There's so much to love about May!
Festival season has begun, the Royal Wedding is nearly here and to top it off we get two cheeky bank holiday weekends ... what's not to love? To help you make the most of May we've selected our hottest recommendations for what to do over the bank holiday weekends, given you a sneak peek at our exciting new pop-up shop at Liberty London, sourced the hottest new supper club for you to try, curated a festival playlist and you can even be in the chance to win an amazing Distillery tour and hotel stay!
To top it off, after months of preparation and hard work we are excited to announce that we've moved and re-styled our blog! The blog will now be taking up residence on the Rockett St George website under our new 'Inspiration' section. Our aim is to bring all of our top tips, style advice, interviews, videos and more into one place so that it's even easier for you to be creatively inspired. You can check it all out here - we hope you like it!
Have a fabulous month!
Jane, Lucy and the RSG Team x
This month we've teamed up with The Cotswold Distillery to offer you a super exciting prize. Founded in 2014, The Cotswold Distillery have been busily producing award-winning spirits and liqueurs at their beautiful site in Stourton in the North Cotswolds since the very beginning. The distillery is a hive of activity; making Cotswolds Dry Gin and the Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky – the first whisky ever distilled in the region, and made entirely from locally grown barley.
The distillery also produces a range of small-batch spirits and liqueurs – from firm favourites like the Espresso Martini (an RSG favourite) and Cotswolds Cream Liqueur, to seasonal surprises like the Clementine and Sage Gin. The distillery offers visitors guided tours around the distillery’s production areas and warehouse, giving visitors an up-close account of how they craft their gin and whisky, ending with a sampling of the full range in the cosy tasting room at the end of the tour.
Not only will the competition winner receive a tasting tour and overnight stay for themselves and a friend at the Ebrington Arms, but they will also be presented with a hamper of Cotswolds Distillery products after their tour, including a bottle of Cotswolds Dry Gin, two Copa glasses, and a 50ml spirit measure. Please note, the distillery tours book up really quickly so it’s advisable to check availability provisionally with both Cotswolds Distillery and the Ebrington Arms before booking.
To be in for the chance to win a Distillery tour and tasting as well as an overnight stay at the Ebrington Arms and a hamper of Cotswold Distillery products, simply click the link above and answer one simple question!*
That's right darlings.... the RSG Pop-Up has returned to the fourth floor of Liberty London!
Featuring our most exciting collection yet, including our first own-design wallpaper collection, beautiful SS18 pieces and more, we are so thrilled to be back!
"We are delighted to back on the 4th Floor at Liberty! We have created an apartment within our concession displaying a bedroom, sitting room, kitchen and dining space that are all packed with our signature Rockett St George products to inspire the Liberty customer. There is nowhere in London where our products look more at home! It is simply our favourite London store."
- Jane Rockett, Co-Founder, and Director of Rockett St George -
"It is one of those pinch-yourself moments being able to say "We have a concession at Liberty London!!!" And for me, being back on the 4th floor is a dream come true. Showcasing our own brand products against the truly unique backdrop of Liberty's heritage building marries the perfect eclectic mix of old and new."
- Lucy St George, Co-Founder, and Director of Rockett St George.
To celebrate the launch we will be hosting a party on May 24th. The party will be a great opportunity to see our new concession space, as well as meet the team and to top it off there will be a specially curated cocktail to celebrate our exciting new collaboration from cocktail-making superstars, HolyWater. Keep an eye on our website to RSVP your attendance!
May... you spoil us! With two bank holidays on the horizon, we're giddy with excitement for long lazy weekends - lying in, Saturday brunch, fun-day activities with the kids, visits to your favourite craft markets, boot sales and more.... the bank holiday weekend is yours to enjoy! So to help you get the maximum out of your Bank Holiday Weekend here are our top Bank Holiday Weekend activities to get involved with...
No.1. Artists Open Houses
Twice a year artists in Brighton and Hove open their houses for a unique gallery experience like no other. Open for both bank holidays during May you can go and see an amazing collection of artwork from contemporary and local artists in their homes, as well as meeting the artists and you'll even have the opportunity to buy their arts and crafts directly from them. With a number of workshops on as well throughout the weekends, this is an entirely unique and exciting gallery-like experience that will never fail to inspire!
Where? Brighton / Hove
When? Weekends 5- 28th May.
No.2. Fashioned from Nature
On at the V&A, Fashioned from Nature is the latest installation that will explore fashion and it's history. With over 350 pieces on display from Emma Watson's Calvin Klein dress made from recycled plastic bottles to a cape crafted from cockerel and pheasant feathers this interesting and unique exhibition will look at sustainable fashion in a historical context. A great bank holiday weekend activity, why not take the kids along with you and check out the V&A's hugely popular drop-in classes for all the family to enjoy?!
Where? V&A, London
No.3. Crafty Fox Market
If there's nothing you love more than exploring unique craft and flea markets then you've got to check out Crafty Fox Market. Open on the first Saturday of every month, treat yourself to some creative and crafty retail therapy! Explore stalls with a huge array of treasures such as paintings, ornaments, cards and more all made and sourced from independent designers and artists. Not just a place to shop, Crafty Fox Market also hosts entertainment and workshops for you and your family to get involved with.
