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June Events 2024

Having trouble deciding on the best spots for photography in London?

Then check out the amazing events in the London and Watford area this month. These events are more geared towards photography and art.

What a month May has been with one of my bucket list items ticked off. I captured the northern lights over Watford; who would have thought that was possible? Check out some of the photos here. It is more than likely once in a lifetime event. The electromagnetic pulses were off the scale. Did anyone else manage to capture it?

This year is flying fast, and June has so many events around London. One of my highlights would be the Graduate Fashion Show and the Japanese Emperor’s state visit near the end of the month. Plus, there is a shoot with two ballerinas in Shoreditch and a lavender shoot with a couple of models.

Last Updated: 1st June

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London Festival of Architecture – 1st till 30th
2024 marks 20 years of the London Festival of Architecture. #LFAat20 will be a moment of celebration and a chance to reflect on the impact of the Festival over the last two decades, as well as the wider industry and city. It will also be a moment to reset to explore how the Festival, industry, and all Londoners can shape a more equitable, accessible and sustainable city – a London by and for all Londoners.
Find out more here.

London Gallery Weekend – 1st till 2nd
London Gallery Weekend is the world’s largest event of its kind and unique among global gallery weekend events in the breadth and diversity of its participating galleries. The event takes place over three days, each focusing on a different area of London. Free for all to attend, it provides an opportunity to discover and explore London’s world-class gallery scene, celebrating the city’s diverse cultural and creative communities.
Find out more here.

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair – 1st
Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair returns to Bloomsbury on Saturday 1st June 2024 at the Royal National Hotel. Shop over 60 of the very best dealers in vintage fashion, accessories, trimmings and textiles. Shop for vintage from the 1900s onwards alongside pre-loved designer labels from Biba, Ossie Clark and Dior to YSL, Chanel and more at London’s leading vintage fair.
Find out more here.

The Mughal Miniatures Dance Party, Southbank Centre, London – 1st
Enjoy a vibrant outdoor performance as pop-up pictures come to life, learn new dance moves in a fun workshop, and put them into action with a live DJ to keep the party going.
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D-Day Weekend, RAF Museum – 1st & 2nd
2024 marks the 80th Anniversary of the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944, also known as D-Day. The RAF Museum London,  will be marking this significant anniversary with a weekend long celebration of music, dancing, children’s activities and much, much more!
Find out more here.

Boscoe Holder | Geoffrey Holder exhibition at Victoria Miro – 2nd till 27th July 2024
Victoria Miro is delighted to present exhibitions by Boscoe Holder and Geoffrey Holder. Shown in tandem for the first time, exhibitions by Boscoe (1921–2007) and his younger brother Geoffrey (1930–2014) foreground the siblings as painters against the significance of their achievements in theatre, dance and film.
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London Design Biennale, Somerset House – 5th to 29th
London Design Biennale is a three-week-long international exhibition and events programme located at historic Somerset House in the heart of London. From 5–29 June 2025, the Biennale will celebrate its fifth edition with Dr Samuel Ross MBE as the Artistic Director. The theme will be ‘Surface Reflections’.
Find out more here.

Upgrade Yourself Festival at Somerset House – 7th to 8th 
Upgrade Yourself Festival is back, connecting emerging creatives ages 16 to 30 with trailblazing creatives and industry experts. Join us for inspiring talks, workshops, mentoring sessions, music, and performances!
Find out more here.

Serpentine Pavilion, London – 7th to 27th October 2024
Titled Archipelagic Void, the Pavilion is composed of five ‘islands’; each structure is unique in size, height and form. Built predominantly in timber, these structures are supported by identical footings that adapt to the slightly sloping topography of the site.
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British Flowers Week, Garden Museum – 6th till 10th 
This summer, the Garden Museum will celebrate British Flowers Week again with an exhibition of immersive floral installations created by five of the country’s top floral designers. Explore floral displays filling the museum with seasonal, British-grown flowers, celebrating sustainability and seasonality in flower growing and floristry.
Find out more here.

