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RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival
Greenwich Music Time
Regent Street Summer Streets
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships
British Summer Time Hyde Park
Wireless Festival
Pride in London Parade
Kew the Music
Craig David is at Kew the Music
Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace
Jesus Christ Superstar
Barber Shop Chronicles
The Night Of The Iguana
Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life
Kew Science Festival
Somerset House Summer Series
Hacienda Classical
Jean Paul Gaultier: Fashion Freak Show
Queen Victoria's Palace
Red Bull Soapbox Race
The World Illustration Awards
Joss Stone shares the stage with Burt Bacharach at Apollo Nights Summer Series
Royal Opera House: La Fille Du Regiment
The BBC Proms
Cubitt Sessions
Captain Corelli's Mandolin


Clive Owen returns to the West End for the first time in 18 years and Idris Elba's Tree is at the Young Vic in July 2019 when Lovebox and Wimbledon bring marvellous music and a grand slam to town.

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RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

Coming into bloom in July, the popular flower show is held within the grounds of Henry VIII's palace.

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

Tube: Richmond Station


Dates: 01st - 07th July 2019


Held within the grounds of Henry VIII's palace - where he built one of the finest gardens in the world - the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is a highlight of London's summer calendar. Coming into bloom in July, the flower show brings with it gardens designed by up and coming designers; the Butterfly Dome, where you can wander through thousands of free-flying butterflies; the Show Gardens, a favourite each year with a spectacular selection to give you garden-envy; and ideas to get growing fruit and veg at home with The Raymond Blanc Gardening School. For something extra special, the preview evening gives you access to the show before its official opening at an evening of live music and with a magnificent fireworks display set off as the sun sets behind the palace.


Greenwich Music Time

Cliff Richard and Paul Weller play as part of the seven-day summer music festival.

Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, London, SE10 9LW

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


Dates: 01st - 07th July 2019


Set within the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Music Time is a seven-day series of al fresco concerts. For its sixth year the festival welcomes Sir Cliff Richard and Paul Weller to the magnificent surroundings of Sir Christopher Wren's twin-domed riverside masterpiece. More acts are expected to be announced for the annual seven-day music festival which is one of London's best loved summer music festivals. All concerts are held in a purpose build outdoor arena, overlooking the Thames and lit by the big city lights of Canary Wharf.


Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships 2019

Tennis takes over as the famous tournament serves up two weeks of ace tennis.

Wimbledon: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Church Road, London, SW19 5AE

Tube: Wimbledon Park Station


Dates: 01st - 14th July 2019


Wimbledon, the famous tennis tournament and the most watched event in the Grand Slam calendar, brings thousands of visitors to the All England Club with the live action played out on big screens at Murray Mound and all over London. Many tennis pros covet the Wimbledon crown above all others and the grass surface makes for fast, breathless duels. Tickets can be applied for through the public ballot on the website, if however you're not lucky enough to get hold of one it is easy to get in to the grounds if you queue up in the morning. However, there are only 500 tickets for the centre courts available, so you have to turn up seriously early - or queue overnight - to be certain of getting to see the biggest matches. But in the first week the outer courts still have some of the world's greatest players and you can grab tickets for them if you arrive by about 9am. TRAVEL: The most convenient tube station for getting to Wimbledon is 'Southfields' on the District line, the station before Wimbledon Park. Southfields is closer, has marshals, a lift and the shorter walk is fully signposted.


Summer in the Square

Three weeks of free performances, games, workshops and entertainment.

Grosvenor Square, , London, W1K 2HP

Tube: Bond Street Station


Dates: 01st - 21st July 2019


For three weeks this July, Grosvenor Square will be transformed into a hub of free activity for the annual Summer in the Square. Offering a free programme of events, the series incorporates everything from cultural performances and games to workshops and live entertainment, meaning there's fun for all the family to enjoy. The Gypsy Jazz Trio and Masquerade String Quarter are among the music performers while Immersive Gatsby will present special theatre shows. The Tepee plays host to a range of yoga and pilates classes and the popular Sports Day returns. There will also be a wide range of food and drink available throughout the festival.


Jesus Christ Superstar

Regent's Park Theatre's take on Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera comes to the Barbican.

Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station


Dates: 04th July - 24th August 2019


Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's seminal musical comes to the Barbican following two sell-out seasons at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. "A gorgeous, thrilling, heavenly musical" ran The Guardian headline above its four-star review back in 2015 and it has proved just as popular ever since. Over 45 years after Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar was first staged, Timothy Sheader's new production introduces a new generation to legendary hits like I Don't Know How to Love Him, Gethsemane and Superstar. This time it's reimagined as a rock festival under the musical direction of Tom Deering with choreography by Drew McOnie and Tom Scutt's "rusty, rough and ready set, with its cruciform walkway".


British Summer Time Hyde Park

Celine Dion, Florence and The Machine and Robbie Williams play live in Hyde Park.

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

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Dates: 05th - 14th July 2019


Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, Barbra StreisandFlorence and The Machine and Robbie Williams play live in Hyde Park as the ten day British Summer Time music festival returns for a seventh year in 2019 with another impressive line-up of big names in rock and pop. Playing Hyde Park on Friday 5th July, Canadian vocal powerhouse Celine Dion kicks off the festival. Florence The Machine and The National appear on Saturday 13th July while Sunday 14th July sees Robbie Williams rock the park. Between two weekends of live music there's Open House, free midweek entertainment with open-air movie nights and tennis screenings, family activities, street food stalls, a Craft Beer Rising festival and daytime DJs.


