For many of us this Summer has turned out to be not quite what we expected. Many of us pictured friendcations, baecations, festival fun, rooftop bars, flights after flights and so much more, however when London’s Lockdown officially announced itself in March we all knew Summer 2020 could be … well cancelled?

I know we’ve all been picking up new skills such as becoming gourmet chefs, plucking our own eyebrows and doing our own waxes, but once you’ve exhausted that list and you’re tired of DIY – you may be wondering what’s next?

As we approach the end of June, London seems to slowly be opening up again and although our favourite festivals won’t be going ahead, who says you can’t make the best of this summer we do have?

Here’s some ideas to get you started:


If you’re a frequent theatre-goer like myself, you’ll know the dream has always been to experience that life-changing performance you watched one more time without paying the steep price tag twice over. Well a moment in theatre we never thought would come has arrived, with theatre being forced to close its doors many productions have begun to stream runs of popular shows online. You can now enjoy your theatre fix from home.

National Theatre Live: ‘Small Island’

After a successful run last year, the renowned theatre adaptation of Andrea Levy’s classic novel about Jamaica’s Windrush generation ‘Small Island’ will stream for free on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel on Thursday June 18 at 7pm and then be available to watch for a week. This one is certainly not to be missed!

National Theatre Live: ‘The Madness of George III’

National Theatre at Home will be streaming its recording of Mark Gatiss in ‘The Madness of George III’, performed in Nottingham Playhouse in 2018. You have until 7pm on Thursday June 18 to watch it for free.

The Globe: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

This Shakespearean classic is the latest play to stream in the Globe’s free online season. Is it even a theatre post if we don’t have at least one romantic classic? Whether you’re loved up or not this summer this one is sure to have you in tears of joy.


‘Fleabag’ has returned, but this time for a great cause, in light of recent event the stream will work to raise funds for three UK charities on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. The West End show is available to stream on Soho Theatre’s on-demand site and also Amazon Prime Video. It costs just £4 (or more if you can would like to donate), and the proceeds will be split between National Emergencies Trust (NET), NHS Charities Together and Acting for Others. 

That’s all for now folks, check in regularly for updates!


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Welcome. Here you’ll join me on my journey as I review and keep you in the loop about the best things to do and the best places to be .. not only in London but across the globe.  Have you ever seen an event or activity on Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and felt like you didn’t get the memo? Well, have no fear. ChanSpeaksUK is here. 

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  1. Chan Goes (For all you wanderlust junkies and lovers; including hotel reviews, top tips and all things travel)
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This Section will be updated as and when I source new events/activities so don’t miss out and be sure to check in daily for updates.


The critically acclaimed Death of A Salesman has returned once more for the year, After a sell-out run at the Young Vic, it has now taken residency at London Piccadilly Theatre. Without giving too much away Wendell Pierce (Who some of you may know as Zain from American Tv series Suits) is joined by Sharon D Clarke to tell the tale of an unsuccessful business trip to find his two adult sons living at the family home. Business has been tough for him as of recent and its takes its toll on the 69-year-old, who drifts in and out of daydreams and hallucinations throughout the play.

Sound good? Catch it whilst it’s here for a second time round, with performances until 4 Jan 2020.

Location: Piccadilly Theatre, Soho

Price:  Tickets available from £15


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 Wednesday November 13 2019 – Sunday January 12 2020

The 900-square-metre outdoor rink now in its twentieth year,  arrives at Somerset House. It’s grand eighteenth-century courtyard is something of a festive must.

Their popular Skate Lates – evening sessions with specially curated music playlists will return again this month whilst Messrs Fortnum & Mason are once again running the rinkside show. Treat your tastebuds to chocolate fondue and sip on champagne at the Skate Lodge. If that’s not enough for the hardcore skaters, theres an epic 24-hour skate on December 7th!




A special new winter experience has arrived at Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour and Tavern. The Winter Light Festival  runs until 24 November 2019. The neighbouring venues of the Gin Parlour and Tavern have transformed into a Japanese-inspired, illuminated oasis, serving House of Suntory cocktails and tasty fusion cuisine.

Visitors will have the once in a lifetime experience to embark on a sensory journey to the Far East, with tastes, sounds and sites of Japan. After walking through a red Torii, guests can take a seat and enjoy the Instagram worthy pink Japanese blossom surrounding the bar. Alternatively, you can follow the lantern trail upstairs to the Gin Parlour which is guaranteed to have you in awe.

Location: Covent Garden




Remember remember the 5th of November. Marshmallows, Bonfires and all the things you admire.

