Things to do in London in June 2022

The ianVisits guide to June's unusual events, tours, lectures and exhibitions happening around London.


Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Wednesday 1st June

After hours opening of the modernist headquarters of the RCP with tours and archive documents on show.
5:30pm to 8pm
 
Camden
Royal College of Physicians Museum Late: architecture special
This lecture offers a broader perspective from astrobiology, astrochemistry, and astrophysics on the habitability or otherwise of other planets beyond Planet Earth.
6pm to 7pm
 
Barbican
Life in the Universe
Starting with de Loutherbourg’s contested portrait of Swedenborg at Swedenborg House, this talk will look at the artist and his associates, and the challenge of writing him back into art history.
6:30pm to 8pm
 
Bloomsbury
Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg: The Mystagogue

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Thursday 2nd June

Two sets of military gun salutes will take place today to mark the Official Birthday of HM The Queen and Coronation Day.
11:30am to 1:30pm
 
Gun salutes in  Hyde Park and Tower of London
A large flypast of military aircraft from all three services will pass over Central London at lunchtime.
12:50pm to 1:10pm
 
Queen's Birthday military flypast over London
Your chance to sit in the cockpit of a Gulf War veteran Buccaneer and a Cold War Phantom
2pm to 4:30pm
 
Colindale
RAF Jet Warriors Experience
A monthly late opening of the restored Roman temple found near Bank in the City of London in the 1950s, and recently restored to its original subterranean location.
5pm to 8pm
 
City of London
Monthly late opening at the London Mithraeum
Looking to both our history and near futures, this panel discussion explores how the food we eat is changing at extraordinary rate.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Richmond
What will our grandchildren eat?

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Friday 3rd June

Your chance to sit in the cockpit of a Gulf War veteran Buccaneer and a Cold War Phantom
2pm to 4:30pm
 
Colindale
RAF Jet Warriors Experience

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Saturday 4th June

An eclectic display of domestic items from the last century as well as agricultural machinery inside an old barn.
10:30am to 4pm
 
Upminster
 Occasional open day at the Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia
St Mary's Church, Hampton will be opening its crypt up to visitors during its Platinum Jubilee Garden Party.
11am to :
 
Hampton
Crypt tours of St Mary's Church
The under restoration windmill will aim to have its new sails rotating for the open days.
11am to 4pm
 
Upminster
Open weekend at the Upminster Windmill
Pose for pictures with the baton, watch sportsmen and women do their thing, try out a Commonwealth Games sport for yourself, sample some street food and enjoy the atmosphere.
12pm to 3pm
 
City of London
Your chance to sit in the cockpit of a Gulf War veteran Buccaneer and a Cold War Phantom
2pm to 4:30pm
 
Colindale
RAF Jet Warriors Experience
Pure Japanese Zen garden (so no flowers) with 12 large and small rocks of various colours and textures set in islands of moss and surrounded by a sea of grey granite gravel.
2pm to 5pm
 
Acton
Visit a garden - Japanese Buddhist Centre
At its best in late spring as Japanese maple cultivars display great variety of shape and colour whilst ferns unfurl over a tumbling stream and alpines and clematis burst into flower.
2pm to 6pm
 
Upper Holloway
Visit a garden - Ashley Road, Crouch Hill

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Sunday 5th June

Weather permitting, there could be up to 50 hot air balloons drifting over Central London just after sunrise.
Starts at 6:30am
 
Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta
Better than half price entry to the Painted Hall on the first Sunday of the month.
10am to 5pm
 
Greenwich
Monthly cheap entry to the Painted Hall
Monthly open day at the museum to London's first international airport - in Croydon.
10am to 4pm
 
Croydon
Monthly open day at Croydon Airport museum
The under restoration windmill will aim to have its new sails rotating for the open days.
11am to 4pm
 
