[Photo: Joyce Dela Paz]
It’s June, it’s summer (English summer, at least) and it’s time to fill up your diary! There’s a magnificent amount of things opening this month. Feast your eyes on this juicy lot…
COOL THINGS TO DO
June 1-30: London Festival of Architecture – Debates, exhibitions, film screenings, walks, student shows, cycle rides, open studios and family activities, various locations.
June 3: Vauxhall Summer Screen – Outdoor film screenings at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.
June 4-Sept 26: More London Free Festival – Kicking off with a four-day street party, this festival offers up theatre, free screenings and some Caribbean cuisine, South Bank.
June 5-8: Streatham Food Festival – A long weekend of eating and food events, various venues.
June 6-8: Junipalooza – Experts divulge their gin-making secrets, plus plenty of tasters, Factory 7, Shoreditch High Street.
June 6-15: Crouch End Festival – This ten-day festival kicks off with a craft fair and a full day of live music.
Jun 6-Jul 25: London Zoo Lates – Visit the animals at night and watch a bit of theatre, comedy and live music while you’re at it.
June 6-29: Museum of Water at Somerset House – Amy Sharrock’s collection examines our relationship with H20.
June 7: Toy Stories at V&A Museum of Childhood – Portraits of children with their favourite possessions in more than 50 different countries, Bethnal Green.
June 8: Gumball 3000 – Car displays, extreme sports demos and live music on Regent Street.
June 8: Vauxhall Art Car Boot – A chance to buy art work directly from the makers, Brick Lane.
June 11-July 5: Foyles Grand Opening Festival – Foyles has a new home and is celebrating the big move with talks, book signings and celebrity appearances, Charing Cross Road.
June 14: Trooping the Colour – Soldiers will march, guns will go off, fighter jets will fly past and national pride will swell, Westminster.
June 14-15: Rioja Tapas Fantasticas – Two day tapas crawl with plenty of Spanish nibbles and wine sampling, Potters Fields Park.
June 14-15: Open Garden Squares Weekend – Around 200 private gardens open their gates to the public for this annual event.
June 15: Hyde Bark – Fundraiser for The Mayhew Animal Home involving pet portraits, agility courses, a dog show and sponsored walk, Hyde Park.
June 20: Model Market – Night-time street food party in an abandoned 1950s covered market in Lewisham.
June 20-22: GROW London – Contemporary garden fair offering unusual plants, garden paraphernalia, talks and workshops on Hampstead heath.
June 20-22: Summer Brew Fest – London’s best independent brewers get together for your beer-loving enjoyment, Space Studios, Hackney.
June 22-July 17: City of London Festival – An inflatable pop-up stage offers up comedy and music, various venues.
June 23-July 6: Wimbledon screenings – Outdoor screenings and free strawberries and cream on Ascot’s Ladies’ Day (June 19), Regents Place.
June 27-Nov 2: Bridge at Museum of London Docklands – Celebrate the city’s overpasses with this exhibition of paintings, prints, drawings, etchings, photography and film.
June 28: Pride in London Parade – An afternoon of entertainment, merriment and a Pride picnic in the park, Trafalgar Square.
TASTY PLACES TO EAT
Just opened: East London does innovation, west London does chain restaurants – right? Still, if it’s Polpo Notting Hill, who’s complaining?
June 1: Firmdale Hotels – of Soho Hotel, Charlotte Street Hotel, and Covent Garden Hotel – have just opened Ham Yard Hotel in Soho. Expect splendour.
June 4: The pair behind The Wolseley and The Delaunay are opening their latest deco joint in Marylebone, called Fischer’s.
June 4: Heston Blumenthal’s odd marriage to Little Chef ended in divorce. But how will he fare with Heathrow airport catering, at The Perfectionist Café?
June 18-22: Sensory experiences and masterclasses at Taste of London restaurant festival in Regents Park.
June 15: London’s fifth Jewish food festival Gefiltefest at the London Jewish Cultural Centre.
ACE PLACES TO SHOP
TBC: Hema – Massive Dutch bargain superstore opens in Victoria station. Kind of like the offspring of Ikea and Tiger.
June 2: Bobbies – Cool Parisian Moccasins company opens in Covent Garden.
