Brace yourself for a super busy month...
May signals the reality of Spring and this time round, that brings a series of huge creative events that we're super excited about. From busy London to our local bustling Brighton we are spoilt for choice this month with eateries, exhibitions and events that satisfy our hunger for all things art at Photo London, music from our London Calling Playlist and food at Cafe Monico!
Add to this a competition with the amazing Bert & May and you're sure to enjoy the month ahead!
WIN: 1 NIGHTS STAY FOR 2 IN BERT'S BARGES
Bert & May has become a name synonymous with a simple and elegant aesthetic, with a commitment to raw materials, natural pigments and fine craftsmanship.
Forget your usual city suite - these one bedroom floating hotels are the next big thing. Bert's Barge is a matt black city barge with a Scandinavian vintage interior that rivals most hotel rooms we've seen! This month we're giving away a nights stay for two* on Bert & May’s very own barge. Moored on Regent’s Canal in East London, you’ll be welcomed aboard Bert’s Barge with a hamper of continental style breakfast, wine and snacks.
Cleverly designed to make the most out of compact living and the perfect blend of sophistication and simplicity, the barge boasts a large living and dining area with fully fitted kitchen, coffee machine, wood burning stove, underfloor heating, large bathroom with walk in shower, beautiful bedroom with king sized bed and a private roof terrace to boot. All aboard?
To be in with a chance of winning the stay simply click the link above to be redirected to the competition page where you simply have to enter your name and email address. Good Luck! x
DO: THE TOP 5 @ LONDON CRAFT WEEK
Calling all creatives! Fancy a chance to celebrate artisan makers and enjoy some DIY craft? London Craft Week is especially for you. From the 3rd to the 7th of May LCW will be showcasing exceptional craftmanship from around the world through a journey of 130 events across the city.Whether you want to learn the art of handbag making or how to construct a stunning watch face - there is something for you. We've picked out our top 5 events for the week...
1. The Craft of Wallpaper @ The Geffrye Museum
Wallpaper is the go-to trick to improve your home decor in an instant (well, after all that pasting!) We don't often think about the hard work that goes into the designing and making, so The Craft of Wallpaper aims to demonstrate the skills of designers such as Claire Coles, Elise Menghini, Waybreads, Graham & Brown, Identity Papers, Juliet Chadwick, Linda Florence, Erica Wakerly, Fromental, CUSTHOM and Tracy Kendall. Don't miss!
2. Georgina Goodman @ Blacks
Shoe designer Georgina Goodman has created iconic shoes for the Alexander McQueen label and made glass heels for filmmaker Nick Knight. This pop-in studio will take you through a visual journey of love, lust, loss and all things shoes, shoes, shoes! To make this event even better, it's taking place in private members club Blacks in Soho. The perfect setting. Definitely check out her Instagram in the meantime - it's fabulous!
3. Wang Dongling @ The British Museum
In a very special demonstration, prominent modernist Chinese calligrapher Professor Wang Dongling will be showcasing experiments with his use of brush and the movements of his fingertips, wrists, arms, and his entire body. Calligraphy is an incredible art form, and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Dongling at work on his unique projects.
4. The Perfumer and the Glass Blower
Do you want to commission both a bespoke perfume and bottle from classically trained perfumer Lynn Harris and glass blower Michael Ruh? In this workshop Lynn explores every angle of perfume creation, from how scents are discovered to building a complete and final sensory experience including the development of bespoke, specially commissioned bottles made by the Michael Ruh Studio.
5. Hole & Corner presents Marvelous Mechanica
The element of childhood fun is being brought to LCW! Hosted by Hole & Corner, this back-to-basics workshop takes place in the incredibly beautiful chapel of The House of St Barnabas in Soho, involving mechincal devices designed by artists and students. The idea is to transport ping pong balls in an inventive and unexpected way across the chapel using marble runs, newton's cradles, catapults and roller coasters. Think David Weiss & Peter Fischli's famous film 'The Way Things Go' - a chain reaction of kinetic movements. There's no need to book , just swing by and admire these fab clapping hands and more...
