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45 best things to do in London in July to soak up summer in the city

The ultimate guide for every Londoner's budget

July arrived faster than we could say "summer" and just like that, we're over halfway through 2022.

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If you're scrambling to make plans before the glorious weather disappears, we've got you covered. From the best new rooftop bars in London to unbeatable nights out, stunning immersive art installations and ideal places in the city to watch Wimbledon, team HELLO! have scouted out the very best of London's what's on guide.  

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Whether you're a seasoned local or you're just visiting for the day, our round-up of the best things to do in July is the perfect way to explore glorious London.

 

Best alternative things to do in London in July 

Dance the night away at Mamma Mia! The Party

Calling all Souper Troupers, it's time to live out your Dancing Queen fantasy as your delicious three-course meal at Nikos Taverna turns into a glittering finale, fabulous disco and ABBA extravaganza

Anyone who's spent a summer abroad will know that nothing quite beats the delights of soaking up the last of the sun setting into the sea on a balmy evening whilst tucking into mezze and mojitos - but Mamma Mia! The Party at the O2 is pretty close. As soon as you step into Nikos Taverna, you'll forget you're in London. Guests are transported into a hidden oasis amongst the city, with settings so believable it's hard to remember you're not on holiday in Skopelos.

This theatre-come-dining immersive experience showcases the very best of ABBA's legendary music and a hilarious new story adapted by Sandi Toksvig. Whether you're a couple, family, hen party or frienship group, you'll be taken from dinner to dancing and find yourself lost in a fabulous dream world for the night. HELLO! hit the O2 to se if the Party lived up to the hype, and after singing 'til we were blue in the face and indulging in a tempting array of Greek cuisine, it was clear to see there wasn't a face without a smile, nor a song without a dance at this ecelctic evening. 

Tickets from £99, to book, visit mammamiatheparty.co.uk/tickets

Have the time of your life at Secret Cinema x Dirty Dancing

Are you a fan of Dirty Dancing? There are still some tickets left to Secret Cinema Presents Dirty Dancing, which is running until the end of the month at a top secret location in west London. Travel back in time to 1963 and be immersed in the iconic eighties movie, where you'll be transported to Kellerman's summer camp. Take part in dance classes, watch the famous talent show, venture into the staff quarters to see the "dirty dancing" routines, and more, before settling down to watch Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey's hit flick. 

The actors play out some of the best scenes, including the much-anticipated lift in the finale, while the film is shown on a big screen outdoors. Make sure to bring a picnic blanket and settle down for the evening, but we promise you won't be sitting for long as the soundtrack will have you up and dancing in no time. 

Whilst there, be sure to enjoy the time of your life with a classic cocktail from the Passoã Bar. Grab a Catskills Jack just before you head into the staff only party to help you pull of the notorious hip swivel, and the Passion Fruit Martini is the perfect drink to sip whilst watching Johnny and Baby steal the talent show. Both drinks are of course flavoured with Passoã, the original passion fruit liqueur.

To book tickets, visit secretcinema.org/dirty-dancing

Up at The O2 Climb for Two

If you're seeking an adventure in the city, why not take a walk on the wild side? You'll love this unforgettable guided expedition over the roof of London’s O2. Suspended above the iconic tent canvas, you and a fellow adventurer will make the 365m journey to the summit, 52m above ground level.

To book, visit virginexperiencedays.co.uk

Visit an immersive exhibition on Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

What better way to get up close and personal with art than being totally immersed in it? Fans of Mexican legendary artists, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, can do just that in the exhibition, Mexican Geniuses: A Frida & Diego Immersive Experience - a mesmerising digital show that brings the couple's works to life. Watch as Frida and Diego's brushstrokes paint the walls around you in over 300 digital projections. The exhibition runs until 31 August and it's recommended to spend about an hour there.

For tickets, see mexicangeniuses.com/london

Don't miss the epic return of the London E-Prix

The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is back in UK capital. Get set for more wheel-to-wheel action as all-electric racing dives in and out of the streets around the historical heartland of East London's docklands. Just like Formula 1 but without the the environmental damage, Formula E car races are perfect for family weekends.

The two day racing event features a double-header of races on Saturday 30 July and Sunday 31 July at ExCeL London, with a return to full capacity grandstands in London for the first time since the 2016 race, held in Battersea Park. The race circuit is overlaid on the streets around and inside the ExCeL London. This summer's hottest event also just revealed London-raised DJ and producer Jax Jones will perform.

