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  • What's On in London in July & August 2016

  • Top 10 Musicals

    The top 10 musicals currently at theatres in London.

  • Certificates of Excellence Visit Britain and Tripadvisor

    Dear Guests, We are delighted to inform you that for the fifth consecutive year Beaufort House has been awarded to Golden Award from Visit Britain in September 2015 and also we received the Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor. On that occasion, we would like to thank all our trustful guests, who helped us through their numerous and kind comments about Beaufort House and its team, to achieve to such rewards.

What's On in London in July & August 2016

The Royal Academy of Arts displays intimate portraits by David Hockney, Florence and the Machine, Take That and Beyonce perform live, and the Museum of London marks the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London in July 2016.

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park
Florence & the Machine, Kendrick Lamar and Jamie XX perform live.
Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
Tube: Knightsbridge Station
Dates: 1st to 10th July 2016
British Summer Time Hyde Park is back for a fourth year in 2016 with another impressive line-up. This year will see Florence & the Machine, Kendrick Lamar, Jamie XX share the bill while Mumford & Sons and Take That headline on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July. Now a firm fixture for summer in London, the extravaganza features live music, comedy acts and film screenings and a mini village of cafes, bistros and independent food stalls, themed pubs and cocktail bars across Hyde Park. Themed zones, each with its own installations and refreshments, provide laid back entertainment from Monday to Thursday while big name bands pump out the hits on the weekends.

Beyonce: The Formation World Tour
The Queen of Pop performs one night in London.
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS
Tube: Wembley Park Station
Dates: Saturday 2nd July 2016
Queen of Pop Beyoncé comes to Wembley for one night in 2016 as part of her Formation World Tour. Known for her surprises and unexpected releases, the star announced her tour, delivered a political performance at the Super Bowl, and released her surprise new single, Formation, all within 36 hours, with her global tour kicking off in two months. Her first solo tour since the ambitious 2013 Mrs Carter Show World Tour, it's sure to be another spectacular affair. Tickets go on general sale on Tuesday 16th February and will no doubt be snapped right up - Queen B will also be stopping by Sunderland, Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin if you fail to snap up London tickets.

Gladys Knight
The seven-time Grammy Award winning singer performs her classic Motown hits.
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP
Tube: South Kensington Station
Dates: Saturday 2nd July 2016
Her music career started in the 1950s when she performed alongside her brother, sister and cousins in 'The Pips' and, sixty years on, Gladys Knight is still able to sell out the Royal Albert Hall. The seven-time Grammy Award winning singer will be performing all her classic hits including 'Midnight Train To Georgia', one of the most famous Motown records to this day, 'You're The Best Thing' (that ever happened to me), and that classic Bond film track 'Licence To Kill'. As well as old favourites like 'The Way We Were' and 'Baby Don't Change Your Mind' Gladys will be singing tracks from her latest album 'Where My Heart Belongs'.

Carole King
The singer whose life is immortalised in the West End musical Beautiful comes to Hyde Park.
Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH
Tube: Knightsbridge Station
Dates: 03rd July 2016
Performing her first concert in London in almost three decades influential Californian pop and soft rock singer-songwriter Carole King, whose life is immortalised in the West End musical Beautiful, steps back in time to the 1970s to performs her landmark album Tapestry from beginning to end for the first time including the hits It's Too Late and You've Got A Friend. Support comes from another classic songwriter from the California scene, Don Henley,drummer, co-lead vocalist and driving force behind The Eagles. Carole's daughter Louise Goffin, an acclaimed recording artist in her own right, also performs live.

400th Anniversary of The Queen's House
The house reopens with refurbished galleries and new displays.
The Queen's House, Park Row, London, SE10 9NF
Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)
Dates: Monday 4th July 2016
A stunning example of Inigo Jones's work, The Queen's House, the first classical building in the country, reopens on 4th July 2016 with refurbished galleries and new displays to mark its 400th anniversary . Designed in 1616 for the wife of James I, Anne of Denmark, the Queen's House is a masterpiece of 17th-century architecture. Within it, the King's Presence Chamber and the Tulip Stairs have been restored to their former glory while new galleries chart the changing relationship between the Queen's House, the people who created it and those who lived and worked there, from royalty and courtiers to the Navy. As well as the new displays, Orazio Gentileschi's painting of Joseph and Potiphar's Wife returns, shown in its original surroundings for the first time since 1650.

