Hello summer! From artists open studios and Open Garden Squares Weekend to the London Festival of Architecture, there’s plenty to see and do in London in June. The Resident rounds up the best events…
1 Visit Pergola Paddington Central
The sister site to west London’s hugely popular Pergola on the Roof, Pergola Paddington Central, is now open. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, the new alfresco drinking and dining destination is set over two floors with a communal seating area for up to 850 guests and the lush green landscaping we’ve come to know and love. The hot spot features five exciting restaurant partners (Patty & Bun, Mamalan, DF/Mexico, Decatur and Raw Press), two cocktail bars, DJs and live music, which should keep you happy during those long sun-drenched afternoons and balmy evenings. Here’s to summer!
5 Kingdom Street, Paddington W2 6AE; paddingtoncentral.com
2 Visit Fulham’s new urban beach, Neverland London
Neverland London – a BYOB alfresco drinking and street-food dining experience with its very own white sandy beach – has just opened. With palm trees, pastel painted beach huts, deck chairs, swings and daybeds, the 20-metre Thameside beach is perfect for London’s sun worshipers. Street food traders include Le Rac Shack, The Duck Truck, Taco Dave along with churros and ice cream. Create your own cocktails from the Unleaded Bar or have mixologists compose drinks via the ‘Beach Butler’ service. Entry starts at £5 (basically the corkage fee). Beach huts can be booked for up to 8 people (£40) or a daybed for groups of 12-25, seated and standing (£60). Opens Weds-Fri 6pm-11pm, Sat12pm-11pm and Sun 12pm-9.30pm.
Albert Wharf, Fulham SW6 2TY; neverlandlondon.com
3 Camden Rocks
Camden Rocks organiser Chris McCormack – formerly the driving force behind Creation Records ‘Britrock’ quartet 3 Colours Red and club promoter – salutes Camden’s illustrious rock ‘n’ roll past and glowing future with a showcase of 250 of the country’s finest musical talent playing across 25 venues in one day. Headliners include Feeder, The Coral, The Damned and Reverend and the Makers. Tickets £39.50.
4 Babette’s Feast at the Print Room
Until 3 June
On stage until 3 June, Sheila Atim takes the lead role in Babette’s Feast at the Print Room. The play is Glyn Maxwell’s commissioned adaptation of the much-loved short story by the Danish storyteller Karen Blixen. See the-print-room.org for details.
5 Country Homes & Interiors Summer Show at Islington BDC
The Country Homes & Interiors Summer show is a three-day event at Islington’s Business Design Centre create to inspire visitors looking to reinvent their home. As well as live demonstrations in the Country Seminar Space, a selection of hand-picked creative crafters will be available to advise on the latest trends. A full-sized room feature from interiors stalwart Sanderson will provide an inspirational space for ideas, and for those keen to get creative with the latest paint colours or transform a room with wallpaper and textiles, interiors experts will be sharing their tips in the theatre space.
6 Shepherd’s Bush Festival
Bush Theatre has announced its hilarious comedy line-up as part of the Shepherd’s Bush Festival from 1-4 June. Expect to have a laugh with Nina Conti, Shaun Keaveny, Tim Key, Joseph Morpurgo, Tom Allen, Spencer Jones, Standard Guilty Feminist and more.
7 Terence Spencer: A Lasting Impression, Proud Camden
1 June-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
8 Daryl Runswick Gala concert, Cadogan Hall
Daryl Runswick, one of our greatest contemporary composers, celebrates his 70th birthday with the world premiere of his piano concerto, two new CD releases and a Gala Concert at Cadogan Hall with The King’s Singers on 6 June. As he turns 70, Daryl’s output continues unabated. The London Sinfonietta recently recorded his dance piece Zany. In March 2017, Musical Opinion praised the ‘ingeniously contrived score’ of his Cycles for recorder and piano (Prima Facie Records). His forthcoming Gala Concert features his new piano concerto, premiered by Aleksander Szram. Tickets £35, £30, £25, £19.
5 Sloane Terrace, Chelsea SW1X 9DQ. Box office 020 7730 4500; cadoganhall.com
9 Magnum: 70 at 70
Until 11 June
Magnum: 70 at 70 is an exhibition of 70 iconic images from 70 years of Magnum Photos. Taking place at London’s Kings Cross station, the 90 m-long light tunnel features iconic photos shot by Magnum photographers, celebrating the diversity of the agency and the photographers who have born witness to the major events of the last 70 years. The exhibition includes early photography by Magnum’s founding fathers, the introduction of colour photographers such as Harry Gruyaert and Bruno Barbey, through to the contemporary practice of photographers working in a more art-like medium, such as Alec Soth and Alessandra Sanguinetti.
