Fun Things To Do In London This June
Festivals, gigs, exhibitions and foodie fun; there's plenty of fun things to do in London this June. Here is The Resident's pick of the best events in the capital this month...
Lead image: Andrea Kalrin
1 Marylebone Summer Festival
Marylebone Summer Festival returns this June with a line-up of live music, food and gift stalls, family activities, shopping and alfresco dining in the heart of central London. On the Saturday, Paddington Street Gardens will host an open-air cinema where visitors can enjoy the screening under the stars from the comfort of a deckchair. This year’s film is the award-winning Bohemian Rhapsody, and in addition to this, there will be a dog show, alfresco bars, live music and family activities.
Date: June 18-19
Time: Saturday 3pm-10.30pm; Sunday 11am - 5.30pm
Tickets: Events individually ticketed
Address: Marylebone Village
2 Punchdrunk's The Burnt City, Woolwich
Many things claim to be immersive experiences, but quite often are not. Punchdrunk's The Burnt City, however, is a reimagining of the fall of Troy to get lost in. World upon world unfurl in front of you the further you delve into the dystopian universe, which is spread across two Grade-II listed buildings in the new-ish Woolwich Works arts precinct. Explore the world, and the piece of theatre however you choose in what is a sublime and surreal evening and an epic piece of theatre.
Date: Running until August 28
Time: Staggered starting times, from 6pm
Cost: From £66
Address: Woolwich Works, One Cartridge Place, Royal Arsenal SE18 6ZR
3 London Restaurant: Festival Summer Edition, city-wide
London Restaurant Festival: Summer Edition s back to put the best of the capital's food scene on display. LRF has invited some of the capital's greatest culinary talent to create more than 50 exclusive experiences alongside over 100 Festival Menus. With an impressive and diverse range of collaborators that reflects the city’s thriving food scene, this summer promises to be an incredibly exciting line-up of masterclasses, dining experiences and events.
Date: June 1-30
Tickets: Events individually ticketed
4 Summer Sessions at Greenwich Peninsula
Summer Sessions returns to Greenwich with a host of cultural things to do for the whole family. The programme features weekend jazz, outdoor films and a carnival weekend as well as Real Food Festival farmer’s market, a Fandangoe SKIP ice-cream kiosk in support of mental health, and the return of the Turning Tides festival. Yinka Illori's colourful designs will feature as well as a the bright Quick Life installation by Argentinian-Spanish artist Felipe Pantone.
5 ABBA Voyage, Stratford
Don your best sequined frock, warm up those vocal cords and pop on some clogs as Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frida kind of return with a live 10-piece band in a purpose build arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Instead of appearing in the flesh, a digital version of these pop legends will perform. These digital versions were created by an 850-strong team of techies who used motion capturing and performance techniques with the band members, a process which took months.
Date: Booking through to May 2023
Time: 7.45pm; 3pm matinee
Tickets: From £21
Address: ABBA Arena, at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20
6 Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition, Piccadilly
Now in its 254th year, the RA's Summer Exhibition celebrates contemporary art and architecture. This year, celebrated British sculptor Alison Wilding will co-ordinate the exhibition which will explore the theme of climate. Artists presenting new work this year include artistic duos Harvey & Ackroyd, The Singh Twins, and Special Olympics GB Athlete and artist Niall Guite. Newly elected Royal Academicians Michael Armitage, Peter Barber and Ryan Gander will be submitting works, as well as newly elected Honorary Academician Pipilotti Rist.
Date: June 21 - August 21
Time: 10am-6pm Tuesday-Sunday
Tickets: From £20
Address: Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, W1J 0BD
7 Sunday High at The Standard, King's Cross
One of London's best rooftop bars is bringing back its summer music programme this June. Drawing inspiration from the infamous West Carnival, The Standard have put together 10 weeks of music featuring the likes of Club Yeke, Foundation FM, Heels & Souls and Prestige Pak.
Date: Sundays, from June 5
Address: 10 Argyle Street, King's Cross WC1H 8EG
8 Yauatcha Dim Sum Masterclass Series, Broadgate
Cantonese dim sum teahouse Yauatcha City will launch a series of monthly dim sum masterclasses led by Michelin-starred chef Andrew Yeo, who will share the authentic cooking methods behind Yauatcha's contemporary dim sum offering. Classes, which will run from June through to September, will be capped at 16 people, and participants will learn to perfect a mixture of steamed, baked and fried dim sum including mushroom spring rolls, scallop shui mai, prawn toast, lobster dumpling, edamame truffle dumpling and golden squash dumpling, before tucking into them with some Whispering Angel wine.
9 The Mulwray Sip School, Soho
This June, natural wine bar The Mulwray will launch Sip School, a new series of hosted wine tastings by Honey Spencer and Sarah Wright. Guests will be invited to deep dive into the intimate world of natural wine and beyond, enjoying the new generation of wines and sakes. For the schools' first session, the two-hour tasting will focus on natural wine.
