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National Gallery London’s Summer on the Square

The National Gallery London from the front with umbrellas and tables spread out in Trafalgar Square

This summer from 11 29 August in the heart of London, the National Gallery will host a free festival of immersive art, creativity and community. Summer on the Square (Trafalgar, that is), is a festival that’s a re-working of the Gallery’s art collection – creating an entirely new participatory set of experiences and activities that play with scale, spectacle and sound. Come along to immerse yourself in a purpose-built arts studio; participate in practical and walk-in art and sound installations; as well as sketching, making, moving, and exploring The National Gallery’s collection.  The sessions will be free, drop-in and open to all ages and abilities. During an unprecedented cost of living crisis, the National Gallery hopes the festival will be an opportunity for local and London-wide communities to enjoy art and celebrate their own creativity with friends and family – creating a space for wellbeing and joy in tough times. For the full program and timings, head to the Summer on the Square website

LONDON: Mac & Wild in Fitzrovia have taken a healthy step

Mac Wild poke bowl 2

Sure, they might flog bottles of premixed cocktails – that smell and taste amazing – they may do some hearty-as-hell dishes that you never want to stop eating and pump out cocktails that you could have one a day of, forever; but Mac & Wild in Fitzrovia are doing something new. They’ve recently added to their menu, a take on a Highland Poke bowl, that takes all the elements of the healthy, almost, food group within itself, and added their own slant. Mac & Wild are known for their Scottich fare, heartiness and all-round tastiness, so it makes sense they offer something for the more scarcily-fed-inclined amongst us, who’re after something a little more green. They’ve got ‘wee plates’ of bread, haggis and fish bites, larger plates of burgers and carb-heavy dishes for those winter days, but the new ‘wild bowls’ are all about a healthy balancing-out of the two. Think, a salmon buckthorn bowl for £14, of sea buckthorn diced salmon, supergrains, green bean salad, miso, lime & sesame, kimchee, Asian dressing & puffed barley, for example. Or, something like the vegan pulse pop bowl for £12.5, which is as the name suggests, vegan; of golden vegan haggis pops, supergrains, raw kale, chilli, almond & broccoli salad, pickled seaweed, scotch bonnet hot sauce & seeds. All bases are covered right in the middle of Fitzrovia London, right in time for summer. See the full menu and make a booking at the Mac & Wild website.

10 things to do this summer in London

London Shard Bridge

London really comes alive in the summer. The whole city is absolutely teeming with life and activity, which brings in people from all over the world to enjoy the vibrant buzz of the town. The streets of London are one of the best places to be during the warming months and you are spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding how to fill your free time. So, if you’re wondering what the best of the best things to do in London this summer are, Base London have put together a top ten. Whether you’re hanging out with friends at the weekend, planning a first date or you’re just visiting with your family, there is something for everyone to enjoy. 1. Movies on the River , Tower Millennium Pier, Aldgate, Until 18 August The perfect choice for a romantic date night, you can watch a movie whilst floating down the River Thames at sunset. With amazing views and a brilliant atmosphere, this summer night time activity is not to be missed. Depending on when you decide to go, you can choose from a massive range of films including Jaws, Dirty Dancing, The Greatest Showman, The Shape of Water, Get Out and more! Just make sure you’re equipped with a pair of rubber-soled shoes so you’ll be looking dapper and feeling sure-stepped on the boat. 2. Underbelly Festival, London’s Southbank, Until 30 September This year’s Underbelly Festival is celebrating its 10th Birthday and is the biggest one yet! There are so many exciting acts to enjoy… Read More