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Much Ado About Nothing
British Summer Time 2017: Green Day
Royal Opera: Turandot
Catfish & The Bottlemen headline the Community Festival
British Summer Time 2017: Justin Bieber
Luna Cinema: Brockwell Lido: Jaws
Little Mix
British Summer Time 2017: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Citadel Festival
Lovebox
Foodies Festival, Blackheath
Wireless Festival
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Kew the Music
Nassim
Greenwich Music Time
Somerset House Summer Series
Oliver Twist
A Tale Of Two Cities
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship
Brompton World Championship
Prudential RideLondon
The BBC Proms
Ealing Blues Festival
The Chap Olympiad
Gangsta Granny
Camden Beach
Eid Festival
Art Night
Shubbak Festival
Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories
Regent Street Summer Streets
The City Is Ours
Corona SunSets Festival
Sienna Miller and Jack O'Connell star in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
Plywood: Material Of The Modern World
Pride in London Parade
Lambeth Country Show
Wimbledon Finals Weekend
Hyper Japan
British Summer Time: Open House
Ian McKellen: Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You
Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace
Royal Gifts
Chorus
Touch
Zip World London
New Designers Exhibition Part Two
The San Miguel Experience
Fantastic Mr Fox
Luna Cinema: Brockwell Lido: The Graduate
 

 

Summer music festivals, Wimbledon and Sir Ian McKellen on London's fringe are three good reasons to visit London in July 2017 and LondonTown has more.

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Chorus

A celebration of the voice and the power of singing.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 01st - 02nd July 2017

 

Back at the Southbank Centre for 2017, Chorus is a celebration of the voice and the power of singing. This year's festival forms part of the year-long Nordic matters and will welcome choirs from across the Nordic regions. The line-up includes the Voicelab, providing the chances to be immersed in the voices of Kammerkor Suourlands (South Iceland Chamber Choir); Swedish folk singers Akervinda; and the Big Sing: Songs from the Nordics, which invites all ages to take part.

 
 
 

British Summer Time 2017: Green Day

American Idiot punk rock trio play a major open air gig in Hyde Park.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 01st July 2017

 

This summer, punk rock trio Green Day - frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt on bass and Tré Cool on drums - are due to play a major Hyde Park concert as part of the British Summer Time series. The band has been around since 1994 and, after a succession of hit albums, their 2004 rock opera American Idiot reignited the their popularity with a younger generation. With their fifth album - their first in four years - Green Day's Revolution Radio presents a collection of "vibrant punk rock, uncluttered by outsize grandiosity or conceptual overthink" says Rolling Stone. Green Day will be joined in Hyde Park by Rancid, Gypsy punk group Gogol Bordello, Swedish rock band The Hives, The Living End, Beach Slang, SWMRS, Sunflower Bean and Public Access TV.

 
 
 

Community Festival

Catfish and the Bottlemen headline the one-day festival at Finsbury Park.

Finsbury Park, Endymion Road, London, N4 1EE

Tube: Manor House Station

 

Dates: 01st July 2017

 

It was spread around 11 venues in Hoxton and Shoreditch a couple of years back but now Community Festival becomes a brand new one-day-only summer festival at Finsbury Park. Catfish and the Bottlemen headline the day's events, playing their only festival appearance in mainland England this year. Expect to hear an epic set, including smashes from last year's number one album, 'The Ride' and their breakthrough debut, 'The Balcony'. Join them are The Wombats who celebrate a decade of hits including 'Moving to New York' and 'Let's Dance to Joy Division'. Punk duo, Slaves, will present a raucous and unstoppably high energy set and Southend-on-Sea's finest, Nothing But Thieves, will be performing new material alongside tunes from their top 10 debut album, and Fickle Friends, The Hunna, Darlia and RedFaces also perform live in the east London park.

 
 
 

Cliff Richard

Sir Cliff plays two London gigs as part the Greenwich Music Time festival.

Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, London, SE10 9LW

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 

Dates: 01st - 02nd July 2017

 

The singer famous for hits like 'Livin' Doll' and 'Mistletoe and Wine' - as well as his impromptu Wimbledon performances, when rain stopped play on centre court - delivers his classic blend of easy-listening pop and rock'n'roll. Performing for the Greenwich Music Time festival, Sir Cliff's two London gigs are part of a ten-date UK tour following the release of his 101st album, Just... Fabulous Rock 'n' Roll. The 76-year-old will play nine open-air venues over the summer, from 21st to 15th June.

 
 
 

Greenwich Music Time

From Cliff Richard to Little Mix there's something for everyone.

Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, London, SE10 9LW

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 

Dates: 01st - 07th July 2017

 

Set within the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Music Time is a four-day series of al fresco concerts. For its fourth year the festival is mixing it up with veteran crooner Cliff Richard and girl band Little Mix so there's something for teens, pensioners and everyone in between. The chart-topping quartet headline on Friday 7th July bringing their Summer Shout Out tour, which takes in The O2 and Twickenham, to Greenwich. Concerts take place in the magnificent surroundings of Sir Christopher Wren's twin-domed riverside masterpiece, overlooking the Thames, lit by the big city lights of Canary Wharf.

 
 
 
 

Art Night

London's all-night art festival returns for a second year.

Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7QX

Tube: Aldgate East Station , Aldgate East Underground Station, Aldgate Station

 

Dates: 01st July 2017

 

Stay up all night on Saturday 1st July for Art Night, an evening of free art, performance and music at more than 50 events across east London. First staged in 2016, Art Night collaborates with the Whitechapel Gallery for its second edition which sees galleries like Gallery46, Leyden Gallery, the Cass, Kate MacGarry, Calvert 22 and SPACE open their doors late. Ace Hotel London hosts the TIME FOR OUTRAGE! poster campaign, Curzon Aldgate has a night of film screenings, Art Bishopsgate Institute will be looking at London's radical and rebellious past in print and Rich Mix features an all-night performance of John Reed's book on the October revolution. As well as live music sets and DJs there's an early morning breakfast at 4.30am for those who last the night.

 
 
 

Shubbak Festival

Contemporary culture from across the Arabic world.

