My holidays are probably incomplete without a festival! Last year, during my Eurotrip I had a chance to visit two festivals, Sziget being one of them and it was surely one hell of an experience.
Sziget is Europe’s largest music and cultural festival takes place on an island by the Danube river over a week. This was a spontaneous plan during my stay in Budapest and the best part was tickets being available on the spot at the festival.
Getting to the Sziget from Budapest:
We used public transport to get to the festival using a tram and bus. We got off at Filatorigát station and walked to the festival from there. It was pretty easy to reach the festival. However, there are other modes of transport available here.
Now about the festival, along with your band you receive a ‘Sziget Passport’ which I personally thought was an amazing souvenir. You can get this passport stamped on every stage you visit, and it’s a great way to keep a track of the stages you have visited as there are over 20 stages at the festival. With only one day to visit the festival I did try to cover as many stages as possible.
Once we were on the Island, the festival was so colourful and artsy, and luckily we headed to the main-stage right in time for the beach ball party! There were 1000’s of beachball that were being thrown up in the air together, it was such an amazing atmosphere and it was of of the highlights of the festival for me.
Moving on the different things you can expect from Sziget, since it’s a music, cultural and arts festival. There are a lot of exciting things that are happening, my advice here is especially if you are attending the festival for a day or two download the Sziget application, browse through everything happening at the festival, short list the things you want to do. Let me warn you, there is a lot of walking as everything is spread over an island.
My highlights from Sziget:
Attending a circus and theatre show, I managed to attend two shows and not just one.
Just chilling by the river and vibing on the music, this was the perfect place to catch the sunset and meet a lot of like-minded people.
Writing on the before I die wall – it’s a great picture and insta spot as well
Admiring all the art, culture and madness!
15 minutes of the beachball party at the main-stage
If you are traveling to Budapest during Sziget, it’s a festival you must visit even if it’s for a day and there is no planning required for this, since the festival is SO big, tickets are usually available on the spot without having to a pay a premium price which I think is amazing!! Hope you’ll have a chance to visit this festival and make your Eurotrip even more eventful.
I am probably writing about this wee bit late, but well it’s better late than never! My halfway to 50 was definitely done right, and my Tomorrowland experience is probably one of the best experiences of my life!
First, what most people would want to know is how did I manage to get passes when they get sold out in less than 10 minutes online. Well, I didn’t get lucky with getting the tickets officially so I had to use the medium of the secondary market by paying that extra amount. So, I got my tickets for Tomorrowland on this site called Viagogo, it is ticket reselling platform. Apparently, it is officially partnered with Tomorrowland for tickets resale, however I don’t know how true that piece of information is.
Now a little advice on how to purchase your tickets of Viagogo, if you are 100% sure about going to the festival and didn’t manage to get tickets officially, don’t be in a haste and buy them off viagogo immediately as the prices are almost double at that moment and it’s the probably not the best time to buy your tickets. Wait it out, just a month or 3 weeks before the festival is the best time to make your purchase. Closer to the festival the prices on viagogo drop drastically and if you are lucky, you could get your ticket at face value as well.
Unfortunately, since I bought my ticket from a reseller, I didn’t receive the cool box in which everyone who get’s their tickets officially receives it, I was pretty bummed about that. But the festival made it up for it.
Now to the most exciting part, I attended Tomorrowland on the 1st weekend which was from 21st to 23rd July. Three days were absolutely magical, the production of this festival was unreal, all the details for every stage was done so well.
Starting day one, we arrived to the festival around 3 pm the first day was nice and sunny so we were extremely blessed with the weather on day one. As soon as we reached we had to exchange our viagogo tickets for our bands and there we were inside ‘Amicorum Spectaculum’ the theme for Tomorrowland 2017.
Tomorrowland’s ‘Amicorum Spectaculum’ means gathering of friends in Latin, the main stage was a mega size tent with a carousel, led it lights, theatre acts and unbelievable amount of energy. The main stage production was one of my favourites, but I would suggest exploring all the stages over three days. There were 16 stages at the festival each one having a different element to it, apart from the main stage, you would see most of the remaining stages every year.
The other stages at Tomorrowland were Garden of Madness, Rose Garden, Organ of Harmony, Freedom Stage, The Arch, The Rave Cave, The Cage, The Tulip, House of Mask, The Leaf, The Core, The Harbour House, incase I am missing any of the stages is probably because I can’t remember the name now!
Now to the best part of the festival, firstly bring in my birthday with the fire works blowing off at the main stage and attending the best EDM festival, I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday. But it doesn’t end there, next day of the festival just got better!
It’s no surprise that I lost my friends at the festival, as we all wanted to go explore different stages and well this is when I was passing by The Harbour House, a stage that had live theatre acts and some deep house music going on, the stage being relatively less crowded than all other bigger stages, I was right in front of the stage, called out to one of the performers and told him it was my birthday, next thing I knew he announced it to everyone in the crowd that it was my birthday, getting me drinks and I had everyone in the crowd coming up to me wishing, dancing with me, it was a one of my favourite moments of Tomorrowland. Having my birthday being called out amongst the thousands of people present there, it was definitely amazing!!!
And that’s my Tomorrowland birthday experience, I’m sure it’s going to be pretty hard to top this birthday!
Berlin is known to be the ultimate party and techno city in Europe, and after experiencing it all, I understand why Berlin nightlife is spoken about so much. I would like to mention that it’s not your mainstream high-end bars and club, the usual vibe you’d expect in a big city. I mean there are the fancy bars in Berlin but that’s not the real party scene. If you are into techno music, visiting Berlin should be on the top of you list.
There are certain rules that you should consider for a night out in Berlin, so here is a guide that will help you understand the Berlin party culture.
