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House Destinations - America

Sommer Pyne

Photo -  Viviana Rishe

In this weeks instalment of our blog series House Destinations, we explore homestyle inspiration across the pond in America. Looking at it’s two contrasting coasts and everything that lies in between. We explore properties in several different states that illustrate the varying landscapes and how architecture and interior design play off their surroundings.

Photo Source : Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

Photo Source : Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

Los Angeles, California

Fun Jungle Retreat

First up is the home of Poppy and Cara Delevingne, this house is the true meaning of fun with a Playboy pinball machine, bold palm print wallpaper, a nautical bar, a swimming pool and a stripper pole. It’s the complete opposite of the traditional British interiors they grew up with and we can’t get enough.

Photo Source : Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

Photo Source : Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

The property that the sisters share dates from around the 1950s, located on a quiet LA street nestled between palm trees and lush greenery for that LA urban jungle vibe. The house is laid out with a pair of master suites on different floors and with two separate entrances. The vision of this fun space has been brought to life by architect Nicolò Bini of L.A.–based Line Architecture, who worked closely with the Delevingne’s to bring their dream to life.

Photo Source : Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

Photo Source : Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

Photo Source : Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

Photo Source : Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

Photo Source : Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

Photo Source : Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

Bini’s describes the style as having nods to midcentury modern, Laurel Canyon bohemia, Beverly Hills swank, surfing culture, and a little Mexico. The prints and colour used throughout the home are so vibrant and bold they burst life into each room. Palms trees, birds of paradise and hanging plants feature heavily throughout the house adding life to each room.

Photo Source : Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

Photo Source : Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

Each of the girl’s bedroom suites represent their own individual personalities. Older sister Poppy’s room is calming and relaxing with white walls accented with pale pinks and blues. A striking feature wall of hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper featuring monkeys and toucans skipping in trees and vines against a Tiffany blue backdrop with a large bed. The suite has stunning views of the garden, patio area and it feels as if you’re sitting in a forest.

Photo Source : Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

Photo Source : Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

Cara’s bedroom is a complete contradiction to her sister’s with a darker mood, rich colour palette of purples, reds and burgundy cover the walls, floors and ceilings. Plus heavy velvets fabrics, art deco gold accents, and an oversized bed, it has a real gentleman’s club vibe to it. Also on the ground floor is a cinema/party room complete with carpeted walls, a mirrored ceiling, a stripper pole, disco lighting, and an assortment of black velvet paintings of semi naked women. You can’t deny how fun this house is.

Photo Source : Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

Photo Source : Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

Photo Source : Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

Photo Source : Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

Photo Source : Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

Photo Source : Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

Photo Source : Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

Photo Source : Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

And of course no LA pad would be complete without a pool and outside BBQ area.

The pool and bbq area are decorated with moroccan patterned tiles, large terracotta pots, palm print rattan pool furniture and stripe sun parasols that tops off this truly stunning LA home, why would they ever want to leave. We’re just wondering where our invite is?! One can only dream.

Key features we love

  • Banana-leaf and palm-print fabrics - in all colours and scales

  • Emerald-lacquered dining room

  • Rattan monkey chandelier

  • Striped outdoor umbrellas

  • Jewel tone velvets

  • Rattan Furniture - including hanging chairs

  • Custom neon bar sign

  • Moroccan tiled pool/bbq area 

  • Hidden Teepee in the garden

  • Large Moroccan Rugs

  • Pattern, pattern and more pattern

Source: Architectural Digest


Photo: Architectural Digest

Photo: Architectural Digest

Pasadena, California

Mandy Moore Bunaglow

Next up is Mandy Moore’s stunning 1950s Pasadena home, set in the hills overlooking the city with stunning views. The house was originally designed by Harold B. Zook and Emily Farnham was the architect who recently brought it back to life with interior designer Sarah Sherman Samuel, and Terremoto landscape designers.

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The statement fireplace hood with scallop edge was an original feature that has been restored to its former glory.

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The living area is laidback and feels calm and unpretentious. The room is balanced with modern mid-century furniture, pops of metallics, warm colour tones and texture.

