15 Things to Do in London This Weekend

Lead image: Little Shop of Horrors at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (photo Johan Persson)

1 Madonna: 60 Years of the Pop Queen, Clapham Grand
17 August
The decadence of The Grand is the perfect setting to celebrate the undisputed queen of pop. Madonna: 60 Years of the Queen of Pop, will see The Grand transformed into a musical shrine to Madge, setting the scene for hands-in-the-air anthems, momentous classics and remixes to get you into the groove. There will also be an exclusive cabaret variety show featuring London’s leading cabaret stars, Cheryl Hole, Herr and Margot Marshall, a unique blend of drag, theatre and performance art from The Lipsinkers and DJs to take the party through till 3am. Doors 10pm. Tickets from £5.
21-25 St John’s Hill, Clapham Junction SW11 1TT; claphamgrand.com

2 Insta Food Workshop, The Hoxton
18 August
Working on your Instagram game and wanna know how to get that perfect food snap? Head for The Hoxton in Holborn for an Insta Food Workshop this Saturday for a whole bunch of handy tips from foodie ‘grammer Giulia Mulè while enjoying a lens-baiting brunch where you can test your new-found skills. The event starts at 10am. Tickets are £25, including brunch.
199-206 High Holborn WC1V 7BD; thehoxton.com

3 The London Bel Canto Festival, Cadogan Hall
18 August
The London Bel Canto Festival, which showcases the future of opera in young voices, continues at Cadogan Hall on 18 August with the LBCF Young Artist Concert. Featuring Aprile Millo and Bruce Ford, performances will include major operatic solo and ensemble works by Verdi, Puccini, Bellini, Donizetti, Charpentier, Mozart, Mascagni, Wagner and others. Tickets £35-£45. On Tuesday 21 August, you can also see Aprile Millo in Concert. Tickets £35-£65.
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace SW1X 9DQ; cadoganhall.com

4 Giants of Reggae, Brixton
19 August
Brixton Academy has played host to a lot of great musical talent over the years from Iron Maiden to Dave Matthews Band, as well as featuring a lot of different music genres. Now, on 19 August, the O2 Academy in Brixton will play host to the Giants of Reggae UK tour. The night will feature the two soulful voices of Beres Hammond and Sanchez will be are coming to the UK to perform together for the very first time.
211 Stockwell Road, Brixton SW9 9SL; academymusicgroup.com

5 Blooming Baristas at Lavender Green Flowers, South Kensington
14-20 August

To coincide with Afternoon Tea Week, Lavender Green Flowers has launched a Blooming Baristas coffee station, where you can enjoy coffee, herbal tea and cake among the blooms. The lifestyle florist in South Kensington is filled to the brim with fresh flowers and plants covering every surface, with displays changing daily. Lavender Green ‘baristas’ will greet visitors with freshly brewed coffee and homemade cakes topped with edible flowers. In store you’ll also find quirky trinkets, vintage vases, scented candles and scent diffusers. Spend over £25 for a free coffee; spend over £50 for a free slice of cake.
46 Fulham Road, South Kensington SW3 6HH; lavendergreen.co.uk

6 Wild Child Festival, Dulwich
17-19 August
Wild Child Festival is a brand new urban family festival in Dulwich. Founded by new London mum Hayley Byfield to promote eco-friendly creative play that can be enjoyed by the whole family, Wild Child brings together the best in arts activities, workshops and performances, offering everything from coding to drag queen storytelling and tightrope walking to jazz. The Festival is made up of 10 arts inspired zones, including The Giggly Grove, The Wellness Warren, The Bop Along Ballroom and The STEAM Lab. Suitable for ages 0-11. Open 10am-5pm daily. Early Bird Tickets from £20 (under 3s, £5; under 18 months, free).
Trevor Bailey Sports Ground, Dulwich SE21 7LE; wildchildfestivals.co.uk

7 Backbone, Southbank Centre
14-19 August
The contemporary circus company Gravity & Other Myths will be premiering their high-octane performance of Backbone this month at Southbank Centre. The award-winning Australian-based acrobats will be exploring the limits of human strength in this thrilling stage performance at the iconic Royal Festival Hall. The circus company was founded in 2009 in Adelaide to really test the limits of contemporary circus. This will be their second international show and looks sure to be a hit.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX; southbankcentre.co.uk

8 Hopes & Dreams by Sam Warr, Greenwich
15-29 August
Photographer Sam Warr got used to market life as a child growing up in Greenwich, where his mother had a market stall. It was this introduction to London at an early age that began his interest in the surrounding architecture and environment. This month, Sam will be showcasing some of his best work at Ben Oakley Gallery on Turnpin Gallery, in a new exhibition titled Dreams & Hopes.
Turnpin Lane, Greenwich SE10 9JA; benoakleygallery.com

9 Audrey Hepburn: Beyond the Screen, Proud Central
From 17 August

This month Proud Central gallery will be showcasing a selection of Audrey Hepburn photographic portraits exploring her life beyond the screen on the 25th anniversary of her death. Captured by a selection of high profile photographers including Terry O’Neill, Norman Parkinson, Bob Willoughby and Eva Sereny, the images capture Hepburn in each artist’s distinctive style. Renowned for her legacy of iconic films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Funny Face, Hepburn remains one of the most influential actors of the 50s and 60s, as well as being well known for her charity work. Until 30 September.
32 John Adam Street WC2N 6BP; proud.co.uk

10 The Jungle Book, Greenwich Theatre
15-26 August
Greenwich Theatre premieres a dynamic adaptation of The Jungle Book, bringing Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale to the stage with thrilling percussion, vibrant puppetry and Kipling’s unforgettable, larger-than-life characters. When the young Mowgli appears in the jungle, and Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther and Akela the wolf surround him to protect him from tiger Shere Khan, none of them can anticipate the adventures that lies ahead. Perfect for families and nostalgic grown-ups.
Crooms Hill SE10 8ESgreenwichtheatre.org.uk

11 Banksy, Greatest Hits 2002-2008 at Lazinc, Mayfair
Until 25 August
Banksy’s original gallerist, Steve Lazarides, and his Lazinc co-founder Wissam Al Mana, are showcasing an influential collection of Banksy’s most iconic images. Lazarides, originally a photographer, first met Banksy in 1997 when he took his portrait for Sleaze Nation magazine. For the next 11 years, until 2008, Lazarides acted as Banksy’s official photographer and gallerist, and now Lazinc has curated works from a number of high-profile private collections into a Greatest Hits exhibition.
Lazinc Sackville, 29 Sackville Street, Mayfair W1S 3DX; lazinc.com

12 The Underdog Gallery’s Summer Show, London Bridge 
Until 30 August
The Underdog Gallery in the arches below London Bridge station is kicking off its Summer Show 2018 this week. The exhibition offers you the chance to explore fresh new artwork from a selection of the gallery’s top artists.. Artists include Chris Guest, Mason Storm, Not Now Nancy, Pam Glew and Urban Solid, showcasing a cool mix of original paintings, sculpture and limited-edition prints.
ARCH 6, Crucifix Lane, London Bridge SE1 3JW; facebook.com/events

13 FLOCK 2018 Graduate Exhibition at GX Gallery, Camberwell
Until 31 August
GX Gallery presents FLOCK, the gallery’s annual graduate exhibition, showcasing the work of new art graduates selected from across London’s Art Schools and Universities. Artists have been selected from BA and MA Fine Art courses at art schools and universities including Central Saint Martins UAL, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL and Wimbledon College of Arts UAL. For the first time, work has also been selected from the Painting Programme at TURPS Art School in south London. Curated by Alice Phillimore and Carmen Cortes Martin.
43 Denmark Hill, Camberwell SE5 8RS; gxgallery.com

14 Little Shop of Horrors, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Until 15 September
The award-winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is a London landmark – a firm fixture of summer in the city, providing a cultural hub in the beautiful surroundings of a Royal Park. Following a successful run of As You Like It,Little Shop of Horrors takes to the stage, running from 3 August until 15 September. Directed by Maria Aberg, the production sees Seymour, Audrey and East Side florist Mr Mushnik tussle with a new plant that has killer potential. Tickets £55-£59. For our Pick of London’s best alfresco theatre, click here.
Inner Circle, Regent’s Park NW1 4NU; openairtheatre.com

15 Tony Vaccaro: From Shadow to Light, at Getty Images Gallery, Fitzrovia
Until 27 October 
Tony Vaccaro: From Shadow to Light is the 95-year-old photographer’s first exhibition in the UK in more than 50 years. Taking place at The Getty Images Gallery in Fitzrovia, the exhibition encapsulates everything from D-Day to fashion icons, in a wonderful exploration of his career, which spans nearly eight decades. Many of these images have never been seen before, and are only now being discovered, shown and sold as part of this exhibition.
46 Eastcastle Street W1W 8DX; gettyimagesgallery.com

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