Summer is still in full swing, and it’s not just for the kids, so why not take advantage of all the quirky, unique and off the beaten track elements that London has to offer, including one-off events and special attractions.
Sit back and enjoy
Huddle up with a loved one or friends and enjoy a classic cult film at the al fresco Nomad Pop Up Cinema, located at various outdoor London spaces including Holland Park from 19 – 21 August. Films include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Cinema Paradiso and Some Like it Hot. A must-see of the summer is The God of Soho at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, a wild and somewhat raunchy satire produced as part of the theatre’s commitment to new writing.
Last chance to see
Tracey Emin’s Love is What You Want exhibition at the Hayward Gallery is definitely one of London’s most unmissable art offerings this summer, featuring works from every stage of Emin’s career, including paintings, sculptures, video, textiles and photography. For something a little different, pay a visit to the Wellcome Collection to see Dirt: The Filthy Reality of Everyday Life. This filthy yet fascinating exhibition runs until the end of August, and explores our attitudes towards dirt and cleanliness – it even includes John Snow’s “ghost map” of cholera.
Get up and get down
The South West Four (SW4) weekender always turns out a lively crowd, transforming Clapham Common into a hub of dance music mania. This year’s festival includes the only show of 2011 for top dance act Pendulum. Or you can head east and enjoy a day of alternative music, DJs and a village fete at Field Day 2011 at Victoria Park. Confirmed acts include Jamie xx and The Coral. For those who want to turn up the heat, head over to the Oxo Tower Brasserie, which will be hosting a several Cuban Night’s over August, featuring live Cuban music, dancing and a special Cuban menu - so get ready for Latin rhythms and plenty of mojitos!
A thirst-quenching quest
If you appreciate the taste and work that goes into making a good pint of beer, then look no further than the Great British Beer Festival 2011 at Olympia, where you can attend tutored beer tastings and enjoy live music and traditional pub games. For a touch of luxury, the Fifth Floor Restaurant at Harvey Nichols will be hosting master classes in wine tasting, followed by an intimate wine and food-paired three course dinner. New for this year, the Worship Street Whistling Shop in Shoreditch is a haven for those partial to a cocktail or two, combining innovative mixology with Victorian cocktail heritage. Weird and wonderful creations include the Panacea, made up of whisky, honey and lavender shrub, lemon juice and sage dust.
For more ideas about what’s on in London, go to www.visitlondon.com