Late night gallery evenings, rocking out to electro-punk or relaxing in the wilds of Suffolk. August has a cornucopia of cultural delights to entertain you!
It’s that time of summer when Glyndebourne is in its final month. Grange Park Opera has had an amazing opening of its first season at West Horsley Park and whilst the Aldeburgh Festival has finished, their August Proms will have started with a variety of music for all tastes and genres.
The arts are a broad discipline and we are fortunate in London to have some of the most innovative and breath taking gallery spaces.
Carving it's own path is the V&A. It has taken us here in the UK an age to catch up with making the use of museum spaces-successfully commercialising them without compromising their true essence and attract a more diverse visitor audience encouraging a feeling of accessibility with more entertainment to encourage them to stay.
The V&A now has excellent restaurants and eating spaces as well as thriving patron groups and some of the most opulent and creative gala parties in the art world. The V&A is most certainly ahead of the curve; with the combination of Nicholas Coleridge (ex MD of Conde Nast) as Chair of the Trustees and Tristram Hunt as the Director of the museum, it is a great team.
In NYC more than three decades ago, pop up bars were erected in some of the galleries on Friday and Saturday evenings at the Met. and it was a great place to hang out.
There is often entertainment at the V&A on Friday evenings and with the museum’s late night opening in the summer, the courtyard café is a rather beautiful environment to spend time in.
Especially since it's restoration (made possible by John Madejski) it has created an oasis in the centre of the Museum to step out of the galleries and enjoy the atmosphere of the courtyard garden.
With the festival season now moved into London from Glastonbury - this summer is all about rocking out at the small intimate venues all over town.
August has the Grand Finale and the theatrical spectacle that is Notting Hill Carnival.
Do it once and it is addictive.
A base camp on route is essential and the Carnival encapsulates the essence of West London. It is Europe’s biggest street festival – a vivid spectacle representing London’s multicultural past and present. It’s also a vital date in any party-lover’s diary.
Although I spend my week in London, my country retreat is in Suffolk. There is the ‘get out of town’ feeling of spontaneity as I venture north to East Suffolk.
The coast from Orford to Aldeburgh to Southwold always has lot's to offer such as Pinney’s Oysterage, The Crossed Keys, rowing on the Meare at Thorpeness or the destination for the avid ornithologist, Minsmere, and August adds extra entertainment in the area.
For the sea dogs, it is the regattas, for the non-seafarers the firework display to close
the salty boat racing at Aldeburgh on 21st August. This sets the standard and is followed on Friday 25th by the display at Thorpeness.
Both are spectacular being over water with the reflections adding to the drama. If it’s a bit of performing culture you feel like, every
night through August is the Snape Promsthat has a variety of different shows to suit all ages and entertainment tastes. If you just want to chill, there are long, relaxing
stretches of beach.
It’s time for the movies and they are all over the great outdoors of London celebrating what Londoners do so well – parklife!
Brought to the capital by LUNA CINEMA PRESENTS there are more than 15 venues including Westminster Abbey, Kenwood, Kensington and Battersea, all showing modern Oscar winners such as La La Land to iconic classics.
Chiswick Park would be the perfect location for next year’s programming of The Draughtsman’s Contract, seeing earlier this month was Breakfast at Tiffany.
Whilst Chiswick Park is not Vauxhall Pleasure Garden it is the sort of place in the 18th century where Holly Golightly might have had fun with Lord Burlington whose arcade offered extra services beyond luxury shopping from the upstairs windows in the mid-19th century.
Over at Somerset House it’s Film4 summer screen with an assortment of diverse films in a season that runs from 10 – 23 Aug 2017.
Celebrating the city’s cultural delights in the summer can often be enjoyed outdoors such as at the Dulwich Picture Gallery Pavilion, a beautiful contemporary space
More centrally located and new in Battersea Park is the Pear Tree Café open until 10pm whilst over in Holland Park, Belvederein the Orangerie has always had the feel of a grand dining room rather than a casual picnic.
An evening stroll to the Serpentine Lido, being just that bit further over towards Kensington and it seems to be quieter than the Serpentine Bar and Kitchen and has a good tasty selection at the serve yourself counter – Pickett’s top tip is the carrot cake!