London Out of Bounds
As you may know, we love exploring lesser known London and sharing our exploits so you can enjoy them too — but what about bits of London that the public can't access? We've traversed sewers, braved catacombs and walked the tube tunnels at night to give you a flavour of what London's like when it's out of bounds...
Things to do
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PRE-WORK MORNING CHOIR:
Singing shouldn't be reserved for the shower — well, for some. Start the day with a song at The Phoenix on Oxford Street. You'll be merrily humming your favourite tunes all the way into work. £7, prebook, 7.30am
It's no secret that this year's Secret Cinema is Star Wars themed. Said to be the cultural event of the summer, somewhere in East London there will be a breathtaking venue, actors to interact with and themed food. £78, prebook, 5.30pm
We’re all familiar with that feeling of embarrassment when we’re waiting for a door to open before realising we have to push a button, or have at some point or another been baffled by the technology we now rely on. Join Sarah Wiseman at The Royal Institution for a family friendly event providing simple solutions to everyday problems and fun examples of human error. £12/£8/£6, prebook, 6pm
Stretch your muscles, forget your worries and donate to charity by heading to City Hall in Southwark for their summer yoga session. There are no shower facilities and don’t forget to bring your own mat. £10, prebook, 6pm
LONDON LITERARY PUB CRAWL:
Explore Fitzrovia on a renowned London Literary Pub Crawl led by actors, writers and artists. Meet at the Wheatsheaf pub before heading to places frequented by great literary figures including Virginia Woolf, George Orwell, Dylan Thomas and Anthony Burgess. Free, prebook, 6.30pm
There's a strong line-up of female speakers at the second salon of The Quarter Club including Lucy Mangan of The Guardian and Brogan Driscoll of The Huffington Post. They'll be debating the theme of balance at Topoloski Bar. Tickets include Prosecco and nibbles. £12-15, prebook, 6.30pm
FOOD BOOK TALK:
Want to know what it takes to become a food writer? Head to Borough Market to hear advice and discussion from award winning chefs and authors. Ticket includes a glass of wine and food from Borough Market. £15, prebook, 7pm
Infinitease 10 will be unearthing London's next burlesque stars at The Plough and Harrow in Leytonstone. Expect a mixture of burlesque, cabaret, magic and comedy which will surely liven up any dull Tuesday. £8, prebook, 8pm
JAZZ AND COCKTAILS:
Spend the evening sipping specially crafted cocktails from the rum and gin cocktail menu in Merchant House in Bank accompanied by live jazz. £15, prebook, 8pm
KINO SHORT FILM OXJAM TAKEOVR:
Kino London holds its monthly short film open mic night at Oxjam Islington Summer Arts Hub. It promises to be an unpredictable night as not even the hosts view the films before they flash before our eyes, which adds to the excitement. If you have a six minute short you'd like to screen, details can be found on the website. Money raised goes to Oxfam, doors at 7.30pm. £4, just turn up, 8.15pm
Tonight's screening is Wild, which follows the life of Cheryl Strayed, played by Reese Witherspoon, as she negotiates the wild on her own. The screening is set in the lovely Snap Studios which overlooks Shoreditch Park. It's BYO so don't forget to take along refreshments to really enjoy this special al fresco cinema experience. £25, prebook, 8.45pm
Twins do sketch comedy for people who hate sketch comedy at Cirque Shoreditch. This preview’s free so you’ve got nothing to lose. Free, just turn up, 9.15pm
To celebrate National Blow-Dry Day, hair salon Ego Professional is raising money for charity Macmillan who support people with cancer. Leading stylists Kala Kilshaw Laing (Ego Professional founder), Gary Evans and Tracey Devine will be on hand to transform the hairstyles of Londoners at this pop-up in Waterloo. Pay for your good hair day by donating generously. Just turn up, 6.30am-4.30pm
Potty about Pigeons?
Whether you love or loath them, they do look good on a Londonist t-shirt. You can shop for our pigeon design and other snazzy London t-shirt designs at the Londonist shop.
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