What’s on in London this week? Wonder no more! Find out all the hottest show openings, new art exhibitions in London, restaurants to book into and tickets to buy now. Here’s your culture guide to the month ahead…
What’s on in London? June 2018
GROW London Returns To Olympia
Plant lovers, rejoice as you are given the opportunity to learn all you need to know about plant care and keeping your garden neat and tidy this June at the Grow London exhibition at House & Garden Festival! Over 50 exhibitors will be attending to give you a fresh insight into their new garden ideas, accessories and furniture as well as plants and planters! Go along and attend the abundance of free talks going on or even book an appointment with one of the several leading garden designers attending if you have a specific gardening emergency and need some advice. 20 – 24 June, houseandgardenfestival.com.
Dinner at Ours
Arriving this month, a series of supper parties will take over the Our/London Vodka Distillery. The four-course menu served by Olia Hercules will be enjoyed with authentic pairings to the spirit, and guests can expect to taste everything from a whole sea trout with brown shrimp to a Ukrainian caramelised milk yoghurt. All food served will be inspired by the flavours and unique aromatics of the local vodka. 20 and 21 June, Tickets cost £54.49 each and can be purchased through Eventbrite.
Claudie Bosi Dinner at Lord’s
Two-Michelin starred chef Claude Bosi of Bibendum in South Kensington will be hosting a special meal at Lord’s Cricket Ground this month. Guests will take a seat inside the famous Long Room in the Grade II-listed Pavillion after a Nyetimber sparkling wine reception. A four-course menu will follow, and diners can expect to taste the likes of Cornish Cod, Galician beef fillet and white chocolate & asparagus tart. Not to be missed! 21 June, Tickets can be purchased by calling 020 7616 8598 or emailing [email protected].
The Late Shift at The National Portrait Gallery
Visiting the National Portrait museum is no longer a serious, sober daytime affair as every Thursday and Friday from 6 to 9pm, they host talks, drawing, live music, film and photography events. It’s our new favourite way to go to the museum. The bar, café and restaurant have nothing to do with it… Come along this evening to experience the likes of Lecture: Portraits for the Stereoscope: Seeing the Victorians as you discover the Victorians in a completely new and different light – full colour and in glorious 3-D. Events change each week, Thursday and Friday evenings, npg.org.uk.
Wellcome Collection’s Summer Exhibition: TEETH
Running from 17 May – 16 September, this weird but wonderful event will feature more than 150 objects including cartoons, advertisements, chairs, drills, caricatures and more which all relate to teeth! Head down to Wellcome collection, Euston Road to get your teeth stuck into this interesting event and learn all about the teeth you use every day! Free event, 17 May – 16 September, wellcomecollection.org.
Chelsea Summer Fête
A day of entertainment to enjoy with family and friends. Music from Cadogan Hall, artisan food and drink (including the now famous ‘Pavilion Road burger’), a Fine Food Market, face painting, storytelling, garden games, arts & crafts, a plant stall, polo basics sessions, ball skills with Chelsea FC, and a children’s party with Sharky & George! 10am-6pm at Duke of York Square and Pavilion Road. inchelsea.co.uk
Seven Dials Soundtrack Event
Leave your wellies at home as broadcaster, author and music aficionado Gemma Cairney is hosting a free one-day music festival in a traffic-free Seven Dials. With a line-up curated by Citadel, the festival will welcome performances from Rukhsana Merrise, Into the Ark and many more to the open-air stage. Grab a drink from the pop-up cocktail bar, dance your day away in the silent disco or try your luck on the music tombola. 23 June, 12-6pm, sevendials.co.uk.
Money Must be Made
Themes of globalisation, colonialism and capitalism are explored in Lorenzo Vitturi’s new series Money Must be Made. Inspiration for the works came from the juxtaposition of a thriving local market with the breakdown of global corporations that he saw in Lagos, Nigeria. 11 May to 30 June, owersgallery.com.
Grant Macdonald – International Silversmith
The Goldsmiths’ Company is to host an exhibition of Grant Macdonald’s works in silver and gold that are produced using traditional silversmith skills and the latest technology. The results are beautiful, unique pieces of art. Until 25 July, thegoldsmiths.co.uk.
La Terrasse St Germain
Kick-start your summer with a trip to St Germain‘s new pop-up bar in Covent Garden. In celebration of the Elderflower Harvest, a flower-filled bar will serve elderflower-based cocktails to Londoners throughout June and July. With a combination of three delicious cocktails available, quench your thirst with a St-Germain Spritz with added martini Prosecco and soda water, or a floral gin and tonic. The Frenchie Negroni is our favourite twist, with a mix of St Germain, Bombay Sapphire, Martini Rubino and Martini bitter, which will be sure to wake up your taste buds. Drinks are served from a classic Citroen van filled with flowers, and 1,000 hand-picked elderflower blossoms are used in each bottle of St Germain. Cheers! Until 8 July, 1pm-10pm, coventgarden.london
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the Donmar Warehouse
For the centenary of Muriel Spark’s birth, her iconic novel has been adapted for stage in a production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the Donmar Warehouse. Polly Findlay will direct Lia Williams in the title role, alongside Rona Morison, Nicola Coughlan and Emma Hindle. 4 June – 28 July, donmarwarehouse.com.
