Your guide to July
Where to go and what to do this month
Tour de France, Wimbledon, the big match – whether you want to join in the summer sports or take a break from the games, July is truly jam-packed with events. Here’s a few of our faves taking place this month.
Whip out your rainbow flags for The Pride in London Parade and get involved with this year’s theme – #PrideMatters. The parade begins at midday when the floats will start their journey from Oxford Circus to Whitehall and there’ll be four stages located across the city, with over 100 acts set to perform. And if you’re not a Londoner, just check to see when Pride is being celebrated in your city.
The Liberty Art Fabrics & Fashion restropsective at the Dovecot Studios is every pattern lovers dream. Featuring more than 100 garments and fabrics spanning over 140 years, the exhibition explores how textiles bring art into everyday life. Expect lots of colour, tons of lust-worthy fashion and plenty of wow pieces that’ll fufill all your print dreams.
To honour The Championships, The Dorchester will be serving its annual Wimbledon Afternoon Tea at The Promenade. The hotel’s award-winning pastry team have developed a delish selection of exclsuive tennis-themed pastries for the occasion. Including the Wimbledon Tennis Sponge – made with lemon verbena, strawberry, white chocolate and cream ganache. Plus champers, sandwiches and of course: strawberries and cream.
For a day of boating, the Henley Royal Regatta is one of the highlights of this summer’s sporting calendar (not to mention social season too). Taking place over five days, you can enjoy more than 200 different races. In addition to spectating from your deck chair, you can also take in the charming views of Henley and the River Thames, with restaurants, shops and riverside bars aplenty.
Head to Bristol Museum and Art Gallery for the opening of Fabric Africa this July. This striking exhibition provides a snapshot of modern and historic textiles from across the continent of Africa, with garments from the 1800s right through to present day on display. From the ingenuity of African textile artists to the importance of cloth in the social and political lives of those who wear them, this is much more than just fabric.
Down at the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden, you can see the new stage adaptation of Muriel Spark’s iconic novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Scottish playwright David Harrower. It tells the tale of teacher Miss Jean Brodie and her chosen few, for whom she’ll provide an education far beyond the confines of the curriculum.
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