Guides London Where To Eat, Drink, Stay, And Play In London: Summer 2023

Where To Eat, Drink, Stay, And Play In London: Summer 2023

City Guide July 11, 2023


Welcome to our guide to experiencing the vibrant city of London in the summer of 2023! London, a melting pot of cultures, history, and creativity, offers an array of exciting opportunities for eating, drinking, staying, and playing.

Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a first-time visitor, this guide is here to aid you in navigating the city and making the most of your summer adventures. Find out where to eat in London, where to drink in London, and even where to stay in London! This guide is especially handy to plan your summer travel for 2023.

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So save this London guide 2023, and get ready to eat and drink your life away in London's best places in 2023! You're in luck: this guide contains photos and locations in various neighborhoods of London.


Where to Eat

In this guide, we'll take you on a journey through some must-visit restaurants in London. From traditional pubs to Michelin-starred restaurants, we'll tease your taste buds with a selection of diverse dining experiences.


Hans & Gretel Camden

Don’t you automatically think of ice cream when you think of summer? We sure do, which is why Hans and Gretel Camden is the first stop on our list. This whimsically adorned place will transport you into a fairytale.

Their mission is to serve the most fun and extra desserts in town. Nothing wrong with being a little extra at times!

There’s a wide selection of sweets to choose from, from fluffy waffles to candy-floss gelato cones. If you can’t decide what to munch on, we recommend the bubble waffle served with creamy ice cream. Oh, and you certainly won’t be able to resist snapping a picture for the gram here. #foodie

Location: Unit 91, Camden Market (North Yard), Camden Town, London

Hours: Mon - Thurs: 12:00-18:00, Fri - Sun: 12:00-19:00

Price: ££-£££


The Dickens Inn 

The Dickens Inn is nestled in the historic St. Katharine Docks, a hidden gem combining rich history with delicious food. While it used to be a tea warehouse, this traditional British pub now offers a cozy atmosphere and elevates the pub experience with its waterfront views. They serve classic pub fares like fish and chips, hearty pies, and a wide selection of beers and ales. The menu is diverse and includes options and substitutions for all dietary restrictions.

Location: Marble Quay, St Katharine's Way, Tower Hill, London

Hours: Open 7 days, 11:00-23:00

Price: ££



Housed within a beautifully converted 18th-century townhouse in London, this extraordinary venue is a true artistic wonderland that seamlessly blends culinary excellence with immersive design. Prepare to be amazed when you step inside by its carefully curated rooms that exude charm and enchantment. There’s a range of experiences you can choose from, from the pink-hued afternoon tea to a Michelin-starred restaurant. The menu at the restaurant is ever-changing and carefully constructed to make your tastebuds light up.

Every corner in Sketch has a unique element, whether the lighting fixture or a quirky sculpture. At Sketch, your eyes will be feasting too.

Other rooms include a cocktail bar and a gallery with rotating works of art. And make sure to visit the bathroom before you leave. You won’t regret it!

Location: 9 Conduit Street, London

Hours: Sun - Wed: 09:00-23:00, Thurs - Sat: 09:00-02:00

Price: ££££



If you believe that weekends were made for the sole purpose of brunchin’, then make sure to check out TAB X TAB this summer. This brunch spot in Notting Hill offers a seasonal menu, specialty coffee, curated cocktails, and more.

The menu is accommodating, offering customers vegan, gluten-free, and halal options. In the summer, there is outdoor seating available to make the most out of your experience. Don’t forget to make a reservation beforehand to ensure a table.

Tip: If you’re a granola connoisseur, this place is rumored to have some of the best!

Location: 14-16 Westbourne Grove, London

Hours: Mon - Thurs: 08:00- 16:00, Fri - Sun: 09:00-17:00, hours only apply to the summer

Price: ££-£££

Try London’s tastiest brunches while you’re in town. Experience the charming atmosphere of Mayfair while savoring brunch classics prepared with the finest ingredients, from mouthwatering salads to timeless favorites. Covent Garden's brunch scene also shines in this guide, ensuring a delightful and flavorful start to your day. And did you know London is home to many great spots for Italian cuisine? Our guide of top Italian restaurants in Kensington effortlessly illustrates it. Immerse yourself in the cozy atmosphere of these diners and indulge in delicious pizza, where every bite transports you to the heart of Italy's culinary traditions.


Where to Drink

Summertime is synonymous with sipping. From cozy pubs steeped in history to trendy rooftop bars with panoramic views, the city offers a wide array of options to satisfy every taste and preference. So cheers to that!

Pergola Paddington

This rooftop venue not only offers stunning views but also features a vibrant and spacious bar area. Sip on refreshing cocktails and beers, or indulge in a glass from the extensive wine selection while soaking in the atmosphere. Pergola Paddington has 3 different restaurants on-site and live DJs. Whether you want to book a cabana or go to their bottomless brunch, make sure to add this to your summer to-do list.

Location: 5 Kingdom St, London

Hours: Mon – Closed, Tues – Wed: 16:00 – 23:00, Thurs – Sat: 12:00 – 23:00, Sunday: 12:00– 22:30

Price: £££


The People's Park Tavern

We’re pretty sure the phrase good vibes originated here. The People’s Park Tavern is a lively pub nestled in Victoria Park. Here you can find a series of weekly programming, including weekly trivia and DJ sets. Stop in, grab a beer or a cocktail, a bite, and enjoy the present moment.

