10 Great Things to do this July in London

Opera Holland Park - Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland (July 2014) (c) Alex Brenner, no use without credit permitted (_DSC8611)

With so much going on around London it can be hard to know which things to pick and choose… So, here is my round up of events for the month ahead, and if you’re still looking for more, just head over to my calendar to be inspired even further, or add your own London event!

Ready? Here you go…

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
The Yucca Lawn, Opera Holland Park
16th July – 1st August

It’s the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in
Wonderland this year and what better way to celebrate than to promenade
around the woodland setting of Holland Park to an incredible operatic
version of our favourite book. Will Todd’s much-loved Alice’s Adventures in
Wonderland is back this summer bigger and better than ever before. Tthe
production sees the audience promenade between the sets accompanied by the
singers and the ‘Alice Band’! One minute you’ll be watching Alice fall down
the rabbit hole and the next you will find yourself sitting at the Mad
Hatters Tea Party. It’s magical and you will be mesmerised and engrossed by
the spectacular re-telling of this classic tale.

Friday 4th July 2014 Feast@Fitzrovia Food Festival Fun. Fitzrovia, London,UK

Live Food Show
Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia
3rd July, 12pm – 6pm

Top chefs from across Fitzrovia including Elena’s L’Etoile, Kua’Aina, Obica, Pied à Terre and Salt Yard showcase their favourite dishes live on stage, hosted by food writer Andrew Kay. You’ll be able to watch, learn, ask questions and then taste the resulting dishes.

Jonathan Holloway's Jekyll & Hyde (courtesy Chung Ying Theatre Company) 35

Jonathan Holloway’s Jekyll & Hyde
Platform Theatre, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA
28th July -8th August

Starting at the very end of July is Jonathan Holloway’s audacious adaption
of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll & Hyde.  Here this dark tale of terror
and suspense becomes a genuinely disturbing thriller for our time. Dr Jekyll
is here cast as a fascinating and dangerous female scientist, who comes to
England from the Balkans. Clearly tormented by unspeakable horrors in her
past, she conducts bizarre scientific experiments as she seeks safety by
becoming a man. This show is a visual feast that merges Weimer cabaret with
a creepily melodramatic aesthetic underpinned by a stunning live audio score
and soundscape that cranks up an atmosphere of claustrophobic hysteria.

Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Club at The Ivy
3rd July, 7:30pm

Go People are a London-based theatre company that take over stunning venues for one-off performances of classic plays. This July, they are bringing their 7-actor ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ into the beautiful Loft space of The Club at the Ivy. Enjoy a delicious pre or post-show dinner in the Club as well, all included with your ticket.

After School Club

After School Club Pop-Up
The Round Chapel, Old School Rooms, E5
22nd July – 6th August

Fun-loving foodies are about to get their very own slice of the school in the retro, vintage and super-cool shape of London’s latest pop-up from The Art of Dining. It’s time to sit down and be on your best behaviour for The After School Club – a pop up dining experience serving 5 courses of posh school dinners at the Round Chapel Old School Rooms in Hackney at the end of July. So prepare for an evening of mouth-watering dishes with a side of theatre, music and don’t forget the milk monitors!



‘As Is’ by William M. Hoffman
Trafalgar Studios (Studio 2), 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY
1st July -1st August

Celebrating its 30th anniversary since first opening in New York, where it
was hailed by critics as the most powerful play of the year, the
significance and urgency of As Is is greater than ever before.  Using humour
and sensitivity, As Is shatters the apathy and ignorance surrounding AIDS in
the 1980s.  It has a stellar cast including Steven Webb, David Poynor, Dino
Fetscher and Jane Lowe.  But it’s not just a fantastic play.  This
production provides a vital platform to learn from the past and be informed
by the present.  There will be a vast array of wrap-around activity
including offering rapid HIV testing to all those who attend the production
along with debates, Q&As and education seminars with eminent speakers
exploring subjects concerning those affected by HIV and AIDS.

Make Your case


Make Your Case – punk wine tasting
The Building Centre, Fitzrovia
2nd July 6:30pm

The punk wine tasting event returns, this time in the fantastic Building Centre. The city’s top sommeliers, vintners and restaurateurs present their favourite wines to you the judging audience. The only snag is they can’t mention the grape variety, country of origin or price, they’ve only got three minutes… and you’re tasting the wine blind. You score the wines and the presenters. It’s fast, furious and a whole heap of fun!

Your ticket includes a sharing platter of food.



Udderbelly Festival at Southbank Centre, Jubilee Gardens, London SE1 8XX
Until 19th July

Frenetic but friendly.  Captivating but casual.  Audacious but awkward.
This incredible circus company present a dazzling tour-de-force of cutting
edge circus prowess and physical theatre mayhem.  Bromance walks the line
between the pugnacious and the poignant.  It’s a hilarious, bitter-sweet,
mind-blowing celebration of everything blokey – where handshakes become
handstands and back slaps become backflips.   The show introduces ideas
about intense trust, support and personal space with relationships being at
the heart of Bromance as it wittily explores male companionship and its

Production Image - L’Italiana (courtesy Richard Lakos) 4

Pop-Up Opera: Summer Season 2015
Various locations – check the website!
1st June –28th July 2015

Pop-up Opera are back with L‘Italiana in Algeri (The Italian girl in Algiers).  Rossini meets Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, against a backdrop of glitz and grit at the Algiers HotelNevada.  Hotel employee, Lindoro, is down on his luck and in debt to the Algiers’ corrupt and extravagant owner, Mustafa. Lindoro’s Italian-American girlfriend, Isabella, arrives in Vegas under the pretence of auditioning as a show-girl to try and get Lindoro out of this mess. Mustafa, bored with his faded starlet wife, Elvira, is enraptured by the headstrong Isabella: but will she be seduced by his power and money?



Birdlife – an illustration exhibition
Fika, Brick Lane
2nd July – 16th Sept

‘Bird Life’ offers the chance to step into a wild and colourful world, created and curated by illustrator Sarah Edmonds. This exhibition is a collaboration with Fika, transforming the venue into a visual feast of faces and feathers. Hand drawn patterns, mysterious gatherings and hidden treasures will tell tales of golden eggs, celebrate the dawn chorus and blur the boundary between bird and human.

The Underwriting by Michelle Miller

Poppy Loves Book Club
Online – wherever you are in the world!
July 29th, 7:30pm UK time

This month we’re reading The Underwriting by Michelle Miller – join us for the discussions!




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