Best Of Londonist: 5-11 June 2023

Best Of Londonist: 5-11 June 2023

Your weekly Londonist roundup, featuring Londony news and features from the past seven days.

13 Outdoor Pools And Lidos For Open-Air Swimming In London This Summer

Come on in, the water's fine 🏊‍♀️

An outdoor pool in an urban setting

Ticket Alert: Get Up Close To Big Ben On These Elizabeth Tower Tours

Climb the steps to hear the bells bong.

A tour group right inside the clockface of Big Ben
©UK Parliament/Roger Harris

31 Days Of Heathrow Strikes Planned This Summer

Including lots of school holiday dates.

A  whiteVirgin plane with red tail fin in the sky
Image: iStock/Sky_Blue

Lesbian London: Things To Do, Groups To Join, Clubs To Party At

Clubs, football teams, craft workhops and book groups.

Young adults at a craft workshop underneath some railway arches
Image: Holly Revell/She Her They Them

11 Oddities To Spot On Portobello Road

Paddington connections, and the road's first antique shop.

A grand red corner building - home to Alice's Antiques

52 Of The Best Rooftop Bars In London

Suntraps and scenic views from up high.

A rooftop bar with colourful canopy, and the City of London in the background
Image: Skylight

Inside Get Stuffed - The Taxidermy Shop On Essex Road That Always Seems To Be Closed

Lions and tigers and bears — but why?

A small shop filled wit stuffed animals

Join Museum Of The Home In The Garden For Its Summer Party

Family-friendly fun in the sun. (sponsor)

A young child and a guardian play Jenga on a lawn

Which Tube Stations Have Mobile 4G And 5G Access?

A map of the places you can get a signal.

A tube map noting the places with wi-fi coverage

Your New Favourite Sculpture: Yinka Ilori's Giant Chairs In The Docklands

The Line art trail is expanding once again.

Two colourful chairs - big ones

How To Visit The Hampton Court Palace Gardens For Free

A little-known opportunity to visit without paying a penny.

A grand lake lined with trees, with a water fountain spurting up through the middle
Image: Tom Podmore via Unsplash

Underbelly Is Opening A Venue In Soho

Underbelly Boulevard arrives in September.

A swish, new looking theatre with caramel coloured seats and pale blue walls
Image: SODA/Jack Hobhouse

Pop-Up Urban Beaches In London: Summer 2023

Where to get your feet — and everything else — sandy.

View of an urban beach from a cosy looking gazebo with cream seating and curtains

Last Updated 09 June 2023