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53 of the Best Things to Do in London: July 2019

It’s #SummerInLondon and there’s plenty to do, from Turning Tides Festival in Greenwich to National Park City Festival and alfresco theatre in Regent’s Park

Lead image: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (photo: David Jensen)

1 Turning Tides Festival, Greenwich Peninsula
5-7 & 12-14 July
The Tide, London’s first linear riverside park, designed by the co-creators of New York’s High Line, launches this month with Turning Tides Festival – back-to-back weekends of live music, performance art, wellness events and Riverside Feasts on Greenwich Peninsula. Leading the line-up of Turning Tides Festival is former Supergrass singer Gaz Coombes, British singer Laura Mvula and iconic drag act Sink the Pink. There’ll also be sober ravers Morning Gloryville, Riverside Feasts with guest chefs at the 27m-long picnic table, a pop-up cinema and art installations by Yoko Ono and LA-based conceptual artist GERONIMO.
The Tide, Greenwich Peninsula SE10; turningtides.london

2 WingJam Chicken Wing Festival at Bussey Building, Peckham
5-7 July
How better to celebrate Independence Weekend than with a whiskey and wing festival? Award-winning Bulleit Frontier Whiskey and London’s most exciting chicken wing festival, Wing Jam, have joined forces to dish up American-style whiskey and wings to south London. Headed for the Bussey Building in Peckham for WingJam’s chicken wing festival and rooftop party. Embodying the true American spirit, you’ll be offered a complimentary cocktail from Bulleit Whiskey’s pop-up bar on arrival, before perusing a variety of delicious sticky, crispy or spicy wings made by some of the country’s top street food vendors – all at £1. Then you can dance the night away to a full line up of live bands and DJs while sipping on craft beers and Bulleit Whiskey cocktails. Tickets £13.50.
133 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST; wingjam.co.uk

3 Into The Woods Live Music Summer Festival, Leamouth Peninsula
4 July
Goodluck Hope, Ballymore’s newest development on Leamouth Peninsula, east London, is hosting Into The Woods festival featuring the likes of Vanessa White, Michael Rice, Flawless and Donel. Hosted in partnership with Three Bears Entertainment, a music production company located at the adjacent London City Island development, Into The Woods is the first summer music festival of its kind to hit Leamouth Peninsula, a vibrant community that has recently been bolstered with a host of new art galleries, creative workspaces and studios. In true 4th of July style, you’ll also be able to indulge an American BBQ with sliders in brioche buns, chicken and veg skewers, falafel and beetroot salad, served alongside signature cocktails and mocktails. 6.30pm-10.30pm. Tickets are £15. Over 18s only.
Orchard Place, Leamouth Peninsula E14 0JU; goodluckhope.com 

4 Bottomless Brunch Pride Party at The Rooftop at The Trafalgar St James
6 July
Position yourself at the heart of the Pride weekend celebrations without battling the crowds up on The Rooftop at The Trafalgar St. James. The rooftop destination, which overlooks Trafalgar Square for great views of all the action, is celebrating Pride weekend with a bottomless Prosecco or Mimosas brunch. You’ll be able to hear the music and celebrations from Trafalgar Square below, while dining on sharing style starters including Parmesan & Truffle Arancini, and Mozzarella & Pesto Salad, plus a choice of main courses including Croque Madame with Rocket Salad & French Fries, and Flank Steak Tagliata with Rocket Salad. There’s also an optional Pride Rainbow dessert menu for just £5 per dish and a Pride cocktail priced £13. Brunch is served from 12pm-2pm & 2pm-4pm, priced £49pp. Tickets available here.
2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square SW1A 2TS; trafalgarstjames.com

5 The Unprecedented Case at Sutton House, Hackney
5 July

The Unprecedented Case is an innovative performance-piece created by children from across Hackney, working together with soprano singer and performance artist Nina Guo. Through music and performance, the children will tell stories from Hackney’s history and the lives of people who have called the east London borough home over the last 500 years Some will be funny, some will be moving, some will be completely unprecedented. They will travel from Tudor Hackney – when Hackney was just a village – through the centuries to The Big Stink, all the way to the 1980s, and back. The Unprecedented Case project is a partnership between education charity Hand Of, the Parliamentary Archives and the National Trust. Free admission. RSVP here. Doors 5pm.
2 & 4 Homerton High Street E9 6JQ; handof.co.uk

