1. Southbank Beach
As part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of Love, the iconic urban beach along the Thames is returning to London this summer. Kicking off on Friday 6th June, the sand will spread along the Queen’s Walk with sun-loungers for sun-seekers, ice cream for all and plenty of gritty beach to sink your toes into. Lap up the rays and frivolity from then until Sunday 14th September. Open from Midday-6pm Mondays, 10am-6pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10-8pm each Thursday and Friday and 10am-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
2. Petis Pois
We’ve all heard of Happiness Forgets, the intimate NY-themed cocktail basement named GQ’s Bar of the Year only last month. Well they’ve gone and taken the space upstairs on Hoxton Square and turned it into a bistro-style café and restaurant named Petis Pois. It’s beautiful - a small, elegantly decorated venue which still retains that all-important warm, rustic vibe. Pop in for coffee at 9am, a light lunch in the day or a smashing dinner in the evening with delectable wines.
3. House of Peroni
Here through June, gone by July, the House of Peroni is a summer pop-up along the canal in Haggerston showing all us Londoners how to live life like a luxurious Italian. There’s more delicious food than you’ll know what to do with and cocktails crafted from experts, plus all that incredible summer-perfect beer – which works wonders in a Spritz didn’t you know?
4. Father's Day
Don’t just buy Dad a bottle of booze and a shaving kit this Father’s Day – instead why not treat him to some of London’s best bars, like the innovative Black Rock and let him explore every type of Scotch available?
5. Proud Camden Wonderland
150 years after Lewis Carol published his famous Alice in Wonderland, Proud Camden have revamped their rooftop, allowing you to climb above Camden and sink into his mystical world (plus a few cocktails). Expect everyone from Mr Rabbit to walking, talking playing cards and why not join in a tea party run by the Mad Hatter.
A whole festival of gin! Junipalooza 2016 promises custom built gin stands, category wide masterclasses, music, food, dedicated cocktail bars and of course, hundreds of tasty gins to sample in what promises to be a unique experience for 4,000 gin thirsty fans. See details here.
7. Posh Picnics
Get tipsy and stuffed in Hyde Park this June with Posh Picnic Hampers at The Arch – just moments from the park. The five star hotel is selling hampers filled with gourmet picnic delights such as half a bottle of Tattinger Champagne, smoked salmon sandwiches, homemade crisps, poached free range chicken breast with tarragon vinaigrette, potato salad and a selection of homemade macaroons. Don’t mind if we do.
8. Boating & Boozing
There’s nothing more idyllic than a turn around the lake, in any of London’s stunning parks and June means it’s finally the weather to venture off dry land. Hire a pedalo (or if you really want to show off a row-boat) and spend a tranquil hour pottering around the water and soaking up the sun. No one will judge if you happen to have a bottle of fizz in your bag either. Stepping somewhat soberly off, hit up your nearest bar for a top up. In Victoria Park drop by the Hemmingway for a spritz, from Hyde Park you can you step into Mayfair's luxurious hotel bars and even as far out as Richmond you can take a tour of the water and find great pubs within walking distance.
9. Beating Rooftop Queues
Our friends over at Barchick HQ have invented an awesome new service called Barchick Concierge – which basically tells you where to drink and then books you a table pronto. We are crushing majorily on the service (and whoever it is answering our 1am texts) so why not hit them up this month to get a spot on London’s best roof bars and terraces. They’ve got an impressive contact list so make the most of the free service.
10. Pimped Iced Coffees
The rules here are pretty similar to boozy hot chocolates, but this time it's a perfect summer pick-me-up. Add a splash of triple sec for an orange twist, go bold with rum or brandy which pair perfectly or grab a delicious coffee liqueur (we love Mr Black's) and keep all those roasted bean notes with an added kick.
11. Terrace Cocktails
Rooftop bars always dominate the media when the reluctant London sun manages to peep through the milky sky, but the city is home to some incredible terraces as well, from the ground level up. Some of our favourites include Le Pont de la Tour, Cantina de Pont, Aqua Spirit, Mr Fogg's and The Barge House.
12. Summer Wines (other than rosé)
There was a time before rosé was the offical wine of summer. While it's easy to understand its dominance - it's light, chilled and pink for goodness sake - it has rather eclipsed other worthy summer wines. If you're keen to try something else go no further than the white wines of the Amalfi Coast which were practically invented to sip alongside seafood. What about the undiscovered merits of gamay, a red made for chilling which will compliment your meaty BBQs. Vinho Verde, grown in the cool lush hills of Portugal’s north-west, is a white usually fizzing with acidity and youth. Translating as young green wine, you can expect some exceptional dry and aromatic vintages. Off-dry reisling is another exemplary white, with exceptional bottles coming out of Austria.