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Talent Scout Sam Lee from The Nest Collective guides us through his favourite London haunts

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London by Lamé Amy is not so impressed with Vauxhall’s new moniker, and gets angry about a very personal ad campaign

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Cover Story 6 Lunchtime London Don’t spend your lunch break at your desk eating sandwiches, spice things up. From walks and talks to bargain gourmet grub, get out there

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Scouted //SECRET CASH////////////////////////////////////// MACHINES OF LONDON//////////////////////////// MONUMENT////////////////// The Bank/Monument Underground mega-station is huge. Enormous, in fact. With 10 platforms, 15 escalators and served by six lines, the combined stations serve over 40m commuters a year and one could easily spend a day getting lost in the endless maze of corridors and stairwells that link the two major hubs. Hidden deep inside are two secret cash machines on the westbound District and Circle line platform at Monument station. The ATM is rather brilliant as it is within view of the dot-matrix display for incoming Tube trains. Two minutes to go before your Wimbledon train rumbles through the station? Plenty of time to grab £10 for lunch on the way to your next meeting. We like anything that maximises our efficiency beneath the city.

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Sarah Lederman: A Notion Of Longing Rollo Contemporary Art Closes Sat Jun 30 Paulina Michnowska: Lost In Space Forever George & Jorgen Fine Art Closes Sun Jul 1 Noises Off Novello Theatre Closes Sat Jun 30 The Witness The Royal Court Closes Sat Jun 30 Equus Greenwich Theatre Closes Sat Jun 30 LIFT 2012: You Once Said Yes Roundhouse Closes Sun Jul 1 A Midsummer Night’s Dream Brockwell Park Closes Sun Jul 1 Music Hall Showdown Brick Lane Music Hall Closes Fri Jun 29 Sixty Nine Subway Gallery Closes Sat Jun 30

Londoners are set to go up in the world Sufferers of vertigo look away now – London is going all high-rise as a new attraction giving people chance to walk over the roof of The O2 opens, just before the cable car river crossing is set to launch. Up At The O2 (pictured) is a 90-minute experience which for £22 each will 4

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take visitors on a guided expedition across the roof of The O2 arena in Greenwich, along a tensile fabric walkway suspended 53m above ground level. An observation platform at the summit allows climbers to take in the views across the Capital before descending.

If that weren’t dizzying enough, Thursday is due to see the opening of Emirates Air Line – the cable car between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks. The five-minute ride will cost £4.30 one way, £8.60 return. Perhaps only for highfliers, then.

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Sam Lee Musician and founder, The Nest Collective

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Sam Lee is a singer, promoter, teacher, researcher and confessed die-hard enthusiast of the folk arts. Described by the Telegraph as “the rising star of traditional English folksong”, he has become one of the current leading lights of the folk revival taking traditional song into a new direction and onto new platforms. Sam performs solo or with his band The Gillie Boys. His debut album Ground Of Its Own will be released this month following a launch party on Wednesday at the Old Queen’s Head in Islington. Let’s go to the pub. Scout’s buying - you pick the location. Definitely the Three Compasses on Dalston Lane. It was once voted England’s roughest pub but is now run by a league of seven brothers and sisters of the mighty Johns family from Leeds. It’s always a charming welcome full of love, plus they make phat burgers which use brioche instead of buns. Eat ’em to believe it.

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Sounds delicious. How about if we want to eat something healthier? Any restaurant tips? Yeni Umut Café 2000 in Dalston – it’s the best meat and charcoals. What are your favourite outdoor spots? Swimming off the banks of the Thames in Deptford. There are massive great landscapes of tumbling wharfs, amazing water, and a healthy sense of danger. Where do you go shopping? Ridley Road Market – you can get five avocados for a pound. Where do you go to relax? Hampstead Heath ponds. In the summer this is simply an English paradise. What’s your secret London tip for Londoners? The Italian Cultural Embassy does free food at all its cultural concerts – go and be treated! In fact, many embassies do the same.

What in London inspires you? The architecture, the people, the stereotypes, the fashion, the pubs, everyone on the 38 route. Any London secrets to share? I recently discovered the revamped The Blacksmith & The Toffee Maker pub in Islington – the beer’s not bad but the decor/menus/ signage are wonderful. What’s your favourite part of London? Although it’s not somewhere

I head to often, Camden will always a special place in my heart. Many memories of teenage weekends spent hanging around there all those years ago. I recently did the artwork for the Camden Crawl which reignited that love interest fantastic architecture and scenery full of character to doodle. How important is London in your work? In a word - very! I grew up just outside of London and moved here

eight years ago and never looked back. I think there’s a bit of “me” in all my work and London is very much part of that. What’s next for you? Right now: a cup of tea. In the future: A children’s book, a comic book, drawing workshops and possibly a textiles range. And then, who knows? I would love to try animation, though. See more at: freyaillustration.co.uk

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“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” Douglas Adams

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Put down your mouse and step away from the computer screen. Lunchtime is for more than shuffling down sandwiches in front of Facebook. From talks and walks to volunteering and bargain haute cuisine, Scout helps you make the most of the little time you get

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n any given weekday, the average Londoner will spend almost as much time sitting at their desk as they will sleeping. Add in the fact that we put in more overtime than anywhere else in the country and that we have the longest average commute, there’s good reason for making the most of the precious little time there is. Where better to begin the fightback than by seizing back that weekly foodstop known as lunchtime? Whether it’s upgrading your eating or getting well and truly out of there, we’ve picked out all you need to spice up your lunchtime. There’s no excuses – despite

what you might think, health experts say that taking a break actually makes you work harder and makes you more productive. The hour you give over to time out is more than made up for when you return, compared with if you don’t. As if that weren’t enough, psychologists have found that contrary to the idea that time flies when you’re having fun, it can actually be percived as stretching when you’re enjoying yourself. Remember the last time you had a fun day out? Once you’re back home, breakfast seems like it was a week ago. You had fun, yet it seemed like time expanded. Grab this theory with both hands and make the most of the precious little free time there is. Insist on taking a lunchbreak at least once a week and go to town on it.

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Lunchtimes aren’t just about filling your belly with food. You can also fill your mind with art and music, or fill your soul by exploring the city, learning about its past, or helping its next generation. Or just have fun swimming or walking. London is awash with entertainment – most museums and galleries are free too, so there’s nothing stopping you from giving them a go, except a lack of willpower. If you’re brave enough to sidestep those obvious choices and take our top tips – we promise you a lunchtime that’ll lift your normal 9-5 out of the doldrums. Pound the pavement Inmidtown, the business organisation for the Holborn, Bloomsbury and St Giles areas, offers free lunchtime walks taking in historic buildings and quirky artefacts. Starting from a kiosk outside Holborn Tube station, they last about 45 minutes. inmidtown.org

Lunchtime lectures Put your brain to work in a different way with UCL’s lunchtime talks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Topics ranging from painting techniques to Arctic exploring – and if you can’t make it to Senate House they’re also screened live online. ucl.ac.uk

1. L’atelier du Joel Robuchon The £32 set lunch menu is easily half the price of a selection from the à la carte. w 2. Hibiscus Claude Bosi’s flagship normally charges £87.50 for three courses in the evening, but it shrinks to just £34.95 for a weekday lunch. It’s £45 on Saturdays. w 3. The Ledbury Save at least 20 quid by opting for the £35 set lunch menu, still with plenty of choice. w 4. Dinner By Heston Choose the Lunch By Heston. Three courses for £32 is considerably better value than the evening à la carte. w 5. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay Three courses for £45 at this three Michelin-starred institution. Dinner price is £95.

The Great Scout London Sandwich Challenge According to the British Sandwich Association/Kantar, London’s favourite sandwich (after the all-encompassing ‘mixed selection’) is the humble chicken and bacon wedge. Scout put the eight most commonly-found chains to the test in a completely unscientific exercise to find the best marriage of poultry and swine. The end results prove that all is not equal when it comes to sandwiches. 8

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If you’ve got a little bit more time at lunch, why not take the opportunity to push the boat out without actually pushing it out at all. There’s a whole host of seriously swanky joints around the capital which have some substantially less swanky prices at lunchtimes.

Spice up your lunch Work on that novel Sutton House Scribblers is a new creative writing group that meets over a lunchtime coffee and cake in the café at one of London’s oldest houses: National Trust-managed Sutton House in Homerton. Join up at its Facebook page or pop along with a work in progress to get some feedback and ideas from the group. facebook.com/SuttonHouseScribblers Learn about London’s past Every day the under-appreciated Museum of London at the Barbican hosts a 45-minute lunchtime gallery tour kicking off at noon. The museum is a hidden gem inside an eye-popping brutalist shell which charts the history of this fun, infuriating and beguiling place we call home. museumoflondon.org.uk Sutton House

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Get theatrical Had enough of office theatrics? See how it’s done professionally at a lunchtime theatre production in the capital. Bridewell Theatre’s Lunchbox Theatre events start at 1pm and last about 45 minutes. Currently showing Noel Coward’s Still Life, the forthcoming programme

Pret A Manger Classic Super Club £3.25 Peppery mayo, good filling and fresh salad made this our top pick.

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includes comedy and ballet. Elsewhere, The Criterion runs a series of Lunchtime With… talks at which you can drop in with your sandwiches to see one-on-one interviews with West End stars. Take an al fresco dip A lunchtime swim will reinvigorate mind and body. But it’s summer – so why settle for a gym? Hampstead Ponds offers a wild swimming experience on Hampstead Heath, while the Oasis Centre in Holborn is a Central London swimmer’s surprise – an incredible open air rooftop pool, complete with sun loungers and decking. And it’s council run, so it’s cheap as chips. cityoflondon.gov.uk camden.gov.uk

Marks & Spencer Chicken & Bacon £3.00 Nice thick, tasty bacon – we liked very much.

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Boots Roast Chicken & Bacon £2.50 Juicy bacon, good amount of pepper.

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Midday music Near the Southbank? Head into Royal Festival Hall on a Friday for a weekly free lunchtime concert, which takes place in the retro Central Bar. Elsewhere, at St Martin-in-the-Fields near Trafalgar Square, there are three lunchtime concerts a week; its nave comes alive to classical music every Monday, Tuesday and Friday. southbankcentre.co.uk /smitf.org

Help kids who have creative dreams Nick Hornby – Highbury’s most famous son, and chronicler of too many breakups and broken Arsenal dreams – set up the Ministry of Stories charity to encourage young people who dream of words rather than pictures. Give your lunch break to help mentor these kids with their fiction or journalism and you’ll be inspiring young minds. The Hoxton Monster Supplies Shop at the front always needs volunteers too. ministryofstories.org/volunteer

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EAT Chicken & Bacon £3.25 Simple, but a little lean on the bacon front. Good mayo.

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Can’t get out? Don’t miss out. Restaurants are willing to travel for your business. Check-out these top take-outs

Say au revoir to Pret and tell Tesco where to go. Our pick of the best quick lunches around is a cure to Meal Deal monotony, whether you’re grabbing a pew or dining al desko.

Deliverance Its mission statement is to make good, healthy food wickedly tempting – and Deliverance seems to be onto a winner. From American and Chinese to Indian and Italian, a wide range of dishes are delivered across central London. deliverance.co.uk Boisdale of Canary Wharf Order any one of its five signature burgers before 11.30am and get them delivered locally from 12.30pm. There’s a £5 charge on the whole order, so you might want to book en masse. boisdale.co.uk Urban Bite Need more choice? Urban Bite collates local restaurants and take-aways and presents them with details of menus, prices, opening hours and ratings so you can choose the best for you. Simply click onto the site, enter your postcode and search what’s nearby. urbanbite.com

SOMETHING FISHY make sure your sushi lunch date isn’t second rate… Tesco Chicken Bacon & Lettuce £1.90 Salad got top marks but points off for the bread.

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Beatroot For freshly made soups, salads, smoothies and other vegetarian fare, which may or may not begin with the letter ‘s’. Berwick Street, W1 beatroot.org.uk w Comptoir Libanais Lebanese lunches made with love and full of flavour. The salads are virtuous, the pastries are not, and if it’s been one of those days then it’s even BYO booze. Wigmore Street, W1; Exhibition Road, SW7; Westfield, W12; Westfield, E20 lecomptoir.co.uk w Imli Sandwiches meet the subcontinent as this younger sibling of Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Tamarind presents the Naanwich – a sandwich made with a naan bread. Try the spicy lamb with mango relish. Wardour Street, W1 imli.co.uk

Coco di Mama Homely Italian food. Tuck into the assortment of fresh pastas or the parma-ham filled alternative to the bacon roll. Save room for tiramisu. Fleet Street, EC4; London Wall, EC2 cocodimama.co.uk w Poncho no.8 Crisp nachos and teeming tortillas. Just choose your fillings, add your toppings and away you go. Try the barbacoa slow-cooked shredded beef. Steward Street, E1; Queen’s Head Passage, EC4; Old Compton Street, W1 poncho8.com w Hazev Be as quick or as leisurely as you like at this lunchtime hero in Heron Quay. With mezze, wraps and top notch hummus available to eat-in or take-away, it really is a Turkish delight. South Quay Square, E14 hazev.com

The good... Itsu At £4.49 for a nine-piece selection of sushi rolls, plus a heap of edamame, this popular chain is certainly doing something right. itsu.com

but crabsticks, a prawn, claggy rice and some leather masquerading as an omelette really doesn’t float our boat. Must try harder. The lazy... You Me Sushi You Me Sushi now delivers its vast Japanese menu for free across most London postcodes, including large sushi selection boxes for meetings or parties. youmesushi.com

The bad... Boots Sorry, Boots – but we’re going to have to stick the boot in. It’s not that we’re sushi snobs,

The Co-operative Chicken & Bacon £2.30 Pretty good bread hid ‘exaggerated’ bacon flavour.

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Sainsbury’s Chicken & Bacon Salad £2.60 Dry bread and soggy salad let this offering down.

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Waitrose Roast Chicken & Bacon £2.62 A surprise last place - too plain for our panel’s taste.

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Alessandro Santos - BORN Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. LIVES London. CRAFT Alessandro fell in love with fashion whilst performing ballet. Now owner of, “Mayfair Suits”. LOVES Primrose Hill, musical theatre, cooking, “Bruno” the dog & Raspberry Wheat Beer. TAKE YOUR TIME. DRINK RESPONSIBLY.

Raspberry Wheat Beer - BORN Greenwich. LIVES London. CRAFT Brewer Steve Schmidt uses malted barley, malted wheat and raspberries for Meantime’s most successful experimental brew. LOVES Chocolate based sweets, soft cheeses & spiced curries. Unlike most beers, Meantime matures for longer and remains unpasteurised to ensure the fullest possible flavour.

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See the stars under the stars “Being outdoors and sitting on the ground instantly puts you in a different mood,” says David Cox, programmer of the Film4 Summer Screen. “Your senses are a bit more alive”. Get out of the multiplex and experience one of London’s outdoor cinema events this summer Roof Top Film Club “We’re not trying to be edgy or cool, we’re trying to create something that everyone can enjoy,” says founder of The Roof Top Film Club, Gerry Cottle Jr. With classics such as Top Gun and The Lost Boys, wireless headphones (to block out traffic noise) and comfy chairs, it’s easy to see why the film club is so popular. “You see films in parks but never this high up and right in the heart of the city. There is no venue like it,” says Cottle. Until August 31, Queen of Hoxton, £10, rooftopfilmclub.com The Old Vic Tunnels “This isn’t cinema,” claims Hamish Jenkinson, creative director of The Old Vic Tunnels, “The moment you combine film with live aspects, such as music and dancers, it becomes theatre.” The tunnels will be transformed into New York for a showing of disco classic, Saturday Night Fever. As well as the screening there’ll be live music, dancers, a pizza joint, drinks and a disco. July 11-21, The Old Vic Tunnels, SE1 8SW, £25 oldvictunnels.com The Old Vic Tunnels

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Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House Film4 Summer Screen programmer David Cox tells Scout London: “It doesn’t seem possible that you can sit and experience an emotional film like Bicycle Thieves while the traffic streams past on The Strand just outside.” That’s what makes this London summer institution so special. Its Behind The Scenes talks are an added draw, and this year will include director Adam Smith talking about harnessing the power of a Chemical Brothers concert for his film Don’t Think. August 16-27, Somerset House, £14.50 somersethouse.org.uk Midsummer Night Screen Midsummer Night Screen has selected films which are famous for their soundtracks, including Lost in Translation, which features songs by Kevin Shields, and The Graduate, with its classic soundtrack by Simon & Garfunkel. DJs will play music tailored to the film, after the screening. July 20 & August 31, Dalston Roof Park, £7 online, £10 on the door, bootstrapcompany.co.uk Somerset House

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Pop Up Screens David Leydon of Pop Up Screens explains, “Firstly, we try to provide an experience that marries together the occasion of going to a boutique cinema with the atmosphere of a festival. Secondly we try to bring back some of the innocence of going to the cinema, so there’s no advertising, no bad films, no sponsors, no sticky carpet, no miserable multiplex staff and no mega-sized colas ‘for just 50p more’.” Highlights include Anchorman, Fight Club and Ghostbusters. July 6-September 16, various locations, £8, season ticket £50, popupscreens.co.uk Royal Opera House BP Summer Big Screen Metamorphosis: Titian Practice your pirouette for a big screen showing of The Royal Opera House’s Metamorphosis: Titian by The Royal Ballet. With free entry it’s advisable to get there early and bring a blanket to sit on – no foldup chairs are allowed. July 16, Trafalgar Square, free, roh.org.uk

The Luna Cinema “The experience of seeing a film in Battersea or Dulwich Park is completely different to when you come to the manicured lawns of Hampton Court Palace or Kensington Palace,” says Luna Cinema’s George Wood. The venues aren’t all grand palaces and parks, however. “The screenings at Brockwell Lido are always a bit quirky – being sat at the poolside of one of London’s great outdoor pools and watching a film across the water, is really special.” Various locations, £9.50£19.50 thelunacinema.com More London Free Film Festival The Scoop at More London, an outdoor amphitheatre near City Hall, enjoys incredible riverside views, looking across to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. It makes a dramatic backdrop for films including Oliver!, West Side Story and Midnight in Paris. Sarah Green from More London, which is behind the screenings, says: “We always do the free films at the end of the season to make the most of the darker evenings and, usually, still warm temperatures.” September 12-28, free, morelondon.com

recommended ONGOING Benjamin Franklin House at Benjamin Franklin House, Craven Street, WC2N 5NF Embankment Wed-Sun 12noon-5pm, £7, under 16s FREE. The Grade I listed home of Benjamin Franklin, built circa 1730. Until Dec 31. London 2012: Daily Olympic Walks at Bromley-by-Bow Underground Station, St Leonard’s Street, E3 3JJ Bromley-by-Bow Mon-Sun 11am, ongoing, Jan 8-Dec 31 2011 £9, concs £6, Jan 1-Dec 30 2012 £9, child £5, concs £7, adv tickets from www.tourguides2012.co.uk. A guided walk led by a Blue Badge guide. Until Sep 9. Jubilee, Jubilee at Museum Of Brands, Packaging And Advertising, Colville Mews, W11 2AR Westbourne Park Tue-Sat, Bank Hols 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm, last adm 45 mins before closing, ends Aug 31, £6.50, child £2.25, concs £4, family £15. Souvenirs and commemorative products to celebrate royal jubilees. Until Aug 31.

TUESDAY JUNE 26 Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev And The Most Dangerous Place On Earth: Lecture at London School Of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE Temple FREE, 6.30pm-8pm. E4 Udderbelly Festival: An Audience With Howard Marks: Talk at E4 Udderbelly At Southbank Centre, Jubilee Gardens, SE1 8XX Embankment £17.50 & £22.50, concs £16, 9.30pm. Marks discusses his life. Hip-Hop On Trial: Hip Hop Doesn’t Enhance Society, It Degrades It: Debate at Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS Barbican £10-£40, 7pm. With Shaun Bailey, Hattie Collins, Deeb, Michael Eric Dyson, Dream Hampton, Jesse Jackson, KRS-One, Marc Lamont Hill, Jaron Lanier, Questlove, Tricia Rose, Tony Sewell, John Sutherland and Toure. National Theatre Inside Out (Watch This Space Festival): Circus Space Rehearsals at Theatre Square, National

Theatre, Upper Ground, SE1 9PX Embankment FREE, 10am. Witness the creative process in full flow ahead of a performance. You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat Film Quiz at Upstairs At The Ritzy, Coldharbour Lane, SW2 1JG Brixton £3.50, 7.30pm. Film-themed battle of the brains.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 27 Richard Egarr: Talk at Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, W1U 2BF Bond Street FREE, ticketed, 6.30pm. The musician discusses his work. Holy Kinship In The Middle Ages: Talk at British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG Tottenham Court Road FREE, 1.15pm. Curators Naomi Speakman and James Robinson discuss the art theme. Life Drawing And Painting: Workshop at The Waterloo Action Centre, 77A Kingsway, WC2B 6SR Holborn phone for prices, 6pm-8pm. Untutored art class. Salsa Classes: Beginners at Fiesta Havana, 490-492 Fulham Road, SW6 5NH Fulham Broadway FREE, 6.30pm-7.30pm.

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Nunhead Cemetery Tour at Nunhead Cemetery, Linden Grove, SE15 3LP Brockley MonSun 8.30am-dusk, FREE, donations welcome. Overgrown Victorian graveyard, the second largest in London, steeped in history and boasting a square mile of inner city forest. Until Dec 31.

The Art Of Anatomy: Talk at The Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE Euston FREE, 7pm-8.30pm, booking essential. Professors Peter Abrahams and Stephen Farthing and Artakt director Marina Wallace discuss drawings of people. International Pop-Up Market at Cardinal Place Shopping Centre, Palace Street, SW1E 5JD Victoria FREE, 11am-3pm. Foods from around the world for tasting and purchase. Hidden Histories: Would Our Grandparents Recognise The People We Are?: Talk at Jewish Museum, Camden Town, 129-131 Albert Street, NW1 7NB Camden Town £15, adv £12, 2.30pm4pm.

