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36 joyful things to do in London in June

The ultimate weekend guide to inspire your summer in the city

Calling all Londoners! Summer has finally arrived in the city, and London is host to an array of joyful popups, new restaurant openings, family-friendly events and colourful weekend activities to fill up your calendar. From immersive art installations to bottomless brunches, outdoor theatre and rooftop dining, it doesn't get much better than sundowners in the city. 

LOOK: 16 royal experience days to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

SEE: Best Queen's Jubilee hampers to celebrate in style this summer

Read on to discover the very best things to do in London in June for every budget, tried and tested by HELLO!'s writers...

Best Jubilee-themed things to do in London in June

Dine like the Queen at Shangri-La The Shard's afternoon tea

If you're hoping to catch a glimpse of the colourful flypast for the Platinum Jubilee Trooping the Colour on Thursday 2 June, there's no better place than from London's tallest hotel. Shangri-La occupies eighteen floors of The Shard, Western Europe's tallest building.

And if you're after a truly royal experience, Shangri-La's signature restaurant TING is now taking bookings for their Jubilee Skyline Afternoon Tea. Fragrant scones are served with traditional jam and clotted cream, while delicious pastries pay homage to the Queen's favourite sweet treats and savoury classics form the perfect, quintessentially British afternoon tea experience. Enjoy a sip of specially-blended tea or enjoy TING's twist on the Queen’s favourite drink, the Dubonnet, with a new Jubilee gin cocktail.

To book, visit www.ting-shangri-la.com/afternoon-tea 

Raise a glass to the Queen with Jubilee themed cocktails

The capital's ultra-fancy ME London hotel has concocted an incredible Jubilee-themed cocktail menu in honour of Her Majesty's 70 years on the throne.

Each of the eight perfectly thought-out, impressively presented drinks makes homage to the Queen's reign, with ingredients that nod to the monarch's personal preference. The exquisite cocktails all pack a punch and are garnished with little extras to mark the occasion - think rose petals, blackberry powder and our personal favourite, a Haribo gummy bear.

If you only treat yourself to one cocktail – though we wholeheartedly recommend trying them all, it's a Bank Holiday! -  opt for Long Live The Queen. It's a smokey negroni, which comes presented in a Beauty and The Beast style glass cloche. Your expert cocktail-maker fills the cloche with smoke, which escapes when the glass dome is lifted, for an amazing drink and a wow-worthy spectacle all in one.

Enjoy Queen-themed art at ME London

The ever-impressive ME London hotel has installed an art exhibition honouring Her Majesty, with a collection of bold and bright artwork inspired by the Queen.

Named 'Queen of Arts' the beautifully curated collection is a far cry from traditional portraits of the Queen. These are punchy, attention-grabbing artworks that delve into different aspects of the Queen's reign. From bold and colourful creations, to unusual and intriguing interpretations of what it means to be the Sovereign in Britain today, the artists have used their own styles to pay tribute to the longest-serving monarch in British history. Loose Women star Andrea McLean snapped one up on her visit to the hotel, so you're in good company if you buy one!

The works of art are displayed on the ground floor of the hotel, in the architecturally-inspiring Marconi Lounge, so post-culture-hit you can indulge in one of the bar's Jubilee cocktails.

Enjoy a burger fit for royalty

London’s favourite burger hotspot Hachè is set to launch a royally good burger in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee - the Coronation Fried Chicken Burger (£15), available from 1st June- 31st August. The crowning jewel in the burger is the chicken – double dipped in Greek yoghurt and masala spices, tossed in curried flour and tandoori masala coating before being fried until extra crispy and topped with a classic coronation sauce. The chicken is placed on a throne of baby gem lettuce, lime, chilli and coriander, and finished with toasted almonds and a ciabatta or brioche bun crown. Taking inspiration from the dish created for Queen Elizabeth II at her coronation luncheon in 1953, this burger truly is fit for royalty.

To book, visit here

Best alternative things to do in London in June

Step into the roaring 1920s with The Great Gatsby immersive theatre

The heady glow of the jazz age is brought to life with effortless glamour at The Great Gatsby immersive experience. This dazzling experience is the perfect excuse to don your finest flapper dress and dance the evening away at one of Jay Gatsby's infamous parties, led by a team of talented actors.

Rather than sitting in an auditorium like you would a traditional show, you'll be encouraged to engage with the actors, take part in their tale and even sip cocktails at the bar whilst doing so. From the moment you enter Gatsby's Mansion, you will feel like you have been transported back to the roaring 1920s.

