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Scouted //SECRET CASH////////////////////////////////////// MACHINES OF LONDON//////////////////////////// SHOREDITCH////////////////// The Old Street and Shoreditch areas are heavy on bars, but very light on cash machines that don’t charge a kidney to withdraw your money. Traipsing for miles to find one, only to join a queue which would rival the hottest club night, is not cool – we’re here for fun, not to stand in a line. Help is at hand, however. Not only is Rich Mix arts centre on Bethnal Green Road an entertainment destination in its own right, with a cinema, gigs, theatre and exhibitions, it has a great bar/café and – crucially – a cash machine with no charges. Located opposite Shoreditch High Street station, it’s well positioned for most of the bars in the area and is open until about 11pm weeknights and up to 1am at the weekend, depending on what’s on. Just don’t tell that queue of people with the moustaches.
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Jamaica scores a half century You’d be forgiven for not realising, but there’s more happening in London over the next few weeks than just the Olympics – namely a load of events marking 50 years of Jamaican independence. Not surprisingly, much of the hoopla is using reggae artist Bob Marley – the nation’s most famous son –
as a rallying point. The British Music Experience at The O2 today opens a new exhibition about Marley, and neighbouring venue IndigO2 will devote much of its programme over the next few weeks to gigs by some of Jamaica’s biggest stars, including Lee Scratch Perry, Horace Andy, Shaggy,
Toots & The Maytalls and Marley’s son Damian. On Sunday, Bob Marley’s daughter, Cedella, will visit the Brixton street named after her famous father, as part of a ‘regeneration celebration’ that will also see performances by Soul II Soul, Devlin, Sway, Aruba Red and other artists.
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James Ellington Olympic athlete
Let’s go for a drink. Scout’s buying - where do you want to go? I don’t drink so it would have to be either a juice or water at a café in Croydon. That’s very healthy. How about grabbing a bite to eat – any restaurant recommendations? Wagamama – because its fast, fresh and pretty healthy – you’re guaranteed a good meal there. Where do you go for inspiration? When I need some motivation I
Scout London Cover Stars 0011 Harriet Alana, 22 Illustrator, East Dulwich
What in London inspires you? Living, skateboarding and everyone I’ve met in London has inspired me to make my skate ’zine, Brash. Cycling is a huge part of my life. I love being able to get around the city quickly without having to rely on public transport. That way, you see and learn more about the city. Any London secrets to share? Falafel in Camberwell offers cheap, tasty, healthy vegetarian fast food.
The falafel wraps are massive and only £3. What’s your favourite part of London? Stockwell skate park. It’s the best skate park in the UK and the locals are friendly and know how to shred. How important is London in your work? Very. I work as a youth worker and skateboard instructor in east
actually go on YouTube and watch videos of previous Olympic finals. I find their success inspiring and hope it will be me that people are Googling in the not too distant future. What’s your favourite outdoor spot? In the summer, I love Hyde Park because it’s a little haven in the middle of central London, and there’s always something going on. Where do you like to go shopping? It’s got to be Selfridges in central London – it’s always buzzing and they have everything you need under one roof. Do you have any secret London tips for us? In London, working out can be expensive so I would say that instead of paying a fortune for fancy gyms use your local leisure centres or the multitude of parks and green spaces that the city has to offer.
London, so working with young people and locals plays a significant role in my work, whether it be in that interactive way or specifically within my art work. What’s next for you? Continue my work at Mile End, make art and skate – if I’m able to dodge the raindrops! See more at: cargocollective.com/ harrietalana
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Lewisham-born sprinter James Ellington hit the headlines after he resorted to the unconventional method of attracting a sponsor through eBay when he missed out on funding through injury. After his winning bid turned out to be a hoax, King of Shaves stepped in with an offer which enabled him to focus on his training. It paid off and he was picked for Team GB. Follow his story at jamesellington.net
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They’re finally here. If you’ve got tickets to one of the Olympic events, need to meet friends who are going, or just want to soak up some of the atmosphere near the venues, here’s Scout London’s guide to making a day of your trip to the Games
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Olympic Park The big one. What with all the sports venues, unbranded food stalls, big screens and so on, it would be easy to assume that there’s no point in leaving the Olympic Park. But there’s plenty more to Stratford. Westfield Stratford City is packed with high-end chain restaurants that are far better than their location might suggest.
Food & Drink The Fringe Pop-Up Private Members Club Dace Road, E3 2QA Watch the Games in style, just a hop, skip and jump from the Olympic Park itself. You don’t have to be a member – you can just join on a day-by-day basis. With three tiers of entry starting at £35, it’s not cheap, but the views over the canal to the stadium will be great. It’s also next door to where The Big Breakfast used to be filmed. And you can arrive by river taxi. Bumpkin Westfield, E20 1EN Simple seasonal dishes with flair, including sharing platters and an impressive cheeseboard. It’s British through-and-through, and the food is ethically-sourced and sustainable to boot. Cabana Westfield, E20 1EN Fun Brazilian restaurant offering on-trend skewers, ceviche and pisco sours. Plus a Caipirinha or two. It’s almost enough to forget the Games are on.
The Calf Westfield, E20 1EN An Olympic pop-up from the team at neighbouring Geronimo Inns pub, The Cow. Reliably good grub with stadium views. Jimmy’s Supperclub at Annex East Hutchins Close, E15 2RB Another Olympic pop-up, serving British classics alongside some quirky entertainment. The Pantry Cafe High Street, E15 7QZ A bustling all-day cafe with a large selection of cakes. Popular well before the Games were announced. Tap East Westfield, E20 1EJ Undoubtedly the area’s best beer pub, with plenty of local and international craft ales. Franco Manca Westfield, E20 1EN Miles away from the original restaurant in Brixton Market, in both distance and spirit. But the sourdough pizzas are still frankly faultless.
Activities Theatre Royal Stratford East Gerry Raffles Square, E15 1BN Get a taste of Africa as the Theatre Royal Stratford East is transformed into Nigeria Hospitality House during the Games. This cultural festival explores Nigerian life, films, plays, poetry and music and features performances by some of the country’s top acts.
All Star Lanes Stratford Westfield, E20 1ET Over at Westfield, you can keep the excitement of the sports events alive by dropping into the All Star Lanes Stratford for a beer, a bowl and some food. Westﬁeld Stratford City It’s Europe’s largest urban shopping mall. Nuff said.
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Central London It’s the centre of town, so no prizes for guessing that this area is absolutely humming with extra-Olympic activities, as well as great places to eat and drink. Whether you’re looking to wet your whistle after a day watching the beach volleyball, swimming or road running, or hoping to catch some of the road events, London’s bustling tourist quarter shouldn’t disappoint. There are staples galore, but also a fair few surprises.
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Food & Drink Quilon Buckingham Gate, SW1E 6AF What better way to celebrate our Britishness than with top notch curries paired with a selection of the finest beers? Assagetti Haymarket, SW1Y 4RW Sharing platters of tapas-style Italian food. How’s that for a European union? The Nell Gwynne Bull Inn Court, WC2R 0NP Often crammed, but also packed with charm. The jukebox is the icing on the cake of this favourite alleyway pub. The Chandos St Martins Lane, WC2N 4ER In the heart of the action, this Sam Smith’s pub is unusually pleasant and cheap considering the location.
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Ship & Shovell Craven Passage, WC2N 5PH Set on opposite sides of a small street near the Embankment, and joined by an underground cellar, this tucked-away boozer has the best of both worlds: spacious and lively on one side; cozy and intimate on the other. The Red Lion Crown Passage, SW1Y 6PP A charming and well-maintained old pub. A must if you’re on the hunt for the years-gone-by vibe. The Speaker Great Peter Street, SW1P 2HA Looking for a lively spot with loud music and big-screen TVs? Then don’t come here. Small and stubbornly traditional, The Speaker is a Westminster institution for those who like a pub to be a pub and nothing more.
Activities Churchill War Rooms Clive Steps, King Charles Street, SW1A 2AQ Virtually next to all the volleyball action is one of the city’s best museums. Set inside the underground space used by Churchill and the Cabinet to conduct the British war effort, it’s a fascinating journey through frightening times and the strategies that helped draw them to a close. The National Gallery Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN A no-brainer to some, but it’s truly astonishing how many Londoners just walk absentmindedly past one of the world’s
greatest collections of art without passing a thought for what’s inside. Masterpieces of every age are free to see, and there are some interesting Titian-themed shenanigans on for those who don’t mind paying a few quid. Benjamin Franklin’s House Craven Street, WC2N 5NF Many people – including most visiting Yanks – don’t realise that one of the United States’ founding fathers lived in London for 16 years in the lead-up to the American Revolution. His former home near Charing Cross has been restored in period style, and explores both his political career and inspiring scientific achievements.
covered Hyde Park Food & Drink Serpentine Bar & Kitchen Serpentine Road, Hyde Park, W2 2UH Barbecues and a pop-up gin van will add some (weatherpermitting) wow factor on the grass, though inside also does the job nicely. Theo Randall at the Intercontinental Hamilton Place, W1J 7QY Understated glitz and precise Italian cooking from the very hands-on ‘celebrity chef’. Princess Garden North Audley Street, W1K 6ZD Some of the capital’s best dim sum, with a very un-Mayfair price tag attached.
The Lido Café Hyde Park, W2 2UH Weather permitting, this lakeside café is a lovely place for an al fresco afternoon stop – but be prepared to pay through the nose for the location. Duke Of Kendal Connaught Street, W2 2AF Fun, friendly and spitting distance from Marble Arch, this popular pub is as central as they come yet with the welcoming vibe of a locals’ boozer. It also has big screen TVs in case you can’t get into the BT London Live section of the park (see page 16). The Star Tavern Belgrave Mews West, SW1X 8HT Tucked away in the posh Belgravia backstreets, this is a winning option for a quiet and wholly decent pint. It’s also reportedly the place where the Great Train Robbery was planned.
Boating on the Serpentine Hyde Park, W2 2UH There can be few nicer ways to spend a sunny afternoon than by drifting around on the park’s large central lake. Rent a row boat, a pedalo or let the sun do the work on the stylish new SolarShuttle. Serpentine Gallery Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA One of the city’s most prestigious modern art galleries, the Serpentine is currently hosting an extensive Yoko Ono exhibition and recently opened its annual pavilion commission – impressively designed this year by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and the architects behind the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, Herzog and de Meuron.
The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA The reviews have been mixed, but there’s still plenty going for this big budget theatrical (and musical) retelling of CS Lewis’s children’s classic. If it’s large scale, all-bells-and-whistles theatre that you’re after, look no further. Handel House Museum Brook Street, W1K 4HB Once home to the UK’s most celebrated composer, this comfortable house to the east of the park is now a very good museum about his life and work. Interestingly enough, it also houses the flat where Jimi Hendrix lived (and died).
Fino’s Wine Cellar Mount Street, W1K 3NP A rabbit warren of dim passageways and cozy corners is part of the appeal of this affordable Mayfair institution, where great pasta competes with the plonk for top billing.
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South of the river Greenwich Park Of all the Olympic locations, this is one of the easiest to enjoy. The park itself is one of the most scenic in the whole capital, offering one of the city’s best views; and the town centre is awash with history and a village-like charm. As well as hosting the equestrian and modern pentathlon, it’s home to some renowned tourist attractions. Food & Drink 16”West Brasserie National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF British cooking and Naval cocktails in a stunning setting at the foot of Greenwich Park. The Spread Eagle Stockwell Street, SE10 9JB Grand décor and indulgent food at this stately restaurant. The Cutty Sark Ballast Quay, SE10 9PD Atmosphere abounds in this beautiful riverside pub, dating from the early 19th century.
Buenos Aires Royal Hill, SE10 8RT Cozy locals’ coffee shop with a fine line in pastries and wellbrewed coffee. The Trafalgar Park Row, SE10 9NG Spectacularly refurbished in Regency style, this is probably Greenwich’s most famous pub, and with good reason.
Activities Old Royal Naval College King William Walk, SE10 9LW Undoubtedly one of the finest of Sir Christopher Wren’s architectural masterpieces, this magnificent structure is one of the area’s foremost highlights. Also keep an eye out for the gigs, film screenings and other cultural events that it’s hosting as part of the Greenwich Summer Festival. National Maritime Museum Park Row, SE10 9NF One of the jewels in Greenwich’s crown, this sterling museum at the bottom of the park does exactly what it says on the tin but with a great deal of interactive style. Note: its sister museum, The Royal Observatory, is closed throughout the Olympics.
The Cutty Sark King William Walk, SE10 9HT After dual crises of fire and funding, this world-famous 19th century tea clipper finally reopened with much fanfare in the spring of this year. Greenwich Market SE10 9HZ This charming covered market houses exceedingly talented designer-makers (Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday), as well as antiques and vintage dealers (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday). The Fan Museum Crooms Hill, SE10 8ER Houses around 3,500 of the most ladylike of accessories, many of them astonishingly intricate and beguilingly beautiful.
Goddards King William Walk, SE10 9HU For a snack or fast and affordable meal, head to this new shop from one of South London’s oldest pie and mash families.
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There isn’t much to see or do outside of The O2 itself, but the giant entertainment space is bursting with attractions to keep you occupied long after the basketball, gymnastics and trampoline events end.
To put it kindly, Woolwich struggles in the fields of culture and entertainment. But that’s not to write it off completely. After the shooting events, check out these oases.
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Rodizio Rico Unit 15, The O2, SE10 0AX Meat mayhem. They’ll keep carving until you say “stop”.
British Music Experience The O2, SE10 0DX Covering the history of British popular music from the 50s to the present day, this is a heavily interactive and fun museum.
Dial Arch The Warren, Royal Arsenal Riverside, SE18 6GH Woolwich is undergoing constant regeneration, but still hasn’t quite caught up in the decent pub/restaurant field. So it’s left to diamond in the rough Dial Arch to do pretty much everything – pub, bar, café and restaurant. Fortunately, it manages all with some style.
Firepower: The Royal Artillery Museum Royal Arsenal, SE18 6ST Woolwich is most famous for the weaponry it once manufactured. This cracking museum tells the story of the area’s explosive past.
The Gun 27 Coldharbour, E14 9NS Renowned as one of London’s best gastropubs, this crosswater venue offers free taxi pick-ups in The O2 area. Gaucho Unit 5, The O2, SE10 0DX One of London’s foremost steak chains, with prices to match. 12 Scout London scoutlondon.com
IndigO2 The O2, SE10 0DX Follow-up your Olympic event with a gig at The O2’s smaller venue. Reggae stars Toots & The Maytals are among those performing during the Games.
The Thames Barrier SE18 5NJ From July 26-September 9, the riverside exhibition about this engineering marvel will be abolishing its entrance fees.
Wembley Stadium & Arena Among the most iconic venues in the country, the arena and stadium will host badminton and gymnastics, and football respectively. Food & Drink Alisan The Junction, Wembley Retail Park, Engineers Way, HA9 0EG Opt for Chinese at this pan-Asian giant of a restaurant where it’s the dumplings that seal the deal. Mesopotamia Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG Mezze worthy of a medal at this Iraqi restaurant which packs serious flavour into its food.
Karahi King East Lane, HA0 3NG Their Indian take on a kebab, featuring meat-stuffed in naans, is the stuff of local legend. The Bear High Road HA9 6AA Competitively-priced beers and proximity to the stadium and arena make this a good drop-in refreshment stop.
Activities Welsh Harp Reservoir The Welsh Harp (or Brent) Reservoir is 170 hectares of open water, marshes, trees and grassland just a few minutes from Wembley Stadium. A site of special scientific interest, it’s great for birdwatching, walking and generally calming the nerves
after watching the sports. No swimming allowed though, so don’t get too carried away. Fryent Country Park If water’s not your thing, Fryent Country Park covers 103 hectares of rolling countryside.
Wimbledon Another of London’s outlying ‘villages’, Wimbledon has plenty to offer besides tennis. The common, in particular, is a lovely place for a stroll. Food & Drink Fox & Grapes Camp Road, SW19 4UN Gastropub royalty from Michelinstarred Claude Bosi. Amaranth Thai Market Garratt Lane, SW18 4ES What it lacks in décor, it makes up for in flavour. Cheap and very, very cheerful. Butcher & Grill High Street, SW19 5BY As carnivorous as it gets. Choose your meat from the counter, watch it cook on the grill and then set yourself to devour mode. 14 Scout London scoutlondon.com
Hemingway’s High Street, SW19 5EE Considerably more modern than the literary moniker might suggest, this stylish cocktail bar is one of Wimbledon’s top places to see and be seen. The Crooked Billet Crooked Billet, SW19 4RQ Given the feel of a country pub by its positioning next to Wimbledon Park, this pleasant old boozer is a solid stop for both food and drink, come rain or shine.
Activities Polka Theatre The Broadway, SW19 1SB If you happen to have kids in tow, this is the place to treat them. A bespoke children’s theatre, it stages consistently high-quality productions that invariably charm and amuse adult chaperones as much as their pint-sized entourage. HMV Curzon The Broadway, SW19 1RE Like its sister venues in the centre of town, this outpost of the Curzon cinema chain favours
top-notch independent film from around the world, while also tipping a hat to the big releases. Wimbledon Museum All England Lawn Tennis Club, SW19 5AE Charting the history of the most famous tennis championship in the world, this museum contains memorabilia belonging to all the greats, and is open to Olympic ticket holders from July 28 to August 6, before reopening to the rest of the public on August 15.
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The cricket Mecca will swap bats for bows to host the archery events this summer. Just a fast bowl from Regent’s Park, there’s plenty going on here to make you feel like you’ve hit a six.
Hosting sports such as boxing, fencing and table tennis, this vast conference centre in Docklands has a variety of chain restaurant outlets in its cavernous halls. But there are also hidden gems to seek out.
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Maki Yaki ExCel Marina, E16 1AS An affordable Japanese where the huge and varied selection of maki rolls are a must.
London Pleasure Gardens North Woolwich Road, E16 2BS A quick 15 minute walk over the water from ExCel leads to Pontoon Dock and the London Pleasure Gardens. Aiming to recreate the pleasure gardens of the 17th-19th centuries, it features bars, open spaces, dock-side views and entertainment.
The Perseverance Shroton Street, NW1 6UG An historic pub gone just a bit gastro, with homemade bread, pickles and terrines. The Summerhouse Blomfield Road, W9 2PD A pleasant walk along the canal takes you to this six month
waterside ‘pop-up’, serving fancified British grub, and with its own boat moorings. The Sea Shell Lisson Grove, NW1 6UH Fish and chips done well. Eat in or take away, and know that just about everyone who’s recorded at Abbey Road has done the same.
Activities The News Revue at Canal Café Theatre Delamere Terrace, W2 6ND This extraordinary show has been running since 1979, making it officially the longest theatrical run of a comedy show. The News Revue helped begin the careers of Rory Bremner, Michelle Collins, Josie Lawrence and Bill Bailey, and is a great, topical way to round off your day. Alﬁe’s Antiques Market Church Street, NW8 8DT A short hop away from Lord’s is Alfie’s Antiques Market. This bustling market has 200 dealers, spread over five floors, making it well worth a browse. Abbey Road zebra crossing Recreate the Beatles’ iconic album cover for yourself at the famous crossing, just by the legendary studios.
Walk around Little Venice London’s most famous waterway, the Thames, gets all the attention, but the canals are a hidden treasure. Peaceful and decidedly lacking in tourists, they make for a delightful stroll in the sun. Jack Hemingway and Sarah Kemp’s Eat The Olympics Supper Club This Queen’s Park-based pair have set themselves a challenge to eat a dish from every single country taking part in the London 2012 Olympics – and that’s where the supper club idea comes in. They’ll provide the main course and dessert but are challenging their guests to create their own appetizer from a country delegated by them. If you do, they will shave £10 off the bill. email@example.com
Caribbean Scene Western Gateway, E16 1AQ Guaranteed summer sun, along with Caribbean food, cocktails and a real carnival atmosphere. Pepenero Silvertown Way, E16 1EA Refreshingly old-style trattoria offering crisp-based pizzas and a good bit of glug.
Earls Court ‘Kangaroo Court’ has come a long way. Once considered backpacker central, Earls Court has smartened up in recent years and now hosts familiar High Street chains such as Byron and Wagamama. The exhibition centre is home to the Olympic volleyball this summer. Food & Drink
The Troubadour Old Brompton Road, SW5 9JA A wine and music bar overflowing with character, and once host to gigs by Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan.
If watching all that athleticism gives you aches and pains, Earls Court is home to number of great spas, offering massages, complimentary medicine and general well being. We can recommend China Health Spa (chinahealthspa.co.uk), where you’ll find various forms of massage, as well as acupuncture and other authentic Chinese treatments.
As Greek As It Gets Earl’s Court Road, SW5 9AH Forget Greece’s troubles, this family taverna is just as reliable a feed as it’s always been.
