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37 best things to do in glorious London in August

Making summer plans right through to the Bank Holiday weekend…

Not only have the summer holidays officially arrived, but so has the heatwave as August brings one of the warmest months of the year to London.

SEE: What you need to pack for a holiday: 89 must-have items

Luckily for Londoners, visitors and city-dwellers alike, the capital is host to some fabulous open-air events, al fresco dining hotspots, glamorous summer menus and a slew of family fun activities. Luckily for you, team HELLO! has been busy rounding up the very best things to do in London this August.

From the best new hangouts to delicious foodie spots, the ultimate places to picnic and where to indulge in London's luxuries, we've found it all. If you're scrambling to arrange plans before the blissful weather disappears, our guide of the best things to do in August is the perfect way to make the most of glorious London this summer.

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Best afternoon teas to book in London in August

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee may have officially passed, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate her 70 year reign with a royal-inspired afternoon tea. At HELLO!, we're all about embracing royal experiences, and nothing quite compares to the elegance of afternoon tea at Taj, 51 Buckingham Gate. 

Just a stone's throw from Buckingham Palace, you can truly feel like royalty while you tuck into an eclectic mix of sandwiches inspired by the monarch's several estates, before enjoying freshly baked scones with clotted cream and homemade jam, along with a mouth-watering array of colourful pastries. Why not elevate your royal experience with a glass of Bollinger Champagne whilst you soak up the impeccable service and delicious foodie delights? 

From miniature royal carriages encasing delicate pastries, to beautiful handmade table dressings in the rich royal colour of purple laying down the carpet for this tea, this beautiful and delicious afternoon tea is fit for royalty.

To book, visit www.taj51buckinghamgate.co.uk

Learn the etiquette of afternoon tea

During the greatly celebrated Afternoon Tea Week, Liz Brewer, a world renowned expert on social behaviour and etiquette, will be appointed to the 5* Great Scotland Yard Hotel to host and guide guests through the history and etiquette of afternoon tea. Guests at the Afternoon Tea Etiquette Experience will savour the beautifully created Champagne Afternoon Tea whilst Liz recounts the history, as well as the dos and don'ts, of this celebrated British culinary experience.

Taking place in The Parlour, a room which draws on tales of Britain's Victorian explorers, the multi-sensory Jubilee Afternoon Tea has been inspired by the notes of the historical British perfumiers luxury fragrance Platinum 22 Eau De Parfum. The Jubilee Afternoon Tea has been created by the hotel's Head Pastry Chef, Verónica Garrido Martínez, allowing guests the opportunity to explore this exclusive perfume, whilst being immersed in the traditional etiquette of afternoon tea.

To book, visit afternoontea.co.uk

Celebrate National Afternoon Tea Week at The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences 

From 8-14 August celebrate afternoon tea week at The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences. Located directly opposite Green Park and just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace. Where better to celebrate National Afternoon Tea Week? They have it all, from traditional afternoon tea to savoury afternoon tea to bottomless to vegan! With sandwiches including Burford brown egg mayonnaise, chive and caraway and sundried tomato with brie and rocket, the hotel’s afternoon tea menu sets expectations high from the outset. Homemade cakes, pastries and sweets include tonka rhubarb cheesecake, chocolate and hazelnut mousse and dulcey pannacotta. All afternoon teas are available bottomless with free-flowing Prosecco! What more could an afternoon tea lover want?

To book visit: athenaeumhotel.com/restaurant-bar/afternoon-tea/

Go for an Italian Afternoon Tea at Bulgari Hotel London

For an Italian twist on the English classic, Bulgari Hotel London's traditional Afternoon Tea  begins with a Berry and Hibiscus Canton Tea 'Acqua Fresca' along with a delicate Amuse Bouche, before presenting a carefully curated selection of Italian savoury delicacies and pastries. Served on chic flower patterned porcelain Richard Ginori tableware, savoury delicacies celebrate favourite Italian ingredients such as Bassano white asparagus, burrata, Umbrian truffle and Italian bakery from zesty Amalfi lemon bread, and stracchino focaccia to bruschetta. The pastries by resident pastry chef Gianluca Fusto are all to die for, but our 'wow' moment was the clotted cream ice cream - a truly decadent treat!

The new Afternoon Tea comes in the year the hotel marks its 10th anniversary in London and follows the unveiling of The Bulgari Lounge's recently refreshed interiors: welcoming and intimate, with a cosy fireplace for cooler days, the makes the perfect spot to experience the tea.

