What is the Udderbelly Festival?
Ever wondered what that giant purple cow grazing behind the London Eye is? It's the Udderbelly! Each summer the 400-seat temporary venue provides a vast array of entertainment, from outlandish cabaret to daytime children's shows and the biggest selection of comedy in London.
Beside the big moo is a large outdoor bar and selection of upmarket food stalls which can be enjoyed without a ticket. Plus, next to the upturned cow is another temporary venue – the London Wonderground – a huge spiegel tent playing host to circus, cabaret and much more. What better way to spend the summer?
When is the Udderbelly Festival?
The Udderbelly Festival runs April 7-July 17 2016.
The London Wonderground runs from May 5-September 25 2016.
What sort of thing can I expect?
People telling jokes and being funny, more or less. Pus lots of circus and cabaret acts. Don't believe us? Here's a highlights package from Time Out Live's opening gala in 2013.
Tickets for this year's Udderbelly Festival are available online here or by phoning 08445 458252.
To get to the Udderbelly Festival, take the Bakerloo, Northern or Jubilee line to Waterloo, take the south bank exit, follow signs to the Southbank Centre, turn left just before Hungerford Bridge and you'll see the Udderbelly on your left in Jubilee Gardens.
Udderbelly Festival's address is: Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX.
See the best of Udderbelly 2016
Incredible hip-hop improv team Abandoman just keep getting better and better. The multi-award winning troupe duo – made up of Rob Broderick and James Hancox – create off-the-cuff raps and songs from a handful of audience suggestions with astonishing results, and each year their show has a different format, theme or narrative running through it. They're taking up residency at the Udderbelly with their latest hit, 'Life + Rhymes'.Read more
In tandem with cheeky partner-in-crime Monkey, London stand-up Nina Conti has helped resurrect a dying comic art with her jaw-dropping ventriloquism skills. In the process, she’s stormed the BBC’s ‘Live at the Apollo’, played to sold out theatres and earned a Bafta nomination for documentary ‘Her Master’s Voice'. In her latest (largely improvised) show, the British Comedy Award winner slaps a dummy’s mouth on to unsuspecting audience members and turns them into her puppets. It’s one way of dealing with hecklers, I suppose.Read more
Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin has long been a favourite on the UK comedy circuit, and is a regular on the 'Royal Variety Show'. But now he's a full-blown US star, having won 'America's Got Talent' last year, and performing headline shows in glitzy Las Vegas. In his new show, 'Spongefinger', he'll probably be joined by his usual sponge sidekicks Sam, OAP Albert and Baby for a slick hour of slick, sharp gags.Read more