Deyan Sudjic

June 2018

Deyan Sudjic

"This month’s hotlister is the director of the Design Museum, Deyan Sudjic who is looking forward to the new documentary on the designer Alexander McQueen…" Jenny Halpern Prince. “Design is always relevant because it is always changing and the designer Alexander McQueen changed the way we saw fashion. His creativity and skill were matched by intense energy to produce radical visions of what beauty looks like. McQueen made us see the world in a different way. Good design is timeless and like Azzedine Alaïa (Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier until 7 Oct) the exhibition currently at the Design Museum, both of these designers achieved that timelessness.” Deyan Sudjic

Art

Frida Kahlo, Making Her Self up

The V&A opens up a special exhibition all around Frida Kahlo on the 16th of the month called Making Her Self Up. The exhibition offers the public insight into her fascinating life via artefacts and personal belongings that have never been exhibited outside of her home of Mexico before now. Born in Mexico City in 1907, her life work celebrated and was inspired by Mexican culture exploring identity, post colonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society and Kahlo herself is one of the world’s most recognised artists as she used her distinctive face as the subject of many of her own works. You can expect to see many of her colourful and intricately embroidered outfits, makeup, paintings, photographs and even a prosthetic leg worn by Kahlo after she had her leg amputated in 1953. Tickets are £15 and the exhibition is open until early November. Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

Restaurant

Orrery London

If Orrery was American, it would be able to drink alcohol for the first time this year as it celebrates it’s 21st birthday. To commemorate this momentous occasion the restaurant has recently undergone a subtle but delightful interiors refresh but fans of Orrery will be thrilled to hear the food and drinks are as magnifique as ever. Located on Marylebone High street, the white table cloths, impeccable service and calming colour scheme all add up to one divine dining experience. Menu highlights include Fillet steak tartare with quails egg, sourdough & truffle, the Jerusalem artichoke risotto, with Winter black truffle and artichoke crisps or the Dorset crab, wasabi, avocado & mango 10 supplement. Add in some crisp white wine or perhaps a Flirtini cocktail and you’ll never want to leave. Now may be a good time to remind you that Father's Day is coming up on the 17th, perhaps it's a chance to book in for the tasting menu and spoil Papa rotten. Enjoy! Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

Theatre

Tartuffe

Tartuffe, also known as The Imposter, is one of the most famous theatrical comedies by Molière. Written in 1664, it tells the tale of the plays title character who has hoodwinked those around him to the point of stealing another characters wife, money and even daughter. Shameless. The Theatre Royal Haymarket in Soho have taken this story and adapted it for the modern day, set in LA and starring a host of big names including Paul Anderson (Peaky Blinders fans will be first in line for tickets no doubt), plus Audrey Fleurot and Sebastian Roché amongst others. Opening on the 25th of the month until late July this adaptation has been penned by Academy, BAFTA and Olivier award winner Christopher Hampton and the production is bilingual and will switch between English dialogue and French surtitles, and then vice versa. “But what's a surtitle” you shout from the dress circle. Well it’s the same dialogue projected onto a screen above the stage in the opposing language! Sur instead of Sub. Obvious really! Twitter | Facebook

Family Fun

London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

2018 marks the 23rd, yes 23rd!!!, edition of the annual London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival at London’s Regatta Centre this Sunday 3rd June. The free, family-friendly, dragon boat racing event welcomes 10,000 visitors from all over the UK and overseas to enjoy and take part in one of the UK’s most exciting cross-cultural sporting occasions. Throughout the day, the spectacular action on the water will be provided by more than 40 competing club, corporate and amateur teams. Drama unfolds as novices do battle with some of the UK’s greatest paddlers, as well as the elements, to take home 6 cups. On land, the event’s South East Asian food festival will represent the culinary tastes of each country in the region including Mei Mei’s Street Cart, Bite Mi, Newdlez Pad Thai, Hanoi Kitchen, Pochi, Wok n Roll, EatFan, Enak Enak as well as the wonderful Vietnamese Coffee of Ca Phe Vn and sensational cocktails and Tiger Beer from Quirky Bars while entertainment including live music and martial arts displays will be provided on the East West Festival stage with traditional Chinese lion dancing proceeding the ‘dotting of the eyes ceremony’ to launch the event. What a fab way to experience Chinese culture in the capital! Twitter | Facebook

Bar

The Moonshine Saloon

Moonshine was originally a slang term for high-proof distilled spirits produced illegally against the government's wishes. AKA prohibition style powerful party fuel. AKA A MASSIVE PARTY! Head to the Kings Road to ‘Step off the streets of West London and onto the streets of the Wild West’. The Moonshine Saloon is a BYO affair where the mixologists will hook you up with sumptuous cocktails based on your hard liquor of choice. You’ll be wearing stetsons, playing card games, probably spitting and generally adopting all the mannerisms of a raucous cowboy at a hoedown. This is not the bar for anyone who is afraid of letting their hair down and taking on a lil’ role play for fun. Because otherwise the Sheriff will sniff you out and kick you out for not obeying the law…. Just get ready to hear a lot of people saying y’all fairly repetitively! Instagram |Facebook

Food

Market Halls Fulham

So apparently if you're not a one stop desto with a mix of food and drink delights under one roof here in London town then you ain't worth knowing. So Fulham heard this news and jumped on the unsurprising bandwagon with Market Halls. They took on the well-preserved entrance hall of an Edwardian Underground station in Fulham Broadway and with a lick of paint, nine food stops, a coffee shop, a deli and a fully stocked bar - boom, we have ourselves a banging new venue for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks seven days a week! AND, they are dog friendly AND they have a separate kids area if your little ones are in tow so everyone's a winner. Foodie treats include Yard Sale Pizza, Ahi Poke and Thima by Farang. The truth is this is actually the first of three Market Halls with one in Victoria opening late summer and the third near Oxford Circus this winter so if Fulham isn't that convenient, then fear not for more are on the way. Our favourite part is that each of them are opening in unloved public spaces with special architectural or historic interest meaning once loved gems are getting a second chance. Hurrah for Market Halls. In their humble words “Market Halls is set to make an unprecedented mark on the UK’s dining scene.” So watch this space. Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

Charity of the Month

Gynaecological Cancer Fund, Lady Garden Charity

As you may already know, the LADY GARDEN charity was co-founded by our CEO Jenny Halpern Prince, Astrid Harbord, Josephine Daniel, Tamara Beckwith, Chloe Delevingne, Kate Percival, Mika Simmons and Bridget Barker. Our mission is to change the future of Gynae cancers and women’s health, one slightly crazy event at a time. We have just launched the registration of this year’s 5k and 10k run/walk/stroll around Hyde Park on 9th June and would LOVE for you to sign up and join us with partners, friends, sisters, brothers, kids, nieces, nephews, mums and dads etc. Last year saw Princess Beatrice, Arizona Muse and Vogue Williams dust off their trainers to raise funds for vital research at The Royal Marsden. Full details below but please sign up soon as there are only 45 places left. Instagram | Twitter | Facebook