Five plans you can only do in London this summer
It has no beach or the best of climates but, also in summer, London is one of the most recurring destinations during our holidays. Nor does it matter how many times he has been in it because something unrepeatable always happens in the British capital. As it shows, five things you can only do during this summer.
1. THAT LONDON EYE BECOMES A COCKTAIL BAR
Are you looking for a restaurant or a pub that is not overflowing and has good views? The London Eye becomes the most exclusive plan on Friday nights during the month of August. When the massive visits for tourists have concluded, the famous london ferris wheel lives a second nightlife.
Its official website offers almost customized plans. For example, a night of cocktails with friends in one of their cabins before a barman who prepares, 135 meters high, drinks inspired by the city. The tasting begins with the Summer in the City. Another option that happens to see the summer sunset with a glass of champagne Pommery Brut Royal in hand. And, although it may not seem like it, the Spanish plan does not involve gastronomic suicide. The Spanish Experience It has a successful selection of tapas accompanied by real Spanish bread, cheese, white wine and red wine: Albariño, Rias Baixas and Rioja Crianza are on your menu.
The London Eye arrived at skyline of the city in the year 2000 as a temporary memorial and ended up staying forever. Now it is one of the most visited attractions among other reasons because it continues to be redefined.
Cocktails overlooking the London Eye © London Eye
2. SEE A BELLINI OPERA IN HOLLAND PARK
Each summer, the Holland Park located west of the city becomes in an open-air opera palace and therefore in one of the most original theaters in London. In its facilities a temporary structure is mounted, carefully integrated between its buildings of the 18th century that reign in this park throughout the year, to enjoy the best live arias without paying an exorbitant price for it and in a much more environment relaxed that between velvet armchairs. So far they have already passed Rossini and Puccini for the 2014 program. Rule, from Bellini, can be seen until next August 8 and then will follow Adriana Lecouvreur, tell to. The official website of this summer proposal details the August schedule.
3. TAKE A CUP IN A LIFTED GARDEN AMONG FLAMENCOS ROSAS
The Kensington Roof Gardens They are one of the most unexpected surprises in the commercial area of this well-to-do district of central London. Among elegant cafes, designer gyms and gigantic branches of Urban outfitters There are three hidden gardens on the roofs of its buildings, with fruit trees, lakes and their corresponding fauna. To the Tudor gardens, full of roses, lilacs and lavender, and the English gardens, where the pink flamingos live, adds a Spanish garden inspired by the Alhambra in Granada and in Arab culture.
Although the visit is free, these gardens owned by Virgin They are usually rented for private events, so it is better to ensure their availability by phone (0207 937 7994). Both the Babylon restaurant and its terrace pub are somewhat posh, but the views are worth it.
Have a drink in an elevated garden © Kensington Roof Gardens
And among pink flamingos © Kensington Roof Gardens
4. GO SHOPPING FOR POP-UPS THAT THE YEAR IS COMING WILL NOT BE
Boxpark Shoreditch It is something like a market made of shops and restaurants pop-up - new business and temporary nature. It has a place for young entrepreneurs with innovative ideas. All very close to the design and urban culture, as forced by the idiosyncrasy of the most hipster neighborhood of recent years. Three examples that can be found, at least in the coming weeks.
Outdoor concerts and recitals © Boxpark Shoreditch
Nordic Poetry It is a shop that has its origin in the appellant Spitalfields market and that collects retro and vintage fashion clothes. Its owner, a Scandinavian passionate about fashion, has now moved to this new proposal from Shoreditch while thinking about making the final leap. The restaurant Bukowski It gives a twist to the hamburger concept thanks to its original combination of ingredients and sauces.
Food, poetry and tremendous burgers © Bukowski Restaurant
What is fixed in Boxpark are its Sunday events, as BUSKTHEBOX, which brings together new musical talents of the city in acoustics, or the Guardian Coffee, the themed cafeteria of the British newspaper that masterfully combines cutting-edge technology, journalism, interior design and espresso cups.
Pop-up coffee © Guardian Coffee
5. CHECK THAT THE BRITISH LIBRARY IS OPENED TO THE COMIC FOR A FEW WEEKS
The so-called ninth art is increasingly respected. Even the British Library pays special attention and gives a historical point of view to the genre in its Unmasked Comics exhibition. Only until August 18 will a selection of independent comic works by geniuses be known by everyone known as Alan Moore (Watchmen, v for Vendetta) or Posy Simmonds, creator of Tamara Drewe.
But his research goes back many years before the 70s, until he reached some manuscripts of the Middle Ages or nineteenth-century illustrations dedicated to Jack the Ripper. It is the largest show ever dedicated to the comic in the United Kingdom and a way to attract a new audience to which is one of the most powerful museums that compete in the wide cultural offer of the British capital. There is life beyond the wax figures of Madamme Tussaud's.
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The British Library opens to the comic © Unmasked Comics