What's on in London this month


By Melissa Lawford 

Editorial assistant, British Airways’ High Life magazine.

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June 2018

From quirky macaroons to romantic musicals, floral food to creative Latin American cuisine, Melissa Lawford rounds up the best the capital has to offer in June. 

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Things to do

Opening this month: To celebrate the summer solstice, Anglo-Korean artist duo Kimchi and Chips are building a 4-metre high installation of 200 motorised mirrors in the Somerset House courtyard, which will concentrate sunlight into an image in the mist from the fountains. 

After a hugely successful run on Broadway in New York where it earned an impressive five Tony Awards, this version of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel Fun Home at the Young Vic, tells the tale of Alison at three poignant moments in her life. 

Last chance to visit: Rationalism on Set: Glamour and Modernity in 1930s Italian Cinema” shines a light on the role of Italian architects and their Modernist influences in inter-war romantic comedies at the Estorick Collection until 24 June. 

David Hare’s The Moderate Soprano, starring Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll, closes this month (until 30 June) at the Duke of York’s Theatre. It tells of a love story at the famous opera house, Glyndebourne, in the face of the impending Second World War. 

Want to cool off? Feel the wind in your hair as you take the world’s longest inner city zipline – Zip Now runs 225m through Archbishop’s Park. Launch from 35m high and you’ll hit speeds of up to 50kmph. 

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Opening this month: To start off a right royal month, head to Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ annual exhibition [OPEN LINK IN NEW WINDOW: https://www.mallgalleries.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/royal-society-portrait-painters-annual-exhibition-2018], where a portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Michael Noakes will be unveiled.
 
Last chance to visit: Directed by Sam Mendes, catch Jez Butterworth’s Oliver award-winning The Ferryman [OPEN LINK IN NEW WINDOW: http://theferrymanplay.com/] at the Gielgud Theatre before it closes on 19 May. Set in No

Opening this month: To celebrate the summer solstice, Anglo-Korean artist duo Kimchi and Chips are building a 4-metre high installation of 200 motorised mirrors in the Somerset House courtyard [OPEN LINK IN NEW WINDOW: https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/kimchi-and-chips-halo], which will concentrate sunlight into an image in the mist from the fountains. 

 

After a hugely successful run on Broadway in New York [OPEN LINK: https://www.britishairways.com/destinations/new-york] where it earned an impressive five Tony Awards, this version of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel Fun Home [OPEN LINK IN NEW WINDOW: https://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/fun-home] at the Young Vic, tells the tale of Alison at three poignant moments in her life. 

 

Last chance to visit: “Rationalism on Set: Glamour and Modernity in 1930s Italian Cinema” [OPEN LINK IN NEW WINDOW: https://www.estorickcollection.com/exhibitions/rationalism-on-set-glamour-and-modernity-in-1930s-italian-cinema] shines a light on the role of Italian architects and their Modernist influences in inter-war romantic comedies at the Estorick Collection until 24 June. 

 

David Hare’s The Moderate Soprano [OPEN LINK IN NEW WINDOW: https://www.themoderatesoprano.com/], starring Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll, closes this month (until 30 June) at the Duke of York’s Theatre. It tells of a love story at the famous opera house, Glyndebourne, in the face of the impending Second World War. 

 

Want to cool off? Feel the wind in your hair as you take the world’s longest inner city zipline – Zip Now [OPEN LINK IN NEW WINDOW: https://zip-now.co] runs 225m through Archbishop’s Park. Launch from 35m high and you’ll hit speeds of up to 50kmph. 

rthern Ireland in the early 1980s, the Carey family is preparing the annual harvest when called upon by an unexpected visitor.
 
Looking to watch the royal wedding? Where better to celebrate the nuptials of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle than at the Queen’s very own grocer. The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at the famous Fortnum & Mason [OPEN LINK IN NEW WINDOW: https://www.fortnumandmason.com], will host an extra special afternoon tea [OPEN LINK IN NEW WINDOW: https://www.fortnumandmason.com/events/a-right-royal-celebration], where you’ll be able to quaff Champagne and nibble on hand-crafted scones while watching live coverage of the ceremony and celebrations.  
 
If a picture speaks a thousand words, then Photo London [OPEN LINK IN NEW WINDOW: https://photolondon.org/] would be a best-selling novel. Celebrating photographs from over 150 galleries worldwide, this fourth edition is based primarily in iconic Somerset House [OPEN LINK IN NEW WINDOW: https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/]. 

Get your focaccia-like, cheese-crusted Detroit pizza piled high with slow-cooked goat ragu and burnt pepper pesto.

