“Summertime and the livin’ is easy…”
Scrolling through my Instagram feed over the weekend, I was struck by all the summer love recently shared by happy Londoners across the city.
The most fleeting glimpse of sunshine is often enough to get us lunching in the park, so we’ve been having quite the field-day with the recent spell of good weather! I’m not entirely sure whether it’s set to continue (because, London.) – but I can think of a few reasons why I’m rooting for it to…
… I believe they call it al fresco
From sipping iced coconut-lattes on the chic street terrace of my neighbourhood haunt, NAC, to indulging in a candle-lit feast alfresco (inspired by the Jungle Book no less!) at the luxuriously idyllic St James Court hotel – there’s been just no getting enough of the outdoors recently!
Summer tipples & popsicles
It’s a good thing then, that rooftop bars and secret champagne gardens have been popping up a-plenty this summer…
Whilst old classics have remained steadfast favourites, such as the charming cobbled courtyard housing Mews of Mayfair – it’s the perfect spot to catch some sun, whilst slurping up a Bellini popsicle (or two).
(But in case champagne Pops don’t quite tickle your fancy, you’ll be pleased to hear that my friend and wine aficionado, Shakira, has also featured Mews among her five top picks for where to drink wine in the sun!)
Ice Cream Diet
Of course the real motivation behind my summer love, is that it’s been the perfect excuse to officially go on an ice cream diet… It’s been pretty successful so far.
My morning caffeine fix has been replaced with the Red Dragon Mocha Java coffee ice cream from the East India Company (although some days I go for the Chilled Chai Bombay Style instead).
Royally indulged by these goodies from @TheEastIndiaCompany! I'm especially loving their exciting new range of ice creams (available only for the summer), from classic Caramel and Sea Salt Biscuit Crunch to Red Dragon Mocha Java coffee (every caffeine addict's dream!) My favourite has to be the Chilled Chai Bombay Style though – it's speckled with cinnamon, cardamom, clove, crystallised ginger and pepper for an intensely rich and unique finish! #TheBestTimeForIceCreamIsAlways #EastIndiaCompany #TheFoodieDiariesLondon
My afternoon tea is now often of an all-gelato nature at Snowflake’s cafe in Selfridges.
So this happened today… Three utterly lush tiers of a gelato afternoon tea @SnowflakeGelato's cafe at Selfridges, complete with mini macaron gelato sandwiches, gelato cannoli, gelato sponge sandwiches and of course mini gelato cones enrobed with chocolate🍦🍦🍦 More on the blog soon! #AllGelatoEverything #NoSuchThingAsTooMuchGelato #SummerVibes #TopLondonRestaurants #TheFoodieDiariesLondon
I’ve even cemented the bond with my blogger-compatriots, over our mutual love for sundaes…
You might have noticed that I’ve been a little obsessed with matcha sundaes in particular (because if it’s green, it’s healthy right?), often getting my fix at Tsujiri, Tombo or the even-more-recently opened Milk Train Cafe, which specialises in candy floss-wrapped matcha soft serves too…
Then there have been all those ice cream sammiches.
And triple-chocolate-dipped bespoke Magnums…
… Speaking of which, the good folks at Magnum also hosted an epic street party recently, complete with a live catwalk and dance performances; hair, make-up and styling tips; not to mention – all the ice cream you could eat!
It has to be said, there’s nothing quite like the fun and games at a good summer soirée… Sadly I missed the much-anticipated Marylebone Fayre this year, but from what I hear, it was a rather jolly celebration!
Out and About
In all fairness, my summer hasn’t just been about al fresco eats and treats. I’ve been quite active too, taking advantage of the beautiful weather to hunt Pokémons and wander around the pretty pockets of London…
As well as exploring different parts of England…
Staycations & daycations
I recently read that the UK economy is set to get a real boost from families holidaying within the country this year.
I’m especially keen to head back to my alma mater, Oggsford, for an afternoon of Pimm’s and punting, and would also love to plan a couple of days in Cornwall for sun, sand and all the Cornish cream and cheese. In the meanwhile, I enjoyed the most idyllic escape to Cirencester in the Cotswolds, stopping by the Kings Head hotel for a scrumptiously hearty lunch before having a meander around the picturesque town.
But I think that the really uncanny thing about this summer, is that I’ve felt it anywhere and everywhere, from vibrant dishes full of sunshine…
Summer on my mind, summer on my plate! This watermelon, black quinoa & soft cheese salad was one of the many Peruvian pleasures that Vanessa @CityFreudeBlog and I enjoyed at lunch today @CasitaAndina – the new Andean-style Picanteria (family run restaurant) from @MartinMoralesCeviche! Full review on the blog soon. #CasitaAndina #MondayMotivation #TopLondonRestaurants #TheFoodieDiariesLondon
To even a floral-inspired afternoon tea (at the Intercontinental Park Lane) which was like none other, vividly capturing the beauty of a quintessential English garden in bloom!
An #AfternoonTea simply too pretty to eat… A heavenly Saturday spent indulging in the #ScentsofSummer experience @ICParkLane. Can't wait to share the floral-inspired celebrations on the blog soon 🌸🍾 #IntercontinentalParkLane #InterContinentalLife #AfternoonWellSpent #TopLondonRestaurants #TopCityBites #TheFoodieDiariesLondon
I’m off to rainy Bombay later this week (not that I’m complaining, as I absolutely love the monsoons too!)… but I’m determined to make the most of things before I leave, with plans for a movie-night under the stars (at the Lansdowne Club); a visit to a few summer exhibitions (the Royal Academy and Tate Modern are both on my list); and an early morning yoga-brunch co-hosted by Lululemon and Harrods at the V&A Museum.
Fingers crossed the good weather lasts!
How have you been enjoying summer 2016?