Unmissable Things To Do in London in June 2023
This list is dedicated to the pioneering Windrush Generation who we celebrate this month. Find out more about Windrush 75.
It’s actually getting sunnier, isn’t it? We’re not hallucinating, it’s actually happening! Well, rain or shine, you an brighten things up by following our list of Unmissable Things To Do in London (and beyond) this Pride month of June!
Ireland’s drag queen activist returns to Soho for a night.
The next generation performance catalyst Camden People’s Theatre sees the return of Calm Down Dear, with Rashdash curating this festival of future feminism.
Design takes over every crevice of London’s creative powerhouse, Somerset House.
Deptford’s VSSL is London’s most exciting place to explore contemporary art. Enjoy FACET, a new programme of video, performance, sculpture & installation with its inaugural outing by Alicia Radage and Benjamin Sebastian.
An important new photography exhibition by Jim Grover, the award-winning social documentary photographer behind the lens of Windrush: Portrait of a Generation – an acclaimed 2018 photo-story which honoured the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks.
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LGBTQIA+ foodies talk all things nosh.
‘A clown opera; a sexual odyssey; a compost-heap romance’. Don’t miss this salad spinner of a show from rising star Rosa Garland.
Stokey comes to life with the rustle of pages at our favourite DIY literary festival.
A revolutionary free arts festival in radical east London. Don’t miss Mad Hearts, a free two day event featuring Drag Syndrome about the crossover between arts and mental health.
Hop on the DLR for an adventure into the stunning urban oddity that is Cody Dock.
A magical mystery music festival on the banks of the Thames.
Liverpudlian/London drag legend Ms Sharon Le Grand takes Bond for a subversive spin.
Clapham’s wonderful grassroots space, Omnibus Theatre, presents theatre, comedy, cabaret, music, art and activism in celebration of the iconic Pride party on Clapham Common in 1996.
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Sasha Regan’s all-male shows are a riot of camp and infectious energy. Don’t miss the latest, G&S’s The Mikado, in the authentic Victorian surroundings of Wilton’s Music Hall.
Advertising meets comedy in this guffaw-guaranteed bonkers fest from our fave Weirdo Adam Larter!
‘Genetic Automata’ is an ongoing body of video works by artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, exploring race and identity in an age of avatars, videogames and DNA ancestry.’
South-East London shows the South Bank how to slay.
It’s time to discover the next big thing at this fun and friendly fringe festival. Performers making their name at the festival include our faves, the unstoppable Drag Syndrome.
A kaleidoscope of colour, catchy rhythms and dance spectacle.
Virginia Woolf inspires short devised theatre works at CPT.
Mentioned in Dan Glass’ fabulous new book Queer Footprints, this night of queer carnival a la Notting Hill is the ultimate QTBIPOC Pride.
Drag escapes the club and attacks the tourists, families and pigeons outside the Brutalist beauty, the National Theatre.
London’s most inclusive university presents its research in a fun community festival for all the family.
Unmissable queer arts festival including a marketplace, talks, performances and art.
Kingston University is worth a trip to discover the future creative talents of tomorrow.
Music, tours, workshops and more to say Happy Birthday to the Canary Wharf museum – including Cocoa Butter Club’s very own Sadie Sinner the Songbird.
See Bankside afresh with this mini festival, which includes a pooch parade!
Don’t be afraid! Embrace your inner clown at this festival of sublime physical comic performance.
Drag weirdo Oozing Gloop takes over the old Battersea Town Hall.
A summer-long, multidisciplinary programme of exhibitions and events taking inspiration from James Baldwin’s quip.
Don’t think you like contemporary dance? Think again with these performances.
A night of performance by trailblazing trans artists from the UK and Turkey.
A must-see group exhibition featuring the works of four Contemporary Black artists: Euan Roberts, Errol Theunissen, Kay Gasei, and Stephen Anthony Davids.
A political pop party centring Black, indigenous and people of colour who are queer, intersex, trans or non-binary.
A sex-postive T-BOY party where you can expect a vibe full of queer dance, Dancehall/Bashment and Afrobeats, slutty pop edits, queer club bangers, energetic uplifting 90s classics, 80s to new queer hip hop, and deep house.
Tottenham’s cultural heart is the place to explore the legacy of Windrush 75.
A cutting-edge comic tale of two couples taking a risk by adding a third.
Muslim drag sensation Glamrou takes the Pleasance by storm!
Oliver Twist eschews the scandalised media portrayal of refugees to reflect on the human experience behind the headlines.
A Windrush commemoration at London’s home of cabaret, The RVT.
A special preview of Olivier Peyon’s acclaimed new gay drama LIE WITH ME.
Go inside Woolwich’s new arts centre for this free showcase of refugee talent.
Chat GPT comes to the theatre. Explore AI and how artists can engage with it.
A festival of art, climate and community in Aldgate East.
Victorian art star Elizabeth Thompson is immortalised with this new show from Hull’s Middle Child Theatre company.
Did we forget something? 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.