People in Berlin prefer dressing down than being over dressed, its all about the basics here! Jeans, tank tops, leather jackets and boots with a kohl eyes and lipstick, you’re good to go. I would assume people choose comfort to have a good night rather than being dressed up and in stilettos which kind of stops you from having fun after a point. And honestly, I was quite happy with the dressing down culture, cause it saved me a lot of time of getting ready and I could instead go to get a few more drinks!
Enter in smaller groups:
This is a rather important thing to remember, whether it’s a club or a bar to split yourself in smaller groups. If the bouncer notices a big noisy group it’s very likely that you will be turned down at the door. Hence, to avoid the disappointment it’s better to enter in smaller groups.
This might come across as a strange tip, that why am I asking you’ll to carry cash! This tip is for people like me who always avoid carrying cash or would have minimum cash and prefer swiping. Well, in Berlin at most bars and clubs you have to pay cash only to enter and to buy you drinks. To save yourself the embarrassment it’s advisable to carry sufficient cash for your night out.
Enter Early or Enter Late:
What I mean by this is, you skip the bar hopping and consider entering the club by 12 am or late would be post 3am, Berlin is known for it’s party scene till wee hours so 3 am wouldn’t be too late. I suggest this for 2 reasons, to avoid waiting it hour long queues to get in the club and when its relatively less crowded the chances of being shunned at the door are less! So maybe take a quick nap, hit the bar and enter the club by 3-4 am and party till dawn or maybe next afternoon if you’ve got that in you!
Pick Blacks or Greys:
During my night outs in Berlin, I noticed people wouldn’t be dressed in too much colour. It was always darker colours that you’d see people wearing. 80% of the crowd would be in all black! You won’t see people dressed up in bright colours at all. There is no harm in dressing up in a bright pink or green top but it would just lower your chances of getting in and just to blend in the grungy vibe in Berlin pick a darker colour.
Do not take pictures:
So in most clubs in you will see a sign that says “photo prohibited” and while entering the club they will put a sticker on your phone camera. So well, you cannot take pictures inside the club however tempted you are to snap it or Insta story it, you just can’t here. If you are caught capturing something, you are going to be asked to leave! So save that embarrassment and just enjoy the moment.Well, these are about all the tips I have for you to party in Berlin. But above all, I would just like to tell you to be more open minded as partying in Berlin is tad bit different and more underground but definitely an experience.
So, this was one of the most awaited days for thousands of people in Mumbai who waited for 16 years to watch their favourite band live. At this moment, I wasn’t feeling too bad about missing out on Coldplay in London.
And, it wasn’t only Coldplay that everyone was thrilled about, Global Citizen has a lineup that had something for everyone to be excited about. International performances like Pop star Demi Lovato, the king of rap Jay-Z, all the Bollywood stars like Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachan, Ranveer Singh, Farhan Akhtar and much more putting up various acts and even giving singing a shot which you don’t get to see often. It doesn’t end here there were political leaders, business tycoons making appearances to talk about sustainable development and how all of us can be involved in being global citizens.
The Prime Mister couldn’t be physically present but he made sure to give us a shout out virtually, and the crowd couldn’t stop chanting “Modi, Modi, Modi” but Chris Martin and the band stole the show.
I mean, Coldplay is one of the best bands in the world and their concerts are like a dream, I should say the band has been very generous to do their entire show here in India along with Global Citizen.
Coldplay was definitely the highlight of the evening, and surely worth waiting for 6 hours and more over 16 years. The band’s lead singer Chris Martin won all our hearts by collaborating with A R Rehman and singing ‘Vande Mataram’ (India’s National Song) and then jamming up a Bollywood song ‘Channa Mareya’ with Sky Full Of Stars. Coldplay created a magical paradise with their set up which, was full of colours, confetti and balloons. Words can’t even describe the feeling and the experience while the band performed, I really wish I could just rewind that evening just to hear ‘Fix You’ all over again. This was undoubtedly one of the best evenings of my life so far.
About Global Citizen, I love the concept of merging a festival with a cause, here in India Global Citizen focused on three Sustainable Development Actions out of 19. And I personally believe those are very much required in India. Bollywood stars, Cricketers and Ministers addressed the crowd on – Gender Equality, Quality Education and Water and Sanitation.
Seeing, the response of the crowd and people of Mumbai I am sure everyone’s hoping for the festival to come back to India very soon and see the youth of India become Global Citizens by taking actions towards sustainable development.
Lastly, Chris Martin if you ever happen to read this or stumble upon this article, thank you for coming to Mumbai and giving us the best 2 hours of our lives and I believe the millions of fans in India would love to have Coldplay tour here in India with the kaleidoscope EP.
Your twenties are all about exploration, finding yourself and maybe getting lost again. There is no better way to make the most of it other than traveling. These are the years, where we can take the plunge and just book a ticket to an adventure. Prior this age, we are too young to go crazy and after this we will be old and responsible. I have made a list of 20 destinations I want to visit, while I am in my 20’s, these places will literally cover everything I have been wanting to do, from partying to adventures to teaching.
Here, are my top 20 trips to take in your 20’s:
Full Moon Party in Thailand
The Full Moon party takes place once every month throughout the year, and new years is the best time to attend it. Here, everyone’s going crazy on the cheap buckets of alcohol, covering their bodies in neon paint and fireworks everywhere! It’s a holiday not to miss in your twenties.
Trekking to the Himalayas
Once you get older, your knees are going to get weak, you’ll be out of breath and stamina to do this trek, trekking up to the Himalayas is once in a lifetime experience, traveling through the highest motor-able road in the world and camping at the Everest base camp, things like this will never be forgotten.
Teach English Abroad
As students, graduates we can put our language skill to some use, teaching English in a non-English speaking country could add a lot of value to you and someone else’s life, and you get perks for this as being well paid to sponsor more travels. If you look up on the TELF website, there are a list on countries you could teach English in.
