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Heritage Live Concerts: Kenwood House
Michael Jackson: On the Wall
Live At Chelsea
Thomas Cole's Journey
Katy Perry
Open Garden Squares Weekend
Serpentine Pavilion 2018
The Town Hall Affair: The Wooster Group
Taste of London
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
The Great Spectacle: 250 Years of the Summer Exhibition
Fun Home is at The Young Vic
Boy Blue Entertainment: A Night with Boy Blue
Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire
Greenwich and Docklands International Festival
Phobiarama by Dries Verhoeven
London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival


Summer concerts return to Kenwood House in June 2018, Michael Jackson is On the Wall at the National Portrait Gallery, Katy Perry plays the O2 and the LIFT festival gets a new Artistic Director.

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Field Day 2018

The long-running festival moves south for 2018.

Brockwell Park, Norwood Road, London, SE24 0PA

Tube: Brixton Station


Dates: Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd June 2018


Field Day moves south for 2018, bringing subdued electro, melancholic folk, bold dance acts and a dreamy summer vibe to Brockwell Park for one weekend in June. A prominent feature on London's music festival calendar, the event has been running at Victoria Park for the past 11 years and is renowned for its stand-out line-ups and innovation. Having hosted Rock Against Racism in 1978, headlined by Elvis Costello, the Attractions in 1979 with Aswad and welcomed the likes of Madness, The Fall, Grace Jones and Boy George over the years, Brockwell Park is a fitting new venue for the festival. This year welcomes Four Tet, Erykah Badu, Madlib and Fever Ray.


Boy Blue Entertainment: A Night with Boy Blue

Over fifty performers take part in an empowering showcase.

Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, City, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station


Dates: Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd June 2018


Over fifty performers trained under the award-winning hip-hop dance group, Boy Blue, present an empowering showcase at the Barbican. Under the guidance of Boy Blue's founders Kenrick 'H2O' Sandy and Michael 'Mikey J' Asante, the next generation of dancers perform their groundbreaking choreography and original compositions. Stay on after the Saturday night show and dance the night away to r'n'b, hip hop, funk, house and old skool music in the foyer. Later, in September 2018, there's another chance to see Blak Whyte Gray, the Oliver nominated production which had its premiere here at the Barbican and enjoyed a successful Edinburgh run in 2017.



Carrie Cracknell directs The Crown's Vanessa Kirby in this new version of August Strindberg's tragedy.

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

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station


Dates: 31st May to 4th August 2018


Known for her reinterpretations of classic plays, Carrie Cracknell directs The Crown's Vanessa Kirby in Julie at the National's Lyttelton Theatre. Reworked by Polly Stenham and designed by Tom Scutt, the new version of August Strindberg's tragedy brings Miss Julie into contemporary London. As a late-night party begins to die down, Julie continues to dance but downstairs Jean and Kristen listen and wait. What will follow as the three of them engage in a dangerous tryst?


Small Wonders by Punchdrunk

Interactive children's theatre that celebrates the relationships we have with our elders.

Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, London, N15 4RX

Tube: Seven Sisters Station


Dates: 2nd June to 13th July 2018


Explore a collection of miniatures and memories inside Nanny Lacey's flat as Punchdrunk presents a brand new show for children aged 5 to 11. Part of this summer's LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) and presented at Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Small Wonders celebrates the relationships we have with our elders. Using Nanny Lacey's precious collection, each like a 3D photograph, this magical, interactive experience reveals the adventures she's shared with her daughter Bella over the years. She's getting forgetful now and she'll soon move into a care home but before she goes, there is one final miniature to share, and story to be told. Directed by Peter Higgin and Tara Boland, and written by Nessah Muthy.


London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

The race returns for its 23rd year this June.

London Regatta Centre, Docklands Road, London, E16 2QT

Tube: Canning Town Station


Dates: Sunday 3rd June 2018


In 2018, the London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival celebrates its 23rd year, returning to the London Regatta Centre on 3rd June. This year's edition sees 40 given a turn in the dragon boats - human-powered paddled watercraft, typically manned by 17 people, 16 of which are equipped with small paddles and the 17th beating a drum - as they battle it out for one of four cups. Out of the water, there's traditional Chinese lion dancing, live music, martial arts displays, and a South East Asia food festival making this a free, family-friendly, fun day out for both participants and spectators.


