Even though London still counts as home for me, I’ve come to realize that it is my absolute favorite city in the world. As much as I love the sense of familiarity that comes with being here, I also love the potential for new adventures and experiences…beyond trying new restaurants. If any of you are spending time in London this summer or in the future, here are a few fun outings to try out once you’ve gotten a good glimpse of the Big Ben & Buckingham Palace:
1) Check out a food market: These are a great way to support local vendors who really take pride in serving quality, fresh food. From trying out new dishes, indulging in local & seasonal foods or purchasing exotic ingredients, food markets are a great place to get lost in for a couple of hours on the weekend. Regardless of which area you stay in, I can almost guarantee there is a food market around you. In the past I’ve blogged about Partridges Food Market in Sloane Square and Borough Market in Southwark. I went to Marylebone Farmers’ Market a couple of weeks ago and will surely be checking out a few more next time I’m back.
2) Spend an evening at the Rooftop Film Club: Even though I’d already seen Clueless 80 billion times in the past, there was something extra special about watching it in open air with a blanket wrapped around me and a panoramic view of London at my disposal. And just for the record, the movie is much more entertaining after a few adult beverages ;). I enjoyed the experience so much that I went back to watch Dirty Dancing too!
3) Indulge in Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at Sanderson Hotel: This is an Alice in Wonderland inspired tea which turns traditional high tea foods into quirky concoctions like Matcha green tea and white chocolate mousse served in chocolate tea cup and ‘Strawberries and cream’ homemade marshmallow mushrooms. My favorites were the savory scones with herbed butter & melting mango cheesecake . Don’t even get me started on the sandwiches including smoked salmon & lemon butter on dark rye bread, and cucumber & chive cream cheese on green spinach bread! The eccentric crockery only added to the whole experience. Between the company & food, this was undoubtedly one of my most fun afternoons in London this summer!
4) Visit at least one of the public parks: Did you know that London is actually one of the world’s greenest capitals? I can’t say I’m surprised! From open air theatres, picnics, boat riding, playgrounds, rose gardens, feeding the ducks, parks & summer in London almost go hand-in-hand. A few of my favorite include Hyde Park, Regents Park & the Kyoto Garden in Holland Park.
What’s your favorite thing to do in summer in your city?