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issed out on getting tickets for the Olympics? Don’t have a tantrum, there’s still a chance to catch all the action and atmosphere, alongside a medal-worthy programme of music and entertainment. As part of the BT London Live initiative, big screens showing all the sporting events will be placed in Victoria Park and Hyde Park during the Olympics, and in Trafalgar Square during the Paralympics. And that’s not all. Accompanying every nailbiting contest will be live music from a range of British stars – from hot new urban acts to veteran pop royalty – as well as enough games and activities to rival the Olympics themselves. The best news of all is that it’s free – you can just turn up and walk in. Space is limited, so you might need to queue (or be organised enough to book a ‘guaranteed entry’ ticket), but that’s as difficult as it gets. None other than Tom Jones will be among the stars taking to the Hyde Park main stage between July 28 and August 11. Other acts include Newton Faulkner, The Feeling, McFly, Feeder, The Temper Trap, Saint Etienne, Alexandra Burke, Amy Macdonald, The Levellers,
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The Beat and the cast of We Will Rock You. Proceedings are a little more eclectic and generally booty-shaking over at Victoria Park, with the likes of Norman Jay, Soul II Soul, Brand New Heavies, Alejandro And The Magic Tombolinos and Trans Siberian Marching Band among the acts scheduled to perform, plus DJ sets from Horse Meat Disco, Club de Fromage and Sean Rowley’s Guilty Pleasures. If you like your kicks a little closer to the cutting edge, the BT Vision Stage at Hyde Park is the place to be. Here you’ll find Conor Maynard, The Noisettes, Tinchy Stryder, Aiden Grimshaw, Dot Rotten, Roots Manuva, Dry the River, Josh Osho, Lucy Rose and more. The Trafalgar Square line-up is yet to be announced. But it’s not just about the music – these events are as Olympic as Steve Redgrave’s mantelpiece. There will be the chance to try out some of the sports being shown on the screens. From badminton to boxing, hockey to handball, and even wheelchair basketball and rugby, many of the Games’ most exciting and intense disciplines will be laid on for the sweaty investigation of anyone who finds that spectating just isn’t enough.
Hyde Park visitors also have the chance to meet some sporting greats of the past. Dame Kelly Holmes, decathlete Daley Thompson and rower Greg Searle are among those who will be getting up close and personal with their fans at meet-and-greet sessions in the park’s BT House. And then there’s everything else: an explosion of acrobatics, dance, drumming, comedy, magic and so much more. There’ll be bungee trampolines, a zipline and a water-zorbing pool (where you navigate your way across the water inside a giant plastic ball) at Victoria Park, as well as the 55 metre BT Observation Wheel, which has views out over the Olympic Stadium. And, most importantly of all, what all three places will have in abundance is the singular sense of excitement that accompanies a once-in-a-generation event. London might not experience anything like this again within all of our lifetimesw. And, though you might not have front row seats for the men’s 100m final, there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying the atmosphere. That much, at least, is all of ours for the taking. btlondonlive.com
You don’t need to be inside the Olympic Stadium to enjoy the Games. Two of London’s best parks will be screening all the action and serving up some fantastic music and activities on the side – for free
recommended ONGOING Crowns And Ducats: Shakespeare’s Money And Medals at British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG Tottenham Court Road From Apr 19, Mon-Thu, Sat & Sun 10am-5.30pm, Fri 10am-8.30pm, ends Nov 25, FREE. Display of coins that appear in the plays of Shakespeare. Until Nov 25. Exploring Space Gallery Tour at Science Museum, Exhibition Road, SW7 2DD South Kensington Jul 10 & 11, 13, 15-18, 20-22, 24 & 25, 27 & 28, 30 & 31, 2pm-2.30pm, FREE. A tour focusing on the Space Race from the Soviet perspective. Until Jul 31. London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: Mine To Medals at British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG Tottenham Court Road Mon-Thu, Sat & Sun 10am-5.30pm, Fri 10am-8.30pm, closed Dec 24-26, Jan 1, ends Sep 9, FREE. Medals for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Until Sep 9. The Maverick Theatre Literary Pub Crawl at The London Literary Pub Crawl At Charlotte Street, Charlotte Street, W1T 4QH Goodge Street From Jul 21, Sat 3pm-6pm, ends Aug 18, £15. Take a walk around the streets of Fitzrovia and Soho, and learn about famous writers, artists and cultural figures who graced the various haunts. Until Aug 18. Who Killed Bambi? at The Boogaloo, Archway Road, N6 5AT Highgate Tue 6pm-12midnight, FREE. Music quiz show. Until Jul 31.
TUESDAY JULY 24 Festival Of British Archaeology at Various Venues across east London, prices vary, times vary. Displays, workshops and tours. London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: Rio Occupation London: Brazilian Kitchen at Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN Clapham Junction FREE, 7pm. A samba jam party with performances and a Brazilian BBQ.
London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: The Royal Opera: Otello at Royal Opera House, 45 Floral Street, WC2E 9DD Covent Garden £9-£195, 7.30pm. Verdi’s impassioned opera in four acts. London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration at Ealing Common, Ealing Broadway The Mall, W5 3TJ FREE, 8pm. Live entertainment for the entire family. Jo Nesbø: Book Signing at Waterstones, Leadenhall Market, 2-3 Whittington Avenue, Leadenhall Market, EC3V 1PJ Bank FREE, 12.30pm. The author signs copies of his book Phantom. Science In The Pub: Talk at Upstairs At The Ritzy, Coldharbour Lane, SW2 1JG Brixton FREE, 6pm-11pm. Palaeontologist discusses the feeding habits of dinosaurs.
The Theatre Of Great Britain: AD Dance Company: And We Gather at The Yard, Queens Yard White Post Lane, E9 5EN Hackney Wick £6, two works back to back £10, 7.30pm. Two works that look at gender in modern dance, created by Holly Noble.
WEDNESDAY JULY 25 London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration at Civic Centre, Haringey, High Road Wood Green, N22 8LE Wood Green FREE, 8pm. Live entertainment for the entire family.
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Rob McGibbon In Conversation With Kelvin MacKenzie: Talk at Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ Sloane Square £20, 7.30pm. Journalist McGibbon and editor MacKenzie discuss MacKenzie’s work at The Sun. The Theatre Of Great Britain: Immigrants And Animals: Jack at The Yard, Queens Yard White Post Lane, Hackney Wick £6, two shows E9 5EN back to back £10, 9pm. A contemporary dance work choreographed by Jamila Johnson-Small. Ukulele Jam Session at The Royal George, Goslett Yard, WC2H 0EA Tottenham Court Road FREE, 7pm11pm.
THURSDAY JULY 26 Garden Open Evenings at South London Botanical Institute, 323 Norwood Road, SE24 9AQ Tulse Hill phone for prices, 6pm-8pm. Enjoy the gardens on a summer’s night. A Guerrilla Pop-Up Public Talk-Show at 93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, E1 6RU Liverpool Street FREE, 7pm-11pm. Topical talks about various subjects. 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. The Secrets Of Spider Dating: Talk at Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD South Kensington FREE, 12.30pm, 2.30pm. A museum scientist discusses how male spiders survive the mating season. Clive Stafford Smith: Talk at Waterstones Hampstead, 68-69 Hampstead High Street, NW3 1QP Hampstead FREE, 7pm. The director of Reprieve discusses the American justice system.
FRIDAY JULY 27 The Theatre Of Great Britain: Immigrants And Animals: Jack at The Yard, Queens Yard White Post Lane, E9 5EN Hackney Wick £6, two shows back to back £10, 9pm. A contemporary dance work choreographed by Jamila Johnson-Small. Winding Of The Clocks: Winding The Clocks: Talk at Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1U 3BN Bond Street FREE, 1pm-2pm. Museum conservators discuss the time pieces.
Edmund De Waal: Talk at Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, W1U 2BF Bond Street £3, 6pm. The artist and writer discusses Orientalism.
SUNDAY JULY 29 Indoor Markets at The White Lion, Streatham High Road, SW16 1BB Streatham Hill FREE, 12noon-4pm. The monthly market. The Market at Merton Abbey Mills, A24 Meratun Way, SW19 2RD South Wimbledon phone for prices, 10am-5pm. Up to 100 arts & crafts market stalls and children’s activities.
MONDAY JULY 30 Incite Poetry at The Alley Cat, 4 Denmark Street, WC2H 8LP Tottenham Court Road FREE, 7.30pm10.30pm. A poetry reading, followed by an open-mic. New Forest Field Trip at South London Bontanical Institute, 323 Norwood Road, Tulse Hill full board £260, SE24 9AQ phone for times. Excursions to Whitley Wood, Heathlands, Holland Wood, New Forest Museum and Marl Pits. Presentation By The President Of The Cyprus National Olympic Committee, Hon Professor Mr Ouranios Ioannides: Talk at The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, W1U 5AS Baker Street FREE, 7.15pm. Professor Ioannides discusses Cypriot sport.
SATURDAY JULY 28
Olympic Games Controlled Access Period There are no engineering works planned on the DLR, London Underground or Tramlink network for the duration of the Olympic Games.
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The Castrato Enigma: Talk at Handel House Museum, 25 Brook Street, W1K 4HB Bond Street £6, concs £5, child FREE, 3pm. With a gallery volunteer. Copa Futbolito at Vibe Bar, Brick Lane, E1 6QL Aldgate East FREE, 2pm-late. Try-out the Mexican version of table football at this two-day tournament. Speed Surgery: Surgery In The 19th Century: Demonstration at The Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret, 9a St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY London Bridge £6, child £3.50, concs £5, family £13.90, 2pm. A demonstration exploring surgical practices in 1822. The Word House: July 2012 at XOYO, 3237 Cowper Street, EC2A 4AP Old Street £5, adv £4, 7.30pm10.30pm, doors. Performance poetry.
Playing The Games: Lunchtime With....Kriss Akabussi: Talk at Criterion Theatre, 218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, W1J 0TR Piccadilly Circus £10-£35, 1pm. The former Olympic 400 metres athlete is in discussion with television presenter Rick Edwards.
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Winning buys Forget commemorative spoons, T-shirts and silly hats, get into the Games vibe with our pick of the best Olympics-oriented shopping
If you’re planning an Olympics-themed party this sweet make-your-own cup cake set by Meri Meri will kit-out your creations in style. £10 from topshop.com
If the transport chaos has got you in a tizz, show your frustration – and raise a laugh – with these bags, featuring a variety of slogans. Available in three designs at £15 from thatbigeventinlondon.co.uk
On your bike
Taking to two wheels to avoid public transport during the Games? Outsmart the other riders with this retro-look Giro Reverb helmet. £49 from madison.co.uk
Who said modern art and sport don’t mix? UK artists have created posters for the Games. We like this one by Michael Craig-Martin. £7 from shop.london2012.com or one of the London2012 shops
Well, not quite, but with Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games you can grab friends and family and wiggle your Wii controller to gold and glory. £19.89 from amazon.co.uk
Don’t sweat it
These official Adidas Team GB wristbands are identical to those worn by the athletes (as sported by Christine Ohuruogu on page 48), so you can support UK athletes and get in shape. £7 from shop.london2012.com scoutlondon.com Scout London 19
Food & Drink
Pop-up the pub
et down the pub. That’s the official advice given by TfL to those working in the City and Canary Wharf during the Olympics in order to avoid overcrowding at peak times on the Tube: instead of starting your journey home at 5pm, they say, have a drink with colleagues and travel at 6.30pm when the rush has eased. Owners and landlords across town will be hoping people do just that. They’ve had a particularly hard time of it recently, with increased taxes and depleted trade as cashstrapped customers swap the boozer for the off-licence. While talk of closures, buy-outs and historic drinking dens being flattened to make way for flats is a national concern, here in London we’ve held up slightly better than most places. The after-work drinks culture has surely helped, as has an increased focus on food, but one of the most noticeable tactics adopted by the more canny of pub landlords is to get someone else to bring the punters in for you, by playing host to an attention-grabbing pop-up. The Ten Bells in Spitalfields has garnered most attention of late, for its high-profile Young Turks residency. It won rave reviews and winding queues before ending on a high in May, only for one of the YT team to return a month later, this time in partnership with Giorgio Ravelli, who comes to the pub’s shabby upstairs via Notting Hill’s Michelin-starred The Ledbury and ‘best restaurant in the world’ Noma. That’s the lure of trendiness for you.
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The positive effect a pop-up could have on business was highlighted well before this, though. The Meat Wagon team added a wellneeded boost to The Goldsmiths Tavern in New Cross when they opened temporary burger lair #Meateasy on its top floor a couple of years ago. It also helped the profile of MW’s Yianni Papoutsis and his crew, to the point that he now owns venues in Marylebone and Covent Garden.
New Cross House Formerly The Goldsmiths Tavern, home to #Meateasy
Another burger-fest, Patty & Bun, is still going strong at Soho pub The Endurance, and recently extended its residency due to popular demand. The nearby Queen’s Head pub on Denman Street has prospered thanks to the upstairs addition of salt beef bar Bell & Brisket - a crucial draw for the pub in the wake of disruptions caused by Crossrail construction work at Tottenham Court Road station. According to a barman we spoke to, numbers have tripled. The latest pub pop-up (pub-up?) comes to The Owl & Pussycat in Shoreditch. A generally heaving hipster hangout anyway, it’s not the most obvious candidate for needing extra traffic, but perhaps it could do with the cool points. If so, Flat Iron is the venture to do it. Making the pub its home for six weeks over the summer, it’ll serve just steaks, salad and a few sides. Charlie Carroll, previously operations advisor at Wahaca, is the man with the plan. He’s devised the concept with similar New York venues in mind and aims to bring affordable steaks to London. Citing the ‘flat iron’ cut of meat which is usually used for burgers as the trick to this, he’s certainly done his research: “It’s a wonder cut - well marbled, but as tender as fillet. And what’s more, you can get very good quality meat for comparatively less money.” Presumably that should save us punters a quid or two more to spend at the bar, then. We’ll drink to that. See our Top 10 to the right for some ideas of City pubs for some after-work wallowing.
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Landlords are weathering the economic storm by bringing in outside help. Ben Norum explores the latest pub phenomenon
Top Ten Snug pubs
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Nooks & crannies dating back to 1667 EC4A 2BU Chancery Lane
The Hand & Shears, Virtually unchanged since Victorian times EC1A 7JA Barbican
Hoop & Grapes, The oldest pub in London? EC3N 1AL Aldgate
Ye Olde Watling, Very serious about the beer EC4M 9BR Mansion House
The Blackfriar, Marble, mosaics and many, many beers EC4V 4EG Blackfriars
The Cockpit, Memorabilia from cockfighting past EC4V 5BY Blackfriars
The Bell, Popular since the Great Fire of London EC4R 0AN Monument
Williamsons Tavern, Sits on the exact centre of the City, with plaque to confirm it EC4M 9EH Bank
Jamaica Wine House, London’s first coffee shop, now focuses on ales EC3V 9DS Bank
Hall, Décor so stunning you’ll forget that 10 Hamilton it’s a Wetherspoons EC2M 7PY Liverpool Street
1901 Liverpool Street You could be forgiven for thinking that this summer was the season of restaurant gimmicks - a time when everything on the menu must be prefixed with bronze, silver or gold, and when the name of a sport manages to creep into every dish. It’s almost as if there’s a big international event going on which they’re not allowed to officially reference. If taking the concept and running with it is the aim of the game, then 1901 in Liverpool Street’s Andaz Hotel must be favourite to win gold. Not only has it created a cocktail menu with aperitifs under the heading Opening Ceremony, digestifs under Closing Ceremony, and a high-ball named The Torch, but it has even created an international menu offering special dishes from 26 different countries across 26 days. If you haven’t noticed the restaurant before, you’ve almost certainly walked past it. Located on Bishopsgate, next to the main entrance of Liverpool Street station, it’s obvious - but only when you know it’s there. Inside is less easy to ignore. A domed stained glass window takes pride of place in the centre, and Coliseum-like pillars fill gaps between tables in the space that was part of the original hotel the world’s first Andaz hotel, which dates back to 1901. Clearly not keen on leaving metaphors unextended, starters here take their inspiration
from the nations of Great Britain. While a serving of Scottish salmon with spinach-filled pancakes and horseradish mousse does all it promises in the description, it’s a Welsh-themed offering of soft lamb sweetbreads served with tender asparagus and a pleasantly peppery watercress sauce which would really make Team GB proud. The international special of the day is Galician octopus, which comes winningly chargrilled and seductively smokey, though is accompanied by far too big a heap of rather uninteresting potatoes. As if countering the starchy hurdle, our sommelier excels himself at this point. Having already dropped a classic line or two - “Pinot Noirs are like women: you’re not meant to understand them” - he appears with not one but three sherries to match with our main, all based on the same grape variety but aged in different ways. Desserts including a Swiss Trio of Toblerone mousse are the icing on the cake of a medalwinning meal. With mains priced at about £10, and some of the friendliest service we’ve encountered, this place is worthy of a visit well after the special international menu finishes. Don’t be fooled by the gimmick, the quality here is Olympic. BN 40 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7QN Liverpool Street scoutlondon.com Scout London 21
Food & Drink
Ceviche by Asia de Cuba Covent Garden
Walking into swanky St Martin’s Lane Hotel has always felt a little like falling down the rabbit hole. Now the glass-walled Front Room has upped the fantasy ante with a pop-up so random even a Mad Hatter would question its origins. The menu’s not elaborate, consisting primarily of raw fish and rum, but that just makes it all the more bonkers. It’s a bit more logical when you consider that ceviche (a seafood dish native to the Americas) fits with the credentials of adjoining restaurant Asia de Cuba, and that ceviche is ‘so hot right now’. But still, anywhere that serves a combo of raw fish, avocado icecream and mojitos is both crazy and cool in our books. BN
The sheer scale of Indian restaurant Lovage is the first thing that greets you - after the traditionally-dressed tout outside (a practice which unflatteringly recalls touristy Brick Lane but seems unnecessary in a residential Bermondsey street). Even so, anyone enticed in won’t be disappointed. A menu vaster than the two-storey premises sits traditional dishes alongside more creative options such as Khumbi Bahar, which sees a succulent chicken breast stuffed with mushrooms, coriander, nuts and sultanas. Intricate spicing and fresh flavours are par for the course, turning ordinary dishes such as an aubergine dhal into memorable highlights, while a particularly creamy paneer is among the best we’ve tried. Lovage is head and shoulders above most neighbourhood Indian restaurants, and affordable too. BN
St Martin’s Lane Hotel, 45 S. Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4HX Leicester Square
13-15 The Circle, Queen Elizabeth Street, SE1 2JE London Bridge
Admit it: you’ve barely stopped moaning about the weather all ‘summer’, haven’t you? Next time you start to complain, spare a thought for the team behind Gelupo. Not only do they sell ice-cream for a living, but they also hail from the sunnier climes of Italy where they’re not quite so used to umbrellas in July. However, this seriously cool joint which sits opposite parent restaurant Bocca di Lupo in Soho’s heartland can more than stand its own against the weather. After all, when will a scoop of pine nut and fennel seed gelato or blood orange sorbet not help lift damp spirits? In the name of good will, we’ll gloss over the Coronation Chicken ice-cream which was commissioned in honour of the Queen’s jubilee (now thankfully no more). We reckon that the cherry trifle option is much more regal, anyway. BN
This Thai restaurant opened a little over a year ago with a big bang and little follow-up. Now it has been rebranded, got a new manager and had a menu overhaul. What hasn’t changed, though, is the dark setting, low seating and neon pink lighting which doesn’t so much create atmosphere as leave you craving aspirin. If you close your eyes, most of the dishes really deliver in the flavour stakes, some going a step further so long as you’re willing to fight for them - assuring the waiter that, yes, a Westerner can indeed handle these spicy, fishy Thai flavours. The chilli-laden green papaya salad is a case in point, and incredibly tender scallops laced with ginger and lemongrass also impress. Small portions, arrogant service and significantly higher prices than you’d pay in a more authentic Thai restaurant don’t leave anywhere near as good a taste in the mouth, though. BN
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Dach & Sons 68 Heath Street, NW3 1DN Hampstead Bar ££ Trendy new opening from the Fluid Movement team. Hot dogs and sliders are prominent on the menu, while whiskey gets a particularly good billing on the spirits shelf. Rattlesnake 56 Upper Street, N1 0NY Angel American ££ Designer Paul Daly is behind this recent refurbishment, which plonks together American-inspired cocktails, bar snacks including tacos and burgers and some funky music. There’s a roof terrace, too. The Silver Bullet 5 Station Place, N4 2DH Finsbury Park Bar £ Live music and well-priced drinks keep The Silver Bullet heaving. Free jazz jam tonight and most Tuesdays.
EAST The Old Red Lion 42 Kennington Park Road, SE11 4RS Kennington Gastropub ££ Whether it’s a well-executed Sunday roast, a platter of charcuterie or a pint of ale that you’re after, you’d be hard pushed to find a friendlier spot to get it in.
Tapped & Packed 114 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 5AQ Warren Street Coffee Shop £ Among the West End’s best cafés. Sandwiches, brownies and chatty staff are among the highlights, though really it’s all about the coffee. Heliot Restaurant, Bar & Lounge The Hippodrome Casino, Cranbourn Street, WC2H 7AJ Leicester Square American £££ There’s a vaguely US feel at this new restaurant in the very Vegas feeling Hippodrome Casino. The menu includes a dish of millionaire’s mac ’n’ cheese alongside ‘staples’ such as steak and caviar. Lima 31 Rathbone Place, W1T 1JH Goodge Street Peruvian ££ The latest - and much anticipated - opening in the ongoing South American invasion which is sweeping London. Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez has put together a menu featuring a hefty ‘crudo’ (raw) section, including ceviches and tiraditos. Banca 30 North Audley Street, W1K 6HP Bond Street Italian ££££ It’s the names behind Zuma, among others, which are behind this new Italian opening, promising pricey but precise cooking. The name is explained by its site on the former Barclay’s building. Burger & Lobster 36-38 Dean Street, W1D 4PS Tottenham Court Room American ££ The second branch of the queue-heavy restaurant from the Goodman group. The namesake menu will still offer the choice of just two items but, unlike the original, reservations will be taken.
it with the students was sorely lacking. Having taken over the former Goldsmiths Tavern about a year ago, New Cross House fills this gap with a solid (if unambitious) menu, a few interesting things on tap and a decor that is very unNew Cross.
