When it comes to summer holidays, everyone is different. There’s no place some people would rather be than lounging by the pool in the sun, but others much prefer to soak up the culture on a city break.
If you reckon you fall into the latter category, then think again before booking those flights! London is renowned as one of the world’s top cultural destinations, so why look elsewhere? Do something different this year, save some cash and try being a tourist in your very own city (or your own country if you’re not a Londoner)!
The key to making the most of what London really has to offer is thinking outside the obvious. Feel like you’ve already rinsed London’s main attractions? Or maybe you’re bored of just partying at the weekend and fancy a bit of an intellectual change? Either way, check out our mini listicle of top cultural places to go in London!
The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities
Don’t let unexpected summer rain ruin your weekend plans – make it a museum day, a weird one at that. Yes, the Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities is one of the strangest museums you’ll ever visit, and tucked in the basement of a cocktail bar it’s perfect for an unconventional date or a fun day out with friends. Expect shrunken heads, skulls, taxidermy, erotica, celebrity poo and tons more weird and wonderful surprises. Opt for an equally wacky outfit with a vintage patterned shirt or blouse.
If you’re an avid reader, then a visit to the book-lovers’ paradise that is Daunt Books in Marylebone is an absolute must. So much more than a bookshop, this beautiful Edwardian building with its original wooden features and stunning stained-glass skylight is a lovely place for an afternoon mooch. Go for a casual yet cute look with a tea dress or a summery skirt and blouse. Don’t forget to bring the right bag to carry your new books home!
London is a sea of incredible art galleries, but one of the most unique is Graffik Gallery on Portobello Road, specialising in high end street and urban art. View works from the likes of Banksy, Dotmaster, Stik, Alec Monopoly, Clet & Robin Coleman or really immerse yourself in graffiti culture with their popular tailored graffiti art workshops & events. Dress the part in vintage streetwear with branded t-shirts, shorts and maybe a windbreaker if it’s not the warmest of days.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
One of the beauties of summer is getting to experience spectacular venues like Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Founded in 1932, it’s one of London’s largest and certainly most beautiful theatres with a completely open roof and great views from every seat. Amongst this summer’s shows are A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Evita and Monty Python’s Life of Brian. A night like this is your excuse to dress up – pair a nice vintage dress with the right clutch bag and sandals or heels. Go all out with a vintage novelty tie to complement and jazz up any smart shirt.