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Open Air Theatre
Blue/Orange
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
Aladdin
Photo London
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre Of Taiwan - Songs of the Wanderers
Human Animals
Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds
Run Hackney
Run Hackney
Jutland: The Battle and its Legacies
Above and Beyond
MySliceFest
Rooftop Film Club at Bussey Building
Rooftop Film Club at Queen of Hoxton
Rooftop Film Club at Roof East
Birdies Crazy Golf Club
Channel 4's Comedy Gala
The MoonWalk London
Urban Village Fete
Jack Pack
The National Pet Show
Words In The Square
BBC Good Food Summer In City
Foodies Festival Syon Park
Alchemy
Junkyard Golf Club
Nunhead Cemetery Annual Open Day
FA Cup Final
Into the Hoods: Remixed
Il Divo
RAW Artisan Wine Fair
Above and Beyond
Gemma Cairney's Full Moon Party Sleepover
Spin London
Running Wild
 

 

The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre returns, opening with an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's Running Wild, and Photo London presents a special exhibition on legendary war photographer Don McCullin in May 2016.

 
 

Rooftop Film Club at Queen of Hoxton

The Queen Of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3JX

Tube: Liverpool Street Station

 

Dates: 02nd May - 30th September 2016

 

After the success of previous years of the Rooftop Film Club at the popular Shoreditch venue the Queen of Hoxton, film fans will pleased to learn of the return of the summer screening series, which sees a range of classic, cult and recent releases shown on a big screen on the roof for 15 a pop. The experience is far cry from the usual cinema multiplex fodder - with guests able to sit back under the glow of The City's skyline as they enjoy their favourite films with a drink in hand. Wireless headphones, a massive screen, comfy chairs, blankets, drinks and bar food makes for a great all-round experience - and the setting really is quite something. This year's programme at the newly refurbished Queen of Hoxton Rooftop Bar & Kitchen gets under way on 2nd May with The Big Lebowski, Carol, Blade Runner, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Big Short, Creed and The Danish Girl among others. The Rooftop Film Club has also returned to the Bussey Building in Southwark, Roof East in Stratford and the Roof Gardens, Kensington.

 
 
 

London Craft Week

The showcase of exceptional craftsmanship returns for a second year.

Various Venues London, , London, W1J 9LN

Tube: Woolwich Station

 

Dates: 03rd - 07th May 2016

 

A showcase of exceptional craftsmanship, London Craft Week returns for its second year in 2016. The five-day event will see galleries across London host workshops that display all forms of talent, from ancient skills to new techniques. This year's programme brings together 130 events, featuring hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside renowned masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands. Events include a London Glassblowing workshop, the Mulberry Autumn Winter 2016 Capsule Collection launch, a tour on making Shakespeare's Globe, an exhibition exploring David Mellor cutlery, and a pop-up studio from Georgina Goodman at Blacks.

 
 
 

Rooftop Film Club at Roof East

Roof East, Level 8 Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, London, E15 1XE

Tube: Stratford Station

 

Dates: 03rd May - 01st September 2016

 

On the 8th floor of a multi-storey car park in Stratford the Rooftop Film Club returns for another summer of new releases and cherished classics. The season kicks off on 3rd May with Blade Runner, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Raiders of the Lost Ark, alongside recent Academy nods The Big Short, Creed and The Danish Girl. Not only do you get to see the film, there's also great food and cool refreshments on offer to enjoy with your favourite flick. All this in a unique alfresco setting where you can see the movies under the stars. One of four Rooftop Film Club locations in London, you can also find them at the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, the Bussey Building in Peckham Rye, and The Roof Gardens in Kensington.

 
 
 

Birdies Crazy Golf Club

Roof East, Level 8 Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, London, E15 1XE

Tube: Stratford Station

 

Dates: 03rd May - 28th August 2016

 

From the team who brought you the Rooftop Film Club Birdies crazy golf club comes to Roof East on Level 8 of a multi-storey car park in Stratford. Visited by more than 15,000 people when it was at the Vaults under Waterloo last winter, the 9-hole crazy golf course, with a challenging 5ft drop onto the sixth hole, makes a triumphant return to the lofty greens of Roof East, high above the streets of Stratford. Get swinging with cocktails from mixology masters Spirited Mixers, food from RockaDollar Dogs and DJ tunes under the east London summer sky. Open from 2pm at weekends until 10pm, it's ideal for families, early birdies and night owls.

 
 
 

Mona Hatoum

Nominated for the Turner Prize in 1995, Hatoum gets the first major survey of her work in London at Tate Modern.

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

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 

Dates: 04th May - 21st August 2016

 

Born in Beirut to a Palestinian family, Mona Hatoum settled in England in 1975 after war broke out in Lebanon and her biography has clearly influenced her art, felt in pieces concerned with confrontational themes such as violence, oppression and voyeurism. Nominated for the Turner Prize in 1995, Hatoum gets the first major survey of her work in London at Tate Modern. This comprehensive exhibition of over 100 works draws on a series of remarkable performance and video pieces in the 1980s as well as large-scale installations and sculptures, the focus of her work since the beginning of the 1990s.

 
 
 

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre Of Taiwan - Songs of the Wanderers

Taiwan's first modern dance company present a visually stunning tribute to pilgrimage.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 04th - 07th May 2016

 

More than three tonnes of rice falls to the floor in Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan's Songs of the Wanderers, the piece that has brought them worldwide acclaim. Taiwan's first modern dance company, directed by celebrated choreographer Lin Hwai-Min, comes to Sadler's Wells with this visually stunning tribute to pilgrimage, set to a soundtrack of soulful Georgian folksongs sung by the Rustavi Choir. A poignant emotional journey as well as a visual feast, the piece opens in darkness as a stream of rice - a metaphor for nourishment and sustenance - pours down on a monk's head and collects at his feet.

 
 
 

Frankenstein

Liam Scarlett's new full-length ballet inspired by Mary Shelley's gothic masterpiece.