WEST Tatra 24 Goldhawk Road, W12 8DH Goldhawk Road Polish £££ This plush Eastern European restaurant manages to make even the heartiest of dumplings and stodgiest of stews seem refined. Try the homemade flavoured vodkas if you don’t have work tomorrow. Kerbisher & Malt 164 Shepherds Bush Road, W6 7PB Hammersmith Fish & Chips £ Proving its concept was more than just a gimmick, this refined fish & chip offering is showing no sign of waning a year later. All fish is sustainable and cooked to order. Sushisamba Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY Liverpool Street Fusion £££ The London opening of Sushisamba on floors 38 and 39 of the Heron Tower puts it among branches in New York, Miami and Las Vegas. The multicultural menu includes, Peruvian ceviches, Brazilian barbecue and Japanese sushi. Boho Mexica 151-153 Commercial Street, E1 6BJ Shoreditch High Street Mexican ££ Stalwarts such as tacos and burritos share menu space with plenty of less common and more interesting options from across Mexico, such as soups and stews. Apples & Pears 26 Osborn Street, E1 6TD Aldgate East Bar ££ Flanked by Indian restaurants, it’s only natural that the drinks at this trendy cocktail bar have a spicy edge. Try the ‘Banglatini’ made with spiced rum, chilli, watermelon and lemon.
Namaaste Kitchen 64 Parkway, NW1 7AH Camden Town Indian ££ This Scout favourite has just launched a range of Olympic lassis, one for each colour of the famous rings. Pop-in for the green pistachio lassi, red pomegranate or black grape varieties.
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The Britannia 44 Kipling Street, SE1 3RU London Bridge Pub £ There are plenty of things which keep people coming back to this historic locals’ pub, but the wall of more than 100 whiskeys must be pretty high up on the list. The Tiger 18 Camberwell Green, SE5 7AA Denmark Hill Pub £ One of the ever-expanding stable of pubs owned by Antic, this comfotably-styled corner stop caters to Camberwell’s trendier crowd with an average beer selection but wholly decent food and a pleasant vibe. New Cross House 316 New Cross Road, SE14 6AF New Cross Gate Pub £ There are a few decent pubs in New Cross, each with their own thing going on. But, until recently, a stylishly laid-out, food focussed hang-out for anyone who didn’t want to slum
Isola del Sole 16 Lacy Road, SW15 1NL Putney Sicilian ££ While you tuck into homely Sardinian dishes and local wines, this Saturday and Sunday you can also watch the Olympic Games road cycling race as they head out in the morning and return the same way in the afternoon.
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Beefeater ‘Inside London’ Gin
Diamanda Galás: The Hour Will Come
The recipe for Beefeater Gin hasn’t changed since the 1800s. But in celebration of the summer of 2012, this quintessential London gin has released a decidedly cool limited edition design which displays scenes of London from inside the bottle. If only drinking gin were an Olympic sport, Britain would be unstoppable.
Wednesday 1 August Royal Festival Hall
laurie Anderson: dirtday! Friday 3 August Royal Festival Hall
CocoRosie: We Are On Fire
+ Yasmine + Jessica 6 Saturday 4 August Royal Festival Hall
matmos + O F F love Monday 6 August Queen Elizabeth Hall
Lou reed: From VU to Lulu Friday 10 August Royal Festival Hall
Plus... Marina Abramović, Joan as Police Woman, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Hercules & Love Affair, Joey Arias and much more
Hal Willner: Freedom rides With special guests
Sunday 12 August Royal Festival Hall Featuring Martin and Eliza Carthy, Tim Robbins, Peggy Seeger, Nona Hendryx plus more to be announced.
TAKE OUT Poilane
If your lunchtime menu is in need of an upgrade, Poilane’s selection of homemade tartines, sourdough-bread sandwiches and salads should seal the (meal) deal. They’re available to take-away from the Chelsea store and, despite the decadent feel, you can still get fed for well under a tenner. Poilane, 46 Elizabeth Street, SW1W 9PA
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Art & Culture
Gripped by Games fever? Check out these Olympics-inspired exhibitions. By Christina Montford This exhibition at The Museum of London takes visitors back to 1908 and 1948 – the two previous times that London hosted the Olympics. The exhibition uses the testimonies of visiting athletes, spectators from other countries and Londoners themselves to paint a picture of the historic events and their host city at the time. It is free and open until September.
The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Medals
The British Museum is the place to go if you’ve ever wondered what goes into making an Olympic medal. This free display tells the story of the 2012 medals, all the way from the mining of the metal, through the design, to the eventual production. It also reveals a fascinating lineage between the Games and a 19th century event held in Shropshire, and includes medals from the 1908 and 1948 London Games. Until September.
The Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games
Running for two weeks from Saturday, The Royal Opera House’s exhibition explores the history of the Games, told through artefacts and inspirational stories of achievement. Among the items on display will be medals and Olympic torches from previous Games.
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London so far. The exhibition is divided into three categories: the Games under construction; the impact on surrounding boroughs; and the effect on the environment. Until September.
BT Road to 2012: Aiming High
The National Portrait Gallery has launched a free photographic exhibition charting the story of the 2012 Games. Taken over the course of the past three years, the images are of athletes as well as people working behind the scenes to make the Games happen. It runs until September 24.
Hungry work Jan Matthews, in charge of London 2012 catering, at Smithfield Market. Part of the Aiming High exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery
Passion for Paralympics
Situated in the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford from Friday to August 12, this exhibition uses interactive displays to provide a better understanding of Paralympic technology, and greater appreciation of the skill required to use it. Visitors can try-out various equipment, and even take part in a handcycling race.
Lean, mean and green The history of the Games is explored at the Royal Opera House
Design Stories & After The Party
The Royal Institute of British Architects is staging two exhibitions that toast the architecture of the Games. Design Stories: The Architecture Behind 2012 (until September) explores the complex engineering behind our new Olympic venues. After the Party: The Legacy of Celebration (until October), compares the UK’s Olympic buildings with those of previous Games, and considers their fates after all the celebrations have finished.
Heavy medal Olympic gold medals at the British Museum
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London and the Olympics
Culture vs science It’s difficult to imagine any rightminded Londoner needing an extra reason to visit Exhibition Road. But we’ve been given one, nonetheless. For a week from Saturday, South Ken’s cultural attractions won’t just be confined to the Natural History, Science and Victoria & Albert Museums, but will spill out onto the surrounding streets as part of the free Exhibition Road Show festival. Packed with installations, gigs, games and dancing, the event will marry culture with science across a collection of pop-up venues. Rising British art star Katie Paterson has created a new piece using a recast meteorite. And a ‘living sculpture’ that features live bees has been contributed by Slovak artist Tomàš Libertiny.
There will be lavishlyorchestrated pop from singersongwriter Patrick Wolf, Mercury Prize-nominated folk from Eliza Carthy, plus performances by Kåmmer Kla, Martin Carthy, Leo Abrahams and Leafcutter John, Chris Difford and many more. Visitors will also be able to dance their way through the genres and generations, with a different kind of music – including dancehall, ceilidh, swing and Afrobeat – soundtracking each evening at the speciallyconstructed ballroom. And there’ll also be acrobatics, vintage games and themed short story readings. Pretty cool for an area whose residents are several million years old. July 28–August 5, exhibitionroadshow.co.uk Hive of activity A previous piece by Tomàš Libertiny
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From Paris: A Taste For Impressionism: Paintings From The Clark at Royal Academy Of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD Green Park £9, OAP/ disabled £7, NUS £5, ages 8-18/unwaged £3, under 8s FREE, Until Sep 23. Over 70 paintings illustrating the collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, Massachusetts. All Eyes On Korea: Korean Funerary Figures: Companions For The Journey To The Other World at Korean Cultural Centre, 1-3 Grand Buildings, WC2N 5BW Charing Cross FREE, Until Sep 8. Wooden figures providing an insight into Korean philosophy and folklore. Bauhaus: Art As Life at Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS Barbican £12, adv £10, ages 13-17 £7, adv ages 13-17 £6, concs £8, adv concs £7, under 13s FREE, Until Aug 12. The most extensive Bauhaus display in the UK in more than 40 years. Peter Blake: 100 Things I Love About London at The Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, W1S 2JT Green Park FREE, Until Sep 1. Silk-screen prints. Leonardo Da Vinci: Anatomist at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Birdcage Walk, SW1A 1AA Victoria £9.25, NUS/OAP £8.50, family £23, ages 5-16 £4.65, under 5s FREE, Until Oct 7. A major display of works relating to the artist’s studies of the human body. Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2012 at The Photographers’ Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, W1F 7LW Oxford Circus FREE, Until Sep 9. Photographs by shortlisted entrants. Hear My Train A Comin’: Hendrix Hits London at Hospital Club Gallery, 24 Endell Street, WC2H 9HQ Covent Garden £8, family £20, concs £5, Until Aug 26. An exhibition featuring photographs and artefacts, celebrating the late musician. London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: BT Road To 2012: Aiming High at National Portrait Gallery, 2 St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE Charing Cross FREE, Until Sep 23. Photographs of athletes. London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: Damien Hirst at Tate Modern, Bankside, Holland Street, SE1 9TG Southwark £14, concs £12.20, mems FREE, Until Sep 9. The first major survey of the acclaimed British artist’s work to be held in the UK.
London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: The Tanks: Art In Action: Sung Hwan Kim at Tate Modern, Bankside, Holland Street, SE1 9TG Southwark FREE, Until Oct 28. An installation by the New York-based, South Korean artist. London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 at The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN Leicester Square FREE, booking essential, Until Sep 23. Set and costume designs by Chris Ofili, Conrad Shawcross and Mark Wallinger, in collaboration with The Royal Ballet. London 2012 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. London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: Olympex 2012: Collecting The Olympic Games at The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB Euston FREE, Until Sep 9. A display of postage stamps, letters, postcards, maps and programmes offering insights into Olympic Games, past and present. London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: The Olympic Journey: The Story Of The Games at Royal Opera House, 45 Floral Street, WC2E 9DD Covent Garden FREE, Until Aug 12. An exhibition detailing the history of the Olympic Games from the first gathering in Greece, in 776BC to the London 2012 Games. London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: The Unilever Series: Tino Sehgal at Tate Modern, Bankside, Holland Street, SE1 9TG Southwark FREE, Until Oct 28. A new installation for the Turbine Hall. London 2012 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 of how the landscapes of Britain run throughout great literary works.
recommended 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. Mr Brainwash at Opera Gallery, 134 New Bond Street, W1S 2TF Bond Street FREE, Until Aug 10. Paintings and sculpture inspired by street artists such as Banksy. Edvard Munch: Landscapes Of The Soul at Connaught Brown, 2 Albemarle Street, W1S 4HD Green Park FREE, Until Jul 24. Prints by the Norwegian artist. 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. Summer Exhibition at Royal Academy Of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD Green Park phone for prices, Until Aug 12. The renowned annual event.
NORTH The Bruce Lacey Experience at Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, NW3 6DG Finchley Road FREE, Until Sep 16. A major survey of the work of the British artist-inventor. John Goto: Dreams Of Jelly Roll at Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, NW3 5SX Finchley Road FREE with museum admission £6, OAP £4.50, NUS/ ages 12-16/disabled/unwaged £3, under 12s FREE, Until Sep 16. Photographic and digital collages exploring the connections between biography and the unconscious. 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.
EAST Antony Gormley: Still Standing at White Cube, 48 Hoxton Square, N1 6PB Old Street FREE, Until Sep 15. Billy Cowie: The Revery Alone at The Wapping Project, Hydraulic Power Station, Wapping Wall, E1W 3SG Wapping FREE, Until Aug 26. An installation holding 3D imagery and choreography. CREATE 2012: David Bailey’s East End at The Royal Docks Newham, Dockside Road, E16 2QU Royal Albert £6, concs £4, Until Aug 5. Images of London’s East End, taken over the past 50 years. Festival Jamaica 2012 at Maryland Complex, Gurney Road, E15 1SL Stratford FREE, Until Aug 12. Photography and films marking the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence. London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: Yoko Ono: Imagine Peace at Waltham Forest, Town Square, E17 4HU Highams Park FREE, Until Sep 9. A large-scale project using posters, words, badges and the Internet.
Tate Britain Commission 2012: Patrick Keiller: The Robinson Instate at Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG Pimlico FREE, Until Oct 14. An installation that responds to the Tate collection.
London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: The World In London at Victoria Park, Grove Road, E3 5SN Mile End FREE, Until Aug 12. A display of portraits of Londoners, each of whom was born in one of the countries competing in the 2012 Olympic Games.
Hong Sungchul: Solid But Fluid at HADA Contemporary, 21 Vyner Street, E2 9DG Cambridge Heath FREE, Until Jul 25. Swarms Of Black Flies Make The Roses Purple at IMT, Unit 2, 210 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9NQ Bethnal Green FREE, Until Aug 26. Mixed works examining the relationship between art, language, technology and communication.
SOUTH Philip Haas: The Four Seasons 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. Sculptures inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s Renaissance paintings of the four seasons. Andrew Kotting & Iain Sinclair: Swandown at Dilston Grove, SE16 2DD Surrey Quays FREE, Until Jul 29. Film, photographs and artefacts relating to the artists’ pedalo journey. London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: Yoko Ono: Imagine Peace at Live Site, Woolwich, General Gordon Place, SE18 6EU Woolwich Arsenal FREE, Until Sep 9. A large-scale project using posters, words, badges and the Internet. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: Royal River: Power, Pagentry And The Thames at National Maritime Museum, Romney Road, SE10 9NF Cutty Sark £11, child £5, family, 2 adults, up to 2 children £24.50, family, 1 adult, up to 3 children £14.50, concs £9, Until Sep 9. A major exhibition featuring paintings, manuscripts and other artefacts. 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.
WEST Codebreaker: Alan Turing’s Life And Legacy at Science Museum, Exhibition Road, SW7 2DD South Kensington FREE, Until Jul 31. Photographs and objects celebrating the centenary of the British computing pioneer. InTRANSIT Fe stival Of Arts 2012 at Various Venues across Kensington and Chelsea, Until Jul 27. Installations, performances, music, dancing, workshops, guided tours and talks. London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: Britain Creates 2012: Fashion + Art Collusion at Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL South Kensington FREE, Until Jul 29. Specially-commissioned works created by nine pairs of British designers and contemporary artists. London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: Yoko Ono: To The Light at Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA South Kensington FREE, Until Sep 9. Works in a range of disciplines by the artist, including a large-scale project, SMILE. Jon Rafman: The Nine Eyes Of Google Street View at Saatchi Gallery, Duke Of York’s HQ, King’s Road, SW3 4RY Sloane Square FREE, Until Aug 19.
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Pappy ’s f i n a l b ow ?
They’re heroes of the Edinburgh Fringe and one of the nation’s most popular sketch troupes, so is this really the last show ever for Pappy’s? Member Matthew Crosby chats to Dan Frost
onestly, I’m a really happy-go-lucky person,” splutters Matthew Crosby, unable to hide the irritation in his voice, “but this is a f***ing nightmare.” The 32-year-old comic is on a train to Bedford for a show. Our interview has already stretched to four phone calls in 30 minutes – repeatedly interrupted by tunnels and signal black holes – and now Crosby’s conductor has embarked on a loud, lengthy and rather distracting announcement. “Hold on, I’ll go into the lav,” he says cunningly. There’s a short pause, then an exasperated sigh. “You’re not going to believe this – there’s a speaker in the toilet. It’s louder in here than in the rest of the train.” Those familiar with Pappy’s – the Crystal Palace-based sketch troupe made up of Crosby, Ben Clark and Tom Parry – will likely find his annoyance familiar. Theirs is a performance with no fourth wall to speak of, where much of the humour stems from the trio ridiculing the chaotic absurdity of their own show. Crosby serves as the straight guy, feigning irritation when loose cannon Parry sends the sketches off in unplanned directions. But, like the disorder itself, the personas are finely-tuned elements of the performance. “A lot of people assume that what happens on stage is real. Tom is one of my best friends, and I find him inherently funny – but my role in Pappy’s is to find him inherently annoying. I wouldn’t have done this for seven years if I was actually as annoyed as I seem on stage.” Which brings us to the burning
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question on every comedy fan’s lips: is this the end for Pappy’s? The show they’re currently touring and taking to Edinburgh next month is called Pappy’s Last Show Ever!, leading to concern that one of the nation’s favourite sketch troupes is preparing to bow out. “I can’t really say,” says Crosby, “because it could spoil the ending of the show.” What can he tell us about it? “It’s still stupid characters and sketches, but is more ambitious than our previous shows. We’ve had a lot of fun over the years but not necessarily challenged ourselves to do something a bit different, and I think this show is more ambitious in terms of narrative structure...God that sounds poncey.” It’s not surprising that the group want to stretch themselves – they’ve come a long way since their riotous 2006 debut (then under the name Pappy’s Fun Club). I ask Crosby about TV work – an arena where they haven’t yet managed to replicate their live success. “It’s not really a big goal for us,” he says, before unwittingly giving an answer that will put many minds at rest. “We just want to keep doing this for as long as possible. It’s something we really love and feel we are getting better at, and TV and radio are really just ways of getting people to come and see you live.” I don’t point out to Crosby that he’s just revealed that the show is far from the end for Pappy’s. I wouldn’t want to annoy him. Pappy’s, July 28, The Comedy Pub, Piccadilly piccadillycomedy.co.uk
recommended ONGOING Harry Hill: Experiments In Entertainment at Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN Clapham Junction Jul 26-28, 30, 9pm, £15, concs £10. Surreal humour. Eddie Izzard: Work In Progress at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road From Jul 24, Mon-Sat 11.15pm, Aug 10, 11.30pm, no perf Jul 27, Aug 6, ends Aug 11, £15. Surreal and incisive wit. Shappi Khorsandi: Work In Progress at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road Jul 16, 24, 30, 7.45pm, £10. Sharp wit from the Iranianborn comic. 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.
TUESDAY JULY 24
The Pajama Men’s Improv Show at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road 9.30pm, £10. The Pajama Men do a completely improvised set in their street clothes. Armageddapocalypse: Threat Level Dead at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square 10pm, £7, concs £6. Maverick agent Jack Lang has 24 hours to save the world - and 23 of them are already gone. Can he stop the Armageddapocalypse? The Cambridge Footlights: Perfect Strangers at Canal Cafe Theatre, Bridge House Pub, Delamere Terrace, W2 6ND Royal Oak 7.30pm, £7. Join the award-winning Cambridge Footlights as they present their international tour show, Perfect Strangers. Edinburgh Comedy Preview at Downstairs At The King’s Head, 2 Crouch End Hill, N8 8AA Finsbury Park 8.30pm, 9.45pm, £7, concs £5. With Markus Birdman and Stuart Goldsmith. Nick Helm: This Means War at Hen & Chickens, 109 St Paul’s Road, N1 2NA Highbury & Islington 9.30pm, £6.50. Aggressive stand-up. The Horne Section at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road 7.30pm, £10. Comedy jazz outfit. Phill Jupitus & Seann Walsh at Jacksons Lane Theatre, 269a Archway Road, N6 5AA Highgate 7.30pm, £15. Offbeat humour and observational wit. McNeil And Pamphilon at The Wilmington Arms, 69 Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4RL Angel 7.30pm, £7. Sketch comedy.
Fran Moulds, Richard Herring at LOST Theatre, 208 Wandsworth Road, SW8 2JU Stockwell 8pm, £8. Character comedy and intelligent humour. Sean Hughes: Life Becomes Noises at Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, NW1 7BU Camden Town 9pm, £9.50. Quick-fire intelligent wit. Henning Wehn: No Surrender at The Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3BL Farringdon 8pm, £7. German-themed humour.
WEDNESDAY JULY 25 Beard at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square 10pm, £6. A new two-hander from upstarts Rosa Robson and Matilda Wnek. Paco Erhard: Five Step Guide To Being German 2.0 at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square 7pm, £8. The German stand-up talks about his country. The Flaming Errors at The Questors Theatre, 12 Mattock Lane, W5 5BQ Ealing Broadway 7.45pm, FREE. With The Errors Of Comedy, Sheeps, Horse & Louis and Kwat. Phil Jupitus & Marcus Brigstocke at Jacksons Lane Theatre, 269a Archway Road, N6 5AA Highgate 8.30pm, £15. Offbeat humour and intelligent stand-up. Short & Curly: A Captive Audience Vs George Ryegold’s God-In-A-Bag at The Wilmington Arms, 69 Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4RL Angel 8pm, £5. With Paul F Taylor, Rebecca Shorrocks, Toby Williams, Hattie Hayridge, Dan Mersh, Lindsay Sharman and Milo McCabe.
Mark Watson: Work In Progress at 100 Club, 100 Oxford Street, W1D 1LL Oxford Circus 7.30pm-11pm, adv £15. Witty observations.
THURSDAY JULY 26 The Beta Males: The Space Race at Pleasance Theatre, Carpenter’s Mews, North Road, N7 9EF Caledonian Road 8pm-9pm, £5. Sketch comedy. Marcus Brigstocke: The Brig Society: Work In Progress at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road 10pm, £10. Witty satire. Jessica Fostekew & Susan Calman at The Camden Head, 100 Camden High
Street, NW1 0LU Camden Town 7.30pm, £3. Sharp wit and personal and political humour. Phill Jupitus & Marlon Davis at Jacksons Lane Theatre, 269a Archway Road, N6 5AA Highgate 7.30pm, £15. Offbeat humour and observations. Tony Law: Maximum Nonsense at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square 7pm, £7, concs £5. Surreal humour.
