From a cricket masterclass with Ian Butcher to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Sienna Miller and Pride in London, there are plenty of great things to do in London in July 2017…
1 Juju’s Bar & Stage announces July programme
Juju’s Bar & Stage at the Old Truman Brewery launches its July programme of cultural revelry with eye-opening talks, live music, DJs, dance classes and more. This month, Juju’s announces brand new Friday night resident DJ Ben Skerritt, welcoming the weekend in with an eclectic mix of the newest progressive electronic, afro and synth pop vibes. Yogahood will be hosting weekly sessions on the 1, 8 and 15 July and every Wednesday the venue hosts a special Brazilian Forro night with three levels of dance classes.
Juju’s Bar & Stage, 15 Hanbury Street E1 6QR; jujusbarandstage.com
2 Pat Pope at Zebra One Gallery
If you fancy a trip back to a golden period for music, then a selection of images from renowned photographer Pat Pope could provide the perfect way to do it. Zebra One Gallery is unveiling a collection 13 previously never before seen images of music icons, from Bowie to Morrissey, including an extraordinary image of the legend in his Indian stage outfit ahead of his Amnesty International show. Each image will be printed in editions of ten, and available for purchase for £1,500.
1 Perrin’s Ct, London NW3 1QX; 020 7794 1281; zebraonegallery.com
3 Ian Butcher’s Cricketing Masterclass, Barnes
With 72 test matches, 859 first class matches and 47,878 runs behind them, Ian, Alan, Gary and Mark Butcher invite you to an afternoon of cricketing fun and entertainment for all the family on 2 July at Barnes Cricket Club. Magic Radio presenter Angie Greaves will be entertaining the crowds throughout the day and there will be a live performance by singer/songwriter Susie Webb.
261 Lonsdale Road, Barnes SW13 9QL; 020 8748 6220; eventbrite.co.uk
It’s Wimbledon fortnight, and whether you’ve managed to get your mitts on those coveted Centre Court tickets or not, there are still plenty of ways to get involved, with restaurants and bars across London serving limited-edition tennis-inspired treats, as well as Big Screen pop-up events a-plenty.
5 Masterpiece London, Chelsea
Until 5 July
Masterpiece London launched in 2010 with a unique focus on cross-collecting. Over the past seven years it has established itself as the leading international event for viewing and buying the finest works of art, from antiquity to the present day. Located at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, this fusion of heritage and style, tradition and the contemporary draws close to 40,000 visitors each year for an exceptional week of cultural, culinary and social experiences in the heart of London.
Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea SW3 4SR; 020 7881 5200; masterpieceartfair.com
6 Rich Simmons: Pop Provocateur at Box Galleries
Until 6 July
King’s Road is home to some of the best galleries, but one in particular is tapping into a specific demand for pop art right now: Box Galleries. Founder Emma Moir, set up Box Galleries with the intention of showing varied work to the public, and right now the gallery is home to people with different personal tastes – all with a common contemporary theme, but essentially a personal taste to each artist. Until 6 July, stop by Box Galleries to check out Rich Simmons exhibition Pop Provocateur, a collection mixing up new and old pieces.
402 King’s Road SW10 0LJ; 077 8603 3180 boxgalleries.com
7 Live Music at the Blake Below Bar, South Kensington
Thursdays and Saturdays in July
Blakes Hotel in South Kensington is launching its live music sessions at Blake Below, a newly designed bar and lounge from world famous interior designer, Anouska Hempel. The underground bar will showcase live music sessions every other Thursday from 8-10.30pm. You can enjoy the likes of the Leon Garner Jazz Trio whilst tucking into a new dining and cocktail menu. Tucked underneath the Blakes Hotel entrance, the bar offers a one-of-a-kind experience of exclusivity and privacy.
33 Roland Gardens SW7 3PF; 020 7370 6701; blakeshotels.com
8 Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Experience the world’s largest annual flower show in a stunning setting as the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show returns this July. Explore innovative show gardens and flower displays, what demonstrations by both celebrity gardeners and chefs around the showgrounds, get tips on gardening in a changing climate, and shop for valuable supplies to create your own little oasis at home.
East Molesey KT8 9AU; 084 4482 7777; rhs.org.uk
9 Greenwich + Docklands International Festival
23 June-8 July
London’s leading festival of outdoor theatre and performing arts, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, will take place from 23 June-8 July. Among the many highlights, the festival’s annual reinvention of the historic Greenwich Fair opens proceedings, and special commissions includes Museum of the Moon, acclaimed artist Luke Jerram’s seven metre illuminated moon sculpture.
The Borough Hall, Royal Hill SE10 8RE; 020 8305 1818; festival.org
10 Banana Cabaret’s Balham Comedy Festival
29 June-8 July
Expect to hear plenty of laughter at The Bedford this month. Now in its sixth year, Banana Cabaret’s annual Balham Comedy Festival, produced by the comedy club’s Dave Vickers and comedy legend John Moloney, returns in 2017 to The Bedford in Balham from 29 June-8 July. Featuring a dazzling array of top-notch comedy talent who will generate mirth, merriment and laughter at the annual joke fest, the 2017 line-up includes Stephen K Amos, Mary Bourke (pictured), Ed Byrne, Simon Evans, Rich Hall, Jeremy Hardy, Rhys James, The Kagools, Jason Manford, Sara Pascoe and many more.
77 Bedford Hill, Balham SW12 9HD; 020 8682 8940; balhamcomedyfestival.com
In true American spirit, The Blues Kitchen is hosting its 5th annual Hot Dog eating competition in Shoreditch. Twenty contestants will have 30 minutes to eat their bodyweight in hot dogs for the chance to win a £50 bar tab. If you’re not a big hot dog fan, you can still enjoy your choice of BBQ soul food (including spicy buffalo wings, cajun blackened shrimp, BBQ pork rib and beef brisket) from the Brixton, Camden and Shoreditch locations. Make sure to try a cocktail made from their extensive collection of American whiskeys. Have a U.S passport? Take it along to any of the Blues Kitchen venues for a free can of beer! The contest will be held at Blues Shoreditch but the BBQ menu is available at all locations.
12 National Tequila Month at Peyotito
4-25 July 2017
National Tequila Day falls on 24 July and Peyotito in Notting Hill is going all out, teaming up with award-winning Casamigos Tequila to provide a whole month of tequila-fuelled experiences. For foodie lovers, Peyotito is offering a special Taco Taquiza & Tequila Tuesday pairing menu, available every Tuesday in July (£20pp). For cocktail lovers, Peyotito’s infamous margarita gets an upgrade, accompanied by a Casamigos Mini to add an extra shot to your drink (launching on National Tequila Day for a limited time only). For experience lovers, Casamigos x Peyotito is offering a Tequila masterclass every Tuesday evening, followed by a multi-sensory Mexican tasting menu (£45pp).
31 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill W11 2EU; 020 7043 1400; peyotitorestaurant.com
13 Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair
This summer, the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair returns on Sunday 9 July to a brand new location, the birthplace of Vauxhall Motors. Notable artists attending include Kristjana Williams, and Sir Peter Blake.
26 Lambeth High Street SE1 7AG; artcarbootfair.com
14 Grand Medieval Joust
Summer is just around the corner and families who are looking for ways in which to keep the children entertained during the holidays need look no further than Eltham Palace & Gardens in Greenwich. Eltham Palace’s blockbuster event, the Grand Medieval Joust, will be making a return on a new weekend for 2017; Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July, when visitors will get to feel the heat of the contest as magnificent knights on horseback clash at the greatest event of medieval England.
Court Yard, Eltham, Greenwich SE9 5QE; english-heritage.org.uk
15 Zip World London, South Bank
From 18 July
Zip World London, the fastest urban zip wire in any major city in the world, is due to open at Archbishop’s Park on Lambeth Palace Road, just cross the river from the Houses of Parliament. The 225-metre descent from a 35-metre tower will see riders reach speeds of up to 50mph, providing you with great views of the Thames, Big Ben and the London Eye. The ride was inspired by Britain’s longest zip wire, Zip World at Penrhyn Quarry in Wales. Adults £22.50, students £18.50, kids over eight £16.50 (family ticket £58.95). Open for 12 weeks.
