Guide to what’s on in London in May 2017
Spring is in full swing with sunnier days becoming more frequent. The longer days, warmer weather (hopefully) and two bank holidays mean May is a bumper month for festivals and events on around the capital. Fans of cycling and drinking are particularly in for a treat with many themed events on around town. Here’s Metro Girl’s curated selection of what’s on in London this May.
For London’s pop-up and open-air cinemas this summer, click here.
- 1 May : Beer And Bread Festival
Festival returns for the second year, featuring a wider selection of ales, beers, breads, pastries and cakes from local businesses. Includes live music from No Frills Band and CL!VE, and a performance by the Hammersmith Morris Men. 1-5pm. Free entry. Windmill Gardens (west end of Blenheim Gardens, off Brixton Hill), Brixton, SW2 5EU. Nearest station: Brixton. For more information, visit the Brixton Windmill website.
- Now until 1 May : Canalway Cavalcade
A unique waterways and community festival at Little Venice. Features stalls, bands, kids’ activities, Morris dancers, a Real Ale bar, food and pageant of boats. Open Sat-Sun 10am-6pm, Mon 10am-5pm. Procession of illuminated boats @ 9pm on Sun 30. Free. Little Venice, Maida Vale, W2. Nearest station: Warwick Avenue. For more information, visit the Inland Waterways Association. For Metro Girl’s blog post on last year’s Cavalcade, click here.
- Now until 1 May : Morden Hall Park Country Fair
Country show in the grounds of Morden Hall, featuring Savage Bike Skills Display Team, birds of prey flying displays, Grant Bazin the Horse Whisperer, terrier racing, children’s entertainer, Circus Skills Workshop, the goat show including bottle feeding lambs and kids, children’s petting pens, historical re-enactment and more. 10am-5pm. Tickets on the gate (or cheaper online): Adults £7.50, Children age 5-16 £3, Under 5s free. Morden Hall Road, Morden, SM4 5JD. Nearest station: Morden or Phipps Bridge (tram). For more information, visit the Oakleigh Fairs website. For Metro Girl’s post on Morden Hall Park, click here.
- Now until 1 May : Wellbeing Festival
Festival of wellbeing, featuring workshops, demonstrations and performances on the live stage, lifestyle studio and wellbeing spa. Open Sun 30 10am-7pm, Mon 1 10am-5pm. Tickets: £11-£13. Kensington Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For more information, visit the MindBodySpirit website.
- 2 May : Candlelight Opening @ Sir John Soane’s Museum
Late-night opening of the Sir John Soane’s Museum, the former home of the 19th century architect, which is full of his sculptures, painting and antiquities. First 200 visitors in the queue at 5.30pm guaranteed entry, After that it will be one-out, one-in until 8pm. 6-9pm. Free. Sir John’s Soane Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, WC2A 3BP. Nearest station: Holborn. For more information, visit the Sir John’s Soane Museum website.
- 3 – 7 May : London Craft Week
A celebration of craftsmanship, featuring over 230 events, such as workshops, exhibitions, open studios, tastings, galleries and shops. Various venues across the capital. For more information, visit the London Craft Week website.
- 4 May : Carnaby Style Night
A shopping extravaganza where over 100 shops, restaurants and bars will be offering 20% off. There will also be Airstream GIF booth, on street haircuts from Johnny’s Chop Shop, a pop-up bar, live music and entertainment. 5-9pm. Carnaby, Soho, W1B. Nearest station: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus. To register online for your free ticket, visit the Carnaby website. For more information on the event, read Metro Girl’s blog post.
- 4 May – September : Rooftop Film Club
Roaming cinema club launch their spring/summer programme with outdoor screenings on rooftops. Venues include the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, the Bussey Building in Peckham Rye, Roof East in Stratford and Tobacco Dock in Shadwell. Ticket includes headphones, blankets and deckchairs. Tickets: £15. To find out more, visit the Rooftop Film Club website.
- 5 May : Cinco de Mayo fiesta @ Barts
Chelsea speakeasy Barts is hosting a Mexican fiesta to mark Cinco de Mayo, including live entertainment, pinatas, Frozen Margaritas, maracas and sombreros. Barts, Chelsea Cloisters, 87 Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, SW3 3DW. Nearest stations: Sloane Square or South Kensington. For more information, visit the Barts website. For Metro Girl’s review of Barts, click here.
