• The CityThis two-hour tour will explore some of the best and most historic gardens and churchyards in the City of London. The walk will start at the City Information Centre opposite St Paul's Cathedral (on St. Paul's Church Yard). There is no need to book, just introduce yourself to the guide outside who will be wearing his or her official badge.
to • Spencer HouseBuilt a short distance from Buckingham Palace with magnificent views of Green Park, Spencer House is one of the finest aristocratic town houses in London. It the city's only great 18th-century private palace to survive intact. The restoration is complimented by a magnificent collection of paintings and furniture, including five Benjamin West paintings graciously lent by Her Majesty The Queen.
• Regent’s Park Open Air TheatreWhat could be nicer than spending a summer evening under the stars, watching a great film on a big screen? The screen will be located at the Open Air Theatre -- and amphitheatre-type venue in Regent's Park. Tonight's movie will be Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" (15).
to • Buckingham PalaceThis Exclusive Evening Tour of Buckingham Palace offers the visitor a very special insight into the history and use of the State Rooms, and the works of art on display. The tour takes place in the company of an expert guide and includes a copy of the official guidebook and glass of champagne served in the Grand Entrance.
• Albert MemorialThis fascinating tour gives you exclusive access inside the Albert Memorial railings to take a closer look at the Frieze of Parnassus and the other fine details on one of the greatest monuments of the Victorian era.
• Kenwood HouseJoin West End star Michael Ball and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, for an evening of music by George Gershwin in the spectacular grounds of Kenwood House. There will be performances of "Rhapsody in Blue", "Summertime", "An American in Paris", "Cuban Over",and music from "Porgy & Bess".
• Royal Albert HallJoin conductor Paavo Jarvi, violinist Janine Jansen and the Orchestre de Paris for Proms #67 at the Royal Albert Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Arvo Part, Britten, Berlioz and Saint-Saens.
• Royal Albert HallJoin conductor Matthew Coorey, In Harmony, the Liverpool Philharmonic Children's Choir and the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for Proms #66 at the Royal Albert Hall, which will include music by Mussorgsky, Grieg and Stravinsky.
• London Duck ToursThe D-Day Duck Tour is a lively and informative tour suitable for the whole family, which takes you around some of London's most important Second World War sights. Once you enter the water you will get to see what these extraordinary boats were originally designed for -- an amphibious landing on the Normandy beaches!
• Comedy StoreTV's Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey and Andy Smart.
to • St. Paul’s CathedralSt Paul's will be home to 25 life-size painted donkeys as part of an interfaith art exhibition. The donkeys will travel all the way from Cairo to Sotheby's, via St. Paul's Cathedral, where they will be auctioned to make money for Egyptian charities.
to • Regent’s Park Open Air TheatreThis tyrannosauric treat will bring these pre-historic creatures to the stage as you've never seen them before! The highly imaginative live show will teach you all about dinosaurs, and even allow your kids to get up close and personal with them on the picnic lawn. But watch out -- not all of them are as tame as they look!
to • Lyttelton Theatre"Strange Interlude" tells the tale of Nina, who escapes her jealous father and embarks on a series of tawdry sexual adventures after the love of her life is killed in the war. But when she marries the amiable Sam and gets pregnant, she learns a horrifying secret which propels her into the arms of another -- with fatal consequences.
to • Garrick Theatre"Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain" is set in loathsome London, where you'll enrol in a Georgian crime school, dance the Tyburn Jig, and lose your head to the horrible Henry! Will Parliament escape the Gunpowder Plot? And why did the Romans never win Master Chef? "Horrible Histories" will teach you all of this, and much more!
to • Clarence HouseClarence House will be opening its doors to the public during the summer months, allowing them to explore the five ground-floor rooms in which the Prince of Wales undertakes official engagements. The arrangement of the rooms remains much as they when the Queen Mother was in residence.
to • Buckingham PalaceThe Buckingham Palace Summer Opening will grant visitors access to the lavishly decorated State Rooms, taking you through the Grand Entrance, Throne Room, Picture Gallery, Silk Tapestry Room, Ballroom, State Dining Room, Marble Hall and Music Room. There will also be an opportunity to take refreshments in the cafe overlooking the landscaped gardens.
