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August

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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.

July

Sommer Pyne

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With the sunshine coming out to play this month we’ve picked out some of our favourite happenings in and around London. From Wimbledon, to sipping cocktails or heading to the seaside, we’re sure to have something that will get you into the summer spirit. Cheers to July may it be hot and sticky with plenty of ice cream days. Enjoy, and remember to share any hip happenings in the comments below x

Wimbledon - 1st-14th July

Kicking off this month is one of the most quintessentially British summer events, Wimbledon. It remains one of the very few major UK sporting events where you can still buy premium tickets on the day of play. Tickets are sold strictly on the basis of one per person queuing.

A limited number of tickets are available daily for Centre Court, No.1 Court and No.2 Court, except for the last four days on Centre Court, when all are sold in advance. In addition, several thousand Grounds Passes are available each day at the turnstiles entitling use of unreserved seating and standing room on Courts No.3 - 18. For more info click here.

Summer Cocktails

Secret London have a great selection of cocktail spots with some of the best places to sip on cool, alcoholic beverages in London this season; from frozen margaritas to charitable sugar snap pea-infused vodka. Believe me, they’re good. For more info click here.

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Escape to the beach

There are plenty of ways to escape London - from lush park walks to weekend village breaks - but sometimes a trip to the seaside is the only way to reset and unwind. Londoners needn’t trek far for a brilliant beach; the capital is well connected to some of the best beaches in the country, and in less than two hours, city folk can find themselves oceanside making sandcastles, spotting wildlife, and copping a lungful of fresh salty air.

From the fresh oysters on the foodie coastline of Mersea Island to seal-spotting and fossil hunting at Walton-on-the-Naze - here’s Time Out’s guide to the best beaches near London.

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Summer swimming

Come rain or shine, outdoor swimming was a favourite British pastime in the 1930s, over the last few years it has been making a bit of a come back. Luckily there are a few of the original lidos that remain and have been revamped for modern day – now serving as ideal spots for al fresco exercise or lazy summer days by the pool. Sheerluxe have pulled together some of the very best ones in London, and around the UK…for in for click here.

ON Blackheath - 13th-14th July

Born out of a desire to stage an event that would celebrate this stunning part of London, ONBlackheath was created as the perfect festival for unwinding and putting a smile on your face, showcasing the best in local and international artists, serving up amazing food, and offering a world of fun for our younger visitors. For more info click here.

Somerset House - Summer series - 11th-21st July

Across eleven nights of open-air gigs, Somerset House Summer Series brings a vibrant festival atmosphere to the very heart of London. With a programme of pioneering musicians across a range of genres, Summer Series gives music fans a live experience unlike any other, with the rare chance to see critically acclaimed artists plus some of the best up and coming performers in a spectacular yet intimate setting. For tickets nad more info click here.

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Citadel Festival - 14th July

If we’re being honest, Sundays at a festival are usually a bit of a damp squib. After days of abuse, both your inflatable mattress and soul are dangerously deflated. Going to a festival on a Sunday all fresh and rested, on the other hand, sounds a lot more appealing, especially if it’s tailor-made for the day of rest – which is where Citadel comes in. Returning to Gunnersbury Park once again as the calmer post-Lovebox antidote, Citadel has more of a chilled vibe to it, but still boasts some top musical acts including Friendly Fires, Honeyblood and Dream Wife, plus all manner of other pursuits, including comedy, arts, talks, workshops and lots of top food and drink. Words by Time Out for more info click here.

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Longboys - Now open

This new venture from former Group Pastry Chef for the Hakkasan group, Graham Hornigold, and Heather Kaniuk, former Executive Pastry Chef at the Mandarin Oriental, has brought us some very unholy doughnuts. These aren’t round boys, they’re Longboys.

