Hurrah for #SummerInLondon! From alfresco cinema to open-air theatre and craft beer festivals to brunch parties, there’s plenty of great things to do in London this August…
Lead image: The Stone Roses on stage in 1982 (photo: Denis O’Regan)
1 House of Ice Cream, Farringdon
Until 2 August
It’s your last chance to visit the House of Ice Cream this Friday, where you can eat ice cream with fried chicken, chips and hot sauce. The Fuller’s Kitchen pop-up, located next to The Conductor pub in Farringdon, just by the City Thameslink station, is also serving up boozy ice cream floats like tequila served with blood orange sorbet, pink gin and raspberry sorbet, and Bacardi and cola with coconut ice cream. The ice cream, made from Laverstoke Park Farms’ Buffalo milk, is rich in calcium (more so than cow’s milk) and a good source of minerals like magnesium, potassium and phosphorus, and there’s even a build-your-own station where you can top your serves with Oreos, Maltesers, gummy bears, marshmallows, popping candy, popcorn, smarties and party rings, as well as a DJ playing all your favourite old school garage and hip-hop tunes after work.
1 Fleet Place, Farringdon EC4M 7RA; fullers.co.uk/house-of-ice-cream
2 Pop Up Screens, various locations
19 July-29 September
Pop Up Screens is screening more than 40 of your favourite films this summer, bringing top movies to picturesque locations across London including Ravenscourt Park in Hammersmith, Manor House Gardens in Hither Green, Guildhall Yard in the City and Greenwich Peninsula. Choose from films as diverse as Baby Driver to The Breakfast Club, as well as The Greatest Showman, The Little Mermaid and Bohemian Rhapsody. Each screening is catered by a local food vendor and you can take your own blankets, beanbags and cushions, or even hire a director’s chair. Tickets start from £12.50 for adults and £8 for children.
Guilford Street, Holborn WC1N 1DN; popupscreens.co.uk
3 2-for-1 Cryosauna Sessions at SaiSei Cryotherapy, Stoke Newington
30 July-3 August
SaiSei Cryotherapy in Stoke Newington is offering 2-for-1 cryosauna sessions in celebration of International Friendship Day on 30 July. Book a session and bring along a friend and you you can both try the treatment for the price of one). Cryotherapy is a cold therapy experience designed to give you an overall boost, both to your immune system and central nervous system. You will spend two-to-three minutes in a cryosauna, exposed to pressurised liquid nitrogen vapours of -120°C to -160ºC, energising the body. Popular with athletes, the procedure can treat tissue damage and decrease inflammation, but it can also increase cell rejuvenation, improve skin tone and reduce signs of aging. Priced £89 for a session. Book by calling the studio on 020 7923 1825 (ask for Nyambe).
19-20 Barn Street, Stoke Newington N16 0JT; saiseicryo.co.uk
4 Toast, The Other Palace, Westminster
Until 3 August
A new adaptation of food writer Nigel Slater’s best-selling memoirs, Toast – the Story of a Boy’s Hunger, opens at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Other Palace this month. Following its world premiere at The Lowry in Salford in May and a sold-out run at as part of Traverse Festival 2018 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the London transfer has been hotly anticipated. Vividly recreating suburban England in the 1960s, Nigel’s childhood is told through the tastes and smells he grew up with and the audience will be enveloped by the evocative sights and sounds of that cookery. Monthly brewery takeovers will also be taking place in the ground floor bar area with Toast Ale, which produces craft beer from surplus fresh bakery bread, on 9 May, 13 June and 11 July.
12 Palace Street, Westminster SW1E 5JA; nigelslaterstoast.co.uk
5 International Scottish Gin Day at Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour, Covent Garden
In celebration of International Scottish Gin Day, Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour in Covent Garden will be taking all lads and lassies on a trip to the Highlands with a special menu dedicated to Scottish gin. Home to more than 200 of the most unique, interesting and rare gins from around the world, Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour will be tasking its mixologists with creating an irresistible selection of Scottish-inspired gin cocktails to the menu for a Highland hurrah. Try serves like the Scottish Spice (Caorunn Gin, apple juice, cinnamon syrup, lemon, Bols Genever and egg white), Hendricks in the Highlands (Hendricks Orbium gin, cashew milk, rose syrup and Schweppes muscovado dark spirit mixer) and the Scots Seaside Martini (Edinburgh Seaside Gin, Tio Peppe Fino Sherry and grapefruit bitters). From 1.30pm.
1 New Row, Covent Garden WC2N 4EA; mr-foggs.com
6 Continuing The Legacy Symposium at 198 Contemporary Arts, Herne Hill
To accompany the Lost Legacies of the British Black Panthers photography exhibition, 198 Contemporary Arts is hosting Continuing The Legacy, a symposium featuring intergenerational conversations on topics of womxn in activism, anti-racism, activist strategies, cultural activism and archiving. The day starts at midday with a morning meditation, memory, and memorial walk, followed by the legacy discussion Womxn, British Black Panthers and the Anti-Racist Struggle at 1pm, then, at 2.30pm, there’ll be a talk titled Exploring the Past and Present of Cultural Activism. At 4pm, there’ll be a long table Intergenerational Discussion on Strategies, and finally, from 5.30pm-9pm, there’ll be music and food. From 11.30am. Free.
