What's On in London: July 2 - 9
London comes alive in the summer and is positively buzzing with fun activities and events whether you’re looking for intellectual stimulation, sport or downright silliness. Here’s our round up for fun things to do in London this week.
Pop Up Screens
When: July 6, 7 and 8
Where: Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith
What: One of the best things about summer is open air cinemas and thanks to Pop Up Screens there are open air cinemas popping up all over the city this season. This week, movie magic is going on in Ravenscourt Park with showings of cult classics Office Space, The Goonies and Labyrinth. And while you watch David Bowie lunging around in spandex, you can feast on buffalo, ostrich, wild boar or wildebeest courtesy of Tucker’s Exotic Meat Shack.
London Literature Fest
When: July 3 to July 12
Where: Southbank Centre, Southbank
What: Book worms and literary buffs will be descending on Southbank Centre en masse this week for the sixth annual London Literature Fest which attracts respected writers, artists and activists from around the world to share their short stories, debates, poetry and spoken word. The lineup includes Siri Hustvedt, John Pilger, Andy Kershaw, Will Self and Mark Haddon. If you don’t know who any of these people are then why not go along and find out.
The Chap Olympiad
When: July 7 and 8
Where: Bedford Square, Bloomsbury
What: If you haven’t scored some tickets to the Olympics this summer, why not check out The Chap Olympiad instead? It takes the crown for one of the best things to do in London this week. Dubbed the “celebration of athletic ineptitude and immaculate trouser creases,” Britain’s most eccentric sporting event returns this year with not just one but two days of alternative themed sporting events for chaps (and chapettes) including pipeathalon, iron board surfing and umbrella jousting, among other things, as well as live music, cucumber sandwiches and other general British bizzarities on the lawn. Get into the spirit of things and show up in full period dress.
London Film and Comic Con
When: July 6 to 8
Where: Olympia Grand Hall, Kensington Olympia
What: Calling all science fiction geeks and comic and gaming nerds to The London Film and Comic Con. You can snap up memorabilia from your fave movies, comics and cult TV shows, attend free guest talks, queue for autographs and get snapped looking all star struck next to your favourite star, whether it’s Gillian Anderson from The X Files, John Simm (of Life on Mars and Dr Who fame) or Alex Winter from Bill and Ted.
When: until July 8
Where: All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon
What: There’s still a chance to get your hands on tickets to London’s oldest and much loved tennis event providing you’re willing to queue patiently for hours or devote time to checking Ticketmaster at regular intervals throughout the day. It’s worth it to pig out on strawberries and cream and witness the tennis world’s finest players strutting their stuff on court. Check out our blog post for more information.
When: every Friday night 6pm to 10pm until the end of July
Where: London Zoo, Regent’s Park
What: Channel the inner animal in you and experience what goes on at London Zoo after dark. There’s improvised comedy in the aquarium, Twisted Cabaret in the amphitheatre, a Silent Disco, street food and sultry performances from some of London’s finest acoustic musicians. Our favourite part has to be the Transformation Station where you can put on an animal costume, have your face painted or don animal masks and silly furry hats just for fun (yes, this is for adults, in fact, it’s adults only).
More London (Free theatre)
When: Thursday to Sunday, July 5 to August 5
Where: The Scoop at More London, London Bridge
What: Get your culture on and check out some free theatre at The Scoop at More London, an outdoor sunken amphitheatre with seating for 800. This month sees a rare staging of the Oresteia trilogy – The Trojan Horse, Agamemnon and Orestes - a three part drama charting Ancient Greece's journey from chaos to peace. The performances are at 6:30pm, 8pm and 9:30pm and you can watch one or stay for all three. Get there early because seats are on a first come, first serve basis.
London Festival of Architecture
When: Until July 8
Where: various venues
What: This is your last chance to check out the exhibitions, street installations, guided walks, boat rides, design workshops, open studios and markets celebrating London’s buildings and public spaces. This year’s theme is “Playful City” so events are designed to encourage participants to play in and with the city. Highlights this weekend include an architecturally-inspired dance performance at King's Cross.
The London Open
When: July 4 to September 14
Where: Whitechapel Gallery, Whitechapel
What: 'The London Open' is an open submission exhibition featuring all forms of art from 35 new and established London-based artists, selected by a panel of international artists, curators and critics. Works range from the more serious political and social subject matter to totally kitsch. We like the sound of Pio Abad’s work featuring Saddam Hussein’s gold taps printed on an imitation Versace silk scarf.
Know of any more fun things to do in London this week or for the weeks coming up? Leave it in the comment section!