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This Week 27th July – 2nd August

27 July 2015 Imogen Greenberg

As we head in to August, London’s turning on its head. Exhibitions open in the middle of the night, classical music Proms turn in to Ibiza nightclubs, and the whole of central London’s road network closes down. It makes for some incredible events though...

Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty: 22 Hours a day

What to Expect: A post-night out stop off that’s way better than a kebab...

Savage Beauty hasn’t just been a success; it’s a contender for the most popular exhibition London’s ever seen. Now, in the last few weeks before it closes its doors, the V & A is opening them up 22 hours a day, so everyone has a chance to bow down before the genius of Lee Alexander McQueen, and see this exquisite exhibition. This might well be a first for a top museum in London, so if you’ve already seen it, head down anyway, just for the novelty of seeing the V & A’s Sculpture galleries in spooky, shadowy half-light on your way to the exhibition.

For more information, please see their website.

 

BBC Proms: Late Night With... Pete Tong

What to Expect: Who knows... it’s a first for the Proms!

The BBC Proms are an institution each summer, as classical music fans rejoice at their takeover of BBC evening coverage. The ever-evolving format has opened up to new platforms this year, and for the first time Radio 1 has its own Prom. Typically, it’s less like a concert and more like a party, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Radio 1 in Ibiza. Presented by renowned British DJ Pete Tong, it includes a host of artists including Ella Eyre and John Newman, performing with Jules Buckley and the Heritage Orchestra. As two worlds collide, it’s set to be a first for the BBC. Each night at the Proms there is standing room available, with up to 1,350 standing places open to those who turn up (known as Promming). The prices are decent but we reckon it’ll be popular so head down early.

For more information and to book tickets, please see the website.

 

RideLondon

What to Expect: Central London with absolutely no cars.

A legacy from the Olympic Games, and part of the Mayor and TfL’s cycling programme, RideLondon is now in its third year. This two-day festival sees roads across the capital close, to encourage cycling in a safe and family-friendly environment. Join the FreeCycle by registering, and you can cycle London’s landmarks, riding down the Mall past Buckingham Palace, past the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s and the Bank of England. You can also see the professionals in action in the London-Surrey Classic, featuring Britain’s own Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins for the first time, which starts in St James Park before they race off in to the countryside. Other highlights include the Grand Prix and the Handcycle Classic, which finishes in spectacular style on the Mall.

To register, or for more information on the special events, please see the website.

 

Shuffle Festival

What to Expect: A celebration of London’s most diverse borough.

This annual Festival in Mile End, showcases ideas from Shuffle, an organisation that joins people together to ask questions about the sort of cities they want to live in. With film, science, storytelling, performance art, architectural installations, walks, food, comedy and music. The theme this year is Movement, Migration and Place. There’s an incredible line up of film screenings including 127 Hours plus a Q & A with Danny Boyle, Four Lions plus a Q & A with Riz Ahmed and Monsters plus a Q & A with Gareth Edwards. Other events include This is Us: Stories of Migration from Tower Hamlets, Blue Boy Dance Ensemble and Occupy London tours; plus live music, comedy, tours and talks.  

If you’re an E3 resident, tickets are reduced to just £5 per event. Please see the website for details.


Three Days in the Country

What to Expect: A stellar cast, and the return of a masterful playwright.

Acclaimed playwright Patrick Marber has been lying low for a few years, but now he returns in style. His latest play to hit the National Theatre is Three Days in the Country, an adaptation of Turgenev’s A Month in the Country. Set on a country estate in Russia in the mid 19th century, it charts a summer of lessons in love: from first love to forbidden love, ridiculous love to last love. The cast includes Mark Gatiss and John Simm, giants of the stage (and the BBC). Don’t miss out.   

For more information and to book tickets, please see the website.

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