Our recommendations on the best things to do in London this June 2018.
1) ?Eat ALL the things at Taste of London ?
A five-day culinary extravaganza in Regents Park, Taste of London brings together the city’s best restaurants and chefs to delight the taste buds – and maybe even teach you a thing or two in the kitchen. Kricket, Bao, Barrafina and Hutong are just a few of the folks on the lineup thus far, and in 2018 a sizzling ?FIRE PIT ?will feature chefs roasting, grilling and searing dishes over open flames. It’s gonna be lit: get tickets here. Sponsored.
2) Steal a spot at The Glasshouse, Camden’s newest hangout.
Camden’s getting a swish new pop-up from June 14th, as The Glasshouse arrives to show off the best of Camden. Aside from their highly envious canalside spot, the range of craft beers, gin (from local distillery Half-Hitched), and local musicians make this a dreamy spot to while away those long summer evenings. Oh, and they’re offering drinks deals for Fever users – grab your tickets here. Sponsored.
3) Show your Pride, all month
The main events don’t kick off until July, but Pride Festival 2018 hits the ground running this month. Talks, parties, picnics, and bowling nights are just some of the Pride festivities running during June, celebrating all things LGBT+. As anyone who’s been to a Pride event will freely tell you, they are literally too fun to be missed!
4) See something sizzling at Sundance, from May 31
Some of the year’s most buzzworthy indie movies get their first showing in the UK at the European edition of Sundance, along with Q&A’s with the stars, panel discussions, short films and other such cinematic treasure. Highly-rated The Tale and Eighth Grade make their bows, and don’t sleep on Sorry To Bother You or Hereditary, which both made a splash at the stateside Sundance earlier this year (see the full programme here). Passes, from £125, get you into ten festival films: from Picturehouse.
5) Laze about at Summer by the River festival, June 1
Free festivals are the best festivals, and a corker is coming to London Bridge. Summer by the River may not have the most imaginative name, but it’s chock full of food, films, and fun! More details here.
6) Get yourself a free round of mini golf, June 4
Swingers, London’s most provocatively named mini golf course, is celebrating a birthday on June 4. Their City branch is turning two years old, and they’re inviting you to the celebrations. Rounds of mini golf are free all day, champagne is half price, and street food is reduced to £5. Throw in a £5 birthday cocktail and birthday cake, and you’ve got a pretty epic celebration.
7) Celebrate Her Maj’s birthday at Trooping the Colour, June 9
Speaking of birthdays, dear Liz has another one coming up. This celebration features horses, military officers, and marching bands, and a whole lot of pomp and pageantry. Beats ringing in your 24th at Infernos, doesn’t it?
8) Bike in the buff on the World Naked Bike Ride, June 9
Battling for supremacy with the Queen’s birthday is this ballsy event. Join hundreds of other daring velocipedes on this starkers cycle ride through the streets of London. It really is that simple, folks. Free to join if you’re brave enough – updates here!
9) Ride through the night, June 9-10
If you don’t fancy cycling starkers, try this ride instead. Embark on a 50km or 100km cycle ride through London on one massive night-time ride. You’ll see all the sights of the capital, and raise money for charity, too. It’s called Nightrider: details here.
10) Explore London’s hidden gardens, June 9-10
Open Garden Squares Weekend allows the public to explore over 200 community gardens, private parks and other green spaces over two days in June. Some places require pre-booking or ballot entry (looking at you, Downing Street) so plan ahead here.
11) Celebrate World Gin Day, June 10
It’s the happiest day of the year! Well, maybe. Expect a bevy of events across the capital, with various offers, special products and tastings from London’s gin distilleries. Best of all is the World Gin Day Festival Digital Pass. It gets you bespoke gin cocktails for just £6, at 75 different bars across the city, from June 7-10. Raise a glass (or many) once you’ve got your ticket.
