This is the week, folks! Restaurants and pubs can re-open, museums will be dusting down their artwork, and you can finally have a proper one-on-one with your hairdresser. And as Americans celebrate their independence on Saturday, we Brits can enjoy a little post-lockdown sigh of relief with one of America’s greatest theatrical exports. Have a great one and stay safe.
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Surely this has to be the biggest event to ever hit our home screens? July 3 sees Disney+ streaming Hamilton: An American Musical. Featuring the original Broadway cast which includes Lin-Manuel Miranda, this 2012 production was filmed at New York’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. You’ll need to subscribe to the Disney+ channel and pay £5.99 to see Hamilton (but you can cancel your subscription at any time). Watch with the kids and grandparents from 8am BST.
The ENO is launching Drive and Live in the grounds of Alexandra Palace with a specially staged 90-minute version of Puccini’s classic La Bohème. Tickets cost £100 a car with performances between 19 and 27 September. Register your interest here.
Book a visit to the Chelsea Physic Gardens, London’s oldest botanic garden with its 5,000 medicinal herbal and edible plants. The café is open for takeaway food and drinks, so you can enjoy a picnic in one of the garden’s magical corners.
The Everyman cinema in Hampstead is opening on Saturday. Book here.
Watch Dancing at Dusk, a re-staged production of Pina Bausch’s seminal 1975 work, The Rite of Spring, which was due to tour this Spring. The film captures a specially assembled group of 38 dancers from 14 African countries, who seized the opportunity to perform the piece together on the beach near their base at École des Sables. Just days before the premiere in Dakar, all performances were cancelled, but you can watch it online on the Sadlers Wells Digital Stage programme, available to rent (£5) for 1 month from Wednesday 1 July, with proceeds supporting the artists, the future life of the production and Sadler’s Wells.
Violinist Nicola Benedetti, one of the most sought-after violonists in the world, will be sharing music and musings from her home as part of the free stream at home Royal Albert Home sessions. Starts at 7.30pm on Saturday 4 July.
As the Wallace Collection prepares to reopen its doors on the 15 July, join an online talk with Helen Jacobsen, Senior Curator, and Yuriko Jackall, Curator of French Paintings, for a virtual trip to the museum’s iconic galleries. Revisit some of the masterpieces of paintings, furniture, and porcelain that have been so missed over the past three months. Register here. You can also book free entry to the museum from today
Browse and shop with My Virtual Neighbourhood, a fantastic free community directory for small, local businesses. Covering over 70 London neighbourhoods, the website provides a much-needed lifeline for independent businesses. Check it out here.
If you’re hankering for some outdoor, crowd-free family fun, then head to Paddington or Kingston for a session with GoBoat. You can read more about the experience here.
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