Info and booking: bulgarihotels.com

Take your Afternoon Tea to all new heights

Looking for Afternoon Tea, with a unique spin? London in the Sky and Freixenet have joined forces to give ‘high’ tea a whole new meaning. Giving this classic experience a Mediterranean twist, with a menu packed with flavour and excitement, Freixenet and London in the Sky are bringing all of this surrounded by a magnificently unrivalled view to you.

Taking off at 14.30 and 15.45, and starting from £79, experience London from a different perceptive. This Mediterranean-style celebration is perfect for toasting the views. You can choose from savoury options such as sun-blushed tomato and mozzarella sandwiches and sweet treats such as Seville orange polenta cake or classics such as Coronation chicken sandwiches and mini scones with jam and clotted cream.

To book before take-off, visit londoninthesky.co.uk

Enjoy a complimentary glass of Laurent Perrier at Nobu Hotel London Portman Square

In celebration of Afternoon Tea Week, Nobu Hotel London Portman Square is offering guests a complimentary glass of Laurent Perrier at the hotel’s Afternoon Tea, when they quote “Afternoon Tea week” either when booking or upon arrival. The new afternoon tea at Nobu Hotel London Portman Square blends essentials of the traditional western Afternoon Tea ceremony with elements of Japanese culture and tradition in a Nobu-style take on afternoon tea. Executive Chef Michael Paul and his team drew inspiration from the works of artist Gavin Mitchell, whose works can be found throughout the hotel – blending a juxtaposition of Eastern and Western cultures and traditional and contemporary life. As part of the Afternoon Tea, guests can enjoy a selection of Japanese teas including darjeeling, lychee and rose, kabuse sencha and phoenix honey orchid oolong or a glass of Champagne.

To book, visit london-portman.nobuhotels.com

Enjoy all the classics at Sheraton Grand's Afternoon Tea

Sometimes, less is more, which is certainly the case for the delicious and delightful Afternoon Tea offering at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane. Situated in the hotel's glamorous dining lounge, this tempting treat is the ultimate way to spend an afternoon in the city, where you can indulge in the very best of classic British cuisine. 

Priced at £49, the stunning Afternoon Tea menu is fit for any royal, featuring a selection of perfectly cut sandwiches, with quintessentially British ingredients, such as Coronation Chicken, Smoked Salmon, Dill, Caper and Lemon Butter and Truffled Cream Cheese and Cucumber. End things on a sweet note with a selection of fine pastries, such as Raspberry and Vanilla Battenberg Cake, Royal Apricot Mandarin Chocolate Cake, as well as the UK’s much loved Victoria Sponge with Strawberries - the epitome of British culinary delights!

Best alternative things to do in London in August

Spend the Bank Holiday at London's biggest music festival All Points East

Londoners don't have to travel far to get in on the festival action as they have one on their doorstep! All Points East returns to Victoria Park for 2022, and it's bigger and better than ever! Kicking things off on 19 August with The Gorillaz and wrapping things up on the Bank Holiday weekend with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, this truly eclectic festival is not one to miss. Between enjoying some delicious snacks at the many food trucks and seeing your favourite acts, be sure to check out some of the emerging talent featuring at the BMW Play Next Stage, hosted by radio legend Edith Bowman, including 2018 winner of The Voice UK, RUTI.

Book your tickets at allpointseastfestival.com

Free crazy golf all day! 


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 friendship 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 see 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 eclectic evening.

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

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

Book a class at JAB Mayfair

If you're looking to challenge yourself this August, uplevel your exercise repertoire at JAB, a boxing club that pushes beginners to their limits and challenges pros to unlock their best potential. Located in Mayfair, JAB is quickly becoming a cult within London's fitness scene. Promising high-intensity workouts, fuelled training sessions and an electric community empowered by boxing.

Founded by George Veness, who grew up in the East End and first walked into a Boxing Club when he was six years old, JAB brings authentic boxing coaches to the fitness industry, teaching people to improve, have fun and feel empowered through its training philosophy. If you're looking to hit up the boxing scene, don't be put off by its intimidating front. JAB is a welcoming space where all levels are welcome. You don't work out at JAB, you train - and the five-star reviews speak for themselves. 

