Lead image: The Summer Circus at Royal Academy of Arts is part of Mayfair Art Weekend (photo: Justine Trickett)
1 Pride in London, various locations
23 June-9 July
Celebrate London’s LGBT+ community with the two-week Pride Festival, featuring everything from live music and film screenings to art exhibitions and historical tours. Tate Britain’s Queer & Now officially launched Pride in London on 23 June with a day and evening of activities, music and performance, and events continue across the capital throughout the fortnight. The famous Pride in London Parade 2017 takes place on Saturday 8 July (1pm-4.30pm), forming in Portland Place and running from the BBC’s Broadcasting House to Oxford Circus, down Regent Street, through Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall and past Trafalgar Square, dispersing on Whitehall.
For the full events programme see prideinlondon.org
2 Mayfair Art Weekend
30 June-2 July
Mayfair Art Weekend, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts, sees over 60 art galleries, fashion brands, restaurants and bars in Mayfair and St. James’s open their doors with a broad spectrum of exhibitions, talks and tours. Highlights include a conversation with artist Cristiano Pinaldi ‘On Fake News’ at Partners & Mucciaccia (Friday 30 June, 3pm-4pm), guided tours of Wayne Thiebaud’s exhibition at White Cube (Friday-Sunday, 12.30pm-1pm), and a preview of Mayor Gallery’s Tadaaki Kuwayama exhibition, complete with Prosecco and macarons from Ladurée (Saturday 1 July, 2pm-6pm). A festival will also take over the Royal Academy of Arts with street food, craft beers, music, creative workshops and site-specific installations and performances.
Find the full programme online at mayfairartweekend.com
3 International Animal Rescue’s Summer Soiree Garden Party, Belgravia
International Animal Rescue (IAR) presents A Summer Soiree, hosted by Baroness Soujata Devaris at her elegant home at in Belgravia, with a Silent Auction, entertainment by The Massive Violins and champagne and canapes. The fundraising event will feature a string of special guests and celebrities, including astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Sir Ray Davies of The Kinks, Steven Cree from TV series Outlander, model Lucy Pinder, actor Neil Morrissey, Lucy Speed from Eastenders and Ampika Pickston from Housewives of Cheshire. There will also be a reading from Downton Abbey’s Peter Egan. The purpose of the event is to highlight the plight of orangutans in West Borneo, listed as Critically Endangered due to mass deforestation and human animal conflict. IAR will be raising money to help secure more forest as part of their orangutan rescue centre in Ketapang. 6.30pm-9.30pm.
164 Mozart Terrace, Ebury Street SW1W 8UP. For tickets see eventbrite.co.uk
4 Greenwich + Docklands International Festival
23 June to 8 July
Greenwich + Docklands International Festival (GDIF) is London’s leading festival of outdoor theatre and performing arts, taking place in locations across Royal Greenwich, Docklands and Tower Hamlets. Opening the event on Friday 23 June is FierS à Cheval from French street theatre ensemble Compagnie des Quidams. Under the gaze of the Cutty Sark’s famous figurehead, with outstretched hand clasping a horse’s tail, an equine spectacular will unfold, featuring nine, luminous, 3.5m high inflatable horses. Also, marking 160 years since it was banned for its uproarious disruption of Victorian Greenwich, GDIF’s annual reinvention of the historic Greenwich Fair returns from Friday 23 June until Sunday 25 June with more than 30 productions taking over the outdoor spaces of Maritime Greenwich.
Find the full programme online at festival.org
5 Mattia Bonetti exhibition at David Gill Gallery
From 7 June
David Gill Gallery will present an exhibition of new work by Mattia Bonetti, the Paris-based artist and designer known for his fantastical furniture. Consistently merging the boundaries between art and design, Bonetti initially studied textile design before developing a career as a stylist and photographer. Working in black and white film, Bonetti would shoot miniature interiors that he had made by hand, which in turn led to his love of furniture.
2-4 King Street, St James’s SW1Y 6QP; 020 3195 6600; davidgillgallery.com
6 Romero Britto at Castle Fine Art, Mayfair
Until 1 July
Visit Castle Fine Art to view the latest collection from renowned pop artist Romero Britto who, following his successful 2016 tour, is back in town with a new collection of artwork curated specially for the occasion. Brazilian‐born and Miami‐made, Romero has captivated audiences worldwide with art that ‘exudes warmth, optimism and love’, according to The New York Times. His vibrant, bold and colourful works reflect his optimistic view of the world around him and created the largest monumental sculpture in London’s Hyde Park history, as well as created public art installations for the O2 Dome in Berlin, New York’s JFK Airport and Cirque Du Soleil at Super Bowl XLI.
42 South Molton Street W1K 5RR; castlegalleries.com
7 London Indian Film Festival
The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, regarded as Europe’s largest Indian film festival, returns for its 8th edition this month. Running at 11 cinemas across London, including BFI Southbank, The British Museum and a number of Picturehouse venues, the new collection of cutting-edge films reaffirms the festival’s position as the ‘punk-rock of Indian cinema’. The festival opens on 22 June at BFI Southbank with the red-carpet premiere of historical epic The Black Prince by Kavi Raz, a powerful UK-produced film dramatising the little-known story of the last King of Punjab, who was abducted by the British Raj to be mentored by Queen Victoria. On closing night (29 June), BFI Southbank rocks again with the surreal Malayalam road-movie thriller Sexy Durga, which tells the tale of a hitch-hiking couple who end up in a car full of deranged gangsters.
