Summer’s Final Days

Welcome back! If like us, you’re easing gently back into London life then here’s how to make the most of the final days of summer. First up we’re visiting Skye Gyngell’s pink shipping container that’s popped up in the courtyard of Somerset House. Spring in Summer is the place for an ice cream: think delicious flavours like peach or josterberry ripple in cones or brioche sandwiches, and fior de latte and elderflower ice lollies.

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme runs until 31 August, so there’s just a few days left to get 50% off the food bill at some of London’s top restaurants. Search by postcode here to find out who’s participating – some are extending through September too. As well as old favourites like Quo Vadis, Barrafina and Padella, Mercato Metropolitano’s newly-opened MM Caffe in Duke Street is taking part, as is JOY at Portobello restaurant, Flora. The space on Portobello Dock from Stevie Parle and Tom Dixon includes the hyper seasonal restaurant plus a flowers and produce from The Goods Shed, a bottle shop and honey stall.

As the schools finally start to go back, book a timed slot to see Steve McQueen’s Year 3. The exhibition has been extended until 31 January 2021 and takes on a new poignancy this September as COVID-19’s empty classrooms fill up again. Act fast to get a ticket to hear Aurora Orchestra performing live in a special outdoor concert at Kings Cross on 7 September. Ahead of their appearance at the BBC Proms they’ll be playing Beethoven’s exhilarating Symphony No. 7 from memory to a limited audience. And if you fancy a final splash in the water, we recommend a paddling trip to Morden Hall Park where there’s also plenty of picnic spots to see out the summer holidays.


— Daisy Allsup
26th August 2020