35 of the Best Things to Do in London: June 2021

The sun is shining, lockdown is easing and festivals are go – summer in London is looking pretty good! From outdoor art trails to alfresco cinema and cool new theatre productions, there are plenty of cool things to do in June. Here, The Resident picks out the best bits…

Lead image: Forest for Change: The Global Goals Pavilion is part of London Design Biennale (photo: Ed Reeve)

1 London Design Biennale at Somerset House
1-27 June
A forest has popped up in the forecourt at Somerset House as part of the 2021 London Design Biennale. One of the first major cultural events to take place in the UK post-lockdown, the event isn’t taking its platform for granted, welcoming installations from around the world that highlight the role of design in addressing challenges such as the climate crisis and equality. Pavilions participating in the Biennale include Antarctica’s AI-generated video installation highlighting the melting of the icecaps; Austria’s focus on how AI could make us a climate-conscious species; Guatemala’s sound installation of over 50 rain sticks reflecting on the loss of water as a national resource; an the Forest for Change: The Global Goals Pavilion, the magnificent green landscape of 400 trees in the Somerset House forecourt, complete with an installation in the centre driving awareness of the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
Strand WC2R 1LA; somersethouse.org.uk

2 London Festival of Architecture, across London
1-30 June
London Festival of Architecture, the world’s biggest annual architecture festival, returns this month with a mix of digital and in-person events, as well as a number of self-guided tours. Highlights include Musicity x Sculpture in the City, which allows visitors to experience architecture-inspired music and sound art in the very place that sparked its creation; You See Me, Seeing You, an outdoor performance exploring the spectacle of public surveillance of our daily lives (17 June from 10.45pm); and The Camberwell Architecture Treasure Trail, an illuminating quest around Camberwell discovering the stunning buildings that play a crucial role in caring for and entertaining us (following the clues on your smartphone; each building will display a unique QR code).

3 Mayfair Sculpture Trail & Mayfair Art Weekend
2-27 June
The second Mayfair Sculpture Trail, a Mayfair Art Weekend collaboration with Art in Mayfair, runs from 2-27 June, coming to a crescendo with the eighth annual Mayfair Art Weekend, running from 25-27 June. The inaugural edition of the Mayfair Sculpture Trail launched in October 2020, between lockdowns, providing an opportunity for people to experience art outdoors as many galleries installed sculptures near their premises. Find the map here. Mayfair Art Weekend celebrates the diverse offering of this vibrant hub with an extensive programme of free exhibitions, walking trails, events, performances, talks and tours across Mayfair. The celebrated Gallery HOP! will take place on Friday 25 June with galleries staying open until 8pm, and on Sunday 27 June, the second May Fair Art Weekend Showreel, hosted by partners The May Fair Hotel, will take place in their May Fair Theatre.

4 NGS Open Gardens, various locations
Throughout summer
The NGS Open Gardens scheme is really coming into its own as the sun shines and we shake off the shackles of lockdown. This month, don’t miss 5 St Regis Close in Muswell Hill (open 20 June and 25 July). Featured on Channel 4’s All Gardens Great and Small, the garden has an Oriental tea house overlooking a wildlife-friendly pond with carp, a baroque temple, pagodas, a pottery and even a ‘Liberace terrace’ complete with candelabra. Other highlights include Spitalfields Gardens, a selection of courtyard gardens behind the 17th century French Huguenots merchants’ and weavers’ houses in Spitalfields (12 June); Lyndhurst Square Garden Group, three gardens in an elegant square of 1840s listed villas in Peckham (13 June); The Gable End Gardens in Camden Town, a series of planted areas that together create a wildlife haven (27 June); and the Gardens of Court Lane in Dulwich Village, complete with jazz, a children’s trail, wormery demonstration, and tea and cakes (27 June).
Find more open gardens at ngs.org.uk

