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Heritage Live Concerts: Kenwood House
Michael Jackson: On the Wall
Live At Chelsea
Thomas Cole's Journey
Katy Perry
Open Garden Squares Weekend
Serpentine Pavilion 2018
The Town Hall Affair: The Wooster Group
Taste of London
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
The Great Spectacle: 250 Years of the Summer Exhibition
Fun Home is at The Young Vic
Boy Blue Entertainment: A Night with Boy Blue
Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire
Greenwich and Docklands International Festival
Phobiarama by Dries Verhoeven
London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
Giffords Circus: My Beautiful Circus
BP Portrait Award
PROCESSIONS
Festival of the Spoken Nerd is at Space Shambles
The Pudding Kitchen
Soho Food Feast
Greenwich Book Festival
Polo in the Park
House & Garden Festival
GROW London
Robert Smith curates the Southbank Centre's Meltdown in 2018
An Octoroon
Ken Watanabe and Kelli O'Hara in The King & I
Circa Peepshow
Mighty Hoopla
Kiss Me, Kate
Splendours of the Subcontinent
English National Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty
West End LIVE
Lionel Richie plays at the Hampton Court Palace Festival
Aquilo headline the Bushstock Festival
The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia
London Festival of Architecture
Green Days Fete and Craft Fair
Masterpiece London
 

 

Summer concerts return to Kenwood House in June 2018, Michael Jackson is On the Wall at the National Portrait Gallery, Katy Perry plays the O2 and the LIFT festival gets a new Artistic Director.

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Field Day 2018

The long-running festival moves south for 2018.

Brockwell Park, Norwood Road, London, SE24 0PA

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd June 2018

 

Field Day moves south for 2018, bringing subdued electro, melancholic folk, bold dance acts and a dreamy summer vibe to Brockwell Park for one weekend in June. A prominent feature on London's music festival calendar, the event has been running at Victoria Park for the past 11 years and is renowned for its stand-out line-ups and innovation. Having hosted Rock Against Racism in 1978, headlined by Elvis Costello, the Attractions in 1979 with Aswad and welcomed the likes of Madness, The Fall, Grace Jones and Boy George over the years, Brockwell Park is a fitting new venue for the festival. This year welcomes Four Tet, Erykah Badu, Madlib and Fever Ray.

 
 
 

Boy Blue Entertainment: A Night with Boy Blue

Over fifty performers take part in an empowering showcase.

Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, City, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station

 

Dates: Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd June 2018

 

Over fifty performers trained under the award-winning hip-hop dance group, Boy Blue, present an empowering showcase at the Barbican. Under the guidance of Boy Blue's founders Kenrick 'H2O' Sandy and Michael 'Mikey J' Asante, the next generation of dancers perform their groundbreaking choreography and original compositions. Stay on after the Saturday night show and dance the night away to r'n'b, hip hop, funk, house and old skool music in the foyer. Later, in September 2018, there's another chance to see Blak Whyte Gray, the Oliver nominated production which had its premiere here at the Barbican and enjoyed a successful Edinburgh run in 2017.

 
 
 

The Pudding Kitchen

Pudding and Prosecco pop-up gives you the chance to sample delicious pots.

13 Soho Square, , London, W1D 3QF

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd June 2018

 

For two days only this June luxury pudding brand Pots&Co is opening The Pudding Kitchen, a pop-up dining experience in Soho. Whether you're a fan of their salted caramel and chocolate ganache or the lemon and lime posset is your favourite, you can try out the indulgent tasting menu, eat delicious puds and sample the newest (and most decadent) additions. The ultimate destination for dessert lovers this summer, the pudding and Prosecco pop-up gives visitors the chance to take part in an hour-long pudding and fizz fest at this Instagram-worthy immersive dining experience.

 
 
 

London Festival of Architecture

Over 400 to choose from on the theme of 'Identity'.

 

Various Venues Dates: 1st to 30th June 2018

 

'Identity' gives the 2018 London Festival of Architecture its theme, fleshed out through walking tours, debates, exhibitions and family events with over 400 to choose from. As part of the festival The City Centre is showing 50 backlit iPad drawings by Linda Kitson, striking images of the Square Mile, from 18 May to 11 August. Two perennially popular LFA fixtures are: the Great Architectural Bake Off in Fitzroy Square and the Lego Challenge at the Royal Academy and we hope to see them return. A city-wide festival, it's the largest of its kind in Europe with over 400,000 people attending events across town from the Brunel Museum to Whitechapel.

 
 
 

Beat Positive

Iconic images bring to life the early days of hip hop.

Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DX

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 1st June to 4th August 2018

 

This summer, the Getty Images Gallery presents new exhibition Beat Positive. Showcasing iconic images from British photographers Janette Beckman and David Corio, as well as never before seen material from the Michael Ochs, Right On! And Redferns archives, it will bring to life the early days of hip hop culture in New York. Visitors will be able to step back in time to 1973, when DJ Kool Herc launched the now globally successful genre, and step into the world of Run-DMC, Dougie Fresh, Salt-n-Pepa, MC Shan, Queen Latifah and LL Cool J. Images on display will be available to buy as prints.

 
 
 
 

Small Wonders by Punchdrunk

Interactive children's theatre that celebrates the relationships we have with our elders.

Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, London, N15 4RX

Tube: Seven Sisters Station

 

Dates: 2nd June to 13th July 2018

 

Explore a collection of miniatures and memories inside Nanny Lacey's flat as Punchdrunk presents a brand new show for children aged 5 to 11. Part of this summer's LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) and presented at Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Small Wonders celebrates the relationships we have with our elders. Using Nanny Lacey's precious collection, each like a 3D photograph, this magical, interactive experience reveals the adventures she's shared with her daughter Bella over the years. She's getting forgetful now and she'll soon move into a care home but before she goes, there is one final miniature to share, and story to be told. Directed by Peter Higgin and Tara Boland, and written by Nessah Muthy.

 
 
 

London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

The race returns for its 23rd year this June.

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

Tube: Canning Town Station

 

Dates: Sunday 3rd June 2018

 

In 2018, the London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival celebrates its 23rd year, returning to the London Regatta Centre on 3rd June. This year's edition sees 40 given a turn in the dragon boats - human-powered paddled watercraft, typically manned by 17 people, 16 of which are equipped with small paddles and the 17th beating a drum - as they battle it out for one of four cups. Out of the water, there's traditional Chinese lion dancing, live music, martial arts displays, and a South East Asia food festival making this a free, family-friendly, fun day out for both participants and spectators.

 
 
 

Mighty Hoopla

R&B royalty TLC headline this year's festival, playing their first ever UK festival performance.

Brockwell Park, Norwood Road, London, SE24 0PA

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: Sunday 3rd June 2018

 

It all began in Butlin's in Bognor Regis then Mighty Hoopla rolled into the city and after a successful London debut last year the feel good festival returns, arriving in Brockwell Park for the first time this summer. R&B royalty TLC headline this year's event, playing their first ever UK festival performance. The best-selling American girl group leads a line up that includes Lily Allen, Spice Girl Melanie C, Louise, Vengaboys, MNEK, Louisa Johnson, Belinda Carlisle, B*Witched, Nimmo and others. Alternative club nights and performance troupes Sink The Pink, Guilty Pleasures, The Glory, The Grand, Glitterbox and more transform a peaceful park in south London into a summer playground and pop studded party. Expect drag queens, dressing up and glitterbombs a-plenty.

 
 
 

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Lia Williams take the title role in this adaptation of Muriel Spark's novel.

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

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

 

Dates: 4th June to 28th July 2018

 

This June, the Donmar Warehouse presents a stage version of Muriel Spark's novel, The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie, to mark the centenary of the novelist's birth. Having enjoyed recent success with the Almeida's Mary Stuart and Channel 4's Kiri, Lia Williams continues her sterling year, taking the title role in this David Harrower adaptation. The production comes at the request of Spark herself, who approached Harrower before her death in 2006, and will see Williams take on the role that won Dame Maggie Smith her first Oscar back in 1969. Set in Marcia Blaine School for Girls, the story explores how Miss Jean Brodie leaves her mark on the institution. Presiding over a chosen few, the teacher offers an extraordinary education in return for the students' absolute devotion.

 
 
 

Aftermath: Art In The Wake Of World War One

The venue looks at how artists responded to the physical and psychological scars of WWI.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 5th June to 16th September 2018

 

A century since the end of WWI Tate Britain takes a look at how artists responded to the physical and psychological scars left on Europe. A fascinating and moving exhibition, Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One features works by George Grosz, Otto Dix, Picasso, Winifred Knights, Fernand Leger and CRW Nevinson. It shows the different ways in which artists reacted to memories of war. George Grosz and Otto Dix exposed the unequal treatment of disabled veterans in post-war society, we saw the birth of new art forms in dada and surrealism, Pablo Picasso and Winifred Knights returned to tradition and classicism while others imagined future cities as society began to rebuild itself.

 
 
 
 

Hampton Court Palace Festival

Tom Jones, Lionel Richie, Paloma Faith, Gary Barlow, Joe Bonamassa, The Beach Boys and Jools Holland play.

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 5th to 20th June 2018

 

Take That star Gary Barlow, Paloma Faith and Lionel Richie - playing his only London shows of 2018 - are just three of the big name acts lined up for this year's Hampton Court Palace Festival. Tom Jones, legendary guitar player Joe Bonamassa, musical virtuoso Jools Holland and American rock band The Beach Boys also put in an appearance at the summer music festival, set against the beautiful backdrop of Henry VIII's magnificent Tudor Hampton Court Palace. Now in its 26th year, the festival encourages a spot of picnicking, a VIP experience and the chance to hear some well known musicians in an intimate 3,000-seat open-air auditorium.

 
 
 

Monogamy

This new comedy looks at the life behind the cameras of a popular TV chef.

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

Tube: Finsbury Park Station

 

Dates: 6th June to 7th July 2018

 

A new comedy by Torben Betts - known for Muswell Hill and Invicible - Monogamy steps out of the limelight to look at the real goings on in the life of a popular TV cook. With a sparkling career, a big house in Highgate, a loving husband (with a deeper love for golf), intelligent children and a no expense spared kitchen, Caroline Mortimer seems to have it all. But behind the façade, and away from the cameras, the truth comes out. How does Caroline cope with life in the public eye? Olivier and Evening Standard award-winner Janie Dee takes the role of Caroline in this Original Theatre Company and Park Theatre collaboration.

 
 
 

English National Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

With choreography by Kenneth MacMillan, music by Tchaikovsky and beautiful costume design.

