The mercury is rising in London town as the city heads for its annual heatwave. Sloanie prepsters are turning to their favourite festivals and exclusive hideaways to while away those sunny days and long summer nights. Here’s where the cool kids head for when the sun comes out to play. Hope you’ve got a head for heights…
Rooftop Pool at Shoreditch House
The infinity pool on the roof of this exclusive members’ club offers stunning views over London’s super-trendy East End. The good news for the rest of us is that its gorgeous Cowshed day spa and 26 very pretty guest rooms are open to non-members, but there are two rules everyone must abide by at Shoreditch House: no photos, and no suits. Its red-and-white striped sun loungers up on the roof lend a distinctly Gastby-esque feel to the place. Mint Julep, anyone?
British Summer Time Festival
Sloanies love hanging out at London’s biggest and most beautiful park for a day of great music, yummy food and good fun. This urban music festival is a great antidote for those who missed Glastonbury or simply couldn’t face all that mud – and the best thing is that you get to come home to your own bed (and shower!) at the end of the day. This year preppy festival-goers will bop along to the sounds of Arcade Fire, McBusted, The Libertines and Black Sabbath. Oh, and not forgetting the Backstreet Boys! Hyde Park is conveniently located slap-bang in the middle of Sloanie hangouts Notting Hill, Mayfair and Kensington, too.
Spa at The Berkeley
There’s nothing worse than being stuck indoors when the sun comes out to play in London, so our favourite spa in the summertime has got to be the one at The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge. On dark wintry days, however, it’d be The Sanctuary in Covent Garden. So after your rejuvenating fruit body peel and a spot of lunch with friends, the afternoon is yours to enjoy on their rooftop terrace with its heated pool. There are shaded areas up there for escaping with a good book, and plenty of space for catching some rays too. Get away from the heat, hustle and bustle for a couple of hours – you won’t believe you’re still in London.
Afternoon Tea at Hush
St. Martin’s Courtyard is a tucked-away little treasure in the heart of Mayfair, where pretty little cafes and smart restaurants jostle for space and al fresco dining is the order of the day during the summer months. The courtyard dining area at Hush is a lovely, cool oasis for a bit of respite between shopping and sightseeing, and their afternoon tea is a sheer joy to behold. You’ll find all manner of little boutiques and foodie emporiums hidden away down here, and may even spot the odd celeb-Sloane in their natural habitat.
Rooftop Movies in Kensington
Kensington Roof Gardens have long been a favourite Sloanie hangout for brunches, dinners and late nights, and now you can bag yourself a deckchair and snuggle under a blanket at their exclusive Rooftop Film Club. With a packed-out programme of screenings that include cult favourites like The Goonies as well as new releases, this urban al fresco film experience beats the local flicks every time. Who wants to sit in a stuffy cinema, missing a beautiful sunset, on a summer’s evening? Ticket prices include a hot snack and a drink from the bar, and you get wireless headphones to wear to keep out the noise from planes overhead and the city down below.
Keep cool, Sloanies!