Wayne Hemingway: Talk
The inspiration behind the new-look London Underground uniform.
London Transport Museum, 39 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7BB
Tube: Covent Garden Station
Dates: 05th July 2016
Wayne Hemingway, the designer behind Red or Dead and the man tasked with designing the new London Underground uniform, talks with BBC London's Robert Elms about the inspirations behind the design, and the challenges he faced designing a practical, fit-for-purpose uniform for such a large work force. The talk at the London Transport Museum's Upper Deck cafe bar includes money off cocktails and other drinks and the chance to hear from one of the great names in fashion.

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
A highlight of London's summer calendar.
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, London, KT8 9AU
Tube: Richmond Station
Dates: 05th - 10th July 2016
Held within the grounds of Henry VIII's palace - where he built one of the finest gardens in the world - the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is a highlight of London's summer calendar. Returning in July this year, notable activities for 2016 include the Butterfly Dome, where you can wander through thousands of free-flying butterflies from Indonesia and South America; the Show Gardens, a favourite each year with a spectacular selection to provide garden-envy; Family Saturday, packed with activities such as sowing seeds, a fun trail, story-telling and cookery classes; and the Flower Marquee, where you can pick up tips from floral exhibitors and specialist nurseries.

Greenwich Music Time
A four-day series of al fresco concerts.
Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, London, SE10 9LW
Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)
Dates: 5th to 10th Jul 2016
Set within the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Music Time is a four-day series of al fresco concerts. Returning for its third year, this year's festival welcomes Croatian sensations 2CELLOS, 'Kiss From a Rose' singer Seal, American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Joe Bonamassa, '80s pop duo Roxette, '70s rock outfit 10cc and UK jazz icon Jamie Cullum as its headliners. Concerts take place in the magnificent surroundings of Sir Christopher Wren's twin-domed riverside masterpiece, over looking the Thames, lit by the big city lights of Canary Wharf.

Somerset House Summer Series
Laura Mvula, Everything Everything and St Germain are just three of the headline acts.
Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA
Tube: Temple Station
Dates: 07th - 17th July 2016
Laura Mvula, Everything Everything and house music pioneer St Germain are the stand-out acts at this year's Somerset House Summer Series. Jack Savoretti, James Morrison, and two-time Grammy Award nominated Hiatus Kaiyote are also dropping by the central courtyard ofSomerset House for the eleven day Summer Series, an idyllic, intimate, calming, escapist location for a concert on a summer's evening. As a breeze drifts in off the Thames you'll forget the city bustle outside and tune into some great music, surrounded by one of eighteenth century London's most spectacular buildings. Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, formerly of The Beautiful South, north Londoner Benjamin Clementine, Courtney Barnett, and seven-piece Parisian band Caravan Palace complete the line up.

A showcase of grand stage illusions and up-close magic.
Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU
Tube: Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station
Dates: 8th July to 27th August 2016
A showcase of grand stage illusions, up-close magic, death-defying escapology and trickery, Impossible returns to the Noel Coward Theatrein 2016. "The biggest magic show in decades", the show features a modern-day Houdini, daredevil and TV escapologist Jonathan Goodwin, mind-reader Chris Cox, boundary breaking magician Ben Hart, break-dancing street magician Magical Bones and more. If watching Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell on the box has stirred up your interest in magic, this is a chance to see it live with no TV trickery.

Wireless Festival 2016
Calvin Harris, The 1975 and Sigma perform.
Finsbury Park, Endymion Road, London, N4 1EE
Tube: Manor House Station
Dates: 8th, 9th and 10th July 2016
Wireless 2016 doesn't disappoint with the likes of Calvin Harris, The 1975, Chase & Status, Sigma, Miguel and Jess Glynne all on the line-up. With the festival returning to Finsbury Park for the third year, further performances will also come from Kygo, Martin Garrix, J.Cole, Boy Better Know and Kwabs. Since its first outing back in 2005 Wireless has firmly established itself as one of London's major large scale live music events, attracting crowds of over 20,000 for each of the three days.

