Summer is the perfect time to explore London and we’ve been all over the city this July, from skips to subterranean tunnels. Been too busy eating ice creams to read our blog? Here’s what you have missed.

London walking tour book bench

An added incentive for getting out and about at the moment are the book benches: decorated benches, each dedicated to a different London tale. We checked out some of Greenwich’s offerings. But, although we consider ourselves eager explorers of London, we haven’t taken it to such extremes as Bradley Garrett – his new book delves into the hidden realms beneath London’s streets.

Kings Cross Mural

Image credit: King’s Cross

We have been getting to know King’s Cross even better recently, from the stunning array of public art in the area to the impact of the station itself. We spoke to arty newcomers The House of Illustration and got our hands grubby at the Skip Garden project (if you’d like to do more of that, check out our guide to ecology volunteering projects in London).

Mobstr London street art walking tour

One of our favourite images this month comes courtesy of Mobstr: we do like wow-ing at street art here! Meanwhile, Nick considered the tricky issues of how street artists market themselves, and we gave away copies of the V&A’s fab street art prints book. Did you win? Take a look here. And don’t forget to check back over the rest of August for more London discoveries.