Summers in Europe
European summers are the best, this one trip you have to take with your best of friends or do a study abroad in Europe to spend enough time here. The variety of holiday destination is vast, you could chill on the beaches in Spain or indulge in wine and cheese in Italy or go for the hot tub parties in Budapest or have a summer love affair in Paris or get high in Amsterdam. Basically there’s a lot you could do in Europe, just spend a month here with your friends and make the best memories.
Tomorrowland in Belgium
Tomrrowland, is one of the most talked about and popular EDM festival. As you get in your 20’s the few things you want to do is rage at these massive music festivals and enjoy the vibes there, and Tomorrowland should be top on your list and can’t be missed.
Backpack across South East Asia
While we are in our twenties, one thing I suggest is being open-minded and learn about various cultures around the world. One of the best trips to get a different cultural exposure, this will surely be an enriching experience. The countries backpackers visit in South East Asia are Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. So, get those backpacks out and book this trip!
Roadtrip to Iceland
This road trip would probably one of the most scenic road trips in your life, rent an RV and driving across Iceland’s Ring Road, surrounded with volcanoes, rainbows and northern lights. This is once in a lifetime, and is surely on my bucket list to do in my 20’s.
Hike up to Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is the world’s most famous and popular Inca archeological ruin, and now voted as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The best way to discover the city is through the Inca trek and trails, it’s surely not an easy way to get up here. This trek would be exploring mountains, flora and fauna, sacred valley of Machu Picchu and the culture of course. Your twenties are the best time to explore this city and hike up.
Burning Man in Nevada
Burning Man isn’t an average festival, it’s a weeklong cultural festival in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. This includes camping in the desert, self-expression art from all over the world, music and a lot of cultural influences are found here. Well, this weeklong festival isn’t easy as camping in the desert is difficult and requires you to be well prepped for this exceptional week.
Experience the great barrier reef in Australia
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the largest living space on Earth, with over 1500 different types of species found on a 3000km long marine stretch, this and unbelievable sight. This is the up close experience with the underwater world, undoubtedly Australia is the best place for this experience.
Scuba diving lessons in Indonesia
Do you love the ocean? The best thing you could do is take Scuba Diving lessons and maybe even become and instructor. Gili Islands in Indonesia is one of the best places to learn scuba diving, a week-long of training to become a pro yourself, and maybe a month-long training to become and instructor. Can you leave a desk job to become an instructor later in life? In the real world it seems unlikely, so go take this leap while you can.
Party in Ibiza
Yes, our twenties are meant to party are asses off! We will be working hard in the future, so what better place to let hair down other than Ibiza, one of the best party islands having the most chilled vibes and that’s all you need. The beach, music and a little bit booze to let lose.
Volunteer in Africa
So, I am a big believer of giving back to the world. I mean, for the ones reading this and the ones who’ve had chances to experience even half this list, are really fortunate. Sometimes, we could give back by volunteering in countries like Africa, it could be teaching students, working in a Safari, helping in the fields and experiences like these will make us realise how bless we actually are, so make sure you get a chance to do something like this before responsibilities take over.
Spring break partying in Mexico
I bet most students have this ticked off their bucket lists, spring breaks are where you’ll are going to prep for summers but in style, Cancun is where most students go party till sunrise and just begin their twenties. Spring break party holidays are the best way to start your twenties travels.
Get wasted on a Yacht at Yacht Week
Yacht week is a weeklong of sailing, island hoping, diving and partying. You and your group of friends get your own yacht for a week, and this experience is filled with being drunk in the middle of the ocean to waking up on a new island. This could definitely be a perfect bachelor party!
Attend the world’s biggest carnival in Rio
This is the biggest carnival in the world, in Rio Brazil it’s even known as the Carnival city. This 5 days long party has over 2 million visitors per day and performances, parades performed poor neighbourhood that make this carnival a world-class event. Before you’re too old to move those hips to samba, attend this street party and be awestruck by Brazilian performances and the samba parade.
Learn Spanish in Spain
Well, in our twenties we are quick learners and the best thing we can learn is a new language, to how about spending a summer in Spain, learning Spanish and immersing your self into a different culture. And this will open so many doors for you in the future in terms of being able to connect with people from different countries, jobs abroad and so much more. Give this a shot in your early twenties!
Get lost in India
They say you need a lifetime to experience India, and I wouldn’t disagree as India has got such a vast culture and so much authenticity. This is one trip that should be on your list in your twenties, exploring different cities, food and seeing the most stunning places. Maybe one trip wouldn’t be enough to explore this large country but starting in your twenties will always have you going back to India for a new adventure every time.
Underground clubbing in Berlin
For all those who love deep house and underground music, this one trip you must not miss out on, Berlin is known for having the best clubbing experience in Europe. It’s not mainstream, they are dark underground clubs that make sure you party till 8 am, also it’s got clubs with the strictest door policy in the world. And let’s be honest, as we get older our partying capacity reduces, partying till dawn is something your older self wouldn’t want to do.
Take an Adventurous leap in New Zealand
Your young and pretty damn courageous, this trip will give you that adrenaline rush. New Zealand is known for having the best adventurous exposure, having the ultimate bungee jump, to sky dives and ocean walks. These are just to name a few activities here, but there’s a lot more! Seriously, I don’t even need to explain why you should be doing this trip in your twenties, go take this adventurous journey.
Your twenties are probably going to be the best years of your life and these are a few experiences you shouldn’t miss out on, take these holidays abroad the experiences and make some unforgettable memories in these years.
Dubai is a cosmopolitan city, with one of the best partying scene having clubs from all around the world, and even designers have opened up their signature nightclubs. From my experience, the culture in Dubai is about larger than life, everything’s extravagant and super fancy, and the nightlife is no exception to that. You would see a lot of people from East and West coming for a night out to all these places I’m going to list down. Here are few of the best nightclubs in Dubai that you should go to have a crazy night out in this magnificent city. Here, I am mainly listing out all the swanky high-end clubs and bars you could visit in Dubai.