Take That
Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen perform a spectacular live show in Hyde Park.
Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH
Tube: Knightsbridge Station
Dates: Saturday 9th July 2016
The original boy band, Take That come to Hyde Park for the first time this summer as presents British Summer Time Hyde Park returns for a fourth year. Five have become three following Jason Orange's departure but the band is still selling out arenas around the world. Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen perform old favourites like 'Relight My Fire', 'Everything Changes But You' 'Could It Be Magic' and 'A Million Love Songs' as well as new songs from their most recent album 'III' which went straight to Number One at the end of 2014. The band is renowned for its spectacular live productions with aerialists, circus performers, holograms and robots, and this show will be no different. Support acts are Olly Murs, Ella Eyre, Jamie Lawson and Nathan Sykes who found fame in boyband The Wanted before going solo.

Wimbledon Finals Weekend
The climax of the world famous tennis tournament.
Wimbledon: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Church Road, London, SW19 5AE
Tube: Wimbledon Park Station
Dates: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July 2016
Can Andy Murray do it again? The home crowd will be hoping he can and will be expecting to see the Scot in the finals again this year, aiming to regain the title he won in 2013, a year after he won Olympic gold. The Wimbledon Finals Weekend, a highlight of the sporting year in London, begins with the ladies' final on Saturday, followed by the men's match on Sunday, both played out on Centre Court, now covered by a roof so there's no risk of seeing Cliff Richard entertaining the crowds when the weather refuses to play ball. Tickets are like gold dust but anyone can get tickets via the ballot - enter before December to be in with a chance.

Stevie Wonder
Performing his Grammy Award-winning 1976 album Songs In The Key Of Life in its entirety.
Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH
Tube: Knightsbridge Station
Dates: Sunday 10th July 2016
Stevie Wonder, the prodigious singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, performs his Grammy Award-winning 1976 album Songs In The Key Of Life in its entirety 40 years after the Motown Records recording was first released. The tour of the album - which Elton John says he always takes a copy of, wherever he goes - comes to the UK for the first time with a set list which includes the hits Sir Duke, Isn't She Lovely and I Wish. The Hyde Park concert, one of six British Summer Time gigs to be held in the central London park, has already sold out - proving the popularity of the singer who gave us such memorable classics as 'Ebony and Ivory' and 'I Just Called to Say I Love You'. And there's strong support from Pharrell Williams, Corinne Bailey Rae and KING, making for a memorable day of soul and R&B.

Kew the Music
Simply Red, Will Young, the Gipsy Kings and Jools Holland are live at Kew.
Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB
Tube: Kew Gardens Station
Dates: 12th to 17th Jul 2016
Simply Red, Will Young, the Gipsy Kings and Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra are on the Kew the Music line-up when it returns for more summer concerts in July 2016. The series of outdoor picnic concerts set against the backdrop of the Victorian Temperate House at Kew Gardens has been running for five years now and its sixth year is set to be just as magical. For the ultimate package there is also the option to VIP your evening with picnic hampers, a BBQ at the Pavilion Restaurant and reserved seating.

The Bodyguard
The show returns with Beverley Knight for a limited six-month run.
Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, Covent Garden, London, W1T 7AQ
Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station
Dates: 15th July 2016 to 7th January 2017
The Bodyguard returns to the West End for a limited six month run from summer 2016 with Beverley Knight playing the title role. A huge hit in London when it first premiered in 2012, it played to a packed house for two years ago. Based on the Oscar-nominated movie starring Whitney Houston as pop-singing superstar Rachel Marron and Kevin Costner as former Secret Service agent Frank Farmer, the pair are brought together when Frank is hired to protect Rachel from an unidentified stalker. As the danger heightens, so do emotions and the couple eventually fall madly in love. This musical drama adaptation is choreographed by Arthur Pita and directed by Thea Sharrock, accompanied by unforgettable Whitney classics: One Moment in Time, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and singer's greatest hit, I Will Always Love You, which spent a record amount of time at the top of the charts in 1992. NOTE: At Monday evening and Wednesday matinee performances the role of Rachel Marron will be played by Carole Stennett.

