June in London 2017

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Elton John performs at Twickenham
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park
Hella Jongerius: Breathing Colour
Making Nature: Part II
Festival of Love
Sargent: The Watercolours
Ludovico Einaudi
Agnes Obel
The Stone Roses
Simple Minds
Field Day 2017
Bryan Ferry
GROW London
Taste of London
London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
Rufus Hound as Mr Toad in The Wind in the Willows
Free Range
London 10 Mile
Ed Sheeran
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas & Ictus: Rain
The Great Get Together: The Big Lunch at the Olympic Park
Take That
House & Garden Festival
Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical
Fahrelnissa Zeid
Dulwich Pavilion, IF_DO
Wine Car Boot
London Wine Week
Scottish Dance Theatre: Dreamers TuTuMucky
Open Garden Squares Weekend
East End Film Festival
Rapha Nocturne
Grace Dent is at the opening of the Night Market
Green Days, a highlight of the Bedford Park Festival
Serpentine Pavilion 2017: Designed by Francis Kere


Adele, Kraftwerk, Elton John and Phil Collins make June a great month for live music in London. Julian Fellowes' The Wind in the Willows opens at the London Palladium and the collapse of Kids Company becomes a musical.

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London Food Month

The Evening Standard launches the UK's biggest food festival.


Dates: 01st - 30th June 2017


Celebrating London's diverse culinary scene, the Evening Standard presents the UK's biggest food festival this June. With a programme created by food writers Grace Dent and Tom Parker Bowles, London Food Month will incorporate hundreds of events across the capital - from breakfasts to late-night supper clubs - to represent the global gastronomic traditions that can now be found in London. Inspired by London's thriving street food scene, the headline event will be the Night Market, bringing together up to 50 restaurants, food trucks and bars, as well as live entertainment, in a London park. Britain's longest-standing restaurant critic, Fay Maschler, will also select her 50 favourite places to eat. The event will also partner with The Felix Project to promote awareness of food waste and hunger.


Sundance Film Festival: London

The UK spinoff of America's indie film festival returns with four days of original film.

Picturehouse Central, 7-14 Coventry Street, London, W1D 7DH

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 30th May, 31st May, 1st Jun and 2nd Jun 2019


Bringing four days of original film, Sundance London returns to Picturehouse Central in June. The UK spinoff of America's indie film festival founded by Robert Redford in 1987 will showcase films screened at the Utah-based film festival in January. With screenings celebrating independent filmmakers, the festival presents a series of both UK and world premieres. This year's festival kicks off with a screening of Beatriz at Dinner, attended by Salma Hayek and director Miguel Arteta. Other films on the line-up include the UK premiere of Wilson, starring Woody Harrelson, the international premiere of Crown Heights and the international premiere of The Big Sick. The closing feature will be A Ghost Story starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. Plus, this year will see the introduction of a surprise film, which will only be revealed when the opening credits roll.


Dulwich Pavilion

A Camberwell based architecture practice is behind the winning design.

Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich Village, Bloomsbury, London, SE21 7AD

Tube: Denmark Hill Station


Dates: 01st - 30th June 2017


A highlight of the 2017 London Festival of Architecture and a first for the Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Dulwich Pavilion is equivalent to the Serpentine Pavilion of the south east. A temporary events structure in the gallery's historic grounds, the winning design by Camberwell based architecture practice IF_DO responds to the monolithic structure of Sir John Soane's gallery and the changing nature of the landscape. Titled 'After Image', the pavilion is made with translucent mirrored screens - some fixed, some moveable - and a timber roof overlaid with mesh veil, in response to the LFA's overarching theme of 'memory'.


London Festival of Architecture

Month-long festival focussing on the fabric of our city.


Various Venues Dates: 1st to 30th June 2019


'Memory' gives the 2017 London Festival of Architecture its theme, fleshed out through walking tours, debates, exhibitions and family events with over 450 to choose from. Highlights this year include the Dulwich Pavilion, talks by three global architectural giants: Sir David Adjaye, Daniel Libeskind and Lord Richard Rogers as well as a screening, talk and discussion on New Covent Garden Market. Two perennially popular LFA fixtures return: the Great Architectural Bake Off in Fitzroy Square and the Lego Challenge at the Royal Academy. A city-wide festival, events take place from the Brunel Museum to Whitechapel all exploring how London memories can influence the future of our city.


East End Film Festival

Kicks off with free outdoor screenings at Old Spitalfields Market.

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

Tube: Walthamstow Central Station


Dates: 11th - 29th June 2018


The 16th East End Film Festival takes place every weekend throughout June kicking off with free outdoor screenings at Old Spitalfields Market. Musicals Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and West Side Story are screened as part of Films For Food in support of Tower Hamlets Foodbank (free entry in exchange for a donation of non-perishable food items). Each of the five weekends are programmed to appeal to different audiences. So you can see the world premiere of My Name Is Lenny at Bethnal Green's York Hall and short films by homegrown talent throughout the East End Discovery weekend. At venues across the East End including Castle Cinema, Close-Up, Curzon Aldgate, Electric Cinema Shoreditch and Hackney Picturehouse, the festival hosts expert speakers, film premieres and a massive costumed party as the Twin Peaks Ball takes over Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel.


Elton John

The singer-songwriter performs in Twickenham as part of his worldwide tour.

Twickenham Stoop Stadium - Harlequins Rugby Club, Langhorn Drive, Twickenham, Middlesex, Hyde Park, London, TW2 7SX

Tube: Hounslow East Station


Dates: 03rd June 2017


2016 was a busy year for Elton John; he released his 33rd studio album, Wonderful Crazy Night, and played live shows in Hyde Park and at the Apple Music Festival. Showing no signs of slowing down, in 2017 he plays at Twickenham Stoop - which has a capacity of just under 15,000 - as part of his worldwide Wonderful Crazy Night Tour. On Saturday 3rd June 2017 the famous singer-songwriter, who has sold 250 million records worldwide and wrote the music for The Lion King, will play well loved classics and new material.


