As London eases out of lockdown, the much anticipated reopening of restaurants and bars across the City is set to kick-off on the weekend of July 4th. With a range of new social distancing and safety measures set in place across venues, we’ve compiled a list of the top City bars and eateries welcoming guests back for the first time since lockdown. You can find what measures each business is taking to comply with safety regulations via their respective websites. Here’s to a rousing (and safe) reopening weekend ahead.
Boasting some of the best views of the City from its outdoor terrace, Jin Bo Law Skybar is gearing up for a lofty reopening celebration from the 4th of July with a daily line-up of live DJ sets to kick start reopening week on a major upbeat note. You can get your drink on in (socially distant) style with the unveiling of a new cocktail menu, featuring concoctions by the likes of the Butterfly Punch, Pickled Tink and Rougui Bjor. Be advised that booking in advance is recommended to accommodate set limits on entry numbers.
Eating out near the Barbican got a lot better with the recent addition of Barbie Green to the City’s foodie scene. It’s the bright new outpost of the Daisy Green restaurants at London Wall Place, popular for their fresh and healthy Aussie inspired menus. Bookings for their epic brunches – with free flowing prosecco and plenty of avo on toast to go around – are now live for their grand reopening scheduled for 6th July.
Perched atop One New Change (which reopened to shoppers on 15th June) City hot spot Madison is gearing up for the return of brunchers and lunchers on 4th July with a reservation system going live from the 1st. All the better so that you can focus on enjoying the amazing grub and scenic views without having to wait in pesky queues. With limited opening hours and new seating charts that accommodate social distancing rules, you can rest assured that the team here are taking the safe approach whilst welcoming returning guests.
While they kept us supplied with a superb selection of reds, whites and roses thanks to their Wine Shop delivery service during lockdown – Vinoteca is set to reopen all of their London locations including their spacious restaurant at the Bloomberg Arcade from the 6th of July. Expect a warm welcome back as you tuck into their signature scrummy nibbles paired with a choice from over 200 bottles of wine, sourced from around the world.
When you have a craving for authentic (and wallet friendly) Asian to-go food, Waka, the JapanesePeruvian fusion foodie spot is a winning choice for some of the best Donburi and Maki you’ll taste this side of the City. Located just a few steps from The Gherkin, and conveniently open for takeaway only, it’s the perfect spot for lunch to-go on a sunny day out.
If you’re interested to know how you can support black activism and anti-racism from the UK, find below some resources and general advice.
Stand up to Racism – an organisation that brings people together to build solidarity with refugees and confront racism, islamophobia and antisemitism, with local groups
Stop Hate UK – one of the leading national organisations working to challenge all forms of Hate Crime and discrimination
Act Blue– paying towards local bail funds in the US to support and protect the protestors who have been arrested and need to pay bail to avoid imprisonment
Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust – a charity working with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to inspire and enable them to succeed, named after Stephen Lawrence, an 18-year-old murdered in a racist attack in in 1993
Runnymede – the UK’s leading independent race equality thinktank
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The latest film to hit Curzon’s Home Cinema service is bound to become one of the all-time greats – the film of 2019, Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite. Winner of four Academy Awards, including being the first non-English language film to win Best Picture, the plot follows the life of the Kim family, living in poverty in South Korea. When their son Ki-woo finds an opportunity to work for a wealthy household, he seizes his chance – and the less said after that, the better. Truly, this is one of those films where it’s best go into with a blank slate. Click here to rent it with Curzon.
In an eerily prescient move (but mainly to commemorate 100 years since the Spanish Flu), in 2018 the Museum of London exhibited Disease X: London’s Next Epidemic? – a look at how Londoners have coped with past epidemics and how they might hypothetically cope with the next, the unspecified disease ‘X’. The exhibition is more relevant than ever in 2020, and so the Museum have opened it up as a virtual exhibition – click here to check it out. Having to look at an exhibition about pandemics online, instead of in person, due to our own pandemic? You couldn’t make it up.
Fans of Brigadiers don’t have to wait until after the lockdown to be reunited with their favourite Indian barbecue dishes – their Bloomberg location has now opened up for delivery on Deliveroo and Click and Collect. Tuck into one of their signature Feasts or browse their Tandoor, Biryani and curry menus to find your favourite (including the tandoori lamb chops, pictured) – click here to order via Deliveroo, or here for click and collect.
To celebrate London History Day on Sunday, we posted some info about five lesser-known hidden gems in the City, all with their own fascinating history. From the remnants of an ancient Roman cult to the urban legend of a bloody beating heart, there are plenty of interesting stories around the Square Mile. Click here to read about the hidden histories and add them to your to-visit list for when we’re all back in the City.