To book your first class, visit jab-box.com

Go aboard the high water bus to Brighton

Helping Brits create memorable moments with friends on 20 August, High Water is ensuring that those who share the love of the water's edge can still get there by providing complimentary travel via the High Water bus. Picking up from London Victoria at the Apollo Theatre 10:00am, passengers will be able to enjoy summer tunes and all-round good vibes along the way, before being dropped off at Brighton Palace Pier to soak in the sun and sea view with complimentary cans of High Water hard seltzer. The bus will then collect passengers from the same location at 5pm, returning to London Victoria. For those who drink up every drop that life has to offer, this is an opportunity not to be missed! 

Passengers can simply sign up here to secure a free ride to the seaside.

Get spooked at the London Dungeon

This Summer, the London Dungeon has reached down into the depths of London’s darkest history for the launch of its brand-new show Body Snatchers, telling the twisted tale of the London Burkers: John Bishop, Thomas Williams and James May. The treacherous trio were notorious for stealing and snatching bodies to sell them to various hospitals around London, including St Bartholomew's Hospital, St Thomas' Hospital and King's College. The show is set in the Nova Scotia Cottage, the home to the London Bunkers, and will dare the bravest guests to come face to face with John Bishop who will take them through the story and try his best to add them to his extensive product list. With spine chilling effects and an array of scares designed to get guests on their edge of seats, the new summer show is not one to miss but they’ll need to watch out that they don’t leave with less body parts than they came in with.

Info and booking: thedungeons.com/

Free crazy golf on Bank Holiday Monday

Renowned competitive socialising destination, Swingers City, will celebrate its 6th birthday on 29th August, the bank holiday Monday, with FREE crazy golf all day, unbeatable street food, an exclusive birthday cocktail and half price Perrier Jouet Champagne. For one day only, Swingers will salute loyal crazy golfers and welcome new guests alike with free rounds of crazy golf throughout the day and evening. Head on down from 11am – 10pm and bag yourself a free crazy golf slot, which will be allocated for walk-ins on a first come, first served basis. Whilst guests wait to tee off, they can kick-start the celebrations at one of five bars that will be serving up half price Perrier Jouet champagne at £35 a bottle, or sip on an exclusive birthday cocktail, a Coconut Espresso Martini, made with Ciroc Vodka, Solo Coffee, habanero bitters, cream of coconut, coconut syrup and tonka beans - priced at £6 to celebrate six fantastic years of Swinger’s original crazy golf venue.

To find out more book here

Take a trip to the theatre to watch Dear Evan Hansen

Visit the Noël Coward Theatre to see the award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen - the modern day tale about a teenager struggling to connect with his peers in a hyperconnected world. From the songwriters who brought us The Greatest Showman and La La Land, this outstanding show has won 3 Olivier awards including Best New Musical and Best Original Score - whilst also winning over the hearts of musical theatre enthusiasts on a global scale.

Catch it before the final performance on 22 October!

Book your tickets now at dearevanhansen.com

Hone the craft of the 'Hummingbird Swirl'

London-based cake shop, The Hummingbird Bakery, have released their first ever nationwide offering with Cupcake Decorating Kits. Fans of the brand are invited to hone the craft of 'The Hummingbird Swirl' at home with one of two exclusive cupcake decorating boxes available for purchase online now, from £23. The kits are the perfect gift for cupcake lovers, an enticing activity to do with children, or even as a solo challenge for those looking to refine their frosting skills. 

For more information, visit hummingbirdbakery.com

Enjoy an alternative night out with Sandbox VR

Planning your next team night out, stag do, or birthday party with friends? Look no further than Sandbox VR -  a fully immersive virtual reality experience which will truly transport you into a futuristic video game. Players can enter worlds of swashbuckling daring adventures, survive a Zombie Apocalypse, soar into the clouds in a space elevator or compete against one another in a futuristic combat arena - the true future of immersive entertainment. We tried it and couldn't recommend it more!

Info and booking: sandboxvr.com/london/

Sweat it out at JOHN REED's new Power Zones HIIT workout 

Berlin’s famous and finest fitness export JOHN REED has an epic workout schedule, with a group workout for everyone. From HIIT to Boxing to Hot Yoga, Pilates and more, the latest class launch is Power Zones which focuses on explosive movements and intensive cardio in Tabata HIIT style. Promising to increase the heart rate to up to 180bpm, Power Zones is not for the faint hearted. For those who like to train hard and play hard, JOHN REED has launched monthly mixers for gym goers to socialise, including comedy and bingo nights to voguing masterclass, silent discos, Afro Beats Dance classes and more.

This August, Power Zones is on the timetable at 7am Monday and 6pm Wednesdays and Fridays.

