Guide to what’s on in London in June 2018
Summer is here! We’ve had some fairly good weather in recent weeks, two glorious bank holidays and a good dose of wedding fever thanks to the royal nuptials. However, with all that excitement behind us, there’s still plenty to look forward to in June. There’s a host of arts and cultural events, the return of foodie extravaganza Taste Of London and Trooping The Colour and boozy festivals to celebrate World Gin Day, are among just some of the events on around town.
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- 1 – 2 June : Mindful Living
Learn about the art of mindfulness and meditation and how it can help you in your life. Featuring keynote speakers Will Young, Professor Paul Gilbert OBE, Dr Kristin Neff, Madeleine Shaw, Angie Ward, John Siddique and many more. Activities include creative and physical workshops, talks, meditation spaces, zen products and more. Open Fri 10am-5.30pm, Sat 10am-5pm. Tickets: £30-£60. Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0QH. Nearest station: Angel. For more information, visit the show website.
- 1 – 3 June : Stoke Newington Literary Festival
A festival featuring readings, workshops and performances at venues across the suburb. Speakers include Chelsea Clinton, Aaron Gillies (Technically Ron), Kerstin Rodgers, Lucy Mangan, The Secret Barrister, Tom Huddleston and many more. Tickets range from free to £8. Venues include Abney Hall, Stoke Newington Town Hall, St Paul’s Church Hall, Unitarian Chapel, Ryan’s Bar, Mascara Bar and William Patten School. For more information and tickets, visit the Stoke Newington Literary Festival website.
- 1 – 9 June : Brockley Max
Nine-day community arts festival featuring live music, dance, craft markets, poetry, art installations, film screenings, workshops, talks, interactive games and more. At venues across Brockley, Ladywell, Crofton Park and Honor Oak. For more information, visit the Brockley Max website.
- 1 June – 20 July : Zoo Nights @ London Zoo
London Zoo are hosting late summer evening openings for adults-only on Fridays through June. As well as checking out the animals, you can follow a trail, listen to music, enjoy a drink and feast at the world food market. 6-10pm. Tickets: £18.50. London Zoo, Outer Circle (Regent’s Park), NW1 4RY. Nearest stations: Camden Town or Regent’s Park. For more information and booking, visit the Zoological Society London website.
- 1 – 30 June : London Festival Of Architecture
A month-long celebration of architecture, with this year’s theme being ‘identity’. 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 – 30 June : Soho Music Month
A month-long series of events celebrating the cultural heritage of Soho. Featuring DJ sessions, panel discussions, free gigs, special food and drink menus and more. At venues around Soho, including Carnaby and Newburgh Quarter. Nearest stations: Piccadilly Circus or Oxford Circus. For more information, visit Carnaby website or ThisIsSoho.co.uk. Read Metro Girl’s blog post on this year’s event.
- Now until 1 June : Herne Hill Free Film Festival
Month-long free celebration of film, featuring screenings, workshops, competitions, short films, live music around Herne Hill. Movies include Get Out, Paddington 2, Coco, Loving Vincent, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and more. At venues around SE24, including Prince Regent pub, Effraspace, Lido Café, Half Moon pub, The Florence and more. For more information, visit the Free Film Festivals site.
- Now until 2 June : London Burlesque Festival
The world’s finest burlesque performers gather in the capital for an extended five-week festival. Doors open 7pm, shows start at 8.05pm. Tickets: General £24, Priority £35. Shaw Theatre, 110 Euston Road, NW1 2AJ. Nearest station: Euston or Kings Cross St Pancras. For more information, visit the London Burlesque Festival website.
- 3 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. Free. London Regatta Centre, Dockside Road, Docklands, E16 2QT. Nearest station: Royal Albert (DLR). For more information, visit the London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival website. Read Metro Girl’s blog post on this year’s event.