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

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

 

Dates: 6th to 16th June 2018

 

The London Coliseum is set to be transformed into an enchanted world of castles and curses, forests and fairies as much loved fairytale The Sleeping Beauty is brought to life once more. When an evil witch places a curse upon Princess Aurora, it destines her to a premature death on her 16th birthday. The kind Lilac Fairy succeeds in counteracting this curse and instead sends the Princess into a deep sleep for a hundred years; but, in a fateful twist, only the touch of true love's kiss can save her. Will Prince Charming awaken her in time? With choreography by Kenneth MacMillan, beautiful costume design from Nichols Georgiadis and some of Tchaikovsky's best-loved ballet music, including Rose Adagio and the music for Once Upon a Dream in Disney's Sleeping Beauty, this revival of the classic tale is set to be spellbinding.

 
 
 

An Octoroon

"This decade's most eloquent statement on race in America today" - New York Times.

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

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 7th June to 18th July 2018

 

In 1859, white Irish playwright Dion Boucicault writes a hit play about America. Today, a black American playwright attempts to do the same. Described by the New York Times as "this decade's most eloquent statement on race in America today", Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' provocative play comes to the National Theatre after a sold out run at the Orange Tree Theatre. The cast includes Cassie Clare, Emmanuella Cole, Celeste Dodwell and Iola Evans with puppetry by Jimmy Grimes and fight direction by Kev McCurdy.

 
 
 

Phobiarama by Dries Verhoeven

An immersive theatrical ghost train by the Dutch theatre maker.

West Handyside Canopy, York Way, London, N1C 4UZ

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 8th to 18th June 2018

 

Roll up, roll up for the UK premiere of Phobiarama, a 21st century theatrical haunted house filled with fake news and tapping into the current culture of fear. An immersive theatrical ghost train by Dutch theatre maker and visual artist Dries Verhoeven, this political fairground ride comes to King's Cross as part of the LIFT festival. This "fiendishly clever" piece places us, two at a time, in a fairground car and "sends us on a dizzying circuit around a space of endless doors and shadowy corridors where danger might lurk" says Lyn Gardner on the British Council blog.

 
 
 
 

Secret 7''

Famous artists design sleeve covers for seven singles.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 8th to 24th June 2018

 

The Secret 7" exhibition sees artists such as Sir Anish Kapoor, Sir Paul Smith, Jake & Dinos Chapman, ES Devlin, and Jeremy Deller, plus hundreds of others, create artworks that are put up for a secret sale. However, instead of postcards, the artists will redesign covers of seven different singles from well-known bands, each of which has been pressed 100 times to vinyl. Each record receives a one-of-a-kind sleeve, as designed by 700 creatives, which will be displayed in a month-long exhibition. On 24th June 2018, each of the sleeves will go on sale for a reasonable £50 but buyers will not know who has designed the sleeve until they have bought it. The year's seven singles are 'Lover, You Should've Come Over' by Jeff Buckley; 'I'm Not Down' by The Clash; 'I Saved The World Today' by Eurythmics; 'Castles Made of Sand' by Jimi Hendrix; 'Help' by London Grammar; 'No Surface All Feeling' by Manic Street Preachers; and 'Damaged' by Primal Scream.

 
 
 

Polo in the Park

Bringing polo to the people, this is a very social version of the sport.

Hurlingham Park, Hurlingham Road, London, SW6 3NG

Tube: Putney Bridge Station

 

Dates: 8th, 9th and 10th June 2018

 

Now in its tenth year, Polo in the Park has become one of London's great summer outdoors events. Aimed at bringing polo to the people, the three-day World Series event showcases a more accessible version of the sport, mirroring the effect Twenty20 has had on cricket. Teams of three a side from cities around the world take part, with an England International match on the Friday night. There's usually also a steady flow of celebrities (Jodie Kidd) and royalty (Princess Beatrice), Mahiki and Polo Bars for classic cocktails, PIMM's Bus and an array of shops and food stalls. Sunday is family time with Sharky and George, Eddie Catz and Clip'n'Climb to entertain the kids. Even better, use the discount code LOVEPOLO and get 5 off Friday and Sunday tickets.

 
 
 

Splendours of the Subcontinent

Exquisite treasures presented to the Prince of Wales during his 1875 grand tour.

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

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 8th June to 14th October 2018

 

In October 1875, the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward, set off on a four-month tour of the Indian Subcontinent. Treasures presented to the Prince during the trip go on display at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace for the first time in over 130 years. Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince's Tour of India 1875-76 tells the story of his grand tour during which he visited over 21 localities, which today encompass India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal. Gifts with over 90 rulers and included a magnificent ten-piece gold service, given by the Maharaja of Mysore and an enamelled gold and diamond perfume holder from Ram Singh II, Maharajah of Jaipur.

 
 
 

Noshville

A three-day celebration of America with food, booze and music.

Granary Square, Good's Way, London, N1C 4AA

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 8th, 9th and 10th June 2018

 

This June, KERB presents the tastiest hoedown in town, bringing together a range of Deep South menus for Noshville. The three-day festival is a celebration of America with the likes of Taco Dave, Oh My Dog, Da Ja Chicken and Prairie Fire Dog serving mouth-watering creations. Expect burgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, spicy meat nuggets, mustard fried chicken wings and pulled pork with homemade smoked sausage, smoked bacon and Fran's RedHot infused BBQ sauce. Drinks include melon margaritas, Cajun lemonade and mint julips while sweet treats include donuts and ice cream floats. The festival also presents the Maverick Travelling Medicine Show with live entertainment from twelve different acts.

 
 
 

Open Garden Squares Weekend

Explore over 230 London gardens as they open their gates to the public.