Watch a film under the stars at the Luna cinema

Luna Cinema is back for another year with a line-up that's better than ever. With screens all over London (and the country), and films from King Richard to Pretty Woman, there really is something for everyone. Take your own picnic blankets, upgrade to a Luna director’s chair or go all out with a VIP sofa (and a bottle of bubbly), the choice is yours.

More info and tickets: https://www.thelunacinema.com/cinema/

Try the brand new Reformer class at Psycle Soho

You probably know Pyscle for the famously intense spin classes, and now they've added Reformer pilates to their repertoire with a workout that's as euphoric as it is transformative. Suitable for all levels, expect 55 minutes of high-intensity, low-impact exercises using state-of-the-art reformer beds.

More info and booking: https://psyclelondon.com/pages/reformer 


Best family-friendly things to do in London in August

Watch 101 Dalmations at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

If you're looking for family-friendly fun in the city this summer, the kids will love 101 Dalmations at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. This eclectic adaptation follows the infamous Cruella de Vil (Kate Fleetwood) as she sets her sights on a new Dalmatian fur coat… but there’s trouble ahead for Pongo, Perdi and their ever-growing litter of polka-dot puppies. Packed with masterful puppetry, modern comedy and an action-packed second half sure to keep little ones hooked right up until Cruella's inevitable downfall, this vibrant production is a delight for the senses, ideal for summer holiday fun.

To book tickets, visit openairtheatre.com

Treat your young kids to a PAW Patrol Live! show

The world's favourite pups are back in the UK for this fun, interactive musical adventure - not to be missed!

PAW Patrol Live! "Race To the Rescue" is an action-packed, high-energy, musical adventure starring Ryder alongside Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye and Everest as they once again save the day.

The 2022 tour will play Aberdeen, Glasgow, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Hull, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Nottingham, Plymouth, Birmingham, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Bournemouth, Brighton and London.

To book visit www.pawpatrollive.co.uk

Cook up a BBQ on the water ​​

Make the most of the last of the summer and head to Canary Wharf, where Skuna Boats offers a BBQ experience like no other. Up to nine people can fit on their BBQ Boats, so grab your friends, pack your own sausages and bacon, and settle in for 100 minutes of nautical fun on the water. Drift along Canary Wharf and take in the impressive skyscrapers while tucking into your burgers and beer. The experience is definitely a novelty and one to book before Skuna's BBQ Boats shut up shop for the year in October. It's guaranteed fun for all ages and dogs are also welcome on board.

The Skuna Hot Tub Boat, which can fit seven people each, is also available to hire and is ideal for those who want to don their swimwear and take to the water in a wood-fired hot tub.

To book a boat, visit skunaboats.com/book-canary-wharf

Immerse yourself in the works of 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

Enjoy free prosecco whilst cruising the Thames

To celebrate National Prosecco day this Saturday, GoBoat is offering guests a free can of bubbly when they take to the waters. All guests have to do to secure the complimentary can of prosecco is use the secret password ‘bubbles on a boat’ on arrival at either its Canary Wharf or Birmingham Brindleyplace locations this Saturday. The offer will only be available on Saturday 13th August, so make sure you book your boat trip on the water as soon as you can.

To book, visit www.goboat.co.uk 


Best bars and restaurants to visit in London in August

El Norte Restaurant - Mayfair

El Norte, located in the heart of Mayfair, celebrates the gastronomic heritage of Spain in an upscale and entertaining atmosphere. Carefully designed to combine the fresh and flavourful tastes of Spanish cuisine in a modern setting.

Signature dishes include truffle tortilla, creamy croquettes, Joselito Iberico Ham, cherry pistachio gazpacho, premium stone-cooked "Vaca Rubia Gallega" steak... and many more!

The wine menu has a selection of Spanish awarded labels carefully selected to accompany our dishes.

To book visit www.el-norte.co.uk

Go luxe at Maine Mayfair

Fancy having a very lavish date night before the good weather turns? You can’t fail at Maine Mayfair’s beautiful private terrace, a pretty spot in the gardens of Hanover Square where you will be able to make the most of the sunshine with comfy, summery furnishings and, of course, some gorgeous grub. We’d absolutely recommend Poseidon’s Tower for some seafood delights - and don’t forget to pop your head into the stunning restaurant - for your next visit!

To book, visit themainemayfair.com

Take your date night to new heights at Oblix at The Shard

If (like us) you're a sucker for a London skyline, the breathtaking 360º views from The Shard's 32nd floor will take your date night to new heights. For a spectacular dining experience 32 floors up, Oblix at The Shard is the perfect place to soak up the London skyline while indulging in an impeccably presented and exceptionally delicious meal.

