Summer Bucket list: 10 unmissable things to do

Strict with what makes it onto your bucket list? Well, get ready for 10 shiny new additions, as DesignMyNight give us the lowdown on the most awesome ways to spend your summer. There’s bottomless brunches, immersive days out in London, beach screenings of your favourite reality TV show and outdoor discos for an entire day of sun-soaked antics. So clear your schedule and let the summer fun commence.

Party like a Peaky Blinder at this riverside foodie pop-up - London

Take to the cobbled streets of Camden for a summer of 1920s-inspired outdoor fun at Solomons’ Yard. You might have to peruse the scenic canal a fair few times to decide which street food vendor to go for; but with grub like Szechuan calamari and elevated onion bhajis, it’s safe to say that any choice will be a solid one. There’s also cocktails and craft beer to keep the party going, alongside live music and DJ sets for a dreamy disco under the stars.

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Escape to a hidden shack for rum cocktails - London

The best rum-themed summer hideaway in London? You’ll find it at York and Albany. Their cutesy rum shack is the ultimate foodie retreat, and tickets include a tempting sharing platter you won't be able to keep your hands off. You’ll be stuffing your face with everything from mojito-coated prawns to moreish rum-glazed pineapple chips, washing it all down with a complimentary cocktail.

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Catch a top movie at an idyllic rooftop - London

If you’re a film fanatic that hasn’t experienced Rooftop Film Club, you have not lived. Okay, that might be an exaggeration but this isn’t your average trip to the cinema. There’s delicious drinks for a tipsy viewing, cosy blankets to keep you toasty and a chance to get up-close and personal with some of the best views of London.

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Try the world’s largest espresso martini menu - London

For a coffee kick big enough to last a lifetime, you should visit The Espresso Martini Society. Casually boasting the largest espresso martini menu in the world… you’d be mad-tini not to take advantage of this opportunity. Tickets are a steal at £10, and they include a drink upon arrival - we highly recommend the frozen espresso martini.

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Descend into a food coma with a weekend-long chicken wing festival - London

Eat £1 wings like nobody’s watching (although they may be if you’re killing it in the eating competition), as you enter Wing Fest for a weekend of shameless feasting, fairground fun and fantastic live music. All wings will be dressed to impress as big-name vendors battle it out at the biggest chicken wing show-down in Europe. And if you prefer your food with a side of adrenaline, there’s a lava wing challenge that’s sure to blow your mind (and your head).

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Abandon your identity to become an undercover spy - London

Take on the role of a secret agent at this seriously fun immersive theatre experience. Spy City will see you scouring London Bridge to find secret packages, and a safe house where your fellow agents are being held hostage. If you’ve got what it takes to escape your enemy this will, no doubt, be your best day in London yet.

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Frolic in the sand at an Ibiza-style beach pop-up - London

Why bundle into a car for a rather uncomfortable road trip, when you’ve got the ultimate beach experience on your doorstep. Breeze into Fulham Beach for a stress-free day in the sand, or get a little more competitive with a round of beer pong or jungle mini golf. There are even glitter artists if you really want to look the part on your beach getaway.

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Watch Love Island by the sea at this immersive villa experience - Brighton

If you’re looking for the number one place to gossip, cringe and watch this year’s Love Island drama, The Luna Cinema’s beach screening of the show in ultra hi-def is obviously the answer. Mug off all other plans and head to the Brighton seafront for themed cocktails, wandering ex-islanders, and a set so extravagant it will have your Insta followers thinking you've entered the actual villa.

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Pick brunch dishes from a birdcage while sipping on bottomless cocktails - Leeds

The best way to get you out of bed on the weekend? How about the promise of bottomless strawberry G&Ts, prosecco and martinis for 90 glorious minutes? Grab a table at Dirty Martini’s bottomless summer brunch, and be blown away by a towering stack of brunch goodies encased in a fancy birdcage, amidst the plush surroundings of this uber infamous cocktail haven.

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Play ping pong to the beat of some unmissable live music - Birmingham

If you’ve got soul, an obsession with paddle-based sports and a serious appetite, Vintage Got Soul is here to deliver the goods. For just £10, you can bag yourself half a kilo of chicken wings, 30 minutes of ping pong and one drink to satisfy your tastebuds. And if that wasn’t enough to keep you occupied, there’s a stonking line-up of live music to groove to throughout the night.

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