198 Railton, Herne Hill SE24 0JT; 198.org.uk
7 Getting to Know… Footloose at Southwark Playhouse
Until 3 August
One of the world’s most iconic musicals, Footloose is a nostalgic marathon of joy and exuberant dancing. Featuring classic songs such as Let’s Hear It For The Boy, Holding Out For A Hero, and radio favourite, Footloose. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school, but he’s not prepared for the local preacher’s rigorous orders, including a ban on dancing. It falls on Ren to help the adults to realise the wisdom of listening to young people. Presented by the British Theatre Academy, Getting to Know… Footloose is an abridged version of Footloose especially designed for performance by young people. Tickets £27.50.
77-85 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Castle SE1 6BD; southwarkplayhouse.co.uk
8 Crafty Fox Summer Sample & Seconds Sale at Mercato Metropolitano, Elephant & Castle
Crafty Fox Market, the leading marketplace for the UK’s best and brightest independent designers and makers, is headed for Mercato Metropolitano lifestyle market in Elephant and Castle for its Summer Sample Sale from 3-4 August. Find bargains from over 30 designer-makers, with up to 70% off ceramics, jewellery, artwork, cards, gifts and homeware. All designers taking part have been hand-picked by the Crafty Fox team and have exhibited at Crafty Fox Markets before. 11am-5pm.
Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway SE1 6DR; craftyfoxmarket.co.uk
9 Island Love Brunch at Skylight Rooftop, Wapping
Whether you love it or loathe it, there’s no escaping Love Island, so why not just raise a glass and get loved up over brunch? Skylight Rooftop at Tobacco Dock has partnered with Impossible Things Entertainment for a Love Island-themed brunch this Sunday, celebrating the finale of yet another dramatic season. Head for the rooftop for an afternoon of Love Island entertainment including summer club anthems, live performances and plenty of games inspired by the hit TV show, from lip syncing to singalongs, quizzes and even a drag version of Caroline Flack… Three ticket types are available – ticket only, ticket plus bottomless prosecco, and ticket plus bottomless prosecco and brunch priced £10-£45. Stay on after the brunch to enjoy Skylight’s rooftop and lawn games. 12pm-3pm.
Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street entrance, Wapping E1W 2SF; skylight.designmynight.com
10 Nile Rodger’s Meltdown, Southbank Centre
Three-time Grammy Award-winning American composer, producer and guitarist Nile Rodger will take over Southbank Centre from 3-11 August 2019 with his hand-picked line-up of music, art and free events. From co-founding disco pioneers CHIC with Bernard Edwards to his success as a songwriter and producer, Rodgers has contributed to records that have cumulatively sold more than 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide. The music legend will employ his unique creative vision to curate festivities across the Royal Festival Hall, the newly revamped Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, and the rest of Southbank Centre’s 17-acre cultural quarter on the banks of the Thames. Meltdown has previously been curated by the likes of John Peel, David Bowie, Morrissey, Patti Smith, Massive Attack and, last year, The Cure frontman Robert Smith.
11 The B Word at Arboretum, West End
Arboretum, the botanically inspired members’ club on the edge of Soho, launches The B Word, a series of brunch parties running throughout August, this weekend. The first event on Saturday is being hosted by Sarah Marshall and will feature music from Capital XTRA’s Manny Norté, one of UK urban music’s most long-standing and respected figures. As well as music, cocktails and an indoor garden, Arboretum’s team of innovative, talented chefs have put together a menu featuring goats cheese and fig crostini, truffle arancini and stacked caprese salad, featuring 80% vegan and vegetarian dishes in keeping with the club’s botanical theme. 11am-5pm. Party only tickets £20, brunch tickets £30-£50. Table packages available.
2A Charing Cross Road WC2H 0HF; thebword.club
12 Evita at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
2 August-21 September
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is #SummerInLondon goals, and following a Midsummer Night’s Dream is Evita, beginning its run this weekend. See Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epic musical Evita live on stage at . From a life of poverty to spiritual leader of the nation, Eva Peron, the wife of powerful President Juan Peron, was loved, hated, derided and venerated, dividing the Argentinian people. Her patriotic speeches, ambition, glamour and magnetism established ‘Evita’ – played by Madonna in the 1996 musical film – as the world’s first major political celebrity. The chart-topping score includes the heartbreaking masterpiece Don’t Cry For Me Argentina and the Oscar-winning You Must Love Me. Jamie Lloyd directs Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical. Tickets from £25-£65.
Inner Circle, Regent’s Park NW1 4NU; openairtheatre.com
13 Taste of Puglia Supper Club at BOTTLES, Old Spitalfields Market
Bottles Italian wine bar in Old Spitalfields Market is hosting the second of it’s Taste of… supper club series, taking guests on a gastronomic tour to the vibrant region of Puglia on 6 August. An area renown for its abundance of olive groves and vineyards, the supperclub offers you the chance to explore regional dishes such as panzerotto, a fried calzone filled with fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil. You’ll enjoy three courses including seafood and fresh tasty dishes from Apulian traditions with a modern twist, along with wine pairings from Puglia chosen by Bottles’ in house sommelier, and storytelling about the food and region as a whole, while seated around Bottle’s long chef’s table. Tickets are £35.