Festival of Love

The summer-long festival returns to celebrate love in all its guises.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 03rd June - 28th August 2017


Back at the Southbank Centre for a fourth year, the summer-long Festival of Love celebrates love in all its guises through performance, music, installations and design. Part of the year-long Nordic Matters event, this year's highlights include Outi Pieski's Falling Shawls in the Royal Festival Hall foyers, Jeppe Hein's Modified Social Benches, the return of the Festival of Love Design Challenge and lift lobby installations.


Anatomy Of A Suicide

Alice Birch and Katie Mitchell collaborate once again for this new production.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 03rd June - 08th July 2017


Writer Alice Birch - known for Revolt, She said. Revolt again, We Want You To Watch and Little on the Inside - collaborates with director Katie Mitchell once again in 2017 for Anatomy of a Suicide, to be staged at the Royal Court Theatre in June. The pair last worked together on German play Ophelias Zimmer in 2016 and they now present this elegiac portrait of three generations of women, who are living with the painful legacy of the emotional turmoil in their past.


Depeche Mode

The 80s cool definers perform live.

Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station


Dates: 03rd June 2017


Original Depeche Mode vocalist Dave Gahan continues to front the Essex-formed collective as it presents its synth-pop and new wave originals. The 80s cool definers continue a career that has seen them sell over 100 million records and become heroes to two very different generations. Now, on the back of their 13th studio album, the band are back to perform their new material and much-loved early work. Songs like 'Shout' and 'Enjoy the Silence' are extraordinary live, and these will be a massive concert, with an audience that ranges from teenage goths and emo-kids, through the rave generation, all the way to the fans who first loved them twenty-odd years ago.


Field Day 2017

Electro musician and composer Aphex Twin headlines this year.

Meridian Water, Argon Road Enfield, London, N18 3BW

Tube: Blackhorse Road Station


Dates: Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June 2019


Electro musician and composer Aphex Twin - aka Richard David James - headlines Field Day festival in 2017, playing his best IDM and electronic tunes. On the impressively large line-up comes ABRA and her airy R&B-tinged vocals, 22 year old Irish storyteller Aine Cahill, and Julia Jacklin - part of "a new wave of young Australian and New Zealand-based artists... giving Nashville's heartland genre a wry overhaul" (Guardian). As well as live music you get DJ sessions from Jon Hopkins, Dutch collective Dekmantel Soundsystem, and BBC 6 Music DJ Marc 'Lard' Riley. Taking place annually at Victoria Park, Field Day is perfect for subdued electro, melancholic folk, bold dance acts and a dreamy summer vibe.


Mighty Hoopla

Win tickets to see Years and Years, Will Young and All Saints play at Victoria Park.

Brockwell Park, Norwood Road, London, SE24 0PA

Tube: Brixton Station


Dates: Saturday 8th June 2019


After a successful first outing at Butlin's in Bognor Regis Mighty Hoopla comes to London for the first time this summer. Years and Years, playing their only UK festival of 2017, are headlining the festival at Victoria Park on Sunday 4th June 2017, and LondonTown has a pair of tickets to giveaway. Will Young, All Saints, Charlotte Church and Sophie Ellis Bextor also play at "the ultimate celebration of pop and alternative club culture". DJs, club nights and performance troupes taking part include Sink The Pink, Guilty Pleasures, The Glory, Ultimate Power, The Grand, Bongo's Bingo, and huge karaoke night Masseoke. East End performance bar The Glory will take over the bandstand and it's a safe bet you'll be picking glitter out of your hair come Monday morning. Go to LondonTown Competitions for details on how to win a pair of tickets to the festival, enter before 12noon on Monday 17th April 2017.


Phil Collins

The Grammy Award-winning singer performs live for the first time in 10 years.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 04th - 09th June 2017


Phil Collins is Not Dead Yet. Far from it. The Grammy Award-winning singer and former Genesis frontman is playing live for the first time in 10 years with five nights at the Royal Albert Hall, followed by a major British Summer Time gig in Hyde Park, all in June 2017. Collins might well be a 'Marmite' musician (you either love him or... not) but there's no doubt these concerts will sell out. Adding to his 40-something year-old fans, "there's another generation who venerate him" according to the NME - won over by the 1999 'Tarzan' soundtrack.


Agnes Obel

Danish singer-songwriter fills the Roundhouse with her melancholic folk music.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station


Dates: 04th June 2017


Alternative folk by Agnes Caroline Thaarup Obel, the angelic Danish singer-songwriter, fills the Roundhouse for one night only on Sunday 4th June 2017. Agnes Obel, whose ethereal tones have won multiple Danish music awards including Best Album, Best Female Artist and Best Songwriter of the Year, is well known for her exquisitely melancholic vocals. The Seattle Times noted her "atmospheric chamber pop held an audience spellbound" at a Seattle gig at St. Mark's Cathedral and in London she appeared at the popular Somerset House Summer Series in 2014.


Simple Minds

The band perform a career spanning collection of songs.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JF

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Holborn Station, Temple Station


Dates: 04th June 2017


When Simple Minds announced they were taking their new album, Simple Minds Acoustic, on the road the first London gig, at the London Palladium on Saturday 27th May, sold out and a second date had to be added, at Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Sunday 4th June. The tour will see them perform a career spanning collection of songs acoustically for the first time and they will be joined by special guest The Anchoress. "Don't be fooled by the acoustic tag!" Jim Kerr has reassured us, and with MOJO magazine declaring it "their best album in 30 years" these shows will be just as energetic as their rock n roll performances.


London 10 Mile

Up to 10,000 runners race through traffic-free Richmond Park.

Richmond Park, Park Office, Holly Lodge, London, TW10 5HS

Tube: Richmond Station


Dates: 04th June 2017


A new sporting event for London in 2017, the London 10 Mile is the first and only major 10 mile running event in the city. On Sunday 4th June as many as 10,000 runners will share beautiful Richmond Park with the deer to take part in the closed road 10 mile running event. A family friendly occasion, there will be a 1 mile Family Fun Run for the little ones (four years and up) and a free 'Picnic in the Park' event where runners, supporters and local residents can enjoy live music and kids entertainment from Sharky & George in the Royal Park.


Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical

Raucous rock opera based on Meat Loaf's 1977 album.