Grandstand seat tickets are available now starting at £49 from www.FIAFormulaE.com/London

Visit the ultimate outdoor cinema with Everyman

This summer, luxury five-star country estate, The Grove in Hertfordshire, is welcoming back everyone’s favourite outdoor cinema by Everyman, for a series of unforgettable outdoor film screenings. From 15th July to 4th September, hotel guests or diners in The Grove’s restaurants can enjoy a luxury cinematic experience in the enchanting Walled Garden with film highlights including The Greatest Showman, Fantastic Mr Fox and Moulin Rouge.

For tickets, see thegrove.co.uk

Sign up for a free dance class with Sweaty Betty & Mejuri 

Mejuri has joined forces with Sweaty Betty to bring together the boldness of gold and the power of sweat for an exclusive cardio dance class and community gathering in London, England, taking place on 9 July at Shoreditch Gardens. 

If you're looking to get your sweat on this weekend, Mejuri and Sweaty Betty invite their fans to sign up to participate in an outdoor programming and help them further grow their sense of community - celebrating the occasion with a donation on behalf of each participant to Prince’s Trust, a youth charity that helps young people aged 11 to 30 get into jobs, through education and training. 

To register for free, visit eventbrite.co.uk 

Watch Moulin Rouge with an overnight stay in London

Moulin Rouge! The Musical is one of the most popular shows in the capital right now, and has won numerous awards to date, including an impressive 10 Tony Awards (and counting). Fancy watching it this summer while also enjoying an overnight stay in a London hotel? We have you covered. For £124 per person, Holiday Extras is offering seats in the Grand Circle along with one night's accomodation at the Strand Palace Hotel - with breakfast included - valid for arrival on selected midweek dates. 

To book, visit holidayextras.com/uk-short-breaks 

Go to the theatre - outside!

Now the weather is getting warmer, who wants to stay indoors and watch a film, when you could go outside and watch a theatre show! Just an hour and half drive from London, the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire is showing classic performances of Much Ado About Nothing and The Importance of Being Earnest in the grounds of their stunning estate. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings as you watch Immersion Theatre's adaptation of the Shakespeare comedy and Oscar Wilde's masterpiece. There's drinks and light snacks available to buy, or you can even bring your own refreshments. Sit back, relax and enjoy the experience of the open-air theatre. It's not to be missed!

Much Ado About Nothing is showing on Monday 25th July, and The Importance of Being Earnest is showing on Monday 1st August. Adult tickets cost £20 and children £16, check out fourseasons.com/hampshire to book.

Upgrade to a Twilight VIP champagne experience at ZSL London Zoo

From 6pm to 10pm on Thursdays and Fridays this summer, ZSL London Zoo is staying open later – no children allowed! Discover the secrets of the Zoo after hours during an intimate tour, free from the crowds. With nearly 15,000 incredible animals to explore, keeper talks, pop-up bars, and laid-back music all around, Twilight at London Zoo makes for an evening like no other.

Make your night unforgettable and upgrade your tickets to include a VIP champagne experience. Enjoy 30 minutes soaking up the summer evening sipping champagne with London Zoo’s cutest flippered friends on Penguin Beach. Tickets cost £36.50 and must be booked in pairs.

Book your VIP tickets at zsl.org

Watch Disney’s Frozen in the West End

Take a trip to the freshly renovated Theatre Royal Drury Lane to watch the magical production of Disney’s Frozen. Featuring the joyful soundtrack we all know and love, plus new music by Let It Go songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez - this show is an unmissable experience. Acclaimed for its dazzling scenery and jaw-dropping stage effects, Frozen is a fun treat for the whole family.

Book your tickets now at frozenthemusical.co.uk

Must-visit pop-up shops to go to in July 

The Beauty Pie Warehouse of Dreams 

The Beauty Pie pop-up will allow visitors to shop the iconic beauty products straight from the warehouse shelves, pick the brains of the Warehouse Wonder experts, and discover new products and learn more about the ethos behind Beauty Pie. 

Everything you've wanted to test or try or buy will be in the warehouse, and they will be offering consultations (to members), showing off new launches, and apparently there will be member bonuses! 

