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Lovebox moves to Brockwell Park
Barry Humphries: Weimar Cabaret
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Citadel Festival
Kew the Music
The Lehman Trilogy
Rhys Ifans stars in Exit the King at the National Theatre
Art Night London 2018
Open Air Theatre
CHVRCHES play Citadel Festival
Kaleidoscope Festival
The Flaming Lips are at Kaleidoscope Festival
Brompton World Championship Final
RideLondon FreeCycle
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
Prudential RideLondon Classic
Somerset House Summer Series
Greenwich Music Time
Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace
Regent Street Summer Streets


A Monster Calls at the Old Vic in July 2018 when Lovebox and Citadel move to Brockwell Park and Wimbledon serves up an ace. Sam Mendes directs The Lehman Trilogy at the National where Rhys Ifans stars in Exit the King.

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The Lehman Trilogy

Sam Mendes directs the epic story of Lehman Brothers.

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

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station


Dates: 1st July to 1st August 2018


From July 2018, Sam Mendes directs the epic story of Lehman Brothers from its beginning in 1844 to its end 163 years later. Few will forget the scenes of bankers leaving in 2008, their personal effects in cardboard boxes. Stefano Massini's play, adapted for the National by Ben Power, has been staged across Europe. The triumphant world premiere in Paris in 2015 was directed by Arnaud Meunier. Two years later it impressed the critcis in Italy. Now this five-hour saga comes to the Lyttelton Theatre, played out in three parts over one evening, charting the extraordinary story of three Jewish brothers who "became the kings of Wall Street" (The Guardian).


Exit the King

Rhys Ifans stars as the King in Patrick Marber's adaptation of Ionesco's dark comedy.

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

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station


Dates: 1st July to 1st August 2018


This July at the National's Olivier Theatre, Patrick Marber directs his own adaptation of Eugene Ionesco's dark comedy, Exit the King. On the back of his lead role in A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic Theatre, Rhys Ifans stars as the King while Indira Varma takes the role of the Queen. Anthony Ward provides the designs.


Regent Street Summer Streets

Traffic is banned from the street for some summer fun.

Regent Street, Regent Street, London, W1B 5SJ

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 1st to 22nd July 2018


For the first four Sundays in July Regent Street is banning traffic for the popular Summer Streets series. The month-long event combines themes of culture, style and wellness with food and drink. Shops and restaurants from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus take part with a range of activities, entertainment and food and drink offerings in place instead of the usual traffic. The event has a real festival like atmosphere with live music, family-friendly pop-ups and workshops laid on.


RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Beautiful blooms and show gardens within the grounds of Henry VIII's palace.

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

Tube: Richmond Station


Dates: 2nd to 8th Jul 2018


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. Coming into bloom in July, the flower show brings with it 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 Family Saturday, packed with activities such as sowing seeds, a fun trail, story-telling and cookery classes. Head to the Flower Marquee to pick up tips from floral exhibitors and buy plants from specialist nurseries.


Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships 2018

The famous tennis tournament returns for another year.

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

Tube: Wimbledon Park Station


Dates: 2nd to 15th July 2018


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.


Greenwich Music Time

Emeli Sande, Sir Tom Jones and pop five piece Steps play next to Wren's historic riverside masterpiece.

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

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


Dates: 3rd to 8th Jul 2018


Set within the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Music Time is a four-day series of al fresco concerts. For its fifth year the festival welcomes Emeli Sande, Sir Tom Jones and pop five piece Steps so there's something for teens, pensioners and everyone in between. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and classical crossover group, Il Divo, are also coming to London this summer as part of the six-day riverside music festival. All concerts are held in the magnificent surroundings of Sir Christopher Wren's twin-domed riverside masterpiece, overlooking the Thames and lit by the big city lights of Canary Wharf.


Somerset House Summer Series

Metronomy, De La Soul and Don Letts fill the courtyard of Somerset House with pulsating music.

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

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 5th to 15th July 2018


British band Metronomy, hip hop pioneers De La Soul and Don Letts, celebrating British bass culture, come to the courtyard of Somerset House for this year's Summer Series - one of the best Summer Music Festivals in London. Australia's festival favourites Flight Facilities are followed by David Rodigan who joins forces with The Outlook Orchestra to present a night of reggae. Philadelphia's finest, The Roots, come before rising stars Jorja Smith and winner of the BBC Sound of 2018, Sigrid ('the new Lorde' - The Guardian). That's all before Ireland's queen of the avant-garde, Roisin Murphy, closes the series. In addition to eleven nights of live music there's The Influence Project, a photography exhibition that digs deep into the roots and influence of modern R&B, Funk, Soul and Afrobeat.


As You Like It

Shakespeare's play lends itself perfectly to the wooded setting of the Open Air Theatre.