- Now until 3 June : Sundance 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. Festival passes for £150 or individual tickets available. Picturehouse Central, corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Great Windmill Street, Piccadilly, W1D 7DH. Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus. For more information and tickets, visit the Picturehouse website.
- 3 – 6 June : Graduate Fashion Week 2018
Fashion fans and aspiring designers will get the chance to check out the rising talent in the industry. Featuring catwalk shows, showcases and more. Tickets start from £8. Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, E1 6QR. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street, Liverpool Street or Aldgate East. For more information, visit the Graduate Fashion Week website.
- 6 -7 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 £20. Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, SW1A 2AX. Nearest station: Charing Cross, Embankment or Westminster. For more information, visit the Household Division’s website.
- 7 – 10 June : FitzFest
Music and culture festival, celebrating the best of Fitzrovia. Featuring concerts, drama pieces, talks, walks and social and fitness events, with artists such as Griff Rhys Jones, Juliette Bausor, Robert Bathurst, Daniel S Bates and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. At venues across Fitzrovia including Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, Royal Society of Musicians and the Fitzrovia Chapel. For more information, visit the FitzFest website.
- 7 – 10 June : World Gin Day
Four day festival celebrating ‘mother’s ruin’ from Drink Up London – the people behind London Cocktail Week. Some of London’s best bars will be offering special £6 cocktails to those with a festival pass. Bars include Graphic Bar, Mr Fogg’s, Tonight Josephine, Blixen and many more. Festival pass: £10 (valid for four days). For more information, visit the DrinkUpLondon website.
- 8 – 10 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; MINT Bar and Garden, Pimm’s Bus, street food market, luxury shopping village and Little Hooves Kids Club. Tickets start from £30 (adults), £10 (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.
- 8 – 10 June : Carters Steam Fair @ Walthamstow
The vintage travelling fun fair sets up camp in East London, featuring rides from the late 19th century to the 1960s. Open Fri 4-10pm; Sat 12-10pm and Sun 12-8pm. Free admission. Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4PP. Nearest station: Walthamstow Central. For more information, visit the Carters Steam Fair website.
- 8 June – 1 July : Merge Festival
The annual arts, music and performance festival returns to Bankside, drawing upon the area’s heritage and contemporary culture. Events include the Emily Peasgood’s sound installation Requiem for Crossebones, and many more. For more information, visit the Merge Festival website.
- 9 June : La Clave Festival
Latin festival featuring music and dance. A host of styles will be represented including Latin Jazz, Fusion, Folk, Latin Funk, Boleros, Samba and Latin Hip-Hop. Free dance classes will be taking place in Hays Galleria all day. 1pm-10pm. Free entry. The Scoop, Queen’s Walk, SE1 2DB. Nearest station: London Bridge. For more information, visit the London Bridge City website.
- 9 June : World Naked Bike Ride London
Protest against car dependency and oil dependency by riding your bike naked to Wellington Arch from one of five start points. If you’re too scared to disrobe, there will be plenty of chances to cheer them on en route. Starting times between 1pm and 2.30pm. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.
- 9 June : Trooping The Colour
Military parade to mark the Queen’s official birthday. Parade from 10am and flypast at 1pm. Free. Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade via the Mall, Whitehall, SW1. Nearest stations: Green Park, Westminster or St James’s Park. For more information, visit the Household Division website.
- 9 June : The Blitz Party D-Day Special
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 £35. In a secret East London bunker, with location revealed near the time. For more information, visit The Blitz Party website.
- 9 – 10 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: Adults £15 (advance), more on the day – gives you access to all gardens and a guidebook. For more information, visit the Open Squares website.
- 9 – 10 June : Open House Families
New architecture festival from Open City, the guys behind Open House London. Families can explore and look at amazing buildings and spaces in the capital alongside architects, artists and engineers. There will be over 50 workshops, engineering experiments, architectural tours and storytelling sessions. To find out more, visit the Open City website.
