After months of uncertainty and isolation, London has finally started to get its sparkle back as restaurants, theatre, indoor events and social activities make their return. From immersive art installations to bottomless brunches, outdoor theatre and rooftop dining, it doesn't get much better than summer in the city.
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See London from the sky at The O2 Climb
If you're a thrill seeker, adventure packed activities can be hard to find in a city – but not in London! If you're looking for unbeatable views across London and an unforgettable experience, why not hike up the outside of the O2?
During this unmissable O2 climb, you'll be strapped into a harness before climbing all the way to the roof. At the top dome, enjoy panoramic views from Canary Wharf to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, before the descent back down.
To book, visit tripadvisor.co.uk
Openaire Float-in Cinema returns this summer to London
UK’s 1st ever cinematic experience on water is back for its second year. As Londoners look to reclaim their summer, beloved luxury ice cream brand Häagen-Dazs has partnered with Openaire to craft those much needed moments of joy across a summer of cinema. Running over four weeks from Wednesday 2nd June 2021. Upon arrival, boat ticket holders will be shown aboard their eco-boat and have the ability to captain their ship on a 45-minute trip along the Regent's canal up to Little Venice before mooring at Merchant Square in front of the Openaire big screen. The line-up of films include cult classics, sing-along specials and nostalgic rom-coms!
To book, visit www.openaire.co.uk
Immerse yourself in Van Gogh Alive
If it's been a while since you last visited an exhibition, you'll be glad to hear that Van Gogh Alive has finally opened and is fully COVID-compliant. The immersive exhibition has dazzled over seven million people in 65 cities and from 4 June to 26 September, it's being housed in a huge purpose-built venue in the beautiful Kensington Gardens.
This isn't just any ordinary art exhibition. It's an immersive, multi-sensory experience that sees some of the Dutch artist's most recognised paintings projected onto screens while digital surround sound plays and the aromas of Provence fill the space. Highlights include the sunflower room (the perfect selfie opp!), Vincent's bedroom and the art activity area. Tickets are priced from £24 for adults and £14 for children.
To book, visit ticketmaster.co.uk
Take your lasminute.com London Eye experience to new heights
You may have taken a spin around one of London's most iconic attractions, but we can guarantee that you haven't seen it decked out like a pub. One of the lastminute.com London Eye's 32 pods has been transformed into a 'Pub Pod' with the help of Beefeater Gin, which means you can enjoy two drinks during your 30-minute whirl. Soak up the views of London while sipping on a refreshing G&T in your very own exclusive pub, which during COVID times is allowing a maximum of five guests at a time. Pre-booking is required for the fantastically fun experience.
To book tickets, visit londoneye.com/pubpod
Play a round of mini-golf
Puttshack – the first and only upscale tech-infused mini golf experience – reopens for fans to tee up, drink up, and ramp up the fun as lockdown eases. A one-of-a-kind experience like no other, fuses cutting edge technology with the wild, wonderful and very competitive world of miniature golf. Powered by the brand's patented Trackaball technology that keeps score for you as you play, so no need for pesky score cards which always get lost, magical sensors track every tap and flick of the ball, keeping score, assigning turns, and enabling next level putting action.
To book, visit puttshack.com/uk
Play a futuristic bingo game at Hijingo
The future of bingo has just landed in London at Hijingo - a high energy, high tech gaming experience for the thrill-seeking socialite. Officially launching in London on 24 June, this alternative bingo experience will provide the ultimate show, accommodating 200 players within an 8,000 sq. ft space at 40 Worship Street, just five minutes from Liverpool Street Station.