What makes the experience so enchanting is the ability for you, an audience member, to slip in and out of the action whenever you feel comfortable doing so. Show off your best charleston on the stage as you delight in Daisy Buchanan's scandal, or watch silently from the darkened sidelines with a glass of liquor. As F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote himself: "And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.

To book, visit immersivegatsby.com

Time to enjoy tennis season

Citi Taste of Tennis, the legendary tennis and culinary property, is set to make its UK debut at the Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic, taking place at the stunning Hurlingham Club between 21st – 26th June with a star-studded line-up. This six-day event in the lead up to Wimbledon, will showcase some of the best names in tennis today including Leyton Hewitt, Xavier Malisse, Mansour Bahrami, Greg Rusedski, Radek Stepanek, Tommy Haas, Casper Ruud, Marcos Baghdatis, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Carlos Alcaraz, while celebrating British cuisine and culture, all in the beautiful setting of the Hurlingham Club.

The event is being extended to include the much-loved ATP Champions Tour UK round that was previously Champions Tennis at The Royal Albert Hall and will be designated as the Citi Taste of Tennis Legends Weekend, with tickets available to the public for the first time.

Book tickets here, giorgioarmanitennisclassic.com

Get tickets to Pub in the Park

Pub in the Park is back, this time descending on Dulwich Park from 24 to 26 June. Festival-goers can expect banging live music, demonstrations from renowned chefs, food from award-winning restaurants, unadulterated comedy, and more. Big names from the music world confirmed to take part include Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Mica Paris, and Sister Sledge, while chefs on hand will be James Martin, Grace Dent, Andi Oliver and more.

Book your tickets in advance for the different afternoon and evening sessions. Those wishing to upgrade to the VIP package will be treated to a glass of bubbly and two dishes on arrival in the VIP lounge, the best seats in the house to enjoy the live music from, posh loos, queue jumping, and more.

To book tickets, visit pubinthepark.com/dulwich

Free Coachella-themed party

Poke House is opening its new Covent Garden site on Thursday 16th June and is throwing a free Coachella-themed party with freebies galore - the ultimate thirsty Thursday! All Londoners have to do is turn up at Poke House Covent Garden on the 16th of June between 1pm and 3pm. Free poke bowls, pints of beer, cocktails, face painting, photo booths and even a DJ performance from Eton Messy! This is one not to be missed!

Have a glamorous day at Chersterton's Polo in The Park

Champagne Lanson is delighted to announce its partnership with Brasserie Blanc, Fulham Reach, to celebrate the long awaited return of the 2022 Chesterton’s Polo in The Park.

On Friday 10 June, Brasserie Blanc Fulham Reach will host a brunch where guests will be able to enjoy a leisurely meal ahead of attending the polo, which takes place just around the corner at the iconic Hurlingham Park.

For £50 per person, guests can enjoy a choice of breakfast main, fresh juice and hot drink as well as a crisp, chilled glass of Champagne Lanson, before heading over to the polo grounds to enjoy a full day of sporting fun. If that wasn’t enough, for £60 per person guests can also enjoy a glass of Lanson Le Rose Champagne in Lanson’s beautiful Fruit Market space at the polo throughout the day. Brunch at Brasserie Blanc Fulham Reach begins at 10:30am where guests will make their way to the polo grounds ahead of the first chukka which starts at 1:30pm.

To book, visit www.polointheparklondon.com

Enjoy a breathtaking Ethiopian experience

The iconic upside-down purple cow is back for another summer of ground-breaking theatrical productions. This year, Circus Abyssinia returns to the UK with a breathtaking new show inspired by Ethiopian Olympic legend, Derartu Tuli.

The incredible 15-strong Abyssinia group celebrate the true tale in an unmissable showcase of superhuman strength, awe-inspiring acrobatics and contortion, and mesmerising fire-juggling with a rocking, infectious soundtrack. This dazzling display of speed, skill and flight is perfect for all, and sees jaw-dropping performances, including the Cyr Wheel and Russian Swing. Grab your friends, family or take yourself on a solo date and get down to Earl’s Court where the group are now performing until 18th June.

