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Florence & The Machine, Kendrick Lamar, Jamie XX
Beyonce: The Formation World Tour
Lovebox 2016
The Bodyguard
Somerset House Summer Series
Step Up Challenge
Carole King
Gipsy Kings perform at Kew the Music
Kew the Music
Will Young performs at Kew the Music
Gladys Knight
Prudential RideLondon
The Chap Olympiad
Sherlock Holmes: The Experience
Fire! Fire!
Mumford & Sons
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Wayne Hemingway
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Wimbledon Finals Weekend
The Game's Afoot
Jukebox, Jewkbox! A Century on Shellac and Vinyl
Stevie Wonder
Brompton World Championship Final
Massive Attack
Corona SunSets Festival

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The Royal Academy of Arts displays intimate portraits by David Hockney, Florence and the Machine, Take That and Beyonce perform live, and the Museum of London marks the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London in July 2016.


Massive Attack

The trip hop pioneers perform against LED screens set up by longtime collaborators United Visual Artists.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Dates: 01st July 2016


The reformed trip hop duo, who originally started in Bristol in 1988, perform a provocative audio-visual show as part of British Summer Time at Hyde Park. Innovative Bristolian pioneers Massive Attack - Robert '3D' Del Naja and Grant 'Daddy G' Marshall - renowned for fusing together a wide range of styles, from punk to reggae to R&B, continues to win fans with their latest EP, Ritual Spirit, and a recent sold-out tour. The Hyde Park gig has been designed by Robert Del Naja and longtime collaborators United Visual Artists who wire up the band's trademark LED screens flashing up facts, figures and headlines. Support comes from special guests Patti Smith, TV On The Radio, Warpaint and Ghostpoet.



Anthony Neilson returns to the Royal Court Theatre, creating a play in the rehearsal room.

Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 01st July - 06th August 2016


Known for his pioneering and imaginative work, Anthony Neilson returns to the Royal Court Theatre in 2016 with Unreachable , a play about a film director on an obsessive quest to capture the perfect light. We can't say anymore than that at the moment as the play will be created in the rehearsal room, with a cast of actors to be announced.


Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

Florence & the Machine, Kendrick Lamar and Jamie XX perform live.

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

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Dates: 30th Jun to 6th Jul 2017


British Summer Time Hyde Park is back for a fourth year in 2016 with another impressive line-up. This year will see Florence & the Machine, Kendrick Lamar, Jamie XX share the bill while Mumford & Sons and Take That headline on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July. Now a firm fixture for summer in London, the extravaganza features live music, comedy acts and film screenings and a mini village of cafes, bistros and independent food stalls, themed pubs and cocktail bars across Hyde Park. Themed zones, each with its own installations and refreshments, provide laid back entertainment from Monday to Thursday while big name bands pump out the hits on the weekends.


David Hockney RA: 79 Portraits and 2 Still Lifes

Celia Birtwell and Barry Humphries are among Hockney's portraits of friends and art world figures.

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

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 02nd July - 02nd October 2016


In 2012 David Hockney's A Bigger Picture filled the Royal Academy of Arts with vast landscapes in the year London hosted the Olympics. Now, a mere four years later, those "overblown" (Evening Standard) landscapes have been set aside for more intimate portraits. Hockney, who once said he prefers to only paint people he knows, has been working on a series of portraits of friends and art world figures since 2013, all of whom sit in the same chair against the same backdrop, painting over the course of three days. Around 70 of these new equal-sized portraits are displayed including fashion designer Celia Birtwell, Dame Edna Everage's alter ego Barry Humphries, the Californian artist John Baldessari and Hockney's older sister Margaret.


Florence & The Machine, Kendrick Lamar, Jamie XX

Florence Welch and her band is joined by platinum-selling hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Dates: 02nd July 2016


They've headlined at Glastonbury, won at the BRITs, had huge success with 2009 debut album Lungs, now Florence and The Machine head to Hyde Park for British Summer Time. Joining Florence Welch and her band is platinum-selling, multiple Grammy winner musician hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar. The Compton, California native has been compared to Bob Dylan by Pharrell Williams who has also credited Kendrick with re-energising hip hop. Also on the bill for 2nd July is Jamie XX, founding member of Mercury Prize winning band The xx, and Blood Orange, the latest musical project by British singer and producer Dev Hynes who toured with Florence The Machine in 2012 and who collaborated with Welch on 'Lungs'.


Beyonce: The Formation World Tour

The Queen of Pop performs one night in London.