Wireless Festival

Superb summer music festival for hip-hop, grime and rap music fans.

Finsbury Park, Endymion Road, London, N4 1EE

Tube: Manor House Station


Dates: 05th - 07th July 2019


Since its first outing back in 2005 Wireless has firmly established itself as one of London's major large scale hip-hop, grime and rap music events, attracting crowds of over 20,000 for each of the three days. In 2019 the music festival returns to Finsbury Park for a sixth year with rapper Cardi B and Migos sharing the Friday headline slot, Travis Scott as top of the bill on Saturday and hip-hop legends ASAP Rocky closing the festival as the Sunday headliner. Atlanta hip-hop artist Future, Londoners Stefflon Don and AJ Tracey are also on the huge lineup which includes the incredible Mississippi hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd whose 2018 performance was a real crowd pleaser. One important change to note: new licensing rules, which come in from 2019, mean performers mustn't swear on stage. So "Stormzy would have to change at least 17 of the 21 songs performed during his set in 2018" - according to BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat.


River Stage Festival

Five weekends of theatre, drag, DJs, family fun, contemporary dance and more.

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

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station


Dates: 05th July - 04th August 2019


The River Stage Festival is back at the National Theatre this summer for five weekends of free entertainment. There's an eclectic mix of theatre, drag, DJs, family fun, contemporary dance, outdoor cinema and live music including takeover weekends from East London's The Glory, HOME Manchester, Sadler's Wells and Nonclassical who turn classical music on its head. The festival launches on 5th July with The Glory, East London's cabaret club and drag pub staging their drag queen contest LIPSYNC1000 and drag king battle, Man Up. Walk up for weekends of free entertainment from the Shubbak Festival, National Park City Festival and Frantic Assembly with DJs, live music, workshops and performances. The whole thing ends with a joyful party weekend as the National Theatre takeover closes the River Stage festival for 2019. Occupying a prime spot on the pedestrianised Thames path, the stage is set alongside the National Theatre and neighbouring food and drink outlets include the Wine Box, Melt Ice Cream, The Cheese Iron, Campfire Pizza, The Otherstudy and Apothecary. Whether you're at the National to see a show or just wondering along the Thames, this free festival adds a bit of fun to your weekend outing.


Holly Stars' Big Pride Cabaret

An evening of laughter, music and lip-syncing the night before the London Pride Parade.

Madame Tussauds, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LR

Tube: Baker Street Station , Regent's Park Station


Dates: 05th July 2019


Gear up for the London Pride Parade with the help of Holly Stars' Big Pride Cabaret, taking place at Madame Tussauds on the eve of the parade. Joining the many stars that fill the rooms in the world-famous attraction, Holly Stars will present an evening of laughter, music and lip-syncing in a one-night drag-stavaganza. Audiences will be treated to show tunes and silliness from Carrot; belly-dancing from South Asian royal goddess Minara El Waters; a fiery extravaganza from Prinx Silver; and an outstanding drag burlesque performance from Lilly SnatchDragon. It's the perfect warm up to a weekend of LGBTQ celebrations.


The Night Of The Iguana

Clive Owen returns to the West End for the first time in 18 years.

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

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


Dates: 06th July - 28th September 2019


Clive Owen returns to the West End for the first time in 18 years to play the Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon in The Night of the Iguana, in a new production directed by James Macdonald, whose recent successes include The Father and Glengarry Glen Ross. The actor, who made his name in films like Closer, Close My Eyes and Croupier, stars as a defrocked priest turned tourist guide alongside Lia Williams (Wallis Simpson in The Crown) as Hannah Jelkes, Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) as Maxine Faulk and Game of Thrones star Julian Glover who plays Nonno. This group of lost souls meet in a dilapidated hotel in a rainforest above the west coast of Mexico. The verbal battle that ensues is heightened by the arrival of a tropical rain-storm.


Pride in London Parade

Over a million spectators and more than 450 groups parade marches proudly through the city streets.

Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS

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


Dates: 06th July 2019


With growing numbers year on year - over a million spectators lined the streets last year - the Pride in London Parade is back for 2019 for another colourful occasion of dancing, marching and rollerskating through London. Celebrate the people and organisations who've contributed to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights over the years and join over 450 groups as the parade marches proudly from Baker Street, along Oxford Street, Regent Street and via Piccadilly Circus. Adding to the fun, there are performance spaces in Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and Soho with concerts featuring chart acts, musicians, dancers, West End stars and other performers. New sections in the parade and new stages are expected in 2019, 50 years after the Stonewall Riots.


Hacienda Classical

The centre of the clubbing universe in its 90s heyday goes classical.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 06th July 2019


Pioneering DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering perform alongside the Manchester Camerata orchestra and special guests for a performance of Hacienda classics. Hacienda Classical won rave reviews after its first Royal Albert Hall visit, NME called it "Probably the best rave since 1997" and Mixmag termed the event, "a near two hour blend of house music's greatest players with an audience dancing and singing from the off". A hit on the festival circuit, it opened Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage in June 2017. Now coming into its fourth year here in London, 2019's show will keep the best bits of the previous shows while adding new tunes and guests.


