Surflodge is my favourite summer hangout in the world. I love everything about it. It’s got a care free surfer’s vibe and literally everywhere you look, it looks cool. There is a restaurant space, a cocktail bar, outdoor deck, lakeside bonfire, they do amazing lobster rolls… I could live here! It’s also a hotel so you could realistically pretend to live here all summer but some nights the room rates can go up to $1000 a night, sadly. Summer Saturdays are busiest and I would recommend to book a table for dinner or get there early as everyone everyone in the Hamptons tends to comes down then, and queuing can take long otherwise. 183 Edgemere Street, Montauk, New York | Best time of year to go: May-September. How to get here: 3.5 hrs train journey from Penn Station, car or bus (depending on traffic) or with a 45 mins direct charter flight from Manhattan to Montauk with StndAIR – Standard’s hotel private sea planes | Website | $$$$
Thinking of this place I want to go back to Brazil tomorrow… This open air club and bar on an Island near Salvador is totally paradise! Visualise; lounging on colourful cushions, sipping a caipirinha, watching dolphins jumping in the sea while the sun goes down and perfect party/lounging music in the background…Okay, this may sound a little hippy’esk but this is how I experienced it! Once the sun is down and the moon comes out the party continues and you can chill out on cushions or dance on the sand amongst the trees. Paper bags with candles inside make the place super cozy too. Great place to go with group of friends or like me with your boyfriend / girlfriend / husband / wife. Getting there involves sort of a climb through a forest but what you get is the best view on the island, live music and party…Rua Caminho do Farol Nr 13, Morro de Sao Paulo, Ilha de Tinhare, State of Bahia, Brazil | $$$ | Website
I was happy to hear about this new place – mostly because it’s always good to have a late night option near the home, but also because the space has so much potential and it sounds like these guys are going to try and do something interesting with it. MODE offers a different ‘chapter’ each 6 months, a theme that serves as a base for art installations, food, cocktails and line ups. Chapter one is inspired by the industrial revolution, with an original old church organ as well as a plane hanging in the middle of the space at the moment. I arrived late on a Friday night and thought it looked cool (and different from the Supper Club). The music was a bit too electro for me, it didn’t make me want to dance but I had a good time cocktail drinking at the bar anyway. The owner mentioned they are getting some great artists in, both signed bands as well as new kids on the block, so I’m definitely coming back for some more. It’s £20 each to get in. Acklam Road | Tube: Ladbroke Grove or Westbourne Park | +44208 354 3864 | Website | £££ (Opening hours: Wednesday: 6pm – 11pm, Thursday: 6pm – 1am, Friday: 6pm – 3am, Saturday: 6pm – 3am)
One of the craziest, sexiest and bizar clubs in London. Originally from the Lower East Side in NYC, this club is taking night life to whole other level. The space is dark, the vibe is exciting and the music is great. Throughout the night you can expect everything from burlesque shows including dwarf acrobats, animals, transgender strip acts, to dancers dressing up in giant vagina’s and anything else weird, sexual and crazy. It’s definitely fun, and you have to have been there at least once. Getting in with a big group can be a hassle. Tables start at 3000 quid if you’re feeling rrrrrich. I managed to get in with a few friends a couple of times. Sometimes they make you pay 50, other times no charge.. It’s weird, and not straight forward, just like the club itself I guess! 11-12 Walker’s Ct | Tube: Piccadilly | +4420 7434 4374 | £££ | Website
New in Notting Hill! The Rum Kitchen is a Caribbean inspired restaurant and cocktail bar. Perfect for late nights as the place stays open until 3am, unlike anything else in the area (ok except for the Supperclub). The dining area feels like a laid back, colourful beach hangout, while downstairs the cool cocktail bar sends out a clear PARTY message. Great combo! Expect jerk chicken on the menu, rum-only cocktails and reggae music all night long. The good life, where ‘Rum makes the world go round’…. 6-8 All Saints Road (Notting Hill) | Tube: Ladbroke Grove or Westbourne Park Road | Email for bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org | ££ | Website | Map
I intensely love London every time I make a new discovery like this. They say about this restaurant that it’s no ‘Pop-Up’ but a ‘Dining Experience’, which it truly is. From 09 May to 30 June 2012, you will be able to join the ‘ITALIANS DO IT BETTER’ dinners. They are organised by Michelin-star chef Giorgio Locatelli who creates the traditional-style Italian menus. Every two weeks another Michelin star chef will join him (Accursio Craparo, Cristian and Manuel Costardi, Norbert Niederkofler and Viviana Varese). The menu consists of a choice between two 3-course menus (Locatelli menu and the guest chef menu).
You will be very warmly welcomed by the incredibly dedicated and funky staff who will tell you enthusiastically about the concept of it all. The venue on St. James’s street in Mayfair looks absolutely incredible. Just really gorgeously done with swanky contemporary art and photographs on the walls. The venue is really spacious with various rooms to sit in and an open plan kitchen. This is for now my favourite restaurant in London! Go quick before they are gone!!
Until June 30 2012 in London | Open daily from 7pm |Bar opens at 6pm | Price from £75 per person (doesn’t include drinks) |50 St. James’s Street |Tube; Green Park | ££££ | Website
This place is named after the Iron Lady, Maggie Thatcher and you’ll be reminded of this during a visit to the loo where they play her famous speeches… Pretty weird but cool.
I LOVE this place!
80’s music it is… and now I happen to be an extreme fan of the 80’s. I love the crowd that comes here, the weird drinks they serve, the outfits the bartenders are wearing (think neon leggings and Tom Cruise in Cocktail) and the music they play. It’s all 80’s; from disco balls and graffiti to mega size Rubik cube’s and Mario Bros. On some occasions they have staff walking around the club with an electric guitar and / or sax. Admission is in between £15-£20 or you need to book a table which is expensive but fun.. 329 Fulham Road | Tube; South Kensington + 10 minute walk | +442073528512 | ££££ | Website
I discovered this absolute Gem in London last weekend when I ended up here by accident. I had the most amazing time. The place is a perfect mix of club and cocktail bar hidden in the basement of a backstreet in Fitzrovia. The bar looks utterly charming and stylish, inspired by New York in the glamourous 1920’s. It has a dance floor and various spots to sit. I LOVED the ‘cave niches’ a la David Lynch with red velvet curtains where you can easily sit with about 8 people. Open until late!
Bolsover House, 5-6 Clipstone Street, London | Tube; Great Portland Street | +44207436 0035 | £££ | Website
If you feel like time-travelling, feel like dressing up, feel like jazz music or just feel like doing something totally different book this when you are in London. I went to this Chicago 1920’s candlelight night on a secret location and it was really awesome. Everyone there was actually dressed up properly. It was really like stepping into the 20’s with a live Jazz band and 20’s cocktails. They change the theme of the candlelight club regularly.
On this occasion it was possible to order hotdogs and hamburgers at a counter outside and inside there where tables with white cloths and candles. If you want to make sure you have a table with your friends, you can book one for £65,- which I would recommend. There is no served dinner..It’s JUST the hotdogs. We agreed that this is probably something to do with a party of +4… Awesome though… Location is emailed on the night before… Website – ££
Not so new anymore but great fun if you feel like a night out in West London; The Supperclub in Notting Hill. It’s basically one massive white room with beds spread accross the walls where you can enjoy food and drinks. The lights and music create a relaxed and cool restaurant atmosphere in the beginning of the night and evolve slowly to transform the venue a into a club around midnight. In the middle of the space is a dance floor where during the course of the night several artists will sing (Kim!) and perform all kinds of little (freak) shows. 12 Acklam Road |+4420 8964 6600 | Tube: Ladbroke Grove | £££ | Website