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station


Dates: 02nd July 2016


Queen of Pop Beyoncé comes to Wembley for one night in 2016 as part of her Formation World Tour. Known for her surprises and unexpected releases, the star announced her tour, delivered a political performance at the Super Bowl, and released her surprise new single, Formation, all within 36 hours, with her global tour kicking off in two months. Her first solo tour since the ambitious 2013 Mrs Carter Show World Tour, it's sure to be another spectacular affair. Tickets go on general sale on Tuesday 16th February and will no doubt be snapped right up - Queen B will also be stopping by Sunderland, Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin if you fail to snap up London tickets.


Gladys Knight

The seven-time Grammy Award winning singer performs her classic Motown hits.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 02nd July 2016


Her music career started in the 1950s when she performed alongside her brother, sister and cousins in 'The Pips' and, sixty years on, Gladys Knight is still able to sell out the Royal Albert Hall. The seven-time Grammy Award winning singer will be performing all her classic hits including 'Midnight Train To Georgia', one of the most famous Motown records to this day, 'You're The Best Thing' (that ever happened to me), and that classic Bond film track 'Licence To Kill'. As well as old favourites like 'The Way We Were' and 'Baby Don't Change Your Mind' Gladys will be singing tracks from her latest album 'Where My Heart Belongs'.


Carole King

The singer whose life is immortalised in the West End musical Beautiful comes to Hyde Park.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Dates: 03rd July 2016


Performing her first concert in London in almost three decades influential Californian pop and soft rock singer-songwriter Carole King, whose life is immortalised in the West End musical Beautiful, steps back in time to the 1970s to performs her landmark album Tapestry from beginning to end for the first time including the hits It's Too Late and You've Got A Friend. Support comes from another classic songwriter from the California scene, Don Henley,drummer, co-lead vocalist and driving force behind The Eagles. Carole's daughter Louise Goffin, an acclaimed recording artist in her own right, also performs live.


400th Anniversary of The Queen's House

The house reopens with refurbished galleries and new displays.

The Queen's House, Park Row, London, SE10 9NF

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


Dates: 04th July 2016


A stunning example of Inigo Jones's work, The Queen's House, the first classical building in the country, reopens on 4th July 2016 with refurbished galleries and new displays to mark its 400th anniversary . Designed in 1616 for the wife of James I, Anne of Denmark, the Queen's House is a masterpiece of 17th-century architecture. Within it, the King's Presence Chamber and the Tulip Stairs have been restored to their former glory while new galleries chart the changing relationship between the Queen's House, the people who created it and those who lived and worked there, from royalty and courtiers to the Navy. As well as the new displays, Orazio Gentileschi's painting of Joseph and Potiphar's Wife returns, shown in its original surroundings for the first time since 1650.


Wayne Hemingway: Talk

The inspiration behind the new-look London Underground uniform.

London Transport Museum, 39 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7BB

Tube: Covent Garden Station


Dates: 05th July 2016


Wayne Hemingway, the designer behind Red or Dead and the man tasked with designing the new London Underground uniform, talks with BBC London's Robert Elms about the inspirations behind the design, and the challenges he faced designing a practical, fit-for-purpose uniform for such a large work force. The talk at the London Transport Museum's Upper Deck cafe bar includes money off cocktails and other drinks and the chance to hear from one of the great names in fashion.


Queens of Syria

The acclaimed adaptation of The Trojan Women is staged in the UK for the first time.

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

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 05th - 09th July 2016


An acclaimed adaptation of Euripides's The Trojan Women, Queens of Syria comes to the UK for the first time, being staged at the Young Vic Theatre for a three-week run before going on a UK tour. First performed in Jordan in 2013, the show sees an all-female cast of Syrian refugees explore parallels between the ancient Greek tragedy and the catastrophe of today's civil war. Set against the backdrop of Yasmin Fedda's award-winning documentary, the moving production will present a first-hand experience of a country in turmoil.



A modern day Medea, this drama follows an unapologetic single mother.

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

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Leicester Square Station


Dates: 05th - 30th July 2016


Billed as a chilling and powerful modern Medea, Fury at the Soho Theatre is about motherhood and class, following an unapologetic single mother who is judged before she's even opened her mouth. Sam is a Londoner born and bred and has made mistakes, but who can blame her? Tom rents the flat above, the one Sam cleans, and he bribes her with the threat of calling the Social. Is Tom a monster? Or are Sam's kids better off without her? A decision needs to be made. Directed by Hannah Hauer-King, Fury has been shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award and also won the Soho Theatre Young Writer's Award.


RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

A highlight of London's summer calendar.

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

Tube: Richmond Station


Dates: 4th to 9th Jul 2017


Held within the grounds of Henry VIII's palace - where he built one of the finest gardens in the world - the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is a highlight of London's summer calendar. Returning in July this year, notable activities for 2016 include the Butterfly Dome, where you can wander through thousands of free-flying butterflies from Indonesia and South America; the Show Gardens, a favourite each year with a spectacular selection to provide garden-envy; Family Saturday, packed with activities such as sowing seeds, a fun trail, story-telling and cookery classes; and the Flower Marquee, where you can pick up tips from floral exhibitors and specialist nurseries.


Greenwich Music Time

A four-day series of al fresco concerts.

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

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


Dates: 1st to 7th Jul 2017


Set within the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Music Time is a four-day series of al fresco concerts. Returning for its third year, this year's festival welcomes Croatian sensations 2CELLOS, 'Kiss From a Rose' singer Seal, American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Joe Bonamassa, '80s pop duo Roxette, '70s rock outfit 10cc and UK jazz icon Jamie Cullum as its headliners. Concerts take place in the magnificent surroundings of Sir Christopher Wren's twin-domed riverside masterpiece, over looking the Thames, lit by the big city lights of Canary Wharf.


Georgia O'Keeffe

Tate Modern reassesses the abstract artist's place in the canon of modern art.

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

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station


Dates: 06th July - 30th October 2016


The first large-scale, monographic show on Georgia O'Keeffe in the UK for more than twenty years, this ambitious Tate Modern overview reassesses her place in the canon of modern art. Widely considered a founding figure of American modernism, the exhibition charts her progression from early abstract experiments to late work in the 1970s when she was claimed as an important pioneer by feminist artists. This exhibition relates her spiritual engagement with the landscape to the American tradition of landscape painting, examines her relationship with photographer, art promoter and her husband Alfred Stieglitz, and positions her flower works in the context of abstraction.


Somerset House Summer Series

Laura Mvula, Everything Everything and St Germain are just three of the headline acts.

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

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 6th to 16th July 2017


Laura Mvula, Everything Everything and house music pioneer St Germain are the stand-out acts at this year's Somerset House Summer Series. Jack Savoretti, James Morrison, and two-time Grammy Award nominated Hiatus Kaiyote are also dropping by the central courtyard of Somerset House for the eleven day Summer Series, an idyllic, intimate, calming, escapist location for a concert on a summer's evening. As a breeze drifts in off the Thames you'll forget the city bustle outside and tune into some great music, surrounded by one of eighteenth century London's most spectacular buildings. Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, formerly of The Beautiful South, north Londoner Benjamin Clementine, Courtney Barnett, and seven-piece Parisian band Caravan Palace complete the line up.


Mumford & Sons

The band rock Hyde Park with support from Alabama Shakes, Mystery Jets and Nick Mulvey.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Dates: 08th July 2016


The multi-platinum selling London-based indie-folk outfit led by singer Marcus Mumford, Mumford & Sons, performs at Hyde Park for what is sure to be a highlight of the British Summer Time shows this July. Three years since the band co-headlined Glastonbury along with the Rolling Stones, the "leaders of the folk revival" have beefed up their rock credentials - their third album, Wilder Mind, was the bestselling rock debut since Coldplay's Ghost Stories a year before. Support comes from special guests Alabama Shakes, Wolf Alice, Mystery Jets, Nick Mulvey, Baaba Maal, The Very Best, BORNS, Beatenberg and Baio.



A showcase of grand stage illusions and up-close magic.

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

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


Dates: 08th July - 27th August 2016


A showcase of grand stage illusions, up-close magic, death-defying escapology and trickery, Impossible returns to the Noel Coward Theatre in 2016. "The biggest magic show in decades", the show features a modern-day Houdini, daredevil and TV escapologist Jonathan Goodwin, mind-reader Chris Cox, boundary breaking magician Ben Hart, break-dancing street magician Magical Bones and more. If watching Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell on the box has stirred up your interest in magic, this is a chance to see it live with no TV trickery.


Wireless Festival 2016

Calvin Harris, The 1975 and Sigma perform.

