Despite being slap-bang in the centre of London’s trendy Shoreditch, the Nomadic Community Gardens could be described as one of the district’s best kept secrets. A green space that is free to enter, the gardens resemble some kind of urban open gallery – you’ll be wanting to take plenty of photos!
Browse the space and admire the vibrant murals adorning the walls, the homemade sculptures fashioned from junk and the alluring hand-painted sheds.
Then, meet the interesting local folk who voluntarily tend the gardens, and perhaps even stop by the teeny Roving cafe for a cup of tea or a bargain breakfast or lunch.
Despite the city-centre location, I am always surprised at how peaceful and quiet the spot is. If you have the time, I’d recommend sitting on one of the benches to absorb the unusual surroundings and enjoy the tranquility of the experience.
As the gardens are situated right next to Shoreditch’s famous Brick Lane, afterwards you have the perfect opportunity to explore the street, famous for its abundance of tasty curry restaurants, colourful graffiti and quirky vintage shops.
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By July, we’re moving into the hotter months of a London summer, and the city’s activities heat up to match the temperature. While events like Pride in London, the Underbelly Festival, and the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships certainly attract a lot of attention, there are plenty of other great events to attend as well. We’ve managed to identify five different events you can attend during July, and they range from unique cinema experiences to taking time to smell the flowers. Consider one of these events if you find yourself in London this July and let us know some of your favorite things to do in the city during this month.
###Red Bull Soap Box Race
You might remember soap box races from your childhood, but the participants in the Red Bull Soap Box Race take it to a whole new level. Hosted at Alexandra Palace on July 7th, some of the most ingenious and wild non-motorized vehicles take part. The race rewards creativity of design almost as much as speed, with soap box cars looking like everything from a rocket to a grand piano.
###Backyard Cinema – L.A. Nights
Fully-immersive movie watching has become all the rage in London over the years and Backyard Cinema is one of the leaders in this trend. For Summer 2019, the indoor theater brings the sunny beaches of Los Angeles to Camden with beach seating, a bar, and plenty of hot movies to match the California temperature. Musical films such as Grease, Bohemian Rhapsody, and The Greatest Showman have sing-along elements that encourage audience participation. You might want to jump on tickets for those films fast though, as they’re liable to sell out quickly.
###ICC Cricket World Cup
One of the biggest sporting events of the summer, the ICC Cricket World Cup is hosted at the Kia Oval by England and Wales, making a record-breaking fifth time the two countries have played host to the world’s greatest cricket teams. The Oval certainly has its own pedigree, being the oldest spot for the sport in the city, so anyone who fancies cricket will want to visit for the history as much as the international competition. Even if you can’t get tickets to a match, the Oval hosts a tour that guides visitors through its long association with the sport.
###River Stage Festival
Over at the National Theater, the River Stage Festival goes for five weekends beginning July 5th and running through August 4th, presenting a wide variety of music and fun for all ages. Each weekend presents any number of acts such as drag performances, DJs, a hip hop musical, and much more. For each weekend, the National Theater sets up a stage on a prime spot along the Thames, so it’s easy to attend. There are also any number of great food stands selling wine, pizza, cheese, and ice cream, amongst other delights. Before you go, be sure to check the festival schedule for the one that suits your tastes.
###RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival
Hampton Court Palace is beautiful any time of year, but during July the former home of King Henry VIII is in bloom with over 250,000 flowers. Besides a wide array of garden styles, flowers, and other plants, purchasing a ticket also grants attendees admittance into workshops that will help turn the most amateur of gardeners into a green thumbed-expert. Additionally, there are a number of garden-related items to purchase as well as food and drink for your indulgence. The event happens once a year, and it makes touring the palace all the more enticing.
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Holidays give us a chance to escape the demands of daily life and refresh our minds. Children need this just as much as adults, so that’s where these family-friendly (and stress-free) rentals come in! These 8 rentals focus on getting out and playing in the great outdoors, trying new experiences and staying somewhere special to remember forever.
Whether you want to squeeze in a last-minute break or plan ahead for next year, these UK rentals are just what tired minds need…
Set in the heart of a 260-acre organic farm, this beautiful contemporary home is packed full of features families will love. There’s a secure private garden with a trampoline, roundabout, swings, slide, croquet, badminton and clock golf. If the weather isn’t so good, there’s a large undercover games room with air hockey, Connect 4 and table tennis.
Explore the surrounding farmland and you’ll find everything from chickens and cattle to woodland, ponds and picnic tables – not to mention fantastic views of the Quantocks and Blackdown Hills. But the icing on the cake is the exclusive use of the spa with its private heated indoor pool, hot tub and sauna. So whether you’ve got teenagers needing a break after exams or toddlers needing some time to run free, this fantastic home is ideal for relaxing family escapes.
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This sprawling 300-year-old farmhouse is perfect for stressed-out kids (and grown-ups!) of any age. Take a dip in the pool, feed the farm animals or let off some steam in the enclosed garden. The facilities for little ones are excellent and will help make your stay as easy as possible; you’ll find everything from cots and highchairs, to buggies and even babysitting! There are also holistic treatments and catering options available on request.
