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Hampton Court Palace Festival
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Taylor Swift: The 1989 World Tour
British Summer Time 2015: The Who
Robert Wilson, Krapp's Last Tape.
Waiting for Godot
London Festival of Architecture
Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Alfie Boe
Alan Davies
Agnes Martin
Take That
Kylie Minogue with special guests Grace Jones and Chic feat Nile Rodgers
Grace Jones
Opera Holland Park
Polo in the Park
Paloma Faith
Peter Andre
Fanfare and Fireworks with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
Blur
Giffords Circus
Serpentine Pavilion designed by SelgasCano, CGI
Barely Methodical Troupe: Bromance
Spitalfields Music Summer Festival
The Floating Cinema
FIA Formula E Championship
King John
Greenwich and Docklands International Festival
Greenwich Fair
The Londonaise
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Color Run
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship
London Festival of Architecture
Secret Cinema: Empire Strikes Back
Affordable Art Fair Hampstead
1984
BNP Paribas Tennis Classic
Akram Khan & Israel Galvan - TOROBAKA
Northern Ballet: Madame Butterfly/Perpetuum Mobile
Highgate Fair in the Square
The 7 Fingers: Traces
World Naked Bike Ride
Open Garden Squares Weekend 2015
The Big Lunch at the Olympic Park
Wine Tasting at Pennethorne's Cafe Bar
The Culpeper: Rooftop Bar, Grill and Greenhouse
Hard Rock Cafe Birthday
Tony Robinson hosts the Battle of Waterloo Concert
City of London Festival
The New Waterloo Dispatch: Battle Of Waterloo Bicentenary Parade
U.N. International Yoga Day at Alexandra Palace
BP Portrait Award
Festival of Love
 

 

Taylor Swift, The Who and Barbara Hepworth come to London in June 2015 when annual favourites the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the Serpentine Pavilion return for summer.

 
 

London Festival of Architecture

More than 200 events fall under the umbrella of this festival.

Various Venues London, , Bloomsbury, London, W1J 9LN

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 01st - 30th June 2015

 

Google's office of the future, the National Trust's Mobile Museum, and SelgasCano's Serpentine's Pavilion are amongst 220 events making up the London Festival of Architecture 2015. First set up in 2004 the month-long festival is back for its eleventh year with an exciting mix of events, tours, talks and exhibitions taking place across the city. Addressing the theme 'Work in Progress', other programme highlights include Here East, the new creative and digital cluster being developed on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, one of the case studies explored in a talk on 'The Working City: Eindhoven, New York and London'. New London Architecture presents 'Public London: Ten Years of Transforming Spaces', tracing the past decade of public space, and Artescape is behind the 'Giant Dolls House Project', an evolving installation made out of shoe boxes at Old Street's Shelter Cafe.

 
 
 

Ariana Grande: The Honeymoon Tour 2015

The award-winning singer performs her first headline show at the arena.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 01st June 2015

 

In support of her new album, My Everything, Ariana Grande brings The Honeymoon Tour to the O2 in June 2015 for her first headline show at the arena. Recipient of the Best song and Best Female awards at the MTV EMA's, Grande has enjoyed major success with the chart-smashing singles Problem and Break Free, as well as her collaboration with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj on Bang Bang. Grande also made chart history by being the first artist to gain a number one with the inclusion of online streaming.

 
 
 

King John

Richard the Lionheart's less than heroic brother John takes centre stage in the Globe's candlelit theatre.

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

Tube: Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 01st - 27th June 2015

 

In Shakespeare's English history play, King John, Richard the Lionheart is dead and his less than heroic brother, John, is determined to keep his grasp on the English throne. "James Dacre's production... marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, doesn't stint either on a stirring, spectacular sense of history" said The Times critic when the production was first shown at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Northampton, earlier this year. Now this play full of power struggles transfers to Shakespeare's Globe's candlelit indoor theatre for a summer run from 1st until 27th June 2015.

 
 
 

Not I/Footfalls/Rockaby

Irish actress Lisa Dwan returns to perform in the three Samuel Beckett monologues.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 02nd - 07th June 2015

 

Following sold-out shows at the Royal Court Theatre and Southbank Centre in 2014, Not I/Footfalls/Rockaby transfer to the Barbican in June 2015. Irish actress Lisa Dwan returns to perform in the three Samuel Beckett monologues, directed by Walter Asmus. Not I, performed as a speaking mouth spotlit in the blackness, was first debuted at the Royal Court 40 years ago. For its return, actress Billie Whitelaw, who performed the original under Beckett's coaching, tutored Dwan herself and the stream-of-consciousness piece is spoken at the speed of thought, as per Beckett's instruction. In Footfalls, a woman paces back and forth, metronome-like, outside her dying mother's room and in Rockaby, a prematurely-old woman rocks back and forth in a rocking chair, a piece that explores issues of loneliness.

 
 
 

Opera Holland Park

The 2015 season includes a revival of the 2012 production of Puccini's Il trittico.

Holland Park Theatre, Holland Park, Holland Park, London, W8 6LU

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 2nd June to 1st August 2015

 

The annual Holland Park Opera is a highlight of summer in London, when the temporary structure of Holland Park Theatre is erected in West London's Holland Park and the operatic arias soar over the tree tops. The magical atmosphere of these productions owe a lot to their surroundings but it's also a tribute to a remarkable opera company that has defied expectations and budgets to produce productions of the very highest standard. The 2015 season, which starts on 2nd June, includes a revival of the 2012 production of Puccini's Il trittico (2, 5, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 June) and three new productions: Jonathan Dove's breakthrough work, Flight (6, 10, 12, 17, 19 June), Verdi's Aida (24, 26 June, 1, 4, 8, 10, 16, 19 , 21, 24 July) and Lakme Leo Delibes (9, 11, 15, 18, 23, 27, 29, 31 July). There follows a revival of the 2007 production of L'amore dei tre Re by Italo Montemezzi from 22nd July until 1st August as well as a welcome return of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' (16th July until 1st August), the family opera so well received here for the past two years.

 
 
 

Spitalfields Music Summer Festival

The eclectic programme includes lashings of baroque, jazz and world music.

Christ Church Spitalfields, Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6LY

Tube: Aldgate East Station, Aldgate East Underground Station

 

Dates: 02nd - 16th June 2015

 

The community-minded summer festival returns to Spitalfields this summer with a night at the Geffrye Museum when musicians from the Royal Academy of Music give a promenade performance. Shabaka Hutchings presents the result of his year-long sound project, collecting everyday sounds from Spitalfields, and vocal ensemble The Sixteen return to the stunning 18th-century Hawksmoor-designed Christ Church Spitalfields. The best thing about the biannual Spitalfields festivals (a winter festival is held either side of Christmas) is the array of contrasting venues: Old Spitalfields Market comes alive with what seems like impromptu musical performances while Christ Church hosts a cluster of classical concerts. Throw in Shoreditch's hip Village Underground for a multi-sensory performance of Beethoven's String Quartet in A minor, and Spitalfields City Farm for bucolic folk. The eclectic programme includes lashings of baroque, jazz and world music, while there is a series of talks and debates, walks and visits, and interactive workshops.

 
 
 

Wine Tasting at Pennethorne's Cafe Bar

Sample some of Italy's best grapes, served by Bibendum.

