August is a great month to enjoy a city like Madrid. Its cultural program doesn’t slow down, even though its streets look empty when many locals leave for the holidays. This season is the perfect moment to get lost in the many leisure options that Madrid has to offer outside your Flat Sweet Home. To begin this city tour, we recommend a walk through the clouds at the spectacular SkyNight restaurant (Avenida de América, 49)—designed by the architect Jean Nouvel—which hosts the 43 Live The Roof festival on August 7. Its futuristic rooftop will host an intimate concert by Anni B. Sweet; her angelic voice combines American folk with the sound of Spanish music.
The exhibition Terror at the laboratory (Terror en el laboratorio) at Fundación Telefónica (c / Fuencarral, 3) is one of the must-see events this summer in Madrid, and it’s at walking distance if you stay in our Flat Sweet Home Gran Vía. In this entertaining exhibition, you can celebrate the meeting between Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, and Mary Shelly, who established the trope of the creatures created by an ambitious scientist. It was the starting point for the characters of The Island of Dr. Moreau, Frankenstein and The Vampire. At the Telefónica headquarters, you’ll learn the ins and outs of this trope’s major adaptations to film and literature. Not far from there, you can walk around the Old Madrid and visit the Palacio Real (calle Bailen, s / n) to admire the 100 key artworks to know the Seicento, the Italian seventeenth century. Baroque paintings by Caravaggio, Ribera, Bernini and Gentileschi will amaze you before it’s time to return to your centric Flat Sweet Home San Miguel Market and plan a nightly tapas route near Plaza Mayor and La Latina.
Madrid stands out for having a spectacular theatrical agenda throughout the year, and August is not the exception. The Teatro Alfil (c / Pez, 10), located right in the trendy neighborhood of Malasaña, is preparing a hilarious, acid play called Chefs. The play shows the peculiar world of gastronomy with a comical (as much as critical) script. Also, a visit to the Caixa Fórum (Paseo Prado, 36) is essential. The show The Weight of a Gesture (El peso de un gesto) is waiting for you in this avant-garde exhibition center. This exhibition analyzes the importance of the concept of art through pieces created by Juliao Sarmiento, and based on the collective imagination built from films, literature and architecture. These are only some of the many options available to you in your Madrid adventure, that begins in your cozy Flat Sweet Home.
Here’s the FLAT SWEET HOME schedule for events and shows in Madrid:
43 Live The Roof – Anni B. Sweet – Skynight Door America – Avenida De America, 49 – (August 7 – 8 pm)
Terror en el laboratorio – Fundación Telefónica – C / Fuencarral, 3 (Until October 16 – open from 10h to 20h) – FREE
De Caravaggio A Bernini: Obras Maestras Del Seicento – Palacio Real – (calle Bailen, S / N) – (Monday through Sunday until October 16 – open from 10h to 20h – € 11 + Palace access)
Chefs – Teatro Alfil – C / Pez, 10 – (Thursday through Sundays until August 12 – Sunday 18h, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 20h – 12 €)
El Peso Del Gesto – CaixaForum – Paseo Prado, 36 – (Monday to Sunday from 10h to 20h – 4 €)