Guide to what’s on in London in June 2014
Spring flew by and now we’re in June, the summer is finally here (let’s hope it sticks around and provides some decent weather!). Aside from Wimbledon and World Cup, there’s also plenty going on in London around town. Festival season is kicking off with a mix of free and paid-for events in the capital.
For a guide to open-air cinemas in London, click here.
For a guide of where to watch the World Cup and Wimbledon on the big screen this summer, click here.
For a guide to music festivals in and around London this summer, click here.
- 2 – 8 June : London Wine Week
Bars, restaurants and other surprising venues are celebrating London Wine Week with a variety of offers and events around the capital. To get the most out of it, buy a £10 wristband so you can enjoy wine at some of the capital’s best restaurants for as little as £5. For more information, visit the London Wine Week website.
- 4 – 7, 11-13, 18-20 June : More London Free Festival
Free fringe festival in The Scoop, near Potter’s Field Park by the Thames. Starting with an opening street party with live Latin and Caribbean music and dance. Shows include The Pantaloons – History Of Britain and Merry Opera Company – Kiss Me, Figaro. The Scoop, Queen’s Walk, SE1 2DB. Nearest tube: London Bridge. For more information and listings, visit the More London website.
- 6 – 8 June : Stoke Newington Literary Festival
A festival featuring readings, workshops and performances at venues across the suburb, including the Town Hall, Library and Abney Park Cemetery. Tickets range from free to £10. Ray Davies, Mark Kermode, Lynn Barber and Jukebox Fury among the names taking part. For more information and tickets, visit the Stoke Newington Literary Festival website.
- 6 – 8 June : Sidelines: Football Film Festival
A weekend of thought-provoking films based around sport and human rights hosted by Amnesty International. Includes the UK première of Eric Cantona’s new documentary Looking for Rio. Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare St, Hackney, E8 1HE. Nearest train/overground: Hackney Central. For more information visit the Amnesty International website.
- 6 – 8 June : London Swing Festival
Fifth annual London Swing Festival. Once again we bringing together people from all over the world, a team of inspiring teachers and fabulous bands to some of London’s finest ballrooms for an annual celebration of Swing dance and Swing music in London. For more information, vist the London Swing Festival website.
- 6 – 8 June : London Foodies Festival @ Clapham Common
Enjoy fine food and drink, teach your kids to cook in the Children’s Cookery Theatre, listen to live music, tea dances, vintage kitchen market and watch chefs in action such as Natalie Coleman, Shelina Permalloo. Steven Edwards, Andrew Kojima, Mat Follas and Steve Groves. Tickets start from £12. 11am-8pm. Clapham Common, SW4. Nearest train station: Clapham Common or Clapham Junction. For more information and tickets, visit the Foodies Festival website.
- 6 – 8 June : Junipalooza Gin Festival
An event dedicated to gin, featuring fun, immersive installations that combine botanicals, industrial warehousing, music and gin. There will be a variety of bars serving over 40 gins. For more information, visit the Gin Foundry website. Tickets start from £20. Factory 7, 13 Hearn Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3LS. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street. For more information, visit the Gin Foundry website.
- 6 – 8 June : Polo In The Park
Bringing polo from the country estates into London. As well as watching the polo, there is plenty of entertainment and food and drink venues, including Gourmet Street Food Mark; Mahiki Bar; The Polo Bar; The Pimms’ bus; luxury shopping village and Club Med Kids. Tickets start from £30 (adults), £15 (children). Hurlingham Park, Fulham, SW6 3RH. Nearest tube: Putney Bridge or Parson’s Green. For more information and tickets, visit Chestertons Polo In The Park’s website. To read about Metro Girl’s visit to the polo last year, check out this post
- 6 – 21 June : Spitalfields Summer Music Festival
Two week festival incorporating classical music, contemporary music, family activities and bespoke tours. Some events are free, while others will cost. For more information, venues and tickets, visit the Spitalfields Music website.
- 6 June – 25 July (Fridays Only) : London Zoo Lates
Visit London’s iconic zoo after-hours on Fridays in June and July. All the usual fun… except with alcohol and no screaming children! Includes pop-up bars, live music, food market and other entertainment. Embrace your inner child and rent a costume or buy an animal mask. Metro Girl went in 2012 and a had a great time. Tickets are £28 and must be booked in advance, but sometimes early booking discounts are available. Located on Outer Circle (Regent’s Park), NW1 4RY. Nearest tube: Camden Town or Regent’s Park. For more information, visit the London Zoo website.
