Pretend they’re your band mates, sing along and embrace exhibitionism
3 words that changed Brit pop culture forever. The Rolling Stones. It’s hard to think of the Brit rock 60s scene without sticking out your tongue, getting out the air guitar and trashing your hotel room while murdering a rendition of Brown Sugar with your mates (…please don’t, you’re better than that). Instead, take your crew to the band’s latest smash hit and their first international retrospective, Exhibitionism, at London’s Saatchi Gallery and relive their iconic musical genius with a rummage through backstage paraphernalia, rare audio, the band’s personal diaries and costumes, and pretend you’re cult icons for just one day.
Take your friendship to a whole new height
Selfie sticks at the ready, we’re off to the 72nd floor of the capital’s longest, and leanest landmark, The Shard. If you want to impress your mates take them straight to the viewing window for a sky-side view of the city, before brunching at Oblix or sipping sundowners at Aqua Shard on the way back down. It’s a great place for people watching, as you ogle London’s movers, shakers and tastemakers over a British craft beer, prosecco or aptly named cocktail, the Private and Confidential, at this exclusive London establishment.
Sing your hearts out together
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park – the hottest hangout in town when temperatures start to soar and where centre stage is in the heart of Hyde Park. The likes of Florence and the Machine, Mumford and Sons, Stevie Wonder and Take That are among the musical legends joining this incredible festival. You know the words so get silly and sing out loud, soak up that sun and dance like it was 1999 all over again. Carefree and back together, who knows where this ultimate al fresco friends reunion might lead you…
A laugh a minute
Get ready for a giggle at London’s funniest find, The Comedy Store. Expect belly laughs aplenty from homegrown legends from the likes of Jack Whitehall, Johns Bishop and Sean Lock, or check out the new kids on the comedic block, as comedy’s rising stars, and epic fails, fight off the hecklers and the gong, at what they dub London’s most brutal open mic night. Stitch up the friend with the bad shirt or the one sporting an interesting new haircut and sit in the front row for guaranteed attention – of the unwarranted variety. And when you’re stomach is aching from a lifetime of laughs – as well as the obligatory overindulgence in good pub grub and a tipple or three – it’s just a short stumble back home to the comfort, and sanctuary, of your room.
All-star night out
Throw it back to the 50s at All Star Lanes, London’s retro boutique bowling alley that promises to replace the sticky carpets and warm beer reminiscent of the 90s bowling experience with an altogether more exhilarating, laugh-a-minute venue to bring out that competitive streak, or strike, in the ultimate mates night out. Once you’ve battled it out on the lanes bag a booth in the diner and tuck into a Wagyu burger, or kiss and make up with the gutter-hugger and the time-waster over a sharing cocktail – the Love Potion No.9 will do the trick nicely.