Evening Dresses for Heatwaves and Rooftop Glamour
Summer is finally here! Which means it’s time to ditch the cosy pubs and head a few floors up - not to mention it's time for those hot summer evening dresses. On those precious days when the weather decides to be a little less British and a whole lot more tropical, it’s only right to take full advantage and sun it up on a glamorous rooftop bar. From sophisticated skyscrapers to laid-back hangouts, DesignMyNight have rounded up the cream of the alfresco crop. With a few outfit inspirations thrown in. . .
Rumpus Room - London
Be white hot in the Rumpus Room with this Kalayci London Viola dress
. Add Daniel Sandler's watercolour creme blush
and the Daniel Sandler matte lipstick Casblanca
. Eyelure's dramatic volume lashes
add a flutter of drama.
Nestled on the top floor of London’s swanky Mondrian hotel, this rooftop bar gives you crystal clear views of St Paul’s, The Shard, the Walkie Talkie building and more. Overlooking the Thames, Rumpus Room
does high-rise relaxation in style and really shows off your Kalayci evening dress
a dream. From the attractive crowd, to the carefully crafted cocktails, this riverside hotspot screams glamour. If you’re lucky, you’ll nab a seat on one of the terrace’s highly Instagrammable swings. Now are you ready for your close up? It’s time to do it, you know, #ForTheGram.
Newquay's Scarlet Hotel - Cornwall
Caption: Let’s Dazzle in this Honor Gold Mila Maxi dress - the perfect going out dress. Add Daniel Sandler liquid blush; and the Red Carpet Manicure gel polish for extra razzle dazzle. A Jywal Victoria purse finishes off the look.
While many come for this hotel’s exclusive eco spa
, it’s the breathtaking restaurant and bar that really dazzle. Located on a Cornish cliff top, you can expect sweeping views of the Newquay coast. Slow down and de-stress with a modern European menu, serving the freshest, locally sourced ingredients. Just try not to be tempted to go all out for a grown up getaway at this luxurious, adults-only retreat. It's time to don your elegant but comfortable Honor Gold summer evening dress for some coastline chilling.
Jin Bo Law - London. Evening Dresses Essential
Caption: Have a Head
for heights with this Club L embellished dress
. Be tan-fastic with the Fake Bake luxurious airbrush
and add a lip gloss courtesy of Daniel Sandler's vivid energy
The latest addition to London’s sky-high scene, Jin Bo Law
elevates you to the fourteenth floor of Aldgate’s sleek Dorsett City Hotel. Chill all day and party all night, rubbing shoulders with city slickers and weekend revellers. You may even be tempted to venture inside for a glimpse of the eye-catching bar which features gold accents, geometric shapes and a huge range of spirits. Cocktails echo with Asian influences, transforming unique ingredients into mouth-watering concoctions.
20 Stories - Manchester
Caption: The skies the limit at 20 Stories in Manchester
. Ditch the going out dress and swap for this Adrianna Papell jumpsuit
. Add a touch of glamour with this hand embellished handbag from Gatsbylady
and a Johnny Loves Rosie black earring cuff
. A swirl of lipstick in Audrey from Daniel Sandler
adds a luxury finishing touch.
As the name suggests, Manchester’s highest restaurant rests twenty stories above No.1 Spinningfields. Plants hang from the ceiling inside, while greenery adorns the outdoor terrace for a touch of calm in a busy city. Experience an uninterrupted view of the sweeping skyline come rain or shine. With Michelin-starred chef Aiden Byrne at the restaurant’s helm, as well as a celebrated drinks menu, you’ll really feel like you’re touching the sky at this alfresco hideaway.
Goodness Gracious - Liverpool - Evening Dresses at the Ready
Caption: Anyone for Rooftop Yoga? Goodness Gracious
is an ideal spot to be seen this summer. Try the Zibi London floral dress for a floaty midi
. Add lipstick in hush by Daniel Sandler
and a self gradual tan for fair skin. The C'est Beau honey zip black bag
is a perfect additional touch.
This seasonal space is only open for six months, so there’s even more reason to get your daily dose of vitamin D at the glorious rooftop. Facing the iconic Royal Liver Building and River Mersey, Goodness Gracious is an ideal spot to relax, with a decent drink in hand. Whether you’re stopping by for live music, a rooftop yoga sesh or a vegan meal, this is one chilled out setting. Try this Zibi London floral midi dress - a firm favourite on the evening dresses 'top of the pops' list.
Aviary - London
Caption: Day to night glamour is perfect for desk to bar elegance at The Aviary
. Opt for this Closet London 2-in-1 jumpsuit
with C'est beau black clutch
. Experiment with the Sunset yellow shadow palette from Daniel Sandler
and a finishing touch of nail polish in 'do you really like me'.
Soar above the city and soak up the sun at this elegant rooftop bar and restaurant. Perched on the tenth floor of the Montcalm hotel, this Finsbury Square locale is alluring from day to night. Especially when the surrounding city landmarks are lit up. Unsurprisingly, it’s both highly popular and slightly spendy. So book a table and prepared to splurge for a glamorous evening as you watch the world pass by.
The Varsity Rooftop - Cambridge
Caption: School’s Out for summer. So now it's time to let your hair down with this perfect going out dress from Nadine Merabi; add lashes, lipstick and the gorgeous pearl-like earrings from Johnny Loves Rosie for the hottest outfit imaginable.
If plush seats, an extensive Champagne list and a boutique hotel destination don’t scream luxury, then we don’t know what does. Unwind high above the rooftops, with panoramic views of Cambridge University’s historic colleges as the sun sets. Wear this stunning floral midi evening dress for dressed up but casual elegance at The Varsity
. Send your taste buds tingling with dishes from the wood-stone oven. And, get ready for all things juniper, with over 30 gins and a bespoke botanical cocktail selection.
Radio Rooftop Bar - London - Sequin Evening Dresses
Be dramatic with your evening dresses this summer. Choose the heart of London's theatreland to show off in this perfect gold Merabi dress, add flawless skin with Fake Bake and a swirl of vintage rose. Splash a drop of gel nail polish in stretch limo and a Johnny Loves Rosie layer choker necklace for added Va Va Voom.
This skyward space sits on the tenth floor of the swanky ME hotel, on The Strand. Radio
is the perfect excuse for those evening dresses with sequin proportions. Nestled in the heart of London’s theatre land, you can escape the hustle and bustle of the streets below. It's an oasis of chic relaxation. With an interior design invoking Ibiza glam and a swish Summer Garden, Radio is the ultimate place to dress up and be seen. Try soaking up a boozy brunch. Or, indulge in an afternoon tea. All to be washed down with a first class cocktail alongside views of almost every iconic landmark.
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