67 Brushfield Street, Old Spitalfields Market E1 6AA; designmynight.com
14 Great British Beer Festival, Olympia London
Not one, but two beer festivals this weekend – it’s like all our Christmases have come at once! The Campaign for Real Ale’s Great British Beer Festival at Olympia London will feature rock and folk bands, string and brass groups and even a ‘not-so-typical’ Queen tribute band. Now in its 42nd year, the festival will boast over a thousand British and international beers, ciders and perries, alongside a wine bar and – new for 2019 – a gin bar. On Friday afternoon, there’ll be performances from classic rock band Swallow, with Bulsara & His Queenies taking to the stage on Friday evening. On Saturday afternoon, you can enjoy performances from the 27-piece Fulham Brass Band. Plus, if you’re keen to attend midweek, the event will host its first ever silent disco, with three different music channels for dancers to choose from on Wednesday evening. Tickets are £9-£11 in advance or £14 on the door. VIP tickets £39.
15 The Studios That Became A Legend at Abbey Road Studios, St John’s Wood
From 8 August
Abbey Road Studios, the world’s most famous recording studios, is openings its revered doors for a series of exclusive talks in Studio Two on the past, present and future of the iconic recording studio. The Studios That Became A Legend series will take place over two weekends (8-11 & 16-18 August), offering a rare opportunity to step inside the historic building and hearing extraordinary stories about the world’s first purpose-built recording studio. The lecture series aptly kicks off on Thursday 8 August – exactly 50 years to the day since The Beatles lined up for the iconic Abbey Road album cover photograph – diving deep into the studios’ legacy of innovation, from the patenting of stereo to the invention of recording techniques used across the globe today. Tours of the legendary Studio Two Echo Chamber and the famous Control Room will be offered. Tickets £125.
3 Abbey Road, St John’s Wood NW8 9AY; abbeyroad.com
16 The Floral Art And Design Show at Islington Business Design Centre
The Floral Art And Design Show, taking place at Islington Business Design Centre, is London’s newest major flower show. Presented and organised by the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies’ (NAFAS) to celebrate 60 years since the charity was established, the event will showcase the latest trends and techniques in flower arranging. Individual floral arrangers and flower arrangement clubs and societies will be competing for gold, silver and bronze awards, and you can also give it a go with two-hour workshops led by experts. In the lead up to the event, shop owners on Camden Passage will be getting involved in the floral festivities by adorning their shop fronts with bright and beautiful blossoms. Plus, on Friday 9 August, a Dazzling Diamond Dinner will take place at Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane (tickets £150). Day tickets start at £15 for a half day and £20 for a full day. Four-day tickets start at £50.
52 Upper Street, Angel N1 0QH; floralartdesignshow.com
17 Fentimans Secret Spritz Garden, Farringdon
Hidden behind ivy-covered walls in bustling Farringdon lies the Fentimans Secret Spritz Garden. The garden will be unlocking its doors on Thursday 8 August, providing a hideaway filled with fragrant herbs and aromatic plants serving a dedicated menu of spritz cocktails. Try refreshingly effervescent spritzes, such as the fruity Rhubarb Spritz (Fentimans Pink Rhubarb Tonic Water and Martini Bianco, garnished with orange and mint) and the aromatically floral Rose Spritz (Fentimans Rose Lemonade and Prosecco, garnished with strawberries) in a garden filled with medicinal herbs, plants and a 200-year-old olive tree. The Fentimans Secret Spritz Garden will also have a romantic swing seat, trailed with jasmine, babbling lemon-filled fountain, and a bar hidden through a privet hedge.
St John’s Gate, St John’s Lane, Clerkenwell EC1M 4DA; secretspritzgarden.com
18 Project Loud debuts Loud Professional Soundsystem at Proud Cabaret Embankment
The highly-anticipated Project Loud series is set to kick off in bold, adventurous fashion at Proud Embankment. The new game-changing party will unveil the best Soundsystem in the word and international DJs Art Department, Goldcap and residents will be put it through its paces to mark the the first time the system has been installed in a London venue. Loud Professional is a young, ambitious, world-rated company that has developed a bespoke Soundsystem with development by the best minds in the industry and tried and tested by the likes of Extrema in Belgium, Circoloco at DC10 in Ibiza, and used at the X-Factor Arena. The opening party is a big one with Canadian house tastemaker Jonny White, aka Art Department, headlining. Tickets from £20.
8 Victoria Embankment WC2R 2AB; residentadvisor.net
19 London Craft Beer Festival, Tobacco Dock
London Craft Beer Festival returns for its seventh year with yet another whopping line-up yet of the finest craft beer, food from top London restaurants and some stellar music. Featuring a bolstered line up of 80 breweries from the UK and around the world, the three-day festival will feature close to 500 different beers on tap, including the likes of Evil Twin, Kings County Brewing Co. and Interboro from New York, Brasserie Popihn from France, Cerveja Letra from Portugal, and Cloudwater, The Kernel and Hackney Church Brewery from the UK. There will also be live entertainment from Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, along with DJ sets from the Kaiser Chiefs, and Friendly Fires, as well as deliciousness from Berber & Q, Club Mexicana, Hoppers, Brigadiers, Pitt Cue and Bun House. Tickets start from £49.95 which includes unlimited 100ml pours.
