London Cocktail Month in the City

Nicola Sheppey

London Cocktail Week has been extended to a month this year, and there’s never been a better time to support the hospitality industry (safely and socially distancing). Below, we’ve rounded up five of our favourite spots in the City taking part.

Swingers City

Thought Swingers was just for crazy golf? It’s not a bad idea to get a game or two in while you’re there, of course, but don’t write it off as a fantastic bar and dining venue in itself. As part of LCW they’re offering up a ‘Southside Swinger‘ cocktail for £6 – think gin & tonic meets mojito – or an Earl Grey & hibiscus concoction for ‘tee’totallers. Click here for more info.

Find it: 8 Brown’s Buildings

Oriole

Fans of atmospheric basement bars (us included) will be thrilled to hear Oriole is finally reopening its doors. To celebrate LCW they’ve teamed up with Laphroaig whisky for an ‘1815 Highball‘ cocktail – plus an exclusive virtual reality event taking you to the Laphroaig library. Click here for more info on the cocktail and here to book into the VR experience.

Find it: E Poultry Ave

Bread Street Kitchen

In another tantalising partnership, Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen have teamed up with Edrington Beam-Suntory for some Wellington-themed cocktails (that go beautifully with their iconic Beef Wellingtons, natch). Their LCW offering is a ‘Duke of Wellington‘ Laphroaig concoction, which you can enjoy for £6 – or as part of a one-off, four course dining event on 23 October, the Wellington & Whisky Dinner. Click here for tickets and here for more info about the cocktail.

Find it: One New Change

Hawksmoor & Spitalfields Bar

Hawksmoor are offering up some fruitier concoctions as part of LCW with two gin cocktails: the ‘Blackberry & Apple Gimlet’ with apple, cider brandy and blackberry cordial, or the ‘Flora & Fauna‘ with rasperry jam, ginger and lemon. Enjoy them both at Hawksmoor Guildhall or at Spitalfields Bar, their basement bar in East London. Click here for more info.

Find it: 10 Basinghall St (Guildhall) / 157A Commercial St (Spitalfields)

Millie’s Bar at The Ned

Last but not least, enjoy a cocktail in one of LCW’s most popular venues: The Ned hotel. Millie’s Bar is serving up a ‘Bombay Bramble‘ for wristband-holders: a refreshing Bombay Bramble gin, lemon & sugar cocktail. Click here for more info.

Find it: 27 Poultry (The Ned)

Click here to buy a wristband for London Cocktail ‘Month’, and here to view all City bars taking part.

For more updates on what’s happening in the City, sign up for our newsletter here!

Eat Out to Help Out in September

Nicola Sheppey

Good news for discount-lovers – many of our favourite restaurants who participated in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme are continuing the offer into September. Below, we’ve listed our favourites in the City who are continuing to take part (in alphabetical order) alongside all relevant conditions and booking info.

Brasserie Blanc (Chancery Lane) – applicable Mon-Weds when you sign up to their newsletter – click here to book and learn more

Brigadiers (Bloomberg Arcade) – applicable Tues-Sat at various set time; quote ‘stay eating out’ when booking – click here to book and learn more

Darwin Brasserie (Sky Garden) – applicable Tues & Weds when you spend over £30 – click here to book and learn more

Emilia’s Crafted Pasta (Alie Street) – applicable Mon & Tues – click here to book and learn more

Fenchurch Restaurant (Sky Garden) – applicable Thurs-Sun when you spend over £30 – click here to book and learn more

Gaucho (Chancery Lane) – applicable Mon-Weds – click here to book and learn more

Homeslice (Bloomberg Arcade) – applicable Mon-Weds – click here to book and learn more

Ibérica (Turnmill Street) – applicable Mon-Weds; quote ‘keep eating out’ in booking – click here to book and learn more

Kintan (High Holborn) – applicable Mon-Thurs – click here to book and learn more

M Threadneedle St (Threadneedle Street) – applicable Mon-Weds – click here to book and learn more

Mac & Wild (Devonshire Square) – applicable Mon-Weds – click here to book and learn more

Madison (One New Change) – applicable Mon-Thurs with set menus – click here to book and learn more

Punch Tavern (Fleet Street) – applicable Mon-Weds for the first 2 weeks of Sep (max £5 off per person) – click here to book and learn more

Have we missed one of your favourites, or is any of this information incorrect? Drop us a note at info@onecity.london.

