Something for the weekend: It’s a scorcher

Margaret Hussey rounds up the hot culture you won’t want to be missing out on

Red alert

courtesy of the The Little Scarlet Door

If you want to paint the town red, you can’t find a better spot than the fabulous The Little Scarlet Door. The cocktail bar, bang in the centre of London’s Soho, is inspired by Andy Warhol’s factory in New York. Set over two floors you get the vibe of being in someone’s flat with a Smeg fridge, kitchen, colourful cushions, accessories, Playstation and even a laundry area. Our favourite spot is the little sofa upstairs, where you can watch the comings and goings on Greek Street while slurping decadent cocktails and eating yummy cheese toasties. It’s also available for private hire and smaller spaces for up to 14 people. For more visit thelittlescarletdoor.co.uk

Master the art 

courtesy of the National Gallery

With everyone tightening their belts now, we are always on the look-out for low-cost events. Which is why we love the National Gallery’s Summer on The Square. Its biggest ever free festival of immersive art, creativity and community will run from August 11 to 19 on London’s Trafalgar Square. The festival is a re-working of the Gallery’s art collection with a purpose-built arts studio and loads of accessible activities for all ages. There will also be large-scale installations including Van Gogh’s A Wheatfield with Cypresses and Manet’s Music in the Tuileries Gardens. For more visit nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/summer-on-the-square

Go with the glow

Not long now until you can get your hands on the new beauty products from wellness influencer Sommer Ray. Her IMARAÏS Beauty range includes the Glow skincare gummies and Nourish gummies for hair and scalp. The gummies, which come in lemon and wild berry flavours, are PETA accredited, vegan as well as sugar-free. Glow’s key ingredients include Marine Algae to detoxify, Olive Leaf Extract for hydration and Vitamin C to even skin tone. While Nourish’s key ingredients are Organic Chaga for anti-ageing, Reishi Mushroom and Snow Mushroom to lock in moisture. One tube of IMARAÏS Beauty contains a month’s supply of 60 gummies and costs £40 each. They launch exclusively on lookfantastic.com on July 20. For more visit lookfantastic.com 

Seoul searching

Moon Jar Dress, Blue by Minju Kim. Seoul, 2021 © Minju Kim, Photo Sangmi An, Model Leehyun Kim

We are already very excited about the major new exhibition on Korean culture coming to London’s V&A. Hallyu! The Korean Wave will look at everything from K-Pop to K-drama, the success of Korean cinema to its growing fashion influence. There will be an immersive recreation of the bathroom set from the Oscar-winning Parasite as well as props from Squid Game and outfits worn by Gangnam Style’s PSY.  It will also look at how South Korea emerged as a tech giant after the Korean War. 

Hallyu! The Korean Wave runs from September 24 to June 2023. Tickets are on sale now at

vam.ac.uk/kwave 

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