- 8 June : Gumball 3000 Festival & Rally
The Gumball rally rolls into London for one night only, but to celebrate Regent Street will be closed off to non-Gumball traffic for the whole day for a street festival. Including extreme sports demonstrations, live music, celebrity appearances, kids’ zone, car display and more. The Gumball cars are expected to arrive at 6pm, having driven from Edinburgh, via Manchester. Noon-11pm. Nearest tube: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Gumball 3000 website. For more information, read Metro Girl’s blog post on Gumball 3000.
- 8 June : Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair
Once a year there’s a chance to pick up some bargains from the art world. Over 80 pitches, including Sir Peter Blake, Gavin Turk, Tracey Emin & Emin International, Bob & Roberta Smith, Polly Morgan, Mat Collishaw, Keith Coventry & Turps Banana, Pure Evil, Pam Hogg and Daniel Chadwick. From 12-6pm. Brick Lane Yard (corner of Brick Lane and Buxton Street), E1. Nearest overground: Shoreditch High Street. For more information, visit the Art Car Boot Fair website.
- 12 June : Brazil Day
Warm up for the 2014 World Cup by celebrating the best of Brazilian culture in Trafalgar Square. Free. 12-7pm. Nearest tube: Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the London.gov.uk website
- 12 – 15 June : Affordable Art Fair
For those among us who aren’t loaded, this event is a chance for people to buy a unique piece of art or photography for their homes at an affordable price. There are over 100 galleries, with pieces for sale ranging for £40 to £4,000. Admission costs £10.80-£12.96 in advance, more on the door. Lower Fairground Site, East Heath Road, Hampstead, NW3 1TH. Nearest tube: Hampstead. For more information and tickets, visit the Affordable Art Fair website.
- 13 – 22 June : Meltdown
This year’s Meltdown Festival on the Southbank has been curated by James Lavelle. Features performances, talks, and screenings. Including gigs by Grandmaster Flesh, Unkle: Redux, Chrissie Hynde, Mark Lanegan DJ Shadow and much more. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX. Nearest tube: Waterloo. For booking and more information, visit the Meltdown website.
- 13 – 25 June : East End Film Festival
Diverse film festival including premieres, industry masterclasses, free pop-up screenings and immersive live events at venues across the East End. For more information, visit the East End Film Festival website.
- Now until 14 June : Both Sides Now @ National Theatre
Photographic exhibition of 1960s singer-songwriters living in Laurel Canyon and the new wave bands in downtown 1970s New York. Entrance: Free. Open Monday – Saturday 9.30am-11pm, Sundays 12-6pm. Lyttelton Exhibition Space, National Theatre, Upper Ground, Southbank, SE1 9PX. Nearest tube: Waterloo. For more information, visit the National Theatre website.
- 14 June : The Big Noise Festival
A one day festival organised by the Big Issue Foundation in Peckham. Featuring live music, comedy, poetry, theatre, and art at the Bussey Building/CLF Arts Café. Money raised going to help the homeless. Advanced tickets £15. 2pm-4am. 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST. Nearest train: Peckham Rye. For more information, visit the Big Noise Festival website.
- 14 June : Fair In The Square
Spring fair featuring entertainment, children’s activities, stalls, and live music in Highgate. 12.30-5.30pm. Pond Square, Highgate Village, N6 6BS. Nearest station: Highgate. For more information, visit the Fair In The Square website.
- 14 – 15 June : Open Garden Squares Weekend
Two day event where private squares and community squares that are normally off-limits to the public open their doors. Tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the day and give you access to all gardens and a guidebook. For more information, visit the Open Square website.
- 18 – 22 June : Taste Of London
The hugely popular food festival returns to Regent’s Park. As well as a host of different cuisines to try, there’s also the chance to attend workshops and talks by Michel Roux Jnr, Neil Rankin, Theo Randall, Jason Atherton, amongst others. Will feature pop-ups of London’s best friends, including Avenue, Duck & Waffle, Gaucho, Theo Randall, Flesh & Buns and Barbecoa. Tickets start from £25.80. Regent’s Park, NW1 4NR. Nearest tube: Regent’s Park. For more information and tickets, visit the Taste Of London website. For a post on this year’s Taste Of London, click here.
