Guide to what’s on in London in June 2016
Summer is here! After a rather changeable May, the summer season is now in full swing. As you would expect, there’s a host of alfresco fun taking place throughout June. Here’s a guide to what’s on around the capital.
To find out where to watch Euro 2016 and Wimbledon on the big screen, click here.
For a guide to music festivals in London this summer, click here.
For a guide to open-air and pop-up cinemas in London this summer, click here.
- 1 – 30 June : London Festival Of Architecture
A month long celebration of architecture, with this year’s theme being ‘community’. Featuring talks, installations, tours, exhibitions, open studios, film screenings, debates and conferences. At various venues around town. For more information, visit the London Festival of Architecture website.
- 1 June – 2 July : LIFT Festival
Lift festival returns to the capital, brining ‘pioneering new theatre, spectacular performances and moments of magic’. Over 30 events at locations across London featuring work from 14 countries, including Argentina, Belgium, Greece, Poland, Canada, Japan, Australia, the USA, Lebanon and Syria. For more information, visit the LIFT Festival website. For Metro Girl’s blog on the LIFT Festival, click here.
- 1 June – 3 July : Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: Somme 100
Outdoor exhibition features images of the present-day battlefields alongside archive pictures of the trenches during the Great War. Free. Guildhall Yard, City of London, EC2V. Nearest station: St Paul’s. For more information, visit the City Of London website.
- 1 June – 31 October : London Bridge City Summer Festival
Replacing the More London Free Festival is an expanded festival featuring live music, theatre and dance performances, fitness classes, film and sports screenings and return of the London Riviera pop-up bar and restaurant. Free. Events taking place between Tower Bridge and London Bridge on the south bank of Thames. Nearest stations: Tower Hill or London Bridge. For more information, visit the London Bridge City Summer Festival website.
- 2 – 5 June : Sundance Film Festival – London
The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, comes to London to showcase the best of independent movies, featuring UK and International feature film premieres, 15 shorts and special events. Individual tickets from £15. Festival pass £150. VIP pass £450. Picturehouse Central, corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Great Windmill Street, Piccadilly, W1D 7DH. Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus. For more information and tickets, visit the Sundance London website.
- 2 – 26 June : Spitalfields Summer Music Festival
Festival incorporating classical music, contemporary music, family activities and bespoke tours. Highlights include a concert in the Tower Of London’s chapel, recitals throughout Spitalfields and more. Tickets range from free to £30. For tickets, visit the Spitalfields Music website. For more information on the festival, check out Metro Girl’s blog post.
- 2 – 30 June : Happy Birthday, Miss Monroe
An exhibition of limited edition prints of Marilyn Monroe to celebrate what would have been her 90th birthday, with the opportunity to purchase. 10am-6pm. The Showroom Presents…, 25 Effie Road, Fulham Broadway, SW6 1EL. Nearest station: Fulham Broadway. For more information, visit the ONGallery website.
- 3 – 5 June : Chestertons 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 Mahiki Bar; Lanson Champagne Garden; Fentiman’s Botanical Garden, MINT Bar and Garden, Pimm’s Bus, luxury shopping village and Kids Club. Tickets: £35-45 (adults), £10-15 (children). Hurlingham Park, Fulham, SW6 3RH. Nearest station: 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 Polo In The Park, check out this post.
- 3 – 5 June : Stoke Newington Literary Festival
A festival featuring readings, workshops and performances at venues across the suburb. Speakers include Zandra Rhodes, Nikesh Shukla, Brix Smith Start, Janet Ellis and many more. Tickets range from free to £12.50. Venues include Clissold House, Abney Public Hall, Stoke Newington Town Hall, The Haunt and William Patten School. For more information and tickets, visit the Stoke Newington Literary Festival website.
- 3 June – 15 July : Sunset Safari
London Zoo’s summer evening openings on Fridays are open to friends, couples and families. You can see the animals getting ready for bed on a self-guided Safari Trail. There will also be entertainment and a world food market. 6-10pm. Tickets: Adults £27, Children £20.25. London Zoo, Outer Circle (Regent’s Park), NW1 4RY. Nearest tube: Camden Town or Regent’s Park. For more information and booking, visit the Zoological Society London website.