Finsbury Park, Endymion Road, London, N4 1EE

Tube: Manor House Station


Dates: 7th, 8th and 9th July 2017


Wireless 2016 doesn't disappoint with the likes of Calvin Harris, The 1975, Chase & Status, Sigma, Miguel and Jess Glynne all on the line-up. With the festival returning to Finsbury Park for the third year, further performances will also come from Kygo, Martin Garrix, J.Cole, Boy Better Know and Kwabs. Since its first outing back in 2005 Wireless has firmly established itself as one of London's major large scale live music events, attracting crowds of over 20,000 for each of the three days.


Foodies Festival, Blackheath

The festival comes to Blackheath for the first time.

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

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


Dates: 7th, 8th and 9th July 2017


The Foodies Festival comes to Blackheath for the first time this summer for three days of culinary fun. The UK's biggest celebration of food and drink, Foodies is known for its packed programmes and this festival will be no different with chefs such as celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager, Michelin starred Adam Simmonds, Will Stayner of York & Albany, Guy Betteridge of Heddon Street Kitchen and Paul Shearing of the Bread Street Kitchen all attending. There will also be a drinks theatre, a section on feel good and superfoods, a street food avenue, artisan producers market, tea room, chilli eating challenge and children's cookery school. The Foodies Festival also comes to Syon Park and Alexandra Palace in 2016.


Take That

Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen perform a spectacular live show in Hyde Park.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Dates: 09th July 2016


The original boy band, Take That come to Hyde Park for the first time this summer as presents British Summer Time Hyde Park returns for a fourth year. Five have become three following Jason Orange's departure but the band is still selling out arenas around the world. Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen perform old favourites like 'Relight My Fire', 'Everything Changes But You' 'Could It Be Magic' and 'A Million Love Songs' as well as new songs from their most recent album 'III' which went straight to Number One at the end of 2014. The band is renowned for its spectacular live productions with aerialists, circus performers, holograms and robots, and this show will be no different. Support acts are Olly Murs, Ella Eyre, Jamie Lawson and Nathan Sykes who found fame in boyband The Wanted before going solo.


Festival of Love

The festival returns for a third year.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 3rd June to 28th August 2017


Returning for a third year, Southbank Centre's summer-long Festival of Love celebrates love in all its guises. Last year saw different types of human love explored and the project continues in 2016 with installations, performances and free events, including the second Big Wedding Weekend on the August Bank Holiday weekend when 100 couples are invited to marry in mass ceremonies in the Royal Festival Hall. This year's programme includes a one-off performance by Marc Almond singing nostalgic and atmospheric songs of lost and unrequited love. Jeppe Hein's Appearing Rooms fountain returns, as does the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, the urban beach beside the river, and the weekly Southbank Centre Market every Friday to Sunday throughout the summer.


Wimbledon Finals Weekend

The climax of the world famous tennis tournament.

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

Tube: Wimbledon Park Station


Dates: 09th - 10th July 2016


Can Andy Murray do it again? The home crowd will be hoping he can and will be expecting to see the Scot in the finals again this year, aiming to regain the title he won in 2013, a year after he won Olympic gold. The Wimbledon Finals Weekend, a highlight of the sporting year in London, begins with the ladies' final on Saturday, followed by the men's match on Sunday, both played out on Centre Court, now covered by a roof so there's no risk of seeing Cliff Richard entertaining the crowds when the weather refuses to play ball. Tickets are like gold dust but anyone can get tickets via the ballot - enter before December to be in with a chance.


Stevie Wonder

Performing his Grammy Award-winning 1976 album Songs In The Key Of Life in its entirety.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Dates: 10th July 2016


Stevie Wonder, the prodigious singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, performs his Grammy Award-winning 1976 album Songs In The Key Of Life in its entirety 40 years after the Motown Records recording was first released. The tour of the album - which Elton John says he always takes a copy of, wherever he goes - comes to the UK for the first time with a set list which includes the hits Sir Duke, Isn't She Lovely and I Wish. The Hyde Park concert, one of six British Summer Time gigs to be held in the central London park, has already sold out - proving the popularity of the singer who gave us such memorable classics as 'Ebony and Ivory' and 'I Just Called to Say I Love You'. And there's strong support from Pharrell Williams, Corinne Bailey Rae and KING, making for a memorable day of soul and R&B.


Groundhog Day

A new stage musical of the 1993 film.

Old Vic Theatre, 103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB

Tube: Waterloo Station, Southwark Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 11th July - 17th September 2016


Based on the 1993 comedy starring Bill Murray, a new stage musical of Groundhog Day will be given its world premiere at the Old Vic in 2016. Part of Matthew Warchus's inaugural season, who takes over from Kevin Spacey, the musical sees the creative team behind hit musical Matilda work together once again, with composer and lyricist Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling and designer Rob Howell team up with writer Danny Rubin. The story follows miserable TV weather man Phil Connors, who gets sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and becomes stuck in a time loop and has to live the same day over and over.