Soho Music Month
Carnaby and Soho will ring with a most mellifluous melody during Soho Music Month. The music and culture festival takes place across multiple venues and is free (more music to the ears) with outdoor gigs every Thursday in Carnaby’s Newburgh Quarter and an all-female vinyl market in Berwick Street. 1-30 June, carnaby.co.uk.
Voice & Vote: Women’s Place in Parliament
Westminster Hall will host an exhibition that delves into the campaign for votes for women and the representation of women in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. 27 June – 6 October, parliament.uk.
Michelin-starred dinner at Selfridges’ Rooftop Restaurant
Seven of Italy’s most renowned chefs are coming together for one night only to treat Londoners to an exclusive culinary trip around Italy. With 7 Michelin-stars between them, the globally acclaimed chefs will take over the kitchen at Alto by San Carlo on Selfridges rooftop for just one night only. Diners can expect to be served 5 exquisite courses which showcase the best of Italy’s gastronomic talent, from the likes of Corrado Assenza (of Netflix’s Chef’s Table) and Alfonso Caputo of Naples’ famous La Taverna del Capitano restaurant. Organized by the culinary consortium Identità Golose, it’s bound to be Delizioso! 27 June, Tickets cost £160 and can be purchased through Eventbrite.
After Nyne Gallery in Collaboration with Olympus
Parent company of arts publication After Nyne Magazine, The After Nyne Creative Services Group is collaborating with Olympus to bring a brand new permanent gallery space to West London this June. Since starting as a small arts blog and then launching a magazine, After Nyne will take over Holland Park to display their first exhibition space. Expect to see remarkable works from Olympus Brand ambassadors such as Martina Govindraj and Steve Gosling. 28 June- 4 July, 10 Portland Road, W11 4LA.
The Murdér Express
Hop on Board a 19th-century dining car for an immersive experience of top class food and theatre. 25 May until 23 September, funicularproductions.com.
Moët Summer Brunch Party
Moët and brunch… Our two favourite things, now combined! Bringing magnums, a Champagne pyramid and a special guest DJ to London this summer for one day only, you’re invited to the summer party of the season hosted by Moët. Expected to transform your brunch experience, guests will enjoy spectacular cuisine with a side of champagne and Nikki Beach vibes. All that’s left to find is the perfect outfit… 30 June, Tickets start from £25.50 and can be purchased from Design My Night.
The Light Princess at Cadogan Hall
The Light Princess by George MacDonald will have its first ever performance this summer. Tori Amos and Samuel Adamson have transformed the Scottish fairy-tale into a musical in collaboration with Club 11 London and Alex Parker Theatre Company. The critically acclaimed production will see Rosalie Craig and Hadley Fraser step into the roles of Althea and Dibgy at Cadogan Hall on the 1 July. Hop on a train to Sloane Square to see the fairy-tale that deals with grief, rebellion and the power of love. 1 July, cadoganhall.com.
Regent Street Summer Streets Festival
Taking place every Sunday along a traffic-free Regent Street, Summer Streets is returning for its sixth consecutive year this July. The complimentary festival offers everything from Lululemon workout classes to an installation of over 200 flags by the Royal Academy of Arts. Grab a bite to eat and something to drink from London’s most loved restaurants, cafés and bars, and enjoy workshops and interactive games from the likes of Hollister, Tommy Hilfiger and Anthropologie. It’s time to take to the streets! 1st- 22nd July, regentstreetonline.com.
Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy Exhibition
Jump on the train to the Tate Britain from March to September to learn a bit about the fascinating and renowned artist, Picasso. The exhibition takes you through the talented artist’s life during one year and explores how the honoured artist dealt with personal, artistic and political problems through artwork. 8 March – 9 September, tate.org.uk.
Protests in Pictures at The Design Museum
It has been a decade of unrest, from the credit crunch of 2008 to Brexit and Trump, to the Arab Spring and refugee crisis. The Design Museum’s Hope to Nope exhibition explores the visual representations of political messages that have emerged from good old-fashioned placards to hashtags and memes. 28 March to 12 August, designmuseum.org.
Edward Bawden at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Known for his illustrations for Fortnum & Mason and the London Underground, Edward Bawden’s works will be shown in the most wide- ranging exhibition since his death at Dulwich Picture Gallery. His works of fine art, which have largely been forgotten, will be on display including 18 scarcely seen war portraits and his early paintings of the everyday. 23 May to 9 September, dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk.
