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In the RHS Secret Garden – July 6th 2014

14ft Pink Sumptuous

Now that Summer has well and truly arrived , it is time to get outside and do those little jobs in the garden or you could visit the and have poetry read to you in a 14ft Yurt as you sample tasty local produce.

The RHS has developed their Secret Gardens Sundays to bring together a variety of events to get people growing, eating and celebrating the best of seasonal British produce in 2014.

Exhibitors vary each month but include local and independent food producers alongside florists, beekeepers and artists. There will also be live music, talks and demonstrations, and of course lots of food and drink to try.

The next Secret Garden will be on Sunday 6 July, and there really will be something for everyone .  There will be talks on garden design, tea growing, what it takes to be a young horticulturalist, foraging, and writing garden poetry.

There will be a 14ft ‘Magical Poetry in which Guardian columnist and poet Paul Evans will read poems from his new book ‘Herbaceous’.

Primula auricula cabinet at an RHS Secret Garden Sunday.

There will also be a garden mosaics workshop from Southbank Mosaics, a terrariums workshop, a flower-arranging workshop and an interactive foraging stand.

In the Hall there are a number of exhibitors who will offer advice and workshops.

The RHS Horticultural Advisory team will be providing the Growing Together Club, this month visitors can learn how to grow their own microgreens so we’re catering for all kinds of gardeners, from beginners with balcony gardens to the more experienced.

Music will be provided by the Melange Collective – a trio of cello, guitar and percussion – playing a range of music from North Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans, Central Asia and South America

The Sundays run every month until September, with a special Christmas event in November.

RHS London Secret Garden Sunday takes  place between 10am  – 4 pm at RHS Lindley Hall, Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PE.

For more information visit the RHS website here

Mark Kermode: Who Needs the Professionals Now That Everyone’s a Critic? at the ICA – 13th June


Institute of Contemporary Arts,The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH

13 Jun 2014 6:45 pm  Cinema 1  £7.00 to £10.00

Are things critical for critics ?  Mark Kermode chairs a debate on the future of criticism, featuring prominent reviewers including music critic Miranda Sawyer, film critic Simon Brew (Den of Geek), art critic Rosie Rockel, and theatre critic Matt Trueman.

The panel explores the changing role of criticism in the age of the internet and to what extent it occupies a different place in each of these art forms. And it will focus on you, the audience. How do you interact with your reviewers? Do you still care what they think? What is the impact on the critics and ultimately on the art itself?

This debate explores interesting questions about the role of critics in the Modern age, is one person’s opinion more valuable than anyone else ?

And in the world of vanishing print mediums , who will employ them anyway ?

After the panel discussion there will be a chance for the audience to ask questions and get involved with the debate.

Following the discussion, Mark Kermode introduces Douglas Hickox’s cult classic Theatre of Blood(1973), in which a Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition.

For more information or to book tickets, visit the ICA website here

Sports Events Calendar


Sports Events Calendar

This is not a full listing of events but rather a list of the more interesting events .

June 2016

Thursday 9th June 2016
International Test match series
England v Sri Lanka

Venue: Lord’s

Wednesday 29th June 2016
One Day International Series
England v Sri Lanka

Venue: The Kia Oval

Thursday 14th July 2016
International Test match series
England v Pakistan

Venue: Lord’s

Thursday 11th August 2016
International Test match series
England v Pakistan

Venue: The Kia Oval

Saturday 27th August 2016
One Day International Series
England v Pakistan

Venue: Lord’s

Sunday 19th June 2016
Surrey v Nottinghamshire

Venue: The Kia Oval, London

Sunday 26th June 2016
Middlesex v Lancashire

Venue: Lord’s, London

NatWest T20 Blast
Thursday 2nd June 2016
Middlesex v Gloucestershire

Venue: Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood

Thursday 9th June 2016
Surrey v Hampshire

Venue: The Kia Oval, London

Thursday 16th June 2016
Middlesex v Sussex

Venue: Lord’s, London

Friday 17th June 2016
Surrey v Middlesex

Venue: The Kia Oval, London

Thursday 23rd June 2016
Middlesex v Somerset

Venue: Lord’s, London

Saturday 25th June 2016
Surrey v Essex

Venue: The Kia Oval, London

Royal London One-Day Cup
Tuesday 7th June 2016
Middlesex v Hampshire

Venue: Radlett Cricket Club, Radlett

Wednesday 8th June 2016
Surrey v Somerset

Venue: The Kia Oval, London

Tuesday 14th June 2016
Surrey v Sussex

Venue: Woodbridge Road, Guildford

The Queen’s Club, London, England
13 June – 19 June
Wimbledon, London, England
27 June – 10 July
Horse Racing
June 2016
02  Kempton, Lingfield
03  Epsom Downs, Goodwood
04  Epsom Downs, Lingfield
05  Goodwood
07  Lingfield
08  Kempton
09  Newbury
10  Goodwood, Sandown
11  Lingfield, Sandown
14  Ascot
15  Ascot
16  Ascot, Lingfield
17  Ascot, Goodwood
18  Ascot, Lingfield
22  Kempton
23  Newbury
25  Lingfield
29  Kempton
30  Epsom Downs,Newbury


Music Events Calendar

Music Events Calendar

 This is not a full listing of events but rather a list of the more interesting events.

June 2016

The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Sat 04/06/16
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Wembley Stadium
Sun 05/06/16
Hampton Court Palace Festival
8th to 23rd June 2016
Meltdown Festival
Royal Festival Hall
London, GB
Fri 10/06/16
Field Day Music Festival
Victoria Park London
Sat 11/06/16
Fold Festival
Fulham Palace
Fri 24/06/16
Royal Albert Hall
Saturday 18 June 2016
Katherine Jenkins
Tuesday 28 June 2016
George Benson
11 Jun 2016
Neil Young
18 June 2016
Alice Cooper
18th and 19th June
Stone Free Festival
23 Jun 2016
Barry Manilow

Museums and Art Galleries Events Calendar


Museums and Art Galleries Events Calendar

This is not a full listing of events, but rather a selection of the more interesting new events

Exhibitions opening April 2016

Dutch Flowers
National Gallery
6 April – 29 August 2016
Saatchi Gallery
Dates: 6th April to 4th September 2016
Conceptual Art in Britain: 1964-1979
Tate Britain, Millbank
Dates: 12th April to 29th August 2016
This Is A Voice
Wellcome Collection
Dates: 14th April to 31st July 2016
Maria Merians Butterflies
The Queen’s Gallery
Dates: 15th April to 9th October 2016
Shakespeare in Ten Acts
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
Dates: 15th April to 6th September 2016
Deutsche Borse Photography Prize
Photographers’ Gallery
Dates: 16th April to 26th June 2016
Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,
Dates: 16th April 2016 to 12th March 2017
Pick Me Up
Somerset House
Dates: 21st April to 2nd May 2016
Celebrating Charlotte Brontë 1816-1855 at the National Portrait Gallery
Until 14 August 2016
Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph at the Science Museum
From 20 April 2016 to 11 September 2016
Scholar, Courtier, Magician: the Lost Library of John Dee at the Royal College of Physicians
Until 29 July 2016
Sicily: Culture and Conquest at the British Museum
From 21 April 2016 to 14 August 2016
Scottish Artists 1750-1900: From Caledonia to the Continent at The Queen’s Gallery
From 18 March 2016 to 9 October 2016

Books Events Calendar

Books Events Calendar

This is not a full listing of events, but rather a selection of the more interesting new events

June  2016

Daunt Books Marylebone
Richard Dorment
Tue 7th June at 7pm
Rose Tremain
in conversation with Alex Clark
Tue 14th June at 7pm
Charles Cumming and Natasha Walter
A Divided Spy & A Quiet Life
Thu 16th June at 7pm
Michael Frayn and Charlotte Hobson
in conversation with Robert Chandler
Mon 27th June at 7pm
Philippe Sands
in conversation with Baroness Helena Kennedy QC
Wed 29th June at 7.30pm
107 Charing Cross Road
Cookbook Confidential:
Spice It Up with Cyrus Todiwala and Chetna Makan
Wednesday 1st June 2016 7pm – 8:30pm, Chargeable Event
Nina Stibbe in coversation with Nick Hornby
Thursday 2nd June 2016 7pm – 8:30pm  Chargeable Event
The Medusa Chronicles:
Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds in conversation
Saturday 4th June 2016 3pm – 4:30pm  Chargeable Event
Joe Hill: The Fireman
Monday 6th June 2016 7pm – 8:30pm  Chargeable Event
Matthew Todd and Friends:
Breaking Out of the Straight Jacket
Monday 27th June 2016 7pm – 8:30pm  Chargeable Event
On Inspiration with Thomas Keneally,
Sjón and Jill Dawson: A Sceptre Salon
Friday 3rd June 19:00
Meet Buzz Aldrin
Saturday 4th June 12:00Brexit or Bremain?
Denis MacShane & Frank Field
Tuesday 7th June 18:30

