Feeling a little bit “been there, done that” about London lately? Think again! The Big Smoke has plenty more tricks up its sleeve for you to explore, and with a little bit of inspiration, you can totally fall in love with the city again.

Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you. We’ve pulled together our top picks of some fun stuff to do in London that you might never have thought of, PLUS some outfit ideas so you’re all set for a summer to remember in London!

The Culpeper Rooftop Bar

The rooftop bar of The Culpeper in Whitechapel
The rooftop bar of The Culpeper in Whitechapel. Pic: The Telegraph

Why not ditch your usual watering hole for something a bit different and discover the rustic roof garden of The Culpeper in Whitechapel? Whether it’s a date or a mates vibe, you’ll need the perfect vintage dress complete with a handbag and sunnies or a nice shirt to sip afternoon cocktails in. 

Moo Canoes – Regent’s Canal

Moo Canoes on Regent's Canal
Moo Canoes on Regent’s Canal. Pic: @moocanoes

For something a little more active, why not rent a cute cow print canoe or kayak, or a paddleboard if you’re brave enough, with Moo Canoes on Regent’s Canal. You can even bag yourself a free ride if you volunteer for their monthly canal litterpick – a great incentive to do your bit for the environment! Why not make a statement on the water with a summery Hawaiian shirt. Or a vintage swimsuit could double as a splash-proof bodysuit for your boat ride, teamed with some breathable cycling shorts

Douglas Way Bric A Brac – Deptford Market

Douglas Way bric a brac market. Pic: The Londonist

It might be a bit of a trek for some, but if you’re a fan of thrifting and a good flea market then why not head down the DLR bright and early one Saturday to Deptford Market and dig for gold on their famous Douglas Way bric a brac market. Throw on a hat for long mornings in the sun, and don’t forget a bum bag or mini backpack, the perfect flea market accessory so you’re never too far from your loose change.

Feeling peckish after a long day of drinking in pub gardens, sailing down the canal or trawling round boot sales? Here’s our little hotlist of some of the best bites to eat in Blighty, covering all levels of appetites and cravings! You’re gonna need to throw on an oversized vintage tee or sweater with some comfy shorts or rayon pants so you’ve got plenty of room for that feast.

E Pellicci’s 

E Pellicci's Grade II listed greasy spoon cafe in Bethnal Green
“You can’t get nothing like this no more,” says Nevio Pellicci Jr, one of the cafe owners. Pic: Esquire.com

Cure any hangover with a greasy spoon brekkie with a difference at Grade-II listed E Pellicci’s in Bethnal Green, which opened in 1900 and is still in the hands of the same family. Complete with a wood-panelled interior, Formica tables and some good East End banter, this is proper ‘caff’ food with proper ‘caff’ charm. 


Goddard's Pie and Mash, Greenwich
A true Londoner’s lunch! Pic: Wikipedia

You can’t call yourself a Londoner, nor can you say you’ve completed London if you’ve never had pie & mash. No, we’re not talking the brown dripping gravy you have with your roast – it’s blasphemy in the East End to pour that over your pie! Nope, one of London’s signature dishes dating back to the 1800s is in fact a minced beef suet & puff pastry pie and mashed potato, finished off with “liquor”, a parsley sauce made with stewed eels – don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it! Once upon a time these cafes were all over the East End, but these days the true tradition is a rarity. Thankfully, Goddard’s in Greenwich is one of the few places to stick around doing it properly.

Marine Ices

italian gelato ice cream at marine ices chalk farm london
Check out all those flavours! Pic: Evening Standard

Plenty of establishments will claim they serve the best ice cream in the city, but Marine Ices finds itself atop many ice cream hotlists time and time again! The queues are always out the door on a hot summer’s day and once you get your hands on a scoop of this stuff, it’s easy to see why! Serving authentic Italian gelato since 1931, there’s a massive range of 24 different delicious flavours to choose from, plus a selection of sorbets, sundaes, cookies and cakes.