August in London 2017

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Matisse in the Studio

Henri Matisse, Gourds Issy-les-Moulineux, 1915-16 (c) The Museum of Modern Art

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Matisse in the Studio
Regent's Park Open AIr Theatre - Jesus Christ Superstar
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
London Craft Beer Festival
Foodies Festival, Alexandra Palace
BBC Good Food Festival
Eastern Electrics Festival
London Wing Fest
London Beach Rugby
The Luna Cinema: Westminster Abbey
Five Guys Named Moe is at Marble Arch Theatre
Sunfall
English National Ballet: Romeo and Juliet
The Great British Beer Festival
Pop Up Screens, Ravenscourt Park
Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy Britain
Iceland Dance Company: Sacrifice
Cirkus Cirkor: Limits
Jungle Book
South West Four
Tero Saarinen Company: Morphed
The Luna Cinema: Victoria Embankment Gardens: The Princess Bride
King Lear
The Jump Off
BBC Countryfile Live
Kew Science Festival
The London Rum & Reggae Experience
A Battle of the Bubbles: English Sparkling vs French Champagne
Sorrento Terrace at Sartoria
 

 

August sees the return of many favourite London music and food festivals, including South West Four and the London Craft Beer Festival. Also on the line-up: Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House, Jesus Christ Superstar at the Open Air Theatre and Matisse in the Studio at the Royal Academy of Arts. LondonTown highlights the best London events in August 2017.

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Camden Fringe

The festival returns with more than 250 productions.

 

Various Venues Dates: 31st July to 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 more than 20 venues in the north London borough throughout August. Whether you want to enjoy a sarcastic comedy on the daily struggles women face, a show that blends clownery with pantomime and porn or a play set in a post-Brexit alt-reality, the festival has it all. 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 the Etcetera Theatre and Camden Head to the Tristan Bates Theatre and Camden People's Theatre.

 
 
 

English National Ballet: Romeo and Juliet

Rudolf Nureyev's award-winning production comes to the Southbank Centre.

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 1st to 5th Aug 2017

 

Created especially for English National Ballet in 1977 to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee, Rudolf Nureyev's award-winning Romeo and Juliet comes to the Southbank Centre Royal Festival Hall this summer. Performed by the English National Ballet, it brings together Shakespeare's heartbreaking love story with Nureyev's passionate choreography and Prokofiev's exhilarating score performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

 
 
 

Kids Week

Children aged 16 or under go for free to a raft of top West End shows.

The West End, , Soho, London, WC2H 7BP

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

 

Dates: 1st to 31st August 2017

 

A truly inspired summer treat for families, Kids Week makes West End hits available to youngsters for free - as long as an adult pays the full price. In 2017 options for under-fives include The Hunting Of The Snark, We're Going On A Bear Hunt and What The Ladybird Heard. Children aged five and over can choose from Adventures In Wonderland, The Adventures Of Pinocchio, Annie, Around The World In 80 Days, The Borrowers, Gangsta Granny, Half A Sixpence, Horrible Histories and new West End show The Wind in the Willows. Theatrical treats for ages eight plus include 13, 42nd Street, An American In Paris, Disney's Aladdin and The Lion King, Dreamgirls, Five Guys Named Moe, Jungle Book, King Kong!, Mamma Mia! and more.

 
 
 

A Battle of the Bubbles: English Sparkling vs French Champagne

Sample four English sparklings and four French champagnes and vote for the best.

Lights Of Soho, Brewer Street, London, W1F 0RU

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: Tuesday 1st August 2017

 

Currently taking residence at Lights of Soho, Fiz Bar invites London's wine lovers to judge a series of English sparklings and French champagnes. With four of each to sample and armed with a score card, guests will be able to see whether England's offering can beat champagne - considered the most superior sparklings in the world - when it comes to both flavour and value. Each of the wines will be carefully concealed, stripping them of all preconceptions and allowing the bubbles to speak for themselves. After all the guests have tried and scored all eight wines, it will be time to crown the winner.

 
 
 

Jungle Book

Street dance version of Kipling's classic tale of the 'King of the Swingers'.

Underbelly Festival, Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 1st to 24th August 2017

 

An updated street dance version of Kipling's classic tale, Metta Theatre presents its award winning production of Jungle Book which returns to the Underbelly Festival this summer. Mowgli is finding her way in the urban jungle with a beat-loving bin man Baloo, graffiti artist Bagheera and a skateboarding Wolf crew. Choreographed by Kendra J Horsburgh (BirdGang Dance Company, Into the Hoods, Sadler's Wells and Blaze, International Tour) and featuring jaw-dropping tricks from an extraordinary cast of international performers including Let It Shine's Matt Knight as Akela. This heart-warming coming of age story will astonish and amaze everyone from 8 to 108.

