Unmissable Things To Do in London in June 2022
We are here for a (nearly) Jubilee-free list of Unmissable Things To Do in London (and beyond) this June! Well, here it is…
Make your life fabulous by ticking off everything on this list – but do it safely!
Duckie’s Alternative Command Performance | Southbank Centre | 3 June | £10
Sadly Duckie will be leaving its Vauxhall home it has taken over since 1995 but events like this prove that Duckie is much more than a sweaty indie club night. The special takeovers like the command performances at Southbank Centre show the subversive queer performance power of the collective.
The Official Command Performance showcases the amazing work of The Posh Club, an alternative cabaret spectacular for older people. The Alternative Command performance is a night out for all and features performances from Drag Syndrome, Marie Lloyd, Liv Wynter, Travis Alabanza, Midgette Bardot, Thick & Tight, Vidya Patel, Emma Dogliani & Kate Conway and Lasana Shabazz, and featuring (just out of retirement) Bette Bourne as HRH The Queen.
Bankside Open Spaces Festival | Bankside | 3 June | Free
27 exciting new companies take over Theatre Peckham’s main space and studio.
Pride Market | London LGBTQ+ Centre – Near Tate Modern | 4-5 June
Support independent LGBTQ+ creatives at the gorgeous new London LGBTQ+ Centre.
Camberwell Arts Festival | Multiple Venues | 4-12 June
An arts market, exhibitions, performances and much more prove that Camberwell is a burgeoning creative destination.
Dreamers 夢中人 | Omnibus Theatre – Clapham | 6-11 June | From £10
‘Don’t say you protested, say you dreamed.’
A fascinating look at China and the aftermath of the 2019 Hong Kong protests.
Kingston School of Art – Degree Show – ‘Open House’ | Kingston School of Art | 6-11 June | FREE
See the next generation of artists, designers and makers at this south-west London hidden gem.
City of Stories Home – Free Creative Workshops | Libraries all over London | 8 June-2 July | FREE
Celebrate the crowdsourced publication of a new anthology with free workshops to discover your inner writer.
Aura – Resolution Festival | The Place – Euston | 10 June | £16/12
An immersive and ethereal experience by new artist Aura.
Grace Jones’ Meltdown | Southbank Centre – Waterloo | 10-19 June | Various Prices
A beautifully curated festival by HRH Grace. Events with tickets still available include:
Angélique Kidjo: Mother Nature
The Uncorrected Independent Publishers’ Fair | Peckham Pelican | 11 June | Free
‘The World’s Smallest Publisher Fair’ including some treats from Flipped Eye Publishing, Les Fugitives, Prototype, Repeater Books, Rough Trade Books, Strange Attractor Press and hosts Tangerine Press.
Festival of Communities | Stepney Green Park & QMUL Mile End | 11-12 June | Free
Mile End’s Queen Mary University of London showcases their inclusive approach with a two day festival in Stepney Park and their campus.
Showwomen | Jacksons Lane | 16-18 June | From £12
The untold herstory of working-class entertainment from immigrant, queer, activist and occult perspectives.
The Fellowship | Hampstead Theatre | From 17 June | From £10
A powerful duo of writer Roy Williams and director Paulette Randall (Associate Director of London 2012 Opening Ceremony) combine for this electrifying family drama.
Mama Afrika – Determination Hope Song | The Africa Centre | 17 June | £18.50
Pata Pata is possibly the most uplifting song of all time and now you can discover the woman behind the music. Mama Afrika is a moving and spiritual account of the life of an iconic South African singer, songwriter, and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba.
Hope 4 Justice | Mountsfield Park | 18 June | FREE
A mass performance on climate justice featuring 1,000 young people, including students from 26 Lewisham schools. Part of We Are Lewisham – London Borough of Culture.
The Knot | NDT Broadgate | 18-24 June | FREE
A festival of fearless conversations about the future of independent theatre. Sad to see some have sold out despite being on Zoom but conversations on how to get funding, the metaverse and many more hot topics are bound to be popular.
LIFT 2022 | Various Venues | From 23 June | Prices Vary
From a live beach with sand opera in Deptford to interactive ghost games in Ilford shopping centre LIFT is here to change your perceptions of what theatre can be.
Favour | Bush Theatre | From 24 June | From £12
Talented writer Ambreen Razia returns with this play about the aftermath of being released from prison.
Did we miss any amazing, beautiful things to do in London (or beyond) this June?
We almost certainly did – please let us know in the comments below!
Occasionally the To Do List team are forced to work together.
Rupert likes: free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.
Stuart likes: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.