Guide to what’s on in London in July 2018
Summer is in full swing and so is tourist season. London has one of its busiest months of the year as hordes of visitors descend on the capital and the school holidays kick off at the end of the month. It’s also a big month for sports fans with the World Cup and Wimbledon taking place.
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- Now until 1 July : Merge Festival
The annual arts, music and performance festival returns to Bankside, drawing upon the area’s heritage and contemporary culture. Events include the Emily Peasgood’s sound installation Requiem for Crossebones, and many more. For more information, visit the Merge Festival website.
- Now until 1 July : Carters Steam Fair @ Hornsey
The vintage travelling funfair sets up camp in Hornsey, featuring rides from the late 19th century to the 1960s. Open Frid 3pm-8pm, Sat 11am-8pm and Sun 11am-8pm. Free admission. Priory Park, Hornsey, N8 8QR. Nearest station: Hornsey. For more information, visit the Carters Steam Fair website.
- Now until 1 July : Hampstead Summer Festival
The festival takes place in and around Hampstead, including the Big Fair on Heath Street (1 July), open art competitions, poetry, art and literacy events, pub quizzes and more. Many activities are free. For more information, visit the HampsteadSummer Festival website.
- 3 – 5 July : FoundHER Festival
A festival for working women bringing together inspiring women giving talks, workshops, entertainment and more. Times vary. The AllBright, 11 Rathbone Place, Soho, W1T 1HR. Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus or Goodge Street. For more information, visit the FoundHER festival website.
- 3 – 8 July : RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Flower show in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. Celebrity and expert speakers include Pippa Greenwood, Julia Bradbury, David Domoney, Bill Oddie, Chris Beardshaw, Carol Klein, Joe Swift and Ben Faulks. Open to RHS members only Tues-Wed, Public entry Mon and Thu-Sun. Advance tickets range from £19.50 to £37 depending on full/half-day and RHS membership. Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU. Nearest station: Hampton Court (from Waterloo). For more information and tickets, visit the RHS website.
- 3 July – 30 September : Scoop – The Wonderful World Of Ice Cream
A sensory immersive celebration of ice cream from food wizards Bompas & Parr. Featuring the history of ice cream, ice cream weather, glow-in-the-dark ice cream, the neuroscience of ice cream and the dark side of desserts. Open: Mon-Fri 12pm-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. Tickets: Adults: £12, Conc £10, Under 16s £6 (+ booking fee). Unit 2, Gasholders Building, 1 Lewis Cubitt Square, Kings Cross, N1C 4BY. Nearest station: King’s Cross St Pancras. For more information and booking, visit the BMOF website.
- 4 – 8 July : Sail Royal Greenwich presents Tall Ships
Ten tall ships will be cruising up and down the River Thames. Visitors can enjoy a quite unique opportunity to cruise aboard one of the ships. Setting off from Woolwich Royal Arsenal Pier, there’ll be a range of cruise options available throughout the event with the route taking visitors past Canary Wharf and The O2 Arena as far as the Cutty Sark, Greenwich Royal Naval College and even the Thames Barrier or Tower Bridge depending on the chosen departure. There will also be firework displays each evening. Cruises packages and departure times vary. For more information, check out the Sail Royal Greenwich website.
- 5 July : A Walk Through Time @ Connaught Village
Connaught Village celebrates 150 years of history with a special event. Featuring live music, theatre, jelly art from Bompas & Parr, workshops, freebies and more. 3pm-7pm. Free to attend. Connaught Village, W2 2AA. Nearest station: Marble Arch, Paddington or Lancaster Gate. For more information, visit the Connaught Village website. Read Metro Girl’s blog post on the event.
- 5 July : City Beerfest
One day beer festival comes to the City of London. Featuring 14 breweries, live music from City Music Foundation artists and food stalls. 12.30pm-9.30pm. Free entry or Beer packages from £12 (incl 4 beer tokens and 1 City Beerfest glass per person). Guildhall Yard, City of London, EC2V 5AE. Nearest station: St Paul’s. For tickets (save at least 10%), visit the City Beerfest website.
