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WHAT'S ON IN LONDON IN JULY

29.06.17

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

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the hidden gem - NAC MAYFAIR

Initially opened in 2011 and nestled in the heart of Mayfair, NAC is the definition of a hidden gem, but it’s a gem that the city’s most stylish are well aware of. Frequented by foodies and fashion bloggers alike, this picturesque setting has been making its mark on Instagram’s saturated feed of late. The lunch menu offers fresh, healthy options (wholefood salads and the ever-present avocado toast) as well as contemporary twists on the classics (it features the likes of a truffle burger and veal schnitzel). Weekend brunch is served from 10 am – 4.30 pm and it offers all the usual suspects, each beautifully presented and perfectly proportioned. Whether you’re planning an afternoon meeting or a weekend catch-up with friends, bump NAC up to the top of your London bucket list and settle in, topping up with coffee or the establishment’s selection of fine wines depending on the occasion. 

41 N Audley St, Mayfair, London W1K 6ZP

the cocktail hotspot - COCKTAIL TRADING COMPANY

Whilst there’s a host of exciting cocktail bars popping up every day across London, it’s the Cocktail Trading Company that’s on our radar this month thanks to its newly launched and wonderfully weird cocktail menu. Developed by award winning bartenders, Andy Mil, Olly Brading and Elliot Ball, each concoction has been designed to conjure certain emotions through its unique combination of flavours. But the consideration doesn’t stop there. Drinks come presented in everything from apples to miniature hot air balloons topped with candyfloss clouds, and the leather-bound menu features a coloured sketch of each and every option. The important thing to note here is that novelty doesn’t compromise on quality of flavour – each item on the menu is guaranteed to delight. 

68, Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6GQ

THE CITY CELEBRATION - LONDON BRIDGE SUMMER CITY FESTIVAL

Back by popular demand, the London Bridge Summer City festival has returned to the water’s edge just a stone’s throw from the Shard. There’s a jam-packed schedule over the next couple of months featuring everything from outdoor film screenings to pop-ups by the Book People. You’ll also have the chance to join in with mass karaoke sessions and free fitness and dance classes (because who could resist joining in with reggae aerobics?) All of this, of course, will be accompanied by pop-up huts serving drinks and street food, so if you’re not interested in the entertainment on offer, you can always make your own. 

By London Bridge station, running until 31st August

THE BRUNCH WITH A DIFFERENCE - Rail House Café

Now well and truly settled in to its newly developed location just outside Victoria station, Rail House Café is experimenting with its menu. Adding to its already impressive weekend brunch offering, the venue now boasts an innovative Bloody Mary cocktail menu, with riffs on the daytime classic ranging from the Basil Mary – a combination featuring Tanqueray gin, green tabasco, yellow tomato juice and English mustard amongst other ingredients – and the Beetroot Mary – featuring chocolate bitters and horseradish to memorable effect. Existing fans of the drink rejoice – the classic recipe tops the list and comes beautifully presented, but try something a little more alternative to really embrace the idea.

Sir Simon Milton Square, 8, London SW1E 5DJ

the outdoor drinking spot - DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY Pavillion

Al fresco drinking is a summertime tradition in London and every season we see new destinations popping up across the capital. South London’s newest addition is based at Dulwich Picture Gallery which is celebrating 200 years since its launch this summer.  A beautifully designed pavilion space that sits in line with the building’s original aesthetic, it boasts wooden panelling and moveable mirrored walls that reflect the beautiful grounds within which it sits. Coveted food and drink establishments, The Camberwell Arms and Frank’s Café are serving up some of their summer specials and free talks and events are due to take place every Friday evening.

The Pavillion, Gallery Rd, Southwark SE21 7AD, open until 8th October

THE WORKOUT WITH A VIEW – Yoga at the Sky Garden

There’s nothing quite like finding an idyllic spot in the centre of the city and the Sky Garden is famed for its botanical theme; ironic when you consider the views overlooking the contradictory urban setting. This summer, the venue is offering something a little different to the usual cocktail parties and late-night gatherings. Yoga classes are scheduled every morning except Mondays, with 6.30am classes on week days and 8am / 8.30am classes at the weekend. The session promises to be relevant for all levels and guests can choose from two types of tickets; one which covers the hour’s class (for the reasonable price of £10) and one which includes a healthy buffet brunch afterwards (for £20). The July calendar dates have been released and are booking up fast, so whether you’re a beginner looking for an active start to the day or you’re working your way around every studio in London, this is an event not to be missed.

1 Sky Garden Walk, London EC3M 8AF, schedule and tickets now available here 

THE ONE FOR MUSIC LOVERS - BARCLAYCARD BRITISH SUMMER TIME

Possibly one of the most musically varied weekend festivals in London, Barclaycard British Summertime is back for its annual residency in Hyde Park over the first two weekends in July. Set to host Greenday, Phil Collins, Justin Bieber and a sold out performance by The Killers, as well as sets by support acts such as Tove Lo and Nathaniel and the Night Sweats, it’s the perfect place to shake off those Glastonbury blues. Fairground rides and street performers also add to the atmosphere on the day. If you’re yet to get tickets, they’re still on sale on the main site.

Hyed Park, London, W2 2UH, running from 30th June – 9th July 2017

THE EXHIBIT – SOMERSET HOUSE, Perfume

Somerset House is one of the city’s most iconic buildings and it’s famed for showcasing some of the city’s most sophisticated exhibitions. This month’s favourite is one with a difference. Artfully tapping into the senses, ‘Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent’ does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s comprised of ten abstract chambers which each embodies a different iconic fragrance from a set period of time. Evoking a feeling of nostalgia unlike any conventional art exhibition, let the likes of CK One take you back to the 1990s as you wander through its designated chamber, and discover how the brains behind each scent has contributed to changing our perception of scent through their creations. An insightful take on a subject outside the realms of traditional art, add it to your July calendar before popping to Spring at Somerset House for lunch or a well-earned glass of wine. 

East Wing Galleries, East Wing, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA, running until 17th September

the dinner -  108 BRASSERIE

Located just off Marylebone High Street and providing a sophisticated setting for professionals and off-duty diners alike, 108 Brasserie offers a local experience and a true representation of quintessential London dining. Serving up the best of British cuisine, from steak to beautifully cooked fish dishes, and offering a lengthy vegetarian offering (a quality that’s harder to find in the city than you might think), it’s the kind of place you could visit again and again and try a different dish each time. The atmosphere is relaxed but the service is of a very high standard and the interiors are classic and considered but with a contemporary twist. If it’s just drinks that you’re looking to enjoy, 108 Brasserie caters for this too – there’s a chic, sociable bar area and an outdoor terrace with a menu showcasing an extensive selection of wines as well as beers and cocktails.

108 Marylebone Ln, Marylebone, London W1U 2QE

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