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    17 Cultured As Fuck Things To Do In London This Summer

    Cool for the summer.

    1. Eat matcha taiyaki cones at Bake.

    2. Catch a film at Rooftop Film Club.

    Rooftop Film Club

    I basically lived here last summer. It was so good. They do screenings of cult films on rooftops all over London (South Kensington Roof Gardens! The Bussey Building!) and also have a gorgeous pop-up bar and foodie stalls. The highlight of my 2016 summer was watching the first Pokémon movie as the sun set, and feeling my inner 7-year-old weep with happiness.

    Price: £15

    When: Selected dates throughout summer

    Where: Multiple venues

    Book here

    3. Drink rum cocktails on Ladies & Gentlemen's Rum Boat.

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    Yes, that's me. In this video I am enjoying rum cocktails on a wonderful canal boat, which is great but it does rather look like I've hired the entire boat just for myself and am making the staff sail me around in a kind of misanthropic-Heathcliff-on-a-rum-boat situation. You should definitely go and fill it with your friends instead. The boat is moored at the new Ladies and Gents rum pop-up, and it's £15 for an hour cruise, which includes a drink.

    Or if you get seasick, there's also a beautiful pop-up bar on land, plus a seafood stall with fish finger butties and deep-fried shrimp.

    Price: Drinks from £7, £15 for a boat cruise plus a drink

    When: Until 30 July

    Where: King's Cross

    Book here

    4. Go on an ice cream tour with Chocolate Ecstasy Tours.

    5. Drink garden cocktails at Bread Street Kitchen.

    Bread Street Kitchen

    If you like growing things and the word "allotment" gets you a little hot and bothered, then this is the pop-up for you. The Allotment (ooh matron) has just launched at Bread Street Kitchen and looks brilliant. They have Wimbledon cocktails, foodie bites inspired by seasonal British produce (botanical-rubbed ham! gin-cured salmon! Earl grey mousse!), and a garden shed photobooth, the themed photobooth you never knew you needed.

    Price: Mocktails from £5, cocktails and dishes both from £6.50

    When: Until the end of summer

    Where: St Paul's

    Call 0203 030 4050 or email to book

    6. Drink rose and bergamot cocktails at The Sanderson.

    The Sanderson

    Italicus is my absolute favourite new spirit, and if you don't know it, it's time you did. It's a rose and bergamot spirit, which are my two most favourite flavours. Essentially it tastes like boozy rose earl grey. The bottle also looks like Tom Ford designed it as his new summer scent. The Sanderson, stellar chaps that they are, have launched a whole menu to its glory, hosted on their beautifully summery terrace. Go now and be converted.

    Price: From £10

    When: Every Tuesday until the end of summer

    Where: Soho

    Book here

    7. Eat chocolate kiwi ice creams at Dominique Ansel.

    Dominique Ansel

    Honestly guys, I'm going to make my fortune with pictures of pretty ice creams on Instagram. This is my personal business model. But also, how gorgeous is this ice cream? It's like the fanciest, fruitiest choc ice you'll ever eat. Heads up, it will also be the most expensive choc ice you've ever eaten, but you need to spend money to make money, friends, and it will all pay off when I'm on my yacht.

    Price: £6

    When: Until the end of summer

    Where: Belgravia

    8. Take a boozy sunset speedboat tour with Thames Lates.

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    Look. I just really like drinking alcohol on boats alright? I would 100% recommend this cruise for summer though. It's something quite different, and is just a lovely way to spend an afternoon. You get on the speedboat, cruise along the river to do some sightseeing, then once you get past the river speed limit it's ON. It's like a rollercoaster on a river. Then on the way back you drink cocktails and watch the sunset. I went last summer and liked it so much I'm doing it again this summer.

