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Brompton World Championship
I Believe in Unicorns
RideLondon FreeCycle
London Triathlon
The Great British Beer Festival
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
Trinity Summer Cinema Series
South West Four
South West Four
Notting Hill Carnival
Prudential RideLondon
Prudential RideLondon Classic
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
People, Places and Things
Prom 21: Alina Ibragimova Plays Bach 2
Prom 36: Pierre Boulez, Ravel & Stravinsky
Crossing Jerusalem
Prom 59: Life Story Prom
Prom 27: Late Night With BBC 6 Music
Prom 30: The John Wilson Orchestra Performs Frank Sinatra
Proms Chamber Music 4: Dame Evelyn Glennie
Prom 32: Eric Whitacre and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Aliens Love Underpants
BBC Good Food Festival
Kinky Boots
David Byrne curates Meltdown 2015
Young Marble Giants, Meltdown 2015
Anna Calvi, Meltdown 2015
Jaws, Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
Bloomberg Summer at the Roundhouse: Utopia
Ben Folds
South Bank Stories: The Way We Worked 1980 To Now
secretsundaze
Fowl Play at the Puppet Theatre Barge
London Craft Beer Festival
 

 

Benedict Cumberbatch takes on Hamlet for a 12-week run at the Barbican, the Notting Hill Carnival brings colour to W12 and SW4 brings beats to Clapham Common. Annual film events Film4 Summer Screen and FrightFest return and RideLondon pedals into town.

 
 

Brompton World Championship

Smartly-dressed competitors make a mad dash to unfold their bikes and race.

St James's Park, Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2BJ

Tube: Westminster Station, St James's Park Station

 

Dates: 01st August 2015

 

In 2015 the 10th annual Brompton World Championship comes to central London for the first time tying in with the Prudential RideLondon cycling festival. The London event takes the form of a Le Mans style start as 575 smartly-dressed competitors (strictly no Lycra) make a mad dash to unfold their bikes before setting off on the 1.3-mile circuit which starts on The Mall, takes in Horse Guards Parade and Buckingham Palace before finishing back on The Mall. Given the cult-like nature of these much loved folding British Brompton bikes, this promises to be a hugely enjoyable and somewhat eccentric event.

 
 
 

I Believe in Unicorns

Stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's children's book about a little boy who hates stories.

Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH

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

 

Dates: 01st - 30th August 2015

 

Back at the Vaudeville Theatre following a successful run here last year, Michael Morpurgo's children's book about a little boy who hates stories is adaptated for the stage by the award-winning Wizard Presents Theatre Company. Set in a library, I Believe in Unicorns tells of the power of books and the bravery of Tomas who loves playing in the mountains where he lives but who hates reading and school. His world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn Lady (Danyah Miller) in his local library. Ideal summer entertainment for children aged between five and eleven - and anyone who could be persuaded to believe in unicorns.

 
 
 

RideLondon FreeCycle

Cyclists of all abilities get the chance to ride through London's traffic-free streets.

The Mall, Westminster, St James's, London, SW1Y 5AH

Tube: St James's Park Station

 

Dates: 01st August 2015

 

Britain's biggest bike festival gets under way with the RideLondon FreeCycle, in which around 50,000 riders are expected to take part. A celebration of cycling, the event gives cyclists of all abilities the chance to ride through traffic-free streets in central London. An eight-mile loop will take in some of London's most iconic sights, with participants free to stop and start, take photos and experience the fun and freedom of riding without worrying about cars, lorries and buses. From Tower Bridge to Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament, London's greatest sights will create an inspiring backdrop for a memorable day of cycling - and if you finish and want some more, then simply ride the route a second time. The FreeCycle is the first of four events over the weekend, with the Brompton World Championship taking place straight after the FreeCycle. Saturday also includes the RideLondon GrandPrix while Sunday's programme features the RideLondon 100 and RideLondon Classic for the pros.

 
 
 

Kids Week

Children aged 5 to 16 years get free theatre tickets for the whole month of August.

