The Five Points Brewing Co. Taproom
Five points why you should go here:
1. Tank-fresh beer on tap, from East London’s biggest independent brewery;
2. (plus wine, prosecco, cider and softs for any non-beer fans);
3. NYC-style crispy pizzas from residents ACE Pizza, scorched in a leopard-print oven;
4. Guest DJs and live music acts;
5. A leopard-print oven.
Details: Open Thurs & Fri 5-10pm, Sat 12-10pm, Sun/bank hols 12-9pm | 61 Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 4RG | £5 entry (inc. complimentary drink) – book here
Lillet Summer Terrace at Bluebird
If you can’t get to the south of France, bring the south of France to you… Bluebird Chelsea has conveniently already done the legwork, and transformed their terrace into an eruption of flowers, deckchairs and bicycles perched just so. And on the menu, there’s a list of five special Lillet cocktails, including the Lillet Rosé spritz with rhubarb bitters, and a white negroni. At £14 a pop, they’re a leettle on the steep side, but you’ll also be able to catch all the Olympics coverage on a big screen while you’re there.
Details: Daily throughout August | 350 King’s Road, London SW3 5UU | Book here
The Espresso Martini Society
The Espresso Martini Society is back, popping up in a NYC-style gallery loft space right by the Tate Modern. They’ve got an all-new line-up on the menu including a Ferrero Rocher Espresso Martini, plus an alternative menu for anyone who’d rather have a cosmo instead of their signature cocktail.
Oh, and it’s still all you can drink. READ MORE
Details: 28th August | The New Yorker Gallery, Hopton Street, London, SE1 9LR | £35
Secret Garden at South Place Hotel
Moorgate’s South Place Hotel has a secret garden that would make Frances Hodgson Burnett’s jaw drop. It’s a sleek urban oasis, with a fully stocked cocktail bar, soothing water features and an ever-changing canopy of flowers overhead. It’s also no stranger to a booze collaboration, and this month they’re offering up a special menu of Chambord-laced cocktails.
Details: Open Tues-Sat evenings | South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF | Book here
London Craft Beer Cruise
The LCBC is the brainchild of two ‘beer sommeliers’ – so it’s fair to say they know their suds. Every few weeks, they handpick a selection of brews, hook them up on draught, and serve up guided tastings while cruising past some of London’s most iconic riverside landmarks. After that, you can score another glass of whatever takes your fancy for £2.50, and munch on cheeseboards from Neal’s Yard Dairy. READ MORE
Details: 14th & 28th August | Departs from The River Princess, Lambeth Pier, Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, SE1 7SG | £44
Court in the Square
Chelsea theatre the Royal Court is now holding court in Sloane Square, where they’ve set up a mini pop-up bar serving cocktails from Espresso Martinis to Campari Spritzes, gin specials, craft beers, wine and fizz. Scattered across the square are dozens of tables and chairs, too, where you can enjoy an evening aperitivo with people-watching that’s as good as a night at the theatre.
Details: Open daily 11.30am-10pm (9pm Sun) | Opposite Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS | Book here
This pop up taproom from craft brewers Two Tribes is a feast for the senses. Flanking the makeshift courtyard on three sides is a set of repurposed freight containers, filled with seating, craft brew bars and DJ decks. But at its heart is a huge campfire, where live-fire chefs get together to scorch dishes over the open flames. Lunch is taken care of by Hola Guacamoles, and dinner mainly by From The Ashes BBQ, but they also bus in guest chefs to take over – previously including Whyte Rushen, Decatur and Jay Morjaria.
Details: Open Mon-Sat | Tileyard Studios, Tileyard Road, N7 9AH | Book here
Rathfinny Estate at the Soho Hotel
English wine producers Rathfinny Estate are popping corks when they pop up in Soho this month, on the fairylit terrace of the Soho Hotel. You’ll be able to quaff bottles of their sparkling wine, alongside specially designed ‘English aperitivo’ cocktails, including a Seven Sisters negroni with craft gin and crème de fraise, and the Little Sister with vermouth and bergamot liqueur.
Details: Tues-Thurs throughout August | The Soho Hotel, London, 4 Richmond Mews, London, W1D 3DH | £12 (inc. welcome drink)
The Midnight Apothecary
What started out as a pop-up bar in a rooftop garden many moons ago has really now become a permanent fixture – but it’s brilliant, so we just thought we’d remind you that – should you suddenly be seized by the desire to toast an unlimited supply of marshmallows around a roaring campfire, and sip botanical cocktails made with ingredients grown in the garden around you – there’s always this place. READ MORE
Details: Open Thurs-Sat throughout August | Brunel Museum Rooftop Garden, Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF | Book here