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It’s cocktails with a side of views at the Gherkin.
If you’ve been a pickle about cocktails in skyscrapers, then you’re going to love this news. From July 13th, the Gherkin will boast a sky-high restaurant, known as Helix, and a panoramic cocktail bar called Iris. Formerly a private members club, the new space will be open to members of the public, making it a charming spot for an evening out. Time to find out what happens when you get high at the Gherkin…
From today, it’s a case of Searcy’s is dead, long live Helix. The rebranded restaurant promises dinner and a magnificent view of the city, with dishes of seasonal British ingredients complimenting a prime position on the 39th floor. Scottish salmon, Welsh lamb, and Dorset crab all feature on the menu here, and we bet you’ll be putting in an appearance too.
Meanwhile, the floor above is home to Iris, a champagne and cocktail bar which claims to be the only place in town with a 360-degree view of London. It’s a bar where you can get drunk on the views as well as the drinks, which is the literal dream TBH. Iris is shrewdly named; if you look down on the Gherkin from above, the result looks like an eye. Cocktails here are inspired by different areas in London, so you’ll most likely be able to spot the place that inspired your drink! We’ve got our eye on Paparazzi, a West End-inspired concoction of Buffalo Trace whiskey, espresso, butterscotch, and cream.
Whilst Helix and Iris are both open to the public, you’ll need to book in advance to get in. We’ll level with you: it isn’t exactly cheap up in the clouds. Then again, you can’t really put a price on those views…
Location: 30 St Mary Axe,EC3A 8AF. Nearest station is Aldgate. See it on Google Maps. Opening hours: Helix has lunch sittings from 12-2:15pm, and dinner sittings from 6-9pm. Iris is open from 11am-11pm daily. Price: Cocktails begin around £12.50. Starters at Helix begin at £12, most of the mains are north of £25. More information: on their website.
They prettified endless Instagram feeds when they popped up in London a couple of years ago, as part of Kusama’s ‘Infinity Mirrors’ exhibit. Now, the Victoria Miro gallery have announced a brand new Yayoi Kusama show, arriving in London on October 3rd. Despite the fact that she’s nearly 90 years old, the artist remains frighteningly prolific, and has produced a new Infinity Mirror Room just for this exhibition.
It’s Yayoi Kusama’s twelfth exhibition at Victoria Miro, and will no doubt draw in the crowds once more – along with a proliferation of selfies. Aside from the new Infinity Room, you’ll find paintings, pumpkin and flower sculptures, and work from her ‘My Eternal Soul’ collection. If the last one was any indication, this is not an exhibition to be missed. However, it’s not the only Yayoi Kusama exhibit in town this autumn…
Rolling into London a full week earlier, ‘Narcissus Garden’ is heading to the Hayward Gallery as part of their Space Shifters exhibit. Composed of 1500 mirrored orbs, this installation has been touring the world on and off for over 50 years. Perfect for art lovers and narcissists alike! It’ll be in place from September 26th, and if you time it right, you can do both works in a day. Kusama will also contribute a permanent installation to Liverpool Street station as part of the Crossrail Art programme, so London definitely hasn’t seen the last of her yet.
Location: Victoria Miro, 16 Wharf Road, Hoxton, N1 7RW. Nearest stations are Angel and Old Street. See it on Google Maps. Opening hours: 10am-6pm (Tuesday to Saturday). Monday viewings are by appointment only, and the gallery is closed on Sundays. Entry: Admission to the gallery is free, no word yet on whether this exhibition will be ticketed. (See more free things to do in London.) More information: on their website.
In an op-ed in the Evening Standard, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: ‘I fully respect the right to protest peacefully, and I understand that this can take different forms, from street protests to flying blimps. My message to those travelling to march in London is this: you are welcome to come to our capital, but this must be a peaceful and good-spirited demonstration.’
A simple message:
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Sod your Magnums and your Cornettos, frozen eclairs have returned to London.
