Summer in London is like nowhere else and there is never a shortage of things to do and see. Here is our pick of what not to miss, from the most talked-about theatre shows to the chicest exhibitions.
Art and culture: Manolo Blahnik and Wallace Collection
If shoes are your kryptonite, you won’t want to miss the Manolo Blahnik and Wallace Collection exhibition. Created to celebrate the long-running relationship between the museum and footwear designer, the exhibition showcases a selection of archive shoe designs and the sculptures, furniture and paintings that helped inspire them. Highlights include a pair of candy-coloured shoes worn in Sofia Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette. The exhibition runs until September 2019 and is free.
Theatre: Present Laughter and the Barber Shop Chronicles
Noel Coward’s Present Laughter has recently opened at the Old Vic and is set to be one of the most buzzed-about plays of the summer. 70 years after it was first performed in London in 1942, it returns to the stage starring Fleabag’s Andrew Scott as Garry Essendine who depicts a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness. Additionally, Barber Shop Chronicles- a new play set across one day in barber shops from Peckham to Lagos and Johannesburg – is back from a sell-out world tour. It returns to London on the 18thof July and, judging by the rave reviews, you should grab a ticket as soon as you can.
Family: Summer Streets Festival
The Summer Streets festival takes place on London’s Regent Street and celebrates all things wellness, art, culture, food and fashion with the help of local businesses, restaurants and retailers. Planned for Sunday the 14thof July, 21stJuly, 18thAugust and 15thSeptember, the famous shopping destination will become pedestrianised for the day, allowing visitors to enjoy everything from live music and pop-up tennis courts, to energetic Barry’s Bootcamp workout classes, DJ workshops and mini pamper sessions with the likes of Kiehl’s and L’Occitane. Keep up-to-date with Summer Streets activity on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Party: Pride Parade
London’s annual Pride Festival is a celebration of the capital’s LGBT+ community that sees over 300 groups and floats travel from Portland Place station to the iconic Trafalgar Square. This year it’s taking place on Saturday July the 6thand is set to be even bigger than 2018, where approximately one million people joined in the festivities. Dress up in your finest rainbow colours, grab a whistle and a banner and soak up the feel-good atmosphere. It’s guaranteed to be a great day that runs well into the night, too.