Things to look out for this month in and around Marylebone.
'A strange kind of magic': the words of Tracey Emin, reflecting on the past 13 weeks of lockdown and how transformative they have been. It's changed her attitude to everything: ageing, loneliness, artistic exploration, social life, happiness...
Happy deconfinement everyone!
Shopping - beating the queues
Life is returning to London's shuttered shopping streets as 'non-essential' retailers open again for the first time since lockdown began on 23 March. Savvy shoppers keen to beat the queues can book ahead for services at certain stores.
Pre-booking an appointment with Selfridges' Styling Service or Gifting Service will allow you to access fast-track entry, before enjoying a more personalised shopping experience with a dedicated assistant guiding you around at a safe distance.
Another reason for you to spend some more time outdoors!
July is a great month to get started with stargazing - there's a meteor shower at the end of July (31st July) and on 4th July, Saturn, Jupiter and the Moon will all be close together, so you may get a peek at all three.
Stand in the dark
Stand in the dark to develop a night vision - it can take around half an hour for your eyes to adjust to the dark.
Find the best view
Don't compete with street or garden lamps. Summer constellations to look out for are Cygnus, the swam, which resembles a cross in the stay, as well as the Milky Way galaxy.
A planisphere is a worthy investment - it will work for the next 1,000 years! It's easy to use, by just working out where N, S, E and W and matching what you see in the sky with what you see on the planisphere.
Dubbed a "planetarium in your pocket'" the Night Sky app gives you access to a 3D map of the sky with lovely illustrations of constellations, stars, planets and more. Night mode lets you view the map in the dark and there are integrated weather reports that will tell you which times are best for stargazing.
LPM - La Petite Maison (Mayfair) opening with their enviable terrace space seats too.
Treehouse London(Fitzrovia) - The rooftop bar as well as the Mexican restaurant Madera re-open.
YOPO (Fitzrovia) - The Mandrake hotel's South American restaurant will re-open.
Opening 7 July
Carousel (Marylebone) - starting a series of 4 menus, inspired by all the chefs that have cooked in their kitchens.
Clipstone (Fitzrovia) - sibling of nearby Portland.
If you enjoy cooking and would still rather stay home, expand your menu, learn new skills and skip the food shopping with these delicious recipe boxes, helping you make restaurant-worthy food from scratch.
From Spike Lee's furiously evocative detective movie BlacKkKlansman to Steven Spielberg's classic dino- drama Jurassic Park, Netflix in July has plenty to think about and escape from.
The film follows a newly promoted black detective in the 70s who's intent is exposing the KKK. He leads the operation, using his white, Jewish colleague to go in posing as a Klansman recruit.
Released: 24 July
One of the most necessary viewings in film history and crucial movies made in the 20th century. Black-and-white washes with rare pinches of colour, rawly depicting the genocidal existence in 40s Poland.
Released: 1 July
Jurassic Park trilogy
Based around an island populated with dinosaurs, this classic sci-fi adventure is Spielberg at his peak, crafting an impossible world that you can see and touch.
Released: 1 July
The Truman Show
Ever feel like the world is watching you? Is everything you're experiencing real or just part of a simulation? And how would you know if that was or wasn't the case? Philosophers have struggled with these questions for millennia, and they all play out in this thoughtful and riveting 1998 film.
Released: 1 July
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