June in London 2019

 
 
 
 
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Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Kiss My Genders is at the Hayward Gallery
Open Garden Squares Weekend
Taste of London
Hampton Court Palace Festival
Heritage Live Concerts: Kenwood House
London Festival of Architecture
Novo Amor headlines Bushstock Festival
Field Day 2019
 

 

The Spice Girls are back, Cindy Sherman's portraits are in the frame and Secret Cinema unveils the world of 007 in June 2019, LondonTown has all these and the must-see events for the month.

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London Festival of Architecture

From picket fences to personal space, boundaries is a fitting theme for LFA 2019.

 

Various Venues Dates: 1st to 30th June 2019

 

Borders and fences, walls and city limits are all boundaries and it's this demarkation which is the theme for the 2019 London Festival of Architecture. From picket fences to personal space, boundaries is a fitting theme for LFA 2019, the year that the UK is due to leave the EU. Peter Murray, founder of the London Festival of Architecture, highlights the Thames as the greatest boundary in the capital. As part of the festival Dulwich Picture Gallery hosts the Dulwich Pavilion, a temporary outdoor structure called 'The Colour Palace' - a fusion of European and African cultural traditions designed by Pricegore and Yinka Ilori. It's one of more than 600 events to choose from, ranging from walking tours to debates, exhibitions to family events.

 
 
 

Hampton Court Palace Festival

Open-air concerts set against the backdrop of Henry VIII's Tudor Palace.

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, London, KT8 9AU

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 7th to 21st June 2019

 

The Jacksons, Tears For Fears and Kylie Minogue are just three of the big name acts lined up for this year's Hampton Court Palace Festival. Pop royalty The Jacksons perform as 2019 marks 50 years since I Want You Back was released. New-wave legends Tears For Fears, one of the biggest acts of the '80s, play hits from their formidable collection, including Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Shout, and Mad World. Kylie Minogue also plays two nights at the summer music festival, set against the beautiful backdrop of Henry VIII's magnificent Tudor Hampton Court Palace. Now in its 27th year, the festival encourages a spot of picnicking, a VIP experience and the chance to hear some well known musicians in an intimate 3,000-seat open-air auditorium.

 
 
 

Field Day 2019

Field Day finds a new home with four massive warehouses in North London.

Brockwell Park, Norwood Road, London, SE24 0PA

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June 2019

 

Having resided in Victoria Park for 10 years, before moving to Brockwell Park last year, Field Day finds a new home in 2019 at Meridian Water, Enfield, North London. They say the move is a game changer and we can see why. Ten acres of outdoor space and four giant interlinked warehouses allow for the volume to be turned up and a late night / early morning 3am finish - later than before. Situated at an old gas works next to Tottenham Marshes, the largest of the sheds is the biggest warehouse venue for music in the city with a capacity of 7,500. Music wise, they haven't revealed the line-up yet but - to give you some idea - Aphex Twin, Erykah Badu, Patti Smith, Loyle Carner, Skepta, PJ Harvey and Charlotte Gainsbourg have all played in previous years.

 
 
 

Open Garden Squares Weekend

Explore over 230 gardens as green spaces across the city open their gates.

 

Various Venues Dates: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June 2019

 

From the iron-fenced residential parks of west London to the landscaped churchyards of the City, hundreds of garden squares play a vital part in maintaining London's status as one of Europe's greenest cities. The wonderful Open Garden Squares Weekend is the one time of the year when these gardens open their gates to everyone. More than 230 gardens take part - some of them private spaces which are not usually accessible to the public. If you have youngsters in tow, many gardens stage activities for families too and tickets allow entry to all participating gardens.

 
 
 

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Choose your favourite from a plethora of tightly packed paintings.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Mayfair, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 10th June to 12th August 2019

 

The Royal Academy's annual Summer Exhibition a highlight of summer in London since 1769, fills the gallery's walls with a plethora of tightly packed paintings, photographs, sculpture and film. The beauty of this annual show is that anyone can submit their work which gives it a wonderful element of surprise. Approximately 12,000 pieces are sifted through to come up with the 1,200 displayed, created by relative unknowns as well as famous artists and members of the RA. The fun part for visitors is choosing a favourite and, with the majority of works on sale at varying price ranges, you can even buy one if you really fall in love with it. The largest regular contemporary art exhibition in the world, it's an impressive show that gives an excellent cross-section of contemporary art every summer and each year a prominent sculpture greets visitors to the exhibition as they walk through the Royal Academy's great courtyard.

 
 
 
 

Kiss My Genders

Over 30 international artists whose work explores and engages with gender fluidity.