Location: 360 Victoria Park Road, London

Hours: Open 7 days a week. Sun - Thurs: 12:00-00:00, Fri-Sat: 12:00-02:00

Price: ££


Lost in Brixton

Inspired by the charming essence of Santiago, Cuba, Lost in Brixton is a vibrant rooftop that makes you feel like you've stepped into another world. From the moment you enter this repurposed car park turned urban paradise, you'll be captivated by the energetic vibes and the eclectic mix of people. Try some Cuban rum and dance the day away here.

Location: Brixton Village, Coldharbour Ln

Hours: Tues – Fri: 17:00-23:30, Sat: 12:00-23:30, Sun: 12:00-20:00

Price: ££


Where to Stay

Finding the perfect place to rest and rejuvenate is crucial, and our guide will present you with a curated list of accommodations that cater to various preferences and budgets. Whether you seek a fun hostel atmosphere or a cozy modern boutique hotel, we've got you covered.


St. Christopher’s Inn

Located within walking distance of London Bridge Station, St. Christopher’s Inn The Village is a great accommodation for visiting London on a budget. The facility has Japanese-style capsule rooms for solo travelers as well as private rooms for those wanting more privacy.

The hostel features a bar on the premise filled with special promotions for guests. This is an ideal choice for budget and solo travelers!

Location: 161-165, 165 Borough High St, London

Prices: Shared dorms start at £27 per night


Artist Residence

If boutique hotels are more your speed, we suggest looking into Artist Residence. This captivating boutique hotel is located in the heart of London and offers an eclectic and charming atmosphere. The rooms are carefully curated to fit the theming.

Here is where art meets coziness. Whether you’re an art aficionado or a lover of all things comfortable, Artist Residence will provide a unique and memorable hotel experience.

Some rooms are pet friendly, so you don’t have to leave your furry friends at home!

Location: 52 Cambridge Street, London

Prices: Rooms start at £172 per night


Zedwell Hotel Picadilly Circus

The rooms here are called cocoons and for good reason. You will be leaving here as a fully formed butterfly. Just kidding, the nightly rate doesn’t guarantee a glo-up, but the rooms here are equipped to be distraction-less.

You will find no electronic devices, and you’ll also find that the rooms are soundproof. The hotel is partnered with a gym where you’ll receive fitness classes at a reduced rate.

So if you’re traveling to London on a self-care journey or need quality sleep to recharge for the day, check out Zedwell Hotel in Picadilly Circus.

Location: Great Windmill Street, Piccadilly Circus, London

Prices: Rooms start at £130 per night


Where to Play

London's attractions are endless, from world-class theaters to serene parks and captivating cultural experiences. Whether you're in the mood for open-air cinema, kayaking along the river, or immersing yourself in a tropical conservatory, our suggestions will help guide your travels.


Regent Park Open-Air Theater

Get ready to immerse yourself in the magic of live theater at Regent’s Open Air Theater. Set within Regent’s Park, this open-air venue brings diverse productions to the stage during summer. The range of plays changes from Shakespearean classics to more contemporary plays. It's a unique and captivating theatrical experience.

To view current showings and schedules, click here.

Location: The Regent's Park, Inner Cir, London

Price: Ticket prices vary by show and location. Current showings for Robin Hood start at £25


Kayaking on the Thames

Get a new perspective on London by embarking on a kayaking adventure along the city's waterways. Whether you choose to paddle along the River Thames or explore the tranquil canals, kayaking offers an exciting and active way to see iconic landmarks from a different angle. You can navigate through important bridges and engage with the city in a different way.

London Kayak Company hosts several themed trips, so check out their calendar to see what you like best. Catch ya at the Tower by Twilight tour!

Pro-Tip: These slots book fast, so reserve online for at least 2 months in anticipation.

Location: Based in Greenwich Peninsula, but tours have separate starting locations

Price: Start at £56.82


Skuna BBQ Boat

Combine two pivotal summer vacation experiences with Skuna BBQ Boat. Gather a group of friends and hop aboard a floating BBQ boat, cruising along London's canals or the River Thames for 2 hours. Sounds funky but probably smells delish. Enjoy grilling your own food while taking in the scenic views with up to 10 of your closest friends.

Location: West India Quay, Off Hertsmere Rd, Canary Wharf, London

Price: Start at £100

To inquire more about prices and add-ons, click here.



Barbican Conservatory

Escape to a tropical paradise in London at the Barbican Conservatory. This hidden gem is the second-largest conservatory in the city, filled with exotic plants, trees, and even fish ponds. Explore the lush greenery, admire the unique architecture, and relax in this tranquil oasis away from the urban jungle.

Location: Barbican Centre, Silk St, London

Price: Free!

Tip: You can secure tickets for the Barbican Conservatory by booking online. The tickets are released one week in advance on Fridays at 10 am. A limited number of day tickets are available for online booking starting from 9:30 am on each day that the Conservatory is open.


As you navigate the busy streets (after dropping your bags off at a Nannybag location) and delve into the city's rich history and charm, let this guide be your companion for summer 2023. Whether you're a local looking for new experiences or a visitor eager to make the most of your time in London. Check out our guide for a deeper exploration of London's hidden treasures. Wander through the charming lanes of Kensington and the eclectic neighborhoods of Camden and Covent Garden. Uncover the city's vibrant theatre scene and hidden gems, all while immersing yourself in the local culture. In search of even more authenticity? We have the perfect guide for a quintessential British experience. Explore the delightful afternoon tea options in Covent Garden, Mayfair, and Kensington, each offering a unique blend of tradition and modernity amidst London's iconic theatre scene.

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