The Illusionists

Witness acts of grand illusion, levitation, mindreading and disappearance.

Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Covent Garden Station, Holborn Station


Dates: 06th July - 01st September 2019


After a successful staging in the capital in 2015, The Illusionists went on to smash box office records around the world. Now, the show returns to London with a strictly limited run at the Shaftesbury Theatre. The show presents an evening of tricks, stunts and illusions by seven of the world's most masterful magicians, given grand titles like James More, The Showman; Enzo, The Unforgettable; Adam Trent, The Futurist; and Jonathan Goodwin, The Daredevil. The British-born escape artist has been buried alive, hung by his toes from helicopters, attacked by sharks and even sewn up inside a dead cow. Each magician has their own special skill, together they can create acts of grand illusion, levitation, mindreading and disappearance.


Red Bull Soapbox Race

The wacky, adrenaline-fuelled race returns to the UK for 2019.

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

Tube: Bounds Green Station


Dates: 07th July 2019


The adrenaline fuelled Red Bull Soapbox Race will be coming to Alexandra Palace this July for a day of creativity and grit determination. The international event sees participants race homemade non-motorised vehicles - the more unique and outrageous the better - in an event that's run on nothing but sheer courage, the force of gravity and maybe a little Red Bull. The race has been running since its inaugural event in Brussels in the year 2000 and since then the likes of Australia, South Africa, Helsinki, Jamaica and Italy have witnessed a piano, a giant baby carriage, a rodeo clown, an oversized corn on the cob and The Golden Gate Bridge whizz down their hills. This year, crowds will be able to watch a British bulldog, a pineapple, a space rocket and more take to the track.


Floral Court Al Fresco

Enjoy an evening of music and food under the stars at the beautiful Covent Garden venue.

Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden, Floral Court, London, WC2E 9FB

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


Dates: 07th - 21st July 2019


Enjoy an evening of music and food under the stars this July with Floral Court Al Fresco at Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden. The venue will close the Floral Court to the public for the very first time for an evening of al fresco classical music accompanied by cocktails, canapes and a specially designed tasting menu. On Sunday 7th July, the City of London Sinfonia and singers from the Epiphoni Consort will perform for an evening of Music and Mindfulness. Guests will be led on a journey of mindful eating with an accompanying bespoke menu, wine pairing and brief meditations. Then on Sunday 21st July, opera will come to the courtyard for the first time with The Kinds Head Theatre Opera performing La Boheme.


Royal Opera House: La Fille Du Regiment

Miranda Richardson, who so memorably played Queenie in Blackadder, is the Duchesse de Crakentorp.

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 08th - 20th July 2019


Miranda Richardson plays the Duchesse de Crakentorp in Donizetti's French comic opera in Laurent Pelly's production at the Royal Opera House. For someone so adapt at playing Queenie in Blackadder, the role of Duchess in this uproarious opera is a natural fit. One of the Royal Opera House's most popular productions, La Fille Du Regiment tells the story of a tomboy heroine who is forced to adhere to ladylike manners respectable of her aristocratic birth, it develops into a charming comedic piece as she proves too stubborn and spirited to concede to any demands other than that of her own heart.


Kew the Music

Craig David, Beverley Knight and Rick Astley play at the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens.

Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB

Tube: Kew Gardens Station


Dates: 09th - 14th July 2019


Craig David, Beverley Knight and Billy Ocean, Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and Rick Astley play at Kew the Music in 2019, a week of summer picnic concerts, from 9th to 14th July 2019, set within the stunning grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. R&B superstar, Craig David, is headlining the show on Friday 12th July. British soul singer Beverley Knight and 'When The Going gets Tough' singer Billy Ocean both play full headline sets on the same night. Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra are joined by Gilson Lavis and regular guest vocalists, Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall while '80s pop star Rick Astley brings the series to a close. Perfect for a picnic, opt for the VIP package and you'll get ready-made hampers to collect on the night.


Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life

The Icelandic artist who flooded the Turbine Hall with fake sunlight returns.

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

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station


Dates: 11th July 2019 to 5th January 2020


This summer, Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, whose 2003 weather project flooded the Turbine Hall with fake sunlight, returns to Tate Modern where he staged his popular installation. Marking the most comprehensive solo presentation of Eliasson's work, and his first major survey in the UK, Olafur Eliasson: In real life brings together over 30 of his works, spanning the last three decades. Each installation, or group of works, explores a theme that recurs in his work, whether it's space, motion or natural phenomena - as seen in Moss wall 1994, featuring lichen. Experiments with light and colour as well as engagement in social and environmental issues extend beyond the gallery walls onto the terrace outside Tate Modern and into the cafe where organic, vegetarian and ethically sourced food served at Studio Olafur Eliasson is on the special menu.


The World Illustration Awards

A showcase of the very best artworks across the diverse field of illustration.

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 11th - 28th July 2019


The World Illustration Awards exhibition returns to Somerset House this summer to showcase the very best artworks across the diverse field of illustration. This year, political themes are prominent among the 200 shortlisted projects with illustrations dealing with current concerns including the #MeToo movement, Brexit and Climate Change, showing how illustration reflects and comments on everyday life. A huge array of techniques are showcased, from 3D models, embroidery, animation, to large-scale interactive installations, as well as more traditional techniques of watercolours, pencils, woodcuts and digital illustration.


