The Summer 2016 Wishlist

It’s the first week of May and yes I am planning my summer activities (I’ve also had a sudden thirst for Pimms and a hunger for BBQs.) But I wouldn’t be British if I wasn’t obsessing over the weather and daydreaming about what I’m going to be doing when the days warm up. I also don’t think I’m alone if the seasonal isle in Sainsbury’s and the launch of M&S’ picnic and BBQ range is anything to go by.

So I thought, what the heck, I’ll share my daydreams with you and find out what you’ve been thinking about doing this summer. There are a few summer things on the 2016 wishlist, so consider this as a bit of a seasonal top up!


  1. Demolish  one of Molly Bakes’ freak shakes. I’ll be eating more salads so I’ll have plenty of spare calories for an indulgent treat.
  2. Eat an epic feast at Model Market or Dalston Yard on a warm summer’s night.  Street food markets come into their own in the warmer temperatures. The atmosphere is buzzing with happy people, lapping up the leftover sunshine from the day and eating alfresco, without the need for a jacket (beer or regular), scarf and huddling together like penguins. (No 1. will be on a separate weekend, probably 😉 )
  3. Visit a fruit picking farm. When I was younger I remember how my mum kept strawberry plants and was so pleased when they produced edible fruit (even if they were tiny!). We never did fruit picking but it sounds like an idyllic way to spend a Saturday or Sunday. Parkside Farm looks great on Angela’s blog, Crockford Bridge Farm on Rosie’s looks great too.
  4. Take a bike ride through Epping Forest. Summer is all about making the most of the outdoors and I’m currently imagining the feeling of rushing through the woods on bicycles with sunshine dappling through the leaves.
  5. Take a day trip to Broadstairs. No summer is complete without a trip to the British seaside. This part of the Kentish coast is next on my list thanks to Emma and Ashley.
  6. See the flamingos at Kensington Roof Gardens. I’ve still not done this and summer just seems like the right time to go.
  7. Complete the Royal Parks set and enjoy a picnic or two. I’ve only got to visit Bushy Park and I’ll have been to all of London’s Royal Parks! A picnic is a just summer right of passage, whether you grab bags full of M&S picnic food or make the effort to bring a picnic hamper full of goods made from scratch, so the two just seem to go together.
  8. Discover more of London’s best ice cream. James and I are big ice cream fans. If we’re ever on the brink of being just a bit too full for dessert, ice cream is our go to option. Surprisingly, I’ve never really made any effort to go to London’s finest parlours so I’m going to see what I can manage this year (I’ll be using this, this and this for inspiration!). All in the name of blog research of course 😉
  9. Drink chilled rose/ Pimms/ cocktails at one of London’s best beer gardens or rooftop bars. Is there any better reward at the end of the working week and you’ve spent most of it longing to be outdoors?
  10. BBQs in our back garden. To cut a long story short our landlord told us that we’re getting a garden extension after he sold the flat upstairs. Naturally, I was straight on Pinterest picturing how I could make it look insta user-friendly and I’ve been spying through the fence on sunny days to see where the sunshine falls. I haven’t had a BBQ in my own home for so long I can’t wait for the satisfaction of grilling something tasty.

Hurry up Summer, we’re ready for you!

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What summer activities do you have planned?



    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      May 4, 2016 / 8:05 am

      Thanks! 🙂 I’m looking forward to seeing how you get on with your summer list. I definitely think you could have fun fruit picking, perhaps even make it competitive!

  1. May 4, 2016 / 9:20 am

    I’m ALL about the freak shakes!! I really want one too. We live right near Epping Forest so we go for bike rides in the summer – it’s so fun! It’s also relatively quiet and peaceful, which is perfect for me, the novice bike rider. Everytime I see a person or a dog I’m like “OMG. PULL OVER, JAIME.” It’s pathetic. This is such a great wishlist and it makes me excited for the summer!

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      May 4, 2016 / 10:28 am

      Epping Forest really does sound perfect now. James probably has his head in his hands when he reads this as I’m not the best bike rider, or at least I’m generally a bit of a clutz! It’s so hard to concentrate on what you’re doing AND take in all of the pretty surroundings (let alone try to take a picture at the same time 😉 .) We just have to keep our fingers crossed for the good weather!

  2. May 6, 2016 / 3:48 pm

    Those freak shakes look intense! Tho I’m with you and would happily eat salads all week in preparation for one. I also can’t wait for that first pimms in the sun! I’m excited for more bonfires in our back garden (living in the north has its perks).

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      May 6, 2016 / 5:45 pm

      The healthy eating sacrifices are definitely worth it! 😉 You can’t beat the smell of a bonfire and the sight of those flickering flames. It’s definitely a perk of the north (although I’d love a fire pit!) x

  3. May 8, 2016 / 9:06 am

    What a perfectly timed post on a day like today! I’ve had Kensington Roof Gardens on my list for ages too. And of course ice cream, always ice cream! My favourite (as usual one of my locals- I’m pretty lazy!) is Chin Chin Labs in Camden. Other things on my list for the summer are Richmond park (I’ve never been!) and a meal at the River cafe, not just for the food but also its stunning setting!

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      May 8, 2016 / 9:26 am

      It is a happy coincidence that we’ve had a taste of summer this last week! 😄

      I’ve got Chin Chin Labs on the list! Ooo you should definitely get to Richmond, huge walk followed by a pub lunch in the beer garden would be my idea of a perfect day there. I’ll have to look into River Cafe, I have a feeling I should know what this is!! 🙈x

      • Anita
        May 9, 2016 / 8:31 am

        Oh not necessarily- it’s just another of the many restaurants in London -but apparently the setting next to the river is stunning!