The Beauty Pie Warehouse of Dreams takes place at 7 James Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8BH. Visit Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm. Admission is free. You've got until 10 July to visit.

Jo Loves x Snowflake Mango Thai Lime gelato pop-up

Nothing says summer quite like an ice cream in the sun - and in celebration of the new Mango Thai Lime fragrance by Jo Loves this July, you can do just that! In partnership with gelato connoisseurs Snowflake, they have created the ultimate combo – a Mango Thai Lime gelato pop up shop.

Using 100% natural ingredients, you can indulge in a Mango Thai Lime sorbetto courtesy of Snowflake along with a course of fragrance tapas and treats for a delightful taste (and scent) sensation. Open between the 7 – 30 July, join the fun at the Jo Loves Boutique, 42 Elizabeth Street, SW1W 9NZ.

Shop the fragrance at joloves.com or for more info follow @jolovesofficial on Instagram.

Don't hold back and grab an ice-cream

The ice cream of ice creams, Häagen-Dazs is set to kick off the Summer of Summers, launching its very own beautiful and booming pimped up ice cream van. Set to tour the UK from 15th July 2022, expect nothing like you've ever seen before as Häagen-Dazs takes its #DontHoldBack spirit to new levels. Encouraging revellers to take to the streets to celebrate the sunny season, expect the unexpected! The Häagen-Dazs van will be delivering moments of joy nationwide by starting its journey in the heart of the capital at Boxpark Shoreditch from the 15th to 16th July, followed by a residence at Edinburgh hotspot St James Quarter on the 23rd and 24th July. Start the summer as you mean to go on, and experience joy like never before with Häagen-Dazs.

For more information, visit haagen-dazs.co.uk/ice-cream-van

 

Best luxury things to do in London in July

Visit Buckingham Palace State Rooms and enjoy lunch for two

Explore London's rich royal archives as you step into centuries of British history at the world-famous Buckingham Palace. Soak up the atmosphere as you explore the 19 State Rooms, including the majestic Throne Room and grand White Drawing Room. You’ll behold priceless paintings and some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection such as paintings and sculptures.

Finish your day like the Queen with a three-course lunch at Gordon Ramsay's iconic River Restaurant at The Savoy. 

To book for two, visit virginexperiencedays.co.uk

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Get the A-star treatment

Pay a visit to the luxurious Andy's Salon, which is in the heart of Wimbledon Village and owned by celebrity hairstylist, Andy Sharma. The salon specialises in a wide range of expert treatments - from timeless, elegant cuts and classic blow-dries to colour services and other beauty treatments. Every appointment begins with an in-depth consultation which takes into consideration your hair type, face shape and daily life to ensure that you walk out with a style that's tailored perfectly to you. Andy has been styling the stars of Wimbledon for years (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova), and his other clients include the likes of Frank Lampard, Hugh Jackman and Ant McPartlin. 

Visit, andyswimbledonvillage.com

Check out the hottest new nail salon in town!

London’s go-to celebrity nail salon, Townhouse Kensington has officially opened this month and we can’t recommend it enough! With a complimentary cocktail on arrival and flawless nails on departure - Townhouse know how to create the perfect nail salon experience. If you’re heading to their newest store just moments away from High Street Kensington tube station, we’d recommend the lovely Naomi, who makes you feel at home the second you walk into the beautiful nail bar. Naomi went the extra mile to make this salon experience one to remember and made sure I picked the perfect shade of coral! Be sure to give them a visit!

To book, visit mytownhouse.co.uk

Five-star spa day with prosecco at the Montcalm Hotel 

Forget the stresses of the week with this Weekend Spa Relaxation with Treatment and Prosecco at the 5* Montcalm Hotel, London Hotel, London for one.

Away from the hustle and bustle of the capital’s busy streets, escape to the beautiful sanctuary of Montcalm Hotel. Entering the oasis of tranquillity, take full advantage of 1 hour's access to the spa’s facilities including a Swedish sauna, steam room, monsoon shower and pool. To help enhance the relaxation, you’ll be given a glass of Prosecco to celebrate your pamper time in style.

Your spa day includes a 50 minute treatment of your choice, selecting either a deep tissue or Swedish massage. Relaxation’s never been so easy.