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 04th - 27th May 2016

 

The Royal Opera House hosts the world premiere of Liam Scarlett's new full-length ballet, Frankenstein, in 2016. Inspired by Mary Shelley's gothic masterpiece, the production sees Scarlett assemble a number of regular collaborators, including American composer Lowell Liebermann, designer John Macfarlane and lighting designer David Finn. Scarlett is renowned for ballets that combine highly expressive movement with dark psychological death so this classic tale of love, companionships and understanding is perfect for his full-length work.

 
 
 

Into The Hoods: Remixed

The popular production returns with a remixed version.

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 04th - 21st May 2016

 

Due to its incredible popularity, ZooNation's award-winning dance comedy Into the Hoods: Remixed returns to the Peacock Theatre this May. A revamped version of the production that stormed the West End in 2008, this version has a remixed soundtrack and fresh designs. The story follows two children who get lost on the wrong side of the tracks in the Ruff Endz Estate and meet a number of familiar-ish fairytale characters to a soundtrack of fresh new RnB, and classic hip-hop and Motown. The real pleasure of this production comes from the dance moves, which are fast, tight and effortlessly cool. Good family entertainment for the hip-hop generation, with some old skool Sondheim stylings for the grown-ups.

 
 
 

Rooftop Film Club at Bussey Building

Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: 04th May - 30th September 2016

 

The huge roof terrace of the Bussey Building in Peckham Rye is one of four venues for the Rooftop Film Club this summer with a series of films that gets under way on 4th May with a very special screening of the latest Star Wars epic - offering free tickets to any followers of The Force that arrive armed with a lightsaber. The 5,000 square foot terrace boasts magnificent panoramic views of London, while guests can enjoy zingy Mexican street food and a Caribbean BBQ, a fully licenced bar serving cocktails and cold drinks while they enjoy a selection of classic films shown on a big screen with wireless headphones and comfy seats. The 2016 programme includes Blade Runner, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Raiders of the Lost Ark, alongside more recent releases The Big Short, Creed and The Danish Girl.

 
 
 

The London Original Print Fair

50 of the world's leading print dealers come together at the prestigious London art gallery.

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

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 05th - 08th May 2016

 

A week later than usual, the London Original Print Fair, the world's longest running specialist fair dedicated to prints, opens at the Royal Academy of Arts gathering 50 of the world's leading print dealers together at the prestigious London art gallery. It's a chance to see exquisite etchings, engravings, linocuts and lithographs from all periods of printmaking from the early woodcuts of Durer and his contemporaries to current artists such as Gary Hume, Grayson Perry and Tracey Emin. Prices start from 100 and rise to 1,000,000 for an Old Master print by Rembrandt or Durer.

If you're planning on visiting the Fair from outside of London, have a look at our hotel deals near the Royal Academy of Arts for all your accommodation needs.

 
 
 

The Bluetones

The Brit Pop band extends its 20th Anniversary Tour.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 05th May 2016

 

After selling out their 2015 tour The Bluetones extend their 20th Anniversary Tour, originally meant as a brief reunion, culminating with a one night only gig at London's Roundhouse on 5th May 2016. The band, which was a success in the Brit Pop era, had an impressive run of hit singles with 'Bluetonic', 'Slight Return' and 'Keep the Fires Burning'. Their live shows brought the West London four-piece an army of devoted followers and here fans will get to see them playing their most popular songs.

 
 
 

Above and Beyond

The electronic supergroup play the Royal Albert Hall, Hollywood Bowl and Sydney Opera House.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 05th May 2016

 

The electronic trio, comprising of Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamaki, performs an acoustic set, featuring stripped back versions of dance songs. Above & Beyond's acoustic project began in 2013 with a short run of shows at London's Porchester Hall. Fast forward four years and the electronic supergroup are playing at the Royal Albert Hall, Hollywood Bowl and Sydney Opera House with further stops along the way. The playlist will include tunes from their latest album, Acoustic II, which features acoustic interpretations of some of the biggest hits from the band's Billboard dance chart topping LP We Are All We Need.

 
 
 

London Burlesque Festival

The festival celebrates its tenth year of burlesque, glitz, vaudeville and striptease.

Dingwalls, Camden Lock, Soho, London, NW1 8AB

Tube: Camden Town Station, Camden Town Station

 

Dates: 06th - 22nd May 2016

 

Madame JoJo's may have closed but that doesn't mean burlesque is a dying art - far from it. Flying the flag for the art of saucy striptease, the London Burlesque Festival celebrates its 10th birthday in 2016. Brought to you by the infamous King of Burlesque, Chaz Royal, the man behind the hilariously named 'Pavabotti - The Naked Tenor', the festival showcases the very best in burlesque, glitz, vaudeville and sizzling striptease. Taking place at Dingwalls, the festival opens and closes with glittering ceremonies and includes the Big Burlesque Day Out, a day event including a vintage market, music and cocktails. If you crave suspenders, stockings, whips, lace, red lips, lascivious ladies, pert posteriors and a bit of a slap 'n' tickle then this is the event for your diary.

 
 
 

Channel 4's Comedy Gala

Alan Carr, Kevin Bridges, Michael McIntyre and Russell Kane come to The O2.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 06th May 2016

 

Returning for its seventh year, the Channel 4 Comedy Gala will once again be lighting up the stage at the O2 Arena in aid of Great Ormond St Hospital. A star studded comedy cast includes Alan Carr, Kevin Bridges, Michael McIntyre, Russell Kane, Sean Lock, Shappi Khorsandi, Seann Walsh and many more. With one great comedian rolling in after another, it will be a fight to see who can inflict the biggest stomach aching laugh of the night.

 
 
 

Words In The Square

Sebastian Faulks, Simon Schama and Simon Callow appear at the literary festival.

