Summer is here! If the ‘Costa Del Cancelled’ fiasco has got you looking closer to home for your summer fun, there are plenty of ways to recreate those holiday feels in one of London’s liveliest districts – Camden
Lead image: The terrace at Fest Camden (photo: C Faruolo)
1 Cuban Cocktails at Gabeto
Just a short stroll from both Camden Town and Chalk Farm stations lies Gabeto – a Latin retreat nestled in Camden’s iconic market stables with two with alfresco terraces, Cuban-inspired tapas and classic cocktails.
The buzz of the Cuban party spills out onto the downstairs and upstairs terraces, where you can enjoy live music and ice-cold beer from the specially designed mobile bar.
As well as summery Cuban beats, you can also enjoy mouth-watering dishes Latin such as salmon ceviche tacos, bell pepper and black bean fajitas and fiery grilled seabass.
To celebrate the opening of the upstairs terrace, there’s 2-4-1 on cocktails every day from 4pm-7pm. Plus, you can also enjoy up to £10 off your meal (not including alcoholic drinks) per person with the Government Eat Out To Help Out scheme, available Monday to Wednesday throughout August.
The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road NW1 8AH; gabeto.co.uk
2 A South African Summer at Shaka Zulu
Fancy a meal out with a difference? Shaka Zulu in Camden Market is London’s largest South African restaurant. Set over 27,000 sq ft, this huge two-floor restaurant, bar and club offers is ideal for social distancing while enjoying amazing food, drinks, live music, dancing and daytime family entertainment.
Summer in Shaka Zulu is all about amazing food and drinks. Why not start with a sharing cocktail, such as Mandelas Guests and the Cape Town Share, or one of the bar’s award-winning selection of whiskies and rums?
Then there’s the à la carte menu, with big ticket items including harissa buffalo striploin, blackened Cajun salmon and chermoula grilled seabream, all served with a theatrical flourish.
Again, you can bag a bargain with the Eat Out to Help Out scheme from Mondays to Wednesdays in August.
Camden Market, Chalk Farm Road NW1 8AB; shaka-zulu.com
3 Alfresco Fun at Fest Camden
Take the edge off the heat with a chilled margarita and a slice of pizza on the Fest Terrace. Fest Camden has gone large on summer with life-sized cocktail umbrellas, deck chairs, a pergola entwined with florals and plenty of pastel shades on the rooftop terrace.
The cocktail menu includes all your old favourites, including the Fest Margarita and a unique take on Sex On The Beach. Plus, there’s pizza! Freshly made in the pizza oven behind the bar oven and available gluten free.
The Fest Terrace will also host incredible live buskers, who will play all your favourite tracks with an acoustic twist as while you soak up the sun.
The Horse Hospital Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden NW1 8AH; festcamden.com