THE SUMMER ISSUE 2011
Art for heart’s sake
Tracey Emin laid bare at the Hayward Gallery
Knock on wood
Modern architects see the wood for the trees
Brighton’s The Chilli Pickle is spicing up our lives
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Diary JULY Tracey Emin: Love Is What You Want: Southbank Centre. Until 29 August, www.southbankcentre.co.uk Summer Series with American Express: Somerset House: rock out al fresco with acts including Lamb, Ellie Goulding, Professor Green and Blondie. 7-17 July, www.somersethouse.org.uk
She’s in fashion London Fashion Week
Cartier International Polo: Guard’s Polo Club, Windsor Chukkas away with the high society set, including a DJ set by Mark Ronson in the Chinawhite tent. 24 July, www.cartier.com
The streets of London on any given day are a catwalk of fashionistas, trend-spotters and boundary-pushers, so when London Fashion Week sashays into town, the style thermometer hits boiling point. Fashion bloggers, entourage hangers-on and scores of models prowl the streets around Somerset House where the main events take place. Look out for one-off events and pop-up stores opening their doors in honour of the arrival of style-makers from all over the world, and ensure you’re looking your most fabulous at all times.
Vintage: Southbank Centre. Celebrating five decades of British cool in music, fashion, film, art, design & culture. 29-31 July, www.southbankcentre.co.uk
16 - 21 September, www.londonfashionweek.co.uk
AUGUST Underage Festival: Doing it for the kids. Some of the hottest bands around turn out for the under 18s. 5 August, www.underagefestivals.com
Calling all entrepreneurs! In these dangerous, uncertain times, the new business mavericks and ideas people are stoically working on brave new concepts: exciting business models and creative products that will make our lives easier and more pleasurable. As the cost of doing business soars, a new breed of businessperson is looking for new ways of working. Rather than investing hard-won funds on bricks and mortar, these business leaders are working from home, hot-desking and looking for where the action is. Central Bloomsbury, myhotel Bloomsbury’s next door neighbour, brings together people who need inspiration or a space from which to work in one centrally-located location. Finish off a presentation over coffee, meet a colleague or investor, sit down and talk through your ideas with a potential client, or get some work photocopied for your next big meeting. Central is where ideas people meet.
Central Bloomsbury, 11 Bayley Street, London, WC1B 3HD www.centralworking.com
Carnival: Avoid it or make a beeline to Notting Hill for Europe’s biggest street festival. 28 & 29 August, www.thenottinghill carnival.com
SEPTEMBER London Design Week: The capital’s most radical, inspiring designers showcase their wares city-wide. 17-27 September, www.londondesign festival.com Last Night Of The Proms: Flag-waving pomp at the Royal Albert Hall. 10 September, www.bbc.co.uk/proms
© Tracey Emin, Self Portrait (Sometimes there is no tomorrow), 2007. Courtesy White Cube
Camden Fringe: London’s answer to the Edinburgh Festival. 1-28 August, www.camdenfringe.com
London’s hottest tables
London’s restaurant scene is world-beating right now. From three Michelin star grandes dames to quirky independent eateries with cooking revolutionaries at the stove, if innovative food is what you’re after, then London should be your destination. With established, award-winning names like Heston Blumenthal, Alain Ducasse, Gordon Ramsay, Michel Roux Jr and Joël Robuchon in town, to young pretenders to the culinary throne such as Nuno Mundes, Rachel O’Sullivan, Alyn Williams, Ben Spalding, James Lowe and Tristan Mason shaking things up, these gastronomic legends - new and old - all call the Capital their home.
MUST-EATS: Viajante, (above), Bethnal Green. Chef: Nuno Mundes www.viajante.co.uk Spuntino, Soho. Chef: Rachel O’Sullivan www.spuntino.co.uk José, Bermondsey. Chef: José Pizarro www.josepizarro.com The Riding House Café, West End. Chef: Darryl Healey www.ridinghousecafe.co.uk Pollen Street Social, Mayfair. Chef: Jason Atherton www.pollenstreetsocial.com Roganic, Marylebone. Chef: Simon Rogan www.roganic.co.uk Bistrotheque, Bethnal Green. Chef: Shaun Searley www.bistrotheque.com Madison, (left) The City. Chef: Nick Cuadrado www.madisonlondon.net
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Capital insider, luxury city guide publisher and friend of myhotels, Hg2 share their knowledge What’s the hottest ticket in town this summer? We look forward to Summer Screen at Somerset House, (far left). It kicks off with a gorgeous launch party and then everyone settles on the ground with picnic blankets and Pimm’s in time for the movies. Favourite place for a cheap eat? Polpo at 41 Beak Street, Soho. Russell Norman (ex-Caprice Holdings, left) has gone solo and opened up what he calls a ‘bacaro’ – essentially, an Italian wine bar that serves Venetian-style sharing plates. You can’t book in the evenings, but it’s the perfect excuse to prop up the bar for an hour or two while you wait. Best spot for families? Be realistic: what kid really wants to traipse around a museum all day? We suggest something super-fun like the BFI London IMAX Cinema – brilliant bragging rights for the kids at school the next day! Favourite myhotel spot? We love the rooftop room at myhotel Bloomsbury. It has views overlooking the skyline and the super-stylish room has everything you need to hunker down in a hedonistic fashion. Tell us a London secret? That’d be telling! Want to know them all? Read Hg2 London – it’s packed with insider info. i www.hg2.com
mine 67025,7=6:,7=(5/$1' Chesa Futura Overlooking the village of St Moritz, this apartment building fuses centuries-old construction techniques with state-of-the-art computer design. Designed by Foster & Partners in conjunction with Kuchel Architects.
