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Whales: Beneath the surface
Much Ado About Nothing
British Summer Time 2017: Green Day
Royal Opera: Turandot
Catfish & The Bottlemen headline the Community Festival
British Summer Time 2017: Justin Bieber
Luna Cinema: Brockwell Lido: Jaws
Little Mix
British Summer Time 2017: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Citadel Festival
Lovebox
Foodies Festival, Blackheath
Wireless Festival
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Kew the Music
Nassim
Greenwich Music Time
Somerset House Summer Series
Oliver Twist
A Tale Of Two Cities
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship
Brompton World Championship
Prudential RideLondon
The BBC Proms
Ealing Blues Festival
The Chap Olympiad
Gangsta Granny
London Beach Rugby
 

 

Summer music festivals, Wimbledon and Sir Ian McKellen on London's fringe are three good reasons to visit London in July 2017 and LondonTown has more.

 
 

British Summer Time 2017: Green Day

Punk rock band behind American Idiot play live in Hyde Park.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: Saturday 1st July 2017

 

This summer, punk rock trio Green Day - frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt on bass and Tré Cool on drums - are due to play a major Hyde Park concert as part of the British Summer Time series. The band has been around since 1994 and, after a succession of hit albums, their 2004 rock opera American Idiot reignited the their popularity with a younger generation. With their fifth album - their first in four years - Green Day's Revolution Radio presents a collection of "vibrant punk rock, uncluttered by outsize grandiosity or conceptual overthink" says Rolling Stone. Green Day will be joined in Hyde Park by Rancid, Gypsy punk group Gogol Bordello, Swedish rock band The Hives, The Living End, Beach Slang, SWMRS, Sunflower Bean and Public Access TV.

 
 
 

Community Festival

Catfish and the Bottlemen headline the one-day festival at Finsbury Park.

Finsbury Park, Endymion Road, London, N4 1EE

Tube: Manor House Station

 

Dates: Saturday 1st July 2017

 

It was spread around 11 venues in Hoxton and Shoreditch a couple of years back but now Community Festival becomes a brand new one-day-only summer festival at Finsbury Park. Catfish and the Bottlemen headline the day's events, playing their only festival appearance in mainland England this year. Expect to hear an epic set, including smashes from last year's number one album, 'The Ride' and their breakthrough debut, 'The Balcony'. Join them are The Wombats who celebrate a decade of hits including 'Moving to New York' and 'Let's Dance to Joy Division'. Punk duo, Slaves, will present a raucous and unstoppably high energy set and Southend-on-Sea's finest, Nothing But Thieves, will be performing new material alongside tunes from their top 10 debut album, and Fickle Friends, The Hunna, Darlia and RedFaces also perform live in the east London park.

 
 
 

Cliff Richard

Sir Cliff plays two London gigs as part the Greenwich Music Time festival.

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

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

 

Dates: Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July 2017

 

The singer famous for hits like 'Livin' Doll' and 'Mistletoe and Wine' - as well as his impromptu Wimbledon performances, when rain stopped play on centre court - delivers his classic blend of easy-listening pop and rock'n'roll. Performing for the Greenwich Music Time festival, Sir Cliff's two London gigs are part of a ten-date UK tour following the release of his 101st album, Just... Fabulous Rock 'n' Roll. The 76-year-old will play nine open-air venues over the summer, from 21st to 15th June.

 
 
 

Greenwich Music Time

From Cliff Richard to Little Mix there's something for everyone.

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

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

 

Dates: 1st to 7th Jul 2017

 

Set within the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Music Time is a four-day series of al fresco concerts. For its fourth year the festival is mixing it up with veteran crooner Cliff Richard and girl band Little Mix so there's something for teens, pensioners and everyone in between. The chart-topping quartet headline on Friday 7th July bringing their Summer Shout Out tour, which takes in The O2 and Twickenham, to Greenwich. Concerts take place in the magnificent surroundings of Sir Christopher Wren's twin-domed riverside masterpiece, overlooking the Thames, lit by the big city lights of Canary Wharf.

