June is upon us!
We love June at Rockett St George! Marking the start of summer, long days and warm evenings, music festival season and plenty of outdoor events for both grown-ups and the kids, June is just flat out FUN! So to help you get the most out of June we've put together our top things to do including World Gin Day, our Top 5 family-friendly festivals, our round-up of the best summer reads and alternative father's day gifts for that special man in your life. Even better, this month we've partnered up with The Ivy which has just opened its doors in Brighton! One lucky winner will win a £100 voucher for a three-course-dinner delight... how cool is that?!
Have a fabulous month, darlings!
Jane, Lucy and the RSG Team x
Based in Brighton, The Ivy in the Lanes offers all-day dining, seven days a week, from dawn until dusk. The brasserie’s informal yet sophisticated interior features Brighton-inspired artwork, including pieces depicting the pier, sea life and Brighton beach, all set against a backdrop of leather banquettes, a striking onyx bar and pendant lighting. An enticing cocktail list sits alongside the dining menu, featuring a choice of traditional and contemporary bespoke cocktails. Offerings include a Candy Floss Fizz, incorporating prosecco, rosé, lychee, ginger & Havana 3-year-old rum, and a Pavilion Passion, with fresh passion fruit shaken with vanilla infused Wyborowa vodka, finished with flaming rum in a passion fruit shell.
This month we have paired up with The Ivy In the Lanes to mark the exciting new opening of the Private Dining Rooms! You can be one of the first to visit The Ivy in the Lanes with the chance to WIN a 3-course dinner, up to the value of £100 at The Ivy in the Lanes for two.
The Ivy in the Lanes is an exciting addition to the creative hub of Brighton, a city with a strong digital culture that also celebrates theatre, music and art. The launch comes at the start of Brighton’s festival season; with Brighton Fringe, Brighton Festival and The Great Escape offering an exciting programme of events, the city is set to come alive as residents and visitors alike join in on the festivities. The Ivy Collection’s new haunt holds back a proportion of tables, allowing visitors to drop in throughout the day at their leisure, without booking. The Ivy Collection is a group of restaurants, brasseries and cafés, offering accessible, all-day dining for locals and visitors alike. Each location is carefully handpicked to value, reflect and add to the local area.
To be in for the chance to win a 3-course dinner for two at The Ivy in the Lanes, up to the value of £100 simply click the link above and answer one simple question!*
A day dedicated entirely to our favourite spirit?! I'll gin to that!
That's right darlings, on the 10th of June it's World Gin Day and we expect it to be a boozy affair! A day of fun-filled events in and around London, get together with your favourite people and enjoy a legitimate excuse to drink gin - all day long! With so much going on throughout the gin-infused day of madness, our highlights include the Pink Party with Beefeater Gin with a Pink G&T, Pink Cocktail Slushie or Spike Posipicle all up for slurping along with strawberries, live music and plenty entertainment. Other highlights include the Gin and Cheese Pairing Workshop with Foxhole Gin (perfect for the cheese lovers) and The Scapegrace Soiree in collaboration with the Worship Street Whistling Shop (featured in our April Hot List 2017) which will be offering a one-off menu takeover!
And if you can't make any of the events going on, then don't think that you've missed out on any of the fun ... hell no! Inspired by our friends at Holy Water who provided the amazing boozy drinks at our recent Housewarming Party at Liberty London (thank you!), we've come up with a gin and fizz based cocktail, for you to make at home!
50ml Elderflower Tonic
100ml lime juice
Prosecco to top up
Lots of Ice
Mix together your favourite gin, elderflower tonic, lime juice and ice in a glass. Add a splash of prosecco and viola .... A gin and fizz cocktail delight!
Yes, we may have mentioned this in our April Hot List ... but we are just too excited not to mention it again! Opening this month at the V&A, the exhibition based on the Mexican artist, Frida Khalo, remembered for her beautifully vivid and colourful portraits and self-portraits will have her life's story and prized possessions showcased. A fresh perspective on Khalo's life, the pieces debuted have never before been seen outside of Mexico. With a series of Khalo-based workshops, talks and events hosted throughout the duration of the exhibition, in our opinion, it's an absolute must visit.
