London events in June

Your month-by-month guide to the best new events in London



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Here's hoping that the sun will shine this month so that we can make the most of London's lidos, parks and beer gardens. If all fails, there are plenty of red-hot events happening in the capital to put a smile your face this June .

Our June highlights

Arcade Fire

The world-conquering Montreal indie rockers bring thier latest album, 'Reflektor', to Earls Court this summer

  1. Earls Court Hammersmith Rd, W14 8UX
  2. Fri Jun 6 - Sat Jun 7
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Field Day

The leftfield festival returns for another year – and this time it's held over two days

  1. Victoria Park Victoria Park Rd, E3 5SN
  2. Sat Jun 7 - Sun Jun 8
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World Naked Bike Ride

  • Free

Despite the relaxed attitude to suitable bike riding attire this event has a serious agenda: it's a protest against oil dependency

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Open Garden Squares Weekend

Around 200 communal gardens not ordinarily open to the public will unlock their gates for one weekend

  1. Various
  2. Sat Jun 14 - Sun Jun 15
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Dogs Unite for Guide Dogs

Organisers are expecting thousands of dogs, dog-owners, and a few celebrities, to take part in a tail waggingly massive dog walk

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Trooping the Colour: The Queen's Birthday Parade

  • Free

Carried out on Horse Guards by fully operational troops, Trooping the Colour is a military tradition

  1. Horse Guards Parade Horse Guards, Whitehall, SW1A 2AX
  2. Sat Jun 14
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Festival of Colours

Expect live bands, DJs, booze and a licence to pelt your mates and complete strangers with coloured powder. Sounds like fun to us

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The Big Daddy of UK festivals lands once again in 2014, taking over a bloody huge chunk of Somerset with music, mischief and hippies

  1. Worthy Farm Pilton, Shepton Mallett, BA4 4BY
  2. Wed Jun 25 - Mon Jun 30
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Urban Food Fest

  • Free

A revolving cast of dozens of food stalls and trucks serve a frankly intimidating variety of global cuisine at the Euro Car Parks in Shoreditch. Jerk chicken, wood-fired oven pizza, pad thai, halloumi souvlaki, sushi, schwarma, fried chicken, burritos – we could go on. And we will, quickly, to make special mention of the deep-fried frogs' legs at Geaux Cajun. Those things are amazing. Visitors will also find plenty to drink, along with a 'V Corner' for vegans and their

  1. Euro Car Parks 163-175 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6HU
  2. Sat Apr 19 - Sat Jun 21
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Real Food Market

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Now weekly, the Real Food Market features around 40 food and drink producers selling seasonal produce directly to the public. Typical stalls include Spinach and Agusi with spicy Ghanaian stews; the Meantime Brewing Company with Greenwich-made beers; and Ash Green Organics with seasonal fruit and veg. There's a focus on sustainably and ethically produced food, and the market proudly supports small producers and independent traders. Whether you're coming to shop or snack, you can

  1. Southbank Centre Square Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Fri Mar 21 - Sun Mar 22
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The Alternative London Tour

  • Free

East London's 'alternative' side is revealed on this leftfield tour. Expect to be introduced to the history and culture of the Brick Lane 'Banglatown' and Shoreditch areas as well as current issues and street art. Booking essential via

  1. Old Spitalfields Market Brushfield St, E1 6DT
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sat Dec 20
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Sensational Butterflies

  • Rated as: 4/5

The Natural History Museum's butterfly house returns for a sixth year in 2014 to a specially constructed tropical enclosure on the Museum's east lawn. Visitors can come face-to-face with tropical butterflies, including the swallowtail, blue morpho, the moon moth and many others originating from Africa, Southeast Asia and North and South America, and take part in games, activities and challenges that teach more about the sensory world of the fluttering creatures. Most of the

  1. Natural History Museum Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sun Sep 14
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Designs of the Year

The 2014 edition of this annual exhibition – run in conjunction with the Design Museum’s awards of the same name – celebrates the most innovative and inventive work in the worlds of architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics and more. This year’s 76 nominations include the Dumb Ways to Die app, a school afloat in a Nigerian lagoon, friendly lamp posts and a retractable bicycle mudguard. Work by big-name designers (Zaha Hadid, John Pawson, David Chipperfield and Miuccia

  1. Design Museum 28 Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames, SE1 2YD
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Mon Aug 25
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Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology

  • Free

This exhibition promises to be a fascinating journey through the science of mental health from 1780 – right up to the present. Cleverly, the curators have chosen to focus on four key episodes, looking at such controversial therapies as Mesmerism (a kind of hypnotism), Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and the modish Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), using a variety of fascinating artefacts from the museum collection, before rounding up the latest thinking on the human mind and

  1. Science Museum Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Tue Aug 12
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Bond In Motion at the London Film Museum

Petrol heads, start your engines now. Following its success at the Beaulieu National Motor Museum last year, ‘Bond In Motion’, an exhibition of swanky vehicles from the James Bond films, is currently revving up at the London Film Museum’s Covent Garden showroom. On display are cars, boats, motorbikes, sleds and jets including the Rolls-Royce Phantom III from ‘Goldfinger’ (1964), the Aston Martin DB5 from ‘GoldenEye’ (1995) and ‘Wet Nellie’ the underwater Lotus

  1. London Film Museum Exhibition Space 45 Wellington St, WC2E 7BN
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Wed Dec 31
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3D: Printing the Future

  • Free

Yes 3D printing is slow, and yes, it’s incredibly expensive, but it’s also one of the most revolutionary inventions of our lifetimes. But is it really going to democratise the means of production and overhaul global capitalism? Or is it just overhyped Lego for the twenty-first century? Neither, says the Science Museum in this new exhibition which showcases some 600 objects that have been painstakingly printed using 3D technology. Apparently, the idea that the invention will

  1. Science Museum Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sun Jun 1
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The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014

A major exhibition sponsored by luxury Italian brand Bulgari that takes a detailed look at the history of Italian fashion. The collection of mens and womenswear begins with ensembles from the end of World War II and ends at present-day trends, encompassing couture fashion, ready-to-wear items and accessories. The display features contributions from Dolce and Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Valentino and Versace, as well as forgotten designers, the Fontana Sisters

  1. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sun Jul 27
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London's Growing Up!

London's skyline is set for a growth spurt. More than 200 buildings higher than 20 storeys are set to be built in the capital over the next decade. In response, NLA is conducting a study into tall buildings in London. The aim is to identify why the growth is taking place and how the planning system is responding and look at the buildings' impact on the skyline. The results of the study will form the basis of 'London's Growing Up', an exhibition accompanied by a publication, which

  1. New London Architecture 26 Store St, WC1E 7BT
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Thu Jun 12
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Hugo Van Straten
Hugo Van Straten

We're a group of 30 German University students visiting London on 1 June as last stop of a 6 days' trip through England. What could we see, do, experience during the day and the evening?