to • HarrodsChristmas has started early this year...on the 19th July. Because that's the date that Harrods opened their Christmas department -- 158 days before the big event! So if you always leave your Christmas shopping to the last minute, you've got no excuse this year.
to • Piccadilly Theatre"Dirty Dancing" tells the tale of Baby and Johnny -- two fiery young spirits who come together in the most exciting summer of their lives. It includes all of your favourite tunes from the movie, including 'Hungry Eyes', 'I've Had the Time of My Life' and 'She's Like the Wind'. You can catch the popular musical Dirty Dancing at the Piccadilly Theatre on Sun 1st September.
to • National Portrait GalleryDame Laura Knight was one of the most popular British artists of the 20th-century. She painted everything from dancers at the ballet to gypsies at the races, and was especially acclaimed for her work as an war artist. Her paintings are remarkable for their diverse range of subjects and settings, and this exhibition will feature more than 30 of her most distinctive and vivid works.
to • Royal Academy of ArtsEncompassing the years 1910 to 1940, "A Revolution in Art" will examine a period of artistic creativity that took place during and after the Mexican revolution. These years of profound political change are often referred to as a cultural renaissance, when artists were employed by the government to promote the principles of the revolution.
to • Menier Chocolate FactoryBased on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker, "The Color Purple" is an unforgettable story of love and triumph over adversity. The story follows Celie from childhood, as she grows up through times of joy and despair, anguish, hope, and her discovery of love. The play is infused with a joyous score of jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues.
to • Lyric TheatreThe award-winning kid's book "We're Going On A Bear Hunt" is brought vividly (and noisily) to life in this fun-filled adaptation at the Lyric Theatre. Join the adventurers on their quest to find a bear, wading through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! You can catch the popular theatre show Were Going On A Bear Hunt at the Lyric Theatre on Sun 1st September.
to • Tate ModernThe Tate Modern is putting on an exhibition of works by African artist Ibrahim El-Salahi, bringing together 100 works from his five decade career. The exhibition will follow outlines Ibrahim's personal journey from the Sudan to London, and back to Sudan in 1957. It was there that he established a new visual vocabulary, integrating Islamic, African, Arab and Western traditions. His most recent paintings reflect his joy for life, his spiritual faith, and a recognition of his place in the world.
to • Jewish MuseumThe Jewish Museum is staging an intimate and moving exhibition about music star Amy Winehouse, co-curated by her brother Alex and sister-in-law Riva. The family have allowed unprecedented access to Amy's personal belongings, and the exhibition includes many unseen photographs of her family life.
to • Tate BritainIn what promises to be one of the busiest art exhibitions of the year, Tate Britain will be reappraising the work of L.S. Lowry -- arguably Britain's most popular painter. "Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life" will argue the case for his position as Britain's pre-eminent painter of the industrial city, and explore his place in wider art history.
to • National GalleryThis interesting exhibition will combine the art of Vermeer and his 17th-century contemporaries with rare musical instruments and songbooks from the period. By juxtaposing them with real instruments from the period, you will be able to see the difference between the real objects and the way in which the painters chose to represent them.
to • Globe TheatreThe Globe Theatre is putting on a production of Shakespeare's "Macbeth". It tells the story of Macbeth, who is promised the Scottish crown by three wicked witches. Driven on by ambition and his ruthless wife, he assassinates the king to realise the prophecy. But as he claims the throne, Macbeth is haunted by demons from his past...
to • National Portrait GalleryThe BP Portrait Award is worth a hefty £25,000, and is open to artists all around the world. More than 2,000 artists are expected to enter this year, and fifty-five of the most outstanding and innovative new portraits will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery.
to • Courtauld GalleryThe Courtauld Gallery is putting together a special exhibition of works by Paul Gaugin, collected together by Samuel Courtauld in the 1920s. The Courtauld holds the UK's most important collection of works by the Post-Impressionist master.
