We're officially half way through the year and it feels pretty good. I think. I dread to recall my New Year's Resolutions from way back in January but I suspect they mainly involved making more of the fact I live in this great city.
We're all paying through the nose to live here, so we may as well make the most of the fact that there's so much awesomeness going on all the time.
And there's LOADS going on this month, from new bar openings to ape shaped wars, so there's no excuse to be bored...even when the World Cup does come to an end on July 13th. *Sniff*.
Here's my pick of what's going on this month in London town....
See the world's top cyclists race through London before they head to France.
The Tour de France starts in Yorkshire on the 5th of July but by Monday the 7th of July the competitors will be dashing past Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Westminster and the like before finishing on The Mall outside Buckingham Palace. They leave Cambridge at 12.15pm and the race is expected to finish in London around 3.40pm, so this is a good way to spend a very extended lunch break in the sun. (Sun not guaranteed, obvs). There are several free-entry fan parks with big screens being set up (all with French food!) so you can have an official 'base' at Canary Wharf, Green Park or Trafalgar Square if you don't just fancy lining the pavements and cheering like a maniac. More details here.
Secure a spot for the World Cup final.
All good things must come to an end and even if you can't imagine your evenings being planned around anything other than football, you'll have to get used to it after the 13th of July. Make sure you see the final in style (there's NOTHING wrong with partying hard on a Sunday night, after all) and book a table in advance for the best booze deals. Check the Late Night London blog for the latest offers or see which bars are showing the remaining matches here.
Celebrate the 4th of July in style.
You don't have to be American to fancy a night of BBQ, beer, foosball and Hed Kandi DJs. Head to Core for all the above and more this Friday night. Pre-booked tables and booths can get two bottles of wine or six bottles of Becks for just £15. Or you could get both of course. It's what the Founding Fathers would have wanted. More details here.
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes.
It may not be everyone's cup of tea (although I struggle to understand why, surely monkeys with guns is the basis of any good storyline?) but I've been looking forward to finding out what havoc Caesar wreaks since the end credits of Rise of The Planet of The Apes. Just LOOK at that poster. Even if it's crap it will be brilliant. Opens July 17th. I am counting down the minutes. Book tickets here.
A classic movie on the roof.
The Rooftop Cinema Club is back for July with big screens in Stratford, Hoxton and Peckham Rye. You could see Dirty Dancing, American Psycho, Ghostbusters, Labyrinth, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and many many more. Tickets are selling fast and are £14.30 with booking fee. Grab yours here.
Rave your heart out to Chase & Status, Katy B, M.I.A and Nas at Lovebox.
On July 18th and 19th Lovebox returns to Victoria Park and the line-up is pretty frikkin great. Unsurprisingly the cheapest tickets are all gone, but you can (at time of frantically typing) still get weekend tickets and Saturday tickets. The weekend ticket is £99.95 (including fees) but the memories will be worth it. As long as you can remember them. Buy tickets here.
Pancakes with bacon and syrup and scones with white chocolate and marmalade at Christabel's Mad Hatters Brunch Party.
Yep, you read that delicious description correctly! Taking place on Sunday July 20th overlooking Regents Canal, this magical journey into the yummiest of rabbit holes certainly beats your standard fry up. Tickets are £17.50 and can be booked via GrubClub here.
It's true, edible beer exists. You didn't know you needed it but now you know it's available you wanna try it, right? It has a smooth gooey texture and knocks your usual chutneys and spreads out of the park with its 40% beer content. Spread it liberally on bread before melting cheddar over it for a deliciously boozy cheese on toast creation or serve with cheese and crackers next time you're feeling generous. (Personally, I'd keep it to myself). £9.99 for a jar here.
'Five star meals at a one star price'...with a little help from Coolio.
Until I found out about this recipe book I wouldn't have said I had a particularly burning desire to 'cook along with Coolio', but with gems such as "chicken and turkey sausages are a great way to reduce the fat in your ass" and an entire section for "salad-eatin' bitches" I find myself more than tempted to turn my kitchen into a gangster's paradise. There are 76 recipes, so you won't be lost for gourmet ghetto inspiration. £10.99 here.
Head to the opening of Forge.
It's the City's most hotly anticipated bar opening in a loooooong time and you could wangle your way on to the guestlist for the 11th of July opening party by heading here. You will NOT want to miss the official 'unlocking' of your new favourite watering hole.
Order a No.1 at Forge - a.k.a 'The Granny Smasher'.
Even if you don't make it down to the Forge opening parties, you should still go at some point later this month to sample this wicked whiskey drink. It's an entire Granny Smith apple smashed in a glass, mixed with Few Rye (straight outta Chicago, baby) and a tiny smidgen of soda. Make a reservation at Forge here. Get a preview of some other Forge favourites from our very own naughty Booze Hound here.
Who knew popsicles could be mixed with Prosecco for an icy grown up treat? Our legendary cocktail master David Kay knew, that's who! It's a simple treat, but it's entirely brilliant. A handmade fresh fruit ice lolly gets covered in Prosecco and served in a glass for you enjoy rather too easily. You can consume a worrying number in the summer sun, so consider yourself warned! You can opt for a Strawberry & Rose Bellini or Peach & Raspberry Bellini at The Gable, The Sterling, Grace and The Last. Mmmmmmmm.