London’s Summertime playground : The London Wonderground

We love the London Wonderground, and at this time of year, everything is in full swing! With the warm summer evenings setting in, the Paradiso Spiegeltent on the Southbank is now surrounded by a fun fair and a whole new selection of great outdoor bars and chill out spaces to tickle your after-work fancy.

And the best part? It’s at this time of summer that the London Wonderground truly earns it’s name as a location for cabaret, circus, burlesque, alternative comedy and family entertainment. Your London summer home away from home. I’m not kidding, the lineup is intense!

After work Pimms in the sun at the London Wonderground

Bearded electro-cirque-cabaret Barbu is leading the way, followed by acclaimed drag act Trevor Ashley – who was a star of the original Australian stage adaptation of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. He will be bringing back the diva’s diva in Liza’s Back (is broken) on August 31, and September 2 & 3. Sarah-Louise Young’s Cabaret Whore, an act full of vocal skill and solid comedy will burn up the stage on September 6. Followed by Ida Barr’s Eyes Down! Bingo, the original potty-mouthed hip-hop grandmother” on 10 September.

We’ve always said that the Wonderground boasts some of the best and certainly the biggest range of burlesque and cabaret in London at this time of year with the House of Burlesque on August 17, September 1 &7, our favourite Miss Polly Rae returns with Between The Sheets – if you haven’t yet seen the smouldering, scintillating red head in action then you most definitely should on August 18 & 25, September 8.

Searching the best acts on offer

Our favourite game show is also back in full, anarchic, “the only show where you’re encouraged to get your phones out” style with Miss Behave’s Game Show every Monday in September. The visually stunning noir cabaret of Hotel Black Cat is also in residence on Fridays until August 26.

But that’s not all, the Wonderground maintains diversity and a reputation for being an idyllic day retreat for the whole family with the hip-hop street-dance circus version of the Jungle Book brought by Metta Theatre until August 28, which will be followed by the circus-theatre fairytale fun of Bedtime Stories, and of course Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dancehall on September 3, 11, 18 & 25.

Fancy a Heineken?

Proving that the London Wonderground is the place to be, the whole affair is heralded by the return of Briefs the “cult hit, anarchic, all-male burlesque-circus-cabaret extravaganza” with all seven stars returning to the Wonderground after their recent stint at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They’ll be in town for a limited run from 9 through to 24 September! You won’t want to miss out, and if you’ve seen them before, you know you’ll want to return!


Tickets for Briefs, and the full range of wondrous entertainment on offer are available at the box office down on the Southbank or go to for tickets and full lineup!


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