To book tickets, visit: www.underbellyfestival.com/events-display/circus-abyssinia-tulu

Get Wimbledon ready with a delicious blow dry

London's chicest salons, Duck & Dry, have teamed up with Nuccy for the perfect pamper session - smoothies while you're styled! Guests visiting the Duck & Dry Chelsea branch on Saturday 25th June and Mayfair branch on Saturday 2nd July will receive a delicious vegan Nuccy Strawberry Smoothie on arrival with any blow dry. Inspired by the Wimbledon classic, strawberries & cream, Nuccy's freshly prepared Smoothie is blended with strawberries, bananas, oat milk, and creamy Almond and Peanut Coco Nuccy. Over both weekends, Nuccy miniature nut butters will also be on offer for customers to take home. Book now, and look fab for Wimbledon!

To book a service at Duck & Dry, visit duckanddry.com

Grab tickets for the latest Disney parody musical

When Disney released ‘The Little Mermaid’ in 1989, they had no idea they were giving birth to an icon. Ursula the Sea Witch quickly took her place as the queen of Disney villains, and now you can join her as she gives her take on what really happened all those years ago under the sea. With an original hot pop soundtrack and trademark filthy humour, it’s time to take the plunge and dive into this year’s hottest night out. With a run of five-star reviews already and sell-out runs at the Edinburgh fringe, this is not to be missed!

Opens 21st June at Underbelly Festival. Tickets are on sale now: underbellyfestival.com/

Jazz & Negroni at The Great Northern Hotel

For an evening packed with of cool music and cocktails, visit The Great Northern Hotel's Jazz & Negroni night. 

Situated in the swanky GNH Terrace Bar at the Kings Cross boutique hotel, the regular live vocal events will whisk you to a whole other world. 

Wine and dine while soaking up the silky smooth sounds for a wonderful night in London. 

Eager to find out when the event is? 28 June will mark the last one before a brief pause until September the excitement resumes! 

Jazz & Negroni will then feature on the last Tuesday of every month from September onwards.

For more details visit: https://gnhlondon.com/restaurants-and-bars/kings-cross-bars/

A British extravaganza at the London Cabaret Club

When it comes to London nightlife, you're spoilt for choice with West End shows through to glittering clubs but if you're seeking something a little different the London Cabaret Club is where it's at.

As soon as you step from Bloomsbury Square into the venue, you'll sense the razzle dazzle that's about to ensue. Leave enough time to stop by the bar for a welcome drink with warm up acts before the spectacular show begins as you dine on three delicious courses.

The Best of British Pop Show runs until the end of July on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and will take you through the eras with eye-catching performances. Expect sequins, feathers, union jacks and a whole lot of wow factor. Top tip, head to the show on a Thursday and there will be a special guest celebrity performer.

To book, visit thelondoncabaretclub.com

Get your tickets for Cocktails in The City this summer

The sun is beaming down on your skin, you’re surrounded by your favourite people, but something is missing… there’s no cocktail in your hand! At Cocktails in the City, you can enjoy live music, delicious cocktails and so many fun-packed activities, you’ll be in a dopamine overdrive.

Celebrating ten years of hosting cocktail festivals around the UK, Cocktails in the City is back in London town and with an impressive line-up of top bars, experimental games, masterclasses, makeovers & a huge silent disco. As the festival is running from 7th July to 10th September, there’s something for everyone, so grab your tickets and get ready to make fun summer memories.

To book tickets, visit: www.cocktailsinthecity.com/events/london-summer-series

Cocktails at Isabel

Fancy a delicious after-work cocktail in London? Then head to Isabel in Mayfair to sample their delicious spring menu.

We loved the Citronnelle Fizz, made with Whitley Neil Gin, Mango Oleo, Lemon Juice, Sugarcane Syrup, Lemongrass and Charles Heidsieck Brut Champagne. Or if you're in an experimental mood, try their Avocado Martini with Sauvelle Vodka, Avocado Puree, Ancho Reyes Verde, Agave Syrup, Lime Juice and Black Lava Salt.

Sundays are brunch specials at Isabel with Latin and Cuban rhythms from live band, The Legends, every week from 12.30pm to 4pm. 

We thoroughly recommend this sophisticated city spot.

Visit isabelw1.london

Explore Connaught Village

On 11 June, Connaught Village will host their first-ever Garden Festival coinciding with the National Garden Scheme's annual charity event.  Free to attend, The Connaught Village Garden Festival will be a day-long event filled with exciting activities, a seasonal plant sale, free craft workshops, private tours, exclusive in-store promotions and plus an all-new outdoor floating art installation by renowned artists Heywood & Condie. Workshops taking place will include terracotta pot painting, macrame weaving, botanical life drawing, flower pressing and much more. Begin with a morning yoga flow, stay for an afternoon of alfresco feasting, and explore the many independent shops, art galleries, and cafés.

