July Lifestyle Edit
Welcome to the lazy, hazy days of July. From a trendy new bistro and the summer read to bring on your holiday to the play to book before it sells out, here's how to enjoy July in London
... at Samsøe & Samsøe's first UK Flagship in Soho.
Danish cool has landed in London by way of Copenhagen's Samsøe & Samsøe's first UK flagship. The brand comes with all the major cornerstones of Scandi-fashion - minimalist, sleek design with really good basics made from luxe-fabrics. One to covet.
Address: 47 Beak St, Soho, London W1F 9SE
... Three Women by Lisa Taddeo.
Three breathless (true) stories of love, power, disappointment and desire, which together make for a meaningful portrait of female sex. There's Lina, locked in a cold and distant marriage, Sloane with a penchant for threesomes encouraged by her husband, and teenage Maggie who's grappling with an affair with her teacher. One for the road (or the beach).
Published 9 July
... At Notting Hill's new gem, Suzi Tros.
Adrien Carre and Christina Mouratoglou, the husband and wife team behind Notting Hill’s gorgeous Greek bistro Mazi, will open their new restaurant Suzi Tros this month. Expect small, delicious plates and plenty of Greco-tiles.
... Olafur Eliasson at Tate Modern.
Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson's works first rocked the Tate Modern in 2003, when his 'Weather Project' exhibition saw a giant, orange sun suspended and glowing in mist within the Turbine Hall. Now, he returns to the institution for the most comprehensive retrospective of his career to date and the largest survey of his work in the UK. Unmissable.
... Wildsmith Skin.
Luxury, lavendar-infused and quintessentially British, Wildsmith Skin's products are inspired by the lush, buzzing nature found in grounds of Heckfield Place. Ethical values are at the brand's core, and its products will soothe and nourish the wind-beaten, sun-kissed skin promised by an English summer. Our kind of beautiful.
... To the sun-dappled gardens of Chatsworth House to discover its new artist-in-residence.
Venture to the small town of Bakewell and seek out the imposing Chatsworth Estate. There, you'll discover its new artist in residence, Rachel Feinstein, who has added to the manor's fairy tale credentials with a brand new, whimsical installation. It includes a sculpture entitled Britannia, which resides in Lady Giorgina's Grotto, and that the artist has described as a Roman personification of the British Isles.
... W London's collaboration with Jack Irving.
The W London hotel has undergone an incredibly slick new refurbishment. This month, find us heading out of the throngs of urban crowds and into the sanctuary of one of its one-hundred-and-ninety-two guest rooms to rest our tired heads on this pillow, created in collaboration with fashion-darling Jack Irving.
Taking inspiration straight from the catwalk and remixing it with the bold attitude of W London, the spiked pillows appear muted to the naked eye until they are brought to life through the click of a camera flash. Through the lens, the smart fabric transforms into an iridescent masterpiece. Sweet dreams.
...Stranger Things Season 3
We return to the eerie town of Hawkins this month, with its glittering arcades, ice-cream parlours and push-bikes, to check in with Eleven and the gang. Expect colossal doses of '80s nostalgia, newly-brewing teen angst, and hair-raising trips to the upside-down.
Stranger Things S3 launches on Netflix on 4 July
... 'The Pouch' by Bottega Veneta.
The notion of the 'It-Bag' raced back into prominence last year, in a flurry of feathers, logos, satin and beads. July is doing away with Jacquemus's microsized 'Chiquito' in favour of a new contender: Bottega Veneta's 'The Pouch, designed by the brand’s new Creative Director, Daniel Lee.
It's quietly opulent, and comes in a range of colours and materials - from soft calfskin leather to woven Intrecciato leather. Rosie Huntington Whiteley seemingly won't leave the house without it, and influencers everywhere are following suit.
... to see My Brilliant Friend at the National Theatre.
Ferrante fever will reignite with force when booking for April De Angelis's stage adaptation of the Neapolitan novels at the National Theatre opens on the 5 July. Don't miss your chance to see this moving and vivid tale of female friendship on stage.
... to Manna.
With her debut EP, 27, Manna brings the recipe for the sound of summer: buttery-smooth vocals syncing with jazzy, sunny melodies. One to dance to as the warm night draws in.
... at the lake in Beckhenham Place Park.
A newly-renovated wild swimming spot, and South London's watery answer to Hampstead Ponds, will welcome sanctuary-seeking urban aquatics to its cool depths this month. The lake is nearly 300 meters long and three meters deep, complete with a sandy beach, a jetty and circumference of shady trees. Swim your way to serenity.
... The Pattern App.
In other words, the astrology App that has launched a thousand tweets about its mysterious wisdom about the lives of users, tracing out patterns in behaviour to gain insight into various sides of their personality.
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