- 9 – 10 June : Junipalooza
An event dedicated to gin, featuring over 60 ginsmiths from the UK and around the world, masterclasses, cocktail bar and a chance to buy direct from the makers. 11am-8pm. Tickets: £35 (includes samples). Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, Wapping, E1W 2SF. Nearest station: Wapping or Shadwell. For more information, visit the Gin Foundry website.
- 9 June – 7 July : Pride In London
Festival celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. Featuring music, talks, screenings, walks and performances. The highlight is the free parade on 7 July from Portland Place (Regent Street) 1pm to Whitehall (ending approx. 4.30pm). For more information, visit the Pride London website.
- 11 – 17 June : Crystal Palace Festival
Community arts festival featuring live music and DJs, food and craft stalls, arts workshops, yoga, walks, sports and children’s activities. Outdoor screening of Birdman takes place on 14 June. Takes place in various venues around the Crystal Palace triangle. Nearest station: Crystal Palace. For more information, visit the festival website.
- 12 June : Royal Opera House BP Big Screens – Swan Lake
Watch the Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake live on the big screens in Trafalgar Square, Canada Square Park in Docklands, The Scoop @ London Bridge and General Gordon Square in Woolwich. Simply bring a cushion or blanket and find a spot. 7.30pm onwards. Free. For more information, visit the Royal Opera House website.
- 13 – 17 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. Chefs include Magnus Nilsson, Sean Gray, Vivek Singh, Scott Hallsworth, Hus Vedat, Danny Tu, Oliver Gladwin, Francesco Mazzei, Angel Zapata Martin and many more. Tickets: £17-£28. Regent’s Park, NW1 4NR. Nearest station: Regent’s Park or Great Portland Street. For more information and tickets, visit the Taste Of London website.
- 14 June – 3 August : Festibowl 2018
Festival of lawn bowling returns to the City every Thursday and Friday throughout the summer. There will also be DJs, street food and cocktails. 12pm-11pm. Tickets from £25. Finsbury Square, City of London, EC2A. Nearest stations: Moorgate, Liverpool Street or Old Street. For tickets, visit the Festibowl website.
- 15 June : New Generation Festival Exclusive Preview Event
Ahead of this summer’s New Generation Festival in Florence, Italy, get a sneak peek at what to expect at special London event. Featuring live opera arias by three of New Generation’s new stars soprano Anush Hovhannisyan, bass Roman Lyulkin and baritone Arshak Kuzikyan. From 7pm. Tickets TBA. Devonshire Club, 5 Devonshire Square, City of London, EC2M 4YD. Nearest station: Liverpool Street. For more information and tickets, email email@example.com.
- 15 – 24 June : Robert Smith’s Meltdown Festival
This year’s Meltdown Festival is curated by Robert Smith. Acts include Placebo, The Psychedelic Furs, 65daysofstatic, JoyCut, Kiasmos DJ set, The Notwist, Vessels Live, The Libertines, Loop and more. Ticket prices vary. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX. Nearest station: Waterloo or Embankment. For booking, visit the Southbank Centre website.
- 15 June – 7 October : Serpentine Pavilion 2018
Visit the temporary structure in the grounds of the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. This year’s Pavilion is designed by Frida Escobedo. Free to visit, but also contains a pop-up café inside. Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA. Nearest stations: Lancaster Gate, Knightsbridge or South Kensington. For more information, visit the Serpentine Gallery website.
- 16 June : Highgate Fair In The Square
Spring fair featuring entertainment, children’s activities, stalls, food and drink and live music in Highgate. 12.30pm -5.30pm. Free entry. Pond Square, Highgate Village, N6 6BS. Nearest station: Highgate. For more information, visit the Fair In The Square website.