360 is a bar set-up 1km into the Arabian Ocean, giving a panoramic views of Dubai and the spectacular Burj Al Arab is known to have one of the best views at a bar and is also one of the best bars in the world, it’s definitely worth visiting. The most popular are the Thursday Brunches, watching the sun go down by the sea is mesmerising. The music played here is generally house and R&B. Location: Marina Walkway, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Armani Privé is launched by the fashion tycoon Giorgio Armani, it’s a chic club located in Downtown Dubai, it’s surely a fancy club where you’d want put your best dress on, and well you don’t need to wait for the weekend to hit this club. Tuesday nights at Armani are suppose to be the best. Location: Armani Hotel, Dubai Downtown, Burj Khalifa
Cavalli is another designer club by Roberto Cavalli, the interiors speak for the designer’s flamboyance having zebra print chairs, furry lifts, elaborate eye-catching chandeliers. This club, speaks luxury and offers special Roberto Cavalli cocktails while the DJ spins latest R&B and Hip-Hop music and have had celebrities like Paris Hilton, Chris Brown, Will Smith and many more have partied here. Yes, this club is slightly over priced, but it’s definitely worth the experience. Location: Dubai Fairmont, Sheikh Zayed Road
VIP Room, is one finest clubs where you’d see celebrities partying at St. Tropez, Paris and Cannes is now also in Dubai. This club has some amazing music, don’t be surprised to find well known artists playing at this club on a Thursday or a Friday night, this club is exploding with energy and you could find yourself rubbing shoulders with Will Smith, I guess he loves partying it up in Dubai. Location: J.W Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Business Bay
Cirque Le Soir
Cirque is a circus themed club, which gives it an edge over any other club, the atmosphere inside the club is incredible and what you could expect here would be a world class live circus performance by performers such as stilt walkers, midgets, contortionists, burlesque dancers, fire eaters, magicians, drummers, jugglers and tattoo artists to glam up your face for the circus. That’s not it, you can even get yourself circus snacks like popcorn and candy floss alongside your drinks. This clubs gives you an exceptional experience which you’d not have anywhere else. Cirque’s there in London and Shanghai as well, if you’re missing out on the one in Dubai. Location: Fairmont Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road
Blue Marlin Ibiza, UAE This is the first Blue Marlin Ibiza, set up outside Ibiza bring the beach club concept to Dubai, Blue Marlin Ibiza is best known for it’s themed boozy brunches like the Brazilian Brunch, Water Activities, Summer of Love. Here, you can be dancing to house and EDM beats by the beach while sipping on some bubbly. It’s surely a vibrant atmosphere and what could be more perfect than the dancing on the beach to some good beats. Location: Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel, off Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Barasti Beach Bar Barasti Beach Bar is one of the most popular bars un Dubai, having a very chilled out relaxed atmosphere its a perfect place for brunches, watch games and matches as it has the largest live screen in Dubai by the beach. What’s the best part about this bar that they’ve free entries throughout the week and daily offers on drinks. Besides this, they usually have artists coming here and playing, I feel it’d be the best place to go when you’re looking for a fun, chilled night out in Dubai. Location: Le Meridian Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, Jumeirah Beach
ToyRoom Dubai ToyRoom Dubai is a relatively new club open in Dubai, replacing Vanity. ToyRoom is known for playing the best Hip-Hop and R&B music and having a club’s mascot grooving to the music, he’s a person dressed as a live-size teddy called Frank happens to drive a lot of attention to the club, best nights here being ‘Franks Fridays’. Good news here is that drinks are at standard prices of 55 dhs, which is pretty amazing for a high-end club. This the club to be at for everyone Hip-Hop fanatic.
Besides Dubai, you could get the ToyRoom experience in London and Mykonos. Location: Al Murooj Rotana, Downtown Dubai
Sass Cafe Sass Cafe is a lounge where you’d want to indulge in their food made with exquisite cheese, truffles and wine from Italy. The interiors here are fancy, velvet couches, crystal chandeliers giving it an fashionista feeling, as the night prolongs this lounge turns into a club with live performances. This could be super swanky date place, and their weekend brunches are happening as well. Location: Al Fattan Currency House, Sheikh Zayed Road
White Dubai White Dubai is a one of a kind clubbing experience, which is completely different from the mainstream nightclubs. The concept at White is of a night club inside an arena, giving it a feeling of a festival you’d be attending. Here, you’d be in an open arena with house and EDM, there is white lighting and a circular bar at the centre of the arena where there would be performances taking place. A night out at White is surely a euphoric experience, it’s rated to be one of the best clubs in Dubai and been awarded a couple of times. This concept is absolutely amazing, the only flaw here is you’d need to book a table with minimum cover for a sick night and White Thursdays are suppose to be the best of the week. Location: Meydan Racecourse Grandstand Rooftop, Dubai
There are a few things you should be keeping in mind while clubbing in Dubai, the minimum age limit is 21 years, make sure you have an ID proof. Dress code at most high-end clubs is formals, you have to make an effort to be let in and they are pretty strict on girls to guys ratio being equal or more girls.They are pretty much basic clubbing rules, but somehow in Dubai they are pretty stringent about these.
For all those who love partying and clubbing, Dubai is the place to be as they bring the best of best clubs from all around the world to Dubai, it’s literally a one stop party destination offering a variety of options and a complete baller experience.
Heading out to a three day festival, but can’t decide what to wear? This is every girls first world problem that we can’t make up our mind about what to wear, you want to look different and not repetitive on all the days. The good news is, music festivals allow you to be creative with your looks, you can mix and match different outfits, do some extravagant make up and hair-dos or just keep it basic and simple. Here for all you lovelies, I have created my best festival looks.
