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THE TALK: Dan Pearson at Petersham Nurseries
Petersham Nurseries is hosting a special event with renowned garden designer Dan Pearson OBE in conversation with their head gardener, Edward Parkinson, on Tuesday 23rd August from 10am to 3pm. Known for his natural planting schemes and extensive horticultural knowledge, Dan will talk about a range of gardening topics including sustainability, planting seasonally and using colour. Following the talk, ticketholders can enjoy a four-course lunch and a tour of the private gardens of Petersham House, led by Edward. Tickets cost £150.
Church Lane, Off Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 7AB
THE EVENT: Dinner Ladies Supper at Sea Supper Club
Catering company Dinner Ladies is hosting its next supper club on Wednesday 31st August at the London Rowing Club, overlooking the Thames in Putney. With space for just 40 guests, the supper will highlight the best seafood the British Isles has to offer with five courses made for sharing between guests. The menu is strictly under wraps until the night, but we know that diners will be treated to Irish oysters and Devonshire crab, alongside cocktails or mocktails. Ticket start from £35.
Putney Embankment, Putney, SW15 1LB
THE OPENING: Peggy Jean, Richmond
The Daisy Green Collection has opened its 12th site in Richmond. Called Peggy Jean, the riverside terrace is made from a restored Oxford University college boat race barge and has beautiful views of Richmond Bridge and the Thames. Guests can dine al fresco under pink umbrellas or inside the restaurant with its modern interiors. Book in for brunch, lunch or dinner to try a selection of classic British dishes as well as Neapolitan pizzas cooked in the woodfired ovens. Be sure to order cocktails from the bar or ask the mixologists to make you something special.
The Boat, Bridge Boathouses, Riverside, Richmond, TW9 1TH
THE PODCAST: Crushed by Margaret Cabourn-Smith
In this new series, podcaster and actor Margaret Cabourn-Smith talks about unrequited love in all its intense and embarrassing glory. Expect to hear from guests like comedians Sara Pascoe and Lucy Porter, writer and actor Isy Suttie and writer Dolly Alderton. Don’t miss the episode featuring broadcaster Deborah Frances White (behind The Guilty Feminist podcast) who talks to Margaret about ignoring the hottest guy in her class to gaze at her music teacher.
THE FILM: The Princess
This documentary tells Princess Diana’s story in her own words through archive videos and interviews. The relationship between Diana and Charles has been well documented, from their seemingly fairy-tale marriage, to the fractured marriage that followed and Diana’s tragic and untimely death. The Princess reframes her story, drawing solely from audio and video footage from the time to take audiences back to these era-defining events as they happened and, in doing so, allows the narrative to unfold as if it were in the present.
Out Sunday 14th August
THE ART FESTIVAL: Summer on the Square at The National Gallery
This summer, the National Gallery will host its biggest ever festival of immersive art, creativity and community on Trafalgar Square – all for free. The festival is a reworking of the gallery’s art collection, creating a new set of experiences and activities that play with scale, spectacle and sound. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in a purpose-built arts studio, participate in practical and walk-in art and sound installations, as well as sketching, making, moving and exploring the National Gallery’s collection. Best of all, there are no tickets required to attend.
North Terrace, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN; 11th-19th August
THE MUSIC FESTIVAL: Sani, Halkidiki
Sani resort in Halkidiki, Greece, is hosting its 30th annual Sani Festival which features an impressive line-up of acts, including the multi-award-winning tenor Andrea Bocelli. Taking place in and around the resort until Saturday 20th August, ticketholders can also listen to acts such as Jack Savoretti, Al Di Meola and Chucho Valdés and Paquito D’Rivera. Guests at the resort can experience special dinners at the resort's many restaurants, relax on the beautiful nearby beach, and make the most of the facilities.
Sani Resort, Kassandra, Halkidiki, 630 77, Greece
THE NATIONAL TRUST BUILDING: Glasshouse, West Sussex
Architects Heatherwick Studio has opened its latest project, a kinetic glasshouse on the edge of the National Trust’s Woolbeding Gardens, part of an historic estate in West Sussex. The unfolding structure is a new focal point comprised of ten steel panels made from glass, created in collaboration with The Woolbeding Charity and the National Trust. Visitors can see the new installation which allows plants on the estate to access sunshine and ventilation, while providing shelter for subtropical species in the winter. Visitors can also see over 300 species of plants on the estate.
Woolbeding, Midhurst, GU29 9RR
THE DATE-NIGHT SPOT: The Ritz Garden
The Ritz’s garden and terrace is open for summer. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening and every Sunday afternoon, guests can enjoy live entertainment from some of London’s most exciting up-and-coming acts, including Dee Ajayi, Georgia van Etten and Kate Threlfall. Head to the garden to listen to live musicians and singers while enjoying drinks from the new cocktail menu, a glass of Pimm’s or The Ritz’s signature afternoon tea.
150 Piccadilly, St. James's, W1J 9BR