FRIDAY JUNE 29 Big Dance 2012: Sampled - Presented By Sadler’s Wells And Big Dance at Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, WC2A 2HT Holborn £12, 7.30pm. An opportunity to see performances in a number of dance disciplines, and acclaimed and up-and-coming performers. London International Youth Circus Festival at Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton Street, N1 6SH Old Street £6-£12, 7pm, 3pm, 7.30pm. Performances by artists. Maggots: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: Talk at Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD South Kensington FREE, 2.30pm3pm. A member of staff discusses the larva’s use in medicine and forensic science. In Conversation With Julie Walters: Talk at National Theatre: Lyttelton, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo £5, concs £4, 3pm. The actress discusses her career with theatre journalist Al Senter.

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Transport for London travel update GDIF 2012: Dancing City at Canary Wharf, Canada Square Park, E14 5AG Canary Wharf FREE, 1pm-5pm. A display of outdoor dance by a number of British and international performers, including the youth arm of East London Dance

Bakerloo line: Marylebone station closed all weekend. Jubilee line: No service Finchley Road to London Bridge on Sunday. Metropolitain line: No service Wembley Park to Northwood and Uxbridge all weekend.

Northern line: No service Kennington to High Barnet and Mill Hill East via Charing Cross all weekend. London Overground: No service Clapham Junction to Willesden Junction on Sunday. For the latest information on all public transport across the capital check tfl.gov.uk

All Work And Low Pay: The Story Of Women And Work Exhibition Tour at The Women’s Library, 25 Old Castle Street, E1 7NT Aldgate East FREE, 12noon. Hear about the world of work throughout the years, from women’s perspective. Flickr Scavenger Hunt at London Transport Museum Depot, 2 Museum Way, W3 9BQ Acton Town FREE, 11am5pm, booking essential. Hogarth: Marriage A-La-Mode: Talk at The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN Leicester Square FREE, 1pm-1.30pm. The National Gallery’s Lucy Williams discusses the painting.

Theatre Tour at Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, N1 1TA Highbury & Islington £5, concs £4, 11am. A tour of theatre’s backstage, wardrobe and technical areas.

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London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: World Cities 2012: Palermo Palermo at Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN Angel £15-£55, 7.30pm. A dance-theatre work inspired by Sicily’s capital city. Cockroach Tour at Science Museum, Exhibition Road, SW7 2DD South Kensington FREE, 2pm2.45pm, 4pm-4.45pm. Find out how we might appear to the insects. Poetry Workshop: Late Collection at The Troubadour, 263-267 Old Brompton Road, SW5 9JA Earl’s Court £27, concs £24, 12noon-3.30pm. A writing class with poet Anne-Marie Fyfe. You Too Can Heal: Workshop at The Inner Potential Centre, 36 Kelvedon Road, SW6 5BW Fulham Broadway £50, concs £30, 10am-5pm, booking essential.

MONDAY JULY 2 Bingo Pub Night at Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY Vauxhall £1, 8.30pm-12midnight. Bingo and music. The Book Stops Here at The Alley Cat, 4 Denmark Street, WC2H 8LP Tottenham Court Road FREE, 7.30pm10pm. Listen to readings by authors. The Drawings Of Leonardo In The Royal Collection: Talk at The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN Leicester Square FREE, 1pm-1.45pm. A talk on the significance and meaning behind the great artist’s work.

Unreal City? London In Writing: Lecture at The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB Euston £7.50, concs £5, 6.30pm8pm. With Steven Berkoff, Stella Duffy, Stewart Home and Tom Vague.

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queens, drunk homeless men from the local alcoholics hostel begging for beer money, and cyclists trying to weave through the crowds as quickly as possible. The invented moniker “VoHo” is a misnomer too. Vauxhall has never seen itself in relation to Soho. Vauxhall’s demise in the mid-90s was partly due to the development of the gay village in Soho that left

Vauxhall’s gay pubs in freefall. No one wanted to drink local anymore – they were too preoccupied parading their pecs up and down Old Compton Street. Now Soho is sanitised, the homos are like homing pigeons coming back to south London. Kate, Schmate… I’m not sure what has been angering me more this week. Could it be the patronising article about an area of London I’ve been passionately part of for two decades? Or perhaps it’s the latest ad campaign aimed at women that is the biggest pile of misogynist claptrap ever invented?

Femfresh is a commercially available product that we gals are being encouraged to use to clean our “kitty, nooni, lala, froofroo”. With warm weather approaching, apparently we should be worried that our Ph balance will be out of whack and our natural state of womanhood might offend. You can see the ads on phone boxes all over London. Presumably so if you are suddenly overtaken by vaginal imbalance you can seek refuge and phone a friend. Just don’t mind the call girl cards. The mighty Miranda Hart, no less, has voiced the radio ads. Pretty persuasive stuff. Are grown women really afraid of calling it what it is? Even my four-year-old niece is au fait with the word vagina. And the most popular – and rudest – description is nowhere to be seen. It may remain the most insulting of insults, but I’m all for reclaiming it. If Femfresh can’t even use the word vagina, then it shouldn’t be preying on perceived insecurities. But that’s capitalism at work. Why haven’t they invented an intimate willy wash? Maybe because penises are perfect the way they are. Just in case you were wondering, every moment I am not spending deodorising my vagina I am dedicating to the feminist revolution.

OVERHEARD LONDON In Brunswick Square park, a woman says to her Scottish terrier trotting towards her with a branch in its mouth: “Oh my, what a lovely stick.” This kind of phrase puzzles me. If there are lovely sticks, then presumably there must be ugly sticks?

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St Giles Cripplegate is one of the few remaining medieval churches in London. Smack in the middle of brutalist Barbican, it boasts the most fabulous used book stall open every day for browsing and buying. And praying, obviously.

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ccording to a recent Evening Standard article, Vauxhall – or “VoHo” – is currently the trendiest area in the capital. Why? Because Kate Moss once promised to DJ at a club there. She didn’t actually turn up, but apparently the mere hint of a whiff of La Moss bestows such glamour and salubriousness on a place that it becomes instantly hip. If Kate Moss snubbing the SE11/SW8 postcode is the best we can hope for, then tie a brick around my neck and throw me hook, line and sinker over Vauxhall Bridge NOW. Some of us have been enjoying the pleasures of Vauxhall for the past two decades. And we don’t need Prince Harry and Kate Middleton at roller disco nights at the Renaissance Rooms on Wandsworth Road to validate our existence. My club night, Duckie, has been in residence every Saturday at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern for 17 years. We have seen trends come and go – and even led a successful battle against Lambeth Council, which wanted to demolish the city’s most famous gay pub to build – and I kid you not – an indoor ski slope. Saturday nights in Vauxhall is a non-stop entertaining parade of club kids, Portuguese families out for a stroll, a smattering of drag

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ertain brands don’t need footfall figures or passing trade. So confident are they of their product that they know the buyers will come to them. That’s why, when iconic camera brand Leica missed out on the chance to open premises in Soho’s Conduit Street, management weren’t overly upset. Instead, they opened a shop in Bruton Place, a quiet Mayfair road which is also home to the historic Guinea Grill and a Rupert Sanderson boutique. “It’s an odd little backwater but it’s very sweet. There’s a quirky little crowd here and also, it’s a destination,” says David Bell,

Leica’s managing director. The shop opened in 2009, attracting a mix of professional photographers, interested amateurs and even a coach-full of visiting tourists. Now it has opened an extension to the shop across the road. The newly refurbished building offers a light and lofty photography studio – which Bell hopes might become the go-to destination for discreet celebrity magazine shoots – a complimentary café for Leica owners, a camera rentals unit and a client care desk for lens cleaning, assistance with products and light repairs. “You could say I’ve been inspired by Paul Smith in Floral Street, and I

suppose I’ve been inspired by what they’re doing at Apple in Regent Street, but I want to go further and offer people that bit beyond,” says Bell. The building’s launch has coincided with the unveiling of several new Leica products, including the Leica M Monochrom – the world’s first digital rangefinder camera for black and white photography – and two limited edition Leica M9-P models customised by Hermès. Bell says: “In my role I get governance sheets about waste disposal and I giggle to myself because no one ever throws a Leica away.

We try to keep things rare, we don’t want to be everywhere and we don’t want to make obvious choices.” leica-storemayfair.co.uk

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Catch of the day From the barrow boy to the bustle of Borough, markets are engrained in London culture. A bleary-eyed Ben Norum gets up at the crack of dawn to check out Billingsgate

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seasonal and sustainable seafood. It’s dark, it’s early, it’s cold and we’re blearyeyed to say the least, but Billingsgate Market is already a heaving hubbub of activity. Trolleys whizz up and down the wetted aisles as chefs, caterers and retailers browse the vast selection. Market porters hastily ensure everything is kept topped up and that slow moving, barely-awake journalists don’t block the path. While the majority of Billingsgate’s customers are keen to get in and out as quickly as possible, it’s a misconception that browsers aren’t welcome. A trip will necessitate an early

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illingsgate has been a fish market since the 16th century and although it no longer occupies its original home by the river near Monument (the clue to its previous location is the name of Fish Street Hill), it remains the largest in the UK. In 1982, it moved to a new 13-acre complex in Docklands. It may not be as historic, but it’s certainly big and there’s no denying that it’s impressive. Impressive enough to warrant a 4am start when Scout hitched a lift with Silla Bjerrum, co-founder of the Feng Sushi group of restaurants, leading member of the Fish2Fork Chefs Club and a vocal advocate of fresh,

rise, and if you plan to buy, it’ll need to be in bulk. However, if that seems a little daunting, Bjerrum passes on a top tip: “Go on Saturday mornings.” With Billingsgate closed on Sundays and Mondays, traders are keen to get rid of their stock – meaning they’ll sell in smaller quantities and at bargain rates. Billingsgate is not only home to a huge array of produce but the incredible buzz and passion which exude from its surrounds makes it a must-visit for any London foodie. Bjerrum points out that just as is the case with any big shopping centre or supermarket, Billingsgate offers a wide range of stock, designed to suit every pocket – and conscience. The finest, most sustainable fish in the world sits alongside some less ethically sound produce. “The trick to buying well is to go armed with questions, and to build relationships with traders you can trust,” she says. “‘Where was it caught? What fishing method was used? When is it in season?’ These are all questions which a good trader should be able to answer, and ones which we should all ask, whether it’s in a fishmongers, on a market stall, at a supermarket counter or in Billingsgate.”

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Top Ten Vegetarian

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Vanilla Black, Fine-dining goes creative EC4A 1LB Chancery Lane

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Mildred’s, Eclectic and homely W1F 9AN Oxford Circus

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The Gate, A frenzy of international flavours W6 9QL Hammersmith

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222 Veggie Vegan, Vegan with a large raw offering W14 9NU West Kensington

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Tibits, Pay-by-weight buffet W1B 4DA Piccadilly Circus

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Blah Blah Blah, Homely and wholesome W12 8HA Goldhawk Road

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Bonnington Café, Community run, vegan options SW8 1TF Vauxhall

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Food For Thought, An institution WC2H 9PR Covent Garden

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Beatroot Café, Superfood specialist W1F OQD Tottenham Court Road

Yard Salad Bar, Vibrant flavours and fast 10 Neal’s service WC2H 9DP Covent Garden

High Timber City It would be hard to think of a location more stunning than High Timber’s City spot by the river, overlooking Bankside and The Globe theatre. But that’s far from all the restaurant has going for it. Run by a couple of winemakers from Stellenbosch near Cape Town, the concept sees the coming together of a few loose themes: flying the South African foodie flag, making everything from scratch on-site, and going all out on the wine front. These notions are thrust to your attention on entering by way of a glass-fronted room full of hanging, home-cured biltong alongside a leg of jamon or two. It’s big and bold, and though there’s certainly no formaldehyde anywhere near, it wouldn’t look out of place alongside a Damien Hirst piece just across the river in Tate Modern. This monument to meat has the privilege of occupying the only section of wall space which isn’t laden with wine bottles. But that’s nothing. It quickly becomes apparent that what’s on show in the restaurant is just the tiniest tip of a Titanic-sized iceberg. The downstairs wine cellar is where the action really is – and as the wine starts to flow back up top, what better way to be guided through the extensive list than to be brought down and shown the collection? Around 20 per cent of the offering is South African and for the oenophiles there’s a real treasure trove of specially-imported rare bottles, many of them claiming not a single other home in Europe. Chef Justin Saunders heads up the kitchen,

turning out a selection of seemingly simple dishes which belie a greater level of intricacy than one would imagine. Complimenting him on some seriously flavour-packed mashed potato, he lets on just one of his secrets. He bakes the potatoes in their skin before scooping out the soft flesh for mash. Rocket science it isn’t, but by imparting some of the crispy-skinned baked potato flavour into the dish, he may well have just created London’s best mash. Really. It’s not just side orders that are impressive. The mouthwatering mash is accompaniment to a main of home-cured salt beef which is shredably tender and full of rich, earthy flavour from the slow cooking. Then there’s the roobios smoked salmon, which inherits a honeyed fragrance from the sweet tea leaves, contrasted by salty capers. The black pudding and duck egg salad exemplifies the restaurant’s dedication to sourcing the finest ingredients – especially meat – from local suppliers. Each dish shouts of a confident kitchen. Yes, there’s some sous vide going on, and yes, they hang their own meat, but this is simple honest fare and you’d be hard pushed to find anything pretentious about it. Not even the prices. At around £15 for a main it’s a steal by City standards. You may end up blowing a bit on the wine, though. BN Paul’s Walk, EC4V 3PA

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This restaurant in the plush Mandeville Hotel in Marylebone is the recipient of an overhaul worthy of its name, becoming a shrine to all things British just in time for the summer’s influx of Anglophiles. It doesn’t take long to clock onto the fact you’re in a hotel dining room, but by the time the waiters have had a chat, the specials been read out and some complimentary appetisers brought to the table, you’ll have forgotten where you are altogether. If you’re anything like us, your mind will be occupied solely with the ‘lamb bacon’ listed on the menu and wondering why, you haven’t tried it before. It’s crisp, salty, comes with mint sauce and is reason enough to pay Reform a visit. Duck faggots, grilled sole and a salted caramel chocolate pot are just a few more reasons, though be prepared for prices which fit a fancy place in a fancy part of town. BN

Occupying space in the Southbank’s iconic County Hall, it is clear from the outset that Gillray’s isn’t one for holding back. With Chesterfield sofas, classic prints and filled Yorkshire puddings as a substitute for bread, it’s as British as a bulldog wrapped in a Union Jack on holiday in Tenerife. Steak is the name of the game, with hefty slabs of well-marbled Hereford breed beef coming to the plate courtesy of the Duke of Devonshire’s Bolton Abbey Estate in Yorkshire. There’s a more playful take on our Great British grub in the bar area, where cocktails named after the eponymous political caricaturist’s sketches are matched with poached eggs on crumpets and mini venison sausage rolls served with the quintessential HP Sauce. BN

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DSTRKT West End

The Gaslight Grill Battersea

Deep below the tourists bustling around Piccadilly Circus and the Trocadero can be found a hedonist’s dream. DSTRKT opened in December after a £25 million refurbishment. It’s on the site where Planet Hollywood and Rex Cinema used to thrive and combines chic dining with a stylish cocktail lounge and, later, an über-trendy club. What it lacks in vowels it makes up in slickness, and whether the celeb culture is your thing or not, the food prepared by Bulgarian-born, Los Angeles-nurtured George Yaneff, is worth a trip alone. Guided to the space-age restaurant by our Aphrodite-esque concierge, we soon tuck into an actually quite reasonably-priced £55 nine-course tasting menu and enjoy oysters with ‘lemon air’, grilled broccolini with burrata, caviar and lamb cutlet with piquillo, among many other delights. Progressive and stunning, like the clientele. BN

This new gin and steak combo is a brisk 10-minute romp from Battersea Park train station – just the way to work up an appetite for some cocktails in the wacky faux-Victorian surroundings, including a huge, Slinky-like chandelier, and a large picture of a moustachioed gent. The sumptuous steak comes with a choice of sauces. The restaurant boasts that it cares as much about them as cocktailmaking, saying it is “mixology for the plate”. Among the choices are cassis and Appleton Rum; Lingham’s chilli and Havana Rum; and Black Fox Cider and mustard (my favourite). Aside from the quirky surroundings, the service is jovial and the food very good and reasonably priced – try the beef tartar and quail’s egg yolk or the potted Sussex crab with roasted garlic butter and sourdough bread. Oliver Pickup

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Wild Food Cafe 14 Neal’s Yard, WC2H 9DP Covent Garden Café ££ This eco-minded café focuses on raw food as well as all that’s healthy and local. Copita 26 D’Arblay Street, W1F 8EL Oxford Circus Spanish £££ Sister restaurant to Goodge Street’s more established Barrica, gaining rave reviews for its small plates.

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Tonkotsu 63 Dean Street, W1D 4QG Leicester Square Japanese £ Brand new ramen bar from the team behind Tsuru sushi restaurant. Serving gyoza and a crab cream korokke (like a Japanese croquette) as well as the noodles. Mele & Pere 46 Brewer Street, W1F 9TF Piccadilly Circus Italian ££ North Italian cooking from ex Arbutus and Wild Honey chef Andrea Mantovani, plus a 10 seater bar speclialising in Vermouth. Orchard 11 Sicilian Ave, WC1A 2QH Holborn Vegetarian ££ The second vegetarian opening from chef proprietor Andrew Dargue of Vanilla Black. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the venue also has a deli area to buy produce, and everything is available to take away.

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Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte 18-20 Mackenzie Walk, E14 4PH Canary Wharf Steak £££ This steak & chips juggernaut moves into Canary Wharf, bringing a little bit of paris with it. The jury’s out. Enoteca Super Tuscan 8a Artillery Passage, E1 7LJ Liverpool Street Italian ££ This venture from Grossi Wines offers more vino than seating. 30 bottles accompany the antipasti offerings, but there’s only 25 seats!

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Ravensbourne Arms 323 Lewisham High St, SE13 6NR Ladywell Pub £ A gastropub that’s part of the Antic group, which prides itself on offering a main course and a pint for under a tenner, so long as you order carefully. Unfussy but expertlyexecuted grub. Zeitgeist 49-51 Black Prince Rd, SE11 6AB Vauxhall German £ Widely hailed as London’s premier German hangout, Zeitgeist is as well stocked on wurst and schnitzel as it is wheat beers. Avoid nights when German football is on if you want a quiet one.

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Obika 35 Bank Street, E14 5NW Canary Wharf Italian ££ The first London outpost of this 16 strong global chain specialising in mozzarella. Antipasti, pizzas and aperitivo keep the cheese company.

Camden Town Brewery Bar 55-58 Wilkin Street Mews, NW5 3NN Kentish Town Bar £ It’s all about the beer. Not just Camden Town’s, but favourites from further afield, too. On Friday’s the Street Feast food market is outside.

The Crown & Anchor 246 Brixton Road, SW9 6AQ Brixton Pub £ This new opening is teeming with real ales and craft brews, bolstering the Brixton pub scene.

Sticks ‘n’ Sushi 58 Wimbledon Hill Road, SW19 7PA Wimbledon Japanese ££ The first UK venture from this Danish sushi group, the menu focuses on sushi and yakitori skewers such as scallop teriyaki. Bubbas 7a Station Rise, SE27 9BW Tulse Hill Caribbean ££ British dishes with a Caribbean influence from a Michelintrained chef. There’s also cocktails to quaff.

Georgina’s 56 Barnes High Street, SW13 9LF Barnes Bridge Modern British £££ A new neighbourhood restaurant from Nicola Horlick and Adam Byatt, the chef at Clapham’s Trinity and Bistro Union. Expect salads, fresh fish, and barbecue chargrilled meats. Union Jacks 217-221 Chiswick High Rd, W4 2DW Turnham Green British ££ The second branch of Jamie Oliver’s new British chain, serving wood-fired flatbread ‘pizzas’ topped with the likes of braised oxtail and cornish sardines. Brooklyn Bite 342 King’s Road, SW3 5UR South Kensington Pizza ££ Huge 18 inch New York style pizzas to eat in or take away, plus a hidden basement bar.

Evans & Peel Detective Agency 310c Earl’s Court Road, SW5 9BA Earl’s Court Bar ££ Cocktails, gramophone and pork sliders make this new prohibition-themed speakeasy brilliant.. Sssh! It’s a secret, though...

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Greenleaf Kitchen 48 Red Lion Street, WC1R 4PF Holborn Chinese ££ Who said karaoke had to be paired with Japanese food? Here Chinese gets in on the action. Whatever next?

Giovanni Rana 17/19 Triton St, NW1 3BF Euston Italian £ The first UK restaurant from the Italian pasta producer and ready meal maestro. There are 24 outlets in Italy, serving fresh pasta, antipasti and aperitivo. Juniper Dining 100 Highbury Park, N5 2XE Arsenal British £££ Classic English cuisine and a warm welcome makes this Highbury restaurant seriously underrated. Open for breakfast at weekends. The Junction Tavern 101 Fortess Road, NW5 1AG Tufnell Park Gastropub ££ Serious about cooking but seriously relaxed, this pub prides themselves on their Sunday roasts.

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Huckleberry’s Ice Cream With American Independence Day fast approaching, get a taste of the US with a new range of ice cream from Huckleberry’s. From the chocolate whoopee wonder, which has a swirl of chocolate sauce, whoopee biscuits and dark chocolate confetti shapes, to the Cookie Dough Chaos, which has cookie dough, graham crackers and chocolate chunks, it’s a suitable sun dance to encourage the summer to show a bit more chutzpah. From £3.99, available at Waitrose

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The Living Room Bored of sandwiches for lunch, but haven’t got time to go to a restaurant? The Living Room in Tower Hill has just launched a takeaway service, enabling workers to grab restaurant food on the hoof. From Teriyaki chicken skewers with satay sauce to a full-on tofu, oyster mushroom and cashew coconut laksa, it’ll perk up a long day. The Living Room, St Katharine’s Way, E1W 1AA Tower Hill thelivingroom.co.uk

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Behind the city icons Curator Abraham Thomas gives Alice Wiggett a guided tour through London, as designed by Thomas Heatherwick

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for a guided tour of Heatherwick hotspots. What makes Heatherwick’s new London bus different from the models that came before it? We haven’t had a bus specifically designed for this city since the Routemaster. Every other bus was generic for any city, whereas this was designed especially for the streets of London. Heatherwick distilled the energy and spirit of the Routemaster and modernised it. Rather than a moving fibreglass box that takes you from A to B, the bus is a space in which passengers can see the city around them. The diagonal window at the back and at the staircase is outward-looking rather than blocked out. It is a viewing platform connecting the passenger to the city.

