by Benjamin Parker, The Telegraph, May 8, 2018
Summer is underway, and London hotels are geared up to make the most of warmer weather. Terraces become deck-chair laden champagne bars, and afternoon tea gets all the more tempting without the worry of rain on sandwiches. Keep checking our regularly updated guide throughout the season for the very best pop-ups across the city, from cocktails on a yacht hotel to flower pressing workshops.
The Dorchester’s Drawing Room at the Chelsea Flower Show
This delightful floristry event pops-up at the Chelsea Flower Show for the third year running. Guests can dine on quintessential afternoon tea fare, elevated by floral cocktails and savoury bar bites at the Drawing Room. This year's offering includes four new sweet treats designed by the hotel’s chefs, including a spiced parsnip cake with orange, ginger, honey, and cardamom cream with Tanzanian chocolate. The Dorchester champagne breakfast will also be available at the pop-up, which is located close to the band stand in Ranelagh Gardens.
From May 22-26
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Laurent-Perrier Champagne deck at the Sunborn London
This gleaming ship, which is moored in the revitalised Royal Victoria Dock, has launched its summer partnership with champagne house Laurent-Perrier to mark four years in the capital. Expect specially created champagne cocktails on the nautical hotel’s top deck – it is 50 years since Laurent-Perrier launched their iconic cuvée rosé – and plenty of seafood-heavy nibbles, from crab-lobster arancini to crispy calamari. The Le Fizz cocktail, a potent mix of St Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh lemon juice and Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée, is sure to be the libation that whisks guests from the London cityscape to the French Riviera.
Open until September 3
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The ‘Meadow’ and flower pressing at Pullman London St Pancras
Anna Garforth, artist, is bringing the Chelsea Flower Show to St Pancras with her ‘Meadow’ floral installation, giving guests a taste of the dramatic work expected at the UK’s most famous flower show. Hundreds of wild oats, grasses, thistles and florals will be suspended to form a wild, floral tapestry in the reception of this Pullman hotel – part of the group’s ‘Artist Playground’ initiative to support local creatives. During the installation, Garforth will also host two flower pressing workshops, open to guests and the public (each session is limited to 15 people). Tips will include how to forage for flowers in some of London’s bets wild spots.
Exhibition open from May 10-28, with workshops on May 15 and May 17
Read the full review: Pullman London St Pancras
Midsummer Terrace at Sea Containers, Mondrian London
Another champagne-centric pop-up from Laurent-Perrier, who are this time partnering with Mondrian London for a floral terrace wrapped around the Thames-side Sea Containers restaurant. Heady midsummer meadows have influenced the look of the pop-up – dusky pink furniture and pink wildflowers make the space ultra-Instagrammable – and there is a new à la carte menu spanning seafood (strawberry- and champagne-cured sea bass) to summer veg (courgettes stuffed with ricotta, pink pepper and baked lemon purée). The Southbank spot is open to guests as well as members of the public, with the three-flute champagne flight the proper way to experience the setting.
Open until September
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Yoga in a Masonic Temple at Andaz London Liverpool Street
Warmer weather and longer days is a good enough excuse to find some focus across body and mind. Throughout the summer, Andaz London Liverpool Street is hosting a bespoke yoga pop-up in one of the city’s secret spaces: a hidden Masonic Temple within the hotel, more than a century old and decked in Italian marble and heavy mahogany. Participants get full access to the hotel’s Health Club before and after their yoga.
Sessions on May 20, June 24, July 22 and August 19
Read the full review: Andaz London Liverpool Street