You wouldn’t want to go on holiday from London in June. The city is heaving with events and blockbuster exhibitions, not to mention London Food Month, which will make it practically a crime not to eat out as much as possible. Here we explore the most exciting things happening in the capital in June.
Thursday June 1 — Wednesday June 7 2017
FOOD: London Food Month
The Evening Standard has put its money where its mouth is and launched the first month long celebration of all things foodie in the capital. Catch a street food market in Kensington, a midnight feast at Fortnum & Mason, Thai food love at The Begging Bowl, Smokin’ Goat and Som Saa, and more pop-ups, supper clubs and events that you can shake a French stick at.
Tickets: Prices vary
EXHIBITION: Feel the rainbow
Until October 15
The British Museum takes on LGBTQ history at Desire, Love, Identity this summer. To mark the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Sexual Offences Act, it looks at LGBTQ experiences across the world.
The British Museum, Gt Russell St, Bloomsbury, London, +44 20 7323 8299
WINE: London Wine Week
June is a boozy month alright. As if you didn’t have enough on offer with all the rooftop bars, there’s also Wine Week with tasting sessions, workshops, pop ups and more at a range of bars across London. Buy a wristband and you get 2-for-1 drinks all week long.
Thursday June 8 — Wednesday June 14 2017
ART: Drop into new Dulwich Lates
June 9, 4pm-11pm
To celebrate its 200 year anniversary, Dulwich Picture Gallery will run Friday Lates throughout the summer with weekly themes. Baroque Mash Up interprets Old Masters through electronic music and entertainment. Musicians include Liam Bryne, who has played with Damon Albarn and The National. Food and cocktails on the terrace are provided by The Camberwell Arms.
Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Rd, Southwark, +44 20 8693 5254
MUSIC: Catch Young Kato
June 10, from 7pm
Upgraded from Oslo in Hackney due to popular demand, Young Kato will rock the new look Garage in Islington. Tickets are selling fast it you want to catch these indie-electro darlings.
The Garage, Highbury Crescent, Islington, London, +44 20 7619 6721
MUSIC: Gear up for Meltdown
MIA is the curator of the this year’s Meltdown at the Southbank Centre, bringing together multi-media, spoken word, block parties on the terrace, and more. Young Fathers will play a show with a live choir, Crystal Castles will hit the Royal Festival Hall and Afrikan Boy will combine the beats of south London and Nigeria. MIA will close the festival on June 18.
Tickets: Prices vary
Thursday June 15 — Wednesday June 21 2017
DRINK: Bring the seaside in
The June weather might not always play ball, so head up to the top of the Gherkin to Searcy’s; the 360 degree view bar has brought the seaside to the London skyline with Plymouth Gin and Nyetimber.
The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, London, +44 20 7071 5025
FILM: Cruisin’ cinema
Until end July, 8.15pm
Hit the Thames and see a cult flick at the same time? That’s our idea of multi-tasking. City Cruises will be showing classics like Jaws and Clueless as you chug up and down the river. There’s a bar, of course, as well as snacks.
EVENT: Hit the beach in Brixton
Brixton Beach is back for more summer action and this time it’s Havana themed. There’s fitness classes from Ministry of Sound, food from Mac to the Future and We Eat Humans and a steady stream of mojitos whether the sun’s shining or not.
Tickets: ₤10 includes drink and food
FOOD: Try the flavours of the Peruvian Amazon at Sushisamba
Experience all the flavours of the Amazon at Sushisamba for one day only. Inspired by a recent trip through the Peruvian Amazon rainforest, join Executive chef Cláudio Cardoso for a luxurious spread and to hear his thrilling adventures through the South American bush. Expect a variety of dishes (with a fantastic view of the London cityscape) including his own version of Tuna Spaghetti, a traditional dish served to him by Amazonian locals, as well as Pulpo Tiradito and Yuka plantation, a dish inspired by the Yuka Plantation landscape.
Thursday June 22 — Friday June 30 2017
PHOTOGRAPHY: Get snap happy in Soho
Until October 8
Head to the Photographer’s Gallery in Soho for their first ever solo exhibition, Cathedral of the Pines by American artist Gregory Crewdson. His first major UK show takes the small rural town of Beckett, Massachusetts and frames its inhabitants like 19th-century paintings.
Photographers’ Gallery, 16 Ramillies St, Soho, London, +44 20 7087 9300
MUSIC: See the blockbuster of the summer
Until October 1
Yup, the hottest ticket in town isn’t for the O2 or Koko, it’s at the V&A to see this summer’s legendary Pink Floyd exhibition. Their Mortal Remains takes in the band’s history, assembles all of its incarnations through a 350 strong collection and an interactive experience designed with the band’s long serving set architects. You enter through a replica of their touring van from the 1960s and won’t look back from there. Booking is essential.
V&A, Cromwell Road, London, +44 20 7942 2000
THEATRE: Go pay The Ferryman
Until October 15
Hot ticket of the month goes to The Ferryman at the Gielgud Theatre. It features Lily Cole, Paddy Considine, and a real baby, is set in a remote farmhouse kitchen in Northern Ireland, and examines the meaning of everything. Sounds intense? It is, but it’s directed magnificently by Sam Mendes, he of Bond fame.
Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, +44 844 482 5130