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Go bold with Johnnie Walker

Do something different with your evenings this summer

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Doing the same thing all the time is boring. It's about time you mixed things up and tried something different. Proposing a new take on an old classic, Johnnie Walker asks you try their delectable whisky with a splash of ginger ale, for a refreshingly spicy drink this season. Likewise, why not take a break from your usual habits and enjoy a bold night out instead? Check out our ten ideas for some more unusual after-hours fun below...

1. Visit the Walkie Talkie Sky Garden

Forget an evening spent at sea level, head up to the Walkie Talkie Sky Garden and enjoy a nice cool beverage in front of one of the best landscapes London has to offer. The capital's highest public garden, Sky Garden is filled with luscious greenery and offers 360-degree views of stunning skyline. Buy a drink or two at the garden's bar to sip as you wander through the foliage and then settle into one of the sofas to watch the sun go down.

20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 3BY

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© Daniel Gianini

2. Get crafty at Drink, Shop & Do

Cutting, sticking and paper maché-ing are things that none of us of get to do at the office, sadly. Luckily, Drink Shop & Do in Kings Cross give Londoners the chance to get creative and flex their model-making muscles at its many craft evenings. This month alone, you can tie-dye T-shirts, build robots from Lego, design masks and even carve singer Cher from clay. Prepare to get your hands dirty, people.

9 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX

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3. Head to Model Market

Don't bother barbecuing on your tiny terrace this May: let someone else do the work (and the washing-up) and jump on the DLR to Lewisham. Pitching up for another season, Street Feast's Model Market brings south Londoners a mouthwatering selection of street food, craft beer and cocktails. Get your fix of charred meats at the likes of Smokestak, Mama's Jerk Station and The Beefsteaks, to name just a handful. We're drooling at just the thought.

Until Sun Oct 4. 196 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LS

4. Indulge in Rock 'n' Cocktails Midnight Tea

Taking afternoon tea on a Sunday just isn't convenient – if we're not laid across the sofa too hungover to move, we're laid across the sofa too full up from our roast dinner. Instead, pick one Friday night to visit K West Hotel in Shepherd's Bush where scones, jam, gooey chocolate brownies and zingy lemon tarts are served from 10pm until midnight. And it's not English Breakfast you'll be sipping on all evening –  boozy tea-infused cocktails will help you kick off the weekend.

Served from 10pm-midnight daily. Richmond Way, W14 0AX

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5. Enter The Dark Room

Spend most of your evenings sat in front of the telly, exercising your fingers on the Xbox? If so, it's time to switch it off, put some proper trousers on and visit The Dark Room. An interactive show at the South Bank's Udderbelly festival, The Dark Room throws audience members into a real-life video game. Intrepid ticket-holders are first trapped in a dark room and then forced to battle the 'Evil Floating Head' in order to escape. Beats the heck out of hours of FIFA, huh?

Fri May 15. Udderbelly, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX

6. Cut some shapes at The Paperworks

This almost-permanent pop-up in Elephant and Castle is a hot spot for the capital's party people due to its belting line-up of DJs and live music. Open every evening Thursday to Saturday, its events schedule has included bashes from the likes of Tief and Trouble Vision, with an all-day barbecue soundtracked by DJ/producer Leif taking place this month. If all the dancing leaves you thirsty, beers, wines, spirits and classic cocktails are all available for rehydration.

48-50 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR

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7. Sing along at the Alt-Eurovision Warm-Up

Presenting more glitter and sequins than a Soho haberdashery, the Alt-Eurovision Warm-Up at the London Wonderground is a one-off night of song, dance, comedy and flat-out daft fun. As the capital's finest alternative cabaret stars doll up and perform their favourite moments from contests gone by, we defy even the biggest Eurovision cynics to not be entertained. This is one night of camp Euro pop that you'll totally love. Honestly.

Sat May 16. London Wonderground, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX

8. Stuff your face at The Big Red Pizza Bus

Pimp up your Pizza Night from a Tesco frozen deep-dish to a home-made sourdough topped with marinated beetroot and goat’s cheese at Deptford's Big Red Pizza Bus. Yes, if you hadn't guessed it from the name, south London's tastiest gourmet pizza is served in a bus – an old red double-decker, to be precise. With fresh pastas, bruschetta and hot salads also on the menu, you don't need your Oyster to get on this wagon, just a very hefty appetite.

30 Deptford Church St, SE8 4RZ

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9. Go crazy golfing at Plonk

Say goodbye to Orange Wednesdays and say hello to Green Wednesdays (and Thursdays too). From now on, Efes, Dalston's premiere venue for late-night pool and drunken dancing, will be turned into a 200ft crazy golf course every Wednesday and Thursday evening. The course features bridges, spirals, loops and obstacles aplenty, and even involves its vintage pool tables. If you fancy a bit of mid-week swinging, book your session now.

17b Stoke Newington Rd, N16 8BH

V&A Friday Late
© Victoria & Albert Museum

10. Stay late at the V&A

If a crawl of London's historic pubs is about as cultural as your Friday night gets, then the V&A's Friday Lates are definitely one for your diary. On the last Friday of every month (except December), the V&A treats the public to an evening of themed talks, workshops, live DJs and installations all for free. There are several bars open around the institution and the stunning café serves food until 9pm, so you can really make a night of it. 

Last Friday of every month. Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL

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