 
 
 

British Summer Time 2017: Justin Bieber

Beliebers will rejoice at the announcement of this huge open air concert.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: Sunday 2nd July 2017

 

After a rocky few years it seems Justin Bieber has started to win back the public's affection with the help of some rather good tunes. He played the vast O2 in October and now the Canadian pop star joins Phil Collins and Kings of Leon on the line up for British Summer Time in Hyde Park. Playing on 2nd July, Bieber will have support from EDM producer Martin Garrix, Scandi pop artist Tove Lo and Brits critics' choice-shortlisted singer Anne-Marie. Nearly three years in the making, his fourth studio album, Purpose, has taken the limelight away from his questionable recreational activities and Beliebers will rejoice at the announcement of this huge open air concert.

 
 
 
 

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship 2017

The famous grass tennis tournament is a highlight of summer in London.

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

Tube: Wimbledon Park Station

 

Dates: 3rd to 16th July 2017

 

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.

 
 
 

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Beautiful blooms and a Butterfly Dome at one of the finest gardens in the world.

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 4th to 9th Jul 2017

 

Held within the grounds of Henry VIII's palace - where he built one of the finest gardens in the world - the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is a highlight of London's summer calendar. Returning in July this year, notable activities for 2017 include the Butterfly Dome, where you can wander through thousands of free-flying butterflies from Indonesia and South America; the Show Gardens, a favourite each year with a spectacular selection to provide garden-envy; Family Saturday, packed with activities such as sowing seeds, a fun trail, story-telling and cookery classes; and the Flower Marquee, where you can pick up tips from floral exhibitors and specialist nurseries.

 
 
 

Royal Opera: Turandot

Glorious pageant of rich colour, dance and drama.

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 5th to 16th July 2017

 

The Royal Opera opened its 2013-14 season with Andrei Serban's magnificent staging of Puccini's exotic and erotic final opera Turandot, with Lise Lindstrom making her Royal Opera House debut. In summer 2017 the American soprano returns, sharing the title role with Christine Goerke. Set in China, the opera is a glorious pageant of rich colour, dance and drama in which Prince Calaf, captivated by Princess Turandot's beauty, is determined to win her heart or die in the attempt. Bold set designs by Sally Jacobs and some martial arts-inspired choreography by Kate Flatt brings alive Puccini's masterpiece, which contains one of the most famous of all arias, 'Nessun dorma', sung as Calaf anticipates winning Turandot's love.

 
 
 

Luna Cinema: Brockwell Lido: Jaws

Scare yourself silly watching the killer shark flick by the water's edge.

Brockwell Lido, Lido Park Gardens, Brockwell Park, London, SE24 0PA

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: Wednesday 5th July 2017

 

Making a return this summer the Luna Cinema transforms Brockwell Lido, a lovely outdoor pool which dates back to 1937, into a pop-up cinema, putting on their popular 'Jaws' screening. An annual favourite which always sells out within the week, movie goers can scare themselves silly watching the shark flick by the water's edge. Splash out on VIP tickets and you'll get exclusive seating for two people in an inflatable dinghy in the pool itself. On 13th July mermaid adventure 'Splash' makes a, err, splash, followed by classic 1967 coming-of-age film 'The Graduate' on 27th July. Pull up a director's chair for a summer of age inappropriate romance.

 
 
 

British Summer Time 2017: Kings of Leon

The Tennessee four-piece is joined by fellow US rock legends the Pixies in Hyde Park.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 06th July 2017

 

The American four-piece, comprising of brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill alongside their cousin Matthew, Kings of Leon play a major London gig in Hyde Park on 6th July 2017. The popularity of the Tennessee four-piece appears unwavering with their latest album WALLS reaching number one in the UK. They also have two Brit Awards to add to their four Grammy Awards and three NME Awards. If you missed their recent London club show which saw rave reviews from critics and fans alike, this British Summer Time Hyde Park is now your only chance to see them live in the capital in 2017. Joining Kings Of Leon are fellow US rock legends Pixies and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.

 
 
 
 

Somerset House Summer Series

Norah Jones, Goldfrapp and festival favourites Foster The People fill the famous courtyard.