- 4 June : Blitz Party
Step back in time to the 1940s for a themed night of patriotic revelry, featuring swing dancing, big band music, cocktails, performers, dance classes and vintage makeovers. Dress code: 1940s glam, home front utility clothing and allied uniform. 8pm until late. Tickets from £30. In a secret East London bunker, with location revealed near the time. For more information, visit The Blitz Party website.
- 5 June : London Pizza Festival
A celebration of one of the most popular foods, featuring five different pizzerias taking part. 1-6pm. Tickets: £28.50 (inc 5 quarter pizzas, 1 glass of Skinner’s Lushingtons Sunshine Pale Ale or San Pellegrino sparkling fruit beverage and entrance to the festival). Borough Market (enter from Stoney Street), Borough, SE1 1TL. Nearest station: London Bridge. For more information, visit the Young & Foodish website. For Metro Girl’s blog post on Borough Market, click here.
- Now until 6 June : Brockley Street Art Festival
One week long celebration of street art, featuring local, national and international talent. Featuring activities for adults and children alike, including colouring competition, mural painting, live DJs and talks. Various venues around Brockley, SE4. For more information, visit the Brockley Street Art Festival website.
- 6 June : Laugh Out Loud for Lively Minds
Comedy night to raise money for Lively Minds, which funds education projects in Ghana and Uganda. Hosted by Tom Allen and features Nina Conti, Felicity Ward, Ellie Taylor, Ed Gamble, Rhys James and Rachel Parris. Doors open 6.30pm. Tickets: £18. The Comedy Store, 1a Oxenden Street, Piccadilly, SW1Y 4EE. Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the Lively Minds website.
- 6 – 10 June : Soho Create
A five day festival celebration the best of Soho’s creative scene, including discussions, speeches, talks, chats, drinks, performance and parties. Speakers include director Asif Kapadia, actors Toby Jones and Denise Gough, theatre director Paulette Randall, fashion designers Henry Holland and Patrick Grant, chefs Mark Hix and Nuno Mendes and many more. Various locations in Soho. Nearest stations: Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road. For more information, visit Soho Create.
- 8 – 9 June : Beating Retreat
An evening pageant of music, horses, cannons and fireworks against the backdrop of St James’s Park and Horse Guards Parade. A military precision drill from the Household Division in the week preceding Trooping The Colour. 8pm. Tickets from £15. Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, SW1A 2AX. Nearest station: Charing Cross, Embankment or Westminster. For more information, visit the Household Division’s website.
- 9 June : Royal Opera House BP Big Screens
Watch the Royal Opera House’s production of Nabucco live on the big screens in Trafalgar Square and General Gordon Square in Woolwich. Simply bring a cushion or blanket and find a spot. Free. Pre-performance screening from 7pm. For more information, visit the Royal Opera House website.
- 10 – 11 June : Notting Hill Gin Festival
Over 100 gins to try, talks and presentations, cocktail demos, goodie bags, garden party, DJ, saxophonist and music. Fri 6-11pm, Sat 12.30-11pm. Tickets: £12.50-£17. Acklam Village Market, 4-8 Acklam Road, Notting Hill, W10. Nearest station: Ladbroke Grove or Westbourne Park. For more information, visit the Fatsoma website.
- 10 – 12 June : Carters Steam Fair @ Peckham Rye
The vintage travelling funfair sets up camp in Peckham Rye, featuring rides from the late 19th century to the 1960s. Open Fri 4-10pm; Sat 12-10pm and Sun 12-8pm. Free admission. Peckham Rye, SE15 3UA. Nearest station: Peckham Rye, Nunhead or East Dulwich. For more information, visit the Carters Steam Fair website.
- 10 – 26 June : Pride In London
Two week festival celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. Featuring music, talks, screenings, walks and performances. The highlight is the free parade on 25 June from Portland Place (Regent Street) 1pm to Whitehall (ending approx. 4.30pm). Also on 25 June will be a Pride street party hosted by Archer Street in Soho from 12-7pm. For more information, visit the Pride London website.