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: 05th June - 05th August 2017


Jay Scheib directs a high-octane rock'n'roll musical by Jim Steinman based on Meat Loaf's 1977 album, about a rebellious youth called Strat, who falls in love with the daughter of the despotic leader of a post-cataclysmic city. The songbook includes tracks from Bat Out Of Hell, one of the best-selling albums of all time which sold over 50 million copies worldwide. Well known songs include the massive hit I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That), You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) and the anthemic title track. "Impressive staging, clever production and a back catalogue of hits ensure the Meat Loaf musical is a smash hit" said the Manchester Evening News.


London Wine Week

Bethnal Green's Oval Space becomes the ultimate summer wine garden.


Dates: 05th - 11th June 2017


Take a self-guided wine tour at London Wine Week which encourages you to discover new grapes and blends at top restaurants and bars across London. All week, more than 100 venues taking part serve discounted tasting flights of wine to wristband wearers for £5 per flight. As well as pop-ups and special brunches there's a new addition this year. The Wine Edit (8th to 10th June) converts Bethnal Green's Oval Space into a beautiful summer wine garden complete with wines from around the world, food from the Modern Pantry and a vermouth terrace - perfect for those sunset aperitifs.


Tape Face

The Boy With Tape On His Face is back with a new show.

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH

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


Dates: 06th June - 22nd July 2017


The Boy With Tape On His Face returns with his new show, Tape Face, and serves up a Neapolitan ice cream of genres: mime with noise, stand-up with no talking, drama with no acting. Drawing on a heritage that includes silent film, mime, magic, puppetry, Motown and the films of Patrick Swayze, The Boy With Tape On His Face is a pensive, curious soul approaching every object and audience member as a potential friend - or plaything. "A deliciously skilful hour, some of the set pieces are simply joyous, sometimes mesmerising," says The Times. "Great vaudevillian routines reinvented and invested with real personality. Wills is the last word in silent comedy," adds The Guardian. The show is at various times slapstick, refreshing, inventive, sublime and lunatic, with Wills' time as an apprentice clown and his interest in traditional circus freak shows shining through.


Take That

The trio play six sold out nights at The O2.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 06th - 12th June 2017


Five may 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' at The O2. Longstanding hits 'Everything Changes But You', 'Could It Be Magic' and 'A Million Love Songs' are played along with new songs from their most recent album 'Wonderland' released in March 2017. The band is renowned for its spectacular live productions with aerialists, circus performers, holograms and robots, and this show - where they've put the stage in the centre of the arena for the first time - will be no different.


Bryan Ferry

The Durham-born singer-songwriter and musician performs two gigs.

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

Tube: Richmond Station


Dates: 07th - 21st June 2017


The Durham-born singer-songwriter and musician, who first topped the UK singles chart with Roxy Music, performs two gigs as part of the Hampton Court Palace Festival on Wednesday 7th June and Wednesday 21st June in the year the festival celebrates its 25th anniversary. Performing against the beautiful backdrop of Henry VIII's palace, Bryan Ferry will no doubt play favourites like Love is the Drug, Virginia Plain, Let's Stick Together and Jealous Guy at the open air concert for an intimate audience of 3,000.


Night Market

Putting street food next to Michelin-star dining.

Perks Field, Kensington Palace Gardens, London, W8 4PR

Tube: Queensway Station , Bayswater Underground Station


Dates: 07th - 18th June 2017


Fifty food stalls from London's favourite chefs, restaurants and street food stars come together for the Night Market, a headline event of London Food Month. Putting street food next to Michelin-star dining, the outdoor food market means you can feast on shepherd's pie from The Ivy, grilled cheese sandwiches from The Cheese Truck as well as delicious dishes from all four of Angela Hartnett's restaurants. Added to this there are art installations and entertainment including DJs, live music, Westfield Open-Air Cinema (tickets available to purchase separately), surprise pop-ups and themed bars from drinks suppliers including Ketel One Vodka and Cobra Beer. It all kicks off with Norman Jay DJing and Grace Dent hosting an informative Q&A with Massimo Bottura on his latest project, Refettorio Felix at St Cuthbert's for London Food Month.


Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!

Grayson Perry touches on popularity, art and masculinity in this new exhibition.

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA

Tube: Lancaster Gate Station


Dates: 08th June - 10th September 2017


As part of the gallery's popular summer season, the Serpentine Gallery presents Grayson Perry's The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!. An astute commentator on contemporary society and culture, Perry will touch on many themes in the show, including popularity, art, masculinity and the current cultural landscape. The exhibition will 'tackle how contemporary art can best address a diverse cross section of society, confronting subjects that are universally human'. Presenting new pieces, Perry will question what kind of art people like, what subject and why people like going to art galleries in the present day.


Hampton Court Palace Festival

Nine nights of music in the beautiful open-air court of King Henry VIII's Palace.

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

Tube: Richmond Station


Dates: 08th - 24th June 2017


In its 25th anniversary year, the Hampton Court Palace Festival marks the occasion with nine nights of music in the open-air court of King Henry VIII's Palace - a beautiful backdrop for a line-up of acts worthy of the venue. James Morrison kicks the whole thing off on 8th June and Will Young plays his only full live show in London this summer, on 14th June, performing jazz numbers and new adaptations of his much-loved songs. Van Morrison, Bryan Ferry, Rick Astley and Michael Ball together with Alfie Boe are all on the line up which also includes festival favourite Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Bjorn Again and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra who play at the 'Fanfare and Fireworks' night. 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.


The Kite Runner

Matthew Spangler's adaptation moves to the Playhouse Theatre.

Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE

Tube: Embankment Underground Station , Charing Cross Station


Dates: 08th June - 26th August 2017


Adapted by Matthew Spangler from the best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner charts the heartrending story of friends Amir and Hassan, whose childhood innocence is tainted forever by an incident during a kite-flying tournament. Directed by Giles Croft, this adaptation transfers from the Wyndham's Theatre to the Playhouse Theatre stars former Casualty actor Ben Turner as the central character, Amir. Hosseini told the Evening Standard, the stage version is 'very different' to the film: "What is appealing is it lets you put a lot more of the book and text on the stage."


Meltdown Festival: M.I.A.