Aftermath: Art In The Wake Of World War One

The venue looks at how artists responded to the physical and psychological scars of WWI.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station


Dates: 5th June to 16th September 2018


A century since the end of WWI Tate Britain takes a look at how artists responded to the physical and psychological scars left on Europe. A fascinating and moving exhibition, Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One features works by George Grosz, Otto Dix, Picasso, Winifred Knights, Fernand Leger and CRW Nevinson. It shows the different ways in which artists reacted to memories of war. George Grosz and Otto Dix exposed the unequal treatment of disabled veterans in post-war society, we saw the birth of new art forms in dada and surrealism, Pablo Picasso and Winifred Knights returned to tradition and classicism while others imagined future cities as society began to rebuild itself.



This new comedy looks at the life behind the cameras of a popular TV chef.

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

Tube: Finsbury Park Station


Dates: 6th June to 7th July 2018


A new comedy by Torben Betts - known for Muswell Hill and Invicible - Monogamy steps out of the limelight to look at the real goings on in the life of a popular TV cook. With a sparkling career, a big house in Highgate, a loving husband (with a deeper love for golf), intelligent children and a no expense spared kitchen, Caroline Mortimer seems to have it all. But behind the faƧade, and away from the cameras, the truth comes out. How does Caroline cope with life in the public eye? Olivier and Evening Standard award-winner Janie Dee takes the role of Caroline in this Original Theatre Company and Park Theatre collaboration.


Phobiarama by Dries Verhoeven

An immersive theatrical ghost train by the Dutch theatre maker.

West Handyside Canopy, York Way, London, N1C 4UZ

Tube: King's Cross Station


Dates: 8th to 18th June 2018


Roll up, roll up for the UK premiere of Phobiarama, a 21st century theatrical haunted house filled with fake news and tapping into the current culture of fear. An immersive theatrical ghost train by Dutch theatre maker and visual artist Dries Verhoeven, this political fairground ride comes to King's Cross as part of the LIFT festival. This "fiendishly clever" piece places us, two at a time, in a fairground car and "sends us on a dizzying circuit around a space of endless doors and shadowy corridors where danger might lurk" says Lyn Gardner on the British Council blog.


Open Garden Squares Weekend

Explore over 230 London gardens as they open their gates to the public.


Various Venues Dates: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 2018


From the iron-fenced residential parks of west London to the landscaped churchyards of the City, hundreds of garden squares play a vital part in maintaining London's status as one of Europe's greenest cities. The wonderful Open Garden Squares Weekend is the one time of the year when these gardens open their gates to everyone. More than 230 gardens take part - some of them private spaces which are not usually accessible to the public. If you have youngsters in tow, many gardens stage activities for families too and tickets allow entry to all participating gardens.


Serpentine Pavilion 2018

Every summer a striking structure is temporarily erected in Kensington Gardens.

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA

Tube: Lancaster Gate Station


Dates: 9th June to 7th October 2018


Now in its 18th year, the Serpentine's Summer Pavilion is a highlight of London's arts calendar in the summer, launched with a celebrity filled party on opening night. The site specific project tasks the chosen architecture - who must not have previously had one of their designs built in the UK - with creating a striking structure, temporarily erected in Kensington Gardens. Designed by 17 architects since Zaha Hadid created the first in 2000, the commission is a honour and propels the chosen architect to greater public awareness. Built to house a cafe and a series of events, the Serpentine Pavilion is always worth making a detour for.


Trooping the Colour

The Queen's Birthday Parade is a vibrant display of ceremony and military history.

Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, Westminster, London, SW1A 2AX

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Embankment Underground Station, Westminster Station


Dates: Saturday 9th June 2018


A vibrant display of ceremony and military history, Trooping the Colour, also known as The Queen's Birthday Parade, marks the second of the Queen's two birthdays (this is the official one, her actual birthday is on 21st April). It's a spectacular piece of pageantry but also a timely reminder of the role of the armed forces who are - in theory, at least - under the Queen's control. Hundreds of well-disciplined soldiers in full dress uniform march past at the Horse Guards Parade, and a different Battalion gives the Royal Salute each year, all accompanied by stirring military music from the massed bands. On the same day, a 41-Gun Royal Salute takes place in Green Park at 12.52pm and there's a 62-Gun salute at the Tower Of London at 1pm. But if you want to avoid the crush at the Mall, you can see the Horse Guards practicing for the grand parade at two smaller rehearsals in the days leading up to the grand event - namely the Major General's Review on the Saturday before and the Colonel's Review on the Saturday two weeks before the Trooping of the Colour. TICKETS: The Ballot for tickets for seated stands around Horse Guards Parade opens in January and closes in February. Applications should be made in writing, during January and February only, enclosing a stamped self-addressed envelope to: Brigade Major, HQ Household Division, Horse Guards, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX.


Thomas Cole's Journey

Discover one of America's leading painters of the mid-19th century.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

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


Dates: 11th June to 7th October 2018


The National Gallery stages the first exhibition to establish British-born Thomas Cole, one of America's leading painters of the mid-19th century, as a major global figure in 19th-century landscape art. Displaying Cole's paintings alongside those of his contemporaries, including Turner and Constable, among others, we get a better understanding of how his exposure to European painting informed his artistic identity. Paintings on display include works resulting from Cole's trips to England and Italy between 1829 and 1833, the monumental painting cycle 'The Course of Empire' and 'The Oxbow', a founding masterpiece of American landscape painting, never previously shown in the UK. This exhibition in the Ground Floor Galleries runs concurrently with Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire in Room 1.


Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire

The artist has his work displayed in Room 1 of the gallery.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

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


Dates: 11th June to 7th October 2018


Ed Ruscha, whose 2005 Venice Biennale Biennale installation evoked Thomas Cole's famous 'The Course of Empire'painting cycle of 183336, has his work displayed in Room 1 of the National Gallery at the same time as Cole's influential work can be seen in the Ground Floor Galleries. Compare and contrast Ruscha's 'Course of Empire' showing the industrial buildings of LA with Cole's grandiose vision of classical civilisation. Two very different approaches to the cyclical nature of civilisation, both dealing with the theme of "progress, or the course of progress".


Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Grayson Perry coordinates the Royal Academy's annual Summer Exhibition as it celebrates its 250th anniversary.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Mayfair, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 12th June to 19th August 2018


The Royal Academy's annual Summer Exhibition celebrates its 250th anniversary in 2018, and, to mark the occasion, the exhibition will be coordinated by Grayson Perry. Anyone can submit to the exhibition which gives it a wonderful element of surprise. Over 12,000 pieces are sifted through from relative unknowns to famous artists and members of the RA. The fun part for visitors is choosing a favourite and, with the majority of works on sale at varying price ranges, you can even buy one if you really fall in love with it. First held in 1769, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is the largest regular contemporary art exhibition in the world. It's an impressive show that gives an excellent cross-section of contemporary art every summer and each year a prominent sculpture greets visitors to the exhibition as they walk through the Royal Academy's great courtyard.


The Great Spectacle: 250 Years of the Summer Exhibition

The story behind the world's longest running annual display of contemporary art.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Mayfair, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 12th June to 19th August 2018


Held every year since 1769, the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition is the world's longest running annual display of contemporary art. Staged to coincide with the 250th Summer Exhibition, The Great Spectacle tells the story of the annual show by featuring highlights from the past 250 years, on display in the RA's The John Madejski Fine Rooms. The exhibition includes works by the Royal Academy's first president, Joshua Reynolds, rival Thomas Gainsborough and fellow artist John Constable. Everyone from J.M.W. Turner to John Singer Sargent, Peter Blake to Zaha Hadid is included in the review.


Taste of London

Sample starters from London's top restaurants at this wonderful al fresco festival of all things food.

Regent's Park, Inner Circle, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station


Dates: 13th to 17th Jun 2018


Five days of top flight food, drink and entertainment in Regent's Park, Taste of London is a wonderful al fresco festival of all things food. Indulge in some delicious gluttony as over forty of London's best restaurants, including a flurry of Michelin stars, show off their culinary handiwork. Work your way through a range of sample sized speciality dishes hot off the plates from London's top restaurants. Top cooks attend and last year introduced a new feature, The Taste of Residence, which offered a sit down fine-dining experience cooked for and served by Michelin starred chefs.