King’s Cross Foot Tunnel, 1 Pancras Square, King’s Boulevard N1C 4TB; magnumphotos.com
10 Greenwich Mozart Festival
10 June-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
11 Brockley Max
The Brockley Max arts festival returns for the 16th year, running from 2-10 June with a packed programme of gigs, films, exhibitions, theatre and kids activities across venues in Brockley, Crofton Park, Honor Oak Park and Ladywell. The festival launches on Friday 2 June with a free alfresco concert by Brockley Station featuring local musicians as well as a Mini Beer Festival at The Talbot . See the website for the full programme, which includes an all-day festival at the Fox & Firkin with art and craft, live music and BBQ, Brockleywood Nights outdoor film evening, and Art in the Park at Hilly Fields with workshops, storytelling, magic, crafts and live music.
12 Salt: Vanity, Hamiltons Gallery
Until 16 June
Hamiltons presents Salt: Vanity, an exhibition of the most recent work by Australian photographer Murray Fredericks. The Vanity project is a continuation of Fredericks’ renowned Salt series, and in this next cycle of the project he introduces a mirror into the previously undisturbed landscape. Fredericks’ relationship to this project stems from his initial visit to a salt lake in 2001, where late one night he wandered away from his campsite and stopped for some time. Standing alone in the darkness he became aware that the boundary between his physical body and the environment he stood within seemed to soften and become less defined, feeling a powerful sensation of calm. The memory of that experience stayed with him and defined his pursuit of landscape imagery.
13 Carlos Place W1K 2EU; 020 7499 9493; hamiltonsgallery.com
13 The London Festival of Architecture
The London Festival of Architecture 2017 explores the theme ‘community’, with some 200 events taking place across the capital. The festival will capture London’s exciting mix of diverse and multi-layered communities and demonstrate the huge appetite among architects, artists, developers and the public to nurture, shape and enrich their city. The line-up includes exhibitions, talks, tours, workshops, installations and debates. From cycling tours and performance sculpture, family building workshops and an exploration of 21st century community centres, to architecture through the eyes of TV documentary and stand-up in the BT Tower.
14 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
15 Louise Golbey at The Jazz Cafe
Singer, songwriter and musician Louise Golbey will be playing her new album, Love It Or Leave It, at one of London’s most iconic live music venues, The Jazz Cafe in Camden, this month. Having already played at Glastonbury, The Isle Of Wight Festival and BluesFest 2016, Louise has developed a solid reputation within the UK soul scene. She has also performed at legendary venues including Ronnie Scotts and The Hippodrome. So will you love it or leave it?
5 Parkway, Camden Town NW1 7PG; 020 7485 6834; thejazzcafelondon.com / louisegolbey.com
16 Hampton Court Palace Festival
Hampton Court Palace Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The iconic festival, running 7-24 June, sees world-class acts perform for an intimate audience of 3,000 in a spectacular setting, with Henry VIII’s open air Base Court as backdrop. Guests can also enjoy a picnic in the East Front Gardens before taking their seats for the evening’s entertainment. See Van Morrison perform classic hits such as Brown Eyed Girl, Bright Side of the Road and Have I Told You Lately That I Love You on Thursday 15 June. Other great names include Corrine Bailey Rae, Will Young, Jools Holland, Bryan Ferry and Rick Astley.
17 London On-Water
This will make you feel good: take advantage of the chance of free entry to London On-Water, heading to St Katharine Docks from 8-11 June. This is a chance to see and buy the latest luxury yachts and boats, plus enjoy many other features including the Mariner’s Retail Village. The Resident readers can gain free entry to all areas of the show by registering in advance at londononwater.com/sgi and entering the SGI code RESIDENT.
50 St Katharine’s Way, St Katharine’s & Wapping E1W 1LA
18 Etudes at The Little Black Gallery
Until 10 June
Etudes is a new series by photo-artist Tyler Udall looking into gender, sexuality, and the blurry line we walk between fact and fiction. The series challenges the cultural norms that dictate the way we look, the way we talk and most importantly who or how we can love, whilst observing people and places in their orbit.
13A Park Walk SW10 0AJ; 020 7349 9332; thelittleblackgallery.com
19 Cockpit Arts Open Studios
9-11 and 16-18 June
Cockpit Arts Summer Open studios takes place in Holborn over the weekend of 9-11 June, before moving to the Deptford premises the following weekend (16-18 June). Discover some 170 designer-makers in jewellery, glassware, ceramics and a host of other crafts, alongside delicious food by Hand Made Food, demonstrations and talks from makers including Dovile Bertulyte, Julie Kouamo and Lucy McGrath, as well as summer time jazz tunes from singer Eleanor Rastall during the Friday evenings of both weekends. Running Friday 5pm-9pm and 11am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Free entry, donations welcome.