London Open Gardens 2024 – 8th & 9th
This much-loved event began with volunteers’ passion for opening up iconic but locked London squares in the west and has grown to embrace gardens across central London, including exquisite roof spaces, historic institutions, community allotments and reclaimed and rewilded urban oases.
Find out more here.

Lambeth Country Show, London – 8th & 9th
Starting back in 1974, the show is widely regarded as the highlight in south London’s social calendar; not only providing a great weekend of entertainment, but also being a real opportunity to model sustainable behaviour, engage with the community and improve the environment we all live in. This year it is the 50th anniversary.
Find out more here.

South West Herts Great Big Green Week, Watford – 8th to 16th
With something for everyone join this fun and inclusive week of activities – drawing attention to climate change and biodiversity, and connecting with these issues and actions locally in Watford and Three Rivers.
Find out more here.

The Big Lunch in Regents Park, London – 9th
Following the outstanding success of the Big Coronation Lunch on The Broadwalk last year, we have arranged a Summer Celebration in the Park, which will become an annual event. Enjoy and participate in the free entertainment, which this year celebrates British music and folk dance as you have never seen it performed.
Find out more here.

Marylebone Summer Festival 2024, London – 9th
It is celebrating its 20th anniversary! Taking place from 11am-5:30pm (until 8pm in Paddington Street Gardens), the day consists of family-friendly activities, shopping, dining, a community dog show, fitness challenges and much more. Head over to Marylebone High Street on 9 June to join in on the summer merriment Marylebone Village has to offer.
Find out more here.

Green Festival at Watford Market – 9th
Discover sustainability at our market with children’s craft activities, shiatsu massage, bike trials, Rotary recycling, sustainable food, live music by The Electric Umbrella, nature and wildlife education, local green community groups, and a variety of eco-friendly goods from local businesses.
Find out more here.

Off to the races: Shadows and Lines studio lighting photography workshop – 9th
Dive into the captivating world of studio lighting photography with our exclusive workshop, set to illuminate the essence of Shadows and Lines.
Find out more here.

Graduate Fashion Week, Truman Brewery – 10th to 13th
The annual fashion event at the Truman Brewery showcases the various students from universities that have fashion courses. 
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The New Ideas Exhibit – Photography, Cottenham – 11th
Style & Sound presents an exciting exhibit of amazing emerging contemporary photographers and their work. 
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Summer Exhibition 2023, Burlington House – 13th to 20th August
Art overflowing into the streets of Piccadilly, drinks with friends in the Main Galleries, finding the perfect painting and even taking it home — it’s the Summer Exhibition.
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Great Exhibition Road Festival – 15th & 16th
Celebrate how science and the arts help people, communities and nature flourish with a weekend of free events for all ages on 15-16 June 2024, led by Imperial College London.
Find out more here.

Trooping of Colour on the Mall – 15th
Number 9 Company Irish Guards will Troop their Colour in the presence of His Majesty The King on Saturday 15th June 2024. Taking part will be over 1350 soldiers of the Household Division and King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, including over 300 musicians from the Massed Bands.
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Tavares Strachan: There Is Light Somewhere at Hayward Gallery – 18th to 1st September 2024
This is the first mid-career survey dedicated to the work of New York-based, Bahamian artist Tavares Strachan (born in 1979). The exhibition showcases the remarkably inventive ways in which Strachan has celebrated unsung explorers and cultural trailblazers, inviting audiences to engage with overlooked characters whose stories represent and illuminate histories hidden by bias.
Find out more here.

Photographic Walk in Cassiobury Park Nature Reserve, Watford – 19th
Take a guided walk through Cassiobury Park Nature Reserve led by Andrew Lalchan (local photographer); we will explore summer in the park with the butterflies, dragonflies & damselflies.
Find out more here.

Kensington & Chelsea Art Week – 20th to 30th 
Kensington + Chelsea Art Week was founded in 2018 with a public consultation by a group of volunteering arts industry professionals. We are an independent, not-for-profit cultural festival and a placemaking organisation. ART WEEK and the summer-long temporary ART TRAIL celebrate the rich heritage of the borough by opening doors to local creative spaces.
Find out more here.