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

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 6th to 16th July 2017

 

Nine-time Grammy Award winner Norah Jones, critically acclaimed electronic duo Goldfrapp and festival favourites Foster The People are all on the line-up at this year's Somerset House Summer Series. Birdy, Warpaint, The Cinematic Orchestra and Tom Misch are also dropping by the central courtyard of Somerset House for the eleven day Summer Series, an idyllic, intimate, calming, escapist location for a concert on a summer's evening. As a breeze drifts in off the Thames you'll forget the city bustle outside and tune into some great music, surrounded by one of eighteenth-century London's most spectacular buildings. Damian Marley, Mashrou' Leila, Songhoy Blues and The Robert Glasper Experiment complete the line-up.

 
 
 

Touch

Amy Morgan starts in this new show from the creators of cult hit theatre show Fleabag.

Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London, W1D 3NE

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 6th July to 26th August 2017

 

The creators of cult hit theatre show Fleabag, which also went on to be a well-received TV show, reunite to create Touch. The Soho Theatre and DryWrite show follows 33-year-old Dee, whose sexual escapades are messy and temporary - just like her shoe box London flat. New to the city and currently in a stop-gap job, Dee has the chance to reinvent herself. But how can you change your life when you're unsure what you want? Amy Morgan of Mr Selfridge and Travesties stars as Dee.

 
 
 

Little Mix

Winners of the X Factor in 2011 perform their popular pop, R&B and hip hop hits.

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

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

 

Dates: 07th July 2017

 

Headlining Greenwich Music Time, the BRIT-nominated, platinum-selling four-piece, who first shot to fame as winners of the X Factor in 2011, perform their popular pop, R&B and hip hop hits. Little Mix - Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jesy Nelson - recently released their fourth studio album, Glory Days, which gave them their first number one album in the UK. It also made them the highest selling UK girl group since the Spice Girls. Expect to see them perform perform hit singles "Wings", "Salute", "Black Magic" and "Shout Out to My Ex".

 
 
 

Foodies Festival, Blackheath

Cake and bake, British street food awards and Champagne masterclasses.

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

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

 

Dates: 7th, 8th and 9th July 2017

 

The Foodies Festival comes to Blackheath again this summer for three days of culinary fun. The UK's biggest celebration of food and drink, Foodies is known for its packed programmes and this festival will be no different with chefs such as Rosemary Shrager, Adam Simmonds and Jane Devonshire on the line-up. There will be a cake and bake theatre, British street food awards, wine and Champagne masterclasses, artisan producers market, chilli eating competition and craft beer masterclass. Little ones can enjoy a kids cookery theatre and the grown-ups can step aboard the bar bus.

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

 
 
 

Wireless Festival

Hip-hop artist Chance The Rapper, Skepta and The Weeknd headline the three-day festival.

Finsbury Park, Endymion Road, London, N4 1EE

Tube: Manor House Station

 

Dates: 7th, 8th and 9th July 2017

 

The three-day Wireless music festival returns to Finsbury Park for a fourth year, playing host to three-time Grammy Award winning hip-hop artist Chance The Rapper, London's homegrown grime luminary Skepta and The Weeknd who closes the festival on Sunday. The performer, producer and songwriter made history in November 2016 by breaking Spotify records with single 'Starboy', which holds the record for most streams in 24 hours by a single artist. Other artists include Mike Skinner and Murkage, Hilltop Hoods. London's grime queen Stefflon Don, teenage marvels AJ X DENO, and popstar Yuna, joined by 'Stereotype Freestyle' rapper Cadet, grime purist Abra Cadabra, and storyteller Topaz Jones. Since its first outing back in 2005 Wireless has firmly established itself as one of London's major large scale live music events, attracting crowds of over 20,000 for each of the three days.

 
 
 
 

A Tale Of Two Cities

Matthew Dunster's new play adapted from the Charles Dickens novel.

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

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 7th July to 5th August 2017

 

The second production in this year's Open Air Theatre season, A Tale of Two Cities is a new play by Matthew Dunster adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens. The Victorian story about the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer is as timely as ever, drawing on current concerns of austerity, immigration and the widening poverty gap across Europe. Further productions in this year's season include Oliver Twist and Jesus Christ Superstar.

