GET TICKETS FOR A HOT POP-UP HERE: Moët Summer House
Following its successful debut last year, Moët Summer House returns to the capital this month. Offering a three-day programme of events, Moët Summer House will bring together tastemakers from the worlds of fashion, film, food and music kick-start the summer. Throughout the event, guests will have the chance to take their look from day-to-night with beauty from Givenchy and grooming from Acqua di Parma. On Friday night Katherine Ryan will perform an exclusive stand-up special based on her critically acclaimed West End show Glitter Room. On Saturday and Sunday you’ll find Isaac Carew of The Dirty Dishes, a website and YouTube channel dedicated to simple but delicious meals, serving up a masterpiece three-course meal accompanied by three glasses of Moët. Across the weekend, there’ll also be dinners from Jason Atherton and talks by Jack Guinness, Arizona Muse and Russell Tovey.
Secret location; 7th-9th June
BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The award-winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is a London landmark and a firm fixture in the summer calendar. This month, William Shakespeare’s fantastical fable of desire, confusion, jealousy and growing up comes to the royal park. Through live music, playful adventure and physical invention, guests will watch the A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s lovers’ world transformed into a place of magic, laughter and healing deep into the woods. The company’s 2019 season also includes Our Town (until 8th June), the opera Hansel and Gretel (14th-22nd June) in a co-production with English National Opera, and Evita (2nd August–21st September). Elsewhere, the theatre group’s award-winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar plays a 60-performance season at the Barbican Theatre from 4th July-24th August.
Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4NU; 28th June-27th July
EXPERIENCE A NEW RESTAURANT HERE: Arros QD
This month sees the launch of Arros QD, the new London opening from three-Michelin-starred Valencian chef Quique Dacosta. His first restaurant in London and outside of his native Spain, the project will showcase Quique’s unique style of cooking while highlighting his passion for rice and local, seasonal ingredients. To celebrate, SheerLuxe readers are invited to be one of the first to experience the restaurant. Book a table for lunch or dinner at the restaurant on 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th June and SL readers will enjoy 50% off food. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so make sure to get in there quick.
64 Eastcastle Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 8NQ; 3rd-6th June; please email email@example.com quoting ‘SHEERLUXE’ in the subject line, including your name and preferred booking time
BE A SHEERLUXE VIP HERE: The Blitz Party
Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy landings, Bourne & Hollingsworth’s June event will remember Britain’s heroes with bustling music, fortifying cocktails and a dash of patriotic spirit. The Blitz Party is London's best-loved 1940s party, which now only takes place twice a year, where high-end fancy dress is mandatory. The night recreates the glamour of 1940s wartime London, with live big bands performing a repertoire of 40s classics and modern favourites remixed to resemble the style of the era, the perfect soundtrack for land girls and the home guard to get down on the dance floor. Ration books will replace bar menus and there will be plenty of wartime snacks on hand in the Mess Hall. SheerLuxe VIP members have access to an exclusive 2 for 1 offer on tickets here.
The Vaults, Leake Street, SE1 7NN; 8th June
ATTEND THE ULTIMATE BIRTHDAY BASH HERE: Freak Scene
On 4th June, Scott Hallsworth’s Freak Scene will celebrate its first birthday – and the team is using it as the ultimate excuse to throw a party. Scott and the team will be at the counter cooking up Freak Scene classics and pouring celebratory sake shots to a soundtrack of live music from the house band. Scott’s will be cooking up the same dishes which put his original pop-up on the map: think chili crab and avocado wonton bombs and chicken fried chicken, alongside new dishes such as hot tuna and scallops with oxtail. For one night only there’ll be a rainbow pandan-flavoured birthday cake and each booze-soaked slice will come topped with its own sparkler.
54 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4SL; 4th June
GET GREEN HERE: Percy & Founders
Percy & Founders is launching its first-ever summer campaign with a celebration of all things green – ‘Greener On The Inside’. Over four weeks, the cocktail bar will be decked out with an abundance of seasonal plants and luscious green foliage, immersing guests in an outdoor atmosphere. To add to the garden feel, the terrace will be filled with a wild and colourful display of English plants and flowers – the perfect setting to enjoy a summer spritz and some delicious seasonal treats from the summer menu. The bar has also teamed up with the world’s first Fairtrade-certified spirits brand FAIR to create a seasonal cocktail made with vodka, house-made sugar snap pea and mint syrup, fresh lime and Franklin & Sons soda. For every cocktail served, £1 will be donated to The Felix Project, a local charity which is dedicated to rescuing edible food waste and delivering it to vulnerable people suffering from food poverty in London.
1 Pearson Square, Fitzrovia, W1W 7EY; 17th June-14th July
CELEBRATE THE SUMMER SOLSTICE HERE: Re:Centre
To celebrate the Summer Solstice, Hammersmith yoga and meditation studio Re:Centre is hosting two days of different workshops, events and activities. From an evening yoga class featuring guided meditation and crystal sound-bowl healing to a sun salutation workshop and beyond, the team aims to help guests ring in summer 2019 with a programme of art, music, yoga and meditation. We like the sound of the yoga nidra workshop, where – through guided meditation – you’ll journey into a state of conscious relaxation and awaken the senses with sounds from crystal bowls and aromas of essential oils. And relax.
Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, Hammersmith, W6 9HA; 21st-22nd June
EAT EVERYTHING IN SIGHT HERE: Taste of London
Food festival Taste of London is getting ready to welcome some of the capital’s brightest culinary stars to Regents Park for a get-together focused on eating, drinking and world-class masterclasses. For five days, the people and restaurants that have propelled London’s culinary landscape into the global limelight will take part in a series of exclusive dining experiences, masterclasses and cook up a menu of never seen before dishes. This year, the festival will be centered around a ‘Wild in the City’ theme, exploring concepts including sustainability and championing craftsmanship in food, drink, atmosphere and music in an urban environment.
Regent’s Park, NW1 4NR; 19th-23rd June
BOOK A STAY HERE: The Buxton
The Buxton is now open following a painstaking restoration project. Housed in a Victorian building on Brick Lane, the 15-bedroom hotel and pub is the newest launch from the team behind The Culpeper, on nearby Commercial Street. This new hotel balances modernity with the beauty of old-world design: a glass ceiling sits atop the five-storey staircase, which leads up to the bedrooms and rooftop, flooding the space with natural light. Each bedroom is simple and paired back, featuring bespoke, multifunctional furniture, original artwork and handwoven rugs and blankets. Best of all, every bedroom is priced at a flat rate of £100 which includes a welcome drink and breakfast. Downstairs, a simple and seasonal menu of regional European and British dishes is served throughout the day: think scotch eggs with brown sauce, British asparagus with stracciatella and polenta chips, plus Yorkshire rhubarb and custard tart with clotted cream.
The Buxton, 42 Osborn Street, Brick Lane, E1 6TD
BE LIKE GWYNETH HERE: In Goop Health
Goop, the modern lifestyle brand founded and run by Gwyneth Paltrow, is bringing its popular wellness summit In Goop Health to London – the first time the event has come to Europe. Hosted by Paltrow herself, the all-day event on 29th June promises to be immersive and intimate, with panels and workshops that explore what it means to feel and be well—mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. There’ll also be restorative masterclasses, plus the brand’s signature retail hall and food from local plant-based haunts. On Sunday, Goop will extend its London programming at Re:Centre, Hammersmith, where sessions start at £30. Event highlights include a ‘Transformational Thinking’ workshop with psychotherapist Barry Michels; ‘Fertility Myths and Answers: Zita West’s Guide to Getting Pregnant’ and ‘Getting Unstuck: A Restorative Yin Yoga Class with Emma Peel’.
Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, Hammersmith, W6 9HA; 29th-30th June
GET TO GRIPS WITH FLOWERS HERE: Grace and Thorn
Ever thought of a change in career to become a florist or even about doing your own or your friend’s wedding flowers? At Grace and Thorn you can test the water before diving in deep with a one-day floristry course that covers the fundamentals of floristry including conditioning, preparing flowers and the all-important equipment you need. The day is very much an open forum and you can ask any questions you wish about how to be a florist or even how to start your own business. Floristry is hard work so the team will keep you well refreshed throughout the day and there’ll be a pause for lunch – plus you’ll be able to take all your creations home with you.
338 Hackney Road, Hackney, E2 7AX; 22nd June
EAT OYSTERS HERE: London Seafood Festival
For the second year running, London Seafood Festival will transform Battersea Power Station into a celebration of all things seafood with a series of one-off events, masterclasses, al fresco demonstrations and tastings with top London chefs including José Pizarro and Francesco Mazzei. Over at Wright Brothers, celebrations will include an oyster masterclass, seasonal crab feasting experience and a kitchen takeover with award-winning seafood restaurant Ondine. On Friday 14th June, the festival will see acclaimed chefs Vivek Singh and Asma Kahn come together to showcase of the best of seafood and Indian cuisine. Kicking off at 6pm, guests can catch the screening of Asma’s Netflix episode of Chef’s Table in the new Archlight Cinema alongside some Indian snacks and a Q&A with both chefs. Next, guests will head to Cinnamon Kitchen to enjoy a welcome cocktail and spread of spiced seafood dishes concocted by Vivek and Asma, served family-style.
Battersea Power Station, Battersea, SW11 8AX; 12th-16th June
SEE CINDERELLA HERE: Royal Albert Hall
This month, English National Ballet will show Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella in-the-round at the Royal Albert Hall. The classic fairytale is set to become a spectacular 130-dancer ballet for English National Ballet’s biggest production to date. The audience will enter an enchanting kingdom where forest creatures live alongside princes, a growing tree appears to dance in the wind and Cinderella’s wit and generosity get her to the ball – with the help of a little bit of magic. This inventive production combines magnificent sets and costumes, surprising theatrical tricks and lively choreography – all to the melodious tunes of Prokofiev’s score, performed by English National Ballet Philharmonic.
Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington, SW7 2AP; 6th-16th June
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