 

Dates: 01st - 16th July 2017

 

London's largest biennial festival of Arab culture, the 16-day Shubbak Festival encompasses 60 events, from dance and performance to films and visual arts. Celebrating the best in contemporary culture from across the Arabic world, events take place at some of London's best fringe theatres including the Young Vic, Arcola Theatre, Bush Theatre and Rich Mix and ties in with the Eid Festival presenting three hours of music. Shubbak (the Arabic word for 'window') gives audiences a chance to discover new talent from the Arab world whether that's through film premieres at the Barbican, puppetry in Shepherd's Bush or a performance in one of Dalston's most hidden spaces.

 
 
 

British Summer Time 2017: Justin Bieber

Beliebers will rejoice at the announcement of this huge open air concert.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 02nd July 2017

 

After a rocky few years it seems Justin Bieber has started to win back the public's affection with the help of some rather good tunes. He played the vast O2 in October and now the Canadian pop star joins Phil Collins and Kings of Leon on the line up for British Summer Time in Hyde Park. Playing on 2nd July, Bieber will have support from EDM producer Martin Garrix, Scandi pop artist Tove Lo and Brits critics' choice-shortlisted singer Anne-Marie. Nearly three years in the making, his fourth studio album, Purpose, has taken the limelight away from his questionable recreational activities and Beliebers will rejoice at the announcement of this huge open air concert.

 
 
 

Eid Festival

Free family friendly event marking the end of Ramadan.

Trafalgar Square, Central, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 02nd July 2017

 

Where Christians have Christmas, Muslims have Eid - which gives you an idea of how big the celebrations are. It's certainly a major event in London - and since 2006 there has been a mass gathering in Trafalgar Square organised by the Mayor of London and Muslim groups in the capital. The free event which marks the end of Ramadan includes live music and performances, children's activities such as face-painting, henna, calligraphy and sports, plus a food festival including Malaysian, Turkish, South Asian, Egyptian, Lebanese, Indonesian and Arabic cuisine.

 
 
 

Summer Streets

Fume free shopping as Regent Street goes traffic free every Sunday in July.

Regent Street, Regent Street, London, W1B 5SJ

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 02nd - 23rd July 2017

 

Every Sunday in July Regent Street is banning traffic for the popular Summer Streets series. The month-long event will see every Sunday take on a different theme, including transporting, health and leisure, garden party, and fashion, with a huge range of activities to ensure everyone and all tastes are catered to. Details for this year's festival haven't been announced yet but last year's event gives an indication of what to expect. In summer 2016 we had Transported By Design - an on-street showcase of transport design through the ages; Health and Lifestyle - when wellbeing experts hosted a fun day of fun, fitness and leisure; Garden Party - with British food and music for the ultimate garden party; and Fashion with Magnum - a 16 station ice cream dipping bar descend on the street. Watch this space for updates on this year's line up.

 
 
 
 

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship 2017

The famous grass tennis tournament is a highlight of summer in London.

Wimbledon: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Church Road, London, SW19 5AE

Tube: Wimbledon Park Station

 

Dates: 03rd - 16th July 2017

 

Wimbledon, the famous tennis tournament and the most watched event in the Grand Slam calendar, brings thousands of visitors to the All England Club with the live action played out on big screens at Murray Mound and all over London. Many tennis pros covet the Wimbledon crown above all others and the grass surface makes for fast, breathless duels. Tickets can be applied for through the public ballot on the website, if however you're not lucky enough to get hold of one it is easy to get in to the grounds if you queue up in the morning. However, there are only 500 tickets for the centre courts available, so you have to turn up seriously early - or queue overnight - to be certain of getting to see the biggest matches. But in the first week the outer courts still have some of the world's greatest players and you can grab tickets for them if you arrive by about 9am. TRAVEL: The most convenient tube station for getting to Wimbledon is 'Southfields' on the District line, the station before Wimbledon Park. Southfields is closer, has marshals, a lift and the shorter walk is fully signposted.

 
 
 

British Summer Time: Open House

Free outdoor films, live music and entertainment.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 03rd - 07th July 2017

 

Between two long weekends of big British Summer Time gigs, Hyde Park hosts Open House, a week of free outdoor films, live music and entertainment. As well as Wimbledon Championship screenings from 12noon every day, two films will be shown each evening at 6pm and 8.30pm. There's live music from 6pm through to 10pm with award-winning beat boxer THePETEBOX and the House Gospel Choir. London Gay Men's Chorus and Old Dirty Brasstards pitch up to perform uplifting songs while on Friday 7th July Soho Radio presents The Cuban Brothers and a whole host of special guests from 4pm onwards. Try out the flying trapeze with Gorilla Circus Flying Trapeze School, see their free circus show on Wednesday evening and catch the Chickenshed Theatre for free daytime family entertainment.

 
 
 

Ian McKellen: Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You

Reprising some of his best known roles, from Gandalf to Macbeth.

Park Theatre, 11 Clifton Terrace, London, N4 3JP

Tube: Finsbury Park Station

 

Dates: 03rd - 09th July 2017

 

Star of stage and screen Sir Ian McKellen performs a one man show at Park Theatre reprising some of his best known roles, from Gandalf to Macbeth. For nine performances only, from 3rd to 9th July 2017, Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You will offer a rare chance to see the multi-award winning and twice Oscar nominated actor perform in the intimate surroundings of Park Theatre, with money raised going towards the theatre. The production will be accompanied by a never before seen exhibition of posters, paintings and photographs from Sir Ian's plays and films, with a number of pieces for sale.

 
 
 

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Beautiful blooms and a Butterfly Dome at one of the finest gardens in the world.

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, London, KT8 9AU

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 04th - 09th July 2017

 

Held within the grounds of Henry VIII's palace - where he built one of the finest gardens in the world - the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is a highlight of London's summer calendar. Returning in July this year, notable activities for 2017 include the Butterfly Dome, where you can wander through thousands of free-flying butterflies from Indonesia and South America; the Show Gardens, a favourite each year with a spectacular selection to provide garden-envy; Family Saturday, packed with activities such as sowing seeds, a fun trail, story-telling and cookery classes; and the Flower Marquee, where you can pick up tips from floral exhibitors and specialist nurseries.

 
 
 

Royal Opera: Turandot

Glorious pageant of rich colour, dance and drama.

