The Bolshoi Ballet: 50th Anniversary Season continues at the Royal Opera House continues until 17th August. The troubled Russian company - which will be hoping the focus stays on-stage, given its recent off-stage drama - comes to London with a season of five works: Swan Lake (29th July to 15th August 2013), La Bayadere (2nd & 3rd August), The Sleeping Beauty (5th to 9th August), Jewels, and The Flames of Paris (16th & 17th August) - which gives audiences a chance to see star couple Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev perform a ballet created for them by former Bolshoi director, Alexei Ratmansky. The season opens with Swan Lake by renowned choreographer Yuri Grigorovich and includes the UK premiere of the Bolshoi's acclaimed new production of Balanchine's Jewels on 12th and 13th August.
August in London 2013
A season of five works by the famous Russian ballet company.
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD
Dates: 29th July - 17th August 2013
Over 180 different productions across 17 venues in the north London borough.
Camden People's Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, London, NW1 2PY
Dates: 28th July - 24th August 2014
The Camden Fringe continues throughout August bringing over 180 different productions and (some very odd) shows across 17 venues in the north London borough. Highlights of this year's festival include performances by Anna Emmerson (15th and 16th August), Simon Feilder (24th and 25th August), and Jeffrey Holland (Spike from the BBC's Hi-De-Hi) who plays Laurel Hardy in ...and this is my friend Mr Laurel (21st to 25th August). Now in its eighth year, this 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.
A week of family friendly activities and discounted theatre tickets.
The West End, , Soho, London, WC2H 7BP
Dates: 1st to 31st August 2015
It's now over a decade since the excellent idea of 'Kids Week' was first conjured up. A truly inspired summer treat for families, Theatreland is available for free to excitable tots and teens for the whole month of August. Children aged 5 to 16 years can see an awesome selection of dazzling West End hits gratis - as long as an adult pays full price - and another two children can go half price. Tickets for the most popular shows go fast, so it's best not to make any promises until you've booked. Aside from the shows themselves, there's a whole raft of free children's activities. Kids can peek backstage, participate in workshops, dabble with make-up, learn to dance, scribble a few lines in writing classes and even sing with the cast. It's a fantastic initiative and one which can only inspire kids' enthusiasm for the stage in later life.
Musical stars Kim Criswell, Ruthie Henshall and Maria Friedman perform show tunes at Cadogan Hall.
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, Belgravia, London, SW1X 9DQ
Tube: Sloane Square Station
Dates: 01st - 15th August 2013
On the first three Thursday nights of August, Cadogan Hall hosts three well known musical theatre stars of the West End and Broadway. From West End to Broadway! starts on 1st August with acclaimed West End and Broadway star vocalist Kim Criswell, who is followed by Ruthie Henshall and Maria Friedman in the final week. Music by Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim feature along with songs from the Great American Songbook and contemporary show tunes like "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical Les Miserables.
New comic drama by Nick Payne, winner of the Evening Standard award for Best New Play last year.
The Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9LD
Dates: 01st August - 21st September 2013
Playwright Nick Payne became the youngest winner of the Evening Standard award for Best New Play with 'Constellations' in 2012. Now the award-winning British playwright returns to the London stage with a brand new drama, The Same Deep Water As Me, which opens at the Donmar this August. In this comic drama about Luton's finest personal injury lawyers we meet Andrew and Barry at Scorpion Claims and a collection of characters who are doing something wrong but who create a whole ideology to justify their actions. The shady world of 'no win, no fee' litigation is revealed in this witty new play which John Crowley returns to the Donmar to direct. The Irishman has previously directed 'Into the Woods', 'Juno and the Paycock' and 'Tales from Hollywood' at the Covent Garden theatre.
An eight-metre, faceless clock is suspended above the Roundhouse.
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH
Tube: Chalk Farm Station
Dates: 01st - 25th August 2013
A vast, eight-metre, faceless clock is suspended above the main Roundhouse space from 1st to 25th August 2013. Timepiece by Conrad Shawcross is a major new commission which uses the architecture of the iconic Camden building as its source of inspiration, responding to the 24 columns of the main space to mark the hours of our day. The result is an installation which acts as a light sculpture, flooding the space with intricate layers of light and shadow. To tie in with the installation, acclaimed choreographer Wayne McGregor has created an interactive dance piece, Azimuth, performed by dancers from his Random Dance company where they perform in the shadows of the installation on the following Sunday afternoons in August: 4th, 11th and 25th, from 2pm to 5pm. And the London Contemporary Orchestra perform a three-hour concert on Thursday 22nd August.
