Summer is (sort of) upon us and London is brimming with fun, unique things to do to get you out the house. The difficulty is knowing which ones to do. Our Culture Editor, Cass Horowitz, has picked 5 of the best events to get you off the sofa, and into the city and beyond.

1. For Fun and Thrills: Ride the Slide at the ArclorMittal Orbit 


The Lowdown: As the UK’s tallest sculpture, the ArcelorMittal Orbit offers unrivalled views of the Olympic Park, at 114.5 metres high, you can see for over 20 miles across London. Take in the City to the west, Crystal Palace to the south and Alexandra Palace to the north. But if that wasn’t enough they’ve now launched ‘Ride The Slide’. In the 40-second trip, you will circle around the ArcelorMittal Orbit 12 times weaving your way through the loops and curves before ending with a 50m straight run….hold on to your stomachs!

Where: ArcelorMittal Orbit, 3 Thornton Street, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2AD

Buy your tickets here 

2. For Film Fanatics: Floating Cinema 

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The Lowdown: The Floating Cinema is back with ‘Another Country’ – a programme of canal-side and on-board screenings, talks, performances and workshops curated in collaboration with renowned Author and Journalist, Hari Kunzru. UP Projects’ award winning Floating Cinema, a bespoke wide-beam barge equipped with on board cinema auditorium and outdoor projection facilities, will navigate London’s water ways to present its fifth season of screenings and expanded cinema events in a range of urban waterside locations. Another Country takes a look at London’s place in the world and questions how we live and work within, as well as outside of, a city that throws up as many opportunities as it does challenges.

Where: Hackney Wick, Granary Square and Mile End Park

Book your tickets here 

3. For a Day Trip: Qatar Goodwood Festival 


The Lowdown: Okay so it’s not quite London but surprisingly close. Taking place until this Saturday (30th July), Qatar Goodwood Festival 2016 will showcase British horse racing at its finest alongside an abundance of food, Champagne and strawberries. With over 200 years of history and experience, Goodwood Racecourse is the ultimate destination for racing and entertainment. Nestled amongst 12,000 acres of idyllic countryside, this beautiful course provides the perfect backdrop to a unique and classically British affair.

Where: Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PX

More info and to buy your tickets visit their website here

4. For Sports and Films: Nomad Cinema 


The Lowdown: One of the best hosts of outdoor cinema experiences, Nomad Cinema have a bigger summer programme than ever.  They also have a new venue at Wembley Park (Olympic Way). Situated just 12 minutes from Baker Street by tube, it has hosted some of the UK’s most memorable events including the 1948 and 2012 London Olympic Games. As a nod to the Olympics opening ceremony director, The Nomad is screening Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire on Thursday (29th September) followed by Tarantino’s  Pulp Fiction on Friday (30th September) in the grounds of this iconic venue.

Where: Locations across London. Check out their film listing here .

Photo Credit: Sarah Ginn Photography

5. For Further Afield: Obonjan 


The Lowdown: Sure, you’ve got festivals abroad that caters for the music lovers, but Obonjan, Croatia’s latest festival isn’t just music. It’s a fusion of yoga, meditations, music and buckets of other cool stuff. If you’re tired of the lame London weather, it’s about time you discovered Obonjan. The festival runs from tomorrow until September, and is set to be off the charts. Check out our full coverage of the festival here.

Where: Obonjan Island, Croatia

Buy tickets here.