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 05th - 16th July 2017

 

The Royal Opera opened its 2013-14 season with Andrei Serban's magnificent staging of Puccini's exotic and erotic final opera Turandot, with Lise Lindstrom making her Royal Opera House debut. In summer 2017 the American soprano returns, sharing the title role with Christine Goerke. Set in China, the opera is a glorious pageant of rich colour, dance and drama in which Prince Calaf, captivated by Princess Turandot's beauty, is determined to win her heart or die in the attempt. Bold set designs by Sally Jacobs and some martial arts-inspired choreography by Kate Flatt brings alive Puccini's masterpiece, which contains one of the most famous of all arias, 'Nessun dorma', sung as Calaf anticipates winning Turandot's love.

 
 
 
 

Luna Cinema: Brockwell Lido: Jaws

Scare yourself silly watching the killer shark flick by the water's edge.

Brockwell Lido, Lido Park Gardens, Brockwell Park, London, SE24 0PA

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: 05th July 2017

 

Making a return this summer the Luna Cinema transforms Brockwell Lido, a lovely outdoor pool which dates back to 1937, into a pop-up cinema, putting on their popular 'Jaws' screening. An annual favourite which always sells out within the week, movie goers can scare themselves silly watching the shark flick by the water's edge. Splash out on VIP tickets and you'll get exclusive seating for two people in an inflatable dinghy in the pool itself. On 13th July mermaid adventure 'Splash' makes a, err, splash, followed by classic 1967 coming-of-age film 'The Graduate' on 27th July. Pull up a director's chair for a summer of age inappropriate romance.

 
 
 

New Designers Exhibition Part Two

Springboard for young graduates displayed their designs, from fashion to graphics.

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 05th - 08th July 2017

 

Young designers gather in their thousands to showcase their fresh and innovative creations at the Business Design Centre for two weeks this summer. Acting as a springboard for young graduates exiting the safety of higher education the exhibition brings together designers from all ends of the spectrum. Everything from fashion to graphics, interiors to architecture is displayed as 3,000 students represent over 200 top UK design courses. Shining a spotlight on the hottest trends to come and a glimpse into the future of British design, whether you work in the industry, love discovering new talent, or just enjoy a good browse the New Designers is sure to have something that will catch your eye. New Designers Exhibition Part One runs from 28th June until 1st July 2017 while New Designers Exhibition Part Two takes place between 5th and 8th July 2017.

 
 
 

Zip World London

Fly across London on the fastest zip wire in a major city.

Archbishop's Park, Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7JY

Tube: Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 6th July to 1st October 2017

 

Zip through the skies at up to 50 miles per hour on the fastest zip wire in a major city. From one hundred feet above Archbishop's Park(that's the height of more than nine double decker buses), the zip wire will take just 30 seconds to transport you on the 225-metre journey from one end of the park to the other. Located in south east London, close to Waterloo, the wire is perfectly positioned to allow you to take in views of the Thames, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament at the speed of a downhill ski racer. Based on the success of Zip World in Wales, whose operators are partners here, Zip World London brings the adrenaline pumping experience to the city for the first time and for a limited time only. NOTE: the minimum age is eight years, children from eight to 15 years need to be supervised and one adult can accompany up to three children.

 
 
 

British Summer Time 2017: Kings of Leon

The Tennessee four-piece is joined by fellow US rock legends the Pixies in Hyde Park.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 06th July 2017

 

The American four-piece, comprising of brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill alongside their cousin Matthew, Kings of Leon play a major London gig in Hyde Park on 6th July 2017. The popularity of the Tennessee four-piece appears unwavering with their latest album WALLS reaching number one in the UK. They also have two Brit Awards to add to their four Grammy Awards and three NME Awards. If you missed their recent London club show which saw rave reviews from critics and fans alike, this British Summer Time Hyde Park is now your only chance to see them live in the capital in 2017. Joining Kings Of Leon are fellow US rock legends Pixies and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.

 
 
 

Somerset House Summer Series

Norah Jones, Goldfrapp and festival favourites Foster The People fill the famous courtyard.

Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 06th - 16th July 2017

 

Nine-time Grammy Award winner Norah Jones, critically acclaimed electronic duo Goldfrapp and festival favourites Foster The People are all on the line-up at this year's Somerset House Summer Series. Birdy, Warpaint, The Cinematic Orchestra and Tom Misch are also dropping by the central courtyard of Somerset House for the eleven day Summer Series, an idyllic, intimate, calming, escapist location for a concert on a summer's evening. As a breeze drifts in off the Thames you'll forget the city bustle outside and tune into some great music, surrounded by one of eighteenth-century London's most spectacular buildings. Damian Marley, Mashrou' Leila, Songhoy Blues and The Robert Glasper Experiment complete the line-up.

 
 
 
 

Touch

Amy Morgan starts in this new show from the creators of cult hit theatre show Fleabag.

Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London, W1D 3NE

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 06th July - 26th August 2017

 

The creators of cult hit theatre show Fleabag, which also went on to be a well-received TV show, reunite to create Touch. The Soho Theatre and DryWrite show follows 33-year-old Dee, whose sexual escapades are messy and temporary - just like her shoe box London flat. New to the city and currently in a stop-gap job, Dee has the chance to reinvent herself. But how can you change your life when you're unsure what you want? Amy Morgan of Mr Selfridge and Travesties stars as Dee.

 
 
 

Little Mix

Winners of the X Factor in 2011 perform their popular pop, R&B and hip hop hits.

Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, London, SE10 9LW

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 

Dates: 07th July 2017

 

Headlining Greenwich Music Time, the BRIT-nominated, platinum-selling four-piece, who first shot to fame as winners of the X Factor in 2011, perform their popular pop, R&B and hip hop hits. Little Mix - Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jesy Nelson - recently released their fourth studio album, Glory Days, which gave them their first number one album in the UK. It also made them the highest selling UK girl group since the Spice Girls. Expect to see them perform perform hit singles "Wings", "Salute", "Black Magic" and "Shout Out to My Ex".

 
 
 

Foodies Festival, Blackheath

Cake and bake, British street food awards and Champagne masterclasses.

