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Corona SunSets Festival
Street Eats
Prudential RideLondon
The Postal Museum Opening
Cocktails In The City: Summer Edition
River Stage Festival
Rolls-Royce Great Expectations
Shakespeare's Globe


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Corona SunSets Festival

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: Saturday 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.


Street Eats

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

Tube: Liverpool Street Station


Dates: Friday 28th and Saturday 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.


Prudential RideLondon

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

Tube: Westminster Station , St James's Park Station


Dates: 28th, 29th and 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.


The Postal Museum Opening

Phoenix Place, Clerkenwell, London, WC1X 0DA

Tube: Chancery Lane Station


From mid-2017, The Postal Museum welcomes visitors to explore the history of the Royal Mail and travel on a network of underground tunnels not used since 2003. Mail Rail, the tunnels running from Whitechapel in East London, to Paddington in the west, and snaking along Oxford Street and under Selfridges, are the centrepiece of the Postal Museum. Visitors can take a 15-minute journey through the original 100-year-old rail network and discover, through a theatrical audiovisual show, the amazing story of Mail Rail. Learn how this hidden labyrinth was considered so clandestine that it was used to hide the Rosetta Stone during the First World War. In the main galleries discover the history of Royal Mail and how intrepid postal workers used to gallop 217 miles in a week on horseback to deliver the mail for Elizabeth I.


Cocktails In The City: Summer Edition

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

Tube: Russell Square Station , Holborn Station


Dates: Friday 28th and Saturday 29th July 2017


Gathering the world's finest barmen and mixologists, from the city's 5-star hotels to its hidden basement bars, Cocktails In The City brings together 25 of London's most inventive and exclusive bars in pop-up form. Taking place in Bedford Square Gardens, the three-day boozy affair not only offers all manner of cocktails - from champagne cocktails, rum sours and espresso martinis to beer cocktails and slushies - but also has a special series of events and workshops. Plus, there will be a selection of fine street food to feast on.


River Stage Festival

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

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station


Dates: 28th July to 28th August 2017


The River Stage Festival is back at the National Theatre this summer for five weekends of eclectic entertainment. A collaborative partnership showcasing world-class and diverse artists, it features some of the best live music, dance, performances, DJs and workshops from across the country. The festival launches on 28th July with a takeover by east London's notorious establishment The Glory, led by drag landlords Jonny Woo and John Sizzle. Other weekend takeovers include a HOME Manchester take over; Womad with the best music you've never heard from around the globe; Rambert, with performances from the internationally renowned dance company; and finally, a bank holiday weekend of music, DJs family theatre and a tea dance courtesy of National Theatre The festival will also have a vintage ice cream van, pizza van, garden bar and apothecary cocktail bar.


Rolls-Royce Great Expectations

Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London, W1S 1SR

Tube: Bond Street Station , Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 29th Jul to 2nd Aug 2017


This summer, renowned auctioneers Bonhams presents an exhibition of the most notable Rolls-Royce Phantoms to celebrate 92 years of the illustrious model. The exhibition will see eight of the most historically significant Phantoms displays at the flagship Bonhams store on New Bond Street. Visitors will be able to see a Phantom previously owned by Fed Astaire, one with coachwork by HJ Mulliner that was commissioned for Alan Samuel Butler, Chairman of the De Havilland Aircraft Company, one owned by renowned motorist Captain Sir Malcolm Campbell as well as the long-awaited brand new Phantom.


Shakespeare's Telling Tales

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

Tube: Mansion House Station


Dates: 28th, 29th and 30th July 2017


This week, Shakespeare's Globe hosts a weekend-long festival celebrating the joy of storytelling. Shakespeare's Telling Tales will include everything from talks with leading children's authors to practical workshops as well as tales told by candlelight in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Authors attending include Harriet Manners, known for the Geek Girl series; Juno Dawson, who will deliver a world exclusive reading from Grave Matter; and Michael Morpurgo and Alison Reid, who will narrate The Mozart Question.


Food For Being Looked At

Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London, W1F 7LW

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 27th July to 8th October 2017


A new exhibition at The Photographers' Gallery, Food For Being Looked At explores the new social appetite for food photography. Now a cultural practice and social media phenomenon, the act of taking images of food and then sharing them with followers has become the norm amongst many diners. This exhibition will showcase a series of images, videos and gifs, mainly shot on mobile phones, that cover everything from the ubiquitous avocado toast to product shots and recipe demos to show how such visual excess is both hypnotic and repulsive and how photographs of food are used to represent a diversity of lifestyles, taste, aesthetics, values and moral positions.


The Grand Cork Experiment

15 Bateman Street, , London, W1D 3AQ

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Leicester Square Station, Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: Friday 28th and Saturday 29th July 2017


Renowned for their quirky and immersive events, sensory food experts Bompas & Parr have collaborated with the Portuguese Cork Association to present The Grand Cork Experiment. An immersive wine tasting like no other, it will be a groundbreaking trial to test how sounds, aromas and sensations associated with opening a bottle of wine trigger our brains and as a result influence our taste buds. Visitors will be surprised and delighted along the way and their brain activity will be monitored throughout with state-of-the-art equipment. After the experience, guests can then relax in a cork-clad lounge, sampling fine wines and testing how difference aromas impact the taste of the wines. Plus, there will be the chance to create a personalised cork wine stopper to take away.



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