Poet in da Corner

This coming of age story by Debris Stevenson was inspired by Dizzee Rascal’s seminal album.

In a strict Mormon house somewhere on the outskirts of London; between East London and Essex, a girl is given Dizzee Rascal’s ground-breaking grime album – Boy in da Corner.

Precisely 57 minutes and 21 seconds later, her life begins to change – from feeling muted by dyslexia to spitting the power of her words, from being conflicted about her sexuality to discovering the capability to explore and feeling alone to being given the greatest gift by her best friend.

Debris Stevenson is a young poet, lyricist and dancer who has performed her unique work everywhere from BBC Radio 3’s The Verb to the Roundhouse.

 

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Chilgrove Gin Tasting

Along Chelsea’s beautifully curated artisan street, Pavilion Road, sits Pavilion Wine, the wonderfully established wine shop overflowing with delicious wines perfect for every occasion.

On 14, 21 and 28 August at 7.30pm, join for a complimentary Chilgrove Gin tasting evening.

Chilgrove Gin is created in a sleepy hamlet in the Sussex countryside using an unusual technique and is made of Sussex grown botanicals and distilled from grapes. Its smooth and balanced taste is perfect, irrespective of occasion or season so why not book your spot to discover more.

 

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Jamil Naqsh Exhibition

Visit the Pontone Gallery’s latest exhibition this summer featuring a series of works by Jamil Naqsh, the best known contemporary artist from Pakistan.

The paintings employ modern motifs that have been long identified with Naqsh’s work, however, he uses them in ways, that to a European audience, seem even more closely attuned than formerly to aspects of the European classical tradition. His work reflects the culture of Pakistan as well as the role of the Indian Subcontinet, both Muslim and non-Muslim and are tranquil paintings which are certain on the story they want to share.

More information can be found here.

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Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend

Head to Kensington & Chelsea this weekend where over 50 participants, including museums, galleries, artists studios and iconic local venues across the borough, open their doors to celebrate its cultural legacy and extraordinary creative future at the  first ‘Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend’. From South Kensington’s museum quarter to the bustle of the King’s Road, from the urban bohemia of Notting Hill, to the modern elegance of the  design museum, this weekend will be  a journey through history. Enjoy a diverse programme of events which includes gallery and museum exhibitions and specifically curated events, public talks, blue plaque tours, public art, children’s workshops, installations and food and drink pop-ups.

Renowned photographer will transform the iconic Square with a dynamic photographic art installation. O’Neill will honour the residents of Kensington & Chelsea through a series of large scale photographic images ranging from band members of the Rolling Stones to 60s icon Twiggy and chef, Gordon Ramsay.

Pavilion Road will host the Love Kensington & Chelsea Street Art Project, a competition for artists who will create a piece of street artwork using typography, using the heritage of the  area as inspiration. You can then vote for three shortlisted artists and the winner will install their artwork on Pavilion Road. Voting closes 24 July.

The Saatchi Gallery will host ‘After Nyne’ talks; these will feature a number of influential speakers including Alison Jackson, Michael Wolfson and Debbie Carne.

Explore the area at leisure in an array of ways to see as much of the action as possible. You can enjoy a self-led tour using the map, which can be downloaded here or collected on the day, through guided walking tours or a complimentary Red Double Decker Hop-on/Hop-Off bus which will be operating on Saturday (1-4pm) and Sunday (1-5pm).

Further information can be found here.

 

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Pity

The latest play to land at the Royal Court in Sloane Square is Rory Mullarkey’s new play which asks whether things are really getting worse, and if we care.

 

A normal day. A person stands in the market square watching the world go by.

There’s ice cream. Sunshine. Shops. Some dogs. A wedding. Bombs. Candles. Blood. Lightning. Sandwiches. Snipers. Looting. Gunshots. Babies. Actors. Famine. Fountains. Statues. Atrocities. And tanks. (Probably).

Tickets are from £12, book yours here.

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From India with Love…

A small, beautiful Indian inspired and exquisitely decorated herd of elephants have arrived on Sloane Square. Decorated by some of India’s finest artists, designers and creative talents, they are part of the Elephant Family’s latest fundraising campaign entitled ‘from India with love’.

On display from 26 June to 18 July, the aim of this beautiful installation is to firstly, throw a kaleidoscope of colour across London as well as spread a strong conservation message for the protection of endangered Asian elephants. With as few as 40,000 Asian elephants remaining in the wild, this smaller London herd of 30 sculptures is a gentle reminder that there has never been a more urgent need to protect animals at the threat of extinction.