Somerset House Summer Series

Eleven nights of live music in the grand 18th-century courtyard.

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

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 11th - 21st July 2019


Grammy-nominated five-piece The Internet, Brit Award-nominee Nao, and Mercury Prize-nominated Sons of Kemet kick off this year's Somerset House Summer Series, performing al fresco in the grand 18th-century courtyard. One of the best Summer Music Festivals in London, the event will also see Jacob Banks, Rosalia, Doves, Parcels, and Cut Copy perform along with garage punk band Gossip, who will close the festival with the ultimate party night. Running concurrently with the eleven nights of live music will be new exhibition Get Up, Stand Up Now, which celebrates 50 years of Black creativity in Britain. Anyone who purchases tickets to Summer Series will be given a discount to the exhibition.



After a successful first year in its new home Lovebox returns to Gunnersbury Park.

Gunnersbury Park, Popes Lane, London, W3 8LQ

Tube: Acton Town Station


Dates: 12th - 13th July 2019


After a successful first year in its new home, Lovebox returns to Gunnersbury Park in July 2019 for its 17th year. The lineup hasn't been released as yet but with high calibre headliners and a laid back party atmosphere, Lovebox is reliably one of the best summer music festivals in London. 2018 saw legendary rap group Wu-Tang Clan, Pharrell Williams fronting N.E.R.D and the Mercury Prize-winning Skepta perform during the two day festival. But US rapper Childish Gambino "stole the show" (Independent) presenting songs like 'Sober' and 'Riot' with "electric raw energy".


Great British Food Festival

Fifty different traders showcase artisan food alongside live music and entertainment.

Chiswick House and Gardens, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP

Tube: Turnham Green Station


Dates: 12th - 14th July 2019


Taking place in the walled gardens, the Great British Food Festival comes to Chiswick House and Gardens for the second year running. Fifty different traders will be there offering artisan food direct from the producer and street food. In the marquee, experts chefs give demos, sharing tips on everything from baking to fine dining. There'll also be foodie talks, men vs food and cake competitions - enter a cake to get free entry to the festival - plus there's live music throughout the day and into the evenings. A fun day out for all the family with kids' cookery lessons, entertainment and face-painting.


Clym's Coat Check

Renowned illustrator Clym Everdon presents his first public-facing installation.

Sketch London, 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 12th July - 01st September 2019


Famed for its theatrical interiors and spectacular site-specific installations, sketch has been transformed once again this summer thanks to renowned illustrator Clym Everndon, who has built a large Instagram following thanks to his creative style and storytelling narrative. Clym's Coat Check is the artist's first public-facing installation and decorates the venue's walls with an intriguing collection of murals, hand-painted upcycled denim garments and projected animations. A number of animal characters are brought to life via the animations, which feature Clym's signature 'folded story' style film, presenting a continually changing painted narrative emerging from one unfolding piece of card.


OnBlackheath 2019

Jamiroquai, Grace Jones and James Morrison all perform this year.

Blackheath Common, Shooters Hill Road, London, SE3 0UA

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


Dates: 13th - 14th July 2019


Music and food festival OnBlackheath returns this July for its sixth year with Jamiroquai headlining on Saturday and the eccentric Grace Jones topping the bill on Sunday. The Roots, James Morrison, UB40, Soul II Soul, Aswad, SG Lewis and Morcheeba are just some of the other acts that complete the line-up. Pioneers of the London acid jazz scene, Brand New Heavies will also perform along with two time Grammy Award-winner Jacob Collier and British duo Swing Out Sister. The Family Playground will keep the little ones entertained with a range of activities and Street Feast will present a vast array of food and drink.


Walthamstow Garden Party

Two days of music, theatre, dance, circus, arts and crafts.

Lloyd Park, Forest Road, London, E17 4JF

Tube: Walthamstow Central Station


Dates: 13th - 14th July 2019


Two days of music, theatre, dance, circus, arts and crafts, the Walthamstow Garden Party is a special free festival weekend in Lloyd Park next to the William Morris Gallery. There will be live music, showcasing international and local artists, a theatre and dance stage, pop-up performances, interactive family fun and a dedicated street food, craft beer and picnic area, all brought to you by Barbican, Create London and the London Borough of Waltham Forest.


Regent Street Summer Streets

From Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street goes traffic free on select Sundays this summer.

Regent Street, Regent Street, London, W1B 5SJ

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 14th July - 15th September 2019


For select Sundays this summer Regent Street is banning traffic for the popular Summer Streets series. The summer-long event combines themes of art, culture, style and wellness with food and drink. The event has a real festival like atmosphere as Regent Street goes traffic-free. Throughout the series, shops and restaurants along the curved shopping street, from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus, put on special events. This year's highlights include a private themed area in Hamleys, complimentary cocktails and ice pops at Karen Millen, cricket themed activities at Microsoft, table tennis at Tommy Hilfiger, and complimentary skin consultations at Kiehl's. Additionally, Anthropologie and Karl Lagerfeld will be offering free gifts with purchases, Arket offers a 10% discount, and Gentle Monster presents an immersive in-store installation.


Ed Sheeran Live at The Haymarket

The global star performs a one-off gig for charity.

