Hello summer! The best things to do in London in June 2019 from alfresco arts festival GDIF to Taste of London, London Festival of Architecture and Camden Rocks…
Lead image: Soho Music Month
1 Camden Rocks Festival, across Camden
Camden Rocks returns to celebrate Camden’s illustrious rock ‘n’ roll past and glowing future with some 400 bands playing across 20 venues over two days, from The Dublin castle to the Electric Ballroom and Dr Martens Boot Room. Headliners include Frank Turner and Deaf Havana alongside The Pigeon Detectives, Ash, Carl Barat and Wheatus. Bands from 12pm. The Official Camden Rocks Festival after shows will take place at The Underworld on both evenings from 11pm (advance tickets £10). Day tickets £40, weekend tickets £70.
2 CATFEST, Catford
Until 2 June
The Catford Constitutional Club’s annual three-day festival fundraiser, CATFEST, returns to Catford from 31 May till 2 June with a weekend of activities centred around art, music, and mindfulness. This year, the event is raising funds for mental health charity MIND, and as such the festival will feature workshops, talks and wellbeing activities, as well as plenty of craft beer and live bands. Join Almond Blossom Yoga for mindfulness infused vinyasa flow class, join a Sand Art Creations workshop, learn the basics of essential oils at Intro to Aromatherapy with Neals Yard, join the Menstural Magic Circle, or learn a Caribbean Cultural dance accompanied with Deanna & Marta of Nzinga Dance. To book workshops see eventbrite.com.
Catford Broadway, Catford SE6 4SP; catfordconstitutionalclub.com
3 Peckham Levels Open Studio Weekend
31 May-2 June
Peckham Levels, SE15’s community hub, is opening up all seven levels for a weekend of workshops, talks and DJ sets this weekend. Known for its upper level street food traders, bars and more, Peckham Levels’ closed lower floors house a myriad of local creatives who will open their studio doors for a unique insight into their craft, including Darkroom studio Bright Rooms, multidisciplinary practice Playdate and ceramics artist Evelyn Pelayo. Foundation FM, London’s emerging all-female radio station, will be airing live throughout the weekend, Peckham Vision, the campaign group behind sustaining the multi-story project, will host a talk unveiling the history of the car park and, at 6pm, DJ sets from South London’s best DJs including Ellie Prohan, Mr Play and Abigurl will take over the space well into the night. Friday 5pm till late and Sat-Sun 10am-6pm (levels 5 & 6 till late).
Peckham Town Centre Car Park, 95A Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4TG; peckhamlevels.org
4 London Festival of Architecture, across London
London Festival of Architecture, the world’s biggest annual architecture festival, returns this month to explore the theme of ‘boundaries’. The packed programme of some 400 events and activities will open the doors to iconic tours and architectural installations, as well as energetic debates, Studio Lates, workshops and exhibitions. Highlights include LFA Symposium: Thresholds or barriers? taking place at the Royal Academy, explores the role and application of boundaries in architecture and placemaking (14 June), and aLL Design presents an aLL Alsop Whistlestop Tour, a self-guided tour that features new Neuron Pod Building for Queen Mary University in Whitechapel, Peckham Library, the Palestra and more.
5 Soho Music Month
Soho Music Month, a celebration of the diversity of music talent in an area rich with heritage, is a month-long showcase of both established and up-and-coming artists in various venues across Soho. Enjoy a diverse range of music, exclusive activations, collections and in-store promotions, including live sets by Indie King Baxter Dury at eyewearfavourites MOSCOT on Beak Street, and Lilllördag music evenings spanning Japanese avant-garde, 80s pop, jazz and cosmic disco every Wednesday at Swedish café Söderberg on Berwick Street. In Carnaby on Saturday 8 June, celebrate World Oceans Day with music from world music collective Lokkhi Terra, sultry vocals from Delilah Holliday, laid-back sounds from St Martiins and electric soul from Ese & The Vooduu People (Ganton Street, 12-6pm).
Find the full line-up at carnaby.co.uk
6 Brockley Max, across Brockley
31 May-8 June
Brockley Max, the annual community arts festival, returns for its 18th year to celebrate local talent across venues in Brockley, Ladywell, Crofton Park and Honor Oak. Spanning nine days, the event offers a packed programme of 70 events, from music and comedy to art and theatre. Opening Night on Friday 31 May kicks off at 4.30pm with an afternoon and evening of music on the street, and the event comes to a close on Saturday 8 June with Art in the Park, chock full of creative workshops, storytelling, theatre performances, a craft market, live music and dance performances from 12pm-6pm. And there’s plenty more in between, including Annual Summer Party on 1 June (brockleymax.co.uk
7 School of Meatology at Heliot Steak House, Leicester Square
Heliot Steak House has launched its latest series of immersive cooking classes, School of Meatology, conducted by the world’s first Meatologist Ioannis Grammenos. The new advanced classes will take place throughout 2019, continuing to educate meat lovers on how to prepare beef and cook steak correctly, with the new addition of dry ageing. The advanced classes will also touch on sustainability by teaching you how to make the most of their meat, using a variety of cuts and encouraging little to no waste in the kitchen. Masterclasses start at 6pm and include a welcome drink and a three-course dinner with wine pairings. Tickets £70.
