When it seems like the whole city is outside exploring the great outdoors, probably squashed into one of London's rooftop bars, it's time to shift from the sofa and get out there with them. We've rounded up the best things to do across the capital during this fine month – and don't forget there's also a generous helping of bank holidays coming your way, so there's really no excuse to get out there and smell the roses.
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Read our round-up of open-air theatre events for the summer ahead. You'll find London's best outdoor productions at venues as world-famous as Shakespeare's Globe, in parks as pretty as Regent's Park or at festivals as vibrant as More London Free Festival. Not sure what you'll need for an open-air theatre trip? Then don't miss our guide to all the practical open-air theatre info you could need.
Disney's lavish musical adaptation of its enormo-smash 1992 film has already been a walloping smash in New York, and this West End transfer has been on the cards for yonks. The London production will be anchored by Broadway cast member Trevor Dion Nicholas, who will follow in the late, great Robin Williams's footsteps in the pivotal role of the wisecracking Genie. Expect flying carpets, lavish special effects, and to have 'A Whole New World' stuck in your head for about a month.
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There's an emphasis on British produce at this spacious Hilton London Bankside restaurant and bar. It's a slant that seems a sensible one, given that the venue is a turnip's lob from Borough Market. The kitchen is headed up by Paul Bates, who has joined from Mayfair's Beaumont Hotel. He's put together a menu ranging from Gloucestershire beef sirloin with bearnaise sauce to hake from New Haven, served with a squid, mussel and shrimp stew. The kitchen is open for breakfast through to dinner.
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