The palace opens its State Rooms to the public for two months.
Buckingham Palace , Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1A 1AA
Tube: Victoria Station
Dates: 25th July to 27th September 2015
Every summer inquisitive visitors get the chance to look round Buckingham Palace and in the year the Queen marks the 60th anniversary of her coronation, there's a special exhibition, The Queen's Coronation 1953, to mark the Queen's 60 years on the throne. Visitors for the Summer Opening tour get free access to the exhibition and are permitted access to 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. Book tickets to see Buckingham Palace State Rooms this summer and see our full feature on Buckingham Palace Summer Opening.
The third round of the J.P. Morgan Rugby 7s tournament comes to Allianz Park.
Allianz Park, Greenlands Lane, London, NW4 1RL
Tube: Mill Hill East Station
Dates: 03rd August 2013
Nils Mordt will captain a strong Saracens squad as the home team take on Harlequins, holders London Irish and London Wasps in the third round of the J.P. Morgan Rugby 7s tournament at Allianz Park. With Rugby's admission into the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 the sport's popularity is on the rise. This is a chance to see the top teams compete for a place in the final which takes place at Bath's Recreation Ground on Friday 9th August 2013. The Saracens squad includes the England wing Chris Ashton and James Short, the leading try-scorer in the competition.
A two day festival that incorporates four cycling events.
The Mall, Westminster, London, SW1Y 5AH
Tube: St James's Park Station
Dates: Sunday 2nd August 2015
This two day festival of cycling takes place in the newly opened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, opened just last month on the north section of the former Olympic Park. First up, Saturday's 'FreeCycle' welcomes 70,000 cyclists to ride along an eight mile, traffic-free loop in central London. Britain's biggest bike festival culminates with Sunday's 'RideLondon 100' - a 100 mile race for amateurs that organisers have described as the London Marathon on wheels. Other Sunday events include the 'RideLondon Grand Prix' - a series of criterium-style races through central London for professional women, junior riders and hand-cyclists - and the 'RideLondon Classic' - the biggest ever men's professional one day race in Britain. Both the Classic and 100 races will start at the Olympic Park and cover a similar route to that used in the London 2012 Olympics - taking in eleven London boroughs, Richmond Park, Hampton Court Palace - where Cyclemania is taking place - and the Surrey countryside, before finishing on The Mall. Ride on!
Tchaikovsky's famous ballet is brought into the 21st century with street dance.
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4ES
Dates: 06th - 10th August 2013
The music of Tchaikovsky is remixed to create an original soundtrack in Swan Lake Reloaded which replaces classical ballet with street dance. Fredrik Rydman - a founding member of the Swedish dance company Bounce - is the choreographer behind this production in which the story of Prince Siegfried and Odette is brought into the 21st century. The swans are prostitutes, Rothbart a pimp and drug dealer who controls his 'swans' with drugs. Already seen by audiences in Sweden, Germany, Austria and France, Swan Lake Reloaded now comes to the London Coliseum for seven performances only from 6th to 10th August 2013.
Lucy Kirkwood's acclaimed politicial drama transfers to the West End this August.
Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, Soho, London, SW1Y 4DN
Dates: 06th August - 19th October 2013
Twenty three years after the event, Joe, a young American photojournalist, is driven to discover the truth behind the unknown hero he captured on film in Tiananmen Square, 1989. Written by Lucy Kirkwood, Chimerica was given its world premiere at the Almeida Theatre on 20th May 2013. Now, the fast-paced play transfers to the Harold Pinter Theatre for a limited 11-week run from 6th August and LondonTown has special ticket deals. This provocative piece, which examines the changing fortunes of the East and West, is directed by Lyndsey Turner ('Posh' at the Royal Court and the West End). The play has been acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, praised as "a cracking thriller and newspaper drama that also fascinatingly explores serious themes" by Telegraph theatre critic Charles Spencer who "cannot rate it highly enough". A must-see.