- 5 July : Whisky 101 for American Independence Day
Celebrate the US holiday with a banquet of Southern American style food, beer and bourbon. Learn all things bourbon and beer with ambassadors for Heaven Hill and FourPure, while DJs will be spinning American classics on the decks. Tickets: £15 (inc food with 1 cocktail/beer). The Gallery, 190 Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, NW6 3AY. Nearest station: West Hampstead. For more information, visit the Gallery website.
- Now until 5 July : Masterpiece London
An imaginative art and antiques fair for traditional and contemporary. Featuring a week of cultural, culinary and social experiences. Tickets from £35. Royal Hospital, Chelsea, SW3 4SL. Nearest station: Sloane Square. For more information, visit the Masterpiece London website.
- 6 – 8 July : Just V Show
Lifestyle festival for vegans, vegetarians or those who want to live a more plant-based diet. Open 10am-5pm. Tickets: £10 (also include entry to the Love Natural Love You and The Allergy & Free From Show). Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For tickets, visit the Just V Show website.
- 7 July : Stockwell Festival
A celebration of the unique creativity and diversity of Stockwell. This year’s theme is ‘Stockwellbeing’. 12pm-6pm. Free entry. Larkhall Park, Stockwell, SW8 2PX. Nearest station: Stockwell or Wandsworth Road. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.
- 7 July : Art Night
A free contemporary arts festival takes over spaces, venues and landmarks in the capital for one night only, featuring art, architecture, dance and music. Every year, a cultural institution is invited to focus on a different part of London. This year, the event will take place in south of the Thames across Southbank, Vauxhall and Nine Elms. 6pm-6am. Free. For more information, visit the Art Night website.
- 7 July : Rainbow Festival Pride Party @ Chotto Matte
Peruvian-Japanese restaurant Chotto Matte are hosting a party to celebrate Pride, featuring multi-coloured cocktails, rainbow menu, DJs and more. From 12pm-1pm, guests will be served free multi-coloured food and drink on the house. Chotto Matte, 11-13 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4RB. Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the Chotto Matte website.
- 7 July : Pride Holyrood Street Party @ Nine Lives
Zero waste bar Nine Lives are hosting a pride party, featuring all day brunching, speech drinks., DJs and Taylor Trash hosting the beauty pageant and lip sync battle. Nine Lives, 8 Holyrood Street, London Bridge, SE1 2EL. Nearest station: London Bridge. For more information, visit the bar’s Facebook page. Read Metro Girl’s review of Nine Lives.
- Now until 7 July : Pride In London
Festival celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. Featuring music, talks, screenings, walks and performances. The highlight is the free Pride Parade on 7 July from Portland Place (Regent Street) at 12pm to Whitehall (ending approx. 5pm). For more information, visit the Pride London website.
- 7 and 28 July : The Cocktail Trading Co’s ‘Afternoon Par-Tea’
The Cocktail Trading Co is reinventing the English classic tea into a cocktail and cake-fuelled singalong. Afternoon tea classics will be reinvented in cocktail form, while you’re entertained by live bands performing requests. Tickets: £35pp. Cocktail Trading Co, 68 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1 6GQ. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street. For more information, visit the Cocktail Trading Co website.
- Now until 8 July : Secret Cinema presents Blade Runner – The Final Cut
Secret Cinema returns with a live immersive experience of Blade Runner. Over 18s only. Dress code TBC depending on your assigned character. Starts from 6-7.30pm until late. Tickets start from £45. In a secret Zone 2 London location to be revealed nearer the time. For more information and booking, visit the Secret Cinema website.
- 9 – 13 July : Summer In The Square
Five-day festival in Portman Square, featuring street food, badminton, garden games, Wimbledon screenings, licensed bar, tipi retreat featuring fitness and wellness activities. 11.30am-8pm. Free entry. Portman Square, Marylebone, W1H 6LW. Nearest station: Bond Street or Marble Arch. For more information, visit the Baker Street Quarter website.
- 9 – 15 July : Bees’ Need Week @ Carnaby
Various shops of the Carnaby district are getting involved to mark Bees’ Needs Week. Featuring a pop-up ‘Hive’ at 3 Carnaby Street so visitors can get up close and find out how to help their population thrive, games, installations and talks. Carnaby, Soho, W1. Nearest stations: Piccadilly Circus or Oxford Circus. For more information, visit the Carnaby website.