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Sample the Gravit-Tea at Skylon, which has a new menu channelling intergalactic forces. Start with cosmos mini choux and Jupiter cake, rocket off with a galaxy macaroon and then ditch the herbal tea for a Stardust cocktail, made from Tanqueray and lemon sherbet. 

Famed for its cheese trolley and in-house “frommelier”, the French Marylebone staple Orrery has marked its 21st birthday with a revamp by interior designer David D’Almada of Sagrada – think chic lavender panelling and terracotta – and a new menu that boasts the best steak tartare in town. 

Sightseeing around Covent Garden? Get into the summer mood with a visit to the new courtyard setting by the team behind Petersham Nurseries. Stop for lunch at the enticing deli modelled in the style of a traditional Italian grocery store. Or you’re after dinner, enjoy beautifully presented seasonal food at The Petersham – don’t miss the divine fillet of hake with Gavi di Gavi, asparagus, peas, broad beans and crème fraîche. 

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Since Andy Warhol first used his face in 1982, MJ has inspired the likes of Kehinde Wiley and David La Chapelle. For the first time, the National Portrait Gallery exhibition (supported by BOSS), “Michael Jackson: On the Wall” unpicks the singer’s impact on contemporary art. 

After 12 years on the King’s Road, The Shop at Bluebird emporium has moved to a new flagship in Covent Garden. There’s a hidden courtyard, a rooftop terrace, a curated exhibition of prints and drawings in the Fashion Illustration Gallery, and three floors of brands including Alexander McQueen, Peter Pilotto and Chloe. 

Step into 1860s Siam at the London Palladium as Bartlett Sher (director of the critical smash hit Oslo) brings his Lincoln Center Theatre show, “The King and I” direct from Broadway with stars Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe. 

Where to eat

Walk past a floral installation bedecked with Italian chinotto fruit then lunch under a canopy of vines at alto by San Carlo on the Selfridges rooftop. We recommend the fillet of seabass cooked in black volcanic salt from Mount Etna. 

Benares Atul Kotchar’s Michelin-starred restaurant, has introduced a five-dish street food menu designed to be eaten by hand. Sample the best of Kokan, Lucknow and Kerala – and for the holy, there is a plant-based version. Fear not: the apple and burnt lemon ketchup features on both. 

If you fancy a taste of Latin America, just a short walk from Waterloo Station you’ll find Paladar specialising in creative cuisine from Colombia, Ecuador and Cuba as well as Mexico and Peru. When the sun is shining, head out to their garden for an alfresco dinner of sea bass ceviche and Cuban confit pork with tortillas. Get a special taste of their wine cellar at their wine paring dinner on 28 June, as part of Waterloo Food Month.  

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Things to do

Catch the Mayfair Art Weekend - three days of free events from 29th June – 1st July, with creative partnerships with MaxMara and Globe-Trotter, curated tours of the local art scene, and talks and workshops at The Royal Academy, which is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year. 

Get your pop, and a little funk and soul, in front of a Tudor gatehouse. Lionel Ritchie (playing an extra date on the 9th June by popular demand), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Beach Boys and Tom Jones are some of the musical heavyweights headlining at this year’s Hampton Court Palace Festival, which runs 5th-23rd June.  

If you’ve ever wondered how Spanish restaurants and bars get those beautifully thin slices of jamón, then book yourself onto one of the lessons at the Ham School at London’s Spanish grocer and restaurant stalwart Brindisa. You’ll learn what makes good jamón, how to carve it, and get wine pairings too from master ham carver, Santiago. 

  • Catch The Moderate Soprano by David Hare before it closes © Johan Perrson.

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    The show stars Nancy Carroll as Audrey Mildmay, the co-founder of the Glyndebourne festival and namesake of its restaurant. £133 pp

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Where to eat

Ekachai the family-run south-east Asian restaurant, has brought its Wok Hei (“breath of the wok”) philosophy and hawker cuisine to Kings Cross’ Granary Square. Don’t miss the prawn and pork dumplings, which are filled with a broth and set with jelly that melts once steamed.  

Roux at the Landau has finally reopened at The Langham after a glorious refurbishment. Get a bar seat at the central open kitchen and chat to the chefs while you order endless helpings of Orkney scallops, served in their shells with beurre blanc and caviar. 

Neil Rankin, whose Temper restaurants have taken London by storm, has just opened a hotly anticipated third. The signatures at Temper Covent Garden are the cracker-thin bar pizzas and the focaccia-like, cheese crusted Detroit pizza. Get yours piled high with slow-cooked goat ragu and burnt pepper pesto. 

Where to stay

Book the duplex penthouse suite at the ME London, designed by Foster + Partners. The room has a vaulted glass ceiling, and windows that make you feel like you’re staying in a glamorous, 21st-century crow’s nest.

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