Pennethorne's Cafe Bar, The New Wing Somerset House, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 02nd June 2015

 

Mark the Italian public holiday on Tuesday 2nd June with a free wine tasting in the beautiful Pennethorne's bar at Somerset House. The Wine Tasting, hosted by one of the UK's most experienced wine merchants, Bibendum, will introduce you to some of Italy's best grapes and show you how to smell, swirl and taste like a professional. And to prevent you from getting too tipsy, Pennethorne's chefs will be in the kitchen rustling up delicious food pairings to compliment each wine.

 
 
 

Duane Hanson

The first survey show on Duane Hanson in London since 1997.

Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 2AR

Tube: Lancaster Gate Station

 

Dates: 2nd June to 13th September 2015

 

The Serpentine Gallery presents unnerving sculptures by Duane Hanson in his first survey show in London since 1997. Throughout his forty-year career, the late American artist created polyester resin sculptures that portrayed working-class Americans, transforming banal everyday activities into iconographic material. He began his career with controversial works that confronted the viewer with devastating truths, depicting scenes such as soldiers killed in action, police brutality and homelessness. In the 1970s his focus then shifted to more satirical works, featuring everyday people like waitresses and workmen. This exhibition will showcase key works including Football Players (1968), Man with Hand Cart (1975), Housepainter (1984/88) and Policeman (1992/93).

 
 
 

Agnes Martin

The first retrospective exhibition of work by the American painter since her death in 2004.

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

Tube: Blackfriars Station

 

Dates: 3rd June to 11th October 2015

 

Tate Modern stages the first retrospective exhibition of work by Agnes Martin since her death just over a decade ago. The American painter, renowned for her subtle canvases marked out in pencil grids and pale colour washes, was a key figure in the traditionally male-dominated fields of 1950s and 1960s abstraction. Her work, according to one New York critic, "has the quality of a religious utterance, almost a form of prayer".

 
 
 

The Red Lion

Patrick Marber's savage and humorous drama set in the world of non-league football.

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

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 3rd June to 30th September 2015

 

Patrick Marber returns to the National Theatre, where his previous work includes Dealer's Choice and Closer, to premiere a fifth play The Red Lion, a savage and humorous drama set in the world of non-league football. Centred on a talented young player and an ambitious manager with very different dreams of the beautiful game, this is a world away from the wealth and the television cameras. Directed by Ian Rickson (Mojo, Electra) with a cast which includes Peter Wight, Calvin Demba and Daniel Mays, known for his work with Mike Leigh (All Or Nothing, Vera Drake), TV roles in Red Riding, Ashes to Ashes and Public Enemies and for playing Potts in the West End revival of Mojo.

 
 
 

Waiting for Godot

The Sydney Theatre Company present their take on Samuel Beckett's controversial play.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 04th - 13th June 2015

 

Part of the Barbican's International Beckett Season, the Sydney Theatre Company presents their take on Samuel Beckett's controversial Waiting for Godot. Quintessential comedy duo Richard Roxburgh and Hugo Weaving star as Estragon and Vladimir, who, burdened with aching feet and bladder problems, pass the time near a tree while they wait for Godot. Joking, bickering and musing, the pair are only interrupted by brutish Pozzo and his hapless servant Lucky. The Australian cast also include Olivier Award-winning Philip Quast and Luke Mullins, recent recipient of theBest Male and Best supporting Male at the Helpmann Awards.

 
 
 

Take That

The now three-piece embark on their first arena tour in four years.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 04th - 19th June 2015

 

Four years since their last record-breaking tour Progress Live, Take That embark on a new arena tour to promote their new album, III, stopping by the O2 for five nights in June. The band is renowned for its spectacular live productions with aerialists, circus performers, holograms and robots, and, now a three piece after Jason Orange's departure, are determined to live up to expectation. Support comes from chart-topping X Factor finalist Ella Henderson.

 
 
 

Secret Cinema: Empire Strikes Back

The secret is out. The immersive cinema experience takes us into space.

Secret Cinema, Central, London, XX1 0LL

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Dates: 4th June to 27th September 2015

 

Following on from their mega Back to the Future event last year, Secret Cinema are back in 2015 with another blockbuster screening. This time the company takes on the classic Empire Strikes Back, the most critically acclaimed chapter of the Star Wars saga. Grossing £3.5 million, the company's Back to the Future production was a huge affair - constructing a fictional Hill Valley town in east London - which saw the company depart from its original humble beginnings. And, with the ticket cost increasing to £75 for 2015, it would seem they're only getting bigger. The location and full details are still under wraps but Star Wars fans will surely not be disappointed.

 
 
 

The Floating Cinema on Tour

See an 'al fresco' screening at Brentford Lock before the barge goes on tour to Bristol.

Brentford Lock, Commerce Road, Brentford, London, TW8 8GA

Tube: Boston Manor Station

 

Dates: 04th - 06th June 2015

 

Since its launch in 2011, The Floating Cinema has returned each summer to navigate the waterways of East London and beyond for two months but this summer, for the first time ever, the barge will go on tour. Beginning its journey from Brentford Lock, the cinema will travell along the Kennet and Avon Canal, across West Berkshire and Wiltshire, before arriving to take up residency in Bristol. This means, for Londoners who don't want to leave the city, the main events are an 'al fresco' screening at the gateway to the Thames in Brentford Lock where it will be moored for three days from Thursday 4th until Saturday 6th June 2015, followed by films and events across London when the barge returns in August and September.

 
 
 

The Slider Decider

Hixter Bankside, Bone Daddies and Maze Grill chefs compete for the title.

The Gun, 27 Coldharbour, Docklands, London, E14 9NS

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 04th June 2015

 

16 finalists will cook off on Thursday 4th June to find out who will be the champion of The Slider Decider, to be decided by a judging panel which includes Sunday Telegraph restaurant critic Zoe Williams. Will last year's returning champ Tim Anderson hold onto his crown with his 'Wasted Away Again in Umcheesoville' creation? Or will he be toppled by the Maze Grill entry of a soft-shell crab spider slider? With entries from some of London's top restaurants including Iberica, Hixter Bankside, Bone Daddies, Dirty Bones and Ember Yard, it'll be a hard fought contest. Tickets to the culinary battle cost £20 and include a Camden Hells lager and two of The Gun's own sliders, and contestants will be holding live demos so you get to taste their impressive slider creations.

 
 
 

Polo in the Park

Polo, Pimms, celebs and a complimentary kids club in Hurlingham Park.

Hurlingham Park, Hurlingham Road, London, SW6 3NG

Tube: Putney Bridge Station

 

Dates: 05th - 07th June 2015

 

Now in its seventh year, Polo in the Park has become one of London's great summer outdoors events. Aimed at bringing polo to the people, the three-day World Series event showcases a more accessible version of the sport, mirroring the effect Twenty20 has had on cricket. Teams of three a side from cities around the world take part, with City AM as London's team, Mandarin Oriental for Beijing, IG for Sydney and Air Europa for Buenos Aires. There's usually also a steady flow of celebrities (Jodie Kidd) and royalty (Princess Beatrice), not to mention medieval jousting and an array of bars, shops and food stalls. Red or salmon pink trousers are a must.

 
 
 

The Londonaise

The UK's largest public entry Petanque tournament.

Barnard Park, Copenhagen Street, London, N1 0ER

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 05th - 07th June 2015

 

Making the leap across the Channel, the UK's largest public entry Petanque tournament 'The Londonaise' takes place this summer as 128 teams compete in Islington's Barnard Park to see who will be crowned the winner and take the £2,000 prize. Taking place over the weekend of 5th, 6th and 7th June and played at a leisurely fun pace, the tournament will be accompanied by artisan British and French food stalls. Chef and Angelus owner Thierry Tomasin is so passionate about French boules that he's not only organising the event - to raise money for charity - but his kitchen team have created a special lamb dish 'The Cochonette' for the Lancaster Gate restaurant's set lunch menu for the whole of June.

