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Observations: Cocktails with cocknbullkid at the Sanderson hotel

We may be in the midst of recession but that hasn't stopped a new series of civilised gigs from springing up in the capital.

So, in the picturesque courtyard of the five-star Sanderson hotel, London's best-heeled music-lovers gather around marble-topped tables to watch a performance by rising star Marina and the Diamonds.

Her undulating vocals à la Kate Bush are a hit with the crowd, who break into applause before DJs pumped out cutting-edge indie-rock from Friendly Fires and others.

For the select gigs taking place on Thursdays throughout the summer, Sanderson Predicts have lined up the cream of hip up-and-coming acts with gigs from electro-popster Little Boots and stylish singer-songwriter thecocknbullkid to take place on 30 July and 13 August respectively.

The idea, of course, is to be bathed in evening sun while the band performs from the centrepiece of the courtyard, a flower-filled pool, the crowd sheltered by a half-covered conservatory. Tonight, however, rain banishes the band to a corner – minus the bassist. for whom there is no space. Still, he's the only one complaining.

Surreal it may be to be enjoy a gig while sipping an elegant cocktail, but, best of all the gigs are free. You just have to be able to afford the drink prices. Will you have yours shaken or stirred?

To book a table, call 020-7300 1444