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