 
 
 

Battle of Waterloo Concert

Tony Robinson hosts the 200th anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 05th June 2015

 

TV presenter, writer and historian Sir Tony Robinson brings to life the excitement and drama of this unique moment in British history through a series of scenes and music to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The Royal Albert Hall concert will be performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Gareth Hancock with Goldsmith's Choral Union, a marching band and musketeers in full military costume.

 
 
 

Nico Muhly Sentences

A provocative look at the life and ideas of Alan Turing.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 06th June 2015

 

Nico Muhly's dramatic monologue Sentences explores the life and ideas of codebreaker and technological pioneer Alan Turing. Following Turing's posthumous pardon in 2013, more attention has been given to his treatment by state and society and how the scientist, who served the country during World War Two with his decoding skills, was driven to suicide because of his sexuality. A more provocative take on the tale than 2014 film The Imitation Game, the piece sees Muhly conduct the Britten Sinfonia and counter-tenor lestyn Davies.

 
 
 

English National Opera: The Queen of Spades

The ENO's first new production of Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades in over 20 years.

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

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

 

Dates: 06th June - 02nd July 2015

 

Edward Gardner conducts his final production as music director of the ENO, bowing out with Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades before taking up the music directorship of the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway. He reunites with Olivier Award winning director David Alden - responsible for the critically acclaimed Otello and Peter Grimes - to present the company's first new production of The Queen Of Spades in over 20 years. Based on the short story by Pushkin, which tells the story of a countess who possesses a faultlessly successful talent for card games, Tchaikovsky's opera about greed and obbsession is packed with soaring melodies and sumptuous orchestration. The excellent cast is led by international tenor Peter Bronder as the ambitious officer Hermann.

 
 
 

Festival of Love

Love London, love the South Bank.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 6th June to 31st August 2015

 

Returning for a second 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 2015 with installations, performances and free events, including the second Big Wedding Weekend over the August Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 29th to Monday 31st August) when 100 couples are invited to marry in mass ceremonies in the Royal Festival Hall. This year's installations include 'The People' by actor Jim Broadbent and 'Love Flags' by Mark Titchner flying from the roof-tops. There are exhibitions on 'Love and Liquid Fire' by the creator of Soho's iconic neons, Chris Bracey; and theatre for all the family in the pop-up, Roundabout by Paines Plough. Weekends bring themed performances, poetry, workshops and talks whether its the Mandela Weekend (18th and 19th July) celebrating the world leader, or the Urban Weekend (8th and 9th August), bringing together street culture, parkour, street art, BMXing and music. 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.

 
 
 

The Color Run

Less about speed and more about fun, use your white t-shirt as a canvas.

Wembley Park, , London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 07th June 2015

 

Known as 'The Happiest 5k on the Planet' The Color Run returns to London in 2015, taking place at Wembley Park for a third year in a row. Less about speed and more about fun, the event sees runners/walkers/dancers begin the event in clean white t-shirts, but after being doused in a different coloured paint at each kilometre, crossing the finish line completely covered in a vivid rainbow.

 
 
 

The Big Lunch at the Olympic Park

The biggest group gets a free trip up the ArcelorMittal Orbit.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Olympic Park, London, E20 2ST

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 

Dates: 07th June 2015

 

Gather as many of your neighbours, friends and family, and head to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for a big picnic in support of The Big Lunch where the biggest group who come down together will all get a free trip up the ArcelorMittal Orbit. There are lots of fun, free activities for everyone, including a treasure hunt, face painting, storytelling and cookery demonstrations. Budding bakers can show their cooking skills at the Big Lunch Bake off, with prizes being awarded to the best culinary creations. Local theatre groups will be on hand to keep children entertained, and Sadler's Wells give an exclusive sneak preview of their latest show, Traces, performed by French-Canadian dance circus troupe The 7 Fingers. Work off your picnic lunch by taking part in free sports sessions - a huge tug of war, obstacle course and parachute games - and a mini Olympics. Athletic events include long jump, an obstacle course and balance games, and that sports day classic, the egg and spoon race.

 
 
 

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Over 12,000 art works are crammed into the Royal Academy's annual exhibition, a highlight of the summer..

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

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 8th June to 16th August 2015

 

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

 
 
 

The 7 Fingers: Traces

The French-Canadian dance circus troupe returns with their hit show.

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 09th June - 12th July 2015

 

French-Canadian dance circus troupe The 7 Fingers (Les 7 Doigts de la Main) returns to Sadler's Wells' Peacock Theatre with Traces, a big hit at the Edinburgh Festival in 2007 and staged here at the Peacock six years ago. All seven of the founder members hail from the Cirque du Soleil and the troupe's expertise on the trapeze, in knife throwing, juggling, Chinese poles, German wheels and aerial ropes are not just impressive displays of physical control but also a vehicle for giving us an insight into the performers' real lives.

 
 
 

The Motherf**ker With The Hat

Stephen Adly Guirgis's Tony award nominated tale of love and addiction in New York City.

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

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 10th June to 20th August 2015

 

Stephen Adly Guirgis's profane and hilarious Tony award nominated tale of love and addiction in New York City comes to the National Theatre. Centred on a former drug dealer called Jackie, who is released from prison and attempts to get his life back in order, The Motherf**ker with the Hat is a whip-smart look at how love and addiction finds light even in the darkest corners of New York City. Artistic director of the Tricycle Theatre, Indhu Rubasingham, directs a cast which includes Ricardo Chavira - Carlos Solis in US comedy-drama series, Desperate Housewives - Nathalie Armin, Lisa Caruccio Came, Alec Newman, Flor De Liz Perez and Yul Vazquez.

 
 
 

Carsten Holler: Decision

Slide from the top of the Hayward's glass pyramid to the gallery's entrance.

The Hayward Gallery, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 10th June to 6th September 2015

 

Especially-commissioned slides invite courageous visitors to Carsten Holler's summer exhibition at the Hayward to travel from the gallery's iconic glass pyramid ceiling to the entrance level. This major exhibition, one of the highlights of Southbank Centre's summer programme, also includes 'Moving Beds' (2015), a new work comprised of two robotic beds which mirror each other's movements as they roam the galleries. And a wide range of new and ambitious works including a large installation with Holler's signature Fly Agaric mushrooms. Other highlights include two Flying Machines that allow visitors to 'lift off' over the Hayward Gallery's sculpture terraces and 'fly' above Waterloo Bridge.

 
 
 

Giffords Circus

The vintage circus returns to Chiswick House for the first time in ten years.

Chiswick House, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP

Tube: Turnham Green Station

 

Dates: 11th - 24th June 2015

 

The family-run vintage Giffords Circus returns in its signature burgundy and gold wagons to Chiswick House for the first time in ten years with a brand new show, Moon Songs, for summer 2015. Known for their idiosyncratic, beautifully designed shows, the 90 minute Moon Songs, performed in a billowing tent, invites audiences to enter the world of the Victorian Lunar Park, a fairground run by larger than life illusionist, man of magic and mystery, Odoroff, and his little man assistant, David. Tweedy the clown is shot from a cannon and then turns himself into the man in the moon, the bear gallops past on a pony and the carousel horses come to life in a show which weaves theatre, opera, dance, puppetry and a live orchestra into a fun filled family show.

 
 
 

Hampton Court Palace Festival

John Wilson, Alfie Boe, Paloma Faith, Peter Andre and Burt Bacharach play in the open air Tudor courtyard.

