If you haven’t got tickets to Lords for the Ashes this week, don't despair! There's still heaps of fun stuff to enjoy in London over the next seven days. Here are some of my highlights:
Electric Daisy Carnival, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 20 Jul
This week, I’ve news of yet another fantastic music festival right on your doorstep. If you want to see some of the world’s leading dance music acts (Tiësto, AVICII, Steve Angello and Hardwell to name but a few) then the Electric Daisy Carnival this weekend is the gig for you. Add to that carnival rides, art installations, and hundreds of costume-clad performers and I guarantee you’ll be in for a wild time at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this Saturday…
A nice free recommendation for those of you feeling strapped for cash as the week wears on: this Sunday, the ever-lovely Alexandra Park is celebrating its 150th birthday with a party, and you’re invited! As well as bandstand entertainment, farmers’ market and funfair, you can get involved in tree climbing, archery and pedalo races. Festivities kick off at 11 and run until 10pm.
Dirty Dancing, Piccadilly Theatre, 13 Jul-22 Feb
As fans of the film know, nobody puts Baby in the corner. So it remains true in London, where the hit stage musical version of the classic film Dirty Dancing returns, again, for yet another West End run. This classic coming-of-age romance is unstoppable: a winning combination of hit tunes, top choreography and hilariously cheesy script. Even if you’ve seen it before, you’ll still have fun seeing it again. Altogether now: “I carried a watermelon”…
Richard Rogers: Inside Out, Royal Academy, 18 Jul-13 Oct
Another birthday this week: renowned architect and Royal Academician Richard Rogers turns 80. And in his honour, the Royal Academy is staging an exhibition exploring his ideas and ethos. Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out will examine the effects Rogers’ active interest in social justice has had on architecture and public policy for more than half a century. A must-see for any architecture fans.
Tour De France Fan Park, Canary Wharf, 15-21 Jul
Alas, you’ll have to wait for the 2014 Tour to actually see any live cycling action in London, but you can still have fun watching all the action on the big screens this summer. From today, the Tour de France Fan Park will be open from 11am to 10pm, offering you free coverage of the cycling as well as the chance to nibble on French food, buy cycling goodies, and buy beer to add to the festival atmosphere.
Of course, this is just a taster of all the exciting things happening in London this week. To get a comprehensive list of what's on, go to visitlondon.com/things-to-do.
What have you got planned this week in London? Let us know in the comments below.