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34 best things to do in glorious London this July

The ultimate guide to summer in the city

Georgia Brown

July arrived faster than we could say "summer" and just like that, we're over halfway through 2021. If you're scrambling to make plans before the glorious weather disappears, we've got you covered. From the best new rooftop bars to unbeatable nights out, stunning immersive art installations and ideal places in the city to watch the Euros, team HELLO! have scouted out the very best of London's what's on guide.  

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Whether you're a seasoned local or you're just visiting for the day, our round up of the best things to do in July is the perfect way to explore glorious London.

Best things to do in London in July if you're on a budget

Luxury Hammam Spa Experience with treatments


If you're looking for the ultimate luxury this July, but haven't quite got the budget to splash on one of London's five-star spas, we might have just found London's best spa deal yet. But hurry! Deals like this don't stick around for long.

Upon arrival at Casa Spa, sit back and relax to enjoy a rejuvenating black soap scrub infused with argan oil. The organic body polish aims to remove dead skin across the body, before a full body mud mask Rasoul treatment with clove and lavender leaves your skin hydrated. Shower, relax and enjoy a Moroccan mint tea in the traditional Moroccan relaxation room. Exquisite!

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Enjoy a film under the stars at Archlight Cinema, Battersea Power Station


Movie lovers can enjoy a film under the stars at Battersea Power Station's Archlight Cinema from July, with a jam-packed schedule of family favourites, award-winning movies and romantic comedies ready to be enjoyed on comfy deck chairs overlooking London's skyline. 

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Immerse yourself in Van Gogh Alive


If it's been a while since you last visited an exhibition, you'll be glad to hear that Van Gogh Alive has finally opened and is fully COVID-compliant. The immersive exhibition has dazzled over seven million people in 65 cities and from 4 June to 26 September, it's being housed in a huge purpose-built venue in the beautiful Kensington Gardens.

This isn't just any ordinary art exhibition. It's an immersive, multi-sensory experience that sees some of the Dutch artist's most recognised paintings projected onto screens while digital surround sound plays and the aromas of Provence fill the space. Highlights include the sunflower room, Vincent's bedroom and the art activity area. Tickets are priced from £24 for adults and £14 for children.

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Yoga at the Sky Garden


Things are hotting up in the city as London’s highest green oasis – Sky Garden – launches its summer series of Morning Yoga classes with TruBe. From 8.30am-9.30am every Saturday and Sunday from 24th July, Sky Garden’s famous Morning Yoga classes are back, so channel your inner WarriorsCobras and Downward Dogs and get ready to welcome the weekend 36 storeys above the City.

Set amongst Sky Garden's luscious tropical greenery, take to the mat in the idyllic City Garden Bar for a one-hour dynamic, vinyasa flow class, suitable for all levels and abilities. With a focus on the breath, the TruBe instructor will guide you through a range of flowing postures designed to make you feel energised and rejuvenated, transporting your body and mind to a place of strength. Refuel after your class and grab a pastry and coffee at Sky Pod Bar or enjoy a leisurely morning and explore the beautifully landscaped gardens, followed by breakfast in Darwin Brasserie, with its panoramic views over London. Yoga starts at 8.30am on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets start from £20pp.

To book, visit Sky Garden


Best foodie things to do in London in July

Take a cookery class at Jamie Oliver's Cookery School


Grab a fellow aspiring chef and embark on a journey to cooking glory. Get ready to learn the skills you need to create delicious dishes time and time again, all from the best in the business, with a Cookery Class for Two at The Jamie Oliver Cookery School.

With a choice of classes, it’s up to you which cuisine you’d like to master. Everything from North Indian Thali and Thai Feast to Unbeatable Filled Pasta and Quick & Easy Dinnertime classes are on offer here, so there’s something to appeal to every inquisitive palate.

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Grab the girls and head for brunch with a view


Fancy brunch with a view? 14 Hills is the ultimate place to catch up with your favourite girls at the weekend. Every Instagrammer's dream, the restaurant is located on the fourteenth floor of 120 Fenchurch Street and boasts views of London's most iconic monuments like The Shard, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. When we visited, there were scores of girlie gatherings going on, from birthdays to a hen do.