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

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


Dates: 14th July 2019


Ed Sheeran comes to London this July to play a one-off charity gig at Theatre Royal Haymarket. The inaugural event in the Live at the Haymarket series, which will bring some of the world's greatest musical talents to the West End stage, the intimate gig is being held in aid of leading West End education charity, the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust. Ed will perform to an audience of just 850 and ticket holders will be decided through a lottery process. Hopeful buyers must enter the lottery by midnight on Sunday 16th June and tickets ranging from 45 to 150 will be available to purchase should you win. See the official website for the full instructions and terms and conditions.


The Grand Flaneur Walk

Chap Magazine celebrates its 20th anniversary with a sophisticated sartorial stroll through London.

Jermyn Street, , London, SW1Y 6HP

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 14th July 2019


In celebration of its 20th anniversary, 100th edition and the launch of its new fragrance, Flaneur by The Chap, Chap Magazine is hosting The Grand Flaneur Walk. Anyone who has previously attended the annual Chap Olympiad - also hosted by the magazine - will be familiar with the Chap style, and this event will be another sophisticated sartorial occasion with participants encouraged to dress immaculately for a mass-saunter through central London. Originating from the French noun flanerie, the Flaneur is a curious individual who strolls, undistracted, in search of something that might pique their interest. The Grand Flaneur Walk, therefore, will encourage Londoners to put down their smartphones and begin wandering from the Beau Brummell statue on Jermyn Street, following no set route and no schedule, all while proudly sporting their finest 19th century attire.


Floating Film Festival

Watching Oscar-winning films on a floating pontoon in central London's only marina.

St Katharine Docks, Tower Bridge Approach, St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1LA

Tube: Tower Hill Station


Dates: 16th - 28th July 2019


Central London's only marina St Katharine Docksplays host to the Floating Film Festival this July, with recent cinematic favourites shown on the big screen on the floating pontoon. Oscar-winning films Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star is Born will both be shown twice while other movies on the line-up include Mary Poppins Returns, First Man, The Greatest Showman, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Aquaman. Film showings start at 7pm and there are two family screenings on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Step on board the floating platform, pull up a deck chair or snuggle down in a bean bag and watch some all-time favourites complete with snacks, craft beers and cocktails.


Apollo Nights Summer Series

Joss Stone shares the stage with Burt Bacharach to open the first Apollo Nights Summer Series.

Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9QH

Tube: Hammersmith Station


Dates: 16th - 20th July 2019


The first ever Apollo Nights Summer Series opens with Burt Bacharach and Joss Stone sharing the Hammersmith Apollo stage. For one week in July, four legendary artists including ten-time Grammy Award winner George Benson and Marc Almond take to the stage. If you really want to make a night of it, book in for the dining experience with food by Welsh chef Bryn Williams served at tables in the stalls of the newly restored Art Deco music hall. Finishing the week-long series, Marc Almond is joined by burlesque dancer Immodesty Blaize for the Saturday night show when he performs his hits and favourite burlesque and cabaret songs.


Barber Shop Chronicles

Inua Ellams' cutting edge play returns following two sold out runs at the National.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station


Dates: 18th July - 24th August 2019


Two years after opening at the National Theatre Inua Ellams' much celebrated play, the Barber Shop Chronicles is staged at the Roundhouse, specifically adapted for the in-the-round performance space. Directed by Bijan Sheibani, the National Theatre's co-production with Fuel and West Yorkshire Playhouse explores the timely concerns, personal trials and tribulations of the customers and staff of barber shops. Leaping from London, Johannesburg, and Harare to Kampala, Lagos and Accra, Ellams' drama is inspired by the barber shops he visited as a teenager near his home in Peckham. In its five star review The Independent described it at a "joyous piece of theatre", set in six cities on one day.


Backyard Cinema: L.A. Nights

Watch popular films on the big screen in a California-inspired setting.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station


Dates: 18th July - 25th August 2019


Bringing the beach vibes of LA to the Roundhouse this summer, Backyard Cinema recreates the sun-kissed beaches of the West Coast for a laid back setting where you can watch popular films on the big screen, alongside 400 other movie goers. Known for their immersive productions, the crew has created an indoor beach with giant bean bags on the sand, palm trees and a retro beach bar. The perfect setting for their sing-a-long beach parties. On the line-up are the latest blockbusters including Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, The Lego Movie 2 and Captain Marvel, award-winning new releases including BlackkKlansman, A Star is Born and Stan and Ollie and classics like Back to the Future and Clueless.


Portman Marylebone Summer Street Party

A evening of live music, food, drink and entertainment themed around storytelling.

Marylebone Village, , London, W1U 4QW

Tube: Baker Street Station


Dates: 18th July 2019


The Portman Marylebone Summer Street Party is back this year for an evening of live music, food, drink and entertainment on Seymour Place and New Quebec Street. This year's party takes the theme of storytelling, inspired by the interesting stories behind the fantastic line-up of independent shops and restaurants found in Marylebone as well as the books that have defined generations. The evening will provide the chance to walk through a whimsical walkway of recycled books, which leads to a cosy story corner offering reading performances and talks for all ages. Learn new skills at the floral workshops and discover all about traditional Japanese Orihon sketch books. The likes of Everbean Deli, Gails Bakery, The Gate, Daisy Green and Zetter Townhouse will be on hand to offer themed street food and the local boutiques will offer a number of special promotions.