The London Library, 14 St. James's Square, London, SW1Y 4LB

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Green Park Station

 

Dates: 06th - 08th May 2016

 

Celebrating the 175th anniversary of The London Library- one of the world's great literary institutions - Words in the Square is a three-day literary event directed by writer and director James Runcie and historian David Kynaston, which features 16 talks, debates and discussions by literary heavyweights like Sebastian Faulks, Simon Schama and Tom Stoppard. Hear how to develop character as actors Simon Russell Beale, Simon Callow, Natascha McElhone and Harriet Walter take part in a discussion hosted by former Artistic Director of the National Theatre, Nicholas Hytner. And visit the on-site Hatchards bookshop where you'll find author signings by Diane Atkinson, Anthony Beevor, Victoria Hislop and others.

 
 
 

The London Motor Show

See Sir Stirling Moss, Tiff Needell and Ben Collins (aka The Stig) at the car show.

Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 06th - 08th May 2016

 

Petrol heads and racing car drivers including Sir Stirling Moss, Tiff Needell, Ben Collins (aka The Stig), Nigel Mansell and Afzal Khan will be speaking at The London Motor Show which returns to the capital this May for the first time since 2008. The exhibition which showcases 130 models of the latest cars, costing as much as 200,000, is designed with families in mind. Children and parents alike can experience what it's like to be a racing driver in the Top Gear simulator and fans of the racing game, Project CARS, can try it out using a virtual reality headset and really feel like they're in the fast lane.

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The National Pet Show

Win tickets to this weekend of dog agility, exotic animals and pet appreciation.

ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL

Tube: Canning Town Station

 

Dates: 07th - 08th May 2016

 

Hundreds of animals, from small furry ones to exotic species, fill the ExCel centre for a weekend of pet appreciation, dog agility demonstrations and, err, duck herding. Star of Channel 4's The Supervet, Noel Fitzpatrick, will be at The National Pet Show where Crocodile Joe presents a reptile show, the popular Hill's School 4 Dogs shows return with demonstrations from leading behaviourists and a collection of birds of prey give a winged display. Whether you want to learn how to train your four legged friend or find out how to get into the world of cat shows, every type of creature is covered here.

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Bryan Adams

The Summer Of '69 singer rocks The O2.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 07th May 2016

 

The Canadian chart-topping and multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter and guitarist Bryan Adams appears for one night only at The O2. Adams, best known for his hits including (Everything I Do) I Do It For You, Summer Of '69 and Run To You has sold more than 65 million albums worldwide and that number is set to rise with the release of his new album - Tracks of My Years - his first in more than six years. It's "a collection of cool songs that fit my voice," he told Billboard, inspired by AM radio - king of the radio waves in the 1970s.

 
 
 

Run Hackney

East London's new half marathon returns for its third year.

Hackney Marshes, Homerton Road, London, E9 5PF

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 

Dates: 08th May 2016

 

The Vitality Run Hackney returns for its third year in May 2016, with 15,000 runners expected to tackle the 13.1 mile course. A fast, friendly course, it's ideal for those looking to get a PB and, starting and finishing at Hackney Marshes, it takes runners through the vest best of the borough's beautiful green spaces. From London Fields and Victoria Park to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, it's a scenic affair that's sure to distract from aching feet. There will also be live entertainment, plenty of water stations, mist showers and a free goody bag and technical t-shirt for each runner.

 
 
 

Pleasure

The operatic debut of rising Liverpudlian composer Mark Simpson.

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

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 

Dates: 11th - 14th May 2016

 

A co-commission between Aldeburgh Music, Opera North and The Royal Opera, Pleasure marks the operatic debut of rising Liverpudlian composer Mark Simpson. Staged at Lyric Hammersmith and starring British soprano Lesley Garrett, the production follows Val, who works the toilets in hedonistic gay club Pleasure in the north of England. For years she has been a should to cry on and a confidante, but why is she still there? Why does she never leave? That could be set to change when a young man, both beautiful and unpredictable, arrives from the city and leaves a gift for her.

 
 
 

Painting with Light

Opening up a dialogue between the early beginnings of photography and British painters of the time.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 11th May - 25th September 2016

 

Stunning works by Pre-Raphaelites and British Impressionists like John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, JAM Whistler and John Singer Sargent will, for the first time, be shown alongside ravishing photographs which they inspired in Painting with Light. Tate Britain brings together photographs and paintings from the Victorian and Edwardian ages in an exhibition which opens up a dialogue between the early beginnings of photography and painters such as J.M.W. Turner. It concludes with the establishment of photography as an independent international art form in its own right.

 
 
 

Blue/Orange

More timely than ever, Joe Penhall's Olivier Award-winning play is revived.

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

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 12th May - 18th June 2016

 

Joe Penhall's Olivier Award-winning play Blue/Orange is revived in 2016, staged at The Young Vic and directed by Matthew Xia. When it was premiered at the National back in 2000, the play examined race, political correctness and mental health care in Britain, and today, with race and mental health still at the forefront of the nation's mind, it's more timely than ever. The plot follows Christopher, who has been confined to a psychiatric ward for a month and wants out. The trouble, however, is that he still thinks oranges are blue. His doctor wants to section him but is he truly in need of help or just a waste of the taxpayer's money?

 
 
 

Romeo and Juliet

Richard Madden and Lily James are reunited to take the leads in the classic tale.

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: 12th May - 13th August 2016

 

Game of Thrones star Richard Madden and Downton Abbey actress Lily James star in this production of Romeo and Juliet, which is staged at the Garrick Theatre as part of Kenneth Branagh's year-long, star-studded season. Madden and James first starred together in Branagh's 2015 film Cinderella and now they will be reunited to take the leads in Shakespeare's heart breaking tale of forbidden love. Four other plays make up the season, including The Winter's Tale with Judi Dench, The Painkiller with Rob Brydon and The Entertainer with Kenneth Branagh.

 
 
 

Junkyard Golf Club

Pitch and putt around odd obstacles like jacuzzis, speed boats and cows.

