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London’s Summer Culture Highlights

Making the most of the summer in London means getting out mid-week while visitor numbers are low. From art and science to gardens and events by the river, check out our round up of the best London cultural events to see right now.

Mathematics at the Science Museum

Dive into the fascinating world of mathematics and how it’s shaped everything from war and peace to life, death, money, trade and beauty. Head to the Science Museum for a mid-week dose of fascinating learning.

📸: @sciencemuseum

Alice: Curiouser and curiouser at the V&A

Exploring its origins, adaptations and reinventions over 157 years, this immersive and theatrical show charts the evolution of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from manuscript to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages.

📸: @vamuseum

Forest for Change at Somerset House

Forest for Change has set up 400 trees in the courtyard of Somerset House as part of this year’s London Design Biennale festival, filling the iconic space with a temporary forest from June 1 – 27. Explore the 23 varieties of tree and make your way to the centre of the forest where the installation aims to spark debate about the changes we need.

📸: @somersethouse

Sculpture in the City

If you need an excuse to wonder around exploring works of art in the sunshine then here it is. This annual exhibition launches on 15th June with works from a whole host of artists. Free and accessible 24/7 – grab a coffee and start exploring.

📸: @sculptureinthecity

Summer By The River

London Bridge City’s Summer By The River will be returning from the 10th June for over three months of warm weather festivities for all to enjoy. The riverside between London Bridge and Tower Bridge will be home to al-fresco drinking and eating pop-ups – before opening up with a full-packed programme of free entertainment, screenings and activities from 21st June. Try making your own pizza, joining a salsa social or watching the Olympics in the Scoop.

📸: @ldnbridgecity

NGS Open Gardens

The National Garden Scheme Open Gardens are really coming into their own as the sun shines. Why not check out 5 St Regis Close in Muswell Hill, featured on Channel 4’s All Gardens Great and Small. Or hop over to Eccleston Square in Victoria (above) to wonder beneath an array of climbing plants. There’s plenty of gardens all over London to discover.

📸: @nationalgardenscheme