12) Lose your mind during the FIFA World Cup, from June 14
Oh god, here we go again. Keep your expectations low and proceed to the nearest pub with a telly: England will be starting their doomed campaign with games against heavyweights Tunisia (June 18), Panama (June 24) and Belgium (June 28) – after that, all bets are off. To drown your (probable) sorrows, Studio 88 have got offers on chilli dogs & beer, whilst Piano Works opt for the tried and tested burger and beer combo. Three Lions on the shirt…
13) Celebrate the longest day of the year, June 21
Enjoy the sunshine (hopefully) during the summer solstice. The sun will rise at 4.43 am and not set until 9.21 pm. Hooray!
14) Explore the new World Gallery at the Horniman Museum, June 29
June sees the unveiling of the south London museum‘s new World Gallery, which collects over 3,000 objects that represent the human experience in cultures around the world. There are tons of other cool things to explore there, too, including an aquarium and sweet butterfly house.
15) Quaff the continent’s finest beers at Ales Tales
Got a thirst for Belgian beers? You’ll want to head to Oval Space on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd, where more than 70 beers are available for unlimited sampling. Additionally, there’s a whole host of Belgian food, and you get to keep the glass to remember the event – if you memory isn’t muddled by all that beer… Nab a ticket here.
16) Eat bottomless fried chicken at the DNB Brunch
Yup, you are reading that correctly. Endless amounts of fried chicken, plus bottomless cocktails and a side of extra hot tunes from a host of London’s best DJs. Get your tickets here.
17) Hear the finest American composers in St Pauls Cathedral
Fast Cycles isn’t a speedier version of a Boris bike, it’s actually a celebration of modern American composers and their work. Nico Muhly leads the evening, with work from Steve Reich and Philip Glass, all in the stunning surroundings of St Paul’s Cathedral. Furnish yourself with a ticket.
18) Check out East London’s hot new party venue
A state of the art soundsystem, indoor and outdoor light shows, and two huge outdoor terraces. This place will be one heck of a venue…once we find out where it is. Grab a ticket to their launch party to be the first to discover it.
19) Swing on down to a Jungle Book singalong
King of the swingers and jungle VIPs alike will want to mosey on down to the Clapham Grand on June 2nd, where a rollicking party is taking place. Featuring drinking games, costumes, and a whole lot of singing, this party is a Bare Necessity for your June. Pick up a ticket here.
20) Have a bolly old time at this Bollywood Brunch
Dancing, street food, and a whole host of colourful activities populate this Indian-inspired brunch. Don’t worry, there’s bottomless cocktails to get you warmed up before the dancing begins. Pick up a ticket here.
21-25) Feel the noise at one of London’s summer festivals.
Brockwell Park will be bopping along to the beats of two brilliant music festivals over a single June weekend. Field Day’s clever-clogs lineup (June 1-2) includes Erykah Badu, Four Tet, and Fever Ray. Following on June 3, Mighty Hoopla celebrates London’s alternative club culture with sets from TLC, Lily Allen and… B*Witched! C’est la vie: grab a ticket here.
Up in Finsbury Park, the Southport Weekender (June 9) offers nine stages of house, soul, R&B, garage and disco, with Sister Sledge, David Morales, Soul II Soul, and DJ Jazzy Jeff appearing. Catering to a wider audience is Hampton Court Palace Festival (June 5-23). Lionel Richie, Paloma Faith, The Beach Boys, Gary Barlow, and Tom Jones are the acts who’ll be rocking the palace.
Finally, Meltdown Festival returns between June 15 and 24. Robert Smith of The Cure has picked out some raucous rock bands for nine days of gigs at the Southbank Centre. My Bloody Valentine, Manic Street Preachers, Deftones, The Libertines, 65daysofstatic and Mogwai are just a few of the acts on the Meltdown lineup so far.
26-28) Throw out some shapes at an epic party
And they don’t get more epic than a party high up in The Shard. The Moët & Chandon Summer Champagne Party is equal parts classy and sassy, with bubbles flowing and hot tunes playing until the wee hours of the morning. (Tickets here) Over in another London institution, fabric have a whole host of parties running throughout June: check ’em out here. Alternatively, Studio 338 are dab hands at a party, so their Start of Summer Garden Carnival should be riotous fun. Get tickets now for this ‘adult playground’, filled with hot tubs, ball pits, bouncy castles, photobooths, and beats.