FRIDAY JULY 27 Funny Women London Nights at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square 9pm, £10, concs £8. With Kerry Gilbert, Catie Wilkins, Tania Edwards, Cerys Nelmes, Michelle De Swarte, Danielle Meehan and MC Katherine Ryan. Phill Jupitus & Marlon Davis at Jacksons Lane Theatre, 269a Archway Road, N6 5AA Highgate 7.30pm, £15. Offbeat humour and observations. Jeff Leach: Boyfriend Experience: Work In Progress at Hen & Chickens, 109 St Paul’s Road, N1 2NA Highbury & Islington 9.30pm, £6.50. Insightful wit from the stand-up and actor. Leeds Tealights & Cambridge Footlights at Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, NW1 7BU Camden Town 9.30pm, £6.50. Sketch comedy. Piccadilly Comedy Club at The Comedy Pub, 7 Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE Leicester Square 8.30pm-11pm, £20, adv £10, £15 inc meal. With Lucy Porter, Daniel Simonsen and Rob Carter.
SATURDAY JULY 28 Banana Cabaret at The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, SW12 9HD Balham 9pm-11pm, £16, concs £13. With Gavin Webster, Andrew Bird and Mark Maier. Paul Chowdhry & Shappi Khorsandi at Jacksons Lane Theatre, 269a Archway Road, N6 5AA Highgate 7.30pm, £10. Intelligent and nostalgic stand-up. Nina Conti: Dolly Mixtures at Hen & Chickens, 109 St Paul’s Road, N1 2NA Highbury & Islington 7.30pm, £7.50. Inventive ventriloquism. Foster’s Comedy Live at Highlight, Camden Lock, Middle Yard Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AB Camden Town 8.15pm-10.15pm, £17 & £18. With Jeff Innocent, Alex Boardman, and Alfie Moore. Jongleurs Comedy Show at Sway, 61-65 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5BZ Holborn 7pm, 8.45pm, phone for prices. With Patrick Monahan, Craig Murray, Eddy Brimson and Jeff Innocent. Piccadilly Comedy Club: Edinburgh previews at The Comedy Pub, 7 Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE Leicester Square 8.30pm-11pm, £20, adv £10, £15 inc meal. With Pappy’s and Mike Belgrave. Sheeps: A Sketch Show at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square 10pm, £5. Quirky sketches.
Playing The Games: Alan Davies at Criterion Theatre, 218223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, W1J 0TR Piccadilly Circus 10.30pm, £15-£25. The comedian and actor performs a one-off show. Hal Cruttenden: Tough Luvvie at Pleasance Theatre, Carpenter’s Mews, North Road, N7 9EF Caledonian Road 8pm-9pm, £5. Observational humour.
MONDAY JULY 30 Cheese-Badger Presents... Midge (A Two Man Musical) at Canal Cafe Theatre, Bridge House Pub, Delamere Terrace, W2 6ND Royal Oak 7.30pm, £6, concs £5. The tale of Midge and his mad uncle Clive, an eccentric determined to emigrate to the Moon. A Roald Dahl-ish story told partly in song by two men, who play all the parts too. Hungry Miller’s Comedy Laughbag! at The Miller, 96 Snowfields, SE1 3SS London Bridge 8pm, £6, NUS £4. New Born Comedy at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square 8.30pm, £8. With Ruth Bratt, Pippa Evans, Cariad Lloyd and Lucy Trodd. Rob Rouse: Work In Progress at LOST Theatre, 208 Wandsworth Road, SW8 2JU Stockwell 7.30pm, £8. Cheeky stand-up.
SUNDAY JULY 29 Comedy Store Players at Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE Piccadilly Circus 7.30pm, £17, NUS/ concs £12. With Paul Merton, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Andy Smart, Neil Mullarkey and Niall Ashdown.
Jenny Eclair: Eclairious at Hen & Chickens, 109 St Paul’s Road, N1 2NA Highbury & Islington 7.30pm, £6.50. The feisty Perrier Award winner takes no prisoners.
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EAST END G Whether sheâ€™s in Walford or Hollywood, Michelle Ryan knows that home is where the heart is. By Shereen Low
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ichelle Ryan is home again, in north London. It’s a far cry from the Hollywood hills, where the actress was hailed as the latest British talent to hit US screens after winning the lead role in Bionic Woman in 2007. However, the short-lived series was cancelled after just one season, and Ryan decided to return to British shores where she has since appeared in Doctor Who and Merlin. “Bionic Woman is probably the most challenging role I’ve played to date. Just the sheer scale of it was huge,” she recalls. Ryan hasn’t let the experience put her off working in the States again, although she admits she would have to consider it carefully. “I would take a look; it just depends on the work and the script,” she says. “You definitely need a reason to be there, with the right script and the right character.” For now though, the brunette has a lot going on here. Firstly, there are the two Brit flicks coming out in the next few weeks: The Man Inside and Cockneys Vs Zombies. In gritty boxing drama The Man Inside, Ryan, who was born in Enfield, plays a heroin addict called Alexia Sinclair, alongside Ashley ‘Bashy’ Thomas and Peter Mullan. “I love this character because she’s so complex,” Ryan enthuses. “It just felt like one of those projects you dream of getting, because it’s very layered and completely different to what I normally get.
It’s a part made famous by Liza Minelli, and an exciting move for Ryan. “It will always be Liza’s role; it’s just been loaned out to me,” she says. “It’s not like I’m trying to fill her shoes because it’s a new production.” For Ryan, it also marks a return to her childhood dreams. “This is what I started doing when I was younger, so I feel like I’ve come full circle,” she says. “I love dancing, being on stage and I’m really enjoying the singing process.” Contrary to rumours, Ryan states she has not received any advice from Minnelli herself. Ryan’s most famous role is Zoe Slater, in BBC1 soap EastEnders, which she played for five years before leaving in 2005. “It’s become nostalgic now. Cockneys Vs Zombies is set in the East End so the fact I still have people asking about EastEnders is great,” she says. No plans to return to the Square though? “I find that question odd,” Ryan responds. “It’s like, I wouldn’t go back to school. I believe that in life you’re a bit like a shark – you have to keep moving through water otherwise you’ll die. “For me, once I’ve worked on something and it’s finished, it’s like an ex-boyfriend – you don’t go back to them. I’ve done it with my heart and soul, so I wouldn’t go back because it’s not part of my make-up to do so. I think it’s important to do different things.” It seems this actress is driven by new challenges – and they have to be the right ones.
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it’s like an ex-boyfriend – you don’t go back to it 99 “You don’t always get that with female roles, that someone’s allowing you to be vulnerable, strong, feisty and funny.” She didn’t need to do too much research into drug addiction – she’d covered most of that at school. “I think I’m of that generation where there was so much around at school. We watched lots of documentaries and YouTube clips of people talking about their addictions, and you see how people go cold turkey. “It’s quite harrowing but useful,” she muses. Ryan is also busy preparing to take on the iconic role of Sally Bowles, alongside former Pop Idol runner-up Will Young, in West End musical Cabaret, which opens at the Savoy Theatre on October 3.
“I spent a lot of the last few years turning down lots of things. I just didn’t feel they were right,” she says. “Projects where the women are just victims, or accessories, are the strangest parts. They don’t do anything for humankind. There should be a little more fire in everyone.” Then with a laugh, she adds: “I’m like a bloodhound: I’ll sniff and dig out the great roles. They’re not always easy to come by and you have to fight your own path sometimes. It can be an emotional rollercoaster. “It’s all changing, which is good - it keeps me on my toes!” The Man Inside opens in cinemas on July 27. Cockneys Vs Zombies opens in cinemas on August 24 scoutlondon.com Scout London 33
Film Dr Seuss’ The Lorax (U) Based on the popular children’s book, The Lorax is an environmentally-conscious tale of one boy’s quest to restore perfect balance between humanity and Mother Nature in Thneed-ville: a plastic metropolis of permanent cheer. When dreamy girl-next-door Audrey (voiced by Taylor Swift) coos, “What I want to see more than anything in the whole world is a real-life tree growing in my backyard”, 12-year-old admirer Ted (Zac Efron) seeks out a hermit called the Once-ler (Ed Helms), who holds the key to Thneed-ville’s regenesis. Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda’s film is rendered in lurid, sherbetty hues – so bright you feel like donning sunglasses rather than cumbersome plastic 3D specs. The underlying messages of unity and self-sacrifice are admirably wholesome but the sentimentality will rot your teeth. Damon Smith
Searching For Sugarman (12A) In the fickle music business, raw talent seldom guarantees success or longevity. For every Adele, there is a Jedward. In the early 70s, rocker Rodriguez released two critically-fêted albums that failed to spark the interest of the American record-buying public. With his star in rapid descent, Rodriguez tragically committed selfimmolation on stage, unaware that his records would garner a fervent fan base on the other side of the world. Malik Bendjelloul’s terrific documentary follows two South African music fans as they rake through the ashes of their idol’s past in search of the man behind the façade. Archive footage is seamlessly interwoven with interviews of the people who claimed to know the real Rodriguez, building to a glorious final flourish that makes your heart sing. DS
The Man Inside (15) The sins of the father are visited upon the son in writer-director Dan Turner’s gritty tale of retribution. Clayton Murdoch (Ashley ‘Bashy’ Thomas) is haunted by nightmarish memories of his sadistic old man, Eugene (David Harewood), who languishes behind bars. To escape the gangland culture that almost claimed his soul, Clayton trains hard with boxing coach Gordon Sinclair (Peter Mullan) to channel all of that explosive pent-up rage inside the ring. Unfortunately, Clayton cannot run from the past forever and when the people he cares about most are threatened, the young man meets intimidation with brutality and bruises with bloodshed to exorcise the demons of his violent childhood. Thomas delivers a solid lead performance and fight sequences are well choreographed, but The Man Inside fails to land a knock-out emotional blow. DS 34 Scout London scoutlondon.com
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North By Northwest (PG)
Director Franc Roddam will be guest of honour at this special screening of his cult 1979 portrait of youth culture. The event is raising funds for one of the film’s key locations – Cooke’s Traditional Pie & Mash shop in Shepherd’s Bush – which is fighting a compulsory purchase order from the local council to bulldoze it so developers can build flats. Support a good cause as you step back in time to 1965 when the simmering feud between rival Mods and Rockers boils over in Brighton. Quadrophenia is a seminal moment in British filmmaking with fresh-faced performances from Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Sting, Ray Winstone, Philip Davis, Toyah Willcox and Timothy Spall. DS
Alfred Hitchcock’s nail-biting 1959 thriller, which reaches an unforgettable climax on the faces of Mount Rushmore, provides a rousing opening to the Midsummer Night Flicks series of outdoor screenings organised by Picturehouse Cinemas and The Greenwich Summer Festival. Cary Grant is suitably suave as advertising guru Roger Thornhill, who is the victim of mistaken identity perpetrated by the US Secret Service to protect one of their undercover operatives. Consequently, debonair ladies man Roger is framed for a crime he did not commit and runs for his life from menacing foreign spy, Phillip Vandamm (James Mason). En route, Grant hooks up with the alluring Eva Marie Saint. DS
July 28, 8pm, suggested voluntary donation £4, Portobello Pop-Up Digital Microplex Cinema, (under the elevated Westway motorway), W10 5TY Ladbroke Grove
July 29, 8pm, £10, Picturehouse mems £8, Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9NN Cutty Sark
Working Girl (15)
Inspired by the Jack Black comedy Be Kind Rewind (pictured), in which an enterprising Brooklyn video store clerk creates homemade versions of Hollywood blockbusters and passes them off as Swedish imports, this two-day mini-festival venerates imitation as the sincerest form of cinematic flattery. Highlights include a no-budget shot-by-shot remake of George Lucas’s sci-fi opus, Star Wars Uncut; a visually-stunning homage to George A Romero’s Night Of The Living Dead: Reanimated; and Zachary Oberzan’s one-man recreation of Rambo’s first mission Flooding With Love For The Kid, made for $100 in his Manhattan studio apartment. DS
One of London’s most vibrant art galleries seems an unlikely setting for a lazy Sunday afternoon in the company of Mike Nichols’ 1988 reworking of the Cinderella fairytale. Thankfully, Brooklyn-based painter and sculptor Julia Dault, who is currently exhibiting in the North Gallery, selected Working Girl for the Film On Sunday: Artist’s Choice strand. Melanie Griffith gives a career-best performance as plucky secretary Tess McGill, who is stabbed in the back by her boss (Sigourney Weaver) so turns the tables and wins the heart of a handsome investment broker (Harrison Ford) into the bargain. The cast’s hair is as big as some of the laughs, underscored by the soaring voices of Carly Simon’s Oscar-winning song, Let The River Run. DS
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DVD / Download Riding the Scandi crime wave, Kenneth Branagh has a lot more to smile about than his Swedish alter ego Wallander, as Lisa Williams discovers
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character on and off since 2008, Branagh admits that even he was taken aback by the latest series, which opens with a 90-minute film in which Wallander investigates a crime very close to home. “When I read it I thought it was the bleakest thing ever,” he recals. “I remember standing on the side of the road during filming and my producer said, ‘Can we really put this out on a Sunday night?’ And yet, there’s something so compelling about it.” Wallander faces several personal challenges in the episode. Not only is one of the crimes a bit too close for comfort, but he finds the semblance of happiness he has allowed himself (he has moved to a country house with his new partner, her son and a dog) threatened by his allconsuming approach to solving crime. “What’s touching about it is he’s embracing the chance for a relationship, but the old dog can’t be taught new tricks,” explains Branagh. It’s something that he shares with fellow Scandinavian detective Sarah Lund from The Killing, another character who Branagh says he finds fascinating. “I loved the second series very much,” he nods. “Who knew Scandi crime would turn out to be a genre? “People seem to like battered, thinking, feeling people coming up against crime and everything that it embodies.”
He admits to getting caught up in a box set like the rest of us. “You suddenly watch three in a night, then four, then think, ‘Blimey, it’s midnight!’ But having seen The Killing and done this, personally I’d be happy watching a box set of Carry On films next.” He is hoping to make three more Wallander films before they “put him to bed”, but first he’s planning on getting back into the director’s chair. A project based on another Mankell book, starring Jack Nicholson and Dame Judi Dench, has been sidelined because of scheduling conflicts, as has a film adaptation of The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society (“so hard to explain in America”). More promising is a Tom Clancy adaptation, featuring famous character Jack Ryan. “Yes, I should be directing that,” says Branagh. “It’s a prequel to how you might have seen the character as played by Ben Affleck and Alec Baldwin. It takes him from Wall Street where he’s working covertly and throws him into a global adventure that puts lots of scary things at stake.” Whatever happens, Branagh doesn’t want anyone to start calling him ‘Sir’. “No!” he exclaims. “I want to be called Kenneth.” Wallander series 3 is available on DVD, iTunes and streaming services now
ummer may be a washout but there have certainly been bursts of brightness for Kenneth Branagh, who was knighted in the Queen’s 2012 Birthday Honours list last month. “The response has been overwhelming from people I haven’t seen for a trillion years: old school friends, people from all over the world. I’ve been touched,” says the Belfast-born actor. Branagh, 51, turned down a CBE in 1994, but there was no such hesitation over the knighthood. In fact, he said his heart was “fit to burst” when he first heard. His work of late, however, has been somewhat bleak. He has been playing troubled detective Wallander (based on the books by Swedish author Henning Mankell); a man of few words but many emotions, who Branagh brings to life with a stripped-back performance that has earned him great praise. “There’s nothing superficial about him,” he says. “He doesn’t really do banter, there’s no small talk. Many might say it’s sheerly miserable, but there’s a seriousness and preoccupation about him.” In contrast to his bombastic Henry V (Branagh kicked off his film career in 1989 with Henry V, which he directed, starred in and received Oscar nominations for), or his clownish Benedick in Much Ado, Wallander is aloof. And, despite living and breathing the
new releases Bel Ami (15) Georges Duroy (Robert Pattinson) harks from lowly stock and arrives in 1890s Paris where he is taken under the wing of friend Charles Forestier (Philip Glenister), who introduces Georges to the elegant drawing rooms where Charles’s wife Madeleine (Uma Thurman) and friends hold court. Georges surmises that if he is to gain a foothold in polite society, he must seduce these women and exploit their influence. So he hops from bed to bed, securing opulent
lodgings as his scheme reaps rewards. Bel Ami is a well-crafted period piece with heaving bosoms and straining britches. Alas, while Pattinson hones the mournful pout of his vampire from the Twilight saga, he lacks sexual chemistry with any of his co-stars, making a mockery of his anti-hero’s ability to reduce lovers to swooning wrecks. Bel Ami hopes to arouse passions like Dangerous Liaisons, but the lack of palpable eroticism on screen quickly dampens our ardour. DS
Wild Bill (15) After an eight-year stretch behind bars, Bill Hayward (Charlie CreedMiles) nervously returns to the tower block home he shared with his family. He discovers that his ex-wife has abandoned their two children: 15-year-old Dean (Will Poulter) and 11-year-old Jimmy (Sammy Williams). The older boy is working illegally on a building site to keep food on the table. Bill accidentally reveals to his case worker (Olivia Williams) that his boys have been home alone for months, so social workers Helen (Jaime Winstone) and John (Jason Flemyng) descend
with the intention of taking the minors into care. Wild Bill is a gritty tale of retribution and reconciliation, shot largely in east London, which marks the assured directorial debut of actor Dexter Fletcher. CreedMiles and Poulter anchor the film with terrific performances. “I felt bad about missing your birthday,” pleads Bill. “Which one?” coldly snaps his teenage son. Even though some of the characters are undernourished, Wild Bill signals Fletcher as a talent behind the camera now as well as in front of it. DS
Street Dance 2 (PG) Talented street dancer Ash (Falk Hentschel) seizes his one shot at glory during a high-profile competition but falls flat on his face in front of a booing crowd and reigning champions Invincible. Dusting himself off, Ash meets wise-cracking Eddie (George Sampson), who suggests they join forces to create a crew from around the world with the potential to dethrone Invincible. StreetDance 2 is energetic and undemanding, recycling the linear plot of the first film but replacing the jetes and pirouettes of ballet with the
swivelling hips of salsa and the tango. Dialogue is simplistic and supporting characters are defined by signature moves rather than anything that could be considered personalities. Hentschel and costar Sofia Boutella are easy on the eye, performing seductive, slowmotion duets in minimal clothing to a soundtrack of contemporary dance floor anthems. Tom Conti (as French bar owner Manu) provides welcome comic relief in a codSpanish accent resurrected from his glory days in Shirley Valentine. It’s worth a despairing giggle, if little else. DS scoutlondon.com Scout London 37
Jack Cullen looks at what is being done to tackle homophobia in the modern Olympics
arried women weren’t allowed to attend the Olympics in ancient Greece. But their husbands walked from miles around to the sacred site of Olympia, where the athletes would compete naked. There were no stopwatches, no sponsors, and no McFlurries. And, according to some accounts, the all-male tournament was rife with drinking and orgies. Few would disagree that the Games have changed for the better. But, in the area of discrimination at least, it’s quite possible the ancient Olympics were more progressive than their modern successor. Classics scholar Madeline Miller, who won this year’s Orange Fiction Prize for The Song of Achilles, says: “The earliest reference we have to a games tournament is The Funeral Games that Achilles threw in honour of Patroclus. “I wouldn’t go so far to say that they were a gay Pride, but only because the notions of gay and straight didn’t exist – men were simply bisexual. Achilles was only interested in his boyfriend Patroclus, though, so yes – The Funeral Games were to commemorate what we could now call a great gay love.” Today, major hurdles are stacked in front of gay athletes. Nearly 80 of the countries taking part in London 2012 criminalise homosexuality, which seems behind the times to us in London
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but would have been totally alien to the ancient Greek founders of the events. Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is demanding the Olympics Committee ban these countries from competing, on the ground that their policies violate the Olympics Charter. Although this is unlikely to happen, the fight is not lost. To battle homophobia in the Olympics, The Gay Games was set-up in the early 80s by 1968 decathlete Tom Waddell. It is now the biggest non-discriminating sports tournament in the world. The organisation has several gay sporting heroes on its ambassadors board, including Winter Olympics star Blake Skjellerup (who admitted he didn’t come out before the Vancouver 2010 Games because he was concerned it might affect his sponsorship). This summer it is running Pride House in Limehouse, which aims to provide a place to “celebrate sport for all, while uniting members and friends of the worldwide LGBT community”. The Limehouse base – amusingly located at the HQ of the Cruising Association (that’s yachts, not men) – is a step down from the original ambition to have the second largest Olympic house at this year’s Games. Organisers blamed a lack of sponsorship, but were undeterred by the set-back and insist the downsized Pride House is ready to make a big
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noise from August 3-7. There will also be a Pride House Festival, running at the venue itself and throughout London from August 3-12. Gay Games ambassador and world champion power-lifter Chris Morgan told Scout: “The Olympics has a bad track record with acceptance, so it’s important that we support the handful of gay athletes out there.” Visitors to Pride House will be cheering on the three openly gay Team GB athletes competing in this year’s Games: equestrian Carl Hester, para-equestrian Lee Pearson and Paralympics volleyball player Clare Harvey. But they’re not the only ones from the LGBT community who’ll be in the spotlight. Commentator Bob Ballard and TV top gun Claire Balding will be among the BBC’s gay anchors. Homophobia didn’t exist when the Olympics began and it shouldn’t exist now. For many of the world’s gay athletes, the race for acceptance is the most important event of all.
recommended TUESDAY JULY 24 Balearic at The Shadow Lounge, 5-7 Brewer Street, W1F 0RF Leicester Square £5, guestlist FREE, 10pm-3am. Amir Groove and Nick Tcherniak supply deep, vocal and Balearic house. Candy Boys at Candy Bar, 4 Carlisle Street, W1D 3BJ Tottenham Court Road FREE, 7pm-3am. Resident DJs spin dance and pop. Queerly Out Shots at Escape Bar, 10A Brewer Street, W1F 0SU Piccadilly Circus FREE, 9pm-3am. DJ Mathew spins pop, disco, 1980s, old skool R&B, Motown and hip hop. 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.