Blackheath Common, Shooters Hill Road, London, SE3 0UA

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 

Dates: 07th - 09th July 2017

 

Join Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown and Deliciously Ella at the new Healthy Living Zone when the Foodies Festival comes to Blackheath this summer for three days of culinary fun. The UK's biggest celebration of food and drink, Foodies is known for its packed programmes and this festival will be no different with chefs such as Rosemary Shrager, Adam Simmonds and Jane Devonshire on the line-up. There will be a cake and bake theatre, British street food awards, wine and Champagne masterclasses, artisan producers market, chilli eating competition and craft beer masterclass. Little ones can enjoy a kids cookery theatre and the grown-ups can step aboard the bar bus. Foodies Festival London 2017 dates: Syon Park 27th-29th May | Blackheath 7th-9th July | Alexandra Palace 26th-28th August

 
 
 

Wireless Festival

Hip-hop artist Chance The Rapper, Skepta and The Weeknd headline the three-day festival.

Finsbury Park, Endymion Road, London, N4 1EE

Tube: Manor House Station

 

Dates: 07th - 09th July 2017

 

The three-day Wireless music festival returns to Finsbury Park for a fourth year, playing host to three-time Grammy Award winning hip-hop artist Chance The Rapper, London's homegrown grime luminary Skepta and The Weeknd who closes the festival on Sunday. The performer, producer and songwriter made history in November 2016 by breaking Spotify records with single 'Starboy', which holds the record for most streams in 24 hours by a single artist. Other artists include Mike Skinner and Murkage, Hilltop Hoods. London's grime queen Stefflon Don, teenage marvels AJ X DENO, and popstar Yuna, joined by 'Stereotype Freestyle' rapper Cadet, grime purist Abra Cadabra, and storyteller Topaz Jones. Since its first outing back in 2005 Wireless has firmly established itself as one of London's major large scale live music events, attracting crowds of over 20,000 for each of the three days.

 
 
 

A Tale Of Two Cities

Matthew Dunster's new play adapted from the Charles Dickens novel.

Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 07th July - 05th August 2017

 

The second production in this year's Open Air Theatre season, A Tale of Two Cities is a new play by Matthew Dunster adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens. The Victorian story about the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer is as timely as ever, drawing on current concerns of austerity, immigration and the widening poverty gap across Europe. Further productions in this year's season include Oliver Twist and Jesus Christ Superstar.

 
 
 
 

British Summer Time 2017: The Killers

Las Vegas band who gave us Mr Brightside, with support from elbow and Tears for Fears.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 08th July 2017

 

This is pretty huge: The Killers are coming to London this summer to play an open air gig in Hyde Park. And as if that wasn't enough, they're supported by Mercury Prize winning British band elbow - who could headline a gig this big on their own - and Tears for Fears. The Las Vegas band have a vast catalogue of hits, including Mr Brightside, When You Were Young, and Human, and this British Summer Time concert will also give fans an early glimpse of material from their hotly anticipated new album. Completing the line up is London trio White Lies, who will no doubt be bringing anthems from their 2009 debut album, To Lose My Life, to Hyde Park.

 
 
 

Pride in London Parade

This headline event of Pride week is a colourful celebration.

Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 08th July 2017

 

With growing numbers year on year, the Pride in London Parade is back for 2017 for another colourful occasion of dancing, marching and rollerskating through London. Celebrate the people and organisations who've contributed to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights over the years and join the parade as it marches proudly from Baker Street, along Oxford Street and Regent Street, ending in Trafalgar Square with a concert featuring chart acts, musicians, dancers, West End stars and other performers.

 
 
 

British Summer Time 2017: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Classic rock and blues songs from the band, playing their first UK gig in 18 years.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 09th July 2017

 

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, who've given us classic rock and blues songs like American Girl and I Won't Back Down, perform their only European date of 2017 in Hyde Park for what will be just the second time the band has come to the UK in 18 years. The Traveling Wilburys alumni and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and his band's last visit to these shores in 2012 included a headlining appearance at the Isle Of Wight Festival and two sold out shows at the Royal Albert Hall. Five years on, they're celebrating their 40th anniversary with a little help from Fleetwood Mac member Stevie Nicks and The Lumineers who support at this special British Summer Time gig in Hyde Park.

 
 
 

Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair

The unique car boot sale 'reboots' for 2017.

The Workshop, 243 Old Street, London, EC1V 9EY

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: 09th July 2017

 

A car boot sale with a difference, the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair 'reboots' for 2017, moving to The Workshop. This year, the one-day festival has new artists and a new theme, with over one hundred traders selling exclusive pieces from the boots of both new and vintage Vauxhall cars. Sought after artists such as Sir Peter Blake, Gavin Turk, Pam Hogg and Marcus Harvey are among those on the line-up and will all present original artworks at bargain prices. This year's theme is The Original so visitors can expect rare opportunities to snap up genuine and exclusive bargains.

 
 
 

Kew the Music

Razorlight, indie band James and legendary Manchester club Hacienda come to Kew.

Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB

Tube: Kew Gardens Station

 

Dates: 11th - 16th July 2017

 

There's a Manchester and even a 'Madchester' vibe to this year's Kew the Music. Legendary club Hacienda and indie band James are on the bill for the open air concerts which fill the botanic gardens at Kew with house tunes and James hits like Sit Down and She's A Star. Mike Pickering and Graeme Park swap sweaty nightclub for the open air botanic gardens at Kew, lining up club anthems to be played by a full orchestra. Razorlight, supported by The Bluetones and Reef, put in a mid-week performance, and singer songwriter Mike Rosenberg, better known by his stage name Passenger, opens this year's festival performing hits like 'Let Her Go', backed by a five-piece band.

 
 
 
 

Girl From the North Country

 

The Old Vic stages the world premiere of Conor McPherson's Girl From the North Country this July. The brand new work sees the esteemed playwright intertwines Bob Dylan's classic songs with a story set in Duluth, Minnesota in the midst of the Great Depression. Named after Dylan's 1963 song Girl From the North Country, it follows a family adrift whose future is on a knife edge. Lost and lonely people drift through rooms of their guesthouse but one man thinks he's found a way out.

 
 
 

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

A landmark exhibition with more than 100 era-defining works.