Floral & Pastels
Not so Basic, Basics
Styling Tips for Festivals:
The first rule for styling your outfit for a 12 hour long ragging day would be, be comfortable. Its very important to be comfortable as you’d be dancing your butt off for long hours. Now here are my few tips for you’ll to make styling a lot simpler.
Experiment with make up & hair styles:
Doing this makes a big difference to your entire look, a funky hairdo with braids, coloured and adding some hair accessories gets a lot of attention to your hair. Now, make-up is a game changer, literally dramatic lashes, bold lips or a tattoo on your face will get you all the attention you need.
Heels are a big NO:
I know, for a lot of girls out there you’d be wanting to wear your heels that go perfectly with your outfit, but an hour in them and you would be dying. Don’t ever make the mistake of wearing heels and going to a festival, you’re out there to have fun and go crazy.
Say yes to Accessories:
Accessorising is the key to styling for a festival, you can pump-up a plain top and shorts with junk jewellery, hat, head-bands, sunglasses, body-chains and the list goes on, you can wear the most funkiest jewellery and look fab!
Mix & Match:
Okay, so dressing up for a festival isn’t about being perfectly coordinated, being imperfect is better. You could just dig into your wardrobe pick out an old top, and put it on with shorts and booties, you will be good to go. I love dressing up for raves and festivals as it is maximum utility to my old clothes.
I know there are a lot of celebrities setting festival trends every year, but take my advice here, don’t follow what you see, try being creative and let your outfit and look speak about your personality, no one would judge you if even if you walked in your pjs. Be your on trend setters and innovator.
I hope these style boards are helpful and you’ll can create your festive looks and post it in the comments below for me to see. And know know what festivals to visit this summer click here.
It’s summer solstice, and time to unleash the summer wardrobe and what better way to do it than a sundown or a rooftop brunch. I have always been a bar person, and rooftops are always on top of my list. While London has to offer a variety of rooftops in the city with a mesmerizing view, while visiting London, make sure you visit at least few of these and get a better view of the city while sipping on your rosé. Here are all the rooftops I went to while living in London and are my absolute favorite.
Madison Summer Sundowns
Madison has a separate viewing area for tourists to capture a glimpse of the St. Paul’s Cathedral, and an indoor bar serving signature cocktails, my favorite being the Porn Star Martini here. During summer, there are Möet & Chandon brunches organized here, with a lot of cocktail experimentation. It’s perfect for a champagne brunch kind of afternoon. Location: Rooftop Terrace, 1 New Change, St Paul’s, London, EC4M 9AF Nearest Tube Station: St Paul’s Prices: £9–£12 for signature cocktails Timings: Mon – Sat: 10 am – Midnight, Sun: 10am – 9pm
Radio Rooftop Bar is a swanky bar on the 10th floor of the ME hotel, this modern rooftop bar gives you a 360 of the city from the Big Ben, London Eye, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s to the Shard. It has stylish interiors, and poppin’ EDM beats start playing as the sun goes down. Downside would be long queues on busy nights and the bouncers may refuse entries. It’s better to get a reservation with a minimum spend of 50 pounds to skip the long wait. Must haves would be Spanish Tapas along with wine or try the Bellini popsicle. They even offer brunches and high tea. Dress to impress at this lavish bar, as being in casual would be a problem to entry. Besides, there are boozy brunches and sundowner happening through summer, which cannot be missed. Location: 336 – 337 Strand, London, WC2R 1HA Nearest Tube Station: Covent Garden Prices:£13 for signature cocktails Timings: Mon – Wed: 10am – 1am, Thurs – Sat: 10am – 3am, Sun: 10am- 12am
Sushi Samba a fusion of Brazilian, Japanese and Peruvian Sushi, on the 38th & 39th floor of Heron Towers, it takes under 30 seconds through the glass elevators to see the Gherkin at eye level. The glass wall gives you a very close view to London’s skyscrapers. The interiors are pretty eye-catching, with an orange tree light up outdoor post sunset. This is one of my favorite rooftops as it gives such a close up, panoramic view of London’s skyline. This would be a perfect place for a birthday or any celebration. Location: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY Nearest Tube Station: Liverpool Street Prices: Culinary Cocktails –£14, Signature Cocktails –£13 Timings: Mon – Sun: 11:30 am – 1:30 am
Duck & Waffle is located on the 40th floor of Heron Tower, looking over the financial district of London. This is a 24 hours open bar, serving traditional English and European cuisine. This would be an after party delight to indulge in their ‘Late Night Menu’ of champagne cocktails and cheeky mid-night treats with a stunning view. I would also recommend sticking around till sunrise and enjoy breakfast with probably one the best sight. Location: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY Nearest Tube Station: Liverpool Street Prices: Mid-night Champagne cocktails at £15 Timings: 24 hours
Oblix is located on the 32nd floor of the Shard, this fancy spot at the Shard is obtained by restaurateurs Rainer Becker for bring a New York style high-end dining luxury. Oblix would be a perfect date place, as tables are available only for dining, which would overlook the Thames and give a sparkling view of Tower Bridge. They have a variety of Steaks and Vintage Wine to choose from, this would be an ideal date setting with a stunning view, sometimes have live jazz performances and there would be a cover of £5 on weekends. Location: The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY Nearest Tube Station: London Bridge Prices: £100 -£120 for a meal for 2 Timings: Mon – Sun: 12 Noon – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Aqua is located on the 31st floor of Shard, having high glass windows and a table setting around it, allowing you to stick your face to the glass to get an iconic view of London. They have Signature English cocktails, high tea and brunch all year round. It’s advisable to make reservations in advance as it gets booked pretty quick, and you should also keep up with special events happening here during summer. Something I found interesting is, the bathrooms here have long glass windows, having a panoramic view while doing your business. Location: The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY Nearest Tube Station: London Bridge Prices: Signature Cocktails for £16 – £20 Timings: Sun – Thurs: 12pm – 1am, Fri – Sat: 12pm – 2am
