- Georgina Wilson-Powell
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Go vintage shopping on Brick Lane
Forget Soho for vintage shopping, Brick Lane is where it’s at with Beyond Retro and Rokit acting like vintage bookmarks at either end. In between is the weekend market with its retro stalls and indie designers plus plenty of other stores to pick up those cowboy boots, leather jacket, and old Levi’s you’ve been after.
Jump into an adult ball pit
Ball pits aren’t just for kids: you can now indulge your inner child at Ballie Ballerson (yes, really). It’s a two-story ‘adult playpen’ that features an LED dancefloor, 250,000 balls, and cocktails that are out of this world, using helium, fire and ice to create something seriously impressive.
Get a hole in one at Junkyard Golf
Discover how well crazy golf and cocktails go together at Junkyard Golf in Brick Lane, which has just had a complete renovation. There are four courses that take in UV garages, treehouses, scary clowns and UFC cages, as well as four bars with hotdogs and popcorn to wolf down.
Go for a naked cycle
Every year, anti-car and oil protesters take to the streets of London for a naked bike ride. 50 other countries will also host naked bike rides on Saturday June 10 this year. Are you brave enough to join them?
Go on a safari in the city
London Zoo’s Sunset Safari offers the chance to see what it’s really like in Regent’s Park after dark. Grab an animal mask, a cocktail and see the zoo like you’ve never seen it before. These special VIP events include dinner and conservation talks.
Discover London’s canals
Canal culture is pretty big news over in East London. Discover a quieter side of the capital down on Regent’s Canal and stroll a leisurely five kilometres between Angel and Victoria Park, taking in cafés, art galleries and pubs.
Have a sleepover in the Natural History Museum
Every so often, the Natural History Museum stages an adult’s sleepover called Dino Snores, in amongst the dinosaur skeletons and fossils. There’s a three course meal, gin tasting, a monster movie marathon, special exhibitions and lots more to entertain you.
Try an off-the-wall dating experience
From dating in the dark to speed-dating or dating someone based on their smell, Londoners are always up for trying something new in the dating world. Look for pop ups and singles events near you.
Suss out the best street food
Head to Street Feast’s Dinerama for some of the newest concepts in street food – this is where super hot Smokestak and Breddos Tacos started out and you’re bound to find the next big thing lurking in a street food van.
Rave it up
Your twenties are for clubbing, partying and generally doing things you’ll regret two days after the weekend. Printworks in Surrey Quays offers up huge experiences for daytime clubbing, Fabric’s back in action, and XOYO continues to have legendary residencies. Enjoy it while your body and your bank balance can go all in.