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Top 10 Summer activities


28 Elizabeth Street, SW1W 9RB

Open 12 pm. – 10 p.m.

Sloane Square or Victoria tube stop

Olivogelo is a gelateria in Belgravia which serves a variety of homemade Italian gelato. This shop is part of the Olivo Restaurants, a chain of authentic Sardinian restaurants. The gelato is authentic and tastes as if it was made in Italy. The prices range from £2.80 to £4.80, depending on the size. The pistachio and raspberry flavor combination is an odd, yet lovely mix.

The Color Run

Wembley Park

June 12, 2016

Wembley Park tube stop

The Color Run is a 5K run benefitting the National Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty (NSPCA), a charity which supports animal rights. It weaves throughout Wembley Park with a unique factor of colored powder thrown as the runners pass by each kilometer. To celebrate completing the race, a concert is held at the end. It is for a great cause and the final colorful concert is a great way to listen to music and celebrate summer with friends. Tickets cost £27 per runner.

Rough Trade

91 Brick Lane, East London E1 6Q

Open 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Aldgate East tube stop

Rough Trade is a music shop that sells records, CDs and coffee with a stage for in-store gigs. This unique shop located in the heart of East London is guaranteed to be an interesting experience, so be sure to check out the diverse record collection, ranging from the late 60’s to modern and contemporary classics.

The Slide at the Orbit

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Pudding Mill Lane DLR stop

The Slide at the Orbit is a new art installation in the ArcelorMittal exhibition. The slide has been installed has an outstanding view of London’s skyline. At 178 meters above ground, the rider descends the Orbit in 40 seconds, weaving in and around the structure 12 times. The slide will open on June 24 and remain open for the rest of the summer. Tickets for students aged 16 and under cost £5 and £10 for adults. Tickets are on sale now!

Oxygen FreeJumping

Kendal Avenue, West Acton W3 0AF

Open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Park Road tube stop

Oxygen FreeJumping is a indoor trampoline park, which has a range of activities such as trampoline dodgeball, fitness classes and regular jumping. Prices for all activities are £12.50, and booking in advance is recommended. Oxygen FreeJumping is perfect for birthdays or an afternoon with friends.

Cooking Class at Atelier des Chefs

Oxford Circus tube stop

19 Wigmore Street, W1U 1PH

Times vary depending on course

Atelier des Chefs offers a large collection of cooking classes, ranging from macaroon and pastry courses to simple street food. The courses are suited cooks of all levels of experience. It is a great chance to spend time learning new skills and potentially discover a new passion for cooking. The classes vary from 30 minutes to four hours. While it’s on the more expensive side at around £50 per person, it’s sure to be an experience to remember.

Orange Mozart Square Market

Corner of Pimlico Road, SW1W 8LH

Open 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sloane Square tube stop

A farmer’s market is held every Saturday, selling fresh produce, juice, cakes, pastries and a range of lunch options. Unlike other markets, all the venders are locally sourced and have been at the market for years, creating an established and unique range of options. Prices vary depending on the stalls, but are usually reasonable. Be sure to visit the strawberry and apple vendor who sells organic, sweet and fresh produce.

Leake Street Tunnel

Lambeth, London

Always open

Waterloo tube stop

Leake Street Tunnel, known as London’s Graffiti Tunnel, has a tunnel covered in different forms of graffiti such as political statements, expressions of injustice and some are simply for artistic enjoyment. The world renowned street artist Banksy is known for his work here. Afternoon walks through the graffiti tunnel are recommended, as street artists can be seen painting then.

Clue Quest

169-171 Caledonian Rd, London N1 0SL. Open from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

King’s Cross St. Pancras tube stop

At an average price of £25 per person, Clue Quest is a day of mind puzzles, riddles and solving problems. Escape rooms, where a group of players are locked in a room and have to use elements and puzzles of it to escape, have been growing in popularity. Clue Quest is the first live escape room game in London. A fun but mentally stimulating game awaits the player. Three different missions are offered, but we recommend “Plan 52” because of its unique puzzles.

Taste of London

Regent’s Park, London Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Regents Park Tube stop  

Taste of London is an annual event that takes place in Regent’s Park. Many different restaurants and food stalls come together to showcase their latest creations and best food. The event will take place from June 15 until June 19. The event will also feature renowned chefs demonstrating how to make their finest dishes, and will also include gourmet dishes. Highly acclaimed Asian restaurants Sushi Samba and Roka will be offering their iconic dishes such as kobe bacon nigiri and rock shrimp tempura. Standard tickets cost £16 and you can buy individual dishes with meal tickets.

Written by Staff Writer Martha Duff and Staff Writer Phaedra Letrou-Papamarkakis

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