With summer fast approaching, there’s never been a better time to have an afternoon tea in the garden – and Cutter & Squidge have you covered with their nationwide delivery. Tuck into tea, the bakery’s signature brownies and of course, scones with cream and jam, all part of their delectable afternoon tea set. Click here to order.
Barrecore are streaming BarreLIVE – live, home versions of their fantastic ballet-barre workouts. The first class is free for new members! Online every weekday for 30 minutes at 8:30, 12:30 and 17:30, then on weekends at 10:30. Learn more and book online here.
Frame are also bringing their unique, fun-filled workout session to members via Frame Online – whether you’re there to sculpt, party or sweat, you’ll have access to all their brilliant workouts for just £10.99 a month. Learn more and sign up here.
If you’re hooked on Digme Fitness‘s online Instagram classes and want more, sign up to Digme on Demand and get access to over 48 classes a week, including Live Cycle, Matrix HIIT, Yoga, Breathwork, and much more. Click here to subscribe and build your perfect home workout routine.
Barry’s Bootcamp are also moving their classes over to Barry’s at Home – with >30 sweat-inducing 50-minute classes a day to choose from, offering options of bands, bodyweight or weighted workouts with all of their trainers. Click here to book.
Find helpful on-demand workout classes and sessions on the following gym’s Instagram pages (click on the names for quick links), to be done at a time whenever’s most convenient to you:
What better way to celebrate London History Day than to learn about its historical heart, the City of London? Many of us are familiar with the most well-known buildings, like St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London, but we’ve rounded up five of our favourite hidden spots that casual tourists often overlook. Check them out below, and be sure to add them to your list next time you’re in the City after lockdown.
This little park is often overshadowed by its proximity to St Paul’s, but it has qualities that make it a very endearing place to spend time. Originally a churchyard and burial spot, it got its nickname as postal workers found it a pleasant spot to eat lunch – but its real charm comes from its memorials. In the 19th Century philanthropist George Frederic Watts installed memorials in the park that commemorate the everyday heroes who lost their lives saving others – whether that be a 10-year-old boy drowning in an attempt to save a younger boy, or a woman who thrust numerous children to safety from a burning building before succumbing to the fire herself. It’s a quiet, moving place to honour small heroes amongst the great giants of the City. Click here to learn more.
As the ground that now exists underneath Bloomberg was being excavated in 1954, a remarkable discovery was made: a 2000-year-old temple. Mithraism was a Roman religion centred on a god named Mithras, with a complicated system of initiations, rituals and commandments. The London Mithraeum was fully excavated and is now open* to members of the public to come and learn about this mysterious cult, with artefacts on display and a multi-sensory experience that transports you back to 200 AD. Click here to visit the website and find out more.
Another beautiful and unusual garden to spend time in in the City is the Cleary Garden. When a house was destroyed during the Blitz and its cellars were exposed, a shoemaker called Joe Brandis decided that he would create a garden from the rubble, collecting mud from the river banks and transporting soil from his own garden in Walthamstow to the site. What resulted is a beautiful park that has flora climbing the brick pillars of the old cellar. Named after Fred Cleary, an instrumental figure in creating green space in the Square Mile, the garden has also been designated a Site of Local Importance for Nature Conservation. You can find it on Queen Victoria Street.
Bleeding Heart Yard
Yep, it’s exactly as bloody as it sounds. This cobbled yard off Greville Street is believed to be named after the bleeding heart of Lady Elizabeth Hatton, whose body was supposedly found in the area ‘torn from limb to limb, but with her heart still pumping blood’ in 1646. So famous was the story, she even made an appearance in Charles Dickens’s Little Dorrit, and other fictions had her dancing with the devil who would tear out her heart with his hands. In reality, the yard is probably named after an inn called the Bleeding Heart in the 16th Century, but that’s a much less interesting story.
Masonic Temple at Andaz London
Another unexpected temple discovery in the City was that of the Freemasons. In a move straight out of Indiana Jones, during refurbishments for the Great Eastern Hotel (now Andaz), a wall was moved and this incredible hidden temple was discovered behind it. Built in 1912, it’s considered one of the most grandiose Masonic temples in London and has been a backdrop to numerous photo and video shoots due to its dramatic, lavish appearance – Lady Gaga even stopped through for a Vogue shoot. Now, Andaz frequently hosts horror movie screenings in the temple for the ultimate spooky night out, and it’s available for private hire (click here to learn more).*
*Please check the respective website to find out when the venue will reopen.