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 11th - 23rd June 2015

 

Returning for its 23rd year with 10 nights of concerts and comedy, the Hampton Court Palace Festival is one for the older generation. Taking place in the open-air court of King Henry VIII's Palace, the festival has a beautiful backdrop and this year welcomes a line-up of acts that worthy of the venue. John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra pay tribute to composers from the MGM film musicals, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, Paloma Faith plays two dates, on 16th and 18th June, Alfie Boe performs classic tracks, Peter Andre headlines on Saturday night before Burt Bacharach wraps things up on Tuesday 23rd June. A first for the festival, there's a double bill of comedy from Alan Davies and Paul Merton on 17th June, and Jools Holland returns to kick the whole thing off playing his unique brand of boogie woogie with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra on Thursday 11th June and Friday 12th June 2015. Guests can bring their own hampers with champers or take advantage of the pre-ordered picnic options on offer which include a VIP package where you get great seats, a champagne reception with canapes as well as dinner with wine.

 
 
 

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

The composer, pianist, bandleader and broadcaster proves he's king of boogie woogie.

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 11th - 12th June 2015

 

King of boogie woogie, Jools Holland brings his energy-fuelled show back to Hampton Court for what has become a highlight of the Hampton Court Palace Festival. The composer, pianist, bandleader and broadcaster is joined by his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and the show will feature the stunning Gilson Lavis on drums and the fabulous Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall on vocals. Awarded an OBE in 2003 for his services to the British music industry, Jools has been bringing new music and legendary stars to our living rooms for two decades through his TV shows 'Later with... Jools Holland', and Jools' Annual Hootenanny.

 
 
 

Affordable Art Fair Hampstead

Over 100 galleries under one roof.

Lower Fairground Site, East Heath Road, London, NW3 1TH

Tube: Hampstead Station

 

Dates: 11th - 14th June 2015

 

The second Affordable Art Fair of the year in Hampstead is the little sister of the Battersea Park original, which takes place earlier in the year in March. Held in a marquee on the Lower Fairground Site on Hampstead Heath over a June weekend, there are over 100 galleries under one roof, exhibiting paintings, original prints, sculpture, etchings and photography from both established names and emerging talents - all priced from £40 to £4,000. It's the fifth consecutive year the Affordable Art Fair has come to Hampstead in its 12-year history, attracting around 20,000 people for what should be a perfect summer's day out in north London.

 
 
 

We Want You To Watch

Look on as two female characters take on the porn industry.

Temporary Theatre (formerly The Shed), National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 11th June - 11th July 2015

 

Created in collaboration with the the anarchic dance-theatre collective RashDash, We Want You to Watch depicts the journey of two female characters as they take on the porn industry. "They want to end all porn," writer Alice Birch told Andrew Dickson in an interview for The Guardian, adding, "It's a little surreal, about pushing things to the extreme." Expect a play about a provocative intervention in a 24-hour online world of pornography and lurid imagery which uses humour as a weapon.

 
 
 

1984

Headlong's hit show returns to the West End for a three-month run.

Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE

Tube: Embankment Underground Station, Charing Cross Station

 

Dates: 12th June to 5th September 2015

 

George Orwell's seminal novel, 1984, is adapted by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan for Headlong Theatre company who have created "a superbly handled multimedia speculation on the nature of truth" according to the Guardian theatre critic Lyn Gardner who gave it 5 out of 5. Though "not an easy watch" (Guardian), Headlong's version of George Orwell's novel on surveillance and censorship uses a book club from the distant future discussing Winston Smith's diary to makes the story more relevant today than ever. This smash hit adaptation returns to the Playhouse Theatre in London's West End for a three-month run beginning on 12th June 2015.

 
 
 

Northern Ballet: Madame Butterfly/Perpetuum Mobile

A perfect introduction of the two faces of Northern Ballet.

 

A perfect introduction of the two faces of Northern Ballet, this double bill presents Madame Butterfly, one of the company's most popular full-length productions, along with Perpetuum Mobile, choreographed by Scottish Ballet artistic director Christopher Hampson. In the heartbreakingly tragic Madame Butterfly, audiences are transported to Japan where the doomed love affair between American Naval Lieutenant, Pinkerton, and his young Japanese bride, Butterfly, begins. In contrast, the 17-minute long neo-classical Perpetuum Mobile shows the strength, technical and athletic talents of Northern Ballet's dancers.

 
 
 

Bushstock

Communion Records present Bushstock, a festival of original music and intimate venues.

Various Venues London, , London, W1J 9LN

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 13th June 2015

 

One-day west London festival Bushstock returns for its fifth year in 2015, showcasing some of the best up-and-coming talent from 'The Bush' and beyond. The brainchild of Communion record company, the festival began as a monthly night at the Notting Hill Arts Club and has now expanded to a six-venue event. With more than forty bands performing across the six venues, which include Bush Hall, St Stephen's Church, Defector's Weld, Albertine Wine Bar and University of Arts London, its the perfect chance to enjoy something a little less mainstream, somewhat folksy and a little bit raw. This year's line-up includes Michael Kiwanuka, young Warwickshire musician Lucy Rose, All We Are, Ady Suilman, Honeyblood, Misty Miller, Racing Glaciers and many more.

 
 
 

Fanfare and Fireworks with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

A night of classical music culminating in Handel's rousing Music for the Royal Fireworks.

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 13th June 2015

 

The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra returns to Hampton Court Palace Festival for a glorious evening of Fanfare and Fireworks against the backdrop of the great Tudor courtyard. The Orchestra will perform scores from the mainstream masters of classical music, culminating in Handel's rousing Music for the Royal Fireworks and a real fireworks display, set off 15 minutes after the concert finishes, provides a spectacular finale to round off this superb evening.

 
 
 

Luna Gale

Rebecca Gilman's arresting and sharply witty drama about a social worker.

Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3EU

Tube: Swiss Cottage Station

 

Dates: 13th June - 18th July 2015

 

Sharon Small, best known as DS Barbara Havers in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, stars in Rebecca Gilman's arresting and sharply witty drama about a social worker whose life changes forever with her next case. Michael Attenborough returns to Hampstead's main stage for the first time since his period as the theatre's artistic director to direct this drama about veteran social worker Caroline Cox whose encounter with teenage couple, Peter and Karlie, makes her question everything she previously thought.

 
 
 

Highgate Fair in the Square

The circus is coming to the annual free fair in Highgate Village.

Pond Square, Highgate Village, London, N6 6BP

Tube: Highgate Station

 

Dates: 13th June 2015

 

This year local theatre company Highgate's Jacksons Lane is bringing the circus to the annual free Fair in the Square in Highgate Village on Saturday 13th June when Morris dancers, Punch and Judy shows and over a hundred colourful stalls fill Pond Square in the heart of the historic Hampstead village. Over 20 circus artists will conduct skills workshops and perform juggling, trampoline and balancing acts throughout the afternoon from a new third stage on the grassy knoll in front of The Flask pub. Upstairs at the Gatehouse is also getting involved as the cast of the latest play, 'There's a Guy works down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis' perform numbers from the show. In between acts you can browse among the stalls selling gifts, jewellery, crafts, clothing, plants and every type of food from cupcakes to Austin-style BBQ provided by The Duke's Head. Given that Highgate is famous for its village-y atmosphere, the Fair in the Square is as close as London gets to a village fete.

 
 
 

Open Garden Squares Weekend 2015

Explore the hidden green spaces at The River Cafe, Ham Yard Hotel, and 10 Downing Street.

