5 ways to experience an Italian summer – in London
The cliffside lemon groves and sparkling azure waters of southern Italy are very tempting, but not if you’re likely to face a slew of flight cancellations this summer. So we suggest heading to London for a taste of la dolce vita – the philosophy of indulging in the finer things in life (and you’d be in a hurry to find people who excel in luxury and flavor better than the Italians).
Inspired by the Amalfi Coast Malfy Gin Crafted from the best handpicked ingredients to delicious homewares and ice cream, this alternative city guide proves you don’t have to endure sweaty border checks and timeshare introductions to truly appreciate a culture different.
Sunset drinks at Alto by San Carlo
The best thing about vacation is the freedom to spend the afternoon drinking cocktails in the sun, and it’s all the more enjoyable when that first sip is in the heat of the summer. a beautiful rooftop setting. For an authentic slice of Italian glamour, try Viola of San Carloa sanctuary in the form of a beautifully set up restaurant and bar on the roof of Selfridges.
Malfy Gin has transformed the Alto’s rooftop terrace into an idyllic Italian terrazza, with cool lemon trees and trellises adorned with signature flowers and greenery – and a refreshing drinks menu of Malfy gin spritzes and gin tonics to match. Whether you choose an Amalfi Sunset Spritz (which combines Malfy Gin Rosa distilled with pink grapefruit, San Pellegrino Aranciata and Prosecco, topped with orange, thyme and strawberry) or a La Dolce Vita Spritz (a heavenly blend of Malfy Con Arancia distilled with Blood Oranges, San Pellegrino Limonata, Prosecco, Blackberry, Pink Grapefruit and Sage), you’ll be instantly transported to sunnier climes in just one sip.
Enjoy with appetizing antipasti, but save room for a hearty bowl of pasta (the lobster ravioli are *chef’s kiss*).
Caffeine fix at Bar Italia
Bar Italia is the stuff of London legend, as is Ronnie Scott’s jazz mecca and Soho’s oldest secret club, Trisha’s (both of which are just a stone’s throw away). Opened in 1949 by the Polledri family (who still own it to this day), this late-night Italian hangout has become a Frith Street icon thanks to its paninis, cannolis and coffee, which are best served the traditional way. : short, strong and silky. Convention dictates a cappuccino before 11 a.m., or a coffee or espresso, as you wish. Coffee at Bar Italia is often served al banco (at the bar) as it would be in Italy, creating the perfect opportunity to get to know some of its intriguing fans, including Alexa Chung, John Hurt and Rupert Everett.
Italian treasures at Giorgetti
If you want to experience more than the flavors of Italy, check out the luxurious handcrafted Italian interiors at Giorgetti on Fulham Road. It’s the brand’s first location in the city, and the showroom is brimming with its signature plush furnishings, with a special mention for the Ripple Chairin canaletto walnut wood and leather.
But, if your budget doesn’t stretch to a furniture shopping spree, how about doing your part for the environment and opting for rented designer clothes instead? The Pre-Loved Fashion Rental Platform HURR has settled in Selfridges Oxford Street and stocks a plethora of high-end Italian goods such as Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Fendi, as well as local brands that channel the colorful and bold aesthetic of the Amalfi Coast, such as Rixo.
After-dinner cocktails in Fiume
Settling down for a long, lazy dinner is one of life’s simplest pleasures, especially when it comes to fresh fish and stunning views. This summer, Fiume restaurant transforms its riverside terrace into a southern Italian oasis in partnership with Ortigia Sicily and Malfy Gin. Chef patron Francesco Mazzei has created a warm-weather winning menu, including bespoke Malfy Gin cocktails – our pick is the A’Malfy al Tramonto, a fusion of his pink grapefruit gin, prosecco, whole strawberry, rosebuds and soda.
Head there for a true London Amalfi Coast vibe and to truly experience la dolce vita. Accompany your cocktail with fresh seafood dishes, such as octopus and prawns, croquettes and stuffed zucchini flowers. An all-encompassing sensory delight that fills the night air with the classic scents of Ortigia.
Irresistible ice cream at Badiani
The proof that your vacation mode has been activated is when you adopt a frozen dairy treat at every opportunity. But since this is an Italian Big Smoke tour, we don’t allow you to go within 10 feet of a Mr Whippy. No, it has to be real Italian gelato.
Look no further than Badiani, brought to London via Florence in 2015 and serving perfectly creamy gelato straight to your doorstep. You can also visit one of its Instagrammable shops dotted around the capital and check out the fun decor and full range of flavors in-house.
Live the magic of Italy and taste the dolce vita with Malfy Gin
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