Upminster
Open weekend at the Upminster Windmill
Pure Japanese Zen garden (so no flowers) with 12 large and small rocks of various colours and textures set in islands of moss and surrounded by a sea of grey granite gravel.
2pm to 5pm
 
Acton
Visit a garden - Japanese Buddhist Centre
The garden is back after 3 yrs of gentle development in this oasis of calm along Peckham Rye.
2:30pm to 5:30pm
 
Visit a garden - 174 Peckham Rye
A selection of rarely screened early Japanese animation, showing some of the very first anime films, will be accompanied by electro-acoustic music.
3pm to :
 
Barbican
Early Japanese Animation + live and electronic accompaniment
Director Danny Boyle discusses Pistol, his new series, and the punk revolution with Julien Temple, Maisie Williams, John Cooper Clarke, Celeste Bell and chair Andrew O’Hagan.
7:30pm to :
 
Southwark
Pistol and Punk: Danny Boyle in Conversation

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Monday 6th June

An unusual visitor to London, a large tanker ship will be passing through Tower Bridge
7:30pm to :
 
Southwark
Tanker ship passing through Tower Bridge

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Tuesday 7th June

This lecture will look at both debt (bank loans and bonds) and equity (shares given to other founders, or sold on the stock market).
6pm to 7pm
 
Barbican
How to Finance a Company
How can London can be a place of flourishing for all people – culturally, economically, justly - as we move forwards from the pandemic?
6:30pm to 8pm
 
City of London
A New Beginning? Recovering Well After the Pandemic
Join bestselling author Damien Lewis in this online event to mark the release of his latest book, which tells the story of Josephine Baker - singer, dancer and Second World War spy.
7pm to :
 
Chelsea
The Flame of Resistance

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Wednesday 8th June

Wing Commander Mike ‘Sooty’ Sutton commanded the RAF’s top Typhoon squadron across Iraq and Syria in the war against ISIS.
5:30pm to :
 
Colindale
Typhoon – The First Inside Account of Operation Shader

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Thursday 9th June

A discussion and debate about alternatives to demolishing housing estates for regeneration.
4pm to 7pm
 
Islington
Estate Regeneration: Beyond demolition
In England on Fire, author and artistic curator Stephen Ellcock has picked through dust, ashes and shadows in a search for the most striking visual representations of England's uncanny landscapes.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Soho
England on Fire: An Evening with Stephen Ellcock and Mat Osman
A talk on myths and folklore of the Sun from around the world. Tales will be told and songs will be sung.
8pm to :
 
Walworth

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Friday 10th June

Join Colonel Giles Orpen-Smellie as he provides a first-hand perspective on the use of tactical intelligence during the Falklands War.
12pm to 1pm
 
Chelsea
Tactical Intelligence in the Falklands War
The exhibition will showcase the design and construction process behind completed works, alongside current projects.
6pm to 9pm
 
Carmody Groarke Studio Late
Science Fiction Theatre is a film club dedicated to the exploration and celebration of classic science fiction.
7pm to :
 
Homerton
Science Fiction Theatre - Village of the Damned (1960)

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Saturday 11th June

Monthly behind the scenes tours of the local theatre.
10am to 12pm
 
Hampton
Monthly Hampton Hill Theatre open morning
Discover a selection of courtyard gardens, some very small, behind fine C17 French Huguenots merchants' and weavers' houses in Spitalfields.
10am to 4pm
 
Whitechapel
Visit a garden - The Spitalfields Gardens
To mark the 70th anniversary of one of London's most distinctive bus garages, there will be an open day.
10am to 4pm
 
Clapham
Stockwell Bus Garage open day
Re-enactments of the Battle of Barnet and the Second Battle of St Albans will take place, together with firepower displays, music and dance and story-telling.
10:30am to 5pm
 
Arkley
Barnet Medieval Festival
Unique opportunity to visit five Central London gardens usually only seen by residents.
10:30am to 4pm
 
