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20 Things to Do in London in Your Twenties

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Updated: 24 May 2017
You’re young, free and maybe single, in which case London is one of the best places you can be. The whole city is a playground of delights, from one-off, immersive experiences to treading well-worn, well-loved paths. Discover some of the coolest things to do in the capital in your twenties here.

Slide down the world’s tallest slide

Head over to the Olympic Park to test your nerve at the Arcelor Mittal Orbit sculpture which has now been entwined in a slide that measures over 178 metres. It takes just 40 seconds to get down to the ground.

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Take to the stage at Hip Hop Karaoke

A London institution, test your rhythms and flows at Hip Hop Karaoke, the weekly rap battle in Soho. The crowd is always up for a singalong and there are hundreds of classics to choose from.

Lose a Saturday to a bottomless brunch

So called bottomless brunches are all the rage and you can pimp up your eggs Benedict with two hours of bubbly or cocktails at venues all over London. We love Bad Egg and Hot Box.

Eggs Benedict
Eggs Benedict | © erin / Flickr

Hit the pedalos in Hyde Park

London’s not London until you’ve spent a summer kicking round Hyde Park. Head to the Serpentine and rent a rowing boat or pedalo for up to six people.

Barbeque in London Fields

Every summer, East London’s cutest and possibly hippest park disappears under picnic blankets and disposable barbeques. Grab meat and fish from nearby Broadway market or treat yourself to some of the amazing Scotch eggs and brownies at the Saturday market and retreat to the field to lounge in the sun.

London Fields
London Fields | © Nick/WikiCommons

Find your favourite rooftop bar

Whether it’s Franks in Peckham on top of the Bussey Building, the Radio rooftop in central London or Dalston Roof Park, there are almost too many rooftop bars to try out in London, but you’ve got all summer to rate and review them.

Drawing day in dalston was cool

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Dive into immersive cinema

Secret Cinema’s events are legendary, and attending is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Every year the immersive theatre company build an entire experience around a cult film. This spring it’s Moulin Rouge so expect plenty of Parisian oh la la.

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Meet new people at a pop up restaurant

Slap Ya Papa has been organising southern hospitality style pop ups for years and its events are some of the most riotous and fun in the capital. This spring, they’re focusing on the Bayou so expect swamp themes, seafood, and serious liqueur.

Find a proper party at Notting Hill Carnival

Yes, it may always be rammed, but Notting Hill Carnival is the one weekend a year when West London shakes to the same beat. The best parties are held by individual soundsystems and Red Bull, so find yourself in the right spot for some booty shaking. CMC/Matrix have held the best drum’n’bass parties for years and Channel One do the same for reggae.

Notting Hill Carnival
Notting Hill Carnival | © S Pakhrin/Flickr

Grab a glowstick at Lovebox

One of London’s most enduring and loved summer festivals, Lovebox celebrates its 15 year anniversary this year. For another year, Victoria Park will transform into a mini Glastonbury, with Frank Ocean and Chase and Status headlining, XL Recordings and Fabric looking after a stage each, and much more to be announced.

Elrow at Lovebox