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Alchemy
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains
Simple Minds
The Tweed Run
The London Original Print Fair
Balance Festival
Gala Festival
Foodies Festival, Syon Park
Urban Village Fete
Sigma
Twelfth Night
Adventures in Wonderland
London Craft Week
Pergola on the Roof
Photo London
Canaletto And The Art Of Venice
We Are FSTVL
Akram Khan: Desh
 

 

Alberto Giacometti, The Chelsea Flower Show and Regent's Park Open Air Theatre are three of the best events in May 2017, hand picked by LondonTown.

 
 

Nell Gwynn

Jessica Swale's historical play returns to The Globe this spring.

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

Tube: Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 2nd to 13th May 2017

 

Having been originally produced at the Globe in 2015 and staged at the Apollo in 2016, Jessica Swale's historical Olivier Award-winning play, Nell Gwynn, transfers back to Shakespeare's Globe this year as part of Emma Rice's Summer of Love season. Laura Pitt-Pulford takes the heroic title role for this production, which is part of a national tour presented by English Touring Theatre. The play charts the rise of an unlikely heroine to become Britain's most celebrated actress in the 17th century. Also the mistress of King Charles II, it is uncertain whether her charm and spirit can protect her from the dangers of the court.

 
 
 

Salome

Internationally acclaimed director Yael Farber presents this hypnotic production.

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 2nd May to 15th July 2017

 

This charged story turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salome at the centre of a revolution. Internationally acclaimed director Yael Farber (whose production of Les Blancs so impressed the critics last year - 'near-perfect' said the Guardian) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production on the National's Olivier stage. The result: "an adaptation that defiantly challenges what we think we know about the Judean princess who demanded the head of John the Baptist on a plate." (Washington Post).

 
 
 

London Craft Week

This five-day event showcases exceptional craftsmanship.

 

Various Venues Dates: 3rd to 7th May 2017

 

A showcase of exceptional craftsmanship, London Craft Week returns for 2017. 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 more than 230 events from all corners of the globe fusing making, design, fashion, art, luxury, food, culture and shopping. From the V&A to The Shard and RADA to The House of Lords as well as hidden studios and bustling workshops, it will take place all across London. Events include a Mulberry leatherworking event, a glassblowing workshops, a Savile Rowe exhibition and a LEGO mosaic masterclass.

 
 
 

Brodsky/Baryshnikov

Alvis Hermanis directs former ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov in this one-man show.

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

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th May 2017

 

Alvis Hermanis directs former ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov in a one-man show reciting, in Russian, selections from the poetry of Joseph Brodsky, who was a friend of Mr. Baryshnikov. "The emphasis is very much on language" said The New York Times review, "Dance lovers should know that there's nothing really resembling choreography involved in the show" and although there are English surtitles, an understanding of the language will only add to your enjoyment of Brodsky/Baryshnikov.

 
 
 

Pergola on the Roof

The rooftop is once again transformed into a beautiful food court.

Television Centre, Wood Lane, White City, London, W12 7RJ

Tube: Wood Lane Station, White City Station

 

Dates: 3rd May to 1st October 2017

 

After its glorious summer last year (the most Instagrammed pop up of summer 2016? - we think so) Pergola on the Roof is back. This time the rooftop food court on top of a car park at BBC Television Centre is bringing a slice of Long Island living to Shepherds Bush. Done up to look like The Hamptons, the al fresco food court also brings in new restaurants with Breddos Tacos joining Patty & Bun, 8 Hoxton Square and Bonnie Gull spin-off 'Salt 'n' Sauce'. With white-washed decking, palm trees and thirteen person day-beds, it's the perfect place to enjoy summer in The Hamptons without leaving London.

 
 
 
 

The London Original Print Fair

50 of the world's leading print dealers come together at the RA.

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

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th May 2017

 

The London Original Print Fair, the world's longest running specialist fair dedicated to prints, returns to the Royal Academy of Arts for the 32nd time in 2017, 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 earliest woodcuts of Durer to the latest additions by contemporary masters. Alan Cristea Gallery presents Royal Academicians Gillian Ayres and Cornelia Parker who gives the annual Printmaker's talk this year, Marlborough Gallery showcases a new tapestry by Paula Rego while ArtChina exhibit a portfolio of 60 contemporary Chinese woodblock prints. Artists Basil Beattie, Tom Hammick, Dr Weimin He and Glenn Brown also give talks at this year's fair. 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.