Paddington
Visit a garden - Hyde Park Estate Gardens
These tours will take visitors behind the scenes of the 300-m long Bishopsgate complex built over Liverpool Street Railway Station platforms in the 1980s and recently refurbished by Fletcher Priest.
11am to 3:15pm
 
City of London
Reviving Bishopsgate: A Building Tour by Fletcher Priest Architects
This event brings together around 40 of the leading antiquarian map dealers as well as collectors, curators and map aficionados.
12pm to 7pm
 
South Kensington
London Map Fair
The Plumstead Make Merry is the longest-running community festival in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
12pm to 6pm
 
Woolwich
Plumstead Make Merry
Annual local fete held in Hampstead.
12:30pm to 5:30pm
 
Highgate
Fair in the Square
The Tudor Pull is a ceremonial event on the Thames between Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London
12:45pm to :
 
The Tudor Pull
The Tudor Pull is a ceremonial event for Thames Watermen's Cutters which is organised each year by the Thames Traditional Rowing Association.
12:50pm to 5pm
 
Royal Tudor Pull
Open day at the Twickenham and Thames Valley Beekeepers' Association.
1pm to 4pm
 
Twickenham
Monthly open day at one of London's more curious and delightful museums, devoted to the history of the sewing machine.
2pm to 5pm
 
Tooting
London Sewing Machine Museum - monthly open day
Unlock Tate Britain’s history and architectural secrets in this Architecture Tour
2pm to 3:30pm
 
Pimlico
Tate Britain Architecture Tour
Prize-winning historian Helen Parr brings to life the experiences of the paratroopers who fought in the Falklands, and examines the conflict's impact.
2pm to :
 
Chelsea
The Parachute Regiment and the Falklands War
You should be aware that a thousand or so people will be cycling around London wearing, well, rather less than is usual.
2:30pm to :
 
A presentation by architectural design team member Hannes Schafelner who will share insights on the design process and construction of the building, inspired by the fluid geometry of water in motion.
3pm to 4pm
 
Olympic Park
London Aquatics Centre: Guided Tour with Zaha Hadid Architects

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Sunday 12th June

Weather permitting, there could be up to 50 hot air balloons drifting over Central London just after sunrise.
Starts at 6:30am
 
Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta
A load of farms across the UK are open to the public to visit on Open Farm Sunday, with two farms in London open as well.
9:30am to 4:30pm
 
Welling
This event brings together around 40 of the leading antiquarian map dealers as well as collectors, curators and map aficionados.
10am to 6pm
 
South Kensington
London Map Fair
A fleet of historic buses will recreate Route 81 bus route between Shepherd’s Bush – Hounslow - Windsor
10am to 5pm
 
A unique chance to get up close to the impressive Heavy Horse breeds and see their presentation, handling and working.
10am to 5pm
 
Enfield
Heavy Horse and Country Show
Re-enactments of the Battle of Barnet and the Second Battle of St Albans will take place, together with firepower displays, music and dance and story-telling.
10:30am to 5pm
 
Arkley
Barnet Medieval Festival
A load of farms across the UK are open to the public to visit on Open Farm Sunday, with two farms in London open as well.
11am to 3pm
 
Tooting
As part of the club's 125 Year Anniversary celebrations, visitors are welcome to come along to try sailing, find out about RYA courses, cruising and paddleboarding sections and meet the members.
11am to 3pm
 
Twickenham
Twickenham Yacht Club open day
The Gable End Gardens consists of a series of planted areas that together create a wildlife haven in the heart of Camden Town
12pm to 6pm
 
Camden
Visit a garden - The Gable End Gardens
About 46 mini gardens with maxi planting in Shangri-la situation that the media has described as a floral canyon, which leads to small communal secret garden.
1pm to 6pm
 
Peckham
Visit a garden - Choumert Square
Densely planted rectangular garden with formal borders, island beds surrounded by clipped box hedges, box and yew topiary, many different shrubs.
1pm to 5pm
 