3 - 7 May, 11:00 - 19:00, booking not necessary
If you want to see more of what's on during London Craft Week check out the 2016 programme here.
EAT: CAFE MONICO
A newcomer from our favourite Soho House, Cafe Monico serves all-day French-Italian cuisine in a traditional brasserie setting. The menu is enough to get the taste buds going, and the vintage decor is truly inspired. The original Cafe Monico was established in 1877, but this year in collaboration with chef Rowley Leigh, the vibrant revival of Cafe Monico is now complete with extravagant bulbous chandeliers, distressed mirrored wood panelling and deep green leather seating. The central bar is also covered in an amazing array of alcoholic drinks. We'll be having the Salmon carpaccio with Steak and Frites - heaven!
We expect that great things will be coming from Cafe Monico - stop by for breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea or cocktails in their gorgeous vintage setting.
9-45 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6LA
SEE: PHOTO LONDON
Returning to Somerset House for its second year, Photo London will showcase 80 of the world’s leading galleries in what has become a major international photography Fair. Combined with an innovative public programme, you can get excited for talks with fashion photographer and documentary maker Nick Knight about his work (pictured), exhibitions from photographer Craigie Horsfield and special installations from worldwide galleries such as The Photographers' Gallery in London and the Howard Greenberg Gallery from New York. There's so much to see - so look forward to an inspiration overload! We can't wait to see what else they have to offer this year, get a sneak preview of what's to come in their new video:
DRINK: THE NEW CLUB, BRIGHTON
You can't go past The New Club on Brighton seafront without stealing a glance or two. And yes, it is actually as fabulous as it looks. The industrial New-York inspired diner decor is the smart-casual joint you're looking for! Not only are they one of our customers, but we are one of theirs! Aside from their delicious drinks menu, The New Club has been given 5 stars for their Dirty Burger by Shortlist Magazine, were voted one of Britain’s hottest new restaurants by Waitrose Magazine, and both the The Times, The Sunday Times, and Stylist Magazine voted one of the best places for brunch and coffee in the country. It's the perfect day and night hangout.
Their cocktail menu is refined to say the least, with twists on classic recipes such as the Brighton Neroni, the Black Dove and Short Stack Sour - always expertly presented. The Brighton Neroni consists of Brighton Gin, Blackdown Sussex Vermouth and Kamm & Sons British Aperitif -all British ingredients that make for an intriguing fresh twist on the classic Negroni with light delicate flavours of juniper, ginseng and silver birch. Order one and tell them we sent you!
Pop down for incredible sea views, delicious drinks (alcoholic or otherwise) and keep an eye out for our tin tiles wallpaper!
FILM: FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
We first heard about this film after watching Graham Norton (guilty!) and think it looks brilliant. Following the true story Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer despite having a terrible singing voice, it stars the incredible Meryl Streep and our other guilty pleasure Hugh Grant. On 25 October 1944, Florence performed all of her most beloved selections in what is said to be the fastest sold-out concert in the hall’s history; with fans eagerly forking out twenty dollars for the two-dollar tickets. There is hope for us all! It looks hilarious funny, and come from the creators of Philomena and The Queen so we know it's going to be a winner. Watch the trailer here:
Out in UK cinemas from May 2nd!
LISTEN: LONDON CALLING
To celebrate the incredibly diverse and creative capital hosting these fantastic events we've taken inspiration from Home Style By City's London Playlist (and added a few of our own). All of these artists have raw, innovative talent that continues to influence the city today! Best enjoyed loud. Listen HERE.
London Calling - The Clash
Rock The Casbah - The Clash
The Lovecats - The Cure
Penny Lane - The Beatles
Back To Black - Amy Winehouse
Changes - David Bowie
Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush
This Charming Man - The Smiths
Breezeblocks - alt-J
The Passenger - Siouxsie and the Banshees
Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks