Whilst the debate is still out on the weather right now, although I hear it’s looking to be a bit of a heatwave next week, here are five ideas for something to do this weekend. So, come rain or shine, you can enjoy all that London has to offer.
HAVE A ROSÉ AT SOUTH PLACE HOTEL SECRET GARDEN
You might have already seen this beautifully decorated bar from my Instagram. This Summer the South Place Hotel have transformed, with the help of M by Minuty, a secret and enchanted garden bar. Under a floral canopy you can enjoy a cocktail or a glass of Minuty rosé which I highly recommend and it is the perfect drink for a warm afternoon. Don’t worry however if it does rain, the roof has a cover.
AFTERNOON TEA AT THOMAS’S CAFE
Listed as one of the best cafes in London, Thomas’s Cafe at Burberry have a very tasty and aesthetically pleasing afternoon tea. A selection of afternoon tea style sandwiches, your choice of scones or crumpets and a delicious set of cakes, with the chocolate and caramel one coming complete with a Burberry logo. To top off opt for a pot of tea or a glass of champagne, whichever you prefer. Book in and enjoy the view from upstairs, with white table clothes and table service.
For more info visit Thomas’s.
CAKE AT CRUMBS & DOILIES
Whilst we are on the theme of cake, then a must visit is to Crumbs & Doilies. I recently made my first ever visit and it definitely won’t be my last. Think ice-cream and biscuit themed cupcakes, slutty brownies and my favourite the Malteaser cake. The menu changes each day which they update on Instagram, so it’s worth checking to see if they have your favourite. The cake is so lovely and fresh and a perfect pit stop if you are in the Soho area. For more of my favourite cafés, check out my post on the best cafés in London.
MANOLO BLAHNIK EXHIBITION
If you are a designer shoe lover then be sure to check out Manolo Blahnik’s An Enquiring Mind exhibition at The Wallace Collection. Manolo has hand-picked some of his shoe designs from the archives and set them against the backdrop of the amazing art collection at the Wallace Collection. Fun fact, did you know the shoes are never shown as a pair, apart from in one room of this exhibition where they’ve had special permission to display the pairs. It’s free to visit and on until September. For more info visit The Wallace Collection.
VISIT THE PAINTED HALL IN GREENWICH
Take the clipper boat down the River Thames to Greenwich and visit the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College. This amazing hall has recently been restored and it’s definitely worth a visit to admire. The ceiling and hall date back to 1707 and the painting covers over 40,000 square feet, which was decorated by British artist Sir James Thornhill. They have these brilliant flat seats so you can lie back and just look up at the ceiling and discover the art. More info at the Old Royal Naval College.