Do you like Pine Coladas?  And getting caught in the rain?  Ok maybe not the rain bit, but if you like a good cocktail, we’ve got the perfect recipe for International Pina Colada Day.  Also happening this month, a NEW bar opening in Shoreditch from an award-winning team, COYA is looking beauuuuutiful after its makeover and one of London’s most awesome attractions is open once again.  This is The Luxe List July 2020.

International Pina Colada Day 10th July

The Luxe List July 2020 - Celebrate International Pina Colada Day on 10th July with Discover Puerto Rico
The Luxe List July 2020 – Celebrate International Pina Colada Day on 10th July with Discover Puerto Rico

A day you can celebrate at home, or in a socially distanced pub setting!  It’s International Pina Colada Day on 10th July and we’re ready to shake things up with the ingredients for a perfect serve, courtesy of Discover Puerto Rico.  While the identity of the iconic drink’s creation still a bit of a mystery (many of the islands bartenders claim it was them, while Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresi is also said to have served pina coladas to his crew back in the 1800’s, here’s what you’ll need to bring a bit of Caribbean flavour into your life!

60ml coconut cream
120ml pineapple juice
4 cubes of ice
60ml white rum (we love a bit of Havana Club Anejo 3 year old)
Cherries, pineapple wedges and whipped cream for toppings

Mix the ingredients in a blender until smoothly blended, then pour into a glass and top with whipped cream.  Add the garnishes and enjoy!

To discover more about the history of the pina colada, click here or for suggestions on the best places to enjoy a ‘unique’ pina colada in Puerto Rico, click here!

Send a Pal a Negroni Anywhere in the World!

The Luxe List July 2020 - Send a Pal a Negroni Anywhere in the World!
The Luxe List July 2020 – Send a Pal a Negroni Anywhere in the World!

How cool is this?  Perfect for a special occasion or just to show a friend you’re thinking about them, sendanegroni.com is the new personalised delivery service from the team behind Porter’s Gin, allowing users to send a pre-batched Negroni cocktail complete with personal message to a mate, for just £10!  Choose from ‘The Tropical One’ and ‘The Classic One’ or send ‘The Self Care One’ – a 50cl bottle which you can send to a friend, or keep for yourself!  All orders are shipped first class on Thursdays, each week.

New Bar Opening – Swift Shoreditch

The Luxe List July 2020 - Check out New Bar Opening Swift in Shoreditch
The Luxe List July 2020 – Check out New Bar Opening Swift in Shoreditch

It’s fab to see some new bars opening in London amidst the current climate so make sure you visit this one!  If you ever visited award-winning cocktail bar Swift, then you’ll know what’s in store with their second venue with Swift Shoreditch at the end of the month, offering all day dining from artisanal coffees and breakfasts to full dinner menu and delicious cocktails including its ever popular Irish Coffee!

Black Cow Vodka’s Express Martini Pop-Up Bar at the Tom Dixon Coal Office Restaurant

The Luxe List July 2020 - Black Cow Vodka's Express Martini Pop-Up Bar at the Tom Dixon Coal Office Restaurant (Photo Credit: Matt Austin)
The Luxe List July 2020 – Black Cow Vodka’s Express Martini Pop-Up Bar at the Tom Dixon Coal Office Restaurant (Photo Credit: Matt Austin)

Making for a perfect pit stop on a canal walk, Black Cow Vodka will be popping up for some delicious espresso martini action in partnership with the Tom Dixon Coal Office Restaurant, at the Food Hub Cafe in Coal Drops Yard.  The cool bar is actually the sidecar of a 1956 Hydra Glide Harley, offering up martinis on tap, plus there’ll be food available too from the Food Hub Cafe itself.  Open Thursdays to Sundays 12-7pm, cocktails are priced at £9.50.

Ready Meals from Iconic Food and Drink Companies – Order Now From Supermarket of Dreams

The Luxe List July 2020 - Ready Meals from Iconic Food and Drink Companies – Order Now From Supermarket of Dreams
The Luxe List July 2020 – Ready Meals from Iconic Food and Drink Companies – Order Now From Supermarket of Dreams

Following the opening of Notting Hill Fish Shop’s second site last month, the Supermarket of Dreams is now offering the tastiest of takeaways to Londoners from big names like Ottolenghi, Skye Gyngell’s Spring and HG Walter.  You can enjoy brand new BBQ kits from Kricket, burger kits from Patty & Bun and fresh hand rolled pasta with mouthwatering sauces from Padella.  Order here.

New 10 Course Tasting Menu at Angelina

The Luxe List July 2020 - New 10 Course Tasting Menu at Angelina
The Luxe List July 2020 – New 10 Course Tasting Menu at Angelina

Back with a bang, Angelina is on course for one helluva opening with a brand new 10 course tasting menu on offer.   With less guests and a more extensive menu, you can take advantage of this awesome offer – a 50% discount on food for July bookings and 20% off food in August.  Book here.

Haig Club and Mac & Wild’s Home Cocktail Minibar

The Luxe List July 2020 - Haig Club and Mac & Wild’s Home Cocktail Minibar (Photo Credit @lateef.photography)
The Luxe List July 2020 – Haig Club and Mac & Wild’s Home Cocktail Minibar (Photo Credit @lateef.photography)

One thing the Luxe Bible team definitely miss is all those hotel stays and of course, raiding the minibar!  Recreate that cheap thrill (but with loads more sophistication and smugness) with the Haig Club and Mac & Wild’s cheeky little collaboration – a limited edition exclusive home minibar.  Priced at just £25 and available now, live up the hotel experience by donning your finest towelling robe  (and even put your kettle in the lounge if you really want to go all out), and bust out the finest cocktail collection to keep you hydrated right through summer.  Delivery available across London, click here

Get Your Early Bird Tickets for The European Rum & Cocktail Online Festival

The Luxe List July - Get Your Early Bird Tickets for The European Rum & Cocktail Online Festival
The Luxe List July – Get Your Early Bird Tickets for The European Rum & Cocktail Online Festival

Thanks to Zoom, you’ll get to experience a virtual voyage without leaving your sofa (best place to be when drinking a gallon of rum!)  You’ll be taken around the world, meeting leading rum producers and making cocktails live with professional bartenders from Amsterdam, Paris, Colorado and Havana!  Taking place on Saturday 8th August, the festival is happening midday – 8pm.  Early bird tickets are £50 until 10th July.  Click here before 29th July for the discount.

Tower Bridge Open for Visitors

The Luxe List July 2020 - Tower Bridge Open for Visitors
The Luxe List July 2020 – Tower Bridge Open for Visitors

Hurrah!  One of the city’s most iconic landmarks is back open for business and if you’ve never been inside Tower Bridge, now’s a great time to visit with a safe one-way system in place.  You’ll enter via the North Tower and learn all about the architects and visionaries, before making your way along The Walkway for incredible panoramic views of the capital, descend the South Tower and the engine rooms.  The attraction has received Visit Britain’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ Standard, adhering to government and public health guidance.

A Makeover for COYA Mayfair

The Luxe List July 2002 - A Makeover for COYA Mayfair: The Pisco Bar
The Luxe List July 2002 – A Makeover for COYA Mayfair: The Pisco Bar

COYA has re-opened – hurrah! As if that alone wasn’t enough, guests will get to indulge in a new spirit of adventure with a multi-sensory journey into the heart of South America!  With stunning foliage, Peruvian made furnishings and Incan patterns, the Pisco Bar & Lounge has also been redesigned.  Click here to book.