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Holiday In Your Home City – The Ultimate London ‘Staycation’

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics have made sure that all eyes are on the UK this year, and with good reason. Our Capital is fit to burst with unique events and cheap activities to enjoy, so why not ditch expensive holidays abroad this summer and get out to the big smoke, where the party’s really at?

FashionBite explored the most exciting events happening in and around the Capital this summer, promising you the ultimate culture fix without the jetlag. You can thank us later!

The London Picnic Club, Skyroom. From £5, until 8 September.

Enjoy global pinic dishes on a glorious rooftop oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the Olympic /Paralympic frenzy (but if you are addicted to the action liks us at FashionBite, don’t fear – there are screens at the venue showing all the action!) The Skyroom, designed by young architect David Kohn, (creator of a Room for London atop the Queen Elizabeth Hall in South Bank) will gradually undergo a transformation into a garden with a difference – a colourful, living and breathing roof top terrace. Sample exquisite food presented in the form of surprising picnic hampers, take part in garden games, catch a variety of exclusive and intimate  live music acts or stretch out on blankets and cushions to watch specially selected movies at the exclusive ‘mini screen on the green’.

The Big Rooftop Tea Party, Selfridges London. Until 2nd September.

Try the highest tea on Oxford Street at The Big Rooftop Tea & Golf Party, where the legendary Selfridges roof has been transformed into a destination for a round of a crazy golf like no other and a quintessentially British 100% organic tea-shop. The cake-based 9-hole golf course is designed by British food architects, Sam Bompas and Harry Parr, with each jelly, icing and fondant-clad hole representing one of London’s most famous landmarks. Crazy golf opens at 12 noon each day until 7pm (Sundays 6pm, other early closure dates). The 100% organic Daylesford Cafe will serve a traditional British afternoon tea, with a twist.  Tables are allocated on a first come, first served basis – bookings are not available. Find out more and see the mouth-watering menu here.

Box Hill Road River, Tadworth. Free, until 9th September.

Make like Team GB’s exemplary cyclists and cycle round Box Hill – part of the Olympic road race route. Don’t miss Richard Long’s gorgeous 100m-long artwork painted on the road’s surface to celebrate the legacy of the Games. The work follows on from the traditional road graffiti created by fans during the Tour de France where well-wishers often leave chalk messages on the road for specific teams and cyclists. The artwork will be made from bright white road paint and will be a lasting legacy of the London 2012 Games in Box Hill.

Big Dance Terraces, Bournemouth. Free, until 24th August.

Throughout the summer the terraces of Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth’s national dance house, will set the scene for a series of Friday evening free outdoor dance classes, overlooking the Pavilion Gardens and the English Channel. Open to all ages and abilities and accompanied by live music, the classes are an opportunity to learn a different dance style each week – Bollywood, African, Funk, 1940’s Social Dance, Salsa and Samba. Groovy!

London Mexfest, Bethnal Green Road. Day pass £15, 17 – 19th August.

To coincide with the Games,  the edgy Shoreditch cinema Rich Mix will play host to the inaugural LondonMexfest, a veritable three day fiesta of live Mexican music, exhibitions, films and food. Dont miss the world movie premiere of ‘Made In Mexico’,  an inspiring and often funny musical contemplation of modern day “Mexicanity”. Get there early to try the most authentic burritos and re-friend beans in London!

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