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WHAT'S ON IN LONDON IN AUGUST

31.07.17

We round up the best of what's on across the capital for the coming month so you don't have to

THE ROOFTOP BAR - aviary


London is awash with rooftop bars but there’s something special about one with a view like Aviary’s. Situated at the Montcalm Hotel on Finsbury Square with glass sides to the balcony that look out across the city skyline, it may be new but it has quickly become one of our most highly recommended drinking spots. The space comes adorned with plush velvet sofas and patterned cushions and there’s an eclectic soundtrack that mixes soulful beats, 1970s funk and contemporary house, so if it weren’t for the iconic view in front of you, you could easily mistake this spot as being somewhere far more tropical than London. What’s more? Aviary does summer cocktails right. Frozen iterations are ideally suited to August’s hottest days – try the Frosé on a lazy afternoon, the frozen Pina Colada for something with a little more punch, or stick to the classics and work your way through the bar’s generous list of wine and beer.

Aviary is available for partial or exclusive hire and it’s also adjoined to an indoor restaurant on the 10th floor that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday – Friday and brunch and dinner at the weekend.

Montcalm Royal London House, 22-25 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1DX

THE NEW OPENING - minnow

The most recent addition to Clapham’s ever-changing restaurant offering, Minnow opened its doors on the 19th July and has proven to be a popular choice with South London locals ever since. Sitting in prime position overlooking the common and serving up modern European dishes throughout the day, it’s the kind of place you could stumble across on the lookout for brunch and might end up spending your day in, switching breakfast cocktails to wine as the day progresses. Expect a welcoming atmosphere, bright interiors and a menu bursting with modern European dishes, each influenced by the British seasons but with a nod to the flavours of the Indian Ocean. If you’re lucky enough to spend a summer’s afternoon here, try to secure a table on the pavement and enjoy the sun whilst making your way through the delicious creations on offer. 

21 The Pavement, Clapham Common, SW4 OHY

THE WORKOUT - PSYCLE

Initially established as a spin studio with locations in Canary Wharf and on Mortimer Street, Psycle is not only expanding in terms of location but it’s also adding to its workout offering with newly developed barre, HIIT and yoga classes making a regular appearance on the timetable. The idea is to offer a range of workout styles that work together to encourage a healthy balance of cardio fitness, strength and flexibility. Stock up on fuel pre or post workout with food and drinks by the Natural Kitchen located by reception.

17-23 Whitby St, London E1 6JU

THE BRUNCH - ASTER

The scope of bottomless brunches in London is ever-growing and one of this year’s additions to the list is Aster in Victoria. It’s inspired by a Nordic/French approach to dining and it features a complementary menu and riff on décor. The Crayfish Brunch is the bottomless menu and it’s served both downstairs in the brasserie-style café (adorned with copper-look fixtures and an oversized clock) as well as upstairs in the more minimalistic restaurant (think angular, Scandi-cool furniture and a fresh colour palette). The menu features all the usual culprits with the addition of something a little more sophisticated; duck leg and salmon fillet being a few of the main course options, all topped with limitless prosecco. A combination this stylish is set to be a favourite with the fashion set.

150 Victoria Street, SW1E 5LB

THE DAY TO NIGHT HANGOUT GABETO, CAMDEN MARKET

If there’s one place on a ‘foodie’s’ bucket list when they come to London, it’s Camden Market, but the beauty of it is that you could visit this curated space every week for months and still find something new to try. The latest addition is former Chiltern Firehouse chef, Lee Andrews’ newest creation; Gabeto. Open from breakfast to dinner and serving up dishes that mix British ingredients with Latin accents as well as a dedicated Bloody Mary menu, it brings something new to the restaurant line-up. Not only designed to suit social get-togethers but also perfect for those who want to work somewhere a little more exciting than their office, there’s an outdoor terrace that’s perfect in summer and equipped with heaters for cooler days.

The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd, London, NW1 8AH

THE OUTDOOR CINEMA - Luna

London has a penchant for outdoor cinemas in summer months and this season it’s Luna that we’ll be adding to the top of our August bucket list, with pop-up locations in Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Gardens and other prestigious locations across the UK. There’s a screening every night and the list includes classic films such as Romeo and Juliet, as well as comedies like Mean Girls and the recent blockbuster hit, La La Land. There’s a bar on the premises as well as a food stall style pizza establishment to see you through the evening. Pitch up with a picnic blanket and settle in for an evening of entertainment whilst the longer daylight hours last.

Various locations across the U.K.

THE BANK HOLIDAY TRADITION - Notting Hill Carnival

A permanent fixture on the London summer calendar and one to add to the bucket at least for a one-time trip if nothing else, Notting Hill Carnival is the main Bank Holiday Weekend event. Parades set off in the mornings and travel around West London throughout the day, celebrating the capital’s Carribean communities through music (everything from steel bands to salsa), dance (both as part of the processions and on the streets) and self-expression (you won’t be out of place if you’re donning a feather head dress). Sunday typically has a slightly more family friendly atmosphere to it than Monday, so choose your day wisely to enjoy it to the full.

Notting Hill, London, W2

THE STREETFOOD FIX - KERB king's cross

Kerb is one of the city’s most widely recognised food markets, not least because of its multiple locations. The largest and most frequently-run version takes place almost every lunch time on Granary Square at King’s Cross but there are other locations at the Southbank (pictured) and Spitalfields Market. Featuring a variety of stalls including the likes of Luardos burritos, Cyprus Kitchen and BBQ Dreamz, it’s the perfect pit-stop if you’ve got a long train journey ahead or you’re looking for something a little different for a work-day lunch.

Granary Square, London, N1  

THE EXHIBIT - royal acadamy's summer exhibition

The capital is awash with exhibitions this coming month but the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Acadamy – now in its 249th year – is the ultimate addition to the line-up and a platform for both emerging and established artists to showcase their work. The space, showcasing over 1,000 works, is based in Picadilly and it runs throughout the month with a special RA Lates evening set to take place on the 19th August. Expect an otherworldly theme based around art and music and including cocktails and mermaid life drawing in the courtyard. Secure tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Saturday 19 August 2017, 7 - 11.45pm, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD