Across London’s parks, gardens, courtyards and rooftops, four million flowers are currently blooming. So much for the April showers – London is alight with glowing blue skies, and the city is preparing for a summer of epic proportions. Parasols are rolling out, cocktails are bubbling, and open-air hot plates are beginning to sizzle. As London blossoms into the most exciting summer city in the world, Hire Space brings you five venues that are getting ready for their first ever summer.
‘”Burgers, beats, booze” is the mission statement of the bonkers Burger Bear crew, who boldly claim that if you don’t leave with a smile on you face, they’ll eat their disco ball. And why do they have a disco ball? Because these burgers come with disco beats, delivered by resident DJ Horton Juniper, who flips the vinyls alongside the juicy burger patties. From mid-May, these guys will be setting up a summer-long residency at Old Street roundabout.’
‘A fair few of those blooming flowers are adorning Ivy Garden Chelsea, whose name hints at the botanical character of this new venue. With plants and flowers entwined around the interior, it’s got a summer feel even on not-so-summery days. And when the sunshine does hit (which it will, we promise), you can bathe outside in their garden on a nautical-themed sunbed.’
‘The Street Feast crew are taking over London. Not content with hosting Model Market and Dalston Yard this summer, in early June they’re also launching a brand new project – Dinerama at Shoreditch Yard. The space is huge and will house six permanent diners, lots of new street food stalls, fun mezzanine bars and space for dancing.’
‘This is another one that’s so new, it hasn’t even been built yet. The expansive Chiswick garden is still coming together, and will open in a couple of weeks. But you can get a sense of the spirit of Smokehouse’s style from its searingly popular Islington branch (see above). Expect lots of smoky BBQs, gigantic joints of meat, and all graced with the fresh Chiswick summer breezes.’
‘In 1544, the “Boulogne Gate Inn” opened in Kentish Town, offering the first watering hole for visitors to London from the North. Five hundred years and a few mispronunciations later, we have Bull and Gate. Along the way, it was a gin palace and an indie music venue that helped launch the careers of Blur and Coldplay. It has just re-opened in the last few days, offering a brand new beer garden for you to sit in and soak up its epic history.’
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