Culture Guide

7 Great Things To Do In July

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Mark your calendars: Britain is officially set to reopen on 19 July. Below, Vogue rounds up the best cultural events happening across London and beyond.?

Decamp to the Faroe Islands

Many destinations currently on the green list are slightly far-fetched for a holiday – St Helena, anyone? – but the Faroe Islands are both accessible and more than worthy of a visit. Nearly mystical in its beauty, this remote Danish archipelago (whose moss- and grass-covered roofs you may have seen on Instagram) is home to a thriving gastronomical scene. A stone’s throw from the capital of Tórshavn, two-Michelin-starred Koks offers a menu built entirely around Faroese produce, including its own take on wind-dried fermented lamb, skerpikj?t, and langoustines grilled on hot coals and then smoked with pine needles. It’s also a mecca for knitwear enthusiasts – see designs by Gudrun & Gudrun, the team behind the frenzy-inducing jumper worn by Danish detective Sarah Lund in The Killing. Not quite ready for a trip north? Order Siri Ranva Hjelm Jacobsen’s newly translated novel, Island, about three generations of a Faroese family and the conflict between tradition and modernisation.

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Claes Bech-Poulsen

Koks is a culinary highlight of any trip to the Faroe Islands.

Claes Bech-Poulsen
Claes Bech-Poulsen

Revisit the Bront?s?

The allure of the Bront?s never wanes. Earlier this year, Sotheby’s announced the rediscovery of the Honresfield Library collection, amassed at the turn of the century and presumed lost, including a wealth of treasures belonging to the Yorkshire-based sisters. Included in their number: rare handwritten verse by Emily mentioned in the preface to Wuthering Heights, and the family’s copy of A History of British Birds, made famous in the opening chapter of Charlotte’s Jane Eyre. If placing a bid at the forthcoming auction is out of budget, order a copy of the newly released volume Walking the Invisible by Michael Stewart, a gripping study of the landmarks that inspired the Bront?s, and stay tuned for the release of an Emily Bront? biopic, starring Emma Mackey and Joe Alwyn, in 2022.

Emma Mackey will star in an Emily Bront? biopic next year, with Joe Alwyn playing her tempestuous lover.

Michael Wharley

Celebrate the West End’s rebirth

Hollywood loves a beautiful scammer, and Anna Delvey – who defrauded Manhattan’s elite – is no exception. In the autumn, Julia Garner will play the make-believe German heiress, who famously wore a stream of Saint Laurent and Miu Miu looks for her court appearances, in the Netflix series Inventing Anna. Meanwhile, this month, The Crown’s Emma Corrin will be stepping into Delvey’s heels in Anna X at the Harold Pinter Theatre, making her West End debut opposite Industry’s Nabhaan Rizwan.

Fresh from her Golden Globe win for her turn as Diana, Princess of Wales, Emma Corrin is set to make her West End debut as Anna Delvey.

Have dinner with a side of culture

In spite of lockdown restrictions easing, not everyone is desperate to get back to the chaotic pace of “normal” life in the capital, but Sessions Arts Club will tempt even the most reclusive Londoner off the couch when it opens on 28 July. Set within the judges dining rooms at the beautifully restored 18th-century Sessions House in Clerkenwell, its kitchens will be headed up by Florence Knight, with an elegantly pared-down menu featuring dishes such as grilled friggitelli, sea bream and fig leaves, and nectarine sorbet. Like the food, the entertainment here will change regularly – with the founders inviting different cultural luminaries to stage “events, workshops, and dinners” around the marble horseshoe bar or rooftop infinity pool. As for the charming interiors? The majority of the furniture has been sourced from vintage markets and salvage yards (note the green leather banquettes, a nod to the structure’s legal history).

One of the many delectable puddings on the menu at Sessions Arts Club.

Pay tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales

1 July would have been the 60th birthday of Diana, Princess of Wales, with an honorary statue installed in the grounds of Kensington Palace in her memory. Pay a visit to the Sunken Garden, which has been planted with her favourite blooms, including Pearl Drift and Blush Noisette roses and forget-me-knots, then head into the Orangery, where the Royal Style in the Making exhibition charts the late princess’s fashion transformation from her 1981 wedding onwards.

Kensington Palace’s Sunken Gardens provided a refuge for Diana in the final years of her life.

Kensington Palace

Become an art collector

The art world is in the midst of a revolution – with a range of fresh digital platforms aiming to make all of us into collectors. Step forward Sophie Merrell and Isabella Rothman, the 26-year-old co-founders of Wondering People, which stocks original works by young creatives for as little as £25. Until 4 July, the duo are staging their first in-person exhibition at 155A Gallery in East Dulwich, Amongst the Chaos. Meanwhile, Georgia Spray’s trailblazing Partnership Editions is expanding to include prints by Lottie Hampson and Lily Bertrand-Webb, with more photographers set to join the online gallery in the coming months, and Art & People is now offering streamable tutorials on how to build and/or display an art collection. As for those who love browsing IRL? The Affordable Art Fair returns to Battersea between 8 and 11 July.

Lily Bertrand-Webb
Lily Bertrand-Webb

Immerse yourself in skate culture

This year’s Summer Olympic Games, beginning in Tokyo on 23 July, will look markedly different than any before them thanks to the pandemic. One welcome change, though, is the addition of skateboarding to the programme. Familiarise yourself with skate culture by watching indie documentary Boarders, which interweaves beautiful footage of Team GB’s rigorous training process with archival videos of skateboarders from the last 50 years.