 
 
 

British Summer Time 2017: The Killers

Las Vegas band who gave us Mr Brightside, with support from elbow and Tears for Fears.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: Saturday 8th July 2017

 

This is pretty huge: The Killers are coming to London this summer to play an open air gig in Hyde Park. And as if that wasn't enough, they're supported by Mercury Prize winning British band elbow - who could headline a gig this big on their own - and Tears for Fears. The Las Vegas band have a vast catalogue of hits, including Mr Brightside, When You Were Young, and Human, and this British Summer Time concert will also give fans an early glimpse of material from their hotly anticipated new album. Completing the line up is London trio White Lies, who will no doubt be bringing anthems from their 2009 debut album, To Lose My Life, to Hyde Park.

 
 
 

British Summer Time 2017: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Classic rock and blues songs from the band, playing their first UK gig in 18 years.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 09th July 2017

 

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, who've given us classic rock and blues songs like American Girl and I Won't Back Down, perform their only European date of 2017 in Hyde Park for what will be just the second time the band has come to the UK in 18 years. The Traveling Wilburys alumni and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and his band's last visit to these shores in 2012 included a headlining appearance at the Isle Of Wight Festival and two sold out shows at the Royal Albert Hall. Five years on, they're celebrating their 40th anniversary with a little help from Fleetwood Mac member Stevie Nicks and The Lumineers who support at this special British Summer Time gig in Hyde Park.

 
 
 

Kew the Music

Razorlight, indie band James and legendary Manchester club Hacienda come to Kew.

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

Tube: Kew Gardens Station

 

Dates: 11th to 16th Jul 2017

 

There's a Manchester and even a 'Madchester' vibe to this year's Kew the Music. Legendary club Hacienda and indie band James are on the bill for the open air concerts which fill the botanic gardens at Kew with house tunes and James hits like Sit Down and She's A Star. Mike Pickering and Graeme Park swap sweaty nightclub for the open air botanic gardens at Kew, lining up club anthems to be played by a full orchestra. Razorlight, supported by The Bluetones and Reef, put in a mid-week performance, and singer songwriter Mike Rosenberg, better known by his stage name Passenger, opens this year's festival performing hits like 'Let Her Go', backed by a five-piece band.

 
 
 

Girl From the North Country

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Southwark Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 12th July to 7th October 2017

 

The Old Vic stages the world premiere of Conor McPherson's Girl From the North Country this July. The brand new work sees the esteemed playwright intertwines Bob Dylan's classic songs with a story set in Duluth, Minnesota in the midst of the Great Depression. Named after Dylan's 1963 song Girl From the North Country, it follows a family adrift whose future is on a knife edge. Lost and lonely people drift through rooms of their guesthouse but one man thinks he's found a way out.

 
 
 
 

Whales: Beneath the surface

A new exhibition in honour of the gigantic blue whale skeleton coming to the museum.

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington Station, Gloucester Road Station

 

Dates: 14th July to 1st October 2017

 

With a gigantic blue whale skeleton replacing Dippy the Dinosaur in the Natural History Museum's Hintze Hall, the museum is also hosting a new exhibition, Whales: Beneath the surface. The family event invites visitors to dive deeper into the mysterious world of the mammals with some of nature's finest whale specimens. From huge complete skeletons to the flippers, skulls and jawbones that scientists study to reveal feeding habits, breathing techniques and sense of hearing and sight, the exhibition will take you close up to the biology and behaviour of the fascinating and mysterious creature. The exhibition is the first in a series of ocean events at the Natural History Museum. The Hintze Hall will reopen in summer 2017 with the new blue whale skeleton.

 
 
 

Much Ado About Nothing

A fresh interpretation of Shakespeare's classic tale.