To book, visit virginexperiencedays.co.uk

Book a glamorous stay at Nobu Shoreditch

If you're looking for a vibrant hotel stay this summer, Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch, the culturally immersive destination in the heart of vibrant Shoreditch, has finally reopened its doors. Boasting the launch of a completely new sixth floor featuring the stylish Nobu Shoreditch Penthouse, complete with a spacious private outdoor terrace, as well as two new bedroom types: Yuhi and Yuhi Skyline. The design of these eclectic rooms differs from the originals, with subtle Japanese nuances are charmingly paired with warm wood tones and brushed gold accents.

Nestled amidst the energy of East London’s creative district and the financial centre of the City, Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch delivers the perfect blend of industrial chic and Japanese simplicity. The hotel now offers 164 guest rooms and suites, a world-renowned Nobu restaurant, NAMI bar, alfresco terrace, naturally lit event space for 200+ people and a tranquil spa and gym. It's on our bucket list, how about yours? 

Took book a room, head to booking.com

Treat yourself to some pampering

Escape the fast pace of the city or prepare your skin for an illustrious event at Brigita Vather, located on Buckingham Gate, a stone's throw from the palace. This boutique beauty room offers everything from great facials and relaxing body massages to eyelash and eyebrow tinting as well as waxing treatments.

Visit treatwell.co.uk

Get a new summer 'do at LIVE TRUE

Summer calls for a fresh new 'do and one of our favourite salons that always delivers is LIVE TRUE London. With branches in Clapham, Brixton, Vauxhall and its most recent outpost Soho, which opened late last year, the masters in hairdressing offer a range of services at competitive prices.

From getting extensions to trying TLC treatments like Olaplex, to experimenting with a range of colouring options, like balayage, ombre and highlights, you'll be spoilt for choice when thinking about your next look.

The salons also offer other beauty treatments for the ultimate pamper session, depending on the location. Vauxhall Nine Elms in particular does facials, massages, waxing, and manicures.

For more information visit livetruelondon.com

Get an amazing blowdry at GA Salons

We're sure you will agree, there's nothing like getting your hair preened and pampered, particularly at this time of year when the sun plays havoc with your mane! Why not treat yourself to a hair treatment at one of the luxurious GA salons? They are based in Chelsea, Notting Hill, South Kensington and Wimbledon, and their philosophy is based around a deeper understanding of natural, curative products. GA is all about organic, natural styles and treatments that encourage hair growth over time. You hair will never look so good...

To book, visit gennarodellaquila.co.uk 

 

Best restaurants and foodie spots in London in July

Enjoy mouthwatering meals and summer sundowners at CoqBull

CoqBull's motto is 'Chicken Never Tasted So Good,' and trust us, they're right. With two branches located in colourful Soho and vibrant Spitalfields, Londoners are never too far from a mouthwatering meal. 

If you're looking for the ultimate post-work hangout or weekend date spot, CoqBull has just announced the launch of their Summer Sessions in partnership with Tanqueray Seville in Spitalfields Market. Taking place 3-8pm every Saturday throughout the summer, the terrace will come alive with a record pop-up shop and vinyl DJ sets from East London artists, rotisserie chicken and a Tanqueray Seville and Fever Tree gin bar. The terrace will be decked out with a seasonal floral installation by Early Hours making a perfect spot for a summer sundowner with friends.

P.S. Absolutely nothing beats Coqbull's iconic Roast Chicken Gravy, infused with their secret spices and as rich as a hearty roast dinner, you can't go wrong dousing your fries or flooding your wings in this unbeatable side dish. 

To book, visit coqbull.co.uk

Join the PizzaExpress Club

This summer PizzaExpress will hit the major milestone of one million members joining the PizzaExpress Club. As the most rewarding dining loyalty scheme in the UK, the Pizzeria chain is celebrating by thanking every member with an additional free soft drink, on top of their usual rewards. All members, including those who hit download and join the Club before Sunday 7th August, will automatically have the reward added to their Club app to enjoy a refreshing drink from the signature soft drinks range, including popular summer options such as Passion Fruit Still Lemonade and Strawberry Sicilian, as well as customer favourites including Coca-Cola and Coke Zero.

 The popular Pizzeria brand is also giving the ultimate reward to five lucky customers - free PizzaExpress food & drink for them and their family & friends* for an entire year – from iconic favourites like the American and Sloppy Giuseppe, to the new summer Sundaes – perfect for after pizza on sunny days. To be in with a chance of winning and enjoying PizzaExpress’ quality pizzas, pastas and salads all year long, Club members must dine in and check in on the app by 7 August. 