- 5 – 21 May : Wandsworth Arts Fringe
Two week fringe festival in the borough of Wandsworth featuring theatre, dance, art, music, comedy, poetry, workshops, talks, markets and more. Highlights include London’s Vegetable Orchestra, the Antiques Breadboard Museum Pop-Up Gallery, Everything Stops For Tea, My Fanny Valentine, Clowning With Shakespeare and more. For more information, visit the Wandsworth Art Festival website.
- Now until 6 May : Sci-Fi London Film Festival
The 17th annual celebration of the sci-fi genre, featuring premieres, talks and screenings. At BFI Southbank, Stratford Picturehouse, Rich Mix, The Trampery, JuJu’s Bar & Stage, EXP, Science Museum IMAX, and the Moth Club. For more information, visit the Sci-London Film Festival website.
- 6 May : Tweed Run
The 9th annual bicycle ride sees participants dressing up in vintage tweed and cycling past London’s landmarks. Starting in Northampton Road, Clerkenwell at 11am and going for 10 miles, before ending for the Closing Ceremony (4-9pm) in Spa Fields, EC1. Rider tickets are sold out, but spectators can watch for free. Nearest station: Angel or Farringdon. For more information, visit The Tweed Run website.
- 6 May : Cycle Revolution
Running as a satellite event to the Tweed Run (above), is a new festival dedicated to the cycling lifestyle, for ordinary Londoners who cycle to work or during their leisure time. 12pm-8pm. Free entry. Spa Fields, Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, EC1. Nearest stations: Farringdon or Angel. For more information, visit the Tweed Run website or Billetto. Check out Metro Girl’s post on the festival here.
- 6 – 7 May : National Pet Show
Animal lovers will descend on Docklands for the chance to meet different animals, receive pet advice, family entertainment, shopping and more. Open 9.30-5pm. Tickets: Adults £18, Children 6-16yrs £13 (not inc fees). ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL. Nearest station: Prince Regent (DLR). For more information, visit the National Pet Show website.
- 7 May : Forty Hall Village Fete
Children’s activities, craft fair, food stalls, Bric-a-Brac, information stalls, coconut shy, live bands and dancing by cultural groups including Fiction Dance, Tanec Bulgarian Dance Group, Shpresa Albanian Dance Group, Ukrainian Dance Group and a lot more. 11am-5pm. Free entry. Forty Hall, Forty Hill, Enfield, EN2 9HA. Nearest station: Turkey Street. For more information, visit the Forty Hall website.
- Now until 7 May : Grand Designs Live
Based on the Channel 4 TV series, the show features ideas and inspiration for your own grand design, including workshops, consultations, lectures and celebrity guests. Tickets: Weekday £12, Weekend £15. ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL. Nearest station: Prince Regent (DLR). For more information and tickets, visit the Grand Designs Live website.
- Now until 7 May : Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition
Showcasing the winning and shortlisted photographs from this year’s awards. Open: Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm. Tickets: £7-£11. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA. Nearest station: Temple. For more information, visit the Somerset House website.
- Now until 7 May : The Iris @ Now Gallery
A new art installation from artist Rebecca Louise Law, featuring 10,000 fresh irises suspended from the ceiling. Open Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm. Free entry. NOW Gallery, The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, Greenwich, SE10 0SQ. Nearest station: North Greenwich. For more information, visit the NOW Gallery website.
- 9 – 14 May : Roundabout @ Canary Wharf
A new pop-up performance venue will be setting up camp in Docklands, with touring theatre company Paines Plough hosting a programme of talks, theatre, comedy and children’s events. Shows include Bach To Baby, the Black Cat Cabaret, Comedy Club, Tales From The Shed and more. Montgomery Square, Canary Wharf, E14. Nearest station: Canary Wharf. For more information, visit the Canary Wharf website.
- Now until 10 May : Fear & Loathing at The Roxy exhibition
A photography exhibition charting iconic moments at the home of punk, The Roxy club, captured by photographers Derek Ridges and Jeremy Gibbs among others. 11am-3pm. Free entry. 35-37 Neal Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9PR. Nearest station: Covent Garden or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the Seven Dials website.