    Price: £39.50

    When: Various times

    Where: Waterloo

    Book here

    9. Eat a fancy Vietnamese dinner at Go Viet.

    10. Have a day out at the Horniman Museum.

    11. Go on a picnic at German Gymnasium.

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    German Gymnasium's new "Berlin Hamper" is delightful. You can get one to take away, but I'd recommend staying and eating it on their terrace. The Grade II-listed building is beautiful, and was, I believe, originally London's first gym (hence the name), and they really go all out, putting down a special faux-grass table topper for you. The picnic itself comes with three sandwiches to share, crisps, sweet Bavarian Giga rolls, marzipan treats, sunglasses, and bottle openers. Oh, and a full bottle of German wine (I recommend you go for the sparkling option).

    Price: £48 for just a glass each, or from £64 for a bottle (I winced when I saw this price when I went for the picnic, but it's for two people, so only £32 each, which ain't bad for lunch plus a full bottle of wine)

    When: Until 10 September

    Where: King's Cross

    Email or call 0207 287 8000 to book

    12. Watch Black Cat Cabaret at Underbelly.

    I love a bit of summer cabaret and Black Cat are one of the best. They'll be at Underbelly this summer season, which is one of the best seasonal theatre pop-ups in London. The whole thing is inspired by vintage Montmartre and Parisian Belle Epoque hijinks, and usually sells out super fast so get your tickets while they're hot.

    Price: £22.50

    When: Until 22 September

    Where: South Bank

    Book here

    13. Summer drinks at The Hyde Bar.

    The Hyde Bar

    The Hyde Bar is the newly opened bar at the Royal Park Hotel, and lemme tell you it is DIVINE. The interior is super intimate and peaceful, and the hotel itself is opposite Hyde Park, which makes for beautiful views. The cocktails are also seriously punchy, and well worth the £14 price tag attached to them – they're on a par with the best of the hotel cocktails, which usually come at £16 to £20+ a pop. Order a "Stealing Beauty" (the bougiest cocktail mix I've ever heard of velvet liqueur, Lillet Rouge, Champagne, and spiced Aperol froth) and prepare to feel your fanciest summer self.

    Price: Cocktails from £14

    When: Every day

    Where: Paddington

    Book here

    14. Go on a secret gin dining experience at Juniper Manor.

    Juniper Manor

    I actually don't know much about this as I haven't been yet (going in August!) but this is what I do know: 1. It's a secret immersive gin-themed dinner 2. it involves Sipsmith gin 3. it involves Gingerline, who are pretty top notch at immersive things 4. it's really very secret guys, there's zero photos of what's inside online. Their tickets sold out lightening quick, but I have it on good authority more tickets will be released in batches so sign up for their mailing list asap.

    Price: From £52.50

    When: Indefinitely

    Where: Secret location

    Book here

    15. Experience proper gastropub food at The Pig's Ear.

    16. Drink some sparkling red wine at Fiz.

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    Have you heard of sparkling red wine? Apparently it's big on the continent, but I hadn't heard of it until Fiz (a new pop-up sparkling wine bar in Lights Of Soho) started serving it. Maybe I'm just terribly uncultured? Well, my uncultured, non-red-sparkling-wine-drinking self is over now. Now I am the new, cultured Emma, who drinks sparkling red wine and goes "oh, you DIDN'T know about sparkling red wine? Clearly you haven't been holidaying in Spain enough dahling."

    Anyway. Sparkling red wine is surprisingly delicious, and the bar you can find it in is also very good. They do normal sparkling wines too, if red sparkling wine is a bridge too far for you.

    Price: From £4.50 a glass

    When: Until end of August

    Where: Soho

    17. Eat ice cream eclairs at Melba.


    Melba is The Savoy's mega fancy café and they've just launched "Icéclairs", which are, you guessed it, eclairs filled with ice cream instead of ordinary cream. Because in summer ordinary, room temperature cream is for chumps, you hear me? CHUMPS. Brilliantly, you can build your own – you pick your ice cream (dark chocolate, Sicilian pistachio, salted caramel, wild berries, or vanilla), then choose your sauces, glaze, and toppings.

    Price: £4.95, which honestly I don't think is that bad. It's The Savoy – you know they could charge more than this if they wanted to and get away with it

    When: Available indefinitely

    Where: The Strand

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