 
 
 
 

Tales From The Arabian Nights

Promenade performance reworking ancient Indian and Middle Eastern tales.

Southwark Park, Lower Road, London, SE16 2UA

Tube: Surrey Quays Station , Canada Water Station

 

Dates: 1st to 6th Aug 2017

 

The first promenade production by London Bubble, the South-East London theatre company well known for their family friendly theatre, returns this August as they perform Tales from the Arabian Nights in Southwark Park (from 1st to 6th August) and Greenwich Park (9th to 19th August). Their first summer show in seven years, Farhana Sheikh's play has been reimagined and rewritten, reworking ancient Indian and Middle Eastern tales and embellishing them with exotic music and dancing. Follow the promenade and you'll find yourself "caught up in an enchanted world of kings and queens and prophetic apes and metamorphosing he-goats" (Independent).

 
 
 

The Luna Cinema: Victoria Embankment Gardens: The Princess Bride

See The Princess Bride and Pitch Perfect at the pop up outdoor cinema.

Victoria Embankment Gardens, Victoria Embankment, Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6PB

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

 

Dates: Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd August 2017

 

Described as "the kings of the outdoor cinema experience" (Tatler), The Luna Cinema continues its tradition of pairing setting and story at twenty London locations. At Victoria Embankment Gardens the 2006 film of Broadway hit Dreamgirls is screened on 14th June, followed by Tom Hanks' age-changing comedy Big, shown on 21st June 2017. Early in August, on Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd August, The Princess Bride and Pitch Perfect are screened at the pop up, outdoor cinema while the following month, on Tuesday 19th September, it's the turn of the Coen brother's "most worshipped comedy of its generation" (Rolling Stone) The Big Lebowski.

 
 
 

Indian Treasures

A new exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of India's independence from Britain.

Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DX

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 2nd August to 7th October 2017

 

A new exhibition at the Getty Images Gallery, Indian Treasures marks the 70th anniversary of India's independence from Britain. The insightful exhibition brings together a range of historical and rarely seen images that provide visitors with a look at the earliest photographic documentation of India. Items on display include a recently uncovered work by great Indian photographer of the age Lala Deen Dayal, vintage prints from legendary photographers Samuel Bourne and Felice Beato, and a series of remarkable portraits gathered from a four-volume album of the princes and rulers of India.

 
 
 

BBC Countryfile Live

Join Adam Henson and the team for the best of the British countryside.

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, London, OX20 1PP

Tube: Chesham Station

 

Dates: 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Aug 2017

 

Leave the city behind and enjoy a day out in the country this summer at BBC Countryfile Live in the picturesque grounds of Blenheim Palace. Bringing the Sunday night TV show to life, the four day show features all the Countryfile presenters, hands-on activities, animal displays, debates, food, drink and shopping - just about everything there is to cherish about the British countryside. From den building to pond dipping, there will be lots of fun for all the family and on-site camping available, if you want to make a weekend of it. If you're coming from London get the train Paddington or Marylebone to Oxford Station from where there will be regular shuttlebuses connecting Countryfile Live.

 
 
 

London Beach Rugby

The fun al fresco sporting event returns for another year.

Potters Fields Park, City Hall, 110 The Queens Walk, London, SE1 2AA

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: Friday 4th and Saturday 5th August 2017

 

Returning for a fifth year, London Beach Rugby moves to Potters Fields Park this year. Creating a special sand pitch, 5-a-side teams play for seven minutes with players allowed up to three touches/tackles before the ball is turned over to the opposition - and given the size of the pitch (just 25m by 18m, and surrounded by an inflatable perimeter) it's very much a game of skill, attrition, tactics and speed - as well as a good way to raise money for charity. Sponsored by the delightful refreshing Cornish ale Doom Bar, the tournament is free for the public to watch and also includes a sports stand and the Doom Bar Experience where you can race on rowing machines or just sample some beer.

 
 
 
 

London Craft Beer Festival

With over 40 breweries and a new venue in Hoxton Square.

Shoreditch Electric Light Station, Coronet Street, Hackney, London, N1 6HW

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: 4th, 5th and 6th August 2017

 

The London Craft Beer Festival returns for its 5th year in 2017 and is moving to a new venue in Hoxton Square. The Shoreditch Electric Light Station - a beautifully converted old power station, which is now the UK's leading circus school - will play host to over 40 breweries and more than 300 beers for the event. There will be beers from across London, the UK and the US, inviting visitors to enjoy the kaleidoscope of tastes and flavours modern beer has to offer. Breweries include Buxton Brewery, Mikkeller, Other Half and The Kernel. In addition to the beer, there will be food from street food specialists KERB and music from the festival's resident DJs.

