HAVE AFTERNOON TEA HERE: Kimpton Fitzroy
London Kimpton Fitzroy London has unveiled a limited-edition ‘Summer Rose Garden’ afternoon tea in partnership with Laurent-Perrier. Transforming the hotel’s Palm Court into a garden, head pastry chef Thibault Marchand has been inspired by rose gardens in the UK as well as his native home of France to create the afternoon tea. The treats begin with sandwiches including roast chicken, grain mustard, rocket salad and smoked salmon with fennel, apple and trout roe, followed by a selection of plain, raspberry and rose-flavoured scones served with cream, lemon curd and Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé jam. The tea also features a twist on the classic French choux, shaped into a flower and served with white chocolate petals and a sugar-paste butterfly. The hotel’s director of bars, Sean Fennelly, has also curated a series of cocktails featuring the Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé, best enjoyed on Palm Court’s very own summer terrace.
1-8 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, WC1B 5BE; until 31st August
DRINK UP HERE: Cocktails In The City
London’s only al fresco cocktail festival returns to the capital this weekend for two days of mixing, shaking, creating, clinking, sipping, tasting and innovating. Cocktails In The City’s summer edition takes place in prestigious private gardens in Bloomsbury. Here, 25 of London’s finest bars will come together to take guests on a journey through London’s famed cocktail culture as they compete to be crowned best bar. Bedford Square Gardens will be transformed into a multi-sensory playground of flavour with experiential experiences, tastings, interactive games, guided cocktail tours and pop-ups from some of the world’s finest spirit brands. There will be something for all taste-buds as guests explore the immersive areas that form the festival, ranging from tropical paradises to enchanting botanical gardens.
Bedford Square Gardens, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3HH; 13th-14th July
PARTY HERE: Dinerama
Every Saturday from 13th July until 10th August, Shoreditch nightclub XOYO will be hosting an all-day party at Dinerama until 10pm before moving on to the music venue itself until 4am. Named ‘Five Weeks At The Disco’, the event’s line-up has been curated by Late Nite Tuff Guy. This Saturday sees Late Nite Tuff Guy take to the decks himself, joined by Joshua James. Expect some of the best street food the city has to offer (such as Club Mexicana, Goat, Ink and Salt Shed), plus cocktails, beers and banging music for a proper summer night out.
32-37 Cowper Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4AP; 13th July
BUY SOME ART HERE: House Of Illustration Summer Fair
Part of Craft & Makers Weekend at King’s Cross, for one day only House of Illustration will transform The Crossing into a pop-up marketplace, selling a range of ‘freshly illustrated’ products. There will be over 100 hand-picked stalls, showcasing the diverse talents of contemporary illustrators and collectives. Visitors can buy one-off pieces of art from emerging and established illustrators, including limited-edition prints, books and ceramics, across styles from children’s illustration to graphic design and comics. The fair will take place from 11am–5pm, and is free to attend.
2 Granary Square, King's Cross, N1C 4BH; 13th July
ENJOY ALL THINGS LOBSTER HERE: J Sheekey
J Sheekey’s Atlantic Bar has just launched a new summer rosé menu which features 13 different rosés available by the glass or bottle, ideal for sitting out and enjoying the sunshine. For a perfect pairing, the team has also launched ‘The Atlantic Summer Experience’, available for two people to share, which includes a carafe of IGP Pays d’Oc rosé and a fruits de mer platter bearing four oysters, Atlantic prawns, mussels, clams, ceviche, cockles and whelks. Also new this month is the restaurant’s dedicated lobster menu, which serves the likes of chilled sweetcorn soup with lobster ceviche; Thai-spiced lobster salad with grapefruit, avocado and cashews; and lobster poke tostadas with peppered pineapple and chipotle. Summer on a plate.
33-35 St Martin's Court, Covent Garden, WC2N 4AL
FIND YOUR NEW FAVOURITE BAND HERE: Independent Label Market
The best independent talent across the worlds of music and beer are set to take over Coal Drops Yard on Saturday. The annual Independent Label Market is teaming up with the London Brewers Market as part of the Craft & Makers Weekend at King’s Cross. Here, you’ll find exclusives, rarities, product sampling and tasting at the stalls, plus DJ sets from the artists and labels too. The music market regularly sees visits by the artists themselves, who might even get behind the stalls to help sell some vinyl: the likes of Diplo, Tim Burgess, Hot Chip, Erol Alkan, Edwyn Collins and Gilles Peterson have all hosted their own stalls at the market, so keep an eye out.
Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA; 13th July
CELEBRATE BASTILLE DAY HERE: Orrery
Marylebone’s Orrery is commemorating Bastille Day on 14th July with lunch and dinner celebrations. Paying tribute to France’s national day, guests can expect a champagne reception followed by a one-off, four-course menu of classic French dishes including salmon gravlax with orange and carasau bread followed by boeuf en croute, pommes purée, truffle and madeira sauce. Orrery’s celebrated cheese trolley will then make its way from table to table, before a dessert of strawberry, meringue, chantilly and sorbet. Matching wines from the vineyards of France will accompany each course, picked out by sommelier Nicola Perrone.
55 Marylebone High Street, Marylebone, W1U 5RB; 14th July
WATCH WIMBLEDON HERE: St James’s Market
St James’s Market is aiming to rival Centre Court for the best view of all the Wimbledon action, with daily open-air screenings of the Championships. Running until the Men’s Final on Sunday, the full tournament will be shown on a giant screen and visitors can enjoy watching from deck chairs. To celebrate the event, restaurants in St James’s Market will be serving food and drinks from their terraces with special Wimbledon offers and incentives: Aspinal of London is serving free Pimm’s, SMEG is offering freshly made lemonade and Quaglino’s is offering 20% off the bill.
St James's, SW1Y 4QQ; until 14th July
WATCH THIS: Apollo 11
From director Todd Douglas Miller (Dinosaur 13) comes a cinematic event 50 years in the making. Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of Nasa’s most celebrated mission—the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin household names. Immersed in the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control and the millions of spectators on the ground, the film explores the vivid experience of those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.
In cinemas now
BE A VIP HERE: Big Screen On The Green
Didn’t manage to get Wimbledon tickets? Don’t miss your chance to watch the finals in the beautiful setting of Fulham Palace Private Gardens with endless Pimm's and strawberries. Big Screen on the Green is returning for another English summer garden party this weekend, complete with live music, pop-up films and sporting action on 13th-14th July. Big Screen on the Green will be serving up summery cocktails, a champagne lounge, experiential entertainment, gourmet food, an elegant picnic area and plenty of strawberries and cream, ready to celebrate the Wimbledon champs, all while raising money for several charities. To gain access to 2-4-1 tickets and a free glass of prosecco, sign up to become a SheerLuxe VIP using the link below.
Fulham Palace Private Gardens, Bishop's Ave, Fulham, SW6 6EA; offer valid until 14th July
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