London Spy Report: July

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 July has to offer.


Core by Clare Smyth


She wowed as Gordon Ramsay’s right hand woman. Now, Clare Smyth is setting taste buds alight with the launch of her first restaurant in Notting Hill. It’s modern fine dining with a strong British ethos, using ingredients sourced from our nation’s best farmers, fishermen and artisan producers.

Tuck into a tasting menu of 10 to 12 constantly evolving dishes washed down with a selection of over 400 wines and champagnes. The crockery flies the flag, too, exclusively designed by Royal Crown Derby.

Opens July. 92 Kensington Park Road, W11 2PN. 


Lovebox Festival


Quite possibly the most fun festival in London, gear up for the hottest talent around at this Victoria Park weekender. R&B star Frank Ocean is headlining alongside a storming, genre-blurring line-up of DJs, electronic acts and live bands.

Sweeping from indie through to house via all things urban, other names include Annie Mac, Solange, Jamie xx and Chase & Status. Proving never-ending excitement, the festival also boasts a bump roller disco, a vintage fair, body painting and much, much more.

14th-15th July. Victoria ParkE3 5TB0333 321 9999; 


Summer exhibition at the Royal Academy


‘Unpredictable, stimulating and startling’ is the tagline of this year’s summer exhibition. With over 1,200 works showcasing painting to printmaking and film to sculpture, all the big names are here alongside exciting new talent from around the world.

Highlights include: A neon sign of the words ‘And I said I Love You!’ by Tracey Emin, a vast painting by Sean Scully, suspended silver jugs by Cornelia Parker and other pieces by Wolfgang Tillmans, Anish Kapoor and Phyllida Barlow.

Until 20th August 2017. Burlington House, W1J 0BD020 7300 8000; 


Cat On A Hot Tin Roof at Apollo Theatre




Tennessee William’s Pulitzer masterpiece of a family’s fight for survival is back. This time with Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell as the leads. It’s a steamy night in Mississippi when a Southern family gather together to celebrate patriarch Big Daddy’s birthday.

However, the sweltering heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell with hidden secrets threatening them all. With the future of the family at stake, who is telling the truth – and who will win the game?

From 13th July to 7th October 2017. Shaftesbury Ave, W1D 7EZ0330 333 4809; 




One of London’s coolest new hangouts, this rooftop oasis, overlooking The Shard, promises non-stop English garden party fun with an urban lawn club featuring croquet, bowls and pétanque.

Covering three floors of a former car park in East London, there are bars on each level, serving light summery drinks (think spritzes, cocktail pitchers and an array of ice-cold beers and ciders) alongside delicious street food including burgers, tacos and Greek souvlaki.

Open all summer. Tobacco Dock, E1W 2SF