The Rolling Bridge in Paddington Basin curls up into a unique sculptural design. What was the inspiration for the piece? Thomas wanted to create a bridge that didn’t look like it was broken when opening. Rather than a design which splits and breaks half way when fully open, this bridge transforms into a perfect octagonal ball leaving no remnant on the other side of the water. As well as a bridge, it can be viewed as a sculpture and a spectacle because

when the bridge opens it becomes animated as it curls into a ball. The Bleigiessen sculpture at the Wellcome Trust on Euston Road is a 30m-high structure made from glass spheres and wire – how was this form created? The central idea for the piece was to produce an organic form. The team came up with the idea of pouring molten metal into beakers of cold water to see what amazing shapes the metal would become when solidified. Hundreds of these

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s far as London icons go, it’s hard to beat the old Routemaster bus. When Boris Johnson announced a competition to come up with a design for a new London bus, it was designer Thomas Heatherwick’s studio near King’s Cross that won – and it’s clear to see why. The new-look sleek vehicle is every bit as eye-catching as the old Routemaster, bringing the classic look bang up to date. But that’s not the only contribution to the city that Heatherwick has made, as the V&A’s exhibition of his work, Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary, demonstrates. This week exhibition curator Abraham Thomas will be giving a talk on the most notable work of the studio. We caught up with him

highlights Updating a classic: The new bus for London Suspended bliss: The Bleigiessen sculpture at The Welcome Trust Letting off steam: Origami-inspired vents in St Paul’s Animated: The Rolling Bridge in Paddington Basin

jewel-like objects were created and, rather than designing the piece, it was a matter of selecting the form which would then be enlarged to scale. The sculpture is an exploration of materiality from molten metal to solid which, when articulated in the work through thousands of glass beads, looks as if liquid is suspended in space. In London so much of Heatherwick’s work is experienced and used every

day by the public, how does the studio ensure the work responds to its surroundings? A sense of location is very important. Much of Heatherwick’s work looks at the possibility of what materials can do. For the Paternoster vents in St Paul’s the original brief was to design two cooling towers for the substation below. To install chimneys in such an architecturally sensitive area would have been wrong.

These elegant geometric forms came from the art of origami and were chosen because they twist upwards and have less impact on the site. They have a presence but they don’t shout at you loudly; rather they tap you on the shoulder, evoking curiosity from the viewer’s perspective. Can we look forward to seeing any new Heatherwick projects in London in the future? Definitely. The design for the

Olympic Cauldron is very exciting. The studio is working closely with artistic director of the opening ceremony, Danny Boyle. It will be a pinnacle moment when the eyes of the world will be on London and all I can say is: expect the unexpected. Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary, until 30 September, V&A. Lunchtime lecture with Abraham Thomas on 27 June, 1pm, Sackler Centre, free. vam.ac.uk

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After The Party: The Legacy Of Celebration at RIBA, 66 Portland Place, W1B 1AD Regent’s Park FREE, Until Oct 5. Photographs and artefacts documenting the fates of celebratory monuments and structures of the past. Diane Arbus: Affinities at Timothy Taylor Gallery, Carlos Place, 15 Carlos Place, W1K 2EY Bond Street FREE, Until Aug 17. Thirty two photographs spanning the artist’s career. Lucy Casson at Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery At Charlotte Street, 28 Charlotte Street, W1T 2NF Goodge Street FREE, Until Jul 7. Figurative sculptural installations. Coming Of Age: The Art And Science Of Ageing at GV Art, 49 Chiltern Street, W1U 6LY Baker Street FREE, Until Aug 18. Collaborative works by artists and scientists challenging negative perceptions of ageing. The Designs Of The Year 2012 at Design Museum, 28 Butlers Wharf Shad Thames, SE1 2YD London Bridge £10, NUS £6, concs £9, mems/under 12s FREE, Until Jul 4. Innovative designs in various categories. Sarah Lederman: A Notion Of Longing at Rollo Contemporary Art, 51 Cleveland Street, W1T 4JH Goodge Street FREE, Until Jun 30. Figurative paintings of the adolescent female body. Cultural Olympiad: Mind The Map: Inspiring Art, Design And Cartography at London Transport Museum, 39 Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB Covent Garden £13.50, concs £10, Until Oct 28. An exhibition detailing the history, inspiration and creativity behind London Transport maps. Cultural Olympiad: Writing Britain: Wastelands To Wonderlands at The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB Euston £9, child FREE, NUS/disabled/ unwaged £5, OAP £7, Until Sep 25. An exploration in how the landscapes of Britain run throughout great literary works. London 2012: Design Stories: The Architecture Behind 2012 at RIBA, 66 Portland Place, W1B 1AD Regent’s Park FREE, Until Sep 21. Photographs, drawings, scale models and videos of the Olympic sporting venues. Mantegna To Matisse: Master Drawings From The Courtauld Gallery at The Courtauld Institute Of Art, Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 0RN Temple £6, concs £4.50, NUS/unwaged/disabled carer/Friends Of The Courtauld/under 18s FREE, Mon 10am-2pm excl Bank Hols FREE, Until Sep 9. Drawings from the collection. Paulina Michnowska: Lost In Space Forever at George & Jorgen Fine Art, 9 Morrocco Street, SE1 3HB Oxford Circus FREE, Until Jul 1.

Contemporary paintings and ceramic sculpture. Migrations: Journeys Into British Art at Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG Pimlico £6, concs £5, mems FREE, Until Aug 12. British art as seen through the theme of migration. Henry Moore: Late Large Forms at Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, 6-24 Britannia Street, WC1X 9JD King’s Cross St Pancras FREE, Until Aug 18. Large bronze sculptures inspired by organic forms. Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye at Tate Modern, Bankside, Holland Street, SE1 9TG Southwark £14, OAP/NUS/ disabled/unemployed/ages 12-18 £12.20, art fund £6.10 & £7, mems/under 12s FREE, Until Oct 14. A major assessment of the Norwegian painter, which includes paintings and photographs.

recommended Spotlight On Peter Rand at National Portrait Gallery, 2 St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE Charing Cross FREE, Until Sep 16. Sixteen photographs by the Vogue photographer. Summer Exhibition at Royal Academy Of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD Green Park phone for prices, Until Aug 12. Contemporary works by UK artists.

NORTH The Balfron Project at National Trust: 2 Willow Road, 2 Willow Road, NW3 1TH Hampstead FREE, plus admission £6, child £3, family £15, Until Nov 4. Photography and documentary film footage of Balfron Tower and its residents, by Simon Terrill, Ollie Harrop and Tim Bowditch. Contemporary British Printmaking at Jealous Gallery, 27 Park Road, N8 8TE Finsbury Park FREE, Until Jul 22. Prints by artists including Damien Hirst, Sir Peter Blake and Antony Gormley.

Cultural Olympiad: The Body Adorned: Dressing London at Horniman Museum And Gardens, 100 London Road, SE23 3PQ Forest Hill FREE, Until Jan 6. An exploration of the relationships between dress and costume and the body, and the emergence of London as a world city. Summer Art Exhibition at Putney Arts Theatre, Ravenna Road, SW15 6AW East Putney FREE, Until Jul 21. Works by local artists in a variety of media. Andy Warhol: The Portfolios: Bank Of America Collection at Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, SE21 7AD West Dulwich £8, OAP £7, NUS/ unwaged/disabled/Art Fund mems £5, under 18s/mems FREE, Until Sep 16. Featuring iconic and lesser-known prints and paintings.

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Sharon Louden & Kate Terry: Accumulative Something at Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, 11 Church Street, NW8 8EE Marylebone FREE, Until Jun 30. Mixed works exploring the connections between space, spatial structure and architecture.

Deborah Bell: From A Far Country at John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, W1S 4JG Green Park FREE, Until Jul 14. Mixed works inspired by ancient civilisations and their legacies. Grayson Perry: The Vanity Of Small Differences at Victoria Miro, 16 Wharf Road, N1 7RW Angel FREE, Until Aug 11. Tapestries inspired by Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress. Jessica Rankin: Skyfolds: 1941-2010 at White Cube, 48 Hoxton Square, N1 6PB Old Street FREE, Until Jul 7. Contemporary drawings and embroidery.

Christian Louboutin at Design Museum, 28 Butlers Wharf Shad Thames, SE1 2YD London Bridge £10, NUS £6, concs £9, mems/under 12s FREE, Until Jul 9. A major retrospective of the career of the renowned French shoe designer.

Postcards Festival: Elsa Quarsell: The Domestic Burlesque at Jacksons Lane Theatre, 269a Archway Road, N6 5AA Highgate FREE, Until Aug 30. A selection of images of burlesque performers. School Children’s Exhibition at Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, Waterlow Park, N6 5HG Archway phone for prices, Until Jul 8. An exploration of local history and the environment in a range of media.

EAST A-L-L-O-T-M-E-N-T-S 2012 at Schwartz Gallery, White Post Quay, White Post Lane, E9 5EN Hackney Wick FREE, Until Aug 18. Collaborative works in various media by Tower Hamlets residents. East In East: Larysa Polishchuk: Secrets at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Aldgate East FREE, Until Jul 1. Contemporary works in various media. Cultural Olympiad: At Home With The World at Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, E2 8EA Old Street FREE, Until Sep 9. Objects, furniture and ceramics spanning 400 years, charting the international influence on Britain’s domestic interiors. Robert Polidori at Flowers, Kingsland Road, 82 Kingsland Road, E2 8DP Hoxton FREE, Until Jul 7. Pictures by the award-winning New York-based photographer. Social Sculpture at Whitechapel Gallery, 80-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX Aldgate East FREE, Until Dec 31. Contemporary sculpture. We Love You at Limoncello, 15A Cremer Street, E2 8HD Old Street FREE, Until Jul 7. Works in various media.

SOUTH The British Music Experience at O2 Bubble, Millennium Way, SE10 0PH North Greenwich £12, child £6, concs £8, Until Aug 1. Interactive displays exploring popular music.

Ten Climate Stories at Science Museum, Exhibition Road, SW7 2DD South Kensington FREE, Until Sep 28. Photographs, objects, audio and artefacts highlighting designs and discoveries that have affected man’s relationship to the planet. Valerie Belin: Yohoho at Michael Hoppen Gallery, 3 Jubilee Place, SW3 3TD Sloane Square FREE, Until Jul 7. Photographs capturing the burlesque cabaret clubs of Paris. Anne Bevan & Andrea Roe: Things Unspoken at The Royal British Society Of Sculptors Galleries, 108 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3RA Gloucester Road FREE, Until Jul 13. Works in various media exploring natural history, the environment, and human and animal behaviour. British Design 1948-2012: Innovation In The Modern Age at Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL South Kensington £12, OAP £10, NUS/ unwaged/disabled/ages 12-17 £8, family £20 & £32, mems/carers/under 12s FREE, Until Aug 12. A major showcase of British design from the ‘Austerity Olympics’ of 1948, to the present day. Japanese Enamels: The Seven Treasures at Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL South Kensington FREE, Until Aug 19. Cloisonne-enamelled objects and vases from the late-17th century to the 20th century. Cultural Olympiad: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 Designed by Herzog & De Meuron And Ai Weiwei at Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA South Kensington FREE, Until Oct 14. A collaborative design formed of twelve columns exploring the history of past Pavilions. Sixty Nine at Subway Gallery, Kiosk 1 Joe Strummer Subway, Edgware Road, W2 1DX Edgware Road FREE, Until Jun 30. Contemporary works in celebration of the gallery’s sixth birthday.

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Comedy

Comedy has a second coming

Richard Herring is resurrecting his Talking Cock show for Edinburgh, but not before we get to see it first. Arf. Chris Beanland uncovers a softer side to the cynic

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ove is something we think we all know about,” muses Richard Herring. “But if you think about it for 30 seconds you realise that you can’t define it at all. That’s perfect territory for inquisitive comedy.” Has the headmaster’s son gone soft in his old age? His latest show, What Is Love Anyway? sets out to examine love in the same way that one of his musical heroes, Ben Folds, does with such sad-eyed precision. “I got married, which is something I’ve resisted for 44 years. I think it made me realise how my propensity to question everything (including the existence of love) is great for my act, but maybe not so good for my personal happiness. Love is a leap of faith.” However, it’s not love Herring will be musing on at Balham Comedy Festival, but something altogether more base. The comic will be reviving his Talking Cock show for the debut event, which also features Harry Hill, Marcus Brigstocke, Ardal O’Hanlon, Milton Jones and a host of other big names,

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all squeezing the gags into the not-so-huge surroundings of The Bedford pub. The partnership for which Herring is best known is the one he struck with fellow comic Stewart Lee. The pair set alternative comedy on fire in the 1990s with their TV shows Fist of Fun and This Morning With Richard Not Judy, and the sketches they wrote for Armando Iannucci and Chris Morris’s radio satire On The Hour. “On The Hour changed comedy in this country. But not always for the best: some of the people who copied Chris Morris didn’t understand what he was doing or why he was great.” And as for that sometimes complicated relationship between Lee and Herring, he reveals: “I do still see Stew. Nothing like as often as we used to, but I think that’s a positive thing for both of us. It’s easier to be friends now that we’re not in each other’s pockets.” As for his own career, Herring says: “I’m very happy doing my tours and my podcasts. I’m prepared to wait for the right TV project and it’s not the end of the world if it never happens.” A stable career and married life make Herring sound more upbeat than ever: “I think I am in almost the perfect spot for a comedian now – well-known enough that people will pay to see me, not so well-known that my life becomes uncomfortable or disrupted.” Balham Comedy Festival, July 5-8, The Bedford, Balham. balhamcomedyfestival.com

recommended ONGOING E4 Udderbelly Festival at E4 Udderbelly At Southbank Centre, Jubilee Gardens, SE1 8XX Embankment Apr 5-Jul 8, times vary, prices vary. Stand-up, family shows, music and theatre. Until Jul 8. Newsrevue at Canal Cafe Theatre, Bridge House Pub, Delamere Terrace, W2 6ND Royal Oak Thu-Sat 9.30pm, Sun 9pm, £10, concs £8.50. Topical sketches and songs. Until Dec 23. Piff The Magic Dragon: Last Of The Magic Dragons at Tristan Bates Theatre, The Actors Centre, 1a Tower Street, WC2H 9NP Leicester Square Jun 26-28, Jul 24-26, 9.15pm, ends Jul 26, £7, concs £5. Magical comedy.

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Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square 9pm, £10, concs £8. With Jayde Adams, Dawn Coxwell, Sophie Richardson, Janet Bettesworth, Bianca Arlette, Jamie French and MC Joy Carter. Knock2Bag at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Shoreditch High Street 7.30pm, £15, NUS/adv £10. With Josie Long, Frisky & Mannish, Pappy’s, Doc Brown, David Elms and Elis James.

SUNDAY JULY 1 E4 Udderbelly Festival: Robin Ince & Josie Long – Utter Shambles at E4 Udderbelly At Southbank Centre, Jubilee Gardens, SE1 8XX Embankment 9pm, £15.50 & £20.50, concs £14. Intelligent humour. So You Think You’re Funny at The Hob, 7 Devonshire Road, SE23 3HE Forest Hill 8pm, £5. An annual standup comedy competition.

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Stand Up For The Week: Work In Progress Shows at Up The Creek, 302 Creek Road, SE10 9SW Greenwich 7.30pm, £5. With Jon Richardson, Seann Walsh, Josh Widdicombe, Sara Pascoe, Paul Chowdhry and Andrew Lawrence. Crack Comedy Presents Pen2Paper at The Slug And Lettuce, 1 Islington Green, N1 2XH Angel 8.30pm, £5, NUS/adv £4. Croft & Pearce: Do It Like a Lady at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square 8.30pm, £8. Sketch comedy. Shappi Khorsandi: Me & My Brother In Our Pants, Holding Hands at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road 9.30pm, £15£17.50. Sharp wit from the Iranian-born stand-up. Andrew Maxwell: The Lights Are On at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road 9.45pm, Jun 26-28 £15, concs £12.50 & £13.50. Social observations.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 27 Elgar Comedy at Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP South Kensington 8.30pm, £10. With Tom Deacon and James Acaster. Lou Sanders: And Now For A Nice Evening With Wallan at Pleasance Theatre, Carpenter’s Mews, North Road, N7 9EF Caledonian Road 8pm-9pm, £5. Comical eccentricity.

Finsbury Park 8.30pm, £10, concs £7. With Joe K, Jessica Fostekew, Steve Hall, Jeremy O’Donnell and MC Dominic Frisby. Comedy Carnival at The Clapham Grand, 21-25 St John’s Hill, SW11 1TT Clapham Common 8pm-10pm, £14. With Andrew Lawrence, Earl Okin, Pete Jonas and MC Craig Murray. Paco Erhard: Five Step Guide To Being German at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square 9pm, £8. The multilingual German stand-up talks about his country.

Ruth Bratt & Lucy Trodd: Well Done You at Hen & Chickens, 109 St Paul’s Road, N1 2NA Highbury & Islington 7.30pm, £8. Characters and sketches. Holly Burn: Work In Progress at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square 7pm, £5. Character comedy. Toby Hadoke: My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver at Tara Theatre, 356 Earlsfield Garratt Lane, SW18 4ES 7.30pm, £13, concs £9. Stories inspired by Doctor Who. Monkey Business Comedy Club at The Oxford, 256 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2AA Kentish Town 8pm, £7.50, concs/mems £6. With Abandoman and Lovdev Barpaga.

Lucy Porter: People Person at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square 4pm, £10, concs £8. Experimental humour and social observations.

Comedy Store Players at Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE Piccadilly Circus 7.30pm, £17, NUS/ concs £12. With Phill Jupitus, Marcus Brigstocke, Lee Simpson, Steve Steen, Mike McShane and Steve Edis. SUMMER SPECIAL at The Pavilion, Plumstead Common, Old Mill Road, Plumstead 8.15pm, £8. SE18 1QG

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Jenny Eclair: Eclairious at Hen & Chickens, 109 St Paul’s Road, N1 2NA Highbury & Islington 7.30pm, £6.50. SATURDAY JUNE 30 The feisty Perrier Award winner takes no prisoners. Comedy Cafe at Comedy Cafe, 66-68 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY Laugh Till It Hurts In Aid Of Macmillan Liverpool Street 8pm, £16. With Simon Cancer Support at Comedy Store, 1a Fox, Nabil Abdulrashid, George Zach and Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE Tobias Persson. Piccadilly Circus 8pm, £15. With John Moloney, Paul Sinha,Page Rob Deering, Sean Comedy Cabaret at Downstairs At The WarmUp-scout-media-ad_Avalon 21/06/2012 11:25 1 Collins, Steve Gribbin and MC Dave Johns. King’s Head, 2 Crouch End Hill, N8 8AA

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The Best In Stand-Up at Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE Piccadilly Circus 8pm, £18, NUS/ concs £13. With Philberto, Terry Alderton, Paul Sinha, Mike Wilmot and MC Andre Vincent.

FRIDAY JUNE 29 The Boat Show at Tattershall Castle, Victoria Embankment, SW1A 2HR Charing Cross 8pm, £13.50, concs £11. With Dave Fulton, Keith Farnan, Jeff Innocent and MC Chris Martin. E4 Udderbelly Festival: The Boy With Tape On His Face at E4 Udderbelly At Southbank Centre, Jubilee Gardens, SE1 8XX Embankment 9pm, £15.50 & £20.50, concs £14. Silent comedy show. Funny Women London Nights at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester

Fri 6 July Comedy Zone & Naz Osmanoglu Sat 7 July Roisin Conaty & Chris Ramsey Sun 8 July Gráinne Maguire & Naz Osmanoglu Mon 9 July Tom Deacon & WitTank Tue 10 July Matt Forde & Tom Deacon

Tue 10 July* The Horne Section Wed 11 July WitTank & Carl Donnelly Wed 11 July* The Horne Section Thu 12 July Helen Keen & Fran Moulds Fri 13 July Jarlath Regan & Iain Stirling

Sat 14 July Iain Stirling & Jarlath Regan Sun 15 July Helen Keen & Richard Herring Mon 16 July Carl Donnelly & Russell Kane Tue 17 July Jigsaw & Russell Kane Wed 18 July Jigsaw & Gareth Richards

Thu 19 July Gráinne Maguire & Gareth Richards Fri 20 July Peacock & Gamble & Paul McCaffrey Sat 21 July Matt Forde & Peacock & Gamble Sun 22 July Fran Moulds & Paul McCaffrey *Pleasance Main Room, Show Starts 8pm

Film

Spider-boy dr Home-grown talent Andrew Garfield is next in line to don the Spider-Man suit. Like the character, becoming the superhero was in his destiny, as Kate Whiting discovers

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tepping into a superhero suit is a big deal for any actor, but for Andrew Garfield, putting on the iconic red and blue latex of Spider-Man was the fulfilment of a boyhood ambition. “It was an incredibly profound moment,” says the 28-year-old, who grew up in Surrey. “It was the first costume I ever wore as a three-year-old, so it’s always meant so much to me. When I first put on the suit, I was emotionally overwhelmed because it was something I’d always fantasized about.” As is often the case though, the reality soon proved to be a little less glamorous than the dream.

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“The suit’s not designed for comfort,” Garfield adds, laughing. “It’s designed for looking awesome on the outside and feeling terrible on the inside! So that first moment was mostly just itchy and uncomfortable.” And with great superpowers comes great responsibility. For Garfield, this means proving to the millions of Marvel Comics fans, and the film’s producers, that he can pull off the part. It’s exactly 10 years since Tobey Maguire first donned the Spidey outfit in Spider-Man (which broke box office records as the first film to take more than $100m in a single weekend) and only five years since his third and final outing in Spider-Man 3.