Sri Lankan born singer M.I.A. curates this year's festival.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 3rd to 11th August 2019


"Often outrageous, always outspoken," (BBC News) M.I.A. curates the marvellous Meltdown Festival in 2017. Launched 24 years ago, the festival puts one well connected music industry figure in the driving seat and gives them free reign to invite whoever they like to the Southbank Centre. Putting M.I.A., or Mathangi 'Maya' Arulpragasam, in charge will no doubt bring her wide range of influences - from Nu Rave and Dancehall to Hip Hop - to this year's festival. The Sri Lankan born, London bred singer's vast list of collaborators includes Diplo, Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Jay Z and Lil Wayne. Given the festival is all about collaboration, we're looking forward to must-see live concerts at the boundary-pushing festival.


Bushstock Festival

The Staves, Aine Cahil and Basia Bulat perform this year.

Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 7LJ

Tube: Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line)


Dates: Saturday 15th June 2019


English folk rock trio The Staves, Irish singer-songwriter Aine Cahil, and Canadian folk singer Basia Bulat are just three of the acts lined up to play at this year's west London festival, Bushstock, back for its seventh year in 2017. A one-day festival at venues across 'The Bush', the annual event is 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 multi-venue event. With more than forty bands performing, it's the perfect chance to enjoy something a little less mainstream, somewhat folksy and a little bit raw. Performers this year include FOURS, Gordi, Jade Bird, Krusoe, Liv Dawson, Palace Winter, and Ten Tonnes with many more to be announced.


Wine Car Boot

Sip and sample grapes from London's top independent wine shops and producers.

St James's Market, St James's, London, SW1Y 4QQ

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 28th July - 18th August 2018


Kicking off the closing weekend of London Wine Week, the Wine Car Boot comes to the West Handyside Canopy in Kings Cross this weekend. Providing visitors with the chance to taste their way around London's independent wine scene, the market has wines available to taste, buy, drink in or take home by traders and producers like Le Grappin and Vinoteca. There will also be food and live music plus everyone's invited to the after party at Spiritland (round the corner on Stable Street) from 8 'til late. A fun way to support independent wine shops and producers.


Rapha Nocturne

Folding bikes, penny farthings and fixed gear bikes race around the City of London.

Cheapside, 56-57 Cheapside, London, EC2V 6AU

Tube: Mansion House Station , St. Paul's Station, Bank Station, Cannon Street Station


Dates: 10th June 2017


Presenting a free, fun day of cycling, the Rapha Nocturne returns to Cheapside in the City of London on Saturday 10th June with a new family zone for 2017. The event mixes amateur and elite riders alike, racing on folding bikes, penny farthings and fixed gear bikes on a race circuit around the closed roads of City. Anyone can enter the folding bike race or the Concours d'Elegance - with the prize going to the most stylish cycling outfit - while the elite riders compete for £1,000 in prize money at night.


Green Days

Maggie Philbin opens the two-day traditional village fete in Chiswick.

Acton Green Common, Hardwicke Road, London, W4 5LQ

Tube: Chiswick Park Station


Dates: 09th - 10th June 2018


A highlight of the Bedford Park Festival, Green Days starts the three week festival with a two-day traditional village fete on Acton Green with stalls, five-a-side football, live music and the Fuller's beer tent. This year's festival will be opened on Saturday June 10th by former Tomorrow's World presenter and Chiswick local, Maggie Philbin. She'll be judging the children's fancy dress competition on the first day of Green Days weekend, on the theme 'The Next 50 Years', as part of the festival's golden jubilee celebrations. A hugely popular day out, thousands of people come to the fair each year for its children's corner, music performances, funfair, refreshments and good old fashioned village fete atmosphere.


Crystal Palace Overground Festival

After a year off, the festival returns and promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Crystal Palace Park, Thicket Road, Penge, London, SE20 8DT

Tube: Denmark Hill Station


Dates: 12th - 18th June 2017


Having taken 2016 off, the Crystal Palace Overground Festival returns in 2017, moving from Westow Park to Crystal Palace Park. The line-up of this year's festival is yet to be announced but it promises to be bigger and better than ever, with the usual combination of fringe theatre, gigs, events and stalls. The main event takes place on Saturday 17th June while the community fringe festival is on between Monday 12th June and Sunday 18th June.


Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

The largest regular contemporary art exhibition returns.

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

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 10th June to 12th August 2019


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.


Fahrelnissa Zeid

Tate Modern puts the spotlight on the influential Turkish artist.

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

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station


Dates: 13th June - 08th October 2017


One of the first female artists to exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in London in the late 1950s, influential Turkish artist Fahrelnissa Zeid, is best known for her large-scale abstract paintings. These works are shown with her figurative paintings at Tate Modern from June 2017, exploring her obsession with geometrical details. One of the few women to attend the Academy of Fine Arts in Istanbul in 1920, she also studied in Paris and her work was shown at almost 50 exhibitions in Europe, the United States and the Middle East in her own lifetime.


Tristan & Yseult

Kneehigh Theatre's popular production is revived at the Globe this summer.

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

Tube: Mansion House Station


Dates: 13th - 24th June 2017


Kneehigh Theatre's production, Tristan & Yseult, which catapulted the company to international success more than a decade ago, is revived at Shakespeare's Globe this summer as part of a major Celtic tour for the company. A tale of forbidden desires, the original play examines the love and betrayal between Tristan, King of Cornwall, and his wife Yseult. The Cornish King rules with his head not his heart but that doesn't stop him from falling head over heels for his enemy's sister. Emma Rice directs the production, which blends comedy, live music, grand passions and tender truths.


Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas & Ictus: Rain

Ten dancers perform in front of a curtain of fine strings.

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

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 13th - 14th June 2017


World-renowned dance company Rosas, the dance company of the Belgian choreographer and dancer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, returns with her iconic piece, Rain, which originally premiered in 2001. This "improbably moving spectacle" (NYMag) by "Pina Bausch's natural heir" (The Guardian) is set to Steve Reich's masterpiece, the minimalist Music For 18 Musicians, which is inspired by breath rhythms. The score is beautifully interpreted by Rosas's long-term collaborator Ictus Ensemble who perform the piece live.