A multi-sensory experience, Hijingo will combine live entertainment with stadium grade lighting, bespoke video, music and audio effects to create unparalleled drama for an audience of players. Keeping participants on the edge of their seats, groundbreaking sonic effects will run through 3D cinema speakers while breathtaking cinematic videos run on the mirrored LED screens. Not to mention out-of-this world food and drink offering will fuel players with street food dishes, reworked classic cocktails and local superstars, all with an Asian twist. From bao buns, dirty rice and crying tiger tears to classic burgers, players can expect generous plates of street food food favourites with banging flavours. Must-sips include the slushy hero drinks, craft beer and Tokyo-nights inspired own branded gin, Hi-Gin-Go.
To book, visit www.hijingo.com
Sip wine and get a manicure at BABE DREAM pop up
The BABE DREAM store is the newest launch from Covent Garden’s Rosé festival. Situated within the Royal Opera House Arcade in Covent Garden, BABE have partnered with fellow disrupter, Notting Hill salon YOUNG LDN, to bring the BABE beauty vision to life.
The pop-up shop will sell tongue-in-cheek merchandise perfectly suited to its millennial audience, and will offer a whole host of bespoke BABE manicures with cold cans of sparkling wine served on the side.
Catch live music performed at Ronnie Scott's
Missed concerts during lockdown? Treat yourself to a night with the Queen of Gospel, Mica Paris MBE, who is performing at iconic venue Ronnie Scott's on Friday June 11. The sold-out show is being streamed live via DICE.FM for only £11.30 - bringing a taste of this iconic musician and London's finest live music venue to audiences globally. Mica will be debuting her new album, Gospel, alongside gospel and soul classics.
Ronnie Scott's livestream series sees a selection of the venue's unmissable shows streamed live at a pocket-friendly ticket price. The inaugural pay-per-view shows will feature high-calibre artists from all corners of the UK’s vibrant music scene – from jazz to soul, Afrobeat and rock and roll – introducing them to audiences both new and old.
Book now via DICE.FM
Ride & Dine at Hilton Bankside
Hilton London Bankside is launching the ultimate ‘Ride & Dine’ experience, providing guests with an overnight stay, a decadent two course meal and the use of the hotel’s sustainable Volcanic bikes, so individuals can head off on an adventure and explore the capital - perfect for the sunshine! Individuals will be provided with sustainable bikes for two hours and can explore the capital themselves. The hotel will provide a bespoke map, which will guide guests to some of London’s key attractions, including the Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, foodie favourite, Borough Market, as well as some local hidden gems.
Before or after their ride, guests can enjoy a delicious two course meal in the hotel’s vibrant, iconic destination bar The Distillery Bankside. Menu highlights include Roast Hake, Grilled Courgette & Saffron Risotto, Homemade Pappardelle with Tomato Vinaigrette & Pesto and Aberdeen Angus Beef Burger with Streaky Bacon, Cheddar, Garlic Mayonnaise & Fries.
Available from 1 June, Book here: hilton.com/en/hotels/lonsbhi-hilton-london-bankside/
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Five Star Spa Day and Afternoon Tea at the Chilworth Hotel
After months of lockdown and restrictions, you deserve a relaxing retreat. Treat yourself to an indulgent five-star spa day at The Chilworth, complete with jacuzzi and steam room access, a 60-minute luxury treatment followed by a delicious afternoon tea – the perfect gift for a loved one.
To book, visit wowcher.co.uk
Shop luxe jewellery at Mejuri's London pop up
Another day in London, another pop up to explore! Located on South Molton St for four days only, the exquisitely curated yet playful space is designed in natural tones, crafted in light wood with touches of gold - echoing the décor of Mejuri’s existing six stores across North America with custom modular mirrors, millwork and jewellery displays, all designed in-house. The pop-up offers a showroom experience, where visitors will be able to try on pieces, order in store and receive free expedited shopping stylists will be on-hand to help visitors try on and experiment with the delicate art of layering jewellery.
For the pop up, female-owned Farm Girl Café will create limited-edition golden croissants which can be
enjoyed at the accompanying sculpturally curved tables and chairs sat upon abstract carpets. Dried spring florals
adding warmth and texture are deftly fashioned into a photo-framing arch outside the structure.