- 16 June : Civic Day Walks @ Bromley
Bromley Civic Society are hosting four heritage walks to mark Civic Day. Featuring Bromley Palace and Park (9.30am), Bromley’s Green Spaces (12pm), Victorian Bromley (2pm) and Pathways Of The Past (4pm). All walks are free and last 90 minutes. Walks start and finish in The Glades (North end upper level, near Boots), High Street, Bromley, BR1 1DN. Nearest stations: Bromley South or Bromley North. For more information, visit the Bromley Civic Society website.
- 16 June : West End Live
The castmembers of some of the West End’s biggest shows perform live in Trafalgar Square. Sat: 11am-6pm, Sun: 12-6pm. Free. Trafalgar Square, Westminster, WC2N 5DN. Nearest stations: Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the West End Live website.
- 16 – 17 June : Carters Steam Fair @ Stoke Newington
The vintage travelling fun fair sets up camp in Stoke Newington, featuring rides from the late 19th century to the 1960s. Open Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-8pm. Free admission. Clissold Park, Stoke Newington, N16 9JH. Nearest station: Stoke Newington or Arsenal. For more information, visit the Carters Steam Fair website.
- 16 – 24 June : Camberwell Arts Festival
Nine day festival celebrating the arts and creative talent of Camberwell, with this year’s focus being participation. Featuring exhibitions, open studios, interactive evensong, comedy, blues party, summer fair, guided walks and much more. For more information, visit the Camberwell Arts Festival website.
- 16 June – 4 November : Frida Kahlo – Making Her Self Up
Exhibition featuring clothing and personal artefacts of late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Open 10am-5.45pm. Tickets: £15. Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL. Nearest station: South Kensington. For tickets, visit the V&A website.
- Now until 17 June : Ocean Liners – Speed And Style
Exhibition examining the golden era of ocean liners from the mid 19th century until the 1960s, featuring over 200 artefacts from the Titanic, Mauretania, Normandie and Queen Elizabeth. Open 10am-4pm (tickets available in time slots). Tickets: Adults £18, Seniors £17, Child 12-17yrs £15, Child 11 and under free. Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL. Nearest station: South Kensington. For more information, visit the V&A website. Read Metro Girl’s review of the exhibition here.
- 17 June : Cheese Street SE3
Festival of cheese, featuring tastings, stalls, butter making, competitions, street food, drinks and more. From 10am-3pm. Free entry. Blackheath Station Carpark, Blackheath, SE3 9LA. Nearest station: Blackheath. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page or the London Farmers’ Market website.
- 18 – 29 June : Sounds Like London
Performers take to the streets of the City to showcase their versions of classic pop and rock tracks. Performance times at 12.15pm-1pm and 1.15pm-2pm. Free. At various venues including Walbrook Road, Bow Churchyard, Peter’s Hill, Guildhall Library, Cheapside, Watling Street and One New Change. For more information, visit the City of London website.
- 20 – 24 June : House & Garden Festival
The House & Garden Festival incorporates The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia, HOUSE, Spirit of Summer and GROW London and presents an eclectic collection of products ranging from antiquity to contemporary – focused on craftsmanship and quality, design, interior and garden trends and luxury lifestyle. Tickets: £16 (advance), £20 (on the door), includes entrance to all four festivals. Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For more information, visit the House & Garden Festival website.
- 20 – 24 June : London Seafood Festival
Five day festival taking place in the restaurants and spaces around Battersea Power Station. Featuring special menus, collaborations, seafood masterclasses and more. Circus Village, Battersea Power Station, SW11 8NN. Nearest station: Battersea Park or Queenstown Road Battersea. For more information, visit the Battersea Power Station website.
- 20 June – 1 July : Carters Steam Fair @ Hornsey
The vintage travelling fun fair sets up camp in Hornsey, featuring rides from the late 19th century to the 1960s. Open Frid 3pm-8pm, Sat 11am-8pm and Sun 11am-8pm. Free admission. Priory Park, Hornsey, N8 8QR. Nearest station: Hornsey. For more information, visit the Carters Steam Fair website.