Sherlock Holmes: The Experience
A new immersive experience from the team behind Alice's Adventures Underground.
Madame Tussauds, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LR
Tube: Baker Street Station, Regent's Park Station
Dates: From 15th July 2016
The world of Sherlock Holmes is brought to life this summer at Madame Tussauds in new immersive attraction, Sherlock Holmes: The Experience. Created in partnership with the Olivier-nominated Les Enfants Terribles, the team behind Alice's Adventures Underground, it will be a permanent attraction that invites visitors to don the great detective's deerstalker to help Dr Watson find Sherlock. Staged in the atmospheric basement of the Marylebone attractions, the interactive theatrical experience fuses storytelling, multi-textured theatrical sets, illusion, actors and sound effects. Visitors will be taken into the detective's drawing room, along lamp-lit Victorian streets and to the dark moors where the infamous demon hound lurks. Alongside the permanent attraction will be evening show The Game's Afoot, running for a limited period. In the separately ticketed event visitors will play detective and are tasked with solving a case worthy of the detective himself.

Fire! Fire!
A special interactive exhibition to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire.
Museum of London, 150 Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN
Tube: Barbican Station, St. Paul's Station
Dates: 23rd July 2016 to 17th April 2017
The Museum of London marks the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of 1666 with a special interactive exhibition, Fire! Fire! . Inviting visitors to explore London before, during and after the fire, the exhibition will feature rarely seen artefacts alongside hands on exhibits which will explore how the fire started and spread and give an insight into personal stories of Londoners who were there at the time. You'll be able to get a sense of what it was like to be there and learn how the city we know today rose from the ashes.

Prudential RideLondon
The two-day festival has five separate events for top level pros and fund-raising two-wheelers.
St James's Park, Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2BJ
Tube: Westminster Station, St James's Park Station
Dates: Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July 2016
A road-closing celebration of cycling, with more than 95,000 cyclists expected to take part, the annual two-day Prudential RideLondon encompasses five separate events for top level pros, keen cyclists and fund-raising, fun-loving two-wheelers. The two-day festival includes: the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix, and Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic - where top cyclists compete in the 200 kilometre race - both for professionals. The Prudential RideLondon Handcycle Classic and the open-to-all Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. 25,000 riders are expected to participate in the 100-mile event which finishes on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace and which raised more than £10 million for charity last year. If 100 miles sounds too far, there's always Saturday's FreeCycle event - a more leisurely eight-mile loop through central London over traffic-free roads.

Brompton World Championship Final
Strictly no Lycra in this eccentric competition with a prize for the best dressed cyclists.
St James's Park, Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2BJ
Tube: Westminster Station, St James's Park Station
Dates: Saturday 30th July 2016
The annual Brompton World Championship comes to central London for the second time, tying in with the Prudential RideLondon cycling festival. The London event takes the form of a Le Mans style start as 575 smartly-dressed competitors (strictly no Lycra) make a mad dash to unfold their bikes before setting off on the 16 km circuit which starts on The Mall, takes in Horse Guards Parade and Buckingham Palace before finishing back on The Mall. Given the cult-like nature of these much loved folding British Brompton bikes, this promises to be a hugely enjoyable and somewhat eccentric event with prizes for fastest team, best veteran riders and the best dressed cyclists.

Kids Week
Children aged 16 or under go for free to a raft of top West End shows.
The West End, Soho
Dates: 1st to 31st August 2016
It's now over a decade since the excellent idea of Kids Week was first conjured up. A truly inspired summer treat for families, Theatreland is available for free to excitable tots and teens for the whole month of August. Children aged 5 to 16 can see an awesome selection of dazzlingWest End hits gratis - as long as an adult pays the full price - and another two children can go half price. Tickets for the most popular shows go fast, so it's best not to make any promises until you've booked. Aside from the shows themselves, there's a whole raft of free children's activities. Kids can peek backstage, participate in workshops, dabble with make-up, learn to dance, scribble a few lines in writing classes and even sing with the cast. It's a fantastic initiative and one which can only inspire kids' enthusiasm for the stage in later life.

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
A special celebration of the 20th anniversary of Danny Boyle's Trainspotting.
Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden
Dates: 4th to 17th August 2016
Possibly the most famous of all the open air film events to take place in London, Summer Screen returns to Somerset House in association with Film4 to bring cinema lovers a truly eclectic mix of movies. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Film4's Trainspotting, this year's event puts Danny Boyle's controversial 1996 hit back on the big screen. Additionally, coinciding with exhibition Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick, this year's programme will also include one of Kubrick's films as voted by the public. The vote-winning title will be revealed on the night of the screening. Further films this year include Ex Machina, Sunset Boulevard and Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Horrible Histories: The Best Of Barmy Britain
A best of compilation of the Horrible Histories shows.
Apollo Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue
Dates: 5th August to 3rd September 2016
Following on from a series of successful productions, Horrible Histories is back with The Best of Barmy Britain. Being staged at theApollo Theatre, the show brings together the best and grizzliest bits from the previous productions to create one revolting romp through Britain's history. Directed by and starring Neal Foster, it features pivotal points of the past with the audiences encountering boisterous Boudicca, cowardly King John, hot-headed Henry VIII, devilish Dick Turpin and the groovy, dancing Queen Victoria! Expect to also be engulfed in the Great Fire of London and Guy Fawkes's Gun Powder plot.

