The Puppet Theatre Barge
Spending the winter months floating in Little Venice and the summer moored at Richmond-upon-Thames, the marionette theatre is a converted barge seating an audience of 50 at maximum capacity. Performances include both classic children and adult tales such as Aesop’s Fables, The Three Pigs and the Wolf and the works of William Shakespeare. Shows are available daily.
The Puppet Theatre Barge, 35 Blomfield Road, London W9 2PF, UK, +44 20 7249 6876
Jack the Ripper Tour
Touring through the back streets of London, the chilling walk begins at nightfall and guides you through the long roads of Whitechapel and Spitalfields. Visit the sites where the Ripper’s crimes apparently took place and join the Victorian police through the sinister alcoves of the capital retracing the steps of the infamous serial killer.
Secret Bar at The BFI
Slide across a bookcase in the lounge of the Benugo Bar and Kitchen at the British Film Institute, Southbank, and discover a hidden cocktail bar. Warmed with a relaxed and retro atmosphere, the haunt is decorated with globes, chessboards and genuine books. The bar is open Friday and Saturday evenings and also available for private hire.
BFI, Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8XT, UK, +4420 7401 9000
Charlie and The Chesterfield Afternoon Tea
The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel takes guests through the delicious tale of Charlie and his friends, offering a vibrant and chocolatey take on traditional afternoon tea. Wonka Bars, Oompa Loompa cupcakes and golden eggs are just some of the delicacies on offer along with a selection of sandwiches, scones and a range of hot beverages; champagne is also on the menu.
Ever fancied a cup of coffee in a Victorian lavatory? The Attendant offers just that! After converting the disused toilet into a quirky coffee shop in Fitzrovia, original distinguished characteristics have been transformed for comfort, including urinals which are now seating and hand driers mounted onto the walls. Seasonal food is also on offer.
Attendant Fitzrovia, 27a Foley Street, London, W1W 6DY, UK, +4420 763 7379
A Royal Welcome at Buckingham Palace
For the first time in history, the Summer Opening of the Palace will include real exhibitions in the State Rooms, recreating occasions when guests have visited on invitation from the Queen. The Palace’s Ballroom will be elegantly assembled to stage a State Banquet, including rich silver-gilt centrepieces as part of the wonderful displays available.
Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA, UK, +44 20 7766 7300
Sunset Safari at London Zoo
Watch the sun go down amongst 750 species from around the world at the London Zoo. Self-guided safari tours include discussions about the animals, while the Zoo’s Theatre of Life performances provide a pleasurable insight into the animals’ behaviour. The World Food Market ensures guests are well fed with an array of delightful dishes. Running from 5th June until 17th July 2015 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.
London Zoo, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4RY, UK, +44 20 7449 6200
The London Distillery
Explore the boutique distillery, home to the award winning Dodd’s Gin, through a fun and educating tour whilst sipping on a G&T. Situated in the artistic hub of Testbed1 at a former Victorian dairy in Battersea, the whisky distillery is London’s first since the closure of the Lea Valley Distillery in 1903.
Popping up across the capital, al fresco cinemas are a cool way to watch a film under the capital’s skyline. The Rooftop Film Club, Where is the Nomad, The Luna Cinema, and more all offer screenings in parks, bars, alley ways and even cemeteries! Movies include classics such as Labyrinth to more contemporary films such as The Theory of Everything.
London Duck Tour
Explore the famous sites and landscapes of the beautiful city from land and water, all inside the distinguished yellow vehicle. The guided tour offers an energetic commentary of facts before a thrilling splashdown into the River Thames.
London Duck Tour, 55 York Road, London, SE1 7NJ, UK, +4420 7928 3132