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Metropol Parasol The worldâ€™s largest wooden structure, designed by Jurgen Mayer H. Architects, is a series of undulating parasols that house shop fronts, a community centre, a farmersâ€™ market and museum and is held together by glue.
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1(:)281'/$1'&$1$'$ The Fogo Island Studios A series of six artist studios by Norway-based Saunders Architecture, the studios respect this fragile environment and supply light-drenched working spaces.
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Tavolo dellâ€™Architettura Zaha Hadid Architectsâ€™ 20-metre long table brings an architectural eye to furniture design. Using traditional construction techniques, Hadid has reinvented and challenged the usual perception of wood, rediscovering its sculptural potential.
BRIGHTON Speed freaks Brighton Speed Trials
The worldâ€™s longest-running motoring event takes place along Brightonâ€™s seafront in September. Since 1905, drivers in four wheels and on two have been putting pedal to the metal as they time trial beside the seaside. Runs begin early and we highly recommend splashing out on pits ticket for ÂŁ10, so you can be in the thick of the action.
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Mr Bright, our man in Brighton and Hove
10 September www.brightonandhovemotorclub.co.uk
2011 Barefoot Open UK FootVolley Championships Experience a taste of Brazil on Brighton beach at the 2011 Barefoot Open UK FootVolley Championships. Originating in Rio, FootVolley is an exciting hybrid of volleyball and football. The event takes place between 11am and 6pm, with deckchair seating, foot massages and wine tastings for onlookers, while the more energetic can give the sport a go for themselves.
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14-17 July, http://arts.brighton/ac.uk
9 July, www.yellowave.co.uk
Whatâ€™s the hottest ticket in town this summer? Playgroup Festival just outside Brighton is a newcomer on the festival scene and is all about fancyfree fun. Must-see Brighton landmark? The Pavilion,our very own Taj Mahal, is the former opium den for royalty and now opens its doors to simple folk! Favourite cheap eat? Pho is a new place just next to Jamieâ€™s Italian. Have the beef brisket soup â€“ itâ€™s dâ€™lish! Best spot for cocktails? Merkaba is the best place of course, but if you have to venture out itâ€™s definitely Valentinoâ€™s above the Theatre Royal. Favourite myhotel Brighton room/spot? Jade is a mystical delight and is the number-one choice for marriage proposals! Tell us a Brighton secret? A very Brighton venue, Concorde 2, is the best-kept secret in town.
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Diary JULY Radical Bloomsbury: Exhibition exploring the haunting, influential Bloomsbury-style art of Duncan Grant & Vanessa Bell. 7 July - 9 October, www. brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk The Script: One-off show at the Brighton Centre. 17 July, www.brightoncentre.co.uk
AUGUST Brighton Pride: A week of wild entertainment & antics, culminating in the parade on the 13th. 8-13 August, www.brightonpride.org
Currying favour The Chilli Pickle
The Chilli Pickleâ€™s owner, Alun Sperring, has had a soft spot for Brighton since his days studying catering at Brighton Tech two decades ago. Since then, heâ€™s travelled the world working as a chef in top restaurants, culminating in an inspirational stint with Vivek Singh at The Cinnamon Club, where his passion for Indian foodZDVVROLGLĂ€HG 7KH&KLOOL3LFNOHLV$OXQÂˇVĂ€UVWVRORYHQWXUHÂ˛ZKLFKKHUXQVZLWKKLV ZLIH'DZQÂ˛DQGLWEHJDQLWVOLIHDVDVPDOOFRYHUUHVWDXUDQWLQ Brightonâ€™s Lanes. It soon outgrew its space as the restaurant became increasingly busy and its reputation soared. The Pickleâ€™s move to myhotel last year was the perfect partnership and the restaurant continues to go from strength-to-strength - winning many industry accolades and receiving consistently excellent feedback from its many loyal customers. Donâ€™t miss the opportunity to try Alunâ€™s DZDUGZLQQLQJIRRGÂ˛DVNWKHFRQFLHUJHWRERRN\RXDWDEOH
01273 900 383, www.thechillipickle.com
The Pitmen Painters, Theatre Royal: Following sell-out seasons at the National Theatre and on Broadway, Lee Hallâ€™s newest work starts a national tour. 29 August - 3 September, www.ambassadortickets.com
Brighton & Hove Food Festival: A celebration of local food & drink. 1-30 September, www. brightonfoodfestival.com Brighton Art Fair: Must-visit events for lovers of fine art with work on show by artists from all over the country. 22-25 September, www. brightonartfair.co.uk
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