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

Tube: Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 14th July to 15th October 2017

 

Matthew Dunster, Associate Director at Shakespeare's Globe, revives Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing in 2017. The fresh interpretation sees the love stories of Hero and Claudio, and Beatrice and Benedick transported to 1910 Mexico, at the outbreak of the Civil War. Here, stubborn bachelor Benedick is compelled to prove his love for Beatrice by vowing to kill his best friend. Dunster is an Olivier Award-nominated director known for recent productions Imogen, Hangmen, The Seagull and Liberian Girl. There will also be a special midnight performance of the production on Friday 22nd September 2017.

 
 
 

The BBC Proms

World class classical music concert.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 14th July to 9th September 2017

 

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 five 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. There are also chamber music concerts and Saturday matinees in Cadogan Hall and outdoor events throughout the country. 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.

 
 
 

Lovebox

Frank Ocean is the Friday headliner for Lovebox, one of the best festivals in London.

Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5SN

Tube: Mile End Station

 

Dates: Friday 14th and Saturday 15th July 2017

 

Entering their fifteenth year, Lovebox has firmly established itself as one of the best summer music festivals in London. This year is shaping up to be a good one with "a major coup for the festival" (The Guardian) in securing Frank Ocean as the Friday headliner for 2017, the first confirmed UK date for the R&B star following the release of his album, Blonde. Added to that, Victoria Park is a great festival venue with loads of space and a sympathetic council who let them turn the music up really loud - the perfect excuse to sack off work on Friday and make it a long weekend. With more headliners yet to be revealed, it's no surprise that the love Londoners have for Lovebox continues to burn bright.

 
 
 

The Chap Olympiad

A spiffing non-sporting event.

Bedford Square Gardens, Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 5BL

Tube: Russell Square Station, Holborn Station

 

Dates: Saturday 15th July 2017

 

Not so much a sporting occasion as a celebration of buffoonery and ineptitude, orchestrated by The Chap magazine for gentlemen (and gentlewomen) of good taste, The Chap Olympiad is a spiffing non-sporting event. Bedford Square Gardens, centred on one of the best preserved set pieces of Georgian architecture in London, is a fitting backdrop for such a distinguished gathering. All events can all be entered by members of the public - as long as they're not sporting sportswear. The Chap Olympiad includes zany showdowns like Umbrella Jousting, using bicycles and brollies instead of horses and lances, and the Tug of Hair in which a rope is substituted for a lengthy handlebar moustache. Yikes! There will of course also be sandwiches and lashings of Pimm's.

 
 
 
 

Citadel Festival

Headliners include indie rock band Foals and electronic music masters Bonobo.

Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5SN

Tube: Mile End Station

 

Dates: Sunday 16th July 2017

 

After two highly successful years, Citadel Festival returns this July for a third one-day festival of music, food, theatre, art and entertainment. Headline acts are indie rock band Foals, playing their only UK festival in 2017, and masters of modern electronic music, Bonobo. Mercury Prize-nominated Wild Beasts, folk artist Laura Marling, Australian singer-songwriter RY X, and fast-rising US artist Maggie Rogers are also on this year's bill. As well as music on the main stage there's a good choice of alternative entertainment from dance and drawing to screen printing and children's workshops, fashion and beauty stalls, fitness activities like disco dodgeball, and Sunday Papers Live with invited speakers creating a forum for debate.

 
 
 

Oliver Twist

Children aged six and over can discover the original story of Victorian London's most famous child.

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

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 17th July to 5th August 2017

 

Anya Reiss has adapted Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist for this year's Regent's Park Open Air Theatre season, creating a production especially for children. Little ones aged six and over will be able to discover the original story of Victorian London's most famous child in the beautiful surroundings of the central open air theatre. For adults, this year's season also stages On The Town, A Tale of Two Cities and Jesus Christ Superstar.

 
 
 

London Beach Rugby

5-a-side teams play for seven minutes on a special sand pitch.

Guildhall, Gresham Street, City of, Covent Garden, London, EC2P 2EJ

Tube: Bank Station, Moorgate Station, St. Paul's Station, Mansion House Station

 

Dates: Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd July 2017

 

Returning for a fifth year, London Beach Rugby moves to the historic Guildhall in the City this year. Creating a special sand pitch, 5-a-side teams play for seven minutes with players allowed up to three touches/tackles before the ball is turned over to the opposition - and given the size of the pitch (just 25m by 18m, and surrounded by an inflatable perimeter) it's very much a game of skill, attrition, tactics and speed - as well as a good way to raise money for charity. Sponsored by the delightful refreshing Cornish ale Doom Bar, the tournament is free for the public to watch and also includes a sports stand and the Doom Bar Experience where you can race on rowing machines or just sample some beer.

