What's new in London in June
The month of June spells out sunny evenings on rooftop terraces, music festivals and captivating sporting events. With so much happening in the capital, your calendar is bound to book up quickly. Read on for some of our picks to fill your diary this June.
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ICC Cricket World Cup
The Kia Oval and Lord's, 30 May – 14 July 2019
The ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) is an international cricket championship held at four-year intervals. It is one of the most-watched sporting events in the world. A whole summer of cricket will be kicked off at the Kia Oval with a match between host country England and South Africa and culminates with the champions being crowned at Lord's. There are 10 matches being played in London, with other matches taking place around the country.
London Festival of Architecture
Various locations, 1 – 30 June 2019
The LFA celebrates London as the global hub for architecture. Over 500 unique events will be delivered by a diverse mix of independent organisations and individuals. From film screenings to walking tours, architectural cake-making to creative architectural installations, the LFA offers the opportunity to see architecture through someone else's eyes. The full programme will be released on 1 May 2019.
Soho Music Month
Carnaby, 1 – 30 June 2019
Back by popular demand, Soho Music Month returns in June with a whole host of activities and outdoor gigs to celebrate the rich musical heritage in the area. Soho Music Month is a free music and cultural festival celebrating the abundance of rich musical heritage and influence in Soho which continues to be prominent today. Music lovers will be spoilt for choice with an exciting schedule of free events, workshops, in-store gigs, exclusive cocktails and dishes.
Open Garden Squares Weekend
Across London, 8 – 9 June 2019
For one very special weekend, over 130 London gardens will open for the public's enjoyment and delight. Open Garden Squares Weekend highlights some of the best gardens and green spaces that make up London's rich, green tapestry. It allows members of the public to visit and explore some of the capital's most exciting private gardens, and to take part in a whole range of special events, activities and tours.
World Oceans Day at Carnaby
Carnaby, 8 June 2019
Kick off the summer in Carnaby and join in a free, outdoor gig celebrating 'World Oceans Day', in collaboration with ocean conservation organisation Project 0. Sit back on the grass lawn and bean bags on Ganton Street and enjoy an exclusive line-up of live music hosted by Luis Felber. Vista Kicks will be bringing California vibes and visitors will be able to chill out with host Luis Felber and his brand ALLTHINGSMATA.
London Tech Week
Across London, 10 – 14 June 2019
Enjoy a week of exciting events spanning the worlds of technology and innovation, as London Tech Week returns to the capital for the fifth time. LTW connects international communities from across the spectrum to address how access to tech for all can have a profoundly positive impact in society and business.
Walthamstow and King's Cross, 22 – 23 June 2019
Now in its fourth edition, Art Night presents a free one-night programme of contemporary art, performance, music and architecture, which takes place from early evening until dawn. Many of the free festival's works are site-specific and directly engage with the culture and heritage of the area. The celebratory theme for 2019 is hope, love and the future.
West End LIVE
Trafalgar Square, 22 – 23 June 2019
Members of the public will get a taste of London's leading musicals and exciting new shows at the hugely popular West End LIVE in iconic Trafalgar Square. The 2018 line-up included classic West End musicals Aladdin, Mamma Mia!, The Phantom of the Opera and The Lion King. This year is bound to thrill, with plenty more musical performances, live bands and an array of interactive exhibitions from London's top cultural institutions.
Seven Dials, 29 June 2019
To mark the 30th anniversary of the iconic Sundial Pillar in charming Seven Dials, visitors can explore the historic village with a full day of shopping experiences, interactive masterclasses, alfresco dining and free entertainment across the seven interconnecting streets, including a pop-up lawn.
Tate Modern, 6 June – 8 September 2019
A leader of the Russian avant-garde, Natalia Goncharova blazed a trail with her experimental approach to art and design. Her bold and innovative body of work influenced the art movements of the 20th century. Tate Modern will present the first retrospective of the artist ever held in the UK - most of these works have never been seen in the country before.
Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers
Somerset House, 12 June – 15 September 2019
Somerset House is celebrating the past 50 years of Black creativity in Britain and beyond with a major new exhibition spanning art, film, photography, music and more. Beginning with the radical film maker Horace Ové and his circle of Windrush generation peers and extending to today's brilliant young talent, a group of around 100 interdisciplinary artists will showcase work together for the first time.
Kaleidoscope: Immigration and Modern Britain
Somerset House, 12 June – 08 September 2019
Featuring stills and moving image, Kaleidoscope showcases the work of ten photographers born or based in Britain, many with family origins abroad including Hong Kong, India, Jamaica and Russia. It explores what it means and how it feels to live as an immigrant, or a descendent of immigrants, in Britain today. Reflecting the multiplicity of voices that together form modern Britain, the exhibition takes individual and often intensely personal experiences to encourage a wider appreciation of the nation's multiculturalism.