20 Taste of London
Taste of London returns to Regent’s Park from 14-18 June with another exceptional line-up of top chefs, exciting restaurants, live cooking demonstrations, interactive culinary features and unmissable entertainment. Top names due to appear include Ollie Dabbous, Tomasina Miers, Tom Kerridge, Dan Doherty and Helena Puolakka. If that’s not enough to entice, then food enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice with more than 200 taster-sized signature dishes from 40 of London’s best restaurants on offer to sample.
21 Kevin and Karen Dance – The Live Tour, New Wimbledon Theatre
Strictly Come Dancing sweethearts Kevin and Karen Clifton bring their sensational live show to the New Wimbledon Theatre this month. It’s a sultry, hip-swinging journey through the waltz, fox trot, cha-cha, tango and salsa. Expect a high-energy performance filled with heart-pounding choreography and sparkling costumes, backed by a live 12-piece show band. Two lucky audience members will even have the opportunity to learn a routine themselves and enjoy a moment in the spotlight. Dancing shoes at the ready! Tickets £35.90-£48.90.
22 Reverb at the Roof Gardens
17 June & 15 July
Returning to the Roof Gardens on 17 June and 15 July, Reverb presents a unique blend of live music and comedy, coupled with outdoor garden games and irresistable BBQ food. Enjoy the summer season from 100ft above the streets of London and enjoy some of the best up and coming music and comedy talent from London and beyond.
23 Live at Chelsea Concert Series
The Live at Chelsea Concert Series returns to the Royal Chelsea Hospital, opening on 15 June with indie-pop legends Belle & Sebastian. The Chelsea Fireworks Prom takes place the following day, before Ludovico Einaudi – the genre defying pianist and composer, pictured right – headlines on 17 June and also closes the event a day later.
24 Furr & Mankowitz – 45RPM at 45 Park Lane
15 June-5 August
Exuberant artist Christian Furr, who created a masterpiece when he painted The Queen, is working on a new partnership fit for royalty with acclaimed rock photographer, Gered Mankowitz. Mankowitz travelled with The Rolling Stones and the God of Rock himself, Jimmy Hendrix and had an enviable knack for catching them in their raw, unadulterated form. Using bold, psychedelic colour, royal purples, deep blues and metallics, risk taker Furr has brought these photographs into the future, while still maintaining their timelessness, something that only a true master can achieve.
45 Park Lane W1K 1PN; 020 7493 4545; dorchestercollection.com
25 The Artists at Home, Chiswick, Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush
The weekend of 16-18 June will provide a unique opportunity for the public to visit up to 70 west London artists in their home-based studios. The Artists at Home event is now well established in the local calendar and is hugely popular, attracting new artists and visitors every year. ‘The wonderful thing about Artists at Home is the diversity,’ says Jeff Hoare, renowned artist and one of the first people to take part since its launch in 1973. ‘The works cover every type of medium imaginable and the artists themselves have such varied experience.’
26 Open Garden Squares Weekend, London-wide
Open Garden Squares Weekend returns from 17-18 June to offer a glimpse of some 230 private, secret and little-known gardens across 27 London boroughs. From the innovative, historical and prestigious, to the brand new and best-kept secret spaces, the 2017 gardens include exclusive private squares and magnificent rooftop gardens – including the new Crossrail Place Roof Garden – as well as community allotments, a garden barge, pop-up orchards and diminutive hidden spaces.
27 Kindred Studios Open Studios, Westway
Two years ago, a colossal concrete building of 14,000 sq ft, once hidden under Westway, opened its doors to painters, sculptors, ceramicists, photographers, illustrators, filmmakers, glass-artists, printmakers, jewellers and many more, and has now blossomed into a vibrant creative collective, Kindred Studios. From 17-18 June you will have the chance to meet the 95 artists and feel inspired as they hold an Open Studios event, with activities suitable for all the family.
69 St Marks Road, Westway W10 6JB; kindredstudios.co.uk
28 Cally Festival, Islington
Running the expanse of the entire road, this year’s Cally Festival in Islington is set to be a lively mix of talent, fun and music, with community spirit tying the whole affair together. Around 9,000 people attended last year’s frivolous festivities which brought people from Holloway, King’s Cross and both east and west of Caledonian Road together. It’s a family affair with events and workshops for children and adults with bubbles and balloons floating over head, the smell of sugar in the air and an eclectic mix of music sounding from every corner. Sunday 18 June, 12noon-6pm.
29 Dix Noonan Webb’s valuation day at The Bingham Hotel
Mayfair auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb will be holding a Jewellery, Coins and Medal Valuation day at Richmond’s The Bingham Hotel on 20 June. This will be an opportunity to dig out any potentially valuable items and get the experts at Dix Noonan Webb to offer a free current market appraisal, with no obligation. To make an appointment for the event, call 020 7016 1700 or email email@example.com
61-63 Petersham Road, Richmond TW10 6UT; 020 8940 0902; dnw.co.uk
30 Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent, Somerset House
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.
