Lead image: Spotlight at Seven Dials
1 Alice in Wonderland, Isleworth
Sixteenfeet Productions’ summer presentation of Alice in Wonderland is a family-orientated promenade theatre tour of four of London’s beautiful parks. Especially commissioned, the promenade theatre production encourages the audience to explore the beautiful setting in order to watch the story unfold, ably led by a talented cast of actor-musicians. Alice in Wonderland’s final run of shows takes place at Osterley Park, Isleworth, from 16-20 August. Ages 5+. Adults £12.50, kids £8.50.
To book see sixteenfeet.co.uk or call 020 7856 0380
2 Jesus Christ Superstar, Regent Park’s Open Air Theatre Season
11 August-23 September
Following its sell-out success in 2016, Jesus Christ Superstar returns to the unique surroundings of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, the production returns to give audiences one final chance to see it in its original home. Declan Bennett, Tyrone Huntley, David Thaxton and Peter Caulfield reprise their performances as Jesus, Judas, Pilate and Herod. The legendary score includes I Don’t Know How to Love Him, Gethsemane and Superstar. Tickets £25-£52.50 (premium seats £65, including best seat, programme and glass of wine).
A 10-minute walk from Baker Street tube (use postcode NW1 4NU); openairtheatre.com
3 Kerb’s Vegan Street Food Festival, King’s Cross
Street food trailblazers KERB takes over the King’s Cross Canopy this weekend with the Ultimate Vegan Rumble, where eight specially selected traders will rustle up indulgent vegan dishes and battle it out for KERB’s golden carrot award. Expect red Thai curry pots, Venezuelan chip buttie arepas, Tandoori naans, Afro tacos and chocolate brownie mud pies from KERB’s best, including the likes of Petare (Venezuelan street food), Biff’s Jack Shack (filthy vegan street food) and vegan fast food fried chicken-shop pioneers, Temple of Seitan. Early Bird tickets start at £25. Every ticket holder will receive eight portions (one dish from every trader) and a free cocktail on entry. Then you get to vote for the winner! Oh and visit the KERB cocktails and craft beer bar too, which will be serving up guest tap vegan quenchers. Open Friday 6-11pm and Saturday 12-11pm.
West Handyside Canopy, King’s Cross N1C 4BZ; kerbfood.com
4 Spotlight at Seven Dials
Spotlight returns to Seven Dials near Covent Garden on Saturday 19 August with a free one-day music and performance festival. From 12-6pm the area will be transformed into a traffic-free entertainment hot spot where visitors can enjoy a series of live performances on the main stage, as well as exclusive activities and promotions in over 95 brands and restaurants. The open-air stage will showcase performances of Disney’s smash hit West End musicals The Lion King and Aladdin, 50 piece indie choir Some Voices, 2017 Glastonbury performers Old Dirty Brasstards plus The House & Garage Orchestra. You’ll also find chill-out areas, free glitter stations, a GIF photo booth, free fashion illustrations, live music on additional stages and a pop-up bar with free cocktails from Monmouth Kitchen.
5 Beach Brunch Party at Neverland London, Fulham
Neverland London in Fulham, London’s only Thameside beach venue, has launched an alfresco bottomless beach brunch for summer. Available every Sunday in August and September from 1pm-3pm, the bottomless brunch offering includes a choice of unlimited prosecco, cider or Bulldog’s Supersonic G&Ts and Red Snappers, alongside food from any trader on site, a photobooth, entertainment and DJs. On Sunday 20 August, Bulldog Gin, in partnership with Pikes Hotel, will be combining Neverland’s brunch party with Ibiza’s historic party culture featuring special guest DJs, gin cocktails and more. Tickets are £30 (booking essential) including free-flowing drinks for two hours, your choice of street food and an all-day ticket to Neverland London.
Albert Wharf, 364 Wandsworth Bridge Road Fulham SW6 2TY; neverlandlondon.com
6 Future Forest by Bompas & Parr, Westfield London
Westfield has unveiled two multi-sensory experiences as part of its fantastical Future Forest installation by Bompas & Parr – the immersive Fruit Cloud and the Forest Zorb Lagoon, as well as am Adventure Zip Wire where you can soar over Westfield after climbing to the top of the treehouse! Families can discover the power and potential of nature in the sensory Fruit Cloud experience at Westfield London. Pop on a raincoat before entering the enclosure, filled with Bompas & Parr’s apple, blackberry or peach flavoured edible fog and the sounds of an abstract forest soundscape that creates a ‘tart’ sonic environment to balance the sweetness of the cloud. You can also walk, tumble and jump on water on the Forest Zorb Lagoon.
7 Craft Beer Month, Brook Green Market and Kitchen
The school playground turned market space has hosted three free weekly guided tastings through a series of Tap Takeovers, and the final weekend sees Hop Stuff take charge on 19 August. Spend the day sampling craft beer, street food and organic produce while enjoying the bustling vibes of Brook Green Market and Kitchen. The free tastings are a great opportunity to learn all about craft beer from industry specialists through a series of talks about the art of brewing and the opportunity to meet the brewer.
Addison Primary School, Bolingbroke Road entrance W14 0DT; brookgreenmarket.co.uk
8 Knives in Hens, Donmar Warehouse
17 August-7 October
A ploughman and his wife live a simple existence in a pre-industrial time, until the hated local miller ensnares them in a struggle of knowledge, power and attraction. David Harrower’s haunting and poetic Knives in Hens established him as one of the UK’s leading playwrights, and multi-award winning director Yaël Farber brings her distinctive style to this tense, modern classic, opening at the Donmar Warehouse on 17 August.