Head to Melba, the Savoy’s beautiful coffee counter and patisserie on the Strand, and ask for an ‘icéclair’ – London’s coolest dessert trend. Melba is already known for its legendary éclairs, but who knew freezing them would be such a revelation?! Customers will be able to customise their very own icéclair, from the flavour of the ice cream to the multitude of different toppings.
Choose from 5 handmade ice cream flavours, including pure dark chocolate and wild berry.
Pick a sauce, from raspberry drizzle to a white chocolate glaze.
And finally, choose your toppings. They have everything from popping candy and cookie dough, to candy floss and caramelized hazelnuts.
The icéclairs will cost £4.95 and you can find them at Melba at The Savoy, Strand, WC2R 0EU.
The very best parties are held in elegant locations, with suave drinks to match. This is exactly what you’ll get at the House of Whisky, a night which will bring fine Scotch to whisky novices and veterans alike. It’s being held in an exclusive and secretive venue, which is being kept under wraps for now. What we can tell you is that five of Scotland’s best distilleries are sending along a tipple, and you can enjoy them as part of a mouth-watering three course meal, or join an expert-led tasting. Oh, and this is a party after all, so there will be music, dancing, and general revelry until 3am! Get your invites here. ⭐️Sponsored⭐️
Sometimes, a summer party needs that little something extra to make it unforgettable. How about a sprinkle of Portuguese sunshine? Graham’s Port are bringing Porto to Clerkenwell this week, for an imaginative Iberian celebration. Inside the lush Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, they’ll hero the food and culture of Porto, and introduce you to your new summer crush: the Graham’s White Port & Tonic. This classy cocktail is more refreshing than an Atlantic breeze, and An Evening on the Tiles is the perfect place to enjoy it. Pick up a ticket today! ⭐️Sponsored⭐️
I know what you’re thinking: those are two completely different restaurants. However, for one day, they’re teaming up for an epic brunch party, where the views are as delicious as the food. Once you’ve feasted on dishes such as Colombian eggs or pork belly anticucho, the party in the sky continues until 5:30pm. Oh, and if you’re not completely knackered after all that, the afterparty will run into the early hours of the morning. Get your tickets to this epic brunch here.
All good things must come to an end, and gentrification has called last orders on Last Days of Shoreditch. The beloved pop-up will say a final farewell on July 29th, bringing together old friends for one last huzzah. Their swansong will include street food, DJ sets, and a fair bit of messing around in their ballpit slide.
There’s a party on the streets of London, and you’re invited! Regent Street is going traffic-free during Sundays in July, laying out the fake grass and a whole host of summer activities. Shops along the street are taking part, with the highlights here being the Ralph Lauren ballpit, and Hollister’s beach parties. The chance to have a lazy picnic on one of London’s busiest streets is number one for sheer novelty – just don’t try doing it on any other day…
Smithfield Market is throwing a big ‘ol birthday bash.
150 years, and still looking fresh – Smithfield Market is doing pretty well for its age. I’ve heard that 150 is the new 30, so it’s definitely an excuse for a jolly old knees-up. To celebrate their sesquicentennial, the market is hosting a birthday extravaganza over the August bank holiday weekend, and like all the best things in life, it’s free to visit.
For this August weekend, Smithfield Market will play host to a family-friendly carnival around the streets of Farringdon, with the famous Victorian market forming the centrepiece. You’ll find a whole range of festivities across two stages and six festival zones – Personally, my eyes are immediately drawn to the roller disco, but that’s because I’m a massive child.
Other diverse attractions include the Fulham Brass Band, hula hooping from The Majorettes, poetry readings, performances of Horrible Histories, and live music acts. They’re billing it as the biggest birthday in London, which is a bold claim. Head along on August 25th & 26th to see if they live up to the boast!
At some point in your life, you will have watched a Disney film. This is a fact. But have you ever lived one? This summer, you’ll get your chance, as The Great Masked Ball comes to a magical fantasy realm near you. Now, you may think that masked balls are so last century, but when it takes the form of an immersive feasting, drinking, and dancing experience, we think you’ll agree that the time is ripe for masked balls to make a comeback.
