London Culture Guide 2018

Here’s how to enjoy a long hot summer: ensconce yourself in one of the capital’s plethora of parks; sit back with friends in high places at a rooftop bar; listen to a classical music concert in a pub; discover why Rowans Tenpin Bowl is an unlikely gem, and what Ray Davies loves most about London

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In summer the capital’s green scene truly comes alive. Here are some favourites

The Kinks’ Ray Davies, comedian Lolly Adefope and writer Olivia Sudjic on how the city shaped them

From wetsuited triathletes to tattooed teens, outdoor swimming pools are the perfect Petri dish for observing the city’s tribes

This summer experimental and established groups are innovating with pop-up programmes and unusual venues

Why venues like Rowans Tenpin Bowl are cultural gems too

Above the city’s heat and noise, you can eat, drink, see some art, play pétanque or watch a World Cup match

The capital has a fine selection for lovers of the sparkling fruity stuff