The Moon

A new exhibition timed to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the first moon landing.

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

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


Dates: 19th July 2019 to 5th January 2020


Not just for the lunatics and the conspiracy theorists, The Moon is a major exhibition at the Royal Museums Greenwich, timed to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the first moon landing on 20th July 1969. The earliest drawings of the Moon, made using a telescope by Thomas Harriott, are loaned from the collection of Lord Egremont, along with key pieces from the Royal Astronomical Society, Victoria and Albert Museum and Science Museum. You can see Apollo space programme artefacts from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. as well as the Royal Museums Greenwich's own 100-inch map of the Moon by Hugh Percy Wilkins, shown to the public for the first time. Each historical and contemporary artwork invites us to explore our evolving relationship with the moon.


Moon Festival

A week-long festival of special moon-themed events.


Dates: 19th - 26th July 2019


In the year of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and in the same month as The Moon exhibition at the National Maritime Museum comes the Moon Festival, a week-long festival of unique night-time events. The festival kicks off with a special late-night street party and lunar market, complete with Moon-themed music, street art, astronomy, spoken word and food as well as a Midnight Moon Run and Moon Cocktails Masterclass. Other highlights include a special edition of the legendary cult cabaret, Posh Club Late, and appearances from The Handmaid's Tale author Margaret Atwood; space scientist, The Sky at Night presenter and self-confessed lunatic Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock; and London's Night Czar Amy Lame. It all comes to a close with a party underneath the Cutty Sark with live music, projection mapping and an astronomy tour.


The BBC Proms 2019

The Warner Brothers Story, the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings and Nina Simone are marked at this year's Proms.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 19th July - 14th September 2019


Held yearly at the Royal Albert Hall, The Proms is arguably the most popular season of classical music the world over, featuring a varied but accessible programme of 90 or so concerts in eight weeks. The grand finale is on the fabled Last Night when seas of Union flag-waving Brits belt out classics such as Jerusalem and the national anthem. The aim of the Proms, for the past 120 years, has been to mix the popular and familiar with the surprising and innovative, so if you go to a concert to hear some favourite piece, you may leave having discovered a whole new composer. Between 500 and 1,400 standing tickets are available for each Prom on the door for just six pounds, so top international orchestras and soloists, programmes that mix the adventurous and the accessible, and a real sense of fun can all be had for a third of the price of a central London cinema ticket. The world-famous Last Night of the Proms brings everything to a thrilling end - and tickets are like gold dust. Alternatively, join thousands of revellers at the annual Proms in the Park closing party in Hyde Park.


National Park City Festival

The Mayor of London launches a brand-new city-wide festival.


Dates: 20th - 28th July 2019


Taking steps towards making London the world's first National Park City, The Mayor of London has launched the brand-new National Park City Festival in 2019. Celebrating the capital's green spaces, wildlife, green rooftops and waterways, the week-long festival aims to introduce Londoners to new environmental, cultural, sporting and community activities in order to improve health, wellbeing and social cohesion. Highlights include the National Park City Stage, which will see City Hall host a free cultural programme in partnership with the National Theatre; National Park City Rooftops, providing free access to some of London's best rooftop gardens and natural spaces in partnership with Open City; and National Park City Splash, the city's first multi-site outdoor swimming and paddle sports event.


Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace

Admire the grand State Rooms used by heads of state at the Queen's London home.

Buckingham Palace , Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1A 1AA

Tube: Victoria Station


Dates: 20th July - 29th September 2019


Every summer inquisitive visitors get the chance to look around Buckingham Palace and admire the grand State Rooms used by heads of state at the Summer Opening. See the nineteen State Rooms which are still used by the Royal Family to receive and entertain guests on state and ceremonial occasions. Decorated in lavish fashion, they include paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto, Sevres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. There are also some exquisite royal gifts, including Faberge Eggs, on display. This is a fascinating opportunity to admire the taste - often wonderful, sometimes comically bad - of Britain's monarchy. Audio Guides: Audio tours are included in the admission price and are available in the following languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and Russian.


National Geographic Traveller Food Festival

Raymond Blanc, Adam Handling and Andi Oliver are all on the line-up of this brand-new festival.

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

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 20th - 21st July 2019


Providing two days of eating, drinking and learning, the inaugural National Geographic Traveller Food Festival comes to the Business Design Centre this July. Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc, rising star Adam Handling and expert food writer Andi Oliver are all on the line-up along with John Torode, Tim Anderson, Felicity Cloake and Shivi Ramoutar. With travel at the heart of the festival, visitors will have the chance to discover the food and drink of destinations such as Hungary, Montenegro, Dominica and Thailand. There will be panel discussions covering food trends and up-and-coming culinary destinations along with one-on-one interviews with the most entertaining chefs, authors and journalists in the world of food. There will also be food stalls, culinary masterclasses and live demonstrations from top chefs.


Kew Science Festival

This two-day festival explores the crucial value of plant and fungal.

Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB

Tube: Kew Gardens Station


Dates: 20th - 21st July 2019


Taking over Kew Gardens for two days, the Kew Science Festival returns for its fourth year in 2019 to focus on the vital importance of conserving the world's plant biodiversity. The festival brings to life, for all ages, the crucial value of plant and fungal science. A series of activities, workshops and tours will inspire children and adults alike, with the chance to discover how cryopreservation conserves seeds, why fungi are so important to trees, plants and people, and why different bees seek out certain plants. There will also be the chance to go behind the scenes at Kew with tours of the Tropical Nursery, where you'll find a vast number of exotic and rare plant species, and the Herbarium, which is responsible for preserving around 7 million plant specimens.


Queen Victoria's Palace

A special exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth.

Buckingham Palace , Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1A 1AA

Tube: Victoria Station


Dates: 20th July - 29th September 2019


One of several London exhibitions marking the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth, Queen Victoria's Palace at Buckingham Palace tells the story of how the young queen transformed the venue from an unloved private house into a working royal residence. Three weeks after ascending the throne in 1837, Queen Victoria, aged just 18, moved into Buckingham Palace, which had remained empty for many years following the death of George IV. Having commissioned for Buckingham House to be converted into a Palace, following the designs of John Nash, the King never got to live there, and his successor, William IV, chose to occupy Clarence House during his short reign, meaning it was left to Victoria's to transform the property into a suitable royal property. The exhibition brings together objects from the Royal Collection, including artworks and ball gowns, and an immersive experience in the Palace's Ballroom. This exhibition comes as part of the Summer Opening of the State Rooms, and Kensington Palace is also marking the anniversary with Victoria: Woman and Crown and Victoria: A Royal Childhood.


The Broadgate Tower Run Up

Tackle 877 steps over 35 floors to raise awareness of workplace wellness.

Broadgate Tower, 201 Bishopsgate, London, EC2A 2EW

Tube: Liverpool Street Station


Dates: 20th July 2019


Presented by StepJockey, a company on a mission to achieve workplace wellness, The Broadgate Tower Run Up aims to raise awareness of the surprising health benefits of stair climbing. According to research, taking the stairs once an hour can reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 30%, reduce the risk of stroke by 27% and reduce high blood pressure by 50%. Hoping to encourage offices all across the UK to become more active for not only physical health but also mental wellbeing, this event sees participants take on the gruelling 877 steps over 35 floors of the Broadgate Tower in central London. Inviting participants of all ages and abilities, the climb can be done as quickly or as slowly as preferred, with record holders and competitors tackling the challenge before it opens to the general public. Anyone hoping to take part must have their entries in by Sunday 14th July 2019.


Jean Paul Gaultier: Fashion Freak Show

Jean Paul Gaultier's career review is a combination of a revue and fashion show.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 23rd July - 02nd August 2019


From the man who designed Madonna's pointy bra we'd expect nothing less than an outlandish, sassy and sexy show. And that's exactly what you get at Jean Paul Gaultier's Fashion Freak Show. A combination of a revue and fashion show, it brings a cast of actors, dancers and circus artists to the Southbank Centre. Each plays a larger than life character as we learn about the French designer's childhood, his early career and his most memorable fashion shows. The whole thing is set against the backdrop of a giant video wall. The screen shows vignettes of special guest stars - including Gaultier's long-term, celebrity supporters and friends. Catherine Deneuve, for example, voices the names that Gaultier gave the creations in his men's couture show of the early '90s. From disco to funk, the Fashion Freak Show is set to a playlist of hits that have inspired Gaultier and his creations. Expect kitsch and camp high fashion with a heavy sprinkling of Eurotrash chic.


Blakes x Monkey 47 Seasonal Dinner

The boutique hotel hosts a seasonal dinner with cocktail pairings in partnership with Monkey 47 gin.

Blakes Hotel London, 33 Roland Gardens, London, SW7 3PF

Tube: Gloucester Road Station


Dates: 24th July 2019


World-renowned boutique hotel Blakes Hotel is partnering with Monkey 47 gin this summer for a special one-off seasonal dinner. The gin is made using 47 hand-picked herbal ingredients with fresh floral notes and a flowery lavender aroma, so it's only appropriate that the three-course menu has been created using lavender and honey flavours. Diners can start the occasion with beetroot cured salmon, lavender and dill before moving onto a main of honey glazed duck. For dessert, there's lavender panna cotta and lavender and Monkey 47 macaroons. Wash it all down with three perfectly paired Monkey 47 gin cocktails featuring ingredients such as cream of violette, muddled strawberries, lavender foam and basil leaf.


Allpress Lates

The coffee company celebrates its 30th birthday with a special line-up of late-night events.

Allpress Espresso Roastery And Cafe, 55 Dalston Lane, London, E8 2NG

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station


Dates: 26th July - 27th September 2019


Pioneering coffee company Allpress Espresso, which started out as a coffee cart in New Zealand back in 1989, celebrates its 30th birthday this summer with a special series of Allpress Lates. Taking place in the garden of their Dalston coffee shop, the series welcomes a stellar line-up of chefs, bakers and mixologists for a special programme of free-to-attend foodie events. The likes of Margot Henderson of Rochelle Canteen, Claire Ptak of Violet, Max Halley of Max's Sandwich shop and Freddie Jansen of Snackbar will be taking part while Alex Hely-Hutchinson and Olia Hercules will each be hosting a ticketed supper club. Additionally, the renowned Mr Lyan Studios has created a special Tennessee Nitro Espresso Martini for the occasion.


