Summer 2018 in LondonThe best time of year
Ok winter’s cute and at all that, but once Christmas is done, let’s be honest we’re all just waiting for summer to come around. For a place that’s known around the world for rain, there are a shed load of bars that cater for good weather and Londoners absolutely flock to them at the first sight of sun! So with that in mind here are the things to do and bars to book this summer.
Located in the famous Gherkin building, The Sterling has one of the largest outside areas in the City. It’s a great place for lunch in the sun and after work drinks. We suggest going for a bucket of beers and couple of platters. Nibbles are always a good shout with a couple of drinks.
We know Trafalgar Square is an absolute nightmare for being a tourist hotspot, but if you can brave it for like less than 5 minutes to get to The Rooftop at The Trafalgar hotel you won’t regret it. Grab yourself a table a couple of small plates and a lot of wine and cocktails! It’s basically your whole night sorted!
Open from midday, Bar Elba is a great day drinking location in Waterloo. There are a fair few stairs, but once you’re up there you won’t need to go back down for a while with incredible street food and a good array of drinks. Yes, the toilets are up there and there’s a smoking area, don’t worry!
If being up on a rooftop with a DJ in a booth with all your best pals sounds like your kind of weekend, then Madison is for you. It’s one of those places that you’ll wanna swap your hoodie for a nice top and air force ones for dessert boots, but who doesn’t love to dress up every now and again!
Skylight is back for another summer of mouth-watering cocktails, loads of wine, beer and garden games! Opening 3rd May this is set to be one busy summer pop up with 60,000 visitors last year, which is expected to rise further this year. They will be showing all World Cup 2018 matches on both inside and outdoor screens, what more could you want?!
Think you need to leave the M25 to get to a beach? Nahhh, everything’s possible in London, that’s why Neverland London is bringing Fulham Beach Club back for another year! Opening 3rs May you can expect Jimmy Garcia’s BBQ Club pop up restaurant, two bars and DJ’s. But the fun doesn’t stop there, there will also be bottomless brunches on Sundays alongside other random activities such as sand sculpting, yoga sessions and cocktail masterclasses.
Open from morning till night with extended opening hours for some events, NT’s is another destination summer venue. Located in the trendy London Fields area NT’s is an industrial feel bar with a terrace for those sunny days. They often have event’s from the likes of Only Jerkin’ the Caribbean street food vendors alongside many more.
We know Trafalgar Square is an absolute nightmare for being a tourist hotspot, but if you can brave it for like less than 5 minutes to get to The Rooftop at The Trafalgar hotel you won’t regret it. Grab yourself a table a couple of small plates and a lot of wine and cocktails! It’s basically your whole night sorted! Also it’s open until 3am Friday and Saturday, so be prepared for your night to escalate.
The time of year the streets of central London come alive with rainbow flags and just pure love! Pride is a celebration of everything LGBTTQQIAAP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, pansexual) or LGBT as it’s more commonly known (and easier to remember). This year’s Pride in London parade will take place 7th July from 12pm where the LGBT+ community will take to the streets of central to raise awareness of a variety of issues. This is always followed by crazy raucous parties throughout the streets of Soho and across London.
Being Soho's original gay bar, Village will of course will be celebrating Pride the best way they know how, with cocktails, DJ's and sexy go-go dancers. The theme for the Village 2018 Pride party is sailors of Soho, so expect stripes and skin! Village is open from midday until 5am and it's guatanteed to GO OFF!
Situated right in the heart of the Pride celebrations on Old Compton Street, Bar Soho has exteneded their opening times until 6am! Of course you can expect glitter, confetti and sparklers alongisde DJ's an exclusive Pride cocktail and some cheeky giveaways!
If wading through the cups on the streets of Soho has left you feeling a bit peckish the team at Bar Soho will be serving Pizzas, popcorn, chips and hot dogs all day. It's free entry before 9pm and 11pm if you have a booking.
Check back here for more Pride party info nearer the time
The time of year everyone pretends to know everything about tennis, when it actual fact the majority of us have zero interest the rest of the year. But it does bring us all together as a nation over summer so that’s all that really matters! There are often a number of screenings around London so you don’t have to que for hours to probs not get a ticket.
Notting Hill Carnival
Falling on the last bank holiday until Christmas, Notting Hill Carnival is a pretty big event in London over the summer with plenty of pre and post carnival parties dotted around the capital. Notting Hill Carnival is split over 2 days; Sunday 26th August is family day and 27th August is The Grand Finale. On both days you can expect crazy costumes amazing parade floats, sound systems dotted around and of course all the street food you can stuff in your mouth.
Let’s be honest Clapham Common is one of the most popular parks when the sun comes out. It seems that everyone knows someone that lives in Clapham that has a Bose wireless speaker and a cooler, because it’s literally HEAVING in the summer. There’s also quite a few good bars and pubs to visit once you’re done with rolling around on the grass and running to McDonalds for the toilet. Check them out HERE.
Come on EVERYONE’S heard of or has been to Hyde Park right? It’s absolutely huge and you can go boating so that’s fun. But once you're done batting off wasps, you're right near a whole heap of bars!
London Fields is a bit of an East London destination in the summer, and tends to be filled with people with disposable BBQ’s (you’re actually allowed them there) and cute dogs. Check out the bars to visit once you’re done with batting off wasps and stopping children from running into your BBQ.
St James Park
We won’t lie, St James’ park gets super busy with tourists trying to get holiday snaps with the queens gaff and trying to determine if she’s home based on the flags location, but it is still a nice little bit of greenery. But if you break the seal and think being in an actual bar, would probably (definitely) make your day better, here's where’s close by.