The sun’s finally out, the weather’s warming up, and we are so ready for some summer fun! From nighttime markets to plenty of comedy, live music, art, and outdoor events, it’s time to throw on the sunglasses and sandals and make the most of the brighter evenings.
Every weeknight from Monday to Thursday, Vauxhall Comedy Club offers a two-hour lineup of fresh new material from London’s very best comics. Keep an eye out on Instagram stories for evening lineups which have previously included household names and rising comedy stars like Jack Whitehall, Adam Rowe, Sean Walsh, Sara Baron, and Rosie Jones. As if seeing your favourite comedy genius isn’t enough, the club offers a free drink with every ticket for loyalty card holders which you can sign up to for free on the night or by following the link on the events page. See you there!
7.15pm – 9.45pm | Vauxhall Comedy Club, SW8 1SP | From £8.64
There’s no excuse not to treat yourself to a little midweek indulgence now that Brunswick House have launched a new set lunch menu. Choose two or three courses from a starter, main, and dessert list that’ll have your mouth watering for days. Start with tomato, ricotta, Sorrel Cod’s Roe with radishes and friggitelli peppers before tucking into a main of roast chicken thigh, cocco beans and black olives with noodles smothered in smoked butter and black pepper, all finished with a selection of cheeses or iced cherries with chantilly cream. You can thank us later.
12.00pm – 2.30pm | Brunswick House Restaurant, SW8 2LG | £23 – £28
You might fancy yourself as a bit of a dancefloor sensation, but what about on rollerskates? Led by dancers Hakim and Reena, the first hour of this rollerskating dance class will be focused on running through key movements, developing transitions and variations with confidence, and learning a short routine. You’ll then get the opportunity to put all you’ve learnt to the test in the final open jam where you’ll be able to practice any movements you’re unsure about and ask advice and tips from the professionals. Attendees must bring their own skates and have a basic level of skating before attending.
2.30pm – 4.00pm | Base Dance Studios, SE11 5EJ | From £19
The first weekend of the month sees the tucked away oasis that is Bonnington Square taken over by the community centre’s Summer Flair mini festival. Expect a range of market stalls, creative workshops, tarot card readings, and plenty of tea and cake! Among the workshops are a string of deep meditation Sound Bath sessions by practitioners David Spofforth and Jo Culf. The sessions can be reserved for £10 and run from 12pm-5pm in the centre’s Middle Room on Saturday, and the Top Room on Sunday. Relax, recharge, and make the most of the sunny weekend!
11.00am – 8.00pm | Bonnington Centre, SW8 1TD | Free
An event unlike any other, the unique Sofar Sounds host another secret evening at an undisclosed location with two to three sets from incredible performers. Spanning all musical genres, and sometimes even showcasing spoken word, comedy, and dance, the lineup is always diverse, varied, and spectacular – the fun is not knowing. Lean into the mystery and be surprised, this time at a local taproom. Venue specifics will be sent roughly 36 hours before the event, after which you can settle in and let the magic of the evening unfold.
From 7.30pm | Address revealed 36 hours before | £21
If there’s one thing this dance workout proves, it’s that exercise does not have to be boring. Playing all your favourite Kpop tunes, including songs by Blackpink, BTS, Exo, Itzy, NCT, Mamamoo, and more, you’ll feel like you’ve hit the dancefloor with all the benefits of going to the gym. Open to all levels, the instructor will guide you through routines inspired by the original choreographies without having to learn any specific moves. Classes run for 45 minutes every Monday and you even get the first class free, so why not have a go?
7.00pm – 7.45pm | Flow Dance London, SW9 6DE | Free – £5
The most fragrant and colourful week of the year is back! Showcasing the best of British-grown flowers, floral design, and sustainable floristry, the museum will see immersive installations designed by some of the five most promising contemporary florists. The theme for this year’s designs is ‘New Beginnings’, drop by from 2pm to see designers Botanical Tales, Lucy Vail Floristry, Mahal Kita Flowers, SAGE, and Yinari, take on fresh starts and new growth.