The Hayward Gallery, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 12th June to 8th September 2019

 

In summer 2019 the Hayward Gallery celebrates how artists, many of whom treat the body as a sculpture, are challenging traditional gender definitions through their practice. Group exhibition Kiss My Genders celebrates over 30 international artists whose work explores and engages with gender fluidity. Art works from the late 1960s and early 1970s through to the present moment show how these artists draw on their own experiences to create content and forms that challenge accepted or stable definitions of gender. Working across painting, immersive installations, sculpture, text, photography and film and in doing so open up new possibilities for gender, beauty and representations of the human form.

 
 
 

Spice Girls

Baby, Sporty, Scary and Ginger Spice reunite 23 years after Wannabe smashed into the charts.

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 13th, 14th and 15th June 2019

 

Twenty three years after the Spice Girls smashed their way into the charts the best-selling female group is back together - with one notable exception - on tour, playing six stadium concerts. Emma, Mel B, Melanie C and Geri come to Wembley in June 2019 to perform their chart-topping hits including Wannabe, Viva Forever, Spice Up Your Life and 2 Become 1. It's the first time they've reunited on stage since the London 2012 Olympics so it's no surprise that these tickets sold out quickly. People of the world: in the words of Baby Spice, "It's time to spice things up all over again".

 
 
 

Heritage Live Concerts: Kenwood House

The Piano Guys and legendary tenor Jose Carreras, on his farewell tour, play live on Hampstead Heath.

Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, London, NW3 7JR

Tube: Highgate Station

 

Dates: 14th, 15th and 16th June 2019

 

Returning to Kenwood House, the Heritage Live Concerts are back at the English Heritage owned stately home on Hampstead Heath for one weekend only in June 2019. Hailing from Utah in the US, The Piano Guys, who have amassed a staggering 3 billion audio and video streams worldwide, are playing on Friday 14th June. They became an internet sensation by making music videos in some of the most magnificent locations in the world including The Great Wall of China, Chichen Itza and Iguazu Falls. On Sunday legendary tenor Jose Carreras stops off to say goodbye to London as part of his farewell tour. Staged next to the lake and with a captivating view of the magnificent house, the concerts are a welcome addition to the capital's summer music festivals.

 
 
 

Bushstock Festival

The one day festival in West London offers the chance to enjoy live music from rising stars.

Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 7LJ

Tube: Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line)

 

Dates: Saturday 15th June 2019

 

Novo Amor headlines Bushstock Festival, back for its ninth year in 2019. APRE, MarthaGunn, Olivia, and Winnie Raeder are just three of the other acts at the festival which take places at venues in and around 'The Bush' on Saturday 15th June. They're a small proportion of more than forty bands you can catch at the annual event which is the brainchild of Communion record company. It's the perfect chance to enjoy something a little less mainstream, somewhat folksy and a little bit raw.

 
 
 

Secret Cinema: Casino Royale

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to be immersed in the secret world of 007.

Secret Cinema, Central, London, XX1 0LL

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Dates: 19th June to 1st August 2019

 

This spring and summer, Secret Cinema goes undercover to channel Bond, James Bond when it presents a fully immersive show of the critically-acclaimed 007 film Casino Royale. Taking the 2006 version, directed by Martin Campbell and starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, the show transforms a secret London location into the glamorous and action-packed world of the iconic British spy. Blurring the lines between fiction and reality, the experience recreates scenes and locations from the film. You, the audience, will be required to get into character and you'll be assigned to either Q Branch or M Branch. Prior to your mission, you will receive an alias, dress code and training suggestions to help you prepare for a night of high stakes, sophistication and deception. If previous Secret Cinema productions are anything to go by, you'll feel like you're on the set of the film... and what a fantastic film to be dropped into.

 
 
 

Taste of London

Sample starter sized dishes from some of London's top restaurants in Regents Park.

Regent's Park, Inner Circle, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 19th to 23rd Jun 2019

 

Five days of top flight food, drink and entertainment at Regent's Park, Taste of London is a wonderful al fresco summer festival of all things food. It's a wonderful excuse to indulge in some delicious gluttony as you work your way through sample sized dishes from London's top restaurants. Top chefs attend, including a flurry of Michelin starred names, and give demos to show off their culinary handiwork. Festival favourites include At The Fire Pit - where everything is cooked with fire and smoke - and the chance to try out so many of London's most talked about restaurants in one place. In the middle of it all are stalls selling food and drinks, often to a live band. A handful of breweries and Champagne labels also attend, some hosting pop ups where you might walk through a fridge door and discover a dimly lit secret bar.

 
 
 
 
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