31 The HOUSE Fair, Olympia
The HOUSE Fair in association with House & Garden is now in its third year and has quickly become London’s favourite consumer event for audiences looking for unique interiors and design. Held at Olympia from 21-24 June, The HOUSE Fair brings together Spirit of Summer, HOUSE and GROW London to create the ultimate celebration of summer and stylish living. The event is an eclectic treasure trove of 550 beautiful garden, interior and lifestyle brands to explore and shop. Tickets are £21 in advance or £25 on the door.
32 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
33 East London Comics and Arts Festival present The Island by Icinori
Until 25 June
Greenwich Peninsula’s NOW Gallery is collaborating with East London Comics and Arts Festival (ELCAF) to present The Island. The Island is a site-specific interactive storytelling experience for all ages, imagined and created by French illustrator duo Icinori. The installation will explore the possibilities of storytelling, giving subtle nods to the importance of imagination and flights of fancy.
The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square SE10 0SQ; nowgallery.co.uk
34 Aspall Tennis Classic at The Hurlingham Club, Fulham
The Aspall Tennis Classic, taking place at The Hurlingham Club in Fulham in June, kicks off the British summer tennis season in style. Running the week prior to Wimbledon, the event is affectionately known as the ‘Wimbledon warm-up’. The Aspall Tennis Classic showcases some world-class tennis, featuring the likes of Canada’s Milos Raonic (currently ranked World No. 6 with 8 ATP World Tour titles and a spot in the Grand Slam final at Wimbledon 2016), World No. 11 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, World No. 14 Lucas Pouille and World No. 15 Jack Sock. Joining them will be some of the sports most loved players – former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski, two-time grand slam finalist Mark Philippoussis, former World No. 4 Thomas Enqvist, 1986 French Open finalist Mikael Pernfors and the ever-popular Mansour Bahrami.
35 Greenwich Music Time
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.
36 The Cactus House at Hignell Gallery
Until 3 July
Contemporary sculpture specialist Hignell Gallery is proud to announce The Cactus House, sculptor Ben Russell’s debut exhibition with the gallery, to coincide with The RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Curated by director Abby Hignell, The Cactus House presents Russell’s hand-carved sculptures, set against an immersive display of greenery designed by Conservatory Archives. While working at his leafy Dorset studio, heritage conservator and sculptor Ben Russell was inspired by the way light passes through the flesh of a cactus. Having long been influenced by nature and organic forms, Russell, who won the prestigious Duke of Gloucester award for carving and stone masonry in 2012 and has worked in heritage conservation on historic buildings and façades such as The Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament, works with the translucent properties of alabaster to recreate the effect in sculptural form.
Hignell Gallery, 12-14 Shepherd Street W1J 7JF; 020 7499 4528; hignellgallery.com
37 2017 V&A Illustration Awards shortlist
Until 20 August
The V&A has announced the shortlisted artists for the 2017 V&A Illustration Awards to celebrate the best of book, editorial and student illustrations published over the last year. From the inventive storytelling of Beatriz Lostalé Seijo’s The Odyssey to the humorous homage to Hokusai in A. Richard Allen’s Trump Wave (below), this year’s shortlist shows that illustration has never been more diverse and innovative. On show until 20 August.
38 All Creatures Great & Small, The Fan Museum, Greenwich
Until 16 September
All Creatures Great & Small at The Fan Museum is a celebration of humorous and curious fans decorated with animal subjects. Animals have been a source of inspiration for fan painters throughout the centuries. Nearly all manner of beasts appear in this display of fans dating from the 1700s onwards, including an early 18th-century Dutch fan delicately painted with pheasants, parrots and turkeys. There are also a number of pieces from the 20th century, when animal subjects became a distinct trend in fan art. Entry £4.
12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ER; 020 8305 1441; thefanmuseum.org.uk
39 Pani at The Horniman
Until 26 November
Pani is the word for water across parts of South Asia. In this thought-provoking display, artist Daksha Patel explores the relationships between people and water. Using vibrant maps and symbols on terracotta, he draws attention to environmental threats, and the challenges encountered by the people and wildlife that depend on this precious resource.
100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ; 020 8699 1872; horniman.ac.uk
40 Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, V&A
Until 18 February 2018
This month the V&A will open the first ever UK exhibition exploring the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga and his profound and continuing influence on modern fashion. Rather than a retrospective, the exhibition will focus in detail on the latter part of his career in the 1950s and 60s, arguably one of his most creative periods. Tickets £12.