Open Garden Squares: 12-13 June
Here is one of the capital’s best annual bargains: over the weekend of June 12-13, a single ticket bought in advance for £7.50 or £9 on the door is the green pass to over 200 London gardens, with 32 taking part for the first time.
The most intriguing perhaps are HM Prison Holloway; HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs and HM Prison Wandsworth.
Also taking part are the Hempel Zen Garden in W2 (right), Kensington Roof Gardens (right); Middle and Inner Temple; Park Square and Park Crescent; St Mary’s Secret Garden; Eaton Square; and Edwardes Square.
Call 020 8347 3230 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm) or visit capitalgardens.co.uk.
The London International Fine Art Fair: 4-13 June
This is the lynchpin of the June London antiques season, now in its 37th year. As the name suggests, it is paramount for fine art, which includes paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints and photography. Also find sumptuous antiques, at prices from around £200 (up to millions of pounds) including furniture, textiles, ceramics, glass jewellery and modern design.
Tickets cost (single) £10 in advance (£14 on the door); (double) £18 (£22); concessions £8 and under 14s free; call 0871 230 5592 to book.
Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, London, W14; lifaf.com.
The West London Art & Antiques Fair: 3-6 June
This is another new art and antiques fair and you’ll find over 50 specialist dealers from all over the UK. “We’ve got a broad choice of arts and antiques,” says the energetic fair organiser Caroline Penman, “and there are prices for all pockets, from less than £50 to more than £50,000.”
Single tickets cost £8 including catalogue; double tickets cost £12 with one catalogue.
Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8; 01825 744074; penman-fairs.co.uk.
Reflect - the London Glass Fair: 13 June
Find antique and collectable glass at a sparkling new event with top specialist glass dealers and contemporary glass artists Treasures include Georgian drinking glasses and other tableware, Victorian pressed glass, paperweights, plus Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco glass, including Lalique.
Also “highly desirable and collectable” mid-century Whitefriars, Czech, Scandinavian and Italian pieces, Scottish and Irish glass and fabulous contemporary design.
Kensington Town Hall, W8; 07887 762872; reflectlondon.com.
Art Antiques London: 9-16 June
This is a new art and antiques fair (which now includes the International Ceramics Fair and Seminar) in a special marquee opposite the Royal Albert Hall. You can see/meet leading specialists in furniture, paintings, jewellery, clocks, textiles, silver and ceramics, and in rare books and modern and contemporary objets d’art.
You can be sure that what you buy is a pukka antique with proven “provenance” - all exhibits are “rigorously examined and vetted for quality and authenticity.” Collectors may like to check out the full programme of lectures and seminars.
Open daily: 11am–7pm; except for Sunday 13 June and Wednesday 16 June: 11am–6pm; tickets, £15 each. Albert Memorial West Lawn, Kensington Gardens, Queen's Gate, Kensington Gore, SW7; 020 7389 6555.
Russian, Eastern and Oriental Fine Art Fair: 9-12 June
Now in its second year, this fair brings a touch of the exotic to London. It has more than 50 specialist galleries, showcasing 1,000 years of fine art. “Virtually every fine art fair in Europe focuses on Western art,” says Peter London, fair director “We are the only fair to concentrate on fine art from the East.”
Find works from Russia, Iran, India, China, Korea and Vietnam, with a mix of the traditional and modern.
Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, W1; 0845 116 2094; russianartfair.com.
The Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair: 6 June
This fun event sees modern artists (from celebrities to the as yet unknown) selling their work from the boots of their cars. Expect to see Sir Peter Blake and Gavin Turk.
From 12 noon to 6pm. Tickets: £4. Old Truman Brewery, 146 Brick Lane, E1; artcarbootfair.com.
We Make London: 26 June
We Make is a craft “summer spectacular” from 11am–5pm on Saturday 26 June, with over 80 hand-picked exhibitors showing a wide range of eco-friendly, handcrafted gifts, including jewellery, fashion, graphic art, fine art, bath and body products, toys, and children's clothing.
“Take a break from the high street to explore beautiful handmade items made with love,” says organiser Mary McDermott.
Chelsea Town Hall, Kings Road, SW3; wemakelondon.blogspot.com.
London Festival of Architecture: 19 June-4 July
This year, the theme is ‘The Welcoming City’ - apparently that means cities which are “amenable, tolerant and engaging” and is also a reference to the Olympic slogan for 2012: “London welcomes the world”.
For more details and a full programme go to lfa2010.org; or follow updates on twitter.com/LFA2010.
The Chelsea Harbour sale: 26 June-2 July
Upmarket showrooms in the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre are holding a sale with huge discounts on Saturday 26 June, and from Monday 28 June to Friday 2 July, 10am to 5pm.
Chelsea Harbour Design Centre; 020 7225 9101; designcentrechelseaharbour.co.uk.