Newcomer Jamael Westman leads the British cast in the long awaited West End transfer of Lin Manuel Miranda’s historic hip hop opus. It’s not just 18th-century breeches – the tunes, heartbreak and political intrigue are uproariously modern.
Before his untimely death in 2017, Tunisian couturier Azzedine Alaïa spent a year working with London’s Design Museum on a retrospective celebrating his 35 years in fashion. Curated by the master craftsman himself, the more than 60 pieces on display explore his meticulous, innovative approach to cut, fit and tailoring. Sultry, sculptural and thoroughly modern, his gowns form the centrepiece of a posthumous show that is as poignant as it is flamboyant.
This O2 exhibition traces the evolution of DC Comics’ Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, alongside a line-up of villains. See original storyboards, iconic memorabilia (Reeve’s cape, Bale’s bat pod) and comic book issues from the very first.
A satirical take on media, fame and justice, Chicago still captivates audiences. It returns to the West End this year with a brand-newcast, Cuba Gooding Jr in a starring role and a razzle dazzleof show-stopping musical numbers.
Anthea Hamilton (sculptor of the Turner 2016’s gilded buttocks), transforms Tate Britain with sculptures and a performer with a squash for a head. Costumes by Loewe’s creative director and a minimal set create a strikingly strange experience
Ten years of seismic shifts in global politics told through the lens of graphic design. The show’s name references Shepard Fairey’s iconic Obama poster and its many wry reworkings, but work here reflects a whole world’s worth of struggles.
For the tenth year in a row, the giant Underbelly cow arrives on London’s South Bank to play host to comedy, circus acts, cabaret, street food and all-round summer revelry. This edition features a bumper crop of more than 70 shows, ranging from family fun to burlesque battles.
Exploring the complex relationship between fashion and the natural world over 400 years, this V&A exhibition touches on inspiration, craft and sustainability. Highlights include a spectacular Victorian feather cape and dresses made from grape waste and recycled plastic bottles, as well as a collection of protest garments, such as Katharine Hamnett's provocative Clean Up or Die collection. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.
Riverside supper club Amateur Table gives fresh talent a platform to shine. The summer line-up is tantalising: a Middle Eastern feast in June and a mid-summer Swedish celebration from founder Lily Gjertsen in July.
Tunisian couturier Azzedine Alaïa spent his last year working with London's Design Museum on a retrospective celebrating his 35 years in fashion. Curated by the master craftsman, this posthumous show is as poignant as it is flamboyant.
This photographic display examines London after dark, from the end of the 19th century to the present day. It casts the capital in moonlight and streetlight, sketching an evocative, sometimes uneasy portrait of its distinctive beauty.
Last Days of Shoreditch is a dose of summer living just off the Old Street roundabout. Expect street food, clever cocktails, top-drawer DJs, a karaoke room and, if last year was anything to go by, a deckchair-dotted beach to recline on.
Orla Kiely’s bold, stylish patterns have adorned everything from mugs to cars. This Fashion and Textile Museum show delves into the designer’s archives for a behind-the-scenes look at her inspiration, methodology and wider impact.
The brainchild of Coachella’s organizers, this shiny new festival boasts a plethora of big names. Weekend-long proceedings kick off with Björk, The xx and LCD Soundsystem at Victoria Park, followed by a series of standalone gigs and community events.
Dancer Akram Khan’s long career has spanned collaborations with Juliette Binoche, Kylie Minogue and the London Olympics. His Sadlers Wells swan song Xenos revisits the myth of Prometheus against the backdrop of the First World War.
Lee Bul’s politically charged art was influenced by South Korea’s move from military dictatorship to democracy. Her new immersive installations, drawing from sci-fi and anime, invade and overtake the Hayward Gallery on its 50th anniversary.
In the shadow of City Hall, the Scoop amphitheatre is the setting for a heady summer programme of free outdoor events, tasty treats and riverside sundowners. Plus live music from the likes of vintage trio The London Belles.
Eccentric, energetic and unpredictable, Pardip Kapil has made a name for himself with colourful, celebratory installations. Drop in to this free Tate Modern workshop and help create an immersive, site-specific work with the artist.
After selling out at street food markets for the past five years, chef Mandy Yin is finally opening up a permanent restaurant in Highbury. Grab a table at Sambal Shiok to get a taste of London’s most talked-about Malaysian Laksa.
Walk into the vaults of Tobacco Dock during Junipalooza and you'll be handed a tasting glass, an event guide and some water. The four-room 'Gin Odyssey' showcases more than 100 gins, each one free to sample, neat or with tonic.
London’s secret gardens and private rooftops – many usually closed to visitors – open for the weekend. Grab a ticket for a chance to nose around (and lounge in) the capital’s under-the-radar green spaces.
In a 60-year career spanning pop art, minimalism, conceptualism and surrealism, Ed Ruscha’s subject matter has remained the same: America. His new show offers a contemporary riff on Thomas Cole’s paintings – also currently on show at the National Gallery.
Provocateur-in-Chief Grayson Perry is handed the curator’s hat for this year’s Royal Academy summer spectacular. It’s the world’s largest open-submission art show, so expect a suitably eye-popping array. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.
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The Beach Boys, Lionel Richie and Paloma Faith take to the stage at this year's Hampton Court Palace Festival. Explore the spectacular Tudor grounds or hire a waterside gazebo to picnic in style before the concerts start.
For five days, Regent's Park transforms into a food lover's heaven as London's best restaurants gather to show off their culinary wizardry. Expect live cooking demos, cocktail masterclasses, and cheese and chocolate tastings galore.
Famed for her reimagining of urban spaces, Mexico City’s Frida Escobedo is the youngest ever architect to tackle the Serpentine’s prized pavilion. Her Hyde Park structure plays with light and reflection in a nod to Mexican courtyards of old.
This power couple famously covered Paris’s Pont Neuf in cellophane, and wrapped Berlin’s Reichstag. When Jeanne-Claude died in 2009, Christo continued their work. This exhibition is accompanied by his first UK public sculpture, on the Serpentine lake.
Hosted by four culinary whizzes in an East London distillery, these intimate pop-up dinner parties are summer’s hot ticket. Expect menus ranging from Georgian feasts to West African fusion, paired with perfectly chilled vodka cocktails.
Mozart’s legendary lothario, Don Giovanni, returns to the Royal Opera House stage in the tragicomic opera that has entranced since 1787. Kasper Holten’s dazzling production incorporates award-winning set design and inventive video work.
Celebrating contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic traditions, the V&A’s Jameel prize makes for a remarkable exhibition. This year’s nominees include a fashion designer, a collective of embroiderers and an architect.