- 10 June – 14 July : Harlequin EURO Festival
Five week programme of free dance and music shows to celebrate European culture, languages and folk traditions. Highlights include Gabrielle Ducomble Band, Like the Beatles tribute concert, Flamenco Vision (flamenco music & dance) and The Italian Dream Opera. Concerts take part during lunchtime. Devonshire Square, City of London, EC2M. Nearest station: Liverpool Street or Aldgate. For more information, visit the Devonshire Square website. For Metro Girl’s blog post on the festival, click here.
- 10 June – 9 October : Serpentine Pavilion and Summer Houses
Visit the temporary structure in the grounds of the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. This year’s Pavilion is designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), while four architects will design four 25sqm summer houses. Free to visit, but also contains a Harrods pop-up café inside. Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA. Nearest stations: Lancaster Gate, Knightsbridge or South Kensington. For more information, visit the Serpentine Gallery website. For Metro Girl’s post on this year’s Pavilion, click here.
- 11 June : Fork To Fork Food Festival
Food festival to raise money for the Open Classroom Project. Featuring some of London’s most talented chefs, restaurateurs and producers. Including food and produce stalls, talks and tastings, craft beer, wine and artisan spirits, a world fete, secret picnic garden, live music and children’s activities. 12-6pm. Tickets: £8. ARK Franklin Primary Academy, Harvist Road, Kensal Rise, NW6 6HJ. Nearest station: Kensal Green or Westbourne Park. For more information and tickets, visit Fork To Fork website.
- 11 June : Pioneering Women Cycle Tour
Enjoy a leisurely cycle around London while learning about some of our greatest women in history with a Spokeswomen cycle tour. Covering 8 miles, starting from 14 Eastcastle Street, W1T 3AX. Bicycles will be provided free by Tokyobikes. 10am-1pm. Tickets £10. For booking, visit the Spokeswomen Tour website.
- 11 June : Highgate’s Fair In The Square
Spring fair featuring entertainment, children’s activities, stalls, food and drink 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.
- 11 June : Trooping The Colour
Military parade to mark the Queen’s official birthday. 10am and flypast at 1pm. Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade via the Mall, Whitehall, SW1. Nearest stations: Green Park, St James’s Park or Westminster. For more information, visit the Household Division website.
- 11 June : Emerald Street Literary Festival
A one-day literary festival for interesting women. Featuring talks from Laura Barnett, Maggie O’Farrell, Jessie Burton, Faber Academy, Kate Mosse and AL Kennedy. 11am-6.30pm. Tickets: £20. Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, Kensington, SW7 2AR. Nearest station: Knightsbridge, Gloucester Road or High Street Kensington. For tickets, visit the Emerald Street website.
- 11 – 12 June : Junipalooza
An event dedicated to gin, featuring over 35 ginsmiths from the UK and around the world, masterclasses, cocktail bar and a chance to buy direct from the makers. From 11am-8pm. Tickets: £39 (includes samples). Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, Wapping, E1W 2SF. Nearest station: Wapping. For more information, visit the Gin Foundry website.
- 11 – 19 June : Camberwell Arts Festival
Nine day festival celebrating the arts and creative talent of Camberwell, with this year’s theme being ‘metamorphosis’. Featuring exhibitions, open studios, ‘organoke’, arts market and much more. For more information, visit the Camberwell Arts Festival website.
- 12 June : The Mayor of London’s Patron’s Lunch
A big party in Trafalgar Square to celebrate the work of the Queen and her charities. Featuring Queen and Commonwealth themed music and entertainment, ‘have-a-go’ sports, cooking workshop, the Big Dance Bus workshops and a bar serving alcohol and tea. 11am-5pm. Free. Trafalgar Square, Westminster, WC2N 5DN. Nearest station: Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the London.gov.uk website.
- Now until 15 June : Hard Rock Couture @ Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!
To celebrate the original Hard Rock Café in London’s 45th birthday, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not are showing a collection of Hard Rock’s pop and rock fashion memorabilia. Free entry to exhibition with all Ripley’s tickets. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, 1 Piccadilly Circus, Soho, W1J 0DA. Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus. To book tickets in advance and save up to 25%, visit Ripleys London website. For more information on the exhibition, read Metro Girl’s blog piece.