The West End, , Soho, London, WC2H 7BP

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

 

Dates: 01st - 31st August 2015

 

It's now over a decade since the excellent idea of Kids Week was first conjured up. A truly inspired summer treat for families, Theatreland is available for free to excitable tots and teens for the whole month of August. Children aged 5 to 16 years can see an awesome selection of dazzling West End hits gratis - as long as an adult pays the full price - and another two children can go half price. Tickets for the most popular shows go fast, so it's best not to make any promises until you've booked. Aside from the shows themselves, there's a whole raft of free children's activities. Kids can peek backstage, participate in workshops, dabble with make-up, learn to dance, scribble a few lines in writing classes and even sing with the cast. It's a fantastic initiative and one which can only inspire kids' enthusiasm for the stage in later life.

 
 
 

Prudential RideLondon

A two-day city-wide celebration of cycling.

St James's Park, Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2BJ

Tube: Westminster Station, St James's Park Station

 

Dates: 01st - 02nd August 2015

 

For the first time ever, the annual Prudential RideLondon cycling festival includes the Brompton World Championship, held in London's St James's Park for the first time this August. The two-day celebration of cycling includes events for all levels of bike enthusiasts from the professional Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday 2nd August - where top cyclists like Mark Cavendish compete in the 200 kilometre race - to the open-to-all Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. Out of a record number of 86,001 entrants, 25,000 riders are expected to participate in the 100-mile event which finishes on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace and which raised more than 10 million for charity last year. If you think 100 miles is too much, then there's always Saturday's FreeCycle event - a more leisurely eight-mile loop through central London over traffic-free roads.

 
 
 

Prom 21: Alina Ibragimova Plays Bach 2

The second of her two late night recitals of solo Bach.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 01st August 2015

 

Russian-born violinist Alina Ibragimova gives the second of her two late night recitals of solo Bach. One of the star soloists at this year's Proms, "her playing possesses both terrifying rawness and electrifying energy" (The Guardian). With "an intensity and a commitment that makes her an utterly compelling musician" the young violinist who trained at the Yehudi Menuhin School is certainly worth queuing up for in the hope of getting tickets on the day - as this concert will undoubtedly sell out.

 
 
 

Luna Cinema at Alexandra Palace

'Birdman' and 1980s classic 'The Goonies' come to Ally Pally's open air cinema.

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

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 01st - 02nd August 2015

 

The Luna Cinema comes to Ally Pally this summer as they present two nights of classic cinema, Birdman on Saturday 1st August followed by The Goonies on Sunday 2nd August. Michael Keaton - famous for portraying an iconic superhero - plays an actor who struggles to mount a Broadway play in Alejandro Inarritu's black comedy. And 30 years after action-adventure film "The Goonies," directed by Richard Donner, first premiered the film about a group of misfits who set out to find a pirate's ancient treasure still remains a firm favourite for many children of the 1980s.

 
 
 

Aliens Love Underpants

The fantastic rhyming story is brought to life through puppets and special effects.

Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 1st August to 5th September 2015

 

"Aliens love underpants, of every shape and size, but there are no underpants in space, so here's a big surprise!". Based on the on the book and fantastic rhyming story by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, Big Wooden Horse and Nick Brooke Limited present a live theatre show of the zany tale for the over 3s. The story is brought to life through puppets, special effects, madcap action, original music, lots of aliens - of all shapes, colours and sizes - and pants!

 
 
 

Prudential RideLondon Classic

25 teams of the world's top cyclists return to the capital.

The Mall, Westminster, London, SW1Y 5AH

Tube: St James's Park Station

 

Dates: 02nd August 2015

 

Mark Cavendish and his Etixx - Quick-Step team are among the 25 teams of six of the world's top cyclists to return to the capital to compete in the Prudential RideLondon Classic - the biggest ever professional one-day race in Britain. After only two years, the Classic, the blue-riband event of the RideLondon cycling festival, is already an event every rider wants to win. This year the 200km race starts at Horse Guards Parade before going out to Kingston upon Thames, into the Surrey Hills and up Leith Hill, the highest point in Surrey. The closing stages bring the peloton back to London, through Parliament Square to Trafalgar Square, under Admiralty Arch and the final sprint along The Mall in the shadow of Buckingham Palace. Crowds of cheering spectators are expected to line the streets for the televised cycling race which passes through nine London boroughs as well as the county of Surrey.