Visit the pop up from 10-13 June.
Get a post-lockdown makeover for your locks at HARI's Salon
The sun's out, lockdown is lifting and there's nothing better to make yourself feel like you again, than a hair makeover. Hari's hair salons - in Chelsea, Fulham and Notting Hill - have a post-lockdown treatment menu to do just that, and with extended opening hours of 8am-8pm, seven days a week, you're not going to struggle for an appointment.
It's always a treat having a hair do at Hari's - and despite now being fully Covid-safe with the inclusion of perspex separators between chairs, their salons feel no less luxurious. The treatment options include a Hair Hug (a reviving session including a cut, blow dry, treatment and gloss enhancer - £110), a Colour Clinic (to undo any home-hair dye disasters, just £120), and a Complete Care Package (get rid of split ends, restore hair and beautify nails for just £100). And the cherry on the top - it's 25% off for any NHS worker as a thank you. Bliss!
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Enjoy a Mexican Fiesta at Bluebird White City x Casamigos
If you're desperate for a taste of summer, but stumped by international travel restrictions – let the Bluebird bring you one step closer to a Mexican fiesta. With their newly launched Casamigos nights, Bluebird White City has been transformed into a scene straight out of paradise with its own pop-up Casamigos tequila bar and an oasis made up of palms, foliage and flowers. Guaranteed to transport visitors to the popular holiday destination known for its incredible food and drink.
Enjoy a delicious array of five-star Mexican cuisine and sip away from an expertly crafted cocktail menu. We're fans!
Visit London's iconic rooftop bar at Madison
Madison, where London meets Manhattan, is the place to go in June for supreme skyline views, premium cocktails and unbeatable Ibiza Beach style vibes. Their paradise ‘City Isles’ rooftop retreat has just launched in the City of London – and it's here to stay until 31 August.
The terrace, with unrivalled views of St Pauls, has been completely transformed into a beautiful boho retreat. Guests can sit back and relax on beautiful rattan daybeds, sofas and chairs under huge palm trees, planters and foliage which will cover the space to create a boho oasis in the sky.
In partnership with CÎROC, Madison will be serving up a selection of perfectly mixed luxury cocktails.
Visit Summer By The River, London Bridge
Summer By The River will be returning to London Bridge on 10 June, and visitors can expect a packed summer schedule of entertainment as well as al fresco drinking and dining destinations. The full entertainment schedule opens 21 June.
The schedule includes live sport screenings, outdoor cinema, live music from up-and-coming London acts in collaboration with BBC Introducing in London, salsa and swing social dances with Havana Londres and Swing Patrol, and family-friendly events and entertainment across the weekend.
Every event will be free to attend and open for walk-ins, so there’s no need to book in advance.
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Treat yourself to Indian fine dining
Hands down one of the best and most glorious places for Indian fine dining is Heritage Dulwich. If you're looking for somewhere fancy but not overpriced to celebrate a special occasion, or want to treat yourself as life gradually returns to normal, then a meal at this West Dulwich-based restaurant is well worth your time and money. Executive chef Dayashankar Sharma, who has worked in Michelin-starred Indian kitchens including Tamarind and Zaika over his 30-year career, takes the helm. Chef Sharma has created a menu to introduce modern Indian cuisine to his guests, while staying true to authentic and traditional forms of Indian cooking. He has sought out a range of dishes and flavours from the whole country. The result? Every dish we tried was parallel to perfection.
We can recommend the incredibly flavoursome lamb chops, which are marinated in raw papaya to give it that super tender texture, and the succulent shatkora jhinga, beautiful king prawns grilled in a clay oven. As for mains, the dhaba wala murgh, a chicken thigh curry coated in ground spices and Kashmiri chilli, can be deliciously mopped up with pilau rice and sooke aloo. There's a range of sides and breads on offer but the sundried tomato and truffle naan is an absolute must-try and an exciting change to traditional naans. Your taste buds and palette will thank you after a visit to this gem of a restaurant, where the staff are warm and friendly and as much care and thought goes into the food's presentation as its flavour.