Various Venues London, , London, W1J 9LN

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 13th - 14th June 2015

 

From the iron-fenced residential parks of west London to the landscaped churchyards of the City, hundreds of garden squares play a vital part in maintaining London's status as one of Europe's greenest cities. The wonderful Open Garden Squares Weekend is the one time of the year when these gardens open their gates to everyone - many of these private spaces are not accessible to the public for the rest of the year. A record breaking 224 gardens are taking part in 2015 including The River Cafe, Ham Yard Hotel, and the garden at 10 Downing Street where 50 lucky ticket holders are allowed in. Also taking part are Gardening Leave at Royal Hospital Chelsea, The Skip Garden in King's Cross and, new for this year, Derbyshire Street Pocket Park in Bethnal Green, which just goes to show what you can do with a dead-end road with 12 car-parking bays. If you have youngsters in tow, many of the gardens stage activities for families too. Tickets allow entry to all participating gardens.

 
 
 

World Naked Bike Ride

Cyclists go "as bare as you dare" to raise awareness of bicycles on the roads.

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

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 13th June 2015

 

There's a good reason why professional cyclists wear Lycra: to hold their privates in the right place so as to avoid unnecessary (not to mention painful) chaffing (or entrapment) with the saddle. For naturists and exhibitionists who are prepared to risk getting all tangled up when pedalling on two wheels, the World Naked Bike Ride is just the job. Last year more than 1,000 people took off their clothes and rode around the capital nude to raise awareness of the need for more tolerance of bicycles on the roads of the city. Part of a unified world event, the London Naked Bike Ride, now in its eighth year, does make exemptions for those a bit too shy to reveal all, with a "go as bare as you dare" policy implemented above a stringent cry for nakedness. The actual ride is easy and relaxed, with participants often decorating their torsos with body paint and bikes with environmental protests against oil dependency and car culture. There are six events to choose from, each with an individual start point, and all routes eventually merge together at the end. Similar rides in the UK take place in Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Manchester, York and Southampton.

 
 
 

John Wilson and The John Wilson Orchestra

The British conductor and his hand-picked orchestra celebrate classic songs from the MGM musicals.

 

British conductor and musicologist John Wilson and his hand-picked orchestra celebrate classic songs from the MGM musicals as they pay tribute to composers George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Harry Warren, Jerome Kern and Andre Previn, among others. Celebrated for his sold out annual appearances with the John Wilson Orchestra at the BBC Proms, John Wilson has established an international reputation as a conductor, arranger and scholar. For this Hampton Court Palace evening concert, 'That's Entertainment - A celebration of the MGM Film Musicals', they are joined by special guests Anna-Jane Casey and Matt Ford.

 
 
 

Hard Rock Cafe Birthday

The Hard Rock Cafe celebrates 44 years in London with burgers for 71p.

The Hard Rock Cafe, 150 Old Park Lane, London, W1K 1QZ

Tube: Hyde Park Corner Station

 

Dates: 14th June 2015

 

On Sunday 14th June 2015 the Hard Rock Cafe celebrates its birthday, selling its Legendary Burgers for just 71p in honour of the year the first ever Hard Rock Cafe opened in London: 1971. Sunday 14th June marks 44 years to the day that Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton first opened the London cafe, a time when Edward Heath was prime minister, flares were in and Knock Three Times was top of the pops. Each cafe has its own unique local Legendary Burger, made with meat and melted cheese, and on 14th June they'll be a bargain 71p per burger, available all day until stock runs out. Happy birthday Hard Rock!

 
 
 

London Collections: Men

A three-day festival to showcase the creative and commercial importance of British menswear.

Various Venues London, , London, W1J 9LN

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 15th - 17th June 2015

 

Three-day fashion festival London Collections: Men returns and is more popular than ever. The male equivalent of London Fashion Week celebrates the creative and commercial importance of the British menswear industry with a series of fashion shows from the likes of Topman, Barbour, Alexander McQueen and Tom Ford. There are also the Showrooms, which see over 70 British and international menswear designers participate, and an impressive series of events.

 
 
 

Paloma Faith

Her retro-soul sound will fill the stunning Tudor courtyard at Hampton Court Palace.

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 16th - 18th June 2015

 

Hackney-born singer Paloma Faith started out on the cabaret scene and now she is one of the leading lights of the British music industry having received four BRIT Award nominations to date, including British Female Solo Artist and Best British Album. Tickets for her first appearance at the Hampton Court Palace Festival quickly sold out so another date has been added. Working with music icons and singer-songwriters including Pharrell Williams, Diane Warren, John Legend and Raphael Saadiq, Paloma has produced two double platinum selling albums in the UK. Her characteristic retro-soul sound will fill the stunning Tudor courtyard at Hampton Court Palace with hits like 'Only Love Can Hurt Like This', her first Number 1 hit from her latest album, 'A Perfect Contradiction', one of the huge success stories of 2014.

 
 
 

Alan Davies and Paul Merton's Impro Chums

Two top British comedians share a billing in a first for the Hampton Court Palace Festival.

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 17th June 2015

 

Acclaimed stand-up comedians Alan Davies and Paul Merton present a special double-bill of comedy, a first for the Hampton Court Palace Festival. Alan Davies, a regular on the hugely popular TV quiz show 'QI' and well known as the charming but reticent crime solver in the BAFTA Award winning 'Jonathan Creek' returns to stand-up. And popular comedian Paul Merton is joined by his Impro Chums Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster, to create a brand new show every night, inspired by suggestions from the audience as well as their own finely honed improvisational skills.

 
 
 

BP Portrait Award

The National Portrait Gallery's award is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world for portrait painting.

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

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

 

Dates: 18th June to 20th September 2015

 

2015 marks the BP Portrait Award's 36th year at the National Portrait Gallery. A highly successful annual event, which last year attracted 2,377 entries from 71 different countries, the open competition is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world for portrait painting. The three shortlisted portraits are shown alongside around 55 selected works in a free exhibition which returns to the National Portrait Gallery for three months this summer. Worth £30,000 to the winner, this competition is not just about money, it's also about prestige; many previous winners have gone on to gain important commissions. Craig Wylie, who won the award in 2008, was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to create a portrait of Dame Kelly Holmes.

 
 
 

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

Back for its third summer, British Summer Time brings Taylor Swift and The Who to Hyde Park.

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

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 18th - 27th June 2015

 

British Summer Time Hyde Park is back for its third summer in June 2015 with The Who, Paul Weller, Kaiser Chiefs, and Taylor Swift playing live in Hyde Park. Now a firm summer fixture in London, the 10-day 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.

 
 
 

Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair

A fixture in the London arts calendar since 1972.

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

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 18th - 28th June 2015

 

In 2015, the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair moves its dates from the beginning to the end of June, running from 18th until 28th June to coincide with Masterpiece London and the major summer Impressionist and modern art auctions. A fixture in the London arts calendar since 1972 the fair, which comes to Olympia every June and November, features more than 150 dealers from Britain and abroad showcase their collections of antiques, jewellery, paintings, ceramics and contemporary designs. The fair typically attracts over 30,000 people and includes items as varied as Pre-Raphaelite paintings, contemporary art and furniture which can fetch up to £20,000. Among the highest prices achieved in recent years was a toilet service set which sold for a staggering £1.5 million.

The exhibition will take place at London's Olympia. If you're looking for accommodation near Olympia, be sure to check out our London Hotels page.

 
 
 

The Seagull

Chekhov's drama is adapted by Torben Betts for the Open Air Theatre.

