Things To Do In London In June 2024 as told by Lady Whistledown

Dearest readers, gather around as we embark on a journey through the illustrious city of London, where the dawn of summer breathes life into our beloved metropolis. June heralds not just the season of warmth, but a veritable cornucopia of delights and diversions. From the resplendent gardens of Regent’s Park to the bustling shopping thoroughfares of Mayfair, London’s allure is undeniable. It is in these sun-drenched days and balmy evenings that one can truly experience the city's charm. Thus this article shall be your guide through the most splendid escapades awaiting your pleasure. Prepare your finest attire and your most discerning tastes, for we are about to uncover the best that this glorious city has to offer.

Independent Bookshop Week

The Booksellers Association (BA) has revealed a most exhilarating line-up for this year’s Independent Bookshop Week, a treasured annual celebration of independent bookshops across the UK and Ireland. From June 15 to 22, with Hachette UK gracing us once again as the headline sponsor, nearly 700 independent bookshops will partake in this grand festival. Prepare for a week overflowing with literary enchantment and the vibrant spirit of community, all within the charming confines of our beloved bookshops.

  • On the evening of Thursday, June 20th at 7:00 pm, the illustrious Brick Lane Bookshop shall host none other than the esteemed author and screenwriter Shani Akilah. In a captivating conversation with the brilliant Jendella Benson, they shall celebrate the release of Shani’s debut short story collection, For Such A Time As This. Tickets, a mere £5, promise an evening of wit and literary charm.

  • Prepare yourselves for a series of literary events that promise to delight and inspire. On Thursday, June 20, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Stanfords in Covent Garden will host the esteemed Jack Cornish, who will regale attendees with insights from his new book, uncovering the rich history of Britain’s ancient network of pathways. More details can be found here, and do keep an eye on Stanfords' social media for delightful giveaways.

  • In another corner of London, Pages of Hackney will host a Guardian Live online book club featuring the reverent Rev Richard Coles in conversation with the insightful Zoe Williams. This enchanting event is scheduled for Thursday, June 20, at 8:00 pm. More details can be found here.

  • For those with a penchant for adventure, a Mystery London Bookshop Crawl will take place on Wednesday, June 19. The journey begins at a convenient location accessible by tube or overground from central London, leading you through a treasure trove of bookshops over the span of four delightful hours. Tickets are a modest £14 and can be secured here.

Celebrate The Month Of Pride

June also brings the vibrant celebration of Pride Month in London, starting on June 1 and continuing throughout the month. Coordinated by Pride in London, the festival has expanded to a month-long series of joyous events, leading up to the grand Pride parade in early July. Join in the festivities and celebrate love and unity.

As part of the Barbican's illustrious Pride season, one must not miss "Queer 80s: Cinema on the Brink of Global Change." From June 5 to 26, this exquisite showcase presents films from a decade when LGBTQ+ representation flourished on screen. Revel in the works of queer filmmakers from around the globe, who used cinema to weave bold new narratives and offer unapologetic, provocative portrayals of LGBTQ+ lives. Prepare to be captivated by this cinematic celebration of diversity and defiance.

Celebrate World Gin Day

Let us not overlook the spirited celebration of World Gin Day on June 8th, a global tribute to all things gin. Orchestrated by Gin Monkey, this delightful occasion invites enthusiasts to come together and raise a glass to the magnificent juniper-laced spirit that is gin. Whether enjoyed in a cocktail, a classic G&T, or savored neat as part of a tasting, let us revel in the glory of this splendid libation!

History and Mystery at The Magical Circle

Do visit The Magic Circle for a delightful morning of enchantment. Doors open at 11 am with complimentary tea and coffee, followed by a close-up magic show, a tour of the museum, and a parlour magic performance. The event concludes around 1:15 pm, leaving ample time to enjoy a leisurely lunch at nearby restaurants and cafes.

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Imagine stepping into a painting and finding yourself enveloped in the mesmerizing universe of Van Gogh, one of the 19th century's greatest artistic geniuses. Experience his life, his work, and his secrets as never before through innovative 360-degree digital projections, a one-of-a-kind VR journey, and an atmosphere dripping with light and sound. You can book your tickets here.

Visit Places You Never Knew Existed

Allow me to divulge the most intriguing of London's secrets. Venture to places where wonder and disbelief intertwine in the most unexpected of ways:

- First, marvel at the majestic BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, a splendid Hindu temple that defies belief with its sheer beauty, once standing as the largest of its kind outside of India.

- Then, journey to Cobham and uncover the hidden gem of Painshill Park Crystal Grotto, a treasure trove of wonders well worth the voyage.

- And for those seeking the extraordinary, dare to explore the Crossness Pumping Station, dubbed the 'Cathedral of Sewage', where even the most mundane of structures exude a surprising allure.