While lockdown lifting has brought us all the joy we’ve been waiting for, there’s no denying it’s not has as much of a positive effect on our purses. Although meals out and drinks rounds are back in full force, there’s nothing stopping us having just as much fun for much less Lizzy – after all, the best things in life are free, right? So, we’ve rounded up some fun things to do, see and eat this summer that doesn’t require taking out a loan – you can thank us later!
Things To See
Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street at The Design Museum
Dive deep into the history of sneakers and test that sneakerhead knowledge of yours at The Design Museum's latest exhibition – from a closer look into the resale market, to old-school icons and even sell-out collaborations. Flex in your fave AJ1 as you find out more about all the iconic styles you boast in that rotation of yours.
The Luna Cinema
Get cosy with your fave film at one of Luna’s open-air and drive-in cinema venues all over the UK, including Wimbledon Park, Tonbridge Castle, Regents Park and Blenheim Palace. Whether you’re a die-hard Romeo & Juliet fan, fancy a sing-a-long to Grease, or want to dress up in pink for a Wednesday watching Mean Girls, there’s a load of films still with available tickets.
Places To Eat
After a slow stroll down the buzzy streets of London’s China Town, refuel with some fluffy bao bun-goodness from just £2.50 at Bun House. Get tempted by the dreamy noodle and rice dishes from this Cantonese cafeteria, as well as their other snack options. And if their free bun with any two beers deal isn’t enough to entice you, then we don’t know what is!
There’s only one thing better than pizza, and that’s Turkish pizza! Boasting only the freshest ingredients and a cool kitchen you can see into, tuck into a tasty Pide or Lahmacun from Pide Oven. With a branch on Charlotte Street and Fulham Palace Road, you'll find veggie options like spinach & feta, as well as traditional selections like Trabzon lamb.
This London hot-spot offers possibly the best pocket-friendly steak in London. The menu comes short, but that’s because you’re really only going there for one thing – the classic Flat Iron Steak for the beautiful price of £12. No matter which you pick of the 8 cosy locations across London, pair your steak with some favourite sides and sauces, and you’ll be treated to some popcorn on the house while you wait!
Outdoor Spots To Explore
Colombia Road Flower Market
Sunday mornings just got better, as East London’s Columbia Road Flower Market has reopened again. Although this one requires an early start of around 8am to get the best bunch possible, as you step off of Hackney Road and into the market, you’ll enter a delightfully-smelling paradise of bright blooms and fresh greenery.
Pick Your Own
Saturday’s just got sustainable! Pick-your-own season is also slowly returning after lockdown, and makes for a fun, cheap activity that’ll suit all ages – from your niece, to your nan! With tonnes of locations all over the UK, there’s also options for car-less Londoners, too! As well as classic strawberries, at many of them you’ll be able to pick up other seasonal goodies, like runner beans, marrows, courgettes – the lot!
Things To Try Out
ICYMI, roller blading is all the rage at the moment. As well as a fun way to keep fit outdoors during lockdown, TikTok has cast a spotlight over the activity recently via tonnes of viral vids – although, we’re not sure we’ll be as sick as Oumi Janta anytime soon. Regardless, jump on the trend and grab yourself a fresh pair of boots, and don’t forget the booty shorts to match!
Move over kids, this ones for the adults. Unleash your inner artist with a little alcoholic help at a pottery and prosecco night. From working the wheel to just the painting part, there’s a few fun locations you can choose from – like the BYOB sessions at Social Pottery in NW1.