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The Little Surprises Blog

Lockdown Lifting in London

With lockdown starting to ease, we have spent some of this weekend out in the sunshine, enjoying the first beer garden of the year (it has been glorious!) but have also booked a few fun things to do over the coming months. We have always loved finding lovely things to do in this brilliant city and so wanted to share some old favourites and some new pop-ups with you in case you were on the look out for some things to put in your calendar too!

Based over in Stratford, Roof East is a great place to catch up with friends in the sunshine. Head over there for a cocktail or beer or try your hand at one of their games - crazy golf, the batting catch or even a game of bowls at their bowls club!

One of our favourite places to head on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Wander down this bustling street market picking up a delicious coffee, a pastry, a bite to eat for lunch, maybe a glass of wine in the sunshine! The perfect destination for a whole morning of continuous eating. The biggest problem we have here is which of the millions of delicious options to eat!

We have really missed West End musicals and so we can't wait for this! A beautiful setting, all of the showstoppers that you love, incredible musicians! Sing your heart out. Tickets from just £20.

This was a hidden gem for a while which has recently been discovered by the masses - we still love it though! Just a five minute walk from Elephant & Castle or Borough tube, there is literally everything you can imagine in terms of food options. We would highly recommend the pizza!

Inside, there are lots of food cabins, each serving something totally different to eat. There is everything from burgers, to an Argentinian grill to freshly made pasta & gelato. Outside, there are lots of mini bars! Grab some food & a drink and set yourself up on one of the benches (outside for the time being!). One of the few places still operating a first come, first serve with no bookings (great for the less organised of us!) and we would highly recommend popping in to their Italian food market on your way out - who doesn't need a takeaway burrata?

Two words for you - "Rooftop cinema" and it is in central London (Waterloo)! We love a 90s classic and they have a great line up. We have gone for "Clueless" but there is everything from "Back To The Future", "Magic Mike", "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Black Panther". Tickets (including a drinks package) from just £25.

It would be impossible for us to do a round up of things we are excited to do this summer without including Unwined. With two venues - one in Waterloo and one in Tooting, they run our wine tastings for us and we are VERY excited that they are reopening! Off-the-beaten-track, delicious wines at affordable prices... what more could you want? They also have a pop-up chef cooking up a storm in their kitchens and this month in Waterloo, it is the incredible Klose & Soan.

First taken to this incredible outdoor theatre by a friend, we were blown away by what a magical space the team at the Open Air Theatre have created! Leafy, lit by fairy lights & totally hidden away! This summer, they have Romeo & Juliet, Anansi the Spider, Dragons & Mythical Beasts & Carousel. Tickets from just £23. It is going to be a real treat.

There is nothing better than finishing work and having something really fun to do with your night. Last summer, we really missed summer evenings watching cricket in the sunshine or drinking Pimms whilst catching up on the tennis. This summer, the cricket is back! Twenty20 cricket (T20 for short) is an abbreviated, fast paced game of cricket with just a single innings for each team and a limit of 20 overs. This means it normally lasts around 3 hours, perfect for a Thursday evening. Lords is based over in St John's Wood & has tickets available for T20 from just £15.

This is taking art galleries to a whole new level. Step into an immersive Van Gogh exhibition. Using 15,000 square feet of screens and virtual reality technology, this exhibition has toured the world and is heading to London in January 2022!

An old favourite - whether it is Friday night after-work drinks or Sunday brunch - this is a really fun place to catch up with friends in central London. Just a few minutes walk from London Bridge. You need to book in advance so get in there quick!

Something fun to do with the kids or a date that is a little bit different - London Zoo has reopened it's doors. Favourite animal? Hard to choose. We love a meerkat but it is hard to not be awestruck by the majestic lions! We can never quite believe that you can walk through Regent's Park, peak over the fence and see penguins waddling along the waterfront of the zoo. Our littlest people have been learning online for much of the last year and this is the perfect chance to bring that to life. I cannot wait to see the look of wonder on my favourite 3 year olds face when she sees the warthogs for the first time (yes, the warthogs is what she is most excited about!). Tickets from £29.50 (under 3s are free).


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