43 Fantastic Things To Do In London This Month: June 2022

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43 Fantastic Things To Do In London This Month: June 2022
Head to Syon Park for Foodies Fest

LONDON FESTIVAL OF ARCHITECTURE: A celebration of architecture and 'city-making', the London Festival of Architecture programme is packed with more than 400 events throughout the month, from public installations to talks, tours, debates and performances — including some family-friendly events too. Highlights include pop-up bike parking, a rocking bench and a full-size recreation of a Lebanese house. 1-30 June

PLATINUM JUBILEE: You may have heard, there's something of a Royal shindig going on at the start of June. Events are going on all over town to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, with a whole schedule of official celebrations, and many venues hosting their own events. Feeling fancy? Try afternoon tea. Want to dodge the flag-waving altogether? You'll need our guide to other things to do on a bank holiday weekend in London. 2-5 June

FOODIES FESTIVAL: Head to Syon Park for Foodies Festival, the only London stop on the national tour this year. Live music comes courtesy of Scouting For Girls, East 17, Liberty X and others, alongside live chef demos, a Cake & Bake Theatre, plenty of street food to keep you energised, and bars to ensure you don't go thirsty. 3-5 June

CAMBERWELL ARTS FESTIVAL: A Platinum Party on Camberwell Green is the launch party for this year's Camberwell Arts Festival, which also includes an arts market, artists' open studios and a Camberwell Corgi trail of 70 cutout dogs through the local area. 4-12 June

Foodies Festival comes to Syon Park

LONDON NOW: Art auction house Christie's hosts London Now, a festival of art and literature with events showing how the two disciplines are intertwined. Auctions, exhibitions, talks and more are on the programme, with full details still to be announced at time of writing. 6 June-15 July

PENNY WORLD: Works spanning the last 30 years by artist Penny Goring are on display at new exhibition Penny World, at the ICA. The works exhibited stem from the artist’s personal processing of trauma, and include poetry, sculptures, drawings, paintings, and videos works. 8 June-18 September

BRITISH FLOWERS WEEK: The Garden Museum and New Covent Garden team up for British Flowers Week, a celebration of British-grown flowers and floral design talent. Enjoy a floral exhibition of works by five top florists — expect plenty of colour and scent filling the museum. Talks and a late night opening are also on the programme. 9-13 June

THE CAR MAN: Matthew Bourne's The Car Man is performed at the Royal Albert Hall, for a short run to mark the venue's 150th birthday. 65 dancers and musicians take part in the dance-thriller based on Bizet's Carmen, set in a greasy garage-diner in 1960s America where a small-town's dreams are shattered by the arrival of a handsome stranger. 9-19 June

Get involved with Camberwell Arts Festival

HAMPTON COURT PALACE FESTIVAL: It's a music festival, but not as you know it. Hampton Court Palace Festival is a rather civilised affair, taking place in the palace grounds, with the option of enjoying a picnic before the music starts. Artists performing this year include Elbow, McFly, Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, and Kacey Musgraves. 9-25 June

MELTDOWN FESTIVAL: The 27th edition of the UK’s longest-running artist-curated music festival, Meltdown, is at Southbank Centre, and model, singer and actress Grace Jones is at the helm this year. Events include a performance by feminist pop icon Peaches, a nightclub with DJs selecting tracks by artists across the Black diaspora, and a roller disco.10-19 June

COCKPIT SUMMER FESTIVAL: Cockpit Arts holds summer festivals over two consecutive weekends at its Bloomsbury and Deptford sites. Step inside artists' studios to see them at work, chat to them, and buy products directly from the source. Crafts on show include jewellery making, wood sculpture and glass making. 10-12 June and 17-19 June

WANDSWORTH ARTS FRINGE: 150 events, including many live performances, make up the Wandsworth Arts Fringe programme. There's a particular focus on dance this year, as the Royal Academy of Dance open their brand-new headquarters on York Road, but other events include a family fun day, an open mic picnic, and a chance to try a musical instrument. 10-26 June

It's British Flowers Week at the Garden Museum

KING LEAR: Tragic play King Lear forms part of the summer season at Shakespeare's Globe. Kathryn Hunter takes on the title role in the story of a family feud tearing apart a kingdom as a king relinquishes the empire to his three daughters. 10 June-24 July

TIFFANY & CO: Saatchi Gallery opens an exhibition about famous New York-based jewellery company, Tiffany & Co. Vision & Virtuosity celebrates the jeweller's 150th anniversary in London, with 400 objects from its archives on display, alongside cultural references such as the script from Audrey Hepburn film Breakfast at Tiffany's. 10 June-19 August

