Summer is well and truly here, ladies. As always, we got in touch with DesignMyNight for info on the hottest events this month. From champagne tastings on the 17th floor to a cute and quirky afternoon tea, here’s your ultimate August event guide.
1. Afternoon Remedy
Put on your finest day dress and venture down to Old Street for a quirky afternoon tea at one of Shoreditch’s hottest hangouts, Tonic and Remedy. Every Saturday between 12-4pm you can treat yourself to scones with clotted cream and jam in an innocent-looking milk bottle, T&R cheesy dunkers, and a portion of boozy Magnum ice cream. The fun doesn’t stop there; for £65 you and a friend will be able to lock lips around three of their bespoke cocktails, alongside five matching savoury and sweet dishes.
2. Summer Riviera
For six weeks, Searcys at the Gherkin are joining forces with Tanqueray 10 gin to bring a Sky High Summer outdoor playground to London. Think 1950s summer, 40 floors high above the bustling city. Expect plush decor, cosy sun loungers, a ‘pool’ and a temporary village market to help set the scene. It’s all chic and glamour here, with a selection of fresh oysters and charcuterie bites. If you were looking for an excuse to purchase another summer dress; this is it.
3. Vermouth on the Roof
Popping up at Ham Yard Hotel this summer is Vermouth on the Roof. If you’re one for wild cocktails, you need to grab your girls and head here. The mixologists will be shaking up some seriously experimental concoctions, all made with fresh herbs and homegrown flowers from their very own garden. Taking its inspiration from the traditional Italian aperitivo, there will be a tasty buffet-style selection of antipasti and plenty of flora and fauna dotted around the rooftop. For a nifty £15, this is a cool hotspot for laid-back summer evenings. If you’re up for it, splash an extra £15 and try your hand at a cocktail-making masterclass.
4. Colombian Summer
Slip into a fancy dress and make your way down to The Elmore Jam this August. For one night only, they are going to take you back to the 70s with a roster of classic tunes blasting from the jukebox and mouth-watering Colombian flavours from the bar. £44 will get you a cocktail on arrival, a four-course meal made by professional Colombian chef Bea, and live jazz music to keep you entertained throughout the night.
5. Lounge Tasting
On 18th August, Urban Coterie will be hosting an evening of polo and picnics in their breath-taking venue, 17 floors above the vibrant and eccentric streets of Shoreditch. Luxury Champagne producers Louis Roederer will be taking over the entire venue and you will be invited to try a selection of the house’s Champagnes. There will also be a roster of picnic-esque eats on hand to satisfy your cravings in your very own dainty UClub picnic basket. Expect exceptional views and a buzzing atmosphere.
6. Manchester Loves Cocktails – Manchester
Manchester are getting some love this month with the arrival of the city’s first ever cocktail festival. Mixing, shaking and tons of tasting will be on the agenda throughout the week. Secure your spot to all of the events with a £10 wristband, and nab yourself a tasty tipple for just £4.50 in participating bars. We know it’s a festival, but you can still go all out as events will be taking place around some of Manchester’s finest bars including the Botanist, Alchemist, crazy Red Pedro and the Fitzgerald.
7. Summer Nights – Glasgow
Stuck in festival mode? There’s plenty more going on around the UK to satisfy our cravings, aka the Summer Nights festival in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park. There’s gonna be a barrage of top notch performances from well-known artists like Tom Jones, Will Young and Van Morrison, as well as some new up and coming acts. This cool festival bringing you the best of British talent, is one not to be missed.
8. Decorum – Birmingham
Stuck for bank holiday plans? Celebrate the best of the 90s with the help of Decorum. They will spin the best in old school R’n’B at Birmingham’s newly opened Geisha Club. An electric atmosphere is guaranteed, so there’s no better excuse to buy a dazzling outfit, so gather your ladies and have the ultimate girls’ night out.
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