Find out more, visit www.connaught-village.co.uk

Take a cablecar flight across London

Who would have thought we would be adding a TfL service to our ultimate guide for things to do in London? But trust us, this one is worth the trip *pun intended*.

Enjoy beautiful views of the Thames, London's skyline, the Greenwich Peninsula, the Royal Docks and The O2 on the Emirates Air Line Cable Cars. Available every 10 minutes, with hitching a ride as simple as tapping your Oyster Card – this skyline adventure is the perfect way to see London's skyline for a price that won't cost you your staycation fund.

For more information, visit emiratesairline.co.uk

Celebrate World Gin Day at Junipalooza Gin Festival 

Junipalooza Gin Festival gives you the chance to explore all things gin with over 60 different distilleries, featuring over 300 gins, all sharing their love for the spirit and serving up samples and stories for all to enjoy. New to the festival this year will be a street food area in collaboration with Feast It, offering a range of delicious independent food stalls including a lounge with seating and music.  Each guest is given their very own keepsake tasting glass to take around the show. Perfect for gin lovers!

To book visit here 

Immerse yourself in Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's art experience

If you were mesmerised by the enchanting immersive Van Gogh experience, you'll be delighted to learn that Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's art will be lighting up London in a stunning exhibition this May. 'Mexican Geniuses: A Frida and Diego Immersive Experience' will be your chance to lose yourself in the great couple’s work. Over 300 art projections highlighting every detail of their paintings in bright, vivid clarity will be used to tell the story of their lives, loves, and art careers. The exhibition runs throughout June at Dock X in London, with tickets starting at £19.90.

To book, visit mexicangeniuses.com

Travel to the land of Oz with Wicked 

If you're looking for a spell-binding evening of theatre magic Wicked, is the musical for you this summer. The fabulous award-winning show is a must-see especially for families, and tells the fabulous untold story of the witches of Oz.

The production is a truly spectacular experience from the moment you enter the theatre and would make for a fabulous day or evening out this summer. But if a summer show isn't your thing then never fear, the epic show has plenty of extra Christmas dates lined up which are already taking bookings and would make for the perfect festive outing.

There are also a large variety of access performances available.

Tickets can be found at www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk.

Guzzle cocktails fit for a royal at the W London Hotel

If you're still in the Jubilee spirit then W London is the place for you, as throughout June they are serving their spectacular Yas Queen cocktail menu which does not disappoint.

Indulge in an Earl-Grey-inspired "Spill the Tea Lizzie" cocktail or keep it classic with a "Royal Shadiness" which combines gorgeous champagne and rose liquor and is topped with tasty lemon foam.

For those feeling particularly regal, the "Pass The Crown" cocktail offers the ultimate taste of indulgence as guests will be able to sip on an elegant flute of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne, Hennessy Paradis Imperial, Brown Sugar Cube, and Gold Leaves whilst also donning their very own crown to keep.

If the Jubilee is no longer on your radar then why not opt for the W's brand new bling bling cocktail in honour of Pride. The fabulous cocktail is a stunning concoction of Belvedere Vodka infused with lemon and basil, fresh lime, Angostura bitters, Agave and Ancho Reyes Verde liquor topped with pineapple juice. The best part is that the stunning new addition comes in your very own technicolour bangle!

Book a table at https://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/lonhw-w-london/

Best foodie things to do in London in June

Dine alfresco at Bermondsey Larder

There’s been no better time to enjoy alfresco dining thanks to the recent beautiful weather we’ve been having, and for those looking for a spot in south east London, Bermondsey Larder ticks all the boxes. The restaurant, which has a quaint and intimate outdoor area, serves the most gorgeous British cuisine. It’s one of those places where you may not be familiar with all the ingredients on the menu, or only a couple of dishes jump out at you, but trust us, every platter we tried was sublime and beautifully presented - full of bright colours, fresh tastes and varying textures.

We recommend going for the tasting menu, which at £45 per person without the wine pairing is good value and will leave you truly satisfied. Standouts on the summer menu include the deliciously salty courgette flower with turbot cheek, the homemade warm potato sourdough perfect for dunking into the rosemary and sage oil, and for mains, the meaty and healthy pollock with green and white bean pistou. For dessert, a must-try and bestseller is the chocolate beans with brandy raisins and buttermilk ice cream. An absolute dream for chocoholics!

