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Roger Mayne (1929 - 2014), Men and boys, Southam Street, 1959 © The Roger Mayne Archive / Mary Evans Picture Library
Roger Mayne (1929 - 2014), Men and boys, Southam Street, 1959 © The Roger Mayne Archive / Mary Evans Picture Library

Cultural, Culinary and Creative Things To Do In June

June, well, how did we get here? I guess we must admit that the months from March seem to speed at such an uncomfortable pace that whiplash is a constant from now until September. While the world seems to be a terrifying place, we must still try to find the joy and happiness that life has to offer. Sitting at home all day scrolling on our phones would seem churlish. We must get out and pound the streets to fill our eyes with colour. The Galleries of Cork Street and beyond have opened their doors for London Gallery Weekend, which will run until the 2nd June, while you are out and about, you should pop into Richard Nott's exhibition at Rebecca Hossack Gallery, which ends on the 4th June. Later in the month, you could partake in Tortoise Media's live conversation about their phenomenal podcast, 'Who Trolled Amber?' To finish off, we shall paint the town in rainbow colours with the celebration of Pride. Have a marvellous June.


London Gallery Weekend is the world’s largest event of its kind and unique among global gallery weekend events in the breadth and diversity of its participating galleries. The event takes place over three days, each focusing on a different area of London. Free for all to attend, it provides an opportunity to discover and explore London’s world-class gallery scene, celebrating the city’s diverse cultural and creative communities. An extensive programme scheduled by galleries specially for the weekend includes talks, family workshops and special events. Their long-standing partnership with Art Fund allows for curators from regional art institutions across the UK to visit participating galleries as part of their bursary scheme.


Richard Nott is the founder of the iconic British fashion label, Workers for Freedom. Over recent years, he has built a career in painting. The Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery presents an exhibition of the artist’s latest series of paintings, Meditations on Repetition.


Often regarded as the greatest American play of the 20th Century, this landmark new production will be helmed by award-winning director Jeremy Herrin. O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play depicts a summer day in the life of the Tyrones, closely based on O’Neill’s own chaotically dysfunctional family. Deeply moving and uplifting in equal measure, it’s a compelling story of love, hate, betrayal and addiction and the impossible fragility of family bonds. Following his recent acclaimed production of Best of Enemies, Jeremy Herrin’s new production will bring into sharp focus the universality of Eugene O’Neill’s beautifully crafted characters and language, to create an unmissable theatrical event.


For Charly, every day is the same: neck some coffee, answer the phone, sell some drugs. The flat she once shared with her ex, Clo, is now the base of her growing business. And she’s fine with that. She’s fine! Charly is fine. But when a power cut hits her estate and the burner phone stops buzzing she is forced to question exactly how fine she is. Desperate to escape the swell of feeling bubbling beneath the surface, Charly charges head first into a world of knockoff Morrisseys, disapproving mothers, and the ghosts of girlfriends past.


This course will take Flaming June as its starting point and will uncover Leighton’s life and work. It will explore his influences and painting techniques, his relationship with the Royal Academy as well as his place within Victorian society. They will look at the home studio he built – now the Leighton House Museum – and the artistic community there which became known as the “Holland Park Circle”. The course will be led by art historians, curators and experts on Leighton and Victorian society. No prior knowledge is required but debate and discussion are encouraged.


2024 marks 20 years of the London Festival of Architecture. #LFAat20 will be a moment of celebration, and a chance to reflect on the impact of the Festival over last 2 decades, as well as the wider industry and city. It will also be a moment to reset, to explore how the Festival, industry, and all Londoners can shape a more equitable, accessible and sustainable city – a London by, and for, all Londoners. The London Festival of Architecture is a month long celebration of architecture and city-making, taking place every June across London. The Festival’s mission is to open up discussions around architecture, test new ideas and uncover and promote new talent.


Scampston's Plant Fair returns in 2024, attracting gardeners and stalls from across Yorkshire and further afield. Their plant fair has gained a reputation for the wide range of stallholders, with a variety of different specialisms, stocking some unusual plants & glorious garden accessories.


This one day workshop will focus on painting flowers in oils in an expressive style. Throughout the day they will make several studies, painting directly from life in Rosemoor’s beautiful gardens. They will focus on working quickly and loosely to create lively paintings, exploring different methods and techniques, looking at things such as drawing, colour, tone, simplification and building an attractive ‘paint surface’. You will be shown demonstrations of different techniques and have 1:1 support from the tutor during the day as you complete your own painting.