As the autumn evenings get chillier, The first week of  November comes in with a quite literal bang. Over the weekend of the 1st, many parks across London are offering an evening of a show stopping array of fireworks, blankets, mulled wine and more. Wrap up warm, grab the hand of a close one and head to one of the  many bonfire displays.


  • 1/2 November: Alexander Palace Fireworks Festival
  • 2/3 November: Crystal Palace Fireworks @ Crystal Palace Park
  • 3 November: Fireworks Night @ Victoria Park

Price:  £ Prices vary according to location


Welcome to the month of October, we have finally entered into the wonderful month of Black History Month. London is a city made all the better by its multiculturalism and we are certainly spoilt for choice with ways to celebrate this year, take a look for yourself below (Check in for new additions to the list all month long).

What will you do to commemorate this month? (Let me know in the comments below)


MUSUEM OF LONDON – Black Culture in London

 October 1-30, 2019 – London Wall 

Museum of London are hosting a a variety of great FREE talks  exploring the history of Black culture in London. All talks are free and booking is not required. Some talks include:

  • The eternal beat – 3 , 6 & 27 October, 2.30pm.
  • 30 Years: From Brixton to Tottenham – 10 October, 12.30pm.
  • Windrush – 1, 9, 12, 13, 16, 23, 27 & 30 October, 12.30pm; 2, 7 , 9, 14, 15, 21 & 22 October, 2.30pm.

Visit the site for more information and a full list of talks:




Saturday 12 October, 2019 – Business Design Centre

The UK’s first festival celebrating Black women and girls is back for another year and this time theme is ‘Taking Up Space’

The theme comes from Black Girls Fest bid to  break down barriers, champion diversity and create new seats at the table in an array of industries from tech, literature to hair and beauty.

It will be a full day affair from 10am – 7pm with lots of fun workshops, masterclasses as  well as a marketplace, exhibitions, live performances, screenings and more.

Visit the site for more information and tickets:



Friday 25 October, 2019 – Walthamstow Assembly Hall

As Black History Month draws to a close, Walthamstow Assembly Hall will be hosting a black history month special comedy show. What better way to end this month than with a night of belly laughter and entertainment.


Host – Wayne “Dibbi” Rollins
Slim – The people’s Champion
Rudi Lickwood – the Black Knight
Prince Abdi – African royalty
Roger Dee
Njambi McGrath
Babatunde – winner of best newcomer at black comedy awards

Jermain Jackman (Back by popular demand)
Saxophonist – Ray Carless – one of the London jazz scene’s best-kept secrets

Visit the site for more information and tickets:








Queen of Hoxton is a top Shoreditch bar and club with East London’s finest live music and DJ’s. Offering both a lounge and chill spot option in the form of a games room with a pinball table and foosball table. Looking for something. A little livelier well the Queen offers the best of both wells as the ground floor showcases a basement bar with an intricate blend of window etchings, graffiti, ivy and a landscape of benches, with a large bar serving tantalising cocktails, thirst-quenching lagers and ales on tap and a selection of wines. The venue also boasts a top rooftop bar with a garden, kitchen and BBQ for those who love alfresco drinks with stunning views of London.


Taking inspiration from Tokyo, Lady Dinah’s was London’s very first cat café, opening its doors back in 2014. Filled with cute cats, faux-vintage furnishings and plenty of chintzy crockery – this is certainly a Hoxton hotspot! With 13 cats sharing the space, this is a cat lovers paw paradise – offering light meals, sandwiches, salads and bagels, high teas, afternoon teas and a range of mouthwatering pots of tea like chantilly cream tea, or popcorn green tea.   


Is vintage fashion your thing? Old Spitalfields market is a firm favorite with lots of stalls selling jewelry, retro home furnishings, designer and non-designer clothes and more. There is also an abundance of food options and bars surrounding the market. Even if you don’t feel like buying anything, Spitalfields is just a unique and eclectic part of London to walk around and explore. Let’s not forget your bound to get an IG worthy photo here too!


Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

This intriguing store is part of the Ministry of Stories – an initiative that sees professional writers mentor young people in the art of story writing. Hoxton Street Monster Supplies offers bespoke and everyday items for the living, dead and undead. It works to encourage wild creativity and hopes to transform lives through writing. The shop itself is a direct reflection of the beyond outlandish tone of the workshops and  ghoulish treats on offer from the ‘thickest human snot’ to Werewolf biscuits and cubed ‘earwax’. This might just be the strangest shop in London, will you be brave enough to visit?


Word on the streets of Hoxton is that, Orange Buffalo serves the BEST buffalo wings in London. Located in the Truman Brewery Car Park with its four levels of sauces to rival Nando’s Peri-scale starting with the sensible Original  to the scorching Viper, The Orange Buffalo is undoubtedly one to add to your list of eateries this summer!

