The season is in full swing in London and June’s diary is jammed with glamorous shows and exhibitions, from festivals of architecture to celebrations of sculpture, garden design, interior design and sparkling jewellery. We have readers’ ticket offers for posh antiques extravaganzas at Grosvenor House and Olympia. Or there is affordable alternative art in the East End, plus gardens to explore all over town.
The London Festival of Architecture
20 June to 20 July
More than 600 exhibitions, tours, talks and design workshops.
Exhibition Road Music Day
Up to 150 free music events around the SW7 thoroughfare and installations by top architects.
Grosvenor House Art and Antiques Fair
12 to 18 June, Park Lane, W1
This year the treasures of Woburn Abbey have come to town. And we have 20 free pairs of tickets (and glasses of champagne) for the first readers to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or show this page at the ticket desk to receive two single tickets for the price of one.
Call 020 7399 8100, or visit www.grosvenor-antiquesfair.co.uk.
Olympia International Art and Antiques Fair
Thursday to 15 June, Olympia, W14
The largest show of its kind in the UK with more than 250 dealers. Single tickets on the door cost £14 (£10 booked in advance), double tickets cost £22 (£18) and concessions £8. Quote readers’ ticket offer ES01 to receive two tickets for the price of one.
Call 0871 231 9077, or visit www.olympiaartsinternational.com.
International Ceramics Fair and Seminar
12 to 15 June, Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, W1
The special attraction here is the 12 specialist lectures (for example, English Ceramics in National Trust Houses). Admission costs £12, or £26 for one lecture, fair admission and handbook, plus £14 for each lecture thereafter.
Call 020 7389 6555, or visit www.haughton.com.
12 June to 6 September, Flow Gallery, 1-5 Needham Road, W11
Work by seven top ceramicists.
Call 020 7243 0782, or visit www.flowgallery.co.uk.
8 June, Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, SE1
Glass fair with specialist dealers selling fine antique and collectable glass and the chance also to meet leading glass artists.
Wizardry in Wood
Today until Friday, Carpenters Hall, Throgmorton Avenue, EC2
From the Worshipful Company of Turners. Admission by pre-booked ticket.
Call 020 7353 9595, or email email@example.com.
Open Squares Weekend
Saturday and Sunday
For once you can breach those formidable walls, hedges and fences that encircle London’s hidden green treasures this weekend. Gardens range from the stately and formal to the frankly eccentric. Use a single ticket (£7.50 on the day) to visit as many of the 170-plus gardens as stamina allows, or book in advance for £6 at a Capital Gardens centre, with a £5 voucher thrown in. Children under 12 go free.
Visit www.opensquares.org or www.capitalgardens.co.uk.
Summer Open Garden
Saturday and Sunday, Roots & Shoots, Walnut Tree Walk, SE11
Meet butterflies, bees, birds and even toads and newts at the Summer Open Garden weekend in the wonderful half-acre wildlife garden run as a charity at Roots & Shoots. Explore the new eco-training centre opened last summer by the Prince of Wales and enjoy garden tours and beekeeping demonstrations on both days. Special treats for children on Sunday include juggling, solar energy and art workshops, with storytelling in the “dragon’s den”. Admission costs £2 for adults and is free for children. Profits go to the National Gardens Scheme.
Call 020 7587 1131, or visit www.rootsandshoots.org.uk.
Clarence Mews Open
Saturday and Sunday, Clarence Mews, E5
This quiet Hackney backstreet is home to an expanding number of artists, artisans and architects, who are throwing open their workshops and studios. See distinctive hand-printed fashion and furnishings from Cressida Bell, along with furniture from designer-makers and turned British woodware.
A show of photography by award-winning architects Cazenove is called simply Home, while Moving Architecture will present a mini-exhibition themed around a musical family living in Hackney. Visit www.clarencemews.co.uk.
The Art Car Boot Fair
Sunday, Brick Lane, E1
Pick an original from more than 60 artists, including Gavin Turk and Sir Peter Blake. From noon to 6pm, admission £3.
Elizabeth Street Summer Party
11 June, Elizabeth Street, SW1
Admire the glittering windows that celebrate London Jewellery Week (11 to 14 June) and shop to the music of the Fulham Brass Band, from 6pm until late. Sample oysters, sushi and tapas from stalls or quaff champagne at the bars.
Carnival de Cuba
28 and 29 June, Southwark Park, SE16
Conga, salsa and all things lively and Latin at the Carnival de from midday until late. There will also be stalls for art and crafts and fun for kids.
June events include a lecture by celebrity jewellery designer Theo Fennell on Friday, and one on Reviving the Regency, by Andrew Davies and Dan Stevens on 20 June. To book, call 020 7942 2211. Other programmes for Friday Evening Late include a Regency Evening on 13 June (with tours, dancing and a talk by Dan Cruickshank) to support the Thomas Hope exhibition; and, on 27 June, films, animations and installations from the youth culture of Beijing to support China Design Now. A Fresh Look at Architecture open day is on 21 June (free, but book on 020 7942 2211).