WEDNESDAY JULY 25 Disco Paradise at Joiners Arms, 116-118 Hackney Road, E2 7QL Old Street FREE, 11pm-2am. Jo Public plays rare groove, disco, soul and rock’n’roll. Gigolo at The Shadow Lounge, 5-7 Brewer Street, W1F 0RF Leicester Square £8, concs £5, mems FREE, 10pm-3am. Guys with attitude party to house, pop and disco. Girls-A-Loud at Candy Bar, 4 Carlisle Street, W1D 3BJ Tottenham Court Road FREE, 8pmlate. DJs play pop, chart and electro, while Seauntelle hosts the weekly karaoke session. Trannyoke at Escape Bar, 10A Brewer Street, W1F 0SU Piccadilly Circus FREE, 9pm-3am. DJ Matt spins pop and dance, with host Lady Lloyd, and karaoke. Trannyshack at Madame Jojo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, W1F 0SE Piccadilly Circus £5, w/flyer £3, FREE in drag or suitable attire before 12midnight, 10pm-3am. Miss Dusty O, Tasty Tim and Lady Lloyd spin commercial dance and pop. XXL Wednesdays at Pulse, 1-4 Invicta Plaza, SE1 9UF Blackfriars £3, mems FREE, annual m’ship £10, 9pm-3am. DJs Christian M and Alex Logan play funky house in the main room, while Joe Egg spins retro in the Fluff Bar.
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Chick Habit at Candy Bar, 4 Carlisle Street, W1D 3BJ Tottenham Court Road FREE, 9.30pm-late. DJs Amy B and CeCe spin pop and classics from the 1990s, plus music by girls in the basement.
Contact at Barcode Vauxhall, Railway Arch 69 Goding Street, SE11 5AW Vauxhall £5, NUS £2, 10pm-3am. Steven Geller and guests send temperatures soaring with dance music and chart hits. Gravity at Fire, Arch, 39-43 Parry Street, corner South Lambeth Road, SW8 1RT Vauxhall £10, concs £5, 2am-8am. 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 £5, mems FREE, non-mems should apply for the guestlist at www.theshadowlounge.co.uk/ reservations, 10pm-3am. DJs Miswhite, Doug Silva and Paul Heron supply party tunes, cheese and dance vibes. Porn Idol at Heaven, Charing Cross Arches, Villiers Street, WC2N 6NG Charing Cross FREE, 11pm-4am. Resident DJs spin pop and dance while plucky punters are invited to demonstrate their talents for a shot at a cash prize. Vinyl at Eagle, 349 Kennington Lane, SE11 5QY Vauxhall £3, FREE before 10pm, mems £2, 6pm-2am. DJ Screwpulous spins pop hits from the last three decades.
Onyx: New Era at Area, 67-68 Albert Embankment, SE1 7HD Vauxhall adv £6, adv £12 inc A:M Afterhours at Fire, 11pm-5am. Per QX, Terry Bryan, Matt Bogard, Lady Lloyd, Tasty Tim, James St James, Tuomo Fox and Maximus Crown spin house, pop, R&B, garage and funk. Play>Time at Lo-Profile, 84-86 Wardour Street, W1F 0TQ Leicester Square £10, £8 before 12midnight, 10pm-4am. Weekly gay dance party hosted by porn star Jay Roberts, with special appearances. Popstarz at Green Carnation, 4-6 Greek Street, W1D 4DD Tottenham Court Road £5-£8, FREE before 11pm, 10pm-4am. The legenday night heads to Soho for indie, pop and R&B. Shake & Pop at Candy Bar, 4 Carlisle Street, 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. Tonker at Eagle, 349 Kennington Lane, SE11 5QY Vauxhall £6, FREE before 10pm, mems £5 after 10pm, 9pm-3am. Resident DJ Tim Jones and guest play house, chart and dance.
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A:M Afterhours at Fire, Arch, 39-43 Parry Street, corner South Lambeth Road, SW8 1RT Vauxhall £12, w/flyer £8, 3am-11am. Resident DJs spin house and disco. Carpet Burn Sunburn at Eagle, 349 Kennington Lane, SE11 5QY Vauxhall £5, FREE before 10pm, 9pm-4am. Special guest DJ Mr Jones joins the residents for disco, pop and retro hits. Duckie at Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY Vauxhall £6, 9pm-2am. Resident DJs spin pop and indie hosted by the inimitable Amy Lamé, plus cabaret performances. Fabulous at Ku Bar, 30 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA Leicester Square £5, FREE before 11.30pm, mems £3, 9pm3am. DJP spins pop, chart and R&B. G-A-Y at Heaven, Charing Cross Arches, Villiers Street, WC2N 6NG Charing Cross w/wristband from G-A-Y Bar £4, 10.30pm-6am. Three floors of pop, house, electro and retro favourites at one of London’s biggest gay nights with weekly live performances by chart stars. Inferno at The Shadow Lounge, 5-7 Brewer Street, W1F 0RF Leicester Square £10, FREE before 11pm, mems FREE, 10pm3am. Dress to impress as 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 plus special guests The Amazing Snake Boy and Qenny: Sleightly Twisted Magic. Lost And Found at Madame Jojo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, W1F 0SE Piccadilly Circus £8, mems £5, 10pm-3am. Andy Smith and Dave Crozier play blues, rockabilly, funk and Northern soul. Monster at Candy Bar, 4 Carlisle Street, W1D 3BJ Tottenham Court Road £5, mems £3, FREE before 10pm, 9pm3am. Chart hits, dance 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. Fabulous Fridays at Escape Bar, 10A Brewer Street, W1F 0SU Piccadilly Circus £5, FREE before 10pm, 9pm-3am. DJs Robby D and Matt Boland spin disco, retro and pop. Fitladz at Barcode Vauxhall, Railway Arch 69 Goding Street, SE11 5AW Vauxhall £8, w/flyer/mems £6, 10pm-8am. Resident DJs spin hot grooves at this weekly cruise and dance session. Friday Night Zone at Ku Bar, 30 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA Leicester Square £5, mems £3, 10pm-3am. DJ DMS, Doug Silva and DJ Alvaro spin pop, chart and R&B on rotation. G-A-Y Camp Attack at Heaven, Charing Cross Arches, Villiers Street, WC2N 6NG Charing Cross £3, w/flyer £1, w/ wristband from G-A-Y Bar FREE, 11pm4am. Pop and retro classics from the 70s to the 90s, plus songs from musicals in the Departure Lounge with a chance to perform at 1am.
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XXL Olympic Sportswear Party at Pulse, 1-4 Invicta Plaza, SE1 9UF Blackfriars £15, mems £8, annual m’ship £10, 10pm6am. DJs Christian M and Alex Logan spin funky house in the main room, while Joe Egg plays retro in the Fluff Bar for bears, cubs and their admirers in sporting attire.
SUNDAY JULY 29 Beyond 3am at Area, 67-68 Albert Embankment, SE1 7HD Vauxhall £10, 3am-12noon. DJs Steve Pitron, Sharp Boys, Rob Sykes, Paul Heron, Fat Tony, HiFi Sean, Paul Christian, Jamie Head, The Oli, Jonny M and guests spin house, electro and techno across three rooms. 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 on rotation. Later at Fire, Arch, 39-43 Parry Street, corner South Lambeth Road, SW8 1RT Vauxhall £6, w/flyer £5 before 1.30pm, 11.30am-8pm. D’Johnny, Paul Martin, The Oli, The Sharp Boys and Jamie Head spin house music. Orange at Fire, Arch, 39-43 Parry Street, corner South Lambeth Road, SW8 1RT Vauxhall £12, £10 before 12midnight, w/flyer £5 before 1am, 10pm-late. 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.
MONDAY JULY 30 Detention at Ku Bar, 30 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA Leicester Square FREE, 10pm-3am. Weekly student night featuring house music. Popcorn at Heaven, Charing Cross Arches, Villiers Street, WC2N 6NG Charing Cross £8, 11pm-5.30am. Adam Turner, Alan K, Jamie Hammond, Harvey Adam, Terry T-Rex and Zach Burns play dance, electro, R&B, pop and hip hop. Stampede at Escape Bar, 10A Brewer Street, W1F 0SU Piccadilly Circus £5, FREE before 10pm, £1 before 11pm, £3 before 1am, 9pm-3am. DJ Laurence Rene spins pop-punk, alternative, rock and ska, with hosts Oli Sandler and Matt Boland.
It’s Britney Bitch! at The Shadow Lounge, 5-7 Brewer Street, W1F 0RF Leicester Square £5, mems FREE, 10pm-3am. DJ Tuomo Fox and special guests spin pop, R&B and chart hits with MC Patrick Lilley.
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F INGER ON THE PULSE The history of Hospital Records will be celebrated in a major club night this week. Joe Gamp chats to label stalwart and hit DJ/producer High Contrast
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ften, when a genre of music transfers from the underground to the mainstream, its long-time followers complain that it has been watered-down and its pioneering, exciting qualities lost. Of all genres, drum’n’bass is more susceptible to this criticism than most. It is perhaps the most conservative kind of electronic music, with a fanbase populated by strictly-minded purists. Many d’n’b heads insist there’s a firm framework on which bangers must be based, and they shudder with horror at any kind of cross-pollination with other genres, let alone chart success. But rules are made to be broken. Meet High Contrast, aka Lincoln Barrett, one of today’s foremost d’n’b producers and an avowed rule-breaker. “I came through in the early noughties, at a time when the d’n’b sound was coming out of a very dark period, very masculine and aggressive,” he recalls. “I flipped it around with melodic, uplifting and summery sounds. “It was the opposite of what everyone else was doing, so it helped catapult me forward. I sampled the 70s soul element in my music and still do.” The result was 2002 debut album True Colours, an exciting journey through genres, from disco to Motown, and all with that trademark 180bpm d’n’b beat. It was a bold statement for a debutant – but it worked. Since then he has carved out a reputation as a pioneer who refuses to stick to what’s expected, and won an army of fans in the process. “I’ve always operated outside the confines of d’n’b,” he explains. “I wanted people to like my music not just for the fact that its drum’n’bass, but because it’s High Contrast. “People don’t just come to Hospitality club nights for drum’n’bass, but because they are followers of the label and the brand – it speaks to them.” The lines between dance genres have become increasingly blurred in recent
years – a trend that has clearly worked in Barrett’s favour. “It’s a great thing. When I first started, dance music was tribal and sectioned off into pockets. House guys would only love house music. Nowadays it’s all mixed up and we’re all open to making different music and experimenting.” Now on his sixth album, Barrett is seen as a pioneer of a new kind of d’n’b; one that has outgrown its humble beginnings and been realigned within the realms of popular music.
66 The idea of underground music has been blown apart 99 His latest LP, The Agony and The Ecstasy, flips the script further, approaching the sound from a variety of angles, and reaching new ears via highprofile collaborations with the likes of Tiesto and Underworld. His commercial success is part of a wider trend that has seen d’n’b ride the dubstep coat tails out of the underground and back into the now bass-heavy mainstream, achieving a commercial presence that it hasn’t enjoyed since the early noughties. And, against the odds, Barrett has managed to bring many of the purists with him. “I think people should let go of the
idea of underground music being heard by only a few people – that concept has been made completely obsolete by the internet,” he argues. “Gone are the days of going to vinyl stores in other countries to get music. Now you go to an online record store and download the MP3s – it’s totally open. “The notion of overground and underground has been completely blown apart. There are no rules now – except whether it’s good music or not.” Good music is just what has made Barrett’s label, Hospital Records, one of the world’s most challenging and forward-thinking d’n’b stables. Now 15 years old, the south Londonbased company is being celebrated in one of Tiger Beer’s Hidden Depths club nights, which explore the work of independent labels, their influences and their impact on artists outside of their roster. Previous nights have paid tribute to London’s Ninja Tune and Hyperdub labels, so Barrett thinks it’s only right that Hospital is the next home-grown imprint to be celebrated. “It’s a great thing,” he says. “The recognition of the leaders of fresh and upcoming music is important, and it’s a chance for people to learn the history of the label and where it came from. “They have their finger on the pulse in drum’n’bass – look at others on the label such as Netsky, who’s blown up recently. And it’s also shown by the fact that we’re able to place our new talent on the night next to legends like Photek, who changed things dramatically back in the 90s.” High Contrast and Hospital have travelled from the underground to the overground without sacrificing quality and with the purists in tow. They haven’t so much kept their fingers on the pulse – they are the pulse. Tiger Beer Presents The Hidden Depths of Hospital Records: Photek, High Contrast, Fred V & Graﬁx, MC Wrec and others, July 25, XOYO, £5, xoyo.co.uk
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e may not have returned as a Tupacstyle hologram or been signed up to posthumously promote Pepsi like Michael Jackson, but John Peel has proven surprisingly newsworthy recently. In April the first chunk of the late, great DJ’s record collection was archived online, to widespread acclaim. Then came news of the first John Peel Festival of New Music, scheduled for October at various venues around Norwich, not far from the Peel family home. And later this month the Soho Theatre will host the final performances of John Peel’s Shed, a low-key one-man show that has become something of an institution itself over the last 12 months. The origins of the show are also in that vast archive. Or, more specifically, in a smaller pile that ended up outside. “I won a box of records in a competition on John Peel’s Radio One show in 2002,” recalls John Osborne, the show’s softlyspoken writer and star. “I got 150 records from his shed. I’ve always wanted to do something special with them.” The competition involved writing a catchy slogan for Peel’s submission to the Sony Radio Awards, because the glamour-spurning DJ couldn’t be bothered. His fondness for Osborne’s entry – “records you want to hear, played by a man who wants
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you to hear them” – was an early boost for the aspiring wordsmith. Admittedly it eventually dawned on Osborne that living in Norwich was probably the decisive factor, given that the records had to be hand-delivered by Peel’s team. But no matter; by then he’d become an established performance poet. The Shed show is poetry-free. It’s an elaborate monologue dreamt up at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe, where Osborne was performing in a show called The 100 Greatest Beekeepers in Switzerland, Ever. “I wrote JPS in a few afternoons when I should have been out flyering,” he recalls. It proved to be a good decision, as John Peel’s Shed was a sell-out success at the following year’s Fringe, and Osborne has been touring it ever since. Though auto-biographical, the show is also an ode to radio; from the succour it provides people toiling in tedious jobs to Peel’s unique appeal, with Osborne playing selections from the box along the way. “I still like pretty much all of them,” he says. “The only record I always play is by Oizone, a Boyzone punk covers band.” Peel was an influential figure for Osborne, growing up. “I didn’t know much about music,” he explains, “and was leading a pretty average, unexciting life when I was at sixth form. Then I listened to John Peel and everything changed.
“A couple of people have said they’re surprised there isn’t more about John Peel in my show, but his life story isn’t for me to tell – it’s about my relationship with his radio show. That’s something a lot of people can relate to. He changed a lot of people’s lives. Not massively, but enough to make a difference.” Osborne has encountered a good few likeminded people during his year on the road. “I’ve met people who have been in bands who had Peel Sessions, or who had their records played by him. I’ve met people who worked with him, old producers and sound engineers, his former colleagues, Steve Lamacq, Matthew Bannister. I’ve met Sheila – John’s widow – a couple of times too: she’s a lovely lady and has been very supportive. Being able to spend time with her is the one thing I was hoping to be able to do, and to get her approval.” Osborne’s next project is a book about another unglamorous institution, the British seaside, which will probably spawn a show of its own – after he’s recuperated from this one. “John Peel’s Shed has opened lots of doors for me,” he admits. “But having performed the show so much and been away from home for such a long time, I’m really enjoying just being at my desk, drinking coffee, listening to 6Music.” July 25-Aug 4, Soho Theatre, £10-£12.50, sohotheatre.com
Si Hawkins chats to John Osborne, who created a theatre show out of DJ John Peel’s old records
this week Also this week:
Plan B July 30, 100 Club, Free
Olympic Concerts July 26 & 27, Hyde Park, £15 & £66 Hyde Park takes centre stage for two days of Olympic celebration concerts that will get the Games off to a musical start. On July 26 the Olympic Torch Relay finale party features Dizzee Rascal, The Wanted, Mark Ronson and Katy B, Rizzle Kicks and more. The following day Snow Patrol, Stereophonics, Duran Duran, Paolo Nutini (pictured) and others will perform alongside the Opening Ceremony.
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Respect Jamaica 50 Festival July 26-August 6, IndigO2 at The O2, various prices Bust out your best skankin’ to mark 50 years of Jamaican independence with this 12-day festival featuring some of the biggest artists from the worlds of reggae, ska, dub and dancehall. From Bob Marley’s youngest son, Damian (pictured), and summer anthem manof-the-moment Gyptian to veterans Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Maxi Priest, Toots and the Maytals and DJ David Rodigan, this is pretty much the closest you’ll get to Trenchtown without coughing up for an international ﬂight.
It has been a year since Converse pumped cash into the iconic 100 Club to save it from closing. To celebrate the first anniversary of the partnership, the brand has put together a series of intimate gigs by big acts in the small but mighty West End venue. It all gets underway with Plan B on Monday, kicking off a series of shows by the likes of Django Django, Paul Weller, Spiritualized, SBTRKT, Santigold, Nas and, as revealed last week, Blur. Talk about an all-star line-up. Tickets are free, given away in a lottery from converse.co.uk.
Eddie Vedder July 30 & 31, HMV Apollo, £37-£50
Get your uke out – Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder is coming to London for the first time since the release of his 2011 album, Ukulele Songs. Recently nominated for the Best Folk Album Grammy Award, the album is a collection of original songs and covers performed by Vedder on ukulele. Seriously. We didn’t make this up.