Things to do Bank Holiday Weekend (August 2019)

That time of year has approached again the official UK sign that British Summer has officially ended its the last bank Holiday of the year and the most exciting one at that. With bottomless brunches, carnival fun, day parties, night parties, festivals and food stalls galore – there’s one thing you won’t be spoiled for this weekend and that’s choice!




Sunday 25 – Monday 26 , August 2019 – 6AM – 9PM 

Whether you’re fully immersed in the carnival experience and are playing mas with one of the colourful Caribbean bands or just an onlooker basking in the weekends festivities, you are guaranteed to have a good time.

With a rare 29 DEGREES – sound systems, dance,  Curry Goat that feels like home, trumpeters, masquerade, street food, steel drums, dancehall, fluffy feathers galore and more, can the festivities start already??

This year you might want to check out the popular Red Bull Soundsystem at Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park, where the likes of dancehall queen Spice will be performing.

Grab your whistles, grab your flag and grab your friends it’s going to be a weekend to remember.





Saturday 24 – Monday 26 , August 2019  – Wimbledon Park

The foodies heaven returns to Wimbledon Park for the 6th year running this weekend, with over 45 stalls offering a wide range of food and drink including artisan bread and pastries, cheeses and charcuterie and hot food from all over world, visitors will enjoy a taste  a worldwide feast with just a bus ride!

If that’s not enough, the Festival Kitchen will have a full programme of renowned chefs and food experts giving cookery demonstrations, talks and tastings. With an even later festival end time of 7pm on Saturday and 8pm on Sunday, a live DJ and beers, ales, cider, gin and Prosecco to sample there really is something for everyone!




Saturday 24 –  Sunday 26 , August 2019  – Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens

Travel back to the ages this weekend at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.  There’ll be fun for all the family as they’ll be putting on a free Victorian affair where you’ll get the one off chance to experience 19th century themed  fun, games and activities including tightrope walkers, strong men and stilt walkers.




Saturday 24 – Monday 26 , August 2019  – Alexandra Palace

A giant inflatable obstacle course for adults. What better excuse to zoom down an 18-metre mega slide? Plus, there are some R-rated extras dotted around the course – boozy bingo, drag queen karaoke, unicorn ball pits, beer pong and street food – to keep the fun going after completing the course.


TOP 5: LDN WINTER WOW’S 2018 (Things to do/places to go)

The coldest of the season is upon us but the chilly months of November and December feature some of the hottest events of the year. Look no further than this article to spice up your winter months.

  1.  Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury

Dalloway terrace has earned itself a truly commendable household name in decor, with its constantly changing seasonal backdrop. It’s an Instagrammers paradise, some might say.  This month it has been transformed into a beautiful woodland, with a canopy of rusty red and green leaves, interwoven with fairy-lights and blankets  as the temperatures drop

PS: They do killer cocktails.

2. Night Tales, Hackney

Night Tales in Hackney has undergone a winter makeover for the colder months by giving its Japanese garden terrace a festive twist. The space has erected a transparent roof, complete with a Northern Lights-inspired illumination, dotting flickering candlelight and fires and heaters to create a snug and inviting environment for all seasons.

3. Skylight, Tobacco Dock

Once again Skylight treats us to Europes only rooftop Ice rink for the festive season.  This year the popular winter rooftop welcomes new additions of  fairylight-festooned igloos and huts with a section of winter warmer warming cocktails, mulled wine, melted cheese dishes and roasted chestnuts.

4.  Christmas Light Switch On

Witness the moment festivity springs to life this year as London sparkles with awe inducing Christmas lights over the festive season.  From the impressive Oxford Street Christmas lights to the beautiful decorations shimmering in Covent Garden and of course the twinkling lights on Regent Street, don’t miss the chance to see the world-famous London Christmas lights as the city is gloriously lit for the  Christmas season.

5. Winterville

Winterville returns on November 15, 2018 to Clapham Common for it’s second year as rival to well known winter festival Winter Wonderland.

For 5 weeks Winterville will have an ice rink,  an array of food stalls, Roller Disco, crazy golf, interactive theatre performances, circuses, craft fairs and more.

Backyard Cinema will also return to host its winter event displaying festive favourites in comfy bean bags and blankets  whilst offering guests the chance to venture through a Christmas maze before settling in for a night of classic yuletide films.

Things to do in London (DECEMBER 2017 )

This Section will be updated as and when I source new events/activities so don’t miss out and be sure to check in daily for updates.

