If you are about as sporty as Patsy and Edina in Absolutely Fabulous (whose BBC Olympics special just enthralled the UK) then take heart. London without the Olympics this summer, isn’t so hard to find.


One hundred ping-pong tables across London this summer are the perfect excuse to play hit-and-giggle with perfect strangers. From Leicester Square to Heathrow Airport, the Ping! project will take over the capital this summer.

Ping-Pong is vintage entertainment


In Acton, Morden, Fulham, Kilburn and Hammersmith you can see anything from the quirky love story Submarine (with Holiday Goddess Handbag Guide contributor Noah Taylor) to cult classics like Dazed and Confused. Tickets are £8 or £50 for the whole season, which has to be one of London’s more spectacular summer bargains.  View and dine in style, with vegetarian, buffalo and ostrich burger stands, and a well-stocked bar. Tickets and full film schedules are here.


The Swing by Fragonard (Wikimedia Commons)

Come to The Wallace Collection for the open-air restaurant alone (open Monday to Sunday from 10am until 5pm.) Don’t miss Dame Vivienne Westwood’s favourite paintings, though. One of them is The Swing (above) by Fragonard. Not only because it is great art, but also – as DVW says in a recent documentary – “because she’s not wearing any knickers.”

The Wallace Collection is a short walk from Selfridge’s on Oxford Street and a million miles away from the Olympics this summer.



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