Welcome to the September Hot List!
Wow – September came around quickly didn’t it?! This is usually the time we all busy ourselves to get organised for the season ahead, so with that in mind, we thought we’d offer you up some fun things to see and do, to enjoy the last of the Summer in style.
To start with, we have an incredible piece of art work for you to WIN – scroll down for the full details and start planning where you’d hang the newly launched and totally beautiful Still Life Canvas by Young & Battaglia and Himitsuhana. We’re so not ready to give up on Summer just yet… A fun and fruitful beer and cider festival is heading to Kings Cross on the 10th and we’re first in line! We’ll be reminiscing at an outdoor film night at Hampton Court Palace and have discovered a morning rave for you to consider (yes, I said rave). If you’re a lover of art with a message and partial to a theme park, then make sure you head along to Banksy’s Dismaland (on until the 27th) – everyone is talking about it.
How are your succulents doing? They were all the rage this Summer along with cacti and macrame hanging baskets and we’ve found the next big thing – Kokedamas. It’s a Japanese varient on the bonsai that will make an uber stylish addition to your miniature garden. Tina B has treated us to another cracking playlist, this time inspired by her up-coming trip to New York (we’re all rather jealous). PLUS – we have found the best ice cream sandwich you will ever taste! #sorrynotsorry
Our Quote of the Month… “If You Obey All The Rules, You Miss All The Fun” – Katharine Hepburn
& the Rockett St George Team
PS. Don’t forget about the London Open House Weekend on the 19th where you can take a nose around the capitals most secretive buildings.
WIN: HIMITSUHANA STILL LIFE CANVAS
‘Still Life’ is part of the renaissance collection by Young & Battaglia and features a large ornate frame digitally printed onto canvas. This beautiful print is a collaboration between Young & Battaglia and digital artist Himitsuhana. Combining the modern with traditional, it is reminiscent of the classic Dutch masters paintings. The painting features a traditional style still life, but with a ladies hand elegantly dripping bright yellow paint over the vegetable bowls.
Due to the stunning nature and size of this canvas, it would make an ideal feature piece in your home and comes with a cleverly integrated large ornate frame, printed onto the canvas, and saving you from having to go out and find that perfect frame! Made in England and printed onto the finest quality canvas – Enter now for you chance to make it yours!
To be in with a chance of winning simply click the link above to be redirected to the competition page where you will be asked one (very simple) question. Good Luck! x
WHAT’S ON: COURTYARD @ KINGS CROSS
The Green Man Festival is bringing their love of Welsh Beer and Cider to London this September for ‘One Beast of a Beer Festival’. Head to Kings Cross to sample the very best from independent breweries while enjoying live music, entertainment and interactive brewing workshops. There is something other-worldly about attending a festival in London – it transports you to an alternative place where everybody is friendly and the rat-race commute is a distant memory. After a few jars the hairy ‘monsters’ that’ll be roaming around will feel like home.
Courtyard 10th – 13th September, Lewis Cubitt Square, Kings Cross N1C 4AB.
EXHIBITION: BANKSY – DISMALAND
The biggest project from street artist Banksy has opened it doors this month – a ‘bemusement’ park called Dismaland which is described as both thought-provoking and shocking. This hilarious family amusement park-come-exhibition does not offer your usual theme park entertainment; featuring a Cinderella crash scene and cardboard airport security upon arrival. Bansky has hand-picked his favourite artists from around the world to showcase their work, including Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer and Jimmy Cauty.
Sarcastic and ironic, this exhibition highlights real-life political issues with a strong whiff of anarchism thrown in – not to be missed.
Dismaland is situated on the seafront in legendary Weston-super-Mare and is easily accessible by train, bus and road. Marine Parade BS23 1BE. Tickets are £3, on sale now. Exhibition closes September 27th 2015.
DO: KOKEDAMAS WORKSHOP
We’re huge fans of the creative workshops available at BoxPark in Bethnal Green. Their new offering is no exception. Kokedama, a variant on Japanese bonsai, is a hot new trend. These stylish plants can be hung anywhere and transform the most petite of spaces into a beautiful miniature garden. The perfect accompaniment to your succulents and cacti which have also received lots of attention over the Summer.
The Kokedama workshop will teach you how to create your own hanging garden, converting your regular potted house plants into a trendy new sculptural designs.
Tuesday September 8th, 6-7.30pm. Tickets are £25 and available here.
MUSIC: NEW YORK DREAMS
The fabulous Tina B has been at it again! She has created you another corker of a playlist, this time inspired by her up-coming annual trip to the Big Apple (well jel). We’ll be playing it in the office all month long to join in with the count-down… so it’s got to be good!
1. New York- Cat Power
2. Walk on The Wild Side – Lou Reed
3. Chelsea Morning – Joni Mitchell
4. Empire State of Mind- Alicia Keys
5. Paris Nights/New York Mornings- Corinne Bailey Rae
6. New York City Blues- Peggy Lee
7. Angel of Harlem- U2
8. Across 110th St- Bobby Womack
9. Manhattan- Ella Fitzgerald
10. New York- Paloma Faith
11. Union City Blue – Blondie
12. Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters- Elton John
13. The Message- Grandfather Flash & The Furious Five
14. An Englishman in New York- Sting
15. The 59th St Bridge Song (Feelin Groovy)- Simon & Garfunkel
16. Autumn in New York- Billie Holliday
Listen to the New York Dreams Playlist HERE.
FILMS: LUNA CINEMA
Luna Cinema has been our go-to website this Summer to find all the coolest outdoor film events happening in our area. This month we’re heading to the beautiful Hampton Court Palace to see Ghostbusters! From retro to modern, south to north, east to west – find something near by, grab a bunch of friends and your deck chair and you’re all set. There are bars and hot food stalls on site to keep you happy, as well as ‘premium’ tickets where you’ll receive a comfy chair, goodie bag and free drink at the VIP bar…!
EAT: DRUID STREET MARKET
We’ve been hitting the Druid Street Market for our Saturday foodie fix, full of fresh street food from carefully curated caterers and situated under the arches. The ice-cream sandwiches by Blu Top are worth the trip alone – we’ll apologise for your muffin top now…
Druid Street Market, Bermondsey – London. Every Saturday from 9am – 4pm.
RAVING: MORNING GLORYVILLE
Rave Your Way Into The Day! We first heard about Morning Gloryville a couple of months ago and were intrigued to find out more. Now we can’t think of a better way to start the day than having a little rave! From 6.30am on Wednesday 9th September you can rock up to London’s best music venue, The Oval, and take advantage of free hugs and wake-up massage, motivational dancing and yoga as well as coffee and smoothie stations and a banging dance floor, of course. The theme is yet to be confirmed, so sign up to stay informed.
Tickets start at £12 from Morning Gloryville.