Garfield is philosophical about the pressure he’s under. “I’m not scared,” he says, absent-mindedly running a hand over his a lightly stubbled chin. “I am playing the same character Tobey played but that’s the way it goes. There will be comparisons and there’s no way to control that. I have to let that go. “But I respect what he did immensely. When I was 19, I watched that first Spider-Man and it reminded me how much that character always meant to me and reignited my passion for it. “So it’s an honour to step into the suit after him, and I’m excited to then pass it on to the next person, you know?” As well as the itchiness, Garfield also experienced a mini epiphany when he first put on the suit, which helped lift some of the burden. “I realised it’s too big a symbol for me to fill and I think it’s too big a symbol for even Peter Parker to fill. I don’t think he ever feels like he can live up to the symbol he creates,” he says. “That suddenly made me feel freer to explore the character and the journey.” Like the first Maguire film, The Amazing Spider-Man is an origins tale, explaining how Peter Parker becomes the superhero, but that’s where the similarities end. The love interest in the film is not Mary Jane, but Peter’s school crush Gwen Stacy, and the villain is The Lizard, rather than the Green Goblin. Aptly-surnamed director Marc Webb and Marvel Studios founder Avi Arad knew that, if they were going to bring the character back so soon after his last incarnation, they would need to do something different. Arad says: “We didn’t know what made him Peter, so we went to the origin-origin, in which he lost his parents, encumbered by not knowing what really happened. Are they dead or alive? Were they good or bad people? “When you meet Peter, you see the

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reams complexity of an orphan. It’s a very different set-up.” It’s no secret now that Garfield fell for his co-star Emma Stone (who plays Gwen Stacy) on set. The pair have been dating since last summer and are often photographed together looking very much in love. He admits it was key that their characters had good on-screen chemistry, saying: “All the dynamics are based in love.” Garfield was born in Los Angeles to an American dad and English mum. The family moved to Surrey when he was three and Garfield started acting classes in Guildford when he was 12, later training at the Central School for Speech and Drama. In 2008, he won a Bafta for his breakout performance in Boy A, and in 2010 received Golden Globe and Bafta nominations for his part in the Facebook film The Social Network. Until now, Garfield’s been able to keep a fairly low profile, but when The Amazing Spider-Man is released, he’ll be thrust into the limelight. “I don’t think anything can prepare you for it. I think you have to just move with it, but it scares me, it’s something I could do without,” he says of media intrusion. “That might sound strange because here I am, going, ‘Look at me, look at me!’ But I kind of don’t mean it. I want you to look at the character, at the mask. I want you to look at Peter Parker.” To get into role, he spent hours reading Spider-Man comics and trying to “inundate” himself with the qualities of the character. “But actually, the most useful thing was going back to my very personal connection to it. I feel a very, very deep connection and always have to Peter Parker,” Garfield concludes. “And I think the three-year-old inside of me was the best kind of compass I could have.” The Amazing Spider-Man is released in cinemas on July 3

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Film Your Sister’s Sister (15) Sisters are doing it for themselves in Lynn Shelton’s wellobserved relationship comedy, which fans the flames of the battle of the sexes waged in her provocative 2009 feature, Humpday. Here, the helter-skelter of destructive feelings begins when Iris (Emily Blunt) dispatches her slacker best friend (Mark Duplass) to her family’s cabin to privately mourn his brother. A boozy late-night encounter with Iris’s lesbian sister, Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt), leads to a half-hearted offer of sex. “I haven’t been on that bicycle for some time,” she responds tartly. Awkwardness ensues, ramped up when Irish arrives next morning. Your Sister’s Sister boasts sparkling chemistry between the leads and Shelton rewards her cast with natural, flowing dialogue that cuts to the bone. The only real niggle is that the emotionally glib coda is surplus to requirements. DS

Killer Joe (18) Tracy Letts’ incendiary 1993 play, which exploded to life at the Bush Theatre, translates smartly from stage to screen in William Friedkin’s suspenseful portrait of white-trash treachery. Matthew McConaughey shows his acting mettle rather than just his pecs as the eponymous assassin, who is hired by disgruntled son Chris (Emile Hirsch) to kill his mother (Gina Gershon). When Chris fails to stump up the hit man’s fee, Joe demands the lad’s sister (Juno Temple) as a “retainer”, and the film’s moral compass whirls out of control. Laced with laconic wit, Killer Joe doesn’t completely escape its stage origins, notably in scenes within the family’s claustrophobic trailer. Pent-up frustrations percolate and eventually boil over in a wince-inducing sequence involving southern fried chicken that is finger lickin’ great. DS

Storage 24 (15) Unsuspecting customers of a 24-hour storage facility in Battersea come under attack from a hideous extra-terrestrial predator in Johannes Roberts’s gory sci-fi horror. Based on an original screenplay by leading man Noel Clarke, Storage 24 fails to replicate the shocks and mordant humour of Attack The Block from a similarly loopy premise, pitting wise-cracking hero Charlie (Clarke), his embittered ex-girlfriend Shelley (Antonia Campbell-Hughes), her gal pal Nikki (Laura Haddock) and the couple’s respective buddies Mark (Colin O’Donoghue) and Chris (Jamie Thomas King) against an otherworldly creature. Storage 24 is solid but unremarkable genre fare, littered with undernourished characters and predictable twists. Slick makeup effects and a couple of fizzing one-liners compensate for a paucity of edge-of-seat scares. DS 32 Scout London scoutlondon.com

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Baz Luhrmann at Nomad

Duel (PG)

Roaming pop-up cinema, Nomad, decamps to one of Soho’s most striking Grade I listed buildings this week with a double whammy of Luhrmann’s visually stunning features. On Friday, the Australian director puts his distinctive spin on Shakespeare’s star-cross’d lovers with Romeo + Juliet, then on Saturday the house’s magnificent gardens provide a perfect backdrop to his gorgeously romantic musical, Moulin Rouge (pictured). Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman smoulder as the writer and sultry courtesan who fall in love to a soaring soundtrack of The Beatles, Elton John, Madonna, Nirvana and Queen. Wireless headphones ensure optimal sound quality and some of the proceeds will fund charity work to support people affected by homelessness. DS

Based on a short story by Richard Matheson, Steven Spielberg’s feature directorial debut was originally made for US television but later expanded for release in UK cinemas. It is an exhilarating and deadly game of cat and mouse between an electronics salesman (Dennis Weaver) in a red Plymouth Valiant and the unseen driver of a rusty tanker truck weaving along winding open roads of the California desert. Duel is a master class in sustained tension, the camera remaining uncomfortably close to Weaver’s stricken hero as the metal grill of the pursuing truck looms large in the rear-view mirror. The screech of burning rubber and deafening roar of over-heating engines should rattle every seat in the beautifully-restored council chamber at Stoke Newington Town Hall. Fasten your seatbelts. DS

Jun 29 & 30, 9.30pm, doors 8pm, £25, The House Of St Barnabas, 1 Greek Street, W1D 4NQ Tottenham Court Road

Jun 28, 7pm, £8 & £10, Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0JR

Memento (15)

The Incredibles (U)

With the final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy poised to unravel, relive the London-born director’s fiendishly clever and ambitious second feature starring Guy Pearce as a former insurance investigator who suffers from a rare, untreatable form of memory loss which prevents him remembering what happened 15 minutes ago. Memento recounts the central character’s story in alternating parallel time-frames. The two narratives gradually converge, intersecting at the end with a neat twist. When the end credits roll, many questions remain unresolved, some tantalisingly just out of reach. DS

The Prince Charles Cinema’s exhaustive Pixar retrospective continues with Brad Bird’s turbo-charged caper. With its smart script, eyepopping visuals, thrilling action set pieces and endearing characters, The Incredibles more than lives up to its name, following a family of superheroes who are placed in the Witness Protection Program in the hope that they can live normal lives, only for nemesis Syndrome (voiced by Jason Lee) to lure them back into action. Banter between the family flows beautifully, like when mom tells her children, “Your father is in trouble,” and her sassy teenage daughter drolly replies, “In case you haven’t noticed, we aren’t doing so hot either”. DS

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Analysing Viggo Acting may be play for grown-ups, but Viggo Mortensen’s methods are serious. By Kate Whiting

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ith his reputation for being a somewhat intense method actor, I’m half expecting the interview with Viggo Mortensen to take place with me perched on a psychiatrist’s couch. After all, we’re chatting about his recent role playing the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. Luckily, he’s not taking things that far. Instead, the 53-year-old silver fox is happy for me to ask the probing questions today. It’s not long before he makes a confession, revealing that he initially had major doubts about taking on the part in David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, but that the director – with whom he previously worked on Eastern Promises and A History Of Violence – brought him round. “I had some reservations that I wasn’t the best actor for the part – I thought it would be a bit of a leap,” says Mortensen, in his soft, deliberate drawl. “If another director had asked me, I might not have, but I’m glad I did. I learned a lot about Freud and early 20th century Vienna.” The film tells the story of Freud’s friendship with psychologist Carl Jung, and its breakdown when Jung rejects his mentor’s theories.

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Mortensen’s approach to acting is allconsuming. For his role as a father in postapocalyptic film The Road, he lost weight and spent time with homeless people. To get under Freud’s skin, he hung out in Viennese antique shops, leafing through the kind of books that would have been in his library, and learned all about cigars – a favourite of the neurologist. He says: “I like to amass a whole bunch of research, because it gives you a feeling for the world you’re going to inhabit.” It’s this depth of research that makes Mortensen such an appealing actor to director Cronenberg, who wanted no one else for Freud: “I love Viggo for the way he prepares. It’s not method acting, he never brings that stuff on the set or makes people acknowledge it, it’s just the way he works,” the film-maker tells Scout. “I find it very congenial because it’s very similar to the way I work. For example, we exchanged about 25 emails just about Freud’s cigars.” Mortensen clearly has an equally strong understanding of Cronenberg. “You could say about David what The New York Times said about Freud shortly after he died, which was that he was the most effective

disturber of complacency of his time, and I would say David’s right up there.” Although Oscar-nominated for his role as a Russian gangster in Eastern Promises, Mortensen is most popular for his breakthrough as Aragorn in The Lord Of The Rings. But he didn’t approach Freud any differently. “No matter how much research you do, and how good the script is, how well known the character you’re playing is, in the end you’re going to be adding yourself, your body, your mind and your feelings to it,” he says. “People asked me if I felt a big responsibility playing Aragorn. No, I’m just playing this character, I’m trying to find out as much as I can about it, so I don’t make an ass of myself, basically, and the same goes for Freud.” Rather than feeling daunted, the actor revelled in Freud’s intelligence and “wicked sense of humour”. “Vienna was very straight-laced, the censorship laws were very strict and Freud appreciated wordplay and wit,” he explains Acting is, he feels, about having fun. “It’s not an excuse to behave badly, but it’s basically similar to what we all do when we’re children, make believe. “As an adult you can’t suddenly dress up like a pirate and go running down the street. Kids do that quite easily, they can imagine being many different kinds of people and that’s what you do as an actor ideally. “No matter how serious the movie, it’s worthwhile remembering that it’s play.” A Dangerous Method is out now

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new releases The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (12) Evelyn (Judi Dench) has recently lost her husband and is coming to terms with solitude in her twilight years. Determined to start anew, she abandons Britain for the warmer climes of Jaipur in India and a grand retirement home called The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. En route, she meets six other retirees all bound for this “luxury development for residents in their golden years”: Muriel (Maggie Smith) Jean (Penelope Wilton) and her husband Douglas (Bill Nighy), Graham

(Tom Wilkinson), Norman (Ronald Pickup) and Madge (Celia Imrie). However, when the exhausted travellers arrive at their destination, they discover a building in disrepair and an inexperienced manager, Sonny (Dev Patel), struggling to keep the creditors off his back. This is a hilarious and touching comedy about growing old disgracefully. Parker’s warm and witty script provides the predominantly British cast with wonderful moments to shine and to tug at our heartstrings. DS

The Vow (12) Leo (Channing Tatum) glimpses Paige (Rachel McAdams) in a queue and flirts with her, using his charm and good looks to secure a memorable first date. They fall in love and marry, and Leo pursues his dreams of running a recording studio while Paige exercises her artistic flair with sculpture commissions. One snowy night, the couple is involved in a car accident. Leo survives relatively unscathed but Paige suffers massive trauma to her head, erasing all memory of the previous 18 months. As Paige comes to terms with

her condition, her estranged parents (Sam Neill, Jessica Lange) exploit her misfortune to make amends for past mistakes while she gravitates back to her old flame Jeremy (Scott Speedman), who is the last man she can remember with affection. Based on a true story, The Vow is an unabashedly romantic tale of love undone by misfortune that will appeal to fans of The Notebook. It eschews slushy melodrama in favour of a sweet and endearing courtship riven with frustration and regret. DS

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (12) Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) is wrestling with the foolishness of his Faustian pact that has condemned him to walk the Earth as Ghost Rider, extracting the blackened souls of the wicked, astride his mighty Hell Cycle. He goes into self-imposed exile until warrior monk Moreau (Idris Elba) asks for help to protect a gifted child called Danny (Fergus Riordan) and his guardian Nadya (Violante Placido), who are on the run from the demonic Roarke (Ciaran Hinds). “Bring us the boy and we will lift your curse,” promises Moreau. Johnny

screeches to the rescue and in the process, becomes a father figure to the boy, sparking memories of his past. Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance is the cinematic equivalent of damnation. This action-driven sequel bludgeons the senses with an orgy of mindless violence and rapid-fire edits. Action sequences are reduced to a dizzying blur. Cage is given free reign to whoop and cackle like a demon possessed but he can only spit so many ludicrous snatches of dialogue (“I got it. You’re the Devil’s baby mom!”) before any intentional hilarity wears painfully thin. DS scoutlondon.com Scout London 35

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Agent provocateur Performance artist Penny Arcade’s most controversial work is back. By Alice Wiggett

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’m interested in hard core eroticism. That’s what I like,” states Penny Arcade, boldly. It’s the sort of expression one has come to expect from the New York performer. When Scout meets her she owns the room. In the “youth of her old age” (her words, not ours), she wears a bright pink fitted dress, her hair bleached with pink dip dye tips. And she looks amazing. She greets everyone she meets – in this case a load of journalists – with a welcoming kiss or hug. Arcade is here to talk about her notorious show Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore! (BDFW) ahead of its run at The Arcola Theatre Tent. “There are two kinds of performers, those who want to be worshipped and adored and those who just want to be friends with everybody,” she says. Arcade is the latter, but she also happens to be worshipped and adored by her many admirers throughout the world. It was as part of New York’s downtown scene as a performance artist in the late 60s and early 70s that the avant-garde artist came to prominence. Having run away from home at 13, she became Warhol’s youngest superstar aged 17. BDFW – her most famous show – toured

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Europe, America and Australia in the 90s, and after 20 years is back to entertain a new generation. A celebration of sex, bodies and “real people”, the show tackles issues such as selfcensorship and expression. Arcade addresses audiences with stories and caricatures, drawn from people she has known throughout the years, as well as delving into her own experiences. Many are heartbreaking, some funny, others explicit. “People feel alienated and isolated for being different,” she tells Scout. “So the show is about being different, celebrating it and working out that really, we could all be together, we could be beautiful humans together. We’re mostly incredibly similar. We are heartbreakingly similar.” The show also makes use of erotic dancing, comedic personas, monologues and political satire, and is as in-your-face now as it was when it was first performed. The erotic dancers interact and engage with the audience – one minute they could be grinding in someone’s lap, the next, they might turn to comment on a nice pair of glasses or a fancy hair do. “I like eroticism that is friendly,” Arcade laughs. The show is exactly that, full of erotic

performances with a comical edge. “People always say that the atmosphere is a little bit dangerous and welcoming,” she says. “Erotic dancing is the most powerful feminist art form.” Despite these protestations, the show has been described as so erotic it’s confrontational. “An absurd idea,” dismisses Arcade. “I’m like, we all confront ourselves so easily. I don’t need to confront the audience. The audience walks in and immediately has a reaction, either, ‘I would never do that’, or ‘I could never do that’, or ‘my body’s not that great.’” Regardless of what critics might say, she insists: “It’s not a shock show because sex isn’t shocking. Sex and the human body have been the same for centuries, nothing new has been added.” Rather than confrontation, BDFW is about collaboration. At the end of the show the audience takes over the stage. The show might not be to everyone’s taste, but Arcade gives advice to would-be audience members: “If you’re smart and if you’re human, you’re going to get me.” Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore!, Arcola Theatre Tent, Jun 27 - Jul 22, £20 arcolatheatre.com

recommended TUESDAY JUNE 26 Balearic at The Shadow Lounge, 5-7 Brewer Street, W1F 0RF Leicester Square £5, guestlist FREE, 10pm-3am. Deep, vocal, and Balearic house courtesy of Amir Groove and Nick Tcherniak. Candy Boys at Candy Bar, 4 Carlisle Street, W1D 3BJ Tottenham Court Road FREE, 7pm-3am. Resident DJs spin dance and pop. Cunx Tuesday at Freedom Bar, 66 Wardour Street, W1F 0TA Piccadilly Circus phone for prices, phone for times. DJ Harvey Adam plays R&B, electro, house, dance anthems and pop. Lines & Bears at Barcode Vauxhall, Railway Arch 69 Goding Street, SE11 5AW Vauxhall phone for prices, phone for times. Resident DJs spin house music, plus line dancing. Ruby Tuesdays at Ku Bar, 30 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA Leicester Square FREE, 9pm-3am. Pop, R&B and 1980s hits from Sandra D and Joe Grohl.

Industri at Barcode Vauxhall, Railway Arch 69 Goding Street, SE11 5AW Vauxhall FREE, 8pm-2am. House from Miss Minty, Brent Nicholls and Paul Heron. Macho City at Joiners Arms, 116-118 Hackney Road, E2 7QL Old Street £5, £3 after 2am, FREE before 11.30pm, 10pm-3am. Resident DJs spin disco, pop and retro. QueerlyOut at Escape Bar, 10A Brewer Street, W1F 0SU Piccadilly Circus £5, £3, FREE before 9pm, 9pm-3am. DJ Robby D spins commercial dance, pop and R&B. Retrosexual at Ku Bar, 30 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA Leicester Square FREE, 10pm-late. Tasty Tim spins 80s music.

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WEDNESDAY JUNE 27 Disco Paradiso at Joiners Arms, 116-118 Hackney Road, E2 7QL Old Street phone for prices, 11pm-2am. DJs Jo Public and Stewart Who? spin disco, soul, funk and rock’n’roll. Shinky Shonky at Ku Bar, 30 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA Leicester Square FREE, 10pm-3am. Boogaloo Stu and his colourful coterie spin classic and contemporary pop, plus live cabaret performances. Trannyshack at Madame Jojo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, W1F 0SE Piccadilly Circus £5, w/flyer £3, FREE before 12midnight, 10pm-3am. Miss Dusty O, Tasty Tim and Lady Lloyd spin commercial dance and pop. Work at Fire, South Lambeth Road, SW8 1UQ Vauxhall £5, £4 before 1am, 11pm-5am. Lee Harris, Niyi Maximus Crown and Big John Freeman spin house, pop, electro, R&B, funk and dancehall.

Trannyoke at Escape Bar, 10A Brewer Street, W1F 0SU Piccadilly Circus FREE, 9pm-3am. DJ Matt spins pop and dance, with host Lady Lloyd.

THURSDAY JUNE 28 Comfortable Shoes at The Star Of Bethnal Green, 359 Bethnal Green Road, E2 6LG Bethnal Green phone for prices, 9pm2am. Resident DJs spin indie-pop and retro. Gravity at Fire, South Lambeth Road, SW8 1UQ Vauxhall £10, concs £5, 2pm-late. DJs Alan K and Fat Tony spin electro, house and disco, with hosts Mauricio and Danny Boyce. HU$TLR$: Members Night at The Shadow Lounge, 5-7 Brewer Street, W1F 0RF Leicester Square phone for prices, 10pm-3am. DJs Miswhite, Doug Silva and Paul Heron supply party tunes, cheese and dance vibes.

Barcode Saturday at Barcode Vauxhall, Railway Arch 69 Goding Street, SE11 5AW Vauxhall phone for prices, phone for times. Mattias, D’Jonny, Gonzalo, Steven Artis and Pagano play electro. Carpet Burn at Eagle, 349 Kennington Lane, SE11 5QY Vauxhall £5, FREE before 11pm, 9pm-4am. Resident DJs spin disco, pop and retro hits. Fabulous at Ku Bar, 30 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA Leicester Square £3, FREE before 11.30pm, 9pm-3am. DJP and Toumo Foxx spin pop, chart and R&B. Inferno at The Shadow Lounge, 5-7 Brewer Street, W1F 0RF Leicester Square £10, FREE before 11pm, 10pm-3am. Andrew Elmore spins funk, house and dance. Kitsch Cabaret at Madame Jojo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, W1F 0SE Piccadilly Circus £25, 8pm-3am. A Las Vegas-style show with old-fashioned music and comedy, starring Miss Terri, Krystal and Sahara. Monster at Candy Bar, 4 Carlisle Street, W1D 3BJ Tottenham Court Road £5, mems £3, FREE before 10pm, 9pm-3am. DJ Sandra D spins chart hits, dance and pop classics.

Tonker at Eagle, 349 Kennington Lane, SE11 5QY Vauxhall £6, mems £5 after 10pm, FREE before 10pm, 9pm-3am. DJ Tim Jones and Alan X play house, chart and dance. The O Zone at Ku Bar, 30 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA Leicester Square w/flyer FREE, 10pm-3am. Dusty O spins pop, chart and R&B. Popstarz at The Den & Centro, 18 West Central Street, WC1A 1JJ Holborn phone for prices, 10pm-4am. Resident DJs spin indie, pop and R&B. Popstarz: After Dark at The Den & Centro, 18 West Central Street, WC1A 1JJ Holborn FREE, 4am-8am. Resident DJs spin indie, rock, R&B, pop and Motown. Shake & Pop at Candy Bar, 4 Carlisle St, W1D 3BJ Tottenham Court Road £5, mems £3, FREE before 10pm, 9pm-3am. DJ Bam Bo Tang spins urban anthems, chart, retro hits and pop classics. Super Techno Party Machine at East Bloc, 217 City Road, EC1V 1JN Old Street £5, 10pm-4am. DJ Larry Tee spins techno and house. Therapy at Shadow Lounge, 5-7 Brewer Street, W1F 0RF Leicester Square FREE before 11pm, 10pm-3am. Electropop and dance from DJs Miswhite, Minx, Paul Heron and Sonathaq.

SATURDAY JUNE 30 A:M Afterhours at Fire, South Lambeth Road, SW8 1UQ Vauxhall £12, w/flyer £8, 3am-11am. Resident DJs spin house and disco.

