So what’s got us hot under the collar this month?! Well, the weather mainly, but all of these fabulous things too! Here’s The Luxe List June 2021.
‘City Isles’ – Madison x CÎROC Summer Terrace
Madison which boasts one of the best terraces in London has cosied up with our favourite vodka brand CÎROC to bring ‘city isles’ style Ibiza beach club vibes to its rooftop. Rattan daybeds, sofas and chairs will blend into the backdrop of palm trees, planters and foliage, and who could forget that epic view of St. Pauls?! We can’t wait to try the Champagne Colada made with CÎROC Vodka, Koko Kanu Rum, toasted coconut and brioche cream and Champagne – just one of the brand new limited edition cocktails on offer. There’s DJs every day from 4pm for proper City Isle vibes, and DJs along with saxophonists on the weekends from 12pm – 1am. When you can’t jet off to the Ibiza, let it come to you!
Celebrate Summer Solstice with Nuet Aquavit (24th June)
Award winning Nuet Aquavit (a refreshing Scandi gin alternative), has hit the UK and is causing quite the stir! With Summer Solstice a big celebration in Scandinavia, Nuet is the perfect drink to raise a toast to Midsummer with, and you can try it at bars across London! Try a special Nuet cocktail at 10 Degrees at Galvin at Windows at the London Hilton Park Lane, or at the Ekte Nordict Kitchen at Bloomberg Arcade on Saturday 26th June, while Callooh Callay in Shoreditch will also be serving up their take on milk punch (Nuet, milk, bourbon) from 24th – 26th.
New – House of JÖRO, Sheffield
We are desperate to visit Sheffield and this is the reason – House of JÖRO. This boutique hotel with just four exclusive, beautifully styled rooms, has a 10 seater chefs table in its restaurant. From the city’s hottest young chef Luke French and wife Stacey, House of JÖRO is located just a stone’s throw from the JÖRO Restaurant. Prices start from £130 a night.
Rick Stein, Jack and Charlie Kick off Week Long Residency at The Goring with a Q&A (14th June)
Lunch cooked for you by Rick Stein. Count us IN. From Monday the 14th June, Rick Stein and his sons Jack and Charlie will kick off their residency at The Goring with a lunchtime Q&A. Cooking up delights like Whole Dover Sole meunière with noisette butter and Tronçon of Turbot with Hollandaise sauce, a series of lunches and dinners will take place across the week in The Goring’s secluded garden. Book here.
Blue Minds Exhibition (24th June – 6th July)
Blue Minds’ fully immersive exhibition will feature a collective of 26 globally recognised contemporary creatives who have been inspired by the ocean, whilst highlighting why a healthy ocean matters. Taking place at the Blue Minds gallery at 127 Sloane Street and in association with the Blue Marine Foundation, the events program will include curatorial conversation with artists Emma Critchley and Mariele Neudecker on 25th June, a talk with Jasmine Harrison about her rowing expedition across the Atlantic, and Art Experiences workshops on the 5th and 6th July.
Visitors will also be able to see the stunning ‘Wearable Art’ jewellery collections – with collabs between Elisabetta Cipriani and Rebecca Horn as well as Ai Weiwei, and Shaman hand-painted coats from London based artist Aigana Gali as part of her ‘Manifestations Art Couture Project’. 15% of proceeds from the Blue Minds exhibition will go straight to the Blue Marine Foundation.
New Vegan Restaurant in Knightsbridge – Holy Carrot
Holy Carrot! Is that a new vegan restaurant at Urban Retreat?! Using ethically sourced seasonal produce, Holy Carrot which is located within the leading beauty and wellness destination will ensure you feel healthy inside and out! Fresh juices, smoothies and cocktails include the Dream Green (£8) made with spinach, kale, cucumber, avocado, vegan protein and flaxseed as well as the Rose Negroni (£11.50), expertly created using VII Hills Gin, rhubarb liqueur, Little rose and Rose Vermouth. We can’t wait to try the Sexy Tofu, (organic glazed tofu with an aubergine, red pepper & peanut sauce) priced at £15 and the Raw Red Pepper Burrito (£9).
