Peaceful Bloomsbury’s Montague on the Gardens hotel is injecting some tropical heat into the neighbourhood for summer – it’s transforming its rear patio space into a beach hut with a thatched roof for shade from those intense London rays (yeah, right). There’s real sand, jet skis (purely ornamental), barbecued meats and – wait for it – cocktails served in pineapples. Aloha!
Not planning a beach getaway this summer? Don’t sweat it in the city, as London’s latest trend is the tropical beach bar. These makeshift shacks or pop-up huts are bringing sun (okay, no guarantees), sand (occasionally) and sweet cocktails (always!) to thirsty Londoners unafraid of a bit of kitsch. Ours is a piña colada.