Duckie at Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY Vauxhall £6, 9pm-2am. The Readers Wifes spin pop, indie and cabaret at this long-running rock disco hosted by the irrepressible Amy Lamé, featuring special guests every week.

SUNDAY JULY 1 Barcode Sunday at Barcode Vauxhall, Railway Arch 69 Goding Street, SE11 5AW Vauxhall phone for prices, phone for times. DJ Saki plays dance and house. Beyond Afterhours at Fire, South Lambeth Road, SW8 1UQ Vauxhall adv £12, 6pm-1am. DJs Steve Pitron, Mikey D, Alan K, Sharp Boys, Gonzalo Rivas, Paul Heron, HiFi Sean, Paul Christian, Ariel and Fat Tony spin house, electro and techno across three floors. Horse Meat Disco at Eagle, 349 Kennington Lane, SE11 5QY Vauxhall £6, 8pm-3am. Residents Jim Stanton, Luke Howard, James Hillard and Severino spin disco and house. Lady Lloyds Hit Factory at Ku Bar, 30 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA Leicester Square FREE, 8pm-3am. Lady Lloyd spins retro pop. Later at Fire, South Lambeth Road, SW8 1UQ Vauxhall £6, w/flyer £5 before 1.30pm, 11.30pm-8pm. D’Johnny,

A Night of Laughter in Aid of The Peter Tatchell Foundation at The Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Piccadilly Circus £20, 6pm-12midnight. Pinkjack and Gaydar.co.uk present a benefit night in aid of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, with appearances by David Hoyle, Jonny Woo, Tom Allen, David McAlmont & Fingersnap, David Mills, Timberlina, Russell Tovey, Mehmet Sander and John Sizzle. Auction donations from Alan Cumming, Stephen Fry, Paul O’Grady, Gay Bingo and David Hoyle. Tickets available from gaydar-radio. clubtickets.com Paul Martin, The Oli, The Sharp Boys and Jamie Head spin house music. Orange at Fire, South Lambeth Road, SW8 1UQ Vauxhall £12, £10 before 12midnight, w/flyer £5 before 1am, 10pmlate. The Oli, Paul Martin and The Sharp Boys spin house in room one, while Gonzola Rivas, David Jiminez and Hi Fi Sean provide minimal techno and tech house in room two. S.L.A.G.S / CHILL-OUT Sundays at Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY Vauxhall £8, £5 before 7.30pm, 2pm-12midnight. Simon Le Vans, Andy Almighty and Sean Sirrs spin disco, electro and house, plus The D E Experience performs live. Sunday Social at Candy Bar, 4 Carlisle St, W1D 3BJ Tottenham Court Road FREE, 8.30pm-12.30am. Resident DJs spin pop hits.

MONDAY JULY 2 Bearcode at Barcode Vauxhall, Railway Arch 69 Goding Street, SE11 5AW Vauxhall phone for prices, 9pm-1am. Resident DJs play house music. Detention at Ku Bar, 30 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA Leicester Square FREE, 10pm-3am. KU DJs and Doug Silva spin house music. The Joiners Arms: Soulful Sounds at Joiners Arms, 116-118 Hackney Road, E2 7QL Old Street FREE, 10pm-2am. DJ Alex spins soul and funk. Popcorn at Heaven, Charing Cross Arches, Villiers Street, WC2N 6NG Charing Cross £8, 11pm-5.30am. Resident DJs play dance, electro, R’n’B, pop and hip hop.

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A roots manoeuvre

Music legend Gilberto Gil’s new festival Back2Black highlights how much our music owes its origins to Africa. Chris Beanland talks to some of the event’s key players

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hen the likes of Jay-Z and Ty sample Afrobeat – as they have been over the last five years – it brings it to a new audience, helps it to reach a new type of listener, extorts Rodney Smith, better known to all of us as Roots Manuva. The London rapper compares that initial discovery of African music to the delicious first time that your ears taste soul: “For me, it’s like the first time I discovered James Brown.” He also thinks that we can

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develop a taste for African music in the same way that we all did for Latin grooves. “I remember Gilles Peterson playing a bit of salsa and then you’d see things like the Buena Vista Social Club film. It’s an introduction to it.” Smith hits Back2Black on Saturday, headlining the main stage. "This is more than just a festival. It’s also a way to vocalise this thing that is black music – across the planet.” It’s 13 years since Smith – who grew up in Stockwell – dropped his debut Roots Manuva album Brand

New Second Hand. And since then he’s had his fair share of African experiences. Recently he’s been recording with Mali’s afro-pop singer Salif Keita, plus he also has fond memories of playing at Africa Express in Paris, which was organised by that champion of African music, Blur’s Damon Albarn While there’s nary a festival bill which doesn’t feature Smith – from here to Australia and back – Back2Black might be a bigger deal than most. It seems the Barbican’s promotion budget

has been causing our man some agro. “I’m a bit nervous,” he admits. “There’s gonna be a significant number of people there who know me. The promoter’s been getting a bit hefty,” laughs Smith. “There are billboards all over town. Normally people see me on a line-up but they don’t say anything to me about it. Now there’s constantly people coming up to me saying ‘I’m going! I’ve got Back2Black tickets!’ It’s nice, it’s nice. But it’s a pain when I’m trying to push the little one to the nanny’s.”

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Why is a Brazilian running a festival of African music? “People have realised how incredible the music is that’s coming out of different African countries. We have artists from Mali, Ethiopia, South Africa and Angola at Back2Black,” Bryn Ormrod tells Scout. “Africa is the source of so much music – blues, jazz, reggae, ska, dubstep, funk. You can trace it all back to Africa.” The Barbican’s chief music programmer has helped to craft the final line-up of Brazilian musician Gilberto Gil’s festival Back2Black and is keen to make sure the best of Africa is on show. But why has a Brazilian artist decided to run a festival of African music? “Not a lot of people know much of a part Africa has to play in Brazil,” explains Ormrod. “It’s a huge part of the culture.” Ormrod is excited about bringing Gil’s bash to the capital: “Billingsgate Market is a great venue: we’ve got stages underground and out on the Riverside,” he smiles. Jun 29-Jul 1 Old Billingsgate Market barbican.org.uk

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frica’s recent rise is well-publicised – from football to fashion. But can we yet say that its music is actually appreciated in the West? “There’s very much a renaissance in African music right now and more people are interested in it too,” Amadou Bagayoko – one half of the incredibly popular Amadou and Miriam – tells Scout. “But it’s a different form. Previously, people would discover it in its traditional form, but now they’re discovering it as a modern form of music – and that creates more links between cultures.” Speaking via a translator down the line from Paris, the Malian singer/guitarist is upbeat. I ask him whether he thinks the best music in Africa comes from his West African homeland; the site of the mystical Timbuktu? He laughs. “It depends on what you think is the best music in Africa! Every person will have their own view on that. What’s good about the music of Mali is that it’s got its roots very much in rock – it’s able to create a lot of interest internationally. That’s the strength of Malian music.” It’s this cross-over power of Malian music which saw Amadou and Miriam joined by a slew of contemporary Western artists for their latest

album, Folila: Nick Zinner from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On The Radio, Amp Fiddler and Theophilus London. But Bagayoko’s favourite? “It was a real pleasure to sing with Santigold. But we’ve enjoyed very much working alongside everyone we’ve collaborated with recently.” It’s not the first time the pair have worked with Western artists. They’ve also supported the biggest bands in the world: Blur, Coldplay and U2. Now they will come to the Back2Black Festival on Sunday. “It’s a real pleasure to be coming to England. We’ve been before and we’re very happy to be back,” says Bagayoko. “We really want to discover as many new artists that we haven’t come across before at the festival – that’s what we’re looking forward to.” Next on the menu for the pair is more touring: “We want to develop our career in places where we’re not so well known, such as Latin America,” he says. But they are conscious of their roles as unofficial ambassadors for the continent too. Bagayoko adds: “We want to continue to raise awareness about Africa and also to increase our humanitarian work there.”

Music Paradise Gardens Festival June 30-July 1, London Pleasure Gardens, free

London's newest outdoor venue – London Pleasure Gardens – opens in spectacular fashion this weekend as the first of a number of festivals on the site gets underway. Featuring acts including Alabama 3, Ragga Twins, Ska Cubano, and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Paradise Gardens Festival will also

have performers, a pyrotechnic display by the team behind the Titanic anniversary show in Belfast, a craft fair, village fete and all the trappings of a festival. The site, which will be a permanent fixture and features music, arts, cafes and bars, a pop-up hotel and sculpture park, was created on an old industrial site

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Bwani Junction June 29, Club NME at KOKO, £5

Don’t be fooled by the name – this isn’t a troupe of Congolese troubadours. Instead, Bwani Junction come from the somewhat less sunny climes of Edinburgh. However, their Afrobeat-influenced sounds certainly bring a smile to the face. Fans of Vampire Weekend will find a lot to like about the band, who are on many promoters’ hit lists and topping numerous Ones To Watch lists. They’re supporting the so-hot-right-now Kyla La Grange.

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at The Royal Docks. It aims to bring a 21st century version of London’s historic Pleasure Gardens to The Royal Victoria Docks. Forthcoming events include the renowned electronic music festival Bloc, Europe’s largest Latin festival Carnaval del Pueblo and the BT River of Music’s Africa Stage.

Anchorsong Jun 29, XOYO, adv £12, early bird £7 Benjamin Francis Leftwich Jun 26, Power’s, £16 Carousel Circus, Monkton Wyld, Mike Nisbet Jun 30, The Good Ship, £5 Casiokids, Becoming Real Jun 27, The Barfly, Camden, £9

Curtis Stigers To June 29, Ronnie Scott’s, £38-50

The list of blockbuster TV shows and films on which Curtis Stigers’ songs are featured is so impressive that even if you’ve never heard of the American jazz singer and saxophonist, you’ll know his music. From The Bodyguard to Dawson’s Creek and Sons of Anarchy, it’s testament to the cross-over success of the hit-maker who is taking up residence at Ronnie Scott’s legendary club this week. Saxy stuff.

Sean Paul Jun 26, IndigO2, £27.50 & £35 Combichrist Jun 28, Electric Ballroom, £17.50

Comeback Kid Jun 29, The Borderline, £12 Death Angel Jun 28, The Underworld, £15 Derek Nash, Graham Harvey, Neil Bullock And Len Skeat Jun 27, George IV, £10, NUS £5 Arnaldo Antunes, Edgard Scandurra And Toumani Diabate Jul 2, Rough Trade East, FREE Evidence Jul 2, The Jazz Cafe, adv £16.50 Farruko Jun 29, Electric Brixton, £25 Fire At Night, Young Runaways, Shoot The Moon Jun 30, Bull And Gate, £6, adv/w/flyer £5 Garbage, The Jezabels Jul 1, O2 Academy Brixton, adv £29.50 Ghosts Of December, Greg Fidler Jul 2, Nambucca, £3 Japanther Jul 2, Birthdays, £7 Katie Brown, Leon Greening, Adam King And Steve Brown Jun 27, Bull’s Head, £10 The Temperance Movement, The Diamond Noise Jun 26, The Good Ship, phone for prices The Family Stone Jun 29, The Jazz Cafe, £23.50 The Datsuns Jun 28, Power’s, £8 Shels, Latitudes, Astrohenge Jul 1, The Underworld, adv £10 The View Jun 26, KOKO, £16.50 M Ward Jul 2, KOKO, £15

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Damon Albarn’s Dr Dee June 26-29 & July 4, 6, 7, The London Coliseum, £15-£99 The latest creation from Blur frontman Damon Albarn is another opera – the story of Dr Dee. Although largely unknown today, Dee was the quintessential Renaissance Man. From astrology to alchemy and physics to philosophy, his thirst for knowledge was insatiable and, as a key advisor to Elizabeth I, he is credited with providing much of the intelligence which shaped the British Empire established under her rule. First performed at the Manchester International Festival last year, this will be London’s premiere, and is just a short run.

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Vibes 1st Birthday: Sukh Knight + Vectra + Monsters June 29, Jamm, £5 adv Vibes Crew have built up an impressive name for themselves in a short space of time, with their bass-heavy nights and top-drawer taste in music. As this will be the last Vibes night for a few months, they've pulled out all the stops for their first birthday bash in

Brixton. Featuring Sukh Knight (pictured) – who's Slang Like This with P Money was a Scout stereo favourite for some time – plus Vectra and Monsters, there's also the chance to don fancy dress, marvel at magicians and a new UV decoration theme. Dust off the onsie for this one.

Jun 27, HMV Hammersmith Apollo, £31.25-£61.75

She may have ditched the head wrap that made her initially famous, but Erykah Badu has lost none of the spark that made her a global megastar and the owner of the title First Lady of Neo Soul. Baduizm, Badu’s 1997 debut, set the scene for a generation of performers ranging from India.Arie to Alicia Keyes. Tyrone is a high point of any of Badu’s gigs, when she whips the female members of the audience into a frenzy while commanding her errant lover to come home.

Regina Spektor July 2, Royal Albert Hall, £38.50

Russian-born and US-raised Regina Spektor first broke through the anti-folk scene of New York at the turn of the century before conquering the world. Her music is omni-present on the telly, promoting such wares as Sky, Microsoft’s Zune and the film My Sister’s Keeper. Spektor plays London for one night only, with support from Only Son, who happens to be the husband of Ms Spektor, Jack Dishel.

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Word Up Cameo Motown

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Indeep Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life Sound of New York

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Weezer Hash Pipe Polydor

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Beastie Boys Get It Together Capitol Records

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Amerie 1 Thing Sony

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Muse New Born Warner Bros

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Minnie Riperton Les Fleurs EMI

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Liz Phair Nashville Matador Records

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Longpigs Lost Myself Mother Records

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Lauryn Hill Doo Wop (That Thing) Ruffhouse

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Acoustic Strawbs Jul 14, Half Moon, Putney, £10 Active Child, The Invisible, Hospitality, Nzca/Lines Jul 5, Village Underground, adv £11 Adam Ant & The Good, The Mad And The Lovely Posse, Georgie Girl & Her Poussez Posse Nov 30, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, adv £28.50 Adolescents, Mammut Jul 14, Jamm, £12 Africa Utopia A month of celebration and discussion about the arts and Africa, including performances from Baaba Maal, Taj Mahal, Angelique Kidjo and more, Jul 1-28, Southbank Centre, various prices Al Jarreau, The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars Jul 26, Ronnie Scott’s, £100-£150 Alan Barnes Jul 7, Bull’s Head, £10 Alex Metric Jul 13, The Nest, £7 Anna Calvi Jul 12, Somerset House, £25 Antony’s Meltdown: Joan As Police Woman, Julia Kent, Matteah Baim Aug 3, Southbank Centre, £12.50 & £17.50, concs £6.25 & £8.75 Antony’s Meltdown: Lou Reed Aug 10, Southbank Centre, £45-£65, concs £22.50-£32.50 Antony’s Meltdown: Marc Almond Aug 9, Southbank Centre, £22.50-£27.50, £11.75-£23.75 Average White Band Jul 13,14 & 16-Jul 19, Ronnie Scott’s, £30-£45 £30-£50 Azealia Banks Oct 12, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £15 Bill Posters Will Be Band Jul 5, Bull’s Head, £10 Billy Ocean Jul 21, Under The Bridge, £27.50 Blink 182 Jul 25 & Jul 26, O2 Academy Brixton, £35 BluesFest 2012: Brand New Heavies Jun 30, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £25 & £50 BluesFest 2012: Erykah Badu Jun 27, HMV Apollo, £27.50-£55

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BluesFest 2012: Hugh Laurie Jul 2, HMV Apollo, £35-£40 BluesFest 2012: Ronnie Wood Jun 30, HMV Apollo, £35-£75 BluesFest 2012: Tom Jones Jul 1, HMV Apollo, £35-£75 BluesFest 2012: Van Morrison Jun 29, HMV Apollo, £45-£100 Blur, The Specials, New Order Aug 12, Hyde Park, adv £55 BrynFest: Gruff Rhys Jul 6, Southbank Centre, £12-£18, concs £6-£9 Bush Aug 30, KOKO, £27.50 Chambao Jul 5, KOKO, £25

Darren Hayes Sep 24, IndigO2, £22.50-£37.50 Charlotte Gainsbourg And Connan Mockasin Jul 19, Somerset House, £25 Cheryl: A Million Lights Tour Oct 7, The O2 Arena, £35 & £40 Dappy Oct 3, HMV Apollo, £18.50 Death In Vegas Sep 29, Electric Brixton, adv £15 Dexys Sep 16, Barbican Centre, £30 & £32.50

Madonna Jul 17, Hyde Park, £70 & £125 Diamond Head, Tytan, Culprit Jul 3, O2 Academy Islington, £15 Diana Vickers Jul 31, O2 Academy Islington, £15 Die Antwoord Jul 5, HMV Forum, £15 Dr John Jul 18 & Jul 19, Under The Bridge, £30-£50 Eagles Of Death Metal Aug 21, O2 Academy Islington, adv £17.50 Ed Sheeran Oct 13-Oct 17, HMV Apollo, £24 Eddie Vedder Jul 30 & Jul 31, HMV Apollo, £37-£50, phone for availability Efterklang & Northern Sinfonia Oct 30, Barbican Centre, £15-£22.50 Emeli Sande Nov 11, Royal Albert Hall, £22.50-£37.50 Eric Johnson Jul 10, Leicester Square Theatre, adv £30 Evan Parker, Stan Tracey And Clark Tracey Jul 26, The Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston Culture House, £10 Eyehategod, Ramesses, Dopefight Aug 9, The Garage, £17 Faith No More Jul 8, HMV Apollo, £33.50 and Jul 10, O2 Academy Brixton, £33.50 Fat Freddy’s Drop Aug 4, HMV Forum, £29.50 Fear Factory Dec 18, KOKO, £16 Feeder Nov 23, O2 Academy Brixton, £23 Fun. Jul 9, Heaven, £11 George Michael: Symphonica: The Orchestral Tour Sep 29, Royal Albert Hall, £46-£126 and Oct 13, Oct 14, Oct 17, Earls Court, £51-£91 Grandaddy Sep 4, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £20 Gravenhurst Sep 26, Cecil Sharp House, £12.50

Gwyneth Herbert Jun 28, 606 Club, £10 Hard Rock Calling 2012: Soundgarden, Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band, Paul Simon Jul 13-Jul 15, Hyde Park, Fri £50, Sat £60, Sun £55, Sat & Sun £110 Hassin Erraji Jul 18, Horniman Museum And Gardens, £14, adv £12 Hit Factory Live: Kylie Minogue, Steps, Jason Donovan, Bananarama, Rick Astley, Dead Or Alive Jul 11, Hyde Park, £54.25 Incubus Jul 9, O2 Academy Brixton, £29.50 Iron Cross Jul 14, The Coronet, adv £35 Jehst Jul 26, 229 The Venue, £12.50 Jennifer Lopez Oct 22, The O2 Arena, £50-£75 Jill Scott Jul 9 & Jul 10, Somerset House, £37.50 John Cale Oct 13, Southbank Centre, £20£30, concs £10-£15 KRS-One Jul 23 & Jul 24, The Jazz Cafe, adv £20 Kate Rusby Oct 23, Southbank Centre, £25 & £30, concs £12.50 & £15 Katy B Jul 8, Somerset House, £25 KISS Jul 4, HMV Forum, £50 Kyla La Grange Jul 30, Rough Trade East, FREE La Shark Jul 5, Birthdays, £7 Labrinth Oct 20, O2 Academy Brixton, adv £17.50 Lady Antebellum Jul 16, HMV Apollo, £30 Laura Marling Jul 7, Royal Albert Hall, £25 Lincoln Center Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Yacub Addy Jul 10, Barbican Centre, £15-£35 Lionel Richie Oct 28 & Oct 29, The O2 Arena, £40-£65 London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: Back2Black Festival Jun 29, Jun 30 & Jul 1, Old Billingsgate, Fri £35, under 16s £20, Sat/Sun £45, Sat/Sun under 16s £25, weekend ticket £120, weekend ticket under 16s £70 London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: Eurostar Presents Traction Jul 14, Granary Square, £20 London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: Scissor Sisters Jul 21, Tower Of London, FREE, ticketed, adv booking required at www. btriverofmusic.com, phone for availability

Wireless Festival 2012: Wireless 2012: Deadmau5, Drake, Rihanna Jul 6, Jul 7 & Jul 8, Hyde Park, Fri/Sat day ticket £49.50, Sun day ticket £52.50, Fri & Sat two day ticket £94, Sat & Sun two day ticket £97, weekend ticket £135

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London 2012 Olympic Games: Opening Ceremony Celebration Concert: Snow Patrol, Stereophonics, Duran Duran, Paolo Nutini Jul 27, gates 2.30pm, Hyde Park, £60 London Irish Village 2012: Eddi Reader Aug 10, Under The Bridge, £25-£50

BBC Proms 2012: Prom 22: BBC Philharmonic Jul 30, Royal Albert Hall, £7.50-£36 Andrea Bocelli Nov 14 & Nov 15, The O2 Arena, £45-£120 BBC Proms 2012 Jul 13-Sept 8, Royal Albert Hall, various prices City Of London Festival 2012 To Jul 27, various venues, various prices Erato Piano Trio, Sergei Podobedov And Peter Cigleris Jul 2, Southbank Centre, £10-£18, concs £5-£9 London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: Kronos Quartet, Asif Ali Khan, Bamboo Pearl Orchestra, Bardic Divas, Gong Linna, Homayun Sakhi, Sanchita Farruque Jul 21, Battersea

Susan Graham And Malcolm Martineau Jun 29, Wigmore Hall, £18-£35 Park, FREE, ticketed, adv booking required at btriverofmusic.com Philip Glass Ensemble Dec 15, Union Chapel, adv £20 Pupils From The Yehudi Menuhin School Jul 9, Wigmore Hall, £8-£15

Xavier De Maistre Jul 10, Wigmore Hall, £12-£28 The 10th More London Free Festival At The Scoop: London Gay Men’s Chorus Aug 9, The Scoop At More London, FREE The Mediaeval Baebes Jul 26, St John At Hackney Church, £12, child £5 The Gershwin Family Quartet Jul 6, St Martin-In-The-Fields, £8-£24

