Five favourite summer destinations in London

By Candice Zen (candice@totemhair.co.uk)

You may all know that, as well as cutting hair, London hairdressers also share all their insider tips with customers on great places to visit in our amazing city. 

Here’s a few Totem Hair tips for the summer in London:

Summer Science exhibition at the Royal Society
If you’re interested in science, check out this fantastic free summer science exhibition. The prestigious Royal Society selects exciting research projects from institutions around the UK on topics ranging from astronomy and physics to geology and biology/medicine. The scientists are on hand with models and demonstrations to explain their investigations to everyone, regardless of background. On this week. https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2017/summer-science-exhibition/

Hampstead Heath and the bathing ponds
Feel like a swim and picnic with friends in a lovely large park? The bathing ponds (well, mini-lakes) are a fantastic place to hang out on a hot day. There are men’s, women’s and mixed ponds. They do have a little pondweed, some dragonflies and a few ducks – but that adds fun to the swim. There are lifeguards and the entrance charge is a donation of £2. At the weekends, it’s best to get there before midday. Some nice pubs (e.g. Spaniard’s Inn) at the edge of the heath to finish the afternoon in.

Wilton’s Music Hall, Grace’s Alley
This old, crumbling Victorian music hall was discovered at the back of a sailor’s pub (the Mahogany bar) down an alley in Whitechapel. It was nearly pulled down, but fortunately was saved at the last minute. Check out the free gigs in the bar on Mondays, the history tour of the building or one of the shows in the atmospheric hall.

Rotherhithe – The Mayflower pub and Brunel’s tunnel
The walk from London Bridge, along the river to Rotherhithe and the Mayflower pub is a fantastic one. On the way, you’ll pass the Hay’s Galleria for a coffee and the impressive battleship HMS Belfast (also worth a separate visit). The Mayflower pub is London’s oldest, built in 1620, it still has much of the original interior and feels like a pirate’s hangout. The Brunel tunnel museum nearby is an interesting look at this historical engineering project and during the summer, there are cocktails and a barbeque in the cute garden on the roof of the museum on Fridays and Saturdays.

Art college graduation shows
Catch the next generation of artists and fashion designers at their graduation shows. London is home to several famous art colleges with talented students from around the world. In particular, check out Central St Martin’s at Kings Cross or the Royal College of Art. Shows/exhibitions are usually mid-end of June and have free entry.