Splash Fest
Dive into five zones of water-themed challenges and games.
Battersea Park, Albert Bridge Road, Battersea Park
Dates: Sunday 7th August 2016
Whatever weather the great British summer throws at us, you're going to get wet at Battersea Park this August. Divided into five zones of water-themed challenges and games over a 2.5km trail, Splash Fest is your chance to take on the water slides, bubbly brook and water spouts... and get thoroughly soaked. Organised by lifeboat charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the splashing event is aimed at families with children aged around 7 to 12. There's the slipperiest toboggan-style water slides, geyser-spouting waters and a giant boat and floating targets on the lake as well as a giant inflatable water slide. Live music, entertainment, food, drink, and a drying-off area keep the party going on dry land.

The Great British Beer Festival
A celebration of our national drink, with over 900 tipples.
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington
Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station
Dates: 9th to 13th Aug 2016
Over 66,000 people flock to this massive celebration of our national drink, which features over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and beers from around the world. There are over 350 different British breweries featured at the Great British Beer Festival and with the brewery boom across the country, and in London in particular, being chosen for the festival is a real privilege. Although it sounds like a fun event, don't be surprised to see a lot of very serious faces and concentration; some real ale experts are genuinely obsessive - and for them this isn't merely an occasion to get sozzled. Tutored tastings are on offer for anyone who wants to learn the subtleties of what makes a great beer. For the rest of us, though, this is a jolly day out with some delicious brewed drinks. Besides the amber nectar, there's a load of activities to keep you interested, including traditional pub games, live music and, to soak it all up, some hearty traditional pub snacks.

Luna Cinema: Tower of London
Outdoor cinema screenings come to the Tower of London for the first time.
Tower Of London, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4AB
Tube: Tower Hill Station
Dates: 9th, 10th and 11th August 2016
For the very first time, the Tower of London has given permission for outdoor cinema screenings so this summer you can sit in the moat and see films on the big screen. What better way to watch Star Wars than under the stars? The seventh instalment in the Star Wars series - The Force Awakens - is on the bill along with Gladiator and Baz Luhrmann's Romeo Juliet. George Wood, founder of The Luna Cinema, has been planning to host screenings here at the Tower of London for years and we have to agree, the imposing palace walls will make a dramatic setting for any film. Showing outdoor films at many inspiring locations across London, the Luna group adds new venue Kenwood House to Alexandra Palace,Brockwell Lido, Kensington Palace, Kew Gardens and many more this summer.

HMS Film Club
Look out for icebergs! Rooftop Film Club screens Titanic on the Good Ship Benefit.
R.S. Hispaniola, Victoria Embankment
Tube: Embankment Underground Station, Charing Cross Station
Dates: 10th, 11th and 12th August 2016
Let's hope the Good Ship Benefit doesn't go down like the Titanic - one of three films being screened as Rooftop Film Club set up the HMS Film Club on board the ship this August. On the Thames, overlooking theLondon Eye, the R.S. Hispaniola becomes an outdoor floating cinema showing five chick flicks - Romeo and Juliet, Muriel's Wedding, When Harry Met Sally, Devil Wears Prada, and Titanic - over three nights. A complimentary Pimm's and Tyrrells Poshcorn are also on offer in the cushioned cabana, and you can visit the Captain's cabin for a free makeover.

Spotlight Festival: Seven Dials
West End show Motown the Musical opens this year's festival.
Seven Dials, Monmouth Street
Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station
Dates: Saturday 13th August 2016
This year's Spotlight Festival, an annual event celebrating the culture in and around Seven Dials, opens with an exclusive show piece from West End show, Motown the Musical. Returning for its third year this August, the event sees a stage set up around the Dial to host a programme of live entertainment, including theatre, dance, comedy and music performances. The area close to Covent Garden and Leicester Square will be closed to traffic as it becomes an entertainment hotspot where visitors can enjoy free performances, activities, shopping discounts, foodie workshops and a free G&T.