Oblix's showstopping menu curated by executive chef Marcus Eaves features highlights including Truffle Flatbread with Pancetta and Ricotta, line-caught Sea Bass with zesty Hollandaise, and the Signature Oblix Pepper Steak with rich Béarnaise Sauce. The drinks menu is equally as considered, with expertly-prepared cocktails including the popular Born a Star with Ciroc vodka, passionfruit, vanilla and Champagne.

Where tempting treats meet laid-back luxury, there's no better way to spend an evening in the city than at this sophisticated, urban hangout.

To book a table, visit www.oblixrestaurant.com

Dinner with a difference at 45 Park Lane

45 Park Lane has appointed ambitious Elliott Grover as executive chef and what a chef he is! Elliott’s luxurious food hits the spot, from the incredible pretzels to start, to the mouthwatering steak and finishing with the most delicate desserts - what an experience it is to dine here. We’d recommend the Australian Wagyu Beef and if you fancy sharing, the Tomahawk Steak was unbelievable. Although the classic sauce choices are a staple, we’d ask you to try the house-made steak sauce - a sticky BBQ style sauce, paired perfectly with the wild field mushrooms. But 45 Park Lane isn’t just a steak restaurant, the Crispy Whole Baked Sea Bass was a total show stopper and looked beautiful as the centrepiece of the table, alongside the creamy mac and cheese. Just make sure to save room for the chocolate soufflé and soft serve ice cream - I have NEVER tasted ice cream like this! A wonderful establishment, with an ambitious and passionate chef at the helm - Elliott is going far!

To book, visit www.dorchestercollection.com/en/london/45-park-lane

Go for beer and pizza at Fatto

Is there anything that goes better together? Fatto Pizza & Beer serves up authentic Neapolitan pizzas alongside craft beers from some of the best small independent breweries in the UK and Italy. Fatto’s dough is made fresh every day and proved for at least 24 hours, topped with ingredients from a handful of small suppliers - and the menu will leave you salivating. It features classic pizzas including Margherita, Diavola and Salsiccia e Friarielli; alongside a range with modern toppings and vegan options such as their Tomato & Olive ’Nduja pizza. Plus, make room for one of their special spritzes if you're not a beer fan - it will transport you to Italy!

Info: fattoamanopizza.com

Go for beer and pizza at Fatto


Is there anything that goes better together? Fatto Pizza & Beer serves up authentic Neapolitan pizzas alongside craft beers from some of the best small independent breweries in the UK and Italy. Fatto’s dough is made fresh every day and proved for at least 24 hours, topped with ingredients from a handful of small suppliers - and the menu will leave you salivating. It features classic pizzas including Margherita, Diavola and Salsiccia e Friarielli; alongside a range with modern toppings and vegan options such as their Tomato & Olive ’Nduja pizza. Plus, make room for one of their special spritzes if you're not a beer fan - it will transport you to Italy!

Info: fattoamanopizza.com/

The brand new summer terrace you need to know about

The Great Northern Hotel has teamed up with The Botanist Gin to launch London’s hottest new alfresco sipping spot this August. A welcome escape from the bustle of the city, the spacious GNH Bar & Terrace in the heart of King’s Cross is complete with luscious foliage, plant-filled terrariums, bright blooms and limited-edition cocktails created with The Botanist Gin. Guests can also enjoy elevated dishes and small plates to accompany the cocktails or, for the ultimate summer city staycation, book an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s luxurious rooms. Open now until 14th September - this isn't one to miss!

To book, visit here

Get your friends together for The Breakfast Club's 'Boozy Nights'

Londoners love bottomless brunches, but what about bottomless dinner? The legendary Breakfast Club isn't just the place to go for pancakes, the iconic haunt has levelled up its menu for summer, offering bottomless upgrades to any main meal from 5pm on Thursday - Saturday for just £25pp. 

Enjoy 90 minutes of free-flowing Prosecco, Aperol spritz, draft beer or White Peach Sangria with your hearty main meal. Whether you're an all-day breakfast kind of person, or buttermilk fried chicken is more your vibe, you won't be short of options with The Breakfast Club's eclectic all-American inspired summer menu. PS, if your 90 minutes go quicker than expected, head downstairs to Mr Lucky, the secret speakeasy beneath London Bridge's Breakfast Club to continue the party - don't forget to ask for the man himself before entry though!

