At the coop, we believe in the work hard, play hard philosophy and 30 degrees of heat calls for the perfect alfresco experience. We asked members of the team where their favourite summer hotspots were to kick back and relax during the long summer evenings. It may be early September but summer 2019 isn’t over just yet.
As much as I love a boujee rooftop cocktail in central London, my go-to for a drink in the sun has to be The Swan in Pangbourne as it just reminds me of sunny evenings in the school holidays as a kid. Its outdoor seating area, quite literally on the River Thames, is always chock-a-block the minute the sun comes out and you’re guaranteed to bump into someone you haven’t seen for at least five years. The food also happens to be unreal.
My summer hotspot is actually a fairly recent discovery – Pergola, just a stone’s throw from Paddington Station. Step into a world of Love Island-inspired neons and beach huts to discover a packed gazebo of picnic benches, all circled by a variety of pop-up bars and food stalls. It’s the perfect location for a chilled glass of rose on a hot summer’s day AND offers some of the best halloumi fries I’ve had in my lifetime. Would highly recommend!
My favourite venue is Dishoom, the very popular Indian restaurant chain. I could eat there for breakfast and then go back for lunch and dinner! The Bacon Naan Roll is a MUST for breakfast and the Spicy Lamb Chops are to die for. As well as the fabulous food, I do enjoy the vintage décor.
My favourite spot this summer has been Primrose Café in Clifton, Bristol. Packed to the brim every weekend, this is the best brunch hotspot in the city. They do a mighty Croque Monsieur as well as ‘The Full Monty’ English breakfast which is simply a no brainer. Just by Victoria Square in the centre of Clifton Village, choose to sit in the cosy interior of the café or on the cobbled street outside, watching the world go by.
My favourite outside watering hole just has to be The Duke of Edinburgh pub in Brixton. What looks like a fairly ordinary British pub from the outside is actually a warm and friendly Tardis boasting perhaps the largest beer garden in the whole of London. The atmosphere outside is also buzzy, with plenty of benches and even a jerk kitchen stand. Should it tickle your fancy there is a mini golf course, yes mini gold really! But when the sun is out, you will need to get down to The Duke of Edinburgh at a reasonable time as it is super popular.