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Five places that’ll leave you pining for summer

Donna Mackay

The weather might be a bit hit and miss at the moment, but here are five lush places that’ll get you in the mood for some serious summertime vibes.  

Palm Vaults, Hackney

The ’70s-styled, pink and green Pantone wonderland that is Palm Vaults is one of Hackney’s most happening spots. Bringing the outdoors indoors, this totally tropical succulent-filled café is an urban oasis for anyone that’ll dig an acai bowl with an added floral garnish.

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Proud Camden Roof Garden, Chalk Farm

Proud Camden Roof Gardens is the newly renovated alfresco destination sitting ‘proudly’, ahem, atop Camden Market. With decking, rock features and even an inbuilt – albeit miniature – waterfall, you can pick a spot on the huge sofas and lay back when the sun’s out.

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Alfred Le Roy, Hackney Wick

The Alfred Le Roy is a bar with a difference. Set on the Lea river, the team behind the Crate Brewery deliver summer in style on this seafaring stead. Hop aboard for a cocktail-fuelled canal cruise with a panoramic view and maritime exploits.

Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, Clerkenwell

This verdant multi-faceted offering looks summery all year round, whether you visit to work, rest or play. The country house decor, decked out with lush foliage and huge greenhouse-style windows, means that hanging out in this creative hub feels like a perpetual vacation.

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Pergola on the Roof, White City

The Pergola guys have returned to White City with a rooftop themed around New York’s summer destination for the wealthy, The Hamptons. There’s seaside and BBQ fare for the hungry and whitewashed wood and palm trees for those who just want to sit back and enjoy the Americana view.

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