 
 
 

Woyzeck

Jack Thorne reimagines Georg Buchner's play, with Star Wars' John Boyega in the lead role.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Southwark Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 6th May to 24th June 2017

 

Known for Skins, This Is England, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and The Solid Life of Sugar Water, multi-award winning screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne reimagines Georg Buchner's Woyzeck in 2017. Staged at The Old Vic, the new production sees Star Wars' John Boyega take on the role of a young soldier in 1980s Berlin. As the Cold War rages and the world sits at a crossroad between Capitalism and Communism, the soldier and the love of his life are desperately trying to build a better future for their child. Will the cost of escaping poverty get in the way?

 
 
 

The Tweed Run

This eccentric bike ride requires participants to don their finest tweed attire.

Spa Fields Park, Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HU

Tube: Farringdon Station

 

Dates: Saturday 6th May 2017

 

One of London's most eccentric bike rides - surpassed only by the World Naked Bike Ride - The Tweed Run returns for its ninth annual bike ride this May. The quintessential bike ride requires participants to don their finest tweed attire and set off on a 12-mile scenic route that begins in Clerkenwell and takes in some of the capital's finest landmarks and hidden gems. Pit stops along the way allow for a spot of tea in a fine London square and a picnic break in the park. Spectators and riders alike can enjoy a BBQ and Bourne and Hollingsworth cocktails at the finish line. The whole thing ends at a beautiful park for a drink and a bit of a knees up.

 
 
 

Alberto Giacometti

Tate Modern has been given unparalleled access to the artist's collection and archive for this exhibition.

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

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 

Dates: 10th May to 10th September 2017

 

Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti, "one of the most highly regarded and distinctive artists of the last century" (The Guardian) "wowed visitors" at an acclaimed exhibition of his portraits at the National Portrait Gallery in 2015. Two short years on, Tate Modern has been given unparalleled access to the Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti's collection and archive to create an exhibition which includes some plasters and drawings never seen by members of the public before. Alongside these are more familiar bronze sculptures and oil paintings showing his distinctive elongated figures. The Tate gallery believes, "Giacometti has rarely been explored this fully."

 
 
 

Manwatching

An anonymous female playwright delves into the world of heterosexual female desires.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 10th to 20th May 2017

 

Written by a female playwright who has chosen to remain anonymous, Manwatching gives a funny, frank and explicit insight into heterosexual female sexual desires. Transferring from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 to the Royal Court Theatre, it details the thoughts of one woman during her sexual experiences. The monologue spans masturbation, thoughts on the idyllic male proportions and even erotic Jane Austen fantasies. However, in an intriguing twist, the script is read by a different male comedian each night, who is seeing it for the first time, live in front of the audience. This unique idea allows the performer to laugh along with the audience and puts the topic of sex in the familiar hands of a man. Comedians to perform it at Edinburgh Fringe included Nish Kumar, James Acaster and Nick Helm.

 
 
 
 

Prosecco Springs

London's first festival dedicated purely to prosecco.

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

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 

Dates: 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th May 2017

 

London already has festivals dedicated to wine, beer and coffee and now it's the turn of prosecco with Prosecco Springs. The brand new four-day event takes place at Oval Space this May and brings together Italian food, live music and, of course, lashings of prosecco. Eight producers of the tipple will be on hand to discuss their produce and answer any prosecco-related questions you may have. Expert sommeliers from the East London Wine School will also be in attendance to host a series of masterclasses where you can learn about the process from grape to glass as well as discover different types of prosecco and how to pair it with food. Visitors will also be able to feast on Italian dishes such as traditional Venetian cicchetti, risotto al prosecco, charcuterie and cheese, and sharing platters of antipasti while enjoying a soundtrack of live jazz.

 
 
 

Balance Festival

Dip your toe into the water of wellbeing with Barre classes and collision-style workouts.

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

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 12th, 13th and 14th May 2017

 

A wellbeing festival designed to help you on your way to a healthy lifestyle, Balance Festival brings a whole host of London's fitness offerings to one place, The Old Truman Brewery, from 12th to 14th May 2017. An ideal place to dip your toe into the water of wellbeing, you'll meet the people behind Barry's Bootcamp and Triyoga, brilliant Barre classes and collision-style workouts choreographed to a live DJ set. Live cookery classes give practical advice on cooking healthily in the real world, and travel experts advise on yoga retreats as well as hiking, kayaking and surfing holidays. Whether you're a fitness fanatic or if you find all those swanky looking exercise classes a bit intimidating, you'll find healthy living inspiration here.

