Summer is now in full swing and this July is going to be hot hot hot –okay maybe not weather-wise, but certainly regarding things to do. This month it’s all about tennis, art and festivals. Here’s our guide on what’s sizzling…
What to do
For something a little different, head to 10 Clerkenwell Green to experience Keeping up with the Joneses, an imaginative immersive event that conjurs up a Stepford-Wives world of eerily flawless parties and pristine homewares. Visitors explore eight rooms, each with a domestic theme – think a disco launderette, washing powder snowstorms and a zen garden with sixth sense meditation zones. If it sounds silly, it is, deliciously so as you’re invited to eat macaroon dishwasher tablets and sample edible vodka toothpaste. Make an evening of it by ordering a picnic hamper with your ticket and finish off the event sipping Hawksmoor cocktails from detergent bottles. Thurs 7th until Sun 10th 5.30 – 11pm.
What to see
Following his incredible show in 2012, David Hockney returns to the Royal Academy of Arts with 82 Portraits and One Still Life. The swimming-pool blues of the paintings’ backgrounds make the works seem particularly summery, and the subjects for each portrait are Hockney’s friends and acquaintances – including office staff, fellow artists and curators. Each work is the same size, showing the sitter in the same chair and were all painted within three days.
Where to festival
Blissfields, Winchester, 1-2 July. Started as a one off in 2001, acts run from pop and rap to indie and D&B. Line-up includes Dizzee Rascal, Everything Everything and Roni Size and Dynamite MC
Love Supreme, Glynde Place, East Sussex, 1 – 3 July. For something a little more genteel, this is set in the lush grounds of an Elizabethan manor house and specializes in jazz, funk, blues and soul. Line-up includes: Grace Jones, Lianne La Havas and Kelis.
Secret Garden Party, Cambridgeshire, 21 – 24 July. Nestled in gorgeous countryside, this is the home of hippy hedonism. Line-up includes: Caribou, Primal Scream and The Temper Trap
What to watch
Forget Euro hooligans, July to us means one thing only… Wimbledon. If you weren’t lucky in the ballot and aren’t able to try your luck in the queues, host a Wimbledon party at home. Wear white, drink Pimms and enjoy the thrills and spills of this fabulous quintessentially British summer sporting event.
Where to go
In July, Iceland boasts days up to 20 hours long and gorgeously mild weather. Admittedly, this is peak season for top attractions like the Blue Lagoon and the capital Reykjavik. But because the warmer weather means once-frozen roads are open, you can hire a bike and explore the country’s beautiful wilderness. There are fjords, glaciers, gorges, meadows and countless small islands to discover. Spot puffins as you peddle past beaches and pick crowberries and bilberries – rich in vitamin C and anti-oxidents and delicious with some Icelandic skyr (a type of yoghurt).
What to wear
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