Break out of your summer rut and discover some of the best free art, cocktails, street food and unexpected pop-ups that east London has to offer…
1) Discover comedy talent before everyone else
From world-famous comedians to breakthrough acts, Theatre Deli are bringing together an eclectic programme of high quality comedy in time for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Click here to find out the line-up and book your tickets.
2) Find a big screen in the heart of the city
Nestling in Exchange Square is a giant screen. Showing the best in sport this summer, plan your diary around this year's Tour de France, Grand Prix, cricket, golf and athletic championships. Plus, the Hamptons bar (see below) is serving Pimm's, G&Ts and more on the lawn.
3) Take an unexpected art trail
Dotted around Broadgate Circle, Finsbury Avenue Square and the surrounding area, there are 12 open-air artworks to discover. From Barry Flanagan's Leaping Hare to the Broad Family (spot the little girl's shoes and a family dog) via work from Cubist masters, Pop Art icons and minimalist sculptors, this is London's best public realm art gallery. You can even hear some of them talk.
4) It's spritz o'clock
Head to the summer pop-up Spritz & Giggles for Aperol cocktails like no other. Complete with a friendly atmosphere, foosball tables and an incredible drinks menu, this is the spot to kickoff Thursday evening drinks.
5) Uncover a grown-up oasis
This year, Yauatcha City have transformed their terrace into a gin and tea garden. Running for the next two months, the menu from Eder Neto, Head of Bar, and Alistair Reynolds, award-winning mixologist and Tanqueray ambassador includes bespoke cocktails and Tou Chan lunch with a special tasting and creation experience in August.
6) Nab a spot on the lawn
The Hamptons (inspired by its chic US namesake) is the perfect spot to languish in the sun. With a bar of wine, craft beers, cocktails and snacks, settle into one of the laid-back white wooden benches and watch the sun go down.
7) Try some of London's best street food
You can't miss the Timorous Beasties-designed Schmaltz van in Exchange Square and it would be wrong not to try one of their famous Label Rouge chicken sandwiches (JustOpened London say: "all the sandwiches come with roasted chicken skin and a range of sauces (carrot reduction, preserved lemon feta, mushroom) and something pickled or spicy (pickled fennel, wasabi rocket, chilli"). Plus, they've teamed up with Hackney Gelato to bring east London's finest flavours to your lunchbreak.
While over at Broadgate Circle, Pasta Bar London is serving incredible pasta from breakfast (heck, yes) to lunch. Also don't miss Sub Cult, Yolk, Wolf and Rainbo over in Finsbury Avenue Square; it's some of the most-wanted casual dining menus in the city.
8) Be inspired by colour
Fiona Grady's new pop-up exhibition, Kaleidoscope, is an evolving piece that explores the relationships between art installation, decoration and architecture. Changing with the light, this is an unmissable exhibit from one of Britain's up-and-coming names.
9) Plan the perfect weekend brunch
Catching up with friends? Showing family round the city? Book in a brunch at Aubaine with two courses and free-flowing prosecco, Aperol spritzes and Bloody Marys. It's French toast brioche (strawberries, blueberries, caramelised banana, creme fraiche and maple syrup) vs Eggs Benedict (Serrano ham, poached eggs, toasted brioche and hollandaise sauce).
10) Shop with a social conscience
The Hopeful Summer Market at the Theatre Deli is all about bringing together brands that create beautiful products and have a social, ethical or charitable mission at their heart. Come along on Friday 27 July and discover some wonderful new names.
11) Ice macaron anyone?
The Yauatcha City pop-up ice-cream bike is on-hand with a selection of gourmet flavours designed to hit the sweet spot and inspired by Cantonese cuisine. Choose from raspberry and lychee, toasted sesame and more.