5 Backyard Cinema Celebrates Pride, Wandsworth 
3 June-4 July
Experiential cinema venue Backyard Cinema is showcasing 10 of the greatest LGBTQ+ movies ever-made this June in celebration of Pride. Films include the Oscar-winning Moonlight, coming- of-age romantic drama, Call Me By Your Name, ballroom extravaganza Paris is Burning, gender-queer punk rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, epic Elton John musical fantasy Rocket Man, and heart-warming British fashion story Kinky Boots. Movie lovers can watch the films in either of Backyard Cinema’s immersive destination experiences – Miami Beach (all sunshine, blue seas and art deco glamour) or LA Nights (board Backyard Airlines for sun-kissed Los Angeles). Tickets from £19.99.
Capital Studios, Ram Quarter, 13 Wandsworth Plain SW18 1ET; backyardcinema.co.uk

6 Van Gogh Alive, Kensington Gardens
4 June-26 September
Van Gogh Alive, a blockbuster multi-sensory experience that has visited 65 cities around the world, completely immerses you in the life and work of Vincent van Gogh using the latest immersive gallery technology. Experience over 3,000 images, including iconic works like Starry Night, Sunflowers and lesser-known paintings inspired by his love of Japanese woodprints, in a kaleidoscope of colour, accompanied by an evocative classical score and aromas of Provence. There’s also an interpretive area where you can learn more about Van Gogh’s life and works, as well as interactive art stations, set within walk-in representations of the artist’s Bedroom in Arles painting, and a Sunflower selfie room. Tickets priced from £24 for adults and £14 for children.

7 The Alfresco Theatre Drive-In, Syon  Park
9-13  June
Tom Kerridge’s Drive & Dine Theatre experience returns this summer as The Alfresco Theatre Drive-In. The event, which sees Alfresco Theatre meet the ultimate travelling restaurant, The Alfresco Diner, will tour the UK before landing at Syon  Park for its finale from 9-13  June. Superstar chefs onboard include Tom Kerridge himself, Rick Stein, Atul Kochhar, Paul Ainsworth and Jason Atherton, all joining forces to create a menu of one-off dishes to enjoy while watching a live show, comedy gig or big-screen movie outdoors. Adult tickets start from £18 for movies, £35 for comedy and music gigs, and £16 for Gruffalo tickets (ages 3+),  with each show being sold individually.

8 Wimbledon BookFest
9-13 June
Wimbledon BookFest returns to live in-person events with Sunrise, the first of two five-day festivals on Wimbledon Common this summer. The second, Sunset, will run from 15-19 September. Sunrise comprises 40 talks, readings, discussions and workshops spanning fiction, poetry, politics, nature, art, fashion, music, lifestyle and spirituality, including events for young people and schools. The programme features a range of writers, artists and thinkers, from Caitlin Moran to Alastair Campbell and Rosie Wilby to James O’Brien. Costa Book of the Year 2021 winner (and Wimbledon resident) Monique Roffey will also join local writers Ingrid Persaud and Leone Ross for readings and discussion from three contemporary British and Caribbean literary voices, plus Frank Skinner will be there as you’ve never heard him before – talking about his faith and sharing his personal conversations with God in A Comedian’s Prayer Book.

9 Adventure Cinema on Streatham Common
11-13 June
Adventure Cinema is on tour this summer, calling at Streatham Common from 11-13 June, Osterley Park and House, Isleworth, from 2-4 July and Wandle Park, Croydon from 19-20 August. Pack a picnic and watch great films under the sun and the stars. Screenings in Streatham kick off with two sing-alongs – a Grease sing-along on Friday 11 June at 7pm, followed by The Greatest Showman sing-along on Saturday 12 June at 1.45pm. You can also see Pretty Woman at 7pm on the 12th, The Lion King on Sunday 13 June at 1.45pm, and Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone at 6.30pm on the 13th. Tickets from £14.50.
Streatham Common SW16 3BX; adventurecinema.co.uk

