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London summer 2021 best tickets to book: Festivals to al fresco terraces




London summer 2021 best tickets to book: Festivals to al fresco terraces

The grass is greener

Covid has only intensified our love of mud and cider-fuelled sing-alongs. The traditional scramble for festival tickets remains in rude health and, as the endless WhatsApp groups smugly attest — for your own sake, mute them, mute them all — most of the big names have long sold out, even with line-ups yet to be confirmed. Fortunately, even in a year with nothing on there are still those who have double-booked themselves and spare tickets are popping up. Ticketmaster, SeeTickets and Eventim all offer official fan-to-fan re-sales, with ticket prices capped at face value to scupper scalpers. The Leeds dream lives on.

Otherwise, there are a handful of fields yet to be filled. Tickets are still going for Latitude (July 22-25, in Suffolk’s Henham Park. Grab them for a laid-back vibe; think painted sheep and hidden sets springing up in the woodlands. Bastille, First Aid Kit and Snow Patrol are all set to play. Desperate to dance? Try Bestival the weekend afterwards (, which this year has Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada and Becky Hill headlining. The amps are at the ready on the Isle of Wight for its annual array of guitar-powered goodness: Liam Gallagher and Duran Duran are joined by the likes of Sam Fender, Tom Jones and Supergrass across the weekend of September 16-19 (

Closer to home, there are still a handful of wristbands left for All Points East ( on the Summer bank holiday. It’s always a good one in Victoria Park, and this year the line-up is suitably spectacular for its return: Jorja Smith, London Grammar, Loyle Carner, Foals and Little Simz. Keep an eye on Wireless’s site and socials (, @wirelessfest) for the final batch of tickets for the September 10-12 shows in Crystal Palace Park. No word yet on who’s playing, but previous summers have seen Stormzy and Skepta pop up. The first release of tickets sold out quickly and anticipation is high.

Crystal Palace Park will also host the brand newSouth Facing Festival (, a month-long series of gigs and events running throughout August. Dizzee Rascal on August 14 and the Streets on August 21-22 promise nights of throwback British hip-hop, while the English National Opera taking on Tosca on August 27 and 29 is sure to be a moving, memorable one. Also new this year is Yam Carnival (, happening on Clapham Common on August 28, which promises “black culture from around the world”, with Nigerian star Davido topping the bill. The Common is busy that weekend: the day after, Rtrn II Dance takes over, banging with drum ‘n’ bass. Tickets are still available on, which is a useful site to get to know as it keeps a track of availability for everything on this summer. Other London festivals still bookable are Brockwell Park’s indie-jazz-post punk cocktail, Wide Awake ( on September 3 and Trent Park’s dance monster 51st State ( on August 7, which is on its final two ticket releases and selling quickly.

If the idea of standing around in big crowds is an anxiety-inducing one, go boutique. The Hawarden Estate’s Summer Camp ( promises everything from wild swimming to classes in bee keeping and blacksmithery, and runs over three weekends in July for just 100 people at a time. Camp Elwood (July 26 to August  9, isn’t quite so small, but is equally wholesome and held at a beautiful site, spaced out along the stunning Norfolk coast. Go for a therapeutic weekend, not one to get trashed at.

The big feast

The Wigmore

This is not the summer for messing about with meal kits. It is one to spend endless evenings on pub terraces, drifting away after pints to sit alfresco outside favourite restaurants, old and new, and all hope for finding a table at one is not lost. On Monday, the Prime Minister confirmed April 12 as the opening date for outdoor dining and, sure enough, places are busy from then. That said, restaurants across the capital are reporting that things are slightly quieter from May 17, when eating indoors is permitted. Still, the pubs will never again be off-limits: Young’s, Fuller’s and most of the other major chains, plus many independents, keep a policy promising space for walk-ins, meaning it’s usually worth taking a chance even when things look crammed online.

