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YOUR GUIDE TO: JULY

01.07.14

Come sunshine or showers, theatre or table service, let the Reiss team guide you through July's cultural highlights in Your Guide To: July.  

LOVEBOX FESTIVAL

Mixing a commercial consciousness with a festival's spirit of summer, Lovebox may not boast the unassailable authenticity of Glastonbury, but for those looking for a blend of forward-thinking and established artists, Lovebox is hard to rival. Musical highlights will include M.I.A, Nas, A$AP Rocky, Banks and Katy B. Runs from 18th-19th of July.

Victoria Park, Hackney, London, E3

Loveboxfestival.com

CAMDEN BEACH

Though its title feels ever so oxymoronic, Camden Beach indeed lives up to its name. From the creative team at famed music venue The Roundhouse, Camden Beach brings 150 tonnes (and 900 square meters) of sand to a postcode not known for its stretches of coastal beauty. Housed on the venue's rooftop, the list of entertainment on offer is exhaustive: there's end-of-the-pier amusements, a pop-up fish restaurant, beach huts, a swimming pool, ping pong and live music  - where do we start?

The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

www.roundhouse.org.uk

PORGY AND BESS 

A fondly-loved fixture of the summer for theatre fanatics, the Open Air Theatre at Regent's Park surely provides the most quintessentially British way to enjoy theatre. The closing half of the venue's 2014 season looks across the Atlantic for its subject matter however. Under the dying light enjoy The Gershwins' production of the classic tale of a tumultuous African-American romance. Fraught with tension and set to a pitch-perfect musical score, theatre doesn't come much more electrifying than this. Runs from 17th July- 23rd August.

The Inner Circle, Regent's Park, Westminster NW1 4NU

www.openairtheatre.com

MARINA ABRAMOVIC – 512 HOURS

Though Marina Abramovic’s durational performance housed at the Serpentine Gallery isn't your usual summer calendar fare, it looks set to be July's hottest ticket. From 10am to 6pm, 6 days a week, the Belgrade-born artist will occupy a room filled with the sparsest selection of props and interact with attendees in her own inimiatable and improvised way. Free to attend, expect to queue for this extraordinary encounter.

The Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA www.serpentinegalleries.org

BAYOU

Thanks to the city's boundless creativity, it's becoming somewhat of a stretch to find a restaurant concept in London that feels (and more importantly tastes) unfamiliar. Enter Bayou, which lays claim to being London's first Creole restaurant and bar. By Chris Singham, the eatery will serve culinary delights such as jambalayas, gambos and crayfish gumbo, alongside more familiar American favourites buttermilk fried chicken and smoky chicken wings. Oh, did we mention that there's also an extensive cocktail menu and a carefully curated list of boutique American lagers on offer? For this month's liveliest dining experience, Bayou clearly looks like the front-runner. Opens July 10th.

20 Inverness Street, Camden, NW1 7HJ

www.thebayoucamden.com