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The Motive And The Cue, National Theatre


Chatsworth has always been a centre for creativity, and its collection has evolved to reflect the eclectic tastes and interests of sixteen generations of the Devonshire family. Chatsworth House contains works of art that span 4,000 years, from ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture, to masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese, to works by outstanding modern artists, including Felicity Aylieff, Lucian Freud, David Nash and Edmund de Waal. One of the star exhibits from Portraits from Chatsworth – A Loan Exhibition is ‘Woman in a White Shirt’, a portrait of Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire (1920-2014) commissioned from Lucian Freud, which caused a sensation when first shown.


Nestled between Greek Street and Frith Street in Soho, “Bateman’s Buildings” runs from Soho Square to Bateman Street. Set over two floors and flooded with natural daylight, Manzi’s will be an all-day, seafood focussed restaurant that is relaxed, accessible and fun. Dishes encompass everything from moules marinière, to a wide range of crustacea, a ‘catch of the day’ and a classic Dover sole, as well as plant-based options.


Sam Mendes directs a startling new play on the making of Burton and Gielgud’s Hamlet.

Why would the most famous movie star in the world choose to do a play which everyone already knows? And what lures us back to the same plays, year after year?

Richard Burton, newly married to Elizabeth Taylor, is to play the title role in an experimental new production of Hamlet under John Gielgud’s exacting direction.

But as rehearsals progress, two ages of theatre collide, and the collaboration between actor and director soon threatens to unravel. This fierce and funny new play by Jack Thorne offers a glimpse into the politics of a rehearsal room and the relationship between art and celebrity. Sam Mendes directs Johnny Flynn as Burton, Mark Gatiss as Gielgud, and Tuppence Middleton as Taylor.

Things To Do In July


Counter 71 is a celebration of nature from the British Isles. The rich history of farming, foraging and fishing, inspires our sense of heritage and invention. We source from growers redefining farming techniques, fishers working harmoniously with the sea, and livestock farmers bringing back rare breeds. This way, we show ultimate respect for every link in the chain. ~ Chef Joe Laker


English Paper Piecing is a relaxing and creative hand sewing technique that can be used to create both traditional and contemporary patchwork designs. Skilled textile maker, Helen Entwistle will show you how to make a hexagon patchwork panels using a range of Liberty cotton fabrics, and with her expert tuition, you will be shown how to avoid common mistakes, and achieve perfect results. Once you have mastered the craft of English paper piecing, you can make an infinite number of designs. This is a highly portable and economical form of patchwork, requiring only sharp scissors, paper scissors, a needle, and thread.


They are thrilled to announce Zach Zono’s online exhibition ‘If You Know’. This collection showcase features a collection of ten vibrant artworks that delve into the realms of colour and memory. Zono, a self-taught artist originally from Cape Town, South Africa, and now based in London, brings his personal artistic style to new heights in this exhibition. Zono’s abstract paintings serve as a testament to his fascination with colour, memories, and form, which are evident throughout his captivating body of work.


The Pride in London Parade starts at approximately 12pm from by Hyde Park.

Pride in London is a vibrant and dynamic organisation that relies on the passion and commitment of both staff and volunteers who share a common goal of advancing equality and diversity. As a non-profit organisation, any surplus funds we generate are reinvested back into the LGBT+ community, to support initiatives and campaigns that aim to promote greater inclusivity and acceptance. Through events such as Pride's Got Talent, the annual Parade, or our amazing new Human Rights Forum, we provide a platform for LGBT+ people to express themselves creatively and celebrate their identity. Our events are designed to showcase the amazing diversity of our community and enable LGBT+ people to be visible and vocal about the progress we have made, the work still to be done, and the importance of continued advocacy.


During the course you will become knowledgeable in preparing ‘gesso’, and laying and burnishing gold leaf. You will master the art of both traditional water gilding and the more simple technique of oil gilding as well as learning how to distress and tone your work. They provide a beautifully made frame for you to work on and take home. Freshly prepared lunch and afternoon tea included every day.


RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is set to showcase glorious gardens, fabulous floral displays and much more.


Join artist and illustrator Karin Eklund for a twilight drawing and collage workshop based on David Parr House and artists’ collections. The evening begins with a short visit to the David Parr House to collect ideas and inspiration for your drawings and collages. You will then return to the workshop space to draw from observation and use collage techniques to assemble your own personal Cabinet of Curiosities.

£45 Per Person


This workshop is suitable for those wanting to learn something new, a fun evening out with friends, or for artists wanting to develop and continue experimenting with their practice. We have different models with short to long poses every workshop. Materials are available, charcoal, coloured pencils, chalk pastels and paper but feel free to bring your own.


Irish chef and restaurateur Richard Corrigan is set to open The Portrait Restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery in partnership with hospitality group Searcys. Situated on the corner of Trafalgar Square, The Portrait will pay homage to the dishes of Richard’s culinary career, while welcoming new classics to his repertoire in celebration of the gallery’s much-anticipated relaunch following its multi-million-pound transformation.