- Now until 9 July : Greenwich & Docklands International Festival
Two and a half week celebration of free outdoor performing arts, including theatre, dance, and street arts. At various venues across Greenwich and Docklands. For more information, visit the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival website.
- 11 – 14 July : Ealing Beer Festival
Beer festival organised by CAMRA comes to West London, featuring over 300 varieties of real ale. Tickets: CAMRA members £3, non-members £5. Walpole Park, Ealing, W5. Nearest station: West Ealing or Ealing Broadway. For more information, visit the Ealing Summer Festivals website.
- 12 July : Don Giovanni – Royal Opera House BP Big Screen
Watch the Royal Opera House’s production of Don Giovanni live on the big screen. From 7pm. Free. At Lyric Square (Hammersmith), Trafalgar Square or General Gordon Square (Woolwich). For more information, visit the Royal Opera House website.
- 13 – 15 July : Hyper Japan
A celebration of Japanese culture and products. Includes cuisine, drinking, shopping, live music and a mix of pop and traditional culture. Open Fri 12-8pm, Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am-5pm. Tickets: £17-£30. Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For more information and advance tickets, visit the Hyper Japan website.
- 14 July : Acton Carnival
Notting Hill isn’t the only West London carnival. Starts with a procession down Main Street, before live music, DJs, street food. Entry: Adults £2, Children under 12 free. family tickets £5 (inc 2 adults and up to 3 children). Acton Park, East Acton, W3 7LB. Nearest station: Acton Central. For more information, visit the Ealing Summer Festivals website.
- 14 July : Rotherhithe Festival
The Rotherhithe Festival returns featuring live music, food and drink market, craft stalls and community events. 11am-8.30pm. Free. King George’s Fields (off Moodkee Street), Rotherhithe, SE16. Nearest station: Canada Water. For more information, visit the Rotherhithe Festival website.
- 14 July : Chap Olympiad
A celebration of sporting ineptitude, featuring Umbrella Jousting, Bakewell Battles and Not Playing Tennis and plenty of gin and tonic. Eccentric dress encouraged. 12pm-9pm. Tickets: £25. Bedford Square Gardens, Bloomsbury, WC1. Nearest station: Goodge Street or Tottenham Court Road. For tickets, visit the Chap Olympiad website.
- 14 – 15 July : Walthamstow Garden Party
A weekend of local and international talent produced by The Barbican, featuring music, theatre, storytelling, poetry, pop-up cinema, craft and design markets and Real Food Festival. 12pm-9.30pm. Free entry. Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 5EH. Nearest station: Walthamstow Central. For more information, visit the Garden Party website.
- 14 – 15 July : Greek Craft Beer Weekend @ The Athenian
The White City branch of Greek restaurant The Athenian will be hosting a special event to introduce drinkers to the growing Greek micro brewing industry. Highlights include Argo from central Greece and Chios from the Aegean. The Athenian, Unit 5, White City Place, 191 Wood Lane, W12 7TU. Nearest station: White City. For more information, visit The Athenian’s Facebook event.
- 16 July : Outdoor Theatre – The Tempest
Watch an alfresco performance of one of Shakespeare’s classic plays. From 7pm. Free. Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, E14 8RH. Nearest station: Canary Wharf. For more information, visit the Canary Wharf website.
- 18 – 21 July : East Wall – Lift Festival
A cast of over 150 dancers and musicians will take to the moat of the Tower of London for a performance as part of the Lift Festival. Tickets: £12-£25. Tower of London, Tower Hill, EC3H 4AB. Nearest station: Tower Hill, Fenchurch Street or Tower Gateway. Find out more on the Lift Festival website.
- 19 – 20 and 25 – 27 July : Ealing Comedy Festival
Comedy festival featuring Milton Jones, Reginald D Hunter, Paul Zerdin, Nish Kumar, Tom Stade, Shappi Khorsandi, Felicity Ward, Josh Widdicombe, Jake Lambert, Phil Jerrod, Jo Caulfield, Stephen K Amos and many more. Doors open 6.30pm. Tickets: £20. Walpole Park, Ealing, W5. Nearest station: West Ealing or Ealing Broadway. For more information, visit the Ealing Summer Festivals website.