Colour Walk Meetup at Spitalfields Market – 20th
It is an informal gathering of colourful, creative souls who meet, dressed in their finest, to walk, talk, and strut their stuff. It is excellent for photography.
Find out more here.

WGC Vintage Festival, Welwyn Garden City, 21 to 23rd
A unique international live music & dance event, plus all things vintage, organised by JiveSwing.Com and sponsored by the businesses of Welwyn Garden City in the UK. Over 100 top internationally acclaimed musicians, singers, DJs, performers, Swing, Lindy Hop, Jive, Rock n Roll dancers, and dance instructors seen on TV.
Find out more here.

West End Live, Trafalgar Square – 22nd to 23rd
Enjoy performances from London’s most celebrated West End musicals and discover exciting new shows at West End LIVE, live and free in Trafalgar Square on 22-23 June 2024. Theatre’s biggest stars will perform some of London’s leading musicals and must-see new shows. This event is free, unticketed and very popular.
Find out more here.

Alban Day: Pilgrimage and Festival, St Albans – 22nd
The historic Alban Pilgrimage procession joins forces with the vibrant Alban Festival on St Albans Day this year! Witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of giant puppets weaving through the streets, followed by activities from the Orchard all the way up to the High Street. All around this exciting day the Cathedral is packed with fascinating tours, engaging talks, and captivating concerts to keep you entertained throughout June.
Find out more here.

Capturing Carnival – Group Photography Walk, Piccadilly – 23rd
Capturing Carnival! A vibrant group photo walks through the bustling streets of central London featuring the dazzling presence of two stunning carnival showgirls. Whether you’re a professional photographer or an enthusiastic hobbyist, this is the perfect opportunity to hone your skills and capture the essence of carnival spirit in the heart of the city.
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State Visit by Japanese Emperor, Buckingham Palace – 26th (TBA)
Their Majesties The Emperor and Empress of Japan have accepted an invitation from His Majesty The King to pay a State Visit to the United Kingdom in late June 2024.
Find out more here.

Lavender Model Shoot, Mayfield – 28th (TBC)
We will be shooting a couple of models against the beautiful backdrop of the Mayfield lavender fields. The shoot will take place two hours before sunset, and the light should be golden.
Find out more here.

Taste Of The Caribbean Festival, Watford – 29th
Hey there, my fellow flavour chasers! Get ready to embark on a tantalising tropical escapade at the “Taste of the Caribbean Flavor Frenzy” right here in the vibrant town of Watford. This outdoor food festival is set to whisk you away to the sun-drenched islands of the Caribbean!
Find out more here.

Pride in London 2024 – 29th
Pride in London is a vibrant and dynamic organisation that relies on the passion and commitment of both staff and volunteers who share a common goal of advancing equality and diversity. As a non-profit organisation, any surplus funds we generate are reinvested back into the LGBTQ+ community, to support initiatives and campaigns that aim to promote greater inclusivity and acceptance.
Find out more here.

Street Art with Ballerinas, Shoreditch – 30th
Explore the vibrant streets of Shoreditch with Molly & Julia, both professional ballerinas who bring the elegance of ballet to the urban landscape. We will go through various locations around Brick Lane to capture Molly and Julia seamlessly integrating classic ballet poses and movements into the rustic setting.
Find out more here.

Aphrodite’s Glow: Studio Lighting Photography Workshop – 30th
Unleash the Divine Radiance in Your Photography. An exclusive and transformative photography workshop, “Aphrodite’s Glow,” where you will delve into the art of studio lighting and capture the essence of divine beauty. This one-of-a-kind event offers an unparalleled opportunity to refine your skills, guided by industry professionals and surrounded by stunning, curated settings.
Find out more here.

