The Londoness

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Londoness Loves – July 2018

It’s a swell time of year in London isn’t it? Tennis season has kicked off, London has gone art crazy and the sun is shining! It’s a busy month ahead for Londoness with plenty of theatre and with Mark Rylance coming back to Shakespeare’s Globe, no less! And let’s not forget, this month sees the release of Mamma Mia 2  – I’m already dancing like a queen with excitement. Stay cool, London. Here’s the best of things to do in London this July.


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Explore a magical land of funky hippos, fairies and sorcery in Waterloo Vaults’ latest immersive adventure. Disney’s Fantastia  has been reimagined with installations featuring cutting edge binaural sound, 3D projections, elaborate set designs and dazzling lighting. Opens 3 July

Lehman Trilogy

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With Sam Mendes directing and trio Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles treading the boards, the Lehman Trilogy surely is going to deliver another hit for the National Theatre. Staged in three parts over the evening, the play charts the story of Henry Lehman’s arrival in New York in 1844, through to the demise of the company in 2008. Opens 4 July

Independence Day Party at the Benjamin Franklin House

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Celebrate American Independence Day at the Founding Father’s house with a 30-minute tour of the world’s only remaining Franklin home. Cake and a glass of bubbles follows the tour. 4 July

Frieze Sculpture

Frieze Sculpture returns to The Regent’s Park for three months this summer, featuring works by 25 contemporary and modern artists presented by world-leading galleries. 4 July

The Skating Rink

A bit further up the road in Wormsley, leading British composer David Sawer and playwright Rory Mullarkey have teamed up for the Olympian task of staging opera on ice, in a heatwave no less. Opens 5 July

Art Night

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Art Night is London’s largest free contemporary art festival. With a trail that runs from the South Bank to Battersea Power Station, the festival is curated by the Hayward Gallery and includes artwork and pop up performances in over 60 locations. Visitors should come prepared for a stroll through public parks and gardens, historic buildings and unusual sites. 7 July

RAF100 Parade

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Royal Air Force

Over one thousand RAF personnel will take part in the parade at 11.25am on The Mall, followed by an historic flypast with 100 aircraft performing their magical dance above Buckingham Palace. 10 July

King Lear

Most ordinary mortals won’t have bagged a ticket in time for Ian McKellen’s King Lear,  so thank goodness we’ll be able to catch him in screenings across the country on September 27. This unmissable production is McKellen’s last major Shakespearian role, (sob, sob!) so I’ll remind you again in my September Londoness Loves. Opens 11 July

River Stage

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The National Theatre’s River Stage festival kicks off on the 13 July with free live music, dance, theatre and family workshops every weekend until the 12 August.  Each of the five weekends is uniquely curated, with The Glory opening the festival and featuring the delicious Le Gateau Chocolat (above). If you missed him in Twelfth Night  at Shakespeare’s Globe, you can catch him on Southbank during the weekend of the 13 July. 13 July to 12 August

A Monster Calls

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Patrick Ness’s magical novel is brought to the stage by Sally Cookson of Peter Pan  and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe  fame. A tree monster visits an unhappy boy, Conor, who is caught between the grief for his sick mother and his inner demons.  Opens 13 July


I’ve been counting down the days until Othello  opens at Shakespeare’s Globe, and have even bought two sets of tickets so I can return for an encore in August. It stars Mark Rylance as Iago, with his wife, Claire van Kampen, directing. If you love Shakespeare, this one is unmissable. Look out for my review later in the month. Opens 20 July

Prince and Patron and Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace

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Michael Noakes – Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother © Anya and Jonathan Noakes

To mark the 70th birthday of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales this year, visitors to the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace will enjoy a special display featuring a number of works of art personally selected by His Royal Highness. Highlights include Zoffany’s The Tribuna of the Uffizi and a cloak belonging to Napoleon Bonaparte. Opens 21 July

Soane Lates: A Midsummer’s Sonean Dream

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Explore the revival of Shakespeare in Regency times as you take in the trail of objects and paintings in the collection that marked Soane’s admiration for the playwright and his works. The event begins with an introductory talk, and throughout the evening, Shakespearean actors and ‘Mrs Soane’ will be interacting with guests, performing scenes and readings and hosting poetry reading competitions. 27 July

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