That said, for a guaranteed good time, have it large. Social distancing restrictions inspired oversized spaces last summer, and they’re back for this one: on Walthamstow’s Blackhorse Lane, Truman’s Social Club ( has row upon row of wooden benches under awnings, and 20 draft beers poured fresh. Alexandra Palace ( — which still has tickets for its Kaleidoscope Festival — stole Truman’s claim to London’s biggest beer garden when it opened its boozy terrace last year and, at that size, all but guarantees tables through the summer. Bookings can be made for up to three-and-a-half hours, and they’re prepped for the weather with heaters and umbrellas throughout. Those peckish after a couple of pints can tuck into street food from the likes of Browski Burger to go with the views. Going big usually means you’ll avoid going home: old Hackney favourite Pub on the Park ( and Victoria Park’s People’s Park Tavern ( are both sizeable enough to reliably have room.

A welcome relaxation of rules around al fresco feasting means more restaurants than ever have outside space and, because many are new, they haven’t been pounced upon. Richard Corrigan may have a full-house at Bentley’s — though one or two tables are free for late suppers, after nine — but the new terrace at his joyous Daffodil Mulligan ( still has seats at more reasonable hours. The Wigmore (, where Michel Roux Jr looks after the food, has gone outdoors for the first time and while reservations are being snapped up, throughout the summer midweek and Sunday spaces are readily free. Paddington’s floating seafood restaurant The Grand Duchess ( is land-bound for the first time, and its new waterside deck still has tables for lunch and supper; settle in for crisp white wine and a platter of fresh fish. In Camden, it’s not just a new terrace but a whole new restaurant as The Farrier ( becomes the market’s first pub — tables for dinner and lunch, including on Sundays, are still there for the booking.

In many cases, the trick is to give a little, and settle in either later or earlier than usual — even places like the ever-popular Jikoni ( have room for those who don’t insist on eating at say, 1pm or 8pm — or to get booking in advance now. Marylebone favourite The Grazing Goat ( is full for the moment, but has availability almost every day from mid-May onwards, while the new al fresco firepit at King’s Cross breweryTwo Tribes ( is busy for most of April, but frees up almost entirely in a fortnight’s time.

Can’t decide between food and music? Have both. There are still tickets going for The Big Feastival ( on Blur bassist Alex James’s Cotsworlds farm, which between August 27-29 is serving up Nile Rodgers & Chic and Rag N’ Bone man alongside cooking classes with some top chefs. Tom Kerridge, meanwhile, is back with Pub In The Park (, which will be busy pouring pints and plating up pub classics for £6 a dish throughout the summer: it comes to Dulwich June 26-27 and heads to Chiswick September 3-5; Basement Jaxx play at both.

Extracurricular fun


Life in the living room has few thrills; let this summer be a corrective. While nightclubs are off the cards until June 21 at the earliest — be sure to try the new Ernie’s Yard, a massive 12,000sq ft outdoor venue in Canning Town opening June 25, and promising 12-hour dance parties — from April, head to the “fun-set strip” of Costa del Tottenham ( The spot still has tickets going for its terrace, which boasts DJ sets, live comedy and plenty to eat.

If a change of scenery is more of a priority, try GoBoat (, which is now taking bookings for its self-drive boats in Paddington and Kingston. Pottering down the canal too gentle? The Lee Valley White Water Centre ( has reopened too for those who want to sling themselves over the rapids in a raft — definitely one for those missing an adrenaline rush.

Elsewhere, for those with lockdown weight to shift (all of us) who can’t face the gym, try bouldering; the capital’s climbing walls open on April 12 and offer a hell of workout. Plus, unlike wild swimming, people don’t feel compelled to constantly talk about it. There are good sites in Vauxhall (, Green Lanes (, Acton and Bermondsey ( to get started on. Finally, if this year has left some rage that needs releasing, paintballing is back and, as an organised sport, is exempt from the rule of six. Try GO Paintball London ( — actually just on the Surrey border, Towie favourite Mayhem (, half an hour east of Liverpool Street Station, or Greenwich’s Bunker 51 (, which is London’s only indoor centre (and, as such, will be sticking to two households only for the time being). After a year that’s forced us to be very grown up, being a little childish may be the perfect thing to do.

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How to cope with the VAT nightmare on EU exports below the new Brexit policies




How to cope with the VAT nightmare on EU exports under the new Brexit rules

he migraines brought about to importers and exporters from Brexit have been well documented.

The welter of paperwork and added charges are getting well-recognized, top some traders merely to give up, while the vast majority soldier on with the enable of a customs broker or freight forwarder.

