What’s On: June 2017

From foodie festivals and exciting new menus to sumptuous supper clubs and seasonal feasts, here’s our pick of the best (and most delicious) ways to spend your downtime this June.

Join acclaimed guest chefs at The Groucho Club 

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The Groucho Club, the original arts & media private members club in the heart of Soho is hosting a series of unique culinary lunches for London Evening Standard’s Food Month.

The Groucho Club welcomes London’s foodies to join its members and indulge in gastronomic delights from internationally-acclaimed chefs. Each weekend, The Groucho Club welcomes three renowned chefs to takeover the kitchen, offering cuisines from across the globe. From classic Spanish cuisine with Victor Garvey and sumptuous spice with Ren Patel, plus seasonal treats from Tom Oldroyd, there’s set to be something for every tastebud.

When: 24th. For full details, see here.
Where: The Groucho Club, 45 Dean Street, London, W1D 4QB
Price: £35 per person. Click here to book.

Experience 60 Minutes with… Emma Weymouth & Ceawlin Thynn; Viscount and Viscountess of Weymouth
Taking place as part of China Exchange’s series of Prudential talks, join Emma and Ceawlin as they offer an insight into the lives of well-known guests who have a connection to China, as told to Sir David Tang.

The Viscount and Viscountess will be discussing the story of Longleat, its rich history and most excitingly what’s coming up for them both, including Emma Weymouth’s plans with Emma’s Kitchen at Longleat and beyond.

When: Wednesday 14 June, 18:30 to 19:30
Where: 32A Gerrard Street, London, W1D 6JA
Tickets: Starting from £10. Click here to book.

Join Comptoir Gourmand and Private Dining London for an evening of French extravagance

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If you love French cuisine, you’ll love this delicious evening. Comptoir Gourmand have partnered with Private Dining London to host a lock-in at their popular patisserie on Maltby Street. Organised in collaboration with event planners and food writers Private Dining London, Comptoir Gourmand’s kitchen and cafe will bring guests to the finesse of France.

Feast on handmade cheese gougeres and selection of feuillete bites, as well as pepper stuffed with Ratatouille and served with savoury Anchovy cream handmade brioche – plus plenty more.

When: Saturday 17th June
Where: 98 Maltby Street, Ropewalk, London SE1 3PB
Price: £50 per person. PLUS: For 50% off ticket price, enter ‘goodthings50’ when purchasing.

Try the Connaught Village World Food Trail 

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Connaught Village will be hosting a World Food Trail offering foodies the opportunity to taste some culinary delights from all over the world without leaving London. Cuisine from Europe, The Middle East, South America and Asia will all be part of the
Connaught Village World Food Trail, with each restaurant offering a small, mouthwatering dish. Indulge in the trail at Abasto, Bombay Palace, Buchanans Cheesemonger, Connaught Cellars, Kurobuta, Le Pain Quotidien, Al Maskoof and Stuzzico.

When: Throughout June
Where: Connaught St, London W2 2AA

 

Tuck into treats at the Typing Room

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Join the Typing Room on Thursday 8th June for The Line Up: Veuve Clicquot Edition, an exciting evening where Champagne ambassador Lucy Warren will be pairing different cuvees with Chef Lee Westcott’s dishes. Sample six courses with pairing wines for a feast of seasonal treats. From IPA sourdough with marmite & pearl barley to heritage tomato, chamomile, cherry, ricotta & almond, plus pork belly, white asparagus, nettles & morels and more – there’s plenty to enjoy.

Tickets: £130 per person. To book, email reservations@typingroom.com.
When: Thursday 8 June
Where: Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, London E2 9NF

Browse beautiful artwork at FIGAF

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FIGAF, The Fashion Illustration Gallery’s Art Fair, is returning to Chelsea’s The Shop at Bluebird on June 30th for a three-day event that will connect art collectors with both the best emerging talents and the most established artists making fashion illustrations today.

Building on the success of last years inaugural event, this second edition of FIGAF, will see amongst others, Gill Button, Rosie McGuinness, Luke Edward Hall and Andrea Ferolla line up with David Downton, and Richard Haines. FIGAF presents an incredible opportunity to acquire best in class from an extensive edit of hand crafted works on paper, at entry level prices, direct from the artists.

Highlights include exclusively available new watercolour works that simmer with darkness, by Gill Button alongside a new suite of prints by David Downton made from drawings in his couture archive. In addition, whimsical Cocteauesque pencil renderings made by Luke Edward Hall will be released for sale every day through fashionillustrationgallery.com for two weeks in the lead up to the fair’s opening.

When: 30th June – 2nd July 2017
Where: The Shop at Bluebird, 350 King’s Road, SW3 5UU Chelsea London

Celebrate summer with The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge

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On Sunday 18th June, The Varsity Hotel & Spa in Cambridge is hosting a quintessentially English Garden Party on its breath-taking rooftop terrace to celebrate all things summery.