- 11 – 14 May : Prosecco Springs
London’s first and only festival dedicated to Prosecco, featuring tastings, masterclasses, Italian food, live music and DJs. Tickets (for either afternoon or evening sessions): £45 (includes a glass from each of the 8 Prosecco producers). Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, Bethnal Green, E2 9DT. Nearest station: Cambridge Heath. For tickets, visit the Prosecco Springs website.
- 11 – 14 May : Affordable Art Fair Hampstead
An event giving people a chance to buy a unique piece of art or photography for their homes at an affordable price. There are over 100 galleries, with pieces for sale ranging for £100 to £6,000. Open Thur 11 11am-9.30pm, Fri 12-Sun 14 11am-6pm. Tickets: £10-£20. Hampstead Heath (Lower Fairground Site), East Heath Road, Hampstead, NW3 1TH. Nearest station: Hampsted Heath or Hampstead. For more information, visit the Affordable Art Fair website.
- 12 – 14 May : London Whisky Weekender
A celebration of whisky, featuring tastings, workshops and plenty of dram downing opportunities. Open: Fri 12 6-10pm, Sat 13 12-9pm (2 sessions), Sun 14 12-4pm. Tickets: £20-£85. Kia Oval, Surrey County Cricket Club, Harleyford Street, Kennington, SE11 5SS. Nearest station: Oval. For tickets, visit the Whisky Lounge website.
- 12 – 14 May : Spin – The Cycling Festival
Cycling festival, featuring the world’s leading bicycle and lifestyle brands, art installations, bike film premieres, craft beer, coffee, street food, live music and DJs. Open Fri 12 1-8pm, Sat 13-Sun 14 10am-5pm. Tickets: Adults £10 (advance) or £15 (on the door), Teens £5 (advance) or £10 (on the door), Under 12s free. Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For more information, visit the Spin London website.
- 12 – 21 May : Dulwich Festival
This historic London suburb hosts its 23rd festival, featuring talks, gigs, dance, fairs, concerts, workshops, artists’ open houses, walks and more across Dulwich Village and East and West Dulwich. Includes the Dulwich Festival Fair on 14 May and Dulwich Park Fair on 21 May. Nearest stations: West Dulwich, East Dulwich or North Dulwich. For more information and tickets, visit the Dulwich Festival website. Read Metro Girl’s post on the Dulwich Street Art Walk here or for highlights of this year’s festival, click here.
- 12 – 21 May : Peckham Rye Music Festival
A celebration of the local music scene, bringing together artists, record shops and labels from the area. Acts include Addison Groove, Axel Boman, Ethereal and Lord Narf, Ian Pooley, Kode9, Martyn, Patrice Scott and Space Dimension Controller. Nearest station: Peckham Rye. For more information, visit the Peckham Rye Music Festival website.
- 12 May – 4 June : Merge Festival
The annual arts, music and performance festival returns to Bankside, drawing upon the area’s heritage and contemporary culture. Events include the world’s first artist-designed bumper car arena, summer shorts at the Caravan theatre, slapstick sports day, Chaplin film screenings, Alice’s Adventures in Bankside and many more. For more information, visit the Merge Festival website.
- 13 May : Rebel Bingo
Rebel Bingo turn the traditional numbers game on its head with competitions, loud music and lots of attitude. Not for the faint-hearted and strictly over 18s only. 8-11pm. Tickets from £13.50. Mecca Bingo, 180 Arlington Road, Camden, NW1 7HL. Nearest station: Camden Town. For more information, visit RebelBingo.com.
- 14 May : Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival
Punch and Judy acts from across the country gather in Covent Garden for the annual May Fayre, featuring Parish Mass, Fayre, Puppet Shows and Choral Evensong. 11am-5pm. Free. St Paul’s Church Garden, Covent Garden, WC2E 9ED. Nearest station: Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Charing Cross or Embankment. For more information, go to the St Paul’s Church website.
- Now until 14 May : The Last Chapel – Backyard Cinema
A season of Quentin Tarantino inspired films featuring the director’s back catalogue and other gritty classics. Films include Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Drive, Mad Max and many more. Tickets from £16.50/£18.50. Backyard Cinema, Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6DR. Nearest station: Elephant & Castle. For booking, visit Backyard Cinema’s website. For a review of Backyard Cinema’s Lost World in the same location, click here.