Less properly-identified is the concern of one more new complexity – VAT.

Ahead of we left the EU and for the duration of the changeover period of time, the Uk was element of the EU’s VAT entire world and was in essence invisible.

Now, nevertheless, you have to sign up to pay back VAT in each nation independently just as you do for states outside the EU. You only have to fork out it when, but it can be a complicated procedure and tough, not to mention time consuming, to get it refunded.

If you or your enterprise has tried out exporting to the EU and you’ve been battling with the new rules, you’re considerably from being alone. A lot of of you have contacted the Evening Regular to inform us of your troubles.

So, to attempt and enable you through the quagmire, we questioned Selwyn Stein, taking care of director of expert advisers VAT IT has witnessed inquiries double because January. So we questioned him for some assist to the most frequent inquiries.

Can I just get my paperwork finished when I get to the border, and what do I require to do?

No. Get your products consigned correctly in advance of you, or your items, get to the port. Most importantly, that means obtaining an EU Financial Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) amount and generating sure it corresponds with your VAT quantity for the nation you are sending it to.

Other information you’ll want for your paperwork are the right invoice information, consumer specifics and description of the products. With out them, the customs company at the place of entry into the EU won’t permit the merchandise in.

I transported my items but my shopper in the EU is refusing to spend import VAT and responsibilities. What do I do?

This has been a specifically typical trouble as traders and clients transact for the first time underneath the new publish-Brexit procedures. You must plainly agree before delivery whether you or your purchaser has the responsibility to clear customs and fork out whatsoever tax and obligations are relevant so you really do not close up in a row afterwards.

Don’t leave it right up until you’ve been fined and had your goods seized at the border. Again, make absolutely sure you have your EU EORI variety as your GB one no extended is effective for importing to the EU.

I managed to get the job done out the simplest way to ship merchandise by working with a amount of diverse internet websites. Is that enough?

Be careful. Often what seems to be the best or most economical does not conclude up functioning out that way. For example, you may possibly decide for the sake of speed to fly your product or service to Germany due to the fact your shopper is in central Europe.

Even though Germany’s VAT fee is 1% decrease than France, there is often extra paperwork essential and other admin that can induce delays.

France, on the other hand, may well have considerably less paperwork, but of course adds to the travel time if you require to get your goods to Eastern Europe.

1 of your primary concerns with VAT is cashflow. You should be ready to claim it back again sooner or later but you will however need to pay back it up entrance. At all over a fifth of the worth of the products, that is a significant chunk of modify. And VAT fees can differ from all over 19-27% from region to nation.

Make sure you’ve talked about this absolutely with your freight forwarder and figured out the very best route. Superior nevertheless, get professional assistance except if you have time to devote on all the administrative options.

In which state must I sign-up for VAT?

Almost certainly the region of entry is ideal. If your item is shifted from, say the airport in Germany to Poland, it will only be VAT applicable on entry to the EU, so you will not have to pay out it again when it crosses into Poland.

Exactly where do I go to get all the details on how to ship to these a variety of international locations?

I’m scared there is no central location for VAT, customs and logistics suggestions and how they interact. Just about every country has diverse policies, paperwork demands and connected prices. If you are shipping to customers in several nations, you are finest off receiving skilled tips. Language obstacles can be one more difficulty if you are not fluent in your customer’s tongue.

Can I just sign-up an EU company to make this all go away?

Not necessarily. If you nonetheless have a Uk presence it does not constantly operate. In fact it can make the VAT problem much more complicated to get your items throughout different nations.

In addition to which, it is costly and requires a large amount of paperwork to do.

Presumably I only have to fill out VAT types for the region of destination where by my buyer is, ideal?

Erroneous. Kinds have to be filled out for every region your products will pass as a result of, particularly the place of entry if this is distinct to your end consumer.

Any hiccups can hold off deliveries, see products held at borders or returned to the British isles and in the end get rid of revenue for firms.

The excellent information is, if you’re transport goods directly to consumers, you can use an EU 1-stop-shop the place you only have to sign-up for just one region.

You will get applied to the new method, but it is a whole lot more difficult than it was before. The strategy of frictionless trade with the EU was constantly a fantasy. Now we just have to find out to reside with it.

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