New HUŎ Bar & Restaurant on Chelsea’s Park Walk
You had us at Stir-Fried Beef Fillet with Spicy Black Pepper Sauce! From the team behind ULI in Notting Hill, HUŎ Bar & Restaurant is offering up fresh and healthy Asian cuisine at its brand new venue on Chelsea’s Park Walk. At the bar, there’ll be Japanese whiskies (including some of the rarer serves), along with vodkas and craft beers, plus a reduced menu so you can enjoy the food without moving from the stunning high counter top areas.
The Mandrake’s Artist Cabanas and Jurema Re-Opening
How much do you want to eat here? Quite possibly London’s sexiest hotel, The Mandrake, opened four cabanas last year, which have now been spruced up by individual artists to bring the vibes of its awesome Jurema terrace, inside. The private spaces cater for up to six, and the re-imagined menu comes courtesy of Yopo’s head chef George Scott Toft who has created a sustainable selection with vegetables from Natoora, meat from The Ginger Pig and fish from Wild Harbour.
Inspired by Toft’s travels through South America, you can look forward to dishes like salt cod croquetta with piquillo pepper, octopus, artichoke and olive empanada, fresh ceviche and tacos, plus a range of stunning cocktails from the Waeska Bar. Lockdown has been long. Treat yourself!
Kusama Inspired Art Afternoon Tea at Rosewood London
If you want to experience desert like never before, then you need to head over to Rosewood London where the Mirror Room has re-opened with a stunning Art Afternoon Tea, inspired by Yayoi Kusama’s sold out exhibition at the Tate Modern. The new menu from Executive Pastry Chef Mark Perkin comprises three courses: traditional sandwiches, classic pastries, followed by Kusama inspired cakes. They look far too good to eat… but we know what’s going to happen!
Openaire Float-in Cinema by Häagen-Dazs
The UK’s very first cinematic experience on water has returned for another year, with screenings running Wednesdays to Sundays every week for four weeks throughout June. With a fleet of 16 GoBoats and 100 deckchairs, you’ll be able to watch epic movies from the water, or on the banks of the Regent’s Canal with Häagen-Dazs on hand to keep you cool as you chill out in style. Boats hold a maximum of eight people priced at £240 per boat (that’s only £30 per person), or you can grab a deckchair for just £17.50. A pop-up kitchen will serve up delicious pastas so you can really make a night of it! Check out the full list of movies, here.
Six Course Special Menu with MasterChef The Professionals 2020 Winner Alex Webb, and Oliver Gladwin at Sussex Restaurant
On Wednesday 23rd June at Sussex restaurant in Soho, MasterChef: The Professionals 2020 Champion Alex Webb will be joining forces with the Gladwin Brother’s Chef Patron Oliver Gladwin, to create a one-off six-course menu celebrating the best of local summer ingredients. Tables are available to book online or email email@example.com. The dinner will be priced at £72 per person which includes a glass of Nutty Brut on arrival followed by a 6-course set menu.
Celebrate World Gin Day (June 12th)
Any excuse right?! You’ve gotta honour World Gin Day – it’d be rude not to. One place we’ll be heading this weekend is The Nest in Treehouse where cocktails inspired by the 1920’s will be flowing against a panoramic backdrop of the London skyline. Tickle those tastebuds with a French 75, Hanky Panky or Clover Club and enjoy the rustic vibes and luscious greenery at this gorge oasis. Read our guide to the top 15 gins we’ll be drinking this weekend, here.
Guided Tasting of Wild Turkey for National Bourbon Day (June 14th)
How about a Wild Turkey Bourbon Whiskey tasting at home, as you’re guided by the iconic Russells family via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant? It’s a world first for this incredible bourbon, so just order your tasting kit and get ready to learn about this iconic drink form the comfort of your own home! Click here for all the info and to order your kit!
New – Simmons Bar Old Street
Where else can you play Pac Man, drink outrageously reasonably priced cocktails and marvel at the quite extraordinary decor which gets quirkier the more drinks you have?! With their five hour happy hour proving to be quite the crowd pleaser, it’s no wonder that Simmons Bar have opened a brand new venue in Old Street, with others to follow in Brick Lane, Putney, Soho and beyond… With an all night happy hour until 2am in the morning until the 23rd June, where else would you want to hang out?! Book here.