to • Wallace Collection"The Discovery of Paris" focuses on the period between 1802 and 1840, and features more than 60 watercolours, preparatory drawings and associated prints by early 19th-century British artists. The exhibition include works by Turner, Girtin and Bonington, and less familiar artists like Thomas Shotter Boys and William Callow.
to • National Maritime MuseumThe National Maritime Museum's new "Visions of the Universe" exhibition will tell the story of astronomical imaging - from the earliest hand-drawings all the way up to the latest pictures from Hubble and the Mars Curiosity rover. The exhibition will bring together some of the best astronomical photographs ever made, showcasing over a hundred images of stars, planets, galaxies from NASA, the Russian space programme, and some of the largest telescopes in the world.
to • Tate BritainTate Britain will be holding two new exhibitions in parallel, comparing and contrasting the work of Gary Hume and Paul Caulfield. Patrick Caulfield is a celebrated British painter who is best known for his iconic and vibrant paintings of modern life. The exhibition will explore the artist's mastery of colour, graphic elegance and wit, and offer the chance to reassess his influences and legacy.
to • Tate BritainTate Britain will be holding two new exhibitions in parallel, comparing and contrasting the work of Gary Hume and Paul Caulfield. The exhibition will spann Hume's entire career, including many well known and recent paintings. It will highlight Hume's innovative use of colour, line and surface in his distinctive compositions.
to • National GalleryMichael Landy will be bringing a contemporary twist to the saints in a series of large-scale sculptures. Landy has scoured car boot sales and flea markets in search of old machinery, cogs and wheels to construct his sculptures, bringing religious iconography to life for a 21st-century audience.
to • British LibraryThe British Library's new exhibition will try and lift the lid on the ways through which governments across the planet have attempted to influence our thoughts for over 100 years... showcasing you the myriad ways that states attempt to influence us, the People.
to • Jubilee GardensThe London Wonderground is a fantastic playground of wonders and curiosities, all sitting in the shadow of the London Eye. You can enjoy everything from circus acts and cabaret, to bars, sideshows and music gigs. The Udderbelly Festival (you can't miss it, it's housed inside a big inflatable purple cow!) is super-strong in big name comedy stars, whilst the headline show "Cantina" has delighted audiences all around the world.
to • Queen’s GalleryThe Queen's Gallery's new exhibition "In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion" will use paintings from the Royal Collection to explore the sumptuous costumes of the British court in the 16th and 17th-century. The exhibition will feature more than 60 works, including pieces by Hans Holbein the Younger, Nicholas Hilliard, Van Dyck and Peter Lely.
to • Tate ModernThe Tate Modern's new exhibition will focus on the acclaimed North American artist, Ellen Gallagher, who is best-known for her exploration of race and cultural identity. The exhibition will consist of 60 prints in a variety of different media.
to • Tate ModernThe Tate Modern is putting on an exhibition of works by Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair. The artist's extraordinary body of work uses painting and drawing, textiles and jewellery, as well as her famous sculptures, to pursue her interests in science, mathematics and Islamic art and poetry. Her art combines elements of both western abstraction with Islamic aesthetics, making her one of the most significant figures in the history of 20th-century art.
to • Natural History MuseumSebastiao Salgado's "Genesis" exhibition is the culmination of 8 years work exploring 32 countries, and will include 250 extraordinary images of landscapes, wildlife and remote communities. The photographs capture some of the most remote areas of the world, depicting the majesty of nature and capturing indigenous communities.
to • British MuseumIn AD 79 Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried two cities in the Bay of Naples. When they were rediscovered nearly 1,700 years later, covered in rock-solid ash, Pompeii and Herculaneum provided historians with an unparalleled glimpse into the daily life of the Roman Empire.
to • Royal ObservatoryAre we alone? Have aliens already visited Earth? And if they did, would they be friendly or hostile? Beginning with the writings of 16th-century astronomer Copernicus and ending up with the modern-day SETI program, "Alien Revolution" will take a whistle-stop tour of our on-going fascination with aliens, exploring everything from HG Wells, crop circles and ET, to Betty and Barney -- an American couple who claim to have been abducted by aliens.