Welcome to the June Hot List!
June is here and the sun has come out, so lets go out! Our Hot List is packed full of fabulous things to see & do this month to keep you, your friends and your family all entertained. We're taking you back to the iron-ages for this month's Hot List competition. Keep reading to find out how you and a guest can win a romantic escape to one of Devon's most unique holiday spots. As always, we're obsessing over the latest interiors trends and have a new design event to tell you about, heading to London on the 17th, as well as a neon exhibition that will light up your life, and a quirky coffee table book that will fill you with fun! Festival season is upon us so the fabulous Tina B has been back on decks the to create a playlist for your own mini-fest at home. We've discovered a creative and on-trend macrame workshop for you to get crafty with, a rooftop film club that you'll be wanting to be a part of, and finally the only location you need to know about for Summer, the Hendricks Herb Bar at Blakes Hotel.
The Quote of the Month... "At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling" - Shanti
& the Rockett St George Team
WIN: AN IRON-AGE STYLE STAY IN DEVON
This month you have the opportunity to escape the throws of your every day busy life and take a step back in time to one of the UK's the most romantic and enchanting locations. We've teamed up with Sawday's Canopy & Stars this month to offer you the chance to win a 2-night complementary stay for two in a rustic Roundhouse. Set among the chestnut groves of the manor of Upcott Barton in Devon, the Upcott Roundhouse is surrounded by beautiful greenery and woodland, waiting to be explored. You will enjoy a fascinating experience that will take you back to the iron-ages, with a few added luxuries of course!
Sawday's Canopy & Stars is a one-of-a-kind collection of cabins, shepherd’s huts, Gypsy caravans and unique builds, like the Upcott Roundhouse. The team spend their time seeking out and selecting quirky and unusual places to stay, each with something special and unique; whether its a stunning view, amazing design, or like Upcott Roundhouse – features an open-hearth.
WHAT'S ON: HOUSE @ OLYMPIA LONDON
London's newest interiors event - HOUSE - makes its debut at Olympia this month, and we are very eager to see what is in store. In association with House & Garden magazine, HOUSE will showcase a curated collection of leading and emerging interiors, style and design brands, giving you heaps of inspiration and decorating ideas and tips to take home with you. Whether you are looking to source furniture and home ware for your own stylish living space, or just like us, love interiors - this event celebrates British design at its best and pays particular tribute to the craftsmanship of design.
Presentations and one-to-one consultations will take place throughout the 4-days to help you with your own decorating projects.
For more information and to book tickets, click here.
17th - 20th June 2015 at Olympia London.
EXHIBITION: LIGHTS OF SOHO
One of my favourite days out in London is to visit the Late and great Chris Bracey's Gods Own Junk Yard, filled with fabulous vintage neon signs. Likewise, Lights of Soho is London’s newest art gallery and member’s lounge, which has formed a cultural hub for Soho’s creative community and the global home of creative neon and light art.
Located in Soho's Brewer Street, the gallery offers food and drink supplied by Michelin-starred chef Mark Hix as well as a wealthy programme of film, fashion and music events for its members.
If you too like the bright lights of London, then the 'City Lights' exhibition will be right up your street. The exhibition will showcase established and next generation artists, such as Tracey Emin and the late Chris Bracey, as well as our very own Rococo wonderland whose fabulous cards are available at RSG!
'City Lights' will be on until 5th July at 35 Brewer St, London. For more information check their Facebook page.
READ: FIVE INCHES OF LIMBO - LIVING DOLL
Our top must-buy item this month is a fascinating limited edition book of portraits by Annie Collinge. Inspired by unusual dolls found in a New York Flea Market, Annie decided to create real life portraits using mainly strangers she met on the streets and subways who she asked to dress up exactly like the dolls. The photographs are really charming and playful, with each character bringing the dolls to life. A gentle reminder not to take life so seriously and a quirky addition for your coffee table! Five short poems by Margaret Atwood also feature alongside the images, designed by Claire Huss.
Five Inches of Limbo Book, £18.00 (+P&P). Available to purchase here.
MUSIC: FESTIVAL FUN
June is really where our Summer begins, with countless festivals kicking off all over the country. If you haven't bought any tickets, why not invite your friends over and hire a projector screen to create your own mini-fest at home! We have a gorgeous collection of hammocks, cushions, lanterns and outdoor goodies to help you create the look, and the marvelous Tina B has put together the perfect playlist to get you and your party goers in the festival mood, inspired by our favourite festivals kicking off in June...
LONDON: Field Day (6th & 7th June), Bushstock (13th June)
MANCHESTER: Park Life Weekender (5th -7th June)
BRIGHTON: WildLife (6th-7th June)
KENT: Camp Wildfire (19th - 21st June)
ISLE OF WIGHT: Isle Of Wight Festival (11th-14th June)
And of course.. GLASTONBURY! 24th - 28th June)
1. Go Your Own Way (Live) - Fleetwood Mac
2. Hold On - Alabama Shakes
3. Girls and Boys (Live) - Blur
4. Happy (Live) - Pharell Williams
5. Galvanize - Chemical Brothers
6. Substitute (Live) - The Who
7. You're The One - Black Keys
8. Because The Night (Live) - Patti Smith
9. You've Got The Love (Live) - Florence + The Machine
10. Fire - Kasabian
11. Big Time Sensuality (Live) - Björk
12. Madness (Live) - Muse
As you may know, we love a little craft hour. When it is to do with interiors and is ultra chic and trendy, we get even more excited! We recently discovered Super+Super, an inspiring Brighton-based creative hub that offer a fantastic array of crafty workshops and creative classes. We spotted a Macrame making workshop taking place just around the corner from RSG HQ this June, in the tiny picturesque village of Ditchling. If you keep up-to-date with trends then you'll know that macrame is all the rage this Summer, (House & Garden talk macrame here) so this is a great class to get involved in. You could even pop in and see us for a cuppa afterwards to show off your skills!
To discover other cool and creative workshops, from poker to ping-pong and baking to biking, also check out the hand-picked classes available at The Indytute, or try screenprinting at BOXPARK in London.
FILM: ROOFTOP FILM CLUB
This has got to be on your ‘MUST do’ list for June. Now, there are many outdoor cinema events cropping up around the country, showing chick flicks a plenty whilst you drive by in your car, but this cinema event definitely takes my first prize. The promise of comfy seats, blankets, a bar, tasty food and sitting beneath the stars – sounds pretty perfect right?! So where will you book? We quite fancy heading to the Queen of Hoxton rooftop in Shoreditch - wireless headphones in, gazing up at Cumberbatch on the big screen. The busy streets below, and the stars above; a glass of wine in hand, and the largest bag of popcorn you can get your hands on for good measure. There are 4 Rooftop Film Club Venues in London all showing a great selection of films. You can even stay on after the movie finishes and soak up the scenery, whilst making the most of/propping up the bar. See you there!
The Rooftop Film Club . 4 hip locations across London.
DRINK: HENDRICKS BOTANICAL BAR @ BLAKES HOTEL
If you haven't yet heard, we have been having a fabulous time creating the Hendrick's Oasis Garden at Blakes Hotel with the super talented Matthew Williamson and wonderful floral artist, Rebecca Louise Law. The Garden is bursting with fresh flowers, bright colours, magical pieces of furniture and curious objet d'art. The garden includes an incredible herb bar created by Hendricks, which is open for delicious signature cocktails and definitely well worth a visit!
The Horticultural Oasis at Blakes Hotel is open from 10am - 8.30pm every day until 14th July. For more details and to make a booking, click here. You can also create your own oasis at home with our exclusive MW Selection, now available online.
Have a great June!