Last but not least, the drinks menu cannot go unmentioned, in particular the cocktails. Inspired by the tastes of India, they're a creative twist on classic tipples, such as the Mewar colada and the Bhojpura cutting chai. Each one is playfully presented and wonderfully aromatic. The Gentleman and the Rajwara old fashioned even come with billows of smoked cinnamon.
To book a table, visit heritagedulwich.co.uk
Enjoy a workout while getting your cook on
OSU apple cider vinegar has launched the UK’s first workout class that fuses cooking and fitness! The CICC-ASS Workout - that’s a Completely Intensive Cooking Class - guarantees to get your heart rate up with rapid-fire supersets paired with active cooking of healthy drinks and breakfast dishes using OSU apple cider vinegar.
CICC-ASS crosses over the power of HIIT, the energy of spin and positive wellbeing habits of cooking in a high tempo 30-minute body blitz, allowing you to whisk, shake, mix and taste your way into the day.
Award-winning studio FLY LDN will be running the CICC-ASS program on Monday 7 and Monday 14 June at 10am. Classes are charged at £5 and available to book now via EventBrite.
Visit this brand-new sushi restaurant
Hot Stone in Fitzrovia has opened - and it brings the refined sushi, sashimi and signature hot stone cookery loved by patrons of its first and critically-acclaimed restaurant in Islington to the heart of London. The must-try piece on the menu is Hot Stone's signature Ishiyaki, an ancient form of Japanese cookery using searing-hot stones crafted out of volcanic rock. Brought straight to the table, diners can sear premium cuts of Kobe and A5 Wagyu to taste, alongside succulent black tiger prawns and the freshest catch of the day.
To book, visit hotstonelondon.com
Devour some exceptional Japanese cuisine
SUMI in Notting Hill, the new neighbourhood restaurant by Michelin-awarded sushi master Endo Kazutoshi, has officially opened - and we LOVE it. Diners can choose from nigiri, sashimi or temaki style sushi, with highlights including Hotate, a temaki made with diced scallop and Hana Hojiso flowers; and Yasai, a vegetarian choice with pickled carrot and mooli radish, smoked and fermented mooli, chives and sesame and soy dressing. Other must-tries also include the Japanese A4 Wagyu striploin served with charred puntarella and a yuzu onion sauce; and white fish steak served with SUMI’s seaweed and ponzu sauce.
Make a reservation here, sushisumi.com
Enjoy the warm welcome of Thai mealtimes
With locations in and outside of London, why not visit your local Giggling Squid for some delcious Thai cuisine. Featuring bright new interiors and fabulous florals, with a nod to Thai ingredients from the sea and land displayed in the fresh and stylish setting, the revitalised Giggling Squid Clifton restaurant is a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds. Lucky visitors get to try the latest exciting dishes on the menu, packed full of bold flavours and Thailand's exciting and exotic ingredients, including the beautifully vibrant, Jicama Salad and customer favourite, Sticky Chicken.
To book, visit gigglingsquid.com
Get your Mediterranean fix at Pascor
From the Latin word meaning 'to feast, to devour, to enjoy oneself,' you can guarantee that a meal at Pascor will definitely tick all those boxes. The chic and relaxed Kensington-based restaurant, which just opened its doors last year amid the pandemic, serves up authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Read: bold and full flavours made with the freshest, seasonal ingredients. It has a perfect balance of light vegetarian and fish dishes and more hearty meat plates, all of which are cooked in the oven for that lovely grill flavour.
Definitely start with laffa (clay oven cooked bread), which goes beautifully with the meze dips like hummus and babaganoush. The grilled halloumi and the grilled aubergine drizzled with tahini, feta and walnuts are two must-order dishes, while the traditional lamb kofta dunked in mint basil yoghurt is a favourite for the carnivores. Galician octopus, short rib of beef and grilled whole sea bass are among the other mains. There really is such a variety of tasty dishes you'll have trouble choosing, but the best way is to dine family-style and share the plates.
