It doesn't seem possible right now, but there will come a time when lounging in the park and dining al fresco gets a little (dare we say it given the current lack of sunshine) …boring? Daisy Garnett, one half of arts and style blog A-LittleBird gives us the lo-down on where to be seen this summer if you're looking to escape the norm…
For play time like no other... New York theatre company, Elevator Repair Service, are bringing The Great Gatsby to London as part of the London International Festival of Theatre. 'Gatz,' is an 8 hour (yes you read that right) re-enactment of quite possibly the most perfect American novel ever written. When I spoke to friends in New York, they said they had to be dragged there kicking and screaming (none of them could face 8 hours either). But then the emails started coming thick and fast, and all of them urged me to book tickets. It comes to London in June and July and I really can't wait - I'm even planning my holidays around it.
There's always a great spirit about Port Eliot Festival - all of it seems done for love.
For the first word in festivals... Port Eliot in Cornwall is always a really good one. A mostly literary festival, stay with me here, the authors always do something other than simply reading their work and answering questions. This year I'm hoping to go to the Just So Festival in Cheshire - not only is it kid-friendly (perfect for my two year old), the festival has a great line up of music and other events for adults too. I'm hoping our daughter will be so entertained we can just kick back with a few beers and relax - plus, it's taking place in an incredibly beautiful setting, at Rode Hall, what more could you want?
For booking up your summer evenings...it has to be Philip Hensher's new novel, Scenes from Early Life. Set in Bangladesh I've heard it's his best book yet (quite something if your previous novel made it on the Man-Booker Prize short list). I've also just ordered Michael Frayn's new book Skios, reports confirms it's laugh out loud funny so bring it on!
For an excuse to pop to the shops... I'll be looking out for Ros Badger's Pop up shop 'Its Loveliness Increases,' which opens not frequently enough for my liking, Ros is a designer and interiors guru with a great eye and reasonable prices. I've bought some of my favourite things for our house from her shop, plus a few tricky wedding presents. I stalk her website to make sure I never miss the occasional weekend openings in her divine Herne Hill home.
For sampling something special... you tend not to get too much notice, a couple of weeks at most. We've just filled you in on the most recent sales over at A-LittleBird - it's definitely worth taking a look, I've found some great bargains at sample sales for Erdem, Rupert Sanderson and Matthew Williamson in the past.
For eating like a king... I'm most excited for the opening of Cafe Colbert in Sloane Square. On the same site as the old Oriel it's being opened by the dream team behind The Wolseley and The Delaunay Jeremy King and Chris Corbin. Due to open just before the olympics it's going to be an all-day grand cafe - I'm not quite sure what that means but I'm loving the sound of it.