 

Various Venues Dates: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 2018

 

From the iron-fenced residential parks of west London to the landscaped churchyards of the City, hundreds of garden squares play a vital part in maintaining London's status as one of Europe's greenest cities. The wonderful Open Garden Squares Weekend is the one time of the year when these gardens open their gates to everyone. More than 230 gardens take part - some of them private spaces which are not usually accessible to the public. If you have youngsters in tow, many gardens stage activities for families too and tickets allow entry to all participating gardens.

 
 
 
 

Serpentine Pavilion 2018

Every summer a striking structure is temporarily erected in Kensington Gardens.

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA

Tube: Lancaster Gate Station

 

Dates: 15th June to 7th October 2018

 

Now in its 18th year, the Serpentine's Summer Pavilion is a highlight of London's arts calendar in the summer, launched with a celebrity filled party on opening night. The site specific project tasks the chosen architecture - who must not have previously had one of their designs built in the UK - with creating a striking structure, temporarily erected in Kensington Gardens. Designed by 17 architects since Zaha Hadid created the first in 2000, the commission is a honour and propels the chosen architect to greater public awareness. Built to house a cafe and a series of events, the Serpentine Pavilion is always worth making a detour for.

 
 
 

Trooping the Colour

The Queen's Birthday Parade is a vibrant display of ceremony and military history.

Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, Westminster, London, SW1A 2AX

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

 

Dates: Saturday 9th June 2018

 

A vibrant display of ceremony and military history, Trooping the Colour, also known as The Queen's Birthday Parade, marks the second of the Queen's two birthdays (this is the official one, her actual birthday is on 21st April). It's a spectacular piece of pageantry but also a timely reminder of the role of the armed forces who are - in theory, at least - under the Queen's control. Hundreds of well-disciplined soldiers in full dress uniform march past at the Horse Guards Parade, and a different Battalion gives the Royal Salute each year, all accompanied by stirring military music from the massed bands. On the same day, a 41-Gun Royal Salute takes place in Green Park at 12.52pm and there's a 62-Gun salute at the Tower Of London at 1pm. But if you want to avoid the crush at the Mall, you can see the Horse Guards practicing for the grand parade at two smaller rehearsals in the days leading up to the grand event - namely the Major General's Review on the Saturday before and the Colonel's Review on the Saturday two weeks before the Trooping of the Colour. TICKETS: The Ballot for tickets for seated stands around Horse Guards Parade opens in January and closes in February. Applications should be made in writing, during January and February only, enclosing a stamped self-addressed envelope to: Brigade Major, HQ Household Division, Horse Guards, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX.

 
 
 

Soho Food Feast

Over 50 of London's top restaurants serve signature dishes for 2 pounds a pop.

St. Anne's Churchyard, Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1D 6AF

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

 

Dates: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 2018

 

The Soho Food Feast aims to bring together West End restaurants, clubs and bars to enjoy a summer's day in one of Soho's most scenic green spaces. Over 50 of London's top restaurants will be serving signature dishes and house wines all afternoon from stands located throughout St Anne's Churchyard Garden. Enjoy a wide range of dishes for just 2 each and see some top chefs putting their individual twists on live demonstrations. Expect live music and DJs and the odd A lister celebrity popping by, a very generous raffle on both days as well as activities for families.

 
 
 

Green Days Fete and Craft Fair

Weekend fair of stalls, five-a-side football, live music and the Fuller's beer tent.

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

Tube: Chiswick Park Station

 

Dates: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 2018

 

A highlight of the Bedford Park Festival, Green Days starts the three week festival with a two-day traditional village fete on Acton Green with stalls, five-a-side football, live music and the Fuller's beer tent. A hugely popular day out, thousands of people come to the fair each year for its children's corner, music performances, funfair, refreshments and good old fashioned village fete atmosphere. Children under 10 are invited to join in the fancy dress competition which this year takes on the theme of Peter Rabbit & Friends. Hop along to St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall at 10.30am on Saturday and join in the parade on Acton Green at 11am and you could win a prize.

 
 
 

PROCESSIONS

Tens of thousands walk through London to mark one hundred years since the first British women won the right to vote.

Park Lane, , London, W1K 7AJ

Tube: Marble Arch Station

 

Dates: Sunday 10th June 2018

 

On Sunday 10th June 2018, London joins Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh as tens of thousands walk together to mark one hundred years since the first British women won the right to vote. A sea of green, white and violet, women wearing the colours of the suffrage movement will together appear as a vast river of colour flowing through the city streets. At the heart of each procession will be specially created banners created by community groups and well known artists including Lucy Orta, designer Lucy Tammam and Rita Duffy. One of the UK's largest ever mass participation artworks, PROCESSIONS is produced by Artichoke (the organisation behind the Lumiere light festivals, who paraded The Sultan's Elephant through the streets of London) and is commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK's arts programme for the First World War centenary.

 
 
 
 

Thomas Cole's Journey

Discover one of America's leading painters of the mid-19th century.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

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

 

Dates: 11th June to 7th October 2018

 

The National Gallery stages the first exhibition to establish British-born Thomas Cole, one of America's leading painters of the mid-19th century, as a major global figure in 19th-century landscape art. Displaying Cole's paintings alongside those of his contemporaries, including Turner and Constable, among others, we get a better understanding of how his exposure to European painting informed his artistic identity. Paintings on display include works resulting from Cole's trips to England and Italy between 1829 and 1833, the monumental painting cycle 'The Course of Empire' and 'The Oxbow', a founding masterpiece of American landscape painting, never previously shown in the UK. This exhibition in the Ground Floor Galleries runs concurrently with Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire in Room 1.

