Things To Do This Week In London: 9 July-15 July

Things to do this week is sponsored by the RHS Plant & Art Fair.

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Kew The Music at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

SUMMER SPORT ON SCREEN: Looking for somewhere to watch the World Cup? Check out our full guide here. If Wimbledon is more your thing, we've got a guide on where to watch that too.

KEW THE MUSIC: Glasto, watch your back — The Royal Botanic Gardens' series of summer picnic concerts returns this week with an eclectic mix of live music. Headliners include The Human League, The Gipsy Kings, Steps, and Boyzone. Kew Royal Botanic Gardens (Richmond), £45, book ahead, 6pm, 10-15 July

EARTHQUAKES IN LONDON: From the writer of Doctor Foster and King Charles III comes a politically charged tale involving burlesque strip shows, bad dreams, social breakdown, population explosion, and worldwide paranoia. See Mike Bartlett's Earthquakes in London, a rollercoaster ride of a play that take you from 1968 to 2525. Bridewell Theatre (Blackfriars), £14, book ahead 10 July-14 August

ESCAPE ROOM: This one's not for the faint-hearted. Picture the scene — you're trapped in a blood-soaked pyschopath's lair, and your only hope of avoiding a grizzly end is solving the hellish puzzles your dastardly captor has dreamed up. Do you and your friends have what it takes to outwit an evil genius? AIM Escape (Whitechapel), £30, book ahead 9 July-30 November

Monday 9 July

A side-splitting sleepover with Cambridge Footlights.

GRAMMAR TIME: What does it mean to speak proper English? With a language as mutable and diversely spoken as this, the prioritisation of grammar in the school curriculum has become a contentious issue. Join the British Library for a day of discussion on English grammar and vocabulary. British Library (Euston), £10, book ahead, 9.30am-5pm

PILLOW TALK: Cambridge Footlights, the comedy troupe that counts David Mitchell, Mel Giedroyc and Richard Ayoade amonst its alumni presents a night-time themed feast of sleep talk, Freudian slips, bedtime stories, and skits that go bump in the night. The Comedy Store (Soho), £12, book ahead, 7.30pm

Tuesday 10 July

Wine-fuelled wanderings at Fulham Palace Gardens.

GARDENER'S EVENING WALK: Fulham Palace's head gardener Lucy Hart invites you for a glass of wine and an evening ramble through the estate's beautiful botanic garden. You'll get to explore 13 acres of greenery, and learn about its vibrant history, future plans, and the secrets of seasonal growing. Fulham Palace, £9, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm

SHOW FIZZ-NESS: Calling all fizz fanatics — The Vino Beano are letting their Grower Champagnes, cava, prosecco and English sparkling wine flow at the Royal Society of Sculptors. That's a whole lotta bubbles. The Royal Sculptors (South Kensington), £30, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm

CONNECT 4 DATING: Wow potential lovers with your strategic brilliance over a game of childhood fave Connect Four. If the potential awkwardness of speed-dating makes you squirm, this game-ified version provides the perfect ice-breaker. Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross), £16, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

WHERE THE HELL IS BERNARD: Haste Theatre mixes magical visuals, live song, movement, and clowning to conjure up a darkly comic cautionary tale. In a city where no one ever plays or leaves, a package of items finds its way to the Lost and Found Office. But, to quote Brad Pitt in Se7en, 'What's in the box?' Blue Elephant Theatre (Camberwell), £7.50, book ahead, 8pm

Wednesday 11 July

HYDE PARK SCAVENGER HUNT: Uncover Hyde Park's hidden history in a hunt that will put your knowledge of the natural world under the microscope. Armed with up to three of your brainiest mates and a fully charged smart phone, you'll be competing to solve as many clues as you can within your two-hour slot. Hyde Park, £40 per team (maximum of 4), £40, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

LITERARY DINNER: Feast your ears on Ayesha Harunna Attah's The Hundred Wells of Salaga, as the novelist herself reads from her latest book. While you're transported to a royal court in pre-colonial Ghana, you'll tuck into a buffet of the country's contemporary cuisine. Your ticket also gets you a signed copy of the novel. Zoe's Ghana Kitchen (London Fields), £35, book ahead, 7pm


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Grow your art collection this summer at the RHS Plant & Art Fair

Who said you need a garden to get creative with plants? The RHS London Plant & Art Fair is hitting the capital’s turf this July, and it’s bringing with it the best in botanical art and photography. The best bit? You don’t need to be an expert to join in — there’s something here for plant lovers and art novices alike.

The two-day event sees more than 40 exhibitors showcase the best of their botanical works, with flower exhibits, Bonsai gardens and summer planting inspiration galore. There are plenty of opportunities to get hands on too, with a programme of free talks, live demos and workshops taking place, covering everything from Japanese flower arranging to botanical painting and inspiration.

Want first dibs? See the show before the crowds at the Late Event, with a live DJ and food to kick off celebrations.

The RHS Plant & Art Fair London is on 10 July 5pm-9pm, 11 July 11am-8pm, and 12 July 11am-6pm. Tickets start at just £5. Click here to book.


Thursday 12 July

See The Tempest in the grounds of an 18th century villa.