Archbishop’s Park, Lambeth Palace Road SE1 7JY; zipworld.co.uk
16 Greenwich Music Time
Until 7 July
Legendary Motown supergroup The Jacksons, who are celebrating 50 years in the business, and US R&B giant Alexander O’Neal have joined Little Mix, Cliff Richard, and Michael Ball and Alfie Boe as the headline acts for this year’s Greenwich Music Time. Taking place at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Music Time has become a hotly anticipated concert series. Those dates for the diary: 30 June, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe; 1-2 July, Cliff Richard; 4 July Alexander O’Neal; 6 July The Jacksons; and Little Mix on 7 July.
17 Pride in London, various locations
Until 9 July
Celebrate London’s LGBT+ community with the two-week Pride Festival, featuring everything from live music and film screenings to art exhibitions and historical tours. Tate Britain’s Queer & Now officially launched Pride in London on 23 June with a day and evening of activities, music and performance, and events continue across the capital throughout the fortnight. The famous Pride in London Parade 2017 takes place on Saturday 8 July (1pm-4.30pm), forming in Portland Place and running from the BBC’s Broadcasting House to Oxford Circus, down Regent Street, through Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall and past Trafalgar Square, dispersing on Whitehall.
For the full events programme see prideinlondon.org
18 Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity
Opening 7 July
This summer, Leighton House Museum presents Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity, the first major exhibition in London since 1913 of one of the most popular artists of the Victorian era. Opening on 7 July, the exhibition explores all phases of the artist’s career, and this will be the only opportunity to see it in the UK.
12 Holland Park Road W14 8LZ; 020 7602 3316; rbkc.gov.uk/almatadema
19 Barnes Fringe 2017
Barnes Fringe is back for its third year, featuring a stellar line-up of household names and rising stars previewing their material before they head up to the Edinburgh Fringe. This year’s festival is headlined by Lee Nelson, known for his razor-sharp stand-up and elaborate pranks on public figures including Sepp Blatter, Kayne West and Donald Trump. Ed Gamble, Matt Forde, Lynn Ruth Miller and Phil Wang will also be making an appearance. Tickets £12-£15.
OSO Arts Centre, 49 Station Road, Barnes SW13 0LF; osoarts.org.uk
20 Remeo Gelato multisensory gelato experience, Hoxton
Remeo Gelato, the award-winning artisan producers of UK’s first authentic gelato sold in a jar, is hosting a luxury multisensory gelato experience at the Pantry Kitchen in the Hoxton Hotel. ‘Get the scoop’ on the differences between ice cream and authentic Italian gelato from the Remeo Gelato’s in-house Mastri-Gelatieri, and learn how the product is hand-made in Italy with the freshest ingredients. The event is a journey in to the five senses, showcasing the process, recipes and the ingredients that go into each jar. You’ll get bespoke Remeo Gelato goody bag, too. 6.30pm-9pm. Free.
Hoxton Hotel, 81 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch EC2A 3HU. Register for tickets via eventbrite.co.uk
21 Shubbak Festival, Holborn
Shubbak, London’s festival of contemporary Arab culture, has become a key event in the arts calendar in London and beyond. The biennial festival returns from 1-16 July with a wide, diverse, exciting and thought-provoking programme of art, music, drama, debate and spoken word that will take place at some of London’s finest venues.
1 Gough Square EC4A 3DE; shubbak.co.uk
22 Kew the Music Festival
Kew the Music is a glorious week-long festival of summer picnic concerts set within the stunning grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This year’s line-up will feature something for everyone: Passenger take the lead on 11 July, Razorlight a day later, All Saints will be showcasing music from their new album on 13 July, Haçienda Classiçal heads to London on 14 July, indie influencers James on 15 July, and Mary J. Blige closing proceedings on 16 July.
Richmond TW9 3AB; kewthemusic.org
23 Morning Gloryville x Colours of Love, Ministry of Sound
Morning Gloryville x Colours of Love is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of 1967’s Summer of Love. Taking place from 6.30am to 10.30am, this vibrant morning rave invites hundreds of Londoners to dance the dawn away in one of Morning Gloryville’s most amorous sober raves to date. Early risers are invited to throw on their most colourful items of clothing and unite for this global social and fitness phenomenon. Previous Morning Gloryville parties have featured sets from DJs like Fatboy Slim and Basement Jaxx – so who will be the secret headliner for this event? Along with incredible live music performances, guests can take part in numerous additional well-being focused activities from wake-up massages to yoga, as well as the chance to refuel with superfood smoothies and vegan snacks. Tickets £18 via this link.