Find out more about Pizza Express here, pizzaexpress.com/about-us

Take your next date night to new heights at Aqua Kyoto

Aqua Kyoto is the West End's best-kept secret. If you're looking for a chic London rooftop with unbeatable views, eclectic cocktails and a mouth-watering menu, you need to add it to your 'summer in the city' bucket list.

This glamorous sky-high spot can be found just steps away from Oxford Circus underground station, boasting innovative and contemporary Japanese cuisine with a stunning rooftop terrace.

Perfect for balmy date nights and long summer days, Aqua Kyoto is the ultimate place to soak up London's sunset whilst sipping on Japanese-inspired cocktails. Menu highlights include the zingy salmon and avocado maki rolls, prawn & shiso tempura served with yuzu kosho mayo and fiery rock shrimp. 

To book, visit aquakyoto.co.uk

Have the most unique afternoon tea

Now this is an afternoon tea like you've never tried before. The Carlton Tower Jumeirah hotel has launched a new menu by former World's Best Pastry Chef, Jessica Prealpato, inspired by the botanics and flora of Kew Gardens. In keeping with Jessica's signature concept of Desseralité, a mixture of the words dessert and naturalité, her afternoon tea offers a non-traditional and highly unique alternative from start to finish.

For example, who would have thought you'd start the meal with appetite-opening salsify rice crackers and cavolo nero mayonnaise? Next up is a trio of savoury delights including a truffle croissant with duck egg, and a smoked ham and Comte cheese sandwich.

The scones are always a staple of afternoon tea but Jessica's experience, which consists of a flight of small five scones, is a real highlight. Each one has a different flavour from dried nettle to charcoal rosemary, and a particular jam, marmalade or chutney to pair it with. Don't go mixing them up – Jessica is very precise about which scone goes with which condiment, or so we're told.

As for the patisseries, these are beautifully presented in a gilded cage and are almost too pretty to eat. The strawberry tart which has layer of basil pesto is an unexpected treat, while the chocolate choux pastry is every chocoholic's dream.

To book a table, visit jumeirah.com

Visit this Notting Hill oasis

The Laslett, a boutique hotel set across 5 Grade II listed Victorian Townhouses in Notting Hill, have launched a fabulous 'Burrata Brunch' menu - and you will not be disappointed! You and some mates will be able to kick back in the lovely atmosphere on the terrace, which serves a variety of dishes including Pastrami on Toasted Sourdough, Burrata with Sundried Tomatos, Rocket & Pinenuts, French Toast and Matcha Waffles.

Visit living-rooms.co.uk/the-laslett

Have an Indian feast at Somerset House

A truly breathtaking place to dine, Somerset House is home to chef Dipna Anand's eponymous restaurant and is well worth a visit for dinner, especially over the long summer evenings. It's a sophisticated yet relaxed venue where tables are spread out across different rooms in the South Wing, making it feel like you're dining in someone's very chic home! 

Championing the Punjabi and South Indian cuisine Dipna is known and loved for, there are plenty of classic favourites on the menu, such as chicken tikka masala and lamb biryani. But dishes we wholly recommend include the flavoursome salmon tandoori for starters, the Delhi Wala makhani chicken for mains (also known as butter chicken) to be mopped up with the indulgent buttered naan, and the black lentils in the form of dhal makhani for sides.

To book a table, visit dipnasomersethouse.co.uk

Ditch The Booze at Mayfair's Most Decadent Dim Sum Lunch

Studies have found that consumers have increasingly been moving towards lower-alcohol drinks, so Park Chinois, London’s most opulent Asian restaurant has said goodbye to the boozy brunch in favour of a booze-free dim sum lunch. The collaboration with French Bloom, the Alcohol-Free French Sparkling Wine, offers a paired dim sum lunch menu (£45) with non-alcoholic cocktails. Every Thursday and Friday from 12pm, the Dim Sum Lunch Menu paired with French Bloom will promise London a new style and approach to the mid-week lunch – one perfect for the new wave of wellness seekers. The creation includes a selection of Park Chinois signature dumplings and dishes such as the Ibeìrico Siew Long Bao Dumpling and accompanied by the choice of three handcrafted no or low alcohol French Bloom cocktails including a Strawberry & Basil with French Bloom Le Rosé.