LATE NIGHT VINTAGE SHOPPING: How does a night of bargain hunting at the world's oldest surviving Grand Music Hall sound? For one night only, Wilton Music Hall's Grand Auditorium will be transformed into a cornicopia of exquisite vintage wares for you to browse while being entertained by a 1920s jazz band. Wilton's Music Hall (Whitechapel), £3, just turn up, 4.30pm-9.30pm

ADVENTURE FILMS UNDERGROUND: Catch a screening of three of the world's best adventure films while on a mini adventure of your own, 50ft deep in a Grade II* listed railway tunnel shaft. We bet you've never done cinema like this before. Brunel Museum (Rotherhithe), £25, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm (partner)

LAKE OF STARS: St Mary's Music Hall has teamed up with Malawi's Lake of Stars festival to bring you a banging night of new music. Founding Clean Bandit member, Love Ssega, headlines with his vibrant mix of New Wave, 80s hip-hop, Congolese Rumba and NYC disco. St Mary's Music Hall (Walthamstow), £10, book ahead, 6.30pm-10.30pm

THE TEMPEST: Pull up a deck chair in the glorious grounds of Chiswick House for an evening of Shakespeare, courtesy of an all-male theatre troupe (so authentic). The Lord Chamberlain's Men will be digging out their Elizabethan regalia for a performance of the Bard's mystical masterpiece, The Tempest. Chiswick House & Gardens, £15, book ahead, 7.30pm

NOWHERE NIGHTS: Soak up the bohemian vibes of a Parisian jazz bar — minus the pricey Eurostar fare — with Nowhere Nights. This popular evening of performance poetry and live jazz is back at the Green Note. The Basement Bar, Green Note (Camden), £12, book ahead, 8pm

Friday 13 July

Punch and Judy life drawing comes to Dulwich Picture Gallery.

DINNER WITH A VIEW: A new restaurant and bar open at the top of the Gherkin today. Helix offers contemporary British dining, while Iris opens the building's 360 degree views to the public for the first time. Reservations only, no walk-ins, permanent addition

SPECTACULAR SCIENCE: This is not your average science lesson. From exploding elephant's toothpaste, to vortex generating dust bins, TV astronomer Mark Thompson is here to show the whole family just how magical matter can be. The Royal Institution (Mayfair), £16, book ahead, 6pm-7pm

DULWICH GALLERY LATE: If you do like to be beside the seaside, grab your bucket and spade and head to Dulwich Picture Gallery's last Late of the season. They're going coastal with nostalgic knees-up that boasts more than a hint of kitsch — their take on end-of-the-pier entertainment includes a vintage seaside singalong, a postcard printing workshop, and Punch and Judy life drawing. Dulwich Picture Gallery, £12, book ahead, 6pm-10pm

DRUMS AND COLOURS: See the first ever UK presentation of Derek Walcott's epic play Drums and Colours. In a single evening, you'll traverse 600 years of Caribbean and European history, with the likes Christopher Columbus, Sir Walter Raleigh and Toussaint L'Ouverture cropping up along the way. British Library (Euston), £12, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

DON'T LOOK BACK IN ANGER: Indulge in a bit of 90s nostalgia at an interactive exhibition celebrating the decade's best music, art, and cultural phenomenons. Did we mention there's pic 'n mix? The Underdog Gallery (Southwark), £6, book ahead, 7pm-1am

Saturday 14 July

Trapeze time at Circus Glory.

TRAPEZE TRAINING: Get one step closer to running away with a circus at an intensive trapeze class for grown-ups. Whether you've taken a swing at it before, or you're a complete newbie, Circus Glory is here to show you the ropes. Circus Glory (Primrose Hill), £25, book ahead, 11am - 1pm

BASTILLE DAY BRUNCH: Vive la révolution! In honour of Bastille Day, Citadelle gin are hosting a delightfully boozy brunch. Chase down your G&T oyster serve with your choice of a liberty, equality, or fraternity-themed cocktail alongside a main inspired by French cuisine. Neptune Restaurant, The Principal Hotel (Bloomsbury), from £18, book ahead, 11am-3pm

COMIC AND ZINE FAIR: London's most talented zine and alternative comics creators are coming to South Norwood to showcase their work. Treat yourself to unique new read, or show off your own work at the communal table. Who knows? It could lead to your big break. The Stanley Halls (South Norwood), free entry, book ahead, 12pm-6pm

THE BUSTER KEATON STORY: Follow the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of legendary silent film star Buster Keaton at the Edinburgh preview of When You Fall Down. A real treat for those with an interest in early cinematic icons, or who simply love a bit of slapstick, you'll see recreations of Old Stone Face's classic routines, and maybe even a bit of magic. Pleasance Theatre (Islington), £10, book ahead, 2pm

Sunday 15 July

A soca Sunday at Lee Valley Beach.

CARIBBEAN BEACH CARNIVAL: White sand, tropical run punch, and soca rhythms — Lee Valley Beach has everything you need to get into the carnival spirit. Summer babies, this might be your lucky day — entry is free for everyone with July birthdays. Lee Valley Beach (Waltham Cross), from £10, book ahead, 1pm-11pm

LONDON GAMING MARKET: Bag yourself a retro bargain as London Gaming Market returns to bring you classic video games, rare merch, and collectables. If you're feeling properly old school, they've got a stellar selection of board games, too. Royal National Hotel (Russell Square), £5, just turn up, 11am-4pm

VERTIGO: Creative camera angles, deceptive dopplegangers, an iconic Hitchcockian blonde — erotic thriller Vertigo has it all. See the beautifully restored Hitchcock classic today. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), £11, book ahead, 3pm

ZAZUTINANY: Try your luck at a wonderfully daft comedy game show featuring live acts, men with fringes, and exquisite choreography. After all, what better way to round off your week than taking home their coveted Haribo trophy? 2 Northdown (King's Cross), £6, book ahead, 9pm

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