Cubitt Sessions

Free music and family weekends plus a special appearance from flamenco guitarist Paco Pena.

Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross Goods Yard, London, N1C

Tube: King's Cross Station


Dates: 27th July - 04th August 2019


A free summer festival of music and family weekends, Cubitt Sessions comes to Coal Drops Yard this year. The programme includes a series of classical performances curated by opera company Tete a Tete and nearby music venue Kings Place, featuring singer, songwriter and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson, flamenco guitarist Paco Pena and an evening of music from English National Opera. Tete a Tete present new work 'Madame Butterflop', a parody of Puccini's masterpiece while Kings Place puts words as well as music centre stage with world music, song, jazz and dance celebrated through the global sounds of Kabantu, rising jazz star Cherise Adams-Burnett and Perhaps Contraption, a multi-award winning theatrical brass band from London. Sunday 28th July and 4th August are set aside for Family Sundays, an afternoon of song, dance, jazz and punk, set in the architecturally interesting Coal Drops Yard, home to an interesting array of independent restaurants, bars, and shops.



Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah collaborate on a musical play exploring the years after Mandela.

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

Tube: Southwark Station , Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 29th July - 24th August 2019


Taking you on a musical journey in search of the soul and the spirit of contemporary South Africa, Tree is a collaboration between Idris Elba, whose album Mi Mandela provides the soundtrack, and The Young Vic's artistic director, Kwame Kwei-Armah. This major world premiere, performed in the round, combines music, dance and film to explore the past, present and future of this country at a crossroads, seen through the eyes of a young man.


Jamavar Women's Club

Listen to talks and advice from inspiration women while enjoying a bespoke three-course menu.

Jamavar, 8 Mount Street, London, W1K 3NF

Tube: Bond Street Station


Dates: 29th July - 12th August 2019


This summer, high-end Indian restaurant Jamavar will once again host the Jamavar Women's Club, welcoming a number of inspirational women to its subterranean bar. An antidote to the traditional 'boy's clubs' of Mayfair, the event celebrates the diverse talents, ideas and advice of powerful women. This year's line-up welcomes BAFTA Award-winning author and presenter Kirsty Wark, A List Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor, and gold medal Paralympian swimmer Liz Johnson. The evenings will see the women share stories, ideas and advice followed by a Q&A, and guests will also be able to enjoy a bespoke three-course dinner designed by Executive Chef Surender Mohan. The menu commences with a glass of Laurent Perrier and a selection of canapes before dishes such as soft shell crab with plum chutney and garlic chips; home style chicken curry and potatoes; and nougat chocolate mousse with cinnamon ice cream.


What to Look for in the Garden: A Ladybird Books Exhibition

This nostalgic exhibition relives the golden age of the Ladybird nature books.

Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7LB

Tube: Lambeth North Station


Dates: 31st July to 27th October 2019


Ladybird, the publishers who have been creating books for children since 1915, invite you to explore the outdoors with an exhibition of original artworks from their nature books. Shown at the Garden Museum from 31st July and throughout the summer, this nostalgic exhibition will remind adults of the books of their childhood. Artworks on loan from Penguin Random House date from the 'golden age' of Ladybird Books, between 1940 and 1980. The exhibition and interactive activities - including dressing up, a nature hunt trail, art activities and a memory board - will inspire a whole new generation of children to learn 'What to look for' in this family friendly exhibition.


The Glasshouse at The Gherkin

The Gherkin's top-floor bar is given a botanical makeover for the summer.

Helix and Iris, The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, London, EC3A 8EP

Tube: Liverpool Street Station , Aldgate Station, Aldgate East Underground Station


Dates: 15th July - 01st September 2019


Sitting on the top two floors of the iconic London landmark, Searcys at The Gherkin - also known as Helix and Iris - is already one of London's coolest venues, and it's set to become even more attractive this summer thanks to botanical pop-up, The Glasshouse at The Gherkin. Created in partnership with Perrier-Jouët Champagne, the pop-up brings nature to life in the heart of the city with the entire Iris Bar, located on the 40th floor, transformed into a green oasis of exotic flowers and plants, all coming together within the venue's glass walls to give the illusion of a sky-high conservatory. Guests can sip on Perrier-Jouët vintages as well as specially created summer cocktails and a botanical themed food menu, served in the Helix Restaurant on the 39th floor. For special group events, a private dining room on level 38 has been transformed into a mini version of The Glasshouse with a striking floral installation in the centre of the room. A series of champagne masterclasses will also be taking place along with a programme of live entertainment.


Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Louis de Bernieres's epic love story becomes a wondrous spectacle on stage.

Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 04th July - 31st August 2019


Louis de Bernieres's famous story about love on a Greek island during the Second World War is adapted for stage into a four star musical by Rona Munro and directed by Melly Still. The production is a "spectacle" (The Guardian) with song, movement, music and a set which helps create the sense of the epic. Mayou Trikerioti's set includes "a large screen made of jagged metal sheets", an abstract backdrop to the "roiling sea, the white light of a firing squad or the blood-red spillages of war". Musical elements, "leave you wishing for more" in this "shocking and wondrous" show, writes Arifa Akbar, reviewing the original production at the Rose Theatre in Kingston.





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