 
 
 

Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy Britain

A revolting romp through Britain's grizzly history.

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: 4th August to 2nd September 2017

 

Following on from a series of successful productions, Horrible Histories is back with More Best of Barmy Britain. Being staged at the Garrick Theatre, the show brings together the best and grizzliest bits from the previous productions to create one revolting romp through Britain's history. It features pivotal points of the past with the audiences encountering the vicious Vikings, crazy King Charles, dastardly Dick Turpin and the vile Victorians. You can also expect to be engulfed in the frightful First World War.

 
 
 

Pop Up Screens, Ravenscourt Park

Films Doctor Strange, Pretty Woman and Ghostbusters are screened al fresco.

Ravenscourt Park, Ravenscourt Avenue, London, W6 0SL

Tube: Ravenscourt Park Station , Stamford Brook Station

 

Dates: 4th, 5th and 6th August 2017

 

No need to sit in a darkened cinema in summer, Pop Up Screens give Londoners the chance to see cinematic classics in the great outdoors. With open air screenings of Doctor Strange, Pretty Woman, Ghostbusters, La La Land and ET, Ravenscourt Park is the place to go for Oscar-winners, romance and films that stand the test of time. Bring a picnic and something to sit on or opt for the food and fully stocked bar on site, washed down with a cold pint. Oh, and put on your cosy knits - the great British summer is not known for its balmy nights.

 
 
 

Kew Science Festival

A three-day festival highlighting the importance of conserving the world's plant biodiversity.

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

Tube: Kew Gardens Station

 

Dates: 4th, 5th and 6th August 2017

 

After launching last year, the Kew Science Festival is back this August. Taking over Kew Gardens for three days, the festival focuses on the vital importance of conserving the world's plant biodiversity and brings to life, for all ages, the crucial value of plant and fungal science. A series of activities, workshops and tours will inspire children and adults alike, with the chance to take part in experiments such as extracting DNA from vegetables, analysing plant genomes and dissecting plants to learn about how they work. There will also be the chance to go behind the scenes at Kew with tours of the Tropical Nursery, where you'll find a vast number of exotic and rare plant species, and the Herbarium, which is responsible for preserving around 7 million plant specimens.

 
 
 

Travel Photographer of the Year

Get a glimpse of cultures, wildlife and landscapes from all over the planet.

The Stockwell Street Building, 10 Stockwell Street, London, SE10 9BD

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

 

Dates: 4th August to 3rd September 2017

 

The free-to-view Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition returns to Greenwich in 2017, showcasing the latest prize winning images at the University of Greenwich's 10 Stockwell Street building. Showing everything from fiery lava flows to a snow-swirled New York street and an elusive Iberian lynx to minimalist images of West Kirby, England, the award-winning images provide visitors with an impressive view of life, cultures, wildlife and landscapes from all over the planet. As well as the free exhibition, there is also a series of ticketed lectures, workshops, evening views and photo walks being held during the event period.

 
 
 
 

Sorrento Terrace at Sartoria

A piece of Sorrento comes to Savile Row this summer.

Sartoria, 20 Savile Row, Mayfair, London, W1S 3PR

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 4th August to 30th September 2017

 

In the heart of Mayfair, Sartoria's sunny terrace is festooned with lemon garlands and lemon trees, bringing a piece of Sorrento to Savile Row this summer. From 4th August to the end of September, summer cocktails made with Martini are served along with plates of cicchetti from chef patron Francesco Mazzei. Sip on a refreshing Royal Ascot Fruit Cap or the Sartoria Sour which blends Bacardi Rum with Tuvé bitter, Martini and lime. Italian aperitivos, for which Sartoria is renowned, include the Terrace Negroni combining Martini with Tanqueray gin. Summery cicchetti, or small dishes, reveal choices of spicy red shrimp diavolo, tuna tartare and cured duck with cherries.

 
 
 

Matisse in the Studio

See the Matisse's treasured personal objects and the works they inspired.

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

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 5th August to 12th November 2017

 

The Royal Academy of Arts invites you to step into the studio of Henri Matisse this summer, where you'll be able to witness objects that were treasured by the artist and played an important role in his work. Offering a rare glimpse into the artist's personal collection, Matisse in the Studio includes objects from the far corners of the world: Buddhist statuary from Thailand, furniture and textiles from North Africa and Bamana figures from Mali. Despite rarely being of material value, the objects were precious and appear in his work in different guises across multiple decades, each time being given a fresh reinvention. This exhibition will bring together the objects alongside the paintings, sculptures and drawings they inspired in order to reveal the stem of Matisse's masterful vision.