Where? V&A, London
When? 16th June - 4th November 2018
A yearly event, the cast of some of the West Ends most loved musicals come to together for the weekend for a musical event that theatre lovers will adore! Featuring the cast of Les Miserable, Chicago, Wicked, Matilda and more this free family fun event is live entertainment at its best. Aside from plenty of music to sing along to visitors can dine alfresco, take selfies with west end stars, shop stalls and of course enjoy the buzzing atmosphere of the event!
Where? Trafalgar Square, London
When? 16th and 17th of June 2018
Whether you love making food or eating it, Taste of London is not to be missed! A brilliant opportunity to stuff yourself silly with sublime cuisine from the capitals top restaurants, chefs and leading food and drink brands, Taste of London is a five-day foodie extravaganza! With so much to explore throughout the festival, no one will leave hungry but we highly recommend checking out The Taste Residence presented by Zacapa Rum which includes a four-course tasting menu by world leading chefs, The Fire Pit which will serve up sizzling BBQ delights and the Johnnie Walker Highball Experience to help you create your very own highball!
When? 13 – 17 June 2018.
Where? Regents Park, London.
Yasss .... festival season has arrived! With so many festivals on this summer, you could quite literally book up each weekend with a new exciting festival. Festivals are often boozy events, strictly for the over 18s, but if you've got kids and want to do something a little bit different this Summer then check out these family-friendly festivals that everyone can enjoy:
No.1. Latitude Festival
A great festival for the teens, Latitude Festival tops the list! A Suffolk based festival split into three areas that suitable for the kids, teens and the adults enjoy a stellar line-up including Wolf Alice, Rag 'n' Bone Man, The Killers and more. With activities including an enchanted forest, lake swimming, creative craft and more, there is no end to all the fun!
When? Thursday 12th of July - Sunday 15th of July
Where? Henham Park, Suffolk.
No.2. Camp Bestival
A four-day festival that is definitely worth booking, Camp Bestival is back for another year. With an amazing line-up including Clean Bandit and Rae Morris, along with comedy from Sean Lock, a Peter Rabbit Theatre Show and lots of entertainment and activities for kids, teens and adults alike, Camp Bestival is a family festival favourite.
When? Thursday 26thof July - Sunday 29th of July
Where? Lulworth Castle, Dorset
If you love festivals, but your not down for camping with all of the family then Citadel festival is for you! A one-day festival, the line-up includes performances from Chvrches, Leon Bridges and Tame Impala. For the kids, get involved with activities including Picassos in the Park, Puppet Catwalk and Superhero Acadamy - an exciting and fun way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon!
When? Sunday 15th of July
Where? Gunnersbury Park, London
A festival with babysitting?! Yes, please! A well-established festival for all of the family to enjoy, Wilderness Festival is a jam-packed weekend of music, theatre and arts, talks & debates, workshops, well-being activities and of course plenty of activities for the kids to get involved with, including family yoga, filmmaking and arts & crafts and more!
When? Thursday 2nd of August - Sunday 5th of August
Where? Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
No.5. The Big Feastival
Feast your eyes and fill your stomachs ... The Big Feastival is a treat for all of the family to enjoy! The highlight of the festival is of course food and adults and kids alike can test their cooking skills with lots of workshops and food-based activities to get involved with. To top it off there will be music from Paloma Faith, Tom Odell, Basement Jaxx, Craig David, James Arthur and more!
When? Friday 24th of August - Sunday 26th of August
Where? The Cotswolds
Visiting the cinema on a hot summers day feels practically criminal and as summer makes us want to spend most of our days and evenings outside what better excuse than to visit the Rooftop Film Club?!
