Al fresco dining is an absolute favourite activity for everyone in the 111SKIN team, especially now that the summer sun has arrived. Whether enjoying a glass of wine in warm evenings, or stepping out for a long Sunday lunch in a favourite spot; balmy days, lighter nights and outdoor dining go hand in hand for us so we share our top recommendations.
When spending this elongated time outside, you want your skin to be looking its absolute best while also being shielded from harmful pollutants. We love products that protect the complexion and ensure our skin is fresh, clear and glowing.
The Space Anti-Oxidant Booster is an office favourite for long days outside. Applied directly to the skin, or mixed in with day cream or a foundation, this protects against free radicals and premature signs of aging.
For those in the team who struggle with oily or acne prone skin, the Ground Control Anti Blemish Tonic is a staple. It cleanses deep into pores and ensures a spotless complexion. We feel skin confident and comfortable when heading out to the top al fresco restaurants.
These are our favourite outside dining spots for these sunny months; from LA to New York to London, where the team is based. Our top picks for enjoying good food, good company, and good weather.
General Manager, Marleen, loves the Summer House in Maida Vale. A picturesque spot for lazy Saturday afternoons or brunch with the girls. Situated on the banks of the famous Grand Union Canal, watch the house boats float past as you enjoy incredible handmade food and delicious wines.
Another favourite is the Chiltern Fire House: 5 star dining and a gorgeous garden terrace, this venue is an absolute must for when the sun comes out. Commercial Director, Dan, loves this spot for a Saturday afternoon of socialising. Regular attendees such as David Beckham and Sienna Miller ensure you know the service, food, and atmosphere is second to none.
Founder Eva Alexandrides loves the Ivy Chelsea Garden for a secluded weekend brunch. “The tables at the back of the garden are hidden away, giving privacy and the feeling that you are dining in your own back garden” she explains. The Ivy Chelsea Garden provides cosy wood burning fires and blankets for the unpredictable British weather.
As the company has expanded all over the world, trips to the US are frequent. Spago, in Beverly Hills, LA, is a firm favourite. Exceptional food and professional service provides a place to relax. With a spacious and open terrace to eat, it’s an ideal escape from the infamous LA crowds and traffic.
For East Coast Manhattan al fresco dining, don’t be afraid to head to the skies; most outside eateries are housed on the top of buildings. Digital Marketing Manager, Sasha, loves The Hotel Hugo for its rooftop bar. With fine wines, tapas and incredible views, The Hugo Hotel offers a taste of paradise within the Manhattan metropolis.