Summer is finally here! Yay! Well, it was here at least, but seeing that it's actually raining at the moment - who knows, it is England after all. It's still pretty warm outside though so I haven't given up on hope just yet. Last week was just amazing - it was ridiculously warm in London and I made it my mission to go to as many beergardens as I possibly could (afford). I made it to a total of three beergardens plus one trip to the park, which I think is a pretty good achievement for a week's work.
I went to the Duke of Edinburgh in Brixton on Wednesday, the Junction Tavern in Kentish Town on Thursday and to The Commercial in Herne Hill for a Sunday lunch. I can't really pick a favourite as they were all quite different: I would recommend Duke of Edinburgh for after work drinks with a group of friends (there's so much space!), the Junction Tavern for a quiet drink with a good friend to catch up and The Commercial for that amazing Sunday lunch.
The pictures below are from the massive beergarden of The Duke of Edinburgh which was a very pleasant surprise - it was so easy to find a seat, but at the same time there were so many people and the atmosphere was really lively. I'm definitely going back there many times during this summer - if only the weather permits of course!
I've been mentally making a list of things I still want to do this summer and I thought I would share my top 3 with you - maybe you'll find some inspiration from it. Although to be fair, it's not the most innovative list of them all.. Ahem.
Brighton or another seaside town
I told you, not very innovative, right? But I love Brighton! I haven't been there in a few years, which feels like a crime, as surely it should be visited every single summer if you live in London. I have been considering my options to go and try out one of those other seaside towns that I'm sure are equally lovely, but I don't know, Brighton just has a special place in my heart. Especially after becoming a vegetarian I've been wanting to visit again because I keep hearing about all these amazing food places they have in there. It always comes back to food, doesn't it?
I have a confession to make: I've lived in England now for 3.5 years in a row and four years in total, and I haven't been to a single lido yet! I've heard great things about them, especially about these two in South London: the Tooting one with it's colourul changing booths sounds amazing and the one in Herne Hill is supposed to be one of the biggest and is only about a 20 minutes away from me. The plan is to go to one of them this Saturday (please come out sun, please) and spend a few hours just basking in the sun, swimming and possible having a few ice creams and cold beverages. I can't wait!
Rooftoop wining and dining
The Television Centre in White City have transformed their rooftop into a combination of a few different restaurants and bars and it looks amazing. I have been so excited to try this out since I first read about it from Time Out a while back - and the best thing is that it's actually on my way home from work! They have partnered with four pretty well known restaurants: Rabbit, LeCoq, Patty & Bun and Salt Yard and I just can't wait to go and eat my heart out whilst admiring the view. I'll report back, but I think we all know it will be pretty great!
Has anyone made a summer list, and, if so, what's on it? I need to know!