SERPENTINE PAVILION: Chicago artist Theaster Gates and architects Adjaye Associates collaborated on the design for this year's Serpentine Pavilion, a temporary structure erected in Kensington Gatrdens each summer. Black Chapel takes its inspiration from the chapels and kilns of Stoke-on-Trent, and is free to visit throughout its residency. 10 June-16 October

WORLD NAKED BIKE RIDE: If you're prudish, you may wish to avert your eyes as the World Naked Bike Ride comes to town. Cyclists let it all hang out as they ride in a group on a pre-agreed route — though the route is changing from previous years due to ongoing road closures from the Jubilee celebrations. Don't forget your suncream. Full details TBC. 11 June

Elbow and McFly are among the artists at this year's Hampton Court Palace Festival

CONNAUGHT VILLAGE GARDEN FESTIVAL: An event in collaboration with the National Garden Scheme, the Connaught Village Garden Festival is a chance to see inside some of the residential gardens in the area just north of Marble Arch. Follow the walking tour to visit them all, and make the most of free workshops, and discounts in local shops and restaurants throughout the day. 11 June

OPEN GARDENS WEEKEND: The above is part of the wider London Square Open Gardens Weekend, a chance to explore London's green spaces via open days, tours and talks. They range from allotments to small private gardens, to the larger gardens in the likes of Eaton Square, usually only accessible to local residents with a key. 11-12 June

JUNIPLAOOZA: Gin has its moment in the spotlight at Junipalooza, a gin festival at Tobacco Dock where you can meet distillers and brand reps to learn more about their products. There are plenty of tasting opportunities too, as well as food and water to keep you fresh. 11-12 June

TASTE OF LONDON: Foodies will want to head to Regent's Park for Taste of London, the huge, food-based festival which brings dozens of London's best-known restaurants together to feed the hungry visitors. It's also a chance to discover up-and-coming London chefs and food businesses, take part in tastings and watch masterclasses. 15-19 June

ETERNALLY YOURS: Somerset House presents Eternally Yours, a free exhibition about care, repair and healing. Focus is on creative examples of reuse, such as the Japanese art of kintsugi, where a broken vase or jug is repaired with gold lacquer to make a feature of the imperfection. There's also an on-site repair shop. 16 June-25 September

MONSTER JAM: Watch 12,000-pound monster trucks go head to head in races and stunts as Monster Jam arrives at the London Stadium in Stratford. It's the first time the family-friendly event has come to London, and it's fairly high-adrenaline stuff. 18 June

MARYLEBONE SUMMER FESTIVAL: Live music, a dog show, bars, food stalls, open-air cinema and family-friendly activities are all part of the Marylebone Summer Festival — full details TBC. 18-19 June

Little Amal comes to Southbank Centre for Refugee Week

GREAT EXHIBITION ROAD FESTIVAL: South Kensington institutions including the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Imperial College, Royal Geographical Society and V&A come together for the Great Exhibition Road Festival, a weekend celebrating science and the arts. There are live performances on an outdoor stage, along with workshops, panel discussions, food tastings, tours and more, on topics ranging from AR to space to microbes to Queer history. Plenty for kids, too. 18-19 June

FATHER'S DAY: Consider this your reminder to pick up a card, and maybe a box of chocolates and a new book, for your dad on Father's Day. 19 June

SCULPTURE IN THE CITY: All sorts of weird and wonderful creations land in the Square Mile for Sculpture in the City. The free, open-air art trail has works by 19 different artists, with one piece already on display in Aldgate Square. From 21 June

REFUGEE WEEK: Healing is the theme of this year's Refugee Week at Southbank Centre, in which refugees tell their stories. Events include dance, music, storytelling and comedy, as well as an appearance by giant travelling puppet, Little Amal. 21-26 June

Get your Flamenco fix

FLAMENCO FESTIVAL: Head to Sadler's Wells to see rising stars and legends of the Flamenco world performing side by side. 13 different shows make up this year's Flamenco Festival, ranging from traditional dances, to modern twists on the Spanish art form. 21 June-2 July

SUMMER LIGHTS: Light festivals don't usually happen in summer, for obvious reasons. But when Canary Wharf's Winter Lights event got postponed for some months last year, Summer Lights was born — and it's back again this year. Hunt out the temporary art installations around the Canary Wharf area, each chosen for the way they use natural light to create colour and sparkle. 21 June-20 August

ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER EXHIBITION: A highlight of the London art calendar every year, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition brings together established and rising artists to display their work. Prints, painting, film, photography, architectural works and sculpture all feature, and the theme this year is 'Climate', with Grayson Perry among those taking part. It's the first time in three years the Summer Exhibition has actually been held in the summer, due to delays caused by Covid. 21 June-21 August

WINDRUSH DAY: 22 June is Windrush Day, an event introduced in 2018 to mark the anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush from the Caribbean, bringing with it many people who settled in London and made the city their home. We'll bring you updates of events happening this year as they're announced. 22 June

Summer Lights returns to Canary Wharf

WELCOME HOME DIPPY: The Natural History Museum's replica diplodocus skeleton returns in a new temporary exhibition at the end of May. On 24 June, a special after-hours event for adults, and children age 12+, celebrates Dippy's return. It's a chance to meet palaeontologists and learn about other creatures which were around when the diplodocus walked the Earth. 24 June

EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL: The musically-astute among you will know that the EFG London Jazz Festival takes place in November, and you're right, but we're also being treated to a Summer Series, for anyone who can't wait that long. Over four nights, Barbican hosts four different concerts, starring the likes of Herbie Hancock and Marisa Monte. 22-25 June

LIFT: The London International Festival Theatre — or LIFT — takes place at venues across London, shining the spotlight on up-and-coming stars of music, dance and theatre. Unlock ghost stories in a shopping centre, see a climate opera performed on a beach, or see Pinocchio reimagined as a story of gender transition. 23 June-10 July

MAYFAIR ART WEEKEND: Mayfair isn't short of art galleries, a fact celebrated during Mayfair Art Weekend. Events this year include the Mayfair Sculpture Trail through the district, as well as family-friendly activities and a chance to visit all of the participating galleries. 24-26 June

Rashaad Newsome is one of the artists featured at In the Black Fantastic

BST HYDE PARK: After two years of cancellations, BST Hyde Park is back, bringing Pearl Jam, Duran Duran, Elton John, The Eagles, Adele and the Rolling Stones to the huge pop-up festival site in Hyde Park. Some gigs have sold out, others still have tickets available, and we're awaiting confirmation on whether the 'open house' events on non-gig days will go ahead this year — watch this space. 24 June-10 July

WEST END LIVE: Musical theatre fans should head to Trafalgar Square for West End Live, a free, two-day festival starring the cast of all manner of West End shows. Exact details are TBC at time of writing, but in the past, cast members from the likes of Jersey Boys, The Lion King Mary Poppins and Tina The Musical have strutted their stuff on the stage. 25-26 June

ANYTHING GOES: Musical Anything Goes returns to Barbican for a limited season, starring Kerry Ellis Denis Lawson and Simon Callow. Expect tap-dancing sailors aplenty as the 50-strong cast tell the story of the antics on board an ocean liner travelling between New York and London.  25 June-3 September

WIMBLEDON: The biggest fortnight in tennis is back. If you can't make it to SW19 yourself, fear not — plenty of places around the capital show the action on big screens, often for free. Here's our guide to where to watch Wimbledon 2022. 27 June-10 July

It's adults-only for Twilight at London Zoo

IN THE BLACK FANTASTIC: Hayward Gallery's new exhibition, In the Black Fantastic, brings together myth, science fiction, spiritual traditions and the legacy of Afrofuturism. See works by 11 contemporary artists from the African diaspora, which question our knowledge of the world. 29 June-18 September

THE SEAGULL: Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke stars as Nina in this modern adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull, about a group of people struggling to come to terms with the disparity between their dreams and their reality. Also appearing are Tom Rhys Harries (White Lines), Daniel Monks (The Normal Heart), Sophie Wu (Fresh Meat) and Indira Varma (Game of Thrones). 29 June-20 September

TWILIGHT AT LONDON ZOO: London Zoo's late-night openings are back, for adults only. Twilight at London Zoo is a rare chance to see the animals at dusk, and enjoy tours, live acoustic music and street food. Takes place on Thursdays and Fridays. 30 June-22 July

OUTDOOR CINEMA: It wouldn't be summer in London without an onslaught of pop-up outdoor cinemas and rooftop film screenings. Some are already under way, others begin in June, and others still make an appearance later in the summer — here's the full guide to outdoor cinema in London.

Last Updated 07 June 2022