- 21 – 29 June : London Indian Film Festival
Celebration of the hottest new Indian independent cinema, featuring screenings, premieres and masterclasses. BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XT. Nearest station: Waterloo. For more information and tickets, visit the festival website.
- 21 June – 9 July : Greenwich & Docklands International Festival
Two and a half week 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.
- 22 – 24 June : Carters Steam Fair @ Peckham Rye
The vintage travelling fun fair 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.
- 23 June : Soundtrack Festival
One day music festival sees Seven Dials become traffic-free for the day. Featuring live music, shopping promotions, street food, silent disco, music tombola and more. 12pm-6pm. Free entry. Seven Dials, Covent Garden, WC2H. Nearest station: Leicester Square or Covent Garden. To register for a ticket to gain freebies, visit the Seven Dials website. Read Metro Girl’s blog post to find out more.
- 23 June : Eid Festival
Festival to celebrate the end of Ramadan, featuring food, entertainment, family activities and more. 12pm-6pm. Free entry. Trafalgar Square, Westminster, WC2N 5DN. Nearest station: Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, visit London.gov.uk website.
- 23 – 24 June : Gelato Festival
Fans of traditional Italian ice cream are in for a treat as the Gelato Festival tour stops in London for 2 days. Try a host of flavours and vote for your favourite. 11am-7pm. Tickets: £11.37-£16.76. Covent Garden, WC2E. Nearest station: Covent Garden or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the Gelato Festival website.
- 23 June – 1 July : Hampstead Summer Festival
The festival takes place in and around Hampstead, including the Big Fair on Heath Street (1 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.
- 25 June : Graphic Bar Gin Off
Third heat in the battle to be crowned Gin Off champion 2018. This round features four of 16 of the world’s most exciting gin brands compete through a series of cocktail making heats. Guests will be invited to try each concoction and vote for their favourite. Tickets: £10 (includes 4 gin cocktails). Graphic Bar, 4 Golden Square, Soho, W1F 9HT. Nearest station: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit Tickets available through Eventbrite or check out the Graphic Bar website. Read Metro Girl’s blog post to find out more.
- 26 June : Royal Opera House BP Big Screen – La Boheme
Watch the Richard Jones’s production of La Boheme live on the big screens in Trafalgar Square, Canada Square Park in Docklands, Lyric Square Hammersmith, and General Gordon Square in Woolwich. Simply bring a cushion or blanket and find a spot. 7.30pm onwards. Free. For more information, visit the Royal Opera House website.
- 28 June – 5 July : Masterpiece London
An imaginative art and antiques fair for traditional and contemporary. Featuring a week of cultural, culinary and social experiences. Tickets from £35. Royal Hospital, Chelsea, SW3 4SL. Nearest station: Sloane Square. For more information, visit the Masterpiece London website.
- Now until TBA June : Sculpture In The City 2017/2018
Free public art exhibition, bringing contemporary pieces to the streets and spaces of the City of London. At various sites around the Square Mile. Nearest stations: Fenchurch Street, Monument or Liverpool Street. For more information and a map of the artworks, visit the City Of London’s official website. Check out Metro Girl’s gallery of this year’s exhibition.
- Now until 30 June : Somnai
Experience a live, multi-sensory experience with immersive technologies. Somnai is said to be the biggest theatrical event since Punch Drunk and offers a ‘lucid dreaming’ experience. Over 18s only. 90 minutes long. Times vary. Tickets from £35. Somnai, 2 Pear Tree Street, Clerkenwell, EC1V 3SB. Nearest stations: Old Street, Barbican or Farringdon. For booking and more information, visit the Somnai website. Read Metro Girl’s review.
- Now until summer TBA : Backyard Cinema – Mission To Mars
Watch your favourite sci-fi film in a ‘spaceship’ for an immersive cinematic experience. Tickets: Adults from £17.50, Children (under 12) from £9.50. Date night package for two: £75 (includes snacks, bottle of Prosecco and blankets). Backyard Cinema, Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6DR. Nearest station: Elephant & Castle or Borough. For booking and listings, visit the Backyard Cinema website. Read Metro Girl’s review to find out more.
