Curious Things To Do in London in June 2016

Curious Things To Do in London in June 2016

We’re here to inspire you this June with the most unusual things to do in London that you might not have heard of.

This month there’s mad Japanese gig-theatre, free outdoor festivals, 50% off at La Bodega Negra & £1 cinema at Picturehouse Central.

Festivals

LIFT Festival | Various Venues | 1 June-2 July | Various Prices

LIFT scours the world for new performance experiences & we love the range this year. Highlights for us include:

  • Miss Revolutionary Idol Beserker (22 June 2016 – 2 July 2016): A kaleidoscope of colour, banging music & choreography fuse to create the fireworks of this cult Japanese spectacular. (Pictured above in main image by @CYCOLNE_A & in the video above too!)
  • Depart (16-26 June): Australian circus supremos Circa create a haunting show in a cemetery which straddles the plain between life & death.

See the full programme here

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival | 24 June-2 July | Various Prices

Docklands and undiscovered East London comes alive with free visually inventive performances in our fave free festival. Here’s 2 which seem like a sure bet:

See the full programme here

bestival at goldsmiths

Bestival at Goldsmiths | Fri 17 June | Goldsmiths, New Cross | From Free

A first of its kind collaboration between Rob Da Bank’s cult festival and hip uni Goldsmiths. Expect street food, lectures on how to make the perfect festival and a night time music fiesta with Ghostpoet.

peopling the palace

Peopling the Palace Festival | Queen Mary University of London, Mile End | 7-19 June | From Free

Queen Mary’s Drama department shows its mettle with a 2 week festival of new performances, quirky lectures including on SHIT & a graduate showcase, First Flights.

Theatre & Shows

Barbu

Barbu | London Wonderground, Waterloo | 15 June-25 September | Various Times | From £26

Bearded circus comes to London after a five star triumph at last year’s Edinburgh fringe. We loved the mix of skills including acrobatics, comedy & daring drops.

by the end of us

By The End of Us | Southwark Playhouse, Elephant & Castle | 7-11 June | 8pm | £24.50/14.50

They Say: Mia Culper is an assassin. Navigating her way through a series of underground chambers she must find and kill her target. Prepped with a camera and microphone Mia live streams her journey to a Contact, who guides and advises her through the mission, ensuring she achieves her objective.

Party Politics

Party Politics | Hackney Showroom, Hackney Downs | 8 / 15 / 22 June | 8pm | £8/5

EU confused? Join Scottee to discuss the EU referendum with a pint in one hand and politicians in sight.

With a Little Bit of Luck | Roundhouse, Chalk Farm | 14-18 June | 8pm | £12.50 + fee

Sabrina Mahfouz gives us a rave up of a show inspired by UK garage and what it meant to young people.

Comedy, Cabaret & Nighttime Fun

Lady Malcolm's Servants Ball

Lady Malcolm’s Servants’ Ball | Bishopsgate Institute, Liverpool Street | 24-25 June | 9pm | £20

Lady Malcolm’s Servants’ Ball was a notorious party on London’s queer scene in the 1920s & 1930s and Duckie is here to celebrate this hidden history with a series of interactive events & performances.

lonDADA

LonDADA | Cinema Museum, Elephant & Castle | Thu 23 June | 6.30pm | £5-15

They say: Come celebrate the Dada legacy in style with films, music, theatre, poetry and Brian Blessed!

karaoke court

Karaoke Court | The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick | Thu 23 June | 7pm | Free

Settle a dispute and get a legally binding verdict through the medium of song. Genius.

Markets, Food & Drink

la bodega negra

50% off La Bodega Negra | Soho | Throughout June | Sunday-Wednesday

Get 50% off the gorgeous underground Mexican food fiesta when you book with the codeword ‘FRIDA’ to eat from Sunday-Wednesday in June. Book via phone on 020 7758 4100.

thames lates

Thames Lates | London Eye Millennium Pier | Various Dates from 9 June | 7pm | £39.50

Hold onto your hat and brace yourself for a white knuckle river ride on a Thames rocket and then get treated to a lovely cocktail by London Cocktail Club.

wasted chic south

Wasted Chic South | John the Unicorn, Peckham | Sun 19 June | 12.30-6.30pm

Wasted Chic brings future fashion south of the river to the best named pub in Peckham.

Film & Music

picturehouse central

£1 Cinema Day | Picturehouse Central, Piccadilly Circus | Sat 11 June | £1

Celebrate 1 year of the snazziest new central London cinema with £1 tickets (save £17 on the full adult price). Tickets go on sale online and in person on Friday 10 June. See what’s showing that day here

campfire club

Campfire Club | Secret Location, East London | Thu 30 June | 7pm | £8 advance

Gather around a roaring fire to listen to the world’s finest music including in this outing the rather marvellous Veda Slovena Bulgarian Choir

the shortest nights

The Shortest Nights hosted by Short Sighted Cinema | The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick | Sun 19 June | From £6.60

Get under the skin of short film with this eclectic midsummer celebration hosted by the wonderful Short Sighted Cinema.

Did we forget anything for our top things to do in London in June? Leave a comment below with your thoughts…

Rupert Dannreuther

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I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.