 
 
 

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100

Amateur cyclists take on the same 100-mile route as the pros.

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

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 

Dates: 02nd August 2015

 

Embracing the cycling legacy created by the London 2012 Olympics, RideLondon-Surrey 100 is a new event that allows amateur cyclists to take on a gruelling summer challenge. Taking place just hours before the world's top cyclists compete in RideLondon Classic, this event will see roads of London closed and an estimated 20,000 participants cycle on a modified version of the course that was made famous in 2012's summer Games. The 100-mile route will start at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and follow the closed roads through the capital, Richmond Park and onto Surrey's country roads and hills, before finishing on The Mall. A record number of 86,001 cyclists entered the ballot for a place in the 2015, of those 25,000 riders are expected to participate in the event which raised more than 10 million for charity last year. If 100 miles seems a bit too much, then register for Saturday's FreeCycle event - a more leisurely eight-mile loop through central London over traffic-free roads.

 
 
 

Crossing Jerusalem

Julia Pascal's "engrossing piece" (The Guardian) on the Middle East.

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

Tube: Finsbury Park Station

 

Dates: 04th - 29th August 2015

 

Julia Pascal's Crossing Jerusalem, at the increasingly well-regarded Park Theatre, looks at the inflammatory interaction between different faiths in the Middle East. Staged at Park 90, the smaller of the two stages at the fringe theatre near Finsbury Park, Crossing Jerusalem is an "engrossing piece" (The Guardian) which uses "a family drama as a microcosm of national tensions".

 
 
 

Briefs

An oddball bunch of characters presents an eye-popping evening of boylesque.

London Wonderground Spiegeltent, Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 5th August to 27th September 2015

 

London Wonderground favourites the Briefs boys return after a dazzling, sell-out run in 2014. Hosted by the vodka swilling transvestite, Shivannah, this oddball bunch of characters presents an eye-popping evening of boylesque, along with some truly bizarre moments of comedy. Not exactly what you'd call family entertainment, this is burlesque with balls with too-close-for-comfort yo-yo tricks, aerial acrobatics and half naked drag artistes.

 
 
 

Hamlet

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the title role in Lyndsey Turner's production of Shakespeare's tragedy.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 5th August to 31st October 2015

 

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the title role of Hamlet in Lyndsey Turner's production of Shakespeare's tragedy at the Barbican. The story famously follows the son who is compelled to seek revenge for his father's death, yet while his family is falling apart and his country is getting ready for war, his dilemma threatens his sanity. This production of Hamlet, starring the Sherlock actor as the Danish prince, is one of the most hotly anticipated London theatre shows of 2015 and tickets - on public sale on Monday 11th August 2014 at 10am - are sure to sell out quickly. It's not only the Olivier award winning actor who has proven success, director Lyndsey Turner has worked on Posh for the Royal Court and Chimerica at the Almeida, both productions which have transferred to the West End.

 
 
 

Bloomberg Summer at the Roundhouse: Utopia

Russell Brand and Charlotte Church join in late night talks in response to Penny Woolcock's installation.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 05th - 23rd August 2015

 

An installation by filmmaker, writer and artist Penny Woolcock, Utopia is a series of walk-through environments peppered with narrative soundscapes of stories that are personal, political and pertinent to the parallel lives being lived in the world's biggest cities. Utopia takes over the main space of the Roundhouse this summer and is accompanied by live performances from artists and speakers responding to the installation, realised in collaboration with Block9, the designers behind the sets and fantasy worlds of Glastonbury's after-hours stage. Artists and speakers include David Hoyle, Russell Brand, Arlene Phillips, DJ Honey Dijon, ZooNation Youth Company, Awate, Owen Jones, Akala, and Micachu among others. And on Thursday 20th August Penny will be joined by singer, songwriter and anti-cuts campaigner Charlotte Church, neo-burlesque performer and clown Fancy Chance, performance poet Malik Sankara and One Mile Away's Zimbo, performing with a group of classical string musicians.

