What’s on soon

Tours of a Tall Sailing Ship – Saturday 29 July -10:00am – 4:00pm – Thames Quay, West India Dock, Canary Wharf E14 9SG

The Peruvian Navy’s training ship, B.A.P. Union will be in London for a few days, and there will be a chance to go on board for a look around. Due to its features and dimensions, it has been considered (as of the date it was commissioned) the largest sail vessel in Latin America.

Cost: Free – no need to book tickets just turn up.


Old Coulsdon Annual Exhibition – Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July

Old Coulsdon are holding their Annual Exhibition at Cameron Hall, Congregational Church, Old Coulsdon CR5 1EH on the weekend of Saturday 29 (11-5pm) and Sunday 30 July (11-4pm). Entry is free, browse around and vote for your favourite photo. Refreshments available and parking in street close by.


Painted Hall Ceiling Tours – Thursday 27 to Monday 31 July – 12:00 noon – 4:00pm

The famous painted ceiling in Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval College is currently undergoing restoration, giving workers, and visitors a rare chance to get up close to the paintings. Painted between 1707 and 1726, the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College hides many surprises. Take a ceiling tour via a special observation deck and discover the painting’s mysteries as they are revealed for the first time in half a century. Cost: £10.


Parks: Our Shared Heritage – Thursday 27 to Monday 31 July – 10:00am to 5:00pm – Free

Mall Galleries, St. James’s SW1

Today, London’s parks host festivals, provide perfect picnic spots and are a calm oasis away from the city streets. A few hundred years ago, however, most of us wouldn’t have been able to step foot on the grassy expanses. ‘Parks: Our Shared Heritage’ explores how these areas have transformed from monarchical deer hunting grounds into the public parks we know and love today. In the first exhibition dedicated to this rich history, see rare artefacts, oil paintings, photographs, and historical documents spanning three centuries.


Lambeth Palace Gardens Opening – Friday 4 August  – 12:00 noon – 3:00pm

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is once again opening the garden of Lambeth Palace to visitors on a regular monthly basis. Until recently, members of the public have only been able to visit the 11-acre garden on special occasions during the year, or during pre-booked guided tours.

This year it will be open on the first Friday afternoon each month for anyone who wishes to visit.

Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available to purchase, together with plants from the garden, Lambeth Palace honey and souvenirs.

There is plenty of interest all-year-round, from masses of spring bulbs and blossoms, through to summer tranquillity and lovely autumn colours. Visitors can also see Cardinal Pole’s historic white-fleshed fig tree, first planted on the site in 1556. Cost: £5 to go to a chosen charity


Photography evenings at St Paul’s Cathedral – Thursday 27 July then August 10, 17 and 24 August, followed by the Bank Holiday weekend of 25, 28 and 31 August.

Ordinarily, visitors to St Paul’s Cathedral during the day are not supposed to take photos, but for seven evenings, the Cathedral is opening its doors to photographers. The relaxation of the photography ban is part of a series of late openings for the summer months. Throughout the evenings, drinks and light food will be available in the crypt cafe and the Cathedral shop will be open, offering a range of gifts and mementos.

Note though that tickets give access to the Cathedral floor and crypt. The Dome galleries will not be open.

Tickets cost £10 and can be booked here


NOT The Royal Academy, Llewellyn Alexander Gallery 124-126 The Cut, Waterloo SE1 8LN – until 19 August.
Over 12,000 paintings are submitted each year to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (running now until 20 August). Only 800 pictures finally make it onto the walls, so what happens to the paintings that are not accepted? Inspired by the original Salon des Refusés held in Paris in the 19th century and celebrating its 27th year, NOT The Royal Academy at Llewellyn Alexander Gallery is a feature of London’s summer art scene. All paintings are for sale and may be taken immediately, creating space for another to be displayed, resulting in an ever-changing exhibition. nottheroyalacademy.com.


Festival of Flight Airshow Flying Display – Biggin Hill – Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August

Tickets will be limited to 15,000 per day and only available for purchase as E-tickets via www.lbhacommunity.co.uk/tickets. Tickets will not be sold on the day at the venue


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