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 

Dates: 12th July to 22nd October 2017

 

Tate Modern hosts landmark exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, shining a bright light on the vital contributions of black artists to a dramatic period in American art and history. A rare opportunity to see era-defining artworks, the show hopes to represent America's ethical, conscious and moral spirit by showcasing how artists responded to these times by provoking and confronting expectations. More than 100 vibrant paintings, powerful murals, collages, photos and revolutionary clothing designs will represent the different viewpoints of artists and collectives between 1963 and 1983.

 
 
 

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

A steamy night full of sexual tensions at Sienna Miller stars opposite Jack O'Connell.

Apollo Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7EZ

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 13th July to 7th October 2017

 

Sienna Miller stars as Maggie opposite Jack O'Connell as Brick in Benedict Andrews' Young Vic production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. which goes straight into the West End. Last on the London stage as Patricia in Flare Path at the Haymarket Theatre, Sienna Miller's name alone is sure to sell out this twelve-week run at the Apollo. Add Australian director Benedict Andrews, who was behind 2014's critically acclaimed staging of A Streetcar Named Desire starring Gillian Anderson, and you have a surefire hit on your hands. It'll be interesting to see their take on Tennessee Williams' emotionally wrought story of the dark secrets that tear a Southern family apart during a birthday gathering on a steamy night in Mississippi.

 
 
 

Whales: Beneath the surface

A new exhibition in honour of the gigantic blue whale skeleton coming to the museum.

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington Station , Gloucester Road Station

 

Dates: 14th July 2017 to 28th February 2018

 

With a gigantic blue whale skeleton replacing Dippy the Dinosaur in the Natural History Museum's Hintze Hall, the museum is also hosting a new exhibition, Whales: Beneath the surface. The family event invites visitors to dive deeper into the mysterious world of the mammals with some of nature's finest whale specimens. From huge complete skeletons to the flippers, skulls and jawbones that scientists study to reveal feeding habits, breathing techniques and sense of hearing and sight, the exhibition will take you close up to the biology and behaviour of the fascinating and mysterious creature. The exhibition is the first in a series of ocean events at the Natural History Museum. The Hintze Hall will reopen in summer 2017 with the new blue whale skeleton.

 
 
 

Much Ado About Nothing

A fresh interpretation of Shakespeare's classic tale.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT

Tube: Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 14th July to 15th October 2017

 

Matthew Dunster, Associate Director at Shakespeare's Globe, revives Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing in 2017. The fresh interpretation sees the love stories of Hero and Claudio, and Beatrice and Benedick transported to 1910 Mexico, at the outbreak of the Civil War. Here, stubborn bachelor Benedick is compelled to prove his love for Beatrice by vowing to kill his best friend. Dunster is an Olivier Award-nominated director known for recent productions Imogen, Hangmen, The Seagull and Liberian Girl. There will also be a special midnight performance of the production on Friday 22nd September 2017.

 
 
 
 

The BBC Proms

World class classical music concert.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 14th July to 9th September 2017

 

Held yearly at the Royal Albert Hall, the Proms is arguably the most popular season of classical music the world over, featuring a varied but accessible programme of 90 or so concerts in eight weeks. The grand finale is on the fabled Last Night when seas of Union flag-waving Brits belt out classics such as Jerusalem and the national anthem. The aim of the Proms, for the past 120 years, has been to mix the popular and familiar with the surprising and innovative, so if you go to a concert to hear some favourite piece, you may leave having discovered a whole new composer. Between 500 and 1,400 standing tickets are available for each Prom on the door for just five pounds, so top international orchestras and soloists, programmes that mix the adventurous and the accessible, and a real sense of fun can all be had for a third of the price of a central London cinema ticket. There are also chamber music concerts and Saturday matinees in Cadogan Hall and outdoor events throughout the country. The world-famous Last Night of the Proms brings everything to a thrilling end - and tickets are like gold dust. Alternatively, join thousands of revellers at the annual Proms in the Park closing party in Hyde Park.

 
 
 

Lovebox

Frank Ocean is the Friday headliner for Lovebox, one of the best festivals in London.

Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5SN

Tube: Mile End Station

 

Dates: 14th - 15th July 2017

 

Entering their fifteenth year, Lovebox has firmly established itself as one of the best summer music festivals in London. This year is shaping up to be a good one with "a major coup for the festival" (The Guardian) in securing Frank Ocean as the Friday headliner for 2017, the first confirmed UK date for the R&B star following the release of his album, Blonde. Added to that, Victoria Park is a great festival venue with loads of space and a sympathetic council who let them turn the music up really loud - the perfect excuse to sack off work on Friday and make it a long weekend. With more headliners yet to be revealed, it's no surprise that the love Londoners have for Lovebox continues to burn bright.

 
 
 

The City Is Ours

Includes 25 London projects improving city life for local communities.

Museum of London, 150 Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN

Tube: Barbican Station , St. Paul's Station

 

Dates: 14th July 2017 to 2nd January 2018

 

More than half the world's population live in urban areas and that percentage is even higher in more developed countries. Staging The City is Ours, its major free exhibition for 2017, the Museum of London looks at how and why cities are changing, and what urban communities are doing to improve city life. Divided into three sections - Urban Earth, Cities Under Pressure and Urban Futures - spread across three gallery spaces, the exhibition includes infographics and interactives to examine issues such as population size, public transport, CO2 emissions and life expectancy. Join the debate on the future of city life.

 
 
 

Hyper Japan

Discover the quirks and charms of Japanese culture and customs.

Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, Earls Court, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 

Dates: 14th - 16th July 2017

 

Hyper Japan showcases culture, customs, language, travel, anime and food in this vibrant, all-consuming event at Tobacco Dock that promises to celebrate Japan's heritage as well as its pop culture. Immerse yourself in dance performances, kimono styling, kitsch jewellery, a sake taste off and a sushi rolling competition. In July 2017 the Urban Food Fest comes to the show for the first time bringing street food vendors in retro food trucks. Whether you're into the food, anime or just a fan of Japanese culture, this one is right up your street.

 
 
 

The Chap Olympiad

A spiffing non-sporting event.

