It’s quite amazing what you can do in a car park these days. Park cars (of course), build swanky flats on them… or, decorate and regenerate by throwing a two week long party. The clever clogs behind The Book Club – Mothershp Group (who also look after Queen of Hoxton) – have collaborated with Wonderland Events to create Basecamp.
The outdoor bar, kitchen, and playground for adults on the rather hip Leonard Street promises (I’ve been, and it’s definitely delivered) fresh food, games, the Olympics live, pints of cocktails and The Book Club favourite – Ping Pong tournaments. Inventively decorated, it has a beachy/festival vibe with inflatable pools, balloons, sheds and deckchairs. It most definitely befits the playground feel, with colour and silliness to boot. Partly covered under a canopy, it’s ideal for our particularly erratic summer and there is a wonderfully fun make-shift vibe to Basecamp. The contrast between the old spray-canned streets meeting bright young trendy things for the 100 metre race and BMXing is very London.
Open now until only 12th August, there are some excellent events planned; including Beer Pong Slam Jam and Robo Pong, hosted by The Social Athletics Clubs. Street Kitchen are offering freshly prepared food on site, I had the crispy chicken on a teeny bed of crushed potato with bacon and lettuce which was stupidly delicious, and exactly what you needed to soak up your Pint Mojito!
With GB’s medals rolling in there couldn’t be a more exciting time to be in London, so head on down to TBC’s Basecamp for fun-times and ice-cream.