Canada Day in London, Trafalgar Square – 30th
A great celebration of Canadian culture. This event is always free and family-friendly!
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Angelica Kauffman at RA – till 30th June
Angelica Kauffman RA was one of the most celebrated artists of the 18th century. In this major exhibition, we trace her trajectory from child prodigy to one of Europe’s most sought-after painters. Known for her celebrity portraits and pioneering history paintings, Angelica Kauffman helped to shape the direction of European art. 
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Sargent & Fashion exhibition at Tate Britain – till 7th July 2024
Celebrated for his striking portrait paintings, this exhibition sheds new light on John Singer Sargent’s acclaimed works. It explores how he worked like a stylist to craft the image of the sitters he painted, whom he often had close relationships with. Sargent used fashion as a powerful tool to express identity and personality. He regularly chose the outfits of his collaborators or manipulated their clothing. 
Find out more here.

The Last Caravaggio at National Gallery – till 21st July
May 1610. Caravaggio is in Naples working on the last picture he’d ever paint. Two months later, he died in mysterious circumstances. But it was during his final tumultuous years that Caravaggio made some of his most striking works. His characteristic style includes tightly cropped scenes and dramatic lighting. He used real models with dirty feet and grimy fingernails.
Find out more here.

Royal Portraits: A Century of Photography at Buckingham Palace – till 28th August 2024
For centuries, portraiture has played a vital role in shaping the public’s perception of the Royal Family. This exhibition will chart the evolution of royal portrait photography from the 1920s to the present day, bringing together more than 150 photographic prints, proofs and documents from the Royal Collection and the Royal Archives. 
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Judy Chicago: Revelations at Serpentine North – till 1st September 2024
Serpentine presents the first major interdisciplinary, immersive institutional exhibition in London of Judy Chicago. Focused on drawing, it will combine new and little-seen works and preparatory studies alongside audio, visual and new technology materials.
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Yoko Ono: ‘Music of the Mind’ at Tate Britain – 1st September
Delve into the powerful, participatory work of artist and activist Yoko Ono. Yoko Ono is a trailblazer of early conceptual and participatory art, film and performance, a celebrated musician, and a formidable campaigner for world peace. Developing her practice in the United States, Japan and the UK, ideas are central to her art, often expressed in poetic, humorous, profound and radical ways.
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Enzo Mari at the Design Museum – till 8th September
This major exhibition will celebrate the life and work of one of the greatest Italian designers of the 20th century, Enzo Mari, whose designs have inspired generations of creatives worldwide. Mari was also an artist, teacher, theorist, and more. During his prolific career, he created countless enduring and timeless designs, filling the homes and streets of the Milanese and beyond.
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Design Discoveries: Towards a DESIGN MUSEUM JAPAN – till 8th September 2024
While Japan is synonymous with exemplary design, it doesn’t yet have a dedicated national museum. This exhibition brings together seven significant designers, from filmmakers to architects, to consider what they would put into a permanent collection of design treasures. Their personal responses capture Japan’s regional diversity and 10,000 years of history.
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Tropical Modernism: Architecture and Independence – till 22nd September
Tropical Modernism was an architectural style developed in the hot, humid conditions of West Africa in the 1940s. After independence, India and Ghana adopted the style as a symbol of modernity and progressiveness, distinct from colonial culture.
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Marc Quinn: Light into Life at Kew Gardens – till 29th September 2024
Explore a new exhibition from leading contemporary artist Marc Quinn at Kew Gardens this spring and summer. Light into Life presents 17 stunning stainless steel and bronze sculptures around the Gardens and in the Temperate House alongside a presentation of Quinn’s new and existing paintings, drawings, sculptures and evocative frozen works in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery. 
Find out more here.

Tate Britain: Now You See Us – till 13 October 2024
Spanning 400 years, this exhibition follows women on their journeys to becoming professional artists. From Tudor times to the First World War, artists such as Mary Beale, Angelica Kauffman, Elizabeth Butler and Laura Knight paved a new artistic path for generations of women. They challenged what it meant to be a working woman of the time by going against society’s expectations – having commercial careers as artists and participating in public exhibitions.
Find out more here.

Expressionists: Kandinsky at Tate Modern – till 20th October
Explore the groundbreaking work of a circle of friends and close collaborators known as The Blue Rider. In the early 20th century they came together to form, in their own words, ‘a union of various countries to serve one purpose’ – to transform modern art. The artists rallied around Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter to experiment with colour, sound and light, creating bold and vibrant art.
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