Found at Wembley Boxpark and the Selfridges Food Hall, Longboys has changed the game for doughnuts. More like a eclair-doughnut hybrid, they’re filled with all sorts of fresh and tasty ingredients, such as rhubarb, custard and orange; sticky toffee, date and pecan; raspberry, rose and lychee; and lemon meringue pie.

May

Sommer Pyne

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With two bank holidays in May we’ve got some great ideas on how you might want to spend your long weekends. Sometimes it fun to explore the city we live in. Festival season kicks off this month and we will be sharing our favourites to check out this Summer.

The BBQ Club

The BBQ Club

The BBQ Club - Starting 3rd May

Based on the Southbank, directly on The Thames, The BBQ Club encompasses the best of modern BBQ food. From their reservation only interactive 6 course rooftop dining concept each evening, to a delicious casual street food menu featuring everything from burgers to showcasing the best rare breed meats with their low and slow specials… All washed down with delicious and refreshing summer cocktails and craft , its a must to check out. To book tickets and for more info click here.

Wine Week

Wine Week

Wine Week - 13th -19th May

London Wine Week is a seven day summer festival which takes place across the city, with delicious events happening each day of the week – from pop-up wine bars to al fresco parties, decadent dinners and tutored tastings – plus some of the very best wine bars creating bespoke tasting flights of wine for just £6 for you to try! For the first time - Festival Passes for London Wine Week are free meaning even more reason to drink up for more info click here.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 21st - 25th May

The world’s most famous flower show is back for another year, featuring cutting-edge garden design  fabulous shopping and plants from every corner of the globe. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, runs from 21 to 25 May 2019 and will feature the very best that the gardening world has to offer, including the famous Great Pavilion at the heart of the show packed with specialist growers and nurseries. It’s the ultimate day out for tickets and more info click here.

Grand Design Live 4th -12th May

Grand Designs Live, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, returns in 2019 at London's ExCeL from 4-12 May and from 9-13 October at Birmingham’s NEC. Based on the Channel 4 series and presented by Kevin McCloud, the show offers visitors top expert advice, new product launches and specialist exhibitors in six project zones. Whether you’re planning a self-build, renovation or are adding the finishing touches, find ideas and inspiration for your very own Grand Design at this multi-award winning event. This year Sommer will be taking part in a panel, health vs the home. For tickets and more info click here.

All Points East

All Points East

Festival season kicks off this month, each month we’re going to share some of our favourites to check out. Starting with All Points East.

All Points East - 24th May to 2nd June

All Points East is a music festival held over two weekends once a year in London’s Victoria Park, run by AEG Presents. The 10 day event comprises of two weekends of the most exciting names in music and four days of free entry and community activities known as In the Neighbourhood. For more info and tickets click here.

Float Tanks

Float Tanks

3 Tribes - Floatation Tanks - now open

With wellness becoming the biggest trend of 2019 we love to explore new ways to relax and look after ourselves. If you find it hard to relax then head to a floatation tank.

Floating is an experience that can help to reset our mental well being and bring balance to our thinking. By taking some time to quieten all the thoughts passing through our head, we allow ourselves to think clearly and become more focused. Floatation tanks are a modern and controlled way to meditate. Many of us have high-pressure jobs and find it hard to take time away from screens, people and everyday noise. For more info and to book an appointment click here.

Vinegar Yard

Vinegar Yard

Vinegar Yard - now open

Vinegar Yard is set to be a brand-new eating, drinking, shopping and art space from the team behind Flat Iron Square. Located under the direct gaze of The Shard, Vinegar Yard will comprise art installations, container pop-up shops, bars, street-food traders and a huge open-air garden area with outdoor seating for hundreds of people. Open seven days a week from early until late, we imagine the venue will be filled with after-work drinkers and weekend fun-seekers come summer. For more info click here.

Lyaness

Lyaness

Lyaness - now open

Lyaness is the brand new bar from the award-winning Mr Lyan and team, continuing their collaboration with Sea Containers London and the iconic space overlooking the Thames. We love the interiors an can’t wait to check it out for more info click here.