Wapping Lane E1W 2SF; londoncraftbeerfestival.co.uk
20 Art’s House & One Day at the Disco, Three Mills Island
10 & 24 August
East London’s Three Mills Island, the picturesque canal-side destination between Bow and Stratford, will host two exciting festivals this summer Art’s House on 10 August and One Day At The Disco on 24 August. Art’s House, now in its second year, returns for an all-day party sound-tracked by two of London’s most iconic DJs: Artwork and DJ Harvey. Expect cold craft beers, street food and a great back-to-back set from two of the dance scene’s most respected pancake turners. Then, on 24 August, brand new festival One Day At The Disco will be headlined by 2ManyDJs and a soon-to-be-announced special guest playing back to back. The line-up also includes Derrick Carter Does Disco, Inner City Live, Detroit Swindle, CC:Disco! and Chaka Khan’t.
Three Mills Island E3 3DU; onedayatthedisco.co.uk; artshousefestival.co.uk
21 EVE – Riot Grrrls of Wrestling Present: Fights and False Lashes, Bethnal Green
You’ve binge-watched the hit Netflix series GLOW, now get ready for London’s underground answer with the real thing as EVE’s Riot Grrrls of Wrestling return to the Resistance Gallery in Bethnal Green this month with Fights and False Lashes. EVE is the ground-breaking feminist-punk-rock wrestling live event experience filled with action packed wrestling stunts, fuelled with characters, cabaret, comedy and more. Over 18s only. EVE events often contain strobe lighting. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Tickets £25.
265 Poyser Street, Bethnal Green E2 9RA; EVEwrestling.com/Tickets
22 Jazz on the Water, Waterloo
Lipton is launching its latest product, Real Iced Tea, with a jazz festival featuring jazz bands performing on a floating stage in the middle of a swimming pool – how very #SummerInLondon! Bottomless helpings of the new Real Iced Tea, available in five flavours including Black Tea with Peach & Apricot and Green Tea with Rose and Elderflower, will be on tap throughout the one-day festival, as upbeat, acoustic jazz bands, headed by Dat Brass Acoustic Soundsystem, bob along on the pool. You can enjoy a little splash too, with a paddling pool to help guests chill. You’ll even get your own reusable Real Iced Tea water bottle to keep, as well as guilt-free poolside summery snacks. Take along a picnic blanket and make a day of it. 1pm-6pm. Tickets are free but need to be booked in advance here.
Imax slope via Upperground (next to The Green Room restaurant), South Bank SE1 9PP; eventbrite.co.uk
23 Vegan Indian Cookery Masterclasses at The LaLiT London
Baluchi, the pan-Indian restaurant within The LaLiT London, is hosting a masterclass in authentically Indian vegan dishes led by Executive Chef Santosh Shah. Offering the ultimate gastronomic experience for any Indian food fan, guests will join Chef Shah at the Naan’ery, the dedicated bread bar within Baluchi, for the chance to take their culinary skills to the next level. The Chef Shah will teach you to blend spices like a pro, and transform simple plant-based ingredients into a delicious five-star meal. Your day will start at 10am with a welcome breakfast at Baluchi, before donning your apron to create and taste your own three-course masterpiece complete with paired wines. Tickets are £150 including breakfast, an apron to take home and a goodie bag. 10am-4pm.
181 Tooley Street, London Bridge SE1 2JR; designmynight.com
24 Canalside Family Day at Here East, Stratford
Here East is hosting a free family festival on the Hackney Riviera, offering free workshops, live music, and food and drink from the local vendors. Highlights of the Canalside Family Day include social enterprise Hackney Arts leading an arts and craft session of pot painting and tie-dyeing, and Turning Earth’s Hoxton Studio offering free pottery lesson and the opportunity to fire them at their studio. Hackney Wick locals Code Street Clothes will also be running free workshops on using upcycled materials to create purses, phone cases, and how to mend your own clothes. The event will also include free circus skills workshops running throughout the day, with a chance for kids to have a go at poi, juggling, stilts and more, as well as live music, free eco-glitter face painting and food and drinks from all the Canalside restaurants and bars. 10am-6pm.
Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford E20 3BS; hereeast.com
25 Van Gogh and Britain at Tate Britain
Until 11 August
The latest EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain, is Tate Britain’s highly anticipated exhibition of the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the UK for nearly a decade. Exploring how Van Gogh was inspired by British art, literature and culture throughout his career, and how he, in turn, inspired British artists like Walter Sickert and Francis Bacon, the exhibition includes some of his most famous works, such as Shoes and Starry Night on the Rhône and the very rarely lent Sunflowers from London’s National Gallery. Running until 11 August.
Millbank SW1P 4RG; tate.org.uk
26 Kevork Mourad Seeing Through Babel at The Ismaili Centre, South Kensington
Until 15 August
‘Where Babel separated, visual art connects,’ says Syrian-Armenian artist Kevork Mourad, who’s solo exhibition, Seeing Through Babel, at The Ismaili Centre launches on 1 July. In the Old Testament story of Babel, mankind is punished for attempting to construct a tower to heaven, an act of hubris that led God to create multiple languages to prevent such collusions happening again. Running in partnership with the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, the exhibition features a six-metre hanging sculpture created using Mourad’s trademark techniques – monotypes and drawing onto the surface of the work. Designed to allow visitors to walk in and around it, the artist intends to connect people with different languages and cultural backgrounds.