Whilst visiting, you are able to get up close with the elephants. Share their message with the hashtags: #elephantparadelondon and #fromlondonwithlove

If you are an aspiring elephant adopter, you have the opportunity to bid for your favourite elephant in an online auction here. All money raised from the online auction and the live auction of the Concours d’elephant Cavalcade at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on 28 June, will support conservation projects across Asia.

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Chelsea Summer Fete

This Saturday, 23 June, the Chelsea Summer Fete returns for an even bigger celebration of summer.

For those enjoying a sunny staycation in the Capital this summer, come to Chelsea for day of entertainment, perfect to enjoy with family and friends. From 10am – 6pm across Duke of York Square and Pavilion Road, welcome in the sunny season with traditional fete fun, delicious food and drink and fabulous live music programmed by Cadogan Hall.

At Duke of York Square, grab some food and a glass of fizz from the Fine Food Market and head to the running track, open for picnics. Chelsea FC will be onside to help with those footie skills, Sharky & George are hosting the ultimate summer party throughout the afternoon, Ham Polo Club will be on hand to help perfect your swing and Peter Jones will be out and about with storytelling and garden games for all the family. Don’t miss out on the fantastic stalls as well hosted by Chelsea Physic Garden, the National Army museum and all the traditional games you’d expect from your favourite summer fete! Visit Pavilion Road for face painting and a fantastic BBQ to fill you up of for your fun day ahead as well as many other treats and games, perfect for all the family.

Download a leaflet and map of what’s going on across the area here.

 

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London’s Best Bakery

Country & Townhouse have been doing their research into London’s best bakeries and what was top of the list you ask? Pavilion Road’s Bread Ahead.

This place is a real doughy delight offering the best cakes, bakes and breads but you really haven’t tried anything until you’ve tried their filled doughnuts which Country & Townhouse have described as the “stuff of legend”. They’re piped with vanilla, chocolate, jam or honeycomb custard and sprinkled with sugar and occasionally they bring out a seasonal offer, the hot-cross-doughnut was not to be missed.

If you’re a keen baker yourself, they also offer a fantastic selection of baking courses to get stuck into. Find out more on their website. Or if you’d rather bake from home, Country & Townhouse tracked down their famous doughnut recipe so you too can give them a go.

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Father’s Day in Chelsea

If you haven’t already planned something special to treat your father on this special day, here are some of our top suggestions from around the area…

 

 

Chelsea’s vibrant and unique artisan quarter, Pavilion Road, is home to Pavilion Wines. This beautiful place is filled floor to ceiling with adventurous bottles to discover and sip from. Why not take your father for an afternoon of wine tasting? With charcuterie and cheeseboards on offer, where better to spend a Sunday.

 

The Phene, Chelsea institution famed for their piece-de-resistance, the beautiful garden, is a wonderful pub and even perfect for the Dad on a health-kick. Just mention ‘Old Tom’ whilst book lunch or dinner on Sunday 17 June for fathers to receive a free Old Tom Collins and be in with a chance to win a tour around Hayman’s shiny new Gin distillery in Balham. Tuck into pub delights – juicy burgers and Sunday lunch with all the trimmings – or something a bit more delicate – lobster or delicious roast aubergine to make this day a treat all round.

 

Every man loves a burger which is why Bluebird are serving a fantastic Beef & Truffle Burger, chips and Chelsea Blond across the café, the terrace and the restaurant upstairs. Book a table, enjoy a delicious meal and even enjoy your fathers favourite tipple at the bar afterwards.

 

If they don’t take your fancy, enjoy the Daddy of all dishes – Beef Wellington – or a mouthwatering three course menu at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze Grill on Park Walk. For only £55 a person, enjoy three courses and unlimited sides, from burnt out sliders or burrata followed by 28 day 14oz T-Bone or grilled salmon from the Scottish loch Duart farm and satisfy your sweet tooth with sticky whisky pudding, served with sea salt ice cream. If you’re craving the King of meals, and Gordon’s signature dish, order the Beef Wellington (£80 for two), and you won’t go wrong.

Enjoy!

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Notes from the End

Coming to the Royal Court theatre this June is Anna Deavere-Smith, in her first performance in London for 25 years.

Drawing from interviews with more than 250 students, parents, teachers and staff caught up in America’s poverty to prison pipelineth, this Obie-Award winning solo performance, ‘Notes from the End’ shines a light on a lost generation of American youth and exposes a justice system that pushes youth of colour living in poverty out of the classroom and into prison.

On show from 13 – 23 June. Book your tickets here.

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