Want to uplevel your brunch game? The Breakfast Club and Club De Fromage are hosting a legendary fancy dress bottomless brunch on the Bank Holiday weekend. Expect two hours of unlimited prosecco, pints and cocktails, free shots, plus a blow your socks off Breakfast Club brunch! Entertainment will be provided by the icons that are Club De Fromage - the ultimate party people - and probably the best in the game. Look forward to a lot of dancing (especially on the tables), singing (at the top of your lungs) and music that spans the 80s, 90s & the 00s with a battle of the best beats.

Bookings can be made through Design My Night, for brunches between 12pm - 2pm OR 3pm - 5pm.

Discover the Sipsmith Secret Garden at The Lensbury

The Lensbury hotel in Teddington has partnered with handcrafted gin pioneers, Sipsmith, to launch the ‘Sipsmith Secret Garden’ this summer. Transporting guests from their everyday lives, the Sipsmith Garden is tucked away in the hotel’s expansive 25-acre grounds, and with views of The Thames, its own wildlife pond and the estate’s impressive rose collection, it’s an idyllic spot to enjoy a refreshing summer cocktail with loved ones. The Lensbury also serves Afternoon G&Tea menu in the Sipsmith Garden, including quintessentially British treats, such as finger sandwiches, handmade cakes, and scones with Sipsmith gin infused strawberry jam and clotted cream, as well as a selection of teas with the option to add a refreshing Sipsmith Spritz.

To book, visit www.lensbury.com

Hit up Bad Boy Pizza Society at Vinegar Yard

Exit on St Thomas' Street from London Bridge station and you'll soon be met with a bustling queue of Londoners waiting to get into Vinegar Yard - a vibey outdoor hotspot where you'll find everything from food vendors to locally brewed beer, vintage boutiques and even a courtyard with a large LED screen to enjoy live sporting events with your sundowners. Whether you're heading for post-work drinks or you're looking for a place to spend your lazy Sundays, Vinegar Yard has it all. We recommend ordering a loaded 'za from resident specialists Bad Boy Pizza Society, the naughtiest pizzas in London Bridge. P.S. make sure you don't miss the deceptively delicious vegan options.

Walk ins available, but booking recommended. To book, visit www.vinegaryard.london/reservations

Raise a glass to summer at Four Seasons Hotel London Park Lane

Available every Friday from 6-9pm, head to Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane’s spacious al fresco oasis, On The Terrace, and when ordering a glass of Cloudy Bay or Whispering Angel, you’ll be treated to two complimentary oysters, courtesy of Oyster Meister. Better still, order a bottle of either of these crisp summery wines and you’ll receive half a dozen oysters, perfect for sharing with a friend whilst enjoying a leisurely afternoon in the sunshine. 

To book, visit here

Party in the tropics at 100 Wardour Street

Introducing ‘Party In The Tropics’ – a stunning new pop-up at 100 Wardour Street that’’s the perfect summer hotspot for a cocktail or two after work, or weekend brunch with friends. Make your way through the jungle canopy adorning the entrance before sitting amongst the tropical palms and giant fans of banana leaves to enjoy cocktails and jungle vibe music! Complementing the cocktails is an array of delicious small plates will be available in the ground floor lounge, including guacamole with tortilla chips and pico de gallo; or sweet potato and black bean quesadilla with pico de gallo.

To book visit: https://www.100wardourst.com

Take a trip around the world at the Distillery Bankside

The hidden terrace is a secret garden sanctuary to discover in Londo, offering the chance to sit in plein-air and soak-up the Bankside neighbourhood, alongside delicious dishes and drinks. Home to one of the largest gin collections in London, the bar dedicates an entire section of the menu to gin from across the globe and features over 100 different varieties. The newly launched Around the World Summer Cocktail menu allows visitors to travel exotic locations without leaving South East London: from the Bankside Colada to Byron Bay. If you've already been on your summer holiday, this is the perfect mini trip...

Infor and booking: thedistillerybankside.co.uk/

Go for a happy hour spritz at Mama Shelter Shoreditch

Mama Shelter London Shoreditch has partnered with Italicus and Lillet to bring you some fresh serves this August and September.  Channel a true slice of Italy or France with refreshing drinks made from the spirits, served from an island bar amongst the most stunning eclectic outdoor furnishings and plants. Best of all, between Monday and Friday, the special cocktails are just £7 each between 4pm – 7pm - that's your date night sorted!

