10 Things We Love This July

27 July 2012

Rooftop Film Club
Now that summer has (finally!) arrived, we’re looking forward to catching some classic flicks at the Rooftop Film Club. Until the end of August, screenings will take place on “two of London’s finest rooftops” – atop the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, and the Roof Gardens in Kensington. Settle down in the warm night air; enjoy delicious fresh food, cool beers, and some fantastic films. The perfect alternative to sitting in an over-air conditioned Odeon on a beautiful evening, this feels like how films should be shown. Tickets are a snap at £10, but book in advance, because showings sell out fast!

Little House Mayfair
The newest club to be added to the Soho House Group, Little House Mayfair opened its doors this spring, and is the perfect spot for a quiet lunch or intimate dinner. With a slightly retro feel, antique furniture, wood panelling and leather dining booths, Little House has a more grown-up feel than its sibling clubs, but retains their warmth and atmosphere. Not to mention that, according to one JFL consultant, they do the best V&Ts in town – no mean praise...

Ping! London
One of the most delightful surprises in London this summer has been the sudden arrival of ping pong tables in various locations across the West End. Golden Square, Soho Square and Leicester Square have seen some truly magnificent play over the past few weeks, and we are enjoying whiling away our lunch breaks playing pingpong in the sun. Give it another few weeks and we’ll be Olympic standard.

Designing 007 – 50 Years of Bond style
The Barbican celebrates 50 years of the James Bond franchise, from Dr No through to Skyfall, with this exhibition of the design and style that makes Bond great. According to the Barbican,
“it will explore the craft behind the screen icons, the secret service and villains, tailoring and costumes, set and production design, automobiles, gadgets and special effects, graphic design and motion graphics, exotic locations, stunts and props.”
Featuring Bond’s Aston Martin, Scaramanga’s Golden Gun, Sean Connery’s exploding briefcase from From Russia With Love, and a fully stocked Martini Bar, this exhibition will delight any Bond fan.

Last Mile Festival
Hosted by the East End’s London Pleasure Gardens, the Last Mile Festival boasts a “mind-blowing programme featuring Olympics events on the big screen, theatre, live music, cabaret, art, amazing food and sideshows”.  The fun kicks off this weekend (28th July) with aerial acrobatic displays and live music, and will continue until 12th August with performances, sideshows, gorgeous food and well-stocked bars.

Camden Fringe
Back for its 7th year, Camden Fringe kicks off on July 30th and runs until August 26th. If Edinburgh seems like too much of a trek, head North instead to Camden and enjoy a mix of standup comedy, improv, dance and theatre at the “other” Fringe festival. With 14 venues this year, it’s set to be a brilliant event. We are especially keen to see Rosie Wilby’s show, Olympic Swingball Champion 2012.

Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950
Rhodes. Chalayan. Saunders. McQueen. Packham. Featuring more than 60 stunning designs, including royal ballgowns, this exhibition celebrates 60 years of British ballgown design. There is so much to see here, including a leather-and-silver creation by fashion maverick Gareth Pugh, but special mention must go to the phenomenally vampy dress that Bruce Oldfield designed for Bianca Jagger.

From Paris: A Taste for Impressionism
The Royal Academy plays host to a series of masterpieces by Monet, Manet, Degas, Morisot, Pissarro, and Sisley, as well as an exceptional group of more than twenty paintings by Renoir. There are some very famous paintings on display here, including Monet’s Street in Saint Andresse, and Renoir’s charming Girl With A Fan, but the star here is perhaps a Degas self-portrait, in which the artist sits, mysterious and even a little secretive, under his wide-brimmed hat. This is a quirky and personal collection – definitely worth visiting.

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
50 Shades not your cup of tea? Try Gone Girl, the third novel by Gillian Flynn, which has been receiving blisteringly good reviews, and looks set to be a slow-burn summer hit. When Nick’s wife Amy disappears in mysterious circumstances on their fifth wedding anniversary, he is the police’s prime suspect. As the case progresses, and Nick protests his innocence, more and more evidence mounts against him, and we delve into the complex heart of his relationship with Amy. By turns psychological thriller and emotional drama, this is a compelling and darkly stylish novel.

Pandora, originally founded in Copenhagen, is a global jewellery company which makes hand-finished jewellery including rings, necklaces, and bracelets. The beauty of their bracelets is that you can collect charms to put on them and make them completely personal – no one else will have the same jewellery as you. You can also do the same with their necklaces, and their rings can be collected to create gorgeous stacks. JFL’s Rebecca finds she never needs an excuse to add one more charm to her collection...