Kew the Music

Simply Red, Will Young, the Gipsy Kings and Jools Holland are live at Kew.

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

Tube: Kew Gardens Station


Dates: 11th to 16th Jul 2017


Simply Red, Will Young, the Gipsy Kings and Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra are on the Kew the Music line-up when it returns for more summer concerts in July 2016. The series of outdoor picnic concerts set against the backdrop of the Victorian Temperate House at Kew Gardens has been running for five years now and its sixth year is set to be just as magical. For the ultimate package there is also the option to VIP your evening with picnic hampers, a BBQ at the Pavilion Restaurant and reserved seating.


Some Girl(s)

A liberating dark comedy about modern relationships.

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

Tube: Finsbury Park Station


Dates: 13th July - 06th August 2016


Written by the Tony Award-nominated Neil Labute, Some Girl(s) is a liberating dark comedy about modern relationships. Guy is hoping to clear his conscience before he gets married to his beautiful fiancé so he embarks on a journey across America to make amends with four old flames. But, as he sets off on the psychological and physical trip, he wonders if there is something, or someone, he's missing. Adapted into a film in 2013, the production now comes to London's Park Theatre.


Just For Laughs London

Jim Jefferies headlines this new London comedy festival.

Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 5BE

Tube: Russell Square Station


Dates: 13th - 24th July 2016


From the creators of the world's largest multi-venue comedy festival, Just For Laughs in Montreal, Just For Laughs London is a brand new experience coming to Russell Square this summer. The eleven-day festival brings together street performers, stand-up comedians, cabaret, magicians and art installations. Cult comedian Jim Jefferies headlines while further acts on the line-up include British sporting hero Eddie the Eagle, Bethnal Green's very own Gina Yashere and spectacular illusion show the Champions of Magic. Further highlights include a world exclusive from Whose Line Is It Anyway? star Colin Mochrie, intriguing hypnosis show Hyprov and music from The Church.


Stalking the Bogeyman

The true story of award-winning journalist David Holthouse.

Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD

Tube: Elephant & Castle Station, Borough Station


Dates: 13th July - 06th August 2016


Gerard McCarthy, one of the better actors in Hollyoaks (in the role of Kris Fisher) and who also played Kevin McSwain in The Fall starring Gillian Anderson, takes on the lead role in Stalking the Bogeyman, the true story of award-winning journalist David Holthouse. The drama reveals how the investigative journalist came up with a secret plot to murder the man who raped him when he was seven years old. McCarthy leads a strong cast which includes Glynis Barber - familiar to most as Glenda Mitchell in EastEnders - as David's mother, Nancy Holthouse.


Jukebox, Jewkbox! A Century on Shellac and Vinyl

Walk through the history of vinyl and watch music videos in the 'Jewtube' lounge.

Jewish Museum, Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street, Camden Town, London, NW1 7NB

Tube: Camden Town Station, Camden Town Station, Mornington Crescent Station


Dates: 14th July - 16th October 2016


In 1887 German-Jewish emigrant Emil Berliner patented his gramophone and changed the world. The Jewish Museum London takes this moment in history as its starting point and explores the history of Jewish inventors, musicians, composers, music producers and songwriters and our experience of them in the 20th century through shellac and vinyl. The exhibition opens with technology and the record business, including early examples of gramophones and shellac records, and the hugely popular Dansette, a fashionable record-player which doubled as a stylish piece of furniture. Over 40 audio stories and close to 500 record sleeves are included in the interactive exhibition where visitors can hang out in the 'Jewtube' lounge and watch music videos.


Jesus Christ Superstar

A new production of the rock opera, 45 years after it was first staged.

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


Celebrating 45 years since Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar was first staged, Timothy Sheader directs a new production of the show for the 2016 Regent's Park Open Air Theatre season. Audiences will once again be able to enjoy legendary scoring such as I Don't Know How to Love Him, Gethsemane and Superstar, but this time it will be in the unique surroundings of the Open Air Theatre. Musical direction comes from Tom Deering and choreography by Drew McOnie.


Lovebox 2016

Major Lazor and LCD Soundsystem headline this year.