9 Butterfly House at the Horniman Museum, Forest Hill
From 14 August
The Horniman Museum and Gardens’ new Butterfly House opened its doors on Monday 14 August. Step into the Butterfly House and immerse yourself in hundreds of free-flying butterflies in a specially planted tropical indoor garden. See species from around the world, look out for rare butterflies like the Horniman’s Swallowtail, and watch them hatch out in the puparium as you learn about the life-cycle and behaviour of these beautiful creatures. The Butterfly House will be open throughout the year and complements the Horniman’s current Living Collections – including alpacas, jellyfish and bees in its Animal Walk, Aquarium and Nature Base – and its historic Natural History collections. Tickets are £6 for kids and adults, or £15 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children), including a 10% Gift Aid donation.
100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ; horniman.ac.uk
10 Rambert at National Theatre’s River Stage
The National Theatre’s River Stage presents five free weekends entertainment from the UK’s leading arts and culture organisations this summer. Enjoy an eclectic combination of theatre, DJs, family fun, vibrant dance, outdoor cinema, workshops and live music acts with weekend takeovers from the likes of HOMEManchester, WOMAD and the National Theatre itself. This weekend, Internationally renowned dance company Rambert fills the stage with various pieces from their stunning repertoire as well as wrokshops and even a yoga class.
For the full weekend line-up see nationaltheatre.org.uk
11 Secrets of the Movies, Soho
Until 24 August
Secrets of the Movies is a free interactive event for all the family at The Gallery in Soho. Presented by Film Distributors’ Association (FDA) on behalf of UK film distributors, the summer event features free family fun activities every day, including live stunt performances, a video booth, giant games, film quizzes and ‘creative stations’. You’ll also find an exhibition of some 75 film poster artworks and behind-the-scenes photographs, some classic films and contemporary works by international filmmakers and a focus on the impressive line-up of British films to be released before the end of 2017 (including Paddington 2 and Murder on the Orient Express). Oh, and don’t miss the unique model cinema, custom-built for FDA from 25,000 LEGO bricks.
The Gallery, Soho, 123 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EW; launchingfilms.com/secretsofthemovies
12 Travel Photographer of the Year, Greenwich
Until 3 September
The free-to-view Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) exhibition showcases international award-winning images at the University of Greenwich’s Stockwell Street building. Photographers from over 120 countries took part in TPOTY 2016, and the award-winning images give a beautiful, fascinating and often moving depiction of life, cultures, wildlife and landscape all over the planet, from fiery lava flows to a magical, snow-swirled New York street scene. This major new summer photography attraction will also host evening talks with renowned photographers including Eamonn McCabe – the presenter of BBC Four’s recent ‘Britain in Focus’ series – photography workshops and Greenwich photowalks.
10 Stockwell Street, Greenwich SE10 8BD. Summer Talks and Summer Evenings tickets are available from tpoty.com
13 From Selfie to Self-Expression, Saatchi Gallery
Until 6 September
From Selfie to Self-Expression at Saatchi Gallery is the world’s first exhibition exploring the history of the selfie from the old masters to the present day. Following its huge success, the exhibition has been extended to run until 6 September. The exhibition showcases key artworks by artists as diverse as Kutluğ Ataman, Christopher Baker, Juno Calypso, Tracey Emin, Van Gogh, Mohau Modisakeng, Rembrandt, Cindy Sherman, Gavin Turk and Velazquez. Showing alongside examples of many influential artists’ work will be selfies that have quickly become icons of the digital era – from the beautiful and sublime to the mad, bad and downright dangerous.
Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 4RY; saatchigallery.com
14 WALALA X PLAY at NOW Gallery, Greenwich Peninsula
Until 24 September
Camille Walala has transformed NOW Gallery into a maze of colour and wonder with WALALA X PLAY, a labyrinth of zigzag paths, winding walls and suspended shapes, all covered with Camille’s signature geometric patterns and vibrant colours. As well as an eye-popping immersive experience, WALALA X PLAY is also a puzzle – a 3D game of ‘spot the difference’ in which you’re encouraged to hunt down anomalies in the pattern, with fresh inconsistencies introduced every month. Camille has also designed two ping pong tables that are available to play on every day of the installation. Free to visit. Suitable for all ages.
The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square SE10 0SQ; nowgallery.co.uk
15 The World of Anna Sui, Fashion & Textile Museum
Until 1 October
On the cover of The World of Anna Sui by Tim Banks is a catwalk shot of a look that exemplifies the glamorously eclectic style of fashion designer Anna Sui. Located in the ‘fairytale’ section of her thematically organised new exhibition at the Fashion and Textiles Museum in Bermondsey is the bold pirate dress in question. It’s inspired in part, she explains, by Marie Antoinette – but also Barbarossa the pirate and 70s band The New York Dolls. ‘It’s quintessential Anna Sui,’ she says proudly. ‘It has all the elements: the roses, the black and white with red. There are also the fishnets to evoke the punk movement. All in one outfit! With over 125 full outfits on display, the exhibition ranges from early looks first modelled by Naomi Campbell in 1991 up to the cowboy and cheerleader design worn recently by Gigi and Bella Hadid.
83 Bermondsey Street SE1 3XF; 020 7407 8664; ftmlondon.org