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The luxurious kitchen reminds me of the House Curious kitchen with the marble island and Wolf hob and oven. We love the natural wooden stools that have been mixed in with the marble, brass and glass doors. I spy a Zip Water tap that every home should have - sparkling water, boiling hot water and filtered cold water on tap. Bye bye plastic bottles. Plus check out that view!

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This home is a bungalow all on one level which means you can step straight out of this bedroom to the pool and patio area.

Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

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Key features we love

  • Restored original features

  • Terrazzo floor

  • Zip tap

  • Statement gold starburst light

  • Single storey layout

  • Fiddle leaf fig plant

Source: Architectural Digest


Photo Source: Echo and Earl

Photo Source: Echo and Earl

Palm Springs, California

A Frame Hideaway

This dessert hideaway is the perfect place to escape away from the hustle and bustle of LA. A stones throw from Indio where you’ll find festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach. The house is surrounded by mountains, desert, cacti, waterfalls and trees full of fruit and olives.

The A-Frame structure is unusual and the colour makes it almost disappear, blending into the surrounding area. The structure reminds me of a great big tent - This is glamping to the extreme.

Photo Source: Echo and Earl

Photo Source: Echo and Earl

Owned by 3 creatives behind agency Echo and Earl they had a clear vision from the outset and wanted to create a space to hold retreats for like minded creative types. The A Frame House was previously owned by Sarah Sherman Samuel who was the designer behind Mandy Moore’s Pasadena bungalow above. You can see Sarah’s stamp on it, however the current owners have done a few updates with some clever ideas to overhaul rooms on a conservative budget.

Photo Source: Echo and Earl

Photo Source: Echo and Earl

Photo Source:  Sarah Sherman Samuel

Photo Source: Sarah Sherman Samuel

If working with a small budget, paint can dramatically transform a space as you can see above with the white room. The kitchen can be a money pity but one clever way to save money is to keep the existing cabinet carcass and upgrading the doors and invest in premium handles.

Photo Source: Echo and Earl

Photo Source: Echo and Earl

Photo Source: Echo and Earl

Photo Source: Echo and Earl

Wall paper can dramatically change the way a room looks and feels. There are so many cheaper alternatives on the market these days so again this can be a good cost saver with little effort. I also like the idea of using ply wood as they have done in the bathroom. I love the rawness of this material and would look great in a moderne bright apartment.

Photo Source: Echo and Earl

Photo Source: Echo and Earl

The ribbed walls are a real statement feature in this room. Having been inspired by similar wooden walls from cafes and bars on their travels in Australia the owners wanted to recreate the look but initial quotes were expensive. Undeterred they looked at different options and ended up with PVC pipes as a great alternative. The point colour takes it to another level.

Photo Source: Echo and Earl

Photo Source: Echo and Earl

Photo Source: Echo and Earl

Photo Source: Echo and Earl

Photo Source: Echo and Earl

Photo Source: Echo and Earl

Taking inspiration from their surroundings the desert and earthy tones work brilliantly here.

Photo Source: Echo and Earl

Photo Source: Echo and Earl

One of the biggest investments was this saltwater pool, which is much needed in the desert heat. We love the tile detailing on the pool and it feels very much in keeping with the laid back Palm Spring vibe.

The veranda area with white gazebo is the perfect place to curl up with a book and a glass of wine. It really is a space to escape and get back to basics. You probably know that we are huge fans of hanging chairs and we believe they just add magic to any interior or outdoor space.

Photo Source: Echo and Earl

Photo Source: Echo and Earl

Key features we love

  • A frame structure

  • Bold wallpaper

  • Fun ribbed walls

  • Soft colour palette

  • Veranda complete with hanging chairs

  • Salt water swimming pool

Source: Clever/Architectural Digest


Photo Source:  Peter Cook  &  David Agnello

Photo Source: Peter Cook & David Agnello

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole House

The rural, sparse landscape of Jackson Hole, Wyoming is spectacular and the views of snow capped peaks and the vast valley of the Grand Teton National Park isa sight to be seen. The cabin that was designed by studio McLean Quinlan have created a stunning reflection of the extraordinary beauty that surrounds it.