Get sucked into the buzzy atmosphere, dine among the pretty foliage and enjoy the restaurant's new summer menu, which includes dishes such as sirloin steak, lobster Thermidor and courgette risotto. An absolute must-try to share for the carnivores is the Angus Hereford beef tomahawk, which is 900g of deliciously prepared steak that comes with grilled baby romaine and both peppercorn and béarnaise sauce. The green beans and rosemary sea salt chips are the perfect accompaniment.

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Go loco for paella at Arros QD


Haven't quite made it to Spain this summer? A visit to Arros QD is perhaps the next best thing and will have you transported to Valencia in no time thanks to its incredible paellas. The undeniably cool Spanish restaurant, run by famed chef Quique Dacosta and located just a stone's throw away from Oxford Circus, screams chic with its moody interiors and gold detailing. The focus of the menu is, of course, the paella and a large variety there is.

Go for the traditional Paella Valenciana made with rabbit and chicken, or the Black ink rice boasting Basque cod. Or shake things up completely and try the scarlet prawn 'carabinero', a semi spicy dish we shared that was topped with juicy fresh prawns and oozed deliciousness. Combine your paella with some less-than-typical Spanish sides. Forget the classic tapas; Arros QD offers the likes of roasted aubergine with miso glaze (ten out of ten), stone bass ceviche (light and flavoursome) and beef cheeks in a red curry stew (unforgivably moreish). Whatever you order, you really can't go wrong. The biggest challenge will be whittling it down to a few plates each.

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Have an Israeli feast at Bala Baya


If you haven't been down to Eran Tibi's restaurant Bala Baya in Southwark, you're missing out. The Israeli eatery, which is inspired by the sites and sounds of Tel Aviv, has just launched its delicious new summer menu to be enjoyed indoors under the arches or on their alfresco terrace. The best way to manoeuvre your way around Bala Baya's dishes is to go for the sharing menu, which highlights the best of the best.

There are meat and vegetarian options, with showstopping plates including the aubergine mess (beautiful blackened aubergine complimented unexpectedly with lychee) and the cauliflower steak crumble (sounds understated but it's one of the restaurant's signature and most flavoursome dishes consisting of a head of fried cauliflower and smoked parmesan crumble). The lamb kebab dumplings filled with shawarma spice are another must-order, while the king prawn baklava is a truly indulgent treat. As you'd expect on any Israeli menu, there are homemade dips galore like the fiery labneh and the chickpea hummus. Make sure to order extra pitta bread to mop up all that goodness. For family-style dining that'll please all the senses, a visit to Bala Baya should be top of your list.

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Fine dine with street food


Located on Covent Garden's Maiden Lane, and inspired by the hustle and bustle of ancient and modern bazaars from around the world, Cinnamon Bazaar from Vivek Singh blends Old World flavours with The Cinnamon Collection's renowned modern Indian culinary style to create a unique cultural dining experience. For lunch or dinner, begin your journey with snacks of crab bonda - Calcutta spiced crab and beetroot in chickpea batter; or chicken haleem with sourdough toast.

Bazaar Plates include smaller and larger dishes of Kabuli kofta in fenugreek sauce; Malabar boatman's haddock curry with kokum and green mango chutney; grilled aubergine with sesame peanut crumble, labna and toasted buckwheat; and double cooked pork belly 'koorg' style. Just divine! There will also be a signature Chaat menu, where guests will be able to customise their very own traditional street food snacks. To celebrate their 20th Anniversary, diners will also get to enjoy 'A Life In Spice' Bottomless Chaat & Kebab Party at Khari Baoli - a one-time event on 13th July.

