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London events in June

The low-down on the best events, exhibitions, parties and pop-ups taking place around London in June

Field Day

June is a downright joyful time to be in London. The sun is officially (hopefully) out, the Wimbledon Tennis Championships are in full force and the music festival season is kicking off, with plenty of great London festivals proudly repping the capital. But even if you're not into festival leggings or tennis balls, there's still loads going on. In fact, there's enough to make you wish you had more than just 30 precious days to take it all in. Check out our June event highlights below and we'll see you out there. 

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Our June 2017 event highlights

Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction

Original concept art and models from Godzilla, Stargate and Dark City, original manuscripts by Jules Verne, new commissions and music, film and contemporary art come together in this huge summer exhibition capturing sci-fi as we know it. Objects from beloved films, including pieces from the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation, tell the story of how the genre went mainstream, and how the sci-fi imagination has changed for the 21st century. 

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Friday June 2 2017 - Friday September 1 2017

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 festival is more streamlined for 2017, pouring all the programming into one day – the Saturday. 

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Victoria Park , Mile End Saturday June 3 2017

Fahrelnissa Zeid

Part of the Tate's ongoing shift towards showcasing artists from outside the well-trodden West, this is a retrospective of a Turkish artist who lived across 90 years of the twentieth century and travelled extensively across Europe, Asia and America. 

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Tate Modern , South Bank Tuesday June 6 2017 - Sunday October 8 2017
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Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!

Wow: based on the title on this exhibition, it sounds like Grayson Perry's feeling mighty full of himself. Or is it meant with a touch of irony? The cross-dressing artist – and one of Britain's most unlikely national treasures – tends to be either denounced as a twee middlebrow populist, or a razor-sharp commentator on the foibles of our society. 

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Serpentine Gallery , Knightsbridge Thursday June 8 2017 - Thursday September 7 2017

World Naked Bike Ride

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A protest against oil dependency and the way the cult of the car dominates contemporary life, World Naked Bike Ride Day is also an unfettered celebration of individuality of the bare body. Many people opt to go au naturel and bike in the buff, though full nudity is optional. But remember: while clothes are discouraged during the event, no one should get naked before the official start of the ride. 

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Various , London Saturday June 10 2017

Bushstock

Compared to the rest of the city, the west London music scene sucks… right? Not necessarily – check out this nifty one-day festival, spread across five Shepherd's Bush venues that (unless you're a local) you've probably never been to. Break out of the north/east London rut and give it a go.

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Various Shepherd's Bush venues , Shepherd's Bush Saturday June 10 2017
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Zoo Nights

Friday nights just got better because ZSL London Zoo's favourite annual event is back. Get down to Zoo Nights where you can join the animals and other fun-loving adults every Friday from June 2 - 30. Experience one of London's most-loved attractions like you never have before with a variety of performances, adult-themed talks, 18 food vendors, drinks, lawn games, immersive photo ops, Zooniversity Challenge and more.

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Regent's Park

Taste of London

Taste of London is a sprawling restaurant festival, where visitors can stuff themselves with food from a selection of 40 up-and-coming new eateries and popular old-hands. There’s more to be announced, but restaurants already confirmed include Kricket, Oldroyd, Aster, Pizarro, Roka, Vanilla Black and Ember Yard, with appearances by chefs as auspicious as Tom Kerridge, José Pizarro and Vivek Singh. 

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Regent's Park , Regent's Park Wednesday June 14 2017 - Sunday June 18 2017

Feminism Late

The military ban on women in close combat frontline roles was lifted as recently as 2016. What part did feminism play in the change? The first National Army Museum Lates looks at the evolving experiences of women in the army, and examines how feminist thinking influences their lives. 

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National Army Museum , Chelsea Wednesday June 14 2017
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The Stone Roses

These giants of UK music bring their baggy indie swagger to London for raucous Madcunian dance rock anthems. Expect to hear all the classics and some newer tunes to boot.

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Wembley Stadium , Wembley Park Saturday June 17 2017

Open Garden Squares Weekend

Open Garden Squares Weekend returns for 2017, once again featuring more than 200 gardens across 27 boroughs for visitors to enjoy. Lose yourself in some gloriously green London spaces that are normally hidden away.

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Various , London Saturday June 17 2017 - Sunday June 18 2017

London's Father's Day celebrations and events

If you're planning to pamper and preen dad then you've come to the right place, or if the best way to treat your old man is with gourmet grub, we've got more suggestions than you can shake a triple-cooked chip at.

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Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent

The Thameside arts institution will be hosting an olfactory extravaganza this summer, bringing together a number of contemporary perfumiers who are pushing their scents in new, exciting and occasionally rather whiffy directions. Within the show there'll be a perfume laboratory, where visitors can not only see various fragrances being made, but also concoct their own. 

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Somerset House , Temple Wednesday June 21 2017 - Sunday September 17 2017

Kraftwerk

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The minimal man machines known to love booming reverbs will dip into their albums from 1974's 'Autobahn' through to 2003's 'Tour de France'.

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Royal Albert Hall , Knightsbridge Wednesday June 21 2017 - Thursday June 22 2017

Hella Jongerius: Breathing Colour

Dutch designer Jongerius will be created an installation-based exhibition that builds on years of her company's research into how we see, encounter and process colour.

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Design Museum , Kensington Wednesday June 28 2017 - Sunday September 24 2017
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Fugus L
Fugus L

Fugus Japanese Supper Event _ Fugus Shoku Culture - Fugus will launch the first Japanese supper event on the 9th of June 2017 in London. We will create a real amazing Japanese meal and a cozy atmosphere for socializing. More details @FugusLondon , https://www.meetup.com/Secret-Japanese-Supper-in-London/events/  or send email to fuguslondon@gmail.com

Denis K
Denis K

We are looking for party people who know the musical underground well. 

  Contact:  auditioncolor@gmail.com

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