The Broadway classic returns to Sadler's Wells after a sell-out season in 2008.
Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN
Tube: Angel Station
Dates: 07th August - 22nd September 2013
The original Broadway classic returns to Sadler's Wells after its sell-out 50th anniversary season back in 2008. Set in hot and restless downtown New-York in the 1950s, Tony and Maria are our American Romeo and Juliet who find themselves torn between warring families and rival gangs until the situation inevitably ends in tragedy. The film won ten Academy Awards and featured a remarkable performance from Natalie Wood, whose tragic drowning continues to cause mystery and controversy in the press. Joey McKneely's revival will feature the original choreography from Jerome Robbins and will see Donald Chan lead the live orchestra to play Leonard Bernstein's iconic score. Book tickets now for West Side Story at Sadler's Wells.
An eclectic mix of movies are screened al fresco.
Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA
Tube: Temple Station
Dates: 6th to 19th August 2015
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. This year's programme features comedy, romance, musicals, thrillers and cult classics, kicking off with the world premiere of the new Richard Curtis rom-com About Time, starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rachal McAdams and Bill Nighy. There are also two UK premieres during the 14-day programme - charming comedy The Way Way Back, starring Steve Carell and Toni Collette, and Prince Avalanche, with Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, which brings the season to a close. In between, feast your eyes on an array of films that includes Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Crazy Stupid Love, Kes, Guys and Dolls and The Untouchables. Special multi-film nights include a triple bill of high-school comedy (Mean Girls, Carrie and The Loved Ones), a monster double of Predator and Gremlins 2: The New Batch, and a night celebrating the American outlaw spirit of Badlands and Raising Arizona. Each night DJs lay in the courtyard before the film is shown on a state-of-the-art screen with full surround sound. Beside the Screen talks traditionally provide special insights into the films, with directors, actors and industry insiders giving talks which illuminate the programme.
'A Doll's House' transfers to the Duke of York's after widely praised run at the Young Vic.
Duke of York's Theatre, St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4BG
Dates: 08th August - 26th October 2013
The well received 'A Doll's House' transfers to the Duke of York's Theatre this August following a successful run at the Young Vic. The sell-out success from Simon Stephens - who also worked on the multi Olivier Award-winning A Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night Time - was widely praised, "warmly recommended" (The Telegraph) and nominated for three Evening Standard Awards back in 2012 and enjoyed another successful run earlier this year. Now, the "sexy, passionate interpretation" (The Evening Standard) of Henrik Ibsen's 1879 play comes to the West End for a limited 12-week run, beginning in August. Book your tickets now for A Doll's House. Controversial at the time, A Doll's House is acutely critical of 19th century marriage norms but, despite contrary beliefs, Ibsen insisted the play was not a fight for women's rights. This revival will see Hattie Morahan and Dominic Rowan return as the title roles Nora and Torvald.
Violinist Nigel Kennedy plays Vivaldi at the Royal Albert Hall.
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP
Tube: South Kensington Station
Dates: 08th August 2013
The Proms continues throughout August and one of the highlights of the month, if not the entire classical music season, is the appearance by violinist Nigel Kennedy who returns to the Proms - following his two appearances in 2008 and 2011 - to play a late night prom: Vivaldi - The Four Seasons, a work he recorded to great acclaim nearly 25 years ago. His 8th August performance, where he also plays solo violin works by J. S. Bach, is one of two scheduled for the 2013 Proms - he also appears on the Last Night of the Proms. At this Vivaldi concert he plays with the Palestine Strings from the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music as well as members of his own Orchestra of Life. One of the most respected violinists in the world, this Albert Hall concert should be pretty special.
The winners of the FA Cup take on the Premier League champions.
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS
Tube: Wembley Park Station
Dates: 10th August 2014
The winners of the FA Cup (Wigan Athletic) take on the Premier League champions (Manchester United) in the annual season curtain-raiser at Wembley Stadium. Last season's Community Shield clash saw Manchester City come from behind to beat Chelsea 3-2. The match was played at Villa Park in Birmingham because the usual venue, Wembley, was being used to host the final of the Olympic football tournament. This year is the first time since West Ham United in 1980 that the game involves a team from outside the top flight, after Wigan managed to beat Manchester City in last year's FA Cup final before becoming relegated from the Premier League on the last day of the season.
