15 Things to Do in London This Weekend

Lead image: Fly by Night is part of LIFT Festival and GDIF (photo: Tod Seelie)

1 Fly by Night, Thamesmead (part of LIFT Festival)
21-23 June
LIFT Festival, curated by David Binder (recently announced as Artistic Director of Brooklyn Academy of Music), celebrates international contemporary art. This year’s programme explores London’s local, national and international identity, offering you the chance to confront Dries Verhoeven’s societal fears in Phobiarama and dance under the stars to effervescent afrobeats in SESSION. Don’t miss Fly by Night, Duke Riley’s epic outdoor work that will see over 1,500 LED-lit pigeons soar into the skies above the river Thames in a glorious spectacle of unprecedented scale and beauty (21-23 June, 9.15pm). In its first international performance since its premiere at New York City’s Brooklyn Navy Yard in 2016, it’ll make you see Thamesmead in a whole new light. Fly by Night also launches GDIF.

2 Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF)
21 June-7 July
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), London’s leading festival of outdoor theatre and performing arts, launches this weekend. The programme runs at alfresco locations across Royal Greenwich, Royal Docks and Tower Hamlets, where public spaces will be transformed to host more than 130 performances celebrating dreams of love, struggle, ambition and flight. As well as the huge opening performance, Fly by Night (see above), don;t miss this weekend’s Greenwich Fair (23-24 June), GDIF’s ‘festival within a festival’ with street theatre, circus and dance at Cutty Sark Gardens and Old Royal Naval College.

3 Love West Dulwich Summer Fair
23 June 

The Love West Dulwich Summer Fair takes place throughout West Dulwich on Croxted Road, Park Hall Road and Rosendale Road in SE21. There will be plenty of fun for the family, with fair ground rides, farm animals from Vauxhall City Farm, kids crafts at Petermans, story time at Dulwich Books at 11am, balloon modelling and face painting at Wigwam Toy Shop and even a kids World Cup Football trail, starting at The Rosendale Pub. There will also be an arts and crafts market, street food stalls, live music and activities at local businesses including flower pot decorating at the dulwich trader, a BBQ at Scotch Meats Stores and a Best of British pop-up bar outside The Rosendale, serving Pimms & Pink Gin. It’s a great way to show support for your local community, or explore a part of London you may yet have to discover.
See facebook.com/lovewestdulwich

4 Celebrating the Turf, Osborne Studio Gallery 
18 June-7 July
Osborne Studio Gallery will be holding a special exhibition of equestrian art to celebrate Royal Ascot this month. Opening on 18 June, a day before Ascot starts, the exhibition will host everything from watercolours to elegant sculptures under the title of ‘Celebrating the Turf’. The Belgravia-based gallery will feature the work of a selection of contemporary artists, including Nichola Eddery, whose father Pat was an eleven times champion jockey, and Freddy Paske, who began painting in childhood and developed his talent throughout his previous career with the British army.
2 Motcomb Street, Belgravia SW1X 8JU; osg.uk.com

5 The King and I, London Palladium 
From 21 June
The much-awaited production of The King and I transfers from Broadway to London this month. As one of Rogers & Hammerstein’s best-loved works, the musical received much praise during its New York run. The UK transfer will star its original cast, Tony Award winners Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe, and opens at the London Palladium for previews on 21 June.
8 Argyll Street, W1F 7TE; kingandimusical.co.uk

6 Camberwell Arts Festival
Until 24 June
Art is good for you! This year’s Camberwell Arts Festival explores the theme of All’s Well from Camberwell’s coat of arms, with Camberwell set to become a crucible of artistic and scientific experimentation as arts and health practitioners collaborate. Part science lab, part art studio, All’s Well offers a varied programme of exhibitions, events, talks, walks, workshops and open studios inviting you to try the Camberwell Arts Cure. There’s also an Artsfest on Camberwell Green on Saturday 23 June, with all sorts of arts to buy, take part in, watch and enjoy, including an Art-Inspired Cake Making Competition and an Art-Themed Doggy Dress Up Parade.

7 Promenade Performance of The Tempest, St Paul’s Church
20 June-28 July
Shakespeare’s final solo play is the enchanting opening to this year’s outdoor summer season at St Paul’s. Inspired by the courtly royal masques of the 17th century and the designs of Inigo Jones (the architect behind St Paul’s Church), The Tempest will be an evening of pomp, magic and illusion. Directed by Iris Theatre’s Artistic Director Daniel Winder, you’ll be led through St Paul’s Church as it transforms into the mysterious island. Dress to impress as you are about to join a party at the end of the world! Tickets £20 (under 16s £15). Preview shows (20-25 June) £15.
Bedford Street, Covent Garden WC2E 9ED; iristheatre.com

8 Promenade Performance of Grimm Tales For Young & Old, Dulwich 
21-24 June
The Dulwich Players present an alfresco performance of Grimm Tales For Young & Old by Philip Pullman. Rediscover the magic of the original Grimm Tales, retold by the master storyteller Philip Pullman, in a promenade performance through the gardens of Bell House in Dulwich. You’ll be taken on both a fictional and actual journey, meeting along the way some familiar characters such as Rapunzel, and some surprising ones too, such as Hans-My-Hedgehog, Faithful Johannes and the remarkable Thousandfurs, each tale being full of delicious and unexpectedly dark twists and turns. Recommended for ages 8+. Tickets £12 (under 16s £8).
Bell House, 27 College Road, Dulwich SE21 7BG; dulwichplayers.org