14 Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square WC2H 7JH; hippodromecasino.com
8 Tanqueray Gin Dinner Experience, Westminster
The English Grill restaurant at The Rubens at the Palace on Buckingham Palace Road is hosting a Tanqueray Gin Dinner Experience this month. The evening will begin with live music, pre-dinner cocktails and canapés at 6.30pm in the stunning Leopard Bar and Palace Lounge, before moving on to The English Grill where you will enjoy five exquisite courses paired with gin-inspired drinks. The event is being held in partnership with Tanqueray Gin – which originated from Bloomsbury – and Fever-Tree Tonic, with serves including a basil highball, gin-cello and negroni fizz. Canapés and a welcome drink served from 6.30pm, dinner from 7pm. Tickets £85.
39 Buckingham Palace Road, Westminster SW1W 0PS; rubenshotel.com
9 Prince Party at Club Mexicana at The Spread Eagle, Hackney
Meriel Armitage’s Club Mexicana at The Spread Eagle, London’s first 100% vegan pub in Hackney, is launching Sunday Sessions, a series of Ribs and Roots BBQs and guest DJs. On 7 June it’s the Prince Party, paying homage to their musical idol, the pub will throw their annual Birthday party in his honour with DJ Sonic Emporium blasting out Prince’s greatest hits until late. Meriel’s Ribs and Roots BBQ menu is inspired by Texan-style BBQ with Sticky Glazed ‘Ribs’ made with jackfruit, mustard potato salad, lashings of hot sauce and – for this event only – purple Prince taco. Landlady Sherri-Lee Estabrook will be mixing up a host of summer cocktails, including the one-off Raspberry Beret. The Ribs and Roots BBQ will be available every Sunday. 4pm-9pm.
224 Homerton High Street E9 6AS; thespreadeaglelondon.co.uk
10 The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson at Park Theatre, Finsbury Park
Until 8 June
The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson is a Brexit-inspired comedy drama from journalist, broadcaster and playwright Jonathan Maitland (An Audience with Jimmy Savile, Dead Sheep). It was the dinner that changed history – the night in February 2016 when Boris Johnson decided to vote ‘leave’. Guests included fellow MP Michael Gove and his wife columnist Sarah Vine, media mogul Evgeny Lebedev, and, for Boris at least, the spirits of past Prime Ministers – Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill and Tony Blair. Fast forward to post-Brexit Britain 2029 – a country divided. Boris is back in the political wilderness and has ambitions to make Britain great again, but what are his true intentions? Tickets £18.50-£32.50.
Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park N4 3JP; parktheatre.co.uk
11 SoLo Craft Fair: The Pride Special, Balham
Returning to the ballroom at Balham Bowls Club, the market will have up to 30 independent traders who identify themselves as LGBTQ+ and/or who celebrate diversity and colour in their products. On top of the donation directly from SoLo Craft Fair, there will be a fundraising tombola, with handcrafted prizes donated by the traders, and a glitter station – all raising money for The Albert Kennedy Trust. PopUp Painting will also be running painting workshops throughout the day and there will also be a kids corner. 12pm-5pm. Free entry.
Balham Bowls Club SW12 8QX; solocraftfair.com
12 Bottomless Gin Brunch at Bull in a China Shop, Shoreditch
Celebrate World Gin Day on 8 June at London’s first ever bottomless gin brunch. Gin Mare is joining forces with Silent Pool, Colonel Fox and KI NO BI, to host the event, which will offer up a selection of unlimited gin cocktails (bottomless for two hours) including a Colonel Fox G&T, Silent Pool Lavender Bees Knees, Gin Mare Red Snapper and KI NO BI Collins. You can also choose from a range of brunch dishes, from pancakes & lavender maple syrup served with crispy bacon and summer berries to a Full Bull breakfast and free-range eggs poached in a tomato salsa with a corn tortilla and avocado smash. 12pm-5pm. Tickets £20.
196 Shoreditch High Street E1 6LG; bullinachinashop.london
13 St James’s London Fashion Week Men’s Show
The only show in the London Fashion Week Men’s calendar open to consumers, St James’s London Fashion Week Men’s Show will feature more than 30 menswear brands from St James’s will take to the catwalk on Jermyn Street. Curated by stylist Catherine Hayward, the catwalk shows will showcase see-now-buy-now pieces from John Smedley, Dunhill, Cubitts, Aspinal of London, Aquascutum, Sunspel, Lock & Co, Paul & Shark, New & Lingwood and more. The pedestrianised street will also host food trucks from local restaurants and live music performances. Shows take place at 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm. Tickets are free but need to be booked online.