Taste of London

A wonderful al fresco festival of all things food.

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

Tube: Regent's Park Station


Dates: 19th to 23rd Jun 2019


Five days of top flight food, drink and entertainment at Regent's Park, Taste of London is a wonderful al fresco festival of all things food. Indulge in some delicious gluttony as over forty of London's best restaurants, including a flurry of Michelin stars, show off their culinary handiwork. Work your way through a range of miniature speciality dishes - bought with the event's currency, 'crowns' - hot off the plates from London's top restaurants. This year, three of the world's most respected chefs are at the festival: Massimo Bottura chef patron of globally revered 3 Michelin-starred, Osteria Francescana; rock star chef and the man who put Brazilian food on the map Alex Atala; and one of the UK's hottest talents, Michelin-starred Ollie Dabbous. All three will appear at the festivals new feature, The Taste of Residence, which offers a sit down fine-dining experience cooked for and served by these food icons. Other chefs attending include Tom Kerridge, Nathan Outlaw, Thomasina Miers and Francesco Mazzei.


Giovanni Da Rimini

This exhibition provides the opportunity to learn about a key moment in art.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

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


Dates: 14th June - 08th October 2017


Giovanni da Rimini: An Early 14th-Century Masterpiece Reunited at the National Gallery invites visitors to learn about a key moment in the history of art, when emphasis on observation and realism was born. Through outstanding loans including works by artists working in Rimini the early 14th century, the exhibition will reveal how the innovative works combine the discerning details of late-Byzantine icons with a new, more expressive style.



Guilty or not guilty? The audience decides in this courtroom drama.

Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, 2 King Street, London, W6 0QA

Tube: Hammersmith Station


Dates: 14th June - 15th July 2017


You the audience decides the verdict when a pilot of hijacked plane is put on trial in this work by Ferdinand von Schirach. The Lyric presents the UK premiere of thrilling courtroom drama, Terror. A worldwide phenomenon that has been stirring debate across the globe, the production is directed by the Lyric's Artistic Director, Sean Holmes, and designed by Olivier Award-winner Anna Fleischle.


Live At Chelsea

Long weekend of open air concerts at historic home of the Chelsea Pensioners.

Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th Jun 2019


Ludovico Einaudi and Belle & Sebastian play at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the home of the Chelsea Pensioners as part of Live At Chelsea, a long weekend of open air concerts at the historic home of the red uniformed Chelsea Pensioners. Glasgow band Belle & Sebastian kicks off the music festival on Thursday 15th June with lead singer Stuart Murdoch promising "a fragrant evening of modern rock and roll" and dressing up. Sunday 18th June sees Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi close the open-air concert series with his unique brand of classical music influnced by African, rock and electronic sounds.


Belle and Sebastian

The indie band from Glasgow plays as part of the Live At Chelsea concert series.

Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 15th June 2017


Introspective indie-pop from the Glaswegian septet fronted by lead singer Stuart Murdoch who formed in the mid 1990s and received an Outstanding Contribution To Music Award at the 2014 NME Awards. The "indie darlings" Belle & Sebastian "are finally in danger of shaking off the stereotype" ran a Guardian headline and this Chelsea concert certainly confirms that. In a career spanning eighteen years the band, who won the "Best Newcomers" BRIT award in 1999, has produced their ninth album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, eight years in the making. "A very weird album, but a very intriguing one too" says NME, "a confident, expansive record injected with disco and synthpop" says The Guardian.


Free Range

Fine art, photography, design, interior design and architecture.

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station


Dates: 14th June - 16th July 2018


Free Range, the UK's largest graduate art, design and fashion show, returns to The Old Truman Brewery for a month-long summer run with around 3,000 exhibitions from 50 leading universities. Since its inception in 2001, Free Range has been showcasing art, fashion, design, graphics, illustrations, textiles and photography from creative graduates from all over London and the UK. The annual event provides college students with the opportunity to showcase their work on an international level. For the public, it's a (free) chance to spot the latest trends and newest talents. What's more, a stone's throw from Brick Lane and its popular markets, Free Range can be part of a wider day out in the East End. All the exhibitions and displays are free but take note that the fashion catwalk shows are by invite only, while Thursday nights are private viewings.



A sly and subversive comedy about the blurred lines between masculinity and femininity.

Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 8LJ

Tube: Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line) , Goldhawk Road Station, Shepherd's Bush Station (Central)


Dates: 15th June - 22nd July 2017


Nadia Fall directs Taylor Mac's sly and subversive comedy about the blurred lines between masculinity and femininity. Set in a mid-West American home, Hir centres on marine Isaac, who returns home to discover his brother Max is now called Maxine and their mother Paige has decided to usurp her husband as the head of the household.


Scottish Dance Theatre: Dreamers TuTuMucky

Scotland's national contemporary dance company presents a daring double bill.

The Place, 17 Duke's Road, London, WC1H 9PY

Tube: Euston Station , Euston Square Station


Dates: 16th - 17th June 2017


High-energy contemporary dance and hip hop in Dreamers by Slovakian choreographer Anton Lachky is paired with TuTuMucky by London-based choreographer Botis Seva at The Place. Scottish Dance Theatre has commissioned hot new choreographer Botis Seva to create new work, TutuMucky, for this double bill when it will be performed along with the award-winning Dreamers, a hit for Scottish Dance Theatre in 2015.


The Wind in the Willows

Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe bring the classic story to life.

London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: From 17th June 2017


Following successful runs in Plymouth and Southampton, The Wind in the Willows transfers to the London Palladium in June. Kenneth Grahame's classic story is brought to life in the new musical by Oscar-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer George Stiles and lyricist Anthony Drewe. Rufus Hound stars as Mr Toad while other cast members include David Birrell as Badger, Fra Fee ad Mole, Sophia Nomvete and Mrs Otter and Thomas Howes and Rat. Producer Jamie Henry is also ensuring little ones across the capital get to enjoy the classic story by sending free copies of the book to every school and library in London.


The Stone Roses

Mancunian indie-rockers play tunes from their impressive back catalogue at Wembley Stadium.

