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What To Book In London: August

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From boozy rooftop brunches to outdoor film screenings, these are the capital’s best events, food feasts, festivals and more to fill your social calendar this month…

CELEBRATE SUMMER HERE: Power of Summer 2017

Kicking off a six-week series of festivities, look forward to hip-hop classes, pizza parties and pop-up beaches at Battersea Power Station’s sizzling summer bonanza.

Battersea Power Station, 188 Kirtling St, Battersea SW8 5BN, 22nd July – 4th August, FREE

Visit BatterseaPowerStation.com


BRUNCH HERE: Condé Nast Traveller Brunch at Pergola on the Roof

Join the Condé Nast Traveller cool set for a Hampton’s-style summer brunch session at Pergola on the Roof. As well as a delicious brunch menu courtesy of dirty breakfast gurus Bad Egg – think cheeseburger hash and pancakes with bacon and maple syrup – there’ll be bottomless bubbles from West Sussex winery Nyetimber.

Pergola on the Roof, Television Centre, Wood Lane, White City W12 7RJ, 12th August, 10am – 12:30pm, tickets £30

Visit CNTraveller.com


RAISE A GLASS HERE: Mr Black Espresso Martini Fest

With 50 of the hottest cocktail venues taking part in London’s first ever Espresso Martini festival, you can grab a glass of the dark stuff for just £5 in some of the coolest corners of the capital. Hole up in Milk & Honey, Jason Atherton’s Blind Pig, Grind, Cocktail Trading Company, Original Sin and Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, among many others.

Various venues, 10th – 12th August, £10 festival pass

Visit DrinkUp.London



Launching a new series of gin tours for the summer, Gin Journey will take you on a botanical voyage of discovery around London’s hottest gin spots – you’ll be chauffeured from bar to bar – to taste your way through London’s illustrious gin blends. Choose from tours in Shoreditch, Bermondsey and Notting Hill – the latest tour that launches this summer – where mixology master Leon Dalloway will give you the lowdown on London’s gin-crazed history, whilst knocking up killer gin concoctions, to sink along the way.

Various dates and locations throughout August, tickets from £63.60

Visit GinJourney.com


COOL DOWN HERE: The Dorchester’s Ice Cream Champagne Afternoon Tea

Take afternoon tea with a twist at the Dorchester, where you can indulge in a quaint ice cream-themed afternoon tea, complete with finger sandwiches, scones and cakes, as well as an array of ice cream cones filled with blackberry mojito sorbet, clotted cream and cherry, honeycomb and strawberry basil sorbet, served in homemade crispy cones. And if that wasn’t enough, you can raise a glass of the fizzy stuff too – choose Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Champagne or Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé to accompany your lavish spread.

The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair W1K 1QA, the Ice Cream Afternoon Tea will be served in the Promenade at The Dorchester, available from 1st – 31st August, £65 per adult and £35 per child

Visit TheDorchesterCollection.com



FROLIC HERE: Wilderness Festival

Nestled in the pocket of Oxfordshire's countryside, Wilderness Festival will take over once again filling its rolling fields with electrifying music, delicious food and breath-taking performance pieces. A kernel of creativity, Wilderness is a cocktail of woodland parties, theatre, film, dances, pop-up spas and decadent long-table banquets. Pop legend Grace Jones will be headlining this year's event alongside Two Door Cinema Club and Bonobo. Look forward to foodie delights served up by celebrity chefs Yotam Ottolenghi, Nuno Mendes and Thomasina Miers, as well as sizzling street food from the likes of Patty & Bun, Berber & Q and Breddos Tacos. If you're feeling particularly decadent, hole up at the the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar, for a glass of fizz besides the lake, and be sure to head to the Lavazza Café where celebrity chef and food writer Gizzi Erskine will be hosting a coffee masterclass, followed by a live DJ set in Lavazza’s Espresso Martini bar.

Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, 3rd – 6th August, general camping tickets from £168.50

Visit WildernessFestival.com


MUNCH ON MICHELIN FARE HERE: The Elephant at John Lewis Gardening Society

Michelin-starred Torquay restaurant, The Elephant will bring the fresh flavours of Devon to London this month, with a two-month residency at John Lewis’ rooftop pop-up The Gardening Society. With an ever-changing menu, Chef Proprietor of The Elephant, Simon Hulstone will rustle up delicious plates, including Mayfield farmhouse chicken crackling, sour cream and chicken salt; Paignton crab with bantam egg, spelt toast, salsa verde and Tellicherry black pepper; and Kikkoman soy and ginger cured Fjord trout, cucumber, natural yoghurt and Cornish dulse powder.

The Gardening Society,  The Rooftop, 300 Oxford Street, Oxford Circus W1C 1DX, running from 1st August – end of September, Sunday – Wednesday 12pm – 9pm, Thursday-Saturday 12pm – 11pm, two courses £19; three courses £24.50

Visit JohnLewis.com


GET YOUR GROOVE ON HERE: London Craft Beer Festival

This August marks London Craft Beer Festival’s fifth birthday, so to celebrate, they’ll be taking over Shoreditch Electric Light Station to crank up the festival vibes for a birthday bash like no other. As well as craft beers and foodie delights from the mighty Berber & Q, Gunpowder, and Radio Alice, there’ll be epic DJ sets from Hot Chip, Foals, Norman Jay MBE and Metronomy’s Olugbenga.