An evening of Edinburgh Fringe Previews from some of the most exciting comedians heading to the Fringe this August. You can see 4th June – Rob Copland, Paddy Young, Emma Sidi, Colin Hoult, Celya AB, Sophie Duker, Erika Ehler, Olga Koch, Jin Hao Li and Kemah Bob.


Step into a world where design dreams come to life, where creativity knows no bounds, and where every corner exudes wonder and inspiration. Welcome to WOW!house, the award-winning showhouse presented by Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. Built within the Design Avenue, WOW!house is a one-of-a-kind showhouse stretching 500 sq m. Featuring 19 full-size rooms and outdoor spaces — each one is uniquely designed by world-class interior designers, working in collaboration with globally recognised design brands and incredible suppliers.


Join them for Loved Again London's 2024 summer event at Brags and Brams - Hackney Road's coolest coffee and cocktail spot. Here you can swap clothes with like minded sustainable fashion enthusiasts whilst enjoying a drink (or two). With an emphasis on high quality pre-loved goods, guests can enjoy a unique sustainable shopping experience and are encouraged to engage in meaningful conversation with other fast fashion fighters. The in real life occasion offers conscious shoppers an exciting alternative to online purchasing methods from the likes of Ebay and Depop. Choose an hour time slot to attend.

Bring 1-3 items of pre-loved clothing (no more than 3, please!)


Drawing inspiration from varied sources, textile designers Gabby Deeming and Molly Mahon discuss their design inspirations, processes and how they have grown their businesses. Prepare to be inspired, guided and enthused by these joyful women! Using archival prints, antique fabrics, nature, places and spaces as the starting point for many of their stunning printed collections, Molly and Gabby will show you how they gather inspiration, explore colour palettes, evolve designs, and translate these into designs that sing. Join them for a conversation followed by a three-course seasonal supper in the Gallery Rooms. There will also be an opportunity to explore Daydress and Molly Mahon clothing, homewares and fabrics.


This event is a unique opportunity for delegates to engage first-hand with the history and material of shifu – the endangered art of weaving with kozo mulberry paper. The Textile Society welcomes Mrs Kazuko Sato and her interpreter to the UK. Now, at 91 years of age, and with personal memories of Soetsu Yanagi and key figures in the Mingei Movement, Kazuko Sato embodies the Japanese art of shifu. Inclusive of afternoon tea, this event will occur in the Clore Space of the Garden Museum, London, alongside the Courtyard Garden designed by Dan Pearson.


This year, they celebrate 25 years of unique access to over 100 hidden green spaces not normally open to the public. Feed your curiosity and explore London's private, secret and little-known gardens across the city over one very special weekend.  Gardens range from the historic and  traditional to the new and experimental, and include private gardens, roof gardens, community allotments, gardens belonging to historic buildings, institutions, cafes, schools and shops. 


In an industry where mass produced and unimaginative furniture is plentiful, "The Spotlight Market" offers a much-needed platform for some of the most talented furniture and decorative antiques dealers in the trade. Located in the heart of East London traders gather over two days, each curating their most unique and one-off pieces. Every dealer is carefully selected for their knowledge in their specialist area and talented eye for sourcing. This mix of experts means that the event covers a broad range of eras and styles that seamlessly blend.


This exhibition considers Henry Moore’s (1898 – 1986) celebrated Shelter drawings as the point of departure for a new reading of the artist’s fascination with images of the wall, during and immediately after World War II. From the London Underground, where Moore drew figures sheltering from the bomb raids, the walls of these spaces came to absorb his attention in an altogether new way, becoming scene-setters, and key components of his drawings. This fascination with the bricks and the presence of walls, their texture, mass and volume, became especially important after his project to illustrate the wartime radio play The Rescue, based on Homer’s OdysseyHenry Moore: Shadows on the Wall, a collaboration with the Henry Moore Foundation, suggests for the first time that the walls in his drawings offer a new way to understand some of his most individual and monumental Post-War sculpture projects.


They welcome Simon Rizzo of Lamoresca to London for an evening celebrating Sicily at Jolene Newington Green. On the night, you will be able to work your way through a beautiful à la carte menu of island classics. Think sfincione, arancini, caponata, crudo di gamberi, spaghetti ai ricci di mare, pasta alla norma and the best seafood our shores have to offer cooked simply on the grill, followed by cassata and cannoli. Alongside, they will be offering all of Lamoresca’s wines by the glass and bottle, with Simon on hand to share the story behind each.


