June heralds all that it means to be summer in England: whether its eating strawberries while watching Wimbledon, losing your inhibitions at a music festival or eating, drinking and even movie watching outdoors in the sunshine and under the stars. There’s so much to do this month, it’s hard to fit it all in, but we’ve tried to round up some highlights for you to enjoy here, and suggest how you can look stylish while you’re at it too.
World Environment Day
5 June is World Environment Day. This year, organisers are encouraging us all to help them create the world’s biggest nature photo album. Share a photo or video of your favourite place in nature using #WorldEnvironmentDay or #WithNature and be a part of the movement reminding us that by keeping our planet healthy, we keep ourselves healthy too.
Punting down the Cam sipping Pimms just screams English summer, but now you don’t have to head all the way to Cambridge to enjoy a riverside jolly. GoBoat, a concept already hugely successful in Scandinavia, has just launched in London. Hire your own powered boat and you can charter your own adventure along London’s canals. You don’t need any previous boating experience and the little boats seat up to eight people all around a table perfect for picnicking. Grab your friends, a bottle of bubbly and pootle along the water.
What to visit
The Tate is working hard at showcasing artists from outside the well-trodden West and the retrospective of Fahrelnissa Zeid, a Turkish artist, is a prime example of this. Zeid who trained in both Paris and Istanbul produced huge dazzling paintings which illustrate her Islamic and Persian influences, fused with European abstraction.
Tate Modern, 12 June – 8 Octobe
Discover a secret garden
Have you ever wandered past a walled garden, wondering what beauty lay within? Well you’re in luck. For just one weekend in June, over 200 gardens spanning 27 boroughs across the Capital unlock their gates to the public. Take a sneaky peak at traditional squares, roof terraces and allotments, as well as the gardens of historic buildings, schools and shops. The event will include walking and cycling tours, family activities, art trails and poetry events.
17 – 18 June, £12, free under-12s, www.opensquares.org
Celebrate Father’s Day
Don’t forget that Sunday 18th June is Father’s Day. Take this day to celebrate your pops, or to do something special for the father of your children. We like the idea of taking him out for a pub brunch, somewhere that serves craft beer, followed by a walk in the woods and time spent in the garden with the Sunday papers. Bliss.
Balenciaga Shaping Fashion
Lauded as “the master” of haute couture, Cristobel Balenciaga, earned a place among the giants of twentieth century fashion. An exhibition at the V&A marks the hundredth anniversary of the opening of his San Sebastian fashion house and charts his rise to fame through garments, hats, drawings, photographs and film.
Open now until 18 Feb 2018, V&A, www.vam.ac.uk
At this time of year, outdoor cinemas pop up across London, and around the country, faster than popping corn at a, well, at a cinema. We love the Rooftop Film Club above our very own studio here at G&S headquarters in the Bussey Building in Peckham, but they also have venues across the city, including in Shoreditch, Stratford and Tobacco Dock. Recline in a comfy director’s chair and try not to be too distracted by the impressive views while you enjoy your flick.
Check out www.rooftopfilmclub.com/london to find out what’s on. It runs until September.
What to eat
Strawberries are a staple at this time of year, but don’t forget the rest of the berry family. Broad beans, tomatoes and fresh peas are also unmissable this month, as is mackerel. Try grilling mackerel over the BBQ and serve with a fresh salad consisting of the ingredients mentioned above. Yum.
What to wear
Get ready for warm days with loose flowing dresses, short sleeves, open toe sandals and swimwear made from recycled plastic. As far as proper summer dresses go you can't beat Conditions Apply's bohemian style maxi dress which comes in red and white - take your pick. If you are looking for a hard working summer top Komodo's Astro top is one of our favourites this season with it's pretty print and button down back. Meanwhile we will be living in Matt&Nat's Homa sandals - practical and stylish. Lastly for those of you hitting the beach our Apricoss swimwear is a no brainer - super flattering and sustainably made. June is looking hot....