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

Tube: Regent's Park Station


Dates: 6th to 28th July 2018


In the mythical Forest of Arden, Shakespeare's As You Like It lends itself perfectly to the wooded setting of Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. In a world of transformation where anything is possible and anything permissible, two young people discover what it really means to be in love. Directed by Max Webster (who directed Dr Suess' The Lorax at the Old Vic and Twelfth Night re-imagined for everyone aged six and over here at Regents Park), with new music by the former frontman of Noah and the Whale, Charlie Fink, this warm, open-hearted open air production promises adventure, sibling rivalry, mistaken identity and romance.


British Summer Time Hyde Park

Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Michael Buble and Bruno Mars play live

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

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Dates: 6th to 14th July 2018


Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Michael Buble and Bruno Mars play live at British Summer Time Hyde Park, which returns for a sixth year in 2018 with another impressive line-up of big names in rock and pop. Playing Hyde Park on Saturday 14th July 2018, Brit and Grammy Award winner Bruno Mars will be joined by special guest, Khalid, who at the age of 19 won 2017's MTV VMA award for Best New Artist. Between two weekends of live music there's free entertainment in Hyde Park with open-air movie nights and tennis screenings, street food stalls and daytime DJs. Free sports sessions and after school multi-sports for kids are also part of the mid-week entertainment. Look out for more acts to be announced.


A Monster Calls

A stage version of Patrick Ness's magical realist novel.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station , Southwark Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 7th July to 25th August 2018


Sally Cookson - the director behind Jane Eyre and Peter Pan at the National Theatre - creates a stage version of Patrick Ness's magical realist novel, A Monster Calls, for the Old Vic, as part of the theatre's 200th anniversary season. Already a film, with the monster voiced by Liam Neeson, Cookson directs this staged version of Ness's award-winning novel which centres on a 13-year-old boy called Conor, who learns to face his darkest fears in the company of a hulking monster that visits him at night. This adaptation, an Old Vic production made in association with Bristol Old Vic and shown there first, is suitable for children aged 10 and above.


Art Night London 2018

The nocturnal art festival is curated by Hayward Gallery for the first time.

The Hayward Gallery, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: Saturday 7th July 2018


A night of free art, performance and music, Art Night partners with the Hayward Gallery for the first time. The festival will be curated by the Southbank gallery, to coincide with the its 50th anniversary in July 2018. Promising its most ambitious art trail to date, follow the route along the Thames from Southbank Centre through Vauxhall and Nine Elms to Battersea. Art Night will also feature commissions and artists' projects in iconic and off-the-beaten-track venues for just one night.


Kew the Music

Gipsy Kings, The Human League and Jools Holland play live at this year's festival.

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

Tube: Kew Gardens Station


Dates: 10th to 15th Jul 2018


Gipsy Kings, The Human League and Jools Holland play live at this year's Kew the Music, a week-long festival of summer picnic concerts set within the stunning grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. On Wednesday 11th July The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonnino Baliardo play hits from their eponymous album which featured the global smash hits Bamboleo, Un Amor and Djoba Djoba. Electro-pioneers The Human League play their heady cocktail of pop, dance, glamour and electronics on Friday 13th July and Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra wrap things up on Sunday, with help from regular guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.


Barry Humphries: Weimar Cabaret

A celebration of Barry Humphries' lifelong passion and fascination with the music of the Weimar Republic.

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

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station


Dates: 11th to 29th July 2018


Last seen in London in July 2016, Weimar Cabaret is a celebration of Barry Humphries' lifelong passion and fascination with the music of the Weimar Republic. The legendary entertainer, best known for as Dame Edna Everage, sets aside his alter ego to share witty anecdotes and irreverent asides as he narrates in his own inimitable style. He's joined by cabaret diva Meow Meow, an Australian artist who recently appeared as Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream season at Shakespeare's Globe. Both are accompanied live onstage by the Aurora Orchestra for a risque, sophisticated and seductive tribute to the jazz-infused music of the Weimar Republic.



The festival moves to West London for its 16th year.

Gunnersbury Park, Popes Lane, London, W3 8LQ

Tube: Acton Town Station


Dates: Friday 13th and Saturday 14th July 2018


Legendary rap group Wu-Tang Clan, Childish Gambino, N.E.R.D and Skepta lead the line up at Lovebox which comes to Gunnersbury Park in July 2018. After thirteen years at Victoria Park, Lovebox moves to its new West London home in Gunnersbury Park for its 16th year. Jools Butterfield, founder of the festival, says: "Nothing stays the same forever, and after thirteen very happy years in East London, it's time to open a new, ever more colourful chapter in our history." With high calibre headliners and a laid back party atmosphere, the love Londoners have for Lovebox continues to burn bright. The day after Lovebox, on 13th and 14th July, Citadel opens its doors on Sunday 15th July 2018.


