It’s another bank holiday weekend. (#cheerstothebloodyweekend). Here’s our (epic) guide to get you through. Don’t miss 2 4 1 tickets and a few competitions for summer…
The Food Festivals
Foodies Festival Syon Park: Best for the Family
What is it: Head to Foodies Festival this summer for the biggest showcase of food, drink and demos. It promises to be BIG.
Guests can feast on delights in the Street Food Avenue – take a culinary trip around the world with flavours from Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Argentina, Turkey, India, Korea, Mexico, France and Africa to name a few!
Kerb does Alchemy: Best for Heat-aholics
What is it: KERB does Alchemy is BACK on Southbank. Bring on the heat and spice. 27 traders will be cooking up dishes from across India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, to support Southbank’s Alchemy Festival 2017.
Feria de Londres: Best for The Spain Lover
What is it: Taking place under Tower Bridge on Saturday 27 May & Sunday 28 May, Feria de Londres is bringing the heat of Spain to London. Don’t miss the vibrant and lively celebrations, inspired by the traditional festivities of Andalusia’s colourful spring fairs. Feria de Londres will be a weekend of delicious Spanish tapas, beer, wine and exciting live entertainment.
Small Plate Sessions at Last Days of Shoreditch: Best for ‘Punk Tapas’
What is it: Work hard, play harder. Don’t miss Ben Spalding’s Small Plate Sessions at The Last Days of Shoreditch. Expect “high energy, punk tapas” in a relaxed environment.
London Shell Co: Best for Sunset Cruises
What is it: Head onboard the floating restaurant aboard The Prince Regent canal boat, and take in beautiful sights including London Zoo, Regent’s Park, and Camden Market. While you discover London from an alternative setting, indulge in the best of British food and drink, with a cocktail list using only British spirits and seasonal-inspired dishes using seafood caught fresh from Cornish waters. Don’t miss natural wines (think less hangovers) and warm summer evenings.
Bookings are £45 per head, including a welcome drink, food and a two and a half hour cruise.
Pergola on The Roof: Best for Street Food Envy
What is it: West London’s favourite summer rooftop pop up Pergola on the Roof is back, with three new restaurants to tickle your taste buds. Resident burger joint Patty and Bun are joined by new kids on the block Breddos Tacos, Salt ‘n’ Sauce, and 8 Hoxton Square.
Skylight: Best for British Games & Revelry
What is it: Skylight will take over the top three levels of a car park in the Tobacco Dock in Wapping. Themed around a British urban lawn club, guests can tug into street food, cocktails and play croquet and petanque.
Feast on: Think summer barbecues with delish Greek street food from Yiro, serving souvlaki; and burgers from We Serve Humans. Don’t miss the Blue Moon sky terrace and bar. Perfect for instagrammable sunsets.
Sisu: Best for Negroni Fans
What is it: Hit the rooftops on Oxford Street with the opening of Sisu; London’s latest cocktail hotspot. You may have visited this spot last year, when it was known as #NotchLDN. The team have this time, transformed the space into a Scandi-inspired greenhouse rooftop, where Londoners can escape the bustle of the shops, with street food and Negronis on tap.
Queen of Hoxton: Best for Those Who Won’t Grow Up
What is it: This summer, the Queen of Hoxton invites generation Peter Pan to the summer skies in their latest rooftop addition. Look out for the Mermaid Lagoon, complete with giant seashells to recline in and a running waterfall.
Feast on: Don’t miss the Neverland BBQ menu and it all with a slice of imagination pie in the Lost Boy’s Bar – a brightly coloured vanilla cheesecake with a hidden surprise.
Head to the beach
Neverland London: Best for Beach Hut Feasting
What is it: Neverland London is guaranteed to satisfy those holiday blues #beachplease. Kick your shoes off, grab a cocktail and de-stress. Neverland London is decked out with street food stalls, bars, a beautiful stretch of beach and a lazy summer atmosphere.
Feast on: BYOB to fully enjoy the craftsmanship of the mixologists and indulge in food from the four major food groups: aka pizza, cheese, tacos and bao. Our top tip – head to Le Rac Shack – a stall after our own hearts serving copious amounts of melted raclette cheese are scraped onto your dish of choice. You name it, they’ll cheese it.
Anna de Codorníu: Best for Tapas on the Thames
What is it: The ‘Anna de Codorníu Terrace on the Thames’ will transport you across to the continent and summer in Spain with a view of the city that’s second to none.
Feast on: In true Spanish style, the food takes inspiration from Catalonia with a sharing tapas menu. For those looking for something a little bit different, there’s the Anna de Codorníu Dulce Ice Edition, which can be enjoyed either on its own, on the rocks or in a cocktail
Pergola Paddington Central: Best for West Londoners
What is it: This summer, Paddington becomes home to Pergola Paddington Central, the sister site to White City’s Pergola on the Roof. Set in the surrounds of Paddington Basin, this will be West London’s largest alfresco drinking and dining destination. Set over two floors, the new Pergola Paddington Central will take inspiration from the canal-side. Regular and guest DJs, as well as live music will add to the relaxed festival feel.