The Portrait Restaurant will be open all day for visitors to the gallery, as well as those visiting exclusively to dine. Alongside the 70-cover restaurant, there will be a six-seater kitchen counter giving guests a front-row seat to all the action of the open kitchen, as well as a bar area. The new destination restaurant and bar will open across the top floor of the Gallery, in an intimate space with unrivalled views of Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament.


This is an intensive half-day course for those who have already completed our 4-day gilding course.

You will learn how to make composition, take casts and make moulds so you will be able to replace and gild missing sections on ornate frames.

£120 Per Person


Pick up a pencil and get creative at this free drawing evening, inspired by the Summer Exhibition.

The drop-in session will be led by London Drawing who can give you tips and tricks for improving your drawing. All abilities welcome. You will be provided with basic drawing materials but feel free to bring your own dry materials too. Due to high demand capacity may be limited. Queuing is likely, and they allocate spaces on a first come first serve basis.


Discover hidden gems from your favourite productions. From wedding dresses to giant lizards, you’re bound to find something surprising!


Join a tour of the Wedgwood Factory for a behind-the-scenes experience where you will discover how Wedgwood is designed, created and crafted. This is the place to discover the craftsmanship of their famous jasperware, a unique invention by Josiah Wedgwood I. Marvel at the extraordinary skills of the talented workers who cast, glaze, decorate and gild in the original 1940s working factory.

Tickets Cost £12


London-based design studio A Rum Fellow is holding a one-off exclusive sale offering a chance to snap up their covetable designs at sample sale prices. It has been four years since the brand’s last sale, so expect a beautiful array of hand-crafted rugs, end-of-line fabrics, exclusive samples, seconds, cushions, and accessories.


A beachfront belle of a boutique hotel in the artful, fun-filled town of Margate.

Margate is the British seaside town that has held its own since it became the place to be in 1730. And they’re sitting on the front in the characterful Old Town, bathing in all the glory of the light dancing on the water. The old hotel we’ve made their own is one of those Victorian beauties that sits elegantly poised above the main swathe of golden sands, giving its guests dreamy views across the bay. Bedrooms are sometimes balconied and always rich with heritage detailing. There are four places devoted to food and drink - all with their own thing going on and one with bird's eye views, but all holding local ingredients and skills on high. The treatment rooms are there for you and your wellbeing. And, as ever, service is with a very big smile.


Material Power: Palestinian Embroidery explores the historical life and contemporary significance of Palestinian embroidery. This ancient and beautiful practice remains an important living tradition and the most prominent cultural material of Palestine today. Curated by Rachel Dedman, the exhibition looks at the ways in which embroidery, primarily undertaken by women, has evolved through a century of turbulent history for the Palestinian people. This is the first major exhibition of Palestinian embroidery in the UK for over 30 years, with more than 40 dresses and embroidered objects on display lent from important private collections in Jordan and Palestine. Every dress tells a story: whether about the lives of women with their astonishing skills and creativity in the early decades of the last century, or the trauma of displacement as a result of the war of 1948.


Internationally renowned photographer Catherine Opie discusses the influence of painting on her practice and her portraits of leading British artists, including David Hockney, Isaac Julien and Gillian Wearing. American photographer Catherine Opie talks about the connections between historic and contemporary painting and photography within her practice. She will be in conversation with Rebecca Lyons, Director of Collections & Learning at the RA. Over a three-decade career, Opie’s practice has explored notions of identity, community, sexuality and belonging. Sometimes described as “social portraiture”, her work encompasses a wide variety of subjects from portraits and seascapes to domestic scenes and deserted freeways, and has established her status as one of the foremost documentarians of contemporary life.


The Standard, London is hosting another very special supper club to bring together writers, readers, and lovers of good conversation. Bestselling author Otegha Uwagba will be hosting an evening with one of contemporary Irish fiction's most dazzling talents, Caroline O’Donoghue. A New York Times bestselling novelist, podcaster and screenwriter, guests will enjoy a reading from Caroline's latest novel The Rachel Incident, followed by a conversation with Otegha and a chance for audience Q&A. Join us for dinner, conversation, and the chance to hang out with other literary-minded women. Ticket price includes a welcome drink followed by a 3-course meal in Isla's garden terrace and a hardback copy of The Rachel Incident.


Don’t miss! 48th Soho Village Fete on Sunday 16 July 2023 12-6pm, St Anne’s Gardens, Wardour Street, Soho

A traditional Village Fete with a Soho Twist!

FREE Entry TICKETS include:-

*6 hours live music and The French House Bar!

