The 12 best rooftop bars in the UK
There are few better feelings in the world than heading out with your mates for a drink, whether it’s for a post-work pint at the local pub or a Saturday afternoon spritzer during golden hour. Genuinely name a greater pleasure. You can’t, can you? And where better to indulge in a sun-drenched tipple than at one of the country’s snazzy rooftop bars? If you’re looking to enjoy Insta-worthy panoramas or fancy sipping away the day with some unusual cocktails that are as affordable as they are moreish, we’ve got you sorted. From Edinburgh to London, here’s our pick of the best rooftop bars in the UK for gorgeous views and excellent drinks. RECOMMENDED:🍻The 22 best pubs in the UK🏡 The most stunning beer gardens in the UK🍔 The 15 greatest restaurants in the UK🐟 Amazing places to get fish and chips in the UK🍷12 properly beautiful vineyards in the UK
The best coronation events in London to celebrate King Charles III
The streets are filled with Union Jack bunting, supermarkets are doing deals on Pimms’ and huge portraits of King Charles III are hanging in every major rail station. It can only mean one thing: King Charles III’s coronation is here and it’s shaping up to be one big, long party. Plans for the royal shindig have been in the works since Charles took the throne back in September and the festivities are expected to include no less than two processions, a religious service and big ol’ concert at Windsor Castle. You’ll probably be spared being marched up the Tower of London if you don’t fancy taking part in the festivities. But if you do want to have a royally good time there’s plenty going on across London in the name of a ‘National Celebration’. Make sure you check timings for the big coronation day, and then start texting your mates and making plans. It's not too late to start Charles III’s reign with a bang. When is King Charles’s coronation and where is it taking place? The coronation will take place on Saturday May 6 2023, eight months on from his appointment as King on September 8 2022. Get excited.We’ll all be getting an extra bank holiday to mark the occasion. Monday May 8 2023 has been named as the day, two days after the official coronation service at Westminster Abbey. The ceremony will be held at Westminster Abbey. Charles will be crowned alongside the Queen Consort Camilla. RECOMMENDED: Want to get as far away from the coronation action as possible? Check out thes
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Skylark Roof Garden
Located 10 floors up and open for its 2023 summer season from Friday April 15, this rooftop brunch spot and cocktail bar has gorgeous views overlooking Hyde Park, Notting Hill and the banks of Little Venice, making it the perfect place to sip on some bubbles and appreciate some of the most iconic sights that the capital has to offer. The affordable drinks menu features classic cocktails such as Pornstar Martinis and Mojitos with a fun Tiki twist while the food menu focuses on pan-Asian brunch bites. A variety of awesome DJs and club nights take place throughout the summer nights, and tickets include entry into its sister venue Huckster on the first level of the building, so you can really get your groove on into the early hours.
Everything you need to know about King Charles III’s procession route, including map and start time
Today is the big day: the coronation of King Charles III, or as we like to call it, the Corrie Naish. A grand procession is gearing up to parade through town, and even if you’re not the biggest fan of the royals, it’s going to be hard to escape getting swept up in all the drama. There are coronation events galore, but if you want to see it all first hand then head into the centre of town on Saturday May 6 2023 and see history being made. It’s going to be seriously busy, with road closures and diversions galore that’ll make getting around London during the coronation something of a struggle. Still, an event like this doesn’t come around often, so we’re inclined to be forgiving. Here’s everything that you need to know about King Charles III’s procession route. King Charles’s procession route: everything you need to know Hate crowds? Steer clear of central London on the day of the procession, because it’s pretty much guaranteed to be rammed. Its organisers decided not to do a ballot for tickets, and the route is pretty short, which means hardcore royalists have already camped overnight for the past two days to make sure they get a spot at the front of the viewing areas, which opened at 6am this morning. Eighty-five central London roads will be closed, so plan to use public transport to get there early in the morning for a spot. Or make life easier by opting to watch the action from the giant screens being erected in Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park. The 1.3-mile route
A tasty guide to London’s most sustainable restaurants
When it comes to sustainable dining, London has a variety of amazing options. With Earth Day on April 22, what better way to show the world some love than by eating at a climate-conscious establishment? Whether you’re looking for an eco-friendly eatery serving up classics or a sexily sustainable restaurant with a mean steak and chips, you’re sure to find it in the city. Here are five of our favourite planet-friendly spots. Sophia PatelStaff behind kitchen counter at Fallow restaurant 1. Fallow Located just a stone’s throw away from St James' Park, the sexy, dimly-lit Fallow, is a gastro-restaurant that specialises in some of the most delicious food in town. Home to a variety of delicious dishes such as rare flamed mussels and smoked beef ribs, Fallow makes the perfect spot for a moody date night or for any ol’ special occasion that tickles your sustainable fancy. The high-end establishment even has a mushroom treehouse in the basement, no, seriously. In a 6ftx6ft room that is built literally on top of a fridge below the restaurant, the team grow their own mushrooms, which you’ll find in a variety of dishes such as the delicious mushroom parfait. 52 Haymarket, SW1Y 4RP SiloSilo restaurant on the River Lee 2. Silo If you’ve ever wanted to dine in a former confectionary factory on the river, now’s your chance. With its sleek, Scandinavian decor and warehouse vibe, Silo is a place where all of your minimalist, zero-waste, fine-dining dreams come true, without compromising f
