Vauxhall Art Car Boot Sale – East London
Usually car boot sales are staffed by stuffy oddballs who are trying to shift their family ‘antiques’ or top of the range Eighties tech gadgets (think the Betamax).
Here, however, you will have the likes of Tracey Emin, Polly Morgan and Pam Hogg (above with Jaime Winstone) personally selling their own artworks from the back of vintage Vauxhalls. So you get to buy a stunning piece of art and the chance to meet the artist, too. Might cost more than the £10-or-your-best-offer you normally get away with at car boot sales, though.
£5, Sun, June 9, 12pm-7pm Brick Lane Yard,
Corner of Brick Lane and Buxton Street, E1 6QN
Tube | Aldgate East
Terracotta Film Festival
The fifth annual Far East film festival features a wealth of current Asian cinematic talent, a horror all nighter, an Indonesian cinema spotlight, and a special programme to mark the 10-year anniversary of the passing of two of the biggest stars of Far Eastern cinema, Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui.
£6+, June 6-15, times vary ICA, SW1Y 5AH
& Prince Charles, WC2H 7BX
Tube | Charing X & Leicester Square
Free Urban Boot Camp
Team GB star Louis Smith launched this six-week series of free inner city boot camp workouts last week – parkour, upper and core body exercises and aerobic training across the 4.2km route – that get you into shape while taking in the city sights. In association with the new Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile.
Free, Tue & Thur til July 4, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Tower Bridge, SE1 2UP
Tube | London Bridge
First Time Out
The Horniman Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens, Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, Royal Shakespeare Company and the Wellcome Collection will show an artefact apiece from their vaults that’s never been shown before. A macabre Napoleonic bone guillotine and the world’s very first lightbulb feature.
Various prices, June 6-July 31,
times vary Various
Top Kiwi funnyman Mr Christmas – you can insert your own gag about his surname here – brings his ace show Let’s Go Mofo! back to Soho in which he looks at what exactly it means to be a man and, more importantly, how he has failed to live up to these talismanic gender-based expectations. Expect a ball of unbridled silliness, energy and top shirts and ‘burns (see above). If you haven’t seen Christmas yet, you are a loser – rectify it now!
£12.50, June 6-8, 9.15pm
21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE
Tube | Tottenham Court Road
My Night With Philosophers
No less than 70 philosophers from Europe will appear at this overnight (free wine from 1am-2am) feast for the mind and soul. Expect a host of lectures, performances, films and live readings at the heart of this drop-in summit for the ponderous. Topics include ‘The Meaning of Life’ and ‘How To Tame A Zombie.’
Free, June 7-8, 7pm-7am
Institut Francais, SW7 2DT
Tube | South Kensington
Praxis Makes Perfect
Gruff Rhys from indie unpredictables Super Furry Animals and LA producer Boom Bip are the masterminds behind this epic multimedia musical theatrical production – part of the Beyond Barbican series – about the 20th-century left-wing activist Giangiacomo Feltrinelli. The show’s also available as a concept album.
£20, June 4-6, 8pm
Village Underground, EC2A 3PQ
Tube | Old Street
Photos: Focalpoint Optics, Getty