The nights are getting shorter – weep – but here at G&S we are crossing our fingers and toes for another Indian summer. Make sure you enjoy the last of the warmer days before autumn commences by heading getting out and about this month. We’ve listed a host of great things for you to see, do and eat this September, so no excuses.
What to do
September is often referred to as 'Fashion Month' with the shows starting in New York and London and providing an opportunity for us to check out the shows and street styles on parade that are likely to inform SS18 trends. At G&S we'll be taking it all in and hoping to find sustainable brands on the roster such as Faustine Steinmetz and Deborah Milner. Keep an eye out for updates and if you have a chance head down to The Strand in London for a quick ogle at the amazing street style on show as fashion pack strut from show to show - a sight to behold for sure!
Where to eat
Many pop ups will be drawing to a close this month, so make the most of them. Head to Lights of Soho for their weekend bottomless sparkling brunch or try out the Vauxhall Street Food Garden for a spot of lunch. If gin’s more your thing, go on a gin journey in Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh or Bermondsey in London where you get to sample gins in hidden bars. Check out ginjourney.com to find out more.
Reckon you know a soggy bottom when you see one? Find your way down to the garden of The Castle Pub in Tooting to The Big London Bake to get your own first-hand taste of the GBBO tent action. Compete in a timed 90-minute session with a professional baker to help you and see if you can win the baking crown. Visit thebiglondonbake.com for more info.
Head to the Thames
The annual celebration of London’s much-loved waterway returns to the banks of the Thames this month. There will be arts festivals, community events, river races and environmental activities. We like the sound of Sing for Water where over 500 singers from choirs across the country are joining up to sing and raise money for WaterAid. It takes place at London Bridge on 17 September but check out totallythames.org for the full line up.
What to watch
Join the scrabble for tickets for Jez Butterworth’s critically acclaimed new play ‘The Ferryman,’ directed by none other than Sam Mendes. Set in Northern Ireland in the early Eighties, it’s a complex family portrait, played out against the backdrop of the Troubles. Said to be absorbing, soulful and shattering – if you manage to nobble tickets can we come with you?
Gielgud Theatre until 7 October.
What to see
Rachel Whiteread shocked audiences 23 years ago with her Turner Prize entry ‘House’: the concrete cast of the interior of a Victorian house in Mile End. It won her the prize – the first woman to do so – and since then she has become one of the most influential figures of the art establishment. The Tate Britain is now doing a retrospective of her accomplished career and looks well worth a visit.
Tate Britain from September 12th
If you’re ever in Devon head to Totnes and check out Earth.Food.Love a packaging-free supermarket. Set up by husband and wife duo Richard and Nicola Eckersley, the shop sells organic-only produce and customers have to bring their own pots and jars to buy it. The inspiration for the shop came from a trip to Berlin where they visited Unperfekthaus, a German “zero waste” store. As well as food, the shop stocks an array of organic and packaging-free toiletry products, including bamboo toothbrushes and handmade toothpaste dispensed from large mason jars. What an inspiring idea!
Check them out at www.thezerowasteshop.co.uk
What to eat
Apples, pears and blackberries came early this year due to our sunny and hot June and frankly damp August. Bake them in crumbles or damson cobblers. We also can never get enough of figs which are in season in September, delicious on their own or on top of home-made organic sourdough pizza with goats cheese. Yum.
What to wear
Now is the time to pick trans-seasonal pieces that will take you from balmy early September days right through until the first frosts arrive in October. This is when denim truly comes into it's own and we are just ever so slightly excited about Kowtow's first ever organic denim collection which has now landed at G&S. The Turnaround Pants are an absolute classic pair of straight leg, slightly loose fitting jeans that are as timeless as they are cool, The Fortune Jacket is an all round winner that will go over anything and we love the versatility of the Direction Dress which can be worn as it is, over skinny tops or under jumpers or even as a sleevless jackets. Your only problem is choosing which piece to go for! And what to pair the collection with? Vejas, a Woron body and a gorgeous Kind pendant, if you ask us!