- Now until 20 July : Zoo Nights @ London Zoo
London Zoo are hosting late summer evening openings for adults-only on Fridays through June. As well as checking out the animals, you can follow a trail, listen to music, enjoy a drink and feast at the world food market. 6pm-10pm. Tickets: £18.50. London Zoo, Outer Circle (Regent’s Park), NW1 4RY. Nearest stations: Camden Town or Regent’s Park. For more information and booking, visit the Zoological Society London website.
- 20 – 21 July : KERB’s The Bucket List
Billed as London’s Fried Chicken Adventure, the popular street food party returns to Kings Cross. Expect plenty of stalls, live music, drinks, games and more. Open Fri 6pm-11pm, Sat (2 sessions) 12pm-5pm and 6pm-11pm. Tickets: £32.93 (inc portion of fried chicken from each trader). West Handyside Canopy, 1 Wharf Road, Kings Cross, N1C 4BZ. Nearest station: King’s Cross St Pancras. For more information, visit Kerb’s website.
- 20 July – 24 August : Wind In The Willows outdoor theatre tour
Sixteenfeet Productions will be touring outdoor spaces around London with the classic play Wind In The Willows. Adults: £12.50, Children £8.50. Venues include Peckham Rye Park (20-23 July), Brockwell Park (25-31 July), Morden Hall Park (3-6 August), Streatham Rookery Gardens (9-13 August), Osterley Park (15-19 August) and Chiswick House & Gardens (21-24 August). For more information and tickets, visit the Sixteenfeet website.
- 21 July : Kaleidoscope Festival
Festival of music, theatre, comedy, DJs, parties, food and drink. Artists include The Flaming Lips, Ghostpoet, Mystery Jets, The Go! Team, Beth Orton, Norman Jay MBE, Katharine Ryan, Dr John Cooper Clarke, Hip Hop Karaoke and more. Tickets: Adults from £50.75, Children from £17.75. Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY. Nearest station: Alexandra Palace or Wood Green. For more information, visit the festival website.
- 21 – 22 July : Lambeth Country Show
Over 150,000 people are expected at this annual extravaganza of entertainment, food, drink, farm life, fun fair rides, general revelry and live music in Brockwell Park in Herne Hill. 12pm-8pm. Free entry (bag searches at entry, no outside alcohol allowed). Brockwell Park (Entrances near Norwood Road/Herne Hill junction or Dulwich Road). Nearest station: Herne Hill (9 minutes from Victoria) or a 15 minute walk from Brixton tube. For more information, visit the Lambeth Country Show website.
- 21 – 22 July : Ealing Blues Festival
Hayseed Dixie, The Counterfeit Stones, Perfect Blue Sky, JFK Blue, The Rumblestrutters, Blues in Truth, Carmen Carr, Reverend Swifty LeZarre, The Gary Fletcher Band and many more. Tickets: Weekday entry £5 (advance), £7/£10 (on the door), Weekend entry: £10 (advance), £12 (on the door). Walpole Park, Ealing, W5. Nearest station: West Ealing or Ealing Broadway. For more information, visit the Ealing Summer Festivals website.
- 21 – 28 July : London National Park City Week
Over 280 events and activities will be taking place all week to celebrate the capital’s green spaces. Events range from nature walks to volunteering at an apiary. At locations across the capital. Booking required for some events. For more information, visit the London.gov.uk website.
- 25 July : Science Museum Lates – Medical Marvels
Monthly late-night opening of the Science Museum focuses on medicine. Expect to be educated and entertained, as well as the usual silent disco, live music, screen-printing workshops, food and drinks. Over 18s only. 6.45pm-10pm. Free entry. Science Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2DD. Nearest station: South Kensington. For more information, visit the Science Museum website.
- 25 – 29 July : West Dean College Visual Arts Summer Show ‘Angel Cake’
Visual arts exhibition featuring work from the graduating students at West Dean College. Open 1pm-7pm. Free entry. Espacio Gallery, 159 Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street. For more information, visit the West Dean website.