 
 
 

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

This blockbuster exhibition brings together memorable Pink Floyd moments.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 13th May to 1st October 2017

 

They've given us The Dark Side of the Moon, pigs flying over Battersea Power Station and giant inflatable teachers. Now, this spring, these memorable Pink Floyd moments are brought together in one blockbuster exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Album covers and stage sets, performances, instruments, handwritten lyrics and psychedelic prints are among more than 350 objects and artefacts on display. We'll also get to experience never-before-seen classic Pink Floyd concert footage and a custom-designed laser light show. What a fitting tribute to mark 50 years since the band released their first single, Arnold Layne.

 
 
 

Adventures in Wonderland

The children's version of Alice's Adventures Underground is back.

The Vaults, Arch 233, 10 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN

Tube: Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 13th May to 3rd September 2017

 

Further to the main adult show, Alice's Adventures Underground, the Vaults under Waterloo also hosts the return of the children's version of the production, a sell-out hit in 2015. Adventures in Wonderland is guided by the expertise of Les Petits Theatre Company - the children's offshoot of Les Enfants Terribles - and invites children aged five to 10 to fall down the rabbit hole. A "an exciting, immersive experience" (%u200BUrban Explorer), each child's journey is a unique experience but all will be able to join in on the maddest tea party around and play croquet with Alice herself. Three years in the making, the two productions proved a highlight of the 150th anniversary celebrations of Lewis Carroll's much-loved novel.

 
 
 

Judy!

A biographical musical about the life of iconic movie star Judy Garland.

Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB

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

 

Dates: 16th May to 17th June 2017

 

This May, the Arts Theatre stages Ray Rackham's biographical musical about the life of iconic movie star and chanteuse Judy Garland. Transferring from the Southwark Playhouse after a critically acclaimed run in 2015, Judy! follows the starlet's life through three different ages, creating a poignant and uplifting story portraying the star as a survivor in a man's world. Helen Sheals, Belinda Wollaston and Lucy Penrose share the role of Judy, each taking on a different stage in her life, while a live band bring the show to life.

 
 
 
 

Twelfth Night

Emma Rice directs Shakespeare's timeless and soulful comedy.

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

Tube: Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 18th May to 5th August 2017

 

With her short-lived time as artistic director coming to an end, Emma Rice directs one of her final productions at Shakespeare's Globe this May, taking on the bard's timeless and soulful comedy, Twelfth Night. The mistaken identity comedy sees Viola, who believes her twin brother has died in a shipwreck, disguise herself as a boy and enter the service of Duke Orsino, tasked with wooing Countess Olivia on The Duke's behalf. However, Olivia soon becomes besotted by Viola herself. What could possibly go wrong? There will also be a special midnight staging of the production on 9th June 2017.

 
 
 

Photo London

More than 60 top international galleries showcase photographs in the beautiful Somerset House courtyard.

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

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st May 2017

 

Over sixty of the world's top galleries come to Somerset House for four days in May when Photo London returns to the capital for a third year. The photography showcase is not only a selling fair but also includes special exhibitions, installations and a curated programme of talks and presentations. A one-day workshop given by W.M. Hunt is especially aimed at those who have a keen interest in photography. Brett Rogers, director of The Photographers' Gallery, will be in conversation with photographer Jack Latham, and the Whitechapel Gallery hosts a talk series, Prix Pictet Conversations on Photography, featuring leading contemporary photographers from around the world.

 
 
 

Open Air Theatre

The beautiful outdoor theatre opens its doors for another year.

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 2017, opening with On the Town, directed by Olivier Award-winner Drew McOnie. We are then treated to two of Charles Dickens's most popular stories out in the open. Firstly, Matthew Dunster adapts Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities into a new play directed by Timothy Sheader. Secondly, Oliver Twist is created for everyone aged six and over, adapted by Anya Reiss and directed by Caroline Byrne. Jesus Christ Superstar, winner of the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical in the Evening Standard Awards, and a sell-out success in 2016, returns and runs until 16th September, giving audiences one final chance to see the production in its original home.

 
 
 

Prize for Illustration 2017: Sounds of the City

The 100 shortlisted entries for the Prize of Illustration go on display.