 
 
 

Ealing Blues Festival

'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick' - In Dury's bandmates The Blockheads headline.

Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, London, W5 5BQ

Tube: Ealing Broadway Station

 

Dates: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July 2017

 

Since 1987 Walpole Park in Ealing has played host to a festival of Blues which returns to the west London park this summer. Among the twenty five acts lined up to play at this year's festival are The Blockheads - Ian Dury's bandmates and the musicians who gave us 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick' and Mungo Jerry whose mega-hit 'In The Summertime' has become the fourth highest selling single of all time. The location is an appropriate one to host such a festival, being the birthplace of British Rhythm and Blues, a scene that started in Ealing in 1962. They often have a high calibre of performers and listening to the Blues & Rock and Boogie Woogie musicians perform in the beautiful surroundings of Walpole Park is an appealing prospect on a lazy summer's day.

 
 
 

Nassim

The script is sealed in an envelope, opened in front of the audience for the first time.

Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 8LJ

Tube: Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line), Goldhawk Road Station, Shepherd's Bush Station (Central)

 

Dates: 24th to 29th Jul 2017

 

Omar Elerian directs an audacious theatrical experiment about the power of language to unite people in uncertain times from Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour. The production follows the same template as White Rabbit Red Rabbit, sealing the script in an envelope, which an unrehearsed actor opens and reads for the first time in front of the audience.

 
 
 
 

Gangsta Granny

Neil Foster adapts David Walliams' popular children's book.

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH

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

 

Dates: 26th July to 3rd September 2017

 

Neil Foster adapts the popular children's book Gangsta Granny by David Walliams for the stage in 2017. Transferring to the Garrick Theatre for a limited summer season after a successful UK tour, the stage version was nominated for a UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People. The story follows Ben, a young boy who is staying in with his Granny on a dull Friday night. He's expecting cabbage soup, pie and cake, but he soon realises that his Granny has her very own secret and Friday become more exciting than he could have ever dreamed. The production has been created by the Birmingham Stage Company, who are responsible for the Horrible Histories series.

 
 
 

Prudential RideLondon

Over 100,000 cyclists take to the city's streets.

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

Tube: Westminster Station, St James's Park Station

 

Dates: 28th, 29th and 30th July 2017

 

A celebration of cycling, with more than 100,000 cyclists expected to take part, the annual two-day Prudential RideLondon encompasses seven separate events for top level pros, keen cyclists and fund-raising, fun-loving two-wheelers. The two-day festival includes: the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix, the Brompton World Championship, the pro level Prudential RideLondon Classic and the open-to-all Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. 25,000 riders are expected to participate in the 100-mile event which starts at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and finishes on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. If 100 miles sounds too far, there's always the Prudential RideLondon Surrey 46, a 46-mile challenge for 5,000 new, young or less experienced cyclists. The whole family can get involved in FreeCycle, an eight-mile inner city circuit giving you the chance to cycle through central London over traffic-free roads.

 
 
 

Brompton World Championship Final

Strictly no Lycra at the brilliant Brompton bike race.

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

Tube: Westminster Station, St James's Park Station

 

Dates: Saturday 29th July 2017

 

The annual Brompton World Championship comes to central London for the third time, tying in with the Prudential RideLondon cycling festival. The London event takes the form of a Le Mans style start as 550 smartly-dressed competitors (strictly no Lycra) make a mad dash to unfold their bikes before setting off on the 16 km circuit which starts on The Mall and covers eight laps around St James' Park, past Buckingham Palace before finishing back on The Mall. Given the cult-like nature of these much loved folding British Brompton bikes, its not surprise that this has become a hugely enjoyable, somewhat eccentric event with prizes for fastest team, best veteran riders and the best dressed cyclists.

 
 
 

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