Sky Garden is a concept of landscape garden, with open decks and a terrace, this is London’s highest public garden and an amazing social place spread across three floors on the 35,th 36th and 37th floor of 20 Fenchurch Street also known as the “Walkie Talkie Building.” There are free tours, which allow you to explore the gardens and enjoy a 360 view of the city from the South Bank, London Eye, and Gherkin to the Wembley Stadium. Booking for this must be done 3 days in advance. In this big landscape there are two restaurants and a bar. What better way to spend a sunny afternoon than sipping on Mimosa on a rooftop garden with a city view like this, imagine the sun going down while you’re sitting in the garden on the 37th floor. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Location: Sky Garden Walk, London EC3M 8AF Nearest Tube Station: Monument Prices: Sky Pod Bar Cocktails £12 – £16 Timings: Mon – Sun: 7am – 1am
Kensington roof Gardens is a little Alice in Wonderland, spread across one and half acres, comprises of three different kind of gardens where you can pop in for a glass of champagne or a free tour on advance booking, it has the Babylon Restaurant by the garden and a members on nightclub alongside an open air terrace. Fancy an afternoon high tea or a brunch in the Spanish or English Garden, to a late night partying. This place has it all, for you. Also, you should look out for events happening through summer. Location: 99 Kensington High St, London W8 5SA Nearest Tube Station: High Street Kensington Prices: Signature cocktails from £12 Timings: Gardens & Restaurants: Mon – Sun: 8am – 11pm, Night Club: Fri – Sat: 10 pm – 3 am
Queen of Hoxton is funky bar and club in the heart of Shoreditch, it’s got three levels and a barbecue rooftop. There are drag queens, live performances, photo booths, games installation in the club, with dimed lights and artistic interiors, this place gives the chilled, fun vibes with young kids getting drunk and dancing to the beats. Throughout summer, they have movies being showcased on the rooftops and events happening, which requires prior booking. On weekends it’s usually very busy due to which there is a £5 cover charge. Location: 1 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX Nearest Tube Station: Liverpool Street/ Shoreditch High Street (overground) Prices: Cocktails have a standard price of £8 Timings: Sun – Wed: 12pm – 12am, Thurs – Sat: 12pm – 2am
Big Chill House
Pop – up barbecue & drinks at Big Chill Terrace
Big Chill is a large bar and event place with a roof terrace, they open up a bar during summer on the terrace, its perfect for barbecue and sangrias. This is literally a house, with a large drawing room, ping-pong table, private rooms and photo booths. It’s an easy going atmosphere, with art work around the house and a perfect pre-drinking place for the summer as you can get cocktails by glass or a big pitcher. Sounds like a perfect way to get the late summer evening started. Location: 257 – 259 Pentonville Road, London N1 9NL Nearest Tube Station: Kings Cross Prices: Cocktails starting from £8.5 Timings: Sun – Wed: 11am – 12am, Thurs: 11am – 2am, Fri – Sat: 11am – 3am
So, here are all my favorite rooftop bars in London for all, fancy high – end bars, Gardens tours to fun, chilled out bars and night clubs. I would suggest at least visit a few, and enjoy the serene view of London, it’s definitely worth that expensive cocktail!
It’s that time of the year, I mean its SUMMER! Finally, something to look forward to, while I was planning my trip this summer, and the one thing I was pretty sure about is adding a music fest to my itinerary but I wasn’t sure which one was it going to be, as Europe has so many festivals happening every summer.
Europe has one of the best electronic dance music cultures, and I am not surprised as 70% of the top 100 DJs in the world are European, this list would include Armin Van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Avicii, Hardwell, Tiësto, Calvin Harris and many more. If you feel you’re missing out on big festivals like Tomorrowland and Glastonbury, don’t worry there are SO many other festivals on that scale that you could attend this summer.
Date: June 16th – 18th 2016
Place: Barcelona, Spain
Headliners: Richie Hawtin, James Blake, Fatboy Slim, James Rhode, Underground Resistance, A-Trak and many more
Sónar was established in 1994, and is positioned very differently in the electronic dance by uniting established artists as well as emerging artists. Sónar has now travelled to 50 different parts of the world like Cape Town, Seoul, Frankfurt, New York, London, Boston and the list goes on. This festival will definitely have some new artists that you would discover.
Date: June 22nd – 26th 2016
Place: Somerset, England
Headliners: Coldplay, Muse, Adele, Ellie Goulding, Foals, Disclosure, Skepta and about 100 more artists performing over 5 days at Glastonbury.
The festival goes back in the 70’s being started in 1971, it is a contemporary art festival, and a hippie culture is usually found at this gigantic 5 days party! Unfortunately this year all tickets are completely sold out, but hey! There is always next year right.
Date: June 25th – 26th 2016
Place: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Headliners: Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer, Dave Clarke, Maya Jane Coles
Awakenings is known as the Techo Festival and one of the important electronic event in Europe. This is one of the world’s largest outdoor techno festivals in the world. This would be a perfect fest to attend for any sunshine and techno lover!
Date: June 26th – 30th 2016
Place: Island of Pag, Croatia
Headliners: Skepta, Jamie XX, Andy C, Jamie Jones, Adam Beyer, Gorgon City and over 100 artists and underground DJs lined up over 5 days of complete madness.
Hideout started in 2011, and the festival has been expanding year by year and 2016 is suppose to be the biggest with the festival, boat parties, after parties on the beach till wee in the morning. Plus, this festival is fairly affordable with tickets at 135 pounds and stay at 20 pounds a night. This surely sounds like a deal!
Date: June 29th to July 3rd 2016
Place: Lärz, Germany
Headliners: To Be Announced
The Fusion Festival is an underground electronic festival in an abandoned military base in the northeast of Germany, the festival does not release it’s line up in advance, which would leave you quite curious. This festival is now being known as the “Burning Man of Europe”. If you’re an electro underground fan, discovering this mystery would be interesting.
