WHY LONDON IS GREAT IN SUMMER
Whatever the weather, London is no slouch when it comes to flaunting fantastic temptations for things to do inside or out…
This year, the 16th Serpentine Pavilion has been designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), as an ‘unzipped wall’ in a three-dimensional space, which houses a café and free family activities during the day. By night the space hosts their Park Nights series with a programme of performances by artists, writers and musicians. The Serpentine Galleries has also invited four international architects to each design a 25sqm Summer Houses inspired by the nearby Queen Caroline’s Temple, which has been resident in the park since 1734.
Until October 2016 at The Serpentine, Kensington Gardens, W2
OUT AND ABOUT
With roughly 47% of London being ‘Green Spaces’ it’s a fabulous city for getting out and about in. By foot explore some of London’s iconic parks, or discover some of the lesser-known spaces such as the Chelsea Physics garden, tucked beside the Thames. Or hop on a boat, with rides on the canals leaving from Little Venice throughout the summer period. Film 4 always puts on a fantastic programme of outdoor film screenings at Somerset house, or catch a classic film in the surrounds of London's prettiest parks courtesy of nomad cinema.
Why not try your hand at making a cold-brew tea to take with, sure to be a new summer favourite – Read our Q&A with Joe Kinch to find out how
POP-UPS AND ROOFTOP BARS
After a day of exploring sit back with a spritz atop the old television station at Pergola on the roof, over in White City or the tuna-can cocktails over at Notch. There are also free events out West in Paddington's Merchant Square with Crave food market, zorbing, sports screenings and a fun finale of Crystal Maze on the 15th of September.
90 YEARS OF STYLE FROM THE QUEEN'S WARDROBE
Whilst the Royal Parks may be open to everyone throughout the year, it’s not often you get a look glimpse inside Buckingham Palace – and from the 23 July the Queen’s wardrobe is also on display.
DAYDREAMING WITH STANLEY KUBRICK
Showcasing a series of multidisciplinary, multisensory works created by artists who were invited to respond to a film, scene, character or theme from the Kubrick archives, this exhibition curated by James Lavelle promises to shine new perspectives onto the cinematic master’s works.
Until 24 August 2016 at Somerset House, Covent Garden, WC2
O’Keeffe’s paintings of larger-than-life flowers may be well known, but they are rarely on display to the public in the UK due to no works being held in any public collections. So it’s a big deal that the Tate Modern has brought 100 of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings to London – it’s a rare chance to see work by one of the most trailblazing female artists of our time.
6 July–30 October at The Tate Modern, SE1
THE DEEP BLUE SEA
Following the acclaimed production of Medea in 2014, Helen McCrory and director Carrie Cracknell reunite to bring Terence Rattigan’s post-war masterpiece to the National Theatre this summer. Keep an eye out for the accompanying talks and events throughout the next few months, and the live broadcast to cinemas on Thursday 1 September.
Until 21 September 2016 at The National Theatre, South Bank, SE1
BEATRIX POTTER 150 YEARS
One of the world’s best-loved authors, 2016 marks 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter. Don’t miss the exhibition of her illustrations at the V&A, which is home to a large collection of her earliest works and a place that she loved to visit and sketch in during her lifetime. Beatrix Potter’s London is at the V&A London from 30th July, also look out for a limited edition stamps from the Royal Mail to marking the occasion.
The V&A, Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
DAYS WITH THE KIDS
THE BFG IN PICTURES
The perfect companion to the summer release of Roald Dahl’s The BFG in cinemas, take a look at Quetin Blake’s original illustrations for the much-loved story, including and never-seen-before a series of unpublished works.
Until 2 of October and the House of Illustration, Kings Cross, N1C
SUMMER AT KIDZANIA
Put the kid’s to work over the holidays at Kidzania, with more than 60 real-life role-play activities. And for this summer to celebrate the Olympic games in Rio, there’s a variety of sporting themed activities including a gold, silver and bronze medal treasure hunt.
Until September 4th at KidZania London, Westfield London, W12
Despite the name, Kid's Week runs for the whole of August. Every year participating west end shows offer free tickets for one child per adult, with some also offering a whole host of different activities and workshops accompanying the shows. This Year you can see the likes of Charlie and Chocolate factory, The Gruffalo, The Lion King and more.
Various venues until 7 September
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
We are truly spoilt for choice when in comes to museums in London, though the Natural History Museum has some great ones for summer, with a look at how animals see the world in ‘Colour and Vision’ explored through both interactive experiences and immersive films. Then walk amongst some of natures’ most colourful inhabitant in the popular outdoor exhibition ‘Sensational Butterflies’.
Until 6 November and 11 September at the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Rd, SW7
And don’t forget, Kids eat free in the Henderson Bar and Coffee shop at The Laslett this August.