Bedford Square Gardens, Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 5BL

Tube: Russell Square Station , Holborn Station

 

Dates: 15th July 2017

 

Not so much a sporting occasion as a celebration of buffoonery and ineptitude, orchestrated by The Chap magazine for gentlemen (and gentlewomen) of good taste, The Chap Olympiad is a spiffing non-sporting event. Bedford Square Gardens, centred on one of the best preserved set pieces of Georgian architecture in London, is a fitting backdrop for such a distinguished gathering. All events can all be entered by members of the public - as long as they're not sporting sportswear. The Chap Olympiad includes zany showdowns like Umbrella Jousting, using bicycles and brollies instead of horses and lances, and the Tug of Hair in which a rope is substituted for a lengthy handlebar moustache. Yikes! There will of course also be sandwiches and lashings of Pimm's.

 
 
 
 

Camden Beach

The Caribbean comes to London with a beach, BBQ and a big screen.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 15th July - 28th August 2017

 

Championing the staycation since 2012, Camden Beach returns to the Roundhouse bringing a slice of the Caribbean to London with a beach (real sand!) and a BBQ. But this time they're going a step further and putting up a big screen for six weeks of the summer. Opening on 15th July 2017, they're starting with free screenings of the Wimbledon finals, followed by cult classics, new releases and family-friendly films, with matinee and evening screenings most days. As well as films like The Goonies, Arrival, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Frozen and T2 (Trainspotting) they've got everything associated with a beach holiday - sand, pop-up restaurants, bars, deckchairs, beach huts, beach games and cocktails.

 
 
 

Plywood: Material Of The Modern World

Bending the rules of what's possible with wood.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 15th July to 12th November 2017

 

From hatboxes to tea chests, surfboards to aeroplanes, Plywood has been embraced by designers, architects and engineers to bend the rules of what's possible with wood. Striking examples include a 1917 moulded canoe, a 1960s British racing car and some of the first ever surf and skate boards. Showing celebrated pieces by modernist designers such as Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer, Grete Jalk, Robin Day and Charles and Ray Eames, the V & A shows how plywood has gone from a cheap product, maligned for its inferiority to solid timber, to the material prized by midcentury modernists.

 
 
 

Lambeth Country Show

A taste of rural England in South London.

Brockwell Park, Norwood Road, London, SE24 0PA

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: 15th - 16th July 2017

 

The countryside comes to South London for a weekend, cows and all, as the leafy expanse of Brockwell Park welcomes herds of hairy visitors, accompanied by brilliant live music. The annual Lambeth Country Show is a weird and very entertaining mixture: city kids get to soak up a taste of rural England - falconry shows, jousting, sheep dog displays, a fruit and veg competition, steam engines and the like - then restore their urban cool with two days of top ska, soul and reggae with music from some of Brixton's finest soundsystems. Local acts feature on the main stage while over on the Village Green stage you'll find acoustic and folk music followed by some jazz and classical groups. A fantastic free family festival and a tribute to the enduring spirit of London's liveliest borough.

 
 
 

Wimbledon Finals Weekend

Who'll play all the aces? Can Andy Murray do it again?

Wimbledon: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Church Road, London, SW19 5AE

Tube: Wimbledon Park Station

 

Dates: 15th - 16th July 2017

 

Can Andy Murray do it again? The home crowd will be hoping to see the Scot holding the winner's trophy at the finals again this year. The Wimbledon Finals Weekend, a highlight of the sporting year in London, begins with the ladies' final on Saturday, followed by the men's match on Sunday, both played out on Centre Court, now covered by a roof so there's no risk of seeing Cliff Richard entertaining the crowds when the weather refuses to play ball. Tickets are like gold dust but anyone can get tickets via the ballot - enter before December to be in with a chance.

 
 
 

Citadel Festival

Headliners include indie rock band Foals and electronic music masters Bonobo.

Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5SN

Tube: Mile End Station

 

Dates: 16th July 2017

 

After two highly successful years, Citadel Festival returns this July for a third one-day festival of music, food, theatre, art and entertainment. Headline acts are indie rock band Foals, playing their only UK festival in 2017, and masters of modern electronic music, Bonobo. Mercury Prize-nominated Wild Beasts, folk artist Laura Marling, Australian singer-songwriter RY X, and fast-rising US artist Maggie Rogers are also on this year's bill. As well as music on the main stage there's a good choice of alternative entertainment from dance and drawing to screen printing and children's workshops, fashion and beauty stalls, fitness activities like disco dodgeball, and Sunday Papers Live with invited speakers creating a forum for debate.

 
 
 
 

Oliver Twist

Children aged six and over can discover the original story of Victorian London's most famous child.

Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 17th July - 05th August 2017

 

Anya Reiss has adapted Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist for this year's Regent's Park Open Air Theatre season, creating a production especially for children. Little ones aged six and over will be able to discover the original story of Victorian London's most famous child in the beautiful surroundings of the central open air theatre. For adults, this year's season also stages On The Town, A Tale of Two Cities and Jesus Christ Superstar.

 
 
 

Mosquitoes

Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams play sisters in this new drama.

National Theatre: Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 18th July to 28th September 2017

 

The Night Manager star Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams (Lady Hamilton in ITV's The Halcyon) play sisters in this new drama from Chimerica writer Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Rufus Norris at the National. Set in Geneva among the scientists working on the Hadron Collider, Mosquitoes puts particle physics alongside family collisions. Head of the National Theatre, Rufus Norris, who directs says "it's about the futile attempts to make scientific sense of human relationships" (Evening Standard).

 
 
 

The San Miguel Experience

The Spanish beer brand presents a three-day programme of bespoke events.

One Marylebone, 1 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 4AQ

Tube: Great Portland Street Station , Warren Street Station, Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 19th - 21st July 2017

 

This July, Spanish beer brand San Miguel presents a three-day event at One Marylebone. The San Miguel Experience invites visitors to experience a series of bespoke events, including intimate talks with Channel 4 explorer Levison Wood, a VR experience that enables you to soar over New York and the chance to discover what it takes to become an Instagram influencer. There will also be tapas dishes and San Miguel-infused cocktails.

 
 
 

Pop Up Screens, Bishop's Park

The giant screen returns to Fulham for a summer of movies.

Bishops Park, Bishop's Avenue, London, SW6 6SX

Tube: Putney Bridge Station

 

Dates: 21st July to 17th September 2017

 

Pop Up Screens returns to London for its sixth year in 2017, with Bishop's Park in Fulham among the venues being given the al fresco cinema treatment. Films being screened include Ten Things I Hate About You, Labyrinth, Peter Pan, Whiplash and the new Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast feature films. Further to the films, there's also popcorn, burgers and craft beer - you can also opt to bring your own food and drink. Don't forget your knits and blankets too, England isn't known for its warm summer evenings.