Sensation Angles & Demons
Date: July 2nd 2016
Place: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Headliners: Yellow Claw, Robin Schulz, Nicky Romero, Sam Feldt, David Guetta, Mr. White, Rob, Don Diablo
Sensation is an indoor electronic dance festival originated in Netherlands and now traveling around the globe, the uniqueness of sensation is that it takes place in indoor Arenas and has some mind blowing live acts. My sensation experience last year was insane! Read about it more here.
I would 100% recommend going for this festival.
Date: July 6th – 10th 2016
Place: Budapest, Hungary
Headliners: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Martin Garrix, Armin Van Buuren, Chris Brown, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Robin Schulz, W&W, Nervo, Tyga, The Chainsmokers, Lost Frequencies, Steve Aoki, Alan Walker
This year is going to be the 1oth edition of Balaton Sound held in Zamárdi. It is going to a banging summer beach party with this amazing line up and boat parties by the Lake Balaton. Isn’t the line up tempting enough to be at this fest?
Date: July 7th – 9th 2016
Place: Salzburg, Austria
Headliners: Yellow Claw, DVVBS, Hardwell, Jack Ü, Don Diablo, Nero, Kshmr, Darkraver, Angerfist, Coone
Electric Love as the name says it is all about electric music and love, located in the mesmerizing Salzkammergut Lake District surrounded by the beautiful nature of Salzburg. If you want a picturesque and a nature covered location with electro beats, this would be the festival for you.
Date: July 7th – 10th 2016
Place: Novi Sad, Serbia
Headliners: Wiz Khalifa, David Guetta, Nicky Romero, Richie Hawtin, Bastille, The Prodigy, Ellie Goulding, Robin Schulz and many more.
Exit has won the award of the ‘Best Major European Festival’. Exit started as a student movement fighting for peace and democracy in Serbia and has grown into one of biggest festivals in the world. For Exit being on such a big scale it costs as little as 107 Pounds and is held in one of the best locations in the world. I would surely not miss this if I were traveling around Serbia.
Date: July 13th – 17th 2016
Place: Dour, Belgium
Headliners: The Prodigy, Rudimental, Wiz Khalifa, Underworld, Pixies
The Dour festival is the biggest and one of the most touristic destination for the French speaking part of Belgium. It is a 27 years old fest, getting bigger year by year having 9 stages, thousands of music lovers and a cozy camping site.
Date: July 15th – 17th 2016
Place: Split, Croatia
Headliners: Above & Beyond, Adam Beyer, Afrojack, Alesso, Armin Van Buuren, Dash Berlin, David Guetta, DeadMau5, Hardwell, Martin Garrix
Ultra is a heavyweight EDM festival, having insane yacht parties, after parties and the festival comprises of 4 state-of-art stages with over 150 acts over 3 days, this festival has a maximum euphoric energy till sunrise. If you’re an EDM fanatic this is where you should be this summer!
Date: July 15th – 17th 2016
Place: Ferropolis, Germany
Headliners: Illes Noise, Oliver Koletzki, Acid Arab, Forest, Isolation Berlin
Melt is a festival inviting new comers in the industry to perform and the big artists as well, and there are no boundaries in the genre, you would find EDM, hip-hop and indie. If you are into discovering new artists, this would be an apt festival for you.
Secret Garden Party
Date: July 21st – 24th 2016
Place: Abbots Ripton, England
Headliners: Caribou, Air, Primal Scream, Lissie, Milky Chnace, Izzy Bizu
This is a crazy creative party, spread over 220 acres of garden bordered by a lake and a river. These gardeners take their party seriously theming this years party as ‘The Gardeners Guide To The Galaxy’, it doesn’t only have so many artists performing over 15 stages but its filled with a lot of fun activities like water dance floors, mud fights, astronaut training, laser wars and a lot more.
Date: July 22nd – 24th 2016
Place: Boom, Belgium
Headliners: Alesso, Armin Van Buuren, Adam Beyer, Alan Walker, David Guetta, DVBBS, R3hab, Tiësto, Axwell, Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Robin Schulz, Lost Frequencies, The Chainsmokers, Dada Life, Steve Angello, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, W&W, Yves V and many more.
Tomorrowland the worlds’biggest EDM festival that is larger than life having people travelling from around the world for this three days fantasy, all the best artists from around the world come for this festival and make it a 3 days wonderland. I know tickets are SOLD OUT, but there is always next year! This year’s theme is ‘The Elixir Of Life’ with the best acts with all the world-renowned artists, it’s a once in a life time experience.
Date: August 4th – 7th 2016
Place: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Headliners: Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix, Hardwell, Tiësto, W&W, Nervo, Lost Frequencies and many more
Untold is a festival in the city center in Romania, this is one of the newest EDM fest making it on the charts of one of ‘Best Major Festival in Europe’ with gaging an award in 2015. Untold is representing big EDM and House DJs and is creating a busting line up for this summer.
Date: August 6th 2016
Place: London, England
Headliners: Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brothers, Richy Ahmed, Eats Everything
Eastern Electric is an English electronic festival lined up with a lot of budding local artists, it’s a 25 minutes train journey from London to Hatfield House. It’s a day full of dancing to electro beats across 9 stages, hoping around raving tents, VIP island paradise and to top it off high-quality food vendor. If you’re visiting London, this fun day could be added to your itinerary.
Date: August 8th – 15th 2016
Place: Island of Pag, Croatia
Headliners: Paul Kalkbrenner
Barrakud is a perfect combination of music, partying and traveling. This festival takes place over 5 locations, and also includes a lot of boat and pool parties to commute to these various locations. This is a non-stop party on Zrce Beach for eight days straight.