Connaught Village’s 150th Anniversary Party Celebrations
The beautiful Georgian village at the heart of the Hyde Park Estate is hosting a series of events throughout the summer to celebrate their 150th anniversary. The free event will entertain all ages with a mix of food and drink, live music sets and street entertainment spanning the last 150 years. From performances of Horrible Histories straight from the West End to food art from Bompas and Parr, or even interactive presentations and Victorian street games, there’s guaranteed fun for everyone. Launching 5 July 3-7pm, connaught-Village.co.uk
Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier
Before his death last year, Azzedine Alaïa worked with the Design Museum to curate an exhibition of his works called The Couturier. Stories from his life are told through over 60 garments that give an insight to the designer, who very much danced to the beat of his own drum. 10 May to 7 October, designmuseum.org.
Monet & Architecture Exhibition
Head down to the National Gallery from April to July to experience the first solely Monet exhibition to be held in the UK for nearly 20 years. 9 April – 29 July, nationalgallery.org.uk.
First Amongst Equals at the Foundling Museum
As part of The Foundling Museum’s year-long programme of exhibitions and events to mark the centenary of female suffrage and International Women’s Day, Maker Not Muse is a series of talks which rewrites the narrative of women as artists and creators rather than subject of matter. About time too. Until 13 Jan 2019, foundlingmuseum.org.uk.
New Motion Fitness Festival
Fresh on the scene fitness brand New Motion is launching with an epic four-day event taking over the Lightbox in Vauxhall. Mixing up London’s fitness scene, the event will see HIIT, Boxing, Dance and Yoga workouts all accompanied by live DJ’s and a food-garden and bar. What could be better? Kicking off the first event of the series is founder Henry Weston with Box ‘n’ Bass. 9-12 July, Tickets cost £9 per class or £15 for unlimited classes during launch week and can be purchased from New Motion Fitness.
London finally gets a piece of the fun when Fun Home comes to town. The Broadway export is based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel and tells the story of her sexuality and her father’s complexities. 18 June – 1 September, youngvic.org.
The Dule of York Theatre’s King Lear will supposedly be Ian McKellen’s last go at Shakespeare in a staging so intimate that half the theatre’s stall seats were removed. 11 July – 3 November, londontheatre.co.uk.
Jonathan Cooper 30 Years
Jonathan Cooper celebrates its 30th year featuring representational drawing, painting, photography and sculpture in an anniversary exhibition Jonathan Cooper: 30 Years. Works by 30 international artists will be on display with an inventive, natural grace indicative of the gallery’s focus on unique viewpoints. 12-21 July, jonathancooper.co.uk.
National Theatre River Stage Weekends
The National Theatre River Stage weekends return with an eclectic mix of Saturday and Sunday takeovers. From drag cabaret and Sadler’s Wells dance to classical club music, family theatre and circus, these free events make the ideal Thames-side summer bash (with street food vendors on-deck). Weekends 13 July – 12 August, nationaltheatre.org.uk.
Played to the tune of 2018, this year’s BBC Proms line-up at the Royal Albert Hall includes feminist rap, NYC punk-disco and a YouTube sensation. The programme also covers more classical territory and celebrates the centenary of Bernstein’s birth, as well as suffrage for (some) women in the UK. 18 July – 8 September, bbc.co.uk/proms.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
See outdoor theatre in full flourish at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s summer season that kicks off with Peter Pan and runs through August with The Turn of the Screw, As You Like It and Dinosaur World Live. Until 15 September, openairtheatre.com.
MasterChef Finalists Take Over South Bank
Six MasterChef finalists will be joining together to work their gastronomic magic at The Jam Shed Supper Club this July – September. Featuring spectacular views of the Thames and St Paul’s, the rooftop event will take place at London’s iconic Southbank Centre and will see Steve Kielty kick things off on the 24th July and Nawamin Pinpathomrat follow on the 7th August. 24 July – 8 September, 6.00pm and 8.30pm, Tickets are available to purchase for £45 through Southbank Centre.
Jazz on the Lawn at Fulham Palace
Michelle John and Jacqui Dankworth will be jazzing up July with a special performance at Fulham Palace’s Jazz on the Lawn. Now in its tenth year, the event in collaboration with the 606 club will bring back the outdoor live concert series for just two successive evenings this July. For an intimate and authentic jazz experience under the stars, you know where to go. 27 July and 28 July, 606club.co.uk.
By the River, Henley
This brand spanking new festival on the banks of the Thames promises some of the world’s greatest classical musicians. Enjoy performances by Alfie Boe, Sir Karl Jenkins and Laura Wright while eating local, organic food from the festival’s very own farmers’ market. 11 August, festivalsforall.com.
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