 
 
 

Prom 27: Late Night With BBC 6 Music

Mary Anne Hobbs presents an evening of music by piano and keyboard virtuoso Nils Frahm.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 05th August 2015

 

Mary Anne Hobbs of BBC Radio 6 Music presents an evening of music by piano and keyboard virtuoso Nils Frahm and atmospheric duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen, playing individual sets which interlock with a unique collaborative piece written and performed exclusively for this Prom. Eleven months in the making, this late night concert shows how these musical pioneers, who draw on contemporary electronic influences, are completely re-imagining classical music for the next generation.

 
 
 

Wot? No Fish

The true story of a Jewish family living in 20th century London.

Southbank Centre: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 05th - 16th August 2015

 

Wot? No Fish tells the true story of a Jewish family living in 20th century London. It's "a touching everyday love story" (The Scotsman) which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival 2013 to critical acclaim, and now comes to the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the summer-long Festival of Love. Danny Braverman's solo show tells the funny and moving story of how he discovered the lost art of his great-uncle Ab, someone Danny never really talked to in his lifetime but who he came to know through remarkable pen-and-ink artworks created on the back of the envelopes people used to get their wages in. On these envelopes are hand-drawn cartoons, humorously depicting the real-life relationship of a couple, in weekly instalments from 1926-1982.

 
 
 

Hetty Feather (Over 7s)

Olivier Award nominated adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson's much loved story.

Duke of York's Theatre, St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4BG

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

 

Dates: 6th August to 6th September 2015

 

Jacqueline Wilson's Hetty Feather is brought to life on the Duke of York's Theatre stage this summer following a successful first run at the Rose Theatre in Kingston in April last year. Phoebe Thomas reprises the role of Hetty Feather, a Victorian girl who embarks on a search to find her real mother, in this adaptation by scriptwriter Emma Reeves - known for CBBC's The Story of Tracy Beaker. The story follows Hetty after she escapes from the Foundling Hospital and follows her adventures from a squirrel house to the streets of Victorian London as she searches for her real mother. A terrific Olivier Award nominated adaptation of a much loved story.

 
 
 

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

'Beside the Screen' talks with directors, actors and industry insiders add to the film festival experience.

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

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 06th - 19th August 2015

 

Possibly the most famous of all the open air film events to take place in London, Summer Screen returns to Somerset House in association with Film4 to bring cinema lovers a truly eclectic mix of movies. This year's programme kicks off with the opening night premiere of Gemma Bovery starring Gemma Arterton and includes a double bill of Withnail and I and An American Werewolf in London and Oscar-winning chiller The Silence of the Lambs. Each night DJs play in the courtyard before the film is shown on a state-of-the-art screen with full surround sound. And 'Beside the Screen' talks provide special insights into the films, with directors, actors and industry insiders giving talks which illuminate the programme. This year's events include talks from Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, the director of closing night premiere Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Helen Trompeteler from the National Portrait Gallery on gamine style icon Audrey Hepburn, and 45 Years director Andrew Haigh who'll be discussing his film inspirations.

 
 
 

Animal Tales

An exploration of the way animals feature in literature.

British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

Tube: King's Cross Station, Euston Station

 

Dates: 7th August to 1st November 2015

 

A small, free exhibition at the British Library, Animal Tales looks at the way animals feature in literature and how often stories about animal are in fact stories about us. From Aesop's Fables to Ted Hughes's Crow, the exhibition goes on a trail of animals on the page and asks why they have come to play such an important role in literature for adults and children alike.

 
 
 

Prom 30: The John Wilson Orchestra Performs Frank Sinatra

Seth MacFarlane is joined by John Wilson and his orchestra in a homage to Frank Sinatra.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 07th August 2015

 

This Late Night Prom, a homage to Frank Sinatra, celebrates the centenary of this musical legend in a concert that brings together some of the great voices of our own time, led by the multitalented Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, who's joined by John Wilson and his orchestra. A longstanding fan of ol Blue Eyes, MacFarlane trained with Sinatra's vocal coaches and used the late crooner's preferred microphone while recording his 2011 album Music Is Better Than Words.

 
 
 

London Triathlon

Over 13,000 people take on a punishing programme of running, swimming and cycling.