Ministry of Sound, 103 Gaunt Street SE1 6DP
24 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Apollo Theatre
Opening 13 July
Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell will star in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, opening at the Apollo Theatre on 13 July. The truth hurts. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday, as Brick and Maggie dance around secrets that threaten to destroy their marriage and family.
Shaftesbury Ave, Soho W1D 7EZ; 033 0333 4809; youngvicwestend.com
25 Flux, Chelsea College of Arts
Flux will bring together a collection of the most dynamic painters, sculptors and performance artists, who all represent an alternative way to encounter today’s best new art. Hosted by the Chelsea College of Arts and curated by Lisa Gray, the founder of Flux, this fourth edition of the show brings 90 artists to the fore, a carefully selected mix of the best emerging and established artists.
16 John Islip Street, Westminster SW1P 4JU; 020 7514 7751; fluxexhibition.com
26 Friday Late: Come out to Play at London Transport Museum
Uncover the secrets, scandals and history of London’s Theatreland and the ever-changing entertainment industry at London Transport Museum’s latest Friday Late, Come out to Play. Immerse yourself in mini opera performances, create a masquerade mask or fan, and get made-up in style with Urban Decay cosmetics. With bars, music, talks, tours, a quiz, and creative make-and-take workshops guests can enjoy a range of activities inspired by the Museum’s latest exhibition Sounds of the City, including In the Dark, where you close your eyes and open your ears to the sound of city life at this curated listening event that explores urban soundscapes. 7pm-10pm. Tickets £15.
Covent Garden Piazza WC2E 7BB; ltmuseum.co.uk
27 Sir John Franklin Exhibit at the National Maritime Museum
Opens 14 July
This summer, the National Maritime Museum (NMM) will host a major exhibition, developed by the Canadian Museum of History in partnership with the NMM and Parks Canada, and in collaboration with the Government of Nunavut and the Inuit Heritage Trust, exploring the mysterious fate of Sir John Franklin and his crew on their final expedition – a mystery that still remains unsolved today. With over 200 rare objects on show, the exhibition will cast light on what really happened.
Park Row, Greenwich SE10 9NF; 020 8858 4422; rmg.co.uk/franklin
28 Reverb at the Roof Gardens
Returning to the Roof Gardens on 15 July, Reverb presents a unique blend of live music and comedy, coupled with outdoor garden games and irresistible BBQ food. Enjoy the summer season from 100ft above the streets of London and enjoy some of the best up and coming music and comedy talent from London and beyond.
29 Russell Brand in Re:Birth, Richmond
Following a series of sold out preview shows, Russell Brand’s new stand-up tour, Re:Birth, comes to Richmond Theatre, London, on 17 July. In Re: Birth, important questions are raised. What is real? Who are we? Where did this baby come from? Brand wrestles with these questions while unravelling the matrix of modern media, politics, sex, fatherhood and death. Join one of comedy’s fiercest talents as he tries to make sense of life having just made a new one. Further London dates include: Regent’s Park Theatre on 30 July, Hammersmith Apollo on 31 October & 1 November and Brixton Academy on 18 & 19 December.
Little Green, Richmond TW9 1QJ; 0844 871 7651; atgtickets.com
30 Up at The O2 with @LondonViewpoints
To celebrate its 5th birthday, Up at The O2 is inviting budding photographers to enjoy an exclusive sunset climb and mini-photography workshop with Michael Tomas of @LondonViewpoints, one of the UK’s top photography influencers with over 126,000 Instagram followers. Michael will host an introductory workshop on the viewing platform, which sits 52m above ground level, granting aspiring photographers an insight into some of his best techniques, including creative composition, lighting and standing out from the crowd on social media. 8.30pm. Prices from £30 for adults and kids over 9.
To book see theo2.co.uk/upattheo2
31 The San Miguel Experience at One Marylebone
In partnership with One Marylebone, San Miguel is putting a three-day experience filled with fun events. Stop by for the chance to talk with Levison Wood, Channel 4 explorer, about his globe-trotting adventures and experience what it’s like to fly over NYC via virtual reality. Mike Kus (photographer and Instagram influencer), Diana Kaska (former architect, turned pastry chef who uses 3D techniques in her treats) and Belinda Kirk (the social explorer) will also be in attendance for you chat with while enjoying food from around the world and exclusive tastings of San Miguel’s beer.