Africa Utopia: Baaba Maal Jul 28, Southbank Centre, £10-£25, concs £5-£12.50 Anita Wardell Jul 29, 606 Club, £10 Apologies, I Have None, Gnarwolves, The Tuts Jul 28, The Lexington, £6, adv £4 Ard Adz And Shallow, Jaja Soze, TK, Three Dedicated Brothers, Sara Bleta, Ashleigh K, Desire Mcneish, Samira, Rita Ortiz, I am a Lemon Jul 27, The Garage, £10 Art Themen, John Critchinson, Paul Morgan And Spike Wells Jul 27, Bull’s Head, £10 Billy Bragg’s Big Busk Jul 28, Southbank Centre, FREE Blak Twang, Extra Curricular, Kalakuta Jul 28, Hootananny, £3, FREE before 11pm Blink 182 Jul 25 & Jul 26, O2 Academy Brixton, £35
Mika Jul 26, Heaven, £22.50 Good Hookers, The Blackhand, Guardians, Black Mesa Jul 29, Nambucca, £5 Honey Ryder Jul 27, The Lexington, £8, adv £7 Ian Shaw Jul 26 & Jul 27, Pizza Express Jazz Club, £20 Jehst Jul 26, 229 The Venue, £12.50 KRS-One Jul 24, The Jazz Cafe, adv £20 Kyla La Grange Jul 30, Rough Trade East, FREE w/wristband London Irish Village 2012: The Undertones Jul 28, Under The Bridge, £17-£34 Micachu & The Shapes Jul 24, Arcola Tent, adv £10 Nanci Griffith Jul 25, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £29 Phreeda Sharp Jul 24, The Garage, £5 Stan Tracey Quintet Jul 28, Bull’s Head, £14 Three Trapped Tigers, Gallops, Portasound Jul 24, Birthdays, £7 & £9 We Are Scientists Jul 25, The Garage, £15, phone for availability
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...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Oct 10, The Scala, £13.50 Agnostic Front, Terror Aug 8, The Underworld, £17.50 Aiden Grimshaw Oct 2, The Scala, adv £13.50 Alabama Shakes Nov 17, HMV Forum, & Nov 16, The Coronet, £18.50 Alex Clare Oct 25, KOKO, £17.50, phone for availability Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders Sep 29, The Bloomsbury Theatre, £22.50 Animal Collective Nov 4, Roundhouse, £22.50, adv £20 Antony’s Meltdown: Buffy Sainte-Marie Aug 7, Southbank Centre, £22.50 & £27.50, concs £11.75 & £13.75
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Antony’s Meltdown: Diamanda Galas Aug 1, Southbank Centre, £22.50 & £30, concs £11.25 & £15 Antony’s Meltdown: Hercules & Love Affair, Sissy Nobby Aug 6, Southbank Centre, £25, concs £12.50 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: Laurie Anderson Aug 3, Southbank Centre, £15-£30, concs £7.50-£15 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 Antony’s Meltdown: Matmos Aug 6, Southbank Centre, £15 & £20, concs £7.50 & £10 Antony’s Meltdown: Planningtorock, Light Asylum Aug 1, Southbank Centre, £10 & £15, concs £5 & £7.50 Antony’s Meltdown: William Basinski Aug 12, Southbank Centre, £17.50 & £20, concs £8.75 & £10 At The Drive-In Aug 28, O2 Academy Brixton, £30 Azealia Banks Oct 12, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £15 Band Of Horses Nov 20, HMV Apollo, £20 Band Of Skulls Dec 7, O2 Academy Brixton, £17.50 Barb Jungr And Simon Wallace Aug 19, 606 Club, £10 Bastille Oct 19, KOKO, £11 Bat For Lashes Oct 29, HMV Forum, adv £20 Baxter Dury Oct 17, The Scala, adv £11
Beach House Nov 2, Roundhouse, £16, phone for availability Beenie Man, Cham, Bugle, Christopher Martin, Swappi, Lil Rick, Miss O Aug 12, O2 Academy Brixton, £35 Bellowhead Nov 7, Roundhouse, £22.50 Ben Folds Five Dec 4 & Dec 5, O2 Academy Brixton, £37.50 Ben Howard, Willy Mason Nov 28-Nov 30, O2 Academy Brixton, £17.50 Ben Kweller Nov 8, Electric Ballroom, £13.50 Benjamin Francis Leftwich Oct 24, KOKO, £15 Beth Hart Nov 16, HMV Forum, £22.50 Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny Sep 26, King’s College London Students’ Union (KCLSU), adv £10 Billy Talent Aug 16, XOYO, adv £15 Bleech Sep 26, The Barfly, Camden, adv £6 Blur, The Specials, New Order Aug 12, Hyde Park, adv £55 Boo Hewerdine Sep 5, The Green Note Cafe, adv £12.50 Bush Aug 30, KOKO, £27.50 Calexico, Laura Gibson Sep 18, HMV Forum, £20 Carter USM Nov 10, O2 Academy Brixton, £25 Cate Le Bon Sep 12, XOYO, adv £9.50 Charli XCX Aug 1, XOYO, £9 Cheryl: A Million Lights Tour Oct 7, The O2 Arena, £35 & £40 Damien Jurado, Megafaun Aug 20, Dingwalls, £14 Dappy Dec 20, HMV Apollo, £18.50 Dave Stewart: The Ringmaster Tour Sep 7, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £27.50 Death In Vegas Sep 29, Electric Brixton, adv £15 Deer Tick Sep 5, The Scala, adv £13 Dexys Sep 16, Barbican Centre, £30 & £32.50
George Michael: Symphonica: The Orchestral Tour Oct 13, Oct 14, Oct 17, Earls Court, £51-£91 Diana Vickers Jul 31, O2 Academy Islington, £15 Dirty Projectors Oct 17, Roundhouse, £16.50 Django Django Oct 31, Nov 1, Heaven, £12 Doom, Dels Oct 12, HMV Forum, £28.50 Dub Colossus Sep 27, Islington Town Hall, £16.50 Eagles Of Death Metal Aug 21, O2 Academy Islington, adv £17.50 Easy Star All Stars Nov 15, The Garage, £18 Ed Sheeran Oct 13-Oct 17, HMV Apollo, £24 Efterklang & Northern Sinfonia Oct 30, Barbican Centre, £15-£22.50
Labrinth Oct 20, O2 Academy Brixton, adv £17.50 Emeli Sande Nov 11, Royal Albert Hall, £22.50-£37.50 Euros Childs, The Wellgreen Sep 4, The Lexington, £9 & £11 Fat Freddy’s Drop Aug 4, HMV Forum, £29.50 Festival Jamaica 2012: The Specials Aug 10, Maryland Complex, £25 Field Music Oct 17, Electric Ballroom, £12.50 Francois & The Atlas Mountains Oct 25, Village Underground, adv £12 Fun Oct 2, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, phone for prices Gaz Coombes Oct 24, XOYO, phone for prices Godspeed You! Black Emperor Nov 4 & Nov 5, HMV Forum, £20 Grandaddy Sep 4, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £20 Gravenhurst Sep 26, Cecil Sharp House, £12.50 Heaven 17 Nov 3, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £22.50-£27.50 Hot Chip, Django Django Oct 18 & Oct 19, O2 Academy Brixton, adv £20 Hundred Reasons, Hell Is For Heroes, Cable Nov 24, HMV Forum, adv £17.50 Hundred Reasons, Hell Is For Heroes, Cable Nov 22, The Coronet, adv £17.50 Jaguar Skills Oct 13, HMV Forum, £15 Jason Mraz Dec 1, The O2 Arena, £32 Jennifer Lopez Oct 22, The O2 Arena, £50-£75 Jessie J Mar 9 & Mar 10, The O2 Arena, £25 & £33.50 Jessie Ware Aug 21, Rough Trade East, FREE w/wristband Jessie Ware Nov 13, Electric Brixton, £12.50
Nicki Minaj Oct 30, O2 Arena, £45.25 - 52.25
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Artemis Quartet Sep 9, Wigmore Hall, £12-£28 Academy Brass Sep 21, Royal Academy Of Music, £7, concs £5 Andrea Bocelli Nov 14 & Nov 15, The O2 Arena, £45-£120 Aphex Twin: Remote Orchestra Oct 10, Barbican Centre, £25-£35 BBC Proms 2012: Prom 13: WestEastern Divan Orchestra Jul 24, Royal Albert Hall, £13-£55 BBC Proms 2012: Prom 14: Kronos Quartet Jul 24, Royal Albert Hall, £12 & £16
Christianne Stotijn, Mark Padmore And Julius Drake Jul 25, Wigmore Hall, £15-£30 BBC Proms 2012: Prom 20: Aurora Orchestra: The Wallace & Gromit Prom: Musical Marvels! Jul 29, Royal Albert Hall, £6 & £12 Beijing Symphony Orchestra/ London Philharmonic Orchestra Jul 29, Southbank Centre, £9-£65, concs £4.50-£32.50 Ian Bostridge, Julius Drake And Xuefei Yang Jul 28, Wigmore Hall, £18-£35 Royal Academy Of Music Baroque Orchestra Oct 7, Royal Academy Of Music, £11, concs £8
BBC Proms 2012: Prom 29: National Youth Orchestra Of Great Britain Aug 4, Royal Albert Hall, £7.50-£36 The 10th More London Free Festival: We Sing U Sing Aug 9, The Scoop At More London, FREE
Olly Murs Mar 29, The O2 Arena, £34 Joe McElderry Sep 20, St James’s Church, £32.50 Kwes Oct 18, Birthdays, early bird £6 Kyla La Grange Oct 9, The Scala, adv £10.50 Lianne La Havas Oct 11, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £15 Liars Oct 16, The Scala, adv £14 London Irish Village 2012: The Saw Doctors Aug 2 & Aug 3, Under The Bridge, £20-£40 London Irish Village 2012: Thin Lizzy Aug 7 & Aug 8, Under The Bridge, £29.50 M83 Nov 8, O2 Academy Brixton, £22.50 Marina And The Diamonds Oct 11, HMV Forum, £20 Maverick Sabre Oct 6, O2 Academy Brixton, £18.50 Maximo Park Nov 7, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, adv £17.50 Melanie C Nov 6, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £17.50 Michael Kiwanuka Dec 5, Southbank Centre, £17.50 & £20, concs £8.75 & £10 Muse Oct 26 & Oct 27, The O2 Arena, £47.50 & £55 Mystery Jets Nov 29, Southbank Centre, £15 & £17.50, concs £7.50 & £8.75 Nas, Kano, Speech Debelle, Spoek Mathambo, Children Of The Night Aug 10, 100 Club, FREE Patti Smith Sep 13, Troxy, £27.50 Paul Weller, Spiritualized, Japandroids, 02:54, Towns Aug 1, 100 Club, FREE Public Image Ltd Aug 11, HMV Forum, £27.50 Radiohead Oct 8 & Oct 9, The O2 Arena, £47.50 & £65 Respect Jamaica 50 Festival: Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Maxi Priest, Johnny Osbourne Aug 1, IndigO2, £25£50 Respect Jamaica 50 Festival: Horace Andy, Johnny Clarke, Michael Prophet Aug 4, IndigO2, £25-£45 Respect Jamaica 50 Festival: Jimmy Cliff, Derrick Morgan, Max Romeo, Gaylads, Bob Andy Aug 6, IndigO2, £50£100 Respect Jamaica 50 Festival: Morgan Heritage, Shaggy, Raging Fyah Aug 5, IndigO2, £25-£50 Respect Jamaica 50 Festival: Tarrus Riley, Gyptian, Nomadz, Natty, QQ Aug 2, IndigO2, £25-£45 Respect Jamaica 50 Festival: Toots And The Maytals, Junior Toots, Chantelle Ernandez Aug 3, IndigO2, £30-£50
Revelin Sky, Falcon Aug 29, Dublin Castle, £6, concs £4.50 Reverend & The Makers Oct 26, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £15 Richard Hawley, Lisa Hannigan Oct 3, O2 Academy Brixton, phone for prices Rizzle Kicks Nov 16, O2 Academy Brixton, £17.50 Rufus Wainwright Nov 18, HMV Apollo, £35.50-£60 SBTRKT, Rudimental, John Talabot, Man Without Country, Lemonade Aug 6, 100 Club, FREE Santigold, Django Django, Best Coast, Citizens Aug 7, 100 Club, FREE Scissor Sisters Oct 23 & Oct 24, Roundhouse, £32.50 Seal Nov 6, HMV Apollo, £35-£55 Spiritualized Nov 5, Roundhouse, £23.50 The Beach Boys Sep 27, Royal Albert Hall, £55-£150 The Civil Wars, The Lumineers Nov 6, Roundhouse, £19.50 The Futureheads, The Cornshed Sisters Sep 19, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £16.50
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Ronan Keating: Fires Tour Jan 26, The O2 Arena, £35 The Gaslight Anthem Oct 15 & Oct 17, O2 Academy Brixton, £21 The Herbaliser, Belleruche Oct 27, HMV Forum, £17.50, adv £12.50 The Invisible Oct 17, Corsica Studios, adv £9 The Temper Trap Oct 4, HMV Apollo, £20 The Wedding Present Nov 23, KOKO, £16 The Whitest Boy Alive Aug 28, The Coronet, adv £25 The X Factor Live Tour 2013 Feb 7, The O2 Arena, £32.50 Toots & The Maytals, Natty, The Heatwave, Janice Graham Band Aug 8, 100 Club, FREE UK Subs, Anti-Nowhere League, Discharge, Goldblade, Ed Tudor Pole, Dumbjaw Jul 31, 100 Club, FREE Ultrasound Sep 20, The Scala, adv £9 Wiley Jul 30, The Barfly, Camden, adv £10 Xavier Rudd Aug 8, KOKO, £20 Yeasayer Sep 27, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £17
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Music TUESDAY JULY 24 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. Rockin’ Rio at Guanabara, Parker Street, WC2B 5PW Holborn FREE, 5pm-late. DJ Moishe spins Latin beats, rock and indie. White Heat at Madame Jojo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, W1F 0SE Piccadilly Circus £5, concs/flyer £4, 10.30pm-3am. DJs Matty, Olly and Marcus supply electro, techno and indie.
WEDNESDAY JULY 25 Back To My Roots at Zen Sai, 16 Inverness Street, NW1 7HJ Camden Town FREE, 9pm-2am. Paul Trouble Anderson spins 1970s to 1990s jazz, funk, hip hop, disco and R&B. Choke at The Roxy, 3-5 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HJ Tottenham Court Road £5, guestlist NUS/w/flyer £3, NUS £4, 10pm-3am. Resident DJs play hip hop, drum’n’bass, electro, indie and grime. N*A*S*I*N at The Borderline, Orange Yard, Manette Street, W1D 4JB Tottenham Court Road £5, w/flyer £4, NUS £3, mems £2, 11pm-3am. SoniX, Brahim and Punk Gareth play punk, rock, metal and ska. White Leather Viper Club at Dalston Superstore, 117 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB Dalston Kingsland FREE, 9pm-3am. Italo disco and obscure classics courtesy of PoP Campaign and White Leather Viper.
Hidden Depths Of Hospital at XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, EC2A 4AP Old Street adv £5, 9pm-late. Hidden Depths Of Hospital: Photek (pictured) and High Contrast play drum’n’bass sets.
THURSDAY JULY 26 Bad Sex at Proud Camden, The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH Camden Town £7, £5 before 10pm, guestlist £5, NUS FREE before 10pm, 7.30pm-2.30am. Mayton DJs, Fin Munro and The Darlingtons supply lo-fi, chillwave, noise and house.
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Bones Brigade Thursdays at Zigfrid, 11 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU Old Street FREE, 9pm-late. DJ Francois spins upbeat rock, pop and 1990s dance. Filthy Lucre Promotions Presents at 93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, E1 6RU Liverpool Street £5, 7.30pm-11pm. O Children, The Funeral Suits, Inca Gold and Southern supply indie, rock and electro. Party & Bulshit 2 at Dingwalls, Camden Lock, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AB Camden Town £4 & £7, 9pm-late. Jungle VIP, DJ Jamurai, Manik, WaffleKing, Grizzle and Mungo spin hip hop, R&B and jungle. Roller Disco at Renaissance Rooms, opposite Arch 8, Arches, Miles Street, SW8 1RZ Vauxhall £10 inc skates, £7.50 bring your own skates, NUS £6 inc skates, 8pm-12midnight. Funk and disco for a wheeled audience. 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. Yoyo at Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JQ Notting Hill Gate £7, £5 before 11pm, 7.30pm-2am. Leo Greenslade, Seb Chew and guests supply hip hop, dubstep, garage, grime and bassline-heavy music.
FRIDAY JULY 27 Braingravy Beneﬁt Party at Club 414, 414 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LF Brixton phone for prices, 10pm-6am. Steve Mills, Darc Marc, OB1, Tik Tok, Birinight and guests supply electronic and dance beats. Circus London at Egg, 200 York Way, N7 9AX King’s Cross St Pancras £20, adv £10 & £15, mems £13, NUS £10, 11pm7am. Circus DJs supply house and techno. Club NME at KOKO, 1a Camden High Street, NW1 7JE Mornington Crescent £5, 9.30pmlate. Billy Vincent, Second Shepherds and guests supply indie, electro and rock. The Detroit Series Part 3 at Netil House, 1-7 Westgate Street, E8 3RL Bethnal Green: £12, adv £10, 10pm6am. Derrick May, JD Twitch, Waifs And Strays, Jon Rust, Nic Tasker and Dollop DJs spin house, techno and electronica. Dutty Crepes at Market Place W1, 11 Market Place, W1W 8AE Oxford Circus gents £10, ladies £5, gents £5 before 12midnight, ladies FREE before 12midnight, FREE before 10pm, 8pm-2am. DJ Khalil and Sofa King supply disco, hip hop, funk and electro. Encoded Nrg 3rd Birthday at Hidden, 100 Tinworth Street, SE11 5EQ Vauxhall £10, 10pm-late. Andy Farley, Adam M, Pierce Rooney, Dave Curtis, Wayne Smart, Jake Martin, Gary O’Connor and Boca Byrne supply hard house and electronica. Free Party II at The LightBox, 6a South Lambeth Place, SW8 1SP Vauxhall FREE, 10pm-6am. DJs Paul Woolford, Commix, Deadboy, Gang Colours, Wbeeza, Randomer, Laurent Fintoni and Widowmaker spin house, garage, drum’n’bass and electronica, plus FunkinEven performs live.
Funky Eclectic House Mix Fridays at Bar 366, 366 Garratt Lane, SW18 4ES Earlsﬁeld FREE, 8pm-late. DJ Opti plays electro and funky house. Ginglik’s Friday Shakedown at Ginglik, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8PH Shepherd’s Bush £8, £6 before 10pm, adv £6, mems FREE, 9pm-4am. Puncture Kit, Jake The Sax, Boom Boom Becker and guests supply electronica, Brazilian street percussion, broken beats, funk, jazzy Latin house and Afro beats. Horsepower at Proud Camden, The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH Camden Town phone for prices, 7.30pm-2.30am. Mr Eddy Osborne and Dixon Brothers spin house, indie, electro, techno and drum’n’bass. Huntley & Palmers at Plastic People, 147149 Curtain Road, EC2A 3QE Liverpool Street £12, adv £10, 10pm4am. DJs Ivan Smagghe and Tim Paris mix house and electro. Jubilee Club at The Barfly, Camden, 49 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AN Chalk Farm adv £5, 10pm-3am. DJs Chris Mccormack and Alan Cherry Cola spin indie, punk and rock’n’roll, with performances from IC1’s, The ID and Echtape. Kingdom Rise And Kingdom Fall at The Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, N1 9NL King’s Cross St Pancras adv £12, 10pm-6am. Jah Voice, Kibir La Amlak and Aba-Shanti-I spin dub, funk, house and dubstep. Licked Beatz at Cable, 33A Bermondsey Street, SE1 2EG London Bridge £10, adv £5 & £7, 10pm-6am. DC Breaks, Logan Sama, B.Traits, Cotti, J-Sweet, Spooky and guests drum’n’bass, dub and hip hop. One Kiss at Sound, 1 Leicester Square, WC2H 7NA Leicester Square £10, £5 before 11pm, 10pm-3am. DJs Krisis and Melody Kane play chart, R&B, house, electro and hip hop. Pick N Mix at Arch, 15-16 Lendal Terrace, SW4 7UX Clapham North FREE, 10pm-3am. Resident DJ Jerry spins funky house, soulful electro, indie, rock, pop and soul from the past six decades. Propaganda at O2 Academy Islington, N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street, N1 0PS Angel £5, 10.30pm-3.30am. DJ Dan and guests spin an eclectic mix of indie, electro, pop, dance and drum’n’bass.
Fabriclive at Fabric, 77A Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HJ Farringdon £17, adv £16, mems £12, NUS £10 12midnight, £7 after 3am, 10pm-6am. DJs Hype and Pascal (pictired), plus Goldie and guests drop drum’n’bass.
Ramping at Wax Jambu, 145 Upper Street, N1 1QY Angel FREE, 8pm-2am. Naughty, Ben White and Seasons spin house, garage and funky bashment.
The Gallery at The Ministry Of Sound, 103 Gaunt Street, SE1 6DP Elephant And Castle £14, 10.30pm-6am. Cosmic Gate (pictured), W & W, Orjan Nilsen, Dada Life, Damian D Costa, Cole Jonson, Cesar Ruiz, Tom Frampton, Audio Fusion, Ed Smoove, Cal Flynn, Lewis Smith, Alex Zander, Aaron Carter, Stephen Booth, J Nova and Jon Paris. The Schizodelic Sound at The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, W1W 7JD Oxford Circus £5, mems £3, FREE before 9pm, 7pm-1am. Guy C, Aaron Fletcher and Tim Rockins supply an eclectic mix of dance and electronica styles. Sin City at Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High Street, NW1 8QP Camden Town £7, NUS/mems £5 before 11.30pm, w/flyer £5 before 12midnight, 10.30pm-3.30am. Stevie C, Riyad, Tony Madball and Demonic play contemporary rock and metal in the main room, while Shuff and Vixen spin classic rock and metal in room two. Sudden Jelly at Bar Vinyl, 6 Inverness Street, NW1 7HJ Camden Town phone for prices, 9pm-2am. DJ PostScript, Jonny Sneakers and DJ Continental Breakfast spin hip hop, electro, indie, drum’n’bass, house and dubstep. Swamp 81 at Corsica Studios, 4-5 Elephant Road, SE17 1LB Elephant & Castle adv £8-£12, 10pm6am. Loefah, Boddika, Synkro, Eliphino, Mickey Pearce, Chunky, Tripper, Sduk & Cntrst and Seb Wildblood spin electro and dubstep.
SATURDAY JULY 28 Across The Tracks at Zen Sai, 16 Inverness Street, NW1 7HJ Camden Town FREE, 10pm-4am. DJ Hugo spins dance, chart, pop and retro hits. Afro Acid at The Coronet, 28 New Kent Road, SE1 6TJ Elephant And Castle £15, adv £10, 10pm-7am. DJ Pierre, Marshall Jefferson and guests supply house and electronica. Audio Sushi at The Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LQ Brixton £5, FREE before 10pm, 9pm-4am. Jeffrey Disastronaut plays reggae, electro, funk jungle, pop, indie and dubstep. Bambara at Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY Old Street £15, before 9pm FREE, 2pm-late. Sam Ball, Rob Marmot, Alfredo Ramos, Gabbi Lopez, Unai Trotti, Fabrizia, Joel Campos and guests supply house, techno and electronica. BBM Me at The Hoxton Pony, 104-108 Curtain Road, EC2A 3AH Old Street £10, FREE before 9pm, guestlist £7 before 10pm, 8pm-2am. DJ Roy Rovelli and
clubbing guests supply house, electro, dubstep and drum’n’bass. Brazil Rocks at Guanabara, Parker Street, WC2B 5PW Holborn £10 after 8pm, 5pm-late. DJs Fred Salgueiro and Limao spin funk, pop and Latin, plus a live performance from Eri Okan. Bread & Butter at The Basing House, 25 Kingsland Road, E2 8AA Liverpool Street £10, concs £5 & £7, 10pm-4am. Okain, Red Pig Flower, Luca Ruf and Jamma And Max supply nu disco, hip hop, deep house and indie dance. 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. Christmas Club at The Borderline, Orange Yard, Manette Street, W1D 4JB Tottenham Court Road £7, w/flyer £6, 11pm-4am. Indie and retro pop disco with DJ Tom Smith. 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 £5, 9pm-4am. The Ghosts, Last Minute Glory and resident DJs supply indie, rock and electro. Connected at Cable, 33A Bermondsey Street, SE1 2EG London Bridge £15, adv £12, 10pm-6am. Audiojack, Deepgroove, No Artificial Colours and guests supply electronica. Dancar E Jantar at Floripa, 91-93 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HZ Old Street £10, £5 before 11pm, FREE before 9pm, 5pm-2am. DJ Ross Clarke plays electro, house, Latin and Brazilian beats. Different Drumz at Plan B, 418 Brixton Road, SW9 7AY Brixton £5, FREE before 10pm, 9pm-4am. Muwookie, LSB, Soulculture and Macca supply deep soul and drum’n’bass. District at The Bowery, 36-38 New Oxford Street, WC1A 1EP Tottenham Court Road FREE, 9pm2.30pm. Hip hop, funk, soul, R&B, dubstep, broken beat and house from resident DJs Hooch, Brian Norman, Renegade, Mr Blue, DJ 279 and D-Bo. Fabric at Fabric, 77A Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HJ Farringdon £19, adv £18, mems £13, NUS £12, £10 after 4am, 11pm-8am. Taimur Agha, Terry Francis, Alex Jones, Cedric Maison, Ste Roberts and guests supply house and electronica. Fact Ldn at Egg, 200 York Way, N7 9AX King’s Cross St Pancras £20, adv £15, mems £13, NUS £10, 10pm-11am. Satoshi Tomiie and Danny Howells supply deep house and techno. Family Jam at Renaissance Rooms, opposite Arch 8, Arches, Miles Street, SW8 1RZ Vauxhall £10 inc skates, £7.50 w/own skates or spectator, 11am5pm. The residents play pop, dance, soul and funk while you skate. Feast Alldayer Presents at 93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, E1 6RU Liverpool Street FREE guestlist, 4pm1am. DJs Finnebassen, Liam Webb, Jamie Ward and Billy Hill spin disco, deep house and techno.