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Celebrate National Cheesecake Day in style


This Cheesecake Day (30th July), swap your slice for a scoop and celebrate with Freezecakes– the world’s first and only scoopable frozen cheesecake brought to you by Pleesecakes. Available for nationwide delivery, you’ve never tasted cheesecake quite like this. The revolutionary frozen dessert launched only last year and now has three brand new flavours joining the line-up, the way to beat-the-heat this summer! It’s all hearts for Cherry Bakewell tart, which sits alongside the creamy Red Velvet and the indulgent Chocolate Orange Brownie, all made using Pleesecakes’ artisan cream cheese mix dressed up with chocolate chucks, red velvet sponge, pockets of cherry jam, chocolate streusel chunks, and brownie pieces (depending on the flavour you opt for).

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Treat yourself to some Italian cuisine


City slickers, head to the newly opened Piazza Italiana in Threadneedle Street for the perfect date night dinner, and you won't be disappointed. Housed inside the historical landmark of the Linen Bank of England, this Italian restaurant features authentic dishes including Veal Carpaccio, Raviolli King Crab, Slow Cooked Ox Cheek and a variety of exquisite cocktails. Complimenting the irresistable cuisine is the truly breathtaking decor - the ceiling in particular is majestic, but everything down to the floral arrangements are Instagram worthy. Oh, and if you enjoy wine, then you're in for a treat: the Piazza Italiana wine list offers a choice of around 500 bins and 40 wines by the glass. Dreamy, we know.

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Embrace sugarless Sundays


Nexba, Australia's sugar-free soft drinks brand and the UK's favourite Kombucha, has launched this new campaign to show how foodie occasions can be made sugar free, supporting gut health. Calling brunch enthusiasts, this July Nexba's Sugarless Sundays will partner with seven hot spot brunch locations nationwide to offer special sugar-free brunch menus, only available on Sundays. Working with Social Pantry, Crane's Kitchen, 601 Queen's Road, No 17 Dickens Yard, No 35 Mackenzie Walk, No 11 Pimlico Road and Brighton's Moksha Caffee, the Sugarless Sunday brunch menus challenge diners to swap out sugar for one day of the week and indulge in tasty, good for the gut dishes that are just as sweet and delicious.

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Celebrate National Doughnut Week


To celebrate National Doughnut Week (10th-18th July) Creams Café has created a delicious limited-edition doughnut box featuring two brand-new sweet treats; the Hershey’s Cookies n Creme Doughnut and the Reese’s Doughnut. Chocolate lovers will enjoy the decadent Hershey’s Cookies n Creme Doughnut, drizzled with milk and white chocolate sauce, and topped with sumptuous squares of Hershey’s Cookies n Creme. Whilst for those seeking something more savoury, the Reese’s Doughnut combines velvety peanut butter and milk chocolate sauce to form the perfect base for an indulgent topping of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Priced at £9.95 for a box of 4 and available from 10th July until 31st October, the Hershey’s and Reese’s Creams Café Doughnut Box can be ordered in store for dine in or takeaway, or for delivery nationwide via Uber Eats, Deliveroo and Just Eat.

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Unwind on Wimbledon Common at The Crooked Billet 


A huge Wimbledon fan? Instead of camping out for tickets, head to one of Young’s six Wimbledon pubs to watch every swing, set and match point. With Wimbledon specials including a Strawberry Smash G & T, Young’s pubs are the perfect venue to watch the tournament. Not as fussed? We’d highly recommend paying a visit to The Crooked Billet, where you can sit back in deck chairs on the green and enjoy the sunshine - just be sure to try their gorgeous beef burgers! With attentive staff and the lovely Sam ensuring you are looked after, we can’t recommend this homely pub enough.

To book, visit thecrookedbillet

Enjoy a hearty brunch and baked goods at Brother Marcus


You may have heard of or visited Brother Marcus before, which has branches in Angel, Spitalfields and Balham. Started by three friends, the Eastern Mediterranean restaurant serves small mezze plates designed for sharing as well as brunch classics like harissa eggs and smokey shakshuka (a must-order). The menu takes inspiration from the Cretan upbringing and traditional family recipes of one of the "brothers", so you can expect flavoursome meals made with a lot of love.