- 25 July – 12 August : Cubitt Sessions
A series of free concerts in King’s Cross, spanning music, immersive theatre, surreal comedy, movement, street culture, experimental jazz and improvised opera. Times vary. Free to watch. Lewis Cubitt Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA. Nearest station: King’s Cross St Pancras. For listings, visit the King’s Cross website.
- 25 July – 19 August : Beautiful Allotment pop-up
A pop-up alfresco bar in the garden of the Geffrye Museum from Bourne & Hollingsworth. Featuring bookable day beds, potting sheds, cocktail bars and BBQ areas surrounded by homemade furniture, trailing plants and vegetable patches. Open – Wed-Fri: 4pm-11pm, Sat: 12pm-11pm, Sun: 12pm-8pm. Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, E2 8EA. Nearest station: Hoxton. For more information, visit the Bourne & Hollingsworth website.
- 26 July : COSMIC Ducks and Dragon Regatta
Annual dragon boat race to raise money for COSMIC (Children of St. Mary’s Intensive Care). 1pm-9pm. Free. Merchant Square, Paddington Basin, W2 1JS. Nearest station: Paddington. For more information, visit the Merchant Square website.
- 27 July : Friday Late – Mirror Mirror @ The V&A
Late-night opening of the V&A focuses on today’s image-obsessed society and the standards of beauty. Featuring live performance, film, installation, debate, DJs and late-night exhibition openings. 6.30pm-10pm. Free entry. Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL. Nearest station: South Kensington. For tickets, visit the V&A website.
- 27 July : Uniqlo Tate Lates
Late-night opening of the Tate Modern takes inspiration from the Shape of Light exhibition. Featuring music, film, workshops, art, talks and street food. 6pm-10pm. Free entry. Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG. Nearest station: Blackfriars. For more information, visit the Tate website.
- 27 – 29 July : Chorus Festival
Annual festival celebrating the power of the voice, featuring live performances from choirs and vocal groups. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX. Nearest stations: Waterloo, Embankment or Westminster. For more information, visit the Southbank Centre website.
- 27 – 29 July : London Film & Comic Con
Celebration of your favourite films and comics with the chance to meet your idols. Celebrities include Christopher Eccleston, Jason Momoa, Megan Fox, Tom Welling, Peter Capaldi, Meat Loaf, James Caan, Tony Robinson, Noel Clarke, Rose McIver, Peter Weller, Paul McGann, Iwan Rheon, Pearl Mackie, Mary McDonnell, Catherine Bach, John Schneider, Tom Wopat, Ray Park, Katie Leung, Toby Stephens, Jimmy Vee, Matthew Modine, Lucy Davis, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford, Peter Mayhew and many more. Tickets: Adults £17-£22, Children £12-£15. Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For tickets, visit the London Film & Comic Con website.
- 28 July : Holi Festival Of Colours
Thousands of people wearing white come together in Wembley Park for a festival of music, dance and performance art. Inspired by the Indian Holi festival, participants will end up covered in multi-coloured powder. DJs and performers include Matt Darey, Jochen Miller, Joe Stone, Matroda, Jonas Aden, Izzy Trixx and more. 12pm-10pm. Tickets from £29.99. Wembley Park, Engineers Way, Wembley, HA9 0TU. Nearest station: Wembley Park. For tickets, visit the Holi Festival website.
- 28 – 29 July : Ealing Jazz Festival
Two-day jazz festival, featuring Tony Allen, Zara McFarlane, Vels Trio, Gwyneth Herbert The Big Chris Barber Band, Nerija, TriForce and more. Tickets: Advance £5 (plus booking fee), Weekend pass £10. On the day £7 before 3pm, £10 after 3pm, Weekend pass £12. Walpole Park, Ealing, W5. Nearest station: West Ealing or Ealing Broadway. For more information, visit the Ealing Summer Festivals website.
- 28 – 29 July : Nashville Meets London
Country music festival comes to Canary Wharf. Acts include Jade Helliwell, The Adelaides, Keywest Frankie Davies, Sam Palladio, Dylan Schneider, Holloway Road, Worry Dolls, Two Ways Home, The Sisterhood Band and Tyminski. Sat 2pm-10pm, Sun 1.45pm-9pm. Free. Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, E14 5AH. Nearest station: Canary Wharf. For more information, visit the Canary Wharf website.
