It’s the start of June and early days of summer, and there’s a lot to enjoy this month. Here’s my list of fun things to see and do. As always, I’d love to hear your ideas too!
1/ Head to Lamb’s Conduit Street on 12th June to take part in celebrations honouring the Queen’s 90th birthday. Some of the shops are hosting special events, and on that day Persephone Books will be offering a free cream tea and all of the books in the shop are on offer for £8 (they’re normally £12), so it’s the perfect time to stock up on holiday reads! I’m always pleased to grab an opportunity to add a few more titles to my Persephone collection so will definitely be heading over to Bloomsbury. On a related note, I’ve just started reading A Lady and Her Husband – one of their most recently published books – which I’m thoroughly enjoying.
2/ Explore some of London’s secret gardens that are specially open to the public for the Open Squares Weekend (18th-19th June).
3/ Take a trip to Bath to see the Bloomsbury Rooms exhibition opening at the Victoria Art Gallery on 11th June. David Herbert is a curator of this exhibition, and from what he told me, it sounds a must-see for any fans of Bloomsbury design.
4/ Eat lashings of strawberries & cream in honour of Wimbledon (and perhaps get a box of these adorable tennis-themed biscuits too).
5/ Spend a Sunday morning at Columbia Road Flower Market and buy some peonies.
8/ Prepare for trips abroad by brushing up on a foreign language. I’ve downloaded Duolingo and am using it to study a little bit of French daily. It’s a great (free!) app, especially good for improving your vocabulary.
9/ Support a fun Kickstarter project. I’m a big fan of Anna Brones’ Fika: the Art of the Swedish Coffee Break, with its brilliant recipes and sweet illustrations. When I read about Anna’s Kickstarter project to fund Comestible, a quarterly magazine about food, I was delighted! You can read more about it here.
10/ Visit some of London’s lesser known galleries. I really want to see the John Piper exhibition at Portland Gallery, and Matisse: Drawing With Scissors at London Print Studio. Both exhibitions are free and sound well worth checking out.
// A Few More Things… //
++ I’ve been organising some new ‘Miranda Chats’ interviews for the blog and am super excited to be sharing them over the summer.
++ One of my favourite bloggers, Sunday from Ciao Domenica, is in London from LA, and I’m so looking forward to meeting her for afternoon tea. I visited with Sunday last time she was in London, so I know we’ll have a fabulous time.
++ This year, many of my friends are turning 30, and one of my best friends has his birthday this month. It will be so fun to celebrate! It’s also my Mum’s birthday at the end of June, so I have some serious baking to do! Maybe this cake?
++ Always having a few brunch dates with friends on my calendar keeps me happy. There are so many cafes I want to try at the moment: Farm Girl, The Tin Shed and Clifton Nurseries to name but a few! Do any of you have a great cafe recommendation for me? I always want to add to my list!
++ A cute card to let your Dad know you’re a fan on Father’s Day.
What plans do you have for this month? What’s currently on your ‘happy list’? Do fill me in!