Believe it or not, Summer is pretty much here. It feels like it’s been a struggle to get to the point where you can comfortably wear shorts and sundresses without the worry of gusty winds (and to be honest, I think that threat always lurks over London), but the sun’s out! This means it’s time to rock your cutest flowery prints and hit up some fun spaces you’ve been dreaming about all Winter. I’ve compiled my top 5 trendiest things that I think will be a guaranteed good time this summer.
Board Games at Draughts
Entertain yourself by playing numerous amounts of board games while drinking beer and wine. Draughts is the perfect place to go to if you lack your own gaming library or the space to host friends – you can literally search through their stacked games library and find something to play that you never knew existed. They also have a kitchen where you can get classic British snacks like toasties or just a cheese plate – but expect a super hipster twist on all of the menu items. You can checkout what they have to offer or book a table in advance by visiting here.
Ice Cream And Other Cold Snacks
Indulge in sweet treats like waffles covered in toffee sauce with a scoop of ice cream or enjoy vegan treats like decadent chocolate mousse from Oslo. Nothing makes summer heat more tolerable than something cold and tasty to distract you from your sweaty brow. One thing that sounds completely drool worthy is the Banana Sliders at Oslo. Ingredients include banana, toffee chantilly, vanilla ice cream and more!
Outdoor Pub Lunches
Nothing is more British (IMO) than pub lunches and pints on a hot summer day. Dine outside with a nice cider, a glass of bitter shandy or my favorite, Pimms (note, these are all alternatives for people who hate the taste of beer as they are more sugar than anything else)! Pubs are rarely hard to come by in Hackney, so find a place that looks good and settle in with your shades and a cold drink. I recently went to the Jolly Butchers which serves a taste home (Brooklyn Brewery ya’ll!) and has lots of great items on their menu.
Tan Or Nap At Hackney Downs
London is known for beautiful, green parks and spaces so one place you’ll have fun at this Summer is Hackney Downs. Find people playing a game of football (that’s soccer) or cricket in the park and take part! Or you can be like the millions of other Londoners reading a book and tanning on the lawn. I guess that’s what Summer is for.
Rage At Visions Festival
This isn’t really my speed BUT there is an awesome summer festival in Hackney celebrating arts, food, music and culture called Visions Festival. Happening in August, listen to some hipster music at one of the many venues across Hackney or have fun being creative at one of the non-musical activities. Enjoy the last days of Summer in Hackney by partying your day away at Visions – tickets are on sale now!
These are five ways to enjoy your Summer in Hackney and they are all relatively easy to achieve. No matter what you do though, make sure you do what you want and enjoy the Summer and all those sunny vibes.