14 The Silent City at 54 The GALLERY, Mayfair
The Silent City is an exhibition of street photography and painting bringing together about 90 works from three individuals who share a common interest in recording the beguiling beauty found on our city streets. The visual elements have been abstracted from the city chaos that assaults our senses, the absence of noise intensifying the visual impact of what remains. Sonia Fitoussi, a French-born photographer living in London, shoots candid street photography characterised by a keen eye for colour and texture, while Stephen Brook, an established English artist based in London, paints cityscapes that have been compared with Edward Hopper, and Scottish born photographer David Goold describes himself as a ‘lunchtime photographer’, which betrays a career as a professional geologist.
54 The Gallery, Shepard Market, Mayfair W1J 7QX; 54thegallery.co.uk
15 Summer Bootcamp with Wild Cat Fit, Paddington Basin
Get fit for free this summer with personal trainer and fitness influencer Lisa-Jane Holmes, AKA Wild Cat Fit. Lisa-Jane will be running weekly Full Body Bootcamp workouts on the Floating Pocket Park at Merchant Square near Paddington every Tuesday from 21 May until 9 July from 6pm-7pm. Each 50 minute Full Body Bootcamp session on the Floating Pocket Park will incorporate both cardio and bodyweight strength elements – working the upper and lower body, as well as core stability and cardio fitness. Lisa-Jane has over 10 years’ experience in the fitness industry and has trained celebrities, students, royalty, office workers and everything in between. Find her on Instagram @wildcatfit. Tickets are free but must be booked online.
Merchant Square, Paddington Basin W2 1AZ; merchantsquare.co.uk
16 Romeo and Juliet, Royal Opera House
Until 11 June
This spring, the Royal Ballet is reviving Kenneth MacMillan’s dramatic ballet masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet. Set to Sergey Prokofiev’s seminal score, the performance will feature a number of principal and debuting dancers in the roles of Juliet and Romeo in the performance at the Royal Opera House. The work has been performed by The Royal Ballet more than 400 times since it was premiered at Covent Garden in 1965, making Romeo and Juliet a classic you can’t miss.
Bow Street, Covent Garden WC2E 9DD; roh.org.uk
17 British Flowers Week at New Covent Garden Market & The Garden Museum
New Covent Garden Market, the UK’s premier flower supplier, will be celebrating British Flowers Week with a week-long celebration uniting florists, flower growers, wholesalers and flower lovers. This year, New Covent Garden Market’s campaign to support British-grown flowers will see five of Britain’s top florists exhibit innovative installations at the Garden Museum, using flowers from the Flower Market. This year’s theme is Memories and the florists – Ruth Davis from All for Love, Terri Chandler and Katie Smyth from Worm, Graeme Corbett from Bloom + Burn, Rowan Lewis of Rowan Blossom and Carly Rogers of Carly Rogers Flowers – will showcase their creations based around their personal memories. The exhibition is the first time contemporary floral design has been given centre stage in a London museum.
18 London Seafood festival, Battersea Power Station
London Seafood Festival returns for its second year to transform Battersea Power Station’s riverside into the home of seafood. The event will feature a series of one-off special events, masterclasses, alfresco cooking demonstrations and tastings with top London chefs including José Pizarro, Asma Khan, Vivek Singh and Francesco Mazzei, as well as live musicians and busking bands. The demonstrations will be compered by Magic Radio presenter Emma B, who brings over 20 years of broadcasting experience and a passion for cooking and seafood to the demo stand. Plus, there will be a handful of ticketed events – on sale now – granting guests access to one-time special feasts by some of the UK’s most renowned chefs.
Circus West Village SW11; londonseafoodfestival.com
19 Balham Literary Festival
A staple of the London literary calendar, Balham Literary Festival returns with a spectacular line-up and discussions ranging from climate change to crime fiction, whilst celebrating some of best talent south London has to offer. Highlights of the festival include an event with AC Grayling, who will preview his new book The History of Philosophy; former Crystal Palace resident Max Porter, who will discuss his audacious, strange and wonderful new work Lanny; vegan cooking YouTube sensation Rachel Ama, who will share quick and easy recipes from her new book Vegan Eats; and a special event with Brixton Bard Alex Wheatle. Events will take place at venues including Balham Bowls Club and Balham Oxfam. Tickets £5-£30.
20 The Pink Singers: Divas Through The Decades at Cadogan Hall
Join The Pink Singers – an LGBT+ community choir of some 90 singers – as they celebrate what it means to be a diva at the iconic Cadogan Hall. Formed in 1983, the ‘Pinkies’ are the longest-running LGBT choir in Europe. Featuring fantastic arrangements, gorgeous harmonies and, of course a sprinkle of glitter, The Pink Singers: Divas Through The Decades promises to be a memorable evening! 7.30pm. Tickets from £13.50 to £30.