Belmont
Visit a garden - 40 The Crescent
Visit a diverse collection of gardens in London Fields within easy walking distance of each other.
2pm to 5:30pm
 
Hackney
Visit a garden - The London Fields Gardens
Two large cedars, a catalpa and some rhododendrons are a reminder of the heritage of this beautiful walled Victorian garden.
2pm to 5pm
 
Streatham
Visit a garden - 325 Leigham Court Road
Within Barnsbury's historic Georgian squares and terraces, discover these four contrasting spaces.
2pm to 6pm
 
Islington
Visit a garden - The Barnsbury Group
Large classic car display along with live action arena and funfair.
7:30pm to 5pm
 
Keston
Bromley Pageant of Motoring

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Monday 13th June

A panel discussion and Q and A on the story behind how Lee Valley VeloPark was created and designed.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Olympic Park
From rubbish tip to the best cycling venue in the world: the making of Lee Valley VeloPark
Jeremy Atherton Lin rediscovers the party boys and renegades who lived and loved in these spaces.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Soho
Gay Bar: Jeremy Atherton Lin in Conversation with Diarmuid Hester

Online events / webinars

Join Cristina Monteiro and David Knight as they explore the history, design and culture of the London public house through histories, stories, anecdote and ephemera.
6:30pm to 8pm
 

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Tuesday 14th June

New research into Jones's work for the early Stuarts throws new light on architecture and court life especially in the 1630s in the lead up to Civil War.
6pm to 7pm
 
Barbican
Inigo Jones and the Architecture of Necessity

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Wednesday 15th June

A tour of the under-restoration Royal College of Surgeons building in Holborn.
3:30pm to 5pm
 
Holborn
Royal College of Surgeons tour

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Thursday 16th June

The Thames Flood Barrier is closed once a month for test purposes, giving you a chance to see the barrier in its fully closed state.
8:55am to 11:25am
 
Woolwich
Monthly full closure of the Thames Barrier
Join an open discussion about green roofs with experts from green infrastructure, engineering, architecture and landscape architecture.
5pm to 6pm
 
Olympic Park
Green Roofs – how to deliver high quality Green Infrastructure
Everyone agrees that good judges are essential for the maintenance of the Rule of Law in a democratic society. But what makes a judge a good judge and how should we recruit them?
6pm to 7pm
 
Holborn
What Makes a Good Judge?
This panel examines the critical issues of food poverty and rising living costs alongside climate and biodiversity loss.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Richmond
Understanding the true cost of our weekly shop

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Friday 17th June

Guildhall Yard will be filled with a Livery Fair, theatre and food to celebrate London's former Patron Saint, Thomas Becket.
11am to 4pm
 
City of London
Becket Pageant for London
Join Professor Alan Forrest as he examines how different nations have remembered and commemorated the Battle of Waterloo.
12pm to 1pm
 
Chelsea
The Battle of Waterloo in National Memory
Sustainability and tall buildings experts will be presenting a range of ideas from SOM’s concept for Urban Sequoia.
5pm to 8pm
 
Shoreditch
The Future of Skyscrapers
With live music, free family workshops, a makers’ market and food and drink stalls, Open Studios is an event for all ages and a unique opportunity to meet the talent and celebrated creatives of east London.
6pm to 9pm
 
Bow
Bow Road Open Studios
There will be models, photography and sketches on display, with immersive elements to the evening, allowing you to view their future projects.
6pm to 9pm
 
Moorgate
Eric Parry Studio Lates
An evening of Art Deco decadence and 1930s entertainment as we explore LGBTQ histories at Eltham Palace.
7pm to 10pm
 
Eltham
Queer Walls

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Saturday 18th June

Charity fundraising fete with Victorian fun fair, 100+ stalls, craft marquee, live stage music & acts
11am to 6pm
 
