Douglas & Gordon June Events Guide

Friday, June 05, 2015 by

June is here and summer is in full swing! Take advantage of the sunny days this month with our June events guide for SW London. From polo tournaments to antique fairs and food shows, this month has a whole lot to offer.



North of the River


Chesterton’s Polo in the Park

This June, Chesterton’s Polo in the Park returns to Fulham’s Hurlingham Club. Promising some fierce polo as well as a host of off-field entertainment and delicious food, the weekend is set to be an unforgettable one. Get close to international polo players, riding some of the world's best polo ponies, as they compete for the cup. Event takes place this weekend, 5-7 June.


Taste of London

Find a variety of world-class chefs and London’s hottest restaurants at 2015’s Taste of London festival on the 17-21 June. This year, the ‘Flavours of the World’ theme showcases the melting pot of flavours that make up the London restaurant scene. Browse more than 200 artisan producers and premium brands’ stalls offering some of the best food from around the globe.


Olympia International Art and Antiques Fair

Join vintage enthusiasts from around the world at the Olympia International Art and Antiques Fair on the 18-28 June. Expect to be spoilt for choice, as 150 of the finest dealers present more than 30,000 unique and exceptional pieces. From ancient Chinese ceramics to Art Deco jewellery, discover a treasure-trove of art and décor at the Olympia.


BNP Paribus Tennis Classic

Held the week before Wimbledon, the BNP Paribas Tennis Classic is an exclusive exhibition match. The BNP bring together top class players including world no.5 and rising star Kei Nishikori and no.9, Tomas Berdych as well as Wimbledon semifinalist, Xavier Malisse and Australian Open finalist, Thomas Enqvist. With just 600 seats, the centre court gives spectators an up-close experience of tennis at its best. Event takes place 23-26 June.


Barbara Hepworth at the Tate

The first major show dedicated to prominent British sculptor Barbara Hepworth for nearly 50 years opens at the Tate on 24th June. The exhibition charts her progress from small carvings to the significant work in bronze, wood and stone that marked her achievement as a sculptor. Hepworth was a leading figure in the 1930s, and one of the most successful artists in the world during the 1950s and 1960s. The exhibition includes rarely seen works, including textiles, drawings, collages and photograms.


FIA Formula E Championship at Battersea Park

The world's first fully electric racing series arrives in London Battersea Park this June when the race reaches its finale after a world tour competition. A 3km, 15 turn circuit has been specially created in Battersea Park for the FIA Formula E Championship. Ten teams will go head-to-head for the London finale, which includes two separate races on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June.


Opera in Holland Park

The annual Holland Park Opera is in full swing this June. Discover an offering of operatic arias this summer in Holland Park for the ultimate summer experience. Starting 2nd June, the 2015 season includes a revival of the 2012 production of Puccini's Il trittico and three new productions: Jonathan Dove's breakthrough work, Flight, Verdi's Aida and Lakme Leo Delibes. Show dates vary.


Moody Blues at Eventim Apollo

The legacy of The Moody Blues continues to live on, as the band visits the Eventim Apollo this June to delight their loyal fans.  A legendary band with an enviable repertoire and reputation, The Moody Blues remain one of the top-grossing album and touring bands in existence. See them live on 12th June at 7pm.


Open Garden Squares Weekend at Fulham Palace

As part of London Open Garden Squares Weekend, Fulham Palace will be having four special garden tours on Saturday, 13th June. Tours take place at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm, and the Museum will be open from 1pm to 4pm. Their neighbours at the Fulham Palace Meadows Allotments will also be conducting tours of their site for the weekend.


Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition– Mall Galleries

This month professional artists together with emerging artists from The Society of Women Artists (SWA) from around world will be displaying new works at Mall Galleries. Part of the SWA’s success has always been the diversity of the exhibitors: diversity with its painters, printers, pastelists and sculptors: beautiful and important portraits, landscapes as well as whimsical and comical renditions of life. See the exhibition from 5-13 June.


Spirit of Summer – Olympia

Discover the latest boutique summer fashion and gifts at the Olympia from 17-20 June.  The Spirit of Summer Fair brings together contemporary and classic interior accessories in association with House & Garden. Also be sure to treat your taste buds with the finest collection of food and drink from artisan producers in the Summer Food Hall or enjoy the interactive Summer Living Workshops and learn how to make the perfect canapés and delicious desserts.  


House at Olympia

HOUSE presents a curated collection of leading and emerging brands and specialists in a showcase of style and design at the Olympia on 17-20 June. Source a wide range of furniture for every room to create a stylish living space. Join industry leaders in the HOUSE Theatre, providing you with professional advice to encounter your next house project. You can also gain inspiration in four stunning room sets designed in collaboration with some of the best interior designers around.


O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

June promises to be an entertaining month, with a variety of performances taking place at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. See Stereo Kicks, Holly Johnson, Death Cab for Cutie, and more.  Dates, times and ticket prices vary.


Brook Green Market

West London’s Brook Green Market at Addison Primary School in Addison Gardens is a one-stop-shop for fantastically fresh produce, on-trend street food, innovative master classes and maybe even somewhere to meet some new foodie friends!The market is open every Saturday from 10am-3pm.


Partridges Food Market

With 70 diverse stalls selling everything from cakes to speciality breads, and cheese to pies, this gourmet food market sees small producers, farmers and start-up businesses sharing their passion and expertise with the public. The market takes place every Saturday from 10am until 4pm at Duke of York Square.  It is a great place to buy lunch with international stalls selling sushi, Caribbean dishes, Moroccan cuisine and empanadas from Argentina. Stalls include The Ethiopian Coffee Company, Fatman Chilli, Comptoir Gourmand, the French Patisserie and The Pancake Man.




South of the River


Live Music in the Theatre

The Bedford Live brings a selection of the finest new acts to the stage up to 4 times a week. Find out which artists are performing on which days. Doors will open at 7.30pm. Entry is free.


Open Garden Squares

On Sunday 14th June, enjoy a stroll with the family through some of London's best parks for  Open Garden Squares Weekend. Back for a 17th year, 2015's OGSW features beautiful gardens including Ham Yard Hotel Roof Garden and Phoenix Farm and Learning Zone. 


Polka Theatre

Take the little ones to enjoy a production of The Big Red Bath at the Polka Theatre this weekend. Showing on the 5th and 6th of June,  This quirky tale blends music, song and humorous characters in a unique take on Julia Jarman’s much-loved book.


Half Moon

The Half Moon will host performances every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this month. See the Smythes on the 6th June, Dick Laurie & the Elastic Band on the 7th and City Funk Orchestra on the 20th. And if you're in the mood for some jazz, be sure not to miss the afternoon of free lunch time jazz on the 14th June with up and coming singer Noa Alvarez. 


Venn Street Market 

Visit the Venn Street Market on the A3, just off the South Circular. Stop by for some locally sourced fresh seasonal fruit and veg; fresh Dorset fish from day boats; organic and free range meat, milk, eggs and poultry; artisan breads; award-winning cheeses; charcuterie; gluten free, vegan and vegetarian sweets and savouries; as well as pastries, cakes, tarts and brownies. Open every Saturday from 10am to 4pm.


This is How We Die – Battersea Arts Centre

During June Christopher Brett Bailey's award-winning This Is How We Die returns to Battersea Arts Centre. A motor-mouthed collage of spoken word and storytelling. From the desk of Christopher Brett Bailey comes a spiralling odyssey of pitch-black humour and nightmarish prose, on from the 2-20 June at 8.30pm.


If there are any events you think we should know about, please don’t hesitate to let us know.