 
 
 

Eastern Electrics Festival

One-day dance and techno party with an Ibiza summer vibe.

Morden Park, Road, Merton, London, SM4 5QX

Tube: Morden Station

 

Dates: Saturday 5th August 2017

 

Returning to a central London location for the first time since the first Eastern Electrics Festival, back in 2012, the one-day dance and techno party will be easier to get to for Londoners. What hasn't changed is the scale or the calibre of music talent. Expect an Ibiza summer vibe, lasers and smoke cannons, upfront house and techno, big beats and a crowd of around 17,000 people up for a party. The 2017 festival welcomes new additions Knee Deep In Sound, iconic label Defected Records, plus the long awaited return of Skreamizm, Rinse FM, Viva Warriors, Star of EE, the infamous Tropical Tea Party and a super special VIP area hosted by Jocks and Nerds.

 
 
 

Visions Festival

A one-day festival with intimate London venues hosting live gigs.

Various Venues East London, Walthamstow, London, EC2M 7QH

Tube: Walthamstow Central Station

 

Dates: Saturday 5th August 2017

 

Taking place at several intimate venues around London Fields, Visions Festival returns for 2017 with another one-day music line-up. This year welcomes Benny Mails, Blanck Mass, Frankie Cosmos, Goat Girl, Helada Negro, Ider, The Men, Noga Erez amongst others. Further to the music, there's also a craft beer and a food festival. Be quick, however, it's proved popular and sold out quickly the past few years.

 
 
 

London Wing Fest

The capital's best poultry purveyors battle it out to be named best chicken wing.

The Printworks, 1 Printworks, Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7PJ

Tube: Canada Water Station

 

Dates: Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August 2017

 

A celebration of the chicken wing, the London Wing Fest is inspired by the National Buffalo Wing Festival that's held annually in New York and sees 2.4 million chicken wings consumed over two days. Created by the team at Randy's Wing Bar, the London version brings together 16 of the capital's best poultry purveyors in an attempt to find the best buffalo wing, a traditional, unbreaded wing, and best wild wing, a category that has no rules. Taking place at The Printworks, it welcomes the likes of Absurd Bird, Joe's Southern Table & Bar, Le Bun, Mother Flipper, The Joint and Wing Box to battle it out. Visitors will be able to sample the goods and vote for their favourite in each of the two categories. There will also be a traditional eating competition hosted by Frank's Red Hot, smoking BBQ demonstrations, live music and craft beer.

 
 
 
 

The London Rum & Reggae Experience

This one-day event aims to transport guests to the sun-soaked Caribbean.

Vauxhall Street Food Garden, 6a South Lambeth Place, London, SW8 1RT

Tube: Vauxhall Station

 

Dates: Saturday 5th August 2017

 

Taking place at Vauxhall Street Food Garden, The London Rum & Reggae Experience aims to transport guests to the sun-soaked shores of the Caribbean. A celebration of rum, the one-day event will see the venue suitably decked out for the occasion with Caribbean inspired décor and will feature a line-up of informative tastings, themed cocktail masterclasses, live entertainment, reggae performances, limbo competitions, a summer street food menu and a traditional Caribbean cocktail menu. Talented mixologists will be on hand to create themed cocktails made with everything from light, white rums to the beguiling navy spice.

 
 
 

Wonderland

Frank Wildhorn's musical stage adaptation of Alice In Wonderland.

Richmond Theatre, The Green, Surrey, London, TW9 1QJ

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 7th to 12th Aug 2017

 

This is the last chance you have to see the critically acclaimed Wonderland, as Frank Wildhorn's musical stage adaptation of Alice In Wonderland arrives in Richmond for the penultimate dates of its 30 week UK tour. Starring TV and West End star Wendi Peters as Queen of Hearts this adaptation stars Alice - played by 2016 Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist Rachael Wooding - along with her daughter, Ellie and adoring neighbour Jack, who are all transported into the magical world of Wonderland. Dave Willetts, who rose to fame playing title roles in Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, joins the cast as White Rabbit.

 
 
 

The Great British Beer Festival

A celebration of our national drink, with over 900 tipples.

Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 8th to 12th Aug 2017

 

Over 66,000 people flock to this massive celebration of our national drink, which features over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and beers from around the world. There are over 350 different British breweries featured at the Great British Beer Festival and with the brewery boom across the country, and in London in particular, being chosen for the festival is a real privilege. Although it sounds like a fun event, don't be surprised to see a lot of very serious faces and concentration; some real ale experts are genuinely obsessive - and for them this isn't merely an occasion to get sozzled. Tutored tastings are on offer for anyone who wants to learn the subtleties of what makes a great beer. For the rest of us, though, this is a jolly day out with some delicious brewed drinks. Besides the amber nectar, there's a load of activities to keep you interested, including traditional pub games, live music and, to soak it all up, some hearty traditional pub snacks.

 
 
 

King Lear

Director Nancy Meckler makers her Globe debut.

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

Tube: Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 10th August to 14th October 2017

 

Kevin McNally, best known for his role as Gibbs in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, takes the title role in Nancy Meckler production of King Lear. Artistic director of Shared Experience for 22 years, director Nancy Meckler makes her Globe debut in 2017 with Shakespeare's tragedy. The emotionally wrought drama sees King Lear take the bold decision to divide his kingdom among his three daughters. However, he doesn't anticipate the terrible consequences of his actions and how his generosity will be cruelly repaid.

 
 
 

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

This year's line-up includes Moonlight, Cruel Intentions and All The President's Men.

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

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 10th to 23rd August 2017

 

Possibly the most famous of all the open air film events to take place in London, Summer Screen returns to Somerset House in association with Film4 to bring cinema lovers a truly eclectic mix of movies. Highlights of the 2017 line-up include political surveillance drama All The President's Men, '90s teen movie classic Cruel Intentions, Academy Award Winner Moonlight and family fantasy My Neighbour Totoro. Ahead of each film, DJs will play sets inspired by the upcoming movie, providing the perfect soundtrack to pre-film al fresco picnics. There will also be live introductions from familiar faces from the film world and a series of Behind the Screen talks from illustrious industry talent.

 
 
 
 

Tero Saarinen Company: Morphed

The UK premiere of a liberating performance exploring the mutating feelings of a man.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 10th August 2017

 

A band of seven men bursting with strong yet multi-layered masculine energy, delve into manifold themes such as change and sensuality through Tero Saarinen's internationally praised choreography. The leading Finnish dance artist presents the UK premiere of Morphed, a liberating performance exploring the shifting, mutating feelings of a man performed to cutting edge music by world renowned composer Esa-Pekka Salonen as part of the Southbank Centre's year-long Nordic Matters.

 
 
 

Jesus Christ Superstar

The smash hit production returns for another run at the Open Air Theatre.

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

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 11th August to 16th September 2017

 

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's seminal musical returns to the Open Air Theatre once again this year, concluding the 2017 season. "A gorgeous, thrilling, heavenly musical" ran The Guardian headline above its four-star review back in 2015 and it's proved just as popular ever since. Over 45 years after Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar was first staged, Timothy Sheader's new production introduces a new generation to legendary hits like I Don't Know How to Love Him, Gethsemane and Superstar. This time it's reimagined as a rock festival under the musical direction of Tom Deering with choreography by Drew McOnie and Tom Scutt's "rusty, rough and ready set, with its cruciform walkway".

 
 
 

The Majority

The audience play a major role in this timely production about democracy.

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

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 11th to 28th August 2017

 

Writer and performer Rob Drummond follows on from his acclaimed production Bullet Catch with another audience-dependent show this August. The Majority, staged at the National's Dorfman Theatre, is a timely show about democracy that sees Rob navigate the Scottish Independence Referendum, Brexit, Trump and whatever else today's turbulent political scene brings. Much like Bullet Catch, the show changes each night dependent on the audience, who are given the task of deciding its path by pressing buttons at their seats.

 
 
 

Pop Up Screens, Coram's Fields

The pop up cinema comes to Bloomsbury this summer.

Coram's Fields, 93 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1DN

Tube: Russell Square Station

 

Dates: 11th August to 24th September 2017

 

No need to sit in a darkened cinema in summer, Pop Up Screens give Londoners the chance to see cinematic classics in the great outdoors. With open air screenings of The Big Lebowski, Back To The Future, Pitch Perfect, Deadpool and Grease, Coram's Fields is the place to go for uplifting films this summer. Bring a picnic and something to sit on or opt for the food and fully stocked bar on site, washed down with a cold pint. Oh, and put on your cosy knits - the great British summer is not known for its balmy nights.

 
 
 

Against

The world premiere of Christopher Shinn's gripping new drama.

Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, London, N1 1TA

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 12th August to 30th September 2017

 

Ben Whishaw, who has appeared as Q in the Bond films, in London Spy and The Hour and who won a BAFTA for the BBC adaptation of Richard II, returns to the Almeida following his acclaimed performance as Dionysos in Bakkhai. In Against, Christopher Shinn's gripping new drama set in Silicon Valley, he plays Luke, an ambitious aerospace billionaire who sets out to change the hi-tech landscape. A world premiere, this production is directed by former Royal Court boss Ian Rickson, who also directs Damian Lewis in Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? staged in the West End earlier this year.

 
 
 
 

Sunfall

A new festival for 2017, organised by the team behind XOYO and Phonox.

Brockwell Park, Norwood Road, London, SE24 0PA

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: Saturday 12th August 2017

 

New festival Sunfall comes to London this year, taking over Brockwell Park for one day in August. Presented by the teams behind London clubs XOYO, The Next and Phonox, as well as Croatian festivals Outlook and Dimensions, the festival is a celebration of the underground, spanning jazz, electronica, house, hip hop, dubstep, techno, soul, drum & bass, and disco. Split into two parts, it invites guests to party by day then continue into the night at one of many late-night club sessions. The line-up includes Beautiful Swimmers, Antal, The Black Madonna, Gilles Peterson, HAAi, Shanti Celeste, Horse Meat Disco and K15.

 
 
 

Cirkus Cirkor: Limits

Playful and poetic contemporary circus questioning why limits have been put in place.

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th Aug 2017

 

Combining limitless energy with acrobatic artistry, this playful and poetic contemporary circus performance takes a look at the world to discover what unites us. Full of daring athleticism and showmanship, Scandinavia's leading contemporary circus company, Cirkus Cirkor, presents Limits, a show which questions why these lines have been drawn and the world divided into delimited areas when human beings never wanted to stay in one place.

 
 
 

The Luna Cinema: Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey hosts open-air cinema screenings for the first time.

Westminster Abbey, Dean's Yard, London, SW1P 3PA

Tube: Westminster Station , St James's Park Station

 

Dates: 15th, 16th and 17th August 2017

 

For the very first time in its 800 year old history, Westminster Abbey hosts open-air cinema screenings as part of The Luna Cinema season which pairs setting and story at twenty London locations over the summer. Built in 1245 and the setting for many a coronation and a royal wedding, this stunning Gothic masterpiece will provide the backdrop for some truly unforgettable nights of cinema under the stars. In keeping with the romantic setting, black and white classic Casablanca, Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Notting Hill, starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, will be screened at the abbey in August.

 
 
 

Knives in Hens

Poetic thriller about "lust, language and medieval peasant life" (Guardian).

The Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9LD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 17th August to 7th October 2017

 

Yael Farber directs a revival of David Harrower's modern classic, Knives in Hens, a haunting and poetic thriller about "lust, language and medieval peasant life" (Guardian). Making her directing debut at the Donmar Warehouse, the multi-award-winning director's recent credits include Salome (which she wrote and directed) and Lorainne Hansberry's Les Blancs, both at the National Theatre. Her acclaimed production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible at the Old Vic earned her a London Evening Standard nomination and an Olivier nomination.

 
 
 

Iceland Dance Company: Sacrifice

Four new pieces exploring art and religion by leading choreographers and artists including Matthew Barney.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 18th, 19th and 20th August 2017

 

Iceland Dance Company presents the UK premiere of Sacrifice as part of Nordic Matters in an evening of new creations with leading choreographers and visual artists exploring the relationship between art and religion. Inspired by the idea of the ritual as an essential part of life, performance and visual artist Ragnar Kjartansson and choreographer Margrét Bjarnadóttir focus on the idea of youth with a group of dancers with acoustic guitars. American artist Matthew Barney, choreographer Erna Omarsdottir and musician Valdimar Johannsson collaborate on a performative video installation, Union of the North. Finally the festivities reach an immersive high at the Market, where people present their beliefs, ideas and solutions for a sustainable future.

 
 
 
 

Pop Up Screens, Kennington Park

Open air screenings of Grease, Dirty Dancing and Mean Girls.

Kennington Park , Kennington Park Road, St. Agnes Place, London, SE11 4BU

Tube: Kennington Station

 

Dates: 18th, 19th and 20th August 2017

 

No need to sit in a darkened cinema in summer, Pop Up Screens give Londoners the chance to see cinematic classics in the great outdoors. With open air screenings of Grease, Dirty Dancing and Mean Girls, Kennington Park is the place to go for classic films this summer. Bring a picnic and something to sit on or opt for the food and fully stocked bar on site, washed down with a cold pint. Oh, and put on your cosy knits - the great British summer is not known for its balmy nights.

