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London events in June

Your guide to the best happenings in London this June

June in the capital brings a mixed bag of events. First, there's the flesh-flashing World Naked Bike Ride, where nudity is positively encouraged, then there's the Wimbledon Tennis Championships and the new 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' stage production, where nudity is definitely frowned upon. Either way, clothes on or off, there's a shedload of fun to be had in the city this month. Check out our highlights below.

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Our June highlights


Richard III

Fiennes will head the flagship event in the Almeida's 2016/17 season as he takes on the role of William Shakespeare's villainous monarch 'Richard III' in what one imagines will be a diabolically subversive production from the theatre's boss, Rupert Goold. The leading man isn't the only a-listed on board either: the great Vanessa Redgrave will make her Almeida debut as queen Margaret.

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Almeida Theatre , Barnsbury Tuesday June 7 2016 - Saturday August 6 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The biggest stage event of 2016 – and conceivably of all time – is coming. Officially confirmed as the eigth Harry Potter adventure, 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' picks up immediately after 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' this epic two-part stage play by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany is the eighth official Harry Potter adventure, and follows the adventures of both a middle-aged Harry and his son Albus as starts life at Hogwarts.

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Palace Theatre , Soho Tuesday June 7 2016 - Saturday May 27 2017

Mary Heilmann

Arriving like a heady blast of ozone comes this retrospective of the US artist who, for the past five decades, has dazzled with witty, exuberant, sensuous paintings. Heilmann, born in San Francisco in 1940, has forged a singular path, riffing on various styles of abstraction – hard-edge painting, expressionist brushwork, the dot, the splodge, the stripe, the dribble – in a deceptively casual manner.

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Whitechapel Gallery , Whitechapel Wednesday June 8 2016 - Sunday August 21 2016

Cockpit Arts Open Studios

It's a special year for Cockpit Arts – the craft business incubator is celebrating 30 years of championing British makers. These open studios offer the chance to see the work of nearly 200 artists over the two venues and meet independent makers in person. Something you just can't do on Etsy.

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Cockpit Arts Deptford , Deptford Friday June 10 2016 - Sunday June 12 2016

Fork to Fork Food Festival

Fork to Fork returns to London for a second year with over 35 food stalls serving small plates and signature dishes from the likes of Barrafina, Bone Daddies, Hoppers, Lyle's Moro and River Café. The family-friendly charity event is the brainchild of Thomasina Miers and Laura Harper-Hinton and aims to raise funds for the Open Air Classroom charity project.

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Ark Franklin Primary Academy , Kensal Rise Saturday June 11 2016

Trooping the Colour: The Queen's Birthday Parade

Although Trooping the Colour is also known as the Queen's Birthday Parade, this prime piece of pageantry doesn't take place on Her Maj’s actual birthday (that's on April 21) but on her official birthday, a Saturday in June being more likely to provide decent weather for the proceedings.

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Horse Guards Parade , Whitehall Saturday June 11 2016

World Naked Bike Ride

This protest against oil dependency and the way the cult of the car dominates contemporary life is also an unfettered celebration of individuality of the human body. Many people opt to bike in the buff, though full nudity is optional; but do remember - no one should get naked before the official start of the ride.

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Various venues , London Monday June 13 2016

Opening of the new Tate Modern

Critics' choice

You can’t miss the big art story of 2016: it’s ten storeys high. On June 17, a new Tate Modern will be unveiled when its extension, known as The Switch House (that’s the big, twisty building that’s been rising up behind the Bankside building for the past couple of years) opens to the public.

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Tate Modern , South Bank Friday June 17 2016

West End Live

Get ready for outdoor dancing and sing-a-longs with the best of the West End's musical theatre stars: West End Live is back. It's the initiative that makes the most expensive place in London to the cheapest. An annual outdoor extravaganza where casts of some of London's best shows emerge blinking into the open-air for a weekend of free alfresco performances in Trafalgar Square.

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Trafalgar Square , Covent Garden Saturday June 18 2016 - Sunday June 19 2016

Field Day

Over the last decade Field Day has slowly become one of London’s very best music festivals, with a consistently excellent booking policy covering the world’s finest alternative acts. The bill regularly incorporates everything from weird pop and indie up-and-comers to underground dance producers and folk musicians.

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Victoria Park , South Hackney Saturday June 11 2016 - Sunday June 12 2016
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Jana B
Jana B

What happened to being able to see all events, exhibitions and so on for one specific day? I've now bored my way to three or four or how many ever pages of random (probably not for you) stuff about the 10 top this or that and many many many many many many adverts and still no light in the tunnel