Richmond
Kew Midsummer Fete
With live music, free family workshops, a makers’ market and food and drink stalls, Open Studios is an event for all ages and a unique opportunity to meet the talent and celebrated creatives of east London.
11am to 5pm
 
Bow
Bow Road Open Studios
Guildhall Yard will be filled with a Livery Fair, theatre and food to celebrate London's former Patron Saint, Thomas Becket.
11am to 4pm
 
City of London
Becket Pageant for London
As per tradition, Hanwell Carnival will kick off with a procession to Elthorne Park, where there will be music, food, fairground rides and much more.
12pm to 6pm
 
Hanwell
Hanwell Carnival
Looks to be an annual summer village fete held in the large park next to Denmark Hill.
12pm to 6pm
 
Camberwell
Ruskin Park Summer Fete
Exhibition Road will be transformed into a huge festival to explore the extraordinary to celebrate London’s innovators, scientists, artists and designers and the everyday heroes who inspire us all.
12pm to 6pm
 
South Kensington
Great Exhibition Road Festival

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Sunday 19th June

Weather permitting, there could be up to 50 hot air balloons drifting over Central London just after sunrise.
Starts at 6:30am
 
Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta
A special event to commemorate the centenary of bus services within the town.
10am to 4:30pm
 
Elstree
Vintage bus running day in Borehamwood
Exhibition Road will be transformed into a huge festival to explore the extraordinary to celebrate London’s innovators, scientists, artists and designers and the everyday heroes who inspire us all.
12pm to 6pm
 
South Kensington
Great Exhibition Road Festival

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Monday 20th June

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Tuesday 21st June

An ancient ceremony to cut a rose from a garden and parade it to Mansion House.
11am to :
 
City of London
The Knollys Rose Ceremony
This event will discuss how design review and other tools have been developed in this area, what have been the successes and how other organisations can use these to actively steer towards a quality built environment.
5:30pm to 12pm
 
Olympic Park
10 years of Design Review in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – looking back and looking forward
In this talk, Dr Timothy Chesters will share a newly-discovered secret from the Fellows’ Library at Clare College, Cambridge, and through it tell the story of one of Clare’s most colourful fellows.
6pm to 7pm
 
City of London
Learned Medicine and Alchemical Mysteries in the Library of Clare College,  Cambridge (c.1570-1620
Dr John Goodall, Architectural Editor of Country Life magazine traces Gibbons’ country house legacy.
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 

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Wednesday 22nd June

A walking tour (at street level) of the route of the planned Camden Highline.
1:30pm to 2:30pm
 
Camden
Camden Highline Walking Tours

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Thursday 23rd June

A walking tour (at street level) of the route of the planned Camden Highline.
6pm to 7pm
 
Camden
Camden Highline Walking Tours
Will Palin, Chief Executive of Barts Heritage will talk about the planned project to conserve and renovate James Gibbs's great North Wing at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.
6:30pm to :
 
Waking a Sleeping Giant: Restoring the heart of Britain's oldest hospital

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Friday 24th June

Mayfair Art Weekend is the annual celebration of the world’s internationally renowned gallery district.
All Day
 
Mayfair Art Weekend
Join Louise Bell as she discusses the use of prosthetics for service personnel who lost limbs in the First World War.
12pm to 1pm
 
Chelsea
Limbless Veterans of the First World War
All the fun of the classic funfair, with vintage fairground rides dating from the 1890s to the 1960s.
3pm to 8pm
 
Hornsey
Carters vintage fairground rides

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Saturday 25th June

Mayfair Art Weekend is the annual celebration of the world’s internationally renowned gallery district.
All Day
 
Mayfair Art Weekend
Livery companies from across the City will compete in rolling large oak barrel casks around the Guildhall.
10am to 1pm
 
City of London
Coopers' Cask Race
Twice a year, the island opens up to the public and the studios open their doors to visitors providing a unique opportunity to see inside a real working artist’s studio.
11am to 6pm
 