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 19th May to 3rd September 2017

 

Selected by a panel of judges from over 1,000 submissions, these 100 entries shortlisted for the 2017 Prize for Illustration reflect the Sounds of the City. Taking inspiration from the familiar, the curious, the persistent and the distinctive chorus of sounds we hear about us day and night, this is a celebration of the hubbub and the quiet spaces, the songs and the sounds, of our vibrant, diverse, multi-layered cities. On display at the London Transport Museum, in the Exterion Media Gallery, entry is included in the admission ticket, which allows unlimited daytime entry for the whole year.

 
 
 

Alchemy

The largest festival of Indian and South Asian culture outside of India.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 19th to 29th May 2017

 

Returning to the Southbank Centre for 2017, 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, it's an eclectic programme that this year commences with Sukanya, Ravi Shankar's first-ever opera that he worked on just before he died. The special performance will be directed by Curve Associate Director Suba Das with dance choreographed by the Aakash Odedra Company and music from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

 
 
 
 

On The Town

The first production in 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: 19th May to 1st July 2017

 

This year's Regent's Park Open Air Theatre commences with New York-set dance musical On The Town. The classic 1944 musical by Leonard Bernstein charts the romantic dalliances of three sailors on shore leave. Accompanying Bernstein's incredible score will be choreography by the Olivier Award-winning Drew McOnie, who is celebrated for his choreography on Jesus Christ Superstar. Featuring the timeless New York, New York, this will be the Open Air Theatre's biggest dance musical to date.

 
 
 

Canaletto And The Art Of Venice

This new exhibition showcase a spectacular selection of 18th-century Venetian art.

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Birdcage Walk, London, SW1A 1AA

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 19th May to 12th November 2017

 

Bought by George III in 1762, The Royal Collection has the world's finest group of paintings, drawings and prints by Venice's most famous view-painter, Canaletto. Canaletto and the Art of Venice showcases a spectacular selection of 18th-century Venetian art, displaying Canaletto's greatest works alongside paintings and works by Sebastiano and Marco Ricci, Francesco Zuccarelli, Rosalba Carriera and Giovanni Battista Piazzetta. Visitors will be treated to the delights of 18th-century Venice, including the Grand Canal and St Mark's Square as well as its festivals, theatre and masked carnival.

 
 
 

Cabbages and Frocks: Dog Day Afternoon

Canine couture, dog toys, food and fashion.

Cabbages and Frocks Market, St Marylebone Parish Church Grounds, Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5BA

Tube: Baker Street Station, Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: Saturday 20th May 2017

 

The weekly Cabbages and Frocks Market hosts the Dog Day Afternoon on Saturday 20th May 2017, bringing together canine couture, dog toys, food, fashion. One of the highlights of the day will be the Good Boy Dog School headed by TV personality Dima Yeremenko, who appeared on 'Britain's Got Talent' and 'That Dog Can Dance!', presenting a new routine at 12 noon and 2pm. If you want to enter your pooch, competition categories include 'A bit of ruff' for mixed breeds, best dog trick, and matching pairs, all judged by Chamois Rose-Wood from the Independent and Rob Alleyne of Dog Owners club who can be seen on BBC3's 'Dog Borstal'. You can also stock up on accessories for your pet, commission a dog portrait or treat your hound to a special stew.

 
 
 

Urban Village Fete

Curated designer marketplaces and Gilles Peterson DJing all day.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: Sunday 21st May 2017

 

Back for a third year Urban Village Fete offers a contemporary twist on the traditional summer fete. Roaming acts - think brass band house music and life-sized slinkies - perform alongside Gilles Peterson who DJs all day. Curated designer marketplaces, street food vendors, art and design workshops, 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 workshops (we had group hoola hooping and paper hat workshops last year) and the chance to become a DJ for the day with The Charity Shop DJ, all pulled together by HemingwayDesign who are also behind the Classic Car Boot Sale.

 
 
 

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Stunning show gardens and a marquee big enough for 500 London buses, full of blooms.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 23rd to 27th May 2017

 

The Poetry Lover's Garden, a garden inspired by the famous British botanist, Ernest Henry Wilson, and a green space to celebrate 500 years of Covent Garden are just three of the show gardens at this year's Chelsea Flower Show. Regarded as a highpoint of the London summer season, the fragrant 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.

 
 
 
 

Annie

Miranda Hart makes her West End debut as tyrannical Miss Hannigan.

Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 23rd May 2017 to 6th January 2018

 

It's a hard-knock life in 1930s New York during the Great Depression when Miranda Hart makes her West End debut as tyrannical Miss Hannigan in the feel good, Tony Award-winning musical. Based on a book by Thomas Meehan, with music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Martin Charnin, Annie the musical charts the journey of the orphan who doesn't know she's really the daughter of a billionaire. Annie and her fellow orphans are forced to live a life of misery at the hands of the drunken Miss Hannigan. The infectious songbook includes Easy Street, I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here and Tomorrow. Directed by Nikolai Foster. NOTE: Miranda Hart appears until 17th September 2017.

 
 
 

California

The first exhibition to explore a state's current global reach.

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

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 

Dates: 24th May to 15th October 2017

 

A landmark exhibition, California at the Design Museum is the first to examine a state's current global reach. From LSD to iPhones, the ambitious project presents the idea that California has pioneered many tools of personal liberation. Starting in the 1960s, it charts the journey from the counterculture to Silicon Valley's tech culture through political posters, personal computers and self-driving cars. Additionally, it will go beyond hardware to examine how user interface designers in the Bay Area are influencing common day-to-day activities, revealing how this culture of design and technology has, in a way, made us all Californians.

 
 
 

Beyond the Great Wave

The museum explores Japanese influences on European art.

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

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

 

Dates: 25th May to 13th August 2017

 

Without Japanese printmaker Katsushika Hokusai, "Impressionism might never have happened", so says Jason Farago, writing for the BBC. It's a claim backed up by none other than the British Museum whose exhibition examines "the moment when European art started turning Japanese". Looking at the last thirty years of Hokusai's career, from around 1820 to 1849, it features a broad selection of works - from the iconic blue and white wave print to major paintings, drawings, woodblock prints and illustrated books.

 
 
 

Killology

Gary Owen addresses the topic of violent computer games.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 25th May to 24th June 2017

 

Welsh playwright Gary Owen addresses the topic of violent computer games with his new play, Killology. The play imagines a controversial new gaming experience in which players are rewarded for torturing victims, scoring points based on the creativity of their torture. The creator, however, insists that the game isn't sick and it is marketed as a deeply moral experience, allowing players to live out their deepest fantasies in a digital world. On the streets it's a different story, with growing violence and viciousness. Staged at the Royal Court, the provocative drama is directed by Rachel O'Riordan.

 
 
 

We Are FSTVL

Craig David, Dizzee Rascal, Carl Cox, Basement Jaxx perform live.

Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Aveley Road, Upminster, London, RM14 2TN

Tube: Upminster Bridge Station

 

Dates: 26th, 27th and 28th May 2017

 

For their fifth anniversary We Are FSTVL offer on-site camping for the first time with Morning Gloryville to help start the day as you mean to go on - with a rave. Big hitting names like Craig David, Dizzee Rascal, Carl Cox, Basement Jaxx, and Wiley are on the line up which lists 300 DJs, set to play across 30 stages in and around a private aerodrome in Uxbridge, 20 minutes from central London. Happy campers who choose to spend the whole weekend on site can enjoy hot tubs, a woodland spa, tall ball pool, giant pillow fights, silly sports, a Glitter Palace, Blowdry Bar, campfire and pop up restaurants.

 
 
 
 

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

The king of haute couture in the 1950s and '60s is the subject of this new exhibition.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 27th May 2017 to 18th February 2018

 

He shunned publicity, was rarely seen and gave only one full interview in his life yet Christian Dior called him "the master of us all". Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga, the king of haute couture in the 1950s and 1960s, is the subject of a V & A exhibition, marking the 100th anniversary of the opening of his first fashion house in San Sebastian. 80 years after the opening of his famous Paris salon in 1937, Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion takes an "almost forensic" look at the craftsmanship and skill that made his creations so special. Around 100 beautiful garments and 20 hats go on display, representing the work of Balenciaga and his followers. Sketches, photographs and fabric samples are shown alongside the garments and patterns, x-rays, toiles and film to reveal how they were made.

 
 
 

Simple Minds

The band perform a collection of songs acoustically for the first time.

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

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: Saturday 27th May 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.

 
 
 

Foodies Festival, Syon Park

Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown and top foodies cook up tasty treats.

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 27th, 28th and 29th May 2017

 

The Foodies Festival returns to Syon Park this spring, taking place on the second Bank Holiday weekend in May. 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 Alyn Williams. There will also be the chance to 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.

Foodies Festival London 2017 dates: Syon Park 27th-29th May | Blackheath 7th-9th July | Alexandra Palace 26th-28th August

 
 
 

Sigma

The dance music duo promises: "For one night only we're going to turn the place into a giant rave".