5 Sloane Terrace SW1X 9DQ; cadoganhall.com
21 Buzz Bingo Thank You Event with Jo Brand, Tooting
Buzz Bingo, the UK’s largest retail Bingo operator, has announced its Thank You charity event in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland, celebrating over £500,000 in donations for the organisations. Taking place at Buzz Bingo Tooting in South London, the Thank You event will feature an appearance from award-winning comedian and Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador Jo Brand, marking the moment and receiving the cheque from Buzz Bingo’s Chief Retail Officer Peter Brigden. Open to all Buzz Bingo members, guests will be welcomed with a free drink on arrival before having the opportunity to meet and greet Jo Brand and then competing for one of 10 £1,000 Full House prizes on offer throughout the evening.
50 Mitcham Road, Tooting SW17 9NA; buzzbingo.com
22 Camberwell Arts Festival, venues across Camberwell
Camberwell Arts Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and as such, the theme is The Art of the Party. The festival will launch with The Art of the Party Birthday Feast on Camberwell Green, with everything from the drinks to the décor and dancing designed by local artists. The event kick-starts nine days of fun, party-themed art, with the Made in Camberwell Arts Market also taking place on 15 June, the Not for Sale Exhibition and Camberwell Fringe Programme running from 15-23 June, and Camberwell Open Studios running from 22-23 June.
23 Beats on Pointe at Sadler’s Wells
Until 16 June
Beats on Pointe,the thrilling dance spectacular from Australia that fuses street dance and ballet, returns to the Peacock Theatre this month. Two opposing dance worlds collide in this exuberant show, as a high energy cast of classical ballet and street dancers go toe-to-toe in a glorious mash-up of dance styles to create an edgy, modern ballet that also features beat-boxing, a touch of comedy and a soundtrack of 70s grooves that segues seamlessly into contemporary hits. Tickets £18-£45.
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street WC2A 2HT; sadlerswells.com
24 Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner! at Galerie Prints, Wimbledon
Until 16 June
Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner!, in collaboration with AKG Archives, Getty Images Archive London & Mirror Group Archives, is a breathtaking new photographic exhibition at Wimbledon’s Galerie Prints. With Brexit drawing closer we must ask ourselves, who we are as Britons? And as Londoners? Featuring 64 archival images showing the changing face – and faces – of London from the 1920s to present day, this exhibition offers a rare insight into what has always made this city so great – diversity, contrasts, resilience, passion and fashion. Admission £5. Print prices start from £205.
152 Arthur Road, Wimbledon Park SW19 8AQ; galerieprints.com
25 London Saxophone Festival, various locations
Until 16 June
The inaugural London Saxophone Festival is a celebration of all things sax. Taking place at a range of venues across the capital, this week-long series of events will involve performances from world class musicians, workshops, film and exhibitions. The festival will feature some boundary breaking players at the very top of their game. Highlights include a performance by Xhosa Cole, BBC Young Jazz Musician Winner 2018, at Pizza Express Soho on 12 June, and the Sax Village and Family Day on 8 June at Cadogan Hall.
26 Civilised Sunday with Tishani Doshi at Jikoni, Marylebone
Civilised Sunday continues on the 16 June at Ravinder Bhogal’s Marylebone restaurant Jikoni, where the chef will be joined by award-winning writer, Tishani Doshi. Shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Prize earlier this year, Doshi will be reading from her enchanting new novel, Small Days & Nights, and her acclaimed book of poems, Girls are Coming out of the Woods. Bhogal has woven together a menu inspired by Doshi’s South Indian and Welsh heritage, featuring a Seabass Ceviche cured with aam panna – a refreshing raw mango and mint drink – and Crisp Soft Shell Crab with a Tamil peanut chutney. Tickets £55. 6.30pm.
19-21 Blandford Street, Marylebone W1U 3DG; eventbrite.com
27 Migrations: All Our Voices at Carousel, Marylebone
The Oxford Cultural Collective, an international initiative that promotes a better understanding of food and drink, is partnering with Carousel to launch Migrations: All Our Voices, a new year-long series of talks celebrating cultural difference as a positive and defining characteristic of British culinary culture. The launch event comprises a special dinner with Romy Gill MBE, whose inimitable West-Bengal-meets-the-West-Country style has earned her widespread critical acclaim. Romy is joined by guest speaker, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, one of the UK’s most powerful advocates for the interests of migrant communities. Tickets are £75 including dinner and drinks.