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

Tube: Mile End Station


Dates: 15th - 16th July 2016


Lovebox, London's answer to Glastonbury, is back for 2016 with one incredible line-up. Taking place in Victoria Park, this year's two-day bonanza welcomes Major Lazor, and LCD Soundsystem to headline while further appearances will come from Run the Jewels, Jungle, Jack Garratt, Mike Snow, Diplo, Kano, Steve Lewler and Stromzy - just to name a very few. Vicky Park is a great festival venue, with loads of space and a sympathetic council who let them turn the music up really loud - the perfect excuse to sack off work on Friday and make it a long weekend.


The Bodyguard

The show returns with Beverley Knight for a limited six-month run.

Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, Covent Garden, London, W1T 7AQ

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station


Dates: 15th July - 07th January 2017


The Bodyguard returns to the West End for a limited six month run from summer 2016 with Beverley Knight playing the title role. A huge hit in London when it first premiered in 2012, it played to a packed house for two years ago. Based on the Oscar-nominated movie starring Whitney Houston as pop-singing superstar Rachel Marron and Kevin Costner as former Secret Service agent Frank Farmer, the pair are brought together when Frank is hired to protect Rachel from an unidentified stalker. As the danger heightens, so do emotions and the couple eventually fall madly in love. This musical drama adaptation is choreographed by Arthur Pita and directed by Thea Sharrock, accompanied by unforgettable Whitney classics: One Moment in Time, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and singer's greatest hit, I Will Always Love You, which spent a record amount of time at the top of the charts in 1992. NOTE: At Monday evening and Wednesday matinee performances the role of Rachel Marron will be played by Carole Stennett.


Sherlock Holmes: The Experience

A new immersive experience from the team behind Alice's Adventures Underground.

Madame Tussauds, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LR

Tube: Baker Street Station, Regent's Park Station


Dates: From 15th July 2016


The world of Sherlock Holmes is brought to life this summer at Madame Tussauds in new immersive attraction, Sherlock Holmes: The Experience. Created in partnership with the Olivier-nominated Les Enfants Terribles, the team behind Alice's Adventures Underground, it will be a permanent attraction that invites visitors to don the great detective's deerstalker to help Dr Watson find Sherlock. Staged in the atmospheric basement of the Marylebone attractions, the interactive theatrical experience fuses storytelling, multi-textured theatrical sets, illusion, actors and sound effects. Visitors will be taken into the detective's drawing room, along lamp-lit Victorian streets and to the dark moors where the infamous demon hound lurks. Alongside the permanent attraction will be evening show The Game's Afoot, running for a limited period. In the separately ticketed event visitors will play detective and are tasked with solving a case worthy of the detective himself.


Embankment Summer Market

Up-and-coming artisans, artists, fashion designers and jewellery designers.

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

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


Dates: 15th - 17th July 2016


Presented by the creators of the Soho Flea Market, the Embankment Summer Market is back after a successful debut in 2015 and brings up-and-coming artisans, artists, fashion designers and jewellery designers to Victoria Embankment Gardens. Alongside more than 180 stalls there will be street food, a bar, bands, musicians and lawn games like giant jenga and croquet. It all adds up to a mini boutique festival and a great day out in a wonderful, scenic location on the north bank of the Thames next to Embankment Station, by the Royal Courts of Justice and Somerset House.


The BBC Proms 2016

Arguably the most popular season of classical music the world over.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 15th July - 10th September 2016


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


The Chap Olympiad

This spiffing non-sporting event is a celebration of buffoonery and ineptitude.

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

Tube: Russell Square Station, Holborn Station


Dates: 16th July 2016


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


Lambeth Country Show

The countryside comes to London for the weekend.

Brockwell Park, Norwood Road, London, SE24 0PA

Tube: Brixton Station


Dates: 16th - 17th July 2016


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


Ealing Blues Festival

The annual festival returns with more live music.

Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, London, W5 5BQ

Tube: Ealing Broadway Station


Dates: 16th - 17th July 2016


Since 1987 Walpole Park in Ealing has played host to a festival of Blues which returns to the west London park each summer. The location is an appropriate one to host such a festival, being the birthplace of British Rhythm and Blues, a scene that started in Ealing in 1962. They often have a high calibre of perfomers and listening to the Blues & Rock and Boogie Woogie musicians perform in the beautiful surroundings of Walpole Park is an appealing prospect on a lazy summer's day. Host band of The Ealing Blues Festival, The Guv'nors usually close the show with the popular Festival Closing Jam Session. The festival is organised by The Ealing Club (or Ealing Jazz Club), one of Ealing's legendary venues where the British Rhythm and Blues Boom of the 1960s kicked off.


