With warm(er) weather and long evenings upon us, it’s time to enjoy the capital’s hottest events across the month of June. Summer fêtes to must-see art exhibitions, our array of wonderful calendar dates confirm why London during the summer is the best place on earth.
Highgate Fair in the Square, 11 Jun
Pond Square, Highgate Village
Morris dancers, Punch and Judy shows and colourful stalls fill Pond Square in the heart of Highgate Village for one Saturday. Tuck into delicious BBQ treats and peruse stalls selling everything from jewellery to plants at this quaint village fete.
Affordable Art Fair Hampstead, 16 Jun — 19 Jun
Looking for the perfect art piece to complement your décor? Look no further. Held in a marquee on Hampstead Heath, over 100 galleries will exhibit an incredible array of work at the Affordable Art Fair. From paintings to prints, sculptures to photography, picking the perfect piece for your home has never been so enjoyable.
Opening of the new Tate Modern, 17 Jun — Onwards
Tate Modern, South Bank
Making its spectacular summer appearance is none other than the brand new Tate Modern— ten storeys of exhibition space complete with a viewing terrace that boasts 360-degree views of the capital’s skyline; just another reminder as to why the gallery stands as a powerhouse of modern art.
Open Garden Squares Weekend, 18 June — 19 Jun
Ever wanted to “peek over the fence” into someone’s garden? Now’s your chance. Explore more than 200 of London’s hidden and private gardens as they open their gates to the public at the Open Garden Squares Weekend. Enjoy a perfect summer stroll through charming terraces and traditional squares across 27 boroughs.
Grow London, 24 Jun — 26 Jun
Hampstead Heath, Hampstead
Whether you’re a complete beginner or a green-fingered enthusiast, Grow London’s contemporary garden fair has something for all. Featuring more than 100 exhibitors offering rare and unusual plants and garden paraphernalia, there’s no better place to prepare your garden for summer.
Hampstead Summer Festival, 26 Jun — 3 Jul
A carnival-style street party complete with art, food and craft stalls, live music and performances, Hampstead Summer Festival provides the perfect summer day out for all the family. Celebrate the vibrant art, culture and social scene of Hampstead at the festival’s wonderful range of events.
Yayoi Kusama: sculptures, paintings & mirror rooms, 25 May — 30 July
Arguably one of the greatest influencers on the avant-garde movement, Yayoi Kusama’s vibrant imagination is making its mark at London’s Victoria Miro Gallery. Step into the vivid palette of Kusama’s mind and browse art work bursting with colour, form and movement.
V&A pavilion, Jun — 6 Nov
The Victoria and Albert Museum
A modern masterpiece is making its way into the V&A’s Italianate courtyard in the form of a robotically woven, and architecturally stunning, carbon-fibre pavilion. An homage to the V&A’s Engineering Season, marvel at the installation whose technological grandeur strikes a balance with the museum’s traditional aesthetic.
London Festival of Architecture, Jun — 30 Jun
A must for the architecture enthusiast, London Festival of Architecture returns for a month-long celebration of all things design. From exhibitions to installations, tours to screenings, soak up a wealth of knowledge from the city’s leading cultural institutions.