National Portrait Gallery, 27 June – 15 September 2019
A major new retrospective of works by leading American contemporary artist Cindy Sherman will go on display in summer 2019. Including the ground-breaking series, Untitled Film Stills (1977-80) this major new exhibition will explore the development of Sherman's work from the mid-1970s to the present day and will feature around 150 works from international public and private collections, as well as new work never before displayed in a public gallery.
Entertainment & Theatre
Royal Albert Hall, 6 – 16 June 2019
Enter an enchanting kingdom where forest creatures live alongside princes, a growing tree appears to dance in the wind, and Cinderella's wit and generosity get her to the ball – with the help of a little bit of magic. Christopher Wheeldon (Tony award-winning choreographer and director for An American in Paris) restages his sparkling production of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale in-the-round.
Garrick Theatre, 7 June – 14 September 2019
The multi award-winning John Malkovich returns to the West End stage after nearly 30 years to play Barney Fein a top dog Hollywood producer in Bitter Wheat, a new play by the author, director and playwright David Mamet. Malkovich plays depraved Hollywood mogul, Barney Fein, who falls from power to shame in a journey compared to the Odyssey.
Gielgud Theatre, 7 June – 20 July 2019
The Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat by Lynn Nottage is transferring to the West End's Gielgud Theatre for 50 performances following a sold-out run at the Donmar Warehouse. Based on interviews with residents of the rustbelt town of Reading, Pennsylvania, Sweat examines the lives of factory workers facing de-industrialisation.
Field Day Festival
The Drumsheds, Meridian Water, 7 – 9 June 2019
Taking place in a new festival venue in 2019, this diverse dance and alternative music festival features a stellar line up including Skepta, Jorja Smith, Diplo, Jungle, Pusha-T and more.
Mighty Hoopla 2019
Brockwell Park, 8 June 2019
Mighty Hoopla will touch down in the capital for its third year for a day of pop-tastic music, fun and games in the summer sun. The line-up this year includes headliner Chaka Khan, All Saints, Jamelia and Liberty X.
The Light in the Piazza
Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, 14 June – 5 July 2019
Be transported to sun-drenched Italy by the London premiere of hit Broadway musical, The Light in the Piazza. Directed by multiple Olivier award winner Daniel Evans, the new production features 'the most intensely romantic score of any musical since West Side Story' (The New York Times) performed by Opera North's 40-piece symphony orchestra. Don't miss this six-time Tony-winning musical about the life-changing thrill of first love.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾ - The Musical
Ambassadors Theatre, 15 June – 12 Oct 2019
Set in the 1980s Leicester, this adaptation of Sue Townsend's best-selling book is a timeless tale of teen angst, family struggles and unrequited love, told through the eyes of tortured poet and misunderstood intellectual Adrian Mole. Adrian is a hapless, hilarious, spotty teenager who captured the zeitgeist of 1980s Britain, and this critically acclaimed production brings Adrian's story to life for a new generation of theatregoers.
Food & Drink
The Grand Duchess
Grand Union Canal at Paddington Central, 10 June 2019
Opening this summer, The Grand Duchess is a splendid restaurant barge moored on the Grand Union Canal. This is the second offering from the London Shell Co. team and will feature a menu that focuses on supreme seafood dishes, with a cheeky nod to British classics. Food will be paired with specially selected wines.
London Seafood Festival
Battersea Power Station, 12 – 16 June 2019
Returning for a week full of culinary delights, exciting new pop-ups and activities on the banks of the River Thames, the London Seafood Festival will include chef collaborations with Vivek Singh of Cinnamon Kitchen and Asma Khan (Darjeeling Express and recent star of Netflix's Chef's Table).
Taste of London
Regent's Park, 19 – 23 June 2019
Popping up twice a year in June and November, Taste of London is a highlight of the foodie calendar. Each June, over 50,000 people flock to London's Regent's Park for an alfresco summer feast like no other. Sample signature dishes from London's latest, greatest and most exciting restaurants, as well as off-menu items they've created exclusively for Taste and more.
The Great British Gin Festival
The Grand, Clapham, 29 June 2019
Prepare to have your taste buds tantalised by over 100 different gins from around the world. Festival goers can visit trade stands from the finest gin producers where samples are available to taste, hear talks about the history of gin, watch demonstrations of gin production and be entertained by expert mixologists. The backdrop to all events is the musical entertainment – a live swing band that gives a special festival vibe, performing everything from Amy Winehouse to Frank Sinatra.
The Biltmore, Mayfair
Mayfair, June 2019
The Millennium Hotel London Mayfair is set to be rebranded under the new Hilton brand LXR Hotels & Resorts, and with it comes a major £50m refurbishment and a new name too – The Biltmore, Mayfair. The 5-star luxury hotel will feature an alfresco terrace, cocktail bar and fitness suite. For more information, visit lxrhotels3.hilton.com/lxr/
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