 
 
 

Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire

The artist has his work displayed in Room 1 of the gallery.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

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

 

Dates: 11th June to 7th October 2018

 

Ed Ruscha, whose 2005 Venice Biennale Biennale installation evoked Thomas Cole's famous 'The Course of Empire'painting cycle of 183336, has his work displayed in Room 1 of the National Gallery at the same time as Cole's influential work can be seen in the Ground Floor Galleries. Compare and contrast Ruscha's 'Course of Empire' showing the industrial buildings of LA with Cole's grandiose vision of classical civilisation. Two very different approaches to the cyclical nature of civilisation, both dealing with the theme of "progress, or the course of progress".

 
 
 

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Grayson Perry coordinates the Royal Academy's annual Summer Exhibition as it celebrates its 250th anniversary.

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

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 12th June to 19th August 2018

 

The Royal Academy's annual Summer Exhibition celebrates its 250th anniversary in 2018, and, to mark the occasion, the exhibition will be coordinated by Grayson Perry. Anyone can submit to the exhibition which gives it a wonderful element of surprise. Over 12,000 pieces are sifted through from relative unknowns to famous artists and members of the RA. The fun part for visitors is choosing a favourite and, with the majority of works on sale at varying price ranges, you can even buy one if you really fall in love with it. First held in 1769, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is the largest regular contemporary art exhibition in the world. It's an impressive show that gives an excellent cross-section of contemporary art every summer and each year a prominent sculpture greets visitors to the exhibition as they walk through the Royal Academy's great courtyard.

 
 
 

The Great Spectacle: 250 Years of the Summer Exhibition

The story behind the world's longest running annual display of contemporary art.

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

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 12th June to 19th August 2018

 

Held every year since 1769, the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition is the world's longest running annual display of contemporary art. Staged to coincide with the 250th Summer Exhibition, The Great Spectacle tells the story of the annual show by featuring highlights from the past 250 years, on display in the RA's The John Madejski Fine Rooms. The exhibition includes works by the Royal Academy's first president, Joshua Reynolds, rival Thomas Gainsborough and fellow artist John Constable. Everyone from J.M.W. Turner to John Singer Sargent, Peter Blake to Zaha Hadid is included in the review.

 
 
 

Taste of London

Sample starters from London's top restaurants at this wonderful al fresco festival of all things food.

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

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 13th to 17th Jun 2018

 

Five days of top flight food, drink and entertainment in Regent's Park, Taste of London is a wonderful al fresco festival of all things food. Indulge in some delicious gluttony as over forty of London's best restaurants, including a flurry of Michelin stars, show off their culinary handiwork. Work your way through a range of sample sized speciality dishes hot off the plates from London's top restaurants. Top cooks attend and last year introduced a new feature, The Taste of Residence, which offered a sit down fine-dining experience cooked for and served by Michelin starred chefs.

 
 
 
 

Live At Chelsea

The Kaiser Chiefs and James Blunt headline a long weekend of open air concerts.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th Jun 2018

 

The Kaiser Chiefs and James Blunt play at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the home of the Chelsea Pensioners as part of Live At Chelsea, a long weekend of open air concerts at the historic home of the red uniformed Chelsea Pensioners. The concert series returns for a fourth year in 2018, having fast become a fixed staple in London's summer calendar of outdoor music festivals. It has established a reputation for hosting high calibre artists - Rufus Wainwright, Ludovico Einaudi, Simply Red, and Belle & Sebastian have all previously played - entertaining thousands of music lovers as well as the Chelsea Pensioners themselves.

 
 
 

Katy Perry

The American pop princess comes to The O2 for one night only.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: Thursday 14th and Friday 15th June 2018

 

Since kissing a girl and liking it back in 2008, "anthem-roarer" (NME) Katy Perry's career has gone from strength to strength. Her second studio album, One of the Boys, gained her two Grammy Award nominations while her third album, Teenage Dream, earned her even further Grammy nominations and became the second album in history to spawn five number one singles - the first being Michael Jackson's Bad. Witness - "by far Perry's most electronic album" (Variety) - has prompted this latest tour, her first since the Prismatic World Tour which came to The O2 in 2014. Catch her for one night only in June 2018 singing old favourites like 'Baby You're a Firework' and new singles 'Bon Appetit' featuring Migos and 'Swish Swish', a collaborative single with Nicki Minaj.

 
 
 

BP Portrait Award

One of the most prestigious prizes in the field of portrait painting.

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

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

 

Dates: 14th June to 23rd September 2018

 

The popular BP Portrait Award returns for a 39th year at the National Portrait Gallery. The highly successful annual open competition, which regularly attracts over 2,500 entries, is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world for portrait painting. The shortlisted portraits are shown alongside around 50 or so selected works in a free exhibition which returns to the National Portrait Gallery for three months this summer. Prizes include the BP Travel Award, BP Young Artist Award, open to 18 to 30 year-olds, and the £35,000 first prize. But this competition is not just about money, it's also about prestige; many previous winners have gone on to gain important commissions. Craig Wylie, for example, who won the award in 2008, was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to create a portrait of Dame Kelly Holmes.

 
 
 

Heritage Live Concerts: Kenwood House

Live music series staged next to the lake of a stately home on Hampstead Heath.

Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, London, NW3 7JR

Tube: Highgate Station

 

Dates: 15th to 24th June 2018

 

Returning for the first time in five years, the Heritage Live Concerts are back at Kenwood House in June 2018. Staged next to a lake and with a captivating view of the magnificent stately home on Hampstead Heath, the concerts are a welcome addition to the capital's summer music festivals. Five concerts are played over two weekends as the series begins with Hacienda Classical on Friday 15th June and Alfie Boe sings live on Saturday 16th June. Acclaimed country singer Kris Kristofferson performs a special concert on Friday 22nd June celebrating his birthday. On Saturday 23rd June The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra celebrates the works of film score composer John Williams, including music from Star Wars, E.T., Harry Potter and Jurassic Park. Finally, Welsh mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins leads the last night on Sunday 24th June which finishes with an explosive fireworks finale.

 
 
 

Space Shambles

Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart and comedian Stewart Lee join Chris Hadfield and Robin Ince.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: Friday 15th June 2018

 

Comedy, science and music meet when Chris Hadfield and Robin Ince present Space Shambles at the Royal Albert Hall for one night only in June 2018. Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart, space scientist Prof Monica Grady, acclaimed stand-up Stewart Lee and folk singer-songwriter Grace Petrie are just four of the special guests at the event, a highlight of the new two-month Festival of Science: Space. Further guests include theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili and science-comedy phenomenon Festival of the Spoken Nerd, with many more kept a closely-guarded secret until the night.

 
 
 
 

Greenwich Book Festival

Literary events for all ages from talks by Blake Morrison to top CBeebies author Leigh Hodgkinson.

University of Greenwich, Maritime Greenwich University Campus, Park Row, London, SE10 9LS

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: Friday 15th and Saturday 16th June 2018

 

Squeeze co-founder Chris Difford returns to his Greenwich roots as one of the headline acts at this year's Greenwich Book Festival, taking place at various venues in and around Greenwich. Novelist and poet Blake Morrison, journalist and author Lucy Mangan, and journalist John Crace are also at the two-day event which takes place on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th June. There are literary events for all ages. Children can meet top CBeebies author, Olobob creator Leigh Hodgkinson, make comics with cartoonist Neill Cameron, attend a host of workshops with Fabi Santiago (Tiger in a Tutu) and Ged Adamson of Shark Dog! fame, enjoy Paddington storytelling and join the dots of history with Christopher Lloyd who wrote the best-selling history of the world, What on Earth Happened? This year's festival extends beyond Greenwich University's historic Old Royal Naval College campus to the streets, riverbanks, buildings and even Charlton Lido which form the backdrop to featured books. Visitors are invited to walk, swim and mudlark as they experience the environments that inspired the literature.

 
 
 

Meltdown Festival 2018

More than 30 of Robert Smith's all time favourite artists come to the Southbank Centre.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 15th to 24th June 2018

 

The Cure frontman Robert Smith, "the first to lay bare the hidden fragility of the male condition" (The Guardian) curates this year's Meltdown festival. In its 25th year, the Southbank Centre festival will bring more than 30 of Smith's all time favourite artists to the ten-night summer extravaganza. When you realise he has played guitar with Siouxsie and the Banshees and performed and recorded with David Bowie, Billy Corgan, Blink 182, The Stranglers, Placebo, Crystal Castles, Earl Slick, Chris Vrenna, Junkie XL, Faithless, Korn, Blank & Jones, 65daysofstatic and Cult Hero not to mention his work with Steve Severin - creating The Glove's Blue Sunshine project - there's a whole lot of material there. Smith joins a long list of illustrious Meltdown curators including Guy Garvey, James Lavelle and Yoko Ono, Morrissey, Elvis Costello and Jarvis Cocker.

 
 
 

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

This major fashion exhibition puts the spotlight on Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 16th June to 4th November 2018

 

The Victoria and Albert Museum's major fashion exhibition for 2018 puts the spotlight on Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and her famously colourful wardrobe. The artist's personal items, including necklaces, photographs and letters that have never been seen outside Mexico, will be displayed at the V&A from 16th June. The exhibition also puts key self-portraits on display, showing her wearing many of the costumes discovered in the Blue House, her home in Mexico City where she was born, lived and died. Medical corsets, jewellery, accessories, photographs and letters offer a fresh perspective on Kahlo's compelling life story. A unique opportunity to see material that, apart from the paintings, has never before been exhibited outside Mexico.

 
 
 

The Jungle

The five star immersive play from Good Chance Theatre gets a West End transfer.

Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE

Tube: Embankment Underground Station , Charing Cross Station

 

Dates: 16th June to 3rd November 2018

 

It won five star reviews during its Young Vic run and now The Jungle, an immersive play from Good Chance Theatre, gets a West End transfer. Directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, the piece was written by two young playwrights, Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy, who founded the Good Chance project, which brought theatrical productions to the Calais migrant camp. Miriam Buether's set places the audience in a recreation of the camp's Afghan cafe where refugees and volunteers from around the world meet over fresh baked naan and sweet milky chai. There's Okot, who wants nothing more than to get to the UK, and Beth, who wants nothing more than to help him.

 
 
 

West End LIVE

Enjoy performances from top West End shows for free.

Trafalgar Square, Central, London, WC2N 5DS

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

 

Dates: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2018

 

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

 
 
 
 

Fun Home

A refreshingly honest, wholly original musical based on Alison Bechdel's graphic novel.