The first ever free evening prom celebrates the bicentenary of the Royal Philharmonic Society.
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP
Tube: South Kensington Station
Dates: 11th August 2013
The first ever Free Prom taking place in the evening at the Royal Albert Hall celebrates the bicentenary of the Royal Philharmonic Society with a new work by Mark-Anthony Turnage and a performance of the society's most famous commission for choir and orchestra, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Turnage's new piece, 'Frieze', has been written in response to Beethoven's 'Choral' Symphony and is named after Gustav Klimt's painting, the Beethoven Frieze, which was itself inspired by Beethoven's final complete symphony. Youth choirs from the UK and Ireland, including from Derry-Londonderry, UK City of Culture 2013, join the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for this special concert on Sunday 11th August conducted by Vasily Petrenko. See our feature on The Proms for highlights of the 2013 season.
A Late Night Prom put together by BBC Radio 6 Music radio presenter Steve Lamacq.
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP
Tube: South Kensington Station
Dates: 12th August 2013
Cerys Matthews, Laura Marling and punk veterans The Stranglers - whose classics No More Heroes and Golden Brown were first performed more than 30 years ago - join the London Sinfonietta for the first ever 6 Music Prom, a Late Night Prom put together by BBC Radio 6 Music radio presenter Steve Lamacq. The programme includes 20th century classics by John Adams, Berio and Varese, plus a live remix mash-up by composer Anna Meredith who came to public attention through her 2008 work for the BBC Last Night of the Proms which was broadcast to 40 million people. The 6 Music Prom is one of two Proms, along with the first Urban Classic Prom, which are bringing the world famous classical music festival to a wider - and younger - audience. See our full feature on The Proms.
A celebration of Britain's national drink with hundreds of ales, ciders, perries and beers.
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX
Dates: 11th to 15th Aug 2015
Over 66,000 people flock to this massive celebration of our national drink, which features over 700 real ales, ciders, perries and beers from around the world. Although the Great British Beer Festival 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.
The two football rivalries come head to head once again.
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS
Tube: Wembley Park Station
Dates: 14th August 2013
One of international football's oldest rivalries is rekindled as England take on Scotland at Wembley Stadium in a friendly match in celebration of the FA's 150th anniversary. The two sides met in the first official international football match ever played back in 1872 at Partick, near Glasgow. England playing Scotland is now, according to England manager Roy Hodgson, "one of the finest fixtures in international football", and a game which means the world to both sets of supporters. The sides have not met since 1999 when Scotland won 1-0 in the second leg of a Euro 2000 qualifying play-off at Wembley (England had won the first leg 2-0 at Hampden Park and so secured passage to the knock-out phases). This mid-week match should be a classic.
Win tickets to see the team start its new season at the Copper Box.
Copper Box Arena, Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST
Dates: 14th August 2013
The London Lions, the UK's premier basketball team, will be starting its new season at the Copper Box Arena on 14th August 2013. Playing against leading US college side, the Iowa Hawkeyes, the highly anticipated international match will be one of the first major sporting events to take place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park after its public opening on 27th July. This will be the first opportunity that Londoners will have to watch the Lions in their new home - the 7,500-seat Copper Box Arena, which became known as the 'box that rocks' during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Following a major refurbishment, the arena is now under the management of charitable social enterprise GLL and is much more than a sporting venue, boasting state-of-the-art community facilities including a gym, exercise studio, café, crèche and sports hall - all of which are available to use by local resident, clubs and schools.
The Canadian folk-rock singer-songwriter performs at the Union Chapel on Thursday 15th August.
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN
Dates: 15th August 2013
Canadian jazzy folk-rock singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright brings her expressive voice and arsenal of powerful songs to the Union Chapel on Thursday 15th August 2013. Part of a musical dynasty - parents Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle are folk legends while brother Rufus has quite a following - Wainwright broke onto the scene with her eponymous debut album in 2005, which contained the angrily named single Bloody Mother F---ing A--hole (dedicated to Loudon himself). Her kookily titled second album, I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too, proved Wainwright's stock was on the rise, with The Observer claiming the record represented "a sure-footed, emotionally engaging step up the ladder".