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

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 12th May to 31st December 2016

 

It's official: golf is the new clubbing. First we had Swingers, which went from pop-up to permanent with Swingers opening in the City on 27th May 2016. But pipping them to the post, Junkyard Golf Club takes over the Old Truman Brewery from 12th May for three months this summer. Crazier than the craziest golf you've ever played, the course includes odd obstacles like jacuzzis, speed boats, cows and treadmills plus a UV neon section. Choose to play one of three courses 'Frank' (Putt Up Or Shut Up), 'Pedro' (Polluted Paradise), or Helga (In Da Club) - each has a nine hole course made up of washing machines and gym weights against a backdrop of graffiti scrawled walls. Four bars serve cocktails with puntastic names like the Golf Lundgren or Who's Your Caddy and street traders Barts Dog Kart and Big Grillie Style do the food.

 
 
 

Open Air Theatre

The beautiful theatre opens for another summer season.

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

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 19th May to 16th September 2017

 

A mainstay of summer in London, the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre opens its doors for another season in 2016, opening with Michael Morpurgo's Running Wild in an adaptation by Samuel Adamson. The production will run from 13th May to 12th June and will be followed by Henry V from 17th June to 9th July. Commemorating the legacy of Shakespeare 400 years since his death, the production will be directed by Robert Hastie, who recently enjoyed great success with Splendour by Abi Morgan and My Night With Reg. The third production in the season will be Jesus Christ Superstar, running from 15th July to 27th August, while the finale will be Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, returning to the theatre on 2nd September after sell-out success in 2013.

 
 
 

Running Wild

The play's professional premiere kicks off this year's Open Air Theatre season.

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

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 13th May - 12th June 2016

 

Michael Morpurgo's Running Wild opens the 2016 Open Air Theatre season, adapted by Samuel Adamson. In a co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre, who originally created the piece with their youth theatre, the Open Air Theatre will fully develop the play in order to launch its professional premiere. A story of love, loss, loyalty and of living for the moment, Running Wild follows Will and his mother as they embark on a journey to Indonesia for a new start, and the chance for Will to ride an elephant. But, when the tsunami suddenly hits, Oona the elephant charges into the rainforest with Will still clinging on. Can he survive the depths of this strange world? Timothy Sheader and Dale Rooks direct with puppetry design and direction by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olie.

 
 
 

The Taming of the Shrew

Caroline Byrne directs Shakespeare's classic comedy.

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

Tube: Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 13th May - 06th August 2016

 

The second production in Emma Rice's inaugural season at Shakespeare's Globe will be The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Gate Theatre associate Caroline Byrne. With recent credits including F*ck the Polar Bears (Bush Theatre), Eclipsed (Gate Theatre) and Shakespeare in a Suitcase (RSC), Caroline will now take on the classic comedy which tells the story of two sisters approaching marriage. Bianca is excited by the prospect while Kate is dreading losing her independence. The production transports sparring couple Petruchio and Kate into a distinctively Irish setting. With two of the lead characters females, this production will help Rice with her mission to make The Globe a more gender equal stage.

 
 
 

Il Divo

The classical crossover quartet perform songs from 'Amor and Pasion' - "an album full of love and romance".

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 13th May 2016

 

Record breaking crossover group Il Divo bring the flavours and sultry rhythms of Spain and Cuba, Argentina and Mexico to The O2 for one night in May. Renowned for blending cosmopolitan pop with classical crossover, the quartet will perform a selection of songs taken from their latest album. Audiences can expect familiar hits like Julio Iglesias' A Las Mujeres Que Yo Ame (To All the Girls I've Loved Before) and Gloria Estefan's resonant Si Voy A Perderte (Don't Wanna Lose You), along with Himno De La Alegria, a Latin treatment of Beethoven's Ode To Joy.

 
 
 

Katy B

The flame-hair pop star showcases her new music.

Brixton Academy, 211 Stockwell Road, London, SW9 9SL

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: 14th May 2016

 

Launching back into the spotlight, Katy B has revealed her new work Calm Down ahead of performing her biggest London show to date at the Brixton Academy. A collaboration with Four Tet and Floating Points, the piece is the first snippet from her new project entitled Honey, set to be released in the new year. Best known for her infectious dance music, and described by The Guardian as "a flame-haired dynamo... whose achievement is to sound exactly like clubbing feels", Katy is sure to put on an exhilarating performance.

 
 
 

The MoonWalk London

Walkers pimp their pink bras and raise money for breast cancer research.

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, Battersea, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station

 

Dates: 14th May 2016

 

A colourful night-time power walking marathon, where the participants bare their colourfully decorated bras, the MoonWalk is a fun way to raise money for Walk the Walk - a breast cancer charity supporting medical research and care. This year there's a carnival theme so you can expect the walkers to stride out in some outrageous outfits and flamboyant underwear done up in feathers and sequins. Those that set out from Clapham Common at 11pm get a fantastic evening tour past London's architectural highlights as well as the satisfaction of raising money for charity.

 
 
 

Rumble In The Jumble

London's most stylish jumble sale returns.

Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, London, E2 9DY

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 

Dates: 14th May 2016

 

Branded as 'London's most stylish jumble sale', Rumble in the Jumble returns this May to bring more celebrity clothing and music to Oval Space. Organised and hosted by BBC Radio 1's Gemma Cairney and registered charity The Music Circle, all proceeds go towards Oxfam's efforts to establish greater gender equality in Myanmar. Donations have been made by the likes of Kate Moss, Paloma Faith, Laura Whitmore, Annie Lennox, Elton John, Mark Ronson and many more. Plus, brands such as Asos, Topshop, Whistles and Anthropologie have also donated, while stallholders include Red Magazine, The XFM girls, Smashbox and Fred Butler. There will also be hot food, cakes and DJ sets from Clara Amfo and Goldierocks.

 
 
 

Urban Village Fete

Designer marketplaces, street food vendors and quirky events in Greenwich.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 15th May 2016

 

Back for a second year after a successful launch in 2015 when 10,000 people attended, this year's Urban Village Fete will see the addition of roaming acts - brass band house music mayhem from Mr Wilson's Second Liners, life-sized slinkies, alongside a headline DJ set by Gilles Peterson who returns to the fair for a second year. Designer marketplaces, street food vendors, quirky events, art and design workshops, walkabout entertainment, music, dance classes, pop-ups, and talks hosted by BBC Radio London's Robert Elms are all part of the fun. Further activities in the flourishing Peninsula Garden include 1Drum's en-masse drumming workshop, Marawa's Majorettes group hoola hooping sessions, French artist Paul Henri's folding paper hat workshops, Chapeau Magique, and the chance to become a DJ for the day with the The Charity Shop DJ, all pulled together by Hemingway Design who are also behind the Classic Car Boot Sale.