ExCel London Exhibition Centre, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL

Tube: Canning Town Station

 

Dates: 08th - 09th August 2015

 

The triathlon is fast replacing the marathon as the event of choice for testing your body to the limit and the London Triathlon is the world's largest event of its kind. Over 13,000 entrants are set to participate in a punishing programme of running, swimming and cycling, while 55,000 are expected to line the streets and visit the Triathlon Expo held at the ExCel Centre in Docklands where the triathlon starts. There's a choice of distances - Super Sprint, Sprint, Olympic, Olympic Plus and Team Relay - and a strong focus on raising money for charity, with 1 million typically raised each year and celebrities, major sporting figures and some of the world's best triathletes are all expected to take part. With the cycle route making its way through Canary Wharf (for the first time since 1997), the setting is ideal for spectators, and a pedestrian bridge is built on the east side of ExCeL so friends and family can watch the swim from almost anywhere on the dock front. It's a great spectator event, with the chance to see some of the fittest sports people do battle across three gruelling disciplines in the heart of London.

 
 
 

Prom 32: Eric Whitacre and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The European premiere of Eric Whitacre's new work inspired by galaxies far away.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 09th August 2015

 

Other-worldly photographs of distant galaxies taken from the Hubble Space Telescope have inspired Eric Whitacre's new work Deep Field, which receives its European premiere at the Proms. Whitacre conducts his latest choral and orchestral work, his popular Cloudburst, in which audience members can help create the sound of rain falling, and American classics by Copland and Gershwin played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

 
 
 

Proms Chamber Music 4: Dame Evelyn Glennie

The Scottish percussionist celebrates her 50th birthday.

Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 10th August 2015

 

Scottish percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie celebrates her 50th birthday with a special Proms chamber musical party. She performs Proms Chamber Music 4 alongside pianist Philip Smith, showcasing not only her expressive virtuosity and versatility in works by John Psathas and Keiko Abe, but also her skill as a composer, in Orologeria Aureola, a joint composition for Halo.

 
 
 

The Great British Beer Festival

Over 500 real ales, ciders, perries and beers from around the world.

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

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 11th - 15th August 2015

 

Over 66,000 people flock to this massive celebration of our national drink, which features over 500 real ales, ciders, perries and beers from around the world. There are over 350 different British breweries featured at the Great British Beer Festival and with the brewery boom across the country, and in London in particular, being chosen for the festival is a real privilege. Although it sounds like a fun event, don't be surprised to see a lot of very serious faces and concentration; some real ale experts are genuinely obsessive - and for them this isn't merely an occasion to get sozzled. Tutored tastings are on offer for anyone who wants to learn the subtleties of what makes a great beer. For the rest of us, though, this is a jolly day out with some delicious brewed drinks. Besides the amber nectar, there's a load of activities to keep you interested, including traditional pub games, live music and, to soak it all up, some hearty traditional pub snacks.

 
 
 

Fowl Play

Farmyard adventure on a floating theatre; fun for the whole family.

Puppet Theatre Barge, 83 Petersham Road, Opposite Terrace Gardens, London, TW10 6UT

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 12th August to 27th September 2015

 

Suitable for the entire family, down to three and four year olds, Fowl Play is a farmyard adventure staged at the Puppet Theatre Barge when it moves to its Richmond mooring this summer. In the production, a foal is born on the farm causing much excitement among the animals and when the chickens spread the new there's an unexpected turn of events. The music for the show was composed by Oscar winning Stephen Warbeck.

 
 
 

Prom 36: Pierre Boulez, Ravel & Stravinsky

Francois-Xavier Roth conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra as they pay tribute to Pierre Boulez.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 12th August 2015

 

The Proms pay tribute to Pierre Boulez in his 90th-birthday year with his first work for full orchestra. Francois-Xavier Roth conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Boulez's Figures Doubles Prismes, Ravel's Frontispice arr P Boulez, Ravel's Piano Concerto For The Left Hand featuring pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, and The Firebird by Stravinsky.

 
 
 

Ben Folds

The multi-platinum selling Nashville singer/songwriter performs new pop songs and favourite hits.

