Do you and your family always check out the roar-some lion statue on the south bank at the end of Westminster Bridge? Here are eight wonderful secrets about him you may not know (we love the fact that he’s got a time capsule in his bum).
It’s the last few days of the magical treasure hunt set across the whole of central London. Track down jars and sculptures from artists and noted people including Buzz Aldrin, Steven Spielberg, Sir Quentin Blake, and um, Simon Cowell. Find your maps and trails here
Get a little help finding nature in the heart of London on the King’s Cross Bee Trail. Download an app, and let it take you on a tour of the area, learning about bees as you go, and counting them as part of a citizen science project. As an incentive, every section you complete will get you a voucher for some ace local places to eat, including Dishoom and Grain Store. More here
We don’t need much of an excuse to spend a night under the stars, so we’ll be setting up camp for the RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout, which takes place July 29-31. It’s all about raising money to protect the UK’s wildlife, but also promises to be a heap of fun. Order a free explorer pack, then invite your friends, make your own shelter (or pop up a tent), cook out and get close to nature. No garden? There’s a sleep-out event taking place at Rainham Marshes in Essex, or Rye Meads which are within easy reach of most of London, or see if a local community group would help set up something nearer. More here
Who doesn’t like a spot of potty putting? JW3’s crazy golf course opens this week, and from July 17–24, all games are half price! Book online to avoid disappointment. More here
July 25th is St James’ Day, when, traditionally, London kids would make a street-corner shrine out of shells, and collect pennies. Why not revive some of the tradition, and use pebbles, candles, shells and photographs to make your own grotto? Find out more here