Artist and Art Tutor Bella Franks will guide you through the relaxed class with a nude model as your subject. Bella has over 10 years of art teaching experience, running classes that are open and accessible to all. She is known for her positive and supportive attitude to teaching, encouraging you to focus on the process rather than the outcome. The class will begin with a series of quick, warm up poses followed by longer poses for more developed drawings. Bella will be on hand to give tips throughout. The class will be accompanied by a relaxing playlist to help you find your flow at the drawing board.


Join them for another sensational series of concerts in the breathtaking location of Hampton Court Palace. Their line-up so far includes the legendary Tom Jones, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Jack Savoretti, Sam Ryder, Björn Again, Sheryl Crow, Deacon Blue, Paloma Faith, and Jessie J, as well as a special live edition of The Rest is History Podcast presents The Tudors.


In a year when four billion people are heading to the polls, and with the World Economic Forum warning that online misinformation is the most severe risk the world faces, Who Trolled Amber? shines a light on the shady industry of social media manipulation. It reveals how bots and trolls can sway opinions from celebrity trials to general elections.


The Dot Project is delighted to present three exhibitions over the same week at 14 Cavendish; the

beautiful 18th-century London mansion. The exhibitions include; ‘The Path of a Pearl is a Spiral

Unchanged’ by Tais Rose Wae, ‘The Hand That Feeds You’ by Jack Penny and a group show titled

‘Permission to Touch?’ with works by artists including Alba Hodsoll and David Matthew King.


An MP with an instinct for compassion. An ex-serviceman with a life in free fall. And a parliamentary protection officer who’s having none of it. This volatile new play stars BAFTA Award winner Anna Maxwell Martin (Motherland, Line of Duty) as a hard-working opposition backbencher whose ideals of public office are tested by the demands of a man in crisis, played by Tony, BAFTA and Emmy Award winner James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors, The History Boys). Directed by Olivier and Tony Award winner Matthew Warchus (A Christmas Carol, Matilda The Musical) and written by Olivier Award winner Joe Penhall (Blue/Orange, Mood Music), The Constituent  deconstructs politics, panic alarms and the conflict between public service and personal safety.  


Join them for The Courtauld Lates, and enjoy after-hours art, cocktails and music at The Courtauld Gallery. The Courtauld Gallery will open its doors for late-night access, giving visitors the chance to enjoy an evening of world-class art, cocktails and music surrounded by The Courtauld’s collection of masterpieces at Somerset House. And to experience their latest exhibitions Roger Mayne: Youth; Henry Moore: Shadows on the Wall and their latest display Vanessa Bell: A Pioneer of Modern Art.


Newly created botanical art and photography will be brought together from around the world at Saatchi Gallery in The RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show 2024. The exhibition will showcase exquisite botanical art and photography, featuring a rich variety of subjects from medicinal desert flowers to ornamental bananas, and from images of forest slime moulds to urban street plants. It will showcase the new work of leading botanical artists and photographers representing the UK, Italy, Portugal, Romania, USA, South Africa, Taiwan, Republic of Korea, Singapore, and Japan.


Acclaimed British photographer Roger Mayne (1929 – 2014) was famous for his evocative documentary images of young people growing-up in Britain in the mid-1950s and ‘60s. This exhibition, of around 60 almost exclusively vintage photographs, includes many of his iconic street images of children and teenagers, alongside an almost entirely unknown selection of intimate and moving later images of his own family at home in Dorset, as well as those taken on his honeymoon in Spain in 1962.


The Nurseries in Richmond will welcome visitors for a summertime birthday extravaganza as the gardens reach their early summer peak, and will even throw open the gates to the private gardens at Petersham House for green-fingered guests to enjoy. The Nurseries will pop open bottles of their very own Prosecco all day long so guests can join them in raising a glass to toast 20 incredible years, while smoky grills will be fired up ready to dish out barbecue favourites. Live music from roaming bands will keep the crowds entertained as they join in the celebrations and soak up the sun by the meandering River Thames. The horticulture team will be running floristry workshops throughout the day, coaching guests on how to create arrangements in Petersham Nurseries’ signature wild style.


Spend the day exploring over 1,200 fabulous works of art by famous artists and members of the public.

Held every year without interruption since 1769, the Summer Exhibition showcases a diverse array of contemporary works, including prints, paintings, films, photography, sculpture, and architectural works.