10 British Flowers Week at The Garden Museum, Lambeth
10-15 June
The Garden Museum’s annual British Flowers Week exhibition returns this month in partnership with founders New Covent Garden Market. Uniting florists, flower growers, wholesalers and flower lovers, British Flowers Week is a celebration of Britain’s best blooms and the immense talent in floral design. The week-long exhibition will see five of Britain’s top florists – Cyrill Tronchet, Hazel Gardiner, JamJar Flowers, Simon Lycett and Tattie Rose – creating innovative installations using environmentally sustainable methods, transforming the Garden Museum into an immersive floral wonderland. Tickets £12. A British Flowers Week Windows campaign is also encouraging people to get involved at home by creating their own installations.
Lambeth Palace Road SE1 7LB; gardenmuseum.org.uk

11 Summer by the River, London Bridge
10 June-30 September
Summer by the River is back for three months of warm weather festivities, from alfresco drinking and eating pop-ups to outdoor cinema, Wimbledon screenings, Musical Bingo and even dancing with Swing Patrol. At London Bridge City Pier will be Piazza by the Pier, hosted by renowned British chef Jimmy Garcia’s pop up team, where you can make your own pizzas and enjoy a spritz or two, and there will also be the Riverside Terrace bar at The Scoop, serving pints of Madri Excepcional and cocktails from the Malfy con Limone Spritz to the Lynchburg Lemonade, as well as small plates, tapas dishes and ice cream by Good Times Rolls. Events are free to attend and open for walk-ins on a first-come-first-served basis.
London Bridge City SE1 2DB; londonbridgecity.co.uk 

12 Museum of the Home Reopens, Hoxton
From 12 June
Hoxton’s Museum of the Home, previously known as The Geffrye Museum, has reopened after a three-year closure and £18.1 million renovation. Delayed for a year by Covid, the reopening reveals a new visitor entrance, cafe, library and learning pavilion, alongside revamped galleries to house the collection of domestic artefacts spanning 400 years. Rooms Through Time is a real highlight, with room sets based on real London homes over the years. There’s also Gardens Through Time, which shows how urban gardens have changed since the 17th Century. A programme of exhibitions, festivals and performances will also explore social and personal stories around the theme of home, starting with Holding the Baby, which celebrates the strength and resilience of single-parent families facing austerity.
136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton E2 8EA; museumofthehome.org.uk

13 The Silk Road: A Living History, King’s Cross
Until 16 June
The Silk Road: A Living History is an open-air photography exhibition by travel photographer Christopher Wilton-Steer. The exhibition documents Wilton-Steer’s journey along the historic trade route undertaken in 2019. Over a period of four months, he travelled 40,000km, traversing 16 countries by car, bus, train, ferry, horse and camel, from London’s King’s Cross London to Beijing. The exhibition’s linear design, around Granary Square, creates a physical route for the viewer offering them the chance to travel by proxy via more than 160 photographs capturing the places, people and cultures along the ancient trade route. Presented by The Aga Khan Foundation in partnership with King’s Cross.
Granary Square, King’s Cross N1; akf.org.uk

14 The LinkedIn Jobs Shed, Soho
15 & 16 June 
In response to research showing that 62% of UK employees feel a renewed sense of optimism about opportunities post-lockdown, and 42% are looking to make a new job a priority, LinkedIn is launching The Jobs Shed. The two-day pop-up, taking place on the spectacular rooftop at Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, will help people ready for a career change and those looking to cultivate their current one. Speak with career experts, LinkedIn advisors and a host of big brands who are currently hiring, such as Patch Plants, and grab yourself complimentary refreshments and a goody bag while potentially landing an on-the-spot interview. You can also get a free professional head-shot and leave with a £50 Patch Plant gift voucher, your own copy of The Squiggly Career book and LinkedIn’s Job Search Guide. 11am-3pm. Free. Register here.
Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, Soho W1D 7DT; linkedin.com

15 Sculpture in the City
From 15 June
Sculpture in the City, the City of London’s annual programme of public artworks placed amidst the iconic architecture of the City Cluster, returns for its 10th edition this summer. This year’s exhibition is formed of 18 artworks, with works by artists including Laure Prouvost, Alice Channer, Eva Rothschild, Mark Handforth, Laura Arminda Kingsley, and Rosanne Robertson. Spanning 100 Bishopsgate to Leadenhall Market, Fenchurch Street Station Plaza to Mitre Square, the outdoor art trail will welcome visitors and workers back to the Square Mileas the City of London starts to reopen. Later this summer, Sculpture in the City will reflect on all 10 editions and look to the future with a further outdoor exhibition, opening on 16 July in Aldgate Square.

