London’s hidden summer gems

We’ve been scouring the streets of London to find the best 2019 summer hideouts for you. There’s no greater pleasure in life than enjoying a chilled drink with friends outside on a hot day, and lucky for us, London is home to some of the coolest beer gardens and pop-up terraces in the world. Why not make the most of the great British summertime and try hit them all? We’ve found gems all over the city. Join us as we partake in some al fresco summer daydreaming…

Secret Garden

Nestled away in our Fleet Street courtyard, the Lazy Ballerinas are spilling out of the wine bar into their summer pop-up, Secret Garden. If walls adorned with botanical flowers and ultra-Instagrammable pergolas are your thing (think grape vines and twinkling lights), you’re going to love it here. Bask in the London sun as you sip and swirl on exciting wines of the world and indulge in the Society’s bespoke small plates created especially for the occasion. Come along and tell all your friends; it’s London’s worst kept secret after all…

Pergola On The Roof

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Good vibes, good food and good drinks is how this place describes itself. With locations in Paddington and Olympia, Pergola On The Roof is here for another summer and is a great place to kick back with a large group of friends. Serving up excellent views of London and delicious street food in a spacious surrounding, it’s a great place for a party or celebration. Be sure to check out their locations this year!


Back by popular demand, our BRGR+BUBBLES pop-up has returned for another summer, just around the corner from our Secret Garden. This year, we’re serving up some delicious BBQ dishes including our signature burgers plus a variety of skewers if you fancy something a bit different. We can’t think of a better way to make the most of the sun than by kicking back with a delicious burger and a glass of fizz, can you? When our friends over at Lanson are fuelling your champagne campaign, you know it’s going to be a good one. Get yourself along this summer and see what all the fuss is about!


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This chic London rooftop bar is one of the hottest spots to hang out in the city. Boasting unparalleled views of St Paul’s Cathedral and a DJ playing the very best in house music fused with 70’s disco funk, you’ll feel like you’re dancing on top of the world when you hang out at Madison. If you’re looking for an Ibiza vibe without the plane journey, this is your new favourite spot. Friday nights are the best time to go here so round up your friends and make a night of it!

Barge East

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If you’re looking for a cool place to hang out East of the city, you need to check out this boat-turned-bar in Hackney Wick. Barge East is an indoor and outdoor restaurant and bar located on a 114 year old Dutch barge (have you ever heard of anything more ‘London’?). It serves up stunning plates and an array of delicious cocktails and is the perfect place to catch some rays with friends. Boasting one of the sunniest terraces in London and an impressive menu, this East London gem should definitely be on your list of places to try this summer.

If you join us at Secret Garden or BRGR+BUBBLES this summer, don’t forget to tag us @apexhotels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! We can’t wait to see your photos soaking up the sun!