But what you may not have heard is that Brother Marcus has just launched its very own in-house bakery. In all three sites, you'll be able to tuck into freshly baked goods, from the classic triple chocolate cookie to the decadent pistachio and honey baklavas, as well as the lemon and rose almond semolina cake and the egg custard bougatsas. Their new bakery menu is the perfect way to finish off a brunch or mezze dinner, so make sure you book in for a proper meal before indulging your sweet tooth.

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Bring a slice of France to you


This summer, modern European restaurant and bar, Bluebird Chelsea will be continuing its summer celebrations with a slight French twist with their newly launched special Spritz cocktail menu and floral installation in partnership with French aperitif, Lillet. Running until September, the new installation brings elements of the French riviera to the iconic Bluebird Chelsea and has transformed their al fresco terrace into a beautiful oasis with flowers and plants, as well as offering a delicious summer menu and large screen for guests to watch all key sporting events over the summer months!

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The perfect steak, every time at Bar + Block Steakhouse


With locations across London, Bar + Block steakhouse is a must-visit, especially if you’re in Wimbledon. With an express menu, their speedy dishes are cooked to order in 10 minutes for under £10, ensuring you don’t miss any of the action. With steak sandwiches, beef burgers and club sandwiches galore, head into their Wimbledon branch and be back courtside before you know it! Got more time? Relax with a cocktail and graze on the house sharing block, with BBQ pork riblets and the most delicious buttermilk chicken goujons, before picking your perfect steak - we’d recommend trying the Peppercorn sauce too. Just make sure you leave room for dessert as the Melting Chocolate Dome is as amazing as it sounds! With attentive staff, excellent food and fantastic choice, their Steakhouses are perfect for every occasion. 

To book, visit Bar+BlockSteakhouse

Go crazy for pizza in Knightbridge


Pizza and live music guarantees a fail-safe great night, and Crazy Pizza in Knightsbridge is serving up Italian dishes alongside stunning live performances every Tuesday. Luca Pachetti sings well-known Italian classics while you tuck into burrata, pizza, and tiramisu, all washed down (of course!) with an Aperol Spritz or two. Head there any time for a taste of Italy, but we really recommend enjoying the Tuesday sessions - if you've had a holiday canceled, it will totally transport you to sunnier climates.

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Enjoy a post-shopping pick-me-up


The team who opened The Hawk's Nest last summer have announced their next venture, The Phoenix, at Westfield Shepherd's Bush. This is the second site from Frazer Timmerman and Wil Fuller. The Phoenix, which is open from 1 July, will be a new home for delicious street food and the pizzas the team have become famous for. From Neapolitan style sourdough pizzas to a juicy aged onglet steak and skinny fries with aromatic chimichurri - there's so much to pick from!

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Best bars and drinks festivals to visit in London in July

Head to Mr Fogg's Secret Garden


Any Mr Fogg's guarantees a seriously quirky night out -  from the decor to the drinks. Their new Secret Garden, based next to the Bruton Street bar, is your latest Instagrammable hotspot, so if you haven't managed to get out of the city for the summer, sipping a gin cocktail in their stunning floral garden will give you you a mini-break for the evening. It's complete with an Orangery, a rose garden with canopies of white roses and even an inconspicuous Potting Shed bar where visitors will find an abundance of libations rather than lavender. 

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Enjoy Summer Bloom


With summer holiday plans still uncertain for many, ST-GERMAIN has partnered with renowned florist McQueens Flowers to curate a series of beautiful floral terraces, adding a touch of 'je ne sais quoi' to al fresco hotspots – the perfect place for friends to come together for moments of shared indulgence.   The terrace takeovers, which include London hotspots Great Northern Hotel and Radio Rooftop, will provide a floral oasis for people to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and sip on a signature ST-GERMAIN Spritz in the sunshine.

Bookable through Eventbrite, tickets cost £85, which includes a ST-GERMAIN Spritz Kit to take home.

One for the cocktail connoisseurs and music lovers


The Mezzanine at the Manhattan Loft Gardens is not only a world class cocktail bar, but also a hub of incredible social events. With the Open Deck Collective every Thursday, anyone can have a go on the turntables and with the knowledgable team experimenting new cocktail creations on the same night, all specials start from just £6. But that’s not all, as on Friday nights, The Mezzanine host live music sessions and on Saturday’s the resident DJs will be playing into the night. 