2.00pm – 5.00pm | Garden Museum, SW1P 4RW | £7 – £14
It’s the sound of the summer and it’s back every month until September! Hosted at the Pleasure Gardens, this mass karaoke event is one of the best ways to spend summery Saturdays with friends, family, and pets! Sing your heart out to your favourite songs and settle into a long afternoon of great music and incredible food and drink options from Bokit’la’s French-Caribbean street food to Mother Kelly’s beer collection and more. Entry is free but tickets will be scanned so be sure to reserve a spot ahead of time. Your free ticket also gets you a chance to win prizes!
4.00pm – 8.00pm | Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, SE11 5HL | Free
Beaconsfield Gallery welcomes a new exhibition by Swedish artist and activist Monica Sjöö (1938-2005). As a powerful political voice, Sjöö’s work combines fierce ecological sentiment with a defiance of patriarchy through a celebration of the rituals of Goddess cultures. Anger is beautifully and poignantly expressed at the often intertwined violence inflicted on the environment and against women. The exhibition will show 56 largely unseen paintings and mixed media drawings and place them in a contemporary context alongside a programme of performances, workshops, reading groups, and symposia by contemporary artists and writers invited to respond to Sjöö’s life and work. Contributing artists and writers include Sally Pomme Clayton, Katy Deepwell, Rachel Fallon, Caitlin Fleming, and Rachel Garfield. See the gallery’s website for a full list.
12.00pm – 5.00pm | Beaconsfield Gallery, SE11 GAY | Free
Free for musicians, this jazz jam session at Tea House Theatre is the perfect place to take part or settle into an evening of some of the best improvised jazz music in London. The house band is made up of Tamas Teszary on vibraphone, Benjamin Gasiglia on guitar, Jason Simpson on double bass, and Eric Ford on drums. Bring your saxophone and get involved or if you’re not too confident on the old secondary school clarinet, grab yourself a drink from the bar (open until midnight) and let the professionals fill your ears and soul with improvised jazzy melodies.
8.00pm – 11.59pm | Tea House Theatre, SE11 5HL | £10
Perhaps not as well known to anyone who isn’t Irish, Bloomsday is a day commemorating the life and works of Irish writer James Joyce. Traditionally celebrated annually in Dublin on 16th June, Darby’s is bringing the party to London with a full lineup of Irish creatives for a weekend of performances at Embassy Gardens. Ranging from spoken word to live music, a pop-up market, Irish dancing and more, there’ll also be plenty of good food to choose from with Rock Oysters shucking some of Ireland’s finest, as well as set menus highlighting the best Irish produce. There’ll even be an opportunity to see singer-songwriter Imelda May featuring Niall McNamee close the Saturday night at 8.30pm on the outdoor stage. Sláinte!
12.00pm – 9.00pm | Embassy Gardens, SW11 7AY | Free
Vauxhall’s After Dark presents Ldn Queer Mart, a collaborative event with Vauxhall championing a diverse community of queer artists and queer-owned small businesses from a wide range of artistic backgrounds. For five hours, Goding Street will be transformed into a queer creative paradise, providing an affordable platform for queer creatives to exhibit and sell their work. This new event will showcase up to 50 of the most exciting, new queer artists and businesses offering art prints, ceramics, zines, clothing, publications, prints, sculptures, jewellery, textiles, and much more.
5.00pm – 10.00pm | Goding Street next to RVT, SE11 5HL | £1
If you don’t have time to sun yourself on a Spanish island this year have no fear because every Saturday from 24th June Vauxhall Food and Beer Garden are hosting their Ibiza Garden Party. Making the most of the warmer weather, the space will be transformed into an urban Balearic oasis with a range of special pop-up events. Live sports coverage, interactive garden games, an arcade zone, and live DJ sets are accompanied by tropical cocktails and plenty of delicious street food. You’ll almost be fooled into thinking you’ve made it a beachside resort!
4.00pm – 10.00pm | Vauxhall Food and Beer Garden, SW8 1SP | Free – £6