Photo Source:  Peter Cook  &  David Agnello

Photo Source: Peter Cook & David Agnello

Photo Source:  Peter Cook  &  David Agnello

Photo Source: Peter Cook & David Agnello

This property blends into its surroundings much like the Ocean House in Australia, that we featured in our last blog post. It combines the styles of European Chalet and American cabin seamlessly. It just makes you want to hideaway and be at one with nature.

Photo Source:  Peter Cook  &  David Agnello

Photo Source: Peter Cook & David Agnello

The materials used are both new, and reused and have been carefully considered to ensure that the structure blends into it natural surroundings. From stonework that will eventually invite lichen to grow, silvered cedar shingle wood that will weather with the rain, wind and snow. Even the planted sage bush on the boundaries will eventually merge the exterior of the house with the terrain.

Photo Source:  Peter Cook  &  David Agnello

Photo Source: Peter Cook & David Agnello

Photo Source:  Peter Cook  &  David Agnello

Photo Source: Peter Cook & David Agnello

Photo Source:  Peter Cook  &  David Agnello

Photo Source: Peter Cook & David Agnello

The interiors mimic the exterior, with a reduced palette and use of similar materials, white walls, natural timber ceilings and floors, glass walls and stone detailing are the key. The glass walls allow the inside to come flooding in, even when they’re closed. The decor has been paired back for a clean and minimal look but when you have these views you don’t need anything else.

Photo Source:  Peter Cook  &  David Agnello

Photo Source: Peter Cook & David Agnello

Simple futon style beds, wooden tables, chairs and stools furnish the rooms whilst linens and cotton soften the hard lines.

Photo Source:  Peter Cook  &  David Agnello

Photo Source: Peter Cook & David Agnello

Photo Source:  Peter Cook  &  David Agnello

Photo Source: Peter Cook & David Agnello

Key features we love

  • Natural materials and colour palette.

  • Simple furniture design that compliments the structure of the house

  • Statement Bath tub with views for miles.

  • Stunning landscape

  • Wide floor to ceiling glass windows/doors

  • Clean and simples lines

Source: Est Living


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Brooklyn, New York

Ulla Johnson’s Brownstone

We couldn’t not feature a brownstone in our American home tour, New York has so many incredible properties and we simply had to show you this next one. The interior is eclectic with lot’s of colours and interesting art dotted around making use of dead space.

This home belongs to fashion designer Ulla Johnson and her husband Zach Miner. Buying property in New York is uber competitive and having lived in the neighbourhood for a few years prior the couple knew exactly which two streets they wanted to live on and raise their family.

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Built around 1850 the house was perfect, not too big but enough space to fit the bustling family, plus the west-facing garden was just want Ulla Johnson had been searching for. To make the changes they were looking for Ulla has used the same team that is behind her store design.

This project was a mix of preservation, restoration and adaptation. The insanely intricate cornicing in the living room was painstaking restored, a solarium was added at the back of the kitchen wall adding an additional two feet and allowing light to flood in from the balcony beyond. A skylight floats above the curved staircase bringing more light inside. 

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The interiors exude warmth and tactility, reflecting Ulla Johnson's boho inspired clothing but with a modern edge running throughout. It’s clear that the couple love textiles, and craftsmanship from metallic-threaded window treatments to living room Ikat sofa. Walls finished in blush-hued pearlescent plaster, and the hearths feature colourful marble inlays inspired by Italian mosaics. 

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Rose marble has been used in the bathroom and compliments the warmth of the brass fittings.

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The garden is so magical and is a real sanctuary from the surrounding buildings. A gorgeous path weaves between the heavily planted beds of peonies and wisteria leading to a relaxing patio.