Where? Various venues, London.
When? The first Saturday of every month
By order of the Feasty Blinders... the hottest new Supper Club that you've got to check out!
An evening of opulence and hedonism, the Feasty Blinders Supper Club is an immersive night that you will never forget. Inspired by the hugely popular BBC drama, Peaky Blinders, the Feasty Blinders Supper Club is a 6-week long, pop-up supper club that will kick off in a top secret location in London every Tuesday and Wednesday from the 15th of May to the 20th of June. A great excuse to dress up in your glad rags and brighten up your mid-week, the evening will kick off with cocktails, a three-course dinner, immersive theatre, live music and plenty of entertainment!
A whole lot of fun, we expect this pop-up supper club to book out very fast, so if you can't get tickets or you live too far from London then don't think that you've missed out on all the fun! Check out our tips to host your own Supper Club here or alternatively check out the following Supper Clubs near you: Spice Club, Manchester | Billy & Jack's 24 Hour Supper Club, London | Burns Night Feast, London | Sheffield Supper Club, Sheffield | CanTina, Brighton | Taste of Africa Group, London |
One thing that we really love about May is that there are so many design, art and craft fairs on ... absolute heaven for all you creatives out there! With London Craft Week, Clerkenwell Design Week and Midcentury Modern all on throughout the month you are absolutely creatively spoiled for choice! We've included our top highlights below so that you don't miss out...
Highlights include a light exhibition showcasing at the historic music venue, Fabric, dedicated to top international lighting brands with spectacular stand-alone lighting installations and if you love beautiful architecture then we recommend checking out the Zaha Hadid Exhibition. To finish it off we highly recommend a visit to Oriole, who are offering a panel discussion about the worlds best bar design with a cocktail included ... the perfect excuse to visit a bar with beautiful surroundings!
When? 22nd - 24th of May 2018
Where? Various Locations, London
Showcasing exceptional craftsmanship, highlights include the Okapi installation focusing on Creating Bespoke African Luxury with the opportunity to meet with the designer and create your own unique piece, Reviving a Victorian Building - a historic tour of The Pilgrm Hotel and the Experience Kyoto exhibition which will celebrate Japanese creativity and making from Kyoto.
When? 9 - 13 May 2018
Where? Various Locations, London
With the tagline 'Design addicts will have a heart attack', Midcentury Modern is guaranteed to give you your design fix. The next show will be Midcentury East, with a huge collection of furniture, ceramics, glass, wallpaper, vintage fabrics, industrial, clocks and collectable posters all available to buy, lease or order on the day!
When? 10am- 4pm on the 20th May 2018
Where? Erno Goldfinger's Haggerston School, Weymouth Terrace, London, E2 8LS
Back in our January Hot List, co-founder Jane Rockett's new year resolution was to reduce her plastic bag consumption and so she invested in some handy and stylish shoppers to take to the supermarket with her. This got us thinking about what we can do to reduce our plastic waste to help mother earth out!
It's easy to feel a little overwhelmed when it comes to reducing our plastic consumption, but what we've come to realise is how easy and achievable it is to reduce your plastic consumption and the good news is also that the UK has and the EU has pledged to ban all nonrecyclable plastic by 2030 - so positive changes are being made!
So here are five simple swaps that will make all the difference:
- Say no to plastic/ clingfilm wrapped fruit, veggies and meat. You can easily source netted bags online (try Amazon) for your fruits and veg or alternatively sign up for a weekly fruit and veg delivery which comes loosely packed in a box! If you visit the meat counter in your local supermarket you can ask for non-plastic wrap. Another easy alternative is to support local businesses and visit food markets or local greengrocers for a sustainable alternative.
- Paper Straws. No need to end the party early, just invest in paper straws for your cocktails. We have a selection of glamorous paper straws at RSG and we've also heard that some companies are developing edible straws that we can't wait to try!
- Swap your single-use plastic bottles for a reusable bottle. Not only are these bottles better for the environment, but they are also BPA free which is better for your health! A WIN : WIN in our opinion!
- Cardboard trumps plastic. Cardboard is so much easier to recycle than plastic, so if there is a cardboard alternative on a particular food item that you wish to buy, opt for that instead. We've heard of this super cool company, Boxed Water Is Better, that offers boxed water instead of plastic bottles. Check it out here.
- Ditch the disposable - disposable coffee cups, disposable razors, disposable cutlery - the list goes on! If you can avoid purchasing single-use pieces and invest in reusable alternatives, you'll make a big difference to your plastic consumption, plus its cheaper in the long run.
Festival season well and truly kicks off in May, so to mark the start of it we have curated a Festival Fun Playlist on Spotify to get you in the mood...
1. Pelican, The Maccabees.
2. Golden Touch, Razorlight.
3. Grounds For Divorce, Elbow.
4. Don't Delete the Kisses, Wolf Alice.
5. Centuries, Fall Out Boy.
6. Lock Doh, Giggs.
7. Levels, Avicii.
8. Walking On a Dream, Empire of the Sun.
9. Help Me Out, Maroon 5 & Julie Michaels.
10. Bros, Wolf Alice.
11. And more on our Spotify Playlist ...