*Spaghetti Eating Competition (12.30pm)

*Dog Show (1pm)

*Tug of War, Soho Police vs Soho Fire Service (2pm)

*The Soho Waiter’s Race(3.30pm)

*Raffle Draw (4.45pm)

PLUS Snail Racing & The Human Fruit Machine all Afternoon

We are, as ever, looking for volunteers, entertainers and corporate sponsors. Get in touch at


Their reservations are now open, if you would like to be one of the first to eat with them please head to their website to make a booking. Two types of Sobrasada, made for Mountain by Lluis Cirera on a 300 acre organic farm in Mallorca served here either with butter or grilled over charcoal with honey. Other snacks on the menu will include raw Carmarthen prawns, wild asparagus and braised peas with cockles. Larger dishes to share such as pink bream served whole, split and gently roasted on the plancha, a plate of wood grilled lamb chops and an aromatic braised dish of whole Anglesey lobster caldereta.


Festival of the Garden returns this July! Join them to explore ther relationship with the land, landscapes and gardens, discover thoughts and changing perspectives on topics from wilderness to cultivation, and celebrate the communities that have come to care for plants and their natural world.

Their grounds and gardens will be in full bloom and overflowing with performances, talks, workshops, walks and demos. This year’s festival includes their largest programme of free fringe events, and brand-new workshops including a selection for children and families. Soak up the atmosphere across the site and discover a wide selection of plant stalls from quality, independent local growers, a bookshop and delicious pop-up food stalls.


A powerful new verbatim play from the testimony of residents at the heart of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Six years on, interviews conducted with a group of survivors and bereaved reveal the impact of the multiple failures that led to a national disaster, asking: how do we stop this ever happening again?

Created from these interviews by Gillian Slovo.


One of today’s most sought after and inspiring garden designers, Sarah Price’s practice draws on her training in fine art. Her immersive gardens, saturated with colour are often described as ‘painterly.’ Head Gardener of the Garden Museum, Matt Collins, has a similar background in art history, and spent two years working at Benton End, the home of plantsman and artist Cedric Morris. Together they discuss the interplay between art and gardening and explore how use of colour and texture can create gardens that are artworks in themselves.

Tickets  £10–£16


Explore the relationship between Dame Paula Rego’s monumental painting and the 15th-century altarpiece and National Gallery staff that inspired it. Thirty years ago, Dame Paula Rego (1935–2022), their first Associate Artist (1990–2), was commissioned to create a mural for the then new Sainsbury Wing Dining Room. The result, Rego’s ‘Crivelli’s Garden’, took its inspiration from an altarpiece by the 15th-century Italian artist Carlo Crivelli, ‘La Madonna della Rondine (The Madonna of the Swallow)’ painted after 1490 to tell the story of women from biblical history and folklore based on paintings in the collection and stories from the Golden Legend. Figures including the Virgin Mary, Saint Catherine, Mary Magdalene and Delilah find themselves in the maze of Crivell’s re-imagined garden surrounded by Portuguese blue and white tiled walls.


Throughout every course and workshop you will have ongoing access to her extensive knowledge and experience through demonstrations, hands-on making, individual tuition and guidance. You will also get lots of useful insight into the materials, tools, processes and equipment used together with plenty of interesting bits of historical information. Jude has taught and tutored students throughout her long career, including teaching the advanced diploma City & Guilds Stained Glass Course.

Course Fee: £445


Sennen Summer Fayre is a celebration of art, music, food, the land and the people who inhabit it, at the end of the land in Sennen, Cornwall. Faraway House opens its doors to showcase a collection of 25 artists, from local artists such as Ben Reader and Alice Ellis Bray to Tyrone Lebon and Perry Ogden. Creating an intimate space to wander the rooms of this beautiful house and explore lesser-known local artists to some more familiar faces. Various guest chefs join them to host lunches, dinners and picnics—talks, books, crafts, wine, music, gathering and frivolity.


Joanna Plant Interiors Yard Sale, 22nd-23rd July, 11 am - 4 pm, 65 Jeddo Road, London W12 9ED

Roll up, roll up! Top designer Joanna Plant will be hosting a summer yard sale, there will be lighting, textiles, antiques and more. Bring your bags and your wallets, as this will be a humdinger of a yard sale!


Max Radford Gallery Presents Welterweight, a due show of Amelia Stevens & Matthew Verdon.


The 5 evenings in a row will guide you through the basics of hand-building. If this is your first time working with clay, this is a brilliant way to be introduced to clay as a material. You will begin your session by handling soft clay by rolling out coils to later use to make a pot of your choice. During the second session, your instructor will demonstrate how to use the slab roller compress clay to long sheets that can be cut and shaped to create larger scale work. You will continue to build on your skill and pots throughout the remains sessions, having the final session to refine and decorate the work. The course allows you to keep 8 pots per student (size-dependent).

Fee: £200


An immersive experience created through enchanting spaces, world-class living, intuitive service, and a location at the intersection of the best of London. The BoTree combines uncompromising standards with a purpose-driven approach to establish their own form of luxury. Conscious luxury. At the centre of everything they do are their core values of Truth, Love and Compassion. These values keep us focused on protecting our planet and creating an environment in which their guests, their team and their community can connect, be inspired and flourish. Discover a hotel that completes the Marylebone Village jigsaw.


New Film Releases

Wham! (5th July), Barbie (21st July), Oppenheimer (21st July)


Antique & Flea Markets




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