From festivals and food markets to concerts and community fundraisers, we've got your guide to the top events and activities in the City of London this month.
The City calendar is always full to bursting with things to see, do and experience each week. From festivals and food to concerts and community fundraisers, these are the top events in the City of London for June 2018.
A great many composers are skilled in summoning up pictures in their listeners’ imaginations, but one work in particular stands out. Mussorgsky wrote Pictures at an Exhibition as a memorial to an artist friend, each of the movements evoking a different artwork. For this concert, the London Symphony Orchestra is joined by conductor Gianandrea Noseda and pianist Yefim Bronfman.
3 June, 7pm-9pm, tickets £15-£55
Barbican Centre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS
With contributions from researcher and writer, Elizabeth Crawford and academic historian Dr Sumita Mukherjee, produced by the Fawcett Society and chaired by Lord Daniel Finkelstein, this talk will explore the detailed history of the fight for the vote and the role of suffragists and Suffragettes, revealing some of the untold stories of the suffrage movement including the Indian Suffragettes and the international fight for the vote. Attendees will also have access to the Museum’s Suffragette.
5 June, 6pm–8pm, £5 (plus booking fee)
Museum of London, 150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN
This end-of-year showcase presents some of the outstanding work of final year students on the Guildhall School’s Technical Theatre Arts and Video Design for Live Performance programmes. Get up close and see a range of props, scenery, costumes and video designs created for the school’s public operas, dramas and musicals, as well as for the students’ own personal projects. Many of the students will be present to talk about their work.
6-7 June, Wednesday midday-7pm, Thursday 11am-5pm, free
Milton Court Studio Theatre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DT
Budding architects and archaeologists can unite to explore the buildings of London past and present as part of Open House Family Weekend. Head to Guildhall Art Gallery and learn about the ancient Roman buildings that once stood in London. Inspired by the gallery’s collection, recreate the City’s skyline and add in the Roman structures that lie beneath your feet.
9 June, free, 10am-3pm
Guildhall Art Gallery, Guildhall Yard
Each year the streets of the City are transformed into a high octane race circuit as cyclists from Penny Farthing riders to Olympic champions race through the day and into the night in the world’s premier city cycle race. Enjoy the party atmosphere with food, drinks and live music to entertain all the family.
9 June, free, 2pm-10pm
1 New Change EC4M 9AF
Join this Fawcett Society discussion with a welcome from Joanna Place, chief operating officer at the Bank of England. A panel discussion with Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA, and guests follows, focusing on the future of the workplace with particular reference to what the implications will be for industries dominated by women, including part-time work and lower paid jobs.
14 June, 6pm–8pm, £5
The Bank of England, Museum Entrance, Bartholomew Lane EC2R 8AH
Step inside Tower Bridge and discover the previously untold stories of the bridge’s construction, including the brave divers who risked their lives to dig the bridge’s foundations at the bottom of the River Thames. Explore the maintenance of the bridge throughout its 124-year history and find out how it runs today.
18 June, 10am-5.30pm, tickets £9.80, child entry £4.20
Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Road SE1 2UP
Historical fiction allows us to explore the untold stories of ordinary people. In these creative writing workshops, we will use documents from the archive to imagine the people and places of Restoration London. Participants are welcome to book sessions individually or sign up for all three.
12, 19 & 26 June, 6pm-7.30pm, tickets £10
London Metropolitan Archives,
40 Northampton Road EC1R 0HB
Celebrate the rich history of the many significant women who have contributed to the East End’s fascinating history. This free festival launches the new public square and celebrates the area with a vibrant spectrum of music, dance, performance, food and games that reflect the cultural wealth of Aldgate and its people. The Bryant and May Match Workers and the social work of women such as Henrietta Barnett are celebrated.
15-17 June, Friday from 4pm, Saturday from midday, Sunday from midday, free
Aldgate Square EC3N
A double-bill of exhibitions to celebrate pioneering American documentary photographer Dorothea Lange who used her camera as a political tool to capture injustice, inequality and displacement, most famously during the Great Depression; and recipient of the prestigious Henri Cartier-Bresson prize in 2011, British photographer Vanessa Winship, whose poetic gaze explores the fragile nature of landscape and society in America and on the frontiers of Eastern Europe.
From 22 June, £13.50
Barbican Art Gallery, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS
Discover the work of internationally-renowned artists as the popular public art exhibition returns to the Square Mile’s insurance district. With support from Women: Work & Power, this year’s effort brings female artists to the forefront, with pieces from Sarah Lucas, Amanda Lwin, Marina Abramovic and more. Dotted across the City’s public spaces, there’s much to delight and intrigue art enthusiasts and passers-by alike. Pick up a free map from the City Information Centre to find the location of each piece.
From 27 June
Take a tour of the iconic Guildhall complex, including the Great Hall and its crypt.
21 June, 10.45am, tickets £8
Meet guide at Guidlhall Art Gallery
Guildhall Yard EC2V 5AE