To book a table, visit bermondseylarder.com

Dinner at Hovarda

If you love your Greek and Turkish food, then Soho's Hovarda restarurant is the place for you. Launched in 2017, the Aegean-themed bar and eatery offers fabulous food and cocktails to the backdrop of funky music from world-class DJs.

The menu is all about family-style mezes with plenty of seafood options. Try Saganaki to start - barrel-aged feta, wrapped in pastry, drenched in truffle honey, and topped with basil – or the Baked Ribbon Fish with citrus crumbs, pickled red onions and lemon.

Or how about Native Lobster Linguini with Dattorini tomatoes or perhaps the Octopus Stifado with deep-fried pita, shallots and red wine?

There's also a cool bar upstairs to migrate to after your meal. The live music goes until 1am, so you can really make a night of it.

Visit hovarda.london

Sip Cocktails and enjoy live music

Tanner & Co on Bermondsey Street is making sure Wednesdays are one to remember. With live music, tasty food and cocktails flowing - this is the perfect venue to get over that midweek slump! The bar and restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere and with retro boardgames available - it really is a home from home. All the staff are incredibly friendly and with fabulous musicians including Sammie Jay on the line up every Wednesday this is one to check out. The gorgeous terrace means unwinding on hotter summer nights has never been easier, with a cocktail in one hand and the super food salad in the other - this is what dreams are made of! Our one tip - be sure to make room for chef’s incredible cheesecake of the day - we’re still thinking about it weeks later!

To find out more visit: tannerandco.co.uk

Take in a slice of Mexican culture

London's hottest A-list haunt, Laylow, has launched a brilliant new menu. The casual dining concept introduces an innovative, elegant yet fun menu that brings a slice of Mexican culture and spirit straight to the heart of London's Notting Hill. Located on the ground floor of a decorous grand Victorian building, the restaurant - loved by Kate Moss and Rihanna -  consists of a menu of both sharing and large plates that includes the chili-spiked Mexican raw fish ceviche, aguachile with burnt chili and lime, Cornish Fowey mussels in salsa roja and a locally loved tostada with Tolstoy salmon, pickled cucumber, and lime crème fraiche.

While you wait, guests can enjoy LAYLOW's home-made guacamole, made fresh on order with the finest produce, or if you’re after something more substantial, indulge in the widely loved smoked cheddar tequeños. For lighter lunches or evening snacks, LAYLOW's varied and inclusive take on tacos includes yellowtail tuna paired with avocado and valentina chimichurri, crispy duck served with a rhubarb salsa and a lightly cooked tempura scarlet prawn topped with achiote sauce. 

For those with a sweet tooth, guests can choose from a selection of traditional treats such as churros with Mexican hot chocolate or LAYLOW's special of burnt cheesecake with coconut dulce de leche. This cheesecake is divine!

Visit, laylow.co.uk

Dine alfresco in Chelsea's hidden terrace

There's nothing more we love than summer alfresco dining and The Roof Terrace at The Sloane is one of Chelsea's best-kept secrets. Just a stone's throw away from Sloane Square, the terrace of the four-star boutique hotel Sloane Place is an immaculate oasis where the well-heeled can enjoy cocktails and a beautiful (and very floral) setting to catch up with friends.

There is something for everyone on the eclectic, all-day dining menu which features burgers and steaks as well as bao buns and salads. We highly recommend the crispy duck spring rolls to start - you may want to order your own portion, they're that moreish. Follow it with the aromatic lemon grass chicken burger, a messy but delicious concoction of chicken, aioli, pineapple salsa, and spicy Asian slaw. The bao buns also come highly recommended if you have space to fit them in.

On Friday evenings, the roof terrace comes alive with the sound of live music. And if you're one to celebrate Midsummer, on 24 June actors will be performing scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream while musicians will play folk music. A reduced snacks and drinks menu will be available throughout the performance. 

To book a table, visit sloaneplace.com

Enjoy a Midsummer feast

On Friday 24th June and Saturday 25th June, celebrate the summer solstice in Scandi style and head to the heart of St James’s Market for a majestic Midsummer feast at Aquavit London. Indulge in a three-course set menu created by Head Chef Jonas Karlsson, perfectly paired with a shot of Nuet Dry Aquavit – one of the finest Scandinavian aquavit producers. Alongside this, enjoy the chance to create a traditional Midsummer flower crown, with prizes for the top creations up for grabs!

Tickets are £64 per person, available here.