16 A History Untold at Signature African Art, Mayfair
Until 19 June
A History Untold at Signature African Art in Mayfair explores Black histories that are absent from the UK school curriculum. The exhibition is presented in partnership with England International Rugby player Maro Itoje – a strong advocate for education and the Black Curriculum – and curated by Lisa Anderson. New work by six African and Diaspora artists, including Giggs Kgole, Djakou Kassi Nathalie and Damilola Okhoya, celebrate Black history and the contributions Black figures have made to civilisation and society across the centuries, from the origins of mathematics to jazz.
20 Davies Street, Mayfair W1K 3DT; signatureafricanart.com

17 Staircase at Southwark Playhouse, Elephant & Castle
23 June-17 July
Staircase by Charles Dyer (1928-2021) was a West End and Broadway hit at its premiere in the late 60s. The comedy hasn’t been seen in London for more than half a century, but Two’s Company, which excels at bringing back forgotten masterpieces, is bringing the production back this month. Starring Paul Rider (Chicago, A Woman of No Importance) and John Sackville (An Inspector Calls, The Crown), Staircase follows the story of Charlie and Harry, hairdressers in Brixton in the early 60s who have been together for 20 years. Same-sex relationships are illegal, but quick humour and dreams keep them afloat until Charlie is arrested for sitting on a man’s knee in a pub. Tickets from £14.
77-85 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Castle SE1 6BD; southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

18 Alex Webb x The Gladwin Brothers at Sussex, Soho
23 June
The Gladwin Brothers are hosting a one-off summer feast with MasterChef: The Professionals 2020 Champion Alex Webb at their Sussex Restaurant in Soho this June. The collaborative six-course menu celebrates the best of summer ingredients and blends Webb’s classic French techniques with a twist, with Gladwin’s signature local and wild cookery. The menu will be peppered with favourites from the Sussex menu, such as mushroom Marmite éclairs, oysters with English wasabi leaf and sourdough tempura stuffed courgette flower. Guests will be greeted with a glass of Gladwin Brother’s English sparkling wine, before the intimate dining experience with pairing cocktails. Priced £72pp.
63-64 Frith Street, Soho W1D 3JW; sussex-restaurant.com

19 Giffords Circus at Chiswick House & Gardens 
24 June-11 July
The legendary Giffords Circus arrives in Chiswick this month with its latest production, The Hooley. There will be fairies, trolls, pixies, leprechauns, wild horses, Celtic music and dancing and all the madcap magic for which Giffords is synonymous in this glittering production, dreamt up by the late Nell Gifford with Director Cal McCrystal. The Hooley stars Lil Rice, Tweedy the Clown, Nancy Trotter Landry, Rebecca Musselwhite and Duo Imagine, complete with live music from the Giffords Circus band directed by musical director James Keay. Following the show, Giffords’ unique travelling restaurant, Circus Sauce, will be open serving three-course rustically extravagant feasts and, new for this year, there’s a licensed bar too. Adults from £15, kids (3-14 years) from £10.
Chiswick House and Gardens W4 2QN; giffordscircus.com

20 Pub in the Park, Dulwich
25-27 June

Tom Kerridge’s ‘ultimate foodie festival’, Pub in the Park, is heading to Dulwich Park for the first time this June with an amazing line-up of chefs, musicians and artisanal producers. Superstar chefs Matt Tebbutt and Andi Oliver have selected a crew of incredible chef pals to head to the leafy corner of south east London on the weekend of 25-27 June and serve up some incredible food. As well as great pubs and restaurants – including Kerridge’s two Michelin-starred The Hand & Flowers, Atul Kochhar’s amazing Vaasu and Sindhu, and Peckham favourite The Begging Bowl – there will also be live music from the likes of Basement Jaxx, Gabrielle, Roland Gift, Toploader, Beverley Knight, Brand New Heavies, Morcheeba and Stereo MCs. Pub in the Park venue will also land in Chiswick from 3-5 September. Tickets from £35.