Shoreditch Electric Light Station, Hoxton Square, Shoreditch N1 6HD, 4th, 5th & 6th August, tickets £42.50

Visit LondonCraftBeerFestival.com


INDULGE HERE: Itineraries of Taste with San Pellegrino at Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols will transform into a food lover’s haven this summer with a series of decadent banquets, hosted by a Michelin-starred line-up of legendary foodie greats. Look forward to innovative menus from Claude Bosi of Bibendum, Chris Denney of 108 Garage, Lee Westcott of Typing Room, Marianne Lumb of Marianne and Elizabeth Allen of Pidgin, who will take guests on a gastronomic journey that’s sure to satisfy.

Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, Belgravia SW1X 7RJ, 1st & 8th August, tickets £40

Visit Billetto.co.uk


PARTY HERE: Sexy Fish Lates

This fashion crowd favourite is offering a Late Night Menu to partying revellers to kick start the weekend antics. From 11pm-1am, tuck into sharing plates of prawn gyoza, langoustine tempura, and kimchi fried rice, and look forward to dizzying DJ sets that will be going well into the night.

Sexy Fish, Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair W1J 6BR, every Thursday, Friday & Saturday night, open until 2am

Visit SexyFish.com


GET YOUR FILM FIX HERE: Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

Somerset House’s film festival is back this August, with a programme of contemporary, cult and classic films, as well as exciting premieres of forthcoming releases. Highlights include Oscar-winning Moonlight, ‘90s cult classic Cruel Intentions and critically acclaimed animation My Neighbor Totoro. Live introductions and sundown DJ sets will also take place, as well as talks from eminent industry talent. We recommend you secure your seat early because this magical open-air cinema is always a sell-out.

Somerset House, Strand WC2R 1LA, 10th – 23rd August, tickets from £17

Visit SomersetHouse.org.uk


BELT IT OUT HERE: Songs From Above at The London EDITION

From Madonna and Whitney Houston to Bowie and George Michael, get your fix of anthemic pop classics at The London EDITION this August, where the Songs From Above choir will belt out the biggest hits from the last three decades.

The London EDITION, 10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia W1T 3NP, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th August, FREE

Visit EditionHotels.com


COOK UP A STORM HERE: Sosharu Asian Cooking Masterclasses

Perfect your Asian cooking skills at Jason Atherton’s Sosharu, where Chef Patron Alex Craciun, who spent a year honing his skills in Japan’s best kitchens in preparation for the Clerkenwell-based restaurant’s opening, will reveal his tricks of the trade. Budding chefs will learn how to fillet a whole salmon and sea bass to make sashimi, as well learning how to create your own sushi rolls.

Sosharu, 64 Turnmill Street, Clerkenwell EC1M 5R, 31st August, 5:30pm, tickets £70

Visit SosharuLondon.com


STRETCH OUT HERE: Sunset Rooftop Yoga

Stretch out and soak up the stunning views of the city with Kind Snack’s rooftop yoga session at Skylight’s Tobacco Dock, hosted by fitness guru Cat Meffan. Proceeds from the event will go to Suspended Coffees, a charity who champion acts of kindness around the UK.

Skylight, Tobacco Dock, St Katharine's & Wapping E1W 2SF, 1st August, 7pm – 8pm, tickets £10

Visit EventBrite.com


DREAM BIG HERE: Sunset Sessions at Dreamland

Fancy escaping London for the weekend? Head to Margate’s Dreamland for a series of free sunset party sessions, with live sets from Faithless, Norman J and Jenova Collective.

Dreamland, 49-51 Marine Terrace, Margate, Kent CT9 1XJ, various dates in August, FREE

Visit Dreamland.com



Brought to you by the talented Ellen Parr – co-founder of supper club duo The Art of Dining and previous chef at Moro – and Pete Kelly of Background Bars, Lucky & Joy is a buzzing new pop-up that offers a bold new take on modern Chinese cuisine. Diners will be dazzled with an array of fresh, flavoursome concoctions, including Xinjiang cumin lamb ribs hailing from North-West Muslim China, as well as the numbing heat of Sichuan cooking with Bang Bang Chicken Salad. Pete will pillage the kitchen pantry, infusing Asian fruits and spices into his killer cocktail list, and there will also be a bar snack menu of bao buns, Tornado potatoes and a BBQ in the garden cooking up smoky, sizzling delights.

298-299, Railway Arches, Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green E2 9HA, open from 3rd August

Visit Facebook.com/LuckyAndJoyLDN


LISTEN TO THIS: The Proms 2017 at The Kensington

For an evening of refined revelry, head to The Kensington hotel, where you’ll be treated to a twilight session of culinary and classical pursuits, to coincide with The Proms classical music festival. Look forward to live classical music, floral installations and a four-course menu of Mediterranean classics.

The Kensington, 109-113 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington SW7 5LP, running until 9th September

Visit TheDoyleCollection.com


INDULGE HERE: Three Girls Cook at Bluebird

MasterChef fans are in for a treat this August, as three of the extremely talented finalists, Lorna Robertson, Alison O’ Reilly and Giovanna Ryan, join forces to bring foodies a gastronomic feast. At their second supper club, the trio will be serving up four courses of British summertime classics in the opulent setting of Bluebird’s stunning private dining room.

350 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5UU, 4th 5th & 6th August, tickets £65 to include four courses and a welcome drink

Visit Bluebird-Restaurant.co.uk


DITCH YOUR DATE HERE: #NoDateNight at Rooftop Film Club

Calling all singletons, dating app Badoo is teaming up with Rooftop Film Club to host a free cinema screening of Will Smith’s rom-com Hitch, with free popcorn, cocktails and delicious grub. This is a strictly #NoDateNight – unless you find someone to curl up with on the night – otherwise grab the girls and raise a glass single-style. 

Roof A, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST, 6th August, doors open at 6pm, FREE but register for tickets here by 2nd August


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