Celebrate Pride at Yauatcha

In celebration of Pride month, Yauatcha City and Yauatcha Soho have released their limited edition rainbow dim sum. £1 from each platter sold will go to the Micro Rainbow International Foundation, which focuses on providing safe housing to LGBTQI asylum seekers and refugees through facilitating employment, volunteering, training and education. The dumplings are oh-so-Instagrammable and come in beef, lamb, chicken, pork, seafood, mushroom and sweet potato flavours. Delicious!

To book a table visit, yauatcha.com

Take a trip to Italy with a visit to Como Garden 

Como Garden has become a west end hotspot thanks to its glamorous dining area, which takes its inspiration from the picturesque scenery of Italy's Lake Como.

Their menu is equally as captivating. It's an Italian feast of deliciousness, featuring classic antipasti tapas like pesto beef carpaccio & parmesan and arancini with fontina cheese. Fresh homemade pasta includes tagliolini arrabbiata & gamberi; gorgeous wild mushroom semolina risotto; and the showstopper pecorino, taleggio cheese and truffle filled ravioli.

Do it the Italian way and move onto a further course of grilled meats and seafood. Signatures include octopus with gremolata & roasted potatoes and marinated lemon chicken with sage butter.

Try a deliciously different afternoon tea

If, like Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus and Zac Efron, you enjoy a meat-free diet, you'll be delighted to hear that iconic gastro-brasserie Sketch is now offering a completely vegan take on afternoon tea. The Mayfair restaurant, which enjoyed something of a face-lift in its gallery room last year, has teamed up with new plant-based purveyors TiNDLE to offer a coronation chicken sandwich as part of its Spring Vegan Afternoon Tea menu. It's not to be missed!

To book, visit sketch.london and find out more about TiNDLE here

Have a taste of the Amalfi Coast in Battersea

Francesco Mazzei’s riverside Battersea restaurant Fiume has launched a collaboration with two of our favourite brands, Ortigia and Malfy Gin. Paying homage to the cuisine of southern Italy, light dishes on the menu include fresh seafood with octopus, calamari and red prawns, while bespoke Malfy cocktails have been inspired by Ortigia's classic bergamot, orange blossom, lime and fig scents. Running throughout the summer, you can find the piazza-style terrace on the banks of the Thames at Battersea Power Station.

To book, visit here

Try New York's popular Gelato shop in London

Anita Gelato, a world-famous boutique ice cream shop has successfully opened its first UK branch. Famous for their 150 flavours of Gelato, frozen yoghurt, sorbets, and sugar-free, vegan-based gelato, Anita Gelato has seen global success with 15 branches around the world. Each scoop of their incredible selection of sweet treats contains the freshest, highest quality ingredients and a combination of textures and flavours that are unique to Anita Gelato. All freshly made in-store using quality ingredients from the Anita Gelato factory, they’re now available every day from 8 am - 12 am at 4 Upper St. Martin’s Lane in Seven Dials.

Try this brand new Italian bar and diner

Palazzo is the newest bar and all-day diner to hit South East London. Cranking things up a level, Made of Dough have combined their knowledge, experience and a love of music to create Palazzo. Set to be a buzzing neighbourhood hangout, this new Italian bar and diner will have its very own record library, a late-night licence on weekends and a line-up of epic DJ nights. Open seven days a week for brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks, expect a relaxed setting by day and lively bar by night. With a real focus on creating a community hangout, Palazzo will be a spot for a quick drink, bite to eat or full-blown feast with friends. The vibe will change throughout the week, with DJ’s taking to the decks for live sets on Friday and Saturday nights. 

To book, visit here

Live music and bottomless sangria

Wednesdays are heating up at London’s finest drinking, dining and dancing destination, 100 Wardour Street with the launch of Fiesta Wednesdays. From Wednesday 25th May, gather your friends and colleagues at the Soho stalwart for full fun fiesta frolics with live music, delicious food and free-flowing sangria.  As the resident party bands fire up the vibes with a mix of international party hits, you and your guests can tuck into three courses (£35pp with a glass of bubbles) - think Korean fried chicken with pickled cucumber or blackened Cajun spice salmon burrito; or opt for the special edition Vino Loco three-course menu (£45pp) which includes tasty sharing paellas, garlic potatoes, and delicious churros with cinnamon sugar. In true Hispanic style, the menu includes unlimited Sangria - salud!

