Hotspots, pop ups and more must-sees this summer


Food, music and booze all under a jungle canopy? Pick from the plethora of food vendors (think Burger & Lobster and Forza Win by Pizza Pilgrims, to name a few), with libations in between – thanks to bars serving frozen punch, coconut concoctions and twisted versions of all-time classic drinks – before getting down to the beats of DJs pulled from Europe’s leading festivals. If it all gets a bit much, head up to the Tree House, or chill on a rope swing.

288 Old Street, EC1V 9DP


Famed Parisian neo-bistro Le Chateaubriand has crossed over to our side of the Channel. Their Mayfair restaurant, Le Chabanais, like its Parisian parent, may be for those who love good food but hate white linen, but make no mistake, this isn’t casual dining. Clément Blanchet, who designed the 2006 Serpentine Pavilion, was in charge of the interior, while the Basque-inspired menu is courtesy of Paul Boudier, Le Chateaubriand’s (now former) head chef.

8 Mount Street, W1K 3NF +44 20 7491 7078


A local and tourist must, the Serpentine Pavilion is the site for architectural experimentation. This year, the temporary landmark by Spanish architects SelgasCano is a translucent technicolour fabric membrane with different entrances and a secret corridor leading to a glass-stained interior. Keep your ear to the ground for events taking place throughout Hyde Park associated with this year’s polygonal structure – and also Pavilions of years past.

Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA +44 20 7402 6075


A hive of caffeinated buzz, morning to night, is what you’ll find at any of the Grinds: think café by day and espresso bar by night with neon signs, loud tunes and Antipodean- style coffee. Each location has its own personality: head to London Bridge for heartier meals, Soho for after-dark revelry, Holborn for hot flat white Russians and Shoreditch to see what started it all. An espresso martini at each is a must.

19 Beak Street, W1F 9RP


The don of sports luxe, Alexander Wang, has opened his first European flagship in Mayfair, and it’s in good company. Start at the 6,500-square- foot store before flitting between the Roksanda, Christopher Kane, and Balmain boutiques (to name a few), then finish the day at the mecca of urban cool, Dover Street Market. If you’re peckish, Rose Bakery upstairs is the perfect spot to refuel.

43/44 Albemarle Street, W1S 4DS


Take in the main highlights of London’s cityscape – you know the ones: The Gherkin, The Shard, St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye – in one fell swoop, up on Radio Rooftop Bar. On the 10th floor of the ME hotel, head there for late afternoon cocktails and tapas. Open until 2am, expect DJs and a bustling atmosphere, so book ahead to avoid the always present long queue.

336-337 Strand, WC2R 1HA +44 20 7395 3440