The Oasis Guide to the Big Smoke
When we’re not busy whipping up a collection or planning a spectacular season, we’re out and about enjoying the sunshine. Our lovely head office is based in the heart of London town, so there’s always something to please culture vultures, coffee lovers and clothes ‘collectors’ (we definitely think a drawer of striped tees is a collection, in case you’re wondering). Exciting exhibitions, pop-ups and picnic-ready parks are a walk, tube or bus ride away… so here’s our pick of what you should really do when you’ve got a day to spare in London.
TAKE A STROLL ALONG THE SOUTH BANK
And while you’re there, watch an enchanting performance of Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. On until Sunday 9 July, this re-imagining of the classic love story and – SPOILER ALERT – tragedy is the perfect way to spend a chilled-out afternoon.
WHERE? 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT
GRAB A COFFEE AT GAIL’S BAKERY
Not only do we love the smell of freshly-baked bread, we’re pretty partial to eating it too. If loaves of doughy goodness are right up your street, we suggest stopping off at Gail’s for a slice or three of something scrumptious… while sipping on a large latte, of course.
WHERE? 128 Wardour Street, London W1F 8ZL
POP ACROSS THE ATLANTIC
Nope, we don’t mean catching the next flight outta here. Instead head to the glorious British Museum and take a peek at their exhibition, The American Dream. Focusing on the last sixty years of Americana, pop art meets politics in a print collection that’s not to be missed when visiting the capital.
WHERE? Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG
BOOK A TABLE AT POLPO
You’ll find a different cuisine on every corner of the Big Smoke, but sometimes you just can’t beat a good ol’ Italian: enter Polpo. The award-winning Venetian restaurant will please even the pickiest taste buds, with pasta, pizza and seasonal dishes that will have you booking again in no time.
WHERE? Restaurants in Covent Garden, Chelsea, Notting Hill and Smithfield
SLIDE DOWN TO STRATFORD
East London. Famed for the 2012 Olympics, this bustling area is home to buzzing bars, beard-filled cafes and independent boutiques. Hop on the overground or central line to Stratford and get away from the crowds and experience something truly unique: the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide! Ride around the ArcelorMittal Orbit – the iconic structure of Queen Elizabeth Park – for a once-in-a-lifetime experience you’ll never forget.
WHERE? Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 3 Thornton Street , London E20 2AD
SIP A CUPPA FIT FOR ROYALTY
Or sparkling bubbles if you fancy it. The Dorchester Hotel is synonymous with its delicious afternoon tea. Book in advance to avoid disappointment, and experience this tradition every day at The Promenade.
WHERE? 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA
PRACTICE THOSE JAZZ HANDS
If you love nothing more than a little soul and a sing-a-long, be sure to take in a show at the Savoy Theatre – and by ‘show’, we mean the Tony Award-winning Broadway smash, Dreamgirls. All eyes are on Glee’s Amber Riley as she takes on the role as Effie in the iconic musical that’s finally arrived in London. Daily performances start at 7:30pm, excluding Sundays, while matinees are available on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:30pm.
WHERE? The Strand, London WC2R 0ET
PACK A PICNIC
We might be a little biased, but London is pretty blimmin’ gorgeous when it’s hot, hot, hot! If you’re lucky to visit when the skies are blue, grab a brimming picnic basket and pop to the gorgeous Regent’s Park. Whether you’re lounging on the grass or planning on seeing the penguins at London Zoo, there’s so much to do in its 395 acres of serenity… you won’t be disappointed.
WHERE? Chester Road, London NW1 4NR