Desktop fans, staying in the shade, yes, yes, there are many ways to keep cool in summer. Though rather than fun-reducing methods, we prefer ours to be of a more indulgent, gourmand variety. So as we peel off the layers and re-discover that wonderful warmth of real sunshine and compulsion to eat al fresco, here’s our ultimate gastro essentials which will have you chillaxing from picnic to party faster than you can say, “make mine a 99”.
Two yound founders of Oppos did the ultimate; taking an indulgent, unhealthy product and turning it into a guilt-free treat. Oppo ice cream is made using natural ingredients, sweetened with Stevia leaf and spruced up with superfoods such as lucuma and spirulina, making these delicious desserts not only guilt-free but actually healthy! Their exciting range of flavours bring a whole new level to the ice cream freezer; try their salted caramel & lucuma to refresh and relieve sweet cravings.
These healthy lollies and cute poptails are made using seasonal ingredients and whole, fresh fruit. With a huge range of original flavours, there’s a lolly to like for everyone; try a raspberry and lavender lolly for relaxing refreshment, or for those wanting a bit more spark in their snack, chomp on an Amaretto Sour poptail; fresh with citrus fruits and with a generous dash of Amaretto- yum!
Currently retailing in Selfridges, Veuve Cliquot’s Rich champagne is a great, glamorous base for simple, summer cocktails. Embrace its fruitier flavour than the original Brut champagne and serve with zesty grapefruit, punchy pineapple or cooling cucumber. For a real ‘wow’ factor, try it mixed with iced Earl Grey; as whacky as it sounds, it’s a surprisingly delicious match that would do your granny proud! However you take it, a bottle of Veuve’s Rich blend is the ultimate addition to your picnic basket and evening of fun!
As terrifying as this contraption might look, it knows its shit when it comes to iced desserts. Not only does Heston’s Sage Smart Scoop work independently (allowing you to attend a dinner party whilst dessert develops all by itself); it also has 12 hardness settings to choose from, an inbuilt refrigerator to keep your creamy concoction the perfect level of cool, and, to alert you as to when it’s ready for serving, an ice-cream van singsong alert! Cute. The machine is suitable to make a range of iced joy; great for ‘fro yo’ on those ‘good days’, apt at fruity sorbets and probably best at the calorific and creamy concoctions that will make your guests mouths melt! At £350, this hard core machine is not cheap, but will be the centre piece to your kitchen for many summers to come.
This is, hands down, the best iced coffee London has to offer. Spend a sunny Saturday at Broadway Market, East London, until about half way down, you’ll find yourself at Cà Phê VN. This simple little pop-up offers kick-ass Vietnamese caffeine at modest prices, which are sweetened with creamy, condensed milk and the best medicine for any heatstroke or hangover. Enjoy your caffeine buzz whilst watching the passing crowds from the comfort of Cà Phê VN’s sun loungers.
Tucked away from the chaos of central London, this hidden gem seems to have been made for summer. Sip cocktails and enjoy a gentle evening breeze on their rooftop terrace, or alternatively, people-watch from their ground-level, outdoor tables. If you’re fancying a sweet treat, choose an ‘ice cream sandwich’ from their bar menu; the espresso ice cream is enough to give a second wind to even the weariest of overheated wanderers!
For a glam garden gathering or a picnic in the park, you want to have the right kit. Kate Spade has come to the rescue with her simple-yet-sophisticated summer stock. With her nifty gold polka-dot ice bucket to keep your drinks cool, you’re guaranteed to stay chic in the heat. At £60 from Selfridges, you can forget your over-warm woes with this nifty number.
Jealous Sweets bring us our childhood favourites in style. From fuzzy friends to wiggly worms, there is a fun flavour for everyone, particularly as all of their products are vegetarian, suitable for ceoliacs cand free from any chemical nasties. Spruce up your snack bag with a perfectly packaged box of Jealous Sweets, an ideal size to satisfy a little sweetie craving. Be prepared for the glance of envious eyes…!
Duppy Share Caribbean Rum is the ultimate way to have fun in the sun! As a blend of rums from all around Jamaica and Barbados, Duppy Share has a rich, buttery taste and a smooth texture. Available on their website for £29.95, grab a big bottle to bring out your sunny side, even on the rainiest of days. And they don’t just stock products; why not swing by one of the many of events that the Duppy Share team hold?! Check out the full list of funsies around London on their website.
When prestige Aussie tea purveyor’s, T2 opened their flagship on Shoreditch’s Redchurch Street a few years ago, it quickly became our go-to brand. for a loose leaf hit. Retailing an insanely huge repertoire of classic and modern tea blends, T2’s Chill Kit is the best way to turn your steaming hot tea into that of an ice-cool persuasion. Coming with two zingy packs of their house blend Fruitalicious and Southern Sunrise teas, make this 2 litre jug your next picnic basket addition.
Nope, not some cheesy Costa del Sol lothario, Mr Spain is in fact a seriously sophisticated gin, blended with strawberries – the only of its kind in the world in fact. Harmonising all traditional herbaceous botanicals of gin (including orange peel from Seville, lemon peel from Cadiz, vanilla from southern Spain and star anise) with the juiciest soft Spanish strawberries, Mr Spain Fresha makes for an ideal cocktail companion – or even better – straight up on the rocks.