 
 
 

KERB: Livin' On The Veg

An indulgent food festival for herbivores and carnivores alike.

West Handyside Canopy, King's Cross, London, N1C 4AA

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: Friday 18th and Saturday 19th August 2017

 

KERB welcomes both vegans and meat-lovers to their latest event, Livin' On The Veg. The ultimate vegan rumble, it will see eight KERB-picked traders cook indulgent vegan dishes that appeal to herbivores and carnivores alike to battle it out for KERB's golden carrot. There won't be a mung bean or Buddha bowl in sight, with guests invited to feast on deep fried buffalo wings, chocolate brownie mud pies, red Thai curry pots, Tandoori naans and Venezuelan chip buttie arepas. There will also be a cocktail bar, beer bar and a KERB bar as well as DJ sets and a Mr Potato Head vegetable decorating corner. Every ticket provides a portion of food from all eight traders and once you've sampled all the goods you'll be able to vote for your favourite.

 
 
 

Spotlight Festival: Seven Dials

The one-day festival returns with live entertainment, food and drink.

Seven Dials, Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: Saturday 19th August 2017

 

Returning for its fourth year this August, Spotlight Festival is an annual celebration of the culture in and around Seven Dials, with a line-up of theatre, dance, comedy, music and more. This year welcomes indie choir Some V0ices, British pop singer Whinnie Williams and 2017 Glastonbury performers Old Dirty Bastards to the open air stage in the Dial, which will be hosted by TV and radio presenter Laura Jackson. Further to the stage entertainment, there will be cocktails and food from Monmouth Kitchen, Canela, The Escapologist, Rossopomodoro and Balans Soho Society as well as free glitter stations and a GIF booth.

 
 
 

Follies

A dazzling new production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's musical.

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 22nd August to 4th November 2017

 

Imelda Staunton, Tracie Bennett and Janie Dee play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's musical featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21. Staged at the National Theatre for the first time, the musical is set in1971 New York. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies showgirls gather in a Broadway theatre, due for demolition, to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Classic songs as Broadway Baby, I'm Still Here and Losing My Mind are part of the appeal in this A-list production directed by Dominic Cooke (Ma Rainey?s Black Bottom).

 
 
 

Gin Festival

The UK's largest gin event returns this summer.

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

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 

Dates: 25th August 2017 to 27th August 2018

 

After a sell-out show in February, the Gin Festival returns to Tobacco Dock this summer. The UK's largest gin event, the festival has over 100 gins to showcase and gives visitors the chance to sample exclusive and new gins from a variety of producers. You'll be given a special Gin Festival glass and a brochure detailing information about each of the gins and producers, with a suggest garnish for each. As well as the gin, there will be live entertainment, talks from gin industry experts and food.

 
 
 
 

The Beast

The ultimate bouncy castle experience for adults.

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th Aug 2017

 

Brilliant and slightly bonkers Bank Holiday entertainment, The Beast brings the ultimate bouncy castle experience for adults to Alexandra Palace for four days this August. Proving bouncy castles aren't just for kids, The Beast presents a 272 metre long inflatable obstacle course and 32 obstacles for you to dance your way around. Added to that there's street food from festival favourite Saucy Chip, Taco Revolution (the Mexican Taco makers cooking up a storm at The London Riviera in London Bridge) and others. Wash that down with cocktails, craft beers and prosecco on tap while DJs keep the party going until 11pm.

 
 
 

South West Four

Deadmau5 headlines on Sunday, back in London for the first time in three years.

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station

 

Dates: Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August 2017

 

Now a firm favourite on the London festival calendar, South West Four is back for two days of dance music and big names over the Bank Holiday weekend. This year's Saturday headliner is Pendulum with further performances from Eric Prydz, Sigma, MK, and Maya Jane Coles and Heidi. Sunday, meanwhile, welcomes Deadmau5 to headline, back in London for the first time in three years, as well as Marco Carola, London duo Dusky, Gareth Emery, Gavin Lynch aka Matador, and Dutch maestro Nicky Romero. SW4 has proved a great success over the past thirteen years, filling Clapham Common with revellers united in the knowledge that they don't have to slum it in a tent and that there's no work the next day - so the party can go on and on. The music may finish around 11pm but there are after-parties for those keen on all-night revelry.

