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By House PR

To keep everyone in London smiling despite the disappointing rainy summer, House PR has the perfect recipe of inspiring culture, wowing movies and fabulous food.

Its culture top tips of the moment include two headline-grabbers:

The Height of Summer at The View from The Shard – The Shard, 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG (until 18 September)

Enjoy a quintessential  one-off experience of the English Garden on the 72nd floor of the highest building in Europe to celebrate this icon of English culture, famed the world over. Marvel at the views of London from this man-made eagle’s aerie, with a chilled glass of champagne or a specially made cocktail by the Shard’s ace cocktail creators.

David Hockney RA: 82 portraits and 1 still life – at the Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD (until 2 October)

This great show presents 82 exercises in portraiture, with every subject sitting the same chainr albeit slightly differently and each painted with the vibrant colours the famed artist is known for in a way that highlights the unique individuality of the subject. Each painting has been created on canvases of the same size and with exactly the same hue of blue as a background colour.

House PR movie recommendations are no less the ideal panaceas for feeling sunny whatever the weather, with Empire Cinemas, the UK’s largest chain of independent cinemas:

First off, a slew of sure-fire soon-to-be big screen favourites: the movie remake of the Roald Dahl classic, The BFG; the new, non-stop action Star Trek movie, Start Trek Beyond; and last but by no means least, the long awaited sequel to family favourite Finding Nemo, Finding Dory.

Second, the film all comic book fans have been waiting for, Suicide Squad. Starring Hollywood mega-star Will Smith as the iconic Dead Shot, the film also features Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Jared Leto as her crazy eyed paramour and archduke of crime, The Joker. And don’t forget that super-large box of popcorn and chocolate munchies!

Finally, no House PR bid to escape a rainy day would be complete without a list of essential eating venues right across the London area. House PR also recommends the restaurant booking service OpenTable that offers up many useful features for the dedicated foodie, including customer reviews from across the UK and timely info about where to find speciality cuisines.

East London: Beach Blanket Babylon – 19-23 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA

This super trendy eaterie is just as popular with visitors as locals and showcases a delicious offering of yummy dishes for lunch, dinner and brunch. The venue is also a meeting place magnet, boasting an impressive drinks menu – innovative cocktails as well as excellent champagnes and wines. Wash away rainy days and feel hip in Shoredicth!

Central London: Cutter & Squidge, 20 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F 0SJ

Spend a rainy afternoon enjoying that other icon of English culture with Cutter & Squidge – teatime with scrumptious cakes and cookies. What marks out this unique eating spot is its warm and welcoming atmosphere and its beautifully coloured cakes and cookies. A perfect place to enjoy staying indoors when it’s grey and miserable outdoors.

West London: Annie’s, 36-38 White Hart Ln, Barnes, London SW13 0PZ

A definite place to try out for lunch, brunch or dinner, this restaurant is famous for its unusual interior design, an eclectic mix of different styles, colours and furnishings, all to creating a truly unique eating experience.

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