Heard of Ferragosto? Three words: Italian public holiday. That should be enough, but if you want to show off: Ferragosto traditionally sees Italian locals flock to the streets and town squares for a weekend of drinks, dancing and a damn good party.
Sounds great, no? Well you needn’t dig out the passport – Ferragosto will be celebrated right here in London. This Sunday, Tony Conigliaro's 69 Colebrooke Row in Islington, Bar Termini in Soho, and Termini Centrale in Marylebone will throw open their doors for a summer street party, complete with live music, and cocktail and dish specials.
Kick off the celebrations from noon Bar Termini by knocking back a couple of its famous negronis, along with a selection of with Italian cheese and charcuterie.
Then a nice al fresco lunch on the Campari terrace at Termini Centrale, serving up a one-off Ferragosto special of Pacheri with tiger prawns, chilli, parsley & garlic.
To round off the day, 69 Colebrooke Row is bringing the Italian street party to Islington from 5.30pm, offering a collection of classic cocktails such as Death in Venice, alongside a selection of Italian-inspired bar snacks.
A soundtrack of uplifting summer beats and live jazz performance from house band Viper's Dream (8pm) will continue the party into the wee hours.
No ticket required, however booking ahead is recommended.