Last weekend I went to London to meet up with my friend Beth of isthisseattaken.net and we decided on making the most of the great outdoors as this weather probably wasn’t going to last forever. I had done some research during the week on what to do and had happened upon the Beautiful Allotment in Shoreditch. This is a pop-up in the Victorian gardens of the Geffrye Museum, which normally plays host to a series of period room displays from the 1600s.
The concept behind the Beautiful Allotment is a countryside dining experience in the centre of London. The cocktails sold at the pop-up bars use ingredients grown on-site and the food platters they serve are made with local ingredients. So you can enjoy all of this whilst sitting between raised flower-beds with aquilegia (don’t ask), mint apple and sweetcorn growing in them. The hay bales create little compartments, so you feel as if you have your own little corner.
If you are going there with a big group then you can book a day bed, a potting shed with deck chairs or even a treehouse – but require a deposit – or you can just turn up for free on the day, which is what we did. You don’t even have to have your own picnic blanket with you as there is a whole stack of them when you come in, which was a bonus as we didn’t have any with us.
We had a lovely couple of hours sitting here people-watching as it has created a quiet oasis with chilled music in the middle of an otherwise noisy and busy city. We shared a bottle of white wine and were pleased to see that there were designated ‘garden tenders’ who walked around with a wheelbarrow full of booze – so you didn’t even have to get up if you didn’t want to. This was my kind of place.
The Beautiful Allotment attracts people of all ages, there were young students as well as hipster families with small children. Definitely worth a visit if you are looking for something chilled and free to do in London during the day that makes the most of the weather.
Book your spot through the Beautiful Allotment website by clicking here, hurry though as the pop up will end on Saturday 1st September!