Those attending the skyline soiree can feast on the contents of a specially curated picnic hamper or order from a menu of traditional summertime tipples – whilst enjoying spectacular views at the same time.

Bartenders decked out in straw hats will be on hand to serve a range of English Garden cocktails, including Strawberry Bellinis, as well as classics like Champagne Taittinger Brut Resérve NV and Prestige Rosé NV with strawberries, jugs of Pimms and fresh fruit teas.

When:18th June from 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Price:  £59 for a picnic hamper for two guests. Summer Rooftop Garden Party
Bookings: To reserve, phone 01223 306030 or e-mail info@thevarsityhotel.co.uk.

Drink up at Junipalooza

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Chin, chin! On the 10th & 11th June, Junipalooza will return to Tobacco Dock along with 50 distillers from 14 different countries. Unlike other gin events, Junipalooza promises gin stands hosted by the distillers themselves, category-wide masterclasses, music, food, a cocktail bar hosted by the team at Beefeater Gin and the chance to sample hundreds of gins.

Tickets: £30 per person. See here to book.
When:  Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th June
Where: Tobacco Dock, West Pennington Street Entrance, E1W 2SF London, United Kingdom

Pay a visit to Between The Sheets

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Between The Sheets, the contemporary burlesque cabaret extravaganza, has announced an exciting summer season at London’s Underbelly Festival, taking place from Thursday 15th June until the end of September on London’s Southbank.

Between The Sheets is a thrill-seekers paradise; a tantalising display of late-night cabaret acts performed by an exceptional troupe, hand-picked from the worlds of contemporary burlesque, circus and dance. In the true spirit of burlesque, this titillating modern revue features an array of sensational acts and hilarious performances. Sparkling with comic naughtiness, Between The Sheets blends side-tickling comedy with gasp-inducing spectacle, in one high-energy and distinctly modern variety show.

Price: £17.50 per person. Click here to book.
When: From Thursday 15th June until the end of September

Celebrate English Wine Week at Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa

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English wine – and especially Sussex wine – is something in which Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa is a strong believer. In celebration of English Wine Week (28 May – 5 June), Ockenden Manor is revealing the secrets behind a glass of English wine with the help of its closest wineries with hosted tastings and a specially created tasting menu with food paired to a flight of Sussex wines.

Local winemakers from a handful of Sussex vineyards will each host an ‘apéro-hour’ at the hotel before dinner during the week. After an insightful hour, guests can sit down to a tasting menu to remember, with six courses of brilliant Sussex produce each designed to match a different Sussex wine. Expect home smoked mackerel, hand dived scallop, Trenchmore Farm beef, Barkham Blue cheese and Pineapple Souffle to be the stars of the show as well as the best of early summer produce – jersey royals, English asparagus and fresh raspberries.

Price: Six course tasting menu with wine flight is £140 per person. Menu must be ordered by the whole table. Overnight stays at Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa are from £199 per night, based on two sharing a Standard Room, mid-week, on a B&B basis. To book, click here or phone 01444 416111.

Tempt your tastebuds at Taste of London’s foodie wonderland

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Foodies, it’s time to mark your calendar for the edible event of the season. This year’s Taste of London is back this summer in Regents Park, 14th – 18th June, and bursting with brand new exclusive features. Visit the festival to sample dishes from 40 of London’s most exciting restaurants, the world’s greatest chefs, brand new exclusive features, interactive masterclasses, delectable drinks and live entertainment for five days of gastronomical greatness.

For more, click here to read our full feature.

When: 14th – 18th June
Where: Regents Park, Chester Rd, London NW1 4NR
Tickets: Starting from £17 per person. Click here to book.

Enjoy the spectacle of Lucha Libre

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Mexico’s iconic masked superheroes will be coming to the UK to take part in “The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre”, an electrifying extravaganza taking place in Manchester’s Albert Hall and London’s York Hall.

Featuring some of the sport’s most exciting names and colourful characters, The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre will invite spectators to experience the acrobatic, mythical, and often dangerous world of Mexico’s masked wrestlers.

This year, the UK welcomes back one of Mexico’s successful luchadores, El Hijo del Santo to the ring, and his Grandson and the new heir to the iconic mask, Santo Jr. These Luchadores will join Silver King, Cassandro, Laredo Kid, WWE mini wrestler Mascarita Dorada and the original Octagoncito.

When: 22 – 24 June
Where: 22nd June: 27 Peter St, City Centre, Manchester M2 5QR. 23rd, 24th: 5 Old Ford Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PJ
Tickets: Click here to book.