- Now until 8 July : Secret Cinema presents Blade Runner – The Final Cut
Secret Cinema returns with a live immersive experience of Blade Runner. Over 18s only. Dress code depends on your assigned character. Starts from 6pm-7.30pm until late. Tickets start from £45. In a secret Zone 2 London location to be revealed nearer the time. For more information and booking, visit the Secret Cinema website.
- Now until early August : Spritz & Giggles pop-up
Aperol Spritz pop-up bar in the City of London, featuring plenty of cocktails, entertainment, sports screenings. Seating both inside and alfresco. Open Mon-Tues 4pm-11pm, Wed-Sat 1pm-12am, Sun closed. Spritz & Giggles, 37 Broadgate Circle, City of London, EC2M 2QS. Nearest station: Liverpool Street or Moorgate. For more information, visit the website. Read Metro Girl’s blog post on the pop-up.
- Now until 25 August : Moonshine Saloon
A new immersive cocktail experience from the same team behind Alcotraz. Bring your own liquor to the Wild West and learn about the dark world of moonshining. Dress in cowboy gear and Stetsons and let experienced mixologists whip up some cocktails using your spirit of choice. Open Wed-Fri 6.15pm-10.15pm, Sat 12.15pm-11pm. Booking fee: £33.99 (includes 4 cocktails from brought drink of choice and 1hr 45m inside the saloon). Moonshine Saloon, 535 Kings Road, Fulham, SW10 0SZ. Nearest station: Fulham Broadway. Bookings can be made on the Moonshine Saloon website or DesignMyNight. Read Metro Girl’s blog post to find out more.
- Now until 31 August : Neverland London
Head to the river for Fulham’s beach club. Includes Jimmy Garcia’s BBQ Club pop up restaurant, two bars, live DJs, bottomless brunches, games and activities, including yoga and cocktail masterclasses. Open Wed-Fri 6pm-11pm, Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-8pm. Entry from £5. Neverland London, 364 Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, SW6 2TY. Nearest station: Wandsworth Town. For more information, visit the Neverland London website.
- Now until 2 September : Painted Hall Ceiling Tours
The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College is undergoing a huge restoration. For a limited time only, visitors will be able to ascend 60ft to see the painted ceiling up close. Times vary. Tickets: Adults £10, Children £5. Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9NN. Nearest station: Greenwich, Maze Hill or Cutty Sark (DLR). To book, visit the Old Royal Naval College website. Read Metro Girl’s review of the tour here.
- Now until mid September : Skylight
Rooftop bar Skylight London returns to Wapping with city views, cocktails, street food, lawn games, World Cup and Wimbledon screenings and more. Open Thu-Fri 5pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-11pm. Free entry. Croquet: Indoor £25, Outdoor £35 (45 min game), Petanque: £15 (2-4 players). Skylight, Tobacco Quay (Pennington Street entrance), Wapping, E1CW 2SF. Nearest station: Shadwell or Wapping. For more information, visit the Skylight London website. For Metro Girl’s review, click here.
- Now until 30 September : Underbelly Festival
Summer-long arts festival on the South Bank, featuring comedy, circus, cabaret and family shows at affordable prices in the inflatable upside down cow venue, international street food, open-air bar. Festival grounds open daily until 11pm. Ticket prices for show vary, but a majority are under £20, free entry to festival grounds. Jubilee Gardens (off Belvedere Road), South Bank, SE1 8XX. Nearest station: Waterloo. For more information and tickets, visit the Underbelly Festival website.
- Now until 31 October : Picturing Forgotten London
The London Metropolitan Archives’ exhibition features photographs of the capital’s lost buildings. Opening hours vary. Free entry. London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0HB. Nearest station: Farringdon or Angel. For more information, visit the City of London.gov.uk website.