Key features we love

  • Unlacquered brass hardware

  • Rose marble

  • Soap-coated chevron wood floors

  • Travertine floor in the bathroom

  • African-inspired design

  • Surfboard-style dining table, which they purchased from architect Arthur Casas on a trip to Brazil

  • Statement Artwork

Source: Architectural Digest


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Greenwich, Connecticut

Elegant New England House

This elegant New England home built in 1900 and extended by Pennoyer Architects is bursting with rooms. The cellar has a gym, family room, children’s play space, wine room and storage. The ground floor has a kitchen, sunroom, dining room, living room and library. The first floor has four bedrooms and bathrooms – one of them a master suite with separate dressing room and walk-in closet. There is also an additional guest bedroom and bathroom above the garage

Marble features heavily throughout the home but the entrance hall with its geometric pattern using two varying grey marble grabs you as soon as you open the door.

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The hallway and stairwell of this colonial house are a focal point of the house. With a decorative banister twisting and turning up to each floor, that opens up allowing little to flood the space. A large asymmetrical brass light hangs like a mobile drawing your gaze from the ground floor all the way up.

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The colour palette for this house is white, grey and natural wood. It has been given a real face lift by Britt Zunino, co-founder of New York design practice Studio DB.

Statement light fittings are a theme throughout this home creating a focal point in every room.

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The house has a luxurious but not flashy feel to it, in the kitchen marble features heavily, covering the walls, oven hood and kitchen island. 

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There are unexpected surprises from the marble walls in the kitchen to the bright teal paint on the panelled walls and ceiling of the library. The brass drinks trolley in the corner, the perfect bar set up.

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Our favourite room of this house apart from the hallway has to be, you guessed it, the master bathroom. The striking grey marble floor panel and splash back make it look as though the white bathtub is floating.

Key features we love :

  • Statement entrance hall and staircase

  • Stonework fireplaces

  • Geo marble floor

  • Teal panelled library

  • Minimal colour palette

Source: Architectural Digest

We hope you have enjoyed the latest House Destination. Please comment below and let us know what you think. We can’t wait for the next stop in our whistle stop tour around the world, so stay tuned x

If you missed the first instalment of this blog series click here for House Destinations - Australia.

Stress Free Summertime Entertaining Menu

Sommer Pyne

Inviting friends over for a dinner party should be a fun and relaxing experience. For some of us though it fills us with dread. The key to hosting a successful dinner party is all about the prep. The last thing you want to be doing is spending the night in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove. We’ve pulled together some of our favourite summer recipes that are straightforward and easy to prep the night before so you can relax and enjoy the evening.

To kick things off we have a cooling cocktail that’s super easy to make, and all you need to do is ensure you freeze there strawberries the night before and have them on hand ready to go. Prep just before your guests arrive and serve in a chilled tall glass, you will be sure to win your guests over.

COCKTAIL

FROSÉ (FROZEN ROSÉ) BY BROMA BAKERY

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bottle of Rosé

  • 6 cups frozen strawberries

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place frozen strawberries in a high power blend. Pour full of bottle of rosé in and cover blender.

  2. Blend at a medium high speed until no chunks of strawberries remain, about 2-3 minutes depending on the power of your blender.

  3. Serve right away!

Words and source: Broma Bakery

STARTER

MOZZARELLA, PEACHES AND HAM BY ALEX JACKSON

Although hardly a recipe, more of an assembly, this is summer ‘cooking’ at its simplest. As the success of this dish hinges on the quality of the ingredients, wait until the peaches are perfectly ripe and sweet. I prefer buffalo mozzarella from Campania, the fresher the better, but this would also be nice with fresh ricotta. You could also substitute nectarines in place of the peaches.

INGREDIENTS 

(Serves 4)

  • 4 x 125g balls of buffalo mozzarella

  • 2 peaches

  • Olive oil

  • Lemon juice

  • 12 basil leaves

  • 4 slices of cured ham (prosciutto if possible)

  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

METHOD


1. Tear the mozzarella with your hands into large pieces and scatter over a large plate or serving dish.
2. Halve, stone and slice the peaches into sixths or thick slices. Dress the peaches lightly with a tiny splash of olive oil and just enough lemon juice to balance out the sweetness of the peaches. Season with salt and black pepper.
3. Toss the basil gently and briefly with the dressed peaches, then arrange on the serving plate with the mozzarella. Drizzle the cheese with your best olive oil. Finally, drape the ham lovingly over the top.