Live music suitable for the little ones, fairground rides, a circus and workshops.
Hatfield House, Great North Road, Hatfield, London, AL9 5NQ
Tube: High Barnet Station
Dates: 14th, 15th and 16th August 2015
Glastonbury for the under 10s, the 'LolliBop' Festival' - "the big bash for little people" - returns to Regent's Park this summer with live music on the bandstand, circus fun in the Big Top and appearances from some of your children's favourite characters. As well as the live acts on stage there are plenty of activities where you can get involved whether it's a workshop on hula hooping or creating a carnival costume, and the arts and crafts tent always proves popular with little ones who like to create. There's something for all the family including fairground rides for the kids and a dedicated baby change tent for parents. If you've had enough you can always run away to the 'LolliBop' circus and be entertained by the talented troupe of performers.
London's largest free jazz festival returns to Canada Square Park for one weekend in August.
Canada Square Park, Canada Square, Tower Hamlets, London, E14 5AX
Tube: Canary Wharf Station
Dates: 15th - 17th August 2014
London's largest free jazz festival returns to Canada Square Park from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August 2013, with live jazz from Soweto Kinch, the double MOBO Award-winning saxophonist, YolanDa Brown, and acclaimed Cuban violinist Omar Puente. Puente, who has worked with Nigel Kennedy and Jools Holland, performs with a ten-piece band fronted by vocalists Rene Alvarez and Yuri Moreno. Well known world class artists and rising stars appear in back-to-back performances and - best of it - it's all free. Carleen Anderson, the American singer who performed an "immaculate set" (The Guardian) at Ronnie Scott's in January this year, appears with her Soul Trio, closing the festival from 6.45pm on Sunday 18th August with what will surely be a highlight. A free concert by The BBC Big Band follows on Tuesday 20th August at the same open air venue in Canary Wharf.
Win a pair of tickets to Feast at Battersea Park.
Battersea Park, Albert Bridge Road, Battersea Park, Battersea, London, SW11 4NJ
Tube: Sloane Square Station
Dates: 16th - 18th August 2013
From the same team as the Foodies Festival comes Feast at Battersea Park, a summer celebration of food and drink. The picnic extravaganza serves up the UK's largest selection of restaurant, street and artisan food at one venue and will boast pop up restaurants, street food vendors, artisan producers, famers' markets, vintage tea rooms, seaside food stalls and BBQ tents. There will be liquid-nitrogen ice creams and sorbets, cream teas, a hog roast, exotic meats and much more. A Vineyard will also feature, selling a selection of wine and champagne from around the world and hosting hourly tastings and masterclasses. While an Orchard brimming with British ciders and ales provides the chance to sample and buy direct from the producers. Furthermore, top chefs from restaurants such as Boqueria, Supper Club, Mazi and Mango Tree will be visiting the Feast Tent, which will host giant feasting tables to serve an array of different cuisines. Additional programme highlights include a children's cookery theatre, a ping pong zone and an entertainment stage.
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Three-day art festival celebrating the thriving arts community in Hackney Wick.
Hackney Wick, White Post Lane, London, E9 5EN
Dates: 01st - 03rd August 2014
After taking a break last year, Hackney WickED is back and is putting the focus on its original mission: promoting London's thriving East End art scene. The three-day festival showcases work from local and international artists through a variety of galleries, open studios, temporary exhibitions, pop up spaces, site-specific installations and events throughout the Hackney Wick area. The festival hub will be based in Queen's Yard, home to headline sponsor Crate Brewery who are supplying locally brewed beers and ales and supporting the live performance area, WickED Buskers Corner. As well as open studios and pop up art events there will be a market selling art installations and a Fringe Festival with artists, studios, galleries and venues across Hackney Wick and Fish Island while the WickED Head Quarters are at the newly opened Glass Factory. For a full programme of events, please visit www.hackeywicked.com.
Craft beers, music and food in Bethnal Green.
Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, Hackney, London, E2 9DY
Tube: Bethnal Green Station
Dates: 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th Aug 2015
Eighteen world-class craft brewers will be bringing over 100 superb beers to the Oval Space in Bethnal Green from 16th to 18th August 2013. In recognition of so much great beer being made in the UK - much of which doesn't get the recognition it deserves - the London Craft Beer Festival brings brewers from the UK and Europe together under one roof - including breweries like the The Kernel and Crate Brewery from right here in London. Visitors are given information on each brewery and encouraged to sample small glasses to experience as much as possible. Street food is supplied by local companies like the Ginger Pig, E5 Bakehouse and Gelupo with dishes inspired by the beers. Bands and DJs provide the soundtrack, all to be enjoyed on the large Oval Space terraces overlooking the Bethnal Green gas works. Tickets are expected to go quickly.
Eid in the Square
Free festival marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
Eid al-Fitr is the global Muslim celebration which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Eid is the Arabic word meaning festivity, while al-Fitr means conclusion of the fast. 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 (although last year's event was cancelled because of the Olympics). The event features live music - past performers have included Polish-Egyptian hip-hop artists Quest-Rah, French-based rappers Akeem and North African Rai band Cheb Nacim among others - as well as food stalls, exhibitions and displays about Islam. There will also be other local events happening across London in what should prove to be a vibrant and uplifting occasion for everyone involved.
The competition comes to a close, more than a month after it begun.
The Kia Oval Cricket Ground, Harleyford Street, Kennington, London, SE11 5SS
Tube: Oval Station
Dates: 21st - 25th August 2013
The fifth, final and potentially most crucial Ashes Test takes place at the Kia Oval more than a month after the opening Test at Trent Bridge. England have, of course, beaten fierce rivals Australia in the past two Ashes series and only time will tell if Alastair Cook's side can make it a triumphant treble. There were scenes of jubilation four years ago when a man of the match performance by pace bowler Stuart Broad (not to mention a game-changing direct hit from Andy Flintoff to run out Ricky Ponting when the game was in the balance) helped England regain the Ashes with a 197 run win over Australia in the Fifth Test at the Oval in 2009. The victory gave England a 2-1 series win and started this current mini era of domination that the visitors will be only too keen to overturn.
A creepy line-up of fantasy and spine chilling horror films.
Vue West End, 3 Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square, Soho, London, WC2H 7AL
Dates: 27th to 31st Aug 2015
The Empire Cinema Leicester Square will once again host the Film4 FrightFest this August Bank Holiday weekend. The home of horror, the festival has been running at this location since 2005 and has rapidly grown in popularity. With four days of screenings, audiences can expect to be scared witless with a devilishly delightful line-up of premieres, previews and special screenings of fantasy and horror films. This year's festival opens with the world premiere of The Ford Brothers latest, The Dead 2: India, the first international zombie film shot in India. It's one of ten world premieres along with Banshee Chapter produced by Star Trek's Zachary Quinto, Christoph Behl's Argentinean apocalyptic The Decent, Kit Ryan's startling Dementamania, Antisocial, and the retro Spanish chiller For Elisa. Keshales and Navot Papushado's revenge thriller Big Bad Wolves close the festival which, this year, has the new addition of FrightFest Extra where sold-out performances will be screened.
Dirty Dancing, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Top Gun in gardens of the Clapham hospice.
Trinity Hospice, 30 Clapham Common North Side, London, SW4 0RN
Tube: Clapham Common Station
Dates: 19th, 20th and 21st August 2015
After the success of last year's Trinity Cinema Series - which is held in the award-winning gardens of the Clapham hospice - the 2013 series includes an extra night in a bid to raise the requisite funds (£5,000) to sponsor a Trinity Community Nurse for one month. This year's line-up features three all-time classics: watermelon-flavoured pirouette flick Dirty Dancing (Wednesday 21st August), iconic New York delight Breakfast at Tiffany's (Thursday 22nd August) and high-flying macho 80s cult classic Top Gun (Friday 23rd August). So, come join the likes of Baby, Jonny, Maverick, Goose, Ice Man and the magical Audrey Hepburn for three nights of outdoor cinematic fun - all for a good cause. For more information see www.trinityhospice.org.uk/cinemaseries.
Suede, Keane and Laura Mvula are just some of the performers at Kenwood House this August.
Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, London, NW3 7JR
Tube: Highgate Station
Dates: 23rd August - 01st September 2013
After a one year break, the English Heritage open-air concerts at Kenwood House return with Live by the Lake. The 2013 line-up features Indie band Suede (Friday 23rd August), a concert by Choral Greats (Saturday 24th August), rock band Keane (Sunday 25th August) with suppport from singer-songwriter Laura Mvula, a live screening of Singin' in the Rain featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (Friday 30th August), Opera Alfresco (Saturday 31st August) and an evening of Gershwin to wrap up the festival on Sunday 1st September 2013. These Kenwood House events have been a highlight of London summers since 1951 so it's great to see the festival returning for 2013.
Food trucks and stalls on the South Bank on the August Bank Holiday, from 23rd to 29th August.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX
Dates: 23rd - 26th August 2013
New for 2013 from the people behind the weekly Real Food Market comes the Real Street Food Festival, a quarterly street food festival which runs the full stretch of the Southbank riverside between the London Eye and Hungerford Bridge. Taking place on the August Bank Holiday, from 23rd to 29th August, there will be street food from all corners of the globe, from burgers sourced on the British Isles to all the spices of South East Asia. Malaysian, Korean, Taiwanese and Vietnamese cuisines compete for your attention with fresh pasta, paella and Polish smoked sausages. The whole of the Southbank is worth exploring this summer with the Festival of Neighbourhood bringing Beanotown, outdoor drinking and a sandy beach to this stretch of the Thames. The Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden and nearby Alternative Guide to the Universe which ends at the Hayward on 26th August are also recommended.
The prestigious match comes to Wembley.
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS
Tube: Wembley Park Station
Dates: 23rd August 2014
Believe it or not (and most southerners will not), rugby league is the second most popular team sport in Britain and this, the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley, is one of the most prestigious matches in world rugby league. While the game's roots are firmly in the north of England, this knock-out cup competition is now open to a few teams from France and Russia, as well as teams from the Army, Navy and RAF, and some amateur and university sides. Last year saw Super League giants Warrington Wolves beat Leeds Rhinos 35-18 to net their third win in four years.
10 years of the festival are celebrated with two days of dance music and mayhem.
Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE
Tube: Clapham South Station
Dates: Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August 2015
The South West Four Weekender celebrates its 10th anniversary and welcomes festival-goers to Clapham Common over the August bank holiday weekend for two days of dance-music mayhem. This year continues the festival's theme of stellar line-ups with the world's number one DJ Armin van Buuren headlining on the Saturday night. Known for his unrivalled passion for music and laser soaked performances, audiences can expect to be blown away by an unforgettable show. Sunday doesn't disappoint either with Groove Armada and number one artist Example headlining the bill. With a string of top ten hits and collaborations with the likes of Calvin Harris, Laidback Luke (who is also playing the festival) and Chase & Status, Example is currently at the top of his game. Further line-up hightlights include Carl Cox, Loco Dice and Nicky Romero. Taking place on Saturday and Sunday, "SW4" has proved a great success over its first nine 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 10pm both nights but there are after-parties for those keen on all-night revelry.
The story of four young women is one of three new plays at Shakespeare's Globe.
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT
Tube: Mansion House Station
Dates: 24th August - 11th October 2013
Blue Stockings is one of three new plays receiving their world premieres at Shakespeare's Globe this summer. Written by Jessica Swale, Artistic Director of Red Handed, the London-based theatre company which she set up seven years ago, the play is set in 1896 in Girton College, Cambridge, England's first residential college for women. The story of four young women and the hardships they face, from economic difficulty to the distractions of men and radical politics, is set against the backdrop of womens suffrage, a fitting subject in the year that marks the centenary of the death of Emily Wilding Davison who famously ran in front of the King's horse during the Epsom Derby. John Dove directs.
Notting Hill Carnival
Suburban life is taken over by vibrant Caribbean spirit and extravagantly dressed dancers.
Held since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival was originally a local affair for west London's homesick Caribbean community, and 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: our favourites are Channel 1's booming dub, and the jazz reggae at Gaz's Rockin' Blues, but 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.
Man's best friend competes to see who takes home the Jimmy Chews prize.
