HOW is it June already!? Somehow, we’re half way through the year and well into the best months of the year. The late nights, the lidos, cycling without a jacket, boozy beer garden jaunts, and BBQ dinners in the park, there really is nothing like London in the summer. T’is definitely the season for spontaneity, but here to help you make a few firm plans, I’ve rounded up a June hit list, calling out some of the best things to see, do and eat in London this month...
Huzzah! Field Day is back (this weekend!) and set to be bigger and way better than ever before with its new location at The Drumsheds up in Meridian Water. Taking inspo from the likes of Berlin’s nightlife scene, it’s scrapped its usual field format and taken over this huge warehouse space (ran by the same dudes who do killer south east London venue, Printworks), meaning that the sound quality and whole production can be amped up a notch. Plus, the party can go on longer. Running Friday and Saturday with day tickets and weekend tickets available, line up highlights include Jorja Smith, Diplo, Octavian, Todd Terje, Black Madonna, Leon Vynehall, Modeselektor and more. Plus Beavertown are on drinks duty and Blue Tit will, as usual, be taking care of your festival hair.
An unmissable event for all electronic and house music fans, Junction 2 has worked up a seriously impressive line-up of international DJs and electronic acts who’ll descend on Boston Manor Park in North London for this weekend’s Friday-Saturday event. All about the music, it promises no short sets, only great sound, and no VIP treatments. Anyone who’s anyone in the electronic music biz has been billed, with line up highlights including Hunee, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Daphni, DJ Koze and Jeremy Underground. It’s gonna be a long, late night ride home on the Piccadilly line but worth it, I’m sure. ROLL ON FRIDAY.
SOUL CYCLE LANDS IN LONDON
Yep, the US cult fave, Soul Cycle lands in London this month, with spin class fans sure to go wild for it. A frequently name-dropped favourite among many a fitness blogger and A-lister, it calls itself ‘a mind-body-soul experience’ with heart-pumping playlists, candlelit studios, and endorphins aplenty. The London studio lands just off of Oxford Street with 45-minute classes starting at £16/class. Spin fans, book you bike stat.
KARAOKE AT BAO BOROUGH
The new BAO Borough has something for everything including an all-new chicken nugget bao, bubble tea, all your usual bao faves, a bao-to-go hatch for quick pitstops, and, wait for it, KARAOKE! Belt out the classics over beer buckets, cocktail pitchers, and special fried karaoke platters. Sounds like a good time to me.
DULWICH PAVILION: THE COLOUR PALACE
12th JUNE - 22nd SEPT
I did warn you with these Hit Lists would probably be rather biased towards cool shit happening in South East London, cue some Dulwich love. On 12th June, the rather fun-looking Dulwich Pavilion reopens for 2019 with The Colour Palace. A fusion of West African and European influences, inspired by the fabric markets in Lagos, Nigeria, the fun structure is in the grounds of the gallery, and free to admire up close. Afterwards, get food at Spinach (my fave East Dulwich spot) then take a walk through the very pretty Dulwich park.
CHINESE LAUNDRY BROCKLEY RESIDENCE
UNTIL AUGUST 4TH
Chinese Laundry are back with another residency, this time, crossing the river for a 3-month stint at No.10 Coulgate in Brockley. Open for dinner Thursday to Sunday ‘til 4th August, they’re doing a £35-per-head set menu, with dishes inspired by their childhoods and travels through China. There’s a low-intervention wine list to work through, plus they’re doing BYO with bottles bought at Salthouse (right across the street).
WORLD GIN DAY FESTIVAL
It’s World Gin Day this Saturday and if that’s not an excuse to have a G&T (followed by later, ++ Negronis), well I don’t know what is. Sign up to DrinkUp’s World Gin Day Festival online for free, which hooks you up with £6 G&Ts at a load of the best bars across town. My fave gin and tonic in London is still at The Gun in Homerton, where the signature serve is Bobby’s Gin with a fresh orange and black pepper garnish. As for Negronis, Brawn (Columbia Road) does a pretty perfect one, and the ones at Theo’s (Camberwell) at very drinkable too.
LULULEMON SWEATLIFE FESTIVAL
Back for another big workout weekend, Lululemon’s Sweatlife Festival returns to Tobacco Dock 22-23rd June, for two jam-packed days of HIIT classes, spin sessions, yoga, talks, meditation and more. All of London’s top studios and brands are all in the same place for one weekend only. Book your tickets, get your kit on and go down and get sweaty.
FRANK'S CAFE REOPENS FOR SUMMER
My absolute fave south London hangout, Frank’s, has reopened for the summer, meaning long late nights atop a car park looking out at that epic view are back! Yes it does get pretty busy and there’s often a queue, but if you go down before 7pm you’re usually fine. Plus there’s plenty of space up there so it never feels crowded. Last year, I discovered they do a banging brunch too, with great Bloody Marys that will fix you up from the night before. I’ll be hot-footing it down there this weekend.
The dust hasn’t even settled on Gloria, Big Mamma’s big-news UK debut, but already they’re onto a second site, this time in Mayfair, which promises to be just as over the top. In a good way. Just like their Paris restaurants (which I do love), Gloria made a real name for itself in Shoreditch with its totally OTT Italian flair, fabulous decor, sky-high lemon meringue cheesecake, XXL profiteroles, and addictive truffle pasta. Circolo will have a more Sicilian-focused offering — think small cicchetti, Calamari e lemoni, metre-long pizzas, homemade gelato and a 1 litre ice cream sundae— but with just as much vigour and gusto. It’s due to open at the end of the month.