Don’t Miss in July 2012!

1. Fashion boutique Harvest is inviting customers to come and celebrate ‘Independent Retailer Month’ with them and would like to encourage shoppers to buy at least one item from an independent store in July. Independent Retailer Month is a “Shop Local” campaign that runs throughout July and Harvest are offering all customers 10% off all non-sale collections.

Harvest have been on the King’s Road for 20 years and it would be amazing if they could last another 20. So please support the indies because after all, they are the ones who bring character to Chelsea.

2. If you’re going to celebrate 4th July, there really isn’t anywhere you should go on the King’s Road, except for The Big Easy. Have you booked your table yet?

3. The Olympic Torch will be making its way through Kensington and Chelsea on 26th July. It will start by crossing over Chelsea Bridge at 1.30pm and head to Sloane Square and along the King’s Road. The torch will arrive at High Street Kensington around 2.30pm and will make its way through Holland Park where there will be celebrations taking place. The torch will then carry on to Westminster via Notting Hill.

4. ‘Go For Gold’ with The Cadogan Arms and The Botanist and you could win a complimentary meal for six people, strive for silver and nab four tickets to any wine event at city hotspot The Jugged Hare, or battle for bronze and walk away with a Champagne afternoon tea for two served at The Botanist on Sloane Square or Chiswell Street Dining Rooms, Barbican.

How can you win any of these prizes? Join The Gastro Race which is taking place between these ETM venues. To take part, you have to pick up a race card from one of the gastro pubs on this list and make your way round any of four ETM establishments. You have from Friday 27th July until Sunday 12th August 2012 to do this. And don’t worry if you’re not quick enough, all competitors who finish, regardless of their qualifying time, will be awarded with a drink on the house for simply being a good sport. You can keep up to date with the race on Twitter, here.

5. And finally slightly off-piste but close enough to the King’s Road, the Picasso & Modern British Art exhibition at Tate Britain ends on 15th July. I don’t know why I always leave it so late with exhibitions which I want to see, especially given that I’m a Tate member. But I really want to see this one! (Oh dear, is this a Don’t Miss note to me or you?)

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