6 The Jaguar x Wimbledon Fan Zone, Shepherd’s Bush
1-14 July

Catch all the Wimbledon action without jostling the crowds in SW19 at the Jaguar x Wimbledon Fan Zone at Westfield London. Open every day throughout the Championships, the state-of-the-art fan zone comes complete with a big screen, bean bags, deck chairs and the chance to win a pair of tickets to Wimbledon if you play the Jaguar Ace Pace Wimbledon Edition app in the purpose-built Wimbledon Centre Court experience. Also on site will be a fleet of Jaguar’s latest Pace series including the electric I-Pace, which will be available for test drive bookings, bars, restaurants and fellow Wimbledon partners Pimm’s, Lanson and Häagen Dazs. Open 10am-8pm.
Ariel Way, Shepherds Bush W12 7GF; uk.westfield.com

7 Pure Sport’s Medicine’s Rooftop Pilates Classes, One New Change Rooftop
From 5 July
‘Tis that time of year when we must all proceed to the rooftop! Vitamin D has been in short supply so far this summer, so the chance to start your day with rooftop Pilates is not one to be passed up. Pure Sport’s Medicine – leaders in musculoskeletal medicine with seven clinics across London – are hosting rooftop Pilates classes on the One New Change Rooftop. Overlooking the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral, the revitalising class – complete with great views – will help you get the most out of your morning workout. Classes take place form 7.30am-8.30am on Fridays 5, 12, 19 & 26 July. Suitable for any ability. Mats are provided. Tickets are £20.
One New Change Rooftop, St Paul’s EC4M 9AB; puresportsmed.com

8 Little Earth Baby’s Eco Mama and Baby Fair, Shoreditch
5-6 July
Little Earth Baby is hosting its first Eco Mama and Baby Fair to promote natural products for babies and sustainability for the planet. Find everything from clothing and bedding to toys and kitchen essentials from brands who really care about sustainability. On the Friday there’ll also be an essential oils workshop, focused on mother and baby, where DoTERRA Wellness Advocate Susannah Keene will talk you through using natural remedies for everyday health and wellbeing (2.30pm), and a drinks reception sponsored by Xeco and Sekforde in the evening (7pm-9pm).
133-135 Bethnal Green Road E2 7DG; littleearthbaby.com

9 Summer Nights at the Bandstand in Greenwich Park & Regent’s Park
6-7 July
The bandstands of Greenwich Park and The Regent’s Park will come alive this summer with free performances from a variety of local concert bands, jazz big bands, small groups and choirs – perfect for a summer picnic. Taking place every Saturday and Sunday from 22 June to 8 September at Regent’s Park, you’ll find the Mardi Gras Jazz Band (12.30pm-2.30pm) and Belvedere Concert Band (3.30pm-5.30pm) performing this weekend. Over at Greenwich Park, performances takes place every Sunday from 23 June with KIX Jazz Orchestra performing this weekend from 3pm-5pm. Free.
For further details, see regentsparkmusicfestival.org.uk and friendsofgreenwichpark.org.uk

10 Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), various locations
Until 6 July
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), London’s leading festival of outdoor theatre and performing arts, runs into July with fantastic shows across Royal Greenwich, Royal Albert Dock and Tower Hamlets. Highlights include My House, a pop-up circus theatre house (4-5 July), and the closing performance from Cristal Palace, which fuses dance, music and acrobatics, transforming General Gordon Square into a glittering outdoor ballroom by means of a high-flying chandelier, followed by spectacular fireworks (6 July from 9.30pm).
festival.org/gdif

11 Pride in London Parade, central London
6 July
The Pride in London Parade provides a platform for London’s LGBT+ community to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues and campaign for freedoms and equality. The parade sets off from Portland Place at 12pm midday, moving along Oxford Circus, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall and Trafalgar Square, before finishing on Whitehall around 5pm. The Trafalgar Square Stage will be rocking from 12pm-7.30pm with famous faces and community acts including Billy Porter and the winners of Pride’s Got Talent 2019, while the Cabaret Stage on Dean Street, Soho, will be packed with diverse, colourful and entertaining acts from the LGBT+ cabaret community. Bag yourself a seat at the Pride in London Grandstand on Waterloo Place (tickets £20-£50).
prideinlondon.org/parade

12 Xanadu at Chiswick House and Gardens 
Until 8 July
Giffords Circus returns to Chiswick House and Gardens this summer with a new show, Xanadu, celebrating the flower power movement is at its height. It’s midsummer 1973 in Hyde Park and the hippies, hipsters, rock stars, musicians, wild women and global nomads gather to play, sing, dance, protest and perform. Policemen and a family of out-of-towners get caught up in the celebrations as Nell Gifford builds a pleasure dome and, as evening approaches, the ever more chaotic event careers towards a joyful, transcendental finale. Giffords will also be hosting a pop-up rustic restaurant, Circus Sauce, serving a three-course menu which changes depending on the seasonal produce of the area. Tickets from £15 (kids £10).
giffordscircus.com

13 Frieze Sculpture Park, Regent’s Park
3 July-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. 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 the sculptures while meandering through the park’s English Gardens. Free.
royalparks.org.uk

14 River Stage at National Theatre
5 July-4 August
The National Theatre’s River Stage Festival brings leading arts and performance companies to the riverside for all sorts of free summer fun. From 5-7 July, East London drag pub The Glory celebrates Pride with a weekend of back-to-back shows and parties, then, from 12-14 July, Shubbak Festival brings the best of the Arab cultural scene to the River Stage with family activities, bands, spoken word and DJ sets. It’s National Park City Festival from 19-21 July – a line-up dedicated to all things green and wild in celebration of London becoming the world’s first National Park City. From 26-28 July, Frantic Assembly celebrates its 25th birthday with DJs, live music, movement workshops and performances, and finally, from 2-4 August, its the National Theatre takeover with family theatre, dance and music.
Upper Ground, South Bank SE1 9PX; nationaltheatre.org.uk

15 Spirit of the Valley by Mao Jianhua at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea
Until 7 July
Chinese artist Mao Jianhua launches his debut UK exhibition, Spirit of the Valley, with an immersive experience at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea this weekend. The new series of 48 specially commissioned works will immerse you in Jianhua’s spiritual exploration of the Chinese mountains, with large-scale works and music to help induce a meditative state. A very spiritual person, Jianhua derived the title of his exhibition from a phrase of verse by Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, which draws parallels between the mystery of the creative process and that of nature. His greatest inspiration is the Yellow Mountains, an area of outstanding natural beauty in Eastern China and a place of artistic pilgrimage for thousands of years.
Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 4RY; maojianhua.com

16 Shakespeare in the Squares, various locations
Until 11 July
Shakespeare in the Squares continues its 2019 tour of London’s beautiful, privately-owned square gardens with an alfresco production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The tale of swapped lovers and fantastic beasts will be set in pre-war 1920s Britain, where the lovers seek to escape the constraints of convention and find freedom in the forest. The tour heads for Cornwall Gardens SW7 on 2 July, Connaught Square W2 on 3 July, Elgin & Arundel Gardens W11 on 4 July, Bedford Square WC1 on 5 July (part of Bedford Square Festival), St Peter’s Square W6 on 6 July, Le Gothique in Wandsworth SW18 on 7 & 9 July, Formosa Garden W9 on 10 July and Cleveland Square W2 on 11 July 2019. Tickets £25.
shakespeareinthesquares.co.uk

17 12 Photos 12 Tracks at Bold Tendencies, Peckham 
12 July
In 2017, Greenwich-based musician & producer Vinzenz Stergin sent a Polaroid camera on a global journey to 12 people in 12 countries, spanning all the continents. Each participant had a single chance to take a photo of a place that is important to them. The camera travelled 61,800 km in nearly two years and, on its return, Stergin worked together with band Ode to Lucius to create 12 songs inspired by the photos and their stories, which has been developed into an hour-long multimedia spectacle brought to life by live visual artist Artemis Evlogimenou. Don’t miss this world premiere of this concert and Exhibition at Bold Tendencies in Peckham’s Multi Storey Car Park. 7.30pm. Tickets from £5.
7th-10th Floors, Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park, 95a Rye Lane SE15 4ST;12photos12tracks.com

18 QUEENS Pride on Ice, Queensway
13 July
In partnership with Pride In London, QUEENS is hosting Pride on Ice, the official ‘ultimate cool down’. The weekend following the huge Pride Parade through the streets of London, Pride In London will take over QUEENS’ 1,200 m sq Ice Rink and the Sin-Bin Bar by MEATliquor to celebrate #PrideJubilee. A refreshing escape from the summer heat, Pride on Ice at QUEENS will feature ice-skating, drinks and dining as well as performances by Crayola the Queen and her Drag Team, live PAs from Pride’s Got Talent and Flawless Talent and even a special guest DJ spinning over the rink till midnight. Skate sessions run 6pm-8pm, 8pm-10pm (over 18s) and 10pm-12 midnight (over 18s). Tickets from £5 (includes ice-skates and a donation to Pride in London 2020).
17 Queensway W2 4PQ; queens.london

19 Screaming With Laughter at Underbelly Festival, South Bank
13 July
Screaming With Laughter returns to Underbelly Festival Southbank for two epic shows where the comedy is strictly for grown-ups, but babies are welcome. Resident MC Hatty Ashdown presents podcast pioneers The Scummy Mummies, AKA Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn, who create comedy for less-than-perfect parents, and prince of puns and talented animator Darren Walsh. There’s plenty of room in the Spiegel Tent to get up and have a wander, pop out changing mats, as well as baby changing facilities, a play area and, most importantly, a judgement-free atmosphere. Screaming With Laughter welcomes mums, dads, friends, aunts, grans, carers and all. 1pm. Tickets £10-£15, concs £8.50, babies go for free.
Belvedere Road SE1 8XX; underbellyfestival.com

20 Craft Beer by the River, Wandsworth
13 July
London’s oldest independent brewer, Sambrook’s, is to host a unique beer festival at Ram Quarter – the site of the capital’s former Ram Brewery in Wandsworth. The one-day Craft Beer by the River festival takes its name from the River Wandle, which flows through Ram Quarter. Hidden for centuries behind the walls of Young’s Ram Brewery, this stretch of the river has been opened to the public by Greenland’s redevelopment of the site with homes, restaurants, and retail and leisure space. There’ll be two fully-stocked bars serving a bespoke menu for the day, food stalls including Liberty Cheese Steak, live soul, pop and folk music, children’s games, an opportunity to meet the Young’s dray horses, a giant outdoor screening of the Wimbledon Women’s Singles tennis final, and tours of the historic brewery site at 1pm, 3.30pm and 5pm. Midday until 6.45pm. Tickets £10 in advance or £15 on the gate.
Wandsworth High Street SW18 1TH; eventbrite.co.uk

21 OnBlackheath, Blackheath
13-14 July 
OnBlackheath has boldly moved it’s end-of-summer soiree to peak festival season this year, but is certainly delivering with Jamiroquai, Grace Jones, The Roots, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, UB40 (featuring Ali Campbell and Astro), Newton Faulkner, Mocheeba and Aswad on the bill. Plus, Street Feast – the genius curators behind Dinerama in Dalston, Giant Robot in Canary Wharf and Lewisham Model market, will be curating the food and drink lineup, so you know the burgers will be the best in town. The Family Playground returns too with TV stars Mister Maker, Andy and the Odd Socks and even Sooty, who will be holding his very own Birthday Bake-Off. Interactive musical fun will come courtesy of Boppin’ Bunnies and The Pop Bingo Disco, along with some astonishing visual displays from The Science Museum and Samsam Bubbleman’s Giant Bubble Show. Tickets from £39.50.
onblackheath.com

22 Catford Vegan Festival
14 July
Following the success of last year’s inaugural Catford Vegan Festival, Catford Broadway will once again go meat-free, dairy-free and car-free for a day. Created by the team behind the Catford Food Market in collaboration with Plant Bass LDN (the organisation behind Vegan Nights at the Old Truman Brewery), the festival will showcase some of the best vegan street food and produce. Try vegan doner kebabs courtesy of Catford residents The Hippie Turks, Scandinavian open sandwiches from Daun’s Deli, or vegan cakes by MissFlits Bakes Vegan (loved by comedian Romesh Ranganathan). Catford Cornucopia will also be there offering the much coveted Catford hoodies and t-shirts alongside other non-food traders offering cosmetics, homeware, craft and plants, as well as live music and free kids activities. Free admission. 10am-5pm.
Catford Broadway SE6 4SP; catfordfoodmarket.com

23 Queen of Hoxton’s 10th Birthday Party, Shoreditch
13 July
One of East London’s original party starters, Queen of Hoxton, is celebrating turning 10 years old this weekend with a huge birthday party loaded with old-school classics, underground sounds and a sprinkling of cutting-edge future garage. Teaming up with east London’s biggest garage brand, Has it Come to This, the night will feature headline sets from two of the biggest names in UKG – Zed Bias, with a history of Garage set, and Plastician, with a Bass set – taking you right back to the early 2000s, an era before dubstep, grime and electro, when garage reigned supreme. As with any 10th birthday party, cake, balloons, face painting, confetti cannons and surprise gifts will also feature. Tickets £5 in advance or £8/£10 on the door. 8pm-3am.
1-5 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3JX; queen-of-hoxton.com

24 Festibowl, London Bridge
Until 14 July
Festibowl – the summer pop-up that has given the quintessentially British sport of lawn bowls an inner city spin – will complete its run at Potters Fields Park in London Bridge on 14 July, before returning to its summer base in Finsbury Park base. Get involved in the silliest, most theatrical game of bowls you’ve ever played while indulging in street food and catching all the Wimbledon action on the big screens. People of all ages can play as the rules are simple and the bowls are easy enough to roll down the green, but Festibowl is so much more than a game when the hilarious MC, Mr Benjamin Owls Esq, gets on the mic, narrating each group’s Great British Bowl Off. If you don’t fancy a game, the gorgeous greens and the views of Tower Bridge and the Thames provide a beautiful backdrop for drinks and eats with the likes of Mama’s Jerk, Popdogs, The Bowler, Baggio Burger and Hanok on rotation. 12pm-11pm daily. Festibowl will also pop up in Canary Wharf from 6-23 August.
Tooley Street, London Bridge SE1 2AA; festibowl.co.uk

25 Genevieve Taylor’s Mediterranean Summer BBQ at The Stafford London
13 July
BBQ and live-fire cooking expert Genevieve Taylor is visiting the newly refurbished outdoor Courtyard of The Stafford London this weekend, grilling up a Mediterranean menu alongside the hotel’s Culinary Director Ben Tish. The duo will be showcasing summery dishes from their latest book releases – Charred from Genevieve, which steps away from burgers and sausages offering veg-centric alternatives, and Moorish by Ben, a celebration of the vibrant flavours from the Mediterranean and North Africa. The afternoon’s grilling starts with a trio of snacks including mini jerk-spiced plantain, shallot and halloumi kebabs and baba ganoush from Genevieve, alongside Ben’s chorizo and piquillo pepper skewers. Main courses include Ben’s slow-cooked lamb shoulder, Genevieve’s aubergine rolls with walnuts, herbs and pomegranate seeds, and Ben’s charcoal-grilled fennel seed sardines with plates of Genevieve’s peppers with olives, chickpeas and harissa.
16-18 St James’s Place, St James’s SW1A 1NJ; thestaffordlondon.com

26 LOCO London Comedy Festival, BFI Southbank
11-14 July
The LOCO London Comedy Festival, a not-for-profit foundation that discovers, develops and screens the world’s most original comedy film-makers, takes place at BFI Southbank this weekend. Highlights include the LOCO Rom-Com Karaoke on Saturday 13 July from 8pm-11pm, where you can sing the most iconic songs from our favourite rom-coms, hosted by drag superstar E.Z. Street; a When Harry Met Sally 30th Anniversary Screening(also on Saturday 13 July, at 8.45pm); and LOCO Shorts: Intimate Details, a selection of short comedy films about sex, love and romance that includes Custom Love, where Steve, the ‘perfect man’, takes his girlfriend Sarah out on her perfect date – she’s just waiting for the perfect question… LOCO Shorts: Intimate Details featuring Custom Love screens at NFT3 on 13 July at 3.50pm and NFT2 on 14 July at 3.20pm.
Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XT; locofilmfestival.com

27 Rosé On The Road, Wimbledon
13-14 July
British botanical drinks brand Fentimans is taking its oh-so Instagrammable Land Rover to the streets of Wimbledon to celebrate the concluding weekend of the world’s most famous tennis championships. The eye-catching Land Rover, blushed with the Rosé Lemonade’s signature hue and covered with luscious and vivid pink roses, will be parked up offering passers by a refreshing can of Rosé Lemonade, as well as a chance to pose for photographs with the flower-festooned car. Plus, anyone who spots, snaps and shares their photos on Instagram will be entered into a prize-draw to win a weekend stay in Ibiza.
roseontheroad.com

28 The Jaguar x Wimbledon Fan Zone, Shepherd’s Bush
Until 14 July

Catch all the Wimbledon action without jostling the crowds in SW19 at the Jaguar x Wimbledon Fan Zone at Westfield London. Open every day throughout the Championships, the state-of-the-art fan zone comes complete with a big screen, bean bags, deck chairs and the chance to win a pair of tickets to Wimbledon if you play the Jaguar Ace Pace Wimbledon Edition app in the purpose-built Wimbledon Centre Court experience. Also on site will be a fleet of Jaguar’s latest Pace series including the electric I-Pace, which will be available for test drive bookings, bars, restaurants and fellow Wimbledon partners Pimm’s, Lanson and Häagen Dazs. Open 10am-8pm.
Ariel Way, Shepherds Bush W12 7GF; uk.westfield.com

29 The Grand Flâneur Walk, Mayfair
14 July
The Chap magazine, a quarterly magazine and the founder of the Chap Olympiad, marks its 100th edition and 20th anniversary this summer with The Grand Flâneur Walk. The immaculately dressed mass-saunter through the busy streets of London will feature more than 100 Chaps and Chapettes in full regalia, and you’re invited to join the louche wandering of the city. Starting at the Beau Brummell statue on Jermyn Street in Mayfair at midday, the route has no destination and no schedule – a novelty for the google-map reliant over-planners of the 21st century.
thechap.co.uk

30 HYPER JAPAN, Olympia
12-14 July
HYPER JAPAN, the UK’s largest celebration of all things Japanese, returns to London for its 10th year to celebrate Japanese culture and cuisine with a feast for all the senses. For foodies, the EAT-JAPAN Live zone is a great spot to try everything from ramen to bubble waffles and wagyu, as well as food demos, seminars, workshops and a Sake Experience. The Asakusa Culture Zone will feature a bonsai-filled traditional Japanese garden, a digital koi pond where the fish react to human input, a Yagura Matsuri Tower installation, and a host of workshops including Kokeshi doll painting, origami and calligraphy. There’s also gaming a-plenty, with the chance to play some of the newest formats around, including Nintendo’s Super Mario Maker 2 game for the Switch, as well as retro games, plus Manga, cosplay and the HYPER Kawaii area for those into super cute J-Style. Tickets from £17.
hyperjapan.co.uk

31 The London Artisan at Old Truman Brewery
20-21 July
The Summer Edition of The London Artisan celebrates independent producers and makers with a two-day marketplace featuring some 50 contemporary designers at the Old Truman Brewery. Browse a unique selection of jewellery, ceramics, glassware, textiles, homewares, Illustration and beauty products and buy direct from the designers themselves. A must for anyone who’s passionate about handmade, organic and sustainable goods. Free entry. 11am-6pm.
Elys Yard Entrance (off Hanbury Street) E1 6QR; thelondonartisan.com

32 High Barnet Festival
20-21 July
Head to High Barnet for a massive weekend of special events, live music, fair rides and surprise celebrity appearances. Live music and DJs will take to the stage, the Labyrinth Challenge – the world’s largest inflatable assault course – will be there, alongside an amusement park with thrilling rides for grown ups and children’s rides too. There will also be an authentic Victorian Punch & Judy show by Professor Styles, as well as plenty of bars, food stalls and a craft market. Tickets are £7 for adults, £5 for kids. From 10am.
Barnet Elizabethans Rugby Club, Byng Road, High Barnet EN5 4NP; facebook.com

33 Just Eat Food Fest, Shoreditch
26-27 July
Now in its fourth year, Just Eat’s Food Fest has become one of the hottest food dates on the summer calendar and has attracted a long list of celebrity guests including Dua Lipa, Nicole Scherzinger, Professor Green, Pixie Lott and Ella Eyre. The Just Eat Food Fest will offer two days of live music, cocktails and top takeaway dishes with an immersive twist. Follow up to six different tantalising taste trails where your choices will influence your taste adventure via secret staircases and other mysterious routes full of delicious surprises including a 1950s retro Americana games room and exquisite Insta-worthy grub from Just Eat’s restaurant partners. Entry is free, food tokens can be bought at the box office. Open Friday 5pm-11pm, Saturday 12pm-11pm.
93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane E1 6QL; just-eat.co.uk

34 National Park City Festival, across London
20-28 July
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced the next step towards making London the world’s first National Park City, with plans for a week-long National Park City Festival. Working with the National Park City Foundation and other major partners, including the National Theatre and Open City, the free festival will celebrate London’s green spaces, wildlife, green rooftops and waterways. Key events include the National Park City Stage (part of the National Theatre’s River Stage Festival), National Park City Rooftops, offering free access to some of London’s most dynamic and beautiful rooftop gardens in partnership with Open City, and National Park City Splash, London’s first multi-site outdoor swimming and paddle sports event with stand-up paddle boarding and open-water swimming.
london.gov.uk

35 Glass Room x VII Hills Floating Negroni Bar, Victoria Embankment
Until 24 July
Glass Room, Bateaux London’s restaurant and bar on the Thames, has teamed up with award-winning Italian dry gin brand, VII Hills, to launch the capital’s only Floating Negroni Bar in time for Negroni Week. Hop on board Glass Room, docked at Embankment Pier, for an unrivalled sailing experience with 360-degree views of London’s famous landmarks, complete with an Negroni in hand available when you pre-book a lunch, afternoon tea or dinner experience. VII Hills’ talented brand ambassador Gabriele Manfredi has created four exclusive VII Hills Negronis, from the Bateaux Signature Barrel-Aged Negroni, to the Fiori De Pesco, a peachy concoction made with VII Hills, peach liqueur, Martini Riserva Speciale Rubino and Campari. Tickets start from £39 for a 90-minute lunch sail.
Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment WC2N 6NU; bateauxlondon.com

36 COSMIC Dragon Boat Regatta, Paddington Basin 
25 July
The annual COSMIC Dragon Boat Regatta will see some 20 boats battle it out over a series of heats in this 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition. Teams of 10 rowers and a drummer, who helps keep the rhythm, will race each in Chinese Dragon Boats along Paddington Basin. Hosted in association with Merchant Square and Paddington Central, the friendly competition is a fundraiser for the local Children of St Mary’s Intensive Care (COSMIC) charity. The starting pistol will sound at 5pm at St Mary’s Bridge. The Rubber Duck Race will also be taking place at St Mary’s Bridge from 12.30pm – sponsor a duck for £3 here.
Paddington Basin, Merchant Square; merchantsquare.co.uk

37 Jazz on the Lawn at Fulham Palace
26-27 July
Sponsored by the Chelsea’s 606 Club, Jazz on the Lawn returns to the garden at Fulham Palace for two outdoor live concerts on successive nights. On Friday 26 July, charismatic soul singer Wayne Hernandez, a fantastic singer who has worked with Tina Turner, Tori Amos, Blur, Grover Washington, Roberta Flack, Madonna & Rag’n’Bone Man, performs with his seven piece band. On Saturday 27 July, internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Claire Martin OBE, who has no fewer than eight British Jazz Awards to her name, will perform with her quintet, featuring the superb UK trumpeter Martin Shaw. Gates open at 6.30pm on both evenings. Adults £17.50, children (4-10) £11.
Fulham Palace, Bishop’s Avenue SW6 6EA; 606club.co.uk

38 Promenade Performance of Hamlet, St Paul’s Church
Until 27 July
Iris Theatre presents an outdoor promenade performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the beautiful grounds of St Paul’s Church this summer. Amid the rubble of the old politics a populist King rose to power, promising a return to England’s golden age. But now he is dead, murdered, and in the following bloodbath his brother has seized the throne. There is whisper of a resistance, gathering in the dark. To be or not to be? Can the nation’s heir, Hamlet, find the answers? Tickets £20 (under 16s £15).
Bedford Street, Covent Garden WC2E 9ED; iristheatre.com

39 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Until 27 July
A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre for the first time in seven years in a new production directed by Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow. Running from 28 June until 27 July, the production see the lovers’ world transformed into a place of magic, laughter and healing through live music, playful adventure and physical invention. To conclude the season, Jamie Lloyd directs Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita from 2 August until 21 September. Tickets from £25-£65.
Inner Circle, Regent’s Park NW1 4NU; openairtheatre.com

40 Cutty Sark Studio Theatre’s Edinburgh Comedy Festival Warm Up Shows
Until 28 July
Following the success of previous sell-out comedy seasons, the Cutty Sark hosts its pre-Edinburgh comedy festival from within the ship’s Michael Edwards Studio Theatre again this summer. Comedians including Josh Widdicombe, Joel Dommett and Desiree Burch will be performing new material for their sell-out Edinburgh performances in the Lower Hold of Cutty Sark. During the daytime, the hold contains displays of tea chests and other cargo relating to the ship’s extraordinary history. In the evening, the central section is transformed into a 92-seat studio theatre. Tickets from £12-£17.50.
King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9HT; rmg.co.uk

41 Vincent Simone Dance Masterclass at Karen Hardy Studios, Imperial Wharf
26 July

Karen Hardy Dance Studios is hosting an evening of entertainment featuring Strictly’s one and only Vincent Simone. One of the most popular pros over the years, wowing audiences with his stunning Argentine Tango prowess, Vincent is going to be the special guest teacher at Karen Hardy Studios’ masterclass evening on Friday 26 July. The event is open to members and non-members alike to learn the Argentine Tango from the master himself. Don’t worry if you’ve never danced before, the evening is open to all abilities, and if you’re not brave enough to don your dancing shoes, you’re welcome to go along and enjoy the social side and make some new friends! Tickets are £20 for members and £25. The Resident readers can get tickets for £20 by calling the studio on 020 7731 7316 quoting ‘Resident Offer’. Happy Hour: 7.15pm. Masterclass: 8pm-9pm. Photos, Social Dancing & Showdances: 9pm-10pm.
10-12 The Boulevard, Imperial Wharf SW6 2UB; karenhardystudios.com

42 Swingers Beach Party, Oxford Circus
30 July
The original crazy golf club Swingers West End is bringing the great British beach indoors for a summer spectacular on Tuesday 30 July. Modeled on the decadent seaside glamour of the English Riviera in the Roaring Twenties, Swingers West End is already a beachy heaven of food, drinks and fun, but for one night only, the Institute of Competitive Socialising will go beach-or-bust for a sophisticated soirée of seaside shenanigans. The Swingers promenade will get a Margate-style makeover with giant deck chairs, beach balls, a Grand Hotel Bar and Bandstand Bar, with traditional sticks of rock, ice cream from Hackney Gelato, tip top street food and seaside-themed cocktails keeping spirits buoyant. And what’s a trip to the seaside without a round of crazy golf? From 6pm. Tickets are £13 per person, per round.
15 John Prince’s Street W1G 0AB; swingersLDN.com

43 VIP Mezcal Tasting & Three-Course Feast at Temper, various locations
Until 31 July

Treat your taste buds to a mezcal tasting and a three-course feast at temper, a whole-animal barbecue restaurant with locations in Covent Garden, the City and Soho. Exclusively for Mastercard cardholders, this experience features will give you a real insight into one of the world’s on-trend drinks – mezcal, the agave-based liquor that can be thought of as the cooler, smokier little sister of tequila. Enjoy your own mezcal flight and signature mezcal-based cocktail – the Shrewberry Maze. Then, you’ll sit down for a meal featuring in-house butchered meats, cooked in an open kitchen with zero food waste and no products sourced from industrial farms. Relishing high-quality meats and cocktails in a sustainability-focused restaurant with your favourite people? That’s priceless! (Well, actually, it’s £60pp).
To book see priceless.com

44 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

45 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

46 VIP Afternoon Tea in the Potion Room at Cutter & Squidge, Soho
Until end 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

47 Kevork Mourad Seeing Through Babel at The Ismaili Centre, South Kensington
1 July-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

48 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, is back 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 and booking has been extended from the end of August until 13 November.
56 Leadenhall Street EC3A 2BJ; dotdot.london/TWOTW

49 Summer by the River, London Bridge
Until 1 September

Sprawling arts and entertainment festival Summer by the River continues throughout July and August. With unrivalled views of Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and the City skyline, the riverside walk and The Scoop will come to life with open-air cinema and theatre, live comedy and music performances, fun family days, fitness classes and summer sports on the big screen. Pop-up guru Jimmy Garcia will deliver his hugely popular BBQ Club, and cycle café pioneers Look Mum No Hands return to transform The Pier area at London Bridge City into a bar serving wholesome food, drinks and its own programme of events. There’ll also be a table tennis area and a new pop-up staging area in Hay’s Galleria championing emerging musicians.
London Bridge City SE1 2DB; londonbridgecity.co.uk 

50 Cutting Edge: Modernist British Printmaking at Dulwich Picture Gallery
19 June-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

51 Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition, the Design Museum, Kensington
Until 15 September
The Design Museum is celebrating the work of one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century this month with a new exhibition on Stanley Kubrick. Marking the 20th anniversary of his death, the exhibition explores his unique command of the whole creative design process of film making, from story teller to director to editor Relive iconic scenes and discover unseen material from his genre-defining films, including The Shining, Barry Lyndon, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket and A Clockwork Orange.
224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington W8 6AG; designmuseum.org

52 FOOD: Bigger than the Plate at the V&A, South Kensington
Until 20 October
The V&A’s new exhibition FOOD: Bigger than the Plate explores current experiments at every stage of the food system, from compost to table. The exhibition brings together the politics and pleasure of food to ask how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable and delicious food future. Do check out Selfmade, a gastronomic experiment showcasing five cheeses cultured from human bacteria – a Cheshire cheese made using Alex James’s bacteria, Comté made using Heston Blumenthal’s bacteria, mozzarella made using Professor Green’s bacteria, Stilton made using Ruby Tandoh’s bacteria, and Cheddar made using Suggs’ bacteria. Selfmade is one of over 70 contemporary projects in FOOD: Bigger than the Plate that explore innovation in sustainability. Tickets £17.
Cromwell Road SW7 2RL; vam.ac.uk

53 Mary Quant at the V&A, Kensington
Until 16 February 2020
From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, this new exhibition at the V&A delves into the whys and hows of Mary Quant’s colourful British High Street fashion revolution. You’ll see more than 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer’s personal archive in every fashion lover’s dream show, iconic photography such as Twiggy wearing a turquoise moire taffeta waistcoat and skirt, and Quant’s fashion sketches. Tickets cost £12.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 2RL; vam.ac.uk



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