Five Things I'm Doing This July
I'm sat here, looking out the window to a pretty miserable London. It has been drizzling all day, I even had the heater on at one point (there's no such thing as radiators in the Barbican FYI). Sorry for the negative start, sunshine is on its way I here...
So whilst keeping our fingers crossed that this summer isn't going to be a complete washout, let's take a look at what's happening in London this July!
HEARD in London - History, Eat, Art, Refresh and Discover.
Starting off the month, on the 1st the British Museum have a fascinating talk online taking place - Boudica: the woman behind the myth at 6pm. Sign up here!
On the 8th they have another talk which also sounds really interesting too - Agrippina: Rome's most powerful woman? Go to the Nero exhibition first (it's amazing) then why not tune in at 6pm.
Or how about visiting London Transport Museum after hours on the 8th and hear author Tom Bolton talk about the lost rivers of London (£12). He's also popping up again on the 13th with an online talk on Limehouse: London's First Chinatown.
If its something a little more upbeat you're after, the Whitecross Street Party is taking place on the weekend of the 10th and 11th. You can find more information on it here.
Look up to the skies on the 18th and the 25th and you might spot 50 hot air balloons making their way across London. Weather permitting of course, but they are due to set off from Battersea Park in the early morning at some point.
On the 28th the gardens of Charterhouse are opening their doors between 5.30pm and 8.30pm for £10. They aren't normally open to the public so it might be of interest to some of you! They will also be a BBQ with drinks etc. If the weather is nice I think I may pop along!
On the 29th there's an online talk on Constructing Medieval London. It's by Gustav Milne who used to work for MOLA as well as an archaeologist for the Guildhall Museum. He's joined by Nathalie Cohen who is the Cathedral Archaeologist for Canterbury Cathedral and has previously worked on the River Thames. I'm surprised it hasn't sold out yet, but I assume it will soon! Book here (£4.90).
I haven't really been ready to eat out that much (second vaccine is this month though) but I'm hoping to visit a few restaurant over the next few weeks. Noble Rot, Townsend, Angler and Cabotte are all high on my list, and I'm eager to eat out in places near me so if any of you have any suggestions around the Barbican do let me know!
On the delivery front, I had the best ramen noodle delivery kit from the Japan Centre a few weeks ago, by one of my favourite restaurants Shoryu. You can check them out here.
I've also developed a bit of an obsession with handmade (and beautiful!) chocolates. So as well as my regular order from Xocolat, I've had some fab chocolates from Temperly and Chocolate Cath too, message them on Instagram if you fancy ordering some!
I paid a visit to the National Gallery last week, my first time there in over a year. Considering I used to pop in every couple of days it felt very strange to be back after such a long time. Despite a bit of a queue to get in, it felt quieter once inside and everyone was able to keep a good distance. I also paid a visit to Tate Modern to see the Infinity Rooms by Yayoi Kusama. If I'm honest I wasn't really blown away by it which surprised me a little. There's an awful lot of hype around it and it sold out for the first few months straight away. Yayoi does have a fascinating life story though which I found very interesting.
I've got online tastings with Caviste, West London Wine School and Tipple Talk this month, but it's also been great to go to actual in person wine tastings too. I'll be doing a lot more of that soon as I've landed myself as Wine Curator at a brand new hotel opening later in the year! More on that later...
And finally onto Discover; a wild card for the month of July.
If you fancy come free wine check out the Loire Wine Truck which pops up in various locations throughout the month of July. And sticking with the boozy theme, Shakespeare in the Garden in collaboration with Fullers looks really cool!
Have a great July!
Heard in London