4th July openings: ready, steady, go!

Bridget Riley, High Sky 1991

The lockdown is coming to an end and, whilst we venture out with some trepidation, we’re also very ready to start visiting some of our top London spots again.  This is our plan so far…

We will treat ourselves to a delicious meal at The River Cafe (opening 4th July, book here), The Wolseley (open from 5pm on 4th July for dinner onwards, book here), Gold (opening July 10th, booking just opened here), Padella (opening 4th July, use the @walkinldn app for walk-in bookings for al fresco seating at both Borough Market and Shoreditch) and Orasay (opening July 4th, book here).  We’ll also be visiting the Wild by Tart’s summer pop-up outside Eccleston Yards which will be serving fresh pizzas, grilled meat and fish, fresh salads, cold beers and rosé (opening 4th July, book here).  And tracking down The Blue Bar Cocktail Bike from The Berkeley who mixes cocktails on the doorsteps of Belgravia with their bespoke cocktail delivery service.

Whilst it looks like some of the bigger museums are going to open in August, the smaller London Galleries have got some great work showing.  We’re going to see David Hockney’s portraits at the Annely Juda Fine Art Gallery (including Ed Sheeran); Bridget Riley and Paul Klee at David Zwirner Gallery; prints by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore at Eames Fine Art; the show About the Human Figure featuring works by Peter Doig, Sigmar Polke and other at the Michael Werner Gallery (opens 7th July) and the solo exhibition by Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra at the Marian Goodman Gallery.  The Whitechapel Gallery is opening soon in conjunction with the Barbican Gallery – keep your eyes peeled as the dates will be announced any date now.  Also, the Gardening Museum is opening on July 4th too with the rather aptly named show Derek Jarman: My garden’s boundaries are my horizon, Hampton Court Palace Gardens are open now and Chelsea Physic Garden has some great workshops coming up in August including a botanical watercolour class (book here for the workshops or for timed entry tickets to the garden).  Outside London, enjoy an early evening picnic cooked by the chefs at The Newt in Somerset with their Garden Lates series.

And finally, we’re can’t wait to get to Kew again.  Book ahead to get your allotted slot here and enjoy their 330 acres of summer loveliness.

4th July openings: ready, steady, go!
— Francesca
24th June 2020

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