Words and Source : Sheerluxe

MAIN

SPATCHCOCK GRILLED CHICKEN BY THE MODERN PROPER

How To Spatchcock a Chicken

This is a great recipe because you can do all your prep the night before by either asking your butcher to spatchcock it for you or do it yourself following the directions below. Marinade over night and then just take it out when you’re ready to grill.

Good kitchen tools and a little confidence are all you need to spatchcock, or butterfly, a chicken at home. Here’s how to do it yourself: 

  1. Cut the backbone out of the chicken, starting from the thigh end and working upwards. You’ll snip through the rib bones as you go, but it shouldn’t be too hard—a good, sharp pair of poultry shears or kitchen scissors really help with this step. Get as close to the backbone as you can, and once you’ve removed it, don’t toss it! It’s great for making chicken stock.

  2. Flatten that bird! Flip the chicken over so that it is skin-side up, and press down hard on the breastbone to flatten the chicken out. Remember: the goal is to make the chicken as evenly-splayed out as possible for quick, even cooking on the grill.

P.S. Friendly reminder—don’t rinse your chicken! And wash your hands super thoroughly before and after handling raw chicken. And, while we’re talking chicken and food safety, always check that your chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165°F before you pull it off the grill or out of the oven.

How To Grill a Spatchcocked Chicken

Your chicken has been prepped, rubbed with a paprika-garlic spice mix, and the grill is hot—now what?! Your work is nearly over—it’s time to let your grill do the rest. Our grilled spatchcock chicken recipe works perfectly on either a gas grill or a charcoal grill. Here are a few things to know: 

If you’re grilling your spatchcocked chicken on a gas grill: start with medium-high heat for the first few minutes of cooking, just until the skin is a nice crispy, golden-brown. Then crank that heat to low.

If you’ll be grilling a whole chicken over charcoal: begin cooking the dry-rubbed, spatchcocked whole chicken over direct heat (the warmest part of the grill) to give the skin a lovely char. After a few minutes, flip and move the chicken so that it finishes cooking over indirect heat.

SPATCHCOCK GRILLED CHICKEN

INGREDIENTS 

(Serves 6)

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

  • 1 tbsp salt

  • 1 tbsp paprika

  • 1 tbsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp pepper

  • 5 lb chicken, spatchcocked

  • 10 basil leaves, packed

  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves, packed

  • 4 green onions, roughly chopped

  • 6 garlic cloves

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

    METHOD

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

  2. Pat chicken dry using a paper towel. With your hands coat the chicken on all sides with the spice rub.

  3. Heat your grill to medium high heat.

  4. Once grill is preheated, brush grates with olive oil. Grill the chicken skin side down over direct heat, until golden brown, crispy and lightly charred, about 5 minutes. Turn the heat down to low, flip the chicken over. ** Continue to grill until skin is golden brown all over, juices run clear, and an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat registers 165°F. This will take about 45 minutes.

  5. While the chicken is cooking add all sauce ingredients to a blender and blend on high and set aside.

  6. Once chicken is cooked remove from the grill let it rest for 10 minutes before carving. Serve alongside the green garlic sauce and enjoy!

**If using a charcoal grill, move chicken away from indirect heat while cooking to be sure you don’t dry it out. This method may take longer than 45 minutes, so be sure to use a thermometer for doneness.

If You’ve Got 30 Seconds and a Blender, You’ve Got Homemade Herb Sauce. 

The best spatchcock chicken recipe is only as good as the herbs and spices that flavour it, and this easy, creamy garlic-and-herb sauce is what pushes the particular whole chicken recipe into overdrive. A whole spatchcocked chicken, fresh off the grill and carved at the table while it’s still steaming and juicy, served with this garlicky, bright, basil-y sauce for dipping and slathering and drizzling—well, let’s just say that it’ll make even the newbiest of new home cooks look like a master. And the best part? You just toss a bunch of fresh herbs in a blender with some mayo and lemon juice and give it a whirl. Herb sauce—made. Again do this the night before and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

Words and Source The Modern Proper

Photo @ devamadeo

Photo @devamadeo

We love a no-bake dessert that you prep the night before. Anything that means we can spend more time hanging out with friends and drinking wine.

DESSERT

NO-BAKE FIG TART BY DEV AMADEO

(Serves 8-10)

CRUST INGREDIENTS:

  • Shortbread cookies – 11 oz. (1 package)

  • Shelled pistachios – ¼ cup

  • Unsalted butter, melted – 4 to 5 TBSP

  • Raw sugar - 2 TBSP

  • Pinch of fine sea salt

    FILLING INGREDIENTS:

  • Heavy cream, chilled - 1 cup

  • Cream cheese, at room temperature - 8 oz.

  • Raw sugar - 3 TBSP

  • Powdered sugar - 5 TBSP

  • Halved figs, and crushed pistachios for topping

  • Honey to drizzle the figs (optional)

METHOD

To make the crust:  Preheat oven to 350°. In the bowl of the food processor already attached to the base, pulse the pistachios just before finely ground. Break the cookies and add them to the bowl with the salt. Pulse again until almost crushed, about less than 10 seconds. Make sure everything is well incorporated by scraping the bowl sides and bottom, then pulse a few more seconds to make everything come together. With the food processor running, pour the melted butter through the lid hole and pulse just a few seconds more, until the cookie crumbs look just wet. Transfer the content to the tart flute pan or the pan you will be using.  Press onto the bottom and up to the sides, until the crumbs are evenly distributed and you have reached the edges of the pan.  You may use a bottom flat small measuring cup or utensil to help yourself press down and distribute the crumbs. Bake for 8 minutes and then place it in the fridge to cool down.

To make the filling: Using an electric hand mixer or a standup mixer, both with the whisk attachment attached, whip the cream in medium speed until frothy and soft peak forms, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the cream cheese, small pieces at a time. Then add the powdered sugar and the raw sugar. Keep beating for a few minutes more, 3 to 4, just until the cream starts to look firm. Spread over the prepare crust. Decorate with figs and sprinkle some crushed pistachios or any other nuts. Drizzle some honey over the figs, if desire, before serving.

Words and Source : Dev Amadeo

August

Sommer Pyne

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Who doesn’t love chips … you need to check out Poptata - Open Now at multiple locations.

With more than 14 years experience in the Luxury Hospitality Industry, Marco and Luca decided to go back to basics and came up with a plan to offer Londoners something familiar and comforting, yet done in a very different way. Taking one of the best loved beacons of British culinary tradition, the (Italian pair) stole a march on their homegrown rivals and decided to celebrate the humble Chip. And Poptata was born, heralding the arrival of London’s best-ever-snack-time-favourite – STREET FRIES! For more info click here. Source and words by Poptata.com.

Notting Hill Carnival - 25th and 26th August

Given that an estimated two million people attended last year, Notting Hill Carnival totally deserves its reputation as Europe’s biggest street festival. The annual event is a vivid and thrilling spectacle that celebrates and showcases London’s rich, varied and magnificent multicultural past and present. And for any party lovers, the Carnival weekend is a vital date in the calender.

Still, the sheer size and excitement of Carnival can be overwhelming, especially if you’re unsure of exactly what you should be doing. So, to get totally prepared and ready for the celebrations, don’t go anywhere without reading Time out guide, which includes invaluable information, tips and travel details about Notting Hill Carnival 2019. For more info click here. - Source and words by Time Out.

