Ah, la dolce vita! ‘Tis the season for orange drinks to be lapped up like they’re going out of fashion. Haven’t had an Aperol Spritz yet this summer? Whatcha playing at!
Yet, if you can’t quite jet to the trappings of Tuscany, or perhaps sinking a Campari in Capri is off the cards then don’t worry yourselves. London, too, plays host to a smorgasbord of famed Italian aperitivos, from Campari and Aperol Spritz to Negronis and bubbly…
Plus, it’s actually the 100th birthday of the Aperol Spritz this year so even more of a reason to celebrate, hey?
We couldn’t not include place to be seen ‘Quags’ in our fave places to sip a spritz, especially as the sexy St. James’s space has just launched a Q Aperitivo to make Thursdays the new Friday this summer. Expect Italian music, Nessun Dooooorma, alongside traditional charcuterie platters and other cicchetti for free when you order any aperitivo cocktail. Now that’s a good ol’ deal!
‘Q Aperitivo’ comes to Quaglino’s every Thursday from 5-8pm!
Where: 16 Bury Street, London, SW1Y 6AJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.3 miles)
Serving up pasta, seafood and chichetti, Cecconi’s is a place filled with post-work drinkers, suit-wearers and Birthday candles being blown out. Overall however, it seems like a real family dinner location, littered with alluring artwork and ideal for big overdue get-togethers where conversations call for raised voices over the hubbub of the other diners. But, the splendido reason you’ll be visiting, this summer, is to enjoy a Spritz or two.
The delightful aperitivo menu partners classics like the Aperol Spritz and Negroni with apt dishes like buffalo mozzarella, burrata and more. Plus, insider tip, if you head to the newly opened Cecconi’s Pizza Bar on Old Compton Street you can grab yourselves some cicchetti (the traditional accompaniment to an aperitivo)!
Where: 58-60 Redchurch Street, E2 7DP
It’s the bar that’ll make you ritorno time and time again…
Chelsea fave, Ritorno, has a cracker of an Aperitivo menu perfect for summer sipping. We’re talking an authentic aperitivo experience (every Sunday 4-9 pm) which, yes, might lead to an awful Monday morning headache but, in adopting the attitude of most Brits when the sun is out, f*ck it! Plus, you can feast on platters of cicchetti by the hand of Italian founders Giulio and Filippo. It doesn’t get more Italiano than this!
Tip: You can swerve the Sunday night hangover with their famed Virgin Aperitivo!
Where: 442 King's Road, Chelsea, SW10 0LQ
How d’ya fancy a baby aperitivo? No, this isn’t a boozy beverage for the babies but rather an opportunity for mummy or daddy to see what all this orange drink fuss is about, with baby by your side! What is this magic, you ask? Well, organic baby food brand Piccolo are inviting guests to Clapham’s neighbourhood favourite, Minnow, and inviting families to order drinks and nibbles during a dedicated ‘Baby Aperitivo’ hour. Those who place an order will receive (drum roll) a complimentary baby friendly aperitivo, making all parties happy as Larry…
Enjoy Baby Aperitivo every Wednesday this August (7th, 14th, 21st, 28th) 3pm – 4pm
Where: Minnow, 21 The Pavement, SW4 0HY
A real gem of a location for an aperitivo, Bar Termini serves a tapestry of divine drinks created by top Mixologist Tony Conigliaro. At Bar Termini Centrale there’s even a flippin’ Campari terrace dedicated to the tipple – although with 39 degree heatwaves kicking about we’re not sure whether to be inside or out! Opt for the classic house Negroni, or try one of the other cocktails on offer, from a Spritz Termini to a Death in Venice…
Where: 7 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 5JE
It’s party time at the Bourne & Hollingsworth building, as it floods guests with Aperol Spritz galore to celebrate the zingy drinks the 100th birthday. Put your hands together and raise a toast to the old chap with a Roman rooftop feast to boot. The weekend festivities rolls on for the weekend, Ferragosto style, beginning with an Aperol Spritz master class from an ambassador from Campari, followed by an meal in their epic dining room and a free two-night Italian street party on the 17th and 18th of August. Gosh, there’s so much going on we’re exhausted… pass us an Aperol Spritz!
Thursday 15th-17th of August
Where: B&H Garden Room, 10 th Floor, Assembly Hotel, 27-31 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0LS
Aperol yourselves silly at the Exmouth Market and Fitzrovia outposts of famed eatery Caravan this summer! Their delectable booze + bite offering does just what it says on the tin, for a tenner in fact, making leaving the office all that more exciting (and the Love Island blues a bit easier to cope with)! We’re talking Negronis with and jambon and smoked San Simon croquettes on Tuesdays, or Aperol Spritz with Jalapeño Cornbread on Wednesdays! Epic.
This brand spanking new offer will start at 5pm and will change daily from Monday through to Thursday
There’s something about a courtyard isn’t there? Which is why we’ve rounded up all of the best ones in London… a perfect spot for an Italian Aperitivo!