Ever fancied getting your shoes polished whilst drinking tequila? Nope, neither have we. But now you can, at 1 Lombard Street in fact. And, actually, it provides you with an awesome excuse to escape this mega heatwave, unless of course you’re like me. I’ll be basking in every drop!

For those who are looking for something more tame and normal, then how about pizza in a ball pit or midnight swimming? Awesome. Well, look no further, here are some weekend plans for you…

A Sky-High Botanical Glasshouse

We’ve found somewhere that’s guaranteed to bring a splash of fun to our British summer and that’s the new botanical glasshouse opening at Searcys at The Gherkin.

Decked out with exotic plants and flowers, The Glasshouse will become an oasis of greenery – despite being at the top of one of London’s most iconic skyscrapers. Created in partnership with Perrier-Jouët Champagne, guests can enjoy Champagne pairings by Perrier-Jouët along with a floral gin cocktail menu and seasonal menu truly shining light on the best of British produce.

For the bougie champagne lovers, parties of all sizes can take part in a champagne masterclass and indulge in a tasting flight of three different cuvées. All the while staring out in awe of the panoramic views of the sun setting over the city.

Running until September 1st

Where: 30 Street Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP
Website: www.searcysatthegherkin.co.uk

New Terrace Who 'Dis?

As sunnier climes creep up to finally drench London in a bit of well-deserved sunshine, we’re all hands on deck when it comes to the idea of a terrific terrace and a tantalising tipple. And, pandering to our post-work aperitif and glass-clinking dreams is the much-adored Dalloway Terrace; a venue that loves to dabble in a bit of flora and fauna to reflect the changing of the seasons and has been coined as “one of London’s most Instagrammable restaurants,” by Vogue!

Recently, they played upon the theme of Leonard Woolf’s book, village in the jungle. Offering up a ‘Jungle Lunch’ menu set amongst the flora and fauna of a re-imagined Sri Lanka, the terrace was a big ol’ hit with famished Londoners. Now, fans of a costume change, much like Lady Gaga at the Met Gala, Dalloway Terrace has introduced its #DallowaySummerEstate theme, in partnership with gin and vodka makers, Ramsbury.

Summer has never tasted, or looked, so damn good!

The dashing Dalloway terrace can be found at 16-22 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NN. The Summer Estate will be open from 24thJuly until mid-September between 08:00am and 11:00pm, with reservations available up to two weeks in advance. 

Where: 16-22 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NN
Website: www.dallowayterrace.com

Just Eat Food Fest

Just Eat Food Fest, returning at an all new venue in London, will offer guests an immersive and personalized taste adventure. The event will offer two full days of live music, cocktails and Just Eat’s favourite takeaway dishes. Now in its fourth year, the event has attracted a number of celebs and is sure to be one of London’s hottest food tickets of the summer.

26-27th July

Where: 93 Feet East, Brick Lane
Website: www.just-eat.co.uk

Cop An Eye At These Cans...

What do you do when your fave restaurant launches cocktails in cans? You drink ’em all! Cheers Las Iguanas!

Yep, the awesome Latin American resto has rustled up some epic cans, right in time for this mental heat wave we find ourselves entrapped in. We’re talking a  Caipirinha with Las Iguanas Magnifica Cachaça and lime, as well as Mango Collins and the classic that sun’s out classic, Strawberry Daiquiri! The cans are fully recyclable so when you wake up with that terrific hangover guilt you’ll know that you at least saved the planet during your escapades. Woo!

More info here…

Website: Booze This Way!

Barre Classes At Four Seasons Hotel London At Park Lane

Grin and barre it this summer as the epic Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane partners up with premium fitness brand Barrecore, founded by celeb trainer Niki Rein. If you haven’t yet heard of these stretch it like Beckham giants then know that they’ll be on your radar come the end of summer. Barrecore push you hard but boy are the results good, and they make working out fun too, so points all round.

Located at the luxury hotel’s rooftop spa, you can feast on some of the city’s best views whist you sweat out those summer Aperol Spritzes!

Where: Hamilton Place, Park Lane, Mayfair, W1J 7DR
Website: Barre This Way...