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

Tube: Southwark Station , Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 18th June to 1st September 2018

 

Winner of five Tony Awards, this is an electrifying musical version of Alison Bechdel's graphic novel which took America by storm. Fun House is derived from a comic that, according to The Observer (*spoiler alert*) "tells the story of how her closeted gay father killed himself a few months after she came out as a lesbian". Still, despite the dark subject matter, it manages to be "a resonant and sophisticated musical" (The Guardian) which is "bracingly honest, touchingly wise and bittersweetly funny" (The Washington Post). Sam Gold who directed the original New York show is back at the helm as it tours to the Young Vic.

 
 
 

House & Garden Festival

The four-day festival brings together four events for your home and outdoor space.

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

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 20th to 24th Jun 2018

 

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

 
 
 

GROW London

Contemporary gardening fair for novices and experts alike.

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

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 20th to 24th Jun 2018

 

It blossomed in Hampstead but last year GROW London upped sticks and moved west to Olympia where it has set down roots as part of the House & Garden Festival which takes place over four days in June. Offering four events under one roof, the festival includes GROW London, the Spirit of Summer Fair, The House Fair and The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia. A relaxed, friendly contemporary gardening fair for novices and experts alike, GROW London has beautiful gardens offering inspiration, even if you only have a window sill to call your outdoor space. With 75 exhibitors, the garden fair offers unusual plants, containers, furniture, accessories and tools. Learn from the experts how to get the most from your garden, design your outdoor space and grow your own produce.

 
 
 

Kiss Me, Kate

Cole Porter's homage to the sparkling wit of Shakespeare, performed by Opera North.

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

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

 

Dates: 20th to 30th June 2018

 

Opera North's award-winning production of Cole Porter's classic musical comedy, Kiss Me, Kate, comes to the London Coliseum for a two-week run in June. An homage to the sparkling wit of Shakespeare, the show is a celebration of the joy and madness of working in theatre. Stephanie Corley, who has previously sung the title role in Opera North's The Merry Widow, takes on the role of Lilli Vanessi / Kate, the leading lady (and ex-wife) of actor-manager Fred Graham. It's a tale of their tempestuous love lives and a battle of the sexes as we meet Fred'scurrent paramour Lois Lane and her gambler boyfriend Bill. With 'sizzling' choreography by Will Tuckett who has worked with the Royal Ballet and English National Ballet and whose recent shows include The Wind in the Willows and Elizabeth.

 
 
 

The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia

A selling showcase of antiques, jewellery, paintings, ceramics and contemporary designs.

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

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 20th to 27th June 2018

 

In 2018, The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia joins three other festivals taking place at Olympia at the same time, offering four events under one roof for the House & Garden Festival. A fixture in the London arts calendar since 1972 the fair, which comes to Olympia every June and November, features more than 150 dealers from Britain and abroad showcase their collections of antiques, jewellery, paintings, ceramics and contemporary designs. The fair typically attracts over 30,000 people and includes items as varied as Pre-Raphaelite paintings, 3,000 year old Bronze Age helmets, contemporary art and furniture which can fetch up to 20,000. Among the highest prices achieved in recent years was a toilet service set which sold for a staggering 1.5 million. The exhibition will take place at London's Olympia.

 
 
 
 

The Town Hall Affair: The Wooster Group

The New York-based theatre company takes a timely look at how gender equality has evolved.

Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th Jun 2018

 

The New York-based theatre company The Wooster Group presents a timely look at how the struggle for gender equality has evolved. The Town Hall Affair is a mixed-media piece featuring clips from Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker's documentary Town Bloody Hall. It documents a raucous 1971 debate on women's liberation between American novelist Norman Mailer and a panel of prominent feminist advocates including Germaine Greer and Jill Johnston. Nearly 50 years after the landmark debate the issues still reverberate today.

 
 
 

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival

Two weeks of free outdoor entertainment.

Greenwich, , London, SE10 9HF

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 21st June to 7th July 2018

 

The whole of Greenwich comes alive for the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, a two-week free festival of street performances, art and dancing in the streets. It kicks off with Fly By Night, which sees over 1500 trained pigeons soar into the skies above the Thames. Other events on the line-up are D-Construction, a hip-hop dance piece that explores identity, borders and the bonds that connect us; Plock!, an acrobatic show that takes inspiration from the art of Jackson Pollock; Robopole, a duo between a man and a robot; and Icarus, a dance pieces that looks at the mythical fall of humankind. A number of family-friendly shows also feature, include Bicycle Boy, a musical for children aged between six and ten.

 
 
 

The King & I

Bartlett Sher's multi-award winning production transfers to London.

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

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 21st June to 5th August 2018

 

Kelli O'Hara reprises her Tony Award-winning performance when Bartlett Sher's multi-award winning production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I transfers to the London Palladium in June 2018. She stars opposite Ken Watanabe in the London transfer of Lincoln Center Theater's acclaimed production of the romantic musical set in 1860s Bangkok. The story, made into a 1956 film, is based on Margaret Landon's novel Anna And The King Of Siam with music by Richard Rodgers and a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Fresh from his critical smash hit production of Oslo, director Bartlett Sher reunites the original creative team, directing a cast of over 50 performers.

 
 
 

The Turn Of The Screw

A collaboration between the English National Opera and Open Air Theatre.

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

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 22nd to 30th June 2018

 

Britten's chamber opera about a young governess who encounters sinister happenings at a country manor, based on the Henry James novel of the same name. A collaboration between English National Opera - with the ENO orchestra conducted by Toby Purser - and Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw finds chilling new levels of suspense in this outdoor production. Director Timothy Sheader, who has successfully run the Regent's Park theatre for the past ten years, promises, "a whole new layer of suspense" to Britten's retelling of the story.

