The June Issue by Candice Habershon
It’s finally happening. Out on the streets people are stripping off layers and turning their faces upwards to soak up some much-longed-for rays of sunshine. We are now well into spring with the promise of summer and all it has to offer just a whisper away. Here’s our guide on how to embrace the warmer weather this month…
What to do
In the spirit of stripping off…ride a bike naked. It’s not often we would condone not wearing any clothes, but the people behind World Naked Bike Ride Day are urging us to do just that on June 11… all for a good cause of course. They’re protesting against oil dependency and the way the cult of the car dominates contemporary life. Full nudity is optional so we suggest you wear the Osei Duro Taifa top and Lorem shorts and check out worldnakedbikeride.com to find a route at a city near you.
If all that seems a little risqué, it’s also World Environment Day on the 5th of June. This year the focus is on the illegal trade in wildlife and you can get involved by visiting their website wed2016.com.
What to see
June 17 sees the unveiling of the new wing of the Tate Modern. The extension, known as The Switch House is the big twisty building that’s been rising up behind the London Bankside site for the last few years. The space will be used to show works acquired since Tate Modern opened in 2000 but for once a trip to this gallery would be about having a nosey around the spectacular new space itself rather than what adorns its walls.
Where to drink
Summer to us is all about drinking al fresco, be it on your balcony, in your garden or at a pop-up rooftop bar near you. Gather&See’s favourite is Frank’s (frankscafe.org) on top of the Peckham multi-story car park in South East London and it has just reopened for the summer but there are loads of open air places around the country to enjoy a tipple. Try The Varsity Hotel in Cambridge, with views of the river Cam (thevarsityhotel.co.uk) and the new Pergola on the Roof (pergolaontheroof.co.uk) at the Television Centre in White City, west London, which has knock out views of the capital. And psst, move over Prosecco, this summer sees the return to favour of good ole cava best served over ice with mint or with a seasonal summer berry thrown in.
Where to go
Beat the school rush and head to the med before the beaches get too crowded. Alagadi AKA Turtle Beach in Northern Cyprus is a beautiful, quiet beach of golden sands surrounded by rugged mountains. It’s where loggerhead and green turtles lay their eggs every year from June, which you can watch for a suggested donation of GBP10 (cuprusturtles.org). The surrounding beaches are just as deserted including Golden Beach with its crystal clear waters and endless dunes. We love The Hideaway Club, which is tucked away under the hills of St Hilarion and boasts a gorgeous pool and breathtaking views out to mainland Turkey.
What to wear
This June is all about the culotte, a perfect style to keep you cool and comfy throughout the summer months - we can't get enough of this modern classic. Whether you are working in the city or heading on a city break, style with a Tinsels top and a pair of Matt&Nat sandals and you're ready to go! If you're heading away, check out our bright new beachwear pieces from Osei Duro & Conditions Apply - gorgeous lightweight silks and rayons that are ideal for packing light and looking good.