With the sun (finally!) shining brightly over the UK, it's time to start filling your diary with exciting summer plans. From Manchester to Brighton, here are our recommendations with a little help from the Reiss Guide...

The Orangery, Kensington Palace Gardens

Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Kensington Gardens, Queen Anne’s 18th Century Orangery is the ideal location for a spot of lunch with friends. It’s also the perfect opportunity to visit the Fashion Rules exhibition, which opened at the weekend.

Southernhay House, Exeter

Once you've discovered this gorgeous Georgian townhouse you may not want, or need, to ever leave. Long and lazy afternoons are encouraged here, so take the opportunity to treat yourself to afternoon tea and maybe a cocktail (or three).

Bingham Hotel, Richmond

A small boutique hotel, this is the perfect retreat for Londoners without having to leave London. Sit in on the terrace and enjoy the view over the Thames from the sun-soaked English garden.

Riddle & Finns, Brighton

Nothing says summer quite like a big plate of seafood and a crisp glass of wine, so why not retreat to the coast for a dose of just that? Riddle & Finns prove that you don’t have to be abroad to enjoy fresh-from-the-ocean seafood.

The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge

Located on the edge of the River Cam, this is one rooftop terrace not to miss. The perfect place for R&R, this boutique hotel also boasts an Aveda spa; so why not use the weekend as an excuse for a much needed pamper before making the most of the amazing city views.

Six, Newcastle

A stunning rooftop restaurant located at the Baltic Centre, where better to enjoy a July weekend than with panoramic views of the quays. Watch the sun go down whilst indulging in the modern British menu.

Cloud 23, Manchester

One of the most renowned cocktail and champagne bars in Manchester, this luxe 'sky bar' has superb views over the city which you can enjoy through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Dark and modern decor welcomes you once you arrive from the express lift as well as a long, long list of freshly blended cocktails. As exclusive as it is impressive, relax and enjoy the panoramic views of Manchester’s ever-changing cityscape.

For more inspiration check out the Reiss Guide.