8 Places You Need To Know About This Summer

8 Places You Need To Know About This Summer

What to eat, where to party and where to stay: here's where you need to be

It's almost warm enough to bare our sun-deprived legs which means it must be nearly summer! If you're stuck for plans, take a look at our round up of the best places to eat, drink and generally be merry. Be there or be square.

The All-in-One

If you liked Street Feast, you'll love Fairground. Taking over three floors of a disused office block in Haggerston, Fairground is a massive festival style mash-up of live music, art masterclasses and street food. Keep an eye out for the WAH! Nails takeover and The Grandaad Lounge - a relaxed space encouraging discovery and inspiration. Right on man.

Fairground runs every weekend for the next nine weeks at 260-264 Kingsland Road, E8 4DG. Free entry. www.fairgroundlondon.com



The Club

It may be the sister club of Whisky Mist but don't let that put you off. Much more than the latest Made In Chelsea haunt, Rusty Nail is essentially an upmarket house party minus the dreaded next day clear-up. Think ultra-cool interior design meets distressed wood panelling all finished with a Melon Bee cocktail.

Rusty Nail, 35 Hertford Street, London, W1J 7SD. Tue and Thu-Sun 10.30pm-3am. Also available for private bookins on other nights.

Rusty Nail Club

The Afternoon Tea

From Queen Elizabeth lavender cupcakes to chocolate and cornflake gateaus inspired by John Lennon (check out the adorable mini vinyl made of icing), it doesn't get more patriotic than iconic hotel Threadneedle's English Afternoon Tea. The quintessentially British addition to any pastry lover's summer afternoon, this is one not to be missed. Our favourite? The Lord Nelson spiced rum cake of course!

Threadneedles English Afternoon Tea, £29 per person, www.hotelthreadneedles.co.uk

Threadneedles English Afternoon Tea


The Bar

Venture downstairs at Covent Garden's latest addition to all things Americana, Big Easy, and you'll be in for a treat. More specifically, an old school-inspired, absinthe fountain-boasting bar, The Shelter. Yes, we did say absinthe fountain. With live jazz and blues every night, The Shelter is this summer's speakeasy bar worth bragging about.

The Shelter below Big Easy Covent Garden, www.bigeasy.co.uk

The Shelter


The Rooftop Hideout

Celebrating the Swedish tradition of Hudufolk, Fika's 'Hidden Folk' transformation is a night out with a distinctly magical feel. Following their tribute to director Wes Anderson last summer, this year's mystical metamorphosis is a folkloric feast for the eyes. Complete with a Scandi-style forest, Fika's rooftop terrace is perfect for a secret sup this midsummer.

Fika Bar & Kitchen - 161 Brick Lane, London, E1 6SB, www.fikalondon.com

Hidden Folk


The Party

Known for their infamous Seven Deadly Sins parties, DJ collective Housekeeping are bringing their latest indulgent installment, 'Gluttony', to London (and no, that doesn't mean you should smuggle cake into the venue). Taking residence in Koko for one night only, be prepared for back-to-back sets of deep, funky and tech house with original remixes and bootlegs. Sounds pretty deadly to us. 

Housekeeping 'Seven Deadly Sins - Gluttony', 10th May, £25, buy tickets HERE

Housekeeping at Koko

The Hotel

Sunny London is our favourite London. And we've decided the best way to explore the city this summer is by bike. Cue the newly renovated Sanderson Hotel's 'Spring Break' offer, which takes you on a whirlwind bike tour around the big smoke. After cycling yourself into a tourist frenzy using their bespoke bike tour map, collapse in a massive bed and wake up the next day to eggs on toast. Pretty much our perfect weekend.

The Sanderson Hotel 'Spring Break' package, book by 30th April, valid 1st April - 11th May, from £239, book HERE


The Sanderson Hotel Bike Tour


The Restaurant

If you like refreshing cocktails, incredible city views and live music then we're pretty sure you'll like Roast. Just two minutes from the river (perfect for a pre-dinner post-work stroll) Roast's after work cocktail club serves some of the best tipples this side of the Thames. Live jazz, fresh scallops and an Earl Grey Martini? Don't mind if we do!

Roast, www.roast-restaurant.com



By George Driver and Elodie Russo

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