It seems an age since anyone could think about going out and enjoying London’s culture scene, cosy restaurants and the vibrancy our city has missed. Yet, this month London really does start to open up.
Restaurants and pubs are itching to open, many will start this week. A lot of restaurants are still offering great take-away menus if you don’t want to eat out. It’s not the same I know, but it’s a great way to support them.
Please check all the websites before you head out as they could well change, and remember if you are driving into London the congestion charge is now 7 days a week, 7am to 10pm.
Hamilton on Disney Plus : the biggest musical of the last decade is available to download from this weekend, 3 July. Disney Plus have paid for the rights to the 2015 production starring the original cast and featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda. You will have to pay a minimum of a month’s subscription (£5.99) for the pleasure, but this is a fraction of the cost of a theatre ticket, and you also get to revisit all those Disney movies you love. Watch the Hamilton trailer HERE.
Glyndebourne Summer : Whilst the programme has been severely disrupted due to COVID-19, Glyndebourne is opening up its gardens on 1 July. From 21 July there are Garden Concerts and Outdoor Opera. Tickets go on sale 2 July.
Museum Openings : At the time of writing these are the museums that are opening in July. Please check their websites for their individual policies on entry. Nearly all require pre-booked tickets to regulate numbers.
National Gallery will be the first museum to re-open its doors on 8 July
The Royal Academy will reopen to friends and members on the 9 July and the public on 16 July
The Tate : all their museums and galleries will reopen on 27 July
RAF Museum : opens 6 July
Army Museum : opens 7 July
The Foundling Museum : opens 8 July. They have extended their exhibition on Portraying Pregnancy : Holbein to Social Media. Having just finished the book called The Foundling, this is one small museum that is at the top of my list to visit.
Wallace Collection : opens 15 July
The Proms at Royal Albert Hall : It has been over 100 days since they closed their doors. Yet the RAH continues to share some wonderful concerts #RoyalAlbertHome. This month they have the English National Ballet’s performance of Cinderella in the round on 8 July for 48 hours only, London to Nashville and The Proms 2020 (although the programme is still tbc). Sign up and support them and we can all sing ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ and raise our own roof tops!
The Cutty Sark : opens 20 July. A day out in Greenwich really is one of my favourite things to do, so this is such good news, as it is the first of the Royal Museums Greenwich to open. Pre-booking is necessary so check the website for details. We visited last year and had the best day out, as the Cutty Sark celebrated its 150th birthday.
SIX The Musical – Live from the Drive In | This is a brilliant show. It has deservedly won numerous awards. The London and touring cast are now taking the show out on the road to 12 locations around the UK. This is going to be a great night out. Get your tickets now for the Drive In of 2020. THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED
Halcyon Gallery : This is a fabulous gallery in Bond St, and they have re-opened with one of the largest collections of Andy Warhol images for sale. If you can’t wait to get back to the Tate to see the Warhol exhibition there, this is a great teaser. Downstairs you can envelop yourself with the stunning work of Lorenzo Quinn, whose sculptures large and small strike a cord with all who see it. I am always mesmerised by the scale and beauty of his work.
Curzon Mayfair will open its doors on 24 July. Having really enjoyed their online streaming during lockdown, a night out in Mayfair really appeals.
NT Live of Midsummer Nights Dream is playing until Thursday 2 July. It is an absolute dream to watch.
NHS turns 72 : Whilst we have all had our lives adjusted over the last few months, please take a moment to read what they have planned for their birthday this weekend, 4 & 5 July.
Sir Ian McKellen plays Hamlet : I know.. this is HUGE news. The production has gone into rehearsals, whilst they wait for the government to give them the go-ahead to open at the Theatre Royal Windsor. Keep your eyes peeled for tickets.