9 Material Girl at Churchill Theatre Bromley
22 June
Material Girl, playing at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre on 22 June, celebrates the greatest songs from the Queen Of Pop, Madonna. With incredible vocals, amazing dancers, video footage and narration, audiences are taken on a journey through the scandals, the controversy and of course the music of one of the world’s most iconic figures. Told through the eyes of their leading lady, Jodie Jackson, audiences will hear stories and little known facts about Madonna as the show follows her career and music through her 35 years at the top. The show features all of the hits such as Like A Virgin, Papa Don’t Preach, Vogue, Crazy for You, Into The Groove, Like A Prayer, Express Yourself and many more.
High Street, Bromley BR1 1HA; churchilltheatre.co.uk

10 Up Close with Marilyn: Portraits by Milton H. Greene, Proud Central 
Until 24 June
Proud Galleries is showing an exhibition of rare Marilyn Monroe photographs by Milton H. Greene. The Ballerina Sitting, 1954, is one of Greene and Monroe’s most recognisable images, named by Time magazine in 1999 as one of the top three photographs of the 20th century. Taken in Greene’s New York studio, Monroe is wearing an ill-fitting tulle-and-satin dress created by designer Herbert Kasper, but Greene’s wife, Amy, had guessed Monroe’s dress size incorrectly. Two sizes too small, Monroe had to hold up the front bodice. Her ability to adapt and make the most of every situation is indicative of her hardworking spirit, sense of humour and trust in Greene.
32 John Adam Street WC2N 6B; proudonline.co.uk 

11 Sweatlife Festival, Tobacco Dock
23-24 June
lululemon’s Sweatlife Festival returns for its third year, this time moving from a one-day event to a two-day festival at Tobacco Dock for 48 hours of sweaty, stretchy and thought-provoking fun. The event will celebrate the ever-evolving and expanding fitness landscape, providing yoga, boxing, pilates, spin, barre, bootcamp and dance from all corners of the UK, under one roof. Studio partners including Frame, Heartcore, Kobox, Psycle, UN1T, Xtend Barre and Third Space are scheduled to host classes. lululemon will also run a speaker-based series throughout the weekend, tackling topics such as diversity, body positivity, community and work/life balance. Tickets from £30.
The Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane E1W 2SF; lululemon.co.uk/sweatlife

12 London Rivers Week, various locations
23 June-1 July
Find out more about the 600km river network across the capital, the otters, trout, bats, kingfishers and eels that use our waterways, and the impact of plastic and other pollutants on our rivers during London Rivers Week. The event aims to raise awareness about the wellbeing, social and economic benefits of our rivers and all the water they supply for drinking, industry and agriculture. The launch event, a Citizen Science showcase including prototype pollution-busting lab boats, takes place at Ladywell Fields, Lewisham, on Sunday 24 June (12pm-3pm). Other highlights include a plastic clean-up on a chalk stream in Kingston on Tuesday 26 June (11am to 2pm); kayaking and canoeing on Frays River, Hillingdon, on Thursday 28 June (5.30pm-8pm); and the film premiere screening of Blue Heart at Farlows, Pall Mall, on Thursday 28 June (5.30pm-8pm).

13 Linda Kitson: iPad Drawings at The City Centre Gallery
Until 11 August
Best known for her work as an official war artist during the Falklands conflict, Linda Kitson has created a vivid collection of iPad drawings capturing the Square Mile’s dynamic skyline as part of the London Festival of Architecture. The exhibition captures the dramatic change the City is undergoing, exploring the development of key sites across the eastern city cluster including Bishopsgate, Leadenhall, Liverpool Street, Lime Street, St Mary Axe and Broadgate. Up to 50 works set to be displayed in full technicolour, with 18 core works backlit in bespoke lightboxes alongside an additional 20-30 preparatory works displayed alongside in print form.
80 Basinghall Street EC2V 5AR; thecitycentre.london

14 Luiz Zerbini: Intuitive Radio at South London Gallery 
Until 19 August
Luiz Zerbini is one of Brazil’s most established contemporary artists, known for his vivid works on canvas which draw on a range of themes from the abstract to landscapes, cityscapes, and domestic scenes using a range of techniques and styles. For his first solo show in a UK public institution, Zerbini will show a series of large-scale paintings referencing modernist architecture, contemporary culture and elements from the natural environment. These will be presented with a series of abstract works on canvas positioned around a sculptural centre-piece. The exhibition will also present Zerbini’s 35mm film and slide works.
65-67 Peckham Road SE5 8UH; southlondongallery.org

15 London Seafood Festival, Battersea Power Station
20-24 June
The first ever London Seafood Festival heads for Battersea Power Station this week. The five-day-long festival offers masterclasses, chef collaborations and pop-ups celebrating all things seafood at the Thameside Circus West Village, the first chapter in the regeneration of Battersea Power Station. Restaurants taking part include shellfish specialists Wright Brothers, which will be putting on seafood masterclasses and ticketed dinners, as well as their famous oyster shucking classes; Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Kitchen; Francesco Mazzei’s Fiume, which will be offering Italian seafood dishes and guest chef collaborations; and Tonkotsu, which will be hosting seafood specials and classes, plus a special seafood brunch for one weekend only.
Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station SW8 5BN; londonseafoodfestival.com

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