To book, visit manhattanloftgardens

East London vibes come to John Lewis


East London’s infamous music venue Night Tales has launched a brand-new rooftop terrace, Willows, popping up in the heart of Central London this summer. Launching on Thursday, 22 July, Willows will be the ultimate sun-soaked rooftop, filled with good music, cocktails, and delicious street food from well-known food brand Giz’n’Green. 

Taking over the popular John Lewis Rooftop on Oxford Street, the outdoor terrace will be transformed into a breath-taking hideout overlooking Central London. The plant filled space will be the perfect sanctuary to escape the city and relax with a selection of summer drinks and delicious food from iconic duo – chef Gizzi Erskine and musician Professor Green. 

Encouraging visitors to disconnect with the world outside, the space will feature a variety of beautiful Willow trees, converting the contemporary roof into a calming, green oasis. Soon to be a hidden gem, high up from the busy streets below, the brand-new terrace will feature open sun decks, viewpoints, and performance areas for live DJ sets, while canvas canopies throughout the seating areas will provide a safe space from the British summertime rain.

To book, visit Willows

Enjoy Palomas in the Park at Taste of London Festival


London's most anticipated food festival, Taste of London, is returning to Regent's Park this July, but this year it is going to be bigger and better, spanning across two weekends:  7 - 11 July and 14 - 18 July. Festival goers can kick back and relax on the rooftop terrace taking in the views across the Royal Park, whilst mixer brand Two Keys is set to provide the summer terrace we’ve all been waiting for. With Palomas and Margaritas at the ready, a vibey rooftop space and legendary DJ Fat Tony mixing the decks, look no further than Two Keys at Taste this summer.

Enjoy an evening of live music at Quaglino's in Mayfair


Introducing one of London’s most iconic restaurants situated within stylish Mayfair, Quaglino's has just launched its summer live music series. Q The Music, taking place across a number of Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in July and August, is the perfect way to kick your week into gear and make the most of the long summer nights.

Guests can enjoy exceptional food and a glamorous new cocktail menu – the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the return of live music after months of lockdown restrictions.

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Discover Cocktails in the City 


Cocktails in the City is back with their next instalment of The Summer Series – with the second of three weekends, live entertainment, London’s top bars and more cocktails than ever before! Cocktails in the City will be returning to London once again ready to celebrate the reopening of London’s world-class bar scene. The popular drinks festival will be expanding its annual cocktail festival into a summerlong series, running one weekend per month throughout the summer, in London’s largest private Georgian Gardens ready to celebrate that ‘The Bars Are Back’! 

To book for July, visit: cocktailsinthecity

Best luxury things to do in London in July

Sink into relaxation at home with Urban


If lockdown taught us anything, it's the importance of making our living spaces feel like the ultimate place to relax and wind down away from the stresses of the world. Urban is changing the wellness game, bringing the very best of spa treatments, luxury beauty and tailored fitness delivered to your doorstep. They offer a range of 5* treatments that can be booked and delivered direct to your home in under 60 minutes, from its most popular treatment, the Urban Classic massage to its new Theragun massage muscle therapy and luxury manicure and pedicures for the summer seasons.

Who said you couldn't get an award-winning facial in your lunch break? Our writers trialled the Dermalogica ProSkin facial at home, and trust us when we say your lockdown skin concerns are soon to be forgotten...

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Visit this go-to beauty and skincare hotspot 


With summer officially back on, why not get "summer ready" with the help of Young LDN, the go-to beauty and skincare hotspot loved by celebrities and beauty enthusiasts alike. From various facial treatments and nail art to body contouring, there's lots to pick from! We recommend the Aquapure Hydra Facial - this treatment combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection. This facial will result in a reduction of blackheads and congestion and a glowing complexion.

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Visit CHANEL Factory 5


Calling all fashionistas! Take a trip to see the FACTORY 5 COLLECTION in person. This incredibly chic CHANEL pop-up can be found at the Selfridges Corner Shop and it's open to the public from 5 to 31 July in London. 