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

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 19th June - 11th July 2015

 

The second production of the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre 2015 season, The Seagull begins with guests gathering at a country house to see an avant-garde play and artistic temperaments lead to a more entertaining tableau behind the curtains. Torben Betts' new version of Anton Chekhov's drama is directed by Matthew Dunster who previously directed 'The Lightning Child' at Shakespeare's Globe and a fabulous 'Big Fat Gypsy Wedding' style 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' for Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.

 
 
 

Krapp's Last Tape

The legendary Robert Wilson brings Samuel Beckett's haunting play to life.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 19th - 21st June 2015

 

Visionary directory and visual artist Robert Wilson brings Samuel Beckett's haunting Krapp's Last Tape to life for the Barbican International Beckett Season. The one-man show is set during the cacophony of a torrential thunderstorm and sees an old man prepare to archive his last year on tape, just as he has every birthday since he was young. Upon listening to an earlier recording, he is reintroduced with his brash and confident younger self and is drawn into a chilling personal dialogue.

 
 
 

Alfie Boe

Boe moves away from his traditional operatic repertoire to a more contemporary sound.

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 19th June 2015

 

Following the release of his new album 'Trust', Alfie Boe will play at Hampton Court Palace this June as part of the Hampton Court Palace Festival. The English Tenor - known as 'The Nation's Tenor' - became a household name after he broke into the industry back in 2011, selling nearly 700,000 copies of his hit albums 'Bring Him Home' and 'Alfie'. In this latest album, the follow up of his 2012 release 'Storyteller', Boe moves away from his traditional operatic repertoire to create a more contemporary sound and applies his voice to a set of country and blues, folk and gospel.

 
 
 

The Trial

Rory Kinnear stars in Nick Gill's adaptation of Franz Kafka's The Trial.

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

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 19th June to 8th August 2015

 

Olivier Award winner Rory Kinnear stars as Josef K, an ordinary man put on trial by a mysterious agency for unidentified crimes, in Nick Gill's adaptation of Franz Kafka's The Trial. Richard Jones directs this nightmarish descent into psychological hell. Returning to the stage for the first time since his Olivier-winning Iago at the National, the name of Kinnear on the bill is sure to make this another sell-out success for the Young Vic.

 
 
 

InTransit Festival

Forty tonnes of sand creates an urban beach under the Westway Flyover.

Notting Hill, , London, W11 3AG

Tube: Holland Park Station

 

Dates: 19th - 28th June 2015

 

An urban beach under a flyover, a pop-up art school, five Mexicans soaring through the air like birds; just a few of the wonders of this year's InTransit Festival of site-responsive art and performance in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. This year's festival welcomes MOBO and BAFTA award-winning hip-hop artist, 'Akala' performing in The Dissenters Chapel, Kensal Green Cemetery; the legendary birdmen of Mexico soaring through the air, in Emslie Horniman's Pleasance; an urban beach under the Westway Flyover; and a Pop-Up Art School in Powis Square. Take part in the creation of Spinning Threads on Sunday 21st June - a mass installation at Kensington Town Hall - and go on a scavenger hunt on Portobello Road (19th-28th June) as Portobello Market celebrates 150 years.

 
 
 

Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Company: Flamencura

The UK premiere of a new work by legendary flamenco guitarist and producer Paco Pena.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 20th - 28th June 2015

 

Legendary flamenco guitarist, composer, dramatist and producer Paco Pena returns to Sadler's Wells with Flamencura. In pursuit of 'duende', the alchemy between interpreter and audience at the core of flamenco, the Spanish guitar virtuoso, six musicians and three dancers portray a musical journey through the history of flamenco in all its variations in dance, song and guitar. Book in for the Sunday performances, on Sunday 21st and Sunday 28th June, and you can learn the steps at free pre-show flamenco classes.

 
 
 

Peter Andre

The Australian pop star and reality TV survivor plays at Hampton Court Palace.

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 20th June 2015

 

Peter Andre's split with Jordan doesn't seem to have done his career any harm - the pop star and celebrity survivor has enjoyed recent success with his 2014 album 'Big Night' which produced the hit soundtrack 'Kid' to the Dreamworks film 'Mr Peabody and Sherman'. A 23 date sell-out 2014 tour soon followed. Now the 'Mysterious Girl' singer, who rose to fame in the 1990s with hits like 'Flava' and 'Insania', is playing a Saturday night slot at the Hampton Court Palace Festival, expect a spectacular live show.

 
 
 

Blur

Blur are back with their first album in over 12 years and headline at the British Summer Time festival.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 20th June 2015

 

Damon Albarn's Britpop veterans perform live in Hyde Park, returning to the scene of their 2009 reunion performance and the place where they performed on the day of the official Closing Ceremony in August 2012. Blur's Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree return with old favourites like Parklife peppered with tracks from their latest album, The Magic Whip. Support comes from Metronomy, The Horrors, Roots Manuva, Drenge, Jupiter and Okwess International, Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, Fufanu, Iris Gold, Teleman and Sugarmen.

 
 
 

West End LIVE

See performances from top West End shows for free.

Trafalgar Square, Central, London, WC2N 5DS

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

 

Dates: 20th - 21st June 2015

 

Thousands of people gather in Trafalgar Square to enjoy performances from top West End shows for free. A firm favourite for over 10 years, West End Live showcases the best of London's headline theatre shows for two days of fun, al fresco entertainment. Featuring live performances by the casts of top West End shows like Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys and Matilda The Musical, this is a glorious piece of free summer fun showcasing the amazing variety on the capital's West End stage.

 
 
 

U.N. International Yoga Day at Alexandra Palace

Limber up for free outdoor yoga in celebration of first ever International Yoga Day.

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

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 21st June 2015

 

Salute the sun on the longest day of the year and take part in the biggest free outdoor yoga event in celebration of International Yoga Day. 80 free yoga and meditation classes by some of the biggest names in yoga take place in the grounds of Alexandra Palace. Bring your own mat and join in with Yogabeats with David Sye, BoxingYoga and strong vinyasa flow sessions. This is just one of 30 free yoga classes taking place at locations across the country. Other London locations include Bernie Spain Gardens, next to Oxo Tower Wharf, and Shoreditch Park.

 
 
 

The New Waterloo Dispatch: Battle Of Waterloo Bicentenary Parade

Parade and pageantry commemorate a defining moment in European history.

Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2AX

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

 

Dates: 21st June 2015

 

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, a horse-drawn post chaise will process from Greenwich to a Royal Ceremony at St James's Square, attended by HRH The Princess Royal, followed by a parade of military bands down The Mall. The New Waterloo Dispatch commemorates a defining moment in European history - when news of the British and Allied Forces victory over Napoleon reached London - with a parade and military bands marching from Horse Guards Parade down The Mall. At the end of the journey, replica Eagles will be laid before HRH The Princess Royal at St James's Square and the Waterloo Room in the East India Club where the Prince Regent received the message of victory 200 years ago.

 
 
 

Kylie Minogue, Grace Jones and Chic feat Nile Rodgers

Kylie Minogue joins with special guests Grace Jones and Chic feat Nile Rodgers in Hyde Park.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 21st June 2015

 

It's a day of disco in the park when Australian pop star Kylie Minogue joins up with special guests Grace Jones and Chic feat Nile Rodgers for the Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park concert on Sunday 21st June. Disco fever will get the party dancing in Hyde Park as Kylie belts out dance floor fillers like 'I Should Be So Lucky', 'Spinning Around' and 'Can't Get You Out of My Head', just three of the 33 UK Top 10 singles she's had over the past 25 years. Grace Jones, rare and phenomenal live performer, has said: "I'll bring the Jekyll to Hyde Park". Performing live for the first time in 2015, Ms Jones is as much known for her outrageous outfits, on stage hula-hooping and larger than life character as she is for her ground-breaking club hits 'Pull Up To The Bumper', 'Slave To The Rhythm' and 'Nightclubbing'. And Chic feat Nile Rodgers are back by popular demand, after a now legendary mid afternoon set at the inaugural British Summer Time Hyde Park two years ago.

