Secret Garden Concerts Return

The popular Secret Garden festival of music, comedy, theatre and literature returns for its second season with a wealth of international talent and the chance to savour some delicious food on summer evenings.

Master minded by Chris Grist, founder and artistic director of London Concertante, this year’s entertainment kicks off on Saturday 30 July. Events take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through to 12 September in a beautiful, candlelit garden in Streatham.

Here is a sample of some of the attractions on offer:

Playing Maggie, 30 July

Written and performed by Pip Utton, the play begins with an actor preparing to take on the role of Margaret Thatcher. ‘Maggie’ starts in conference speech mode but then invites the audience to join in a question and answer session. Who knows what will be asked? Or answered?

Jay Rayner Quartet, 31 July

Jay Rayner is not only a well known food critic but a gifted jazz musician and raconteur. Enjoy songs from some of the jazz greats, interspersed with anecdotes from Jay’s rich and colourful life.

London Concertante Soloists, Selected Dates

Schubert, Strauss, Vivaldi or Handel? Take your pick as various classical artistes perform for your enjoyment.

Sara Pascoe and Angela Barnes, 8 August

Raucous, down-to-earth comedy from two of Britain’s most popular comics.

This year’s Secret Garden performances also offer you the choice to indulge your taste buds with some delicious food. On various dates you can enjoy culinary delights from Nisha Parmar, semi-finalist in 2018 MasterChef UK or savour some Afghan-fusion barbeque treats from Cue Point. 

Secret Garden concerts take place at 53 Mount Ephraim Lane. To see the full programme offer, including food options, or to book, visit