London doesn’t disappoint, especially in the summer. The easing of Lockdown restrictions means that the capital’s pop-up beaches, foodie festivals, art exhibitions and al fresco fun are here for the taking.
The Montague on the Gardens is a boutique Bloomsbury hotel that loves its OTT seasonal events. Each summer, The Beach Bar at The Montague, housed in a gorgeous Georgian townhouse, brings a touch of the Bahamas to the area. Pop-up beach themes include bucket loads of real sand, a thatched roof cabana, real palm trees, cocktails served in coconuts and a backdrop of a blissful beach. Book online to secure your one-hour 30-minute slot between 1pm and 5pm (7pm weekends), £29pp includes a Montague beach burger and chips with a choice of three drinks.
PIC CREDIT:All images are © Bernard Cohen, courtesty of Flowers Gallery
London Original Print Fair is the capital’s longest running annual print fair, and usually takes place at the Royal Academy of Arts. This year the annual event becomes London Original Print Week from 1-8 May, collating over 50 top international print dealers, galleries and studios. As London’s galleries re-open, fans of art and culture can now visit participating venues including Mayfair and Soho. Abstract artist Bernhard Cohen’s limited-edition acrylic- on-linen prints will be showing at the Flowers Gallery, on Cork Street, Mayfair to coincide with the artist's ‘Interiors’ exhibition. Book ahead of your visit.
Following the joyous relaxation of restrictions this month, Covent Garden now has a new al fresco dining scheme, featuring over 800 additional new seats across the surrounding streets as well as the historic Piazza. As a bonus, from now until May 16, a four-day street food festival from Feast It every Thursday to Sunday, will fill the Piazza with pop-up restaurants and food trucks including Utter Waffle, Smoky Gaucho, The Barrow, Milktree Vegan Gelato, Bubble Bros, The Little Orange Van, Kuka Coffee, Beetle Juice Drinks and Hermanos Tacos House. Diners can sample the variety of dishes seated in the pocket garden.
London is full of places to mess about on the water, including leafy parks with plenty of places to hire boats, too. Aside from a lovely rose garden, an open air theatre, ZSL London Zoo, cafés, wildlife, sports areas and plenty of green space, Regent’s Park has a large boating lake with both rowing boats and pedalos for hire. There’s also a smaller lake specifically for children with child-sized pedalos. Hire from the Boathouse, adults £10.50, children, £7.50 per hour. Open daily 10am-6pm from now until October 31.
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