You have got to love London when summer finally arrives and everyone gets hot and not so bothered. We are doing a small sundance here at Seasonal Heights and, in homage to all that UV flying about, we bring you three nice ideas for a sunny day in the capital from our new guide. Just don’t hesitate too long. Those mischievous clouds are never far away.
SIGHT – Chelsea Physic Garden
Inexhaustibly edifying and delightful, London’s oldest botanic garden covers four sheltered acres beside the Thames. In summer it is open 11am–6pm every day except Mondays and Saturdays, with late openings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when the garden and excellent café stay open until 10pm. Start with the Historical Walk, then explore the Garden of Edible and Useful Plants, laid out in 2012, and the World Woodland Garden, new this year.
020 7352 5646
66 Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4HS
EAT – Beagle
Cavernous and cool, Beagle loves seasonal English produce, serving starters such as courgette, wild garlic and mint soup, then whole seabass for two with samphire and cucumber, and custard tart with poached rhubarb. There’s a youthful vibe and the cocktails are half the fun, yet service is careful and correct. The ample terrace, set off the street next to Hoxton station, is one of the nicest in east London.
Favourite table: get there early to nab an unreserved outdoor table.
0207 613 2967
397–400 Geffrye Street, London E2 8HZ
DRINK – Draft House Hammersmith
This former Irish pub, a slice of West London history, has been taken over by the illustrious Charlie McVeigh to become one of his Draft House pubs, where every kind of ale, bottled and on tap, is proffered to connoisseurs. Sit, drink and be happy, either in the huge courtyard or the cobbled garden, with its canopied, wooden-clad drinking den replete with a living wall.
Favourite drink: Beavertown Sour Power ale at £5.30 a pint.
020 7420 9321
238 Shepherds Bush Road, London W6 7NL