 
 
 

RAW Artisan Wine Fair

The UK's biggest organic and biodynamic wine fair.

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

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 15th - 16th May 2016

 

With the promise of healthy wine - well, healthier - the RAW Artisan Wine Fair at the Old Truman Brewery is the UK's biggest organic and biodynamic wine fair. Organised by Isabelle Legeron, the two-day event invites more than 160 producers from all across the world to showcase their wines, many of which feature on the lists of the world's best restaurants, so that wine lovers, connoisseurs and curious beginners can try these exceptional wines. There will be growers from Australia, Chile, France, Italy, Switzerland and many more showcasing natural, organic and biodynamic blends. There will also be talks by industry experts and plenty of artisan food to feast on.

 
 
 

A Midsummer Night's Dream: RSC

The RSC teams up with actors from a local amateur group who play the artisan performers.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 17th - 21st May 2016

 

Shakespeare's classic tale of love, obsession and jealousy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, is brought to life in a unique co-production with the Royal Shakespeare Company and amateur theatre companies from across the country. The production tours different venues across the country, including the Barbican in London, and at each location actors from a local amateur group play the artisan performers rehearsing a play-within-a-play. Set in a bombed out theatre, when the dust settles, the Hindu festival Holi takes over as spring arrives in a shower of rose petals. "Around it all skips Lucy Ellinson's delicious, androgynous Puck" (The Guardian).

 
 
 

This Is Living

Liam Borrett's debut play receives its London premiere.

Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 17th May - 11th June 2016

 

After a critically acclaimed run in Edinburgh in 2014, Liam Borrett's debut play now gets its London premiere with a staging at the Trafalgar Studios. This is Living will once again see This Is England star Michael Socha star alongside Tamla Kari as it tackles loss, grief and the meaning of saying goodbye. The play follows Alice and Michael, who met six years ago and three years later had their daughter Lily. One night they're having an argument and Alice is cold, she's tired, and Michael won't stop telling her that she died twelve hours ago.

 
 
 

Absolution

Owen O'Neill's play transfers from Edinburgh to London.

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

Tube: Finsbury Park Station

 

Dates: 17th May - 11th June 2016

 

After its five-star, sell-out run at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival, Owen O'Neill's Absolution now transfers to London, being staged at the Park Theatre. A caustic drama, the play is about one man who knows the secret to the disappearance of Catholic priests in present day Donegal. His confession is brutal, bloody and frank. He informs us that it's not murder, it's absolution.

 
 
 

Human Animals

Animals are taking over London in Stef Smith's Royal Court debut.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 18th May - 18th June 2016

 

With London reaching a record population of 8.6 million in 2016, you would be forgiven for thinking it's the people causing overcrowding. However, in Stef Smith's new play it's nature that's getting out of control. Her Royal Court debut, Human Animals , sees vermin taking over the streets of London, with mice scratching between the walls, pigeons diseased and the foxes ruling the streets. The problem is growing and must be stopped before it's too late.

 
 
 

Photo London

Dom McCullin and eighty of the world's top photography galleries come to Somerset House for four days.

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

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 19th - 22nd May 2016

 

Legendary war photographer Don McCullin will be the subject of a special exhibition at Photo London when eighty of the world's top galleries come to Somerset House for four days in May 2016. Returning after a successful debut last year, the photography showcase is not only a selling fair but also includes exhibitions on the work of English artist Craigie Horsfield in the Embankment Galleries, and of contemporary Russian photography by the celebrated Moscow Multimedia Art Museum. Two acclaimed young stars of the London art scene, Walter and Zoniel, have created a commissioned piece and there's a stellar line-up of top international photographers lined up for the public programme. Events take place both on site at Somerset House and in locations across London including the Whitechapel Art Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Photographers' Gallery and the Hayward Gallery.

 
 
 

Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds

The museum's first large-scale exhibition of underwater discoveries.

British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Russell Square Station, Holborn Station

 

Dates: 19th May - 27th November 2016

 

The British Museum hosts its first large-scale exhibition of underwater discoveries in 2016, focusing on two lost Egyptian cities and their recent discovery by archaeologists. The BP exhibition Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds will run for an extended six months and showcase how the exploration of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus - submerged at the mouth of the River Nile for over a thousand years - is transforming our understanding of the relation between ancient Egypt and the Greek world, highlighting the great importance of these ancient cities. The exhibition will bring together 300 objects, 200 of which have been excavated off the coast of Egypt between 1996 and 2012. Extraordinary sculptures on display include a 5.4m granite statue of Hapy, a personification of the Nile's flood, and the the headless sculpture from Canopus representing Arsinoe II, the eldest daughter of Ptolemy I.

 
 
 

KERB Does Alchemy

London's street food specialists add some spice to this year's Alchemy.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 19th - 30th May 2016

 

KERB, the London street food specialists, are back at the Southbank Centre this summer to add some spice to this year's Alchemy festival. Running for 12 days, the festival will see KERB's star traders put their own twist on the Alchemy theme, with dishes such as mac 'n' cheese, pizza, ice cream, and even Pimm's, all being given a spicy twist. Feast on pork, coriander and crispy onion wood-fired pizza from Born & Raised; mac with black pepper chicken fry, garlic raita and wild mustard leaves from Murgh Mac; and toasted almond cookie and Pandan Leaf ice cream sammies from Blu Top. Drink options include Punjabi Pimm's, Milk Punch, IPA and custom sodas. Come thirsty and hungry - that's just a small taste of what's on offer.

 
 
 

Cuttin' It

This play delves into the disturbing world of female genital mutilation.