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station


Dates: 17th June 2017


Four years ago The Stone Roses played their first official London concerts since the band split in 1996. Now the Mancunian indie-rockers are back for a very special gig, at Wembley Stadium. The Manchester-based group comprising of Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani and Reni play the massive west London stadium for one night only in June. Expect hit tunes from the band's impressive catalogue of seminal indie and psychedelic pop classics. Tickets are likely to get snapped up quick - all 220,000 tickets for their Heaton Park gig sold within 68 minutes, earning them a Guinness World Record for the fastest-selling rock concerts in British history.



Rupert Goold directs the world premiere staging of James Graham's drama.

Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, London, N1 1TA

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 17th June - 05th August 2017


Rupert Goold directs the world premiere staging of James Graham's drama set in late 1960s Fleet Street, where a young and ambitious Rupert Murdoch embarks on a quest to hire an editor to give birth to a crowd-pleasing newspaper, The Sun. Ink is James Graham's Almeida debut. His work for theatre, television and film includes This House which had two sell-out runs at the National Theatre.


Open Garden Squares Weekend

Over 230 gardens in the city open their gates to the public.


Various Venues Dates: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June 2019


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. More than 230 gardens are taking part in 2017, a record number for the event, including The River Cafe, Garden Barge Square, the MaRoCoCo Garden at Rococo Chocolates and The Master's Garden within Temple. If you have youngsters in tow, many of the gardens stage activities for families too. Tickets allow entry to all participating gardens.


Ludovico Einaudi

Minimalism, pop, jazz, chillout and world music from the classical Italian pianist.

Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 18th June 2017


Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi plays for one night only at the grounds of Royal Hospital Chelsea, as part of the Live At Chelsea concert series, on Sunday 18th June, 2017. Blending minimalism, pop, classical, jazz, chillout and world music, the bespectacled 60-year-old from Turin has played at venues as varied as the Royal Albert Hall and Fabric Nightclub. He has performed at the iTunes festival, at the BT River of Music ahead of the 2012 summer Olympics, and he has given us the wonderful soothing scores for the British TV-drama 'This Is England' and the French film 'Untouchable'.



This one-day mini festival celebrates the heritage skills of older people.

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

Tube: Walthamstow Central Station


Dates: 18th June 2017


Back for its third year, GrandFest is a one-day mini festival that celebrates the heritage skills of talented older people, aiming to inspire the younger generation to learn new skills. Presented by the Royal Voluntary Service charity, it sees restaurants, pubs and shops around Spitalfields present a series of masterclasses, from crochet to lacemaking and bread making to woodturning, all hosted by teachers over 70. Venues taking part include the Geffrye Museum, Anthropologie, The Ten Bells, Blixen and AGA London while performances will also take place on the GrandFest stage in Bishops Square.


The Great Get Together: The Big Lunch at the Olympic Park

Nationwide street party celebrating communities and connections.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Olympic Park, London, E15 2EE

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station


Dates: 18th June 2017


A flagship event of The Great Get Together, the Big Lunch at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park invites everyone to come together for a huge picnic and free entertainment. This year's Big Lunch is part of a nationwide event with the Jo Cox Foundation to bring communities together to celebrate connections and that which unites us. It's the perfect opportunity to come to the park and celebrate London's diverse communities through music, dance, storytelling, sports and food from around the world. Bring a picnic or buy food from the many food stalls, take part in the activities and meet your fellow Londoners.


The Ferryman

Jez Butterworth's emotionally wrought family drama comes to the West End.

Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 20th June - 19th May 2018


Following a sold out run at the Royal Court, Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman comes to the West End from June 2017. The Olivier Award-winning playwright, who will forever be remembered for Jerusalem, returns with an emotionally wrought family drama set in 1981 rural Derry. American Beauty's Sam Mendes directs the play, which beings as the Carney farmhouse in Northern Ireland prepares for the annual harvest. A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead. But this year they will be interrupted by a visitor. With such an impressive creative team, we advise booking before it sells out.



An immersive 3D experience from the German electronic music group.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 21st - 22nd June 2017


The critically-acclaimed electro pioneers Kraftwerk have been making waves on the techno scene since 1970. The German electronic music group sold out eight live performances in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall in 2013 and now they've been forced to add a third and final date show at London's Royal Albert Hall due to overwhelming demand - the first two dates in June 2017 sold out instantly. Expect an immersive 3-D multimedia experience at this 3-D concert... if you're lucky enough to get tickets.


Sargent: The Watercolours

The first major UK exhibition of watercolours by John Singer Sargent.

Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7AD

Tube: Denmark Hill Station


Dates: 21st June - 08th October 2017


This June, the Dulwich Picture Gallery hosts the first major UK exhibition of watercolours by John Singer Sargent. Sargent: The Watercolours brings together nearly 80 works from what is arguably the artist's greatest period of watercolour production, between 1900 and 1918. Renowned as the portraitist of his generation, Sargent mastered the medium of watercolour while on painting expeditions to Southern Europe and the Middle East, where he developed a unique way of seeing and composing. The exhibition will showcase 80 of his landscapes, architectural structures and figurative scenes from private and public collections, drawing attention to the most radical aspects of his work.


Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent

This multi-sensory show invites visitors into a vibrant new scent scene.

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 21st June - 17th September 2017


Somerset House's new exhibition, Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent, invites visitors into a vibrant new scent scene. A multi-sensory show, it showcases ten extraordinary perfumes from the past two decades - and the perfumers who created them - that are changing the perceptions of scent today. The exhibition begins with an overview of the origins of modern perfumery and an introduction to the historical innovators of the industry before exploring the modern movement and ten trailblazers who are inspiring and influencing the perfume industry today, with each of them given a dedicated space to allow visitors to immerse themselves into the stories and scents. The line-up includes Sécretions Magnifiques by Antoine Lie, which aims to provoke the pinnacle of sexual pleasure; Molecule 01 by Geza Schoen, which apparently enhances your own skin scent; and Purple Rain by Daniela Andrier, which, as an Iris-based scent, led a modern renaissance of flower in fragrance.


GROW London

This garden fair offers plenty of inspiration as well as unusual plants and accessories.

