Punches, cobblers, flips, swizzles and vintage cocktails – they’re all on offer in the finest drinking spots in Soho, London
Behind an unmarked door, up some stairs and set over two storeys of a townhouse, you’ll find a super-sexy Parisian cocktail bar, with good dance music, gorgeous decor and a vibe that is super French and super cool. The French owners also run three of Paris’s best bars. The cocktails (most around £10 each) are exquisite and unusual, and include vintage cocktails mixed from spirits dating back to the 50s and 70s – these cost an eye-watering £120-£250. Turn up early, or book ahead (via email only, email@example.com) to be sure of a table.
• 13a Gerard Street, 020-7434 3559, experimentalcocktailclublondon.com, £5 on the door after 11pm. Open 6pm-3am, Sun 6pm-midnight
A city farm, a Victorian cemetery, a nature reserve … where to go to escape the Olympic crowds and explore east London
Two miles north-west of the Olympic Park, tranquil Springfield Park (hackney.gov.uk/springfield-park.htm) runs up the steep bank from the River Lee, affording expansive views over Walthamstow Marshes to the Lee Valley. Its 16 hectares (40 acres) are a lovely mix of manicured gardens and conservation areas, and in the White House is relaxed Springfield Park Café (springfieldparkcafe.co.uk), serving homemade treats and fresh juices. Walthamstow Marshes (visitleevalley.org.uk) are a less cultivated alternative and a haven for urban wildlife. There are cattle, rare plants and butterflies, kingfishers and kestrels. Just along the river is the Anchor & Hope (15 High Hill Ferry, E5, anchor-and-hope-clapton.co.uk), a tiny Fuller’s pub right on the water.