A brilliant date idea, fathers day activity or simply a fun way to spend a summers eve, the Rooftop Film Club takes great classic and modern films and makes them even better! An inspired twist on traditional cinema viewing, enjoy a brilliant movie with spectacular panoramic and sunset views of London with comfy deck chairs to lounge in and plenty of cinema snacks and beverages on offer. A fun and alternative cinema experience, upcoming films to book tickets for include Clueless, The Greatest Showman, The Florida Project, Breakfast At Tiffany's and so much more! With three venues in London to choose from (Bussey Building, Queen of Hoxton and Roof East), this is a cinematic experience that you've got to try at least once!
Not in London? Here are other outdoor cinemas to find near you: The Luna Beach Cinema, Brighton | Millenium Square, Leeds | Hylands House, Essex | Highfield Park, St Albans | Sheffield Amphitheatre | Cinema on the Pier, Hastings |
1. Three Wise Monkey Ornaments - Black £39.95 - For the dad that has everything!
Father's Day is on Sunday, June 17th. So to celebrate that special man in your life we've come up with some imaginative, humorous and unique gifts that will make his day!
2. Arrow Bookends £34.00 - For the book-ish dad!
3. Golden Monkey Bust £295.00 - For the cheeky dad!
4. Antique Style Desk Calendar & Compass £26.00 - For the hard-working father!
5. Peeled Banana Table Lamp £195.00 - For the witty dad!
6. RSG Notebook - Shit I Need To Do £24.00 - For the man that needs to get s**t done!
7. Framed 50x70 Monochrome Abstract Alphabet A-Z Art Print £75.00 - For the man who has a great appreciation for 'art'!
8. Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs £12.95 - For the amateur photographer.
9. Rock Gold Hand Ornament £19.00 - For the rockstar dad!
10. Earthenware Ceramics - XL Elements Mug £9.95 - For the dad who cannot go without his morning coffee or tea!
Nothing beats a good holiday read by the pool on a hot summers day. So to help you stock up your Kindle reading list, your audiobook library or if you prefer the real-deal paperbacks editions we've compiled our top 10 summer reads for you to get stuck into:
1.Everything I know about Love by Dolly Allerton
Former dating Sunday Times Columnist, Dolly Allerton, memoir vividly recalls her love life - wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you've ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. It's a book about bad dates, good friends and - above all else - about recognising that you and you alone are enough.
2. The Terrible by Yrsa Daley-Ward
A biography bout all the things that happened to Yrsa Daley-Ward - 'even the Terrible Things (and God, there were Terrible Things)'. It's about her childhood in the north-west of England with her beautiful, careworn mother and her little brother who sees things written in the stars. A gripping read from start to finish, the artistic style of writing is truly beautiful and her story will stay in your heart.
3. The Cows by Dawn O'Porter
Women don’t have to fall into a stereotype. When an event ties three women together, one woman’s catastrophe becomes another’s inspiration and a life lesson to all.
4. Ordinary People by Diana Evans
‘You can take a leap, do something off the wall, something reckless. It’s your last chance, and most people miss it.’ A poignant book based in South London, 2008 Ordinary People is an intimate, immersive study of identity and parenthood, sex and grief, friendship and ageing, and the fragile architecture of love.
5. Florida by Lauren Groff
A collection of stories that spans characters, towns, decades and centuries, but Florida – its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind – becomes its gravitational centre: an energy, a mood, as much as a place of residence. With shocking accuracy and effect, she pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury – the moments that make us alive.
6. The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
A memoir of growing up and coming out. In this book the author opens up about realizing at the age of twenty-eight that she is gay. In these poignant, funny essays, she wrestles with her shifting sexuality and identity and describes what it was like coming out to everyone she knows (and everyone she doesn't). As she revisits her past, looking for any "clues" that might have predicted this outcome, Katie reveals that life doesn't always move directly from point A to point B--no matter how much we would like it to.
9. The Queen of Bloody Everything by Joanna Nadin
A coming of age novel about growing up in a small town, first love and the deep yearning for a different life.
10. Useless Magic by Florence Welch
The lyrics and poetry of singer and songwriter Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine will be publishing her never seen before poetry in her debut book.