What to do
Head to the elegant surrounds of Bedford Square for the pop up cocktail fair Cocktails in the City where the capital’s finest bars serve up their signature drinks within a short sipping distance of each other. Participating bars include The Alchemist, Mr Fogg’s, Cahoots, Genuine Liquorette and many more.
Entry tickets are £20 and includes your choice of complimentary cocktail upon arrival. Additional cocktails are £7.50
What to see
Pop up Film
Sink into a deckchair at the rooftop film club in Peckham on Friday and enjoy an early bird preview on Thursday of smash hit The Souvenir, with a secret special guest. On Friday The Princess Bride is showing followed by Notting Hill on Saturday. There’s also a chance to be ‘zombified’ by a special effects expert on Sunday, if you’re so inclined, before relaxing into the rooftop deckchairs for a screening of A Train to Busan on July 14th at the Bussey Building, Peckham. Don’t miss out on ice cream from extrême, hot dogs, burgers and salads from Rockadollar on the roof.
For live music and more pop up film, head to Big Green on the Green on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July at the beautiful sites of Fulham Palace Private Garden and Morden Hall Park. Watch the Wimbledon final on the screen and relax in the Champagne lounge.
Venture over to Kew Gardens to explore the glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly. The celestial vibrant blue masterpiece Sapphire Star will welcome you as you walk through Victoria Gate. And be sure to head to the glasshouses where Chihuly’s sculptures adorn the roofs like chandeliers.
Where to eat
The Barbary, Neal’s Yard
The Palomar’s critically acclaimed sibling has a menu which charts the culinary delights of the Barbary Coast of North Africa all the way to Jerusalem. You dine together at the counter, meaning you’re up close to the action as the flavours make their way onto your plate.
The Clove Club
The Clove Club in Shoreditch Town Hall is a must for any London foodie worth their salt. It’s done much to salvage the reputation of British cuisine and, with a constantly changing menu, there’s always something new to try. Book ahead if you want to snap up a table.
Where to drink
Disrepute in Soho has an eye-popping cocktail menu, all set within a sixties and seventies inspired interior. With live funk and soul at the weekends., it’s easy to see why this has become a stalwart of the Soho drinking scene.
For an air of vintage sophistication, seek out Manettas, tucked away in Flemings Hotel Mayfair. Immortalised in the novels of Agatha Christie, you can try a signature cocktail named in her honour.
For a sky high drinking treat, try the Living Bar in the Garden Room at Bourne & Hollingsworth’s new venue on the Charing Cross Road. The panoramic rooftop views of the West End make any drink you order here feel out of the ordinary. And, with Brunch and dinner also on offer, you’re sure to return for more.
Run off the excesses of Friday night by joining a park run on Saturday morning. Kicking off at 9 am, there are 5K runs every Saturday across London, including Clapham Common, Wimbledon Common, Highbury Fields, Hampstead Heath, Hackney Marshes and Greenwich Park