An Evening with Martin Walker
Bruno Chief of Police, Fatal Pursuit
Tuesday 7th June 19:00Jeremy Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics
with Richard Seymour and Peter Oborne
Thursday 9th June 19:00

The Great Piccadilly International Foodie Day
with Judy Joo, Sumayya Usmani and Peter Gordon
Saturday 11th June 13:00
An evening with Sudanese authors
Ahmad Al Malik, Hammour Ziada and Tarek Eltayeb
Tuesday 14th June 19:00
An Evening of Crime
with SJI Holliday and David Mark
Tuesday 14th June 19:00
The Peter Owen 65th Anniversary Salon
with Erin Pizzey, Jeremy Reed, Evelyn Farr, Miranda Miller and Tom Smith
Thursday 16th June 19:00
Women in Fantasy
Ilka Tampke, Zen Cho and Rebecca Levene
Friday 17th June 18:30
An Evening with Justin Cronin
Monday 20th June 19:00
Michael Morpurgo,
in conversation with Gaby Roslin
St James Church , 197 Piccadilly, London , W1J 9LL
Wednesday 22nd June 19:00
Bloomsbury Institute
Bloomsbury Book Club with Kate Summerscale
Interview by Alex Clark
Date: Wednesday 22nd June
Time: Drinks from 6pm and talk from 6:30pm to 7.30pm
Place: Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP
Tickets: £20 including a hardback book or £10 without the book


Theatre Events Calendar

Theatre Events Calendar

This is not a full listing of events, but rather a selection of the more interesting new events

Opening June 2016

Sunset at the Villa Thalia
at Dorfman, National Theatre
1 Jun 2016  to  04 Aug 2016
The Go Between
at Apollo Theatre
07 Jun 2016 to  15 Oct 2016
The Deep Blue Sea
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
08 Jun 2016 to  17 Aug 2016
Hobson’s Choice
at Vaudeville Theatre
08 Jun 2016  to  10 Sep 2016
Richard III
by William Shakespeare
at Almeida Theatre (Off West End)
14 Jun 2016  to  06 Aug 2016
at Prince Edward Theatre
Previews from  27 May 2016
15 Jun 2016 to  01 Oct 2016
Flying Lovers of Vitebsk
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
16 Jun 2016  to  02 Jul 2016
The Truth
at Wyndham’s Theatre
22 Jun 2016 to 03 Sep 2016
at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
23 Jun 2016  to  01 Oct 2016
at Playhouse Theatre
28 Jun 2016 to  03 Sep 2016
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
at Haymarket Theatre Royal
30 Jun 2016 to 17 Sep 2016


Opera and Ballet Events Calendar

Opera and Ballet Events Calendar

This is not a full listing of events, but rather a selection of the more interesting new events

 June 2016

Royal Opera House
Obsidian Tear / The Invitation
/ Within the Golden Hour
31 May—11 June 2016
The Winter’s Tale
1–10 June 2016
2–8 June 2016
6–30 June 2016
19 June—13 July 2016
In Parenthesis
Welsh National Opera
29 June—1 July 2016
Madam Butterfly
31 May – 07 Jul 2016
Tristan and Isolde
09 Jun – 09 Jul 2016
23 Jun – 08 Jul 2016



Exhibitions – War Artists at Sea – Queen House Greenwich 15th Feb 2014 – Feb 2015



Location Queen’s House, Greenwich

15 February 2014 – February 2015

The Royal Museums Greenwich’s collection of First and Second World War art is bought together for  this new programme of displays in the Queen’s House includes visually arresting and moving portraits, battle scenes, and depictions of everyday life during conflict, by artists including: Leslie Cole, Eric Ravilious, Richard Eurich, Norman Wilkinson, Stephen Bone, William Dring, John Worsley, Gladys E Reed, John Kingsley Cook and Charles Wheeler.


Paintings and Sculpture

15 February 2014 – February 2015

Charged with the task of revealing a ‘truth’ that went beyond the simple recording of events, official war art served the purposes of commemoration, instruction, documentation and propaganda as well as raising morale at home and on the front line. These four rooms examine the home front, action at sea, life above and below deck and the faces of war though exemplary works by Eurich, Wilkinson, Bone and Wheeler, among others.


