It’s June and it is time to party… London is ready this weekend for the biggest party of the year. This weekend London is the central location celebrating the Platinum Jubilee with a host of events. There is a blog on the keys things that have caught my eye over the four days in London. The other post celebrates the Jubilee in London this summer.
Once the weekend is over, June Super Seven kicks into action with art, vintage fairs and illuminated bridges. There is so much to keep you busy if you are visiting the city this month.
Jubilee Weekend : 2-5 June, I have done two blog posts as there is so much going on. One is a bullet list of what is happening in London and the extra events that have caught my eye (there are quite a few). The other is a post on events happening beyond the Jubilee weekend. There are themed tea’s, Jubilee related exhibitions and art installations. This month is going to be a once in a lifetime experience, don’t miss it, it will be fantastic.
Mayfair is buzzing in June and it’s not just the Jubilee.. Mayfair Art & Sculpture trail weekend returns 24-26 June. Sotheby’s Jubilee Festival continues until 15 June with a really good scheduled arts programme. It includes an extraordinary Tiara exhibition you will not want to miss. Christies begin their London Now Art and Literature Festival 6 June – 15 July.
Connaught Village Garden Festival : Saturday 11 June 10.30 – 6pm. Alfresco eating, glitter stations, pony grooming, plant sales and so much more. Local residential gardens will also be open for a £6 donation to the National Garden Scheme charity.
Art in London this June:
Illuminated River Boat Tours : I went to a talk recently by the artist Leo Villareal. It was an extraordinary task set, and a phenomenal delivery. Next time you are walking along the Thames at night, make time to enjoy the lighting. Jubilee evening river boat tours until Sunday 5 June.
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 21 June – 21 August
Ukraine in Focus | Stop Tanks with Books by Mark Neville at the V&A until 29 August : This is a very small, yet power photography exhibition showcases life in Ukraine from 2014 to the present day. Well worth seeing.
Art for Charity Collective 21-30 June : This incredible charity came to my attention in lockdown. This month they are holding a series of events in London at the Unit 1 Gallery Workshop. Live painting, workshops, pilates and live auctions through Instagram. All raising money for A Space Between, who believe in the power of art to help patients and health care workers in hospitals
It’s a month of sport in and around London. Royal sporting events I’m looking at are : Wimbledon 27 June – 10 July Henley 28 June – 3 July Royal Ascot 15 – 18 June Polo in the Park at Hurlingham 4-6 June. Use the code POLOFRIEND for a 10% discount.
Kew Gardens : They have a new Food Forever exhibition, exploring the future of food. The bit I loved the most was the Pip & Pop : When Flowers Dream in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery. Literally a vibrant feast of sugar coated art. Stunning.
British Flowers Week at Garden Museum 9-13 June. In partnership with Covent Garden Flower market this festival returns with a ‘Future’ theme on floristry. I’m also going to catch the Fashioning the Rose exhibition before it closes on 19 June.
The Imperial War Museum has an exhibition about The Queen and her relationship with the armed forces with rarely seen film and photography. Definitely one to see. Opened 27 May – 8 January 2023
Largest vintage fashion and jewellery fair 19 June at Kensington Town Hall
Masterpiece London 30 June – 6 July
Battersea Power Station : Live performances, outdoor dining collaborations, crazy golf, and the Coaling Jetty is back with a Wright Brothers seafood popup.
Taste of London : 15-19 June Regents Park. Save 15% by booking your ticket in advance. This food festival is always a lot of fun…