June 14: Suntory Whisky is opening a Selfridges pop-up. This is the Japanese whisky brand ‘Lost in Translation’ based its skit on. For relaxing times…
TBC: Love Vinyl – A new record shop opens! A rare treat. Hurrah!
AWESOME THINGS TO SEE
June 6: 22 Jump Street – The surprisingly brilliant remake of the silly, surprisingly excellent Johnny Depp TV show gets a sequel. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are going back to college.
June 6: Fruitvale Station – Real-life drama based on the death of a young African-American man, Oscar Grant, shot dead by a cop on New Year’s Day 2009.
June 13: Belle – Based on real events, the story of a mixed-race woman – the daughter of a slave and British naval officer – raised in London high society in the 1780s. Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
June 13-25: East End Film Festival – One of the UK’s biggest film festivals offering international premieres, masterclasses and arts events.
June 17-22: Open City Docs Fest – Celebrating documentary film and the next generation of filmmakers.
June 27: How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Toothless is back!
Until June 29: LIFT – The biennial London International Festival of Theatre returns with an incredible programme at multiple venues.
June 3-Sept 26: The Elephantom – Pretty much the most joyous kids’ show we’ve ever seen at the New London Theatre.
June 5- July 14: Mr Burns – London’s most in-form theatre’s latest is the UK premiere of this hipster New York hit about a post-apocalyptic civilisation in which the shared folk myth is based on an old episode of ‘The Simpsons’, at Almeida Theatre.
June 5-July 26: Father and Sons – Lyndsey Turner, basically Britain’s best director, takes on this Turgenev classic at the Donmar Warehouse.
June 6-Aug 23: Skylight – The big celeb opening of the season, as Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan star in this old David Hare classic, Wyndham’s Theatre.
June 10-27: The Last Days of Troy – Lily Cole stars as Helen of Troy at The Globe.
June 13-July 5: Adler & Gibb – The brilliant, out-there theatre maker Tim Crouch is given his Royal Court Downstairs debut at the Royal Court.
June 20-July 12: The Valley of Astonishment – An exploration of the wonders of synaesthesia from legendary director Peter Brook at Young Vic.
June 20-July 26: Wonderland – Meaty-looking drama about the miners’ strike from rising star Beth Steel at Hampstead Theatre.
PARTIES AND FESTIVAL FUN
June 14: Found Festival – Daytime dance party in Haggerston Park.
June 20-21: CC14 (Camden Crawl 2014) – Grab a wristband and explore the stages dotted around Camden, various venues.
June 3: Rivington Street Festival – A street party/free festival with open air stages for performers, designers and artists, Shoreditch.
June 7: D-Day Anniversary Blitz Party – The boisterous and booze-fuelled Blitz Party. There’ll be a swing dance hall, two live music stages and a drop-in beauty parlour – just like there never was at the time, Old Street.
Jun 7: Kanye vs Prince party from The Doctor’s Orders, The Book Club, Shoreditch.
June 13: Meltdown Festival – Epic music festival with performers, talks, parties and workshops, Southbank Centre.
June 13: Return of the Rudeboy – Exhibition that captures the essence of what it is to be a Rudeboy, Somerset House.
June 20: Jurassic Five at Brixton Academy – Their only UK headline tour this year.
June 21: Sink The Pink Summer Ball – The pink will be doing anything but sinking at this fabulously flamboyant celebration of the east London drag scene. The Troxy.
Want more? Here are some boat parties happening this month.
June 18-22: The USA’s infamous alt-magicians, gore-enthusiasts and ‘Simpsons’ guest stars Penn & Teller bring a version of their spectacular Vegas show to Hammersmith.
June 23: Miles Jupp – The unashamedly posh star of ‘Rev’, ‘The Thick of It’ and, err, ‘Balamory’ – plays an extra date in the suitably fancy West End.
June 6, 13 and 20: Welcome, watchers of illusion! Iconic kids’ TV show ‘Knightmare’ is given a reboot as a live, slapstick comedy show at the Udderbelly.
June 20-22: Three days of Edinburgh Fringe preview shows – for free! – throughout the Bedford pub at the Balham Free Fringe.
June 24-Jul 14: As part of the City of London Festival, a giant bowler hat-shaped venue is playing host to Mark Watson, Russell Kane, Katherine Ryan and lots more.