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

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station


Dates: 19th to 23rd Jun 2019


It blossomed in Hampstead but in 2017 GROW London uproots and moves west to Olympia as part of the new House & Garden Festival taking place from 21st to 24th June 2017. Joining GROW London under the new festival umbrella will be the Spirit of Summer Fair and The HOUSE Fair, so you get three fairs under one roof at the four-day event. A relaxed, friendly contemporary gardening fair for novices and experts alike, GROW London has plenty of inspiration, even if you only have a window sill to call your outdoor space. The garden fair also offers unusual plants, containers, furniture, accessories and tools which are perfect for small outdoor spaces, patios, balconies and window boxes.


House & Garden Festival

This new festival brings together three lifestyle events.

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

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station


Dates: 19th to 23rd Jun 2019


A new summer festival for London, the four-day House & Garden Festival brings together three lifestyle events: Spirit of Summer Fair, The HOUSE Fair and GROW London to create a one-stop-shop for stylish living. Full of interior, gardening and lifestyle inspiration, there are over 500 to explore and shop, all hand-selected by an expert team, including the editorial team at House & Garden magazine. Stylists have selected their favourite pieces from the huge array of products available at the festival to create inspirational spaces alongside beautiful feature gardens so you can magpie ideas for your own garden.


Spirit of Summer Fair

This fair provides lots of ideas for enjoying the summertime in style.

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

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station


Dates: 19th to 23rd Jun 2019


Hosted by House & Garden magazine, the Spirit of Summer Fair becomes part of the first ever House & Garden Festival, which combines three events under one roof at Olympia. Along with The HOUSE Fair and GROW London, Spirit of Summer Fair presents lots of ideas for enjoying the summertime in style. There are 350 stalls to browse around where you can get your summer shopping done, from improvements to your home to stocking up on beachwear. Most of the exhibitors offer special finds and unique goods you won't get in the high street shops. Coupled with all that choice are workshops on homely things like flower arranging as well as useful tips on putting together the perfect picnic. Being a summer fair there is also the obvious and much welcomed Champagne bar, plus Mosimann's pop up restaurant, which serves an enticing array of seasonal specialities. It's a fun day out with friends, and an efficient way to get everything you need for the long, hot summer months.


BP Portrait Award 2017

The popular annual competition returns to showcase the shortlisted and winning images.

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: 13th June to 20th October 2019


The increasingly popular BP Portrait Award returns for a 38th year at the National Portrait Gallery. The highly successful annual open competition, which attracted 2,557 entries from 80 countries last year, is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world for portrait painting. The three shortlisted portraits are shown alongside around 50 or so selected works in a free exhibition which returns to the National Portrait Gallery for three months this summer. Prizes include the BP Travel Award, BP Young Artist Award, open to 18 to 30 year-olds, and the £30,000 first prize. But this competition is not just about money, it's also about prestige; many previous winners have gone on to gain important commissions. Craig Wylie, for example, who won the award in 2008, was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to create a portrait of Dame Kelly Holmes.


A Museum of Modern Nature

This free exhibition considers how each of us connects with nature.

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

Tube: Euston Square Station , Euston Station, Warren Street Station


Dates: 22nd June - 10th September 2017


The second part of a year-long exploration by the Wellcome Collection into how humans relate to other animals and the world around us. A Museum of Modern Nature asks the question that has captivated philosophers, anthropologists, scientists, ethicists and artists for centuries. With contributions from visitors to the Wellcome Collection, this exhibition considers the idea of a museum of nature. Discover the many and varied ways we are personally connected to the natural world and the implications this has for the planet. The first part, 'Making Nature: How we see animals', continues until 21st May 2017.


Ed Sheeran

Live he is "impressively charismatic and intensely likable" - The Guardian

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 22nd June 2017


The award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist performs songs from his third album Divide which is out on vinyl. Fans will get the chance to catch Ed Sheeran perform at The O2 on 22nd June. The gig by the global superstar is part of The O2's 10th Birthday celebrations, adding an extra show on top of his sell-out worldwide 2017 tour. He joins alt-J, Celine Dion and Jamiroquai who also play at one of London's best known music arenas as part of a series of gigs to mark a decade since The O2 first opened.


Robbie Williams

The star stops by London as part of a six-date UK tour.

Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station


Dates: 23rd June 2017


The one-time Take That showman, who has received a record 17 Brit Awards, thrusts and struts through a selection of greatest hits that run the gamut of soaring ballads like Angels to foot-stomping anthems including Let Me Entertain You and Rock DJ. As part of a six-date UK tour in June the Millennium singer will be at the massive Olympic Stadium, with Erasure as his special guest. Robbie's London stadium gig on 23rd June comes before a series of European dates which will bring the total number of shows to 29, in 18 different countries.


Greenwich and Docklands International Festival

Two weeks of free outdoor theatre across Greenwich.

Greenwich, , London, SE10 9HF

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 21st June to 6th July 2019


The whole of Greenwich comes alive for the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, a two-week free festival of street performances, art and dancing in the streets. This year promises to offer something different and reveal new perspectives on the world through outdoor theatre. It kicks off with A View from the Bridge, which tells the story of dock workers and illegal migrants in search of the American dream. A further theatre highlight is Rear View, presented on a specially adapted double decker bus. The Greenwich Fair also returns with four new shows and the proceedings come to a close with The Colour of Light, which sees enormous colour wheels roll through the streets of Woolwich accompanied by a soundtrack composed by Shri Sriram.


Serpentine Pavilion 2017: Designed by Francis Kere

The Berlin-based was inspired by the tree, a meeting point in his home town of Gando.

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA

Tube: Lancaster Gate Station


Dates: 23rd June - 08th October 2017


The award-winning architect Diebedo Francis Kere brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens for the Serpentine Pavilion 2017. A highlight of the annual art shows in London during the summer, the pavilion tasks an architect who hasn't previously has a structure built in the UK with the commission. For his design Kere, who leads the Berlin-based practice Kere Architecture, was inspired by the tree that serves as a central meeting point for life in his home town of Gando, west Africa. He has positively embraced the great British weather, creating a structure which offers shelter - just like a tree's canopy - while gathering rainwater and channelling it into the heart of the pavilion.