The Deck: Pop-Up Cinema
Special screenings of the National Theatre's award-winning production of War Horse.
The Deck at the National Theatre, South Bank
Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station
Dates: 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th Aug 2016
A never-before seen War Horse puppet for Joey's mother Alice, who was cut from the final play, will be positioned in The Deck during the five days that the National Theatre's rooftop venue becomes a pop-up cinema. The puppet has been brought in for the special screenings of the critically acclaimed production of War Horse which you can see from the comfort of a deck chair overlooking the south bank skyline. Matinee and evening screenings show the much-loved journey of the young protagonist Albert and his beloved horse Joey. In addition to the film, your ticket includes food - smoked brisket slider in a sesame seed bun with homemade gherkin relish, and sweet and salted fluffy white popcorn - and a glass of house wine, a beer or a soft drink.

Kew the Movies
See Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Mean Girls and Labyrinth under the stars.
Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond
Tube: Kew Gardens Station
Dates: Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th August 2016
Set within the stunning Kew Gardens, Kew the Movies sees the beautiful botanical gardens of southwest London host a pleasant pop-up cinema beneath the stars over two consecutive nights. In 2016 Kew the Movies takes place mid-week starting with 'Star Wars - The Force Awakens' as Harrison Ford's Han Solo makes a triumphant return. It's followed by Steven Spielberg's 'Jurassic Park' - the perfect film for an open air screening against the tree-lined, botanical setting of Kew Gardens. And in late summer, on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th September, American teen comedy 'Mean Girls' is paired with David Bowie classic 'Labyrinth'. All the screenings are hosted by Luna Cinema and set against the beautiful backdrop of Kew Palace within Kew Gardens. Guests are invited to bring picnics to spread out on the lawns - just cross your fingers the rain keeps away.

St Petersburg Ballet Theatre: Her Name Was Carmen
Russian ballerina Irina Kolesnikova stars in the world premiere.
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane
Tube: Covent Garden Station
Dates: 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th Aug 2016
Following last year's sell-out season, Russian ballerina Irina Kolesnikova returns to the London Coliseum with a new take on an old classic. Kolesnikova dances the title role in Her Name Was Carmen, the world premiere staging of a ballet in which choreographer Andrei Kuznetzov-Vecheslov draws on the experience of visiting refugee camps in the Balkans. In this new full-length ballet, brought to life by 50 dancers from the critically acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet Theatre, the love triangle is between Carmen, Jose, a camp guard, and Garcia, a smuggler.

BBC Good Food Festival
Paul Hollywood and Michel Roux Jr give demos and roaming circus performers entertain.
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey
Tube: Richmond Station
Dates: 27th, 28th and 29th August 2016
Taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the BBC Good Food Festival comes to Hampton Court Palace giving visitors a great selection of food to sample and expert tips from well known cooks and chefs including baker Paul Hollywood, Le Gavroche chef Michel Roux Jr, resident chef on ITV's Lorraine John Whaite and winner of the second series of the BBC's The Great British Bake Off Jo Wheatley. Book in at the summer kitchen to see these top chefs doing their thing, enjoy live entertainment and see roaming circus performers showing off their skills around the palace grounds throughout the day. A great family day out, kids can try drop in for juggling classes at the circus skills school, get their faces painted, enjoy messy play and old school games like the sack race and egg and spoon races.

Notting Hill Carnival
Shake your bootay at this annual summer carnival.
Notting Hill
Tube: Holland Park Station
Dates: Sunday 28th and Monday 29th August 2016
Held since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival was originally a local affair for west London's homesick Caribbean community, this has evolved into Europe's biggest street party. Carnival sets London on fire in a blaze of Caribbean spirit as extravagantly costumed dancers, calypso and soca musicians, giant sound-systems and steel bands are joined by over a million revellers of all ages. Sunday is officially children's day, but there are loads of kids on both days enjoying the bright colours of the floats and the dancers' feathered costumes. Adults can shake their booty at dozens of stages and there are tunes for all tastes, from house to hip-hop. It's a huge area, and can get very crowded, so be prepared for an exhausting day out, but for anyone who loves a party, carnival remains the absolute highlight of the London summer.

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