East Village & Nice Present at East Village, 89 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HX Old Street £10, £8 before 10.30pm, adv £7, 9pm-3.30am. Mark Farina (pictured), Stuart Patterson and guests on the decks. Feeling Gloomy at O2 Academy Islington, N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street, N1 0PS Angel £8, £6 before 12midnight, adv NUS £5, 10.30pm-3.30am. Leonard and Cliff spin melancholy pop and indie. Full On Cheese Disco Party at Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, SE3 9RQ Blackheath £20, adv £15, 8pm-late. DJs Deke, K-Tel and Le Five Star spin favourite 1970s, 80s and 90s cheesy tunes and funk party classics. Grande Fete at Proud Cabaret, 1 Mark Fenchurch Street Lane, EC3R 7AH £49 inc meal, 8.30pm-late. Burlesque and cabaret courtesy of Theo Jackson, Coco Dubois, Michael Standen, Teddy Boylesque, Elle Amour, Banbury Cross, Kitty Devine and Jake Evans. Labrynth Presents at Jamm, 261 Brixton Road, SW9 6LH Brixton adv £10, 10pm-6am. Resident DJs and guests supply old skool hardcore and classic house. Lemonade at The Nest, 36 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7XJ Dalston Kingsland £5, FREE before 10.30pm, 9.30pm-4am. The C90s, Glitches, Exmoor Emperor and 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. Mellophonik at Gigalum, 7 Cavendish Parade, Clapham Common South Side, SW4 9DW Clapham South FREE, 7pm-late. Louis Cut and guests supply Latin house and funky beats. Midnight A Go-Go Presents at The Waiting Room, 175 Stoke Newington High Stoke Newington Street, N16 0LH £5, 9pm. Resident DJs supply 1980s new wave, rock, synth pop, hip hop and new tunes inspired by the decade. Plus live music from Age Of Consent and Niteflights. Reminisce Presents at The Garage, 20-26 Highbury Corner, N5 1RD Highbury & Islington £10, 10pm-late. Rat Pack and Baby D supply old skool beats and electronica.
Saved at The Ministry Of Sound, 103 Gaunt Street, SE1 6DP Elephant And Castle £18, 11pm-7am. Nic Fanciulli, Dennis Ferrer, Deetron, Andrea Oliva, &ME, Mark Fanciulli, Gary Willis, Jack B, Lee Everall, Luminaire, Dav3 Bradshaw, Daine Haughton and Tempo Eterno spin electro and house across four rooms, plus Clio performs live. 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. Silver at The Underworld, 174 Camden High Street, NW1 0NE Camden Town £6, NUS/w/flyer £5, 11pm-3am. DJ Jo Bliss plays indie and electro. Subsoul at The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, W1W 7JD Oxford Circus £5, FREE before 8pm, 6pm-1am. Jazzie B, Spin Doctor and Chris P Cuts provide soul, disco, hip hop and house. Techliks at Ginglik, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8PH Shepherd’s Bush £8, befrore 10pm £6, 9pm. DMX Krew, Kone-R, Stayhome and VJ Surrealartist supply cutting-edge techno, acid, disco, dubstep, old skool and esoteric classics. Toolbox Digital Presents Fuelled at Fire, Arch, 39-43 Parry Street, corner South Lambeth Road, SW8 1RT Vauxhall adv £7, 10pm-7am. The Sharp Boys, Ian M, Lady Bianca, Nik Denton, James Nardi, Frank Farrell, Mark Johnson, Ross Homson and JimBean supply the house and banging beats in the Main Room, while the second room sways to Nik Denton, Rhomtec, Little Rob, Gregg Holden, Danny Phillips and guests. 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. 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. Wessex Forplay at Wessex House, 1a St John’s Hill, SW11 1TN Clapham Junction adv £8, 10.30pm3am. DJ Ben Adiktion plays party classics, pop and old school hits.
SUNDAY JULY 29 Ava Word at XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, EC2A 4AP Old Street £5, FREE before 6pm, 6pm-1am. DJs MA1, Funk Butcher, Petchy, Adam Cotier, Perempay, Gavin Peters, Rickie Deco, Freight Train, Melo D and DJ Naughty play deep house. Brasil Brasileiro at Guanabara, Parker Street, WC2B 5PW Holborn £5 after 8pm, 5pm-late. DJ Bruno Camargo and Ailton ET spin funk, Latin and house, plus a live performance from Zeu Azevedo E Forrodaki. 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. Popular Presents at Hoxton Square Bar And Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU Old Street FREE before 10pm, 7pm. DJ Dissident and guests supply house, funk and electronica. 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. 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 Social at The Old Queen’s Head, 44 Essex Road, N1 8LN Angel FREE, 3pm-12midnight. Resident DJs play a mix of indie, pop, house and electro. Sunday at Salsa!, 96 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0JG Tottenham Court Road FREE, 8.30pm-1am. The Latin Brotherz spin salsa and Latin, plus live percussion. 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. Sunbeats & Soul Cafe at Veranda Bar, 30 Acre Lane, SW2 5SG Brixton FREE, 3pm-late. DJs Danny Tammuz, Damion Silk, Rashaan K and CLK spin soul, R&B, funk and Latin. 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. WetYourSelf! at Fabric, 77A Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HJ Farringdon £10, NUS £7, adv £5, 11pm-6am. Tboy, Davis, Cormac and guests supply techno, house and electronica.
MONDAY JULY 30 Afro-Cuban Lounge at Buffalo Bar, 259 Upper Street, N1 1RU Highbury & Islington club & lessons £7, £4, 7.30pm-late. DJ Doctor Jim spins Latin, world and jazz, plus dance lessons. Circle at 93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, E1 6RU Liverpool Street FREE, 7pm-11pm. Delirium Tremens, Tara Minton and Julia Spada supply indie, rock and electronica. Cream Revue at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, Pollard Row, E2 6NB Bethnal Green £8, adv £6, 8.30pm-2am. DJs and performers supply 1950s rhythm ‘n’ blues, swing, jive, rockabilly, classic jazz and Latin boogaloo. 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. The Jump Off at The Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, N1 9NL King’s Cross St Pancras £12, £10 before 9pm, adv £7, 8pm-2am. DJ Manny Norte plays hip hop, garage and R&B, with hosts Rap 6 and Charlie Sloth. Taylormade at 93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, E1 6RU Liverpool Street FREE, 5pm-11pm. Indie, nu-disco and house courtesy of Taylormade.
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Sport & Fitness
The Magnificent Seven
1 More than 10,500 athletes. Only 302 gold medals. Who are London’s best hopes? Scout picks seven local Olympians in with a shot of topping the podium
Christine Ohuruogu, 28, 400m runner The Newham-born runner, raised less than a mile from the stadium in Stratford, is the reigning 400m Olympic champion (Britain’s only track winner in 2008), and also won in the World Championships in Osaka in 2007. She missed three drug tests in 2007, leading to a British Olympic Association lifetime ban that was overturned later that year. Ohuruogu was disqualified after a false start at the World Championships last year in South Korea. But she has bounced back this season, and will battle fellow Brit Kelly Sotherton and American rivals for the gold medal.
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Phillips Idowu , 33, triple jumper Nigerian-English Idowu, born and bred in Hackney, describes himself as “the clean-cut black guy who used to dye his hair all them crazy colours”. He is now in his early 30s, so this will likely be his last chance to claim Olympic gold. Four years ago he managed a leap of 17.62 metres – five centimetres behind Portugal’s Nelson Evora – and had to settle for second. Crowned world champion in 2009, Idowu has pulled out of a couple of events leading up to the Games due to injury, but vowed he will be fit to hop, skip and jump to glory at the Olympics.
Zoe Smith, 18, weightlifter The Greenwich-born teenager, who listens to Blink 182 to pump herself up before competition, caused the weightlifting world to take note when she won bronze in the Commonwealth Games, aged just 16. The governing body cut her personal funding shortly afterwards, claiming she was ‘overweight’. But she has fought back and shown impressive form this season, though her Chinese rivals may just have the edge this year.
Perri Shakes-Drayton, 23, 400m hurdler Team GB legend Sally Gunnell has backed this maturing hurdler and film buff to peak at the right time and claim gold in the Olympic Stadium. Confident and leggy, the Bow-born lass secured a bronze medal in the European Championships in 2010. But that was two years ago. She has been flying this season and has her eyes firmly on the prize. “Sometimes it feels as if it’s meant to be,” she said recently. “The Olympics comes to the end of my road.”
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Sir Chris Hoy Now 36, the cycling Scot, who took up the sport as a youngster after watching E.T., is desperate to add the top London prize to his Olympic gold medal collection (he has four already). He said: “I’d swap every world title it was possible to win to be on top of the podium at London 2012.”
7 Pete Waterﬁeld, 31, diver The lesser-known partner of Tom Daley’s 10m synchronised diving duo, Walthamstow-born Waterfield has been involved with the sport since he was nine. He has had his fair share of individual successes, not least a Commonwealth Games crown 10 years ago and a silver medal – also from the 10m platform – at the Athens Olympics in 2004. “I would be stupid to think I’m going to get the sort of attention that Tom will,” he said recently, but he should be quietly confident of at least one podium finish.
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Lawrence Okoye, 20, discus thrower After deferring a law degree at Oxford University so he could concentrate on the Olympics, this Croydon-born powerhouse is on course for a top three finish at the Games. As well as his discus-throwing talents, he can also run the 100m in less than 11 seconds and was a mean rugby player in the London Wasps Academy. He weighs 21 stone, is 6ft 6in tall,
eats six meals a day and in May threw a British record of 68.24 metres, placing him fourth in the current world rankings. Dwain Chambers, 34, 100m sprinter The controversial paceman finished one place outside the 100m medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, with a time of 10.08 seconds. Three years later the Islington-born, Finsbury-raised sprinter was slapped with a lifetime ban for using performance-enhancing drugs. That suspension was overturned in April this year and Chambers is likely to be Team GB’s best chance of a medal in the Games’ most exciting event.
Jessica Ennis The 26-year-old from Sheffield missed the 2008 season due to injury but was crowned world champion heptathlete a year later. She won silver at the Worlds last year, and earlier this year smashed Denise Lewis’s long-standing British record, defeating Olympic champion Nataliya Dobrynska in the process. Rebecca Adlington In Beijing in 2008 the then-teenager from Mansﬁeld won two golds. Now 23, Adlington is again favourite to win dual crowns in the 400m and 800m freestyle.
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All the mind’s a stage A
nyone who has read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time can imagine the challenges involved in bringing it to the stage. On the face of it, Mark Haddon’s acclaimed 2003 novel has a simple premise: it’s the story of teenage narrator Christopher Boone, who investigates the murder of his neighbour’s pet dog. But what makes the novel so remarkable is the complex nature of Christopher’s character.
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He describes himself as a “mathematician with behavioural problems”, which basically translates to Asperger syndrome – never stated explicitly but widely asumed. And it’s this definitive quirk in the book’s narration that must make it near impossible to bring to life on the stage. That challenge has fallen to 27-year-old actor Luke Treadaway, who spoke to Scout during his lunch break from rehearsals at the National Theatre.
This month the National Theatre brings The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to the stage for the ﬁrst time. James Glavin talks to lead actor Luke Treadaway about rehearsals, aliens and the beneﬁt of an ever-changing hairstyle.
“Rehearsals are going really well,” he says. “My body is feeling slightly broken, but my soul is soaring. It’s a very physical production – we’re even doing circuit training every morning in preparation, so it’s very challenging on the body. We’re working on these incredible movement sequences which we hope will be rather wonderful.” The movement sequences come courtesy of Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett of physical theatre
company Frantic Assembly. The audience can therefore expect a fair share of inventive and revealing set pieces. But even so, how can Christopher’s strange, internal world be brought to the stage? “I think the way that Simon Stephens has adapted the book is so clever. It really does feel like you’ve still got the essence of it coming from Christopher’s mind,” says Treadaway. “The whole feel and design of the show is like this laboratory of Christopher’s brain in
Dog Day Afternoon Luke Treadaway takes on a testing central role in rehearsals at the National Theatre
which the rest of the cast exists. Christopher in effect calls on each member of the company to come up and play a part of the story.” Treadaway is animated in his enthusiasm, and seems to have immersed himself in Christopher’s world. It sounds like an intense place to be. “I suppose every job always feels quite intense, but this one is ticking every box imaginable in terms of challenges. But in an amazing way. Like the book,
and Christopher’s mind, it’s so expansive and imaginative.” Treadaway hadn’t read the book before becoming involved with the production. Last year, after a month-long, 3,000-mile road trip around America, he found himself in New York with nowhere to stay. Fortunately, Marianne Elliott, who had previously directed him in War Horse, was in New York preparing for the opening of the Broadway version of the show. She offered him her spare
room, and happened to ask if he was interested in taking part in a workshop for a potential production of Curious Incident. “I hadn’t read it,” he admits. “I’d heard of it – in fact I knew there was a copy of it in the house but I’d never got around to reading it. So after Marianne asked me to take part in the workshop, I went back to the UK, read it and thought it was an amazing book.” The week-long workshop took place last December, at the end of
which Elliott offered Treadaway the job. To say he was excited is an understatement. “I just started screaming and saying, ‘That’s amazing! Really? Are you sure?’,” he recalls. With War Horse, Saint Joan and now Curious Incident on his CV, the National has certainly played an important part in his career to date – he’s practically a National Theatre regular. He laughs. “I wouldn’t go that far. To be honest, I’d work with Marianne if she was directing a play in a car park in the middle of nowhere. “Obviously this building is amazing. The whole feel of being here is very exciting. I remember coming and watching things here when I was at drama school and thinking, ‘Maybe, one day…’. And now I’m performing in my third production here. It’s such a welcoming place to come back to.” This production will be broadcast to cinemas across London and the world on September 6 as part of the National Theatre Live programme. With an enviable résumé that includes blockbuster Clash Of The Titans and British horror/comedy Attack The Block, Treadaway is no stranger to the silver screen. “Attack The Block was a lot of fun,” he says. “I got to work with my friend Jodie [Whittaker], which was fantastic. And [director] Joe Cornish and [co-star] Nick Frost were a delight to work with. It was such a fun, escapist film to make.” The film has built up quite the cult following. Does he get stopped in the street as a result? “Not really, actually. I seem to have different hair for every job I do, so I hardly ever get recognised. Which is good, I like that.” We ask Treadaway about his future plans, but he is evasive: “There are a couple of things floating about, but nothing definite. I’m concentrating on this for now.” And who can blame him? It sounds like a job and a half. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, July 24-October 27, Cottesloe Theatre, National Theatre, South Bank, nationaltheatre.org.uk & nationaltheatre.org.uk/ntlive scoutlondon.com Scout London 51
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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. The 39 Steps booking until Mar 30 2013, Criterion Theatre, 218-223 Piccadilly, W1J 0TR Piccadilly Circus £15-£55, Mon-Sat 8pm, mats Wed 3pm, Sat 4pm. Classic thriller turned into award-winning comedy. 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. Birthday booking until Aug 11, Jerwood Theatre At The Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS Sloane Square 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, no perf Jul 27. Joe Penhall’s drama on the tribulations faced by a couple expecting 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 celebrated musical. 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. Mike Bartlett’s stage version of the race to compete in the 1924 Paris Olympic Games. Chicago booking until Sep 1, Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0HH Charing Cross £26£67.50, Mon-Fri 8pm & 5pm under 26s £20, Mon-Thu, Sat 8pm, Fri 5pm & 8.30pm, mats Sat 3pm, Jul 27, 2pm & 7pm. Classic jazz-era musical. The Complete World Of Sports (Abridged) booking until Aug 25, Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JB Covent Garden £20.12, £23.50-£36.50, Jul 25 & 26, 28, 30, Aug 1-4, 6, 8-11, 13, 15-18, 20, 22-25, 8pm, Jul 28, Aug 4, 11, 18, 25, 5pm, mats Jul 26, Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 3pm, Jul 29, Aug 5, 12, 19, 4pm. A three-man comedy ensemble present a quick-fire precis of the history of athletic competition.
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Democracy booking until Jul 28, Old Vic, 103 The Cut, SE1 8NB Waterloo £10-£45, Wed, Sat mats OAP £26, under 25s £12, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm. Michael Frayn’s spy drama based on real-life events. The Doctor’s Dilemma booking until Sep 12, National Theatre: Lyttelton, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo £12-£47, Mon-Sun 7.30pm, 2.15pm & 2.30pm child £12-£23.50, Wed 2.15pm OAP £12-£27, press night Jul 24, 7pm, Jul 25 & 26, 30 & 31, Aug 1 & 2, 6-8, 14-18, 23-25, 31, Sep 1, 7 & 8, 10-12, 7.30pm, mats Jul 25, Aug 1, 8, 15, 18, 25, Sep 1, 8, 12, 2.15pm, Aug 19, 26, Sep 2, 9, 2.30pm. George Bernard Shaw’s funny and insightful piece about people who play God. 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. Ghost - The Musical booking until Apr 20 2013, Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, W1D 7DY Piccadilly Circus Mon-Wed/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. Stage adaptation of the 1990 film. 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. Family friendly look at the nasty and bizarre side of British history. The Hurly Burly Show booking until Sep 22, Duchess Theatre, 3-5 Catherine Street, WC2B 5LA Covent Garden £25£49.50, Mon-Thu 8pm, Fri & Sat 6.30pm & 9pm. A contemporary burlesque-inspired revue show. Jersey Boys booking until Feb 17, 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 Jul 24-Oct 21, Sun 5pm. Musical drama about 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. Seminal 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, Jan 1-Jul 23, 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, 2.30pm. Disney musical. London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time booking until Sep 12, National Theatre: Cottesloe, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo Jul 24-31, Aug 1 prevews £12-£28.50, Aug 2-31, Sep 1-12 £12, £20, £32, Mon-Sat 7pm, 7.30pm & 2.30pm child £12, £16, £20, Wed 2.30pm OAP £12, £20, £22, Jul 24 & 25, 27 & 28, 30 & 31, Aug 1, 3 & 4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25, 27-31, Sep 1,
3-8, 10-12, 7.30pm, press night Aug 2, 7pm, mats Aug 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29, Sep 1, 8, 2.30pm. Simon Stephens’s adaptation of the darkly humorous book by Mark Haddon. London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: The Last Of The Haussmans booking until Oct 10, National Theatre: Lyttelton, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo £12-£47, Mon-Fri/ Sun 7.30pm, 2.15pm & 2.30pm child £12£23.50, Wed 2.15pm OAP £12-£27, Jul 27 & 28, Aug 3 & 4, 9-11, 13, 20-22, 27-30, Sep 3-6, 14 & 15, 17-19, Oct 5 & 6, 8-10, 7.30pm, mats Jul 28, Aug 4, 11, 22, 29, Sep 5, 15, 19, Oct 6, 2.15pm, Jul 29, Aug 5, 12, Sep 16, 2.30pm. A witty, moving and savage look at a family that is losing its grip. 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. 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 £19£58.50, disabled £28.75, Tue-Thu under 18s £19-£48.50, Feb 14 2012-Feb 17 2013 £20-£62.50, disabled £31.25, Tue-Thu under 18s £19-£52.50, Tue 7pm, WedSat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm, Sun 3pm, extra mat perf Nov 1, 2.30pm. Musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s tale. Monty Python’s Spamalot booking until Sep 9, The Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, SW1Y 4DN Piccadilly Circus £15-£65, From Jul 24, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 5pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm. Eric Idle and John Du Prez’s musical comedy. 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. 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. Comic tale, based on Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant Of Two Masters. The Phantom Of The Opera booking until Oct 27, Her Majesty’s Theatre, 57 Haymarket, SW1Y 4QL Piccadilly Circus £22.45-£85, MonSat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous musical. Playing The Games: After The Party & Taking Part Starts Sat, booking until Aug 12, Criterion Theatre, 218-223 Piccadilly, W1J 0TR Piccadilly Circus Jul 28 & 29 £7.50, Jul 30 & 31, Aug 1-12 £7.50-£15, Jul 31, Aug 3, 6, 9, 4.15pm, Aug 5, 12, 5pm, mats Jul 28, 1pm, Jul 29, 3pm, Jul 30, Aug 2, 7, 10, 2.30pm. A comedy and a drama about underdogs trying to make it to the Olympics. 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. 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. 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. 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 24-Sep 30, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mat Jul 24-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.
