Now that the first ripe tennis ball has been smacked across the courts at Wimbledon, we can all sink into our deck chairs, grab our Pimm's, and celebrate the arrival of the English summer. To nail it this year, you're going to need to hit up London's freshest venues, which means rooftop pop-ups, coconut-themed restaurants, and a floating crocodile (trust us on this one). We asked venue experts Hire Space for the coolest new spots to help you smash the summer.
'Sazerac, spritz, snifters – nope, it's not parseltongue: it's the summer cocktail menu at Behind This Wall, a rooftop pop-up at Oval Space. With oysters galore, this alfresco canopy will be serving up extravagant treats from a wood-chip barbecue, with that iconic view of the gas holder rising out of London's skyline. With vinyl exchanges, open-air film nights and day-parties, it's a prime summer spot.'
'I bet you're wondering what's in that sarnie. There's egg, of course – the central theme of this brand new restaurant called Egg Break. But there's also rocket, sausage meat, Sriracha mayo and – ingeniously – pork belly. Now that's a bap.'
'As well as having a great taste in dogs, Rose Mann loves coconuts. Like, really loves them. She's brought this love affair to Notting Hill's brand new café Farm Girl, pioneering bizarre coconut concoctions such as coconut chicken schnitzel, coconut superfood smoothies, and even a coconut BLT. By cracking open the potential of such a light ingredient, Farm Girl is offering distinctly experimental yet summery food – and there's even an alfresco dining area.'
'We want to spend this summer dancing – whether it's to the beat of festivals, to the shakes of Taylor Swift, or to the sound of Andy Murray hitting home Championship Point. And Dead Dolls Peckham promises to help us do just that. With a dedicated ballroom for full-blown shimmies, Dead Dolls' extravagant public house will deliver when you get the urge to boogie.'
'We weren't kidding about the floating crocodile. It's just one of the mad menagerie at brand new venue The Botanist, where animals jump out of the walls and fly above the bars (you've got to see their mid-flight swan). Perched next to Liverpool Street, it's a place of dark gold trimmings and even darker dance floors.'
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