Works on Paper: William Dring, Gladys E Reed, John Kingsley Cook and John Worsley

15 March – 15 July 2014

Two rooms are devoted to sketches, pastels and watercolours, all of which tell a personal story of war. William Dring was a portraitist and an official war artist to the Admiralty and Air Ministry; his works predominantly in pastel captured the faces of distinguished war heroes and young naval servicemen with the same psychological intensity. The highly talented but as yet unknown Gladys E Reed provides a contrast to the well-documented Dring, and her intimate sketches, made throughout her service as a Wren on her ‘off-watch’ time reveal what life was like for women working during the war.

Works on Paper: Everett and Ravilious

15 August – 15 December 2014

The themes of Modern British Art and the War at Sea make up the focus of two rooms displaying works by First and Second World War artists. The first room is devoted to John Everett, an official First World War artist and a practical deep-water sailor. Everett’s work showcases his interest in, and interpretation of, the military’s use of ‘dazzle’ – a colourful camouflaging technique used to disguise ships. At his death in 1949, he bequeathed all remaining maritime works in his possession to the National Maritime Museum which holds the most important collection of his paintings and works on paper in the world. The second room concentrates on Second World War artists’ responses to modernity, among them Eric Ravilious, one of the few official war artists to be killed whilst on duty.

Exhibition information for visitors:

Venue:                          Queen’s House, Greenwich

Dates:                           15 February 2014 – February 2015

Opening times:           every day, 10.00 – 17.00. The Queen’s House occasionally closes for private events, please call or check online before making your journey

Visitor enquiries:       020 8312 6565

Admission:                  Free

Events Calendar

Events Calendar

 June 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Palace Theatre
Dates: 30th May to 1st October 2016
The Deep Blue Sea
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre
Dates: 1st June to 17th August 2016
London Festival of Architecture
Various Venues London,
Dates: 1st to 30th June 2016
Swan Lake
Royal Albert Hall,
Dates: 1st to 12th June 2016
Sundance London
Picturehouse Central,
Dates: 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Jun 2016
Bernadette Peters
Royal Festival Hall
Dates: Friday 3rd June 2016
London Map Fair
Royal Geographical Society,
Dates: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June 2016
Royal Opera House
Dates: 6th to 30th June 2016
No Body
Sadler’s Wells Theatre
Dates: 7th to 12th Jun 2016
Richard III
Almeida Theatre
Dates: 7th June to 6th August 2016
Beating Retreat
Horse Guards Parade
Dates: Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th June 2016
Hampton Court Palace Festival
Hampton Court Palace
Dates: 8th to 23rd June 2016
Barbican Centre
Dates: 9th to 18th June 2016
Meltdown Festival: Guy Garvey
Southbank Centre,
Dates: 10th to 19th June 2016
Taste of London 2016 in Regent’s Park
From 15 June 2016 to 19 June 2016
Field Day
Victoria Park
Dates: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June 2016
Trooping the Colour
Horse Guards Parade
Dates: Saturday 11th June 2016
Found Festival
Brockwell Park
Dates: Saturday 11th June 2016
The Patron’s Lunch on The Mall
12 June 2016
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Royal Academy of Arts
Dates: 13th June to 21st August 2016
Wembley Stadium
Dates: 15th to 19th Jun 2016
Summer Sessions
Chiswick House,
Dates: 15th to 19th Jun 2016
New Tate Modern Opens
Tate Modern
Dates: Friday 17th June 2016
Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,
Dates: 18th June to 6th November 2016
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Dates: 18th June to 1st October 2016
The Royal Opera: Werther
Royal Opera House
Dates: 19th June – 13th July 2016
Painters’ Paintings: From Van Dyck to Freud
National Gallery
Dates: 22nd June to 4th September 2016
BP Portrait Award
National Portrait Gallery
Dates: 23rd June to 18th September 2016
Slide at ArcelorMittal Orbit
ArcelorMittal Orbit
Dates: 24th June 2016 to 1st May 2017
LA Dance Project: Mixed Bill
Sadler’s Wells Theatre
Saturday 25th June 2016
Pride in London
Dates: Saturday 25th June 2016
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Haymarket Theatre Royal
Dates: 29th June to 17th September 2016
In Parenthesis
Royal Opera House
Dates: 29th June, 30th June and 1st July 2016
Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick
Somerset House,
Dates: 30th June to 29th August 2016
Open Garden Squares Weekend
Various Venues London
Dates: Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June 2016