 
 
 

KERB's Guiltiest Pleasures

Feast on the naughtiest, most decadent dishes of all.

Granary Square, Good's Way, London, N1C 4AA

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 21st - 22nd July 2017

 

Offering their best show stopper line-up, KERB are back in Granary Square this July for their second free weekender of the summer. KERB's Guiltiest Pleasures sees the street food specialists bring together a series of decadent dishes - if you're on a summer detox look away now. Choose from honey butter-slathered fried chicken with crispy smoked bacon and pickled blueberries in a buttermilk pancake bun; crisp sarnies with Coronation chicken and ham hock; donuts filled with strawberry milkshake and topped with mint choc chip popping candy rings; sloppy joe with pickles and a fried duck egg; and a ribeye steak and bone marrow burger. There will also be a line-up of naughty cocktails and fun activities like bingo and Jane Fonda '80 aerobics

 
 
 
 

Royal Gifts

Display of more than 250 objects given to the Queen during her 65-year reign.

Buckingham Palace , Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1A 1AA

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 22nd July to 1st October 2017

 

During 2016 alone, The Queen carried out over 300 official engagements. On each of these occasions a gift was given or exchanged. After a 65-year reign, that would amount to 19,500 or there abouts. Safe to say, the curators of Royal Gifts had a LOT of material to work with for this summer exhibition at Buckingham Palace. Displayed throughout the State Rooms, more than 250 objects from some 100 countries include a basket woven from coconut leaves, a model of a golden ship from China and a bag of salt. See this special exhibition as part of this year's Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace.

 
 
 

Ealing Blues Festival

'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick' - In Dury's bandmates The Blockheads headline.

Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, London, W5 5BQ

Tube: Ealing Broadway Station

 

Dates: 22nd - 23rd July 2017

 

Since 1987 Walpole Park in Ealing has played host to a festival of Blues which returns to the west London park this summer. Among the twenty five acts lined up to play at this year's festival are The Blockheads - Ian Dury's bandmates and the musicians who gave us 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick' and Mungo Jerry whose mega-hit 'In The Summertime' has become the fourth highest selling single of all time. The location is an appropriate one to host such a festival, being the birthplace of British Rhythm and Blues, a scene that started in Ealing in 1962. They often have a high calibre of performers and listening to the Blues & Rock and Boogie Woogie musicians perform in the beautiful surroundings of Walpole Park is an appealing prospect on a lazy summer's day.

 
 
 

Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace

Go behind the golden gates and see the splendour of the Queen's London home.

Buckingham Palace , Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1A 1AA

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 22nd July to 1st October 2017

 

Every summer inquisitive visitors get the chance to look around Buckingham Palace and admire the grand State Rooms used by heads of state at the Summer Opening. This year, a ticket includes access to 'Royal Gifts', a display of more than 250 objects which tell the story of The Queen's reign through official gifts presented to her over the past 65 years. Visitors can also see the nineteen State Rooms which are still used by the Royal Family to receive and entertain guests on state and ceremonial occasions. Decorated in lavish fashion, they include paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto, Sevres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. There are also some exquisite royal gifts, including Faberge Eggs, on display. This is a fascinating opportunity to admire the taste - often wonderful, sometimes comically bad - of Britain's monarchy.

 
 
 

Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories

A look at the life and writing of one of Britain's best loved authors.

V & A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 

Dates: 22nd July 2017 to 25th February 2018

 

The original puppet from War Horse will be on display at a free Museum of Childhood exhibition documenting the life of Michael Morpurgo, one of Britain's greatest living authors for children.Through notebooks and manuscripts, photographs and illustrations, the exhibition shows how books like Private Peaceful have come about. Atmospheric sounds introduce familiar themes in Michael's storytelling - war, the countryside and farming, the Scilly Isles and friendship - and there'll even be a replica of his creative caravan. Other highlights include a shipwrecked boat, featured in Wreck of the Zanzibar, a multi-sensory sculpture of Billy the Kid and a playful area for under fivesinspired by Mudpuddle Farm Series and It's a Dog's Life with clothes and props to dress up in.

 
 
 

Nassim

The script is sealed in an envelope, opened in front of the audience for the first time.

Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 8LJ

Tube: Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line) , Goldhawk Road Station, Shepherd's Bush Station (Central)

 

Dates: 24th - 29th July 2017

 

Omar Elerian directs an audacious theatrical experiment about the power of language to unite people in uncertain times from Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour. The production follows the same template as White Rabbit Red Rabbit, sealing the script in an envelope, which an unrehearsed actor opens and reads for the first time in front of the audience.

 
 
 
 

Gangsta Granny

Neil Foster adapts David Walliams' popular children's book.

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 26th July to 3rd September 2017

 

Neil Foster adapts the popular children's book Gangsta Granny by David Walliams for the stage in 2017. Transferring to the Garrick Theatre for a limited summer season after a successful UK tour, the stage version was nominated for a UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People. The story follows Ben, a young boy who is staying in with his Granny on a dull Friday night. He's expecting cabbage soup, pie and cake, but he soon realises that his Granny has her very own secret and Friday become more exciting than he could have ever dreamed. The production has been created by the Birmingham Stage Company, who are responsible for the Horrible Histories series.

 
 
 

Luna Cinema: Brockwell Lido: The Graduate

The outdoor film season continues with a story of love, friendship and loyalty.

Brockwell Lido, Lido Park Gardens, Brockwell Park, London, SE24 0PA

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: 27th July 2017

 

Making a return this summer the Luna Cinema transforms Brockwell Lido, a lovely outdoor pool which dates back to 1937, into a pop-up cinema, putting on their popular 'Jaws' screening. At this annual favourite, which always sells out within the week, movie goers can really scare themselves silly by booking a VIP seat - in a dingy on the water. The season continues with mermaid adventure 'Splash' on 13th July, followed by classic 1967 coming-of-age film 'The Graduate' on 27th July. Pull up a director's chair for a film about love, friendship and loyalty.

 
 
 

Prudential RideLondon

Over 100,000 cyclists take to the city's streets.