 
 
 

The Lieutenant Of Inishmore

Poldark star Aidan Turner makes his West End stage debut.

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

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

 

Dates: 23rd June to 8th September 2018

 

Poldark star Aidan Turner makes his West End stage debut this June, starring as terrorist Mad Padraic in Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Michael Grandage directs the rare revival of the comical satire, which provides an acute observation of violence in contemporary culture. Podriac is a terrorist considered too violent to be a member of the IRA and he's in for a nasty surprise when he returns from a stint of torture and chip-chop bombing in Northern Ireland. Someone's only gone and knocked his cat over on a quiet road on the island of Inishmore, but was it an accident?

 
 
 
 

Sweatlife

The festival from Lululemon returns for two days of fitness fun.

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

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 

Dates: Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June 2018

 

This July, athletic apparel brand Lululemon bring back their Sweatlife festival. Taking place at Tobacco Dock, the two-day festival invites all fitness fans, yoga devotees and anyone that loves getting sweaty to embark on a number of classes and workshops led by top teachers from across the globe. The festival will feature some of London's favourite studios such as Frame, Heartcore, Kobox, Psycle, Xtend Barre and Third Space. There will also be a speaker-based series, enoucraging discussion around key topics like diversity, body positivity, community and work/life balance. Speakers include the founders of Park Run and Good Gym, The Tempest Two, Melissa Hemsley and Carly Rowena.

 
 
 

Bushstock Festival

A one-day west London festival played at venues across Shepherds Bush.

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

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

 

Dates: Saturday 23rd June 2018

 

English folk rock duo Aquilo (like "Justin Timberlake trying to out-falsetto Jeff Buckley" - Rolling Stone) headlines this year's Bushstock Festival, back for its eighth year in 2018. A one-day west London festival played at venues across 'The Bush', more than forty bands play at the annual event which is the brainchild of Communion record company. With bands like Billie Marten, Flyte, Freya Ridings, Haus, Maisie Peters, Matt Woods, Stereo Honey and The Beach lined up to play, it's the perfect chance to enjoy something a little less mainstream, somewhat folksy and a little bit raw.

 
 
 

Circa Peepshow

The Brisbane-based circus ensemble presents its latest show at the Underbelly Festival.

Underbelly Festival, Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 27th June to 18th August 2018

 

The Brisbane-based circus ensemble, Circa, known for their "artful acrobatics" (The Guardian) and described as "human poetry in motion" by The Times, presents its latest circus-theatre show at the Underbelly Festival this summer. Expect teetering towers of balanced bodies, extreme bending and precarious aerials as Peepshow lurches from the thrillingly acrobatic to the comically playful. Directed by circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz, the show turns cabaret on its head, taking you through the hall of mirrors that is your imagination. And if you like what you see but want to share the experience with your little ones, you can catch Circa at the Barbican where they're performing new family show, Wolfgang, this December.

 
 
 

Michael Jackson: On the Wall

Over 40 works by contemporary artists show the continuing appeal of the King of Pop.

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

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

 

Dates: 28th June to 21st October 2018

 

Almost a decade after his death, and coinciding with what would have been his 60th birthday, on 29th August 2018, Michael Jackson: On the Wall sees the National Portrait Gallery stage a major exhibition on the man in the mirror. Over 40 works by an extraordinary array of leading contemporary artists from Andy Warhol to Grayson Perry are included in the display. A 1998 photograph by David LaChapelle and the King of Pop on horseback in Kehinde Wiley's Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II are both in the exhibition which breaks new ground for the gallery - both in the subject matter and in the artists who have been invited to participate.

 
 
 

Giffords Circus: My Beautiful Circus

The wonderfully eccentric Giffords Circus returns to Chiswick House.

Chiswick House, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP

Tube: Turnham Green Station

 

Dates: 28th June to 9th July 2018

 

Nell Gifford, Tweedy the Clown and the whole of Giffords Circus makes a welcome return to Chiswick House with a brand new show this summer. My Beautiful Circus sees new acts entering the vintage circus ring as Italian circus performers, The Curatola Brothers, join the troupe along with Diana Vediashkina and her dachshunds and Lisandra Austin performing her aerial silk act. The Portuguese Dias Family of eight perform gymnastic and balancing acts, Dany Reyes juggles, Pozo the Strongman shows his acrobatics skills and strength while Giffords welcomes back Nancy Trotter Landry. Altogether, this wonderfully eccentric circus show works on two levels and appeals to adults as much as kids - the sight of Tweedy the Clown ("a legend in English circus" - The Guardian) taking his iron for a walk is so surreal it'll keep coming back for more.

 
 
 

Masterpiece London

High-end exhibition for serious art collectors.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 28th Jun to 4th Jul 2018

 

Dedicated to finding the best in art and design, Masterpiece London, held on the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, is a high-end exhibition for serious art collectors. This year, in its seventh successive year, Masterpiece London returns with museum-quality works from over 150 leading galleries worldwide and a strong roster of new exhibitors including Hauser & Wirth, Vigo Gallery, and jewellers Moussaieff and Cindy Chao. With Thomas Chippendale's tercentenary this year, Ronald Philips will present a booth including 20 Chippendale pieces. As well as presenting important historic paintings, exquisite jewels, Renaissance sculpture and pieces suitable for museum collections, there are free-to-attend talks giving visitors an opportunity to learn about important exhibits, their makers and influences.

 
 
 

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