For more updates on reopenings in the City, sign up for our newsletter here!

Summer in the City: Colourpoint & Principal Pavilion

Nicola Sheppey

Not quite ready to shake off the summer colour and head into the muted tones of autumn? You’re in luck – Brookfield Properties are keeping the City fresh and colourful with two summer spaces in the Square Mile. There’s plenty to do and explore at Colourpoint at Citypoint (with food trucks every Weds & Thurs) and at Principal Pavilion at Principal Place – so if you’re heading back to the office, enjoy some safe, socially-distanced spaces to relax and soak up the last summer sun.

Yoga at Colourpoint

If you’re looking for a socially distanced, outdoor activity to kickstart your morning, Joelle Makwana from Nuffield Health is hosting free morning yoga sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, focusing on Vinyasa and Ashtanga styles. “Both styles synchronise movement with breath, so they become like moving meditation,” says Joelle. “They’re great for social distancing as you’re stationary in one place, and with the anxiety that’s come about with Covid and coming back to work, it’s great meditation – it’s designed to induce your parasympathetic nervous system so it brings your stress levels down. As far as Covid is concerned, it’s also useful because it deals with breath, and teaches you better breathing practices to improve your respiratory health.”

But if you’re thinking of slow meditation that indadvertently just gives you time to think and fret about your working day, Joelle is clear to state that these styles provide just the opposite. “Most of us in the City are quite fast-paced – we’re not just physically rushing around but also mentally processing a lot at one time. When we’ve got a lot on our mind and then try to slow down, we end up drifting off into thought. Whereas when the yoga is a flow and you’re concentrating on your movement and breath, constantly moving and changing position, your mind is present – you won’t be thinking about all the things you’ve got to do today, your meetings or planning dinner for the kids – whatever it is. This style of yoga slows you down but it’s not such a slow practice your mind can go off and wander.

“The classes that I run are for all levels. There are always options to make things more challenging, or bring it down based on your level. I feel yoga is for everybody – these more traditional practices are accessible, not so much involving complicated handstands and headstands.”

Yoga at Colourpoint takes place every Tuesday (Vinyasa) and Thursday (Ashtanga) at 7.30-8.15am, running until Thursday 8 October. Places are free; email joelle.makwana@nuffieldhealth.com to book. For Covid safety purposes, attendees are advised to bring their own yoga mats if possible; Nuffield Health mats will be available to those who don’t have their own.

If you’re keen to try it at home, we’ll be live-streaming the class on Tuesday 8 Sept at 7.30am over on our Instagram – click here to find our page and tap our profile icon when it says ‘Live’.

Sunrise Sessions

A silent disco getting you moving BEFORE your working day begins? Truly this is something to be experienced to be believed. Secret Sunrise is hosting morning sessions at Citypoint on 16 & 30 September bright and early at 7.30am – with sanitised silent disco headphones transporting you to a musical haven. Close your eyes, put your hands in the air and it’ll be just like being at a club (remember those?)

Tickets cost £2 and all proceeds are going to Fat Macy’s, a foundation working with young Londoners living in temporary accommodation. Fat Macy’s provides a pathway towards independent living by inviting them to train with chefs and front of house teams to deliver culinary events and catering across London. Click here to book.

Principal Pavilion

Fans of the ‘gram will love the edgy, eye-catching design of the space at Principal Pavilion. If your office is closer to the Shoreditch side of the City, ditch your desk lunch and take your meetings, snacks and socialising outside at this arty, colourful spot at Principal Place. Be sure to share your pictures with us @OneCityLdn on Insta.

Colourpoint is running at Citypoint until Friday 9 October; click here to learn more. Click here to learn more about Principal Pavilion, running until Friday 25 September.

For more updates on what’s happening in the City, sign up for our newsletter here!

City gyms reopening

Nicola Sheppey

Heading back to the office and keen to squeeze in a workout? Check out our guide to City gyms that have reopened or are scheduled to reopen later this month. Most gyms are enforcing social distancing measures and require pre-booking, so be sure to check each studio’s respective website for more information. Not quite ready to come back? Many gyms and studios are still offering online classes.

Victus Soul – open

HIIT + Run / HIIT + Boxing class-based studio. Find it: Mansell Street (Aldgate)

Digme Fitness – opening 17 August

Spin, gym and HIIT classes in the City. Both City studios are opening on 17 Aug: Moor Place (Moorgate) and NEW venue on Coleman Street (Bank).

Barry’s Bootcamp – open

World-famous studios specialising in HIIT. Both City studios open: Worship Street (Old Street) and Gutter Lane (St Paul’s).

Equinox – open

The CEO of high-end gyms. Find it: Clerk’s Place (Bishopsgate)

City Athletic – open

The premier training performance centre: Find it: Trump Street (Bank)

Gymbox – open

Unique fitness made trendy and friendly. All three City studios open: Lombard Street (Bank), Cannon Street (Monument) and Leather Lane (Farringdon).

WIT – open

The home of CrossFit in the Square Mile. Find it: One New Change (St Paul’s)

PureGym – open

Wallet-friendly, 24-hour gyms across London. At various locations in the City: click here to find your closest

Anytime Fitness – open

High-tech, well-stocked gym in the City. Both City studios open: Priory Court (St Paul’s) and Alie Street (Aldgate).

Have we missed one of your favourites, or is any of this information incorrect? Drop us a note at info@onecity.london.

For more updates on reopenings in the City, sign up for our newsletter here!

Eat Out to Help Out in the City

Nicola Sheppey

See some of our favourite City restaurants participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, running 3-31 August 2020 and offering 50% off food & non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to £10 discount per diner). Be sure to check each venue’s website to check social distancing measures and to book in advance.

Chancery Lane & Holborn

Brasserie Blanc (Chancery Lane)

Gaucho (Chancery Lane)

Kintan (High Holborn)

The White Swan (Fetter Lane)

Farringdon & Barbican

Ibérica (Turnmill Street)

Firebrand (Rosebery Ave)

The Jugged Hare (Chiswell Street)

Barbie Green (London Wall)

Wood Street Bar & Restaurant (Fore Street)

The Winemakers Club (Farringdon Street)

Fleet Street & St Paul’s

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese (Fleet Street)

Punch Tavern (Fleet Street)

Bread Street Kitchen (Bread Street)

Street Pizza (Bread Street)

Madison (One New Change)

Paternoster Chop House (Paternoster Square)

Bank & Monument

Coq d’Argent (1 Poultry)

Fortnum & Mason (Royal Exchange)

M Threadneedle St (Threadneedle Street)

1 Lombard Street (Lombard Street)

Hawksmoor (Basinghall Street)

Cabotte (Gresham Street)

Bloomberg Arcade

Vinoteca City

Brigadiers

Caravan

Koya City

Ekte Nordic Kitchen

Homeslice

Moorgate & Liverpool Street

Bangers (Wilson Street)

Yauatcha (Broadgate Circle)

Duck & Waffle (Bishopsgate)

Sushisamba (Bishopsgate)

Angler (South Place)

South Place Chop House (South Place)

Mac & Wild (Devonshire Square)

Fish Market (New Street)

New Street Grill (New Street)

Fenchurch Street / Leadenhall

14 Hills (120 Fenchurch Street)

Cheese at Leadenhall (Leadenhall Market)

Darwin Brasserie (Sky Garden)

Aldgate & Tower Hill

Emilia’s Pasta (Alie Street)

Coppa Club (Three Quays Walk)

The Craft Beer Co (St Mary Axe)

Rocoto (Aldgate High Street)

Benk + Bo (Spitalfields)

Have we missed one of your favourites, or is any of this information incorrect? Drop us a note at info@onecity.london.

For more updates on reopenings in the City, sign up for our newsletter here!