From browsing the UK’s best boutique jewellers, to hanging out in our Pop Up Park and eating your way down Leather Lane, there are plenty of great things you can be doing right here in Hatton Garden this summer. Here are our top picks.
1. Picnic, pamper or party in the Hatton Garden Pop Up Park
Between 14th and 16th August, half of Hatton Garden is transforming into a vibrant pop-up park, to bring the soul of British summertime to our street. Free food, free drinks, free yoga, free massages and a whole lot more will be on offer to liven up your lunch break and after-work plans across three themed days: Picnic, Pamper, and Party.
There’ll be plenty of space for you to sit and hang out, alongside a packed programme of events and drop-ins that are completely free. See you there!
2. Browse the UK's best boutique jewellery shops
You might not think to pop into Hatton Garden’s jewellers unless you’re looking to make a purchase; but this area is at the heart of the UK’s jewellery trade,
and we’re privileged to have it right on our doorstep. The historic boutiques on Hatton Garden house breathtaking pieces that are well worth seeing if you’re in the area. Have a gander at the precious stones and diamonds, and if you’re interested, chat to the jewellers about their pieces and their history. Some of their businesses have been in the Garden for over a century. Even if you’re not in the market for a ring, these skilled artisans would be delighted to talk to you about their craft, or let you browse their collections, nevertheless.
3. Get to know the history of Hatton Garden
Hatton Garden is steeped in history; and not just thanks to the jewellery trade. Head to St Etheldreda’s Church on Ely Place (an ancient spiritual sanctuary from the Middle Ages), visit Bleeding Heart Yard (where Lady Elizabeth Hatton was reportedly murdered in 1662, hence the name), stroll past the Zeppelin Building on Farringdon Road (which was bombed by a Zeppelin during WWI) and have a read of the inscriptions on the Hatton Garden sign on Greville Street to get a sense of the area’s rich history and cultural significance.
4. Bask in the sunshine in Waterhouse Square
Waterhouse Square, just two minutes’ walk from Hatton Garden, is the perfect place to wile away a summer’s lunch hour (when it’s not raining, of course). Take your food and get there early to secure a bench, or perch on the ground alongside fellow Hatton Garden staff, shoppers and locals.
5. Quench your thirst with a refreshing iced tea from Good & Proper Tea
With delightful flavours like Darjeeling with Elderflower, Lemon Verbena and Mint, and Sparkling Hibiscus on offer, we’d be surprised if you managed to resist trying one of Good & Proper Tea’s refreshing iced offerings this summer.
6. Fantasise about your future at Mia Sposa
Whether you’re going to be the bride or groom (or neither), Hatton Garden residents Mia Sposa have the most beautiful range of bridalwear that we highly recommend you check out if you’re walking down Hatton Garden. If nothing else, visiting their lovely shop and admiring their pieces is a good excuse to let your imagination run wild, and could provide some excellent inspiration for, ahem, the future...
7. Shop sustainably at Age UK
Age UK on Leather Lane is a veritable treasure trove of second hand gems, and is well worth a browse if you’re looking to shop more sustainably by contributing to the circular economy, and reducing demand for fast fashion.
8. Treat your tastebuds with lunch on Leather Lane
How could we not include Leather Lane in our round-up? Everyone’s favourite street food market flourishes at lunchtimes Monday - Friday, and there’s something for everyone. We particularly like Big Bowl, Chick, and the juices from El Jugo.
9. Enjoy a few drinks on the roof at The Argyle
Overlooking Leather Lane is Hatton Garden stalwart, The Argyle. The pub’s rooftop terrace is not only great for people watching, but is also the perfect place to enjoy a drink on a summer’s evening. Invite your friends, or coax out your colleagues for after work drinks.
10. Get your summer sweat on with a gym class at Frame
Frame on Farringdon Road offers the perfect balance between working out and having fun. Classes on offer range from Box Fit and yoga, to Barre, 80’s Aerobics and Dance Cardio. Get your sweat on and those endorphins pumping so you’re feeling your best this summer.