29-38) Soak up some culture at a brilliant art exhibition
All hail the King of Pop! Michael Jackson: On The Wall (arriving June 28) marks what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday, collecting works from over 40 artists that depict the singer. Tickets from £15.50, and you simply can’t Beat It. Over at Tate Britain, an exhibit commemorates 100 years since WW1 with Aftermath (from June 5), an exhibition of 150 works created in the years following the conflict. The pieces address trauma, remembrance and the changes that gripped post-war society.
A clever installation of mirrors will create a floating halo of pure light in the Somerset House courtyard (June 8-27); inside, an exhibition dedicated to Britain’s independent magazines will open on the same date. They’re both free to visit! Over at the National Gallery, the first UK exhibit of American landscape painter Thomas Cole arrives on June 11. Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire explores humankind’s relationship with nature, and considers how empires have fallen. It runs in tandem with Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire, which takes a modern view of similar issues.
At the Hayward Gallery, a chaotic future arrives with Lee Bul: Crashing (from June 1). The South Korean artist draws from architecture, science fiction, and futurism to create a truly unforgettable display. Equally unforgettable is the work of Frida Kahlo, who’s being celebrated with an exhibit at the V&A from June 16. In the City, Ann Van de Broek brings Loops of Behaviour, an intoxicating mix of spoken word, dance, and sound, to the Barbican (June 8-17). Finally, the new Serpentine Pavilion is unveiled on June 15, with Frida Escobedo presenting a starkly beautiful offering.
39-47) Catch a hot gig
She’s got a big reputation, and she’s bringing it to Wembley Stadium. Taylor Swift plays on June 22 and 23, so the only question is, are you Ready For It? She’s not the only big name arriving that weekend, as the Foo Fighters play London Stadium (June 22) and Lenny Kravitz heads to Wembley SSE (June 22). Other ginormous names in town include Beyonce and Jay-Z on their joint world tour (June 15 at London Stadium), and everyone’s favourite ginger Ed Sheeran, playing Wembley Stadium on June 14th. Not to be outdone, the O2 Arena welcomes a trio of talented ladies, with Demi Lovato (June 10), Shakira (June 11), and Katy Perry (June 14) all arriving in quick succession. And finally, the most talented family in pop plays Ally Pally, as HAIM rock up on June 15th.
48-53) See the best that Hollywood (and Netflix) have to offer
Some big summer films launch this month, including Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 6), all-lady crime-caper Ocean’s 8 (June 22), and nerve-shredding horror Hereditary (June 15). Also check out the chilling portrait of a young serial killer in My Friend Dahmer (June 1), and the last days of Oscar Wilde in The Happy Prince (June 15). Or if you didn’t fancy leaving the house, catch our roundup of the best things arriving on Netflix UK in June 2018.
54-68) Keep on exploring our wonderful city
It’s all well and good us writing about it, but it doesn’t matter if you don’t get out there and see it! Have a gander at the best places we wrote about this month:
?Mayfield Lavender Farm: South London’s purple paradise
?The Spread Eagle: the plant-powered all-vegan pub
?Mercato Metropolitano: huge Italian food hall
?Churchill Arms: the flower power pub of London
?Frank’s Cafe: rooftop bar with insanely pink stairs
?Bun House: Chinatown favourite that’s three restaurants in one
?First Aid Box: Herne Hill’s ‘healthy cocktails’
?Barge House: the cafe that serves breakfast in bread
?Pale Blue Door: crazy dinner and entertainment experience
?Kew Gardens Glasshouse: the world’s largest glasshouse
?Novelty Automation: bonkers arcade games in Holborn
?House of Dreams: heartbreaking memorial to lost loved ones
?Alto Rooftop: Selfridge’s glorious rooftop restaurant
?Prick: Dalston’s cute cavern of cacti
?Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre: al fresco summer drama
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