a ticket to Glastonbury (24th – 28th June) or planning to make some noise for Murray at Wimbledon (29th – 12th July), heading to the Wireless Festival (3rd – 5th July) or The Ashes beginning on 16th July, we’ve got your holiday covered. Here’s our Eat, See & Do so that you can make the best of the always lovable, yet fickle English Summer in London.
It’s no time to be stuck indoors in stuffy restaurant. Remember how you love eating street food in Asia, well you’ll be spoilt for choice here. We begin with Model Market that runs at Lewisham from 26th of June to late September. Tuck into tacos and alcoholic slushies. If you’re in Shoreditch head to Pump Shoreditch, a disused petrol station that’s focusing on favorite street food cuisines, pulled pork Mexicana and Middle Eastern with a twist on the kebab. I hear risotto balls from Don Arancini are a fry-up party in your mouth. Summer Tales runs from July 25th to August 28th at Red Market complete with music, seafood shacks and summery cocktails to sip while you watch the sun set. Party by the canal at Flamingo Pier in Olympic Park (July 3rd to 4th September) where DJs spinning deep disco and hip house soundtracks and you tuck into bespoke cocktails and craft beer.
So you can’t head to the Chelsea flower show but you can explore the secret gardens of London. Every year, the Open Gardens Squares Weekend takes place between June 13th -14th. No need to scale a fence ala Hugh Grant in Notting Hill, when you can just waltz in and spread a rug and bring out the Pimms. We suggest you head to All Saints Vicarage Garden in Fulham or the Ham Yard Hotel Roof Garden in Soho. More options here.
If you love a boat race, then don’t miss the London Dragon Boat Festival on June 28th. Love Box is THE party in Victoria Park and is being headlined by Snoop Dogg and stars Mark Ronson and Rudimental; it’s where the cool kids hang. If however you are like me, and ache for a more relaxed evening then we suggest a movie under the stars complete with a glass of wine and a boxed dinner. Head to Somerset House at The Strand or Rooftop Film Club at Shoreditch. Find more details here.
If you are comedy lover then head to the Udderbelly Festival, which runs from April through till July 19th. Just look for the fat purple cow in Southbank. If you happen to an avid cycler and in London during August 1st -2nd, rent a bike and take part in Ride London and savor eight mile loop of roads of central London. This is easily to-do of the lot. If you find yourself facing a rainy day, pack the trench and the umbrella and head to the Tate Modern, Tate Britain or the National Museum. I will be doing a separate post on a Summer of London Art next week, which is perfect for you Art and Fashion lovers. Ride a bike? When I can go gaze at the Sunflowers or sigh at The Fighting Temeraire? Phft…
Reshma will be living vicariously through you as you traipse around London. Feel free to report back to make her seethe with envy …