Urban beaches is officially 'A Thing' for us Londoners. The perfect marriage of escapism and stay-cation- they allow us to feel like we've had a little holiday but still get an Uber home.
So if you're looking for somewhere to curl your toes in the sand this summer look no further - here's your choice of the best!
EAST: Beach East at the Olympic Park
Pretend you're in Rio whilst watching the Olympics on your phone at this sandy oasis complete with obligatory deck chairs, ice cream and also fairground rides.
SOUTH: Brixton Beach Boulevard
A bit more than a location with added sand, the Brixton Beach Boulevard is £4 entry and open all the weekends that August has to offer. The beach is on a rooftop in this instance and has a Miami 80s theme. Also added into the mix are retro film screenings, sports broadcasts and lots of food.
SOUTH EAST: Southbank's beach is back
You get some water with this one, albeit the rather murky water of the Thames but water none the less. A firm favourite with any urban beach hopper this patch of sand sits right along side some great bars and restaurants so you can truly urban up your sandy experience. A Brazilian barbecue in a yellow tram is on hand as well as caiprinha's.
NORTH: Camden Beach!
A firm fave of ours down at The Roundhouse. Last year this was a storming success with live performances on in the evenings and an escape form the mental bustle that is Camden Market. This area get's great sun so it's one to run too on those clear days of the summer (all 4 of them). There's rum, ping pong, private beach huts, BBQ and free entry. Just don't forget your bucket and spade.
The team behind Dirty Bones are delighted to announce the opening of their third site in East London this summer. With hugely popular restaurants and bars already open in West London and Carnaby’s Kingly Court, the new Dirty Bones will be housed in an iconic, Grade II listed heritage building in the heart of Shoreditch.
The new Dirty Bones will serve a selection of creative New York inspired comfort food dishes and cocktails, and will be the first Dirty Bones to house an all-day dining menu. Further to the lunch, dinner, late night cocktails and weekend brunch menus already available at the Dirty Bones restaurants, Shoreditch will introduce an all-new breakfast menu, specially developed for East.
The design of Dirty Bones Shoreditch will embrace the building’s eclectic history, with a range of bespoke retro features filling the large and striking space. There will also be a lively bar area, where they will host the live band and DJ nights of old school funk, soul and hip hop music they are known for.
Meanwhile, the Dirty Bones restaurants in Kensington and Kingly Court have recently launched a series of new summer dishes on both the main and brunch menus, and recently revealed a new cocktail collection, including The Grown Ups Jaffa; The Brooklyn Spritz; and the Spiced Iced Coffee for the warmer days ahead.
Further details on the opening, new dishes and cocktails are coming soon (*and behind-the-scenes updates can be found on the Dirty Bones Instagram: @dirtyboneslondon and at www.dirty-bones.com/Shoreditch).
In a cosy nock of Shepherd market in mayfair you'll find the newly open Shepherd Market Wine House.
Much unlike the other drinking hole offerings in the area the Shepherd Market Wine House (we're going to abbreviate that to SMWH from here on out) offers a no fuss, no frills, totally relaxed wine drinking and charcuterie munching service with a feeling of the Provence thrown in to boot.
If you are someone that things they would never feel comfortable going out drinking in Mayfair then the SMWH will change all that.
Don't be deceived though, the small and friendly bar has some trump cards up it's sleeves, not least the little sausage dog that's often part of the staff.... here you can find all sorts of wines, champagnes and proseccos. You can also try bottles by the glass courtesy of the oh-so-handy Coravin wine system that would usually cost you hundreds by the bottle and never be on a glass list.
This bar strikes a brilliant balance wether you know masses about wines or whether you would love to learn more. With a small area of outdoor seating, a perfectly put together selection of charcuterie and cheese boards and extremely knowledgeable staff SMWH is a winner and worth a visit for a long cosy night, a pre dinner drink or pre drink drink!
Opening Times: Monday–Saturday 11am–11pm / Sundays 12noon–10pm
21-23 Shepherd Market, London, W1J 7PN
0207 499 8555
Casa di Stefano is the definitive authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of Mayfair on London’s fashionable Dover Street. Dishing out faithful Italian food in a welcoming refined atmosphere, this elegant restaurant is fast becoming the go to place.
Traditional ingredients are sourced directly from Italy through long standing nurtured relationships. With signature dishes that consist of burrata and home made pasta that will transport you straight to the Mediterranean. All of the exquisite dishes are thoughtfully constructed by head chef Paolo Parlanti and with consulting chef Stefano Stecca this menu will satisfy even the most refined of pallets.
Enjoy a cosy evening in the enchanting private dining room that can seat up to 20 people, or unwind for an afternoon of wine tasting from the bountiful wine cellar in unique stylish surroundings that the team of Sommeliers have crafted.
With the best service in town the team consists of general manager Christophe Dentamare and restaurant manager, Francesco Coccia, both from La Petite Maison. With a whole team having resounding experience in luxury restaurants could this be the best serviced restaurant in London? We think so!
Hot on the coattails of the relaunch of Shackfuyu, one of the most instagrammed restaurants of 2015, Ross Shonhan will open his sixth Japanese restaurant in London in June 2016. Shonhan, chef proprietor of Bone Daddies Ramen Bar and Shackfuyu (Soho), Bone Daddies Kensington High Street, Bone Daddies Saturday Ramen Bar (Bermondsey) and Flesh & Buns (Covent Garden), will now venture into East London, opening within The Bower development, Old Street. The new site will be the fourth Bone Daddies, also specialising in ramen.
Bone Daddies Old Street will be located on the corner of Baldwin Street within The Bower complex. The restaurant will incorporate a small bar counter and will seat up to 65 covers. Open for lunch and dinner, the new site will adhere to the usual Bone Daddies no reservations policy.
Fans of Bone Daddies will find their favourite ramen and snacks on the menu, from the flavour-packed 20 hour pork bone broth Tonkotsu, to sweet, spicy pig bones. A selection of dishes unique to the site are currently in development, such as dressed-up Kushikatsu – skewered, breaded and fried meats and fish served with assorted sauces. The signature Yuzu Margarita will be amongst a list of new and favourite cocktails, alongside the characteristic extensive offering of quality beers, cider, sake and wine.
Bone Daddies OId Street will feature the now legendary rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack played in all of the ramen bars, bringing the full experience of Bone Daddies to East London for the first time.