Live At Chelsea

The Kaiser Chiefs and James Blunt headline a long weekend of open air concerts.

Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th Jun 2018


The Kaiser Chiefs and James Blunt play at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the home of the Chelsea Pensioners as part of Live At Chelsea, a long weekend of open air concerts at the historic home of the red uniformed Chelsea Pensioners. The concert series returns for a fourth year in 2018, having fast become a fixed staple in London's summer calendar of outdoor music festivals. It has established a reputation for hosting high calibre artists - Rufus Wainwright, Ludovico Einaudi, Simply Red, and Belle & Sebastian have all previously played - entertaining thousands of music lovers as well as the Chelsea Pensioners themselves.


Katy Perry

The American pop princess comes to The O2 for one night only.

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: Thursday 14th and Friday 15th June 2018


Since kissing a girl and liking it back in 2008, "anthem-roarer" (NME) Katy Perry's career has gone from strength to strength. Her second studio album, One of the Boys, gained her two Grammy Award nominations while her third album, Teenage Dream, earned her even further Grammy nominations and became the second album in history to spawn five number one singles - the first being Michael Jackson's Bad. Witness - "by far Perry's most electronic album" (Variety) - has prompted this latest tour, her first since the Prismatic World Tour which came to The O2 in 2014. Catch her for one night only in June 2018 singing old favourites like 'Baby You're a Firework' and new singles 'Bon Appetit' featuring Migos and 'Swish Swish', a collaborative single with Nicki Minaj.


Heritage Live Concerts: Kenwood House

Live music series staged next to the lake of a stately home on Hampstead Heath.

Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, London, NW3 7JR

Tube: Highgate Station


Dates: 15th to 24th June 2018


Returning for the first time in five years, the Heritage Live Concerts are back at Kenwood House in June 2018. Staged next to a lake and with a captivating view of the magnificent stately home on Hampstead Heath, the concerts are a welcome addition to the capital's summer music festivals. Five concerts are played over two weekends as the series begins with Hacienda Classical on Friday 15th June and Alfie Boe sings live on Saturday 16th June. Acclaimed country singer Kris Kristofferson performs a special concert on Friday 22nd June celebrating his birthday. On Saturday 23rd June The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra celebrates the works of film score composer John Williams, including music from Star Wars, E.T., Harry Potter and Jurassic Park. Finally, Welsh mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins leads the last night on Sunday 24th June which finishes with an explosive fireworks finale.


Frida Kahlo's Wardrobe

This major fashion exhibition puts the spotlight on Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 16th June to 4th November 2018


The Victoria and Albert Museum's major fashion exhibition for 2018 puts the spotlight on Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and her famously colourful wardrobe. The artist's personal items, including necklaces, photographs and letters that have never been seen outside Mexico, will be displayed at the V&A from 16th June. The exhibition also puts key self-portraits on display, showing her wearing many of the costumes discovered in the Blue House, her home in Mexico City where she was born, lived and died. Medical corsets, jewellery, accessories, photographs and letters offer a fresh perspective on Kahlo's compelling life story. A unique opportunity to see material that, apart from the paintings, has never before been exhibited outside Mexico.


The Jungle

The five star immersive play from Good Chance Theatre gets a West End transfer.

Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE

Tube: Embankment Underground Station , Charing Cross Station


Dates: 16th June to 3rd November 2018


It won five star reviews during its Young Vic run and now The Jungle, an immersive play from Good Chance Theatre, gets a West End transfer. Directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, the piece was written by two young playwrights, Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy, who founded the Good Chance project, which brought theatrical productions to the Calais migrant camp. Miriam Buether's set places the audience in a recreation of the camp's Afghan cafe where refugees and volunteers from around the world meet over fresh baked naan and sweet milky chai. There's Okot, who wants nothing more than to get to the UK, and Beth, who wants nothing more than to help him.


Fun Home

A refreshingly honest, wholly original musical based on Alison Bechdel's graphic novel.