Twickenham
All the fun of the classic funfair, with vintage fairground rides dating from the 1890s to the 1960s.
11am to 8pm
 
Hornsey
Carters vintage fairground rides
These tours will take visitors behind the scenes of the 300-m long Bishopsgate complex built over Liverpool Street Railway Station platforms in the 1980s and recently refurbished by Fletcher Priest.
11am to 3:15pm
 
City of London
Reviving Bishopsgate: A Building Tour by Fletcher Priest Architects
Re-enactors recreate the life of a regiment that fought at the famous Battle, along with special talks and demonstrations.
11am to 5pm
 
Picadilly
Waterloo Weekend
An allotment site not to be missed, over 150 plots set in 5½ acres.
12pm to 5pm
 
Raynes Park
Visit a garden - Paddock Allotments & Leisure Gardens
Adam Christopher & Cavan Scott will be signing Star Wars: Shadow Of The Sith, Star Wars: The High Republic: Tempest Runner and Star Wars: The High Republic: The Rising Storm at Forbidden Planet London
3pm to 4pm
 
Soho
Adam Christopher & Cavan Scott Signing Star Wars
Ahead of the grand reopening of Leighton House this Autumn, join behind-the-scenes tours for the chance to have exclusive access to some of the redeveloped areas of the museum
3pm to 4pm
 
West Kensington

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Sunday 26th June

Mayfair Art Weekend is the annual celebration of the world’s internationally renowned gallery district.
All Day
 
Mayfair Art Weekend
Extensive bus displays, including rarely-seen early examples, and smaller displays of taxis, commercials & emergency vehicles.
10am to 5pm
 
Weybridge
 London Bus Museum  On the Buses
Twice a year, the island opens up to the public and the studios open their doors to visitors providing a unique opportunity to see inside a real working artist’s studio.
11am to 6pm
 
Twickenham
All the fun of the classic funfair, with vintage fairground rides dating from the 1890s to the 1960s.
11am to 8pm
 
Hornsey
Carters vintage fairground rides
Re-enactors recreate the life of a regiment that fought at the famous Battle, along with special talks and demonstrations.
11am to 5pm
 
Picadilly
Waterloo Weekend
A small but immaculate garden, that is as pretty as a picture in a wonderfully colour coordinated mélange of pinks, whites, purples and blues.
12pm to 6pm
 
Blackheath
Visit a garden - 33 Weyman Road
Occasional open day at a railway cutting nature reserve in Forest Hill.
1pm to 4pm
 
Forest Hill
Monthly open day at Dacres Wood Nature Reserve
Once a month, the oldest building in Hackney, St Augustine's Tower is open, so you can climb up to the top.
2pm to 4:30pm
 
Hackney
Monthly opening of St Augustine's Tower
A garden designer's own town garden used for planting, materials, experiments and incorporating three patios, cobbled path, pleached trees, water feature and shade and sun borders.
2pm to 5pm
 
Hackney
Visit a garden - 65 Shrubland Road

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Monday 27th June

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Tuesday 28th June

Join OOF Gallery's curators and a host of football-obsessed artists as they explore the aesthetics of the world's favourite game and celebrate the launch of issue nine of OOF magazine.
6:30pm to 9pm
 
Kensington
An Evening With OOF
A talk about Horace Walpole’s Georgian Gothic villa, Strawberry Hill in Twickenham.
6:30pm to :
 
Tottenham Court Road
Reinterpreting Horace Walpole’s Little Gothic Castle: Strawberry Hill

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Wednesday 29th June

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Thursday 30th June

An evening tour through a Hackney's most historic house, including the chance for a welcome drink (optional).
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
Homerton
Sutton House After Hours
This discussion explores how we might reimagine the food systems that shape our lives. If we could start afresh with equity and circularity in mind, what would our food systems look like now?
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Richmond
Equity and circularity through food

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