- 20 – 28 June : Greenwich and Docklands International Festival
Nine day celebration of free outdoor performing arts, including theatre, dance, and street arts. At various venues across Greenwich and Docklands. For more information, visit the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival website.
- 21 June : CoppaFeel! FestiFeel 2014
Festival curated by Fearne Cotton aims to raise awareness for the charity CoppaFeel, which encourages women to check their breasts for signs of cancer. Performances from Rizzle Kicks, Lianne La Havas, Zane Lowe, Swim Deep, Norman Jay and more. 1pm onwards. Tickets: £23. London Fields Brewery, 365-366 Warburton Street, E8 3RR. Nearest train station: London Fields. For more information, visit the Festifeel website.
- 21 – 22 June : West End LIVE
The casts of some of the West End’s biggest shows perform live in Trafalgar Square over the weekend for free. Sat: 11am-6pm, Sun: 12noon-6pm. Nearest tube: Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the London.gov.uk website.
- 22 – 29 June : Pride In London
Six day festival celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. Featuring music, talks, screenings, walks and performances. The highlight is the free parade on 28 June from Baker Street (1pm), along Oxford Street and Regent Street and finishing in Trafalgar Square around 4pm. For more information, visit the Pride London website.
- 22 June – 17 July : City Of London Festival
One month long festival across the City to entertain residents, workers and visitors. Features music, visual arts, dance, cabaret, film, walks and talks. Includes concerts in St Paul’s Cathedral and circus performances in St Bartholomew-The-Great church and The Gherkin. A majority activities are free, but some performances cost up to £20. For more information, visit the City Of London website.
- 26 – 29 June : Crystal Palace Overground Festival
Four day community arts festival in featuring live music stage, food and craft stalls, arts workshops, sports and children’s activities. Takes place around the Crystal Palace triangle. Nearest train/Overground: Crystal Palace. For more information, visit the festival website.
- 29 June : Dragon Boat Festival
Forty dragon boat teams will race at the London Regatta Centre in Docklands. As well the race, the free festival includes martial arts displays, live East West music festival, traditional lion and dragon dancing, a Hong Kong food festival, cultural festival and children’s games. 10am-5pm. Nearest tube: Royal Albert (DLR). For more information, visit the London Chinatown Lions Club website.
- Now until 13 July : Udderbelly Festival
Udderbelly returns to the Southbank for a sixth year, featuring three months of comedy, circus, cabaret and family shows at affordable prices (£10-£25.50) in an inflatable upside down cow venue. Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. Nearest tube: Waterloo. For more information and tickets, visit the Udderbelly website.
- Now until 17 August : The Fashion World Of Jean Paul Gaultier
Exhibition of work by the acclaimed designer, including his iconic conical brasserie worn by Madonna, costumes for Kylie Minogue’s tour and from Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element. Tickets: £14.50, highly recommended to book in advance. Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS. Nearest tube: Barbican or Moorgate. For more information, visit the Barbican website.
- Now until 7 September : Gorilla Circus – Flying Trapeze School
Gorilla Circus returns to Regent’s Park for its summer season so you can learn to trapeze. Beginners classes start from £27 for two hours. Booking must be done in advance. For more information and booking, check out the Gorilla Circus website. Metro Girl had a lesson in 2012 and had a really good time – read what happened here.
- Now until 28 September : London Wonderground
The London Wonderground Festival returns to the Southbank for a third year – an entertainment extravaganza in Jubilee Gardens, near the foot of the London Eye and by the Southbank Centre. It includes cabaret, children’s show, comedy, burlesque and alfresco drinking. For Metro Girl’s blog post on last year’s Wonderground, click here. Open all day until 11pm every night. Free to get in, but entry fee for shows. Nearest tube or train: Waterloo, Embankment or Westminster. For more information, visit the Wonderground website.
- Now until December : Bond In Motion
An exhibition of James Bond vehicles. Tickets – Adults: £14.50, Children: £9.50. Booking in advance highly recommend. London Film Museum, 45 Wellington St, Covent Garden, WC2E 7BN. Nearest tube: Covent Garden or Temple. For more information, visit the London Film Museum website.