21 The London Classic Car Show
25-27 June

The capital’s premier classic motoring event, The London Classic Car Show, returns for 2021 in the stunning grounds of Syon Park. The show, a must-attend event for any classic car owner, expert, collector or enthusiast, celebrates The Evolution of Design, taking classic car lovers on a magical journey through the last 135 years of automotive innovation, from the very first Motor Wagen right up to the latest classics. The London Classic Car Show will also showcase some of the motoring industry’s most iconic marques, including the 60th Anniversary of the Jaguar E-type, the centenary year of the Bugatti Brescia and the 100th Birthday of the Lancia Lambda. As well as a Talks Theatre hosted by Tiff Needell, there will be a two-day classic car auction, run by Classic Car Auctions. Tickets from £25.
Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 8JF; theclassiccarshowuk.com

22 Wandsworth Arts Fringe
25 June-11 July
Wandsworth Arts Fringe, Wandsworth Council’s flagship festival, offers a hybrid programme of live and digital art this year with over 130 events taking place across 43 Wandsworth venues and online. The digital programme will build on the success of 2020’s award-winning online festival, while the live programme features circus, dance, music, theatre, comedy, visual art, free family days and more. WAF is also partnering with contemporary circus company Lost In Translation to present the WAF Big Top, a Covid-safe main stage in King George’s Park. Lost in Translation celebrates its 10th anniversary year with a spellbinding tour across London, kicking off at WAF with two story-led circus productions: Above, an enchanting and exciting work-in-progress fable with high-flying aerial stunts, and Cabaret Unlocked, an exclusive night of stunning acrobatics.

23 Terra Nexus, South Bank
Until 30 June 
Terra Nexus is an immersive experience featuring a labyrinth of 18 interconnected artist worlds reflecting on the human relationship with the biosphere. Produced by Proposition Studios, the experience first opened in Peckham last autumn, and has now been reconstructed and expanded with three new installations in artist studios overlooking the Thames. The installations explore the necessity of living soil, the perpetual migration of species, the cascading threat of impending extinctions, ways to reconnect with nature, conflict arising from depleted resources, the future of cities and how humans will live within them.
Proposition Studios, 60-72 Upper Ground SE1 9LT; propositionstudios.com

24 Bohemia Place Night Market, Hackney
Every Friday
Bohemia Place Night Market is a new regular market taking place every Friday night from 6-10pm. The vibrant event hosts more than 20 traders offering street food, cocktails, desserts, drinks, clothing, beauty, artisan goods and more. London’s finest street traders offering up delicious food (incredible vegan options are available at every market), and there are also themed bars to help you toast farewell to another long week. Covid-secure measures are in place and pets and children are welcome. Entry is free but you’ll need to reserve a ticket (and a £2 donation is welcome).
Bohemia Place, Hackney E8 1DU; bohemiaplacemarket.com

25 Gaia at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Until 1 July
Following a sold-out display in summer 2020, Luke Jerram’s awe-inspiring art installation Gaia returns to the Old Royal Naval College. Set against the magnificent Baroque backdrop of the Painted Hall, a series of Friday late openings also offers the chance to see the internally-lit sculpture after dark. The monumental sculpture is an exact scale replica of our planet, measuring seven metres in diameter and floating in three dimensions like a ‘blue marble’. UK artist Luke Jerram used 120dpi NASA imagery to recreate the unique view of Earth experienced by astronauts in space. By standing 211 metres away from the slowly rotating artwork, you can see Earth as it appears from the moon, while enjoying a surround-sound composition created by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones. Tickets £12.
Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, King William Walk SE10 9NN; ornc.digitickets.co.uk