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 12th August 2015

 

The multi-platinum selling Nashville based singer/songwriter and producer Ben Folds plays at the Royal Opera House, continuing a series of summer pop concerts which have included Rufus Wainwright's acclaimed five night residency in 2011 and Antony & The Johnsons two memorable 2013 shows. Playing with a sextet ensemble of some very talented instrumentalists, Folds performs new pop songs and familiar hits. The arrangements are "straight up rock using the odd instrumentation of piano, cello, viola, violin, flute/piccolo/alto flute, trumpet/French horn and clarinet/bass clarinet, with no bass," says Folds. "It's frankly one of the most exciting projects I've ever worked on."

 
 
 

London Craft Beer Festival

Eighteen world-class craft brewers bring 60 superb beers to the Oval Space.

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

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 

Dates: 13th - 16th August 2015

 

Eighteen world-class craft brewers will be bringing 60 superb beers to the Oval Space in Bethnal Green this August. In recognition of so much great beer being made in the UK - much of which doesn't get the recognition it deserves - the London Craft Beer Festival brings brewers from the UK and Europe together under one roof - including breweries like The Kernel Brewery, Camden Town Brewery, Beavertown, Weird Beard and Howling Hops from right here in London. Visitors are given information on each brewery and encouraged to sample small glasses to experience as much as possible. Street food is supplied by local companies like the Ginger Pig, E5 Bakehouse and Gelupo with dishes inspired by the beers. Bands and DJs including the likes of Chase & Status and the Artful Dodger provide the soundtrack, all to be enjoyed on the large Oval Space terraces overlooking the Bethnal Green gas works. Tickets are expected to go quickly.

 
 
 

Pop Up Screens - Ravenscourt Park

See movie classics Stand By Me, Dirty Dancing and Good Will Hunting in the open air.

Ravenscourt Park, Ravenscourt Avenue, London, W6 0SL

Tube: Ravenscourt Park Station, Stamford Brook Station

 

Dates: 14th - 16th August 2015

 

No need to sit in a darkened cinema in summer, Pop Up Screens give Londoners the chance to see cinematic classics in the great outdoors. With open air screenings of Stand By Me, Dirty Dancing and Good Will Hunting from 14th to 16th August followed a month later by The Notebook, Robin Hood and The Shawshank Redemption from 18th to 20th September, Ravenscourt Park is the place to go for nostalgic coming-of-age films, romance and films that stand the test of time. Bring a picnic and something to sit on or opt for the food and fully stocked bar on site - so you can enjoy a burger from the guy that supplies Harrods, washed down with a cold pint. Oh and put on your cosy knits - it gets cold even in the summer - come sundown.

 
 
 

Prom 41: Sherlock Holmes: A Musical Mind

Mezzo-soprano Christine Rice explores the repertoire of Holmes's nemesis, opera singer Irene Adler.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 16th August 2015

 

Barry Wordsworth conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra in a matinee of music that conjures up the world of Sherlock Holmes. Works by Paganini, Lassus and Wagner - which Conan Doyle tells us Holmes loved - feature along with the film and TV scores written for him, from Miklos Rozsa's The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes to David Arnold and Michael Price's music from the BBC's Sherlock series. Special guests include Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss, and mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, who explores the repertoire of Holmes's nemesis, the opera singer Irene Adler.

 
 
 

Meltdown Festival

The Oscar and Golden Globe award-winning musician David Byrne curates this year's festival.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 17th - 30th August 2015

 

Anna Calvi, Young Marble Giants and Benjamin Clementine are just three of the acts lined up to play at this year's Meltdown, the annual avant garde music festival held at the Southbank Centre which this year is curated by multi award-winning musician David Byrne in its 22nd year. As well as being the creative force behind American rock band Talking Heads, Byrne has collaborated with Fatboy Slim, Arcade Fire, Paul Simon and Morcheeba and his award-winning musical Here Lies Love was staged at the Dorfman Theatre in 2014. He joins previous Meltdown directors James Lavelle, Yoko Ono, David Bowie, John Peel and Morrissey. Other highlights of his programme include a celebration of African Funk-lord William Onyeabor's music, jazz, funk, soul and hip-hop by 8-piece Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and actor and director Young Jean Lee and her band performing theatre piece 'We're Gonna Die' with David Byrne.

 
 
 

Trinity Summer Cinema Series

Three nights of outdoor cinematic fun, all for a good cause.

