Do you ever just blink and it’s the weekend? Nope, that never happens to us either… we live every moment of the overflowing inbox and tedious work tasks. Tssk! Yet, the weekend has arrived and this one is a whopper. From strawbs and cream for the Wimbledon final, to sunset dining and free Pimm’s. Summer really is in full flow guys!
Summer; the sun is beaming, fresh cut grass leads to nostalgic odours and the tweeting of birds creates a spellbinding symphony for the ears. And yet, let’s face it, all you really care about is COCKTAILS! That’s right, you’ve got bucketloads of cocktails on the brain, from on the rocks to buzzy Tiki drinks and classics like the Mojito… not to mention a serving of Sex On The Beach!
And we’ve got the perfect solution to your cocktail cravings – Cocktails in the City! Yep, that’s right. This Friday & Saturday 25 of London’s best bars and 25 of the world’s finest spirit brands come together making all of your shaken not stirred dreams come true.
The sell out Spring event prompted founder Andrew Scutts to re-create the magic this summer, stating: “London is a world-leading destination for cocktail fans, and we are delighted to both celebrate and showcase its fantastic cocktail culture, in one easy location, at this summer’s festival.”
Expect highlights of world-leading bars including Genuine Liquorette, Bourne & Hollingsworth, Mint Gun Club and Ella Canta, an exclusive pop-up bar with Champagne Laurent-Perrier, and a fabulous two-day festival that’ll most definitely require a Sunday of sore head recovery.
Nestled in the spellbinding private gardens of Bedford Square in Bloomsbury, Cocktails in the City is an idyllic way to shake up your weekend plans.
Friday 12th and Saturday 13th of July
Where: Bedford Square Gardens
Website: Cocktails This Way...
Celebrating its fifth decade of service and over 15 years retaining a Michelin star, L’Ortolan continues to be a beacon of Berkshire’s fine dining restaurant scene offering a unique, luxury, timeless quality in its style and setting and impeccable attention to detail in its dishes and service.
So, knowing this, we bet you’re up for a wine pairing series at the famed resto! If so, good news; this Thursday (11th of July) Matteo Inama, owner of the Inama Estate in Italy, will talk guests through his versatile volcanic range of wines during a spellbinding evening that will include a five glass wine flight. These vines are grown at the base of volcanoes and produce rich, flavoursome wines, leaving little else to say but cheers!
P.s. If you’re unable to attend this week, fear not! The sumptuous series will run once a month until November, the next occurring on Friday, 16th of August.
Where: L'Ortolan, Church Lane, Shinfield, Reading, UK
Nearest station: No station near here (0 miles)
Don’t miss the seventh annual Summer Streets festival that will be taking over Regent Street on select Sundays this summer. Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Regent Street with all the shopping, restaurants, arts, music and fashion this year’s festival has to offer. Visitors can unwind and enjoy London’s iconic street with this highly anticipated open-air event.
14th of July – running until 15th of September
Where: Regent Street
Say cheese! The Rubens Hotel has got a whopper of a cheesecake on offer that looks oh, so gouda! The brand spanking new offer, named the signature Mrs Tollman’s cheesecake, runs alongside the Don Juancho cocktail, named and made after Venezuelan aristocrat with Diplomatico Rum, citrus, vanilla, limoncello, chardonnay wine, passion fruit and almond foam. Our mouths are officially watering!
Plus, whack a selfie onto Insta featuring Mrs Tollman’s cheesecake and tag @rubenshotel and #beascheesecake and you could be in with the chance of winning two comp coffees every day for the whole year – now that’s a caffeine fix if ever we’ve heard of one! Running throughout July and August
Where: 39 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 0PS
Nearest station: London Victoria (0.2 miles)
Let’s face it, British weather can be a bit hit and miss. So, to avoid disappointed faces as the BBQ burgers and sausages get rained on instead of sizzled, head to one of our favourite smokin’ BBQ restaurants in the city…
Website: Burn Baby Burn
The tenth edition of Britain’s largest celebration of Japanese pop culture, HYPER JAPAN, is coming to London Olympia to offer the most vibrant and alternative aspects of Japanese culture including food, anime, gaming, fashion and sake.
12-14th of July
Where: Olympia, Hammersmith Road
Before SW19 there’s SW18. The slightly less salubrious cousin to Wimbledon, Wandsworth is nevertheless changing fast. And nowhere is that more obvious than The Ram Quarter. The former site of the Ram Bewery has been given a total makeover, with flats, restaurants and businesses and, drum roll, a big Wimbledon Screen. Set in a sunny courtyard, this is the perfect place to enjoy the action, and because it’s something of a secret, you’ll probably get a seat and one of the best Wimbledon cinema experiences.
Where: Ram Quarter, Wandsworth High Street, Wandsworth, SW18 1TH
Website: Wimbledon Fans Listen Up...
Oh, why oh why can’t it always be Pimms o’clock?!
It’s just not fair. But, to make up for it, 1 Lombard Street are throwing an epic summer party and giving away Pimm’s cocktails and canapés for free for an hour! Eek, that sounds like a boozy weekend if ever we’ve heard of one. The party starts at 6pm on Friday, 19th of July. Yes, yes, we know it’s not this weekend, but it’s just so exciting that you simply have to prepare early!
