Fri 11 – Sun 13 Aug
Al Gore, Welwyn Garden City cinema, Fri 11 Aug
I was lucky enough to hear Al Gore talk about An Inconvenient Truth when he was in London, and was riveted. This is a live streaming of him introducing the follow-up, before the screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. The film will be on general release from Friday 18 August. 7pm.
Formentera in London, Aqua Nueva rooftop bar, Regent Street
This week the weather has never been less Ibizan or Formenteran. But if you happen to work in London, or even if you are going to the Smoke for a night out, you might like to head up to one of the rooftop bars that have popped up with optimism all over London. Take a minute, if you will, to admire these drinks. You will find them at Aqua Nueva on Regent Street. So central! So easy to get to! Kick off with Sunset on Regent Street: Ciroc red berry vodka, Aperol, raspberry, lime and probably a few other bits thrown in. The sun may not be shining, but I guarantee that a view over Regent Street with a cheeky cocktail in your hand will make you feel a lot more Med. 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street), W1B 3BR
Flower Power Bar, The Grove, until Mon 28 Aug
More colour, more cocktails, now all we need is some sun. When The Grove first opened it was described as ‘groovy grand’ and ‘London’s Country Estate’. It was unsurprisingly a Finalist in the Muddy Awards (Best Day Spa). This month it’s going back to the Sixties and celebrating The Summer of Love 1967, with this fab flower power bar. Open to non-residents, it seems like the perfect excuse to visit and be free – there are 300 acres to play in! New cocktails will be served, with some of the ingredients plucked from the Walled Garden. The Flower Power bar is open 5-9pm every day.
Meraki Festival, County Showground, St Albans, Fri 11 – Sun 13 August
Meraki is a new festival, but the name seems to have stuck early on and I predict that it will grow and grow. Nostalgia abounds, with Tony Hadley, Belinda Carlisle, Lemar, Odyssey and Jason Donovan. Sophie-Ellis Bextor takes to the dancefloor and stage on Saturday night. There is also loads of comedy, films and other festival stuff going on. Should be good.