St James's Park, Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2BJ

Tube: Westminster Station , St James's Park Station

 

Dates: 28th - 30th July 2017

 

A celebration of cycling, with more than 100,000 cyclists expected to take part, the annual two-day Prudential RideLondon encompasses seven separate events for top level pros, keen cyclists and fund-raising, fun-loving two-wheelers. The two-day festival includes: the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix, the Brompton World Championship, the pro level Prudential RideLondon Classic and the open-to-all Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. 25,000 riders are expected to participate in the 100-mile event which starts at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and finishes on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. If 100 miles sounds too far, there's always the Prudential RideLondon Surrey 46, a 46-mile challenge for 5,000 new, young or less experienced cyclists. The whole family can get involved in FreeCycle, an eight-mile inner city circuit giving you the chance to cycle through central London over traffic-free roads.

 
 
 

Street Eats

A family friendly festival with halal food and non alcoholic drinks.

Old Spitalfields Market, 1 Crispin Place, London, E1 6DW

Tube: Liverpool Street Station

 

Dates: 28th - 29th July 2017

 

Digital magazine Halal Gems presents Street Eats at Spitalfields Market this July. The inaugural event brings together the best of London's street food to show how you can feast on amazing food that is halal while also creating a space for friends and families to hang out in the evening and have fun without alcohol. The line-up features the likes of Chit Chaat Chai, Rola Wala, who are about to launch a permanent restaurant in the area, Blue Top Ice Cream, Oli Baba's Halloumi Fries and Khao London. Hackney based drinks specialist Square Root London will be in charge of running the alcohol free bar. There will be family fun for the kids as well as live music and entertainment.

 
 
 

Fantastic Mr Fox

Maria Aberg's fantastic musical retelling of Mr Fox and his band of animal friends.

Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, 2 King Street, London, W6 0QA

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 

Dates: 28th July - 20th August 2017

 

A playful re-telling of Roald Dahl's popular tale, Fantastic Mr Fox, by Maria Aberg who did a "Glastonbury-style" (Independent) As You Like It for the Royal Shakespeare Company. In this adaptation of Dahl's classic tale of greed, pride and the power of friendship, live music and songs bring the story to life. The Guardian reviewer Lyn Gardner finds, "there is always plenty to enjoy" from the "jaunty songs by the multi-talented Arthur Darvill" to all of the fantastic animals - a "ditzy rabbit", badger, mole, mouse and the "full-of-himself" Mr Fox, played with "terrific energy" by Greg Barnett.

 
 
 
 

Brompton World Championship Final

Strictly no Lycra at the brilliant Brompton bike race.

St James's Park, Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2BJ

Tube: Westminster Station , St James's Park Station

 

Dates: 29th July 2017

 

The annual Brompton World Championship comes to central London for the third time, tying in with the Prudential RideLondon cycling festival. The London event takes the form of a Le Mans style start as 550 smartly-dressed competitors (strictly no Lycra) make a mad dash to unfold their bikes before setting off on the 16 km circuit which starts on The Mall and covers eight laps around St James' Park, past Buckingham Palace before finishing back on The Mall. Given the cult-like nature of these much loved folding British Brompton bikes, its not surprise that this has become a hugely enjoyable, somewhat eccentric event with prizes for fastest team, best veteran riders and the best dressed cyclists.

 
 
 

Corona SunSets Festival

Beach vibes and live performances by Jose Padilla, Mambo Brothers and Vicetone.

Greenwich Peninsula, 1 Green Place, London, SE10 0PE

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 29th July 2017

 

Bringing the spirit of the beach to south east London for one day only, the Corona SunSets Festival is back for its fourth year in 2017. Greenwich Peninsula will be transformed into a beach paradise with a world-class line-up of artists performing live including Jose Padilla, Mambo Brothers and Vicetone with performances on the Griffin and Crown Stages as the sun sets over the Greenwich skyline. There will also be beach tunes, deep house music as well as games, local, handmade items and golden sunset tattoo and body painting stations.

 
 
 

The Playground

A pop-up playground just for grown-ups.

London Fields, Martello Road, London, E8 3PE

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 

Dates: 29th - 30th July 2017

 

Encouraging adults to embrace their inner child, super seed brand 9Nine presents The Playground. Drawing attention to the importance of play time, no matter what your age, the two-day event will see London Fields taken over by giant slides, super see-saws and jumbo swings along with other playground favourites. The adult-only experience will also feature DJs, refreshments and 9Nine snacks. The healthy eating brand believes that nutritional food is just one aspect of a happy, well-rounded day and they're going to showcase how social interaction, imagination, fun and laughter can help with mental and physical health.

 
 
 

Camden Fringe

Over 250 odd (and some very odd) shows across 25 venues in north London.

 

Dates: 31st July - 27th August 2017

 

Bringing together comedy, theatre, poetry, dance and much more, the Camden Fringe boasts over 250 different productions and (some very odd) shows across 25 venues in north London borough throughout August. Whether you want to catch some of the edgiest stand-up around or witness a new twist on Shakespeare or watch a group of OAPs rap, the Camden Fringe has become the metaphorical David, ready "to challenge the Edinburgh Goliath" (The Guardian). The rapidly growing four-week festival is offering fresh opportunity for both new and established acts to get themselves noticed in a creative environment outside Edinburgh. Rather than being centred around the High Street venues cover the whole borough of Camden, from Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate Village to the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden and include the Etcetera Theatre - where the first Camden Fringe took place in 2006.

 
 
 

The World Illustration Awards

A showcase of the best artworks across the diverse field of illustration.

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 31st July - 28th August 2017

 

The World Illustration Awards exhibition returns to Somerset House this summer to showcase the very best artworks across the diverse field of illustration. The unique exhibition brings together shortlisted entries from across the world, from the UK to USA and South Korea to France, covering categories such as advertising, children's books, editorial and public art and comprising posters, book illustrations, animations, GIFS, sculptural pieces and textiles. Category winners this year include a portrait of Bill Murray by US-based artist Tony Rodriguez, complex digital illustrations by Claudine O'Sullivan for the Apple Pencil Campaign and Lizzy Stewart's vibrant illustrations for children's book there's a Tiger in the Garden.

 
 
 

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