Tuck into Bó Drake’s new BBQ Sharing Tray 

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Meat your new favourite Sunday pitstop. Modern Asian restaurant Bó Drake is celebrating the arrival of summer with the launch of a brand new BBQ Sharing Tray, a Sunday feast for two piled high with smoked and grilled meats. Priced at £20 per person, it’s the perfect, summery alternative to the Sunday roast, and crucially, it isn’t weather dependent. Enjoy Miso Glazed Baby Back Ribs, Samjang Smoked Chicken, Smoked Pulled Pork and plenty more.

When: Launching Sunday June 11, the new BBQ Sharing Tray will be available every Sunday at Bó Drake from 12 noon – 8.30pm.
Where: 6 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4DE
Price: £20 per person.

Get Bready For Gail’s Bakery Perfect Sandwich Evening

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‘Bready’ for some feasting? On Thursday 22nd June, GAIL’s Bakery will partner with Buchanan’s Cheesemongerfor the ultimate sandwich-filled evening. Taking place for London Food Month, GAIL’s Baker, Roy Levy, and Rhuaridh Buchanan, owner of the artisan Buchanan’s Cheesemonger, will join forces at GAIL’s Bakery in Exmouth Market to host a decadent night celebrating the very best of fresh bread and cheese. Click here to read more.

When: Thursday 22nd June 2017
Where: 33-35 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4QL
Price: £40 per person. See here to make a booking

Find inspiration at The House & Garden Festival

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The House & Garden Festival brings together three leading lifestyle events: Spirit of Summer, The HOUSE Fair and GROW London, to create the ultimate celebration of summer and stylish living. Offering a wondrous and eclectic treasure trove of over 500 beautiful garden, interior and lifestyle brands, pay a visit to explore and shop to your heart’s content.

When: 21 – 24 June
Where: Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX
Tickets: Starting from £21. See here to book.

Take a wander on the wild side with Bowood’s Walled Garden Tour

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Bowood House & Gardens will be hosting an exciting and educational Walled Garden Tour on Wednesday 7th June. Visit to gain an intimate insight into the history and beauty of the award winning gardens at Bowood. You will be able to enjoy the beautiful formal borders, the picking garden, glass houses and the kitchen garden that provides fresh fruit and vegetables for Bowood Hotel and House Restaurant.

When: Wednesday 7th June, 11am – 3pm
Where: Bowood House & Gardens, Derry Hill, Calne SN11 9PQ
Tickets: £34 per person, including coffee on arrival and a two-course lunch. To book, click here or phone 01249 822228

Feast at The Line Up at Typing Room: Veuve Clicquot Edition

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Pay a visit to The Typing Room for The Line Up: Veuve Clicquot Edition, where Champagne ambassador Lucy Warren will be pairing different cuvees with Chef Lee Westcott’s dishes. Feast on six delicious courses with pairing wines – from IPA sourdough with marmite & pearl barley to heritage tomato, chamomile, cherry, ricotta & almond, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into.

When: Thursday 8th June
Where: Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, London E2 9NF
Tickets: £130 per person. Email reservations@typingroom.com to book.

Try the Peter Jones Wedgwood Tea Conservatory

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To celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show, John Lewis and Wedgwood are launching the exclusive Wedgwood Tea Conservatory in Peter Jones. Visitors to the iconic department store will be able to enjoy London’s most stunning floral-inspired tea in this one of a kind luxurious Wedgwood setting.

Transforming the ground floor of Peter Jones into a tea lovers paradise with 20,000 perfectly brewed pots of Wedgwood tea set to be served in the new Wonderlust teaware, the Wedgwood Tea Conservatory has been inspired by 19th century travels depicting tropical plants and exotic influences from around the world.  The Wedgwood Tea Conservatory experience has been curated by Wedgwood’s tea curator Bernadine Tay.

When: Until Friday 16th June 2017
Where: Sloane Square, Chelsea, London SW1W 8EL
Price: Starting from £35. Click here to book.

Go wild at ZSL London Zoo’s Friday fun

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Friday nights just go a little wilder – ZSL London Zoo’s favourite annual event is back. Get down to Zoo Nights where you can join the animals and other fun-loving adults every Friday from June 2 – 30.

Experience one of London’s most-loved attractions like you never have before with a variety of performances, adult-themed talks, 18 food vendors, drinks, lawn games, immersive photo ops, Zooniversity Challenge and more.

When: Until June 30 2017
Where: London NW1 4RY
Tickets: £17.50. Click here to book.

Practice pie making at  Calum Franklin’s Pie Masterclass

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Taking place as part of London Food Month, chef and pastry-whizz Calum Franklin be hosting a duo of special pie making masterclasses this June. Guests will learn how to create a mouth-watering pie with Calum himself, before tucking into a three course pastry-based menu (with accompanying wines, of course).

When: Sunday 18th and 25th June
Where: Holborn Dining Room, High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
Price: Priced at £100 for the class only, and at £150 with dinner as well. To book call 020 3747 8633 or email info@holborndiningroom.com

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