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

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 20th May - 11th June 2016

 

Delving into the disturbing world of female genital mutilation, Cuttin' It by Charlene James reveals the price some girls pay to become a woman. Teenagers Muna and Iqra were both born in Somalia but they come from different worlds. Muna wears Topshop and sits on the top deck of the school bus gossiping about Nicki Minaj, while Iqra sits alone downstairs in her charity shop hand-me-downs. However, as they get closer they realise that their families share a painful secret. Winner of the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright and the Alfred Fagon Award for Best New Play, it tackles the urgent issue of FGM in Britain.

 
 
 

Jekyll & Hyde

A dance thriller version of the classic tale.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Southwark Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 20th - 28th May 2016

 

Matthew Warchus, the new artistic director of T he Old Vic, is bringing different forms of entertainment back to the renowned London theatre in his initial season, including a dance thriller version of Jekyll and Hyde. Directed and choreographed by innovative theatre choreographer Drew McOnie, the production reimagines Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, creating an exciting physical dance production with music by Grant Olding. Nominated at the 2014 National Dance Awards for The McOnie Company's DRUNK!, McOnie's recent choreography credits include Bugsy Malone and Oklahoma!

 
 
 

Jutland: The Battle and its Legacies

The museum reflects on the largest naval battle of conflict.

National Maritime Museum, Park Row, London, SE10 9NF

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

 

Dates: 20th May 2016 to 1st January 2018

 

A hundred years after World War One the National Maritime Museum reflects on the largest naval battle of the conflict: the Battle of Jutland. On 31st May 1916, the North Sea bore witness to 'Der Tag', a major clash between the British Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet. With input from the grandson of Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, the Commander of the British Grand Fleet, Jutland: The Battle and its Legacies recalls the battle and what it was like to be on board British and German warships - 25 of which ended up on the seabed. Using paintings, photographs, ship models and plans, sailor-made craft work, medals and eyewitness accounts visitors can relive the battle and learn the effects of its aftermath.

 
 
 

Spin London

Three-day urban focused bicycle show.

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

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 20th - 22nd May 2016

 

Chris Boardman will be at Spin, talking about how to build a safer cycling city, at this three-day urban focused bicycle consumer show and festival which comes to the Old Truman Brewery in May. Two fixed gear fans, Juliet Elliot and Patrick Seabase, discuss what it's like to cycle across the Pyrenees on a fixed gear and former British and World trials champion, Martyn Ashton, reveals his journey to recovery following a life changing accident three years ago. Cycle fashion brands and accessory retailers will discuss and share their kit. As well as browsing the products, there will be the chance to watch cycling films, hear experts talk about bikes while enjoying street food, craft beer, superior coffee, and listening to music from live DJs.

 
 
 

BBC Good Food Summer In City

Enter the LondonTown competition and you could win one of two pairs of tickets.

ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL

Tube: Canning Town Station

 

Dates: 20th - 22nd May 2016

 

The BBC Good Food Show Summer In The City takes over ExCeL London this May for three days of foodie fun. Embracing the current clean eating movement, a new feature for 2016 will be the BBC Good Food Hub, which will focus on seasonal foods with an emphasis on vitality and health. Hosted by Barney Desmazery and Cassie Best from the BBC Good Food team, the Hub will feature a combination of celebrity interviews, recipe demonstrations and panel discussions on diverse health topics and food trends. Guests taking part include Paul Hollywood, Hemsley Hemsley, Davina McCall and John Torode. Further event highlights include shopping opportunities from hundreds of exhibitors, the Supertheatre with celeb chefs cooking live on stage and the chance to get your favourite cook books signed by the authors.

 
 
 

Alchemy

Celebrating South Asian culture: a mix of music, comedy, dance and theatre.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 20th - 30th May 2016

 

Returning to the Southbank Centre for 2016, Alchemy is a festival of South Asian culture that has grown to become the largest festival of Indian and South Asian culture outside India. Incorporating comedy, theatre, dance and music, this year's festival highlights include famed Indian musical trio Shankar-Eshaan-Loy, a new tabla concerto by Zakir Hussain, a mix of music and politics from politically active music group Laal and homegrown music collective Asian Dub Foundation, and actor, comedian and YouTube sensation Mawaan Rizwan. There will also be street food from KERB food market, a new commission from artist Nikhil Chopra and free events such as panel debates, talks, workshops and social dances.

 
 
 

Sailor Jerry Hotel Street

A Sailor Jerry-themed subterranean cocktail bar.

The Well, 180 St John Street, London, EC1V 4JY

Tube: Farringdon Station

 

Dates: 20th May - 30th September 2016

 

If you're all rooftopped out, get yourself to The Well this summer for the Sailor Jerry Hotel Street pop-up, which takes its name from the infamous red light district in Honolulu where legendary tattooist Norman 'Sailor Jerry' Collins mastered his skills. A rebellious Hawaiian hideaway, the subterranean cocktail bar has been transformed into a Sailor Jerry themed parlour with pin-up posters, neon lights and illuminated bottles of rum. The real thing will also be flowing, with a number of nautical tipples such as the Hearts and Daggers, made with Sailor Jerry, Galliano, Cointreau, lime and blackberries, and the Nautical Star, with Sailor Jerry, cranberry juice, passionfruit and strawberry puree. Snacks, meanwhile, include crab and sorrel croquettes, chilli salt squid with sweet chilli sauce and fish fingers with tartare sauce.

 
 
 

Nunhead Cemetery Annual Open Day

Wood-crafting demonstrations, birds of prey and a children's bug hunt.

Nunhead Cemetery, Linden Grove, London, SE15 3LP

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

 

Dates: 21st May 2016

 

Once a year, on the third Sunday of May, Nunhead Cemetery comes alive when its Open Day attracts upwards of two thousand visitors to this historic and beautiful cemetery and its wonderful woodland setting. As well as guided tours there are many activities on the day including choirs in the chapel, traditional wood-crafting demonstrations, birds of prey, a children's bug hunt as well as displays and exhibitions. Nunhead also has one of thirteen protected views of St Paul's - if you stand in the right spot you can see Wren's stunning domed cathedral far off in the distance.

 
 
 

FA Cup Final

The oldest association football competition in the world.