Info and booking: mamashelter.com/london-shoreditch

Refresh with a Cointreau margarita at All Points East

Cointreau has teamed up with one of London’s most popular music festivals, All Points East, to launch a Cointreau Margarita Bar in East London’s award-winning Victoria Park. Situated next to the festival’s West Stage, Cointreau’s Margarita Bar will be open to festival-goers across both weekends of the iconic East London event. The bar will offer the perfect pit-stop for for those in search of space to relax and refuel with refreshing margaritas on both Friday 19th &

All Points East, Saturday 20th August, and between Thursday 25th August - Sunday 28th August.

Enjoy a unique dining experience in Wimbledon Village

The Black Lamb is a not-so-hidden gem in the heart of Wimbledon Village. The cozy neighbourhood restaurant is the sixth Local and Wild restaurant addition from the Gladwin Brothers - the masterminds behind Rabbit and The Shed. The ever-changing menu boasts seasonal food served up in creative ways, along with some must-try trademark starters including a mushroom marmite eclair and a smoked mackerel cornetto - ensuring your dining experience will be memorable and delicious. Fresh fish, meat and vegetable dishes all make up the menu, while deserts include macerated strawberries with mascarpone and hazelnut praline, and a cheese board featuring cheeses such as bath soft and aged cheddar. You must be sure to try out the wine too - all from the family's Nutbourne Vineyard in Sussex. And while some mocktails just don't deliver, The Black Lamb have mastered them to a fine art - with offerings including the Mint Zing - with cucumber, mint and raw pressed apple juice, and a Cucumber Snap - with cucumber and watermelon tonic, elderflower, raw pressed apple juice and fresh lime. 

Info and booking: theblacklamb-restaurant.com

Sample quirky cocktails and hangover-free wine in Richmond's hip new bar

Chalk Bar is the perfect place to venture to after a day trip to Richmond - one of the prettiest places in London to visit in the summer months. The stylish venue is one of the town's newest additions but is fastly becoming a firm favourite with locals and newcomers alike. Plenty of quirky cocktails are served up at Chalk Bar, all crafted by their very own cocktail laboratory. Must-tries include the PB&J - an old fashioned type drink tasting just like peanut butter and jam - and the Fool's Gold - with rum, honey, strawberry and vanilla among the mix. For a picture-perfect drink, check out the Natsu too - this vibrant green concoction features vodka, lemon and melon.  Many organic wines are also on the menu, all from vineyards chosen by the team at Chalk. You won't go hungry there either, with generous-sized serving platters completing the menu - from cheese boards to Plougman's boards and olives, nuts and charcuterie.

Info and booking: chalkbar.co.uk

The perfect after-work dinner and drinks spot

OXBO Bankside should be at the top of your list for after-work drinks and dinner. The restaurant has a brand new evening menu, bringing the fresh flavours of summer. Available every Tuesday to Friday from 6-10pm, OXBO’s new evening menu is stuffed full of hero dishes – from Medallions of Fresh Monkfish served with chargrilled British heritage tomatoes and a sweet lobster salad; to a Neck of Lamb sourced from Salt Marsh, Wales – marinated in Middle-Eastern spices and paired with spiced couscous and coconut yoghurt to evoke warmer climes. We would also highly recommend the chicken breast with garlic butter, green beans and jersey potatoes - just make sure you save enough room for dessert! If you’re a chocolate lover like us, the dark chocolate caramel slice and the chocolate and orange cake can’t be missed, served with the tastiest passion fruit sorbet we have ever tried. The staff are attentive, friendly and fantastic and the venue is an interior designer’s dream- be sure to check out OXBO Bankside!

To book, visit here

Best luxury things to do in London in August

Pamper yourself with a home massage

London life can sometimes feel a little stressful, especially when you're rushing around trying to get from A to B. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage this month and avoid the sweaty Tube by making the most of Urban, a massage delivery app that focuses on at-home treatments.

From the comfort of your own house, simply book in for a massage or other beauty and physio treatments on the app, and a professional therapist will turn up at your door with all the kit. All you'll need to provide are items like towels or candles to make your environment truly cosy and personal.

To book a treatment, visit urban.co

Get ready with a VIP hair makeover

If you find yourself in west London and in need of some VIP pamper time, head to Busby's Hair & Beauty on Pitshanger Lane. The family-run salon has been going strong for 35 years and offers many a wide range of hair treatments. From a professional cut to a fabulous blow-dry, there is plenty to pick from. Prepare to be pampered and leave with celebrity-worth tresses.