26 Rooftop Film Club, Peckham & Stratford
Until 1 August
The Rooftop Film Club has returned to its rooftop homes at Peckham’s iconic Bussey Building and Roof East in Stratford with a line up of brilliant films ranging from Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing to Sound of Metal, Queen and Slim and Spirited Away. Get yourself there early to soak in the spectacular views and bag yourself some drinks and street food. All seating is unreserved and the venue uses wireless headphones, which can be collected on arrival along with a blanket at the Box Office. Note that start-times are approximate and will vary according to the sunset. Films are screening until 4 July in Peckham and until 1 August in Stratford.

27 Unearthed: Photography’s Roots at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until 30 August
Dulwich Picture Gallery reopens with its first major photography exhibition, Unearthed, exploring the history of photography from the 1840s to today. The exhibition traces the rich history of the medium through depictions of nature, with over 100 works by 41 leading international artists. As well as revealing the fascinating technical processes and narratives behind these images, the exhibition will showcase innovations in photography by key figures like William Henry Fox Talbot, Imogen Cunningham and the English gardener, Charles Jones. Jones’ striking modernist photographs of plants remained unknown for 20 years after his death, until they were discovered in a trunk at Bermondsey Market in 1981. Adults £16.50, under 18s free. 
Gallery Road, Dulwich Village SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

28 Making Paradise at Aga Khan Centre, King’s Cross
Until 30 September
Making Paradise is a new group exhibition exploring the concept of Eden through Islamic garden design at the Aga Khan Centre. The show brings together 19 international multimedia artists, each of whom will present an interpretation of the concept of Al-Jannah – the Garden of Eden, or Paradise in Islam –  and will feature digital reproductions of classical miniature paintings from Aga Khan Museum’s permanent collection alongside other depictions of elements associated with Paradise. The walls of the gallery will be transformed into the four symbolic quadrants of the Chahar Bagh, based on the ‘four gardens’ of Paradise in the Qur’an. The central focus of the show is a silent fountain, designed by renowned Islamic garden designer Emma Clark. From this will spring a bespoke paper-cut installation of organic forms, created by American artist Clare Celeste Börsch. The exhibition will also feature an installation of birdsong and nature sounds.
10 Handyside Street, King’s Cross N1C 4DN; agakhancentre.org.uk

29 Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street at the Design Museum, Kensington
Until 24 October
The humble sneaker – or ‘trainer’, if you prefer – is the subject of the blockbuster exhibition reopening the Design Museum this month. From sneakers originally designed for specific athletic activities such as the Converse All Star Chuck Taylor, the Puma Disc, and Nike Alpha fly Next%, to their cultural resonance across the globe, the exhibition examines how the shoe became the cultural symbol of our times. Take a journey through the design process behind some of the most technically inventive shoes of today, see the adidas ‘FutureCraft.Strung’ shoe-making robot, learn about Satoshi, a brand using blockchain certification, see the world’s first biologically active shoes, developed for Puma, and relive legendary collaborations from the Air Jordan to Yeezy x adidas. Tickets £12.
224-238 Kensington High Street W8 6AG; designmuseum.org

30 The Art of Banksy, Covent Garden
Until 21 November

For the very first time, the UK will host an array of unique pieces from the mysterious political activist, satirist and artist, who has spent most of the last three decades anonymously tagging streets across the world. The Art of Banksy, launching in May for a limited season, will feature world-famous pieces including Flower Thrower, Rude Copper and Girl and Balloon, alongside works rarely seen by the general public. The colossal collection includes authenticated and certified Banksy artworks, with infamous prints, sculptures and limited editions scattered across the walls of a vast 12,000 square foot space in Covent Garden. Plus, with ‘reopening day’ pushed back to 19 July 2021, The Art of Banksy has extended its opening hours until 9pm every Thursday-Saturday. Afterwards, pop across the road to the Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street for a limited-edition Banksy-inspired cocktail called The Mist. Exhibition tickets from £21.50.
50 Earlham Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9LJ; artofbanksy.co.uk

31 Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser at the V&A, Kensington
Until 31 December
After more than a year of living through screens, an immersive and fantastical journey down the rabbit hole sounds like just the tonic. The V&A’s first exhibition to incorporate virtual reality, Curiouser and Curiouser invites you to explore five Alice-themed worlds of sensory delights telling the story of how the children’s classic has been interpreted in film, performance, fashion, art, music and photography by leading creatives from Walt Disney to Salvador Dali, The Beatles to Vivienne Westwood. Experience a mind-bending game of VR croquet, encounter a giant caterpillar, see Lewis Carroll’s original handwritten manuscript and marvel at a fearsomely intimidating Red Queen. Curated by Kate Bailey and designed by the award-winning Tom Piper (best known for his Tower of London poppies installation and stage designs for the Royal Shakespeare Company), the theatrical exhibition concludes with a through the looking glass digital art installation. Tickets £20.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 2RL; vam.ac.uk

32 Monkey Business at the Horniman Museum & Gardens, Forest Hill
Until 3 Jan 2022
Come face to face with more than 60 spectacular taxidermy specimens (all natural casualties) of monkeys, apes, lemurs, lorises and bush-babies, alongside models, stunning photography and film. The family-friendly exhibition examines the key characteristics of primates and how they have evolved, how they communicate, the tools they have developed to obtain food, and their complex social systems. It also looks at the relationship between humans and other primates – our closest living relatives – today and what we can do to help protect them. Family ticket £18 (2 adults, 2 children), adults £8, kids £4.50.
100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ; horniman.ac.uk

33 Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience
Until 29 Jan 2022

The team behind Somnai, one of 2018’s most raved-about immersive experiences, is back after a lockdown hiatus with its phenomenal show, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience. Prolific composer Jeff Wayne has partnered with cutting-edge ‘layered reality’ company dotdotdot to re-imagine his Musical Work into a multi-sensory experience of immersive theatre, virtual reality, augmented reality holograms and other cutting-edge technology. You’ll be thrust you right into the centre of the of HG Wells’ Victorian England and the Martian invasion of 1898, where you’ll be able to smell the grass and feel the chill of the story’s famous Horsell Common, and physically feel the ground shake as the first cylinder lands. Tickets from £40.
56 Leadenhall Street EC3A 2BJ; dotdot.london/TWOTW

34 The Murdér Express, Bethnal Green
Until 27 Feb 2022
Immersive dining experts Funicular return with their fantastic production, The Murdér Express. The experience takes place on a luxury train carriage, where you’ll enjoy a fantastic four-course meal curated by BBC MasterChef The Professionals Finalist 2017 Louisa Ellis, while a dramatic scenario plays out around you. Expect murder, mystery, a few moments of awkward eye contact as actors break the fourth wall, and some great cocktails.
Pedley Street Station, Arch 63 Pedley Street E1 5BW; funicularproductions.com

35 Doctor Who: Time Fracture at Immersive LDN, Mayfair
Until 17 April 2022

Olivier Award-winning producers Louis Hartshorn and Brian Hook, the duo behind The Great Gatsby, are set to launch a new immersive production of Doctor Who: Time Fracture. Taking place at Immersive LDN in Mayfair, a huge historic building with three floors of immersive theatre and event spaces designated for performance, live gaming, events, escape rooms and private parties, the ground-breaking theatrical adventure will plunge you into the incredible Universe of Doctor Who. It’s 1940, the height of the Blitz, and a weapon of unknown origin not only destroys a corner of Mayfair, it also opens a rift in the space-time continuum. Earth as we know it is a stake and it’s time for you to be the hero!. Tickets £49.95.
56 Davies Street, Mayfair W1K 5HR; immersivedoctorwho.com