To book visit here

Feel at home in Soho

Fancy finding a little haven of comfort in the middle of Soho? The Ganton Arms on Carnaby Street is on oasis of comforting pub grub, from everything from padron peppers to sirloin steak on the menu, - and the friendly staff and local feeling will make you feel like you’ve just popped out for a pint in your hometown with a homely atmosphere. We’d also recommended the truffle and parmesan fries, beautiful!  

Visit thegantonarms.com

Wine and dine in style

Fancy steak? Then pay a visit to one of the six London sites of Macellaio RC, who have welcomed their new Executive Chef Lello Favuzzi. The fabulous new menu comes with an authentic Italian feast, including more vegetarian dishes with stainability at its core. Highlights include Tuna Tartare with avocado, spicy mango and crispy Carasau bread; Fassona beef carpaccio, rocket pesto, and parmesan and Apulian burrata. Followed by a choice of authentic pastas, including Trofie with Genovese pesto with basil, parmesan, spring beans and toasted pine nuts or Burrata and Ricotta Tortelli with brown butter, hazelnuts, aged balsamic and sage. Mains include Roasted Seabass with grilled asparagus, Tropea onion jam and Sicilian salt; the classic Rump Steak with a sweet pepper salad, Taggiasca olives and capers and Fire roasted cauliflower with sesame and yoghurt, ve-du-ja (vegan nduja), oregano and mint.  

For any meat dish on the menu, the restaurant group uses the Costa method, a procedure that aims at obtaining the best results from a single cut of beef. It begins with choosing the right breed and treating it with respect, then handling it in the correct way: this selection can only be made inside those farms run by people who supply sustainable, ethical, and organic beef cattle. Proving that sustainability is at the core of the business. To finish off the perfect Italian feast, opt for a classic Tiramisu, Home Made Gelato or Pineapple Carpaccio.  

Visit, macellaiorc.com

Celebrate summer in style at Four Seasons London at Park Lane

Luxury landmark property Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane is celebrating the summer in style
on its leafy and flower-festooned al fresco space, On The Terrace. Expect the finest champagne from
Dom Pérignon, including a unique pairing experience, as well as a new seasonal summer menu, live
music and a pop-up Park Lane Parlour serving delicious, iced treats. Bring on the sunshine!

For more information, visit fourseasons.com

Have the best steamed buns at Mr Bao

If you're a fan of baos, then promptly make your way to Mr Bao in Peckham, one of the best places in south London to try Taiwenese steamed buns. The casual eatery - which is always fully booked, so reserve ahead - may have a small menu, but there's enough to keep you entertained and we recommend trying a variety of the baos.

The buns are served perfectly warm and fluffy and you can see why there's so much hype around the Peckham institution. Try the Bao Diddley (succulent 24-hour marinated fried chicken topped with house kimchi and wasabi mayo) and the signature Mr Bao (slow braised pork belly with house pickles, roasted peanut and coriander). There's also always a special, which when we visited, was the sweet potato bao.

Tuck into some sharing plates too which are small in size but deceptively filling. Dishes to look out for include the fried pork dumplings, sweet potato chips with wasabi mayo, and the sesame spinach.

To book a table, visit mrbao.co.uk

Check out Sea Container’s Surrealism-inspired 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. This is the perfect spot to relax after a busy day in bustling London and take in the beautiful views of the city.

Visit here to book

Head to Westbourne Grove's newest restaurant 

The Residency has opened its doors! Westbourne Grove's new neighbourhood bar & eatery promises to become an instant West London favourite, set to inject new energy into Westbourne Grove as an exciting destination for the local creative community.

Music is at the heart of The Residency's DNA, and the venue is committed to providing a platform to showcase emerging musical talent from the area. Vegan and vegetarian options are a key focus on The Residency's menu - created by Head Chef, Carniel Francis - complemented by an expansive organic juice and natural wine offering. With food inspired by European & Caribbean cuisine, stand-out items include the Ackee & saltfish arancini, Jerusalem artichoke fondant, and Vegan banoffee pie. 

