Culture edit: Your August guide
As late summer approaches, we’re all eager to make the most of the light evenings and find the perfect spots for dinners and drinks – as well as new opportunities to get creative. Here are a selection of our favourite restaurants, bars, exhibitions and workshops to try this month.
Clay taster sessions, London
Join the creative mind behind Kana London, Ana Kerin, in her hackney studio for taster clay sessions on Saturdays for an introduction to hand building with clay. Perfect for beginners, the classes are intimate and you’ll learn a selection of key techniques – including pinching, coiling and press moulding. Your favourite pieces will then be glazed and fired and available to pick up a few weeks afterwards.
Green Rooms Market, Peckham Springs, London
Green fingered? Spend your Bank Holiday Peckham Springs and enjoy plant shopping, workshops, live music, food and drinks, with a variety of independent sellers gathered under one roof. Whether you’re looking for new pieces to fill your home with or just a fun day out, add this event to your diary this month.
Moseley Folk & Arts Festival, Birmingham
Returning to Moseley Park at the end of August is this three day celebration of folk, world and roots. Bringing together a mixture of musical artists, as well as a selection of crafts, comedy, poetry, literature and talks and debate – this is a festival not to be missed in the Midlands.
Situated in the heart of Marylebone, this fine dining restaurant is a great choice for special occasions. Enjoy a modern European tasting menu that has also been inspired by Chef Carl Scotto’s travels through Scandinavia and Japan. Open for lunch and dinner, the seasonal produce is sourced from farms across the British Isles and there’s a broad range of delicious wines to choose from, as well as a stylish cocktail bar if you just feel like having drinks.
Prawn On The Lawn, London
Based in Islington, this fishmonger and restaurant serves fresh seafood and tapas. Choose from seared tuna, thai style scallops and larger platters of crab and lobster from Devon and Cornwall. Focused on sustainability and seasonality, Prawn on the Lawn’s delicious menu revolves daily so you can always expect something different.
Buyers Club, Liverpool
A wine and cocktail bar, a restaurant and gig space, Buyers Club in Liverpool offers something for everyone. Located just off Hardman Street, it is the perfect spot to spend your weekends in. Their rich menu offers locally-sourced small plates, artisanal cakes, meat and cheese selections. If you’re visiting on a Sunday, indulge in one of their generously sized roasts with all the trimmings – they also offer vegan alternatives.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Directed by Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is already being hailed as the must-see blockbuster of the summer and features an irresistible all-star cast – including Leonardo Dicaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie. In tarantino’s alternate reality, the film revisits the infamous Manson murders of 1969 and examines the disposable nature of fame and notoriety in Los Angeles.
Film4 Summer Screen, London
Enjoy a host of classic films and recent favourites at the ultimate open-air cinema experience at Somerset House, returning for two weeks in August. Throw in a bean bag or a director’s chair for an extra £7.50 – then kick back and enjoy.
Frieze Sculpture, London
A highlight of the London art calendar, Frieze Sculpture has returned for another summer at Regent’s Park. Make the most of sunny afternoons and light evenings whilst enjoying the work of international artists in an outdoor setting. Admission is free for all and it’s on until October.
In Real Life, Olafur Eliasson, London
Following his world-renowned Turbine Hall installation The Weather Project in 2003, Olafur Eliasson returns to Tate Modern for the first major survey of his work in the UK. Driven by his interests in movement and the interaction of people and their environments, Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life showcases captivating installations that awaken the human senses and awareness of the people around them. With over 40 works on display, ‘Beauty’ is by far one of the most impressive. A seemingly simple installation of quiet rain, a faint rainbow dances through the darkness of a fine misty spray, creating an unforgettable experience.