- 17 – 20 May : Museums At Night
Museums across the capital are opening their doors for some after-hours action, such as performances, lectures, balls and sleepovers, including the Museum of Brands, Dr Johnson’s House, Charles Dickens’ Museum, Fulham Palace, Strawberry Hill House, National Gallery, The Geffyre Museum and many more. For more information and listings, read the Museums At Night website. Read Metro Girl’s blog on a previous Museum At Night event at the Horniman Museum here.
- 18 – 21 May : Photo London
Photography fair at Somerset House, featuring expanded exhibition spaces and the chance to experience a range of photographic practices. Open Thu 18 12pm-8.30pm, Fri 19 and Sat 20 12pm-7.30pm, Sun 21 12pm-6.30pm. Adult day passes: £29.16. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA. Nearest station: Temple. For more information, visit Photo London website.
- 18 – 28 May : London Burlesque Festival
The world’s finest burlesque performers gather in the capital for the two week festival. Venues include Conway Hall, Moth Club and Hoxton Hall. Most tickets sold in advance, so buy from the website ASAP. For more information, visit the London Burlesque Festival website.
- 19 May : This Is Our London : Late @ Museum Of London
Late-night opening of Museum of London to mark the launch of the City Now City Future season. Featuring performances, workshops, films and music. 7-10pm. Free entry. Museum Of London, 150 London Wall, City of London, EC2Y 5HN. Nearest station: Barbican, St Paul’s or Moorgate. For more information, visit the Museum Of London website.
- 19 – 29 May : Alchemy
A festival of music, dance, film, literature, theatre and performance from India, the UK and South Asia, featuring Paracosm wall installations, Five Rivers: A Portrait of Partition, Ravi Shankar exhibition, Walk of Life board game, and much more. Prices vary, with some activities free. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX. Nearest station: Waterloo. For more information and tickets, visit the Southbank Centre website. For Metro Girl’s blog on a previous festival, click here.
- 20 – 21 May : Carters Steam Fair @ Hammersmith
The vintage travelling funfair sets up camp in Ravenscourt Park, featuring rides from the late 19th century to the 1960s. Open 11am-7pm. Free admission. Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith, W6 0UG. Nearest station: Ravenscourt Park. For more information, visit the Carters Steam Fair website.
- 20 May – 4 June : Chelsea Fringe
The alternative garden festival is back for a sixth year, featuring London’s first floating pocket park, Battersea Power Station Storybox, guided walks, film screenings, workshops and more. At various locations across the capital. For more information, visit the Chelsea Fringe festival website.
- Now until 21 May : Quentin Blake: The Roald Dahl Centenary Portraits
To mark Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday, illustrator Sir Quentin Blake has drawn portraits of some of the author’s best characters. Open Mon-Thu 9.30am-8pm, Fri 9.30am-6pm, Sat 9.30am-5pm and Sun 11am-5pm. Free entry. Second Floor Gallery, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB. Nearest station: Euston, King’s Cross or St Pancras. To find out more, visit the British Library website.
- Now until 21 May : Paul Catherall exhibition
A three-week exhibition of printmaker and illustrator Paul Catherall featuring depictions of iconic London landmarks. Open Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm. Free entry. For Arts Sake, 45 Bond Street, Ealing, W5 5AS. Nearest station: Ealing Broadway. For more information, visit the For Arts Sake website. For more information, read Metro Girl’s post on the exhibition.
- 21 May : Urban Village Fete
A contemporary twist on a traditional village fair featuring stalls, music, DJs, dance, art & design workshops and international food trucks. 12-7pm. Free entry. Greenwich Peninsula, Greenwich, SE10. Nearest station: North Greenwich. For more information, visit the Urban Village Fete website.
- 21 May : London Symphony Orchestra Open Air Classics
Watch the London Symphony Orchestra play a programme of Rachmaninov on the big screen in Trafalgar Square. Bring something comfortable to sit on. 6.30pm-8.15pm. Free entry. Trafalgar Square, Westminster, WC2N 5DN. Nearest station: Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the LSO website.
- 22 May : RSC Live – Julius Caesar
Watch the RSC performing Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar live from Stratford-upon-Avon on the big screen. From 7pm (doors 6.30pm). Tickets: £10. East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, E14 5NX. Nearest station: Canary Wharf. For tickets, visit the Canary Wharf website.