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 21st May 2016

 

The most famous cup competition in world football reaches its finale at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 21st May 2016 as the two sides who have battled through to the FA Cup Final go all out to claim the last major trophy of the English season. With Manchester United under pressure after their 3-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham are favourites to win and come through to a semi-final with Everton at Wembley.

 
 
 

Gemma Cairney's Full Moon Party Sleepover

This sleepover aims to recreate the magic of Kho Pha Ngan.

St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, London, NW1 2QP

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 21st May 2016

 

Gemma Cairney aims to recreate the magic of Kho Pha Ngan with her Full Moon Party themed Sleepover, taking place at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel. A 'drinking and thinking' event, Cairney set up the Sleepover concept for women who are bored of the usual nights of a gin and slim and dodgy dance floor moves. From 7pm guests will be invited to enjoy a glass of Prosecco as they personalise pyjamas with their very own monogram and seek advice from the Clinique team, who will be on hand for express makeovers. The rest of the evening's line-up includes an astrological quest under the light of the full moon, a gourmet dinner from the MI & ME Team, a sleepover classics playlist from Gemma Cairney and a late night game of truth or dare hosted by Mae Martin. A late room will be open for those who want to continue the party while the next morning there will be breakfast, a yoga session and a workshop by the Renaissance Spa team.

 
 
 

4.48 Psychosis

This operatic adaptation is the first time any of Kane's work has been adapted.

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

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 

Dates: 23rd - 28th May 2016

 

Phillip Venables takes on Sarah Kane's radical 20th century play, 4.48 Psychosis, in 2016, adapting it into an opera at Lyric Hammersmith . Premiered in 2000 - a year and a half after the playwright took her own life - the much-discussed play takes its title from 4.48am, the time in the morning that Kane would frequently wake up feeling depressed and experience her darkest thoughts. Through anger, poetry and dark humour, the extraordinary work described the process of an individual coming to terms with their own psychosis. This operatic adaptation is the first time any of Kane's work has been adapted and marks a significant events in theatre and opera. The National Theatre is also presenting a Sarah Kane production in 2016, marking her National debut with Cleansed.

 
 
 

Oedipe

The Royal Opera House's first production of Enescu's opera.

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 23rd May - 08th June 2016

 

Johan Reuter, John Tomlinson, Sarah Connolly and Sophie Bevan perform in The Royal Opera House's first production of Enescu's Oedipe. Despite being acclaimed as one of the great masterpieces of the 20th century, the opera is rarely staged, making this production from innovative Catalan theatre company La Fura dels Baus event more exciting. The opera recounts the entirety of Oedipus' legendary story, all the way from birth to after death.

 
 
 

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Discover an acoustic garden inspired by world-leading percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 24th - 28th May 2016

 

Held in the grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital since 1913, the Chelsea Flower Show, is the finest of the Royal Horticultural Society shows. In 2016 highlights include an 80-foot carriage from the Belmond British Pullman, sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, 'The British Eccentrics Garden' by horticultural showman Diarmuid Gavin featuring bizarre garden gadgetry that comes to life every 15 minutes, and an acoustic garden inspired by world-leading percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. Regarded as a highpoint of the London summer season, the Chelsea Flower Show is a wonderful showcase of blooms and celebrities - even the Queen attends. Particularly spectacular are the gardens created by eight hundred imaginative garden designers who spend nearly a month creating a horticultural wonderland over the 11-acre site. This beautiful and inspiring show is a real treat, even for non-gardeners.

 
 
 

Sunset At The Villa Thalia

This new play by Alexi Kaye Campbell is set in 1967 Greece.

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

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 25th May - 04th August 2016

 

A new play by Alexi Kaye Campbell, Sunset at the Villa Thalia spans a decade to explore the foreign influence, planned and unintentional, on a nation and its people. Recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Plays Award, the play is set in 1967 Greece and follows Charlotte and Theo as they retreat to a small island in search of peace and inspiration. However, they meet a charismatic American couple at the port and are seduced into making choices with devastating consequences.

 
 
 

Aladdin

A hit on Broadway, the story of the genie and the lamp is told in technicolour.

Prince Edward Theatre, 28 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4HS

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

 

Dates: 27th May 2016 to 11th February 2017

 

The Broadway hit from the producer of The Lion King, Aladdin arrives in London in summer 2016. The story of the genie and the lamp is told in technicolour with familiar characters and some new ones you've never met before. Heading up the cast as Aladdin is Dean John-Wilson who appeared in Britain's Got Talent in 2008 and has since been in the UK tour of Sister Act, Songs For a New World and the National Theatre's critically acclaimed production Here Lies Love. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (the Tony and Olivier Award winning director of The Book of Mormon), this stage show features songs from the 1992 animated Disney film as well as new music by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin.

 
 
 

Above and Beyond

This interactive exhibition takes you into outer space.

National Maritime Museum, Park Row, London, SE10 9NF

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

 

Dates: 27th May - 29th August 2016

 

Take off into outer space in Above and Beyond, an interactive exhibition by Boeing created in collaboration with NASA to reveal the wonder of flight and the latest advances in aerospace technology. The hands-on display features flight simulators, augmented reality, and virtual reality, including a simulated space elevator ride. Taking place in Boeing's centennial year - the company was founded by Bill Boeing on 15th July 1916 - the exhibition e xplores flight and space travel through five key themes: Up, Faster, Higher, Farther, and Smarter. With its mega rockets, solar-powered craft and laser beam-driven vehicles, this immersive exhibition for all ages may well inspire the next generation of intergalactic explorers.

 
 
 

The Go-Between

Michael Crawford returns to the West End to star in this new musical drama.

Apollo Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7EZ

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 27th May - 15th October 2016

 

The Olivier and Tony Award-winning Michael Crawford returns to the West End in 2016 to star in The Go-Between at the Apollo Theatre. Directed by Roger Haines, the new musical drama is based on the novel by LP Hartley with music and lyrics by Richard Taylor and a book and lyrics by David Wood. Crawford will play Leo Colston, a man who has to face the memories of a hot summer in 1900 when he became the go-between in a forbidden love affair of the beautiful upper-class Marian and tenant-farmer Ted.