To book a table, visit pascor.co.uk
A Sweet Treat For Your Picnic In The Park
Spending much of the past year in the comfort of our homes has led to a newfound desire to escape, but while overseas holidays remain on hold, there are still ways to satisfy your wanderlust and enjoy a taste of la dolce vita this summer. Transporting you to the sun-soaked Amalfi coast in just one spoonful, the cheesecake connoisseurs at Pleesecakes are joining forces with premium Italian gin, Malfy, on limited-edition, gin-infused cheesecakes - available for nationwide delivery from the 7th June. The exclusive Pleesecakes x Malfy bundle is ideal for picnics in the park!
Available to order via pleesecakes.com
Go on a London food tour
Calling all foodies – this experience is for you. With so many places to choose from, it's often difficult to ensure your culinary experience of London is the best it could possibly be. Get the inside scoop on London’s best eateries during a food tour that reveals the best spots to eat around London Bridge and Borough Market, and comes with personalised recommendations.
To book, visit tripadvisor.co.uk
Feast on some of the tastiest Indian fare at Pali Hill
If an Indian night is what you're after, then head to Fitzrovia-based Pali Hill, where you'll be sure to dine on quality food in absolute style. Head chef Avinash Shashidhara has been refining and creating new dishes in lockdown, making sure that when the chic restaurant opened its doors for indoor dining it would still reflect India's diverse culinary heritage. The best way to dine here is family style, sharing a mix of small and big plates and of course ordering a few showstoppers from the grill section.
You have to start with the Papadi Chat, a mix of sweet pomegranate, spiced yoghurt, chutney and sev (small crunchy noodles that are popular snacks in India). As for larger dishes, the Tandoori Monkfish and the Veal Shin are two absolute must-haves. Think tender, sauce-smothered meat that falls off the bone for the veal, which you'll want to mop up with a side of flaky flat bread. Trust us, the bread is not as understated as it sounds. The dal is another crowd-pleaser, as is the towering cone dosa which is sure to spark comments around the table. If you still have space for dessert, the Alphonso mango cheesecake is refreshingly light and just the right amount of sweet you'll want after your feast.
To book a table, visit palihill.co.uk
Cook up a wagamamas feast at home
Treat yourself to a delicious wagamamas meal – from the comfort of your own home. The popular restaurant chain has just launched an exciting new cook at home range with all their profits set to be donated to charity partner YoungMinds. The launch sees some of wagamama's most iconic flavours hit supermarket shelves for the first time ever including three meal kits (katsu curry, pad thai, chicken ramen), three stir fry sauces (teriyaki, firecracker and pad thai) and two curry pastes (katsu and raisukaree).
Each of these come with a simple, easy-to-follow recipe along with ‘hacks’ on how to personalise them to your own taste – yum! The meal kits, pastes and sauces are available at Waitrose and Morrisons, followed by Sainsbury's (from 16 June), Tesco’s (29 June) and Ocado (5 July).
Recreate Wimbledon at home with a Lanson picnic
While not all of us are lucky enough to be going to Wimbledon this year, you can recreate the vibe at home thanks to Champagne Lanson, the official Champagne of the Championships, who have just launched a limited-edition Lanson Wimbledon at Home picnic box. Swinging into the summer season, each picnic box is priced at £125.00 for two people, with highlights being Ritchie's of Rothesay hot smoked salmon with fresh sourdough crumpets, caviar butter and lamb's lettuce and coronation chicken, and sweet treats including strawberries topped with Estate Dairy double cream for dessert.
Complementing the food, the picnic box will also feature two champagne flutes and a bottle of Lanson Le Black Label Brut enclosed in a Wimbledon-inspired bottle jacket cooler.
Get yours now at lansonwimbledonathome.com
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