We look at the events that are worth staying in the city for this August

There’s no better time to be in London than in the summer, when a host of pop-up bars and boutiques set up residency and existing establishments pull out all the stops in order to celebrate. Here, we look at the events that are worth staying in the city for this August.


Gone are the days when you would have to travel way outside of zone two to find a bit of sand in the summer; for now, it’s all about the inner-city beach. This year, why not try Brixton’s version with its nightly music performances, classic street food pop-ups and sunshine-ready cocktails? If you’re in the mood for a day-long celebration, book tickets for the Supa Dupa Fly beach party on Sunday 7th or alternatively secure your spot in the disco-themed aerobics and yoga classes that are due to take place throughout the month.

Open Thursday – Sunday until 28th August


This year’s Rio Olympics is due to launch on Friday the 5th of August and in celebration, The Hoxton Square bar and kitchen in Shoreditch has planned a fiesta-style night with a Brazilian theme. The ceremony will be broadcast live in the venue but if you’ve got minimal interest in the games themselves and just want to enjoy the night, there’s plenty going on elsewhere that will make it a Friday evening that’s adverse from the norm. A Samba band, carnival mask giveaways and themed Smoky Tails street food will add to the overall atmosphere.

5th August


The rooftop at the Hamyard Hotel is as idyllic as you would imagine, with plant life, decorative lighting and furniture setting the tone – all thanks to the work of iconic Firmdale Hotels designer, Kit Kemp. A haven away from the madness of Soho’s streets, it makes for the perfect evening spot. This summer, it has taken inspiration from Italy, and has put together a new cocktail menu of drinks designed to stimulate the appetite. £15 tickets include appetisers and two hours on the roof, and once a week, the bar will host cocktail experts from around the world who will teach a masterclass session for £30 per person.

Open until 31st August


Craft beer and street food make the perfect partnership and there’s no better time to enjoy this time-tested combination than during the English summer. In true East London style, the Oval Space will play host to a craft beer festival this month, with tickets available from Friday to Sunday most weekends. Expect product from the likes of The Kernel, Brewdog and Buxton, all of whom will be offering unlimited samples as part of the experience. If you’re interested in learning a little more about what you’re drinking, access to the brewers, their teams and their knowledge may tickle your tastebuds as much as the tipples themselves.

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You may have already heard of – or even visited – the Pergola on the Roof this summer, but if you’re yet to head to White City for the pop up event, now is the time to add it to your diary and make the most of the outdoor location. The theme was inspired by the Mediterranean and the outdoor space is beautifully decorated with hanging evergreen, florals and white-washed furniture. It’s host to a well-stocked bar and popular London food outlets such as Patty and Bun and Salt Yard, making it a perfectly picturesque place to spend the evening. We suggest buying a magnum of rosé and tapas-style sharing dishes if you’re going with a group for the most cost-effective and photo-friendly combination.

Open Wednesday to Sunday throughout August


One of the city’s longest standing pop-ups, the City Summer Festival, has a packed schedule until the beginning of October. Food, drink and live entertainment all come accompanied by the iconic view of Tower Bridge and combine to create a great after-work meeting spot. Sip on a tropical cocktail and soak up the last of the summer sun in the striped deck chairs, plus, if you head down during the Olympics, you can make the most of the cinematic screen which is scheduled to play footage live from the event.

Running until 31st October


On the first of June, the doors of the newest member of the Ivy family were opened in Wimbledon, South London, so naturally, it’s this very location that tops our list of summer brunch recommendations. Setting up camp in an old Barclays bank, it’s a building with enough character to match the quintessentially British menu. Similar to its Chelsea-based sibling, the restaurant has a picturesque outdoor garden, but it’s smaller and more intimate, much like the village that it calls home. Book ahead to secure your spot and while away the morning in South London’s most favoured new dining spot.