The most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world and represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting. 🎨👩🎨👨🎨🖌
With a first prize of £35,000, and a total prize fund of £74,000, the Award is aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon and develop portraiture in their work. Over the years this has attracted over 40,000 entries from more than 100 countries.
The BP Portrait Award is in its thirty-ninth year at the National Portrait Gallery and twenty-ninth year of sponsorship by BP and continues to be an unmissable highlight of the annual art calendar. Since its launch it has been seen for free by over 6 million people.
Lord’s Cricket Ground is the place to be this summer, as Vitality Blast games on Thursday nights remain throughout August. 🏏
Known for its fast pace, big hits and fantastic atmosphere, a T20 game at the Home of Cricket is the perfect event for sports fans, as well as those looking for a night out to enjoy with friends and family.
An array of international stars are set to grace the hallowed Lord’s turf, including the likes of England’s Eoin Morgan and Dawid Malan, plus Middlesex’s overseas signings Dwayne Bravo and Ashton Agar.
Located a stone’s throw away from St John’s Wood Station, Lord’s Cricket Ground is just ten minutes from central London and twenty minutes from Canary Wharf on the Jubilee line, making it an easy and convenient destination for an after-work night out.
Peepshow turns cabaret on its head, literally. Join Circa as they embark on a seductive dance through the hall of mirrors that is your imagination, Peepshow lurches from the thrillingly acrobatic to the comically playful. Expect teetering towers of balanced bodies, extreme bending and devilishly precarious aerials. 🎪 🍹 🎡
Peepshow combines some of the finest acrobatic talent on the planet under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz to create a playfully exhilarating ride into the beautifully bizarre recesses of your mind.
Go to Peepshow and see the world from the other side of the mirror.
A destination to inspire and enable creative self-expression, you can join artists in the transformation of a blank space into a living work of art. 🎨 🍸
Discover mixology as an art form and explore the endless possibilities for creating personal twists on cocktails with Bombay Sapphire.
All ticket proceeds go to Developing Artists, a registered charity working to support the arts in post-conflict nations and deprived communities. Their projects connect people and institutions in some of the world’s most disadvantaged areas with an international network of arts organisations and practitioners.
Developing Artists strengthens underprivileged and marginalised communities by providing constructive outlets for their creative life, and transformative long-term opportunities for self-expression and professional development.
The festival is increasingly powered by the incredible network of local people, groups, organisations and businesses that are at the heart of the event’s continued success. 🎉
The Barbican is a world-class arts and learning organisation in the heart of The City presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning events. Committed to ‘arts without boundaries’.
At Walthamstow Garden Party, the Barbican continues to build on its history of programming and partnerships with artists and organisations in east London.
An exhibition that celebrates the phenomena of skateboarding, with the photographers and filmmakers who documented the movement. Despite the subculture’s influence and resonance in almost every aspect of popular culture, this emblem of freedom and rebellion has been largely ignored as an artistic form. 🤘
Brought together for the first time, this historical review highlights behind the scene glimpses and cultural shifts associated with skateboarding. Pioneering figures skating Southern California pools and schoolyard banks of the 1970’s are portrayed, as well as devious manipulations of urban architecture shaping new chapters of skateboarding’s evolution.
The photographers featured are known for circulating imagery from within an active community, and have taken countless risks in uncontrollable, and at times reckless or controversial environments. Often dismissed for solely capturing the decisive moment or ‘peak action trick’, this wide ranging genre of photography has expanded to many documentary and artistic styles and continues to exist through its own decree. The exhibition focuses on content falling outside the commonly held frame, and offers a number of lenses through which to view its many histories.
Archival material from SkateBoarder, Thrasher, Transworld, R.a.D (Read and Destroy), Sidewalk, 411 Video Magazine and other publications features media that was essential to circulating information about skateboarding and contributed to the international force it is today.
A celebration of all things feline, Catfest makes its debut in London, showcasing stylish cat-related products, books and art, cat-themed cocktails, vegan street food, along with meet-greets with feline superstars and inspiring talks from bestselling writers and animal experts. Plus an onsite adoption lounge brought by the beneficiary charity ACE Dog, Cat & Kitten Rescue to help cats in need. 😻
SHOP + PLAY
Festival goers can buy buzz-worthy and hard-to-find cat products and quality food, cat-inspired accessories for people, art and books. Enjoy amazing vegan street food, kitty-themed cocktails and cakes and meet feline superstars.
LEARN + ADOPT
Connect with feline experts and other cat lovers, see cat films and listen to talks from animal experts including BBC’s Big Cats About the House star and bestselling writers Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats) Gwen Cooper (Homer’s Odyssey).
Christo and Jeanne-Claude are celebrated for their ambitious sculptural works that intervene in urban and natural landscapes around the world and temporarily alter both the physical form and visual appearances of sites. 😃
This summer, in the heart of London, the Serpentine Galleries presents a major exhibition of the artists’ work, which draws upon their use of barrels to create artworks. Simultaneously, Christo presents The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park 2016 – 2018, a temporary floating sculpture on The Serpentine lake.
The biggest, fastest city centre zip wire in the world in the heart of London. 😱
The zip wire:
New for 2018, Zip Now will be operating THREE 225 meter-long zip wires. This will allow friends and family to ride alongside each other for even more fun and thrills. The wire starts at 35 meters high. To give you some idea, that’s the height of 9 double-decker buses! From the top, you’ll get a whole new perspective on London with views of Westminster and Battersea and much further afield. Zip Wires are suitable for the whole family and require no previous experience or training. You’re clipped in, so don’t need to have a strong grip and can’t fall off.
The mega drop:
The Mega Drop freefall jump is located on the landing tower and allows riders to take a more stylish exit than simply descending the stairs. The Mega Drop requires riders to take a step into the void, with a stomach-flipping freefall followed by a gradual slowing towards ground. It’s a bit like a bungee jump without the bounce. Jump from a height of 15 meters and let Mega Drop catch you. No previous experience or training is required. It’s the perfect ending to your Zip Now experience.
Archbishop’s Park, Carlisle Lane, Lambeth, London SE1 7LE
Japan House is the new cultural home of Japan in London. Presenting the very best of Japanese art, design, gastronomy, innovation, and technology, it deepens our appreciation of all that Japan has to offer. Part of a global initiative led by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there are two other Japan Houses in Los Angeles and São Paulo. 🇯🇵
Japan House aims to provide a forum for creative and intellectual exchange between Japan and the rest of the world, by inviting guests from all backgrounds and with a variety of interests to explore, interact with, and immerse themselves in Japan’s rich and diverse culture.
Located on London’s Kensington High Street, the experience is an authentic encounter with Japan, engaging and surprising even the most knowledgeable guests.