Citadel Festival

Tame Impala headlines the laid back festival which also welcomes CHVRCHES to West London.

Gunnersbury Park, Popes Lane, London, W3 8LQ

Tube: Acton Town Station


Dates: Sunday 15th July 2018


Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala headline Citadel festival with CHVRCHES and The Horrors also on the excellent line up as the laid back one-day festival moves to a new West London location this July: Gunnersbury Park. 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.


Kaleidoscope Festival

Brand new music and arts festival with music from The Flaming Lips, The Go! Team and Ghostpoet.

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

Tube: Bounds Green Station


Dates: Saturday 21st July 2018


This summer, Alexandra Palace presents brand new music and arts festival, Kaleidoscope. Billed as the first festival of its kinds at the north London venue, with far reaching views of the city, there's live music from The Flaming Lips, The Go! Team, Ghostpoet, Mystery Jets, alongside DJ sets from the likes of The 2 Bears, Norman Jay MBE, Don Letts and others. It's not just about the music. Katherine Ryan and Mark Watson cover off comedy, there's poetry from Dr. John Cooper Clarke and Bang Said The Gun, inspiring insights from LDN Talks and musical satire from Johnny & The Baptist. Also on the bill are immersive experts RIFT - find them in the rarely opened Victorian basements - and the death-defying Gorilla Circus while demos from the Science Museum and performances from Flying Seagull Project and Chickenshed Theatre make this a festival for fun-seekers of all ages. Food stalls include a lovingly curated vegan corner and there's a wellbeing space for the more mindfully inclined.


Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace

See nineteen State Rooms still used by the Royal Family and open to the public in summer.

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

Tube: Victoria Station


Dates: 21st July to 30th September 2018


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. This year, to mark the 70th birthday of The Prince of Wales this year, visitors can also see Prince and Patron, a special display of over 100 works of art personally selected by His Royal Highness. 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.


Brompton World Championship Final

Strictly no Lycra at this unique race on the UK's best-loved folding bicycles.

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

Tube: Westminster Station , St James's Park Station


Dates: Saturday 28th July 2018


The annual Brompton World Championship comes to central London this summer, 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 no surprise that this has become a hugely enjoyable, somewhat eccentric event with prizes for fastest team, best veteran riders and the best dressed cyclists. It'll be hard to top last year's nail biting finish - when Catalan cyclist, Unai Alvarez Mosquera won by only one centimetre - to reveal who'll be crowned the new champion.


RideLondon FreeCycle

Family friendly event where cyclists of all abilities can ride through London's traffic-free streets.

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

Tube: St James's Park Station


Dates: Saturday 28th July 2018


Britain's biggest bike festival, Prudential RideLondon, gets under way with the RideLondon FreeCycle, a family friendly event in which around 70,000 riders typically take part. A celebration of cycling, the event gives cyclists of all abilities a rare chance to ride through traffic-free streets in central London. An eight-mile loop - with bands, music bikes and stilt bicycles along the way - takes 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 part of a weekend of cycling which includes the Brompton World Championship, RideLondon GrandPrix, the RideLondon 100 and RideLondon Classic for the pros.


Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100

Keen amateur cyclists take on the leg-testing route faced by the pros.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Olympic Park, London, E15 2EE

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station


Dates: 29th July 2018


Embracing the cycling legacy created by the London 2012 Olympics, Prudential RideLondon 100 allows keen amateur cyclists to take on the leg-testing route faced by the pros. Taking place just hours before the world's top cyclists compete in RideLondon Classic, an estimated 25,000 participants cycle in the 100-mile race. The route starts at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and follows closed roads through the capital, Richmond Park and onto Surrey's country roads and hills, before finishing on The Mall. If 100 miles seems too much, then register for Saturday's FreeCycle event - a more leisurely eight-mile loop through central London over traffic-free roads.


Prudential RideLondon Classic

The world's best cyclists battle it out on a 200km route through London and Surrey.

The Mall, Westminster, London, SW1Y 5AH

Tube: St James's Park Station


Dates: Sunday 29th July 2018


See the world's best cyclists battle it out at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on the last Sunday of July. Britain's biggest one-day bike race will see 150 of the world's top pro cyclists take on a 200km route through London and Surrey. The race pits 25 teams of six riders against one another, starting on Horse Guards Road in St James's Park, heading west through the capital, past Richmond Park, out to the Surrey Hills via Dorking and up Leith Hill, the highest point in Surrey before circling back to end on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. For spectators, there's a huge variety of great vantage points from where you can support your cycling heroes along the way. A good option is to head to the start area on Horse Guards Parade next to St James's Park where you can see the pro riders signing in. The race will also be televised live on the BBC and shown on a big screen in Green Park.

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