Roots and Shoots summer open day
June 5, 11am to 5pm
In Lambeth is a famous wild garden, with soaring roses and a summer meadow just in flower, welcoming allcomers free — with a complimentary drink and cake. Learn how to grow salad, meet the famous “guerrilla gardeners”, and browse stalls selling garden goods and plants.
Walnut Tree Walk, Kennington, SE11; 020 7587 1131; rootsandshoots.org.uk.
The 38th Olympia International Fine Art
& Antiques Fair
This established arts fair attracts 30,000 visitors over 11 days. Prices from around £100. Tickets £10 in advance; £14 on the door; concessions, £8.
Readers’ offer: Quote ES11 when booking for a two-for-one ticket offer.
Olympia Exhibition Centre, Olympia Way, W14; 0871 620 7062; olympia-art-antiques.com.
Art Antiques London
This fair started last year. “We now have 76 dealers,” says organiser, Anna Haughton. “People love our romantic location in Kensington Gardens.” The fair includes the respected International Ceramic Fair and Seminar. Admission: £15 on the door.
Readers’ offer: two-for-one ticket if you show this page.
Albert Memorial West Lawn, Kensington Gardens (opposite the Albert Hall), Queen’s Gate, Kensington Gore, SW7; 020 7389 6555.
June 15 to September 3
“Every museum I’ve visited has a huge collection of blue porcelain,” says gallery owner/curator Yvonna Demczynska, who set up Flow Gallery 12 years ago. This has inspired her current show, Blue, featuring 17 artists working in blue ceramics and indigo-dyed textiles.
1-5 Needham Road, W11; 020 7243 0782; flowgallery.co.uk
Open Garden Squares Weekend
Wander through London’s usually secret green spaces — there are 210 gardens open over the weekend, including 117 private ones, with 31 taking part for the first time. One ticket admits you to all of the properties over the weekend.
Favourites include Kensington Roof Gardens, W8, and Middle and Inner Temple. Tickets £7.50 in advance or £10 on the gate; 020 8347 3230 (Monday to Friday 9am- 6pm); also available from the London Visitor Centre, 1 Regent Street, SW1; capitalgardens.co.uk.
Saturday sales at Linen Press
June 4 and July 2
Two Linen Press warehouse sales: the first at All Hallows Church Hall, Erncroft Way, Twickenham, on June 4 and the second on July 2 at St Michael & All Angels, 1 Pond Road, Blackheath, SE3.
Both sales run from 10am to 3pm. Bargains include double Puppytooth duvet covers reduced from £78 to £45; Irish linen sheets from £154 to £94 and linen-trimmed Egyptian cotton towels half price at £18.