Eliza Doolittle, Rizzle Kicks, Wretch 32 Jul 26, Hyde Park, £15 London Irish Village 2012: The Saw Doctors Aug 2 & Aug 3, Under The Bridge, £20-£40 London Irish Village 2012: The Undertones Jul 28, Under The Bridge, £17-£34 M83 Jul 16, Somerset House, £25 Macy Gray Jun 27 & 28, The Jazz Cafe, adv £30 Mad Dog Mcrea Jul 5, Half Moon, Putney, £8 Madness Dec 14, The O2 Arena, £29.50£47.50 Marc Bolan 35th Anniversary Concert Sep 15, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £25£35 Marilyn Manson, Lacuna Coil Jul 5, O2 Academy Brixton, £30, phone for availability Maverick Sabre Oct 6, O2 Academy Brixton, £18.50 Mick Hucknall Sep 18 & Sep 19, Royal Albert Hall, Tue £30-£50, Wed £30-£60 Mike And The Mechanics Jul 18, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £30 Ministry, Djerv Jul 20, HMV Forum, £20 Muse Oct 26 & Oct 27, The O2 Arena, £47.50 & £55 Nanci Griffith Jul 25, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £29 Neil Sedaka Oct 17, Royal Albert Hall, £40-£55 Neneh Cherry & The Thing Jul 15, Village Underground, £15.50 Paloma Faith Jul 17 & Jul 18, Somerset House, £25 Pat Metheny Unity Band, Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez & Ben Williams Jul 8, Barbican Centre, £10-£65

Patti Smith Sep 13, Troxy, £27.50 Paul Carrack Oct 31, IndigO2, £15-£20, VIP £32.50 Paul Heaton Jul 5, Barbican Centre, £18£28 Pennywise, The Flatliners Jul 10, O2 Academy Islington, £18.50 Public Image Ltd Aug 11, HMV Forum, £27.50 Queen & Adam Lambert Jul 11, Jul 12, Jul 14, HMV Apollo, £70 & £75, phone for availability Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park: Status Quo, Mick Hucknall, Jessie J Sep 9, gates 2.30pm, Hyde Park, £35, under 3s FREE Radiohead Oct 8 & Oct 9, The O2 Arena, £47.50 & £65 Robert Plant Jul 12, HMV Forum, phone for prices Rodney P & DJ Skitz, Pyrelli, Frenglish Connexion Jul 6, Vibe Bar, £4 Ronan Keating: Fires Tour Jan 26, The O2 Arena, £35 Rufus Wainwright Nov 18, HMV Apollo, £37.50-£60 Scissor Sisters Oct 23 & Oct 24, Roundhouse, £32.50 Seal Nov 6, HMV Apollo, £35-£55 Sham 69 Jul 14, Electric Brixton, £20 Sneakbo, Funkystepz, Magic & Chronik Jul 6, XOYO, £10, adv £5 & £8 Sparks Oct 26, Barbican Centre, £20£27.50 Steve Miller Band Oct 20, Roundhouse, £35-£47.50 Sweet Billy Pilgrim Jul 11, Bush Hall, £9 The Mars Volta Jul 15, HMV Forum, £25 The Pharcyde Jul 17, KOKO, adv £20 The Temper Trap Jul 11, Somerset House, £27.50 The Wedding Present Nov 23, KOKO, £16 Then Jerico Sep 29, O2 Academy Islington, adv £22.50 Theo Jackson Trio Jun 28, Royal Albert Hall, £12 Think Like Valencia, Cameron Cole & RS, Derek Darker, Slip Digby, Ben Homan, Jackal Jul 2, Dingwalls, adv £12 Tribes Jun 30, Dirty South, £11.50 Turbonegro Oct 22, Electric Ballroom, £15 Ultrasound Sep 20, The Scala, adv £9 W.A.S.P. Sep 21, HMV Forum, £22.50 We Are Scientists Jul 25, The Garage, £15 Wilko Johnson, Virgil And The Accelerators Oct 25, O2 Academy Islington, £17.50 Wolfmother Jul 6, IndigO2, £22.50 & £27.50 Xavier Rudd Aug 8, KOKO, £20 Yeasayer Jul 11, The Lexington, £10

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Music TUESDAY JUNE 26

Grade 9 Records at The Garage, 20-26 Highbury Corner, N5 1RD Highbury & Islington £5, 7pm-late. House, electro and garage from Head Creep, Three Cornered Hat, Manny Gentleman, La Raveneau, Severity, Aura 4, 2 Intension and One-Off. Smile at Thirst, 53 Greek Street, W1D 3DR Tottenham Court Road £4, £3 before 12midnight, 5pm-3am. Resident DJs play funky house, classics and pop.

THURSDAY JUNE 28

What Ever Happened To P-Rock? at The Macbeth, 70 Hoxton Street, N1 6LP Old Street adv £9, 7pm-late. Joey Cape, Moral Dilemna, The Roco Lampones, Rob Lynch and Mug spin punk, rock and metal. No Quarter at Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JQ Notting Hill Gate £8, w/flyer £6, 7pm2am. Resident DJs spin rock, electro and indie, with live performances from Atlantics, SisterBrother and Jamie West. Panic at The Roxy, 3-5 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HJ Tottenham Court Road £5, NUS/w/flyer £3, guestlist w/flyer FREE before 10.30pm, 10pm-3am. Max Panic, Gaz Panic and That Perfect Fumble spin indie, electro, retro and pop. Student Night! at Walkabout, Finchley Road, 02 Centre, 255 Finchley Road, NW3 6LU Finchley Road FREE, 8.30pm-12midnight. DJ Deano spins dance, hip hop, pop and R&B.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 27

Bones Brigade Thursdays at Zigfrid, 11 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU Old Street FREE, 9pm-late. DJ Francois spins upbeat rock, pop and 1990s dance. Headphones And Manbags Pt 2 at East Village, 89 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HX Old Street £10, w/flyer £8, adv £5, 9pm-3am. Johnny Reckless, Phil Asher, Orin Afronaut, Pete Mello, Kaidi Tatham, Seamus Haji and Stephen Dove spin funk, disco, dubstep and soul, with MCs T-Roy Broadcite and MC E Mix. Love Present at Orleans, 259-261 Seven Sisters Road, N4 2HZ Finsbury Park £5, FREE before 12midnight, 10pm-late. DJs Rob Bailey and Chris Dale spin 1960s club soul, ska, Motown, r ‘n’ b and boogaloo. Movement Club at The Junction Rooms, 578 Kingsland Road, E8 4AH Dalston Junction £4, 9pm-2am. DJs Matt Walsh and Daniel Avery spin house, techno and new wave. Push Music at The Big Chill Bar, Drury Walk, E1 6QL Liverpool Street phone for prices, 8pm-1am. Resident DJs spin electro, disco and punk. Thursdays at Miss Q’s, 180-184 Earls Court Road, SW5 9QG Earl’s Court FREE, 9pm-2am. Resident DJs spin rock’n’roll and indie classics, plus live bands. Vibe at Moonlighting, 16-17 Greek Street, W1D 4DR Tottenham Court Road £7, w/flyer £5 before 12midnight, ladies £5, FREE before 11.30pm, 10pm-3am. DJs on rotation including Anas, Spider, Prezedent, Ice, Commander B, Pioneer and DJ L spin hip hop, R&B, funky house, garage, bashment and reggae.

The Gallery at The Ministry Of Sound, 103 Gaunt Street, SE1 6DP Elephant And Castle £14, mems £11, 10.30pm-6am. Richard Durand, Max Graham, Alex O’Rion, Tall Paul, Steve Lee, and Lose Control spin electro and trance. Cratediggin at White Horse, 94 Brixton Hill, SW2 1QN Brixton FREE, 9pm3am. Don Sonix supplies reggae, funk, dubstep, drum’n’bass and party hip hop. Fancy Footwork at The Hoxton Pony, 104108 Curtain Road, EC2A 3AH Old Street £8, FREE before 8pm, £5 before 10pm, 8pm-2am. DJs Guy Laurie, Steffie and 7oel spin a mash up of house, electro, hip hop, garage and funk. I Love The 90s at The Garage, 20-26 Highbury Corner, N5 1RD Highbury & Islington £8, £5 before 12.30pm, FREE before 11.30pm, 10.30pmlate. Resident DJs spin hip hop, indie and Britpop from the 1990s.

FRIDAY JUNE 29

Swerve at Cable, 33A Bermondsey Street, SE1 2EG London Bridge £7 after 11pm, £5 before 11pm, NUS £3 before 11pm, 10.30pm-3.30am. DJs Tendai, Blame and Fabio spin dubstep, garage, dub and drum’n’bass. Beach Bum at Ladybird Bar, 70 Upper Street, N1 0NY Angel FREE, 9pm-2am. DJ Larry Sun plays a mash-up of dance, hip hop, electro and party. Cheapskates at Moonlighting, 16-17 Greek Street, W1D 4DR Tottenham Court Road £6.50, NUS £5.50, w/flyer £4.50, 9pm-3.30am. Old school hip hop, electro and disco courtesy of DJ Downfall.

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All We Need Is at Club 414, 414 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LF Brixton phone for prices, 11pm-7am. Tim Cullen, D-Viant, Matt Church, Craig Gunn, Latex Zebra and BSE spin house, garage and old skool beats. Anchorman Party at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, Basement Of Tavistock Hotel, Tavistock Square, WC1H 9EU Russell Square £5, adv £4, 8pm. DJs supply soul, funk and jazz at this Anchorman film-themed fun night. Baggy Mondays 10th Birthday! at The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, W1W 7JD Oxford Circus £5, concs £3, FREE before 9pm, 7pm-1am. Resident DJs spin indie, electro and rock. The Big Bamboo at Sugarcane, 247-249 Lavender Hill, SW11 1JW Clapham Junction FREE, 4pm1.30am. Retro, old school, hip hop, R&B, rock and funk courtesy of the residents. Circus London at Egg, 200 York Way, N7 9AX King’s Cross St Pancras mems £13-£20, adv/NUS £10, 11pm-7am. DJs Yousef, Mendo and Tom Flynn spin house and techno.

The Heatwave Carnival Roadshow at XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, EC2A 4AP Old Street £15, adv £8 & £10, 10pmlate. Featuring The Heatwave, Top Cat, Serocee & Rubi Dan, Juvinile, Body Work Crew and Cellar Door. Mirror Ball at The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, SW12 9HD Balham £3, 11pm2am. The resident DJs spin dance from the 1960s to the present day. Pop It! at The Underworld, 174 Camden High Street, NW1 0NE Camden Town £6, w/flyer £4, 11pm-3am. Resident DJs spin pop and retro hits. Relentless Energy Drink Nass Official Launch Party at Proud 2, The O2 Arena Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX North Greenwich £5 first 500 tickets, 10pm-6am. Crissy Criss, Sigma and guests supply house, electronica and dance beats.

Stun London at The Rhythm Factory, 1618 Whitechapel Road, E1 1EW Whitechapel £5, 12midnight-6am. Artificial Intelligence, MacPherson, Lady V Dubz, Jordan V, DJ Inter and DJ Kure supply drum’n’bass and dubstep. Tilanbiik Presents at Crucifix, 7-9 Crucifix Lane, SE1 3JW London Bridge adv £12 & £15, earlybird £8 & £10, 10pm-6am. Gary Beck, Nihad Tule, Nick Bowman and Telmo Fernandez spin techno, house and electro. What’s My Name? at The Macbeth, 70 Hoxton Street, N1 6LP Old Street FREE, 7pm-late. Brock Diamondquartz, And Ko, Miguel Dare and Scarlett Valentine spin pop, hip hop and R&B.

SATURDAY JUNE 30 Antidote at Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY Old Street £15, FREE before 9pm, 8pm-5am. Sam Russo, Alex Nagshineh, Michael Penman and residents supply deep and tech house. Beach Party at Walkabout, Temple, Temple Station Temple Place, WC2R 2PH Temple £5, FREE before 9pm, 5pm-1am. The Breakfast Club at Club 414, 414 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LF Brixton £5, 7am-11am. Resident DJs Dean G and Toasty spin uplifting house, trance, progressive house, techno and psychedelic trance. Club De Fromage at O2 Academy Islington, N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street, N1 0PS Angel £6.50, 10.30pm3.30am. The resident DJs at Tony and Slow Alfie spin pop hits, with themed fancy dress. Club 27/11 at The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, N1 9JB Angel phone for prices, 9pm-4am. DJ Dexter plays indie, electro and retro. Dance Of The Century at The Coronet, 28 New Kent Road, SE1 6TJ Elephant And Castle adv £20, 10pm6am. DJs and special guests supply reggae. Fabric at Fabric, 77A Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HJ Farringdon £19, adv £18, adv £23 inc CD, £10 after 4am, mems £13, NUS £12, 11pm-8am. Craig Richards, Radio Slave, Terry Francis Omar S, Mike Parker, Steve Bicknell, DJ QU, Brinsley Kazak and Bruno Schmidt spin house, electro and techno, plus Mr G and Tevo Howard perform live. Feast at 93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, E1 6RU Liverpool Street mems FREE, 3pm-1am. DJs Matt Fear, Liam Webb, Jamie Ward and Billy Hill spin electro and house. Guilty Pleasures at KOKO, 1a Camden High Street, NW1 7JE Mornington Crescent £10, 10pm-late. Resident DJs and guests spin soft rock, pop, disco and forgotten one-hit wonders. Hed Kandi at Pacha, Terminus Place, SW1V 1JR Victoria adv £20, phone for times. Resident DJs spin dance, funk, pop and electro. House Clique at Gigalum, 7 Cavendish Parade, Clapham Common South Side, SW4 9DW Clapham South FREE, 7pm-late. Resident DJs spin house and electro. Kinky Malinki at Cable, 33A Bermondsey Street, SE1 2EG London Bridge adv £20, earlybird £10 & £15, 10pm-6am. DJs Coyu, Belocca, Tiger Stripes and Timo Garcia spin house, funk, electro and techno.

clubbing Latin Passion at Salsa!, 96 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0JG Tottenham Court Road £10, £8 before 11pm, £4 before 9pm, £2 before 8pm, 6pm2am. Victor Hugo & The Mambo Boys and Jorge Andre play Latin beats. Legends: The Summer Send Off Party at The Garage, 20-26 Highbury Corner, N5 1RD Highbury & Islington £10, 10pmlate. Mighty Moe, Maximum, MC Sparks & Kie, MC Versatile, Crazy Cousins, Coldsteps, Supplier, Kanga, Benny Major and Mark Radford spin garage, house and techno. Lemonade at The Nest, 36 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7XJ Dalston Kingsland £5, FREE before 10.30pm, 9.30pm-4am. Resident DJs spin electro and disco. I Love The 80s at The Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, NW1 7PG Camden Town £7, NUS £5, w/flyer £5 before 11.30pm, 10.30pm-3am. Jake Armstrong and Martin2Smoove play pop, indie, disco, cheese and rock. Monkey Funk at The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, SW12 9HD Balham £6, 11pm2am. The residents supply club classics in the theatre, with funk, soul, ska, rock’n’roll and blues in the ballroom. Reggae Voices at Jamm, 261 Brixton Road, SW9 6LH Brixton £10, 10pm6am. Channel One, Jah Youth Roots Ambassador and Sista Joseph spin reggae and roots music. Ride at Proud Camden, The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH Camden Town £5, 7.30pm. Filthy Few, Ella Chi and Broken Jam spin indie, electro and disco, plus burlesque and cabaret performances. Saints & Sinners at The Watershed, 267 The Broadway, SW19 1SD Wimbledon £8, £7 before 12midnight, 11pm-3am. Daniel Scott plays club classics, while resident DJs play indie and pop in the bar. Saturday Sessions at Ministry Of Sound, 103 Gaunt Street, SE1 6DP Elephant And Castle £15, mems £12, 11pm-7am. Basement Jaxx, DJ Sneak, Cooly G, Jesse James & Johnny Bloomfield, Ryan Mac, Connor Benson, Jia & Jevs, Jack Sawyer & Ben Davis, Freaky Electronique, Trent Gently, Miss Tourettes, Paul VonGoulding, Ferdinando De La Rosso, C Randall, Tempo Eterno, Kolo and Dyze, Kieran McCarthy, DJ Misura, Mike Neptune, Anthony Payne and Neil Page & Freddie Laws spin electro and house. Shake at Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High Street, NW1 8QP Camden Town £10, NUS/mems £8 before 11.30pm, 10pm3am. Disco and pop from DJ John Osbourne and Paul C in the main room, while DJ Milo plays party anthems in room two. Shenanigans at Release Nightclub, 23 Lewisham Way, SE14 6PP New Cross £4, NUS £3, 10pm-3am. DJs Hitman, Psyche, Dancefloorlandmine, Hamst0r and Soundwave spin rock, goth, punk and indie. Soultogether at East Village, 89 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HX Old Street £10, £8 before 10.30pm, adv £7, 9pm3.30am. DJs David Harness, Patrick Wilson and residents spin house, disco, funk and reggae. Summer Wear Edition Fete at Euphoriom, 1-3 High Street, W3 6NG Acton Central phone for prices, 9pmlate. Resident DJs and guests supply old skool and nu skool vibes, soca, dub, rare grooves and soul.

Swingkick at Ginglik, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8PH Shepherd’s Bush £8, mems FREE, PAYG mems/guestlist £6 before 10pm, 9pm-3am. Swingrowers, MustDash, Jaquiweb, Shefitza and guests supply electro swing, dubstep and electro house. Timebox at Strongroom, 120-124 Curtain Road, EC2A 3SQ Old Street phone for prices, 8pm-2am. Psychedelia, soul, funk, rock, garage and R&B courtesy of Dr Robert. Too Much Disco at The Old Queen’s Head, 44 Essex Road, N1 8LN Angel £4, FREE before 8pm, 6.30pm-12midnight. Resident DJs spin hip hop, disco, electro and house. Viet Party at Club Colosseum, 1 Nine Elms Lane, SW8 5NQ Vauxhall £20, 11pm-6am. DJs Red & Blue, T-One, Phuong Pharreal, D-Viant, Dr Grey and guests spin R&B and Latin beats. Viva La House at IndigO2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX North Greenwich £20, adv £15, earlybird £12, 10pm-6am. Black Coffee, Nick Doe, Jessica Rabbit, Mark Radford, Ricky Ward, Sef Kombo, Manio, Jason Sol, Flava Lucas and Damian Nova spin house, electro, world and African beats.

Tief at Corsica Studios, 4-5 Elephant Road, SE17 1LB Elephant & Castle adv £8£15, 10pm-6am. DJs Pepe Bradock, Soundstream, Manuel Tur, Hesseltime, Mr Solid Gold and Leirsureware mix house and disco, plus Erdbeerschnitzel performs live. Way Out Club at Charlie’s, 9 Crosswall, EC3N 2JY Tower Hill phone for prices, phone for times. The residents play commercial dance and chart. Wayward With Ben Sun at The Horse & Groom at Horse And Groom, 28 Curtain Road, EC2A 3NZ Shoreditch High Street £5, £4 after 10pm, FREE before 10pm, 9pm-4am. Benjamin Sun, Matt Masters and Norm De Plume spin house, disco, soul and jazz-funk. Way Back Here at Shacklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane, E8 2EB Dalston Kingsland adv £5, 8pm-late. New York Transit Authority, Alex Coulton and Gon Gon supply progressive house and electronica. We Are One at Sound, 1 Leicester Square, WC2H 7NA Leicester Square £10, £5 before 11pm, 10pm-3am. DJs Krisis and Flex spin pop, R&B and dance anthems. Wedding Crashers at The Wheelbarrow, 55 Camden High Street, NW1 7JH Mornington Crescent phone for prices, 10pm-3am. Resident DJs spin cheesy hits and dance favourites. Weekend Circuit at The Rhythm Factory, 16-18 Whitechapel Road, E1 1EW Whitechapel £10, adv £7, 10pm-6am. DJ Dario Zenker supplies techno, house and electronica.

Yoyoyo 90s Jam at Secret Location, E1 adv £15, 10pm-6am. Soul Clap, Doc Martin and Martinez Brothers spin dance, hip hop and R&B hits from the 1990s.

SUNDAY JULY 1 Ca$hback at The Lock Tavern, 35 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AJ Camden Town FREE, 8.30pm-late. Wreck It Up Crew, Danny Boy (DJ set) and Katie Flembo spin rock, indie and electro. Disco Shed Soundsystem at The Big Chill Bar, Drury Walk, E1 6QL Liverpool Street phone for prices, 2pm-12midnight. Resident DJs and guests supply soul, hip hop, reggae and funk. Forro at Guanabara, Parker Street, WC2B 5PW Holborn £5 after 8pm, 5pm-late. DJs spin Brazilian, samba, African and indigenous rhythms. Free Your Soul at Madame Jojo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, W1F 0SE Piccadilly Circus £5, £3 before 11pm, 10pm-2.30am. Resident DJs spin old skool, disco, jazz, soul, house and Latin. Fuse at 93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, E1 6RU Liverpool Street guestlist FREE, 1pm-10.30pm. Resident DJ Enzo Siragusa provides techno, house, electro and minimal. Ibiza Return Party at Gigalum, 7 Cavendish Parade, Clapham Common South Side, SW4 9DW Clapham South FREE, 7pm-late. Resident DJs and guests supply house, techno, electronica and dance anthems. Jaded at Cable, 33A Bermondsey Street, SE1 2EG London Bridge £12, concs £8, 5pm-1am. DJ Raymundo Rodriguez and guests supply house and techno. Mudd Up Presents at Shacklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane, E8 2EB Dalston Kingsland FREE, 8pm-late. Jamie Rodigan, Disorda and Hartley supply soul, ska, roots and reggae. Open Decks Session at Club 414, 414 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LF Brixton £5, FREE guestlist, 7pm-12midnight. New DJ talents spin their mixes. Pause at The Den & Centro, 18 West Central Street, WC1A 1JJ Holborn £10, 10pm-6am. Resident DJs spin house, disco, hip hop, chart, funk and Latin. Samba Da Ressaca at Guanabara, Parker Street, WC2B 5PW Holborn £3, 2pm5pm. Brazilian beats from DJ Andre Carrara and DJ Bruno Camago, plus live music from Zeu Azevedo & Forrodaki Band. Secretsundaze: Roof Top Party at Bussey Warehouse, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST Peckham Rye adv £14.50, 1pm9.30pm. Daniel Bell, Braiden, Flori, James Priestley and Giles Smith spin house and techno. Showtime at Sound, 1 Leicester Square, WC2H 7NA Leicester Square £10, £5 before 11pm, 10pm-3am. DJ Phatman plays house, electro, R&B and chart. Soul Food at Proud Camden, The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH Camden Town FREE, 7.30pm-11.30am. Soulvolution at Zen Sai, 16 Inverness Street, NW1 7HJ Camden Town FREE, 9pm-2am. Terry T-Rex, Jeffrey Hinton, DJ QBee, David Rosen and Johnny Rogue play soul. The Sunday Show at Sound, 1 Leicester Square, WC2H 7NA Leicester Square £10, £5 before 7.30pm, 8pm-late. Resident

DJs spin chart, dance and R&B, plus live music. Super Sunday Roasts at The Star Of Bethnal Green, 359 Bethnal Green Road, E2 6LG Bethnal Green FREE, 12midnight-12noon. Resident DJs play downtempo, soul and R&B. Tornado Lounge at Catch, 22 Kingsland Road, E2 8DA Old Street phone for prices, phone for times. The DJs spin rock’n’roll, jungle, rockabilly, sleazy surf, R&B and obscure 45s from the 1950s and 1960s.

