I bloody loved Summer Tales.
There I said it.
The place just oozed fun and it was cool, so cool.
So it kinda sucks that it’s now closed – and I didn’t post about it earlier for you guys.
*insert apologetic smiley emoji here*
I know, I know, my bad. I just got side-tracked, with y’know, having a life and this little blog was forgotten in the process. But here’s what I’ll do, I’ll tell you about Summer Tales anyway and also give you a heads up on their new winter offering – Tokyo Nights!
Sound like a good deal?
So Summer Tales…
It was awesome. Located at the Red Market in Old Street it was always easy to spot thanks to the long queue of trendy looking hipsters waiting outside. Don’t worry though the queue always moved quickly meaning you were inside in no time at all.
Entry was free on Thursdays and £5 on Fridays & Saturdays and inside you could find a jungle of fun. 4 bars, 8 street food vendors, a sun terrace, private cabanas, hammocks, table football and unadulterated amounts of enjoyment.
I tended to start by heading over Freixenet Bar and grabbing a Cava cocktail before heading upstairs to the terrace to survey the area and plan out my attack of the food stalls.
Phase one came in the form of a truffle or garlic margheritas pizza from Pizza Pilgrims as you can see above ^^^ I’ve blogged about these guys before (read that here) and I still think they’re contenders from some of the best pizzas in London.
The overload of carbs and cheese was usually followed by a phenomenal Uruguayan steak wrap from the guys at Walter & Monty.
They do magical things to meat (just check out this vid on their instagram *salivating* – veggies and vegans may want to give it a swerve!) and I loved their wraps so much I demanded to know where their restaurant was based, the good news is, they should have one opening in the city in September!!!! So keep an eye out for a permanent residence from them soon.
My pals preferred a bit of burger & lobster – coz they so fancy. And my sister made the delectable choice of Nanny Bill’s homemade croquettes – a selection of three massive balls with pulled pork, melted cheese and braised beef. YUM.
Whatever you do make sure you try more than one thing. I mean, that’s the point of these places isn’t it? To try as much as you blaaady well can! You wouldn’t want to limit yourself to just one dish.
Once my stomach was nicely lined it was time to pop over to the coco-bar and grab a coconut cocktail or pop back upstairs for a pins-colada and then round the evening off with some gin & tonics before hitting the dance-floor.
The music was provided by some of the best DJs around, including my personal faves – The Wildkats. You could always expect some seriously cool Ibiza beats under a canopy (no problem if it rains!) of greenery and fairy-lights.
Summer Tales was literally the best bar of the Summer for me, it was perfect for big birthday groups (there’s space for everyone!) date nights and a couple of casual drinks after work. It’s a new take on going out and like Street Feast and Dinerama (post coming soon) it offers so much more than just your average bar.
Sadly, as I said, Summer Tales is now closed but they’ll be back this winter with their newest pop-up: Tokyo Nights.
And they’ll be bringing the back-streets of Japan to the east-side of London…
You can expect an impressive neon lit entrance, a traditional japanese garden with wild cherry blossom trees, a 25x25m stretch canopy and a secret Love Hotel. We’re launching five new Japanese inspired concept bars, eight private ryokans (Japanese houses) available to hire for groups of 10 – 60 people, a Sake Bar which can also we hired exclusively and six new food partners serving a mix of knockout asian and contemporary food. – Meri Mance PR
I for one can’t wait to wrap up and enjoy a sake or two! Tokyo Nights is set to open on the 29th October until mid-December.
For more info check out the website:
Thanks for reading,