To book, visit here 

Sea Containers launches surrealism inspired summer terrace

Sea Containers London has partnered with famed Champagne house Laurent-Perrier to launch the Sea Containers London Surrealism-inspired Summer Terrace. This year’s summer terrace takes inspiration from surrealist art - a 20th-century avant-garde movement in art which sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, through creating irrational juxtaposition of images - to coincide with the landmark ‘Surrealism Beyond Borders’ exhibition at the Tate Modern. We’d highly recommend the exclusive The Son of Man cocktail - just wait until you see what it’s served in!

To book, visit here 

Discover a hidden mediterranean escape

 ITALICUS has teamed with Cafe Biltmore Mayfair to create a Mediterranean inspired terrace, whisking Londoners away to the Italian coast. The summer terrace will have a black and white design mosaic floor inspired by the renaissance period, leafy foliage and a bespoke terrace cocktail bar,  from which they will be serving delicious ITALICUS spritzes and cocktails. Guests will be able to enjoy beats of the Mediterranean with a live DJ programme to run through the summer on Wednesday to Saturday evenings from 6 to 10pm. Live music continues al fresco at the Cafe Biltmore Saturday and Sunday brunch (11am – 5pm) as it moves outside, with guests enjoying bottomless ITALICUS Spritz cocktails.

To find out more, visit here

Enjoy alfresco cocktails in London's Amalfi Coast

Mayfair’s Brown Hart Gardens welcomes Stripes Amalfi Terrace – Drawing inspiration from Italy’s Amalfi Coast, the design-led terrace transports guests to the luxurious Italian coast. In true summer style, the Terrace offers a curated list of fresh spritz cocktails in partnership with Chandon Garden Spritz, Select Aperitivo, Amaro Montenegro, Whitley Neil Gin and London Essence, alongside classic Italian cocktails. A menu of authentic Italian Pinsa is also available – a lighter alternative to traditional pizza – alongside gourmet southern Italian street food designed by celebrity chef Enzo Oliveri.

To book, visit stripes-london.com

All new immersive bottomless brunch

Ayllu, the Peruvian and Japanese fusion restaurant in Paddington has launched its all-new immersive bottomless brunch. Guests can expect unique sharing dishes from their Nikkei sharing tasting menu alongside high energy Samba entertainment from carnival dances, dressed in full costume and a DJ setting the tone throughout. Kick off your weekend in true party style with a delicious tasting menu including sated edamame, ceviche mixto and slow-cooked short beef rib.

To book, visit ayllu.co.uk

Get your glow with a fresh lunch from Farmer J 

Summer in the city calls for a filling, fresh, colourful lunch to enjoy while soaking up the sun on your lunch break - and Farmer J is the ultimate place to source a delicious, wholesome meal that doesn't stretch your salary. From veg boxes to protein-rich fieldtrays, flavoursome sides and hearty, healthy fieldbowls, you won't go hungry if you're lunching with Farmer J. 

Serving honest food that rolls with the seasons runs through Farmer J's menus. All ingredients are mindfully sourced (from as many, high-welfare British farms as possible), is bursting with flavour and most importantly, is freshly cooked on-site. Farmer J has just hit London Bridge! Available on Deliveroo and for in-store pickup.

Megan's is the perfect pre-polo brunch spot

Megan’s, High Street Kensington will be hosting the ultimate fun and fizz brunch ahead of the iconic 2022 Chesterton’s Polo in the Park. Hosted for one day only, on Sunday, 12 June, guests will enjoy a chilled glass of Champagne Lanson, the official Champagne sponsor of Polo in the Park, and a brunch dish of their choice from the Megan’s Mediterranean inspired menu. Highlight dishes include, eggs royale, avocado on toast or vegan pancakes; or guests can opt for brunch with (the best) twist: the lightly spiced shakshuka baked eggs or the ‘Instagrammable’ Turkish Brunch Feast. 

Tickets are £50 & include: 1 x glass Lanson Champagne, 1 x Megan's Brunch and 1 x ticket to Polo in the Park. Guests can also book bottomless champagne for an extra £25 p/p on the day. 

Tickets are limited and can be booked here.

Delight your senses with lunch at The Ivy Asia 

If, like me, you have walked past the tempting glow of The Ivy Asia, caught a glimpse of the glimmering turquoise floors and grand oriental décor on far too many occasions without stepping inside, this is your sign to book a table.

Don't miss the 'Lunch Stack' (£28.50), a flavoursome array of The Ivy's best lunch bites. Highlights include Robatayaki Chicken with a Hot & Sour Plum Sauce, and the Pork & Kimchi steamed dumplings. Dining at The Ivy Asia is truly a delight for the senses. Meanwhile. the drinks capture the essence of Asia in a glass and in trying the carefully curated cocktails, you will be transported by the incredible flavour combinations.

