LONDON LOCKDOWN: THINGS TO DO – SUMMER 2020

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:

DRIVE THROUGH CINEMALUNA DRIVE-IN CINEMA

A summer under the stars? Sounds like a dream right? It doesn’t have to be with the new drive-in cinemas upcoming arrival in two of London’s hot spots.

Luna Drive-In the lovechild of The Luna Cinema company, is taking place in London at Surrey Quays’s stunning Printworks London venue from July 8 to 21 and Hendon’s Allianz Park from July 4 to 19.

The experienced is equipped with all new impressive LED screens and a bespoke audio set-up. The line-up of movies features a mix of classic throwbacks such as Grease, The Goonies, Dirty Dancing and Back To The Future, as well as recent blockbuster hits like Rocketman. Did I mention they also deliver food and drink to your car?

With high street cinemas set to open in early July, some may be worried about safety in numbers but luckily the drive-through experience offers immediate separation from other audience goers, in the safety of your own car enabling you to get back to the big screen at last.

Book your tickets now over at: Https://www.lunadriveincinema.com/

STREAM YOUR FAVOURITE THEATRE SHOWS FROM YOUR SOFA

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’

‘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!

TOP THINGS TO DO IN LONDON, NOVEMBER 2019

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.

DEATH OF A SALESMAN

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

https://www.thepiccadillytheatre.com/death-of-a-salesman

 

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SKATE @ SOMERSET HOUSE

 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!

 

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JAPANESE WINTER LIGHT FESTIVAL @ MR FOGG’S TAVERN & GIN PARLOUR

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

https://www.mr-foggs.com/christmas/

SORRY YOU MISSED IT

BONFIRE NIGHT

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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.

Locations:  

  • 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