1 Cromwell Gardens, Cromwell Gardens Entrance, South Kensington SW7 2SL; the.ismaili
27 The Drag Ball at Clapham Grand
The Drag Ball returns to the legendary Clapham Grand for its third year on Friday 16 August. Join your favourite stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race at The Drag Ball, the official evening event of DragWorld Europe’s Largest Drag Convention. Featuring Phi Phi O’Hara, Shea Couleé, Jinkx Monsoon, Biblegirl and more. General admission £30, or £65 for a VIP meet and mingle ticket where you can meet the artists. For ages 14+ (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult on the balcony).
21-25 St John’s Hill SW11 1TT; claphamgrand.com
28 A Night Of Psychedelic Comedy With Shane Mauss & Adam Strauss, Greenwich Theatre
Shane Mauss and Adam Strauss are bringing a fantastic night of Psychedelic Comedy to Greenwich Theatre this summer, opening Europe’s biggest conference on psychedelic science, Breaking Convention. The duo has appeared on some of the best known podcasts such as the Joe Rogan Experience, Marc Marons WTF and Duncan Trussells Family Hour, but this is the first time the comedians have performed their stand up sets in the UK. This event will provide entertainment for both the attendees of Breaking Convention and the wider community with a discounted ticket sale for conference attendees. Tickets £41. 7.30pm.
Crooms Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES; greenwichtheatre.org.uk
The London Dessert Festival debuts at The Truman Brewery this month for a two day foodie extravaganza unlike any other food festival. The event will have four immersive zones to explore, including a Chocolate Zone featuring a foil covered room, Frozen Zone with ice-cream flavoured bubbles to taste, Patisserie Zone with oversized doughnut wall, and a Vegan Zone. The experiential spaces and scented themed rooms will also have a delicious range of fanciful creations to sample from London’s most trending desserts including bubblewaffles from Nosteagia, freakshakes from Miki’s Paradise and soft serve cheesecakes from Whipped London. Plus, top pastry chefs – including GBBO Dan Beasley-Harling, Head Pastry Chef at P.F. Chang’s Helen Clark and Le Cordon Bleu alumni – will also be hosting workshops and cooking demos. Tickets from £21.95.
91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields E1 6QR; londondessertfestival.com
30 Grey Goose’s Live Like Summer Never Ends terrace, Covent Garden
Until 19 August
The Live Like Summer Never Ends terrace by Grey Goose Vodka is hosting live music, sub-zero cocktails, food pairings and mixology masterclasses in Covent Garden this summer. As well as trying the world’s first sub-zero cocktail draught tap system – showcasing four different flavours of Espresso Martini including Grey Goose L’Orange Chocolat – you’ll be able to try bespoke serves from some of Covent Garden’s top bars and restaurants, including Covent Garden Cocktail Club, Grind and Balthazar. With every bespoke cocktail purchased, a golden ticket will be issued with one lucky consumer each week winning an experience at the partner venue. Keep your eyes peeled for the teppanyaki ice cream cocktail experience where you can get your favourite cocktail frozen and rolled into a Grey Goose treat, too. Open Weds-Sat 12pm-10pm and Sun-Tues 12pm-8pm.
East Piazza WC2E 8RB; billetto.co.uk
31 Hysterical at Phillips London, Mayfair
Until 21 August
Phillips London will transform its Berkeley Square gallery into an immersive landscape with Hysterical, a selling exhibition in collaboration with set designer and artist Gary Card. The exhibition will bridge Card’s creative wonderland as a backdrop to a selection of works available for private sale by contemporary artists including Erik Parker, Cindy Sherman, Kenny Scharf, Ugo Rondinone, Joyce Pensato and Paul McCarthy, as well as Card’s designs, which focus on the farcical and neurotic. The showcase will also feature a collaboration with Dior Homme artistic director Kim Jones and a piece with renowned photographer Tim Walker. Known for his dreamlike scenes, Card has worked with major brands such as Nike, Hermès and Balenciaga.
30 Berkeley Square, Mayfair W1J 6EX; phillips.com
32 Animals Eat Each Other: Elle Nash and Ruby Rare in Conversation at Review Bookshop, Peckham
Review bookshop in Peckham is celebrating Animals Eat Each Other, the searing coming-of-age debut by US novelist Elle Nash, with an of discussion alongside sex educator, artist and body positive crusader Ruby Rare. Described by Oprah.com as an ‘edgy, erotic fiction’, Animals Eat Each Other tells the story of a young woman with no name who embarks on a fraught three-way relationship with Matt, a tattoo artist, and his girlfriend Frances, a new mum. As she grows closer to Matt, she begins to recognise the dark undertow of obsession and jealousy that her presence has created, finding herself on a knife’s edge between pain and pleasure, the promise of the future and the crushing isolation of the present. 7pm-9.30pm. Tickets £5 (includes a glass of wine).
