Curious Things To Do in London in June 2016

Curious Things To Do in London in June 2016

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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.

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Festivals

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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.

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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:

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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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

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.

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Theatre & Shows

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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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Comedy, Cabaret & Nighttime Fun

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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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]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![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Return On Investment

Return on Investment by Adam Larter | Museum of Comedy, Holborn | Tues 21 June | 8.45pm | £5

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Markets, Food & Drink

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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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Film & Music

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£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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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

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About 

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.