June Social Calendar

31st May 2013

And so tomorrow we come to June, the start of the summer, supposedly. But let's forget the weather for now, because throughout June London is hosting a whole range of events, from the parties you have to be at, culinary delights,  to art exhibitions that have been running for almost a quarter of a millennium. Let The Handbook be your guide to some of June's great events:

Parties:

 3 Cromwell Road’s Great Gatsby Party: Themed around the book, it seems only proper that 3 Cromwell Road host a Great Gatsby Party.  Expect waiters and waitresses donning 1920s attire, The Great Gatsby girls dancing the Charleston and remixes of Jay Z’s epic sound track. Now where are our flapper dresses? 1st June  www.3cromwell.com

Motcomb Street Party: The Motcomb Street Party near Knightsbridge, is not just your average street party, not only does it have brilliant DJs, entertainers, food stalls, and prizes donated by the likes Harvery Nichols, it is also raising money for charities, and that definitely makes it a super party in our books. 26th June, www.motcombstreetparty.co.uk

Bollywood Night at Vinopolis: Take fiery whisky cocktails, add in some performances from professional Bollywood dancers, then finish with beats and DJ sets and you are set to have one incredible, vibrant night under the arches of Vinopolis. 28th June, www.vinopolis.co.uk

Awards:

Glamour Women of the Year Awards: Talented and brilliant women are coming together to celebrate and party at Glamour’s 10th annual awards. Having joined forces once again with Pandora jewellery, we reckon they'll pull out all the stops to make it their most glamorous awards yet.  4thJune, www.glamourmagazine.co.uk

 London Bar and Club Awards: Given how great London’s nightlife is, it only seems proper that a nod is given to the best bars and clubs, which is why the Intercontinental Hotel on Park Lane is gearing up for this annual soiree, which will see all notable bar and club luminaries  get together at one dazzling award ceremony. 4thJune , www.theclubawards.com

 First Women Awards: These awards are all about the often unsung women heroes in business, those who have created opportunities for others, with previous winners including female pioneers ranging from the fields of science to the world of fashion, this is an award ceremony we will definitely be toasting to. 12th June www.fwa.realbusiness.co.uk

Culture:

Stoke Newington Literary Festival: Want to be inspired, amused and entertained? Then the Stoke Newington Literary festival is just the ticket. Events will be taking place all over the area but we are excited about what’s going on at Stoke Newington Town Hall where we can’t wait to see the likes of Caitlin Moran and Danny Baker take to the stage. 3rd – 9th June www.stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: Having run now for 245 years, this exhibition knows a thing or two about contemporary art. With over 1000 pieces of work in all styles and media, there is definitely enough to keep you occupied for the whole of June and beyond. 10th June – 18th August, www.royalacademy.org.uk

 Foundling Museum Exchange Exhibition: 1000 tea cups, 1000 good deeds. Leading ceramic artist Clare Twomey has created Exchange, inspired by the philanthropic and charitable heart of the Foundling Museum. This exhibition is asking ten people a day to choose a cup and carry out their good deed, if they do, the cup is theirs. We say get into the spirit and spread the love. 14th June- 15th September, www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk

Society: 

 Mint Polo in the Park: England’s weather may say otherwise but June is the start of summer and what better way to begin than with the quintessentially English, Mint Polo in the Park?  Across three days six global teams will come together at Hurlingham Club for the most exhilarating take on the game. Add to that Pimms, afternoon tea and a whole host of fashionable people and who needs the sun? 7th – 9th June www.polointheparklondon.com

 Royal Ascot in the City:  Trot along to Eight Moorgate, why? To join The Riding Club for their Royal Ascot Party of course!  Bringing Royal Ascot to the city guests are encouraged to come dressed for the Royal Enclosure we’re talking extravagant hats, and classic style. 7th June www.ridinglondon.com

Kettner’s celebrates Gay Pride: This month is Pride Festival and Kettner’s is celebrating in style. Throughout the week they will be serving up a cheekily named cocktail, ‘Ding Dong’ as well as serving a pink themed Afternoon Tea  on Sunday 30th, with rose macaroons, strawberry Eton mess and of course pink champagne!  23rd June – 1st July www.kettners.com

Openings:

 Grain Store: It’s finally here! The hotly anticipated new restaurant by Chef Bruno Loubet and The Zetter Group’s Michael Benyan and Mark Sainsbury. With a menu inspired by Bruno Loubet’s travels and an interior inspired by the exploded kitchen, this is one restaurant that has no boundaries. We expect great things! 1st June, www.grainstore.com

 Tom’s Kitchen Canary Wharf: Tom’s Kitchen becomes a trio, with the launch of the new restaurant at Canary Wharf, we are excited not only because we can now get their infamous brunch over in the east, but also the deli their means that even the busiest food lovers can enjoy the delights of Tom’s Kitchen. 1st June, www.tomskitchen.co.uk

The Happenstance: Two words for The Happenstance: sultry and stylish. We reckon this bar and restaurant will be your new favourite in St Pauls. Serving early breakfast, right through to late night cocktails, whatever your day holds there is definitely no reason not to visit. 26th June, www.thehappenstancebar.co.uk

Food: 

One New Change Saturday Food Market: One New Change is going back to its historical roots by launching weekly food markets, the first one being this Saturday and the list of stalls is sensational. Everything from Chinese Dumplings to Jamaican rum cakes through to British Charcuterie. Literally food heaven. 1st June, www.onenewchange.com  

Slow Food Week: Forget fast food, next week is Slow Food Week. It’s all about taking your time and thinking a little bit more about the food you eat.  Corrigan’s Mayfair is getting things started by serving up a five course dinner, created by not one Michelin star chef, but five. You can definitely forget the saying too many chefs…2nd June, www.corrigansmayfair.co.uk

The World’s Longest Tasting Menu: Food explorers and pioneers unearthed® are set to break a world record, which will astound even the hungriest. The world’s longest tasting menu, with an incredible 193 tasting courses, one from each country in the world. Taking place in a pop up in Hackney, diners can book hour slots, to sample some of the dishes. We say some, although we dare you to try all 193. 14th – 15th June, www.eventbrite.co.uk

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