I’ve written about my best recommendations for spending time in London before on here, but I wanted to write a second post with my updated recommendations as over this past year I feel I’ve done a lot more things i would never have thought of, and I wanted to share!
I’ve seen pop-up mini golfs around London for a while now, but I finally managed to experience Junkyard Golf in Shoreditch recently, and I absolutely loved it. We rocked up completely unplanned and we only had to wait half an hour (at the bar of course) until we could get playing.
It’s really good fun with themed courses you can pick from, with bars dotted all around the place to indulge in some frozen margaritas, or even to pop into a gif-booth for some selfies with your pals.
It was such a great experience and it really wasn’t too expensive to spend a few hours playing golf. There are plenty of similar concepts around the city too, with Flight Club (darts) or Sink (beer pong/ping-pong) and they’re a really good way to spend an evening with your pals that’s slightly different to just bar hopping!
Now BYOC (which stands for Bring Your Own Cocktails btw) is somewhere I’ve been wanting to visit for ages, and my gorgeous pals decided to take me here to celebrate my recent engagement!
It’s an interesting concept – you book yourself in for a 2 hour slot which you pay £30 each for the privilege for, and then you bring your own spirits… And when you turn up with your selected spirits (we chose gin, rum and prosecco between 4 of us and it was definitely too much) they make cocktails for you. Not only that but on arrival they promise you a minimum of seven cocktails for your two hour slot. MINIMUM. SEVEN. COCKTAILS.
Anyway, it’s safe to say we had a lovely time – what we can remember of it anyway. They have two venues you can visit – one in Camden and one in the city, and it’s a nice spot to stop by for some drinks – it’s certainly not too loud or crowded, and so it was a great chance for my pals and I to drink and chat away for several hours.
I would definitely recommend giving BYOC a visit, and I really want to go again myself. Even though it might seem pricey at £30 for a time slot, and the cost of your own spirits on top, I think it works out as really good value for money considering the quality and quantity of cocktails you get throughout your time there. It’s somewhere I would love to go again
Another event in London that seems to come with a bit of a price tag – and is something I’ve been hearing about in forever, is Secret Cinema. I went this year for their screening of Romeo & Juliet, and it was absolutely incredible.
Luckily I had access to discounted tickets because of my day job (#werkperks) so I paid half price – and a normal full price ticket rings in at around £70, so it’s certainly not cheap. But now I’ve been to one I’m an absolute convert, and I understand why so many people rave about it.
I’m unable to comment on other Secret Cinemas, but I’ve heard great things about those too, but the set was incredible – with a full sized Capulet mansion complete with drag performances. A gospel choir, a Montague bar and car wash and plenty of places to pick up themed cocktails or something to eat – my favourite was the Mac’beth and Cheese.
Now I’ve been to one I am completely open to going to more – and I think it would make a perfect gift or evening out with friends if you all have a passion for a certain film. I know in recent years they’ve done a Secret Cinema for Star Wars, Moulin Rouge and Blade Runner and I’m so intrigued as to what will be next.
Camden + Hampstead Heath
Until recently I hadn’t spent much time in this area, but I certainly have now – as I’ve moved to Camden! On the day we came to view our new flat we were pretty much sold by the location to Regent’s Park. We walked around the park afterwards in the sunshine – and even had a walk through past London Zoo where we could take a look and spot some camels…
If you want to walk further north you can stroll into and up onto Hampstead Heath, which offers a great view of the city. If the weather is looking good and you’re in need of a picnic, pop to the restaurants around Primrose Hill for a pizza and a bottle of wine and enjoy the view.
If the weather isn’t great – and let’s face it, this is England after all – then exploring Primrose Hill is also fun. If not just for famous people spotting, or trying to guess the prices of the house around there, there are quite a few restaurants, bars and cafes to stop at. When we were last there we visited Sam’s Cafe, which was reasonably priced for an incredible selection of brunch and lunch options.
Anywho, that’s it for round 2 of my London recommendations, and I’m sure a version 3 update will be comign as soon as I get to experience more of this brilliant city! In the meantime, you can find my other Insta snaps of London and elsewhere around the globe on my Instagram @GrundyTravels
Thanks for reading x