- 23 – 25 May : Clerkenwell Design Week
Independent design festival featuring workshops, presentations, product launches, showrooms, debates and even a design walk. Venues across Clerkenwell. Nearest station: Barbican or Farringdon. For more information, visit the Clerkenwell Design Week website.
- 23 – 27 May : RHS Chelsea Flower Show
The biggest event of the year for horticulturists. Full of stunning fantasy gardens and opportunities to buy your own plants and flowers. Most tickets sell out in advance, so buy ASAP. RHS members: £29-£61, Public £35-£63. Royal Hospital, Chelsea, SW3 4SL. Nearest station: Sloane Square. For more information, visit the RHS website. For Metro Girl’s blog on last year’s Flower Show, click here.
- 25 May : 20in20 Fundraising London Walks
Groups of 40 guides will give guided walks around London for 20 hours to raise £20,000 for the MSTrust. Walking tours begin every hour from sunrise to midnight in the City of London. Tickets: £20pp (£35pp for exclusive tours). For more information, visit the 20in20 website.
- 26 – 28 May : MCM London Comic Con
Pop culture show featuring chances to meet your favourite stars and buy memorabilia from your favourite shows and films. Featuring Summer Clau (Firefly), Sam J Jones (Flash Gordon), Lou Ferrigno (Hulk), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek) and many more. Tickets: £15-£25. ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL. Nearest station: Prince Regent or Custom House (DLR). For tickets and more information, visit the MCM Comic Con website.
- 26 May – 1 October : The World Of Anna Sui
Exhibition featuring over 100 looks from the American fashion designer’s archives dating back to 1991. Open Tues-Sat: 11am-6pm (or 8pm on Thurs), Sun 11am-5pm. Tickets: Adults £9.90, Concessions £7.70. Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, SE1 3XF. Nearest station: London Bridge. For booking, visit the Fashion and Textile Museum’s website.
- 27 – 28 May : Meeting Of Styles UK Festival
London’s largest graffiti and street art festival, featuring over 600 artists from around the world painting the streets of the capital. Featuring live painting, live music, pop-up bars and cafes, mini market and more. Nomadic Community Gardens, Brick Lane, 1 Fleet Street Hill, Shoreditch, E2 6EE. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street. For more information, visit the Meeting Of Styles website.
- 27 – 28 May : Heroes & Villains
Meet your favourite heroes and villains from TV and films, take part in obstacles, games of skill and even gain a superpower. Celebrities include Hayley Atwell, Stanley Tucci, Milo Ventimiglia and more. Open Sat 10.30am-6pm, Sun 10.30am-5pm. Tickets start from £36. Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For booking and more information, visit the Heroes & Villains website.
- 27 – 29 May : Foodies Festival @ Syon Park
Food festival including fine food and drink, live music, tea dances, Mojito galleon ship, Pimms tea pot, vintage kitchen market, children’s cookery and the chance to watch chefs in action such as Atul Kocchar, Alyn Williams, Aldo Zilli, and MasterChef’s Tony Rodd and many more. Sat-Sun 11am-7pm, Mon 11am-6pm. Tickets start from £16. Syon Park, Brent Lea, Brentford, TW8 8JF. Nearest station: Syon Lane. For more information and tickets, visit the Foodies Festival website.
- 28 May : London Pizza Festival
A celebration of one of the most popular foods, featuring six different pizzerias taking part. 12-7.30pm. Tickets: £28 (inc 6 quarter slices of pizza, 1 beer or soft drink and entrance to the festival). Borough Market, Borough, SE1 1TL. Nearest station: London Bridge. For more information, visit the Young & Foodish website. For Metro Girl’s blog post on Borough Market, click here.
- 28 May : Gala Festival
A festival of independent music, food and drink. Featuring Paradise Garage DJs (David Depino/Joey Llanos), Nicky Siano (Studio 54), Horse Meat Disco, Mood II Swing, Crazy P, Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda live, LNTG (David Bowie Tribute Set), Honey Soundsystem and Moxie performing across two stages. Food stands include Honest Burgers, Forza Win, The Joint, Made Of Dough, Killa Dilla, Fatties Bakery, Bill or Beak, Kerbisher & Malt, Chicken Shop, Kricket, Oh My Dog, Spicebox and more. 1.30-10.30pm. Tickets from £25. Brockwell Park, Dulwich Road, Herne Hill, SE24 0PA. Nearest station: Herne Hill. For tickets, visit Resident Advisor.