To book, visit www.theivyasia.com

These crave-worthy dishes and cocktails are a must

This not may be in London, but those in Bury St Edmunds or in Cambridge, can enjoy the beautiful, crave-worthy dishes and creative cocktails, Gastrono-me has to offer! Gastrono-me are self-confessed flavour junkies, serving up breakfast, bottomless brunch, lunch, supper, and everything in between. Dishes that you will remember long after your visit and will crave to eat again and again. There is a creative selection of sandwiches, salads, tacos, burgers, and the most amazing loaded dogs. The Korean Brisket Sandwich is a must – with low 'n' slow spicy cooked Asian beef, house kimchi, melting cheddar and Swiss in a bulgogi sauce. What's not to love?

Visit gastrono-me.co.uk

Enjoy a Kurdish feast at Nandine

As the weather gets warmer, light and fresh food is what we're always on the lookout for. Nandine, based in southeast London, is a delightful and laid-back Kurdish restaurant that serves a refreshing menu all year round. Honest and homemade dishes are at the heart of the establishment. 

The family-run eatery, where the mum does all the cooking, serves up delicious mezze sharing platters of baba ghanoush, tahini, hummus, smoked aubergine and more, all accompanied by a stack of bread. The deep-fried Kurdish dumplings, which come in a meat or veggie option, are a definite must-order. As for mains, they are generous enough to go halves on. The juicy chicken kebab layered on pitta bread and served with a salad and yoghurt sauce was delicious. 

You're sure to enjoy a feast of flavours at this popular Middle Eastern haunt. And make sure you leave space for dessert - the tahini ice cream is exactly what you want on a summer's day. 

To book a table, visit nandine.co.uk

Extend your weekend with bottomless brunch at Hilton London Bankside

When the weather gets hot, the rulebook is thrown into the Thames - who said bottomless brunch should be limited to Saturdays? The OXBO Bankside’s Sunday bottomless brunch menu features four courses and unlimited prosecco for £55.00 per person for a maximum of two hours. The brunch starts with a buffet style selection of dishes from Chef’s Traders Tables, followed by a visit to the open kitchen, where guests can watch the chefs whip up their favourite breakfast item, then the a main course served as sharing plates directly to the table and a decadent sweet treat to end the feast. Who fancies a Sunday roast in this weather? Sunday funday indeed...

Info here: oxbobankside.co.uk/

Have a Viva la Fiesta with summer!

Following the historic annual celebration of Cinco de Mayo, which sees people gather to celebrate Mexico’s triumphs, welcome in summer by keeping the party going and invite friends and family to feast on tasty flavourful meals! Popular Mexican food influencer Karla Zazueta hosts Supper Clubs which blends Karla’s signature authentic cooking styles, which can be tailored to vegans, meat eaters or anyone looking to try classic Mexican dishes with a tempting twist and paired perfectly with the refreshing Paloma cocktails. Gather your nearest and dearest and enjoy your warm summer nights in flavourful style with el Jimador.

Hosted by Karla Zazueta: @mexicanfoodmemories

Make the most of the heatwave at The Paxton

The Paxton, Gypsy Hill's local pub and culture hub, elevates what it means to visit your local - a cultural hub and space, in South London that inspires creativity and imagination whilst also offering an authentic party experience. From incredible music to immersive events to transport you to another realm, we want to offer a diverse range of cultural events designed to blow your mind alongside an incredible food, drink and beer menu. Perfect for the sunnier climates!

Info: thequeenshouse.co.uk/

Get a taste of holiday at Somerset House

This summer, the Somerset House Terrace Bar with San Miguel will host live saxophonist sundowner sets, transporting visitors to a truly Ibizan experience. Welcoming musicians and performers from one of the UK’s leading Artists Agencies founded by TheSaxMan - Ben Barnett, the AAA network of Artists, the terrace bar will come alive to create special golden hours to remember. The live sets will take place on select midweek evenings in June and for the terrace’s closing evening on Wednesday 21st September. Those who visit can while away enjoying an ice cold beer, including Especial, 0,0% and Gluten Free, a new San Miguel Sundown Spritz and a delicious tapas menu. Grab your friends, and grab some beers!
The Somerset House Terrace Bar with San Miguel is open until October 2022, with special live saxophonist sessions in June and September.

To book visit somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/somerset-house-terrace-bar

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