The orangey hue of late summer evenings has to be when London is at its prettiest, and chilled cider is at its tastiest. This is what August is all about (fingers crossed, anyway!), and year on year, Londoners are perfecting the ways to enjoy it, designing venues that squeeze the best out of every last drop of sunshine. We asked venue experts Hire Space for the hottest new spots to hang out at this month.
'The people behind Camden Beach are offering some seriously pimped-out real estate, charging£250-£350 per beach hut which includes space for up to eight of your mates, Prosecco, a fridge stuffed full of beer, popcorn and rock, and a massive fish and chip supper. Oh, and not to forget, and a souvenir beach mat. Yes, it may be one of the stranger (and more expensive) offerings this August. But it's closer than a trip to the coast.'
'For a less gimmicky venue, check out The Victorian Bath House, a tiny turkish bath that's just been entirely redeveloped into an event space. Built in 1895, the inside of The Victorian Bath House feels like a Tardis - beautiful, deep blues spiral around Moorish columns that seem to go on forever.'
'Having just opened for the late summer, Hotel Chantelle is, on the other hand, channeling some serious New York vibes. But there's also a Parisian touch to this tucked away terrace, with French-American cuisine driving the menu all the way into the late evening. But, unlike a courtyard just off the Champs-Élysées, Hotel Chantelle boasts both indoor and outdoor dining. Perfect for if (when) the August sun fails.'
'Nine Adam Street, unlike the other venues so far, offers something straightforwardly London. It's inside a classic London townhouse - there's a blue plaque and everything. Making use of each original space, the new owners have been especially inventive with the venue's stunning vaults, where sunlight showers down semi-circular shafts.'
'The reason why you need to get down to Carousel this August isn't so much to do with the late summer sun. It's to do with two people: Shaun Presland and Céline Pham. Every month, Carousel brings in world-famous chefs for a brief residency. This August, Presland is offering Japanese cuisine (check out his 'Crispy Skin Hiramasa Kingfish with Old School Ginger Teriyaki Glaze, Ohitashi, Carrot Purée, Jalapeño Cream and Leek Wafer' - what a mouthful). And, immediately after, Pham is bringing her world famous (and nearly sold out) French-Vietnamese fusion.'
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