Each month our Lucky Onion London Spy leaves Cheltenham and the Cotswolds behind and heads for London. The Spy brings you the latest news from the best restaurants, hotels, theatres, galleries and general happenings in the capital. Check out what June has to offer.
Fulham’s first ever Thames-side beach spot. You won’t want to leave with alfresco dining like never before. The majority of the seating is covered but, to cater for the unpredictable British summer, you can flop on daybeds and deckchairs, too. It’s BYOB so bring your own spirits and the mixologists here will conjure up a colourful cocktail. The street food is another triumph which includes whole reels of cheese from raclette specialist, Le Rac Shack to the best of Mexican cuisine at Taco Dave. Gather a group and book a beach hut complete with a beach butler.
Until 3rd October 2017. Wandsworth Bridge Road, London, SW6 2TY.
Great excitement! Petersham Nurseries is coming to town, opening up a second space in Covent Garden. Housed in an impressive Grade II-listed building, the chic garden centre is pushing the boat out with two restaurants, a delicatessen and wine cellar.
Filled with magical floral displays, there will be a fabulous shop, too, offering a curated selection from chandeliers to Murano glassware and from artisanal gardening tools to antique furniture. For the all-out green fingered, plump for a course at their Urban School of Garden Inspiration.
Opens late June. Floral Court, WC2E 9FB;
This perfume extravaganza brings together the top cutting-edge perfumers shaking up the scent scene today. Using a series of scent-based installations showcasing their hidden talents, tales and techniques, displays include a sandy desert for David Seth Moltz’s sensory exploration of the Texan desert and a Catholic confessional, representing Bertrand Duchaufour’s olfactory portrait of a French Catholic mass. There will also be a fully-functioning perfume laboratory, stocked with over 200 ingredients, so you can conjure up your own scent, too.
From 21st June to 17th September 2017. Strand, London WC2R 1LA. 020 7845 4600;
He wowed the West End with Jerusalem. Now, Jez Butterworth is back with his epic new play, The Ferryman, a family drama teeming with life, haunted by death. Directed by Sam Mendes, this masterpiece, set in Northern Ireland in 1981, tells the tale of the Carney farmhouse, which is buzzing with preparations for the annual harvest. A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead. But this year a visitor will interrupt them.
From 20th June – 7th October 2017. Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR. 0844 482 5130;
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, this iconic musical fixture is one long line of fabulous concerts. Showcasing thrilling world-class acts in the courtyard of Henry VIII’s magnificent Tudor Palace, highlights include: James Morrison, Amy Macdonald, Jools Holland, Bryan Ferry and the bewitching queen of British soul, Corinne Bailey Rae. Take a picnic, book a waterside gazebo and feast in the East Front Gardens beforehand. Alternatively, tuck into the excellent offerings from the on-site gourmet food stalls.
From 7th-24th June 2017. Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU. 020 8233 5400;
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