Lights, camera…demolition? Camden Council reveals £110m ‘Mini-Hollywood’ plans
The Camden New Journal has revealed that some of the biggest names in the movie industry could potentially be lured to Kentish Town in hopes of transforming it into London's ‘film quarter’. What has been nicknamed the ‘Mini-Hollywood’ project could see the Regis Road tip and various council-owned depots in Holmes Road, to be demolished, in order to make way for some swanky movie studios. This however has caused a little bit of dismay among councillors as the council has only just finished a project of retrofitting measures that added up to an eye-watering £8 million. Apparently, Camden Council has agreed to a ‘provisional’ deal of more than £110 million with a big boy investment company (whose name is yet to be revealed), who is already working on other high-profile developments around the capital. The New Journal has also reported that the potential buyer is big enough to attract some of the world's most famous movie-makers to the location as there will be a bunch of sparkly new TV broadcast studios, hospitality spaces and even a ‘destination exhibition centre’. It all sounds very legit. As well as introducing professional studios and spaces, there are also rough blueprints for over 1,000 new homes to surround the area, offering workers affordable homes which also removes the need for a commute. According to sources, the council chiefs fancy the idea of the London ‘film quarter’ after they had previously embraced the ‘knowledge quarter’ that resides in Kings Cross. During
Bargain alert: the Eurotunnel shuttle is selling return trips to France for £50
The weather has been pretty shite lately, so we’d understand if you were feeling the April-shower scaries. But if you wanted something incredible to look forward to during the sure-to-be-stormy tail end of spring? We have just the ticket. Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, which runs a rail service between Cheriton (near Folkestone) and Coquelles (near Calais), has launched a sale, with return day trips costing just £50 (yep, you read that right). The offer will cover journeys between April 18 and May 24 2023, and applies to all day trips booked before May 5. The journey takes just 35 minutes, roughly the same amount of time it takes to get out of central London to Heathrow Airport.And if you’re wondering what you might be able to do when you’re in Calais? There are all sorts of interesting-sounding things to do in this bit of France, like take the kids to Nausicaá (Europe’s biggest aquarium, in Boulogne-sur-Mer) or go on a tax-free shopping trip around various malls and supermarkets near the ferry terminal. Tempted to make the trip? You can find about more about the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle deal here. ICYMI: England is getting four new official wild swimming spots for the summer. Plus: This was the worst airline in the UK for flight delays in 2022.
Brown’s Covent Garden reveals its rather ravishing refurb for its fiftieth anniversary
The high-class restaurant located in the heart of London’s Theatreland is back – and yes, it is with a bang, a gorgeously decorated and delicious one at that. The Brasserie, which resides in the beautiful listed Westminster County Court building in Covent Garden, reopened on April 4, welcoming back its customers after undergoing a hefty £2.5 million refurbishment. Timed to celebrate the brand’s fiftieth birthday, the renovation has transformed the grade II-listed building into a gorgeous contemporary eatery that is definitely the perfect spot for foodies and influencers alike to snap their pics and hashtag #foodporn. Browns Covent Garden PRArt deco dining room with orange tub chairs and gold lighting The main dining room, now showcasing an oh-so-Instagrammable art deco vibe, features furnishings such as luscious tub chairs in hues of deep blood-orange, a dark-wood bar and white gold lighting fixtures, all complemented by a colour palette of calming blues and blush pinks. You’ll also spot black-and-white photos of the establishment in its heyday, dotted around the walls and pillars of the restaurant, paying tribute to the old court building that it once was. How lovely! There are other historic features such as the county court cells serving as a wine cellar, and the original courtroom and Judge chambers now make for unique private dining rooms. Browns Covent Garden PRThe new dark-wood bar at Browns Covent Garden To go with the glow-up, Brown’s also has a brand new spring
Over 50,000 people benefit from TfL’s ‘Family and friends’ travel perks – you could too
Do you regularly travel to Tooting? Are you constantly commuting to Camden? Well, we could have some good news for you. Our ol’ pal and Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has recently revealed that nominated friends and family members of TfL workers could get free travel. Figures provided by the Mayor’s office revealed that 54,156 people were using ‘nominee passes’ as of March 2023. These passes grant access to all TfL, tube, bus, Overground services and even a small number of national rail services, all for free! Yep, zilch, zero! These numbers include more than 19,000 people that have been recommended by TfL staff members, with more than 21,000 being put forwards by bus drivers and more than 10,000 friends or relatives of retired TfL staff. A further 3,000-plus people would be candidates who know a ‘third party’ worker at TfL. So, if you’ve got a dad that works on the trains or a best bud who drives a bus, now might be the time to have the chat about your travel costs because if you could nab a free travel pass and scrap that Oyster. Why wouldn’t you? Are London’s foxes getting bolder? We investigate. Legendary boozer The Prince of Peckham is opening a second venue.