To book, visit busbyspitshanger.co.uk

Get some nail art

Book a nail appointment at Young LDN, and everyone will be asking you how you got your freshly-painted talons! We checked out the salon's vibey beauty bar in Notting Hill and left feeling ready to turn heads with our lovely nails. Whilst you relax and unwind, the lovely nail technicians will spoil you with countless options - from desings to a wide range of colours and glitter. You are spoilt for choice!

Visit, youngldn.com

Get a luxury piercing at Tada & Toy

Notting Hill-based jewellery brand Tada & Toy are offering in store piercings every Saturday this summer. Relax in their spa-like interior inspired by Mediterranean curved sea villas and Indian architecture whilst browsing their best-sellers as worn by the likes of Florence Pugh & Emma Watson.

Plus, the brand is committed to ethical and environmentally-conscious sourcing and as of 2021, all designs are being made using recycled 18ct Gold and recycled Sterling Silver. Titanium piercings are £45 and solid 14ct Gold are £120.

To book your appointment, visit tadaandtoy.com

Upgrade your gig experience with Club Wembley

Seeing your favourite band live is always an unforgettable experience, but why not elevate the night even more by upgrading to a hospitality package with Club Wembley? Coldplay Music of the Spheres World Tour is at Wembley Stadium across six dates from 12th to the 21st August. From your arrival you’ll experience the best-in-class hospitality of the Club Wembley team. Food & drink, alongside support acts that include H.E.R and London Grammar, ahead of the main event – Coldplay. We experienced it ourselves, and it wasn't easy tearing ourselves away from the waffle fries and doughnut station to enjoy the show - now that is saying something!

Make an enquiry for your special evening here: clubwembley.com/make-an-enquiry

Visit the By Rotation pop-up 

Social fashion rental app By Rotation are opening their Summer pop-up due to popular demand. Located in Belgravia, the pop-up will run from 4th of August to 20th September. You’ll be able to browse from the best wardrobes on the app and they will also introduce a ‘rotation station’ where rotators can drop off and pick up their rented looks in-store. Rotators can also book in a styling session through the By Rotation website and someone from the team will curate a specific edit for them to achieve their dream rental look.

Whether it’s a wedding guest dress, graduation outfit or date night look - the team have you sorted. By Rotation will also use the space to highlight independent & new designers and will have a variety pieces in store exclusive to the By Rotation community. A fashion rental company centred around community, you can expect lots of in-store events such as a workshop from one of their top rotators on how to make the most of your wardrobe, late-night shopping with complimentary drinks as you browse, beauty experiences and much more.

The pop-up will be open Monday - Saturday, 10am to 6pm. Address: 75 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia SW1W 9PJ.

One Hundred Shoreditch partners with ‘Stories Behind Things’

 One Hundred Shoreditch has partnered with eco multimedia platform ‘Stories Behind Things’, to launch The Corner Store, an innovative concept store pop up celebrating over 40 of the world's leading brands in sustainability. Stories Behind Things will be popping up in the hotel’s Workshop from 5 - 21 August, showcasing innovative sustainable brands that put people and the planet first, as well as hosting a range of events, workshops and classes. One Hundred Shoreditch’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and the local community aligns with Stories Behind Things core values of promoting the stories behind sustainable brands and leading with positivity in a bid to make the climate movement engaging and desirable, making it the perfect location for the store.

The Corner Store will showcase innovative sustainable brands across multiple categories; brands who are putting the people and planet first. Notable headline partnerships include Vestiaire Collective, as well as Tony’s Chocolonely , and other notable eco brands, providing a residency made up of an interactive and inspiring schedule filled with community events, panels, workshops and industry meetups.

For more info, visit onehundredshoreditch

Visit the SUPERFUTURES Art Exhibition at Selfridges 

Spread across three floors at Selfridges, the SUPERFUTURES art exhibition opens up a visual discussion surrounding the future of humanity. The exhibition offers a curated collection of works by multidisciplinary artists who marry themes of technology and human identity to create cutting-edge pieces. 

Championing sustainability, hybridity and connection, the space prompts viewers to contemplate: "How might we live? What might we look like? How will we behave? And what might it feel like?"

Featuring meditative works and installations by Ottolinger, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Lowri Cooper, Katja Novitskova and more, there is plenty of food for thought for spectators to devour. 

SUPERFUTURES is on view at Selfridges London until October 16. A virtual tour is also available via the Selfridges website.


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