 
 
 

City of London Festival

A summer programme of music, visual arts, film, walks and talks in The City.

Various Venues London, , City, London, W1J 9LN

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 22nd June - 13th July 2015

 

Founded in 1962, the City of London Festival is a summer programme of music, visual arts, film, walks and talks. It takes place across several City of London venues, including St Paul's Cathedral where the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performs Haydn's The Creation (on 24th June 2015). It's also where the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment gives an authentic performance of Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 (2nd July). Many of the events and activities are free (particularly if outdoor) including annual festival highlight the children's parade which sees 1,500 children taking to the City's streets. This year there's a focus on Singapore through a multi-arts series, including a performance from the T'ang Quartet and pianist Melvyn Tan (29th June). And the festival's 'Choral Capital' initiative returns with an inspiring line-up of participatory and performance led choral events.

 
 
 

Burt Bacharach

The legendary pianist and composer plays his best-loved songs from a career spanning six decades.

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 23rd June 2015

 

American pianist and composer Burt Bacharach, famed for hits like 'Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head', written for the soundtrack of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 'I Say a Little Prayer', and 'Walk On By' - another Dionne Warwick hit - plays his best-loved songs from a career spanning six decades. Regarded as one of songwriting's most successful exponents, his career is marked by 48 Top 10 hits, nine number 1 songs, more than 500 compositions and an impressive run of more than 50 years in the charts. All of which ensures that this concert at Hampton Court will be something special.

 
 
 

BNP Paribas Tennis Classic

Exclusive exhibition match set in the genteel surrounds of the Hurlingham Club.

Hurlingham Club, Ranelagh Gardens, London, SW6 3PR

Tube: Putney Bridge Station

 

Dates: 23rd - 26th June 2015

 

Held the week before Wimbledon, the BNP Paribas Tennis Classic is an exclusive exhibition match set in the genteel surrounds of the Hurlingham Club in west London. The event attracts top class players including world no.5 and rising star Kei Nishikori - who became the first Japanese tennis player in history to reach a Grand Slam Final last year - and world no.9 Tomas Berdych as well as tennis legends Xavier Malisse and Thomas Enqvist, former Wimbledon semifinalist and Australian Open finalist respectively, and crowd pleaser Mansour Bahrami. Set in 42 acres of manicured grounds the centre court, with just 600 seats, gives spectators an up-close experience and players mingle with guests off court in and around the striking Georgian club house - a perfect and quintessentially English setting.

 
 
 

Barbara Hepworth

The prominent British sculptor is the subject of a major retrospective at Tate Britain.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 24th June to 25th October 2015

 

The first major show dedicated to prominent British sculptor Barbara Hepworth for nearly 50 years opens at Tate Britain on 24th June 2015. This major retrospective charts her progress from small carvings to the significant work in bronze, wood and stone that marked her achievement as a sculptor. Most commonly associated with St Ives, Cornwall, where she lived from 1939 until her death in 1975, Hepworth was a leading figure in the 1930s, and one of the most successful artists in the world during the 1950s and 1960s. The exhibition includes rarely seen works, including textiles, drawings, collages and photograms.

 
 
 

The Importance Of Being Earnest

David Suchet dons a dress and recites the immortal line: "a handbag!"

Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH

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

 

Dates: 24th June to 7th November 2015

 

David Suchet, best known for his role as the precise Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, purses his lips as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde's razor-sharp satire on Victorian manners. Famously, The Importance of Being Earnest centres on best friends Algernon and Ernest who adopt different identities as they swan between dual lives in the city and country to court the attentions of the desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Adrian Noble, Artistic Director of the RSC from 1990 to 2003, who is currently directing Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf for The Theatre Royal Bath, directs the play which previews from 24th June 2015 at the Vaudeville Theatre before officially opening there on 1st July 2015.

 
 
 

Barely Methodical Troupe: Bromance

A highly physical, modern circus show exploring male friendships.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 24th June - 19th July 2015

 

Performed by Barely Methodical Troupe - Beren d'Amico, Louis Gift, and Charlie Wheeller, all recent graduates of the National Centre for Circus Arts - Bromance is a highly physical, modern circus show exploring male friendships featuring acrobatics, humour and parkour. The show which explores "male friendship through an engaging mix of acrobatics, hand to hand and the Cyr wheel" (The Guardian) opened the 2015 London International Mime Festival earlier this year and now comes to the Southbank as part of the Udderbelly Festival.

 
 
 

To Kill A Mockingbird

Christopher Sergel's adaptation transfers from Regent's Park Open Air Theatre to the Barbican.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 24th June - 25th July 2015

 

Set in the Deep South, Christopher Sergel's adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel won multiple awards when it premiered in 2013 at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Now, two years later, the stage version of To Kill a Mockingbird, the brilliant book about racial injustice in a small-town community, comes to the Barbican following a UK tour. American screen and stage actor Robert Sean Leonard returns to the lead role of Atticus exclusively for the Barbican's summer run. But this "superb adaptation" comes with a warning: "If you have tears, prepare to shed them", says Charles Spencer in The Telegraph. "There are many moments when the depth of emotion becomes overwhelming."

 
 
 

Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer Of India And Burma, 1852-1860

A display of some of the earliest and most striking views of South Asian landscape.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 24th June to 11th October 2015

 

Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860 will see the V&A display some of the earliest and most striking views of South Asian landscape and architecture by the pioneering British photographer. Through the early photographs, Tripe explored the new medium in order to showcase and document archaeological sites, monuments and landscapes that had been rarely seen in the West. The exhibition also displays his emerging skills as a photographer and his ability to combine the keen eye of a surveyor with the sensibilities of an artist. The exhibition is part of the V&A's India Festival, which also includes The Fabric of India and Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection.

 
 
 

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2015: SelgasCano

Spanish architects SelgasCano design the prestigious Serpentine Pavilion in 2015.

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, South Kensington, London, W2 3XA

Tube: Lancaster Gate Station

 

Dates: 25th June to 18th October 2015

 

Spanish architects SelgasCano have been chosen to design the Serpentine Pavilion in 2015, a great honour in the industry, and a highlight of the arts calendar. The award-winning studio, headed by Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano, is the first Spanish practice to be asked to design the temporary structure in Kensington Gardens. The gallery's annual Serpentine Gallery Pavilion project is always an interesting prospect, challenging a world-renowned architect to create a structure which temporarily occupies the lawn in front of the gallery which must be their first structure in the UK. Plans for this year's commission are to be revealed in February 2015.

 
 
 

The Culpeper: Rooftop Bar, Grill and Greenhouse

The rooftop bar, grill and greenhouse in Spitalfields opens on Thursday 25th June.