Old Spitalfields Market, 1 Crispin Place, Spitalfields, London, E1 6DW
Tube: Liverpool Street Station
Dates: Tuesday 25th August 2015
For the past two years, cool canines, perfect pooches, hip hounds and masterly mutts have come together on the August Bank Holiday Monday to strutt their stuff on the dog catwalk at Old Spitalfields Market. The Paw Pageant sees London's best-dressed, 'fugliest' and smartest dogs competing to win prizes across eight categories - from 'Dressed up to the (Ca)nines' to Jimmy Chews, awarded to the naughtiest dog. Sponsored by the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, the 'Paw Pageant' also includes puppy training displays and a specialist bow-wow market selling a variety of great gear and tasty grub for man's best friend.
New film makers are given a platform to showcase their work.
Portobello Road, Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 1LJ
Tube: Ladbroke Grove Station
Dates: 3rd to 14th September 2015
Created in 1996 as a reaction to the state of the British Film industry, the Portobello Film Festival aims to provide a platform for new exciting film-makers and to give daring and ground-breaking directors a chance to get their films seen. The festival hasn't had an easy ride and has even found itself without a cinema screen at times but screening in parks, theatres, clubs and bars have all added to the diverse nature of the event. With annual premieres of shorts, documentaries and animations, plus lots of talks and workshops with top film directors, the Portobello Film Festival is an exciting event in any film fanatic's diary. Venues include the Louise T Blouin Institute, Westbourne Studios, and the Portobello Pop Up Cinema under the Westway.
John Heffernan stars in a contemporary take on Marlowe's erotic and violent play.
National Theatre: Olivier Theatre, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 8XZ
Dates: 28th August - 26th October 2013
John Heffernan - recently seen in Harold Pinter's The Hothouse at Trafalgar Studios - takes his first leading role at the National Theatre playing the king in Christopher Marlowe's erotic and violent play Edward II. Vanessa Kirby, who has previously appeared in BBC2 drama The Hour and the Young Vic production of Three Sisters, plays Queen Isabella, while Kyle Soller, who won the Evening Standard theatre award for outstanding newcomer in 2011, will play Gaveston, Edward II's lover who he calls back from exile after his coronation. Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, the production, first performed in 1592, gives a contemporary take on Marlowe's original text. A behind-the-scenes exploration of how power corrupts.
The challenge: swim one mile as fast as you can.
Royal Victoria Dock, Connaught Road, London, E16 1RH
Tube: Canning Town Station
Dates: Saturday 18th July 2015
If you've ever fancied the challenge of swimming in the Thames then this is your chance. The Great London Swim is available to all, no matter how adept they are at front crawl. The challenge is to swim one mile as fast as you can and there are organised swims taking place throughout the UK; in London, the Royal Victoria Dock - home to the London Triathlon - is the centre of activity. But most likely you'll just be trying to find your stroke. If you've already been making use of London's lakes and lidos, this is a great way to do more outdoor swimming. Spectators can follow the swimmers around the course and swimmers are safe in the knowledge that expert kayakers and safety boats are alongside them the entire way. Entry is £39 and includes an event pack, medal and t-shirt. Get your wetsuit out and get involved.
4th May 2015
IN THIS ARTICLE
The Bolshoi Ballet: 50th Anniversary Season
From West End to Broadway!
The Same Deep Water As Me
Conrad Shawcross: Timepiece
Buckingham Palace Summer Opening
JP Morgan Rugby 7s
Swan Lake Reloaded
West Side Story
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
A Doll's House
Prom 34: Vivaldi - The Four Seasons
FA Community Shield
Prom 38: Free Prom
Prom 40: 6 Music Prom
The Great British Beer Festival
England v Scotland
London Lions Basketball Match
Canary Wharf Jazz Festival
Feast at Battersea Park
London Craft Beer Festival
Eid in the Square
5th Investec Ashes Test: England v Australia
Trinity Summer Cinema Series
Live by the Lake
Real Street Food Festival
RFL Challenge Cup Final
South West Four Weekender
Notting Hill Carnival
Old Spitalfields Market Paw Pageant
Portobello Film Festival
Great London Swim
London Events Calendar 2013
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