- 28 – 29 July : Prudential RideLondon
The annual cycling festival returns to London. Eight miles of road in central London will be closed to cars so people can experience cycling on safe and clear roads. Anyone is welcome to take part in the FreeCycle on Saturday 28, while more serious cyclists will be passing through London on the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday 29. To register, visit the Ride London website.
- 28 July – 20 August : #SpiceupLondon Spice Girls exhibition
Hundreds of the Spice Girls stage costumes are on display alongside thousands of items of memorabilia and merchandise. Tickets: Adults £10, Children (12-16yrs) £5, Under 12s free. Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0QH. Nearest station: Angel. For more information, visit the Spice Girls Exhibition website.
- 29 July : Monstrous Family Festival
Huge family event for all ages, featuring The Beast giant obstacle course, Prince & Princess Unicorn Land, Raver Tots Warehouse Bubble Rave, Hello Kitty Club, Monstrous Circus Workshop, The Farm Yard, Arts & Crafts Studio, Glitter & Face Painting Studio, Arcade Alley, Superfunk Roller Disco, Chelsea FC Foundation Zone and much more. Open: 9.30am-1.30pm (session 1), or 2.30pm-7pm. Tickets: £28.50 (includes all rides and events, as many times as you like). The only thing you pay for is food, drinks and lockers. The Printworks, Surrey Quays Road, Rotherhithe, SE16 7PJ. Nearest stations: Canada Water or Rotherhithe. For tickets, visit the Monstrous website.
- 30 July – 26 August : Camden Fringe
The Camden Fringe returns for its 13th year, bringing over 270 productions of theatre, comedy and fringe fun to 22 venues across the borough of Camden, including Camden People’s Theatre, Camden Comedy Club, Canal Café Theatre and the Hen And Chickens. For more information and tickets, visit the Camden Fringe website.
- Now until 3 August : Festibowl 2018
Festival of lawn bowling returns to the City every Thursday and Friday throughout the summer. There will also be DJs, street food and cocktails. 12pm-11pm. Tickets from £25. Finsbury Square, City of London, EC2A. Nearest stations: Moorgate, Liverpool Street or Old Street. For tickets, visit the Festibowl website.
- Now until 3 August : Somnai
Experience a live, multi-sensory experience with immersive technologies. Somnai is said to be the biggest theatrical event since Punch Drunk and offers a ‘lucid dreaming’ experience. Over 18s only. 90 minutes long. Times vary. Tickets from £35. Somnai, 2 Pear Tree Street, Clerkenwell, EC1V 3SB. Nearest stations: Old Street, Barbican or Farringdon. For booking and more information, visit the Somnai website. Read Metro Girl’s review of Somnai.
- Now until early August : Spritz & Giggles pop-up
Aperol Spritz pop-up bar in the City of London, featuring plenty of cocktails, entertainment and sports screenings. Seating both inside and alfresco. Open Mon-Tues 4pm-11pm, Wed-Sat 1pm-12am, Sun closed. Spritz & Giggles, 37 Broadgate Circle, City of London, EC2M 2QS. Nearest station: Liverpool Street or Moorgate. For more information, visit the website. Read Metro Girl’s blog post on the pop-up.
- Now until 25 August : Moonshine Saloon
A new immersive cocktail experience from the same team behind Alcotraz. Bring your own liquor to the Wild West and learn about the dark world of moonshining. Dress in cowboy gear and Stetsons and let experienced mixologists whip up some cocktails using your spirit of choice. Open Wed-Fri 6.15pm-10.15pm, Sat 12.15pm-11pm. Booking fee: £33.99 (includes 4 cocktails from brought drink of choice and 1hr 45m inside the saloon). Moonshine Saloon, 535 Kings Road, Fulham, SW10 0SZ. Nearest station: Fulham Broadway. Bookings can be made on the Moonshine Saloon website or DesignMyNight. Read Metro Girl’s blog post to find out more.