The Great Masked Ball is, essentially, a fairytale come to life. It’s a tale woven by an all-star team, including Masterchef Champion Tim Anderson, Darling & Edge, and the team behind medieval feast In Nights Darkling Glory. They’ve taken over a secret location, and sprinkled it with liberal amounts of fairy dust to create and experience like no other. You’ll want to sport your finest: the dress code is a ballroom best, with touches of decadence and debauchery. Topped off, naturally, with an elegant mask, to cultivate an aura of mystery and intrigue.
Once you’re suited and booted, you’ll enter an incredible immersion into the world of Swan Lake, a shimmering masquerade where queens and princes dance the night away, and magic hangs thick upon every chandelier. Equally magical is the banquet, where a Russian-inspired feast provides peak indulgence. There’s a full menu of fairytale cocktails, which will no doubt come in handy when you’re whisked off to the enchanted forest.
At the end of the night, you can hop back into your carriage/the Tube, and waltz off home, knowing you’ve finally lived your fantasy of being a princess for the evening. You don’t need a fairy godmother to get tickets, because Fever have sorted them for you. Dates are available throughout summer, so pick them up here, and then go live like a real baller!
Some pop-ups are like summer flings: two weeks of hedonistic bliss, and then they’re gone, leaving behind only memories. Some are like old friends: you haven’t seen them in a while, but they’ll be back and life will be just as it was. Night Tales falls into the latter category, making a welcome return two years after their last venture ended. The pop-up veterans are opening up in Hackney from tomorrow (Friday July 13th), and it’s set to be a humdinger.
Night Tales are moving into Bohemia Place, smack dab in the middle of Hackney. They’re sprucing up a couple of railway arches and a garden, and turning it into a hopping party venue. They’ve gone all in on the decor too; amongst the highlights here are an 8-metre high waterfall, which will come in handy should the heatwave continue.
The pop-up originally made its name as a host for some of London’s best street food vendors, and they’ve not forgotten their roots. Japanese cuisine is on the menu this time, with Fat Baby bringing a custom-made grill for delicious yakitori. Other very important things to look out for is the agave cocktail bar, which quite frankly every pop-up should have, and the swinging day beds, for perverse amounts of relaxation. Meanwhile, the 300 capacity night club will regularly play host to the capital’s top DJs. A perfect chance to celebrate the return of an old friend…
Find it at 14 Bohemia Place, 13-15 The Arches, Hackney, E8 1DU, from Friday July 13th. Nearest station is Hackney Central.
Got a head for heights? Aerial photographer Andrew Griffiths certainly has, and he’s spent the last few years capturing shots of the world’s greatest cities by helicopter, and his latest subject is our personal favourite… London!
Photo: Andrew Griffiths / Lensaloft Photography
Meticulous planning goes into each flight: finding the optimal time, route and weather conditions, plus securing permission from air traffic authorities, before using specialist equipment to capture 360-imagery from 3,000ft.
Now, an extremely swish new tool lets you explore Andrew’s view of London from the skies. You can take vantage points above Hyde Park, the Thames, Oxford Circus, Liverpool Street, the Shard and more, and spin, pan and zoom to dizzying effect, as the sun sets over the city and streets turn to veins of gold. It’s jolly nice, actually!
On Tuesday (9th July), 100 warplanes flew over the city in a patriotic flurry of red, white and blue.
Those who were lucky enough to catch the scenes would have seen Typhoon, Tornado and Lightning fighter jets, as well as Puma attack helicopters, huge refuelling tankers, transport aircraft and airborne reconnaissance, amongst others. Now, I don’t really understand what that means, but apparently it’s A Pretty Big Deal.
This year, the Royal Air Force were celebrating their 100th anniversary, so there was a lot of hype and a helluva lot of this → . But there were also some fantastic photos taken of the occasion! Here goes: