TROPIC LIKE IT’S HOT: CITY EDITION
Updated: Oct 17
There is something special about summertime in London, it's hard to put into words. The atmosphere in the City switches from grey and miserable to relaxed and more celebratory. The hot longer days always leave me reminiscing about all the tropical destinations I have visited and summer is when I'm on a hunt to find those vibes in London! Below is my round up of 5 businesses that prove that you can 'tropic like it's hot' in the City!
The best Caribbean inspired brunch which runs every weekend throughout the year in multiple cities across the UK! The resident DJ's and hosts bring those island vibes into full effect as you dine and whine to the rhythm of soca, dancehall, reggae, bashment and afro beats, with an hour of bottomless rum punch, followed by a 3-course Caribbean meal (vegetarian options available). Having been to other reggae themed brunches, I can honestly say that this is the only one you'll keep wanting to go back to!
The Beach Bar at The Montague
For a fancier approach to a beach themed brunch, the summer beach bar pop-up at The Montague on the Gardens provides a fun, yet elegant experience under a straw thatched hut complete with real sand, delicious food, cocktails served in coconuts and plenty of props to capture those insta-worthy shots including a jet ski to pose on! They have even been voted ‘Best Summer Party Venue’ at the London Venue Awards. After the main meal, you’ll be tempted with a range of desserts – ice cream is always a winner in my opinion!
Did someone say soul food?! The creators of Pineapple Express have blended elements of traditional food from different countries, nationalities and cultures and presented it as happiness on a plate! I visited their establishment in Brick Lane last year and they have clearly been doing well, as they have since moved around numerous times and even begun offering tropical brunches – the progress says it all; and who can say no to food being served inside a pineapple, right?! The flavours of the tropics await you!
Described as London’s tropical escape cocktail bar, Laki Kane offers a range of hands-on experiences from cocktail masterclasses, rum tasting or even have a go at making your own rum in their on-site distillery! Who said you had to go to the Caribbean for such an experience?! The twist, however is that the cuisine served in the restaurant is from the other side of the world! Fusing a carnival experience with Thai cuisine and a blend of the Aloha spirit, Laki Kane is a haven of tropical vibes from the food, drinks, décor and even the staff uniforms!
There’s something going on every night at this venue, so no matter what day of the week you feel a need to escape reality, Mahiki is ready to transport you to an island paradise. The entire venue boasts tropical vibes through its ‘Tiki’ Polynesian themed interiors, drinking vessels and rum based cocktails. With branches across the UK and Europe, better start practicing your Hula dancing technique now! Oh, by the way, Mahiki is hugely popular with the celebrities too!