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A Blogger A to Z of Summer in London 2017

Keeping things close to home for this month’s travel link I’m giving you the low down on some the top things to do in London this summer in a handy A to Z!
A is Art – The Four Seasons Hotel London on Park Lane will be launching an Art Series Summer Show so head down there to get your cultural fix.

B is for the Beach – Yes, there are beaches in London!! Pop down to the Montague Hotel for their city beach complete with real sand, tropical cocktails and barbecue food.

C is for Cinema – You have your pick of out door cinema screenings including Luna Cinema popping up at the Royal Parks, and film screenings at Trafalgar Square and Somerset House.

D is for Dining Outdoors –  I’m a huge fan of dining al fresco in the Summer months and I love The Ivy Chelsea Garden, The Ham Yard Hotel, The Oxo Tower and Yauatcha Broadgate.

E is for Events – One of the big foodie events of the year is Taste of London. This year the restaurant, food, drink and entertainment extravaganza takes place 14 – 18th of June in Regent’s Park so get your tickets now!

F is for Flowers – The RHS Chelsea Flower Show may be over for another year but London is blooming everywhere that you go. You only need to check the hashtag #wisteriahysteria to find some of London’s top floral hot spots.

G is for Gardens – Head The St Ermin’s Hotel for their special Secret Garden Dinner starting with a tour of their roof top garden and followed up with a special dinner with Laurent-Perrier pairings.
H is for Horse riding – Check out the options in Richmond Park or Hyde Park.

I is for Ice Cream – Of course ice cream is widely available throughout London but at Sheraton Grand London they are going the extra mile by partnering with La Gelatiera for a three course ice cream pairing menu!

J is for Jazz – The Pavillion Cafe in Greenwich Park will be hosting smooth jazz nights every Friday in August.

K is Kayaking – Yes, Kayaking in London is a thing.

L is for London Food Month – This brand new festival sees 400 different events across the capital curated by Grace Dent and Tom Parker Bowles with starring roles from Britain’s best chefs. The Night Market marks the centre piece and sees Perks Field near Kensington Gardens filled with 50 of London’s street food stars, restaurants and top chefs.

M is for Music – Check out some of London’s big outdoor festivals such as Wireless, Lovebox and the Greenwich Music festival.

N is for The Ned – Whether you live in London or not you simply cannot escape the biggest hotel opening of the decade. The Soho House run complex boasts nine restaurants, bars and a spa and if you’re staying over you have use of the rooftop pool!

I have my eye on a light lunch at Kaia, the hotel’s Poke restaurant.

O is for Open Air Theatre – Regents Park Open Air Theatre will once again feature a selection of plays and musicals including Oliver Twist, Jesus Christ Superstar, On The Town and a Tale of Two Cities.

P is for Picnics in the Park – Summer is the perfect time to head to one of London’s beautiful parks – my favourites are St James’s and Green Park. To add an extra special element go to Dukes hotel and allow a personal butler to set up your own champagne picnic.

Q is for the Queen – Buckingham Palace is only open to the public over summer so get in there quickly for a guided tour of the Queen’s house. Summer opening is 22nd July to 1st October. It’s also her official birthday on the 17th of June!

R is for Rooftops – Selfridges rooftop is the perfect place to take a break from shopping and to enjoy the sunshine! This summer the collaboration between the department store and restauranteur Des MacDonald is called The Roof Deck and is inspired by the Californian lifestyle. Think Palm trees, frozen cocktails and seafood with a Latin influence.

We’ve got your #bankholiday plans covered: we’re open from 11am-11pm today. #selfridgesroofdeck ?⛱

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S is for Somerset House Summer Series – This summer the iconic London landmark has a stellar line up of gigs taking place in their outdoor space.

T is for Terraces – My favourite place, Dalloway Terrace  is back for spring and summer with a brand new look! Enjoy the sun or shelter from the rain, the terrace is perfect for all weather conditions serving food from breakfast, to lunch all the way up to afternoon tea and dinner.

Watch this space as the Secret Garden at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane is set to reopen! I loved the Veuve Cliquot terrace last year and I can’t wait to see it this year!

U is for Underbelly Festival – Running on London’s South Bank until 30th September offering cabaret, circus and comedy with a side of street food.

V is for Victoria – My neighbourhood has undergone a complete regeneration! Head down to the Nova building for al fresco drinking and eating at places like Timmy Green, Rail House Cafe and Hai Cenato.

The banana bread at @daisygreencollection is ?perfect for a sunny Saturday brunch #timmygreen

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W is for Wine – June is London Wine Week (isn’t every week London wine week?) a seven day summer festival that sees over 100 of London’s wine bars serving flights of wine with food pairings.

X is for eXhibitions – The Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy is a huge open exhibition of over 1000 works of art of varying mediums from both emerging and established artists.

Y is for You and Me – Enjoying the Summer together!

Z is for Zoo – The Gir Lion Lodge Experience is running at ZSL London Zoo throughout summer and give a unique opportunity to sleep in the Lion’s den and have out of hour access to the zoo.

I spent the night at the zoo and got to see my favourites! ?? @zsllondonzoo

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Alternatively there’s Zoo Nights at London Zoo. An experience just for adults that allows you to experience the more ‘grown up’ themes of the zoo after hours. Fuelled with carts from street food vendors, ‘watering holes’ serving beer, wine and soft drinks as well as live entertainment.

What are you doing in London this summer?