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  • What's On in London in Summer 2017

    London isn't made for sitting around indoors. Once the weather warms up and the sun starts making an appearance, you can't beat a day out in London. People start smiling (a bit), after-work tipples are relocated into beer gardens, ice creams suddenly become a viable snack option – and that's just for starters. Make the most of alfresco London and catch an open-air film screening or an outdoor theater show, or even take a dip in an outdoor pool ,before some sky-high dining and drinking at London's best rooftop restaurants and rooftop bars. Like we said, you really can't beat this city when you've got the whole of the outdoors to play with and our comprehensive guide to help you along the way.

  • Top 10 Musicals

    The top 10 musicals currently at theatres in London.

  • Certificates of Excellence Visit Britain and Tripadvisor

    Dear Guests, We are delighted to inform you that for the sixth consecutive year Beaufort House has been awarded to Golden Award from Visit Britain in 2016. We also received the Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor in 2015. On that occasion, we would like to thank all our trustful guests, who helped us through their numerous and kind comments about Beaufort House and its team, to achieve to such rewards.

What's On in London in Summer 2017

Summer 2017

Kew Gardens
Address: Royal Botanic Gardens, London, TW9 3AB
Transport: Tube: Kew Gardens/Kew Bridge rail
Exotic flowers, wild meadows and a walk among the treetops in leafy west London

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are 250 years old, but there’s plenty here for the modern outdoor adventurer. You can still wander the old Victorian Palm House and indulge in a little old-fashioned promenading like someone in a BBC costume drama, but these gardens – originally developed in the back yard of the royal palace favoured most by George III – are one of two national bases for research and education into botanical studies. So while you’re seeking out the luscious flora (including the giant, stinking Titan Arum in the Princess of Wales Conservatory) there are scientists beavering away in labs and offices, out of sight.

The stunning glasshouses are favourite strolling spots within the grounds, featuring some impressive Victorian structures – including the largest surviving Victorian glasshouse, known as Temperate House – and some lovely later additions. Inside each of them the climate is maintained to nurture everything from the world’s largest water lilies to delicate Alpine flowers to tropical blooms. (The Temperate House is closed until 2018.)

Those with an adventurous streak, and a head for heights, should climb up to the Tree Top Walkway, which stands at 18 metres tall and winds it’s way through, well, the tree tops. Once you’ve come back to earth, stroll down to the Chinese Pagoda, which was built in 1762 and towers over the southern end of the Gardens.

Given the exceptional upkeep and wide variety of fauna, you’re sure to be inspired. And if the green stuff is doing the trick, try seeking out the sculptures, which feature Henry Moore’s ‘Reclining Mother and Child’ in a stunning setting that changes with the light of each season.

There’s plenty to do at Kew. In fact, the art alone could take up your entire visit – see the Eduardo Paolozzi sculpture ‘A Maximis Ad Minima’ and visit the Marianne North Gallery and the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, all included in the main entry price.

Whenever you visit Kew Gardens, there’s something in bloom. The website has a dedicated ‘what to see this week’ section, so even in autumn or winter, you can be assured you won’t just see a lot of old twigs.

On the Town
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Address: Inner Circle, Regent's Park, NW1 4NR
Transport: Tube: Baker St
Price: £25-£55.
Runs 2hr 15min
Monday June 19 2017 - Saturday July 1 2017

Leonard Bernstein's timeless New York musical swaggers into town

Well, hello sailor! You might be forgiven for thinking there’s something a bit, well, camp about the opening moments of ‘On the Town’. A horde of men in pristine white sailor suits gallivant across the stage, celebrating their chance to cut loose on shore leave. But this gleefully youthful 1944 musical is, however implausible it sometimes feels, a story of three young and hungry heterosexuals on the trail of pretty girls in New York City.

Drew McOnie’s revival takes the original show’s camp factor and edges it in pink maribou feathers. The costumes are Skittles-bright, the quips are acid, and the dance routines that fill it are peppy enough to start a cola factory.

These ballet scenes are director and choreographer McOnie’s strong suit, and they’re a dream-like celebration of being young, American and free. Often, they cut loose from the play’s nominal plot and take on a life of their own, supplying a depth that the wafer-thin book’s missing.

It’s the story of three sailors on 24-hour shore leave in the Big Apple (accordingly, American songbook standard ‘New York, New York’ is easily the show’s biggest number). One of them wants to see the sights. The other two want to pick up girls, and their heft wins the night. Gabey (a winsome Danny Mac) has set his heart (or something lower down) on public transport poster girl ‘Miss Subway’, and with his friends' help, he chases her through the city’s streets, sights and nightclubs.

Only Miss Subway isn’t all she seems. Siena Kelly is adorable as a dame who turns out to have more than a hint of Brooklyn about her – she channels Tai from ‘Clueless’ as she confesses her attempts to become a refined lady. Gabey’s fellow sailors Chip and Ozzie form equally tooth-aching romances of their own. Miriam Teak-Lee plays an engaged woman who’s bent on giving her fiance the slip, and Lizzy Connelly makes stand-out hilarious work of her role as a sultry, relentlessly handsy female cab driver.

This winning bunch do a lot to carry us through a determinedly silly story. They can’t stop the second half from losing steam through dance number after dance number – especially since the McOnie’s reimagined routines don’t have the mad tap-dancing intensity of the original. But they bring a breezy charm to this sailor-suited helping of retro sauce.

Maltby Street Market
Address: 41 Maltby St, London, SE1 3PA
Transport: Tube: Bermondsey
During the summer of 2010, a quiet bubble of gastronomic intent was swelling under the railway arches in Bermondsey. This unlikely south-east London backwater quickly became a popular destination for a Saturday morning wander with a bit of grocery shopping along the way. A few years on, many new traders have got involved, the recently Ropewalk has become a full-on street market, and some of the original bunch have moved down the road to Spa Terminus. Find out about the gastronomic delights that await beneath the arches.

Ropewalk is now open 9am-4pm Sat and 11am-4pm Sun but Spa Terminus is still strictly Saturdays only (around 9am-2pm for most producers), so that’s the day to take it all in.

Statisfy your appetite at more of London's food markets

New Restaurants in London

Ella Canta
A restaurant from Mexican chef Martha Ortiz at the InterContinental Park Lane.
Opening: Spring 2017

The Ivy City Garden
The first Ivy venue in the Square Mile, with an all-day menu and a garden for al fresco dining.
Opening: Wednesday June 7

Bang Bang Oriental
A pan-Asian food court, promising to bring the energy of as Asian street food market to North London.
Opening: Monday June 26

Calcutta Street
A Brixton branch of the Bengali restaurant, promising a mixture of street food and main dishes.
Opening: June 2017

Jean Georges at the Connaught
A restaurant at The Connaught from Jean-Georges Vongerichten. There are British classics such as fish and chips and afternoon tea on the menu, alongside global and Asian-influenced dishes.
Opening: June 2017

Made of Dough
The first permanent restaurant from this pizza street food vendor.
Opening: June 2017

A second restaurant from the team behind Pidgin in Hackney, featuring a dim sum trolley.
Opening: June 2017

Nobu at Nobu Hotel
The famous Japanese celeb spot gets a twin, over in the anticipated Nobu Hotel, no less.
Opening: June 2017

A branch of this dim sum restaurant opens in Dorsett City Hotel in Aldgate.
Opening: June 2017

Tom Kerridge at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower
The Rib Room bar and restaurant reopens as Tom Kerridge's first London restaurant, after a refurbishment.
Opening: TBC

Sushisamba Covent Garden
Anticipation begins for a 2017 Sushisamba offshoot.
Opening: Early 2017

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