- 15 – 19 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 Dan Doherty, Paul Shearing, Claudio Cardoso, Nathan Outlaw, Gus Crosby, Monica Galetti, Theo Randall, Jose Pizarro, Steve Groves, Vivek Singh, Michael Reid, among others. Will feature pop-ups of London’s best venues, including Aqua Nueva, Heddon Street Kitchen, Duck & Waffle, MEATliquor, M, SushiSamba, German Gymnasium, Roka, Sartoria and many more. Tickets start from £16/£28. Regent’s Park, NW1 4NR. Nearest station: Regent’s Park. For more information and tickets, visit the Taste Of London website. For a post on a previous year’s Taste Of London, click here.
- 16 – 19 June : Affordable Art Fair – Hampstead
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. Opening times vary. Tickets: £10.80-£12.96. Lower Fairground Site, East Heath Road, Hampstead, NW3 1TH. Nearest station: Hampstead. For more information and tickets, visit the Affordable Art Fair website.
- 16 – 19 June : Floating Market
A floating market comes to Paddington with independent traders selling their wares from their boats. Including crafts, fashion, books, vinyl, art, food and drink and more. There will be a floating village hall where you can listen to acoustic music while enjoying a drink. Also featuring children’s activities, circus workshops and live music. Free entry. Floating Market, Paddington Basin, W2 1JX. Nearest station: Edgware Road or Paddington. For more information, visit the Merchant Square website.
- 18 – 19 June : Carters Steam Fair @ Stoke Newington
The vintage travelling funfair sets up camp in Stoke Newington, featuring rides from the late 19th century to the 1960s. Open 11am-9pm. Free admission. Clissold Park, Stoke Newington, N16 9JH. Nearest station: Stoke Newington or Arsenal. For more information, visit the Carters Steam Fair website.
- 18 – 19 June : West End Live
The castmembers 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. Trafalgar Square, Westminster, WC2N 5DN. Nearest stations: Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the West End Live website.
- 18 – 19 June : Open Garden Squares Weekend
Two day event where over 200 private squares and community squares that are normally off-limits to the public open their doors. Tickets: £12 – gives you access to all gardens and a guidebook. For more information, visit the Open Squares website.
- Now until 19 June : Tom Jones-Berney – East London Scenes
Artist Tom Jones-Berney is hosting a month-long exhibition of his paintings of familiar East London scenes. Opening hours vary. Long White Cloud, 151 Hackney Road, Hoxton, E2 8JL. Nearest station: Hoxton. For more information, visit Tom’s website.
- 19 – 21 June : Immigrants Of Spitalfields Festival
Taking place during Refugee Week, a celebration of the lives, heritage and outstanding contributions of people from different faiths and cultural backgrounds, who have settled in Spitalfields. Featuring guided walks, talks, film screenings, performances, children’s activities and more. Tickets range from free to £12. For more information, visit the Immigrants Of Spitalfields website.
- 23 June – 3 July : East End Film Festival
Diverse film festival including premieres, industry masterclasses, Q&As, screenings and immersive live events at venues across the East End. For more information, visit the East End Film Festival website.
- 24 June – 2 July : 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.
- 25 June : Concert In The Park
The Berkeley Group will host a free concert in the stunning surrounds of Beaufort Park, featuring party and funk band, The Supertones, London-based jazz act Phoebe’s Live Lounge and local musicians from The Hendon Music Centre Concert Band. On-site vendors will be serving food and drink. 4-9pm. Free entry. Beaufort Park, Aerodrome Road, Colindale, NW9 5GW. Nearest station: Colindale. For more information, visit the Berkeley Group website.
- 25 – 26 June : Carters Steam Fair @ West Dulwich
The vintage travelling funfair sets up camp in West Dulwich, featuring rides from the late 19th century to the 1960s. Open Sat 12-10pm; Sun 12-8pm. Free admission. Belair Park, Gallery Road and Dulwich Common, SE21. Nearest station: West Dulwich. For more information, visit the Carters Steam Fair website.
- 26 June : London Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival website.
- 26 June – 3 July : Hampstead Summer Festival
The festival takes place in and around Hampstead, including the Big Fair on Heath Street (3 July), open art competitions, poetry, art and literacy events, pub quizzes and more. Many activities are free. For more information, visit the Hampstead Summer Festival website.
