Jukebox Story

A night of comedy, music and improvisation that’s inspired by pop songs – an eclectic assortment, but a winning one.

The theme of this show is ‘summer hits’, so any song that references the sunny season or has a tangible link to the months of beach and barbies is on the cards – Boys Of Summer; the Beach Boys – with London’s writers submitting story ideas to be performed by regular hosts Steve Keyworth and Stephanie Gerra.

They call it a “mixtape of tall tales that take you to a time, a place, and a hairstyle”. Just need some sun now! 

£6. June 27, 7.30pm The Harrison,
28 Harrison Street, WC1H 8JF  
Tube | King’s Cross  

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Crystal Palace Festival

This south London festival takes over The Triangle and Westow Park for three days of food, fun and entertainment. There’s a table tennis competition and spoken word alongside green activities, holistic treatments and a main stage music line-up including everything from improv to prog to electro-rock. Diverse. 

Free, June 27-30, times vary 
Crystal Palace, SE19  
Station | Crystal Palace  

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Bowie Fest

This event from the mental folk at Weirdos Comedy began as a spoof of the V&A’s (wholly unofficial) Mr Bowie love-in and has since blossomed into so much more, with a Not The V&A spoof exhibition, interactive comedy musical show, The David Bowie Experience, a comedy tribute to The Thin White Duke and a disco. 

£2+, June 29, from 4pm 
The Lion, WC1X 9JE 
Tube | King’s X  


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Wimbledon Screenings

If you don’t want to join the mah-oosive queues for Centre Court – or any court for that matter – but still fancy a communal experience watching the Grand Slam tournament outside, get down to one of these outdoor screening venues. Plus TNT’s ping pong men’s final party (tntmagazine.com/ping)!

Free, June 24-July 7, 12pm-9pm 
SW1 5JD; EC4 3TW; SE1 1RQ  
Tubes | Victoria; Holborn; Southwark  

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City of London Festival

The city-wide arts, culture and entertainment fest kicks off this week. Events to look out for include a pop-up mobile orchard with real and manufactured trees (across town until July 26), circus and aerial theatre performances (don’t miss Irish troupe Tumble Circus, above, on July 3 at The Gherkin) and The Inner City contemporary and hip hop dance performance (June 26 at Devonshire Square). 

Free, until July 26, times vary 
Across The City  
Tube | Bank  


East End Film Festival

This annual event is a mix of screenings, talks and cross-art events. Key films include Mike Figgis’s Suspension Of Disbelief, Centrepiece Gala presentation of Noah Baumbachs’ Frances Ha and Underworld’s Karl Hyde’s Essex doco The Outer Edges. There’s also East End Live on July 13, with 50 bands across 10 venues. 

£5+, June 27-30, times vary  
Station | Shoreditch High Street  

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Saturday Style Market 

This new addition to the weekly Spitalfields market takes an artisan approach to fashion, with clothing, homewares and ethical goods making up this cool and considered market. There will also be a load of events to entertain, with free lunchtime concerts and exhibitions from the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

Saturdays, 11am-5pm 
Spitalfields, E1 6AA  
Tube | Liverpool Street  


Photos: Carolyne Locher, facebook.com/CrystalPalaceFestivalfacebook.com/WeirdosComedyClub, Getty, facebook.com/SpitalfieldsE1