131 Bellenden Road, Peckham SE15 4QY; eventbrite.co.uk
33 Bundance at Hawker House, Canada Water
After six sell-out years of the National Burger Day party, Street Feast is taking it to the next level by launching Bundance – Europe’s biggest burger bash – with the strongest line-up yet. Sixteen superstars of the burger world will come together at Hawker House, Street Feast’s mega market in Canada Water, to treat us all to exclusive one-off specials and time-honoured classics. Each burger will be served slider-sized so that you can try to plough through the lot, including Galway’s Handsome Burger – just voted as OFFICIALLY the best burger in Ireland – Indian barbecue experts Brigadiers, and the Insta-famous Dexter Cheeseburger from Four Legs. They’ll also be six bars keeping the craft beer, wine and cocktails flowing. 5pm-12am. Tickets are £12, including a beer on arrival and a MacPickleback shot.
Canada Street, Rotherhithe SE16 7PJ; eventbrite.co.uk
34 The LDN 195’ Menu by OpenTable and Carousel
On Thursday 22 August, OpenTable, the online restaurant reservations provider, and Carousel, Marylebone’s chic dining venue, will launch a three-day pop-up to champion some of London’s most underrepresented cuisines. With more than 55% of diners recently revealing they would like to see some of the less familiar cuisines receive greater recognition, OpenTable has teamed up with Carousel to bring London’s diners the top six cuisines they believe are most underrepresented, including Romanian, Goan, Slovenian, Polynesian, Armenian and Ukrainian. The three-day pop up will bring to life these cuisines through a specially curated sharing-style menu featuring the likes of Ukrainian Barbecued Khorovats, Goan Fish Curry and Armenian Flatbreads. Thirty guests per evening will be able to make a reservation at Carousel for the sharing-style menu, including six delectable dishes, a welcome cocktail, half a bottle of wine and a digestif for £50pp. Sittings at 7pm.
71 Blandford Street, Marylebone W1U 8AB; carousel-london.com
Relive the glory days of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens with a free, Victorian-style family day out featuring circus performers, music hall bands, stilt walkers costumed in scented silk flowers, a vintage carousel and a Victorian inflatable balloon. Tightrope walkers, strong men, Victorian ice creams served from a vintage trike and plenty of free games, including snakes and ladders – taking place across two areas in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens – will keep the whole family entertained on August Bank Holiday weekend.
Vauxhall Gardens SE11; facebook.com/events
36 The Monster, Alexandra Palace
Following two sell out years, The Monster – the world’s biggest inflatable obstacle course – is headed back to Alexandra Palace this August bank holiday weekend with an even bigger line-up of new activities and games. The 300 metre-long bouncy castle has some 40 obstacles, including the 18-metre Mega Slide, the terrifying House of Hell and the new Exterminator. The Monster will also host Europe’s biggest live NERF experience during the special Family Days (27-28 August), where teams of 4-6 people can take part in a battle with the latest NERF blasters in themed zones with interactive challenges, trick shots and special effects, as well as the chance to play with the latest NERF Footballs, Vortex Howlers and Sports Nerfoop. Adults £25, children £20 (aged 7-15). Groups of six or more (adults or children) get a 20% discount. Family Days 27-28 August.
Alexandra Palace Way N22 7AY; themonsterUK.com
37 Backyard Cinema’s L.A. Nights at Roundhouse, Camden
Until 25 August
London’s themed cinema experts, Backyard Cinema, have opened the doors at Camden’s Roundhouse for an ‘all singing, all dancing’ retro, West Coast show: L.A. Nights. Featuring the biggest sing-along beach parties in town this summer, adult only Slush Puppie cocktails, musical mash-ups from DJ Jaguar Skills and dazzling light shows for each screening. Transforming Camden’s Roundhouse into L.A.’s legendary Venice Beach throughout August, with towering palm trees, a retro beach bar, classic West Coast tunes and a sea of giant bean bags on the sand, the pop-up cinema guarantees a rain-free screening thanks to its very own roof. Films include sing-along versions of Bohemian Rhapsody and The Greatest Showman, as well as A Star Is Born, Pretty Woman and the new Aladdin. Tickets from £18.99.
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town NW1 8EH; backyardcinema.co.uk
38 VIP Afternoon Tea in the Potion Room at Cutter & Squidge, Soho
Until 31 August
Exclusively for Mastercard cardholders, this immersive afternoon tea is inspired by magic, wizardry and alchemy. Leave London’s busy streets behind as you descend downstairs to the Potion Room below Cutter & Squidge, where you’ll don a cloak and sit down at school-style desks for a lesson from your Potions Master, before brewing a variety of concoctions and enjoying an afternoon tea with classic British flavours. Plus, you’ll get two alcoholic beverages of your choice and a take-home goodie bag. Tickets are £45pp.
20 Brewer Street, Soho W1F 0SJ; priceless.com
39 The Lost Love Speakeasy, London Bridge
Until 24 August
Following a seven-week sold-out run attended by over 7,000 people, The Lost Love Speakeasy, London’s secret hot jazz experience, has released an additional 4,000 tickets. Available from 26 July until 24 August, the experience combines hot jazz, dancing, a compelling story, fantastic food courtesy of Temper Restaurants Head Chef Neil Rankin, and great cocktails. Taking place in a hidden speakeasy near London Bridge, the experience stars Stella and her house band, The Lost Love Rhythm Kings, who will take you back to the Roaring Twenties to rub shoulders with the damned of New York. Chef Neil Rankin will put his legendary open-fire spin on some American classics, such as baked oyster with habanero mornay, Four Roses Bourbon and pickles, and Love Lost Steak with sirloin, rib-eye, blue cheese mash and eggplant gumbo, as well as New York Beignet, a deep-fried cheesecake with salted bourbon caramel. Tickets from £15.99 to £149.99.
40 Royal Afternoon Tea at The Rubens Hotel, Westminster
Book your Royal Afternoon Tea during the month of August and enjoy a free glass of prosecco. With a reputation as one of the best in London, and recently highly commended at the Afternoon Tea Awards 2018, the Royal Afternoon Tea pays respect to the tradition of Queen Victoria’s favourite mid-afternoon feast while incorporating fresh twists – courtesy of talented pastry chef Sarah – along the way. The indulgent treat is served in the Palace Lounge, overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace. Upload a photo of your afternoon tea to social media, tagging in @RubensHotel, and you’ll get a Penhaligon’s pampering gift. Available seven days a week from 1-31 August subject to availability priced £45pp. Book online here.
39 Buckingham Palace Road, Westminster SW1W 0PS; rubenshotel.com
41 Denis O’Regan Gallery, Hammersmith
David Bowie, Queen and the Rolling Stones are just some of the legendary artists that Denis O’Regan, one of Britain’s top rock photographers, has collaborated with – and now, he has his own gallery. His illustrious 45-year career has seen him serve as official photographer at festivals like Glastonbury, Download and Coachella, and on tour with Duran Duran, Thin Lizzy, Spandau Ballet and Pink Floyd. His iconic images have captured both the grit and glamour of rock star life, and documented the emergence of movements such as Punk & New Wave, New Romantic, Heavy Metal and Grunge. O’Regan’s limited-edition prints and unique pieces, such as his signed limited-edition boxed set, Ricochet : David Bowie 1983, will be available to buy at the new Denis O’Regan Gallery in Hammersmith, which opened on 26 July.
Ravilious House, 271 King Street, Hammersmith W6 9QF; denis.co.uk
42 Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet! at The Fellowship & Star, Bellingham
Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet! – the hugely popular London 70s & 80s soul, funk and disco night for those who remember the tunes from the first time around – is headed for Bellingham’s beautifully refurbished boozer, the Grade II listed Fellowship and Star. The south east London landmark is steeped in rich history – it was the first pub to open on a London housing estate as part of the Homes for Heroes development after WWI and it’s also where British boxer Henry Cooper trained before his world-renowned fight against Muhammed Ali. And now, HSDY is bringing the boogie to The Fellowship’s upstairs ballroom with choreographer-led dance routines to the likes of Carwash and Love Train, with DJ Da’Lynne spinning the tunes and Lady Boo leading the dancing. Tickets £10, available online or at the bar (cash only).
Randlesdown Road, Bellingham SE6 3BT; haventstoppeddancingyet.co.uk
43 Immotion VR Pods at The O2 Arena, Greenwich Peninsula
Immotion has installed a new 12-station virtual reality entertainment zone offering you the chance to become a deep space explorer or deep-sea adventurer. You’ll find two immersive cinema pods with multi-directional motion, 360 HD sound and incredible visual FX – there’s the Thrill Coaster, featuring a series of VR roller coasters, and Undersea Explorer, where users can experience swimming with turtles, humpback whales and tiger sharks. There’s also a new four-person free-roaming shooting experience, exclusively featuring the global number one interactive VR game, Raw Data. Get a Standard Pass (one five-minute session) for £5 or a Variety Pass (30-minute session) for £20.
To book see immotionvr.com/theo2-booking
Until 1 September
The Disney in the West End Summer Pop-Up will return to Covent Garden this summer showcasing four of Disney’s most beloved stage shows like never before. Explore the iconic masks, puppets and costumes from The Lion King and enjoy the Circle of Life in a fully immersive 360⁰ virtual reality experience, interact with Frozen the musical and strike a pose in a specially-created photo moment, catch a glimpse of Aladdin’s magic lamp, and try Mary Poppins’ supercalifragilisticexpialidocious spelling challenge and kite-making workshop. Open Mon-Sat, 10.30am-7pm and Sun 11am-5pm. Access to events is available on a first-come first-served basis.
21 Long Acre, Covent Garden WC2E 9LD; disneyonstage.co.uk
45 Beyond the Road at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea
Until 8 September
Saatchi Gallery and Beyond Projects have extended the run of their ground-breaking immersive experience, Beyond the Road, an independent project developed by Colin Nightingale and Stephen Dobbie of Punchdrunk, with music pioneer James Lavelle (UNKLE). Beyond the Road merges the worlds of visual arts, music and film to create a multi-sensory world led by sound where you can explore and interact with music. Collaborating with the likes of director Danny Boyle, contemporary artist Nathan Coley, award-winning perfume designer Azzi Glasser and taxidermist Polly Morgan, the immersive experience deconstructs an exclusive soundtrack by Lavelle to create a completely new and multi-disciplinary sound experience. Plus, there’s even more fun to be had with a new series of Lates with Tanqueray no.TEN on selected Thursdays. Tickets £20.
Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 4RY; beyondtheroad.saatchigallery.com
46 Cutting Edge: Modernist British Printmaking at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until 8 September
Cutting Edge: Modernist British Printmaking at Dulwich Picture Gallery shines a spotlight on a brief but intense period of inspirational printmaking during the 1930s. The exhibition is the first major show of work by artists from the Grosvenor School, including teacher and artist Claude Flight and his students Sybil Andrews, Cyril Power, Lill Tschudi, William Greengrass and Leonard Beaumont. The school played a key role in the story of Modern art, becoming a leading force in the production of printmaking and linocuts. The Grosvenor artists were renowned for their iconic, vibrant prints that championed the energy of contemporary life in the interwar years. As part of the exhibition, Japanese paper cut artist Nahoko Kojima has created a unique eight-metre-long crocodile sculpture, cut entirely from one sheet of paper, for the gallery’s entrance hall.
Gallery Road, Dulwich Village SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
47 Sweet Harmony: Rave | Today at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea
Until 14 September
Sweet Harmony: Rave | Today is an immersive retrospective exhibition celebrating the birth of dance music and the club scene of the 80s and 90s. Featuring multimedia room installations and audio-visual works by some of rave’s most prolific and authentic visual commentators, the acid house revolution will be charted through typographic accounts, photo stories, live music events, talks and panel discussions. Accompanied by Spotify-curated playlists by music personalities related to the sub-genres of Detroit Techno, Acid House, Happy Hardcore, UK Garage, and Grime, the exhibition will recapture the new world that emerged from the acid house scene and narrates the ascendancy of rave culture with the youth of today. It also features The Mott Collection exhibit Kraftwerk Dance Forever, documenting Kraftwerk’s output from the early 70s to the present.
Duke of York’s, King’s Road SW3 4RY; saatchigallery.com
48 Zip Now London at Archbishop’s Park, Lambeth
Until 15 September
Zip Now London is back at Archbishop’s Park for another summer of adrenaline rushes. The world’s longest and fastest city zip line, reaching speeds of 50kph once you’ve launched yourself off the 35-meter high tower, the 225-metre-long zip wire now accommodates four people, as opposed to three last year, so an entire nuclear family can whizz along together. You’ll take in views of the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye from your sky-high vantage point, and the Mega Drop free-fall at the end will keep that heart-rate up as you leap down from the landing tower to the ground. Single riders £25, or get four tickets for £90.
Archbishop’s Park, Lambeth SE1 7LE; london.zip-now.co
49 Allpress Lates at Allpress Espresso Roastery & Café, Dalston
Until 27 September
Allpress Espresso is teaming up with some of the most respected names in food and drink this summer to mark its 30th birthday with Allpress Lates. The new series of free to attend, one-off weekend events will showcase old foodie favourites and new cocktail creations from the likes of Mr Lyan Studio and Wildflower, and also includes a couple of sassy supperclubs, all taking place at the Allpress Dalston roastery garden. Sustainable food brand Knuckle will bring award-winning chef and cookery writer Olia Hercules to the café for a ticketed supper club on Friday 2 August, while Max’s Sandwich Shop will be showing off a new grilled Brindisa chorizo bun on 9 August, served alongside cocktails from Dalston favourite Three Sheets. On Thursday 29 August, Alex Hely-Hutchinson of Covent Garden’s much-loved 26 Grains will host a one-off ticketed event on Thursday 29 August, From 9 August onwards, Allpress will be serving the ultimate Tennessee Nitro Espresso Martini, created by Mr Lyan Studio and Jack Daniels, at all the Lates.
55 Dalston Lane E8 2NG; eventbrite.co.uk
50 Frieze Sculpture Park, Regent’s Park
Until 6 October
Frieze Sculpture Park returns to Regent’s Park this summer, showcasing some 20 sculptures from renowned artists such as Tracey Emin and Anish Kapoor and creating an alfresco museum without walls. The exhibition has been curated by Claire Lilley, Director of Programmes at the award-winning Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Taking art into the outdoors, you’ll be able to admire sculptures by the likes of Iván Argot, Peter Buggenhout, Jodie Carey, Ma Desheng, Lucy Skaer, Joanna Rajkowska, Tai-Jung Um and Bill Woodrow, while meandering through the park’s English Gardens. Free.
51 Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience
Until 13 November
The team behind Somnai, one of 2018’s most raved-about immersive experiences, returned earlier this year with a new gig – Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience. Prolific composer Jeff Wayne has partnered with cutting-edge ‘layered reality’ company dotdotdot to re-imagine his Musical Work into a multi-sensory experience of immersive theatre, virtual reality, augmented reality holograms and other cutting-edge technology. You’ll be thrust you right into the centre of the of HG Wells’ Victorian England and the Martian invasion of 1898, where you’ll be able to smell the grass and feel the chill of the story’s famous Horsell Common, and physically feel the ground shake as the first cylinder lands. Tickets from £49.50.
56 Leadenhall Street EC3A 2BJ; dotdot.london/TWOTW
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