This new production transforms the real life collapse of Kids Company into a musical.

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

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


Dates: 24th June - 12th August 2017


Hadley Fraser, Josie Rourke and Tom Deering have transformed the real-life event of the collapse of Kids Company into a musical to be staged at the Donmar Warehouse. The absurdly titled production, The Public Administration And Constitutional Affairs Committee Takes Oral Evidence On Whitehall's Relationship With Kids Company, looks specifically at the evidence given by Camila Batmanghelidjh and Alan Yentob to The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee. It asks the public to consider how civic life in the UK is really governed and what happens when something goes wrong. Who holds us accountable?


London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

The festival returns for its 22nd year with 40 teams competing.

London Regatta Centre, Docklands Road, London, E16 2QT

Tube: Canning Town Station


Dates: Sunday 30th June 2019


This year, the London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival celebrates the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at London's Regatta Centre. The 22nd edition sees 40 given a turn in the dragon boats - human-powered paddled watercraft, typically manned by 17 people, 16 of which are equipped with small paddles and the 17th beating a drum - as they battle it out for one of four cups. Out of the water, there's traditional Chinese lion dancing, live music, martial arts displays, and a South East Asia food festival making this a free, family-friendly, fun day out for both participants and spectators.


Fiz Bar

An affordable sparkling wine bar with complementing food.

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

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 20th June - 13th August 2017


Taking inspiration from Barcelona's cava bars, Fiz offers an affordable drinking experience in the heart of Soho. Stepping away from the pretentious bubbly stereotype, the pop-up sparkling wine bar provides a refreshing alternative to pricey champagne bars and takes residency in the suitably unpretentious Lights of Soho gallery for eight weeks this summer. Run by talented trio Barnaby Lewis, Max Bigland and Jordan Nadian, who bring together backgrounds in the hotel, food and sustainability industries, the bar offers a well thought out, original drinks menu with prices starting at as little as £4.50 - unheard of in this part of town. Despite the low prices, the quality and passion are evident with an intriguing menu ranging from classic cavas and refreshing rosés to the more unusual sparkling red and pet nat. Food wise, diners can choose from a series of dishes that have been chosen to perfectly complement the wines. From cheese and meats boards to mini brioche buns - one featuring the team's delicious homemade pastrami - it's all intended for sharing and eating with hands. At the weekend, guests can choose from a selection of brunch dishes such as avocado on toast, a grilled cheese sandwich and buttermilk pancakes with the option of bottomless bubbles, of course. For a fun and tasty experience that won't break the bank, be sure to head to Fiz this summer.


Hella Jongerius: Breathing Colour

This installation-based exhibition explores how colour behaves.

Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG

Tube: High Street Kensington Station


Dates: 28th June - 24th September 2017


Designer Hella Jongerius draws on years of research to present Breathing Colour at the Design Museum. The installation-based exhibition explores how colour behaves and looks into shapes, materials, shadows and reflections. Through a series of phenomenological studies and experiences, it questions whether we appreciate how colour shapes what we see and makes us question one of the most elemental aspects of design.


New Designers Exhibition Part One

Fresh designs - from fashion to graphics - by recent graduates.

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 28th June - 01st July 2017


Young designers gather in their thousands to showcase their fresh and innovative creations at the Business Design Centre for two weeks this summer. Acting as a springboard for young graduates exiting the safety of higher education the exhibition brings together designers from all ends of the spectrum. Everything from fashion to graphics, interiors to architecture is displayed as 3,000 students represent over 200 top UK design courses. Shining a spotlight on the hottest trends to come and a glimpse into the future of British design, whether you work in the industry, love discovering new talent, or just enjoy a good browse New Designers is sure to have something that will catch your eye. New Designers Exhibition Part Two takes place a few days after this event, from 5th to 8th July 2017.



The hugely successful singer performs four sold out gigs at Wembley Stadium.

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station


Dates: 29th June - 02nd July 2017


The global superstar with an impressive 10 Grammy awards and an Oscar to her name caps off a sell-out world tour with four home town gigs at Wembley Stadium. Despite the massive size of the venue, you'll be lucky if you can get tickets to see Adele at these sold old gigs. The pop star has dominated the BBC Music Awards for a two years in a row, picking up two of the main prizes - song of the year, for Hello, and album of the year, for 25 - her third studio album which became the fastest million-selling album ever when it sold over one million copies in just ten days.


Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

Phil Collins, Green Day and Kings of Leon perform this year.

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

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Dates: 5th to 14th July 2019


British Summer Time Hyde Park is back for a fifth year in 2017 with another impressive line-up. This year will see Phil Collins, Green Day and Kings of Leon headline and there are more acts to be announced. Support for the Kings Of Leon, playing on 6th July, comes from fellow US rock legends Pixies and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. Between two weekends of live music in Hyde Park there's free entertainment with open-air movie nights and tennis screenings, street food stalls and daytime DJs. Free sports sessions and after school multi-sports for kids are also part of the mid-week entertainment.


The Maccabees

The London-based indie-rockers perform a farewell gig following their split.

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

Tube: Bounds Green Station


Dates: 30th June - 01st July 2017


Last August London-based indie-rockers The Maccabees split, much to the dismay of the musical community. Now fans have the chance to say goodbye at two farewellgigs at London's Alexandra Palace and one show at the Manchester Apollo in the summer. In the past 14 years they've headlined Latitude Festival, produced number one album 'Marks To Prove It', and played a stellar set at Glastonbury as well as a secret show at The Great Escape. Now the five-piece bid a fond farewell with a series of special concerts not to be missed.


Queen Anne

Helen Edmundson's taut historical drama transfers to the West End.

Theatre Royal Haymarket, 18 Suffolk Street, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT

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


Dates: 30th June - 30th September 2017


Romola Garai stars as Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough alongside Emma Cunniffe as Queen Anne in the West End transfer of the Royal Shakespeare Company's staging of Helen Edmundson's taut historical drama about a monarch caught between friendship and duty. Directed by Natalie Abrahami (Happy Days, Young Vic), this gripping new play explores the life of one of England's little-known sovereigns and her intimate friendship with her childhood confidante.





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