Citadel Festival

The festival returns with Sigur Ros, Lianne La Havas and Caribou.

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

Tube: Mile End Station


Dates: Sunday 16th July 2017


After Ben Howard and Bombay Bicycle Club headlined the inaugural event last year, Citadel Festival returns this July with Sigur Ros, which will be one of only two UK shows from them in 2016, Caribou, Lianne La Havas and Matt Corby. There will also be family fun, food and booze, and artist studio, yoga, comedy, roller skating and sports day fun.


Step Up Challenge

Climb all 36 floors of the famous 'Walkie-Talkie' building.

Walkie Talkie / 20 Fenchurch Street, 20 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 3BY

Tube: Monument Station, Bank Station, Cannon Street Station


Dates: 17th July 2016


Climb the famous 'Walkie-Talkie' building conquering all 36 floors, that's over 1,600 stairs, in a thigh-burning bid to raise money for Mencap. Successful completion of the challenge earns you a glass of champagne at Europe's highest roof garden, the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, panoramic views, and a warm glow - not just from all that exercise but also from knowing you've made a difference, helping people with learning disabilities find work.


The Game's Afoot

Will you take on the immersive investigative challenge?

Madame Tussauds, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LR

Tube: Baker Street Station, Regent's Park Station


Dates: 18th July - 30th September 2016


From the Olivier nominated creators of Alice's Adventures Underground comes The Game's Afoot, an immersive detective experience where 40 people in a room are tasked with solving two unique cases. Travel back to Victorian London and delve into the world of Sherlock Holmes, the subject of a new exhibition at Madame Tussauds. Don the deerstalker and become Baker Street's famous detective using your powers of deduction to solve the case before the time runs out. As the newest recruits of Scotland Yard, you'll make your own deductions by interviewing suspects, reading reports and searching for hidden clues in this free roaming, multi-sensory and intricate world.


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

West Yorkshire Playhouse's production is the "ultimate sugar rush" - The Guardian.

New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, London, SW19 1QG

Tube: Wimbledon Station


Dates: 20th - 30th July 2016


James Brining's new production of Ian Fleming's second most famous book, "is pitched just right" says The Guardian. West Yorkshire Playhouse's production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical, comes to the New Wimbledon Theatre and these shows are the last dates Michelle Collins can be seen playing the all singing and dancing Baroness Bomburst before Claire Sweeney takes on the role. Stephen Mear's "scintillating" choreography, a flying car and the gorgeous Truly Scrumptious combine to create the "ultimate sugar rush" (The Guardian).


The Plough and the Stars

The NT marks the centenary of the Easter Rising with this drama set between 1915 and 1916.

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

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station


Dates: From 20th July 2016


The National Theatre marks the centenary of the Easter Rising this summer with a revival of Sean O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars. Set between November 1915 and Easter 1916, as the rebellion built to a climax, the play follows the disparate residents of a Dublin tenement as they go about their daily lives, half a mile away from the action. The play, which will be tackled by Howard Davies after he brought O'Casey's The Silver Tassie to the NT in 2014, places a fixed lens on a dozen vivid characters as they come and go, with selflessness and desperate turns while the heroic myth of Ireland is fought elsewhere.


Fire! Fire!

A special interactive exhibition to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire.

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

Tube: Barbican Station, St. Paul's Station


Dates: 23rd July 2016 to 17th April 2017


The Museum of London marks the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of 1666 with a special interactive exhibition, Fire! Fire! . Inviting visitors to explore London before, during and after the fire, the exhibition will feature rarely seen artefacts alongside hands on exhibits which will explore how the fire started and spread and give an insight into personal stories of Londoners who were there at the time. You'll be able to get a sense of what it was like to be there and learn how the city we know today rose from the ashes.



Jon Brittain's bittersweet comedy transfers to the Trafalgar Studios.

Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 26th July - 27th August 2016


After a successful run at Theatre503 last autumn, Jon Brittain's Rotterdam transfers to the Trafalgar Studios this July. Anne Martine, who also starred in acclaimed production The Nether, will reprise her role alongside Alice McCarthy, Ed Eales-White and Jessica Clark. Directed by Donnacadh O'Briain, the play is a bittersweet comedy about a lesbian whose girlfriend reveals that she has always identified as a man and now wants to start living as one named Adrian. Now that Adrian is embarking on his transition, Alice must face a question she never thought she'd ask: does this mean she's straight?