For the full programme of events see londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk
8 Independent Bookshop Week
24 June-2 July
Independent Bookshop Week is a week-long celebration of independent bookshops throughout the UK. Part of the Books Are My Bag campaign, the week brings with it special events, celebrations, reading groups, storytelling, author signings, literary lunches and even a bit of family-friendly face painting. Why not plan your own #bookshopcrawl to stock up on books, chat to wonderful booksellers, eat cake and make friends along the way? Your local bookshop will have their own way of celebrating, so why not call in to see what’s going on?
Find local events here: indiebookshopweek.org.uk
9 A Tale of Two Cities: Affordable Art Fair pop-up at Liberty London
28 June–9 July
Hot on the heels of its hugely-successful Hampstead fair, Affordable Art Fair has announced it will be opening a pop-up exhibition at Liberty London. Hosted on the iconic venue’s fourth floor ‘Disappearing Store’, the exhibition, titled A Tale of Two Cities, will showcase a handpicked selection of artwork from its contemporary art galleries to launch the autumn fairs – Affordable Art Fair Battersea and Bristol. You’ll find a range of original, contemporary, limited-edition prints, paintings and sculpture, all priced between £100 and £6,000. Confirmed galleries include TAG Fine Arts, Manifold Editions, Will’s Art Warehouse, Quantum Contemporary Art and Ingo Fincke Gallery.
Liberty London, Regent Street W1B 5AH; affordableartfair.com
10 REVEAL Festival, the V&A
30 June-7 July
REVEAL is a free, week-long public festival featuring art and design commissions, performances, fashion, family activities to celebrate the opening of the V&A’s Exhibition Road Quarter, a new space designed by the Stirling Prize-winning British architect Amanda Levete and her practice AL_A. On Saturday 1 July, Exhibition Road will be pedestrianised for a day of cultural programming. Crossing the boundaries between art, architecture and science, spectacular floating Aerocene sculptures by Tomas Saraceno will fly high above Exhibition Road. Throughout the festival, at night, the historic Museum façades surrounding the new Sackler Courtyard will be transformed as Ron Arad, Zandra Rhodes, Jonathan Barnbrook, Greenaway & Greenaway, Toru Ishii and Leyla Reynolds ‘draw with light’ on the Museum’s walls.
For the full list of events, see vam.ac.uk
30 June-7 July
Legendary Motown supergroup The Jacksons, who are celebrating 50 years in the business, and US R&B giant Alexander O’Neal have joined Little Mix, Cliff Richard, and Michael Ball and Alfie Boe as the headline acts for this year’s Greenwich Music Time. Taking place at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Music Time has become a hotly anticipated concert series. Those dates for the diary: 30 June, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe; 1-2 July, Cliff Richard; 4 July Alexander O’Neal; 6 July The Jacksons; and Little Mix on 7 July.
12 Terence Spencer: A Lasting Impression, Proud Camden
Until 16 July
This unique Proud Camden exhibition of photographs by Terence Spencer features the many faces, fashions and sounds of the Swinging Sixties with prints showcasing iconic stars in their prime alongside the beauty of ordinary life and everyday style. Spencer’s gregarious flair and ability to put his subjects at ease yielded photographs with an intrinsic light-heartedness. The star-studded collection is complete with natural shots of Muhammad Ali and Marianne Faithfull alongside photographs of Sir Richard Branson in a bath with a model aeroplane.
The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Road NW1 8AH; proud.co.uk
13 Greenwich Mozart Festival
Until 22 July
The inaugural Greenwich Mozart Festival runs for the duration of June and July in the atmospheric setting of St Alfege Church. Greenwich Mozart Festival: Concert 2, Mozart & Enescu, takes places on Saturday 10 June at 7.30pm (concert 1 took place in May), with the fabulous wind musicians of the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London performing two of the finest wind ensemble compositions ever written – Enescu: Dixtuor and Mozart: Serenade No. 10 ‘Gran Partita’ K. 361. Tickets £15-£30.
For the full programme see london-orchestra.com
14 David Breuer-Weil at Christie’s: London’s sculpture trail
Until end July
Artist David Breuer-Weil has worked with Christie’s to place his monumental bronze sculptures throughout the city in an innovative new multi-venue exhibition that is free to the public. Giant heads break through the ground at Cavendish Square and Portman Square. An evolutionary four-part installation emerges in Portman Square. The brutalist architecture of the Economist Plaza is enlivened by a sculpture titled Alien and figures of Brothers with joined heads, connected by umbilical chords. Against the backdrop of the Saint Pancras Church, further larger Alien and Brothers images reinterpret the iconic building famed for its Greek statuary. All sculptures displayed in the exhibition are offered for private sale.
15 Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent, Somerset House
Until 17 September
Somerset House presents Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent. The multi-sensory show presents ten extraordinary perfumes – and the pioneering perfumers who created them – from the past two decades, which are changing perceptions of scent today. From Antoine Lie’s Sécretions Magnifiques for État Libre D’Orange to Geza Schoen’s Molecule O1 for Escentric Molecules, an emerging group of creatives are pushing perfumes into more daring olfactory directions.