1 Marylebone Road NW1 4AQ; eventbrite.co.uk
32 Paddington Dragon Boat Regatta
The annual Paddington Dragon Boat Regatta returns to Paddington Basin canal in Merchant Square, near the brand new Floating Pocket Park, from 5-9pm. Twenty local companies will take part in the race in teams of 11, taking to the water in their own Dragon Boat to race the length of the canal with the aim of being first past the finishing line. Last year’s race raised over £15,000 for children’s charity COSMIC, and this year participants hope to raise even more. There is also the chance to win a two-night stay in a 5* hotel in Amsterdam with £250 credit for flights/travel in the Paddington rubber duck race, taking place from 12-2pm the same day from St. Mary’s bridge (donate just £3 to enter your duck and watch as they make their journey down the canal). Patrons of the charity, Ben Fogle and Fay Ripley, will be designing special ducks that will be raced and auctioned on the day.
33 The Charity Symphony Orchestra, Putney
The Charity Symphony Orchestra will be performing Elgar: Enigma Variations at St Mary’s Church in Putney to raise funds for Wandsworth and Westminster’s Mind. Conducted by Rowan Baker, the programme will include Smetana’s Vltava, Dvořák’s The Water Goblin and Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Tickets are £12 (£10 concs) and available on the door. 7.30pm.
St Mary’s Church, Putney High Street SW15 1SN; charityso.org.uk
34 Furr & Mankowitz – 45RPM at 45 Park Lane
15 June-5 August
Exuberant artist Christian Furr, who created a masterpiece when he painted The Queen, is working on a new partnership fit for royalty with acclaimed rock photographer, Gered Mankowitz. Mankowitz travelled with The Rolling Stones and the God of Rock himself, Jimmy Hendrix and had an enviable knack for catching them in their raw, unadulterated form. Using bold, psychedelic colour, royal purples, deep blues and metallics, risk taker Furr has brought these photographs into the future, while still maintaining their timelessness, something that only a true master can achieve.
45 Park Lane W1K 1PN; 020 7493 4545; dorchestercollection.com
35 Greenwich Mozart Festival
Until 22 July
The inaugural Greenwich Mozart Festival runs for the duration of June and July in the atmospheric setting of St Alfege Church. Greenwich Mozart Festival: Concert 2, Mozart & Enescu, takes places on Saturday 10 June at 7.30pm (concert 1 took place in May), with the fabulous wind musicians of the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London performing two of the finest wind ensemble compositions ever written – Enescu: Dixtuor and Mozart: Serenade No. 10 ‘Gran Partita’ K. 361. Tickets £15-£30.
For the full programme see london-orchestra.com
36 Lindsey Bull: Undergrowth at bo.lee gallery, East Dulwich
Lindsey Bull’s work explores psychological states, reality and illusion through figurative painting, and this month bo.lee gallery will feature works on paper from the Undergrowth series by Lindsey Bull – a body of paintings depicting figures within and enclosed by, a forest, thicket or woodland. This series of single or ‘twinned’, double figures found in the ‘Undergrowth’ are caught, suspended in a moment of potential performance, inviting the onlooker to engage with that captured moment and consider the subjects’ states of mind, their personalities, and their psychologies.
bo.lee gallery, 4 Dunstans Road, East Dulwich SE22 0HQ; bo-lee.co.uk
37 Tanguera at Sadler’s Wells
19 July-6 August
With a cast of over 30 dancers, singers and musicians, Argentina’s classic tango production. Tanguera returns to Sadler’s Wells for a strictly limited run from 19 July-6 August. When Giselle, a young French woman, arrives in Argentina as one of the first waves of European immigrants, she meets Lorenzo, a port worker who falls in love with her at first sight. But as Giselle falls deeper into Buenos Aires’ seedy underworld, Lorenzo must fight to win her love.
Rosebery Ave, Clerkenwell EC1R 4TN; 020 7863 8000 or visit sadlerswells.com
38 On Longing by Lesley Hilling
Until end of July
Environmentalist and Aesthetica Art Prize finalist Lesley Hilling is exhibiting at the Knight Webb Gallery on Brixton’s Atlantic Road until the end of July. She creates her sculptures mostly out of recycled materials, reclaimed wood and other salvaged ephemera, and uses them to tell a nostalgic story. On Longing is the second exhibition from the celebrated Brixton artist, featuring a mix of floor and wall sculptures.
