Brixton Splash 10th anniversary @ Brixton / Sunday 2nd August 2015


From: noon-7pm

@ Brixton, London

Free family carnival

Founded in 2005, Brixton Splash is a not for profit community organisation providing a free one day community street festival in the heart of Brixton attracting over 20,000 people throughout the day.

During the rest of the year the organisation delivers an outreach programme for those disadvantaged or excluded within the local community.

STOREYS launch party @ White City / opening Friday 31st July 2015


Friday 5-11pm
Saturday 11am–11pm
Sunday 11am-8pm

@ Television Centre, 56 Wood Lane, London W12 7RJ

London’s newest rooftop bar featuring high end street food on top of the former BBC Car Park at Television Centre in White City.

A summer terrace hotspot with striking artwork, UK’s best street food traders and fantastic cocktails in an urban setting.

Spread over two levels with amazing sweeping views of west London from Friday to Sunday.

Fighting History @ Tate Britain / until 13th September 2015


Doors: 10.00–18.00 daily

Tickets: £12 book online

@ Tate Britain, Millbank London SW1P 4RG

From Ancient Rome to recent political upheavals, Fighting History looks at how artists have transformed significant events into paintings and artworks that encourage us to reflect on our own place in history.

From the epic 18th century history paintings by John Singleton Copley and Benjamin West to 20th century and contemporary pieces by Richard Hamilton and Dexter Dalwood, the exhibition explores how artists have reacted to key historic events, and how they capture and interpret the past.

Often vast in scale, history paintings engage with important narratives from the past, from scripture and from current affairs. Some scenes protest against state oppression, while others move the viewer with heroic acts, tragic deaths and the plights of individuals swept up in events beyond their control. The Death of Amy Robsart by William Frederick Yeames, which has been newly conserved for this exhibition, casts a spotlight on a historical mystery while John Minton’s The Death of Nelson offers a tender perspective on the death of one of England’s greatest naval commanders.

The exhibition also shows how contemporary artists, such as Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller, continue to engage with the traditions of history painting to confront modern-day tragedies and dilemmas.

Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea @ Natural History Museum / until 13th September 2015


Doors: 10am–5.50pm

Tickets: £10 book online

@ Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD

Our oceans are changing and coral reefs tell us how. Coral reefs are home to almost a quarter of all marine species. In this new exhibition you will meet the inhabitants of these richly diverse habitats, and find out why reefs are so important and how their future is being secured.

Encounter 250 strange and beautiful specimens from our collections including the gigantic Turbinaria coral, the venomous blue-ringed octopus and coral collected by Charles Darwin.

Take a virtual reef dive, see live sea coral and fish in our aquarium and enjoy spectacular underwater photography.

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon @ National Portrait Gallery / until 18th October 2015


Sat–Wed 10am–6pm
Thu–Fri 10am–9pm

@ National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE

Tickets: £9 book online

This fascinating photographic exhibition will illustrate the life of actress and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993). From her early years as a chorus girl in London’s West End through to her philanthropic work in later life, Portraits of an Icon will celebrate one of the world’s most photographed and recognisable stars.

A selection of more than seventy images will define Hepburn’s iconography, including classic and rarely seen prints from leading twentieth-century photographers such as Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Terry O’Neill, Norman Parkinson and Irving Penn. Alongside these, an array of vintage magazine covers, film stills, and extraordinary archival material will complete her captivating story.

Marc Quinn: The Toxic Sublime @ White Cube Bermondsey / until 13th September 2015


Doors: Tue–Sat 10–6pm

@ White Cube Bermondsey, 144 – 152 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ

An exhibition of new work by Marc Quinn. This exhibition, Quinn’s first at White Cube London since 2010, includes two new bodies of work and is the culmination of two years of investigation into natural phenomena and our distanced and complex relationship with the environment.

‘The Toxic Sublime’ series are distorted, three-dimensional seascapes that blur the boundaries between painting and sculpture. They begin with an inherently contradictory artistic gesture whereby Quinn submits a photograph on canvas of a sunrise to a process of aggressive alteration. The photograph is first sanded and taped, then spray-painted through various templates comprising flotsam and jetsam gathered from the beach. Once this process is complete, the artist takes the canvas out onto London streets and introduces the impressions of drain covers into the surface of the work. This intrusion is suggestive of how water, which is free and boundless in the ocean, is tamed, controlled and directed by the manmade network of conduits running beneath the surface of the city.

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Turner Contemporary @ Margate, Kent / all year


Doors: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm

@ Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, Kent CT9 1HG

Return train ticket from St Pancras (King’s Cross) or Stratford for around £30

Free entry

One of the UK’s leading art galleries, situated on Margate seafront, on the same site where Turner stayed when visiting the town, Turner Contemporary presents a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions, events and learning opportunities which make intriguing links between historic and contemporary art. The gallery offers a space for everyone to discover different ways of seeing, thinking and learning.

Katrín Sigurðardóttir: Supra Terram @ Parasol unit / until 8th August 2015


Tuesday–Saturday 10am–6pm
Sunday 12–5pm

@ Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, 14 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW

Supra Terram is a large and ambitious cavernous structure that extends through the ceiling of the ground-floor gallery into the one above.

The ceiling/floor between the foundation’s lower and upper galleries seems to slice horizontally through the sculpture.

Although influenced by the artist’s fascination with folly architecture, the work itself is inspired by Sigurðardóttir’s interest in the dichotomies of perception present in nearly all matters of life. Such binaries have been at the core of most of her works, from Boiserie, 2010–2011, an installation she created for an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, to Foundation, 2013, which she built for the Icelandic pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Duane Hanson @ Serpentine Galleries / until 13th September 2015


Doors: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm

@ Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive, London W2 2A

Free entry

Throughout his forty-year career, Duane Hanson (1925–1996) has made lifelike sculptures portraying working-class Americans.

Throughout his forty-year career, Hanson created lifelike sculptures portraying working-class Americans and overlooked members of society. Reminiscent of the Pop Art movement of the time, his sculptures transform the banalities and trivialities of everyday life into iconographic material. The exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery presents key works from the artist’s oeuvre.

Frame: dance fitness and yoga @ Shoreditch and Queen’s Park / all year


Doors: various

29 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EY

Frame Queen’s Park,
27 Beethoven Street, London W10 4LG

Prices: from around £9 per class

Trendy fitness studio based in east and west London, host to a wide range of classes to ensure you’ll never get bored. Also running many pop-up events and international retreats.

Make sure you check out their useful and entertaining blog and collaboration with Whistles.