There’s always a wealth of new and exciting things to do in London when the weather gets hotter. Here are just a few that I’ve been to recently.
1. Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane
For the past few years, I’ve really loved spending a few summer days on the terrace at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane. This year is no exception and the hotel’s urban oasis has been decorated with the most gorgeous display of flowers and lanterns.
On the menu is Apericena, which is a fusion of Italian aperitivo and cena (dinner). Basically more substantial nibbles served with the signature Four Seasons speciality cocktails.
2. The French Collection at the Harrods Tea Room
This summer the Harrods Tea Room will be hosting a series of residencies led by four of the world’s leading pastry chefs all hailing from Paris. I was lucky enough to attend a launch event for the French Collection and actually meet these legendary chefs myself: Pierre Hermé, Angelo Musa, Yann Couvreur from Hôtel Plaza Athénée and Cédric Grolet from Le Meurice.
Each chef has created an afternoon tea menu of gorgeous cakes using Harrods finest ingredients and will be priced at £65 and are served between 12pm and 5pm. Fellow pregnant ladies will be pleased to know that the Tea Rooms are right by the children and baby’s department!
The time table is as follows:
19th July – 28th July: Pierre Hermé
2nd August – 11th August: Angelo Musa
16th August – 25th August: Yann Couvreur
30th August – 8th September: Cédric Grolet
3. The Au Soleil Balcony with Mirabeau Rosé at Le Méridien Piccadilly
With sunny yellow umbrellas, straw panama hats and pretty floral arrangements, you can find a taste of Côte d’Azur in Piccadilly at Le Méridien Hotel out on their relaxing Au Soleil balcony. A partnership with Mirabeau en Provence rosé wine and Mirabeau’s delicious wines, ‘adult ice lollies’ Frosé popsicles and new Prêt-à-Porter cans are all available along with a menu of Provençal small plates including Niçoise salad, Ratatouille and savoury Pissaladière tart with caramelised onions, anchovies and fresh herbs. Guests can also order from a full lunch and dinner menu from the restaurant inside, Terrace On Piccadilly serving classic brasserie dishes.
I attended a sunny launch of the terrace, with my sister on hand to try the wine for me!
4. The New Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has just reopened with a stunning multi-million-pound restoration with designer Joyce Wang overseeing new looks in the rooms, suites and public areas while New York designer Adam D Tihany has reimagined The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, the hotel’s restaurants and Mandarin Bar. I would personally recommend a meal at the world renowned Dinner by Heston Blumenthal or afternoon tea in the gorgeous The Rosebery lounge.
5. New Brunch Menu at Dominique Ansell
Blogger favourite and the world renowned London outpost of the cronut, Dominique Ansell has a brand new brunch menu served alongside the already legendary cakes. Expect delicious croque monsieur, shakshuka, and avocado on toast to name a few dishes.
The Elizabeth Street-based restaurant is always decorated with a gorgeous floral display too!
I was invited to events at each of these locations.