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London events in June

Plan a fabulous June in London with our guide to the best events, exhibitions, parties and pop-ups taking place around the city in June 2019
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By Things To Do Editors |
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June in London is a magical time of year. Summer's nearly here, the sun's out (fingers crossed) and London’s parks are filled with flowers. What’s more, it’s music festival season, and London does not disappoint with Field Day, Mighty Hoopla and All Points East all hitting up the capital in June. If glitter and glow sticks aren't your bag, June in London is also the month of the Trooping of the Colour (the Queen’s official birthday celebrations), The World Naked Bike Ride, and Open Garden Squares Weekend. Check out our guide to the best pop-ups, cultural happenings and things to do this June 2019 in London. We’ll catch you out there.

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June 2018 event highlights

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Music, Music festivals

All Points East

icon-location-pin Victoria Park, South Hackney
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This eclectic 10-day festival is back for the second year. The opening and closing three-day weekends are given over to music, with headliners including Christine and the Queens, The Chemical Brothers and Bon Iver. In between, there are four days of community-driven entertainment. 

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Agnolo Bronzino, 'St. Sebastian' (c.1533) © Museo Nacional Thyssen- Bornemisza, Madrid
Art

‘The Renaissance Nude’

icon-location-pin Royal Academy of Arts, Mayfair
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Take a titillating trip through the various ways the nude was used in the Renaissance. It's nudgy, it's winky and it's a lot of fascinating fun. 

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© Franz West Privatstiftung
Art

Franz West

icon-location-pin Tate Modern, South Bank
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See absurd drunken art by an Austrian who didn't give a hoot. Who knew art could be so fun.

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Mightly Hoopla
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Music, Pop

Mighty Hoopla

icon-location-pin Brockwell Park, Herne Hill
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Now in its third year, Mighty Hoopla is London’s biggest pure pop festival and a highlight of the LGBT+ summer calendar. Chaka Khan will headline this year’s event, which takes place in Brixton’s Brockwell Park. 

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Things to do, Quirky events

World Naked Bike Ride

icon-location-pin Various London locations, London
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The World Naked Bike Ride 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. Have a go if you're brave enough. 

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Field Day
Music, Music festivals

Field Day

icon-location-pin Meridian Water, Upper Edmonton
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Over the last decade, Field Day has become one of London’s very best music festivals. This year's line-up is typically on-point with Skepta and Jorja Smith headlining a bill that also includes Diplo, Earl Sweatshirt and Pusha T. 

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Things to do, Walks and tours

Open Garden Squares Weekend

icon-location-pin Various London venues, London
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More than 200 gardens are unlocking their gates for a whole weekend to take part in this annual event. The gardens take in all sorts of spaces, from traditional squares to roof terraces as well as gardens belonging to historic buildings.

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Music Festivals, citadel
Music, Music festivals

The best music festivals in London

You lucky Londoner: you don’t need a tent or even a pair of wellies to get the full music festival experience. Here are the best festivals hitting up the Capital this month. 

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city barge, london's best riverside pubs and bars
Things to do

Father's Day in London

Father's Day 2019 is on Sunday June 16 (but you knew that, right?) Check out our stellar ideas and suggestions for things to do in June with your pops.

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Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. © Phyllida Barlow Photo: © Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photography: David Parry
Art

Phyllida Barlow: ‘Cul-de-Sac’

icon-location-pin Royal Academy of Arts, Mayfair
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See big, imposing sculptural assemblages of concrete and fabric: Barlow knows how to dwarf a viewer, but something about that is totally and perfectly calming.  

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Come from Away, West End 2019
© Matthew Murphy
Theatre, Musicals

‘Come from Away’

icon-location-pin Phoenix Theatre, Covent Garden
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See this sleeper hit Canadian musical set in the days after 9/11. It's a beautifully crafted hymn to the power of community. 

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© Estate of Otto Dix 2018
Art

Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919 - 1933

icon-location-pin Tate Modern, South Bank
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This exhibition is reclaiming the term 'magic realism'. Commonly used to describe the stories written by South American authors, now you can explore its origins. 

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Cecil Beaton 'Princess Margaret' (1949) © Cecil Beaton, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Museums

‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams’

icon-location-pin V&A, Brompton
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This blockbuster showcase of a globally famous fashion label is about clothes and the imagination. There are displays of Dior-related paraphernalia such as sketches, mag covers and super-structured undergarments, but in honesty, visitors are here for one thing and one thing only: the dresses. And the exhibition delivers. 

