Things to do in... July

Opening 5th July
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE
Renowned Irish chef Richard Corrigan unveils The Portrait Restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery. This culinary gem coincides with the gallery's eagerly awaited relaunch. With a 70-cover restaurant, stylish bar area, this rooftop venue offers an intimate setting with unparalleled views of Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament.

The Portrait Restaurant View
Opening July
42 High Street, Margate, CT91DS
A charming boutique hotel, located on the beachfront in the lively and artistic town of Margate, exudes elegance and a vibrant atmosphere. Situated in the Old Town and housed in a beautiful Victorian building, NO.42 gracefully overlooks the expansive golden sands, providing guests with breathtaking views of the bay. The bedrooms are opulent and some have balconies and the hotel boasts four distinctive dining venues, each with its own unique ambience and one offering panoramic views. Emphasising local ingredients and culinary expertise, catering to various tastes. The presence of indulgent treatment rooms ensures a haven of relaxation and well-being for guests. A must-visit for Margate.

NO.42 Margate Hotel Room
Opening 11th July
16-18 Beak St, London, W1F 9RD
If you wish to be among the first to dine at Mountain Beak Street, their reservations are now available. The menu features a variety of appetising snacks, such as raw Carmarthen prawns, wild asparagus, and braised peas with cockles. For larger portions meant for sharing, you can enjoy a whole pink bream, carefully split and roasted on the plancha, a plate of wood-grilled lamb chops, or a flavourful braised dish of whole Anglesey lobster caldereta. Head down to W1 to explore!

Mountain Beak Street

24th - 28th July, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Crown Works, Temple Street, London, E2 6QQ

Over the course of five consecutive evenings, you will be taken on a journey to explore the fundamentals of hand-building with clay. The initial session involves getting acquainted with soft clay, where you'll learn to create coils that will later be used to craft a pot of your choice.

In the second session your instructor will guide you in using a slab roller to compress clay into long sheets, which can then be cut and shaped to create more substantial and intricate pieces of work. Subsequent sessions will build upon your skills, pottery making and finalising your pieces.

At the end of the course, each student will have the chance to keep eight pots, the quantity dependent on their sizes. This hands-on experience promises to be an enjoyable and enriching introduction to the art of working with clay. 

5 Evenings In A Row Clay Pot Image

The Holly Bush
22 Holly Mount, NW3

Nestled in the picturesque neighbourhood of Hampstead, the Holly Bush attracts a diverse crowd of intellectual and artistic locals, as evidenced by plaques on the bar commemorating its past regulars. It also serves as a favoured spot for those seeking refreshment following an invigorating stroll on the nearby heath with refined pub classics crafted from fresh, seasonal ingredients and very dog friendly.

Despite transforming into a public house in 1928, the establishment's interior, adorned with wood-paneling has retained the allure of an 18th-century building. This ambiance perfectly captures the essence of a quaint village pub, mirroring Hampstead's former identity when the building originally took shape.

The Holly Bush Pub

Ida Italian Restaurant
Grade II listed corner shop building in Queen's Park
222A Kilburn Lane, W10 4AT

Ida opened in 2007 and is family-run by husband and wife team, Avi and Simonetta together with their three children. Named after Avi’s mother, Ida, the restaurant never compromises on freshness, creating their pasta, gnocchi and ragu in house every day - always prepared in the Marchigiano way. Ida stick to simple, home-cooked Italian food rich in tradition and in keeping with the seasons.

Ida Italian Restaurant

Capturing The Moment
13th June 2023 - 28th January 2024
Tate Modern

An exhibition featuring a curated selection of renowned artists such as Francis Bacon, Peter Doig, Paula Rego, Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Paulina Olowska, Lisa Brice, Hiroshi Sugimoto delves into the fascinating interplay between contemporary painting and photography.

The exhibition commences by showcasing painters from the post-war era, like Lucian Freud and Alice Neel, alongside groundbreaking photographers such as Dorothea Lange. This juxtaposition allows visitors to observe the mutual development and exchange of ideas between the artists and photographers of that time.

£20 ticket price or free for members.

David Hockney - Tate Modern Capturing The Moment Exhibition