If you’ve been lured to London by the array of antiques fairs happening this month, then make the most of your time in there with our list of other great things to do, from a visit to Shakespeare’s Globe, to admiring a collection of Renaissance drawings.
FAIRS AND EXHIBITIONS:
6th June – Camden Green Fair – Regent’s Park
If you’re keen to be green, then there’s no better place to be than this, the UK’s most popular free green event. Attracting more than 20,000 visitors, the fair is set in leafy Regent’s Park, and combines live music, exhibitions, workshops, fun and food, all in the very greenest of ways.
020 7324 4639; camdengreenfair.org.uk
12th June – Fair in the Square – Pond Square, Highgate Village
Take a break from antique hunting and enjoy an easy day in the sun, with no focus but taking in the tinkle of the steel band, and the gentle comedic value of a Punch and Judy show or two. The fair also features a delightful dog show. With categories for ‘dog with the waggiest tail’ and ‘dog that looks most like it’s owner’, Fair in the Square is sure to put a smile on your face.
Until 26th June – From Mace to Maples: The Art of the Cabinet – Butchoff Antiques, Kensington Church Street
Beloved by collectors and interior decorators alike, cabinets have a remarkable history, as this exhibition illustrates. Butchoff Antiques is showcasing a variety of stunning pieces encompassing 250 years of the cabinet from the 17th through to the 19th century, including works by Queen Victoria’s own personal cabinet-maker.
020 7221 8174; butchoff.com
1-19th June – ‘The Crucible’ –Open Air Theatre – Regent’s Park
One of London’s hidden joys, the Open Air theatre in Regent’s Park is the perfect place for a spot of culture. This season, enjoy Arthur Miller’s classic tale of witches, hysteria, and superstition unfolding against London’s darkening night sky.
0844 826 4242; openairtheatre.org
Until 21st August – Henry VIII – Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
This offering from Shakespeare’s Globe is an exciting chance to gain an insight into one of Britain’s most notorious kings. Seen through the eyes of Britain’s premier playwright, and set in a theatre just like those of 400 years ago, prepare to get caught up in the many dramas of King Henry VIII’s eventful life.
020 7902 1400; shakespeares-globe.org
Until 25th July - Fra Angelico to Leonardo: Italian Renaissance Drawings - The British Museum
Journey back to the Italian Renaissance with this impressive collection of drawings, boasting pencil works by Raphael, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Verrocchio, and many more. The array of pieces from Italy’s finest has excited many, and with only a few weeks left, this is definitely one to scrawl in your diary.
020 7323 8299; britishmuseum.org
4th June-28th August – Picasso: The Mediterranean Years (1945-1962) – Gagosian – Britannia Street, London
Dubbed ‘Picasso’s Picassos’, this exhibition looks at some of Picasso’s most intimate works. Focusing on the artist’s post-war years spent in the South of France, the collection has been formed with the help of Picasso’s own family and will, no doubt, leave you feeling that little bit closer to the man himself.
020 7841 9960; gagosian.com
7th-17th June – British Silver Week – De Vroomen, Elizabeth Street
While British Silver Week is being celebrated across the country, it is De Vroomen’s exhibition in London that will be the focus of the capital’s silver extravaganza. With several silversmiths showcasing their work, including up-and-coming Theresa Nguyen, recently tipped by Roadshow expert, Joanna Hardy, this is definitely not to be missed.
020 7730 1901; devroomen.co.uk
Until 4th September – Contemporary Art for The Garden – Flow Gallery, Notting Hill
Featuring works from three artists covering a spectrum of outdoor art, this exhibition in Notting Hill is lovely escape from the bustle of the city. Artist Gary Breeze gives us an offering of ethnographic carvings in a range of materials and forms, while Alison Crowther focuses on unseasoned English oak for her collection of carved furniture and sculpture. And from sculptor Sue Halls, there’s an exciting selection of oversized domestic animals, including a pair of colossal bunny rabbits.
020 7243 0782; flowgallery.co.uk
11th-20th June – Cockpit Arts Open Studios Summer 2010 – Northington Street, Holborn, and Creekside, Deptford
Taking place in two separate locations (Holborn, 11th-13th June; and Deptford, 18th-20th June), this summery crafts event features a host of quirky and fascinating designs, from jewellery and lighting, to ceramics and silverware. And if you’re feeling inspired by it all, take your pick of the designer workshops being hosted by expert craftspeople, where you can attempt to create a masterpiece of your own.
020 7419 1959; cockpitarts.com