Trinity Hospice, 30 Clapham Common North Side, London, SW4 0RN

Tube: Clapham Common Station

 

Dates: 19th - 21st August 2015

 

The Trinity Cinema Series - which is held in the award-winning gardens of the Clapham hospice - returns for a fifth year raising the funds for Trinity Hospice. Three nights of outdoor cinematic fun, all for a good cause. You can bring your own refreshments, buy popcorn and home-made cakes on the night or opt for the VIP package where you get two tickets, a bottle of prosecco, popcorn and some other summery treats. Tickets for last year's films - which included classics Some Like It Hot and Ferris Bueller's Day Off - sold out, so buy yours early to avoid disappointment.

 
 
 

Our Country's Good

Timberlake Wertenbaker's award-winning play celebrates the redemptive power of art.

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

Tube: Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 19th August to 17th October 2015

 

Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good, an award-winning play first performed 25 years ago which celebrates the redemptive power of art, comes to the National Theatre under the direction of Nadia Fall. Set in Australia in 1788, the first convict ship arrives in Botany Bay crammed with England's outcasts. Three proposed public hangings incite an argument: how best to keep the criminals in line, the noose or a more civilised form of entertainment? Step forward ambitious Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark, a young married lieutenant who plans to put on the country's first play.

 
 
 

Kinky Boots

Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein's feel good Tony Award-winning musical comes to the West End.

Adelphi Theatre, 18-20 Maiden Lane, The Strand, London, WC2R 0NS

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

 

Dates: 21st August to 31st December 2015

 

Inspired by a true story and based on the 2005 British film of the same name, Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein's feel good Tony Award-winning musical follows a prodigal son's journey from a gentlemen's shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan in the company of a stilettoed performer called Lola. Directed by serial hit-maker Jerry Mitchell who received the Tony Award for Best Musical for his choreography in Kinky Boots and who has been involved with more than 50 Broadway, Off-Broadway, West End and touring productions. His West End credits include the Olivier Award winning musical Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hairspray and La Cage aux Folles.

 
 
 

Jaws, Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park

Marine expert Matt Hooper and salty seadog Quint go in search of the beast.

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

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 23rd August 2015

 

A monster great white shark terrorises the New England resort of Amity Island, striking fear into the hearts of residents and holidaymakers. While the mayor and his team try to downplay the threat, local police chief Martin Brody, marine expert Matt Hooper and salty seadog Quint go in search of the beast.

 
 
 

People, Places and Things

Headlong brings Duncan Macmillan's play about recovery to the National.

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

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 25th August to 4th November 2015

 

The latest collaboration between Headlong and the National, following the acclaimed 'Earthquakes in London' and 'The Effect', People, Places and Things introduces us to Emma, a girl who was having the time of her life. But now she's in rehab. The question is: when intoxication feels like the only way, how can she ever sober up? Headlong's artistic director Jeremy Herrin directs Duncan Macmillan's play about recovery and survival in the modern world.

 
 
 

Film4 FrightFest

Five days of frightful screenings at the Vue West End in Leicester Square.

Vue West End, 3 Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square, Soho, London, WC2H 7AL

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

 

Dates: 27th - 31st August 2015

 

The Film4 FrightFest puts the horror into this August Bank Holiday weekend with five days of screenings at the Vue West End in Leicester Square, a new venue for the festival last year. The home of horror, the festival has been running for 16 years and has rapidly grown in popularity. Audiences can expect to be scared witless with a devilishly delightful line-up of premieres, previews and special screenings of fantasy and horror films. Zombie films, cinematic apocalyptic visions of the future and revenge thrillers fill the festival with the finest films of this genre. Films for this year's event will be announced in mid-June, with the full programme revealed on Friday 3rd July 2015.

 
 
 

South West Four

Two days of bank holiday dance music mayhem on Clapham Common.

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station

 

Dates: 29th - 30th August 2015

 

Now a firm favourite on the London festival calendar, South West Four is back for its 12th year in 2015, welcoming festival-goers to Clapham Common over the August bank holiday weekend for two days of dance music mayhem. This year's mega line-up includes Faithless, Datboy Slim, Eric Prydz, Skrillex, Basement Jaxx, SecondCity, Eats Everything, Example, Jaguar Skills and MistaJam - to name but a few! SW4" has proved a great success over the past eleven years, filling Clapham Common with revellers united in the knowledge that they don't have to slum it in a tent and that there's no work the next day - so the party can go on and on. The music may finish around 10pm both nights but there are after-parties for those keen on all-night revelry.