- Now until 28 August : James Cook : The Voyages @ British Library
An exhibition charting the three voyages of Captain James Cook, featuring logbooks, diaries, sketches and artefacts. Opening hours vary. Tickets: Adults £14, Senior £11, Students: £7 (free for members). The PACCAR Gallery, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB. Nearest station: King’s Cross St Pancras or Euston. For more information and tickets, visit the British Library website. Read Metro Girl’s review of the exhibition.
- Now until 2 September : Painted Hall Ceiling Tours
The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College is nearing the end of a huge restoration. As this takes place, visitors will be able to ascend 60ft to see the painted ceiling up close. Times vary. Tickets: Adults £10, Children £5. Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9NN. Nearest station: Greenwich, Maze Hill or Cutty Sark (DLR). To book, visit the Old Royal Naval College website. Read Metro Girl’s review of the tour here.
- Now until 6 September : Backyard Cinema – Mission To Mars
Watch your favourite sci-fi film in a ‘spaceship’ for an immersive cinematic experience. Tickets: Adults from £17.50, Children (under 12) from £9.50. Date night package for two: £75 (includes snacks, bottle of Prosecco and blankets). Backyard Cinema, Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6DR. Nearest station: Elephant & Castle or Borough. For booking and listings, visit the Backyard Cinema website. Read Metro Girl’s review to find out more.
- Now until 15 September : Cointreau Acapulco Pop-up
Cointreau launches a summer pop-up bar to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Margarita cocktail. Expect cocktails, Sunday brunches, DJs and cocktail masterclasses. At the Secret Garden, South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, City of London, EC2M 2AF. Nearest station: Moorgate or Liverpool Street. For more information, visit the Cointreau website or the South Place Hotel website. Read Metro Girl’s blog post on the pop-up.
- Now until 23 September : Skylight
Rooftop bar Skylight London returns to Wapping with city views, cocktails, street food, lawn games, World Cup and Wimbledon screenings and more. Open Thu-Fri 5pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-11pm. Free entry. Croquet: Indoor £25, Outdoor £35 (45 min game), Petanque: £15 (2-4 players). Skylight, Tobacco Quay (Pennington Street entrance), Wapping, E1CW 2SF. Nearest station: Shadwell or Wapping. For more information, visit the Skylight London website. For Metro Girl’s review, click here.
- Now until 23 September : The London Mastaba
Artist Christo has created a temporary, floating sculpture on the Serpentine Lake to coincide with his and late wife Jeanne-Claude’s exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery. Open during park hours. Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park. Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner or Marble Arch. For more information, visit the Serpentine Gallery website. For Metro Girl’s blog post, click here.
- Now until 30 September : Underbelly Festival
Summer-long arts festival on the South Bank, 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.
- Now until 7 October : Serpentine Pavilion 2018
Visit the temporary structure in the grounds of the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. This year’s Pavilion is designed by Frida Escobedo. Free to visit, but also contains a pop-up café inside. Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA. Nearest stations: Lancaster Gate, Knightsbridge or South Kensington. For more information, visit the Serpentine Gallery website. See Metro Girl’s gallery on this year’s pavilion.
- Now until 31 October : Picturing Forgotten London
The London Metropolitan Archives’ exhibition features photographs of the capital’s lost buildings. Opening hours vary. Free entry. London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0HB. Nearest station: Farringdon or Angel. For more information, visit the City of London.gov.uk website.
- Now until 4 November : Frida Kahlo – Making Her Self Up
Exhibition featuring clothing and personal artefacts of late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Open 10am-5.45pm. Tickets: £15. Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL. Nearest station: South Kensington. For tickets, visit the V&A website.
- Now until Christmas : Casa Bonita pop-up
Latin American-themed pop-up bar featuring classic cocktails, Mexican street food and DJ spinning Latin beats. Open Mon-Sat 2pm-1am, Sun 2pm-11pm. Free entry. Casa Bonita, 5 Kingly Street, Soho, W1B 5PF. Nearest station: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus. Visit Casa Bonita’s website. Check out Metro Girl’s blog post on the pop-up.
- Now until June 2019 : Sculpture In The City 2018/2019
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. Check out Metro Girl’s gallery of this year’s exhibition.
For a guide to London’s pop-up summer cinemas, click here.