Welcome to the July newsletter! With temperatures in London hitting 35c summer is certainly here. Below I’d like to highlight some events you can enjoy in this month alongside the lovely weather.
One of the most prestigious sporting events in the world in now underway – The Wimbledon Championships. So far the quality has been fantastic despite the blistering heat in London. The big guns like Federer, Djokovic and Murray all remain in and playing well but my favourite player and the reigning Women’s Champion Petra Kvitova sadly lost in the third round.
So even if you can’t make it over to Wimbledon there are hours and hours of coverage to keep you entertained and exhilarated. While watching pour some cream on your strawberries, sit back, relax and enjoy. To keep up to date with all the action use the excellent BBC Sport website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/
Our American cousins across the pond recently celebrated Independence Day, the National Day of the United States. Commonly known as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, it is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. I hope you all had a great time.
Another event recently was The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the largest flower show in the world. The Show was held between June 30th and July 5th, and run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) at Hampton Court Palace in southwest London. It featured show gardens, floral marquees and pavilions, talks and demonstrations. Erected on the north and south sides of the Long Water in Hampton Court Park it focused largely on environmental issues, growing your own food and vegetables and cookery, while also offering opportunities to buy gardening accessories, plants and flowers. Re-live the event via the following link: https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-hampton-court-palace-flower-show
To quote David Attenborough: “When the Proms season comes, life changes; a kind of light comes into your diary.” The popular tradition of Promming (standing in the Arena or Gallery areas of the Royal Albert Hall) is central to the unique and informal atmosphere of the BBC Proms. There are two standing areas: the Arena, the large space in the centre of the auditorium directly in front of the stage, which gives you the opportunity to get up close to the performers, and the Gallery, running round the top of the Hall, which has an incredible acoustic and a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the stage. All spaces are unreserved.
Up to 1,350 standing places are available for each Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall, although the capacity may vary for each Prom. Just turn up and, if you are in doubt about where to go, Royal Albert Hall stewards will point you in the right direction. The traditionally low prices allow you to enjoy world-class performances for just £5.00 each (or even less with a Season Ticket or Weekend Promming Pass).
I am most looking forward to the Thursday 10 Sep 2015 prom which is the last of this year’s Proms collaborations with six of the BBC national radio stations and BBC Music, popular Radio 4 show Wireless Nights becomes a live concert experience, pairing music and spoken word inspired by the night. Singer/songwriter Jarvis Cocker presents an evening he describes as ‘a nocturnal investigation of the human condition’, with Maxime Tortelier conducting the BBC Philharmonic. Badgers, stars, elves and lambs may or may not be involved. Find out more about all of the proms here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms
I’m sure some of you are still feeling the effects from Glastonbury but it’s time to get back on the festival horse with a couple of London based day festivals. Firstly there has already Wireless Festival between July 3rd -5th. Featuring dynamic headliners like Drake, David Guetta Nick Minaj I had a superb time. Read more about how it went here: http://www.wirelessfestival.co.uk/
Also coming soon on July 17th and 18th is the Lovebox Festival which I am very tempted to buy a ticket for as well. Headliners include the one and only Snoop Doggy Dogg, Rudimental and Hot Chips. If you have the energy buy tickets and find out about all the other acts here: http://loveboxfestival.com/
The Red Bull Soapbox UK Race is an international event in which amateur drivers race homemade soapbox vehicles. Each hand-made machine is fuelled by nothing but sheer courage, the force of gravity and perhaps a little Red Bull. This unique, non-motorised racing event challenges both experienced racers and amateurs alike to design and build outrageous soapbox dream machines and compete against the clock in a downhill race.
Red Bull has held more than 100 soapbox races around the world since the first one in Brussels in the year 2000 – from Australia to South Africa, Helsinki to St. Louis, Jamaica to Italy. Over the years, vehicles have ranged from realistic replicas to anything the imagination can conjure up. Previous designs have included a piano, a giant baby carriage, a rodeo clown, a massive corn on the cob, a jail cell and the Golden Gate Bridge. Find out how to take part and more here: http://www.redbullsoapboxrace.com/uk/en/
Now that summer is here it can only mean one thing; the return of Camden Beach at the Roundhouse. This summer they’ll once again be filling our sun-drenched terrace with 150 tonnes of the finest sand, tasty pop-up restaurants, more bars than you can shake a stick of rock at, deckchairs, beach huts, ping pong, rooftop gardens and so much more. I’m looking forward to donning my bikini and heading towards this urban beach; I’ll see you there with my bucket and spade. Get more information right here: http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/2015/camden-beach/camden-beach/
Thank you for reading the July newsletter and as always be careful out in the sun, I recommend a sunscreen with SPF 30 minimum!