- Now until 29 May : David Hockney @ Tate Britain
The most comprehensive exhibition of artist David Hockney’s work to date, including video and iPhone art. Open 10am-6pm. Tickets: £17.70-£19.50. Tate Britain, Millbank, Pimlico, SW1P 4RG. Nearest station: Pimlico. For booking, visit the Tate website.
- Now until 29 May : Herne Hill Free Film Festival
Four week festival featuring free screenings in the Herne Hill area at various locations, including Prince Regent Pub, effraspace, Herne Hill Velodrome, Brockwell Lido and Rosendale School. Films include The BFG, Metropolis, Victoria, Train To Busan, Easy Rider, Moonlight, La La Land, Little Shop Of Horrors and many more. Nearest station: Herne Hill. For more information and screenings, visit the Herne Hill Free Festival website.
- Now until 18 June : American Dream – Pop To The Present
Look back over 60 years of the world superpower with prints from American artists including Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker and Julie Mehretu. Tickets: Adults £16.50, Children under 16 free (w/ a paying adult). British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3DG. Nearest station: Holborn or Tottenham Court Road. For more information, visit the American Dream Exhibition website.
- Now until 28 June : Endless presents The Royal Variety Adornments
Street artist Endless The Artist is hosting his first solo exhibition of the year, an alternative and modern-day celebration of our British monarchy. Open daily 10am-8pm. Chelsea Waterside Artspace, Hepworth Court, Gatliff Road, Chelsea, SW1W 8QP. Nearest station: Sloane Square or Battersea Park. For more information, visit the Chelsea Waterside website.
- Now until June : Sculpture In The City 2016/2017
Free public art exhibition, bringing contemporary pieces to the streets and spaces of the City of London. At various sites around the Square Mile. Nearest stations: Fenchurch Street, Monument or Liverpool Street. For more information and a map of the artworks, visit the City Of London’s official website. For Metro Girl’s blog post on the exhibition, click here.
- Now until 30 September : Underbelly Festival
The usual Udderbelly Festival and London Wonderground have merged to form the summer-long Underbelly Festival. Featuring comedy, circus, cabaret and family shows at affordable prices in the inflatable upside down cow venue, international street food, open-air bar. Festival grounds open daily until 11pm. Ticket prices for show vary, but a majority are under £20, free entry to festival grounds. Jubilee Gardens (off Belvedere Road), South Bank, SE1 8XX. Nearest station: Waterloo. For more information and tickets, visit the Underbelly Festival website. To find out about the Black Cat Cabaret show at Underbelly, click here.
- Now until 3 September : Star Wars Identities
Star Wars fans are in for a treat as over 200 costumes, props, models and artwork from the franchise are displayed in a special exhibition. Find your own Star Wars character in an interactive quest. Open 10am-6pm. Tickets: Adults £20-£25. Children £10-£15. The O2, Peninsula Square, Greenwich, SE10 0DX. Nearest station: North Greenwich. For more information, visit the Star Wars Identities website.
- Now until 3 September : The Art Of The Brick – DC Super Heroes
Lego artist Nathan Sawaya has created an exhibition of Lego sculptures of Super Heroes and Villains including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Joker and Harley Quinn. Open Sun-Wed 10am-6pm, Thurs 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-7pm. Tickets: Adults £16.50, Child £11. The exhibition is in a temporary structure on the corner of Upper Ground and Cornwall Road, South Bank, SE1 9PP. Nearest station: Waterloo. For booking, visit the Art Of The Brick website. For a review of the previous Art Of The Brick exhibition, click here.
- Now 23 September : Alice’s Adventures Underground
Award-winning immersive theatre experience returns to The Vaults. Choose between Adventures In Wonderland for 5-10 years old and Alice’s Adventures Underground for 11 plus and adults. Tickets for Adventures In Wonderland: Adults £26.50, Children £15.50. Tickets for Alice’s Adventures Underground: Adults £39-£54. The Vaults, Launcelot Street (off Lower Marsh), Waterloo, SE1 7AD. Nearest station: Waterloo. For more information and booking, visit the Alice’s Adventures Underground website. For Metro Girl’s review of Alice’s Adventures Underground, click here.