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Things to do in London: The Portman Marylebone Summer Street Party 6th July

June 30, 2017

The Portman Marylebone Summer Street Party

The Portman Marylebone Summer Street Party

The Portman Marylebone Summer Street Party is coming to New Quebec Street and Seymour Place for an event with live music, food, drinks and entertainment for all ages, on Thursday 6 July, from 5pm to 10pm.

Both streets will be pedestrianised for the duration of the event and transformed in line with this year’s theme, ‘urban garden’.

Entry to the event is free and there is a jam-packed schedule of things to see, eat and do.

The London Perspective recommends:

  •  The make your own terrarium workshop by renowned florist James Bernard Floristry
  • Sampling a host of cocktails and dishes (pintxos, pizza) from local restaurants Bernardi’s, Lurra and The Mae Deli – The first concept deli from blogging sensation Deliciously Ella.
  • Taking advantage of promotions in a host of boutiques, including beachwear designer Paolita and interiors design shop, Eliska
  •  Attending GAIL’s Artisan Bakery garden party.
  • New Quebec Street, butcher and grill Boxcar – the latest arrival to the street – will be serving up a summer BBQ, whilst fine wine purveyor Philglas and Swiggot will host wine tasting competitions.

Places on the terrarium workshop will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis, so guests are encouraged to arrive early to avoid disappointment. For more information, visit

Schedule of activities 

New Quebec Street

  • Beauty Rose Hair and Beauty Professionals: Hair accessorising and nibbles for visitors
  • Boxcar: Summer BBQ
  • Eliska (interiors): ‘urban garden’ interiors, PIMM’s and soft drinks, ‘urban garden’ tasters
  • La Petite Poissonnerie: Oysters and champagne, sashimi platters
  • Paolita: Cocktails and drinks and 15% off all current collections
  • Philglas & Swiggot: Wine tasting competitions (rosé, prosecco and champagne)

Seymour Place

  • Bernardi’s: Serving Gigli (white veal ragu & mascarpone) and Casarecce (buffalo ricotta, lemon, mint and courgette), alongside cocktails including the Belsazar and Verdini
  • GAIL’s Artisan Bakery: Garden party for families, and a selection of freshly baked treats
  • The Carpenters Arms: Complimentary tasters of new drinks
  • Lemongrass: Promotion on 15-minute massage at exclusive price of £10, beauty products and Lemongrass tea
  • Lurra: Serving Galician beef pintxo and Txakoli sung cocktails
  • SANDY’s: Serving slices of Corsican pizza
  • The Gate: serving buffalo mozzarella with wild garlic and heritage tomatoes, MediterrAsian salad, vegan burgers, peanut butter millionaire shortbread and homemade lemonade
  • The Mae Deli: Serving a selection of dishes
  • The Portman: Hook-a-duck competitions, summer BBQ, Mamoo ice cream trolley, veggie sticks and dipping sauce and watermelon on sticks. Serving beers and punch
  • Vinoteca: Porchetta (slow cooked pork) sandwich and a glass of cinsaut on tap for £10. Prosecco and wine also available by the glass



Art, Things to do in london

Mayfair Art Weekend 2017 – 30 June – 2 July

June 26, 2017

Mayfair art weekend

Mayfair Art Weekend 2017

If you’re an art lover like myself then you’re in for a treat this week London is going to be  jam packed with art exhibitions and fairs. You will be spoiled for choice. The first event I will be telling you about is Mayfair Art Weekend kicking off on the 30th of June.

The weekend, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts, will see over 60 art galleries, fashion brands, restaurants and bars in Mayfair and St. James’s open their doors to the public, inviting culture seekers to explore a unique district where the worlds of art, fashion and luxury converge.

With such a rich programme in store, here are a few highlight events throughout the weekend to whet your appetite

  • Gallery HOP!

To kick off the weekend on Friday evening (6-8pm) take a hop through Mayfair’s thriving gallery scene and enjoy a glass of wine while previewing over 20 exhibitions.

  • Exhibitions, Talks and Tours

A conversation with artist Cristiano Pinaldi ‘On Fake News’ at Partners & Mucciaccia (Friday 30th June, 15:00-16:00)

Guided tours of Wayne Thiebaud’s exhibition at White Cube (Friday-Sunday, 12.30-1:00)

A preview Mayor Gallery’s Tadaaki Kuwayama exhibition, complete with Prosecco and macarons from Ladurée to compliment the brightly coloured artworks (Saturday 1st July; 14:00-18:00)

  • The RA Festival

A festival spirit will take hold of the RA Courtyard, offering a place to eat street food, drink craft beer and listen to music while engaging in creative workshops such as printmaking, discovering site-specific installations and learning more about the open galleries and art activities across Mayfair and St James.

  • Hignell Garden Party

Spend a thoroughly British afternoon at a Garden Party hosted by Hignell Gallery in Shepherd’s Market, complete with bunting and wheelbarrows. The party is in honour of Ben Russell’s cactus-inspired sculpture, currently on display until 3rd July.

You can find our more about Mayfair Art Weekend on the website.

Art, Things to do in london

Date for your diary – Serpentine pavilion 2017 opening 23rd June

June 19, 2017

Serpentine Pavilion 2017

If you love art or architecture then you must include a visit to the Serpentine Pavilion in your list of things to do this summer. Diébédo Francis Kéré, an award-winning architect from Gando, Burkina Faso, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017, responding to the brief with a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens.

serpentine 2017

If you want to hear more about the design, the architect will be in conversation with Mohsen Mostafavi (Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Design), Hans Ulrich Obrist (Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries), and Saskia Sassen (Professor, Columbia University) on the 24th June.

Admission to view the Serpentine Pavilion 2017 is free. For more information please click here.

Things to do in london

A preview of the Dulwich Pavilion Summer Lates

June 12, 2017

Just before I went on holiday I got a chance to attend a preview of The Dulwich Pavilion. To celebrate 200 years since it first opened to the public The Dulwich Picture Gallery will host free Friday Lates centred around its new pavilion. The themed evenings will include performance, talks, and music, bringing together a variety of experts from across the art and design world.  Visitors can also relax and unwind in the pavilion bar with food and drink provided by The Camberwell Arms.

This year’s Pavilion has been designed by emerging South London-based architects,  IF_DO and features a series of mirrored screens, reflecting the Gallery’s iconic architecture and surrounding gardens.

It will be FREE for all to explore throughout the summer and will open late on Fridays throughout June and July with a different line-up of cultural activities each week.

During the preview we got to sample the Scandi-inspired menu with and a vast array of cocktails. My personal favourite would have to be the Radish and anchoiade which I was pleasantly surprised by.


General Pavilion opening hours:
Tues – Thurs, 12 – 5pm
Fri, 10am – 11pm
Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Sunday, 10am – 9pm

Pavilion bar opening times:
Thurs, 4pm – 11pm*
Fri, 4pm – 11pm
Saturday, 12pm – 5pm
Sunday, 12pm – 9pm
*excluding some Thursdays.

For more information visit the Dulwich Pavilion website.