Horse Meat Disco at Eagle London, 349 Kennington Lane, SE11 5QY Vauxhall £6, 8pm-3am. Select thunk music galloping straight from the Horse Meat Disco stables, with HMD’s resident DJs on the decks.

MONDAY JULY 2 2 Bugs And A Roach at The Wheelbarrow, 55 Camden High Street, NW1 7JH Mornington Crescent phone for prices, phone for times. DJs spin blues, folk, garage, punk and jazz, with hosts George Frakes and Sterling Roswell. The Biggest Student Night at Metra, 14 Leicester Square, WC2H 7NG Leicester Square phone for prices, 8pm-3am. Resident DJ DSD spins dance, chart, R&B and pop. Cuban Hideaway at The Hideaway, Stanthorpe Road, SW16 2ED Streatham £7, 9.40pm-late. DJ Rich plays Latin, house, funk and R&B. Funday Monday at Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY Old Street FREE, 7pm-1am. DJ Jimbo Jangles plays house, dance, indie, pop, R&B and electro. Hard Core Salsa at Salsa!, 96 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0JG Tottenham Court Road £4, FREE before 9pm, 7pm-late. DJ Mario plays mambo and salsa, plus dance lessons. Re-Quest at Mother Bar, 333 Old Street, EC1V 9LE Old Street FREE, 8pm3am. DJ Master Level plays funk, soul, hip hop, house and reggae. anthems. Swing Cats Jam at 229 The Venue, 229 Great Portland Street, W1W 5PW Great Portland Street £6 after 9pm, 9pm-11pm. Resident DJs spin swing, jazz and retro, plus dance lessons with Robert & Claire Austin.

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UOL DENG, the Chicago Bulls small forward, is the American President Barack Obama’s favourite basketball player, and had the privilege of being the first sportsperson invited to the White House. That is some achievement for the 27-year-old who learned his trade on the gritty, gravel courts of Brixton. Now living the American hoop dream, the 6ft 9in star, Britain’s most successful sporting export (next season he will earn close to £10m, and that’s before you

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factor in a multitude of sponsors’ contributions) was born in war-torn Sudan and took up shooting baskets after his family was granted political asylum in London. Deng’s first team was Brixton Basketball Club – now known as the TopCats – which has proven a successful alma mater for a handful of other professional players who have since made it across the Atlantic. And this Saturday the south London district’s most famous sporting son will return to where it

all began and host the Nike World Basketball Festival in central Brixton, which aims to unearth the next Luol Deng. Simon Charlesworth, Nike brand lead for basketball in the UK, has been working on the all-day and all-night event for over six months, and is hopeful that the festival will help inspire the NBA stars of tomorrow. “The event is designed to celebrate the sport of basketball, give it more visibility and encourage kids to play the game,” he says. “It’s a fantastic sport which people

can just pick up for five minutes in the park with mates – as well as making it their chosen sport which they can dedicate their lives to, like Luol did. “Brixton was the ideal location as we were looking for somewhere with a really strong, close-knit community that we can deliver back to.” Deng, who will be visiting central Brixton with the legendary Bulls star Scottie Pippen and other Team GB players, will assist in morning coaching sessions – which will be free to watch – aimed at

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featured helping selected local players. In the afternoon there will be a 32-team, three-on-three tournament, for players aged 16-25, following which there will be a special showcase five-on-five match between the Team Nike side from New York and a British all-star team. In the evening, the nearby O2 Academy Brixton will host a special basketball-themed concert headlined by Big Boi of Outkast fame plus Stockwell-based grime artist Dot Rotten, up-and-coming Angel and local lad Sneakbo. Also at the 5,000-person capacity venue there will be graffiti artists, B-boys, the Miami Heat Street Band and the Flight Brothers, who specialise in outrageous displays of slam dunking tricks. The one-off event aims to showcase the whole culture of basketball which, as international basketball organisation FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann said recently, struggles to flourish in Britain, not due to a lack of enthusiasm, but a problem with infrastructure. “As well as being a thrilling spectacle, basketball has a great social power with a demographic as broad as football’s, a cool and

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clean image which appeals to all generations and a global appeal second only to football,” Baumann said. “This magic is already understood and embraced by many in Britain. Basketball is enormously popular with youngsters…but the big issue facing those who run basketball here is how that passion and enthusiasm is harnessed – and not allowed to fizzle out because there aren’t affordable or accessible facilities and adequate coaching.” Charlesworth says he hopes that the Nike World Basketball Festival will go some way to harnessing that popularity. He adds: “There is a misconception that basketball is widely played across the country. In fact it is rarely played outside schools. “I think interest in the sport is on the increase and this year we will see a massive visibility thanks to the Olympic Games, so we are hoping that this event is the start of something special for the sport, in London and across the country as a whole.” Nike World Basketball Festival, June 30, from 9am, Windrush Square, Brixton. Concert starts 6.30pm at O2 Academy Brixton, £5

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Blockbuster on a gold run It tells the story of the two British runners, Abrahams – the son of an immigrant Lithuanian Jew – and Liddell – a devout Scottish Christian – who are both running for deeply-felt personal reasons. Liddell (played by Jack Lowden) runs for the glory of God, while Abrahams (James McArdle) runs to overcome the anti-Semitism to which he has been subjected. The cast had intensive physical

training for the play, which involves a considerable amount of running – the stage is transformed into a rotating running track, and action moves around the audience. Hampstead Theatre artistic director Edward Hall explained he felt it was vital that the play included real athletics. “We trained very intensively when we were rehearsing,” he told the BBC. “And since we started here they warm up for about 45

minutes before they begin and warm down after.” Not only that, but the cast has a physiotherapist and a fitness coach to ensure they can survive the physical rigours of the production. It even includes Vangelis’s anthem. Slow-motion running in the aisles not required. Chariots of Fire, booking until November 10, Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6AR, £26-55

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Having sold-out its “run” at the Hampstead Theatre following five-star reviews, award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett’s stage adaptation of Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire transferred to the Gielgud Theatre last week. Based on the true story of Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams’ efforts for the 1924 Paris Olympic Games, it hits the West End just in time for the opening of the 2012 London Games.

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From favela to Camden Brazilian director works with London teenagers to bring Shakespeare to life and up-to-date in a new play perfect example of how themes such as love still speak to people throughout the ages – especially to teenagers, who may have previously considered him to be boring,” Rocha says. “If you think about Shakespeare, he is alive now because he can still speak to people in the present. He looked at the people in his time like an artist and really understood human nature.” He adds: “Hamlet, for example, is essentially about a guy who has family problems. The woman who loves him - Ophelia - gets angry because she doesn’t know the reason why he’s behaving so strangely. That’s a real scenario which could happen now and young people can relate to that.” And his favourite play by The Bard? “I can’t choose, I have so many,” he pleads, agonising over the decision.”I really like the tragedies, I love King Lear. But if I had to choose one it would be Romeo and Juliet because I think that’s real love.” The Dark Side of Love, June 26July 8, Roundhouse Dorfman Hub £5-£12.50

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Renato Rocha is passionate about the power of acting. The Brazilian director schooled the young actors in City of God – the gritty urban film set in Brazil’s favelas. It was the making of many of the youngsters from the slums, many of whom have gone on to have successful careers as TV and film actors. Now, Rocha has turned his focus to working with London teenagers for his new production – The Dark Side of Love, a dreamlike journey into the depths of what we do for love, inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedies. The production is typical of Rocha’s work – he is a member of the Brazilian theatre company Companhia Bufomecânica, which recently performed Two Roses For Richard III at The Roundhouse. It was a mix of theatre, music, circus, aerial skills and striking imagery combined to shake the audience out of its preconceptions about what it’s expecting to see. It’s also enabled him to share his love of The Bard with a new audience. “We use the tragedies as a

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Ghost - The Musical Booking until Apr 20 2013, Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, W1D 7DY Piccadilly Circus MonWed/Thu mats £25-£65, Thu eves/Fri & Sat £25-£67.50, Premium Seats £85, £25 day tickets available Mon-Fri from the box office from 10am on the day of the performance, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. A stage adaptation of the 1990 film. The 39 Steps booking until Mar 30 2013, Criterion Theatre, 218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, W1J 0TR Piccadilly Circus £15-£55, Mon-Sat 8pm, mats Wed 3pm, Sat 4pm, no perf Dec 26, Dec 24, 4pm. John Buchan’s thriller. Abigail’s Party booking until Sep 1, Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DA Leicester Square £12.50£49.50, Premium Seats £75, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Thu, Sat 3pm. Mike Leigh’s 1970s suburbia-set comedy drama, featuring Jill Halfpenny as Beverly. Billy Elliot - The Musical booking until Dec 15, Victoria Palace, Victoria Street, SW1E 5EA Victoria £19.50-£65, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. An adaptation of the film. Birthday booking until Aug 4, Jerwood Theatre At The Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS Sloane Square Jun 22-30 Mon £10, Tue-Sat £12, £20, £28, concs £15, £23, Jul 1-31, Aug 1-4 Mon £10, Tue-Sat £12, £20, £28, under 25s £8, Thu, Sat 2.30pm concs £15, £23, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm (press night Jun 28, 7pm, no perf Jul 27, no mat perf Jun 28, Jul 5, 12, 19). Joe Penhall’s drama on the tribulations faced by a couple at the imminent arrival of their second baby. Blood Brothers booking until Nov 24, Phoenix Theatre, 110 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0JP Leicester Square £20£65, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Thu 3pm, Sat 4pm. Willy Russell’s musical. Celebrity Night At Cafe Red, Starts Fri, booking until Jul 14, Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, SW1A 2DY Charing Cross £15, Jun 29 & 30, Jul 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 9.45pm, Jul 14, 5pm. A saucy and surreal comedy written by Lily Bevan. Chariots Of Fire booking until Nov 10, Gielgud Theatre, 35-37 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6AR Piccadilly Circus £26-£55, Premium Seats £85, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Wed, Sat 3pm, no perf Jul 27 (press night Jul 3, 7pm). Mike Bartlett’s

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stage version of the race to compete in the 1924 Paris Olympic Games. Chicago booking until Jan 26 2013, Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0HH Charing Cross £26£67.50, Apr 23-Sep 22 Mon-Fri 8pm & 5pm under 26s £20, Mon-Thu, Sat 8pm, Fri 5pm & 8.30pm, mats Sat 3pm, no perf Dec 24 & 25, 3pm, Dec 22, 3pm. Musical. Chicken booking until Jul 21, Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, SW1A 2DY Charing Cross Jun 26-30, Jul 1-21 Mon-Sat 7.45pm & 3pm £17.50, £25, Thu 3pm £17.50, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Thu, Sat 3pm (press night Jun 26, 7pm). A dark and gritty comedy by New York playwright Mike Batistick. Cultural Olympiad: Gatz booking until Jul 15, Noel Coward Theatre, 85-88 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4AU Leicester Square £25.50-£75.50, Jun 8 previews £10.50-£45.50, Jun 9 & 10 previews £10.50-£65.50, Wed, FriSun 2.30pm-10.30pm inc two 15-minute intervals and a 90-minute supper break. A loving enactment of F Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal novel, The Great Gatsby. Cultural Olympiad: The Last Of The Haussmans booking until Oct 10, National Theatre: Lyttelton, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo Jun 12-18 previews £12£29.50, Jun 19-30, Jul 1-31, Aug 1-31, Sep 1-30, Oct 1-10 £12-£47, Mon-Fri/ Sun 7.30pm, 2.15pm & 2.30pm child £12£23.50, Wed 2.15pm OAP £12-£27. A witty, moving and savage look at a family that is losing its collective grip. Written by Stephen Beresford. Democracy booking until Jul 28, Old Vic, 103 The Cut, SE1 8NB Waterloo Jun 15-23 £10-£35, under 25s £12, Jun 2430, Jul 1-28 £10-£45, Wed, Sat 2.30pm OAP £26, under 25s £12, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm. Michael Frayn’s spy drama based on real-life events. Dreamboats And Petticoats booking until Nov 24, Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5DE Charing Cross £17.50-£55, Premium Seats £55-£65, Mon-Fri 7.30pm, Sat 8pm, mats Thu 3pm, Sat 4pm. Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran’s musical. The Girl Who Trod On The Loaf Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JB Covent Garden £12, Jul 1, 2.30pm. Puppet show adapted from a tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Hair Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, W1D 7DY Piccadilly Circus £50-£200, Jul 1, 7.30pm. A fundraising performance of the 1960s rock musical by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, and Galt MacDermot. Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain! (Over 6s) booking until Sep 21, Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0HH Charing Cross £10-£14.50, Wed-Fri 1pm, Sat 10.30am & 12noon, Sun 3pm & 5pm. A look at all the nasty, crazy things British people have done to each other over many years. The Hurly Burly Show, Starts Mon, booking until Sep 22, Duchess Theatre, 3-5 Catherine Street, WC2B 5LA Covent Garden Jul 2-12 preview £15£39.50, Jul 13-31, Aug 1-31, Sep 1-22 £25-£49.50, From Jul 2, Mon-Thu 8pm, Fri & Sat 6.30pm & 9pm, press night Jul 13, 9pm. A contemporary burlesque-inspired revue show, starring Miss Polly Rae.

Jersey Boys booking until Feb 17 2013, Prince Edward Theatre, 28 Old Compton Street, W1D 4HS Tottenham Court Road Tue-Thu £20-£65, Fri-Sun £20-£67.50, Premium Seats Tue-Thu £85, Fri-Sun £95, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Tue, Sat & Sun 3pm, except Jun 26-Oct 21, Sun 5pm, no perf Dec 25, Dec 30, 3pm, extra mat perf Dec 27, 3pm. Musical drama about the career of Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons. Les Miserables booking until Oct 27, Queen’s Theatre, 51 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6BA Piccadilly Circus £10-£65, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm. Musical drama. The Lion King booking until Jan 6 2013, Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, WC2E 7RQ Charing Cross Tue-Thu £30-£60, Fri, Sun £32.50-£62.50, Sat £35-£65, Jun 26-Jan 6, Sep 2-Dec 31, Jan 1-6 2013, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat & Sun 2.30pm, Jul 24-Sep 1, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed & Thu, Sat 2.30pm, no eve perf Jul 27, no perf Dec 25, no mat perf Dec 26, extra mat perf Dec 27, 2.30pm. Musical. Long Day’s Journey Into Night booking until Aug 18, Apollo Theatre, 31 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7EZ Piccadilly Circus £21-£53.50, Premium Seats £76, Mon & Tue, Thu-Sat 7pm, mats Wed 2.30pm. David Suchet and Laurie Metcalf star in Eugene O’Neill’s drama.

One Man, Two Guvnors Booking until Jan 12 2013, Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 18 Suffolk Street, SW1Y 4HT Piccadilly Circus £15£55, premium seats £85, concs available, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm, no perf Dec 25, extra mat perf Dec 27, Jan 3, 2.30pm, Dec 24, 2.30pm, Dec 26, 7.30pm. Richard Bean’s comic tale, based on Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant Of Two Masters. Mamma Mia! booking until Sep 1, Prince Of Wales Theatre, 31 Coventry Street, W1D 6AS Charing Cross Mon-Fri £20-£64, Sat £20-£67.50, Premium Seats £85 & £95, Mon-Thu, Sat 7.30pm, Fri 5pm & 8.30pm, mats Sat 3pm, extra mat Jul 27, 3pm, no eve perf Jul 27. Musical comedy. Matilda: The Musical booking until Feb 17 2013, Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, WC2H 9HU Covent Garden Feb 14 2012-Feb 17 2013 £20-£62.50, disabled £31.25, Tue-Thu under 18s £19-£52.50,

Tue 7pm, Wed-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm, Sun 3pm, extra mat perf Nov 1, 2.30pm. Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin’s musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s tale. The Mousetrap booking until Dec 15, St Martin’s Theatre, West Street, Cambridge Circus, WC2H 9NZ Leicester Square £15.60-£41.60, Premium Seats £60.60, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Tue 3pm, Sat 4pm. Agatha Christie’s murder mystery. Naked Boys Singing booking until Dec 29, Charing Cross Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street, WC2N 6NL Embankment £15 & £22.50, Fri & Sat 10pm. Comedy revue celebrating the male nude form. Contains full frontal male nudity. Noises Off booking until Jun 30, Novello Theatre, 5 Aldwych, WC2B 4LD Covent Garden Mon-Thu £10-£52.50, Fri & Sat £10-£55, Premium Seats £85, concs available, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. Michael Frayn’s farcical comedy. The Phantom Of The Opera booking until Oct 27, Her Majesty’s Theatre, 57 Haymarket, SW1Y 4QL Piccadilly Circus £22.45-£85, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. Musical. Posh booking until Aug 4, The Duke Of York’s, St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4BG Leicester Square £15-£52.50, NUS £25, OAP £29.50, adv OAP £32.50, Premium Seats £75, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm. Laura Wade’s drama about members of an elite student dining society. Rock Of Ages booking until Feb 17 2013, Shaftesbury Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8DP Holborn Mon-Thu £20£57.50, Fri & Sat £20-£65, Mon-Thu 7.30pm, Fri 5.30pm & 8.30pm, Sat 8pm, mats Sat 4pm, no perf Dec 25, Dec 31, 3pm & 7pm, extra mat perf Dec 27, 3pm. Chris D’Arienzo’s musical celebrating Los Angeles rock culture. Shrek - The Musical booking until Mar 31 2013, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Catherine Street, WC2B 5JF Covent Garden £20-£65, Wed & Thu eves family of four £99-£150, additional seats £29.50 (upper circle) & £45 (best available), Premium Seats £95, Mon, Thu-Sat 7.30pm, Wed 7pm, mats Thu, Sat & Sun 3pm, no perf Oct 10. Musical based on the computeranimated film. Sinful Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JB Covent Garden £14, Jul 1, 5pm. Short comedy-dramas written and performed by Carly Tarett. Singin’ In The Rain booking until Feb 23 2013, Palace Theatre, 109-113 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 5AY Leicester Square £14-£84, £25 day seats available from the box office from 10am on day of the performance, Mon & Tue 7pm, Wed-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 3pm, Jul 2-Sep 30, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mat Jul 2-Sep 30, Wed, Sat 3pm, Oct 1-Feb 23 2013, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mat Oct 1-Feb 23 2013, Wed, Sat 2.30pm. Musical based on the MGM film about the end of silent movies. South Downs & The Browning Version: Double Bill booking until Jul 21, The Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, SW1Y 4DN Piccadilly Circus £20£49.50, Premium Seats £75, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. One-act dramas by David Hare and Terence Rattigan.

recommended Stomp booking until Dec 15, Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, WC2H 9ND Leicester Square £20-£49.50, Mon, Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 6pm, mats Thu, Sat & Sun 3pm, extra eve perfs Aug 1, 15, 22, Oct 31 2012, 8pm, extra mats Aug 15, 22, Oct 31 2012. Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell’s show. The Sunshine Boys booking until Jul 28, Savoy Theatre, Savoy Court, Strand, WC2R 0ET Charing Cross £20-£58.50, Mon-Wed OAP £25, MonThu under 25s £20, concs available, Premium Seats £75, 20 top price seats at £10 each, available in person only from 10am on day of performance, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm. Neil Simon’s comedy with Danny DeVito and Richard Griffiths as the estranged comic duo Willie Clark and Al Lewis. Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street booking until Sep 22, Adelphi Theatre, 409-412 Strand, WC2R 0NS Charing Cross £20-£67.50, £25 seats available in person from the box office from 10am on day of performance (max 2 per person), Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm. Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton star in Stephen Sondheim’s musical. Thriller Live booking until Sep 23, Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7ES Piccadilly Circus £27.50-£59.50, Premium Seats £85, Tue-Fri, Sun 7.30pm, Sat 8pm, mats Sat 4pm, Sun 3.30pm. A celebration of the music of Michael Jackson. Top Hat - The Musical booking until Jan 26 2013, Aldwych Theatre, 49 Aldwych, WC2B 4DF Covent Garden £20-£65, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm, no perf Dec 24 & 25, 31. Irving Berlin’s romantic musical. A Walk On Part: The Fall Of New Labour booking until Jul 14, Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JB Covent Garden £15-£29.50, standby for NUS/OAPs/child £20, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 3pm. An adaptation of former government minister Chris Mullin’s diaries. War Horse booking until Oct 26 2013, New London Theatre, 166 Drury Lane (corner of Parker Street), WC2B 5PW Covent Garden £15-£55, Premium Seats £85, Mon, Wed-Sat 7.30pm, Tue 7pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. Michael Morpurgo’s story. We Will Rock You booking until Oct 20, Dominion Theatre, 268-9 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7AQ Tottenham Court Road May 15-Oct 20 2012 £27.50-£60, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 2.30pm. Jukebox musical featuring the songs of Queen. What The Butler Saw booking until Aug 25, Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, WC2R 0NH Charing Cross Jun 1-30, Jul 1-31, Aug 1-25 £25-£49.50, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm, no perf Jul 27, extra mat perf Jul 24, 2.30pm. Joe Orton’s final play features Omid Djalili as Dr Rance. Wicked booking until Apr 27 2013, Apollo Victoria Theatre, 17 Wilton Road, SW1V 1LG Victoria Mon-Fri eves/mats £15£62.50, Sat eves £15-£65, 24 front row day tickets priced £27.50 each released 10am at the box office, maximum two per person. Musical. The Witness booking until Jun 30, Jerwood Theatre At The Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS Sloane Square Mon £10, Tue-Sat £20,

concs available, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Sat 3.30pm, Jun 28, 3.30pm. A modern thriller written by Vivienne Franzmann. The Wizard Of Oz booking until Sep 2, London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, W1F 7TF Oxford Circus £25-£65, Premium Seats £84, £25 day seats available from the box office from 10am on day of the performance, Tue 7pm, Wed-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm, Sun 3pm. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s version of L Frank Baum’s tale. The Woman In Black booking until Dec 15, Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, WC2B 5HH Covent Garden £16.50£45, Premium Seats £55, Jan 9 2012-Jul 15 2012, Sep 2 2012-Dec 15 2012, Tue-Sat 8pm, mats Jan 9 2012-Jul 15 2012, Sep 2 2012-Dec 15 2012, Tue, Thu 3pm, Sat 4pm, Jul 16 2012-Sep 1 2012, Mon-Sat 8pm, mats Jul 16 2012-Sep 1 2012, Tue 3pm, Sat 4pm. Susan Hill’s ghost story. Yes, Prime Minister booking until Jan 1 2013, Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, SW1A 2DY Charing Cross £26.50, £46.50, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn’s comedy.