London’s Best Themed Brunches

Brunchy brunchy brunch! It’s the best thing to happen between brekky and lunch and because we’re now accustomed to this new meal addition, we’re finding more outlandish ways to spruce them up. We’re talking West End musicals, to eating pizza in ball pits. If you’ve dreamt it, it’s likely happening. So, take a look at our themed brunch round-up here…

Website: Brunch This Way...

Bellissimo! Where To Enjoy An Italian Aperitivo

Never mind if you like Pina Colada, how about if you like an Aperitivo with a side serving of la dolce vita! Because London is filled with orange pours as far as the eye can see, we’ve rounded up the best places to lock your lips onto an Italian bev! Thank us later…

Website: Italian Aperitivo's This Way...

1 Lombard Street

Ever fancied getting your shoes shined whilst sipping tequila? Nope, neither have we. Yet, I think that might all be about to change with 1 Lombard Street’s new booze-based offering.

Killing two birds with one very tasty stone (not sure that quite makes sense!) the venue have been celebrating National Tequila Day in style, as luxe brand Maestro Dobel partners with them. Choose from a Diamond Old Fashioned or London Paloma whilst shining up your brogues at the same time. Feeling in the “out, out” mood? Why not have the trip of Dobel blends – sheesh!

It’s quirky, it’s boozy and we love it. Get yourselves down to 1 Lombard Street from 5-8pm. Finishes on the 26th of July.

Where: 1 Lombard Street, London, EC3V 9AA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bank DLR Station (0 miles)
Website: www.1lombardstreet.com

The Epic Map Showing You The Cheapest Pints Near Tube Stations

Fancy a pint? Don’t we all… what’s up with this flippin’ heat! Love is ale we need, and we’ve found it in the form of a tube map just in time for International Beer Day on the 2nd of August, courtesy of StoreKit being much less lazy than us and doing all the dirty work – gosh, give ’em a pint! They’ve rounded all of the best pubs near tube stations to sink a cheap as chips pint and it’s easy to navigate too. Hurrah!

As you may know if you’re a Londoner, or a poor tourist, our pints are pretty spenny! In fact, The Independent shone a light on just how spenny we’re talking, with one pint on record costing a whopping £22.50. Speedway Stout is sold by The Craft Beer Co, which has bars across the UK and, to be honest, it must be made from fairy dust or something at that price. Cor!

So, peruse the map and pick a pint!

Website: Beer This Way...

Park It Right There At These London Park Cafes

We’re kinda in two minds about whether to park our bums in, well, parks! Mainly because it’s smoking hot outside, so a fan seems like a smoother alternative but then how do we get a tan?! Gosh. The dilemmas we face. However, if you do fancy venturing into the wilderness then find out list of parks with awesome cafes just here!

Website: Park Your Bum Over Here!

Midnight Swimming Is A Thing...

Ok, Ok, granted this image doesn’t exactly reflect a pool by night – but try finding people swimming about at midnight that doesn’t include some sort of Spring Break angle. Hampton Pool is in fact running midnight swimming lessons and we ain’t kidding! It’s in a heated pool, don’t worry, so you can butterfly yourselves silly and stay warm at the same time. Find out more here!

Where: Hampton Pool, High Street, Hampton, TW12 2ST
Website: Swim This Way...

Mercante

The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane has shaken things up this summer, notably thanks the fabulous Italian restaurant Mercante and limoncello brand Pococello who are bringing nine new dishes and four new cocktails to the table! Basically, if you can’t get to the Amalfi Coast this summer despite refreshing Sky Scanner one too many times, then live vicariously through some lemon drinks in Mayfair – sorted!

Expect a limoncello etiquette guide, chef’s table experiences and a limoncello making masterclass, and a whole load of cocktails. All you have to do is find out more! 

Where: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.4 miles)
Website: www.mercanterestaurant.com

The Moon Festival

You’d be a luna-tic to miss this…

A week filled with moon-inspired cocktail masterclasses, talks headed by Margaret Atwood and more at the Moon Festival at the Royal Borough of Greenwich, spread across various locations, this July. Fill your space-boots with all things art, music, politics, astronomy and gastronomy – all of which will be seen through a lunar lens. Finishing up on Friday it’s one you don’t want to miss.

25-25th of July

Where: Royal Borough of Greenwich
Website: www.moonfestival.co.uk

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