Where: 1 Lombard Street, EC3V 9AA
Website: Pimm's This Way...
Courtside, pfft! We’re far more interested in reclining in our cosies by the river at Battersea Power Station’s fabulous outdoor screening offering! The free live action will see you getting full on quintessentially British, with a Pimm’s bar, strawberries and cream, ice cream and table tennis. Plus, why not whack out the wicker and grab yourself a picnic hamper from The Battersea General Store, or indulge in Circus West Village’s booming selection of eateries. #Weekendgoals!
Running until the 14th of July
Where: Circus West Village Piazza, Battersea Power Station, SW11 8AH
Ladies and gents, did you know that this summer marks the 100th edition and 20th anniversary of The Chap magazine? Founded in 1999 this stalwart mag will be throwing a fabulous get together to mark the event; The Grand Flâneur Walk, in fact, which will take place on the 14th of July – Or Bastille Day, if you will! The magazine is deemed a ‘journal for the modern gentleman’ and the gorgeous cologne, Flâneur by The Chap, released alongside the 100th edition reflects the gentlemanly aura associated with the mag.
S, if you’re ready to put down the smart phone and indulge in a bit of London’s fine, exquisite scenery then this walk is your chance!
Participants are invited to join the walk at the statue at midday, and 19th century costume, props and decorations are all very welcome
Where: Jermyn Street, Mayfair
Website: Get Walking...
If you can’t make it to a real beach this summer – boo – then here’s your next best thing. Yep, beaches in London are a thing so don’t worry, beach happy!
The wonderful author of Charred: the complete guide to vegetarian grilling and barbecue, Genevieve Taylor, is popping up at The Stafford this Saturday to fire up a delightful Courtyard barbecue with culinary director Ben Tish. Willing the rain to stay away, the author will be grilling up goodies such as mini jerk-spiced plantain, shallot and halloumi kebabs and Baba ganoush with flatbread chips. Veggies, vibrant dishes will be available in abundance for you too, inclusive of butternut squash and feta with smoked beetroot cubes and fennel chilli croutons.
The Stafford boasts an American bar littered with amazing American paraphernalia and you’ll enjoy this space as you gather around the grill in the spacious Courtyard. Feast on a new cocktail list too as well as barbecued fare. Leaving little else to say but enjoy!
13th of July
Where: 16-18 St James's Place, Mayfair, London, SW1A 1NJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
It’s the bar on everyone’s lips and, this week, had us asking “is this London’s poshest rooftop bar?” Well, we urge you to find us a definitive answer and visit Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square new and exclusive rooftop bar this weekend…
Website: Come This Way!
Take your pick from a range of classic films on a huge open air screen positioned in front of Kew Palace. Spend a summer’s evening watching a classic film with friends and family over a picnic in the botanic gardens.
12-14th of July
Where: Kew, Surrey, TW9 3AB
Give a dog a bone – and a Poochie Colada – this weekend, and visit the venues with some seriously woof-tastic doggy offerings on the go. A simply pawfect way to while away the hours…
Website: Woof, Woof!
London summer scenes are nuanced with all and sundry drinking Aperol. So, why not continue the craze this weekend and raise a spritz to the famed drinks 100th birthday? Partnering with All Bar One, Aperol Spritz will be gifting free drinks spanning the UK, from Birmingham to Bristol and Liverpool to London! All you have to do is register your name here, and receive a unique code. Aperol on, dear friends!
Aperitivo hour runs from 5-8pm, from 10th-12th July
Website: Register Here
The Mayhew Animal Home’s flag ship event brings together an eclectic mix of stalls activities and entertainment. There will be fun for all the family including the four legged members, with the celebrity judged dog show, temptation ally, agility course and more.
14th of July
Where: Hampstead Heath, N6 4JH
With the kids on a constant sugar high throughout summer you’re probably thinking surely there’s some way we can exhaust them. Well, without further ado, here are the best things to do with the kids this summer… thank us later!
Website: Calling All Kiddies!
Escape the maddening crowd and lock yourselves away this weekend, like, literally! We’ve rounded up some of our favourite escape rooms, from being trapped in the workshop of a butcher to escaping a murderous psychopath and avoiding a zombie infection… we think we’ll just stick to afternoon tea.
Website: Escape Room Fans This Way!
Big Screen on the Green will return for another English summer garden party weekender with live music, pop-up films, and quintessentially summer sporting action on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July. Located at Fulham Palace Private Gardens and Morden Hall Park, Big Screen on the Green will be serving up summery cocktails, a Champagne lounge, experiential entertainment, gourmet food, and elegant picnic area and plenty of strawberries and cream, ready to celebrate the British summertime, whilst raising money for several notable charities.
Where: Parson’s Green, SW6
Get your strawberries and cream at the ready, there’s some serious Wimbledon action to be enjoyed this weekend and here are all the screens to do just that!
Website: New Balls Please!
Whacking out the wicker is always a good laugh, until you realise the ice pack has leaked all over your ham sarnies. So, if you can’t be bothered with the faff then check out all of these awesome places doing it all for you!
Website: The Picnic's This Way...
If there’s one thing London is pretty darn good at, it’s sunsets. Grab yourself a prime seat at one of the best sunset dining spots this weekend aaaaand relax…
Website: Sunset Dining This Way...