I try to be optimistic about the weather, so, as we bathe in a heatwave this weekend, I have to say I welcome it with open arms. I don’t like the rain, however much the garden needs it. By June, I like sunshine, blue skies, happy faces. This month London has so much going on outside that you’ll want to enjoy the long summer nights and beautiful sunsets we have been longing for. If you are a bee lover, then check out our shop this month which is buzzing with sweet ideas. There is also our fabulous picnic edit. Here is your July Super Seven with a little ‘cafe au lait’ dahlia I found last week… It is the season after all.
Greenwich Turning Tides Festival : 5-7 July & 12-14 July. This sounds so exciting. Music, food, arts & wellness.
In the Docklands on the 6 July it’s the finale of their festival with the Cristal Palace. Free
London City Beach until 20 July: Southbank for sand, palm trees
Southbank : Underbelly is in full swing. Well worth a visit.
Pride Festival Parade : London 6 July. If you haven’t beem involved already in the myriad of festivities, then the parade could be the day to show that #loveislove. It starts in Portland Square and ends in Whitehall after travelling through Piccadilly, Lower Regents Street and Pall Mall.
Victoria’s Palace at Buckingham Palace : 20 July – 29 September 2019. This is Victoria’s year and, if you are a fan, this exhibition tops off the exquisite exhibition at Kensington Palace. The young Victoria had to make Buckingham Palace her home within 3 weeks of becoming Queen. We are really looking forward to this. A tip worth remembering is that, with a Palace ticket, you can go back and visit any Royal Palace within the year.
London Festival of Architecture Bodies in Urban Spaces in the City of London 13-14 July : Walk your way through the City and catch performers each day in a trail of physical installations. Be curious from Liverpool Street to the Barbican and don’t be surprised if you find free-runners, dancers, and literally bodies in urban spaces. We are definitely heading over to this.
Olafur Eliasson arrives at the Tate Britain. We really cannot wait to see what visual treats this exhibition has in store. If you’d like a fuller understanding of this exhibition, London Art Studies have an insider curator’s talk on Friday 6 September with Dr Richard Stemp. Click HERE for tickets.
Art in London this Month
Cindy Sherman at National Portrait Gallery.
Natalia Goncharova, the ‘Russian Matisse’ at the Tate Modern until 8 Sept.
The Moon Exhibition at the National Maritime Museum celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.
Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Junya Ishigami, until 6 Oct.
Felix Vallotton at the RA
Outdoors in London
Movies on the River with Time Out
Luna Cinema – Look at the wonderful locations for a bit of movie nights. These do sell out so if you want it, get it.
Chiswick House : Gifford’s Circus returns this weekend until 20 July. This is the year to go – who will come with me?
Regents Park Open Air Theatre – Midsummer Night’s Dream this month, Evita in August..
Globe Theatre – Time to indulge in Shakespeare
Jazz with the 606 club at Fulham Palace. It’s perfect for a balmy evening. Choose between Wayne Hernandez or Claire Martin.
Christie’s Lates: Women in the Arts. 8 July 6-8.30pm at King Street. Cocktails, talks and art. Free.
Wimbledon: ‘Strawberries & Screen’ in Duke of York Square during men’s semis and both men and women’s finals 12-14 July.
Art: V and A – Tim Walker ‘Wonderful Things’ from 21 Sept. Should be a sell-out and also ‘Cars: Accelerating the Modern World’. From Nov.
Theatre: Sunday in the Park at the Savoy Theatre. From June 2020 (Jack Gyllenhall), Lungs at the Old Vic from 14 Oct (Clare Foy and Matt Smith. Tennessee William’s The Night of the Iguana at the Noel Coward from 6th July.
Films: The Lion King from July 19th, and Yesterday (Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis)
Proms in the Park – Hyde Park on 14th September.