At TRULY, our team of luxury taste gurus are committed to scouring London to find only the finest things to do in and around the capital. As this pleasant summer continues, we look ahead to what’s on in London in July, August, September 2014.
Imbibe is a drinks exhibition hosting the makers of just about every type of beverage you can imagine. Beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, soft drinks – they’re all here.
26 June-2 July
The Royal Hospital, Chelsea
Masterpiece puts on show an amalgam of museum-grade art, antiques, and jewellery – some of which is available to purchase. A favourite for collectors and browsers alike.
J Sheekey’s Summer Lobster Festival
J Sheekey, St. Martin’s Court, London
1 July-3 August
The lobster festival to end all lobster festivals, Sheekey will roll out a menu packed with nothing but the seafloor crustacean. The pick of the menu includes Flat Iron Steak & Lobster Tail, and Lobster Thermidor Benedict.
Henley Royal Regatta
The Royal Regatta at Henley will be celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, and as a result the usual lavish proceedings will be only more evident.
The Ruinart Rosé Salon pop-up bar
The Goring, Beeston Place, London
24 June-3 July
To celebrate the 250th anniversary of the world’s oldest Rosé maker, The Goring’s large gardens will play host to a temporary bar serving Ruinart’s finest champagne.
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
The Royal Horticulture Society’s biggest event, second only to the Chelsea Flower Show, will this year feature a celebration of Britain in Bloom’s 50th year running, as well as the curious ‘Invisible Garden’.
Kew the Music
Ignoring for the moment the impressive line up of acts and musicians, guests have the option to upgrade to VIP with the privilege of champagne and canapés on arrival and a three-course supper in the Nash Conservatory.
18 July-13 September
Royal Albert Hall
Aside form the usual patriotic flair the Proms exhibits, this year’s iteration will commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of WWI with a guest appearance form the life-size War Horse puppet.
The Elite London
Biggin Hill Airport
The very fact that many of its visitors fly in to the event goes to show the sort of lifestyle The Elite exudes. With the cream of the crop yachts, jets, and cars, it really does live up to its name.
Fitness Retreat at Jumeirah
Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Cadogan Place, London
An extensive list of activities to get in shape including Thai yoga, massages, and nutritional workshops. Attendees are treated to two nights at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower with private dining in the Rib Room Restaurant.
Audi International Polo
Windsor Great Park, Surrey
In a competition for the prestigious Coronation Cup, Argentina are somewhat the favourites over England, though the latter will have home advantage. Fine dining and a luxury retail village is enough to distract from the action.
Goodwood, West Sussex
29 July-2 August
Along with an impressive country estate, Goodwood possesses arguably the most beautiful racecourse in the world. Add to that a range of top class hospitality, Glorious Goodwood has ample quality to rival Ascot.
Film4 Summer Screen
Starting with the UK premiere of the French film ‘Two Days, One Night’, the Film4 summer screen marks its 10th birthday with a showing of the fan favourite ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.’
Longines Global Champions Tour
Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall
Showcasing the highest calibre of equestrian show jumping, the Longines Global Champions Tour Series 2014 comes to the heart of London. Many of the 2012 Olympic medallists will return to the capital, with the top 30 riders in the world taking part.
Knebworth Classic Motor Show
The stunning Knebworth House hosts every petrolhead’s dream, with a wide range of classic and vintage cars on display. Last year, there were over 2500 cars and this year promises to be larger still. There will also be arena displays of clubs, kits and custom cars.
St Matthew Passion
Royal Albert Hall
Among the highlights of this year’s BBC Proms, Peter Sellars’ tremendous staging of J.S. Bach’s ‘St Matthew Passion’ under Simon Rattle is not to be missed.
Tobbaco Dock, Wapping
After its UK debut last year, Meatopia returns with succulent, original meat-based dishes, using high quality sustainably farmed meat, cooked over wood or charcoal by top chefs. Dishes are served in taster portions to allow guests to try as many as possible. Not one for vegetarians.
Art Deco Fair
Eltham Palace and Gardens, Greenwich
Indulge in art-deco decadence at the beautiful Eltham Palace and Gardens. The event includes a number of vintage stalls on a journey into Eltham Palace’s past. Guests will encounter the full splendour of the thrilling thirties.
London Open House Weekend
A celebration of London’s finest architecture and design, Open House weekend provides free and open access to over 250,000 of the capital’s finest historic and contemporary buildings. This includes landmarks such as ‘The Gherkin’, Lloyd’s of London, Battersea Power Station, The View from the Shard and the Bank of England.
Ming: 50 Years That Changed China
From 18 September
While the notion of China as a global superpower may not be new, a glance back at the five decades of Ming rule (1400-1450) shows the true power the country held at that time. With an expansive array of objects and artefacts, loaned from all over the world, this exhibition will showcase how modern China came to be.
Every Friday/Saturday, 5pm to Midnight, until September 26/27
London’s pioneering night market, Street Feast, brings together London’s best street food traders, chefs and restaurants to produce top-notch food from around the world every Friday and Saturday night. Continuing all summer, Street Feast is putting the festival into eating out.