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© RMN
Art

The EY Exhibition: ‘Van Gogh and Britain’

icon-location-pin Tate Britain, Westminster
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The world's favourite sunflower-painter returns to London with 2019's EY exhibition at Tate Britain. A lesser-known fact about the Dutch painter is that he was a bit of an Anglophile. Admire his artworks alongside those by British artists who, in turn, owe a debt to Van Gogh. 

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Higashimura Akiko 'Princess Jellyfish' © Akiko Higashimura / Kodansha Ltd
Museums

‘Manga’

icon-location-pin British Museum, Bloomsbury
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The biggest manga exhibition ever to be held outside of Japan is coming to London. This show charts the history of manga and demonstrates how it's grown into a multi-billion pound industry, taking in gaming, cosplay and anime.

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'AI: More Than Human 2065 (preview)' by Lawrence Lek Courtesy the artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London
Museums

‘AI: More Than Human’

icon-location-pin Barbican Centre, Barbican
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Think you're clever? Be prepared for a bit of a knock to your confidence with this interactive exhibition at Barbican. The show brings together the latest in Artificial Intelligence, calmly showing how the cleverest (or maybe stupidest) thing humans have ever done is create machines that outwit us all. 

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© Frank Bowling
Art

Frank Bowling

icon-location-pin Tate Britain, Westminster
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Frank Bowling gets a much-deserved major exhibition at Tate Britain. Londoners are in for a treat with this show which includes the artist's stunning 'map paintings' and his 'poured paintings' (created by literally pouring paint down a canvas). 

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9 to 5 the Musical
© Pamela Raith
Theatre, Musicals

‘9 to 5 the Musical’

icon-location-pin Savoy Theatre, Charing Cross
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Catch Dolly Parton's own musical adaption of her hit 1980 film. It's gloriously OTT - and they do the title song four times. 

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© The State Tretyakov Gallery
Art

Natalia Goncharova

icon-location-pin Tate Modern, South Bank
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See this show dedicated to Russian artist Natalia Goncharova who helped found avant-garde modern art movements. This exhibition is overdue and should help to resurrect her reputation as a major artist you should know about.

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Ali Wright, Going Through, The Bush Theatre
Ali Wright
Theatre, Drama

‘Going Through’

icon-location-pin Bush Theatre, Shepherd's Bush
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A moving narrative of child migration. This is a production that shows the richness of communicating using sign language and the losses, as well as the gains, of integration into a new kind of life. 

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Photograph of William Marriot in Pearson’s Magazine. Image from the Harry Price Library of Magical Literature, Senate House Library, University of London
Museums

‘Smoke and Mirrors: The psychology of magic’

icon-location-pin Wellcome Collection, Bloomsbury
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Something wicked this way comes at the Wellcome Collection. This exhibition is devoted to mental manipulation used in magic. See the Bell Box used by Houdini to expose phoney mediums and see a gorilla costume worn by Derren Brown. 

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A Clockwork Orange, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1970-71; GB/United States). Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell) in the Korova Milkbar. Still image. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Museums

‘Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition’

icon-location-pin Design Museum, Kensington
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A must-see exhibition for fans of iconic filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. See props, costumes, photographs and other memorabilia from some of hs most famous films at London's Design Museum. 

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Edvard Munch 'On the Waves of Love'. Image courtesy of Munchmuseet
Art

Edvard Munch: ‘Love and Angst’

icon-location-pin British Museum, Bloomsbury
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Prints from art's greatest miserablist. The eyes of his works follow you around the room, and they'll haunt you when you leave. It might not be pleasant, but it is proof of how brilliant he could be. 

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Jason Lawson Stewart 'Jacob's Island, Rotherhithe' (1887) © Museum of London
Museums

‘Secret Rivers’

icon-location-pin Museum of London Docklands, Canary Wharf
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The Thames is one of the most iconic features of London, but it's actually only one of many rivers to run through the capital. There are several 'hidden' rivers that flow underneath the city streets. This exhibition features items dredged up from the waterways. 

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Things to do, Exhibitions

‘Craft and Graft: Making Science Happen’

icon-location-pin Francis Crick Institute, Euston
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Ever wondered how a science lab manages to breed, feed and store a million fruit flies for experiments? Well, prepared to be amazed. The Crick Institute is offering up a behind-the-scenes look at the methods and people driving the latest scientific advances.

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