BUST Christmas Craftacular

For all you DIY Darlings and Crafty Creatures, London’s most inventive craft market comes to London this SUNDAY for some spectacular workshops

bust_craftacular_square_image_promo_51c0eChange your festive game forever as craftacular spills the tea for one day only, on how to make collaged gift tags, tinsel tapestry, Christmas card calligraphy and more. A match worthy to rival Santa? I think so.

Location: York Hall, Bethnal Green

Price:  £ Starting From £3.00

Head to their site for prices and more information:



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Fairytale meets festivity at Kew Gardens this magical season as now on a visit to Kew Gardens, you can follow the sparkling trail of over one million twinkling lights, experience a flickering fire or a dazzling show of laser beams and kaleidoscopic projections. Feeling peckish? Kew’s got you covered with a delicious mulled wine or hot chocolate selection, tasty toast and marshmallows around the fire!

Also offering festive fun for the all the family, children can also catch a glimpse of Santa and his elves at the North Pole village and enjoy a vintage fairground ride.

Location: Kew Gardens, Victoria Gate, Richmond, TW9

Price:  £ £ Adult – £16 , Child: £10.00

Head to their site for prices and more information:



It’s the one you’ve prepared all year for … Winter Wonderland is back once again and has taken it’s rightful residency in Hyde Park, ready to steal your coins and warm your hearts.
After more than 10 years of sprinkling it’s festive magic over London, Winter Wonderland has since grown into an extravaganza with ice skating, shows, roller coaster rides, street food stalls, festive bars and live music. This year you can enjoy skating around the UK’s largest open-air ice rink, have a deep sea adventure in the Magical Ice Kingdom, see thrilling circus shows and so much more.
Just a stones throw away from Marble Arch Tube station, what are you waiting for?!

Location: Hyde Park

Price:  £ Free Entry (Prices vary for rides, food and activities)

Head to their site for prices and more information:


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Get the gang together for a night of ball deep fun at Ballie Ballerson this December!

Take the annual Christmas Dinner or party to new heights and play, dance or flop into the neck deep balls whilst sipping some cheeky theatrical cocktails and booty shaking or hand erm hand jiving to the latest hits, you choose the moves, I choose the venue.. GO, GO, GO!



Things To Do In London (November 2017) WINTER WARMERS

This Section will be updated as and when I source new events/activities so don’t miss out and be sure to check in daily for updates.


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Rooftops are all the range this winter, as former carpark transforms into the magical “Skylight”, a rooftop playground in Tobacco Dock. Skylight is offering festive fun for the winter season so it’s time to get your skates on from November 2nd! That figure skating dream can now come to pass at the Wapping rooftop, stay on trend at London’s first rooptop ice rink!

Skating hasn’t quite sold you? Well there’s ice hockey shooting, tantalising street food, fondue, festive tipples and more with a beautiful view of the city skyline.


Location: Tobacco Dock, Wapping

Price:  £ Free Entry to rooftop // Skating from £10



winter-igloos-october-2017.jpgAfter a short hiatus Social Fun and Games Club brings to you London’s only rooftop curling club, ever so smoothly sliding its way back to its sky-high residency at Roof East featuring six neon-lit, synthetic ice curling lanes, accompanied by a toe tapping, and hand jiving soundtrack. Social Fun and Games Club is renowned for their stellar hospitality, so it is no surprise that hosts will be on hand to deliver drinks direct to the lanes.. result!

If this wasn’t enough to get you skating down there before I could say Eskimo’s, guests can get now hire and enjoy 80’s inspired après-ski lodges for a sum of up to 8 people per igloo, whilst sipping hot cocktails. Step inside the nothing short of magical glassy rooftop igloos and stare in awe at the glistening skyline of London.

LocationRoof East, Level 8 Car park, Stratford, E15 1XE

Price:  £ Starting From £10.00 

Head to their site for prices and more information:



The Southbank Centre Winter Festival has returned with a variety of fun festive shows, performances, pop-ups and activities following a Nordic theme. Their annual Wintertime Christmas market is back with a splash of magic and the finest stalls where you can spoil yourself rotten with baubles, mince pies and stocking fillers for all the family.

This winter Southbank are also bringing you something very special, in tune with the Noordic theme – a rooftop Finnish sauna pop up is now located on the Queen Elizabeth Roof Gardens, but only for a limited time, so hurry! If you ever needed one, now you’ve got an excuse to treat yourself at the most magical time of the year!