Date: August 10th – 17th 2016
Place: Budapest, Hungary
Headliners: Rihanna, Muse, Sia, The Chemical Brothers, Hardwell, David Guetta, Nicky Romero, Travi$ Scott, Afrojack, DVBBS, Yves V, ZEDD
From 1993 to now Sziget has grown into Europes largest music festival, with 60 stages, 400,000 visitors per day, thousands of international artists from various genres. Sziget has a lot to offer besides music, its got theatre, films, classical movies, fine arts, and performances all across one week. I would rate this as one of the best festivals where there is literally something for everyone. If you’re traveling in Eastern Europe make sure you attend this mega festival even if it’s for a day.
Sonne Monde Sterne (SMS)
Date: August 12th to 14th 2016
Place: Saalburg Beach, Germany
Headliners: David Guetta, Paul Kalkbrenner, Rudimental, Robin Schulz, Dada Life, Knife Party, Nina Kraviz, Tiga, Sven Väth, Die Antwoord
SMS is an open air EDM festival, this festival is all about Rave-Beach-Party-Repeat for 3 days non stop. This year the passes are already sold out sadly. But like always, there is next year!
Date: August 17th – 20th 2016
Place: Hasselt, Belgium:
Headliners: Bloc Party, Big Sean, The Chemical Brothers, DJ Snake, Izzy
Bizu, Nina Kraviz, Rihanna, Lukas Graham, Twenty One Pilots, Greenday
Pukkelpop began in 1985 by the ‘Young Humanist’. The line up here is selected with an alternative fringe, there will around 200 be current sensations, living legends and upcoming alternative artists performing across 8 stages over a span of 4 days. This would be a mix of all levels of artists that makes this festival so unique.
Date: August 25th – 28th 2016
Place: Cheshire, England
Headliners: Alesso, Armin Van Buuren, Knife Party, Nervo, Kshmr, Sam Feldt, Avicii, Martin Garrix, Above & Beyond, Alan Walker, Nick Romero, Tiësto, Hardwell, Calvin Harris, Robin Schulz, Adam Beyer and many more.
Creamfields is held on the bank holiday weekend, one of the biggest dance music festivals in UK and winning awards for being ‘UK’s Best Dance Music Festival’. Having live acts by all superstar line-up, Creamfields has been traveling across the globe in the past years, but still this one is the best! No better way to spend a long four days weekend.
Date: August 27th – 28th 2016
Place: Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands
Headliners: Afrojck, Martin Garrix, Diplo, Lost Frequencies, Don Diablo, Kshmr, Sam Feldt, Robin Schulz, DVBBS, Dubfire, Alesso
This is the longest running and the largest electronic music festival in the world and Netherlands, Mysteryland is known for being sustainable and creative with there set up and achieving its uniqueness amongst all the other fests, this to me is pretty dam impressive!
Date: August 31st – September 4th 2016
Place: Pula, Croatia
Headliners: Andy C, Stormzy, Kano, Mala, Goldie MBE, Slum Village
The European Summer coming to an end, Outlook takes place at a unique location with a breath taking view and a big party. Outlook has a lot of heavy reggae, dub step and drums n bass, besides this there are green garden areas that provide styling experience to the attendees, I would love that!
Date: September 8th – 11th 2016
Place: Isle of Wight, England
Headliners: The Cure, Major Lazer, Diplo, Years & Years, Skepta, Richie Hawtin, Bastille, Fatboy Slim, Katy B, Hot Chip and more
Bestival is an award winning 4 days boutique festival set at Robin Hill. The founders of the festival have a creative vision which makes this festival special, they camping site is divided into sections like Cosmic Commune, The Bollywood Tent, Fancy dress emasse, Spaceport. If you’re into camping at festivals, maybe you should give this one a shot!
Date: September 10th – 11th 2016
Place: Berlin, Germany
Headliners: Radiohead, Kings of Leon, Major Lazer, Paul Kalkbrenner, Lost Frequencies, The Chain Smokers, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, ZEDD, Alan Walker, Years & Years, G-Easy and more.
This will be Lolla’s first European edition and what you can expect is a lor of dance, hip-hop, rock and even country. This is going to be an artsy affair as Lollapaooza is known to be artistic and colorful, representing a giant lollipop! This would surely be a surreal experience and the best way to bid summer goodbye by welcoming a new fest in Europe.These are most of the amazing festivals in Europe this summer from indoor and outdoor festivals to beach parties. This should help you’ll have a raving and a banging summer if you’re traveling around Europe also add a new experience.
Please comment below and let me know if you have been to any of the festivals above or are planning to go, I would love to know about your experiences and plans!
I’m missing my summer already, I want to share my fun summer moments with all you lovelies. I am a little crazy about music festivals, I love the vibe and the electrifying feeling. Unfortunately I couldn’t get my tomorrowland passes (as always, they were sold out so fast) so I decided to go for a not so commercial festival “Sensation White”. It turns out it was their 15 year anniversary this year, the show was bigger than ever.
The opening act is something you cannot miss, Baker Mat played the opening set accompanied by performances. It’s not your standard EDM festival. This is a show, you have to live and feel the moment. Trapeze performances, the lights and the music. And obviously the most awaited performance of Mr.White was just incredible and crazy!
By the end of 7 hours you are yet alive, and will find yourself dancing to sun rise, it was an exceptional experience where we couldn’t feel our feet after a the night was over.
This isn’t an ordinary music festival, it comes along with a dress code you have to follow. You better be dressed in WHITE or go home! Every person you’d see inside would be dresses in white, seeing a uniformity in the crowd and when it lights flash, it’s just an unimaginable sight. You got to see it, to believe it.
Clearly, this was the best part of my summer.
But if you feel like there’s something you’ve missed out on, don’t worry. Sensation takes place at various destinations throughout the year and the upcoming ones are, “Ocean Of White” in Dubai on 30th October 2015 and “Innerspace” in Monterrey on 7th November 2015.
If not theses, there’s always next year!