Summer is fast approaching, opening up a whole world of possibilities for eating, drinking and relaxing, from the beautiful Petersham Nurseries away from the hustle and bustle of the city, to a ‘ginspired’ cocktail terrace in the heart of Belgravia where you can bask in the summer sunshine
If you’re seeking a refuge away from the city, Petersham Nurseries offers everything from a homeware and garden shop to a teahouse and slow food café, which has recently welcomed new Head Chef Damian Clisby, previously head chef at HIX Soho and Cotswold House. Expect to see linguine with clams, crostini with zucchini and mint, as well as grilled lemon sole and veal chops on the menu, and let’s not forget the extensive dessert list, featuring original bean chocolate and Nespole and Pistachio tart. Petersham Nurseries also hosts inspiring events, whether you want to learn the best pruning methods, indulge in a cookery workshop or enjoy a wild food walk.
This poetic and quintessentially British space created by Alexander Waterworth is set in the heart of London’s literary centre and draws subtle design inspiration from the 1930s. The fully retractable roof means it transforms from the indoor peace of a secluded secret garden in the winter to an elegant alfresco offering in the spring and summer, with the lower terrace lined with buxus hedging to give privacy.
Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
Fancy a salad with a side of sunshine? Bask in the alfresco ambience of Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden with Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, which serves a new seasonal à la carte menu featuring crab bruschetta, pea tortellini and goat’s cheese and asparagus arancini among other dishes.
The Terrace at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel
The Terrace in Belgravia has teamed up with Bombay Sapphire to provide a ‘ginspired’ summer cocktail selection. To soak up the gin concoctions, Executive Chef Martin Gabler has created a sizzling new menu that includes gourmet burgers, marinated meats and fresh seafood alongside colourful salads, seasonal sides and summery desserts. Complete with outdoor heaters just in case the evenings turn chilly.
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