London Dessert Festival

London Dessert Festival

The London Dessert Festival - 17th-18th August

The London Dessert Festival is the capital’s first experiential festival celebrating sensory indulgence through desserts. Journey through this incredible celebration of London’s finest and most fanciful creations, and let your senses guide you. Through the use of scents, flavours, textures, sights and sounds, we’ll take you on a voyage of discovery. With appearances from top influencers and some of the biggest names in gastronomy, this truly immersive experience will inspire, captivate and entertain. In the sweetest way you can imagine. For tickets and more info click here. Source and words by Londondessertfestival.com.

Hitchin Lavender, Hertfordshire

Hitchin Lavender, Hertfordshire

Pick Your Own Sunflower Farms near London

August-September is when sunflowers usually bloom in the UK — and plenty of farms and fields near London invite you to pick your own. If you're making a special journey, check ahead to ensure the flowers are out. British summers are anything but predictable. Click here for 5 great spots to check out. Source and words by Londonist.com.

The Maldon Smoke and Fire Festival - 16th August - 19th August

Now in it’s third year and attracting over 18,000 visitors. This August, the ancient town of Maldon in Essex welcomes back this fabulous two-day festival celebrating the magical art of cooking with FIRE and SMOKE; showcasing new and exciting food, recipes and techniques and offering entertainment the whole family can enjoy, including an extensive children’s play area. For tickets and more info click here. Source and words by Eventbrite.

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Shards Sessions 3rd August - 12th October

The View from The Shard, in collaboration with Moët & Chandon, are quite literally taking music to new heights with this year’s Shard Sessions; a series of exclusive events with some special guests, all taking place 800ft above the capital. Create your perfect Moët moment on selected Friday & Saturday nights throughout the summer as a number of handpicked guests perform at the top of the city’s most iconic structure, we look forward to raising the roof on London’s highest riser. Catch performances & DJ sets from the likes of Colin Francis, DJ Luck & Mc Neat, Mark Wright, Nathan Dawe,Rickie & Melvin, Foor and many more whilst enjoying a complimentary glass of ice cold Moët & Chandon Champagne. For tickets and more info click here. Source and words by theviewfromtheshard.com.

The Monster - Alexandra Palace

The Monster - Alexandra Palace

The Monster at Alexandra Palace - 23rd -28th August

We're pumped! The world's biggest inflatable obstacle course is returning to London — and tickets are now on sale. The internet almost blew up in 2016, with the arrival of The Monster at Alexandra Palace. Now, it's been announced that the bouncy 300m-long course will return to Alexandra Palace for a short residency at the end of August. The Monster travels the world, transforming adults back into kids, thanks to its wacky 42 obstacles including an 18-metre long 'Mega Slide' and the 'Bouncy Cage of Doom'. The Monster has previously been an adults-only zone, but this time there's a two-day special event for kids aged 7-15 (27 and 28 August). For tickets and more info click here. Source and words by The Londonist.

Somerset House - Film 4 Summer Screen

Somerset House - Film 4 Summer Screen

Somerset House - 8th-21st August

Join in the ultimate cinematic experience under the starry sky when the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court transforms into a beautiful open-air cinema.

Over fourteen summer evenings, London’s largest outdoor screen and cinema-quality surround sound ensure you enjoy every frame, every look and every line of these unmissable films. New this year, you can select from a range of seating options in the courtyard, including beanbags and director’s chairs, and pre-book a hamper or dining package.

With Jimmy Garcia’s BBQ Club on site and top-class DJ spinning tunes as the sun goes down each night, Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House is outdoor cinema at its finest. For tickets and more info click here. Source and words by Somerset House

The stables - Fest Camden

The stables - Fest Camden

The Stables at Fest Camden

Although our stables our individually themed for the perfect party spot and club night. They are home to our very own pub house during the day. Enjoy a live pianist playing the best of commercial acoustic tunes, whilst enjoying our new best of British pub grub and delicious drinks menu. 

Whether you’re looking for a new go to place for after work drinks, a spot to enjoy food and drink to break up your memorable tour of Camden’s markets or a place for pre drinks before attending one of our spectacular events, the pub house is now OPEN! For more info click here. Source and words by CamdenFest.com.