71 Blandford Street, Marylebone W1U 8AB; carousel-london.com
28 A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bell House, Dulwich
The Dulwich Players return with another alfresco performance this summer. This time it’s Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the gardens of Bell House, Dulwich. Demetrius and Lysander love Hermia. Hermia loves Lysander, but is betrothed to Demetrius. And no one loves Helena, though her heart belongs to Demetrius. When Hermia and Lysander elope through the forest, Demetrius gives chase, followed by Helena, only to find themselves in the midst of a Fairy King and Queen at war. When, in turn, they are followed by a group of amateur actors intent on rehearsing a play, the scene is set for a night of mischief, misunderstandings and merriment. Performances on 16, 22 & 23 June at 2pm & 5pm. Tickets £12.
Bell House, 27 College Road, Dulwich SE21 7BG; dulwichplayers.org
29 Cutty Sark Studio Theatre’s Edinburgh Comedy Festival Warm Up Shows
16 June-28 July
Following the success of previous sell-out comedy seasons, the Cutty Sark hosts its pre-Edinburgh comedy festival from within the ship’s Michael Edwards Studio Theatre again this summer. Comedians including Josh Widdicombe, Joel Dommett and Desiree Burch will be performing new material for their sell-out Edinburgh performances in the Lower Hold of Cutty Sark. During the daytime, the hold contains displays of tea chests and other cargo relating to the ship’s extraordinary history. In the evening, the central section is transformed into a 92-seat studio theatre. Tickets from £12-£17.50.
King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9HT; rmg.co.uk
30 Taste of London, Regent’s Park
Taste of London returns to Regent’s Park with another exceptional line-up of top chefs, exciting restaurants, live cooking demonstrations, interactive masterclasses and shopping courtesy of some 200 food and drink purveyors. Restaurants taking part include Mei Ume, Smokestak, Tom’s Kitchen, Trishna, Brigadiers, Kutir, Satoria and more, while top chefs include Ben Tish, Elizabeth Haigh, Dominique Ansel and Yotam Ottolenghi. There are afternoon and evening sessions lasting four hours, giving you time to enjoy your pick of restaurant dishes, browse the artisan stalls and enjoy the activities, from cider trails to Maserati’s All-Italian Immersive Experience. Tickets from £23.
31 MARTINI Fiero Waterfront Pop Up, Paddington
Until 21 June
The Fiero Waterfront pop-up is MARTINI’s genius way of launching it new summer aperitivo, MARTINI Fiero – a leisurely cruise to Little Venice and back on a vintage Riva yacht, with an aperitivo picnic and MARTINI Fiero & Tonics. On the bustling waterfront, you can enjoy MARTINI Fiero & Tonics alongside an exclusive menu created by Italian streetfood maestros Pasta e Basta, featuring authentic dishes like n’duja calabrese crostini, creamy burrata pugliese and cured meat platters, or opt for the cruise experience. The waterfront pop-up is open on selected dates from 22 May-21 June, 12pm-9pm. The MARTINI Fiero Riva yacht will be available for walk up and pre-bookings on 22-24 May, 31 May, and 7, 14 & 21 June. Groups of four can book ahead by emailing email@example.com
Merchant Square, Paddington Basin W2; martini.com
32 Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), various locations
21 June-6 July
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), London’s leading festival of outdoor theatre and performing arts, returns to locations across Royal Greenwich, Royal Docks and Tower Hamlets this month. Opening day on Friday 21 June will see Woolwich Town Centre filled with art, food, dance, street theatre and a spectacular finale, Cristal Palace, which fuses dance, music and acrobatics, transforming General Gordon Square into a glittering outdoor ballroom (1pm-11pm). Other highlights include the Greenwich Fair, GDIF’s family weekend packed with street theatre, dance, games, circus and art (21-23 June in Greenwich Town Centre), Wild, a daring new dance-circus production from Motionhouse using dynamic choreography and acrobatic movement to explore the human disconnect with nature (22-23 June) and My House, a pop-up circus theatre house (4-5 July).
33 Queer Walls: LGBTQ History at Eltham Palace
English Heritage is hosting its first ever Pride event this month with an intimate, after-hours evening at Eltham Palace as the charity explores LGBTQ histories at the Tudor-palace-turned-millionaire’s-mansion. Wet your whistle on arrival with a complimentary cocktail, created exclusively by mixology experts Ben’s House, while being entertained by a range of artistic and creative responses to the queer history of the palace itself. Actors playing the inseparable John Seeley and Paul Paget – architects of the striking Art Deco house and partners both in life and in work – will regale you with stories of what life was like to be queer in the first half of the 20th century. Throughout the evening you can also watch a Noel Coward Cabaret act, enjoy the melodies of all-female LGBTQ choir Gin and Harmonics, or put your best foot forward with swing dance lessons in the Great Hall. 7-10pm. Tickets £15.