OFF WEST END 100% London, Starts Fri, ends Jul 1, Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, E8 1EJ Hackney Central £10, Jun 29 & 30, 7.30pm, Jul 1, 5pm. A living portrait of the city that tells the truth of modern London. Bud Ends Jul 8, King’s Head, Islington, 115 Upper Street, N1 1QN Angel Jun 17 £10, from Jun 18 £15, concs £12, Sun & Mon 7.15pm, mat Jul 8, 3pm. Solo comedy drama by Cornish writer Nick Darke. Cultural Olympiad: The Comedy Of Errors Ends Jul 4, Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH Chalk Farm £12£47, OAP £12-£25, Jun 27, 29, Jul 3 & 4, 7.30pm. Shakespeare’s comedy of identical twins and mistaken identities. Cultural Olympiad: The Dark Side Of Love Ends Jul 8, Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH Chalk Farm £12.50, concs £10, under 25s £5 limited availability, Jun 26 & 27, 29, Jul 3 & 4, 6, 7pm & 8.30pm, Jun 28, Jul 5, 5pm, 7pm, 8.30pm, Jun 30, Jul 1, 7 & 8, 5.30pm & 7pm, mats Jun 30, Jul 1, 7 & 8, 4pm. Dreamlike meditation on the nature of love. Cultural Olympiad: DruidMurphy: Conversations On A Homecoming Ends Jun 30, Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, NW3 3EU Swiss Cottage £14.50£29, cycle three-show ticket £66, Jun 29, 7.30pm, mats Jun 27, 30, 1.30pm. Tom Murphy’s drama on unfulfilled dreams. Cultural Olympiad: DruidMurphy: A Whistle In The Dark Ends Jun 30, Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, NW3 3EU Swiss Cottage £14.50£29, cycle three-show ticket £66, Jun 28, 7.30pm, mats Jun 27, 30, 3.30pm. Tom Murphy’s 1960s-set drama on Irish immigrants adapting to life in an English city. Cultural Olympiad: Romeo And Juliet In Baghdad, Starts Thu, ends Jun 30, Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, W6 9RL Hammersmith Thu £17.50, Fri & Sat £22.50, Jun 28-30, 8pm. Contemporary retelling of Shakespeare set in Iraq. Cultural Olympiad: The Tempest Ends Jul 5, Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH Chalk Farm £12-£47, Jun 26, 28, 30, Jul 2, 5, 7.30pm. Magical tale of

a usurped Duke, a shipwreck and retribution. Cultural Olympiad: Twelfth Night Ends Jul 5, Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH Chalk Farm £8-£47, mats Jun 28, 30, Jul 5, 1.30pm. David Farr directs Shakespeare’s comedy of disguises and wounded hearts. Equus Ends Jun 30, Greenwich Theatre, Greenwich Crooms Hill, SE10 8ES £15-£20, concs £15, Jun 26-30, 7.30pm, mats Jun 27, 1.30pm, Jun 30, 2.30pm. London Classic Theatre presents Peter Shaffer’s thriller. Fear Ends Jul 14, The Bush Theatre At The Old Library, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LJ Shepherd’s Bush Jun 18-20 previews £18, concs £10, Jun 21-30, Jul 1-14 MonSat 7.30pm £24, concs £12, under 26s £10, Wed & Sat 2.30pm £18, concs £10, MonSat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm, audio described mat perf Jul 14 (captioned Jul 5). Drama in which a late-night robbery goes badly wrong. Inflation Ends Jun 28, Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King Street, W6 0QL Hammersmith FREE, Jun 26-28, 12noon-3pm. Contemporary performance featuring economics, politics and bouncy castles. LIFT 2012: White Rabbit, Red Rabbit Ends Jul 1, Gate Theatre, 11 Pembridge Road (above the Prince Albert Pub), W11 3HQ Notting Hill Gate £12, concs £10, Jul 1, 2pm & 5pm. Solo drama written by a young Iranian dramatist.

LIFT 2012: You Once Said Yes Ends Jul 1, Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH Chalk Farm Jun 12-17 £15, Jun 1930, Jul 1 £20, Tue-Fri 5pm-7.50pm, timed entry, one at a time, Sat & Sun 2.30pm-7.10pm, timed entry, one at a time. Look Left Look Right’s promenade work has thrilling stories and characters taking you on a special experience. Mary Shelley Ends Jul 7, Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR Kilburn Mon eves/Wed mats £14-£21, Tue-Fri eves/Sat mats £20-£27, Sat eves £24-£31, Mon-Sat 8pm, mats Sat 3pm, extra mat perf Jun 27, Jul 4, 2pm. Helen Edmundson’s drama exploring the life of the Frankenstein author. Penny Arcade: Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore!, Starts Wed, ends Jul 22, Arcola Tent, 2 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL Dalston Junction £20, concs £15, Table of 4 includes bootle of wine and signed programme £120, From Jun 27, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 5.30pm. New York’s leading performance artist presents her outrageous theatrical show. The Physicists Ends Jul 21, Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LX Covent Garden May 31, Jun 1-6 preview

£10-£25, Jun 7-30, Jul 1-21 £10-£32.50, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. A satirical drama written by Friedrich Durrenmantt, adapted by Jack Thorne. The Play’s The Thing: Henry V Ends Aug 26, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT Mansion House lower/middle/upper galleries seated £15£39, yard standing £5, under 18s £12-£36, Jun 26, 28, 30, Jul 3, 5, 7, 11-13, 27, Aug 2, 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21 & 22, 25, 7.30pm, Jul 1, 8, Aug 12, 19, 26, 6.30pm, mats Jun 27, 29, Jul 4, 6, 28, Aug 3 & 4, 8, 22 & 23, 2pm, Jul 1, 8, Aug 12, 19, 26, 1pm. Jamie Parker stars as the young English monarch warring with the French, in Shakespeare’s history play. The Play’s The Thing: The Taming Of The Shrew Ends Oct 13, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT Mansion House lower/middle/upper galleries seated £15-£39, yard standing £5, unders 18s £12-£36, Jun 29, Jul 2, 4, 6, 16, 18, 20, 23, 26, 30, Aug 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 27, 29, Sep 4, 6, 10, 14, 19-21, 24, 27, 29, Oct 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 7.30pm, Aug 3, 12midnight, mats Jun 26, 28, 30, Jul 3, 5, 7, 19, 21, 24, 27, 31, Aug 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 28, 30, Sep 5, 7 & 8, 11, 14 & 15, 28, Oct 2, 5, 9, 12, 2pm. Shakespeare’s romantic comedy is directed by Toby Frow. The Prophet Ends Jul 21, Gate Theatre, 11 Pembridge Road (above the Prince Albert Pub), W11 3HQ Notting Hill Gate Jun 14-19 previews £10, Jun 20-30, Jul 1-27 Mon-Sat 7.30pm £20, concs £15, Sat 3pm £10, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 3pm. A part-verbatim drama written by Hassan Abdulrazzak, set during the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Spinach Ends Jul 7, King’s Head, Islington, 115 Upper Street, N1 1QN Angel £17.50-£22.50, concs £15, Tue-Sat 7.15pm, mats Sun 3pm. An exploration of abduction and disorientation in which every line is sung instead of spoken. Torch Song Trilogy Ends Aug 12, The Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, SE1 1RU London Bridge May 30 & 31, Jun 1-11 previews £25, £32.50 inc meal, Jun 12-30, Jul 1-31, Aug 1-12 £29.50, concs £27, £37 inc meal, Tue-Sat 8pm, mats Sat & Sun 3.30pm. Harvey Fierstein’s comedy drama is directed by actor-director Douglas Hodge. The Two Most Perfect Things, Starts Wed, ends Jul 21, Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, W6 9RL Hammersmith £20, concs £18, Jun 27-30 previews £18, concs £16, From Jun 27, Tue-Sat 7.45pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.45pm, no mat Jun 27 (press night Jul 3). Conceived by opera singer Adrian Fisher, this musical play explores the lives of the acclaimed contemporaries, Noel Coward and Ivor Novello. Utopia Ends Jul 14, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road £10-£15, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 3pm. A collaborative theatre project exploring ideas about the future.

FRINGE As You Like It, Starts Thu, ends Aug 4, St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, Bedford Street, WC2E 9ED Covent Garden Jun 28-30, Jul 1 preview £9, Jul 2-31, Aug 1-4 £14, concs £10, From Jun 28, MonSat 7.30pm, mats Fri-Sun 2.30pm (press night Jul 2, no perf Jul 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, Aug 2). Shakespeare’s comedic celebration of romance is directed by Dan Winder.

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Theatre Being Tommy Cooper Ends Jul 7, Old Red Lion, 418 St John Street, EC1V 4NJ Angel Tue & Wed, Fri & Sat £15, concs £12, Sun £7, Thu Pay What You Can, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat & Sun 3pm. A provocative comedy-drama on the brilliance and equally dark side of the late comedian Tommy Cooper, written by Tom Green. Bob Downe...Smokin’ Ends Jun 27, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY Vauxhall £10, Wed 8pm. The Australian comedian and singer with a gift for parody. Capital Age Festival The Albany, Douglas Way, SE8 4AG Deptford £7, OAP £3, all day £10, OAP £5, cafe FREE, Jul 1, 2.30pm & 6pm, 10am workshop. A minifestival of workshops, performances, art installations and stalls. The Divine Decadence Cabaret Volupte, 7-9 Norwich Street, EC4A 1EJ Chancery Lane 3 courses £58, Jun 29, 7pm & 10pm, doors. Cabaret, with special guest headliner Kitty Bang Bang. Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde Ends Jul 14, The Courtyard, Bowling Green Walk, 40 Pitfield Street, N1 6EU Old Street £12, concs £10, From Jun 26, Tue-Sat 8pm. Revera Productions presents an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s chilling novella. The Drawer Boy Ends Jul 14, Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10 9ED West Brompton Jun 19 & 20 previews £9, Jun 21-30, Jul 1 Wed-Sat £14, concs/ Tue £10, Jul 3-14 Wed-Sat £16, concs/Tue £12, no concessions Sat, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat & Sun 3pm. A bitter-sweet drama on friendship, storytelling and the thin line between truth and fiction, written by Michael Healey. E4 Udderbelly Festival: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical Ends Jul 1, E4 Udderbelly At Southbank Centre, Jubilee Gardens, SE1 8XX Embankment £15.50 & £20.50, concs £14, Jul 1, 7.45pm. An improvised musical comedy, based on audience suggestions. The Fix Ends Jul 14, Union Theatre, 204 Union Street, SE1 0LX Waterloo £18, concs available, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sun 2pm & 6pm, extra mat Jul 14, 3pm. Satirical musical set during the US presidential race. GDIF 2012: Le Voyage Des Aquareves Woolwich Town Centre, Powis Street, SE18 6HZ Woolwich Arsenal FREE, Jun 30, 9.30pm. A large ship manned by a crew of stiltwalkers, aerialists and musicians, goes on an aquatic, adventurous journey. Henry V Ends Jun 30, Theatre Delicatessen, 3-4 Picton Place, W1U 1BL Bond Street £16, concs £10, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, doors 7pm. Jubilee Ends Jul 21, Tabard Theatre, 2 Bath Road, W4 1LW Turnham Green £18, concs £16, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 4pm. Cole Porter’s rarely performed musical comedy. KinghtWatch: SouthS’tory, Starts Fri, ends Jun 30, Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, NW1 2PY Euston £10, concs £8, Jun 29 & 30, 9pm, Jun 29, 6pm, Jun 30, 5pm. An urban tale by Inua Ellams, featuring poetry, flute and live drumming. Life’s a Drag, Starts Mon, ends Jul 30, Cellar Door, Zero Aldwych, WC2E 7EN Charing Cross FREE, Mon 9pm. Performance artist Michael Twaits entertains.

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London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: Crow Ends Jul 7, Greenwich Dance Agency, The Borough Hall, Royal Hill, SE10 8RE Greenwich Jun 18-20 previews £10, Jun 21-30, Jul 1-7 £15 & £18, concs £12 & £15, Mon-Sat 8pm, Jun 30, Jul 7, 5pm. A puppet and dance adaptation of Ted Hughes’s dark poem, from Matthew Dunster. Live At The Hippodrome: Janie Dee, Starts Mon, ends Jul 7, The Hippodrome Casino, 1 Cranbourn Street, WC2H 7AJ Leicester Square £25-£35, Jul 2-4, 6 & 7, 8pm, Jul 5, 10.15pm. The awardwinning actress and singer performs. Love Sax And All That Jazz 2 (Da Mans Dem) Broadway Theatre, Rushey Green, Catford £17.50, Jul 1, SE6 4RU 7.45pm. Comedy-drama exploring men’s attitude to relationships. La Reve Ends Jul 6, Cafe De Paris, 3-4 Coventry Street, W1D 6BL Piccadilly Circus £15, adv £12, £50 inc 2 course dinner, £55 inc 3 course dinner, all tickets include admission to after show club event until 3am, Fri 8.30pm, doors open 7pm, dinner served at 8pm. A decadent and entertaining show featuring well-known personalities from the alt-cabaret and burlesque world. Lulu Ends Jul 28, Theatre Collection, Above The Lord Stanley Pub, 51 Camden Park Road, NW1 9BH Caledonian Road £10-£12, From Jun 26, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 5pm. Adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s dramas Earth Spirit and Pandora’s Box. Macbeth Ends Jul 7, The Lion & Unicorn, 42-44 Gaisford Street, NW5 2ED Kentish Town £15, concs £12, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 2.30pm. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Ends Sep 5, The Open Air Theatre, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4NU Regent’s Park Jun 26, Jul 5-7, 9-11, 19-21, 23-26, Aug 16-18, 20-22, 30 & 31, Sep 1, 2-5 £22.50-£42.50, Premium Seats £49.50, Jul 25 & 26, Aug 2-4, 6-8 Olympics Tickets pricing when booked before Apr 30 £20.12, Jun 26, Jul 5-7, 9-11, 19-21, 23-26, Aug 2-4, 6-8, 16-18, 20-22, 30 & 31, Sep 1, 3-5, 7.45pm, mats Jul 7, 11, 21, 25 & 26, Aug 4, 8, 18, 22, Sep 1, 5, 2.15pm. Shakespeare’s evergreen forest fantasy. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Ends Jul 1, Brockwell Park, Dulwich Road, SE24 0NG Herne Hill £9.50-£13.50, Jun 26, 29 & 30, 7.30pm, mat Jul 1, 3pm. William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, directed by Mark Leipacher.

Music Hall Showdown Ends Jun 29, Brick Lane Music Hall, 443 North Woolwich Road, E16 2DA Liverpool Street £25 inc tea, £39.50 inc 3 course meal. Oliver Reed: Wild Thing, Starts Wed, ends Jun 30, Tara Theatre, 356 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield £13, concs £9, SW18 4ES Jun 27-30, 7.30pm, doors 6.45pm. Rob Crouch’s solo tribute to the hell-raising actor. On The Banks Of The Seine The Green Note Cafe, 106 Parkway, NW1 7AN Camden Town £12, Jun 29, 9.30pm. Storytelling in English is mixed in with French songs and Argentinian tangos, in a cabaret show created by singer-songwriter Bethany Jameson. The Only True History Of Lizzie Finn, Starts Wed, ends Jul 21, Southwark Playhouse, Shipwright Yard, corner of Tooley Street and Bermondsey Street, SE1 2TF London Bridge £10-£18, From Jun 27, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Sat 3.15pm (press night Jun 29). Sebastian Barry’s drama about prejudice and sexuality, directed by Blanche McIntyre. Othello, Starts Fri, ends Jun 30, The Space, 269 Westferry Road, E14 3RS Mudchute £10, concs £8, Jun 29 & 30, 7.30pm. An adaptation of Shakespeare’s play set in the modern world of popular media. Othello Ends Jul 1, Brockwell Park, Dulwich Herne Hill £9.50Road, SE24 0NG £13.50, Jun 27 & 28, Jul 1, 7.30pm, mat Jun 30, 3pm. William Shakespeare’s tragedy is directed by Rachel VelentineSmith. Post, Starts Mon, ends Jul 4, The Courtyard, Bowling Green Walk, 40 Pitfield Street, N1 6EU Old Street £11, concs £9, Jul 2-4, 8pm. Modern drama set during the lengthy 2011 protest outside St Paul’s Cathedral, written by Florence Bell. Postcards Festival: Crimson Skye: Death Row Diva Jacksons Lane Theatre, 269a Archway Road, N6 5AA Highgate £10, Jun 27, 8pm. Burlesque performer declares her love for a severed head. Priceless London Wonderground: Boom Boom Club: Prospero’s Tavern The London Wonderground Spiegeltent, Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Embankment £25, VIP seats £40, Jun 30, 9.15pm. Cabaret, stand-up, circus, burlesque and musical performances. Priceless London Wonderground: Bourgeois And Maurice: We Started A Band The London Wonderground Spiegeltent, Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Embankment £12.50 & £17.50, concs £11, Jun 28, 9.30pm. Modern living as viewed through bizarre, crazy and catchy pop songs, performed by the popular alt-cabaret duo. Priceless London Wonderground: Cantina Ends Sep 30, The London Wonderground Spiegeltent, Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Embankment May 8-21 previews £10, £15, £25, booths £125, May 23-31, Jun 1-30, Jul 1-31, Aug 1-31, Sep 1-30 £15£50, booths £175, £200. A glamorous mix of vaudeville, circus-theatre, dance and music, all taking place inside a traditional Spiegeltent. Priceless London Wonderground: House Of Burlesque The London Wonderground Spiegeltent, Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Embankment £15.50

& £20.50, concs £14, Jun 27, 9.30pm. Highlights from the cabaret shows Circus Burlesque and Shipwrecked are presented. Ragtime Ends Sep 8, The Open Air Theatre, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4NU Regent’s Park Jun 27-30, Jul 2-4, 12-14, 16-18, Aug 13-15, 23-25, 27-29, Sep 6-8 £22.50-£42.50, Premium Seats £49.50, Jul 28, 30 & 31, Aug 1, 9-11 Olympics Tickets Pricing when booked before 30 April £20.12. Musical about three families separated by race and destiny. The Rules Of The Game Ends Jul 8, Barons Court Theatre, The Curtain’s Up, 28A Comeragh Road, W14 9HR Barons Court Tue-Thu, Sun £12.50, concs £10, Fri & Sat £15, concs £12.50, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 6.30pm, mats Jun 30, Jul 7, 2.30pm, no perf Jul 1. Romantic comedy in which three geeky guys meet three girls.

LIFT 2012: Ganesh Versus The Third Reich, Starts Thu, ends Jul 1, Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, E15 1BX Stratford £12, Jun 28-30, Jul 1, 8pm. A part fairy tale and part analysis on storytelling, sees the Hindu God Ganesh trying to reclaim the swastika back from Adolf Hitler. Spring Awakening Ends Jul 14, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, 410 Brockley Road, SE4 2DH Honor Oak Park £12, concs £10, Tue-Sat 7.45pm, mats Jun 30, Jul 7, 3.30pm. Frank Wedekind’s drama exploring authority, education, sexuality and religion. The Sunny Side Of The Street, A Musical Tribute To Dorothy Fields Ends Jul 7, Jermyn Street Theatre, 16B Jermyn Street, SW1Y 6ST Piccadilly Circus Jun 19 & 20 previews £14, Jun 20-30, Jul 1-7 £18, concs £15, Early Bird Offer book before Jun 1, £14, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat & Sun 3.30pm. A celebration of the work of the award-winning lyricist, Dorothy Fields, devised and directed by Tim McArthur. . Textiquette (Letters To Anya/Through The Looking Screen/Text Time With Bev) The George Tavern, 373 Commercial Road, E1 0LA Shadwell £10, Jun 29, 8pm. A series of interactive performances exploring the virtual rules on etiquette. The Town Mouse And The Country Mouse: Moving Stage (Ages 3-8) Ends Jul 15, The Puppet Theatre Barge, Opp 35 Blomfield Road, W9 2PF Warwick Avenue: £10, child £8.50, Sat & Sun 3pm, Sat 11am. The tale of two cousins who have wondrous adventures. The Tragedy Of Mister Morn Ends Jun 27, Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, WC1A 2TA Holborn £7, concs £5, Jun 26 & 27, 7.30pm.

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A timely revival of Michael Frayn’s stylish and sharpwitted thriller, Democracy takes us into a world of political intrigue, espionage and betrayal. Based on real events during the final months in office of the charismatic West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, this political tale unfolds as suspicions rise of a Stasi spy infiltrating his closest advisors. Tensions mount as Brandt’s precarious coalition government is pushed to its limits. Winner of the ‘Michael Frayn’s Evening Standard seriously thrilling play’ Award and Critics’ **** The Times Circle Best Play awards, Democracy is a thrilling portrayal of a political visionary who changed the face of German politics. Scout London has teamed up with The Old Vic to give three readers a pair of tickets each to the play. To enter text SCOUT DEMOCRACY to 88010 or email win@scoutlondon.com Texts cost £1*, also enter at scoutlondon.com/win

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