10 'Bloomsbury Flowers' Workshops with Champagne Brunch at Charlotte Street Hotel, West End
Charlotte Street Hotel's floral masterclasses are back as the hotel welcomes Bloomsbury Flowers, to host a series of seasonal workshops. With classes starting from June 18, guests will receive a demonstration on how to craft the perfect arrangement, top tips from director's Mark Welford and Stephen Wicks and create their own bouquet to take home.
Date: Saturday June 18
Tickets: £150 pp bouquet, vase and Champagne brunch in Oscar Bar & Restaurant
Address: 15-17 Charlotte Street W1T 1RJ
11 Beekeeping on The Roof Terrace at Ham Yard Hotel, Soho
Celebrate the art of beekeeping on the Ham Yard Hotel Roof Terrace and discover the hotel's own hives while you're at it. Actors and friends Jane Horrocks and Esther Coles, hosts of the podcast Queen Bees, will talk all things bees and bee keeping. During the evening they will share their stories and host a quiz accompanied by honey cocktails and home grown canapés.
12 Grease, The Musical, the West End
A gritter, more contemporary take on the much-loved musical lights up the West End with the iconic tale of a high school romance. The show features all the classic songs including Sumer Nights, Greased Lightnin’, Hopelessly Devoted To You and You’re The One That I Want.
Date: Booking through to October
Time: 7.30pm & 2.30pm
Tickets: From £15
Address: Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7AQ
13 The Seafood Bar's First Oyster and Gin & Tonic Party, Soho
Already going strong in the Netherlands, The Seafood Bar's Oyster and Gin &Tonic Parties are coming to Soho. Held in the restaurant's basement bar with a DJ playing all night, revelers can get stuck into sustainably-bred oysters and quaff a G&T or two while soaking up the party vibes.
14 Weird Sensation Feels Good Exhibition at the Design Museum, South Kensington
Exploring what it feels like to experience ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response), exhibition Weird Sensation Feels Good: The World of ASMR, explores our relationship with and response to touch, sound and movement and how it can make us feel calm or tingly. As part of the exhibition, discover the emerging field of creativity around this and the work of designers and content creators who try to trigger it in their viewers.
Date: Running until October 16
Tickets: from £9.50/£7.20 adult/child
Address: 224-238 Kensington High Street W8 6AG
15. An Introduction to Slow Gardening at Petersham Nurseries, Richmond
As part of Petersham Nurseries' School of Gardening Inspiration, the nursery will host An Introduction to Slow Gardening workshop, centred around Petersham Nurseries’ ethical approach to the natural world. Gardeners will be invited to reconnect with nature and discuss important subjects on climate change and gardening for a better future whilst in the tranquil surroundings of the Richmond nurseries. The workshop includes refreshments on arrival and a light lunch from the café, guests will also make their own edible bouquet which includes borage, calendula, rocket flowers and flowering herbs and will be gifted a Petersham Nurseries slow gardening tool kit to take home with them.
Date: Monday, June 20
Address: Church Lane, Off Petersham Road, Richmond TW10 7AB
15. Grace Jones' Meltdown Festival, Southbank Centre
Grace Jones curates the 27th Meltdown Festival pulling together a line up of acclaimed artists from around the globe. The festival features Peaches, Lee Fields and Joel Culpepper, Skunk Anansie, a Dj set from Hercules and Love Affair, Cut Hands and of course, Grace Jones. There's also a Roll Up to the Bumper rink with live music, so get your skates on, quite literally.
Date: June 10-19
Tickets: Events individually ticketed, from free
Address: Belvedere Road; SE1
17 Rooftop Film Club, Peckham & Stratford
This month's Rooftop Film Club programming offers a hefty array of films to suit all tastes. The Second Summer of Cage! is a weekend's worth of Nicolas Cage films in celebration of his latest film, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent and featuring Cage classics Con Air and Face Off. To mark the Platinum Jubilee and Pride Month, there's also a stack of films celebrating all types of queens - The Favourite, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Marie Antoinette. There's also more LGBTQ+ films for Pride Month, as well as a host of special screenings to discover.
Time: Around 9pm, depending on sunset
Tickets: From £16.95
Address: Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST; 7&8 Stratford Multi Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Road E15 1XE
18 Fred Perry: A Design Icon at the Design Museum, South Kensington
Another excellent exhibition at the Design Museum, and this celebrates 70 years of Fred Perry polo shirts. The exhibition takes a look at the company's tennis beginnings to its contemporary designs and collaborations with Amy Winehouse, Charles Jeffrey, Gorillaz, Comme des Garçons, Nicholas Daley, Raf Simons and The Specials, to explore how the cultural significance of the Fred Perry polo shirt has evolved to become a global icon. The exhibition also
Date: June 10-19
Address: 224-238 Kensington High Street W8 6AG