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.Read more
This exhibition charts the career of Ove Arup (1895-1988), an incredibly influential engineer of the 20th century whose projects include the Sydney Opera House and Penguin Pool at the London Zoo. Large scale prototypes, building components, digital animations, models and previously unseen archive material shed light on Arup's design philosophy.Read more
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.Read more
Wake not a sleeping lion unless you want a very nerve-wracking night's sleep at the zoo's new Land of the Lions development. Book into the Gir Lion Lodge for the night and you and your chosen companion will bed in just next door to the resident big cats. As well as your stay in the private cabin the experience includes a two-course dinner, an exclusive evening tour of the zoo, breakfast and a morning tour.Read more