 
 
 

The Spoils

Jesse Eisenberg makes his British theatre debut.

Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 27th May - 13th August 2016

 

American actor Jesse Eisenberg makes his British theatre debut this May to star in his own play, The Spoils. The Oscar-nominee plays Ben, a rich, entitled narcissist, in the razor-sharp comedy, which explores the relationship woes of a lost soul who resolves to disrupt the impending marriage of his school crush to a straight-laced banker. Starring alongside Eisenberg, as Ben's roommate Kalyan, is The Big Bang Theory star Kunal Nayyar. Initially staged off-Broadway, the New York Times hailed it "engrossingly acted, impeccably staged" and it now comes to London's Trafalgar Studios.

 
 
 

Busted

The trio reunite to play all their big hits.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 28th May 2016

 

After an eleven year wait Busted fans are being given the reunion that they were told would never happen when Charlie re-joins Matt and James for a full UK arena tour in 2016, stopping by The O2 in May. With five million record sales, four platinum albums and four number one singles, it was a shock to all when Charlie decided to leave the band back in 2005. But, perhaps having enviously watched on while his former bandmates enjoyed success with McBusted , he's back and the trio will be performing all their greatest hits together live. From What I Go To School For and Crashed The Wedding to Air Hostess and Year 3000, there will be plenty of nostalgic sing-along opportunities.

 
 
 

Obsidian Tear

Multi award-winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor presents his new ballet.

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 28th May - 11th June 2016

 

Multi award-winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor presents his new ballet Obsidian Tear, which is given its world premiere at the Royal Opera House. His latest collaboration with The Royal Ballet, it sees McGregor collaborate with Finnish conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen. For the piece, McGregor has taken part inspiration from Salonen's symphonic poem Nyx. Renowned for exploring what the body can do through a unique language of movement, McGregor's previous works include Infra, Chroma and Live Fire Exercise.

 
 
 

The Invitation

This complex ballet brings a complex exploration of innocence and moral corruption to the ROH.

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 28th May - 11th June 2016

 

Kenneth MacMillan's gripping ballet, The Invitation, brings a complex exploration of innocence and moral corruption to the Royal Opera House stage. Originally created for the touring company of The Royal Ballet in 1960, the work was inspired by the New Wave of French cinema and 'kitchen sink realism' in British theatre, with MacMillan hoping to create something that would move the audience with something they recognise. When two cousins, a boy and a girl, on the cusp of adolescence, come into contact with a husband and wife, the boy experiences an introduction into the world of sex while the girl is subject to a brutal attack. The storyline made waves in the world of ballet but it's the vivid enactment of rape that makes it truly controversial.

 
 
 

Foodies Festival Syon Park

Allan Pickett of Piquet and MasterChef Finalist 2015 Tony Rodd will be at the show.

Syon Park, Road, Brentford, London, TW8 8JF

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 28th - 30th May 2016

 

The Foodies Festival returns to Syon Park this spring, taking place on the second Bank Holiday weekend. This year's line-up features a range of the capital's culinary elite, including the likes of Will Tanyer of York & Albany, Paul Shearing of Bread Street Kitchen, Allan Pickett of Piquet and MasterChef Finalist 2015 Tony Rodd, as well as Michelin starred Atul Kochhar and Janos Veres. There will also be the chance to discover Feel Good Superfoods with healthy living chefs and food writers, enjoy the creations of expert mixologists and sommeliers in the Drinks Theatre, stock up your kitchen at the Artisan Producers Market, and feast on flavours from around the world at Street Food Avenue. Further highlights include a children's cookery school, a chilli eating challenge and live music on the entertainment stage.

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Q: Which MasterChef Finalist for 2015 is appearing at the Foodies Festival?
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Power of Power

This new festival explores the concept of power in the 21st century.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 29th May - 09th October 2016

 

Exploring the concept of power in the 21st century, Power of Power is a new festival at the Southbank Centre. Running across four weekends from May through to October, it invites leaders in the fields of politics, literature, business, academia, art and music to debate everything from the rise of robots to the gender pay gap and the role of politics in the refugee crisis to who's benefiting from the changing world economy. The opening weekend welcomes Nobel Prize-winning author Svetlana Alexievich on Putin and Power and author Margo Jefferson on race and power in America. Further speakers on the festival line-up include Slavoj Zizek, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Yeonmi Park, Tariq Ali, Vince Cable, A.L. Kennedy and Philippe Sands.

 
 
 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

This new play is based on the hugely popular original story by J.K. Rowling.

Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1A 4AF

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

 

Dates: From 07th June 2016

 

Judging by the 36,000 retweets Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling got when she announced the Cursed Child on Twitter back in June 2015, Harry Potter the Play is going to be a HUGE hit. Coming in summer 2016, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne (whose theatre credits include Hope and Let The Right One In), and John Tiffany, the Olivier and Tony award winner director of Once. One play presented in two parts, both are meant to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings. An all-star creative team is behind the production including movement by Steven Hoggett, set designs by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, special effects by Jeremy Chernick, illusions - this is a show about the boy wizard, after all - by Jamie Harrison and musical supervision by Martin Lowe. Theatrical magic.

 
 
 

Jack Pack

Infectious swing from the Britain's Got Talent finalists.

Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, London, N1 2UD

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station

 

Dates: 17th June 2016

 

The vocal harmony swing quartet who made the finals of Britain's Got Talent in 2014, Jack Pack has performed to over 40,000 people at BBC Proms in The Park and now play at Indigo O2. They have also appeared on the Xtra Factor, on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two and played in support of Katy Perry. At this one off show they'll be classics like The Doors' 'Light My Fire', Jay Hawkins' 'I Put A Spell on You' and Frank Sinatra's 'My Way'.

 
 
 

MySliceFest

A huge pizza and music festival comes to Wembley.

Wembley Park, , London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 30th July 2016

 

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

 
 
 

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