Sipsmith goes full summer, Wimbledon arrives in Chelsea, and Somme 100 is honoured with grace.
1. Gin o’clock
London bar TwoRuba has teamed up with independent distillers Sipsmith to curate a new summer cocktail collection. The idea is to showcase interpretations of gin classics throughout the years. Cocktails cost £11 and will be available to sip throughout the months during which rain is not supposed to fall.
A couple of tipples to whet your whistle:
Tea at The Tower – Based on the Gin Smash (1862)
Move over Pimm’s, this wonderfully well-balanced blend of Sipsmith Summer Cup, fresh herbs, earl grey tea and a hint of elderflower liqueur will knock your socks off. The crisp, peppery notes of basil cut through the sweetness of muddled strawberries, with the tipple rounded off beautifully with the perfumed scent of bergamot.
Let Lemons Loose – Based on the Martini (1888)
No gin menu would be complete without the iconic martini, a simple marriage of mother’s ruin and vermouth. Modifying a classic of this stature requires a delicate approach, infusing the vermouth with lemon peel and lemon balm.
Heathrow Airport has announced a new collaboration with Michelin-starred British chef Jason Atherton. He’ll be bringing his dishes to Heathrow VIP, offering customers a taste of the likes of Pollen Street Social and Berners Tavern. The food is exclusively available for Business and First Class passengers.
3. Somme 100
Research carried out by staff at The National Archives has been transformed into newly digitised war diaries. The manuscripts have ‘unearthed information about the men commemorated on two First World War memorials’ and are now on display at Kew.
Today marks the centenary of the death of one of those men, Captain Alfred Edward Bland, who was killed in action aged 35 on the first day of the battle of the Somme. Capt Bland was a clerk at the Public Record Office according to the 1911 Census and records report that he was killed by machine gun fire as he ‘gallantly led his men’ over the top and into battle.
Capt Bland was one of 20,000 British men killed on the first day of the battle which continued for another 140 days. He left behind a wife and two young sons living in Kent and is buried in Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, France.
— Royal British Legion (@PoppyLegion) July 1, 2016
4. Strawberries and screen
Duke of York Square is offering tennis fanatics the chance to watch the semi-finals and finals on what’s set to be one of the biggest outdoor screens in London. From 8-10 July a 14ft screen will take centre court on the running track at Duke of York Square in Chelsea. Pimm’s and strawberries and cream abound.
Villa La Massa, the picturesque Florentine sister hotel of Villa d’Este, is bringing back its ‘Wine & Truffles’ experience. Taking place in the Autumn, 24-29 October, guests can experience truffle hunting and wine, two of Italy’s most delicious pursuits. One for bon viveurs indeed.
6. Edinburgh Fringe
Certainly one of the biggest considerations when planning a visit to Edinburgh Festival Fringe is accommodation. And the events are not far off. This luxury specialist will suit the more discerning travellers north of the border.
Savurè, the Italian pasta restaurant and shop from Turin, Italy, will be opening their first London restaurant in Shoreditch this summer. Following the success of their Pastificio con Cucina shop in Turin, Savuré makes homemade pasta every day to eat in or takeaway. Definitely somewhere to try.
In celebration of its fifth anniversary, the Five Seas Hotel Cannes has announced the next chapter in its adventure series, this time exploring a limited edition journey around ‘sound’. Available throughout July and August 2016, the ‘sound’ experience will allow guests to enjoy the popular Pyrotechnic Art Festival, which lights up the town of Cannes every summer, ‘in a most intimate and luxurious way – with front row seats on a private yacht in the bay of Cannes’. The experience includes exclusive hire of a luxury motor yacht with a gourmet buffet on board.
This month sees the grand opening of the new citizenM hotel in the heart of one of London’s most historical sites. Opposite the Tower of London, the new 370-room hotel will officially open its doors on July 11.
The foundation planning President Barack Obama’s library announced on Thursday that it has picked two architectural firms to design the center on Chicago’s South Side, to be built after Obama leaves office in January 2017, Reuters reports. Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects Partners of New York will lead the design team for the Obama Presidential Center, partnering with Interactive Design Architects of Chicago, said Marty Nesbitt, chairman of the Obama Foundation.