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Weekend Guide July 22 - 24
Finally, summer has hit. To make the most of it, we’ve rounded up our top 5 swimming spots, included a barbecue, Hamptons style terrace (Champers and lobster included), and a pulpo party. Party wise? We’ve got a rave down the Thames. Enjoy!
This Weekend’s Picks
• FRI Mondrian Summer Terrace • SAT St John Bag-in-Box Barbecue
• SUN Trangallan Pulpo Party
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Top 5
places for a dip
1. Part pond, part art installation, say what you may but there’s nothing else like King’s Cross Pond Club

2. Make your way past the barbecue revellers and dive into London Fields Lido

3. Or, for a swim with an Art Deco backdrop, try Brockwell Lido

4. UJ loves Tooting Bec Lido, if only for the Pantone-coloured changing huts

5. Get back to nature and brave Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds
Sponsored Listing
As you know the classic gin & tonic has evolved. And it’s all down to Bombay Sapphire. This season, they’re showcasing the ‘Artistry of the Ultimate Gin & Tonic’, by teaming up with six of the UK’s best bartenders from some of the most acclaimed bars. This week, we’re shining the spotlight on Dean Shurry’s (head bartender of Chiltern Firehouse) take on the G&T: ‘Gateway to Bombay’. Inspired by the dryness and bitterness of a traditional gin & tonic, Dean’s creation has a classic core, with added layers of flavor via manzanilla fermentation. The drink is served with Bombay air, lime ‘flicks’ and jasmine blossom- theatre in a glass! Head to UJ fave Chiltern Firehouse to try it.
Chiltern Firehouse, 1 Chiltern Street, London W1U 7PA

The ‘Gateway to Bombay’ cocktail will be available at Chiltern Firehouse until 11th January 2017. Watch this space for further information on ‘Artistry of the Ultimate Gin and Tonic’ serves available in individual partner mixology artists’ bars across London
Sculpture in the CityMondrian Summer Terrace
City workers, make the most of your lunch break with a hit of outdoor art, thanks to Sculpture in the City. In its sixth year, you’ll find critically acclaimed sculptures dotted around the Square Mile: seventeen artworks in 20 locations, to be precise. Expect to spot a mix of works, from monoliths to more subtle pieces, strewn between the city’s landmark architecture. We love Gavin Turk’s surreal gateway ‘Ajar’. Now for some lobster and champagne, Hamptons style. Head to Sea Containers at Mondrian’s newly opened summer terrace, decked out with festoon lighting, white picket fencing, a wooden decked seating area and retractable sunshades, for some London-by-the-sea vibes. Add the lobster shack serving Perrier-Jouët Champagne paired with a number of Hamptons classics such as lobster rolls, ceviche tacos and oysters and, well, try to keep us away.
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All day
The Square Mile
Prices vary
20 Upper Ground,
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Now that the summer has (finally!) arrived, it’s time for some alfresco action. And, this week, one of best outdoor spots has to be Covent Garden After Hours and its series of late night shopping events. Tonight, make tracks to the Henrietta Street Style party to celebrate the best in men’s fashion. The work of fashion photographer Garçon Jon will be on display and there will be a resident DJ, complimentary beers and a beard trimming service available on the night. Food and cocktail wise? It’s all about the Frenchie, Balthazar, LIMA Floral and Shake Shack food trucks and Portobello Road Gin Bar. Fun times!
Covent Garden After Hours, from Wednesday to Saturday every week in July. Find out more about Covent Garden After Hours and visit: www.coventgarden.london/after-hours
Book Now
The Rum Kitchen Brixton
The Rum Kitchen is set to open its fourth site on August 1 and it’s a big one. 110 covers inside, more outside, a large bar for counter dining and drinking – but, its pièce de résistance: two big Bertha charcoal- and wood-fired ovens. For a chance to preview the restaurant before anyone else, email brixton@therumkitchen.com . You’ll get the choice of one dish and one cocktail per person on them! Pre booked reservations only, first come first served basis.
The Rum Kitchen Brixton, 435–437 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LN | brixton@therumkitchen.com | 020 7920 6479
St John Bag-in-Box BarbecueUnleash X Fun Records Boat Party
If you’re going to BBQ this weekend, do it the St John way. Celebrating their cheap and cheerful but top-notch bag-in-a-box wine, they’re ready to party. There’ll be ox hearts and quail on the BBQ, seasonal snacks and summery salads, and, of course, fast flowing St John Bag in a Box, going for £3.50 a glass. Fill ‘em up!! Or, make the most of the heatwave with a good ol’ boat party. Organised by Unleash X Fun Records, start with a rave down the River Thames to the sounds of Barem, previously part of Richie Hawtin’s Minus collective and Thomas Melchior (a staple from Berlin’s Panorama Bar) before heading to Village Underground for the full after party revelry.
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Free entry
Brunswick East Coffee, 3 Gillett Street,
N16 8JH
Boat party & Village Underground
Various locations
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Champagne & Sushi Brunch at Yashin Ocean HouseTrangallan Pulpo Party
We’ve got yet another reason to love one of our favourite sushi spots in the capital, Yashin Ocean House. Aside from the fresh sushi, inventive menu (segmented by tail to neck) they’ve now launched a bottomless boozy brunch – endless top ups of champagne and an unlimited sushi buffet, including Yashin signatures– sold! Because there ain’t nothing like a pulpo party, we’re capping the weekend off at Trangallan, for some dancing, feasting and drinking. In honour of the Galician tradition centred around Pulpeira (the name given to the woman who sells octopus on the streets), where the custom is to visit the Pulpeira, who will cut you a fresh portion of octopus. You then have the choice to dine at home and return your plate later, or dine on the streets. This is street food with a tentacle twist.
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£60 per head
117-119 Old Brompton Road,
61 Newington Green,
N16 9PX
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Mark the Date
Patty & Bun Redchurch Street
We’ve made no secret that we’re big fans of Patty & Bun, so we’re happy to hear that their burger empire is expanding. The latest, on Redchurch Street, opens on July 28 and promises all the ingredients for a good time: burgers, beats and cocktails.
Patty & Bun Redchurch Street, 36 Redchurch Street, E2 7DP. Opens July 28
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