Spring has ended, the temperature has risen and Summer is officially in full swing... but plans to frolic in the Aegean or escape to the tropics are not quite on the horizon. Nevertheless, lockdown is easing and the sun is shining in fair London so instead of wishing and waiting for an opportunity to wear those boardwalk worthy outfits we’re stepping into action and infusing your staycation plans with some hot tropic vibes. Here is a roundup of the best things to do in the city during the hottest season of the year (and the must-have pieces to match). Have fun out there... 

1 Picnic in a tropical garden

Pretend you’re in Japan at the beautiful Kyoto Garden in Holland Park. If the zen waterfall doesn’t fully transport you then the rocky pond with koi fluttering about and the roaming peacocks surely will. If you’re in the mood for something more tropical, head to Kew Gardens and choose the path that’s flanked by tall bamboo trees or pop by Palm House for a truly exotic feel. Once you’ve decided on the ideal spot and prepared the perfect picnic you’ll need to dress the part. For effortless flopping, stick with prints or dark tones to avoid grass marks and opt for easy-breezy midi or maxi length styles.

Esc Waistband black skirt   ESC long green polka dot dress

2 Explore a vintage market

Top of our list is Alfies Antique Market in Marylebone, which houses almost one hundred dealers selling vintage antique furniture alongside unique homewares and collectibles. Without luggage restrictions to hold you back you don’t need to limit yourself to suitcase friendly shopping – get that Art Deco bar trolley you’ve always dreamt of or a colourful vintage parasol to brighten up the garden. A woven bag completes the perfect market-ready look. Opt for a tote with an ideal degree of roominess like this handwoven style by Nannacay with leather strap detailing (chic) or go for a whimsical crossover that keeps your hands free to peruse and your most treasured finds safely stowed.

     Nannacay bags

3 Go wild swimming

We want summer to involve sandals, swimwear, and the sound of ice cubes clinking in a glass. So, when the mercury rises, with no beach in sight, where do those in-the-know cool off? Hint: they dodge the hordes at busy lidos and head north-west towards zone 7. Jump off when you reach Rickmansworth and you’ll find a lovely spot to cool off (and show off) in your latest swimsuit. We suggest August Swim and Haight for pro-swimmer vibes in fun summer tones. Note: if you’re not quite up for a chilly British swim, hire a rowboat instead and spot the wildlife as you meander lazily downstream.

Haight Paula square neck yellow crepe swimsuit  August Swim black bikini

4 Outdoor Cinema

Take a trip in time to the 1950s at one of the many drive-in cinemas’ popping up across the capital. We’re booking tickets to Luna drive in cinema where waiters on roller skates whizz around delivering popcorn and other retro snacks. Dress the part in one of Clube Bossa’s pretty and playful ensembles and invite the Danny to your Sandy along for the ride.

Clube Bossa midi dress Clube Bossa pink playsuit   

5 Al fresco dining

For dreamy summertime nights, al fresco dining is always the answer. We can think of no better way of spending long sun-drenched evenings than reminiscing in a candlelit garden with old friends. Remember, pandemic etiquette dictates that if you’re one of the lucky ones with a garden in the city, it’s your responsibility, nay duty, to host. But worry not, if all the prepping and tablescape leaves you time poor, look no further than Vanda Jacintho and LOOL for standout statement jewellery that gives any simple summer dress evening worthy status.

  Vanda Jacintho earrings

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