This calming rental sleeps up to 12 so there’s plenty of room for the extended family, too. You’re sure to leave feeling recharged and refreshed.
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There’s something about treehouses that stir up a huge sense of awe in children. Holing up in the woodland and staying in a cosy nest next to the birds is every kid’s dream. This gorgeous treehouse sleeps up to six guests, so it’s perfect for families looking for an exciting adventure.
One guest celebrating their 18th birthday said, “I have always wanted to experience staying in a treehouse since I was young and all my dreams came true for a special birthday!”. This is one experience your kids will treasure forever.
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If staying in a treehouse wasn’t enough, then how about your very own castle? This stunning 13th-century rental is one of Scotland’s oldest castles and enjoys fantastic views over the Ayrshire countryside.
When your kids aren’t simply swishing around the grand halls, feeling like a prince or princess, you’ll find tons to keep them entertained here. The castle is just 20 minutes from Glasgow with its museums, galleries and restaurants, but you might prefer to stay in the estate where you can go mountain biking, walking through the woodlands, fly-fishing and more.
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If anything will make your teens put down the tech, this unique rental will. Spend a week or two on this luxurious six-berth houseboat near Hampton Court on the banks of the Thames. As you’d expect being so close to London, there’s a whole plethora of attractions from theme parks to botanical gardens.
Chessington is around five miles away whilst the world-famous Kew Gardens is just seven miles from the houseboat. If you’d prefer to take things easy, pack a picnic and hop on board a pedalo or a motor boat for a day of messing about on the river.
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Got any Harry Potter fans in the family? These beautifully-crafted yurts located on a garlic farm on the Isle of Wight are reminiscent of the magical tents at the Triwizard Tournament. Kids will love sleeping on the mezzanine decks and stargazing through the roof window at night.
Making friends with other families is part of the fun, as there’s a large communal dining yurt seating up to 24. Children will love spending long sunny days simply playing in the fresh air. There’s also a private tennis court, a games room and football pitch, as well as open access to all the beautiful surrounding farmland.
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Do you have a budding paleontologist on your hands? Are your little ones dotty about dinosaurs? If so, this pretty cottage in Osmington is just a ten-minute walk from the world-famous Jurassic Coast. Spend the day fossil hunting on the beach and then head back to admire your treasures in the sunny private garden.
The rental sleeps eight so there’s room for aunties and uncles, too. And as there’s a high chair, cot and stair gates available, it’s ideal for families travelling with little tots in tow. If you don’t feel like cooking, there’s a family-friendly pub just over the road where you can enjoy a meal and a drink in the garden whilst the kids play on the climbing frame. Perfect!
It’s a simple fact of life that kids love dens… and this charming bungalow in Appley near Ryde has one in the back garden! It’s full of toys to keep little ones entertained, and there’s table football and a range of board games for the older kids, too.
When they’re not keeping themselves busy at this cosy two-bedroom rental, the large, soft sandy beach is just a few minutes’ stroll away. Children will love spending the day searching in rock pools, paddling in the sea and tucking into a picnic in the sunshine.
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Our day trip to Hampton Court Palace came about thanks to our (paid) ambassadorship with Historic Royal Palaces (HRP). Throughout the summer months, we will be using our Historic Royal Palaces membership to gain access to some of the country’s most beautiful palaces; exploring the bedrooms and ballrooms once graced by England’s wayward kings and illustrious queens. To find out more about a HRP membership, please see here. The History of Hampton Court Palace I first visited Hampton Court Palace when I was eight years old. After a hot and no doubt nauseating coach ride, my classmates and I were deposited outside what is declared to be one of England’s finest Tudor structures. I remember feeling a bit confused. The sprawling red brick building in front of me seemed more like a rambling country manor than a palace fit for one of our country’s most famous philandering kings. Hidden in leafy Richmond Upon Thames, in the small town of Molesey, Hampton Court Palace was the original home of Cardinal Wolsey – Henry VIII’s meddling almoner. However, deciding that this riverside manor – home to fragrant rose gardens and roaming deer – would be ideal for what might be best described […]
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Ah… pizza. How do we love you? Let us count the ways.
You come laden with all our favourite things; you’re quick but delicious, and on very special days – like tomorrow – you’re the greatest thing of all: free.
Yep, head down to Canary Wharf tomorrow (July 10) between 5pm and 7pm, and, thanks to Radio Alice Pizzeria, you’ll be able to grab one of a whopping 3,000 slices of their signature sourdough for absolutely nada.
Helmed by chef brothers Matteo and Salvatore Aloe, the carby spectacular will celebrate the opening of the pizza place’s third branch, following restaurants in Hoxton and Clapham. Making use of local produce from Ginger Pig and Buchanans Cheesemonger, they’re fully embracing London’s pie potential – you can even sip on their own brew from Beer52 if you want the full in-house experience.
Two hours to wolf down 3k slices? That’s some maths we’re willing to give a try.
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