Head to The Scoop and More London for the Free Festival and Albanian Festival
Can you believe it’s summer already? With the long warm nights, festival season is in full swing with tons of alfresco events. There’s cultural celebrations, film festivals, free outdoor theatre and open gardens, among many others activities so there’s plenty to do whatever our interests. Here’s Metro Girl’s pick of the best things on in London this June.
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- 1 – 30 June : London Festival Of Architecture
A month long celebration of architecture, with this year’s theme being ‘work in progress’. Featuring talks, installations, tours, exhibitions, open studios, film screenings, debates and conferences. At various venue around town. For more information, visit the London Festival of Architecture website.
- 2 – 16 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.
A five day festival celebration the best of Soho’s creative scene, including discussions, speeches, talks, chats, drinks, performance and parties. Speakers include Kelly Hoppen MBE, Angela Hartnett, David Lan, Stephen Mangan, Alan Yentob, Gareth Pugh, Jessica Hynes, Jo Malone, Mike Figgis, Ms Dynamite, Maureen Lipman CBE 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.
- 3 – 5, 10 – 30 June : More London Free Festival
Free fringe festival of music and theatre at The Scoop, near Potter’s Field Park by the Thames. Featuring include Camillo Menjura, The Magic Lantern, Rex Domino, The Pantaloons perform Pride & Prejudice, Arthur Lea, Bellatrix, We Used to Make Things, Music Fridays presented by Sunday Best, Stick In The Wheel and much more. The Scoop, Queen’s Walk, SE1 2DB. Nearest tube: London Bridge. For more information and listings, visit the More London website.
- 5 – 7 June : Nine Elms Horticultural Spa & Apothecary Experience by Loop.pH
As part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival, relax in a temporary structure that is part greenhouse and part pneumatic bubble. Visitors are invited to ephemeral and futuristic tea ceremony, where your drink is ‘served through clouds of fragrant medicinal fog consumed through breathing and absorbed into the skin’. There will also be workshops. Free. 12-8pm. Riverside Gardens, Nine Elms Lane, Vauxhall, SW8 2DU. Nearest station: Vauxhall. For more information, visit the Nine Elms London website.
- 5 – 7 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 Mahiki Bar; Lanson Champagne Garden; Fentiman’s Botanical Garden, Pimm’s Bus, luxury shopping village and Club Med Kids. Tickets: £30-£45 (adults), £10-15 (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 Polo In The Park, check out this post
- 5 – 7 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 £12. Will Self, Michael Rosen, Tracey Thorn, Tom Huddleston and Zoe Williams among the names taking part. For more information and tickets, visit the Stoke Newington Literary Festival website.
- 5 – 7 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.
- 5 June – 17 July : Sunset Safari
Mingle with giraffes at London Zoo
Late night opening at London Zoo is a bit different this year. Instead of previous years’ London Zoo Lates, this summer’s 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 start from £14.56/£20.80. 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.
A celebration of Turkish culture, including food, guest speakers and entertainment in Trafalgar Square. Free. 12-8pm. Nearest tube: Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the London.gov.uk website.
- 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. For more information, visit the Brockley Street Art Festival website.
- 6 June – 31 August : Festival Of Love
The Festival Of Love returns to the Southbank Centre for the second year in a row, featuring love-themed music, exhibitions, performances, activities and other events. Highlights include the Big Wedding Weekend and exhibtion of neon artist Chris Bracey’s work in ‘Love And Liquid’. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. Nearest tube: Waterloo or Embankment. For more information, visit the Southbank Centre website.
Family event in Trafalgar Square showcasing the culture and traditions of Indonesia, featuring food, performances and cultural activities. Free. 12-6pm. Nearest tube: Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the London.gov.uk website.
- 8 June : Albanian Festival
A celebration of Albanian culture, including folk dancing, singing, poetry and an iPhone photography competition. Free. 4-9pm. More London, Queen’s Walk, SE1 2DB. Nearest tube: London Bridge. For more information, visit the More London website.
- 8 June : Trader Vic’s Tiki Cinema
Trader Vic’s in the London Hilton are hosting monthly screenings in their Tiki-themed bar and restaurant. This month’s screening is Dr No. Film starts at 7.30pm, food is served from 6pm. Tickets: £13 (including screening and a cocktail). Trader’s Vic, 22 Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1BE. Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner. For more information, visit the Trader’s Vic website
- 9 – 24 June : Theatre In The Square (Hammersmith Summer Festival)
BID teamed up with the Lyric Hammersmith to provide alfresco theatre performances. Productions include Boy Meets Girl, Monotone Man and Citizen Squid. Free. 12-3pm every Tuesday and Wednesday. Lyric Square, Hammersmith, W6 0ED. Nearest station: Hammersmith. For more information, visit the Hammersmith London website.
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