Summertime! London is especially gorgeous as the weather turns warm, but we don’t exclaim about the changeable English summer for nothing. And how about those days of extreme heat that we’re so ill-prepared for over here? They sure make me miss my air conditioner in Australia!
Of course, there are zillions of great ways to spend a day together in London, but this list is specifically designed for maximum impact and minimum effort, whatever the skies are doing. So if you’re after a great combo of activity, cocktails, dinner and hotel, all within easy reach of each other, look no further — your favourite brunette has you covered (that’s me, by the way, but you knew that).
Read on for a list of things that work in London in all weather — after all, while the weather is unpredictable, our fun doesn’t have to be! — and get in touch to make it happen.
I love the combination of a wander around an art gallery and then a Champagne afternoon tea — the Wallace Collection is perfect for this, as the restaurant has such a beautiful atrium and it feels so cosy and luxurious. After tea, it’s only a short walk to the Langham and their gorgeous cocktail bar, Artesian, for giggles over olives and old-fashioneds, and let’s get a room upstairs so we don’t have to venture out again?
If you like Mayfair, we could have lunch at SexyFish and then enjoy an exhibition at the Royal Academy (there are a few other gorgeous galleries nearby, too!) or pop into Fortnum and Mason for a spot of shopping. Let’s check out the vintage cocktails at the Donovan Bar (hundred-year-old whisky, anyone?) before settling in to a beautiful suite upstairs at Brown’s Hotel.
South of the river, you know I always love a trip to the Tate Modern, and then how about buying goodies at Borough Market and eating them along the riverfront before catching a play at the Globe? If we fancy something afterwards, I love the cocktails at Aqua Shard, or maybe dumplings at Hutong, before we relax into a suite upstairs at the Shangri La — their bathtubs are big enough for two!
Now ok, ok, we all want to avoid Leicester Square in busy season, but: we could catch a West End show (I'm always up for The Book of Mormon!) or wander through the National Gallery (ask me about the Impressionists!) before dinner at Bocca di Lupo; after dinner, the rooftop bar at the Londoner is summery perfection, their Champagne trolley is wonderful, the pool is to die for, and as for the rooms... see for yourself!
And if it’s really glorious weather and we just want to be outside, then how about a wander through Green Park before ceviche at COYA — or let me treat you to an afternoon of cheese, charcuterie, and cocktails on a picnic blanket in any one of London’s beautiful parks!
We really are spoiled for choice here — so why not make your choice, and let me spoil you? Enquire now about my Summer in the City package, and let me plan the perfect day for us!