The pop-up is imagined as theme parks dedicated to ChanelN°5 - and you'll live in a world which mixes the black and white identity of N°5 and the bright colours of pop culture. You'll also get to see the exciting 17 products in the Factory 5 limited edition collection.

Visit Selfridges to find out more, and shop the collection now


Best alternative things to do in London in July

Enjoy a game of crazy golf


To celebrate National Tequila Day on 24 July, Swingers London is launching a limited-edition Casamigos Tequila cocktail menu, available for guests to enjoy across both venues from 23-25 July.  The crazy golf club will be serving five punchy cocktails priced at £16 for two to mark the occasion - all of which guests can enjoy whether playing a round of crazy golf or not.

We've got our eyes on the Spicy Tommy’s Margarita and the fruity George of the Jungle (Casamigos Blanco, banana liqueur, pineapple juice, lime juice and tonka bean, yum!). You'll also be able to indulge in a delicious range of tacos from Breddos, a Clerkenwell-based taqueria and vendor at Swingers.

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Try and solve 'The Perfect Crime'


Thinking caps on! "The mission is simple: in 1990, Rembrandt’s The Storm on the Sea of Galilee was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Now 30 years later, with the FBI offering a reward of $10 million, and an estimated black-market value of $100 million, it is the most valuable stolen painting in the world. And we know where it is." Does this sound right up your street? Grab some friends together and solve puzzles to steal the painting - it's a fantastic activity if you fancy something a little different - but choose your team wisely!

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Bottomless Drag Brunch at Mrs Riot in Covent Garden


Located in the beating heart of London, Mrs Riot is Covent Garden's newest and most daring resident. An ode to Kitty Clive, a pioneering feminist who transformed the London scene in 1700s, this hip new bistro and cocktail bar is set to offer mind-blowing live entertainment every day of the week.

For those ready to hit the catwalk, Mrs Riot offers London's first and only Vegan Cupcake Drag Queen Bottomless Brunch. Special guest hosts lead singalongs, lip syncs, runway walks, and all kinds of other drag wickedness. There are dirty deeds to be done and prizes to be won. Unlimited drinks mean that cocktails keep flowing for a full 90 minutes. You won't want to miss this one.

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Enjoy afternoon tea with a twist


You can go for a regular afternoon tea, or, you can venture into Alice's mad world with a spectacular Alice in Wonderland-themed afternoon tea at Taj 51. The five-star hotel has created a delightful Queen of Hearts-themed menu, which is served in the Kona dining room and features treats like the fruity 'Royal Flush' cake and the sumptuous 'No White Roses' red velvet cupcake. 'Pick a Card' finger sandwiches, the 'Checkmate Battenberg' cake, and the 'Running Late' macarons all give a nod to the menacing monarch herself and Lewis Carroll's classic children's tale. Buyagift is offering an afternoon tea for two people package, priced at £90.

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Best family things to do in London in July

 Go crazy with the family at Gravity Wandsworth


Adventurers and explorers get ready, as London's brand new three-story family-friendly adventureland opens in early August. With endless amounts of fun spread across 3 floors, this completely original, interactive gaming zone will keep kids entertained for hours with themed bowling lanes, urban street golf in the streets of New York to racing their friends through the hectic streets of Japan in all-electric-go-karts. Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

To book, visit gravitywandsworth

Explore the underwater world at the Sea Life centre 


With locations all over the UK, the Sea Life centre really is a place for an explorer. We’d recommend visiting Brighton Sea Life centre , the world’s oldest aquarium, home to over 5,000 sea creatures! Up until the 11th July, kids can enjoy an immersive trail featuring CBeebies’ Octonauts that takes families on a journey filled with the ocean’s most weird and wonderful activities; all while enjoying interactive learning and play. Young recruits and their families will begin their mission as soon as they arrive, acting as ‘captain’ for the day. Guests will scour the site to search for Captain Barnacles, who has gone missing after an undersea storm swept him away as he checked up on local coral, with all recruits claiming a special certificate on completing their mission. 

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