Summer is here and it’s going to be a scorcher. Even if we used up all our year’s quota of sunshine at the end of June, there are still plenty of hot things to see and do this month. Here are our faves at G&S.
What to watch
It just isn’t summer without the Wimbledon Tennis Champs. We will be glued to our tellies for the first two weeks of July to see if Andy can maintain his title. If staying inside watching TV isn’t your bag, grab a racquet and a willing friend and head to a park with some courts near you to get into the swing of things. These longer evenings are made for a bit of bat and ball.
3 – 16 July
You can celebrate France’s national day right here in ole Blighty at the annual party in and around London’s Borough Market. Play petanque, feast on fromage and sip on delicious French wine all to the squealy accompaniment of an accordion. Smell the garlic, squint your eyes and you could pretend the Thames is the Seine. Mais ouis.
Sunday 9 July, Borough Market
Terror, the horribly topical new play at the Lyric Hammersmith looks extremely interesting. It’s a court room drama dealing with the aftermath of a terror attack, and the audience becomes the jury. The play puts forward the case of a German fighter pilot who shoots down a passenger airliner with 164 people on board, killing them all. But the plane had been hijacked by terrorists who was forcing the pilots to crash into a football stadium packed with 70,000 spectators. After the interval, the audience is to decide the defendant’s fate using buttons under their seats.
Lyric Hammersmith, until 15 July.
Lambeth Country Show
If you like to get your Hillbilly on, then put on your cowboy boots and head on down to Brockwell Park, y’all. The Lambeth Country Show has brought countryside pursuits to SE London for 42 years and this year’s offering won’t disappoint. Amongst the sheep sheering, vegetable competitions and dog displays, there’s lots of really good live music and organic food to buy.
Brockwell Park, Herne Hill 15 – 16 July
What to see
We are itching for tickets for Yerma, Lorca’s 1934 play starring Billie Piper on its return to the Young Vic following popular demand. Australian director Simon Stone has transposed this tragic tale from rural Spain to contemporary London turning it into a provocative play for today with themes that resonate with many of us. The central character is a journalist who moves to a corner of London she hopes will gentrify. Then, she becomes desperate for a baby and it consumes her in a horrific way. The play sold out to rave reviews last year.
Young Vic, Southwark 26 July to 31 August.
Where to festival
Latitude, Henham Park, Suffolk, July 13 – 16
This laidback music and arts festival includes a line up of world class comedians, poets and theatre as well as thought provoking debates. Colourful sheep roam through the fields and stalls bulge with delicious food.
Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, Dorset, July 27 – 30
This family friendly festival boasts plenty of cool things for kids and adults alike. Mark Ronson and Leftfield are both playing and the theme is pop stars and rock stars.
Citadel, Victoria Park, London 16 July
If the thought of sleeping under canvas and forgoing your daily shower sends shivers down your spine, try out this one-day festival held on a Sunday in Mile End. Bonobo joins headliners Foals and other acts include Laura Marling and Twin Peaks.
What to eat
Pack a hamper and escape to the country this month. Grilled artichokes, fennel and salads are all in season and work well together. Cherries and luscious peaches are delicious as puds that travel well too.
What to wear….
Easy loose pieces for warm summer days. We love the simplicity and clean lines of Veryan's cool linen summer dress. Conditions Apply's print troursers are sophisticated and elegant meanwhile Cus's Loretta dress made from Hemp is the prettiest pale orange to compliment a summer glow.