Key dates for your diary, and all the blockbuster shows you should be booking right now.
A month-long festival of maritimethemed events celebrating Old Father Thames. Look out for historic tall ships in Greenwich, some great walks and talks, and opportunities to go mudlarking with shoreline pros. Various venues. totallythames.org
Nicole Kidman returns to the West End to take the lead role in Anna Ziegler’s play about Rosalind Franklin, the often-overlooked scientist who was pivotal in the discovery of DNA. Noël Coward Theatre. Buy tickets.
The thinking raver’s dance festival, packed with influential DJs from across the genres and around the world. Definite highlights will include Armand Van Helden’s ’90s set. Finsbury Park. ceremonyfestival.com
Side-splitting stars such as Tim Key, Adam Buxton, Bridget Christie and Richard Herring will be doing their mirthsome thing in a tent in the grounds of the beautiful Old Royal Naval College. National Maritime Museum. greenwichcomedyfestival.co.uk
From canvas to car bonnets and pinball machines, this exhibition will explore the vast influence of ’60s pop art on trends and movements all around the world, from the political to the consumerist. Tate Modern.
Buildings that are generally off-limits throw open their doors to visitors during this annual architecture festival. Burlington House – home to several royal societies – and the Inns of Court are among this year’s highlights. Various venues.
The Chinese artist and political activist takes over the Royal Academy’s main galleries with a retrospective spanning his often controversial career. Royal Academy.
Our favourite flame-haired foghorn plays four sold-out dates, capping an amazing year that has seen her headline Glastonbury and top the album charts. Alexandra Palace. Buy tickets on the Time Out Ticket Exchange.
Culinary impresarios Gingerline stage their largest immersive dining event to date. Be poised to grab a ticket when the next wave is released on September 14. Secret venue. chambersof flavour.co.uk
Ridley Scott blasts back to his sci-fi roots with this hotly anticipated adaptation of Andy Weir’s hit novel, starring Matt Damon as an astronaut struggling to survive after being accidentally left on Mars.
Fifty breweries from 16 countries will be serving an array of hoppy concoctions in the tunnels beneath Waterloo. Beer! The Vaults. londonbeercarnival.com
This annual festival is returning to the BFI, and its opening night film ‘Suffragette’, starring Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, is worth chaining yourself to the railings over. lff.org.uk
The capital’s leading art fair returns to its temporary pavilion in Regent’s Park to showcase work from nearly 200 international galleries. Regent’s Park. friezelondon.com
The world’s favourite martini-supping psychopath returns for the twenty-fourth movie in the 007 franchise. Daniel Craig’s Bond will be pitted against Christoph Waltz’s shadowy bad guy, with Sam Mendes reprising directorial duties.
London’s foremost Mexican restaurant chain celebrates the Central American nation’s colourful answer to Halloween with this all-day event which fuses food, music, film, immersive theatre and art. The Horrors and Crystal Fighters will perform on the main stage. Tobacco Dock. wahaca.co.uk/dotd
Whovian nerds will be spoilt rotten at this threeday event with a variety of panel discussions, cast appearances and other Tardis-related fandom at this major celebration of the much-loved BBC show. ExCel London. doctorwho.tv
Contemporary jazz giants including Courtney Pine, Melody Gardot, Jamie Cullum and, erm, Ice-T will perform in venues dotted around the city as part of this broad annual festival. Nice! Various venues. efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk
From Damon Albarn comes this musical inspired by ‘Alice in Wonderland’, in which Lewis Carroll’s psychedelic fantasy land is replaced by a virtual reality world. National Theatre.
Touring their second album, ‘Every Open Eye’, the synthy Scots will perform their biggest headline show to date, with support from electro wizard Four Tet. Alexandra Palace.