Location: Southbank Centre, SE1

Price:  £ Musing is free but price varies according to activity (please see site)

Head to their site for prices, bookings and updates:



nightgarden-logo.pngsnow-kingdom-logo.pngThe Backyard cinema has returned with a double trouble cold special! As if you wasn’t already spoilt for choice – the Backyard Cinema brings you The Winter Night Garden (Clapham Common) and The Snow Kingdom (Borough) . Score some brownie points with that special someone or impress your friends with this guaranteed treat. Prepare to explore the unknown, journey through a magical wardrobe,  through an enchanted forrest and into the not so secret cinema. No this isn’t quite Narnia but a guaranteed experience like no other!

The nights have got colder but BackYard Cinema has the recipe to make you feel all warm inside, with fairy lights, bean bags, hot drinks and winter warmer cocktails; the Backyard Cinema is the perfect place to spend a cold evening this Autumn/Winter. Screening some of the best Christmas classics such as Home Alone, Elf, Cool Runnings, Matilda, Harry Potter, Love Actually and more. There’s something for absolutely everyone.


Winter Night Garden –  Backyard Cinema, Winterville, Clapham Common

Snow Kingdom – Backard Cinema, Mercato Metropolitano 

Price:  ££ Starting From £17.00

Head to their site for prices and screenings:




Remember remember the 5th of November. Marshmallows, Bonfires and all the things you admire.

As the autumn evenings get chillier, The first week of  November comes in with a quite literal bang. Over the weekend of the 4th, many parks across London are offering an evening of a show stopping array of fireworks, blankets, mulled wine and more. Wrap up warm, grab the hand of a close one and head to one of the  many bonfire displays.


  • 4th November: Lambeth Fireworks @ Brockwell Park
  • 4/5th November: Crystal Palace Fireworks @ Crystal Palace Park
  • 5th November: Fireworks Night @ Victoria Park
  • 3/4 November: Alexander Palace Fireworks

Price:  £ Prices vary according to location



This Section will be updated as and when I source new events/activities so don’t miss out and be sure to check in daily for updates.



Has anyone ever told you that you’re living in a fairytale? Well now you actually can. Situated in two London locations (and Guilford too) the magical ‘Tea Terrace’ is the perfect place to bring your childhood dreams to life. For a small fee, The Tea Terrace allows you to live like an actual Princess (or Prince) for a few hours, whilst renting your very own Cinderella carriage and enjoying delicious afternoon tea, lunch, breakfast or sweet treats.

The Tea Terrace is also furnished with custom made plush high-back throne chairs, so if a carriage is not quite to your fancy, won’t a royal seat do?  If that wasn’t enough – they often have faux crowns available to wear during your visit. Instagram eat your heart out.


  • The Tea Terrace – London, 5th Floor, House of Fraser, 318 Oxford St London, W1C 1HF  
  •  The Tea Terrace – London Victoria, 2nd Floor, House of Fraser, 101 Victoria Street

Price:  £££ Carriage rental £12.50 pp (upon booking) and £21 minimum spend pp for Adults or £10.95 for children under 12 years

Head to their site for prices and more information:




What is more perfect than a playground circuit of fun? Nothing that is what.

Social Fun and Games Club have cleverly curated a one-stop fun spot.  Located at roof top East, SFG offer – Birdies Rooftop Crazy Golf, De La Bowl (Hip-Hop inspired lanes), Rooftop Rollers Roller Disco and Sluggers Batting Cages.  Whether you want to swing a bat and let off some steam or show of your oh-so-amazing moves at Roller Disco, SFG is perfect for both a group hang or cute date location. Available all year around, this is definitely the place to be.

Location: Roof East, Level 8 Car park, Stratford, E15 1XE

Price:  £ Starting From £8.00 per activity

Head to their site for prices and more information:



london-logo-dark.pngIf you’re an adrenaline junkie or thrill-seeker like myself, then my gosh is this for you.  Zip World London have brought the fastest city centre zip line in the world  to London’s Southbank. This amazing experience will give you striking views of the London Eye, Big Ben and more. The double zip wire begins 35 meters above the ground, and  makes its  225 metre journey across the London skyline over Archbishop’s Park.

Ending 1st of October –  you still have time to experience London like never before.

LocationLambeth Palace Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7JY

Price:  ££ Starting From £18.50 for student tickets and  £22.50 for Adult tickets (Non students)

Head to their site for prices, bookings and updates:



miami-logo.png Summers over? Not in Miami beach it isn’t!  BackYard Cinema has bought South beach home to South London. With sand, flipflops, cocktails and beanbags; Backyard Cinema is the perfect place to spend a cold evening this Autumn. Screening some of the best cinema classics such as Dirty Dancing, Grease, Romeo and Juliet to Logan and Gladiator . There’s something for everyone.

Location: Backyard Cinema, Mercato Metropolitano SE1 6DR 

Price:  ££ Starting From £16.50

Head to their site for prices and screenings: