55 Things to Do in London: August 2018

Hurrah for #SummerInLondon! From a vegan beer festival to alfresco theatre, an ice cream exhibition and Poldark’s Aidan Turner on stage, there’s plenty of things to do in London this summer

Lead image: Little Shop of Horrors, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

1 Women: Work and Power: Female Circus Performers Take Over the City
2-3 August
An all female cast of acrobats, circus performers, gymnasts and dancers are taking over the Square Mile’s Guildhall Yard this weekend as part of the City of London’s Women: Work and Power season. In an adaptation of The Red Shoes by Hans Christian Andersen, Upswing acrobats will soar through the skies in an explosion of aerial gymnastics. Joining them will be an all-female cast from dance-circus company Motionhouse, whose exciting and energetic fusion of dance and acrobatics takes place inside a giant moving cage, inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem, The Panther. Acclaimed comedy, cabaret and circus performer, Miss Abigail Collins, will also take to the stage, and cocktails named after prominent women will be on sale throughout the event.
Guildhall Yard EC2V 5AE; cityoflondon.gov.uk

2 Vegan Beer Festival with FEST Camden & Camden Town Brewery 
3 August
FEST Camden has teamed up with Camden Town Brewery to celebrate International Beer Day the vegan way. Explore Camden’s unique vegan beers in an atmospheric setting with a great range of vegan street food, music and comedy. Each of FEST Camden’s 6 boutique themed party stables will be getting a Camden Town Brewery beer makeover, including the Garden Party, with astro turf, climbing plants, hanging wisteria and quaint garden seating, and the Cocktail Party, with a classic corner bar, bold wall paper and retro furniture. Each stable will offer plenty of information about each vegan beer as well as free tasters. 5pm-10.30pm. Tickets are £5 including a free vegan beer.
The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road NW1 8AH; festcamden.com

3 London Craft Beer Festival, Tobacco Dock
3-5 August
London Craft Beer Festival is now six-years-old and this August moves into its new home of Tobacco Dock as they bring the biggest line-up yet of the finest craft beer, food from some of London’s best restaurants and a stellar line-up of music. The three-day festival will see over 50 breweries from around the world arrive in London with guests able to tuck into food from the likes of Hoppers, Luca, Pitt Cue and Bun House, all soundtracked by DJ sets from Two Door Cinema Club, Huey Morgan, Everything Everything, Greg Wilson and more.
Wapping Lane E1W 2SF; londoncraftbeerfestival.co.uk

4 Crafty Fox Summer Sample Sale at Mercato Metropolitano
4 August
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 on 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

5 Tooting Folk and Blues Festival, Tooting Bec Common
4 August 
Tooting Folk and Blues Festival, a popular, family-friendly festival of folk and blues music, is back for its fourth year. There will be live music all day, showcasing the very best emerging folk and blues musicians in south London, as well as local street food traders, a bar provided by Sambrook’s Brewery and more, including specialist advice on all-things bikes courtesy of Pedal Back Cafe. Taking place just by Dr Johnson Avenue, near Tooting Bec Lido. 12pm-7pm. Free. Follow @TootingFolkFest on Twitter for regular updates.

6 London Shell Co’s Popping & Shuckin Oyster Cruise
5 August
In celebration of National Oyster Day, seafood restaurant London Shell Co is hosting its first Popping & Shuckin cruise along Regent’s Canal. The lunchtime cruise, dedicated to oysters and sparkling wine, will serve up a four-course menu of oyster-based dishes, from Cornish Mackerel with Oyster and Green Pepper Tartare, to Fillet of Sole with Fried Oyster and Orange & Saffron Aioli, alongside a well-developed list of sparkling wines. The oysters will be sourced fromthe best producers across the UK and Ireland to showcase some of the Best of British produce. The cruise lasts 2.5 hours. Tickets are £50 or £75 with the wine pairing.
London Shell Co The Prince Regent, Sheldon Square, Paddington Central W2 6PY. To book see exploretock.com

7 Toby Mulligan at Whitewall Galleries, Notting Hill
4-12 August

Whitewall Galleries, one of the best loved contemporary art galleries in Notting Hill, is showcasing the distinctive contemporary figures and landscapes of artist Toby Mulligan. Toby admires a wide range of artistic traditions, but has learned over the years not to be bound by them; each work is intuitive and spontaneous, Toby was commissioned to paint tennis star Roger Federer in 2014 for the player’s annual charity gala in Geneva, and his work is in private collections around the world, including Mick Jagger’s chateau in France.
100 Westbourne Grove W2 5RU; whitewallgalleries.com

8 Tony Vaccaro: From Shadow to Light, at Getty Images Gallery, Fitzrovia
From 6 August 
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. Running until 27 October.
46 Eastcastle Street W1W 8DX; gettyimagesgallery.com

9 The Greatest Showman Sing-a-long, Clapham
10 August
Get those vocal chords warmed up for The Grand’s sing-a-long edition of The Greatest Showman. The film will be projected on a big screen, as will the song lyrics, so that you can watch the film and sing too. Make sure to stick around after as there will be an after party featuring the biggest hits from the screen. Other sing-a-longs in The Grand’s summer series include Moana on 17 August and Grease on 24 August. Tickets £10. Doors 7pm. 18+ only.
21-25 St John’s Hill SW11 1TT;

10 Belly of the Whale at Albany Theatre, Deptford
11 August
Belly of the Whale from Ockham’s Razor, winners of the Total Theatre and Jacksons Lane Award for Circus at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016, is an incredible meeting of circus and sculpture. The performers, like surfers on a wild sea, ride a giant semi-circular see-saw made of wood and steel which creaks and groans as it transforms from a catapult to a gently rocking cradle, to a tunnel, to a slide – creating an ever-changing land and soundscape. The show has already been a hit at the likes of GDIF, and is returning to London for another outdoor performance at Giffin Square in Deptford, courtesy of the Albany Theatre. 12pm and 3pm.
Douglas Way SE8 4AG; thealbany.org.uk

11 Eigengrau, Greenwich Theatre
31 July-11 August
Eigengrau, pronounced [ay-gen-gr-ow ], is an intrinsic light; the colour seen by the eye in perfect darkness. In a city where Gumtree can feel like your closest friend, looking for the right person can lead you to all the wrong places. Rose believes in true love and leprechauns. Cassie believes in the power of change. Mark believes in the power of marketing. Tim believes in nothing at all. New Light Productions’ 2018 revival of Penelope Skinner’s whirlwind of a play dives into four London lives, swinging from flat to flat, karaoke bar to Eastbourne Pier, asking us what we really believe in, and what we are prepared to sacrifice to get it.
Crooms Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES; greenwichtheatre.org.uk

12 The Great British Food Festival, Chiswick House & Gardens
10-12 August
Over 75 traders will descend on Chiswick House & Gardens for this summer’s Great British Food Festival. The festival will take place in Chiswick’s walled garden over three evenings, with more than 75 traders in attendance, from artisan food producers to street food vendors and well stocked bars. There will also be chef demos from the likes of Beca Lyne-Pirkis from Great British Bake Off, Lindsay Evans from MasterChef and BBQ Ben, as well as foodie talks, men vs food competitions, a Cake Off, great live music and family entertainment. Adults £10, kids £5.
25 Sutherland Road, Chiswick W4 2QR; greatbritishfoodfestival.com

13 I Want Moor Beer Festival, Bermondsey
10-12 August
Moor Beer, who recently open a vault on the Bermondsey Beer Mile, is hosting the I Want Moor Beer Festival at their Bermondsey Vault. Dubbed Fraken Fest, the event will put the spotlight on an array of brews from the Franconia region of Germany, alongside a selection of Moor Beer’s own beers. For many of the Franconian brews this will be the first time they have been poured in the UK. The event is free to attend and there will be an exciting line-up of street food vendors – both for meat eaters and vegans, too. 
71 Enid Street SE16 3RA; moorbeer.co.uk

14 PLAY Expo, Canada Water
11-12 August
The UK’s largest arcade and retro gaming show comes to London for the first time this August. PLAY Expo features all sorts of video games from the past, present and what the future could look like. There will be a VR area, Minecraft zone and classics such as Donkey Kong and Pac-Man. The event, hosted at Printworks in Canada Water, runs from 10am-6pm on both days and tickets are £20 for adults and £14 for kids. Family tickets are also available.
Printworks, Surrey Quays Road SE16 7PJ; playexpolondon.com

15 One for Sorrow at Royal Court Theatre, Chelsea
Until 11 August

One for Sorrow by Cordelia Lynn follows 20-year-old Imogen, who joins a campaign offering refuge to victims during an attack on London. It explores the dynamics that arise when their first visitor John arrives at the door. Different to the family in more ways than one, although they’d never admit it, he’s not necessarily who they want in their lives. This play sees Lynn return to the Royal Court Theatre after making her debut there in 2015 with Leia & Co. Starring Sarah Woodward, Kitty Archer and Pearl Chanda, the show runs until 11 August in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs.
Sloane Square, Chelsea SW1W 8AS; royalcourttheatre.com 

16 Carnaby Street Eat, Soho
11 August
Carnaby Street Eat is back for its fifth year, offering you the chance to experience Carnaby’s vibrant restaurants, bars and coolest cafe’s alfresco style. Taste affordable signature plates and cocktails at pop-up food stalls and trucks from Carnaby and Kingly Court favourites like tonkotsu, Shoryu, Le Bab and newcomers INKO NITO, Pastaio and Claw. Running 12pm-6pm.
Carnaby Street, Soho W1F 7QS; carnaby.co.uk

17 The Pirates of Penzance, Fulham Palace
16 August
Fulham Palace is continuing their stellar programme of outdoor theatre this month in the beautiful surroundings of the gardens. Following on from The Merchant of Venice on 3 August, The Pirates of Penzance takes over on 16 August, with its swashbuckling comedy opera. The performance takes part in two acts with hilarious melodrama, sharp satire and glittering wit, packed full of memorable melodies such as To Be a Pirate King! and Modern Major General. 7pm-10pm. Adults £15, kids £10, under 3s £3. The event will go ahead in all weather, unless it is unsafe to do so. Seating is not provided.
Bishop’s Avenue, Fulham SW6 6EA; fulhampalace.org

18 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

19 Circa: Peepshow at Underbelly Festival
Until 18 August
In a year when circus and cabaret are making real waves in London, Circa is headed for Underbelly Festival with Peepshow, an exciting European premiere that turns cabaret on its head, blurring the lines between movement, dance, theatre and circus. This beautifully bizarre show features some of the finest acrobatic talent on the planet. Join ‘the rockstars of the circus world’ as they embark on a seductive dance through the hall of mirrors that is your imagination, lurching from the thrillingly acrobatic to the comically playful with teetering towers of balanced bodies, extreme bending and devilishly precarious aerials. Tickets from £16.50.
Jubilee Gardens, South Bank SE1 8XX; underbellyfestival.com

20 Luiz Zerbini at South London Gallery, Camberwell
Until 19 August
Luiz Zerbini is one of Brazil’s most established contemporary artists, known for his vivid works on canvas which draw on a range of themes from the abstract to landscapes, cityscapes, and domestic scenes using a range of techniques and styles. For his first solo show in a UK public institution, Luiz Zerbini: Intuitive Radio, hewill show a series of large-scale paintings referencing modernist architecture, contemporary culture and elements from the natural environment. These will be presented with a series of abstract works on canvas positioned around a sculptural centre-piece. The exhibition will also present Zerbini’s 35mm film and slide works.
65-67 Peckham Road, Camberwell SE5 8UH; southlondongallery.org

21 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

22 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

23 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

24 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

25 Boom Cycle Brunch with Hubbard & Bell, Holborn
Balance out your Sunday morning with a sweaty spin sesh’ followed by brunch at The Hoxton’s first Boom Cycle Brunch on Sunday 19 August. Get those endorphins pumping with a dance party on a bike at the Holborn studio, then reward that hard work with brunch (and a well-deserved mimosa or two…) at Hubbard and Bell. The £30 ticket package includes the 45-minute Boom Cycle class, brunch, and a little pampering REN gift to take home. What better way to start a Sunday!
Holborn, 199-206 High Holborn WC1V 7BD; eventbrite.co.uk

26 Nicolas Deshayes at Pump House Gallery, Battersea
Until 19 August
The Pump House Gallery is showcasing Nicolas Deshayes at Battersea Park’s Pleasure Gardens until 19 August. In his first exhibition of outdoor sculpture, he has been inspired by the fountains of the Pleasure Gardens and the nearby River Thames as his starting points. For the installation, he developed his ongoing series of sculptures in expanding foam in cast aluminium forms, which stand and hover on the water of the Pleasure Gardens’ pools, disrupting the traditional spectacle of the fountain as they draw water up and splutter, spit and dribble it back from where it came from.
Battersea Park SW11 4NJ; pumphousegallery.org.uk

27 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

28 Dust by Rebecca Louise Law at bo.lee gallery, Peckham
Until 25 August
Rebecca Louise Law is a British Installation Artist, best known for artworks created with natural materials, namely flora. The physicality and sensuality of her work plays with the relationship between humanity and nature. Law is passionate about natural change and preservation, allowing her work to evolve as nature takes its course and offering an alternative concept of beauty. Dust is a solo exhibition, showcasing a series of original artworks highlighting the importance of preservation and sustainability in Law’s practice.
222 Rye Lane SE15 4NL; bo-lee.co.uk

29 The Three Musketeers at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden
2 August-2 September
After a successful run of its alfresco production of The Tempest, Iris Theatre returns to St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden with The Three Musketeers. Join d’Artagnan on her secret mission to be the first female Musketeer. Paul-Ryan Carberry directs Daniel Winder’s adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’s classic novel as you’ve never seen it before, with spectacular sword fights choreographed by Roger Bartlett and a lavish masquerade ball, all in the grounds of the church. Tickets £20 (under 16s, £14).
Bedford Street, Covent Garden WC2E 9ED; iristheatre.com

30 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 8ES; greenwichtheatre.org.uk

31 Wimbledon Park Food Festival, Wimbledon
25-27 August
The Wimbledon Park Food Festival is back for a fifth year in 2018 during this August’s Bank Holiday. There will things for people of all ages and if you’re looking to stay for a drink, they will have a later closing time this year. There will be over 45 stalls with all sorts of different food items. For the family, there will be a pop-up petting farm, face painting and a kids zone. Tickets are £6 for adults, £3 for kids and 5 and under get in free.
Wimbledon Park; fantasticbritishfoodfestivals.com

32 All Too Human at the Tate Britain, Westminster 
Until 27 August
Get down to the Tate Britain this month to see the exhibition that everyone is talking about, All Too Human. It celebrates the painters in Britain who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways. It features artists including Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon alongside rarely seen work from their contemporaries including Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego. Many of them lived or live in London, drawn to the multicultural capital from around the world. Three important works by Francis Bacon will be shown in the UK for the first time in at least three decades.
Millbank, Westminster SW1P 4RG; tate.org.uk

33 A Winter’s Tale at The Rose Theatre, Kingston
30 August-2 September
The Rose Theatre in Kingston is hosting a bold and brilliant interpretation of William Shakespeare’s classic A Winter’s Tale, with music and lyrics by Howard Goodall. Beginning with Polixenes, the King of Bohemia, convinced that his heavily pregnant wife is having an affair, this play charts his family over the course of many years exploring loss, jealously and a little bit of the supernatural. This musical adaptation is set to evoke emotions in both the dark and light moments performed by some of the most talented members of the Youth Music Theatre.
24-26 High Street Kingston KT1 1HL; rosetheatrekingston.org

34 Meatopia, Tobacco Dock
31 August-2 September

Founded in the US by the late great Josh Ozersky and brought to the UK by chef Richard H Turner, Meatopia is a festival of high quality, ethically sourced meat, all cooked over ethically sourced wood and charcoal by some of the world’s leading top chefs. A weekend-long love affair of meat, drink, fire and music, Meatopia UK has become a legendary event for food lovers. Guest chefs include Duck & Waffle’s Dan Doherty, Elizabeth Haigh, who earned a Michelin star at Pidgin in East London, and Great British Menu 2017 winner Pip Lacey. Tickets from £22.50.

35 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. The opening viewing takes place on the Thursday 26 July, from 6pm until late, with live music, complimentary drinks on early arrival and DJs playing until late. 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

36 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

37 Remembering Harold Pinter, BFI Southbank
Until 31
To mark the 10th anniversary of the death of one of the most important and influential British playwrights of the last century, Harold Pinter, BFI Southbank will host a special two month season – Pinter on Screen: Power, Sex and Politics until 31 August – curated by Pinter biographer and theatre critic for The Guardian Michael Billington. Best-known for his work as a playwright, Pinter on Screen will celebrate his contribution to film and TV, which was extremely significant, not only writing pioneering plays for television, but also for working on scripts for a range of landmark films. Completing the line-up will be screenings of The French Lieutenant’s Woman (Karel Reisz, 1981).
Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XT; bfi.org.uk

38 Homage to a Homage at The Last Supper Gallery, Clapham
Throughout August
The Last Supper art gallery is exhibiting Homage to an Homage, a series featuring works in pencils in the spirit of and inspired by Josef Albers and Piet Mondrian. The contemporary art gallery in Clapham curates its work from artists all over the world in their compact but diverse space. This selection of works are all between the sizes of 60×60 cm and 90×90 cm and all have been framed using The Last Supper’s bespoke design and framing service.
42 Webbs Road, Clapham SW11 6SF; the-lastsupper.com

39 Women Empowered at sketch, Mayfair
Until 2 September
Iconic Mayfair venue sketch launched its Women Empowered exhibition on 5 July. Coinciding with the City of London’s Women: Work and Power season, sketch’s summer exhibition invites you to view works by celebrated female artists including Eliza Douglas, Hannah Quinland and Rosie Hasting. Don’t miss Power Women by Dianne Harris, a spectacular new holographic installation created to heighten the awareness of human potential and question the self-imposed limitations of individuality. Later this summer, sketch will also unveil The Millicent Fawcett Room, a two Michelin-star private dining room named for Dame Fawcett who, on July 17 1869, spoke on the site now occupied by sketch calling for the enfranchisement of women.
9 Conduit Street, Mayfair W1S 2XG; sketch.london

40 Cirque Bijou’s Harmonic at Kew Garden 
Until 2 September
Kew Garden’s recently reopened Temperate House will play host to an incredible aerial performance all summer. Visitors will be treated to Cirque Bijou’s Harmonic, which combines impressive aerial movement with a unique musical score from composer and cellist Rob Lewis and aims to explore the relationship between humans and plants. On for just 20 minutes, anyone with garden entry can watch the performances on weekends and bank holidays every hour from 12.30pm to 3.30pm until 2 September. It’s all in aid of the reopening of the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world, which is home to some of the planet’s rarest and most threatened plants.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond TW9 3AE; kew.org

41 Known Unknowns at The Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea
Until 8 September
Known Unknowns is a major exhibition of 17 contemporary artists on display at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea. The collection, featuring artists like Tom Anholt and Theo Ellison, were selected for their status as largely unknown but greatly admired by their artistic peers for breaking new ground in their respective fields. The selection of works on display feature a diverse range of art forms, including painting, sculpture, video and mixed media.
Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road SW3 4RY; saatchigallery.com

42 The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Covent Garden
Until 8 September
Far from the rolling hills of Cornwall, Poldark’s Aidan Turner is currently on stage in Martin McDonagh’s wonderfully dark play The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Noël Coward Theatre. Directed by Michael Grandage, this is a rare revival of McDonagh’s satire, which follows Turner’s character Mad Padraic, who is a terrorist deemed too violent to be a member of the IRA. Currently booking up until 8 September, this blistering production doesn’t look like one to be missed.
85-88 St Martin’s Lane WC2N 4AP; delfontmackintosh.co.uk

43 Tomma Abts at the Serpentine Gallery, Kensington
Until 9 September
The Serpentine Sackler Gallery is presenting the first UK solo exhibition of Turner Prize winner Tomma Abts’ work. One of the most significant artists of her generation, Abts is known for her acrylic and oil paintings whose extraordinary magnetism belies their modest 48cm x 38cm scale. This survey at the Serpentine – the largest exhibition of her work to date – includes paintings and casts, mostly produced over the last 10 years.
Kensington Gardens W2 3XA; serpentinegalleries.org

44 Edward Bawden retrospective at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until 9 September
Dulwich Picture Gallery will present a major retrospective of work by the celebrated British artist and designer, Edward Bawden RA CBE (1903-89). It will be the most wide-ranging exhibition since Bawden’s death, and the first to look at every aspect of his 60-year career, showcasing a number of previously unseen works from the Bawden family’s private collection as well as 18 rarely seen war portraits, displayed together for the first time. Widely respected as an innovative graphic designer, book illustrator and printmaker, Edward Bawden is best known today for his monumental linocuts and for the witty designs he made for companies like Shell and Fortnum & Mason.
Gallery Road SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

45 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

46 True Colours at Newport Street Gallery
Until 9 September
The Newport Street Gallery is featuring three emerging artists – Helen Beard, Sadie Laska and Boo Saville – in their latest exhibition. True Colours is all about exploring the possibilities of colour across the 30 works on display, which include Beard’s vivid colour representations of sexual encounters, Laska’s dreamlike paint and collage works and Saville’s colour field paintings. Beard uses a vivid rainbow palette to create interlocking arrangements of bright primary colour, which combine to describe explicit sexual encounters. Working from found images, Beard’s work explores themes relating to gender, sexual psychology and eroticism. The exhibition will be accompanied by a number of artist talks throughout its run until 9 September at the Lambeth gallery.
Newport Street Gallery SE11 6AJ; newportstreetgallery.com

47 London Mastaba, Hyde Park
Until 23 September
The London Mastaba is a magnificent temporary sculpture, unveiled in Hyde Park by world-renowned artist Christo for the summer. It features 7,506 horizontally stacked barrels on a floating platform on the Serpentine Lake. It is the first major outdoor public work by Christo, and coincides with his exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries, with his late wife Jeanne-Claude. The incredible work will be on display until 23 September for everyone to enjoy.
Kensington Gardens W2 3XA; serpentinegalleries.org

48 Floats Road by Charlie Duck at The Pump House Gallery
Until 23 September
The Pump House Gallery is holding the first institutional solo exhibition of Charlie Duck’s work this summer, named Floats Road. The Kent-born artist is a graduate from the Royal College of Art and works across drawing, painting and sculpture from his studio in Frankfurt. His work is well received and he has featured in a number of group exhibitions and installations across the UK and Europe in the years since his debut. Floats Road will be on display at the contemporary arts gallery, which sits in the beautiful surroundings of Battersea Park.
Battersea Park SW11 4NJ; pumphousegallery.org.uk

49 The King and I, London Palladium 
Until 29 September
The much-awaited production of The King and I, staring Tony Award-winners Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe, transfers from Broadway to London this month. As one of Rogers & Hammerstein’s best-loved works, the musical received much praise during its New York run. Hailed as ‘the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals’, it is set in 1860s Bangkok, where an unconventional and tempestuous relationship develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher brought to Siam to teach he king’s many wives and children. Enjoy scores such as Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, and Shall We Dance.
8 Argyll Street W1F 7TE; kingandimusical.co.uk

50 Sounds and Sorcery at The Vaults, Waterloo
Until 30 September
Sounds and Sorcery, an immersive celebration of Disney’s Fantasia, is now on at The Vaults, London’s home for immersive theatre and alternative arts. Pop on a pair of headphones and step inside the maze of tunnels underneath Waterloo station, where a 96-piece orchestra will guide you on an interactive journey. You’ll relive the world of Fantasia with binaural sound, 3D projections, elaborate set designs and dazzling lighting effects. Tickets from £30.
Leake Street, Waterloo SE1 7NN; soundsandsorcery.com

51 The Great British Seaside at National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Until 30 September
On 23 March the National Maritime Museum opened a major photography exhibition celebrating the nation’s love affair with the seaside. Featuring over 100 works by four of Britain’s most celebrated photographers – Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn and Simon Roberts – The Great British Seaside: Photography from the 1960s to the present, explores our changing relationship with the seaside over the last six decades. Covering the country’s beaches from Brighton to Blackpool, it captures the traditions, customs and eccentricities associated with them.
Park Row, Greenwich SE10 9NF; rmg.co.uk

52 SCOOP: A Wonderful Ice Cream World, King’s Cross
Until 30 September
SCOOP: A Wonderful Ice Cream World is the latest project by Bompas & Parr. The interactive exhibition at the new British Museum of Food will explore the past, present and future of ice cream, with the chance to experience glow-in-the-dark ice cream, a sub-zero ice chamber, an ice cream cloud and the world’s first hundreds and thousands fountain. The exhibition demonstrates how our relationship with ice cream has evolved through the ages, from the ornate sorbet moulds of 1700s Rome to the rise and fall of street vendors’ ‘penny licks’ in the 1850s. The cafe, Conehenge, which will serve ice-cream flavours inspired by age-old classics such as Candied Fruit (1694) as well as Bompas & Parr’s new flavour, Bliss Point. Tickets £12.
Gasholder 11, 1 Lewis Cubitt Square N1C 4BY; bmof.org

53 Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier, The Design Museum
Until 11 October
Co-created with late designer Azzedine Alaïa before his death in November 2017, the Design Museum celebrates the work of ‘couture’s rebellious outsider’ (The Guardian) in the first UK solo exhibition of his work. The exhibition charts his incredible journey from sculptor to couturier, his nonconformist nature and his infectious energy for fashion, friendship and the female body. Alaïa personally constructed each garment by hand and refused to bow to the pressures of fashion week deadlines, instead working to his own schedule. His collaborative approach earned him an esteemed client list, including Greta Garbo, Grace Jones, Michelle Obama and Rihanna. The show interlaces stories of his life and career alongside personally selected garments ranging from the rare to the iconic.
224-238 Kensington High Street W8 6AG; designmuseum.org

54 Michael Jackson: On The Wall, National Portrait Gallery
Until 21 October
The National Portrait Gallery is exploring Michael Jackson’s influence on contemporary art in Michael Jackson: On The Wall, curated by the Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Dr Nicholas Cullinan. Dr Cullinan has sourced pieces from private and public collections around the world, alongside some pieces made especially for the exhibition. The exhibition will look at the legacy he has left on contemporary art. Some of the highlights include Andy Warhol’s 1984 portrait and David LaChapelles’ ‘An illuminating path’. More than just an exhibition, the gallery will also be releasing a publication to accompany it with essays from Zadie Smith and Margo Jefferson.
St. Martin’s Place WC2H 0HE; npg.org.uk

55 World Gallery at the Horniman Museum and Garden
Open permanently
The Horniman’s new World Gallery showcases more than 3,000 objects from around the world, exploring the fundamental question of what it means to be human. The 600sq m gallery opened following a major redevelopment of the historic South Hall, providing a bright, contemporary setting for the Horniman’s world-class anthropology collection. Through vibrant and thought-provoking displays, the World Gallery showcases historic and contemporary objects from all five inhabited continents to show visitors some of the ways people live their lives, looking at common virtues of love and compassion, trust and friendship, dignity and courage.
100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQhorniman.ac.uk

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