 
 
 

BBC Good Food Festival

Great selection of food to sample and expert tips from well known cooks.

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 29th - 31st August 2015

 

Taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the BBC Good Food Festival comes to Hampton Court Palace for the second year giving visitors a great selection of food to sample and expert tips from well known cooks and chefs including baker Paul Hollywood, Le Gavroche chef Michel Roux Jr, resident chef on ITV's Lorraine John Whaite and winner of the second series of the BBC's The Great British Bake Off Jo Wheatley. Book in at the summer kitchen to see these top chefs doing their thing, enjoy live entertainment from The Polka Dots and the Riverside Brass Ensemble, and see roaming circus performers showing off their skills around the Palace grounds throughout the day. A great family day out, kids can try drop in for juggling classes at the circus skills school get their faces painted, enjoy messy play and old school sack races and egg and spoon races.

 
 
 

South Bank Stories: The Way We Worked 1980 To Now

A celebration of London's South Bank, its recent history and its people.

Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, More , London, SE1 2HZ

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: 29th August to 27th September 2015

 

Exploring the history of the South Bank and greater Southwark area, South Bank Stories: The Way We Worked 1980 to Now incorporates photographic portraits, archival imagery and written interviews to bring to life the memories of the area's workforce from the 1980s to present day. The area has undergone extensive regeneration in the past few years and as a result attracts more professional workers and commuters. This project celebrates the culturally diverse area through the telling of stories from local artists, artisans and traders.

 
 
 

Notting Hill Carnival

A blaze of Caribbean spirit, giant sound-systems and steel bands.

Notting Hill, , London, W11 3AG

Tube: Holland Park Station

 

Dates: 30th - 31st August 2015

 

Held since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival was originally a local affair for west London's homesick Caribbean community, this has evolved into Europe's biggest street party. Carnival sets London on fire in a blaze of Caribbean spirit as extravagantly costumed dancers, calypso and soca musicians, giant sound-systems and steel bands are joined by over a million revellers of all ages. Sunday is officially children's day, but there are loads of kids on both days enjoying the bright colours of the floats and the dancers' feathered costumes. Adults can shake their bootys at dozens of stages: our favourites are Channel 1's booming dub, and the jazz-reggae at Gaz's Rockin' Blues, but there are tunes for all tastes, from house to hip-hop. It's a huge area, and can get very crowded, so be prepared for an exhausting day out, but for anyone who loves a party, carnival remains the absolute highlight of the London summer.

 
 
 

Prom 59: Life Story Prom

Sir David Attenborough presents a concert inspired by Life Story, his recent BBC series.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 30th August 2015

 

Distinguished naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough presents a concert inspired by his recent BBC Television series, Life Story. The soundtrack, composed by Murray Gold (who has written the music for Doctor Who since 2005), takes centre-stage, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

 
 
 

secretsundaze

Bank Holiday fun with funk, soul, disco, house and techno at two East London venues.

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

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 

Dates: 30th August 2015

 

Hard to believe secretsundaze celebrates 14 years in 2015. The effortlessly cool club night is still going strong and for clubbers in-the-know celebrating the Bank Holiday doesn't come much better than a secretsundaze doubleheader. On Sunday 30th August two of London's finest DJs, James Priestley and Giles Smith, open and close the party at two classic secretsundaze locations - East London's Oval Space and Village Underground. Part one, at Oval Space, is headlined by Panorama Bar resident, Berlin-based DJ Steffi who plays everything from classic deep house to slamming techno. She's joined by Hunee, famous for his DJ sets which are a romp through funk, soul, disco, house and techno, and Boiler Room host Bradley Zero. For part two, the nighttime shift, the party moves to Village Underground where Roman Fluegel, joined by Bristol DJ Shanti Celeste and Endian, spins techno, bleepy house and futuristic Italo disco tunes.

 
 
Sophie Wallace

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Sophie Wallace

2nd September 2015

 

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