This map shows the cheapest place to get a G&T near each tube station
If you haven’t got an overly competitive family Easter egg hunt to attend or an astonishing hangover following the bank holiday weekend, then why not get involved with International G&T Day on April 9. Yep, you heard that right, it turns out that the four-day Easter weekend has even more to offer than chocolate eggs and family disputes over who’s having the last yorkie pud at the annual Easter lunch. Now, we know what you’re thinking: ‘A whole day dedicated to drinking G&Ts? And we have the following day off? Bosh!’ As if things couldn’t get any better, sustainable drinks brand LIXIR has specially designed a London Underground map to show off the best places to grab yourself that cheap and cheerful gin-based tipple. Cheapest G&Ts near every London tube station. Image: Lixir Digital Ethos The map, which was designed by Lixir and Digital Ethos, gives you all the details of which pubs to visit, what price to expect to pay and the closest train or tube station, making it easier for us gin-loving Londoners to sit back and sip until our heart is content this Easter Sunday. So, whether you’re someone that opts for the fresh and crisp flavour of a Beefeater or the distinctive zesty palate of a Tanqueray, let Lixir take you by the hand… and put a G&T in it. Sure. But why not choose from a proper list (by us) of London’s best gin bars. Paul O’Grady’s Battersea Dogs & Cats Home tribute fund has passed £200k.
Paul O’Grady’s Battersea Dogs & Cats Home tribute fund passes £200k
Paul O’Grady was a man loved by millions. Whether you related to him through a shared love of animals or admired him for his fierce and wonderfully fabulous alter ego Lily Savage, you (like the entire nation) were probably heartbroken to hear of his passing last Tuesday. The Birkenhead-born star, who was known for his tear-jerking yet joyful ITV show, ‘Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs’, worked with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home since 2012, filming a total of 11 series at the London institution. While working on the multi-award-winning TV show, O’Grady inspired the nation to adopt and rehome pets and even received special recognition at the 2018 National Television Awards for the positive impact that the show had on helping rescue animals find new homes. O’Grady, who died at the age of 67 on Tuesday March 28, had been publicly battling with health issues for years, but his official cause of death has not been released. It’s clear that his death has devastated fans and donors alike, as touching messages such as ‘You made a huge difference’ and ‘We didn’t know you but we miss you so very much’ have poured in on the Battersea tribute page. In honour of the sharp-witted comedian, the Battersea charity has set up a special tribute fund in his name, which has already garnered £220,443, just one week after going live. Peter Laurie, chief executive of the charity, said in a statement to the PA news agency: ‘We have been overwhelmed and touched by the countless letters, calls, emails
Spring has sprung for Newham Council as it opens a new community garden
A memorial garden has been unveiled by Newham Council to honour the local residents who died from Covid-19 and commemorate the borough’s front-line services. Located in east London at Plaistow Park, the rather charming garden has been designed by Jon Sheaff & Associates, local artist Matt Ponting, and Plaistow Community Neighbourhood to remember the 1,013 Newham residents who died during the pandemic. The unveiling ceremony opened with the cutting of a purple ribbon and a heartfelt speech from Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz OBE. There were also musical performances by the Newham Super Choir and a young local cellist. The garden includes a seasonal planting area, a blooming wildflower mini-meadow and three handmade totem poles, which have been created to represent themes of regrowth, support and community. A joint statement from Councillor Neil Wilson and Councillor James Asser said: ‘We hope that the new memorial garden in Plaistow will be a place where those who have lost a loved one during the pandemic will find solace. ‘This memorial is a lasting tribute, where all generations are invited to visit, sit, reflect and remember.’ Europe’s oldest surgical operating theatre is reopening. Londoners want to stop more pollution of the Thames with sewage.