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London in Dusk

London 2018 Event Calendar: The Best Things to Do This Month

The ultimate calendar of fun things to do in London today, this weekend, and beyond. These events and adventures have been hand-picked to cover all of London's major happenings, plus some hidden gems you may not know about otherwise. From awesome concerts and performances to classes, food festivals, and everything in between, we've got your plans covered.

By / June 7, 2018

June 4 - 10

Purple Music Prince Event
   Purple Music

Purple Music Prince Birthday Celebrations

Shoreditch Platform

Get ready to punch on through to a higher floor, as Purple Music celebrate what should have been Prince’s 60th birthday. Wear your best ultra violet funk finery.

Free (before 10)

Spaced/Cornetto Trilogy Party

Upstairs at the Ritzy

Expect alt indie hits, 90s club classics, games and costumes at a party devoted to the classic British sit com Spaced, and all things Simon Pegg.

£6 advance, £8 otd
World illustration Awards Exhibition

World Illustration Awards 2018 Exhibition

Jun 07 - 20, 10am-6pm on Mon, Tue, Sat and Sun, 11am - 8pm on Fri

Somerset House

Doodlers and dreamers can explore the best in modern, global illustration at this major exhibition, showcasing all 200 works shortlisted for the 2018 World Illustration Awards.

Marilyn Monroe exhibition at Proud

Up Close with Marilyn

Until June 24

Proud Central

Intimate, beautiful and vulnerable portraits of the archetypal blonde bombshell, captured in rarely seen photos by Milton H Greene


Southport Weekender Festival

Finsbury Park

Shake it to the likes of Sister Sledge, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Soul II Soul and The House Gospel Choir at this proudly friendly festival.


Junipalooza London 2018

Tobacco Dock

Where better to celebrate World Gin Day 2018 than this massive gin festival, now in its 5th year? There are masterclasses, talks and over 100 different varieties of gin on offer. 


Mindful Hot Chocolate Meditation Workshop

The Poetry Cafe

Slow down, connect with your senses and cultivate your awareness at this meditative workshop. Most importantly, you’ll get to taste some delicious chocolate.


Skip Garden Supper Club: The Kitchen Garden

Kings Cross Skip Garden

Feast on a four course veggie menu hosted by Global Generation, in the gorgeously green and quirky surroundings of the Kings Cross Skip Garden.

Open garden squares weekend

Open Garden Squares Weekend 

June 09-10


Take the chance to nose around 200 beautiful garden spaces, many usually closed to the public, from rooftop oases to urban pop-ups.


June 11 - 17

Beat Positive
   Getty Images

Beat Positive

Until August 4

Getty Images Gallery

Take a fascinating glimpse into the golden age of hip hop at this small but perfectly formed exhibition, featuring iconic photos of Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Run DMC, the Beastie Boys and others.

The Bike Project

The Bike Project Comedy Fundraiser

Jun 12, 6:30-10:30pm

Union Chapel

Rack up those LOLs in the magnificent Union Chapel thanks to top comics including Sara Pascoe, Robin Ince, Rachel Parris and Andy Zaltzman. Your cash will help provide refugees with bikes.

Gin cocktails

Secret Gin Run (Steady)

June 13, 6:30-9:00pm

Punch Tavern

Explore London’s rich gin history by dashing (or jogging) across the city over a 10K route that takes in gin-themed games, trivia and – of course – a very welcome G&T at the end.

Taste of London

Taste of London

Jun 13-17

Regent's Park

Want more choice in your lunch options? Head to this sprawling restaurant fest, which boasts more than 200 of London’s finest food and drink vendors, from toasties to haute cuisine.

New York Brass Band
   Brass Band

New York Brass Band

Jun 15, 9pm-2am

The Blues Kitchen

No, not that New York – this funky ensemble hail from North Yorkshire, but their brassy covers of party-starting floor-fillers (think Daft Punk, Chaka Khan, Eurythmics) are no less infectious for it.

Fork to Fork Food Festival

Fork to Fork Food Festival 2018

Jun 6, 12-6pm

Ark Franklin Primary Academy

Gorge for a good cause (helping children to eat healthily), as much-munched restaurants and food traders – including Ottolenghi, Homeslice Pizza, Shackfuyu, Dishoom and tons more – get cooking.

Hackney Flea Market

Hackney Flea Market

Jun 16-17

Abbey Hall

Sift through galaxies of clothes, furniture, records and homeware at this popular market and you might just bag yourself a vintage bargain.

Bergina Leka Street Art
   Bergine Leka

Street Photography Workshop

Jun 17, 9:30am - 1:30pm

Embankment station

Perfect those moody, urban cityscape pics you’ve been trying to take for years at this interactive workshop, run by professional photographer, Bergina Leka.


June 18 - 24

Hip Hop Karaoke Event

Hip Hop Karaoke

June 21, 7pm

Queen of Hoxton

Drop it like it's hot at this popular Hip Hop karaoke, now hosted by Queen of Hoxton every Thursday night. If spitting bars isn't your thing then you can watch on from the actual bar.