54 Atlantic Road, Brixton SW9 8PZ; 020 7274 1793; knightwebbgallery.com
39 NOT The Royal Academy
Until 19 August
Over 12,000 paintings are submitted each year to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Only 800 pictures finally make it onto the walls, so what happens to the paintings that are not accepted? Inspired by the original Salon des Refusés held in Paris in the 19th century and celebrating its 27th year, NOT The Royal Academy at Llewellyn Alexander Gallery is a feature of London’s summer art scene. All paintings are for sale and may be taken immediately, creating space for another to be displayed, resulting in an ever-changing exhibition.
124-126 The Cut, Waterloo SE1 8LN; 020 7620 1322; nottheroyalacademy.com
40 Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibit
Until 20 August
Almost 250 years ago, the Royal Academy’s founding members agreed to hold an ‘Annual Exhibition of Paintings, Sculptures and Designs … open to all Artists’, to help finance the training of young artists in the Royal Academy Schools. Now, nearly 250 years later, Royal Academician Eileen Cooper explores themes of discovery and new talent in the RA’s latest Summer Exhibition, running until 20 August.
Burlington Housem Mayfair W1J 0BD; 020 7300 8090; royalacademy.org.uk
41 2017 V&A Illustration Awards shortlist
Until 20 August
The V&A has announced the shortlisted artists for the 2017 V&A Illustration Awards to celebrate the best of book, editorial and student illustrations published over the last year. From the inventive storytelling of Beatriz Lostalé Seijo’s The Odyssey to the humorous homage to Hokusai in A. Richard Allen’s Trump Wave (below), this year’s shortlist shows that illustration has never been more diverse and innovative. On show until 20 August.
42 All Creatures Great & Small, The Fan Museum, Greenwich
Until 16 September
All Creatures Great & Small at The Fan Museum is a celebration of humorous and curious fans decorated with animal subjects. Animals have been a source of inspiration for fan painters throughout the centuries. Nearly all manner of beasts appear in this display of fans dating from the 1700s onwards, including an early 18th-century Dutch fan delicately painted with pheasants, parrots and turkeys. There are also a number of pieces from the 20th century, when animal subjects became a distinct trend in fan art. Entry £4.
12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ER; 020 8305 1441; thefanmuseum.org.uk
43 Alberto Giacometti at the Tate Modern
Celebrated as a sculptor, painter and draughtsman, Alberto Giacometti’s distinctive elongated figures are some of the most instantly recognisable works of modern art. Tate Modern presents the UK’s first major retrospective of his work for 20 years.
Bankside SE1 9TG; 020 7887 8888; tate.org.uk
44 The Ferryman, Royal Court Theatre
Until 7 October
Direct from a record-breaking sold out run at the Royal Court Theatre, Jez Butterworth’s epic play The Ferryman transfers to the West End from 20 June-7 October. Starring Paddy Considine and directed by Sam Mendes, The Ferryman is set in rural Derry, 1981. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A hard day of work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead – but this year they will be interrupted by a visitor.
Chelsea SW1W 8AS; 020 7565 5000; royalcourttheatre.com
45 Fahrelnissa Zeid at the Tate Modern
Until 8 October
It’s a Tate Modern double, as they will also present the UK’s first retrospective of Fahrelnissa Zeid, reappraising her work in an international context. Zeid was a pioneering artist best-known for her large scale colourful canvases – some over five metres wide – fusing European approaches to abstract art with Byzantine, Islamic and Persian influences.
Bankside SE1 9TG; 020 7887 8888; tate.org.uk
46 Pani at The Horniman
Until 26 November
Pani is the word for water across parts of South Asia. In this thought-provoking display, artist Daksha Patel explores the relationships between people and water. Using vibrant maps and symbols on terracotta, he draws attention to environmental threats, and the challenges encountered by the people and wildlife that depend on this precious resource.
100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ; 020 8699 1872; horniman.ac.uk
47 Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, V&A
Until 18 February 2018
This month the V&A will open the first ever UK exhibition exploring the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga and his profound and continuing influence on modern fashion. Rather than a retrospective, the exhibition will focus in detail on the latter part of his career in the 1950s and 60s, arguably one of his most creative periods. Tickets £12.