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Top 5 summer activities to do in London

Jonathan Novak
Culture Editor: Online Grace Hamilton shares a number of different suggestions for how to spend the summer in London while in lockdown.

Picnic in the park 

Looking for a relaxing and easy way to enjoy the outdoors? Spend an afternoon or evening having a picnic at one of London’s best parks. Packing up a picnic is the perfect way to spend time with friends or family, while also experiencing the nature that London has to offer. Hampstead Heath, Regent’s Park, and Primrose Hill are just some of the various parks that have great picnic spots. 

The Drive-In Cinema 

The Drive-In Cinema is the best option for families and friends to watch a movie together amidst the coronavirus restrictions this summer. Open from July 4, this drive-in movie theater in Edmonton, London offers programs from blockbusters to live music and allows people to enjoy entertainment from the safety and comfort of their car. The theater provides a memorable activity for all those who wish to have the old drive-in experience of the 1950s. Regardless of parking location, the Drive-In Cinema ensures that all customers have a good view of the movie with their large LED screen and have quality sound through their own FM car radio. Food and drinks are also offered through the theater’s mobile app. The theater is ensuring that all government regulations are abided by, making this cinema one of the safest summer activities. 

Tate Modern

The Tate Modern is currently offering online exhibitions until coronavirus restrictions lift. The museum is granting free entry to various online displays, including Artist Rooms: Ed Ruscha, Artist and Society, Performer and Participant and Media Networks. Those who enjoy viewing art and would like to continue to experience the diverse artwork the city has to offer should definitely check out the Tate Modern website, as it is a great opportunity to spend the summer surrounded by new and varied art free of charge. 

Red velvet cupcakes

Can’t seem to find a new dessert recipe to try? Try making these delicious red velvet cupcakes. Baking is one of the most fun and rewarding pastimes to take up this summer and these red velvet cupcakes are definitely some of the best sweet treats to make. These tangy and tasty cupcakes only take 20 minutes of preparation and 20 minutes to bake. This recipe yields 14 cupcakes, which is more than enough to enjoy either by yourself or with family and friends. 

Chicken tacos

This chicken taco recipe is hands-down one of the best savory summer dishes. With a 40 minute prep time and a 15 minute cook time, these chicken tacos are a delicious and relatively quick dinner or lunch to throw together. This tasty meal serves eight and is perfect for those who want a classic savory meal. 

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About the Contributors
Grace Hamilton, Editor-in-Chief
Grace Hamilton (’23) is the Editor-in-Chief of The Standard. Her love for writing stemmed into a passion for journalism, and she became involved with The Standard in Grade 9. Journalism provides her a powerful platform to inform the ASL community and learn more about local and global perspectives, issues and events. Outside of journalism, Hamilton leads the Sustainability Council, writes creatively and sails competitively.
Jonathan Novak, Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Online Emeritus
Jonathan Novak (’20) is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Online Emeritus of The Standard. He joined The Standard as a staff writer as a freshman and previously was the Sports Editor. He likes writing and exploring issues in the school and the professional sports world. Novak is involved in the varsity soccer and track teams. His favorite subjects are math and science. Novak has lived in London for his entire life and been at ASL since K-1.

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