London Road Starts Sat, booking until Sep 6, National Theatre: Olivier, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo £12-£32, child £12-£22, Wed 2pm OAP £12 & £22, Jul 28, 30 & 31, Aug 1 & 2, 9-11, 17 & 18, 20, 24 & 25, 27-29, Sep 3-6, 7.30pm, mats Aug 1, 11, 18, 25, 29, Sep 2, 2pm, Aug 12, 19, 26, 3pm. The musical drama by Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork, which details recent events in 2006 when a town in Ipswich was disturbed by the discovery of the bodies of five women. Stomp booking until Dec 22 2013, Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, WC2H 9ND Leicester Square £20£49.50, Mon, Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 6pm, mats Thu, Sat & Sun 3pm, no perf Jul 27 & Aug 12. Successful percussion-themed show. The Sunshine Boys booking until Jul 28, Savoy Theatre, Savoy Court, Strand, WC2R 0ET Charing Cross £20£58.50, Mon-Wed OAP £25, Mon-Thu 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
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. 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 life and music of superstar Michael Jackson. The Tiger Who Came To Tea booking until Sep 2, Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7ES Piccadilly Circus £9-£16,
The Woman In Black booking until Dec 15, Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, WC2B 5HH Covent Garden £16.50-£45, Premium Seats £55, Sep 2 2012-Dec 15 2012, Tue-Sat 8pm, mats Sep 2 2012Dec 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.
Premium Seats £20.50, Jul 24-26, 31, Aug 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21 & 22, 24, 11.30am, Jul 28 & 29, Aug 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19, 25 & 26, Sep 1 & 2, 10am & 12noon, Aug 23, 30 & 31, 11.30am & 2.30pm. Judith Kerr’s popular book is adapted by David Wood. Top Hat - The Musical booking until Apr 27 2013, Aldwych Theatre, 49 Aldwych, WC2B 4DF Covent Garden £20-£65, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm, no perf Jul 27, Dec 24 & 25, 31. Irving Berlin’s romantic musical. We Will Rock You booking until Oct 20, Dominion Theatre, 268-9 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7AQ Tottenham Court Road £27.50-£60, £73.25, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 2.30pm. Musical using Queen songs. What The Butler Saw booking until Jul 28, Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, WC2R 0NH Charing Cross £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 about the Wicked Witch of the West. 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. Lloyd Webber’s version of classic tale. Yes, Prime Minister booking until Jan 1, Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, SW1A 2DY Charing Cross £26.50, £46.50, MonSat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn’s comedy.
OFF WEST END Blink Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road £10, Jul 24, 8pm. A dysfunctional, voyeuristic and darkly funny love story. Bourgeois & Maurice: Sugartits Ends Jul 28, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road £5, Jul 28, 9.30pm. Musical comedy from the alternative cabaret duo. A Doll’s House Ends Aug 4, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, SE1 8LZ Waterloo Jul 8-31, Aug 1-4 £10-£30, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm, no perf Jul 27. Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama on morals. Festival Of The World: Hotel Medea (Zero Hour Market/Drylands/Feast Of Dawn) Ends Aug 11, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Waterloo £40, concs £37, Fri & Sat 11.45pm. An exciting, ritualistic, part-cabaret promenade re-telling of the tale of the marriage of Mead and Jason, presented by Zecora Ura. Knives In Hens Ends Jul 24, Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, SE10 8ES Greenwich £12.50, concs £7.50, Jul 24, 7.30pm. Playwright David Harrower’s debut drama. The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe Ends Sep 9, Kensington Gardens W2 4NJ Bayswater Mon-Fri £25, £35, £45, Sat & Sun £29.50, £39.50, £49.50, May 8-29 child FREE, mats Sat 3pm, Sun 12noon
& 3.30pm, Jul 24-Sep 9, Mon, Thu-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed & Thu 2.30pm, Sat 3pm, Sun 12noon & 3.30pm, Jul 27, 2pm. Rupert Goold and threesixty’s re-telling of the C.S. Lewis magical fairy tale. London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: The Boy Who Fell Into A Book (Ages 7 & Over) Ends Jul 29, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road £10. Fastpaced adventure story, full of magic and fantasy, by Alan Ayckbourn.
John Peel’s Shed Starts Wed, ends Aug 4, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road £10£12.50, From Jul 25, Mon-Sat 8pm. A witty solo comedy-drama written by John Osborne. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Ends Sep 5, The Open Air Theatre, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4NU Regent’s Park Jul 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. For performances until Jul 21, 42.50 tickets available for 19.32 via www. openairtheatre.com/1932. Shakespeare’s evergreen forest fantasy. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Ends Jul 21 2013, Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, N1 1TA Highbury & Islington £15, NUS/OAP/unwaged £10, Jul 16-21, 7.30pm, mat Jul, 3pm. Custom/Practice Theatre presents Shakespeare’s romantic comedy. Mr Kolpert Ends Aug 5, King’s Head, Islington, 115 Upper Street, N1 1QN Angel £19.50 & £25, NUS/OAP £16.25, unwaged/under 18s £15, Jul 15 preview £10, Sun & Mon 7.15pm, mat Aug 5, 3pm. The Curious Room presents David Gieselmann’s pitch-dark comedy drama. Philadelphia, Here I Come Starts Thu, ends Sep 22, Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LX Covent Garden £10-£32.50, From Jul 26, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, Jul 31, 7pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm, no perf Jul 31, 7.30pm, no mat perf Jul 26, 28. Irish emigration drama. The Play’s The Thing: Henry V Ends Aug 26, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT Southwark lower/middle/upper galleries seated £15£39, yard standing £5, under 18s £12-£36, Jul 27, Aug 2, 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21 & 22, 25, 7.30pm, Aug 12, 19, 26, 6.30pm, mats Jul 28, Aug 3 & 4, 8, 22 & 23, 2pm, Aug 12, 19, 26, 1pm. Shakespeare’s history play. The Play’s The Thing: Richard III Ends Oct 13, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT Southwark lower/middle/upper galleries seated £15-
£39, yard standing £5, under 18s £12-£36, Jul 24 & 25, 31, Aug 1, 9, 15 & 16, 24, Sep 1, 12, 28, Oct 5, 12, 7.30pm, Jul 29, Aug 5, Sep 2, 9, 6.30pm, mats Jul 25 & 26, Aug 1 & 2, 9 & 10, 16 & 17, 24 & 25, Sep 13, 29, Oct 6, 13, 2pm, Jul 29, Aug 5, Sep 2, 9, 1pm. An all-male production of Shakespeare’s history play is led by Mark Rylance. The Play’s The Thing: The Taming Of The Shrew Ends Oct 13, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT Southwark lower/middle/upper galleries seated £15-£39, yard standing £5, under 18s £12-£36, Jul 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 Jul 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. Ragtime Ends Sep 8, The Open Air Theatre, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4NU Regent’s Park 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 £42.50 tickets available for 19.32 until Jul 21, Jul 28, 30 & 31, Aug 1, 9-11, 13-15, 23-25, 27-29, Sep 6-8, 7.45pm, mats Jul 28, Aug 1, 11, 15, 25, 29, Sep 8, 2.15pm. Musical about three families separated by race and destiny. Rubies In The Attic Starts Wed, ends Jul 26, Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, W6 9RL Hammersmith £12, concs £10, Jul 25 & 26, 7.45pm. Musical cabaret crossing decades and continents. 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. Vieux Carre Ends Aug 4, King’s Head, Islington, 115 Upper Street, N1 1QN Angel Jul 10-13 £10, from Jul 14 £19.50 & £25, NUS/OAP £16.25, unwaged/ under 18s £15, Tue-Sat 7.15pm, Sun 3pm. Tennessee Williams’s drama.
FRINGE The 10th More London Free Festival At The Scoop: The Trojan War, Agamemnon & Orestes Ends Aug 5, The Scoop At More London, The Queens Walk, SE1 2AA London Bridge FREE, Thu-Sun 6.30pm-7.30pm, 8pm-9pm & 9.30pm10.30pm, signed perf Jul 26. Steam Industry’s three part adaptation of Oresteia. 1936 Ends Aug 5, The Lilian Baylis Studio, Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN Angel £25-£32, Tue-Sat 7.45pm, mats Thu, Sat 3pm, Sun 4pm, no perfs Jul 24, 27. The writer and former athletics coach Tom McNab’s drama which looks at the conflicts leading up to the Berlin Olympics. 27 Wagons Full Of Cotton & The Interview Ends Jul 26, The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, E1 6QL Liverpool Street £10.50, Mon-Sun 7.30pm, mats Sat 3pm, Tue 1pm. Two short dramas written by Tennessee Williams and Octave Mirbeau. Abbeyfest 2012 Merton Abbey Mills: Frank And Julie Colour House Theatre, Merton Abbey Mills, off Merantun Way, SW19 2RD Colliers Wood £5, Jul 24, 8pm. A variety cabaret show celebrating the Swing era and classic musicals.
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Theatre Abbeyfest 2012 Merton Abbey Mills: The Pirate Puppet Cabaret Colour House Theatre, Merton Abbey Mills, off Merantun Way, SW19 2RD Colliers Wood £10, concs £7, book via nautilustheatre@ gmail.com, Jul 25, 7.30pm. Cutting-edge puppetry shows for adults. As You Like It Ends Aug 4, St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, Bedford Street, WC2E 9ED Covent Garden £14, concs £10, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Fri-Sun 2.30pm, no mat perf Jul 29. Shakespeare’s comedic celebration of romance. As You Sow Theatre Delicatessen, 35 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4QA Baker Street £7, if seen with Fresh, Live & Dead £10, Jul 26, 9.15pm. An elderly man is tormented by his daughter’s decision to sell off part of the family farm. Beautiful And Dammed Ends Aug 31, Proud Camden, The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH Camden Town show and 3-course meal £49, Fri & Sat 8.30pm, doors 7.11pm. A cabaret and burlesque show heavily steeped in the debauchery of the 1920s. Camden Fringe 2012: Banal Conversations Starts Mon, ends Aug 1, Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, NW1 2PY Euston £5, Jul 30 & 31, 7.30pm. Ensemble theatre piece exploring human relationships. Camden Fringe 2012: Final Score Starts Mon, ends Aug 4, Tristan Bates Theatre, The Actors Centre, 1a Tower Street, WC2H 9NP Leicester Square £8, concs £7, Jul 30-Aug 1, 7.30pm, Aug 2-4, 9pm, Aug 4, 5pm. Drama about the unravelling of a lifelong friendship. Camden Fringe 2012: Is Anything Broken Starts Mon, ends Aug 4, Tristan Bates Theatre, The Actors Centre, 1a Tower Street, WC2H 9NP Leicester Square £8, concs £7, Jul 30-Aug 1, 9pm, Aug 2-4, 7.30pm, mat Aug 4, 3.30pm. Dark comedy drama exploring the conflict between career and family life. Charlie And Lola’s Best Bestest Play: Watershed Productions (Over 3s) Ends Aug 25, Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, SW19 1SB South Wimbledon Mon-Fri £14, Sat & Sun £16, concs £10, Jul 24, 27 & 28, Aug 1, 3 & 4, 7, 10 & 11, 14, 16, 18, 21 & 22, 25, 11am, Jul 24 & 25, 27 & 28, 31, Aug 1-4, 7-11, 14-16, 18, 21-23, 25, 2.30pm, autism friendly Jul 26, 2.30pm, after show talk Jul 28, 2.30pm, signed Aug 4, 2.30pm. Puppetry, live action and music based on Lauren Child’s characters. Coalition Starts Fri, ends Jul 28, Pleasance Theatre, Carpenter’s Mews, North Road, N7 9EF Caledonian Road £5, Jul 27 & 28, 7pm-8.30pm. Satirical drama about party politics, set in 2014. The Complex: Oedipus & Electra The Lion & Unicorn, 42-44 Gaisford Street, NW5 2ED Kentish Town £9, concs £7, Jul 29, 7.30pm & 9pm. Adaptation of Sophocles’s tragedy. Curtains Starts Wed, ends Sep 1, Landor Theatre, 70 Landor Street, SW9 9PH Clapham North £20, concs £18, From Jul 25, Tue-Thu, Sat 7.30pm, Fri 7pm, mats Sat & Sun 3pm (press night Jul 30, 7.30pm, no perf Jul 27). A musical comedy whodunit. The Detective Show Starts Thu, ends Jul 27, People Show Studios, Pollard Row, E2 6NB Bethnal Green £10, concs £8, Jul 26 & 27, 7.30pm. Contemporary murder mystery spoof.
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Dial L For Latch-Key & Leading The Witness Ends Jul 27, Upstairs At The Gatehouse, Hampstead Lane, N6 4BD Highgate £12, concs £10, Jul 24-27, 7.30pm. Hen House Press presents two one-act thrillers by Scott Fivelson. The Fear Of Breathing - Stories From The Syrian Revolution Ends Aug 11, Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10 9ED West Brompton Jul 17 & 18 £10, Jul 19-29 Wed-Sun 7.30pm & 3pm £14, concs £10, Sat 7.30pm £14, Tue £10, Jul 31, Aug 1-11 Wed-Sun 7.30pm & 3pm £16, concs £12, Sat 7.30pm £16, Tue £12, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat & Sun 3pm. Verbatim drama based on interviews, film footage and stories from inside Syria. The Fitzrovia Radio Hour Ends Jul 26, The New Diorama Theatre, 15-16 Triton Street, NW1 3BF Great Portland Street £10, Jul 24-26, 7.30pm. A satirical recreation of 1940s radio drama.
London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: You Me Bum Bum Train 2012 Ends Jul 26, reopens Aug 15, Empire House, 57 Broadway, Stratford, E15 4BQ Stratford £20, phone for availability. Physically challenging, immersive, participatory theatre experience. Fresh, Live & Dead Theatre Delicatessen, 35 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4QA Baker Street £7, seen together with As Ye Sow £10, Jul 26, 7.30pm. A horror story created, right in front of your eyes. The Greatest Show In The Universe Madame Jojo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, W1F 0SE Piccadilly Circus £20, adv £12, Jul 29, 8pm, doors 7pm. Variety show with live music and cutting-edge videos. Henry V Starts Thu, ends Aug 25, Old Red Lion, 418 St John Street, EC1V 4NJ Angel £10 & £17, From Jul 26, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Aug 5, 12, 19, 6pm, mats Aug 11, 25, 2.30pm, no perf Jul 27, Aug 3, 6-9, 17, 20-23. Shakespeare’s history play. An Incident At The Border Ends Aug 7, Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10 9ED West Brompton £14, concs £10, Sun & Mon 7.30pm, mats Tue 2pm. Comedy drama in which a courting couple are mixed up in international politics. Jack The Ripper’s London Ends Aug 5, The Stone Spike, 1 London Bridge, SE1 9BG London Bridge phone for prices. Crow Theatre explores the tale of the infamous killer’s last victim, Mary Kelly.
Jigsy Starts Sat, ends Jul 29, Upstairs At The Gatehouse, Hampstead Lane, N6 4BD Highgate £14, concs £10, Jul 28, 8pm, Jul 29, 4pm. Comedy drama dissecting the fortunes of a fading comedian. Les Enfants Terribles Ends Aug 11, White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, SE11 4DJ Kennington £14, concs £10, From Jul 24, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 6pm. A Life In Monochrome Ends Jul 28, The Space, 269 Westferry Road, E14 3RS Mudchute £12, concs £8, Jul 24-28, 8pm, no perf Jul 27. Musical drama set in the speakeasies of 1930s America. Live At The Hippodrome: Miss Polly Rae Ends Jul 28, The Hippodrome Casino, 1 Cranbourn Street, WC2H 7AJ Leicester Square £25-£35, Jul 2428, 8pm. Performance by the burlesque performer and star of The Hurly Burly Show. The London Revue Ends Aug 12, Canal Cafe Theatre, Bridge House Pub, Delamere Terrace, W2 6ND Royal Oak £10, concs £8.50, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 7pm, no perf Jul 24 & 25. James Michaolos’s musical celebration of London. Love Explosion! The Sebright Arms, 34 Coate Street, E2 9AG Cambridge Heath FREE, Jul 29, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Friendly Fire presents an improvised comedy drama. Mack And Mabel Ends Aug 25, Southwark Playhouse, Shipwright Yard, SE1 2TF London Bridge £10-£22.50, Jul 2427, Aug 13-25, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 3pm, Jul 28-31, Aug 1-12, Mon-Sat 8pm, mats Sat 3pm. Musical drama, based on the real-life relationship between film director Mark Sennett and actress Mabel Normand. Mess Starts Fri, ends Jul 28, Oval House Theatre, 54 Kennington Oval, SE11 5SW Oval £10, concs £7, Jul 27, 7.30pm, mat Jul 28, 2.30pm. The Most Dangerous Toy Starts Wed, ends Jul 28, Theatre 503, The Latchmere Pub, 503 Battersea Park Road, SW11 3BW Clapham Junction £10, concs £8, Jul 25, 28, 7pm. Normal Starts Thu, ends Jul 28, Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, NW1 2PY Euston £10, concs £7, 7.30pm-9pm. Drama based on the true story of a German serial killer. Oliver Reed: Wild Thing Starts Wed, ends Jul 26, The New Diorama Theatre, 15-16 Triton Street, NW1 3BF Great Portland Street £10, Jul 25 & 26, 9pm. Rob Crouch’s solo tribute to the actor. A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man Ends Jul 29, Pentameters Theatre, Three Horseshoes, Heath Street, NW3 6TE Hampstead £12, Tue-Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm. James Joyce’s semi-autobiographical novel, adapted by Tom Neill. Priceless London Wonderground: Gold Gold Gold - Alternative Opening Ceremony The London Wonderground Spiegeltent, Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Embankment £15 & £20, concs £13.50, Jul 26, 9pm. Alternative cabaret hosted by Anna Greenwood. Priceless London Wonderground: Slapdash Galaxy Ends Jul 27, The London Wonderground Spiegeltent, Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Embankment £10 & £15, Jul 24-27, 3pm. Shadow puppeteer Jeff Achtem takes his homemade creations into space.
Proud Starts Wed, ends Aug 12, LOST Theatre, 208 Wandsworth Road, SW8 2JU Stockwell £10, concs £8, From Jul 25, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sun 3pm (press night Jul 26, no perf Jul 29). Comedy about Olympic boxing hopeful. Rainbow Starts Wed, ends Jul 26, Rosemary Branch Theatre, 2A Shepperton Road, N1 3DT Old Street £10, concs £8, Jul 25 & 26, 7.30pm. Emily Jenkins’s drama exploring the lives of three strangers. The Revenger’s Tragedy Starts Wed, ends Aug 23, Old Red Lion, 418 St John Street, EC1V 4NJ Angel £10 & £17, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 2.30pm, Aug 5, 12, 19, 1pm, no perf Jul 26, 31, Aug 1 & 2, 10 & 11, 14-16, no eve perf Jul 28, Aug 4, 18. Thomas Middleton’s drama. SOLO Festival Of One Man Plays Theatre Collection, Above The Lord Stanley Pub, 51 Camden Park Road, NW1 9BH Caledonian Road £7, Jul 28, 1pm6.30pm.Series of solo plays. Sports Play Starts Mon, ends Aug 4, Chelsea Theatre, World’s End Place, SW10 0DR Sloane Square £12, concs £10, Jul 30 & 31, Aug 1-4, 7.30pm. Drama about the relationship between sports, violence and nationalism, written by Nobel Prize winning author Elfriede Jelinek. St John’s Night Ends Aug 4, Jermyn Street Theatre, 16B Jermyn Street, SW1Y 6ST Piccadilly Circus Jul 10 & 11 previews £14, Jul 12-31, Aug 1-4 £18, concs £15, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 3.30pm, Aug 2, 3.30pm. Henrik Ibsen’s first publicly performed play, a satirical comedy. Strip Search Ends Jul 26, Ye Olde Rose And Crown Theatre Pub, 53-55 Hoe Street, E17 4SA Walthamstow Central £10, concs £8, Jul 24-26, 9.15pm. A psychological drama written by Peter ScottPresland. Contains full male nudity. Union Gold - A Season Of Celebration: Cabaret Whore Union Theatre, 204 Union Street, SE1 0LX Waterloo £15, Jul 26, 8pm. Sarah-Louise Young reprises her hit show. Vera Vera Vera Ends Jul 28, The Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST Peckham Rye pay what you can, adv £10, concs £8, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Wed, Sat 3.30pm. A black comedy about what one is willing to fight for. Walk Like A Black Man Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, 410 Brockley Road, SE4 2DH Brockley £7, Jul 27, 8pm. A one-man show about identity. The Wam Bam Club Cafe De Paris, 3-4 Coventry Street, W1D 6BL Piccadilly Circus phone for prices, Jul 28, phone for times. Comedy, burlesque and cabaret-style entertainment. Who A Di Don Starts Sat, ends Jul 29, Broadway Theatre, Rushey Green, SE6 4RU Catford £25, Jul 28 & 29, 8pm. Comedy drama by Oliver Samuels. Who’s Dorian Gray? Starts Thu, ends Jul 28, Theatre 503, The Latchmere Pub, 503 Battersea Park Road, SW11 3BW Sloane Square £10, concs £8, Jul 26, 28, 9pm. Wild West End Pleasance Theatre, Carpenter’s Mews, North Road, N7 9EF Caledonian Road £5, Jul 29, 7.30pm8.50pm. Comedy revue parodying the nation’s favourite West End musical hits.
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