- 27 June – 29 July : The Northbank Summer Festival
Enjoy Wimbledon screenings, live music, market stalls and a tea dance. 12.30-7pm daily. Free. Victoria Embankment Gardens (off Villiers Street), Westminster, WC2N 6NS. Nearest station: Embankment or Charing Cross. For more information, visit The Northbank London website.
- Now until 17 July : Udderbelly Festival
Udderbelly returns to the South Bank for an eighth year, featuring three months of comedy, circus, cabaret and family shows at affordable prices in an inflatable upside down cow venue. Jubilee Gardens (off Belvedere Road), South Bank, SE1 8XX. Nearest station: Waterloo. For more information and tickets, visit the Udderbelly website.
- Now until 30 July : Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet With A Live Choir
Backyard Cinema are marking the 20th anniversary of Baz Luhrmann’s cult classic Romeo + Juliet with a screening accompanied by a live choir. Ice cream, bubbly and popcorn will be on sale. Tickets start from £20. St Mary’s Church, Wyndham Place, York Street, Marylebone, W1H 1PQ. Nearest station: Baker Street and Edgware Road. For booking, visit Backyard Cinema’s website. For Metro Girl’s review, click here.
- Now until 30 July : Yayoi Kusama: Sculptures, Paintings & Mirror Rooms
Victoria Miro presents an exhibition by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, featuring pumpkin sculptures, new painting and immersive mirror rooms. Free entry. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Victoria Miro Gallery, 16 Wharf Road, Islington, N1 7RW. Nearest station: Old Street or Angel. For more information, visit the Victoria Miro website.
- Now until late August : Jimmy’s BBQ Club Pop-up
Pop-up king Jimmy Garcia returns to Clapham with the return of his foodie hit BBQ Club in an enchanted garden venue. Enjoy four courses of barbecued rare meat, marinades, sauces and intricate side dishes. There will also be BYOB table license, garden cocktails and craft beers. Open Wed-Fri 7.30pm. £38pp. Located in a private garden in Clapham Old Town. Nearest station: Clapham Common. For booking, visit Jimmy’s Popup website.
- Now until 4 September : Exhibitionism @ Saatchi Gallery
The Rolling Stones stage their first major exhibition to mark 50 years of rock ‘n’ roll. Tickets: £21. Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s Square, King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 4SQ. Nearest station: Sloane Square. For more information, visit the Saatchi Gallery website.
- Now until 4 September : Goosebumps Alive
This summer, another immersive theatre experience returns to the tunnels below Waterloo station. With two separate shows for adults or children inspired by the ’90s cult horror series. Take a journey through the dark, abandoned vaults and scare yourself silly as you try to escape the stuff of nightmares. Times vary. Tickets: Adults start from £32.50. Children from £15. The Vaults, Launcelot Street (off Lower Marsh), Waterloo, SE1 7AD. Nearest station: Waterloo. For booking, visit Goosebumps Alive website. For more information, read Metro Girl’s blog post on the production.
- Now until 6 September : Shakespeare In Ten Acts @ British Library
An exhibition to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare death, featuring how his plays were performed through history and how his reputation changed. Featuring the only surviving play-script in his hand, an authentic Shakespeare signature, the earliest printed edition of Hamlet and Shakespeare’s First Folio Tickets: Adults from £12. PACCAR Gallery, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB. Nearest station: Euston, King’s Cross or St Pancras. For booking, visit The British Library website.
- Now until 25 September : London Wonderground
The London Wonderground Festival returns to the Southbank for a fifth 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. Open daily until 11pm. Free to get in, but tickets required for shows. Nearest station: Waterloo, Embankment or Westminster. For more information, visit the Wonderground website.
- Now until 9 October : Clangers, Bagpuss & Co Exhibition
Exhibition of vintage children’s TV characters including Bagpuss, The Clangers, Pogles Wood, Noggin the Nog and Ivor the Engine. See the original puppets, sets and filming equipment. Open 10am-5.45pm daily. Free admission. Museum Of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PA. Nearest station: Bethnal Green. For more information, visit the Victoria & Albert museum website.