Sweatlife Festival

Sweatlife Festival

June 23-24


Working out is officially the new going out (or so some say.) With this festival you can experience a range of boutique exercise classes, as well as inspirational panel talks, over one sweaty weekend.



June 22

Finsbury Square

Grab a cocktail and loosen up your shoulders as this fun-filled lawn bowls pop up returns, complete with street food and DJs. Just make sure you know your ends from your jacks…

Indeedy Musical bingo

Indeedy Musical Bingo

June 20

Jubilee Place at Borough Market

Make sure you book your free place in advance for this spectacularly silly live music gameshow, part of the annual Merge Festival on Bankside. Prizes include fizz and inflatables.

My Dad Wrote a Porno

My Dad Wrote a Porno Live

June 21

Royal Albert Hall

Catch the live show version of the truly hilarious, cult hit podcast; hosted by Radio 1’s Alice Levine, Jamie Morton and James Cooper. Expect lewd jokes and wok references aplenty.

Help Refugees Supper Club

Help Refugees Supper Club

June 22, 6:30-12


Make new friends at this Middle Eastern style vegan banquet, which will feature live music. 100% of profits will go to the charity Help Refugees, to mark Refugee Week.

Frida Kahlo Exhibition

Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up

Daily, until Nov 4th

The V&A

A blockbuster exhibition showcasing the clothes and personal belongings of Mexican artist and feminist icon Frida Kahlo. Many pieces on show were locked away for 50 years after her death.

What Does a Queer Museum Look Like

What Does A Queer Museum Look Like?

June 23, 2:15-3:45

Tate Britain

Join E-J Scott, curator of the Museum of Transology, as he leads what promises to be a fascinating open discussion with a range of queer curators, archivists and activists.

Seven Dials Soundtrack

Seven Dials Soundtrack

June 23, 12-6pm

Seven Dials

The team behind Citadel festival bring you a free day of music, hosted by broadcaster and author Gemma Cairney, featuring performances by the likes of alt indie group Pumarosa.

Kiss me Kate
   Opera North

Opera North: Kiss Me Kate

June 20

London Coliseum

Get ready to be well and truly razzle-dazzled as Opera North’s all-singing, all-dancing production of Cole Porter’s classic musical, a witty homage to Shakespeare, hits London.


June 25 - 30

Queer Asia Film Festival

Queer Asia Film Festival 2018

June 29, 9-4.30

The British Museum

This annual film festival celebrates Asian queer voices with over 30 film screenings across over 5 days. This year’s theme is ‘Bodies x Borders’.

Beavertown Sour Solstice

Beavertown Sour Solstice 2018

June 30, 2-8pm

Beavertown Brewery

Beavertown celebrates the coming of the Summer Solstice with a day of beer and food at their North London brewery. Tickets buy you unlimited drinks from 8 amazing natural beer brewers.

The Great Gatsby Cover

The Over-Analysers’ Book Club Presents: The Great Gatsby

June 25, 6.30-9.30pm

Waterstones TCR

This month, the Over-Analysers take on Great Gatsby, in an evening of contemporary rethinking on the classic 20th century book. Join the bookworms in Waterstones Tottenham Court Road.

Haunted City
   Haunted City

The Haunted City: Modern Monsters and Urban Legends

June 30, 10am-5pm

Conway Hall

This will be a night of terrors and tales of modern day monsters and urban myth. Join storytellers at Conway Hall, and learn about London’s lost histories.

Fever Tree
   Fever Tree

Fever-Tree’s Perfect Pairings Masterclass

June 28, 6-7pm

The Gardening Society

Join in on a mini gin master-class with the team behind Fever-Tree tonic. On John Lewis's Oxford St roof garden, you’ll work with a specialist gin to create a delectable G & T.

Supa Dupa Fly Brixton

Supa Dupa Fly x Brixton + Rooftop

The Prince of Wales Brixton

Supa Dupa Fly have been promoting hip-hop and R&B club nights since the early 90s. Join them on the rooftop of Prince of Wales for their monthly Brixton residency.

£5 before 10pm
Open Kitchen

London Bridge Open Kitchen

June 29-30

London Bridge Station

London Bridge Open Kitchen invites some of London’s best kitchens out onto the street to cook for the public. This year they will be joined by retailers, such as Ted Baker and Hamley's.

Grayson Perry RA Exhibition

The RA’s 250th Summer Exhibition


Royal Academy of Arts

Grayson Perry takes on the role as lead curator for the Summer Exhibition at the RA. The exhibition will spread across parts of the recently reopened RA in this celebration of art in all its forms.

Musuems after MeToo

Museums after #MeToo

June 26, 6.30-8.30pm

The Courtauld Institute of Art

This talk at the Courtauld Institute reflects on the effects of #metoo in the art world. Speakers will open up discussions on curatorial practice and censorship in connection to sexual abuse.


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