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 27th May 2017

 

With a debut album featuring the likes of Rita Ora, Ella Eyre, Ella Henderson, Maverick Sabre, Paloma Faith and Labrinth, Sigma have certainly proved that they're good at networking. Having sold out at venues like Brixton Academy and The Roundhouse, the dance music duo - consisting of Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie - has have promised something special for the Royal Albert Hall: "For one night only we're going to turn the place into a giant rave". Expect a showcase of exclusive material from their forthcoming new album, alongside their extensive run of hits.

 
 
 

Gala Festival

Disco, groove, soul and superior street food in a leafy park in South London.

Brockwell Park, Norwood Road, London, SE24 0PA

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: Sunday 28th May 2017

 

Back for a second year, Gala brings together the very best of south London's restaurants, bars and parties for a one-day festival set against the backdrop of Brockwell Park. Kicking off the summer with a top line-up of jazz-funk, groove, soul, tropical and world beats, the fete welcomes disco from Studio 54 and Paradise Garage, headlining alongside Crazy P with a full live band while Horse Meat Disco are curating their own stage with guests to include Honey Soundsystem and Mood II Swing. Plus, feeding London's hunger for quality street food, there will be dishes from Kricket, Kitchen Shop, Made of Dough, Bill or Beak and Fatties Bakery, as well as drinks by Brixton Brewery, Canopy Beer and Peckham's Brick Brewery among others.

 
 
 
 

Barber Shop Chronicles

An exploration of the trials and tribulations of barber shop customers.

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

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 30th May to 8th July 2017

 

Bijan Sheibani directs the National Theatre's co-production with Fuel and West Yorkshire Playhouse of Inua Ellams' dynamic drama, which explores the timely concerns, personal trials and tribulations of the customers and staff of barber shops in London, Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra.

 
 
 

Common

Jeremy Herrin directs DC Moore's darkly funny drama starring Anne-Marie Duff.

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 30th May to 12th July 2017

 

Jeremy Herrin directs DC Moore's darkly funny drama starring Anne-Marie Duff as incorrigible rogue and thief Mary, who becomes embroiled in a battle for England's lost land as smoke of the industrial revolution belches out from the cities. This National Theatre staging of Common is a co-production with Headlong, co-starring Trevor Fox and Cush Jumbo. The play opens on 30th May and runs until 12th July giving the Shameless actress time to prepare for her next role as Lady Macbeth opposite Rory Kinnear at the National in spring 2018.

 
 
 

Sand in the Sandwiches

Hugh Whitemore's play celebrates the life of celebrated poet John Betjeman.

Haymarket Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT

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

 

Dates: 30th May to 3rd Jun 2017

 

Award-winning actor Edward Fox, whose distinguished career includes roles in Oscar winning film Ghandi and Oh! What a Lovely War, stars in Hugh Whitemore's celebration of the life of celebrated poet John Betjeman. One-man play Sand in the Sandwiches travels through the wordsmith's life from boyhood and adolescence to Britain's poet laureate. Directed by Gareth Armstrong with set designs by BAFTA award-winning Fotini Dimou, the play brings Betjeman's poetry, sharp wit and vivacious personality to life.

 
 
 

The Greaty Gatsby

Take a trip back to the Roaring Twenties with this new production.

Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB

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

 

Dates: 30th May to 30th July 2017

 

The Arts Theatre invites you to take a trip back to the Roaring Twenties with the return of The Great Gatsby. Hosted in a secret central London location, the production recreates the era known for bootleg liquor, red hot jazz and hedonistic pleasures and presents an immersive adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's seminal jazz-age novel, putting audiences in the heart of the action. Step into your dancing shoes and watch the story unfold around you.

 
 
 

Akram Khan: Desh

A highly personal solo performance from Akram Khan.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 31st May, 1st Jun, 2nd Jun and 3rd Jun 2017

 

The word 'desh' comes from the Bengali word meaning 'homeland', themes of land and nation feature heavily in this highly personal solo performance from Akram Khan, which is showing at Sadler's Wells Theatre this summer. The multiple tales shift between Britain and Bangladesh and Khan intertwines tales of memory and myth in a surprising and surreal way. Desh sees Khan join forces with Oscar-winning visual artist Tim Yip, who worked on 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon', Olivier-Award winning composer Jocelyn Pook and slam poet Polar Bear in this critically acclaimed contemporary production.

 
 
 

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