Billie Piper takes the title role in Simon Stone's new work.

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

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 29th July - 10th September 2016


After presenting a critically acclaimed version Ibsen's The Wild Duck in 2015, Simon Stone has now written and directed his first original work for the UK. Staged at the Young Vic and starring Billie Piper in the title role, Yerma is a new version of Federico Garcia Lorca's masterpiece and tells the painful story of a young woman who's desperate to become a mother. Expressing the anguish of a society battling to free itself from its past, this new version re-imagines Lorca's original for London today.


London Beach Rugby

The competition returns for its fourth year.

Finsbury Square, Finsbury Square, Covent Garden, London, EC2A 1RR

Tube: Moorgate Station


Dates: 29th - 30th July 2016


Back for a fourth year, London Beach Rugby takes place in Finsbury Square again 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.


Prudential RideLondon

The two-day festival has five separate events for top level pros and fund-raising two-wheelers.

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

Tube: Westminster Station, St James's Park Station


Dates: 30th - 31st July 2016


A road-closing celebration of cycling, with more than 95,000 cyclists expected to take part, the annual two-day Prudential RideLondon encompasses five 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, and Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic - where top cyclists compete in the 200 kilometre race - both for professionals. The Prudential RideLondon Handcycle Classic and the open-to-all Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. 25,000 riders are expected to participate in the 100-mile event which finishes on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace and which raised more than £10 million for charity last year. If 100 miles sounds too far, there's always Saturday's FreeCycle event - a more leisurely eight-mile loop through central London over traffic-free roads.



This mega pizza festival invites everyone to join in on the cheese and tomato action.

Wembley Park, , London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station


Dates: 30th July 2016


Pizza fans rejoice, a mega pizza festival is coming to London this summer, inviting everyone to join in on the cheese and tomato action. MySliceFest at Wembley Park will be serving up pizza cones, pizza waffles, pizza popcorn and, of course, good old fashioned pizza. And if that's not enough - we're sold already - there will also be beer pong, giant Connect Four, tomato throwing competitions and a soundtrack provided by the likes of Guy D'Angelo, DJ Luck & MC Neat, Off Colour, and Sammy Porter.


Corona SunSets Festival

Norman Jay and Nightmares on Wax provide the tunes at the pop up beach in Greenwich.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 30th July 2016


Bringing the spirit of the beach to London, the Corona SunSets Festival is back for its third year in 2016, this time taking place on the Greenwich Peninsula. The venue will be transformed into a beach paradise, with a world-class line-up of artists performing live, including Robin Schulz, Felix Jaehn, Crazy P Soundsystem, Norman Jay MBE and Nightmares on Wax. There will also be beach games, local merchants selling handmade items and golden sunset tattoo and body painting stations.


Brompton World Championship Final

Strictly no Lycra in this eccentric competition with a prize for the best dressed cyclists.

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

Tube: Westminster Station, St James's Park Station


Dates: 30th July 2016


The annual Brompton World Championship comes to central London for the second time, tying in with the Prudential RideLondon cycling festival. The London event takes the form of a Le Mans style start as 575 smartly-dressed competitors (strictly no Lycra) make a mad dash to unfold their bikes before setting off on the 16 km circuit which starts on The Mall, takes in Horse Guards Parade and Buckingham Palace before finishing back on The Mall. Given the cult-like nature of these much loved folding British Brompton bikes, this promises to be a hugely enjoyable and somewhat eccentric event with prizes for fastest team, best veteran riders and the best dressed cyclists.



Athletic apparel brand Lululemon hosts its first-ever London festival.

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

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station


Dates: 30th July 2016


Athletic apparel brand Lululemon hosts its first-ever London festival, Sweatlife. Taking place at Tobacco Dock this July, the one-day festival invites all fitness fans, yoga devotees and anyone that loves getting sweaty to embark on a number of classes and workshops led by top teachers from across the globe. The festival will also feature some of London's favourite studios such as Core Collective, Frame, Gym Class, KOBOX and Xtend Barre, as well as an area dedicated to food and drink with goods from the likes of Grind, Press, Neat Nutrition and Well Happy. As the sun goes down, Lululemon's global ambassador, Gloria Latham, will host a mass yoga rave.

To start the celebrations early and to mark Canada Day, Lululemon will also be hosting a pre-party pop-up this weekend. Running from 1st-3rd July, it will include yoga sessions from the likes of Mind Body Bowl and SteffyWhiteYoga as well as meditation, a Beyonce dance class and foose ball competition.





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