 
 
 

Foodies Festival, Alexandra Palace

Festival of food, top chefs and pop up restaurants over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 26th, 27th and 28th August 2017

 

The Foodies Festival is back at Alexandra Palace this summer, taking place on the Bank Holiday weekend. This year's line-up features a range of culinary elite, including Ed Baines, Rakesh Nair, Matt Hill, Will Stayner and Jane Devonshire as well as MIC favourite Jamie Laing. There will also be pop up restaurants, shopping opportunities, a BBQ arena, chilli eating competition, cake and bake theatre, street food avenue and feasting tent. Drinking events include a wine and champagne masterclasses, vintage cider tent, Pimm's tea pot, Appleton Estate rum bus and a bar bus.

Foodies Festival London 2017 dates: Syon Park 27th-29th May | Blackheath 7th-9th July | Alexandra Palace 26th-28th August

 
 
 

BBC Good Food Festival

Top chefs, live entertainment and circus performers in the palace grounds.

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 26th, 27th and 28th August 2017

 

Taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the BBC Good Food Festival comes to Hampton Court Palace giving visitors a great selection of food to sample and expert tips from well known cooks and chefs. Last year's event included baker Paul Hollywood, Le Gavroche chef Michel Roux Jr, resident chef on ITV's Lorraine John Whaite and winner of the second series of the BBC's The Great British Bake Off Jo Wheatley so we can expect a similar stable of chefs this year. Book in at the summer kitchen to see top chefs doing their thing, enjoy live entertainment and see circus performers roaming around the palace grounds throughout the day. A great family day out.

 
 
 

Notting Hill Carnival

The world famous carnival returns for another year.

Notting Hill, , London, W11 3AG

Tube: Holland Park Station

 

Dates: Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August 2017

 

Held since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival was originally a local affair for west London's homesick Caribbean community, this has evolved into Europe's biggest street party. Carnival sets London on fire in a blaze of Caribbean spirit as extravagantly costumed dancers, calypso and soca musicians, giant sound-systems and steel bands are joined by over a million revellers of all ages. Sunday is officially children's day, but there are loads of kids on both days enjoying the bright colours of the floats and the dancers' feathered costumes. Adults can shake their booty at dozens of stages and there are tunes for all tastes, from house to hip-hop. It's a huge area, and can get very crowded, so be prepared for an exhausting day out, but for anyone who loves a party, carnival remains the absolute highlight of the London summer.

 
 
 
 

House of Common

Madness headline and curate their own festival on August bank holiday weekend.

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station

 

Dates: 28th August 2017

 

After the roaring success of last year's House of Common, Madness return to headline their own festival on Clapham Common on the August bank holiday weekend. The band has brought together 20 like-minded bands and DJs for the one-day event. Joining Madness for the second edition is Craig Charles, Rodigan, De La Soul, Soul II Soul, Toddla T, The Skatalites, Norman Jay and the Hackney Colliery Band among others. Minor Madness is especially designed for under 11s and their grownups with Rave-A-Roo creating a festival for kids and a place where families can feel safe whilst enjoying music from top DJs, mad-cap hosts and chilled vibe bell tents as well as an inflatable village and children's comedy and theatre shows.

 
 
 

Five Guys Named Moe

New production of Olivier Award-winning musical in pop-up theatre.

Marble Arch Theatre, Marble Arch, London, W1C 1CX

Tube: Marble Arch Station

 

Dates: 29th August to 25th November 2017

 

Clarke Peters directs a brand new production of Olivier Award-winning and Tony-Award nominated musical, Five Guys Named Moe, in pop-up theatre in Marble Arch, designed like a New Orleans jazz bar especially for the production. Peters, better known to fans of TV as Lester Freamon from HBO series The Wire, penned the play which won the 1991 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment. The story follows the broke and recently dumped Nomax, who finds Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe, and Little Moe emerging from his radio to comfort him, singing the hit songs of the great Louis Jordan, whose new slant on jazz paved the way for rock and roll in the 1950s. Presented by Underbelly with support from Cameron Mackintosh, the show features classic hits - Early In The Morning, Choo, Choo, Ch'Boogie, Saturday Night Fish Fry and Five Guys Named Moe - and dazzling choreography. A feel-good Broadway musical not to miss.

 
 
 

The Jump Off

A line-up of artists battle it out in a gladiator style arena.

Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9NL

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: Thursday 31st August 2017

 

The Jump Off returns to London this August after a three-year hiatus. Taking place at Scala, the event brings together elements of hip hop and a line-up of artists to battle it out in a gladiator style arena. The likes of Professor Green, Labrinth and Mr Hudson have all taken to The Jump Off stage at the beginning of their careers so guests can expect to witness the birth of new stars. It's not just rap battles, there will also be crew dance, music producer, singing and twerking battles followed by an after party where you can mingle with the performers.

 
 
 

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