Kensington and Chelsea hosts its sixth annual contemporary arts fest, the glamorous and posh borough playing host to a free culture festival that boasts  a ‘competitive picnic’ and an interactive 3D experience comprising footage shot on the rooftops of the borough by a gravity-defying freerunner.

There’s cabaret, music, dance and theatre, with the globally renowned Portobello Road becoming the home of the largest street theatre around on July 14, as the street comes under the spell of 3D street artist Edgar Mueller.

Free | July 13-27. Times vary
Kensington and Chelsea,  various locations 
Tube | Westbourne Park


Broadgate Art Tour

This 32-acre estate in The City is home to a diverse array of free and publicly located, modern art. To the Faberge eggs and phonebox-riffing ArtBoxes, you can add a self-guided tour round the indoor and outdoor offerings, seeing works such as sculptor Danny Lane’s Colour Eclipse,  and the 100,000 LEDs of Finsbury Avenue Lit Floor.

Daily | Free EC2M 7PP
Tube | Liverpool Street

Christoher Nolan Season

The BFI is intent on ramping up every-one’s anticipation for this summer’s event movie, The Dark Knight Rises, with
this season screening its director’s previous work, including Al Pacino thriller Insomnia, dream-stalker Inception, and Nolan’s two previous Bat-films to date. Could we get anymore excited? Possibly. Not.

£5 July 14-22. Times vary
BFI Southbank, SE1 8XT
Tube | Waterloo


Greenwich Comedy Fest

Baldy Andy Parsons, Andrew Maxwell, Chris Ramsey, Danny Bhoy, Dylan Moran, Jerry Sadowitz, Jarred Christmas, Reginald D Hunter, Rich Hall – the list goes on, this south London comedy fest snagging the finest stand-ups out there for its week of laughs in the Big Top, and this year’s new addition, the ‘little top’.

£17.50+ | July 13-20. Times vary
SE10 9NN
Tube | Greenwich


A Double Bill of Deception

Aussie magician Bruce Glen, the self-styled ‘gentleman magician’ (above), performs a special one-off show with English mind-reader Oliver Beech at the headquarters of The Magic Circle, the esteemed organisations of magicians and conjurers who number but 1500 worldwide.

Dodging the perils inherent in a Friday 13, you get two Edinburgh shows for the price of one, and a look inside the ‘house of 10,000 secrets’.

£15+ | July 13. 7.30pm
The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way, NW1 2HD
Tube | Euston Square


Face to Face: Solo Theatre

Theatre has tried to challenge the silver screen with epic production design and spectacle. This season does the opposite, putting the emphasis on the intimate, personal, and the imagination, with more than 100 performances, 11 solo acts, 17 special guests and Minifest, a fest-within-a-fest of one-to-one performances. 

£15+ | July 9-22. Times vary
208 Wandsworth Rd, SW8 2JU
Tube | Stockwell

Rioja Tapas Fantasticas

This two-day fest celebrates all the food and wine of Spain’s famous Rioja region. There are cooking demonstrations from famed chef Jose Pizarro, tapas treats to sample, tasting workshops hosted by wine experts Olly Smith and Susy Atkins, not to mention loads of red wine to try, too. Get along for a taste of Spain.

Free | July 14-15. Times vary
Potters Fields, SE1 2AA 
Tube | Tower Hill


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