Court Yard, Eltham, Greenwich SE9 5QE; english-heritage.org.uk
34 A Disco Odyssey: The Reflex + Concrete Music at POW Brixton
Disco Odyssey returns to The Prince Of Wales Club and Roof Terrace this month, delivering the elite of Europe’s disco hedonists to the south London establishment. After dominating the South Coast nightlife, POW favourites Concrete Music will be kicking off the night with their take on disco, followed by The Reflex, which will take to the decks to breathe new life into soul, pop and disco classics. Noel Gallagher, Nile Rodgers, Disclosure and many more are all fans of The Reflex’s whimsical arrangements of classic disco tracks. The night will transport you back to Studio 54 through a flamboyant, disco extravaganza of aural delights. Tickets from £5. 9pm-4am.
467-469 Brixton Road, Brixton SW9 8HH; pow-london.com
35 Chelsea’s Annual Summer Fete
Celebrate the start of summer with Chelsea’s annual Summer Fete, taking place across the streets of SW3. Duke of York Square will play host to the ultimate garden party, inviting families to relax while enjoying acoustic music by roaming musicians, or take part in sporting events and games. A yoga class by local boutique KXU will kick start the festivities at 11am, while the running track by Saatchi Gallery will be open for the day hosting a football skills session for kids and adults by the Chelsea FC Foundation from 1pm-2.30pm. The much-loved Chelsea Pensioners will be back with a pottery stand, and the Chelsea Physic Garden will host a Flower Crown Workshop, plus children’s entertainers Sharky & George will be hosting the ultimate children’s Fete Party. 10am-6pm. Free to attend.
36 Solomons’ Yard Weekenders, Camden Market
Solomons’ Yard Weekenders are back, delivering a summer-long series of immersive 1920s-inspired nights, complete with epic street food, live music, entertainment and old school cocktails, all set against the backdrop of Camden Market. Running for 10 consecutive Friday and Saturday nights until 24 August, the events will transport you back to pre-market days, when Solomons’ Yard played host to the real-life Alfie Solomons (the main character in Peaky Blinders) and his underground operation of whisky smuggling and gambling. 6pm-11.30pm. Tickets from £8.
Middle & West Yard, Camden Market NW1 8AF; link.dice.fm
37 Belgrave Classic Car Show
The Belgravia Classic Car Show returns to Belgrave Square Garden for the third year this month. The Show will feature almost 300 classic cars – including a 1912 Rolls-Royce, a 1981 Lance Montecarlo Series Two Spyder and 1998 Ferrari 550 Michael Schumacher – as well as live music, food stalls and a photo booth Mini hosted by Chestertons. Participating vehicles will be considered for the Best in Show trophy sponsored by Sotheby’s, and the Most Original Car trophy, commemorating the vehicles that have retained most of their original parts. The event is hosted by Chestertons and Grosvenor with support from the Belgrave Square Garden Events Committee, The 96 Club and The International Guild of Specialist Engineers. Tickets from £10 in advance or £15 at gate.
Belgrave Square Garden, Belgrave Square (South Gate) SW1X; belgraviaclassiccarshow.com
38 Centre Point Letters Auction for Centrepoint Charity at VIVI Restaurant
Almacantar, the developer behind the new Centre Point Residences, has partnered with homelessness charity Centrepoint to auction off the building’s iconic two-metre tall letters, which have been re-imagined by artists such as Richard Wentworth, Conrad Shawcross, Gavin Turk and Nancy Fouts. The letters, which spelled out the building’s name from the 34th floor and have been a unique feature of Centre Point and Soho since the 60s, will be auctioned off by Tom Best from The Auction Collective, in collaboration with Christie’s Auction House and VIVI Restaurant, to raise funds for the charity’s vital work.
VIVI Restaurant, Centre Point, 11 St Giles Square WC2H 8AP; theauctioncollective.com
39 Glass Room x VII Hills Floating Negroni Bar
24 June-24 July
Glass Room, Bateaux London’s restaurant and bar on the Thames, has teamed up with award-winning Italian dry gin brand, VII Hills, to launch the capital’s only Floating Negroni Bar in time for Negroni Week. Hop on board Glass Room, docked at Embankment Pier, for an unrivalled sailing experience with 360-degree views of London’s famous landmarks, complete with an Negroni in hand available when you pre-book a lunch, afternoon tea or dinner experience. VII Hills’ talented brand ambassador Gabriele Manfredi has created four exclusive VII Hills Negronis, from the Bateaux Signature Barrel-Aged Negroni, to the Fiori De Pesco, a peachy concoction made with VII Hills, peach liqueur, Martini Riserva Speciale Rubino and Campari. Tickets start from £39 for a 90-minute lunch sail.
Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment WC2N 6NU; bateauxlondon.com
40 Xanadu at Chiswick House and Gardens
27 June-8 July
Giffords Circus returns to Chiswick House and Gardens this summer with a new show, Xanadu, celebrating the flower power movement is at its height. It’s midsummer 1973 in Hyde Park and the hippies, hipsters, rock stars, musicians, wild women and global nomads gather to play, sing, dance, protest and perform. Policemen and a family of out-of-towners get caught up in the celebrations as Nell Gifford builds a pleasure dome and, as evening approaches, the ever more chaotic event careers towards a joyful, transcendental finale. Giffords will also be hosting a pop-up rustic restaurant, Circus Sauce, serving a three-course menu which changes depending on the seasonal produce of the area. Tickets from £15 (kids £10).
41 Le Cordon Bleu London Summer Festival, Bloomsbury
For the first time ever, Le Cordon Bleu London will throw open its doors for a Summer Food & Drink Festival. The world famous cookery school will host a fabulous array of chefs including Asma Khan, Olivia Burt and Anna Hansen. During the day, you’ll be invited to immerse yourself in all things food and drink, with event highlights including a pop-up cookery bookshop hosted by Phaidon publishers, behind-the-scenes tours of Le Cordon Bleu, cookery demonstrations hosted by top chefs, wine tastings, a slow-food market and practical workshops on boulangerie techniques, plant based food and patisserie techniques (all priced at just £25). 10am-6pm. Admission £5.
15 Bloomsbury Square WC1A 2LS; cordonbleu.edu
Until 30 June
Open Space has launched a temporary ‘art cafe’ cafe in Peckham where everything – from the food to the furniture and tableware – is both a functional object and an artwork. Even the food is a work of art, with a regularly changing seasonal menu created by Inês Neto dos Santos, a London-based Portuguese artist and co-curator of the exhibition, who is known for her food-based practice, using what we eat as a medium of artistic expression and social commentary. Taking place at AMP Gallery in Peckham, the exhibition and cafe will be open Wednesdays to Sundays from 10am-6pm. Go forth and Instagram your lunch free of judgement!
1 Acorn Parade, Peckham SE15 2TZ; openspacecontemporary.com
43 Aqua nueva x Sorolla: An Edible Art Menu
Until 7 July
Spanish restaurant aqua nueva, located just off Oxford Street, is partnering with The National Gallery and its newest exhibition Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light, to bring the reverend painter’s vivid artworks to life in food form. Highlights of the menu – listed on a specially designed artist’s ‘palette’ menu card – include Young Fisherman, Valencia, 1904 (an edible net containing its ‘catch’ of grilled mackerel, anchovies and roasted peppers), Sewing the Sail, 1896 (a dessert designed to look like a summer garden, incorporating seasonal fruit sorbet, sweet jelly and fresh fruit, topped with a strawberry meringue), and Maria Painting at El Prado, 1907 (a white chocolate and passionfruit bavaroise accompanied by a selection of bright edible ‘paint’ that you use to create your own designs).
5th Floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street) W1B 3BR; aquanueva.co.uk
44 The National Dining Rooms & National Café’s Sorolla-Inspired Spanish Menu
Until 7 July
Oliver Peyton’s restaurants, The National Dining Rooms and The National Café, are celebrating the Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light exhibition at The National Gallery with a limited-edition Spanish menu. Inspired by the iridescent canvases of renowned Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastidas, the menu is packed with Iberian flavours such as hake in Romesco sauce and almond olive dressing, vegetable paella with sprouting broccoli, asparagus, padron peppers and saffron, and smoked ham and manchego croquettes. Two courses for £19, £24 for three. A wine and tapas menu is also available after 3pm for just £12.
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DN; peytonandbyrne.co.uk
45 Dinner Is Coming, The Vaults, Waterloo
Until 14 July
Launched to coincide with the launch of the final series of Game Of Thrones, Dinner is Coming at The Vaults, Waterloo, is enjoying an extended run thanks to its sell-out success. The hilarious new immersive spoof dining experience blends a delicious feast of indulgent food with theatre, comedy and an unhealthy dose of murder. Dinner Is Coming recreates the world of the Several Kingdoms deep in The Vaults’ underground tunnels, bringing Game of Thrones’ legendary characters to life with a few comic twists for an experience that’s full of dark turns, allegiance challenges and ominous royal celebrations.
The Vaults Leake Street SE1 7NN; dinneriscoming.com
46 Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams at V&A Museum
Until 14 July
The V&A’s latest exhibition Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams has been hotly anticipated since it was announced last year. Spanning from 1947 to the present day, it traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers and how Dior’s work has had a lasting impact of the fashion world. Highlights include a selection of sketches by the designer, photographs of everyone from the Queen to Yves Saint Laurent and a collection of dresses from the Dior Héritage collection in Paris. Tickets start at £20.
Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge SW7 2RL; vam.ac.uk
47 Pissaro in Dulwich, Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until 4 August
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Dulwich College, Dulwich Picture Gallery will host a special display focusing on Camille Pissarro’s view of the school’s main building, painted in 1871. A special loan from the Fondation Bemberg, Toulouse, the work returns to Dulwich for the first time since it was painted.
Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
48 Toast, The Other Palace, Westminster
Until 3 August
A new adaptation of food writer Nigel Slater’s best-selling memoirs, Toast – the Story of a Boy’s Hunger, opens at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Other Palace this month. Following its world premiere at The Lowry in Salford in May and a sold-out run at as part of Traverse Festival 2018 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the London transfer has been hotly anticipated. Vividly recreating suburban England in the 1960s, Nigel’s childhood is told through the tastes and smells he grew up with and the audience will be enveloped by the evocative sights and sounds of that cookery. Monthly brewery takeovers will also be taking place in the ground floor bar area with Toast Ale, which produces craft beer from surplus fresh bakery bread, on 9 May, 13 June and 11 July.
12 Palace Street, Westminster SW1E 5JA; nigelslaterstoast.co.uk
49 Van Gogh and Britain at Tate Britain
Until 11 August
The latest EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain, is Tate Britain’s highly anticipated exhibition of the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the UK for nearly a decade. Exploring how Van Gogh was inspired by British art, literature and culture throughout his career, and how he, in turn, inspired British artists like Walter Sickert and Francis Bacon, the exhibition includes some of his most famous works, such as Shoes and Starry Night on the Rhône and the very rarely lent Sunflowers from London’s National Gallery. Running until 11 August.
Millbank SW1P 4RG; tate.org.uk
50 Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience
Until 31 August
The team behind Somnai, one of 2018’s most raved-about immersive experiences, is back with a new gig – 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 £49.50.
56 Leadenhall Street EC3A 2BJ; dotdot.london/TWOTW
51 Summer by the River, London Bridge
Until 1 September
Sprawling arts and entertainment festival Summer by the River returns for 2019 with a touch of The Hamptons’ coastal elegance about it. With unrivalled views of Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and the City skyline, the riverside walk and The Scoop will come to life with open-air cinema and theatre, live comedy and music performances, fun family days, fitness classes and summer sports on the big screen. Pop-up guru Jimmy Garcia will deliver his hugely popular BBQ Club, and cycle café pioneers Look Mum No Hands return to transform The Pier area at London Bridge City into a bar serving wholesome food, drinks and its own programme of events. There’ll also be a table tennis area and a new pop-up staging area in Hay’s Galleria championing emerging musicians.
London Bridge City SE1 2DB; londonbridgecity.co.uk
52 Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition, the Design Museum, Kensington
Until 15 September
The Design Museum is celebrating the work of one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century this month with a new exhibition on Stanley Kubrick. Marking the 20th anniversary of his death, the exhibition explores his unique command of the whole creative design process of film making, from story teller to director to editor Relive iconic scenes and discover unseen material from his genre-defining films, including The Shining, Barry Lyndon, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket and A Clockwork Orange.
224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington W8 6AG; designmuseum.org
53 FOOD: Bigger than the Plate at the V&A, South Kensington
Until 20 October
The V&A’s new exhibition FOOD: Bigger than the Plate explores current experiments at every stage of the food system, from compost to table. The exhibition brings together the politics and pleasure of food to ask how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable and delicious food future. Do check out Selfmade, a gastronomic experiment showcasing five cheeses cultured from human bacteria – a Cheshire cheese made using Alex James’s bacteria, Comté made using Heston Blumenthal’s bacteria, mozzarella made using Professor Green’s bacteria, Stilton made using Ruby Tandoh’s bacteria, and Cheddar made using Suggs’ bacteria. Selfmade is one of over 70 contemporary projects in FOOD: Bigger than the Plate that explore innovation in sustainability. Tickets £17.
Cromwell Road SW7 2RL; vam.ac.uk
54 Mary Quant, V&A, Kensington
Until 16 February 2020
From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, this new exhibition at the V&A delves into the whys and hows of Mary Quant’s colourful British High Street fashion revolution. You’ll see more than 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer’s personal archive in every fashion lover’s dream show, iconic photography such as Twiggy wearing a turquoise moire taffeta waistcoat and skirt, and Quant’s fashion sketches. Tickets cost £12.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 2RL; vam.ac.uk
55 As I Live and Breathe by Claire Morgan at the Horniman, Forest Hill
Until 4 May 2020
As I Live and Breathe is a series of thought-provoking works by award-winning visual artist Claire Morgan exploring our relationship with nature, drawing on the theme of waste and the impact that humans have on their surroundings. A dramatic large scale installation suspended from the ceiling and descending over two floors will captivate visitors, composed of thousands of fragments of colourful waste polythene torn by hand from used shopping bags. Inside the Natural History Gallery, four taxidermy specimens of prolific residents of urban London – the grey squirrel, red fox, carrion crow and rose-ringed parakeet – feature fragments of torn bin bags protruding from their mouths.
100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ; horniman.ac.uk