Visit, theresidencynottinghill.com

Sip cocktails at this 'forest in the sky'

This summer, botanical rooftop restaurant 14 Hills has partnered up with award-winning gin brand, No.3 Gin. This plant-adorned restaurant, known as the 'forest in the sky', welcomes guests to discover their indulgent summer cocktails, all while taking in unparalleled views of the city. Their limited-edition cocktail menu is not to be missed, from No.3 G&T's to Candy Crème cocktails - dreamy!

To book visit here

Check out this Tel Aviv inspired food spot

The Tel Aviv inspired market food spot Shuk; has just opened in Covent Garden's Seven Dials Market. The Seven Dials spot will serve exciting new dishes including, the Killer Falafel Pita, created to rival London’s existing favourites, and the unique Chicken Shnitzel Sando, featuring Shawarma spiced chicken schnitzel, smoky mayo, baby gem & Brooklyn pickles on toasted challah. Plus, they are serving mint and lemon slushies perfect for cooling down in the summer heat.

For more information visit here

Eat the best pancakes you've ever tasted

Looking for a new brunch spot? Look no further than Apple Butter Café. This stunning restaurant is nestled in the heart of London's Seven Dials and its all-day dining menu is not to be missed. Eat Alfresco or inside, and treat yourself to a coffee from their impressive list, as well as an array of amazing dishes, including gourmet sandwiches and salads. You simply have to sample the pancakes; people come from miles around to order a stack. Fluffy, delicious and totally Instagrammable, what's not to love?

To book, visit Apple Butter Cafe | Seven Dials London

Enjoy exceptional riverside dining at The Glass Rooms

Take your date night to the next level at London's riverside Glass Rooms on the River, new for summer 2022. Nestled under the shade of 150-year-old London Plane trees on the Wharf of the Tower of London, the Glass Rooms offer an elevated dining experience with 360º views of the Thames' most famous landmarks.

HELLO! was seriously impressed with the everchanging sustainably-inspired menu, pulling focus on the best of British seasonal produce to highlight the freshest of ingredients. From mouthwatering 38-day aged beef to fragrant Halibut doused in Champagne butter, dining at the Glass Rooms is nothing short of a five-star experience.

Dining inside these glamorous pods can be anything you wish it to be, with Bluetooth speakers allowing you to connect your own device and impress with your own playlist. From listening to bluesy jazz as the sun goes down to dining to ABBA, create your own atmosphere in your private space. 

To book, visit theglassrooms.co.uk

Dine at a new restaurant in Seven Dials

If you love British cuisine and are looking for somewhere new to sample, St Martin's House should be at the top of your list. Situated in London's bustling Seven Dials, the modern restaurant has an extensive menu made from fresh and locally sourced ingredients. We can't rave about the rump steak and the baked brie enough!If you love fancy decor, you will also enjoy the flower walls and pretty floral inspired cocktails that were actually inspired by the historic flower markets of Central London. Blooming gorgeous.

To book, visit St Martin's House | Seven Dials London

Experience M Canary Wharf’s Saint Tropez brunch

A new brunch experience is coming to the riverbanks of Canary Wharf! In keeping with the restaurants French Riviera theme, this new brunch programme will encompass the party spirit of St. Tropez with top London DJs and entertainment. Launching on Saturday 30th July and running weekly, guests can relax from 12pm until 3pm and enjoy a delicious menu made up of sweet and savoury dishes for £60pp including bottomless drinks. Or why not opt for the bottomless Veuve Clicquot Rose Champagne for an additional £40pp?

To book visit mrestaurants.co.uk

Have a Filipino feast

If you've never tried Filipino food or you're a fanatic for the Asian cuisine, then casual eatery Kasa & Kin is a good place to start. The Soho restaurant delivers a modern and contemporary take on some of the Philippines' classic dishes while using grandmother's recipes as a base for its menu. The ethos is all about feasting, friends, family, and fiesta time and this is clearly reflected in the restaurant's colourful décor as well as its generously-sized dishes.

Start off by sharing some of the chilled spring rolls, a refreshing take on the deep-fat fried rolls you may be used to seeing in Asian cuisine. The spiced shrimp is an absolute winner. BBQ is at the heart of the menu and we highly recommend the octopus laid on a base of spiced chorizo – an unusual but welcome sight on a Filipino menu – as well as the lemongrass chicken Inasal, a typical barbecued chicken dish with a strong smoky flavour. Vegetarians will love the smoked aubergine and the roasted cauliflower, as well as some of the lighter side salads like the papaya atchara. Meanwhile, the classics on the menu range from the crispy pork belly to the vegetable adobo.

