We like: sampling the wares of London's finest cocktail bars. We don't like: having to move from one such purveyor of alcoholic goodness to another. EFFORT. This is why we can't wait for the return of Cocktails In The City – a two-day alfresco extravaganza that has the genius idea of bringing 25 such bars together. In one place! With minimal walking required! That place is Bloombury's Bedford Square Garden, where you'll find the likes of The Cocktail Trading Co, Aqua Shard, Opium, Graphic… And us.
29-30 Jul; from £15
Cocktails in the City, Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3ES
Patty & Bun have a plan for global domination. It goes something like this: 1. Take over London's street-food scene with their brioche-burger truck (try the 'Smokey Robinson' – featuring a beef patty, cheese, caramelised onions, bacon and smoky P&B mayo – and you'll follow that darned truck wherever it goes, believe us). 2. Make the burger joint hip again, with a string of super-successful restaurants that add new sides and creative cocktails into the mix. And now, here comes phase 3: Invade the east London nightlife scene, with a new Redchurch St outpost where the upstairs burger bar hides a raucous, cocktail-fuelled speakeasy downstairs. Burgers, beats, booze: we like this new world order.
Opens 28 July
Patty & Bun, 36 Redchurch St, Shoreditch, E2 7PD