The Culpeper, 40 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LP

Tube: Aldgate East Station, Aldgate East Underground Station, Aldgate Station

 

Dates: From 25th June 2015

 

On Thursday 25th June 2015 The Culpeper in Spitalfields launches its Rooftop Bar, Grill and Greenhouse, the third phase of the restoration of the old Victorian pub by owners Nico Treguer, Gareth Roberts and Bash Redford. Sitting proudly atop the Victorian pub, the rooftop has its own bar serving signature cocktails, and a bespoke grill designed by Mark Parr of the London Log Company. A simple menu serving cuts of meat from the Ginger Pig butchers and salads from the garden will be served for lunch and dinner, using fresh herbs from the garden. And, best of all, the spacious greenhouse offers protection from the elements so guests can enjoy the botanical rooftop space all year round.

 
 
 

British Summer Time 2015: The Who

The Who play Hyde Park with support from special guests Paul Weller, Kaiser Chiefs and Jonny Marr.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 26th June 2015

 

The Who, the rock outfit which brought us 'Quadrophenia', 'Who Are You' and 'My Generation', perform on the Great Oak Stage as part of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park. The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend perform in Hyde Park on Friday 26th June as part of their The Who Hits 50! tour. Support comes from special guests Paul Weller, Kaiser Chiefs and Jonny Marr with others to be announced. The all-day bill will feature more acts who owe an artistic debt to this influential British band.

 
 
 

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival

Nine day free festival of street performances, art and dancing in the streets.

Greenwich, , London, SE10 9HF

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 26th June - 05th July 2015

 

The whole of Greenwich comes alive for the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, a nine day free festival of street performances, art and dancing in the streets. The festival always opens with an epic outdoor spectacular and this year highly regarded French street theatre company La Compagnie Oposito performs on the opening weeked presenting the UK premiere of Kori Kori, a processional theatrical journey through Greenwich. Other highlights include Southpaw Dance Company with their choreographed fairground Carousel, slackrope walker Stefano di Renzo, and Stopgap Dance Company who pay tribute to Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, all part of the two-day Greenwich Fair. In addition, over in Bethnal Green Gardens, 451 is a spectacular, immersive show, inspired by Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.

 
 
 

Taylor Swift: The 1989 World Tour

The 'Shake It Off' singer comes to Hyde Park for British Summer Time.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 27th June 2015

 

Global superstar and seven-time Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift is the first headliner announced for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2015. With infectious single 'Shake It Off' making Swift one of the most talked about artists in the world right now, this concert is sure to be sell out - just like her five gigs at the O2 sold out last year. Taylor will take to the Great Oak Stage in London's iconic Hyde Park on Saturday 27th June 2015 singing old favourites and new tracks from her latest album, '1989'. She will also be joined by special guests Ellie Goulding and John Newman. Tickets are on general sale from 9am on Monday 10th November 2014.

 
 
 

Idina Menzel

The voice of Elsa and Broadway star performs hits and show tunes at Wembley Arena.

SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way, London, HA9 0DH

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 27th June 2015

 

The New York-born singer-songwriter who will forever be known as the voice of Elsa in Disney's Frozen, performs hits and show tunes at Wembley Arena. Menzel can currently be seen on Broadway as Elizabeth in the original production 'If/Then' for which she earned critical acclaim and her third Tony nomination. Seen on BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing' performing 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' with Michael Buble, the track features on her new Christmas album.

 
 
 

FIA Formula E Championship

The world's first fully-electric racing series arrives in London.

Battersea Park, Albert Bridge Road, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 27th - 28th June 2015

 

The world's first fully-electric racing series arrives in London this June. Launched in September 2014 and running through to June 2015, Formula E is a new FIA single-seater championship that sees 10 teams, each with two drivers, go head-to-head in some of the world's leading cities. Before the finale in London, the championship will stop by the likes of Buenos Aires, Miami, Berlin and Monte Carlo.

 
 
 

Pride in London

The theme for this year's colourful parade is heroes.

Trafalgar Square, Central, London, WC2N 5DS

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

 

Dates: 27th June 2015

 

Following a record breaking year, when 30,000 people danced, marched, drove and rollerskated their way through the heart of the capital, Pride in London is back and this year the theme is Heroes. Celebrate the people and organisations who've contributed to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights over the years and join the colourful parade as it marches proudly from Baker Street, along Oxford Street and Regent Street, ending in Trafalgar Square with a concert featuring chart acts, musicians, dancers, West End stars and other performers.

 
 
 

Greenwich Fair

Circus with acts from across Europe perform including Gandini Juggling.

Cutty Sark Gardens, King William Walk, London, SE10 9HT

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

 

Dates: 27th - 28th June 2015

 

Once the largest and most raucous outdoor gathering in Britain, the Greenwich Fair was apparently one of Charles Dickens' favourite events in London. 150 years on, and the Greenwich Fair still boasts a huge programme of outdoor performing arts over two days. In 2015 there's a particular focus on circus with acts from across Europe including Gandini Juggling, Cathy Waller Company, StopGap Dance Company, 15feet6 and Collectif Malunés performing in Cutty Sark Gardens, Old Royal Naval College. Meanwhile across the river in Tower Hamlets the London premiere of a new outdoor production, 451, will feature inventive storytelling, fire and special effects. The fair is part of the nine day Greenwich and Docklands International Festival which has been described by the Sunday Times as "a thrilling showcase of high octane performing arts that use architectural landmarks as their backdrop".

 
 
 

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship

The world's top players come to play the most watched event in the Grand Slam calendar.

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

Tube: Wimbledon Park Station

 

Dates: 29th June - 12th July 2015

 

In 2015 the Wimbledon Championships, the most watched event in the Grand Slam calendar, will be held one week later than usual to give the players time to recuperate after the clay court season. Many tennis pros covet the Wimbledon crown, played out at the All England Club, above all others and the grass surface makes for fast, breathless duels. Tickets can be applied for through the public ballot on the website, if however you're not lucky enough to get hold of one it is easy to get in to the grounds if you queue up in the morning. However, there are only 500 tickets for the centre courts available, so you have to turn up seriously early - or queue overnight - to be certain of getting to see the biggest matches. But in the first week the outer courts still have some of the world's greatest players and you can grab tickets for them if you arrive by about 9am.

 
 
 

Akram Khan & Israel Galvan - TOROBAKA

Kathak and flamenco combine to create a genre defying work.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 30th June - 05th July 2015

 

In June Akram Khan and Israel Galvan collaborate on TOROBAKA, bringing together elements of kathak and flamenco to create a genre defying work about the bull and the cow. Returning after its well received UK premiere at Sadler's Wells in autumn 2014, TOROBAKA takes its name from a Maori-inspired phonetic poem by Tristan Tzara. The bull (toro) and the cow (vaca) are sacred animals in the dancers' two traditions and represent the coming together of dance styles. This is a duel which "often proves ferocious", according to The Guardian critic Judith Mackrell. "Khan barefoot with jangling ankle bells, Galvan in heeled flamenco shoes - the two men look as though they won't give up until one of them falls, exhausted, to the floor."

 
 
 

Station To Station: A 30 Day Happening

Californian multimedia artist Doug Aitken takes over the Barbican with a free, 30 day "happening".

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 26th June - 27th July 2015

 

Californian multimedia artist Doug Aitken takes over the Barbican this summer for Station to Station, a free, 30-day "happening" inspired by his 2013 event in which he and a number of other artists trained it across the US and staged performances along the way. Featuring more than 100 different events, some of which are ticketed, the event includes work from artists such as Martin creed, Olafur Eliasson and Ed Ruscha, as well as a gig from New York punks Suicide and a new piece from musician Terry Riley. No two visits will be the same and visitors can expect immersive yurt installations, coloured smoke being released across the Barbican and a dark maze of cloth.

 
 
Sophie Wallace

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Sophie Wallace

4th August 2015

 

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