This year’s show, coordinated by sculptor Ann Christopher RA, makes space for the best work by open-submission artists and Royal Academicians. The mix of art by household names and emerging talent is what makes the Summer Exhibition the UK’s best-loved art show. Many works will be available to buy and sales will directly support the exhibiting artists and the RA’s charitable work, including training the next generation of artists at the Royal Academy Schools.


Weekly life drawing classes led by Fred Clark, a practising artist based in Stroud.

Drawing a different subject each week, from dancers to life models and even animals - experimenting with new ways of drawing and new ways of looking.


Raindance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the UK. Holding the 32nd festival in 2024, Raindance is based in the heart of London’s buzzing West End film district. Each year, Raindance attracts 16,000 visitors including 500 industry professionals into London.


For her solo exhibition at Cooke Latham, Laila Tara H has created a haunting installation in which the viewer is invited to move through a ‘day’ as they navigate the walls of the gallery. Although never clearly delineated, domestic and public space is alluded to throughout the installation, while the works themselves occupy the ‘liminal space of that doorframe’ between the two.


Come join them at Too Many Critics at Darby’s to raise vital funds for Action Against Hunger. You'll induldge in a three-course dinner and drinks, with a twist that promises to turn the tables. Renowned food critics will take to the kitchen whilst esteemed chefs will dine with guests and critique! The critics stepping into the culinary arena are David Ellis, Giles Coren, Hannah Twiggs, Kate Krader, Leyla Kazim & Tom Parker Bowles, all under the expert guidance of Darby’s very own Robin Gill. The menu will showcase the diverse cooking techniques that Darby’s kitchen is famous for: baking, smoking, shucking, roasting, frying and fermenting. LLeading us through this gastronomic journey will be none other than reformed-critic-and international-restaurant-list pusher-turned-hospitality-honcho, Joe Warwick. The celebrity chefs judging this unforgettable dinner include Francesco Mazzei and Vivek Singh, with more to be announced.


They are excited to exhibit again at the Mall Galleries in June 2024. The SWA seeks works of the highest standard within its specific field. The SWA continues to promote women artists and prides itself on the very diverse nature of the work shown during their Annual Open Exhibition from both their non-members and their members.

25th - 29th June 202


New Designers is an annual exhibition that brings together the best graduate design talent from across the UK. The event is aimed at professionals in the design industry, as well as general consumers who are interested in seeing the latest trends in design. New Designers also welcomes hundreds of school students each year, inspiring the next generation of designers. Over two weeks, they showcase the work of over 3,000 talented graduates in a range of disciplines, including textiles, graphics, product design, and more.


Dovecot Studios' major tapestry with Chris Ofili will return to Scotland in Summer 2024. The Caged Bird’s Song, commissioned by The Clothworkers’ Company, will be shown in the context of the tapestry studio where the work was created. Experience how the colour, myths and magic of Ofili’s watercolour design are transformed into a large format tapestry that took Dovecot’s master weavers over three years to create. The exhibition will form part of the Edinburgh Festival 2024. 


Pride in London is a vibrant and dynamic organisation that relies on the passion and commitment of both staff and volunteers who share a common goal of advancing equality and diversity. As a non-profit organisation, any surplus funds they generate are reinvested back into the LGBTQ+ community, to support initiatives and campaigns that aim to promote greater inclusivity and acceptance.


Marvel at the groundbreaking modernist art made in Ukraine between 1900 and the 1930s. Explore 65 works, from oil paintings and sketches to collage and theatre design. Many are on loan from the National Art Museum of Ukraine and the Museum of Theatre, Music and Cinema of Ukraine in Kyiv. In the Eye of the Storm brings together the work of such artists as Kazymyr Malevych, Sonia Delaunay, Alexandra Exter and El Lissitzky, as well as lesser-known figures like Oleksandr Bohomazov and Mykhailo Boichuk, each of whom left an indelible mark on the country’s art and culture.


A fresh lick of paint and a bit of a redesign awaits, and with that, a new iteration on the food they serve. Dear friend and incredible chef Jackson Boxer will take the helm of Henri, completely reinventing their menu. Staying true to his style, each dish will be a celebration of seasonal British food with a nod to their French roots.


New Film Releases

The Bike Riders (21st June) Kinds Of Kindness (28th June) A Quiet Place: Day One (28th June)


Antique & Flea Markets




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