Make sure to check out the cocktail menu as well. The bright purple ube martini is a feast for the eyes and senses and oh-so Instagrammable!

To book a table, visit kasaandkin.co.uk

Enjoy an evening of jazz and pizza

Crazy Pizza in London's Marylebone is renowned for hosting some of the biggest, craziest brunches filled with bottomless bubbles on Saturdays. The restaurant is now launching a dedicated music night every Wednesday from 7.30pm with special performances by Dom Durner's Jazz Corner.

Guests will be treated to a musical journey through Italy in three movements, making the perfect accompaniment to Crazy Pizza's signature thin crust pizzas and delicious cocktail menu. The flower-adorned terrace is the perfect location for after work drinks or dinner – especially in this heatwave!

Book your table at crazypizza.com/marylebone

Dine alfresco at Sushisamba

Covent Garden is one of the buzziest areas of London and where better to soak up the atmosphere than at Sushisamba? The restaurant, famed for its Japanese, Peruvian and Brazilian fusion cuisine, has a prime position on the piazza and the best seats in the house can be found either on the terrace downstairs or on the wraparound upstairs terrace of the Grade II-listed building.

Settle down for a post-shopping feast or a pre-theatre dinner and enjoy people-watching as you dine on some of London's best sushi, sashimi, robata, and signature Samba rolls. Sharing dishes that are sure to please include the Tiger Maki made up of tiger prawn tempura and crab meat, as well as everyone's favourite California roll. Tempura fans will love the shrimp tempura, made all the more exciting with the spicy mayo and black truffle vinaigrette, as well as the moreish asparagus tempura that comes with a chilli and kaffir leaf jam.

For dessert, tuck into the assorted mochi platter. The soft Japanese rice cakes are filled with different flavoured ice cream - perfect for cooling down in the heatwave.

To book a table, visit sushisamba.com

Best bars and cocktail events in London in July

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 cocktailsinthecity.com

Sample cocktails inspired by London's infamous history 

Soak up the sun with a quirky cocktail (or two) at Sheraton Grand London Park Lane this summer from their brand new floral-inspired menu. What's more, the hotel's new drinks range has been inspired by the capital's almost unbelievable tale surrounding King Charles II and Green Park. According to history, King Charles II would take a walk from Buckingham Palace to Green Park to pick up flowers to impress his mistress. His wife, Queen Catherine of Braganza, ordered for the flowers to be removed from the park after hearing the news - which is how Green Park got its name. Even now, the famous park is the only one in the capital without planted flower beds. 

Cocktails on the menu created by the hotel's mixologists include the King Charle's English Rose - with English rose petals, rose liquer, maraschino, citrus and tonic, the Queen Catherine's Revenge - with yellow absinthe, chartreuse, apricot brandy and homepage marigold honey syrup. The Mistresses Martini completes the collection, with red carnations, clarified watermelon, vodka and red carnation syrup. 

The collection is available until 30 September, for more information viist marriott.com/hotels

Cool down with a Cointreau cocktail at Bar 31

Celebrating the arrival of the warmer weather, Cointreau has teamed up with Bar 31 at Shangri-La The Shard, London to launch a new Summer Cocktail Terrace. Serving up a host of seasonal Cointreau cocktails and frozen margaritas, the terrace offers Londoners a prime new drinking spot in the heart of the city - perfect for after-work drinks when you don't want to face the tube in the heat at rush hour! Our favourite? The Mandarin Spritz with Cointreau, Clementine, Rosemary, and Prosecco (if you're usually an Aperol girl!) and Margot with Cointreau, Tequila Blanco, Pink Grapefruit, and honey (if you can't live without a margarita).

Info: https://www.bar31.com/

Kick back with a Chase gin at John Lewis' rooftop bar

Popular gin brand Chase has teamed up with rooftop bar Willows at John Lewis to allow guests to escape to the countryside in the heart of London. Open until the end of September, the carefully curated space gives visitors a slice of the country in the hustle and bustle of the capital.

Treat yourself to a crafted Chase gin cocktail bursting with fruit flavours while enjoying the picturesque surroundings, admiring the London skyline from a unique perspective. 

Reserve your table at willowsontheroof.co.uk

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