The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ

Tube: Southwark Station , Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 18th June to 1st September 2018


Winner of five Tony Awards, this is an electrifying musical version of Alison Bechdel's graphic novel which took America by storm. Fun House is derived from a comic that, according to The Observer (*spoiler alert*) "tells the story of how her closeted gay father killed himself a few months after she came out as a lesbian". Still, despite the dark subject matter, it manages to be "a resonant and sophisticated musical" (The Guardian) which is "bracingly honest, touchingly wise and bittersweetly funny" (The Washington Post). Sam Gold who directed the original New York show is back at the helm as it tours to the Young Vic.


The Town Hall Affair: The Wooster Group

The New York-based theatre company takes a timely look at how gender equality has evolved.

Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station


Dates: 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th Jun 2018


The New York-based theatre company The Wooster Group presents a timely look at how the struggle for gender equality has evolved. The Town Hall Affair is a mixed-media piece featuring clips from Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker's documentary Town Bloody Hall. It documents a raucous 1971 debate on women's liberation between American novelist Norman Mailer and a panel of prominent feminist advocates including Germaine Greer and Jill Johnston. Nearly 50 years after the landmark debate the issues still reverberate today.


Greenwich and Docklands International Festival

Two weeks of free outdoor entertainment.

Greenwich, , London, SE10 9HF

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 21st June to 7th July 2018


The whole of Greenwich comes alive for the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, a two-week free festival of street performances, art and dancing in the streets. It kicks off with Fly By Night, which sees over 1500 trained pigeons soar into the skies above the Thames. Other events on the line-up are D-Construction, a hip-hop dance piece that explores identity, borders and the bonds that connect us; Plock!, an acrobatic show that takes inspiration from the art of Jackson Pollock; Robopole, a duo between a man and a robot; and Icarus, a dance pieces that looks at the mythical fall of humankind. A number of family-friendly shows also feature, include Bicycle Boy, a musical for children aged between six and ten.


The Turn Of The Screw

A collaboration between the English National Opera and Open Air Theatre.

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

Tube: Regent's Park Station


Dates: 22nd to 30th June 2018


Britten's chamber opera about a young governess who encounters sinister happenings at a country manor, based on the Henry James novel of the same name. A collaboration between English National Opera - with the ENO orchestra conducted by Toby Purser - and Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw finds chilling new levels of suspense in this outdoor production. Director Timothy Sheader, who has successfully run the Regent's Park theatre for the past ten years, promises, "a whole new layer of suspense" to Britten's retelling of the story.


The Lieutenant Of Inishmore

Poldark star Aidan Turner makes his West End stage debut.

Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU

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


Dates: 23rd June to 8th September 2018


Poldark star Aidan Turner makes his West End stage debut this June, starring as terrorist Mad Padraic in Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Michael Grandage directs the rare revival of the comical satire, which provides an acute observation of violence in contemporary culture. Podriac is a terrorist considered too violent to be a member of the IRA and he's in for a nasty surprise when he returns from a stint of torture and chip-chop bombing in Northern Ireland. Someone's only gone and knocked his cat over on a quiet road on the island of Inishmore, but was it an accident?



The festival from Lululemon returns for two days of fitness fun.

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

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station


Dates: Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June 2018


This July, athletic apparel brand Lululemon bring back their Sweatlife festival. Taking place at Tobacco Dock, the two-day festival invites all fitness fans, yoga devotees and anyone that loves getting sweaty to embark on a number of classes and workshops led by top teachers from across the globe. The festival will feature some of London's favourite studios such as Frame, Heartcore, Kobox, Psycle, Xtend Barre and Third Space. There will also be a speaker-based series, enoucraging discussion around key topics like diversity, body positivity, community and work/life balance. Speakers include the founders of Park Run and Good Gym, The Tempest Two, Melissa Hemsley and Carly Rowena.


Michael Jackson: On the Wall

Over 40 works by contemporary artists show the continuing appeal of the King of Pop.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

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


Dates: 28th June to 21st October 2018


Almost a decade after his death, and coinciding with what would have been his 60th birthday, on 29th August 2018, Michael Jackson: On the Wall sees the National Portrait Gallery stage a major exhibition on the man in the mirror. Over 40 works by an extraordinary array of leading contemporary artists from Andy Warhol to Grayson Perry are included in the display. A 1998 photograph by David LaChapelle and the King of Pop on horseback in Kehinde Wiley's Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II are both in the exhibition which breaks new ground for the gallery - both in the subject matter and in the artists who have been invited to participate.





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