It’s been a crazy year, can you believe it’s June already? Heading into Summer there is not shortage of things to do in London this month, so here are our top picks.
Taste of London Food Festival
Five days of eating and drinking with a side order of live entertainment, what could be better? This is where Taste of London showcases the capital’s best restaurants, chefs, and leading food and drink brands.
Returning this June in Regents Park, this event should be the highlight of any foodies social calendar. So brush up your culinary skills and get ready for this mouth watering delight.
Tickets start at £30 per person and can be booked here.
Open Garden Squares Weekend
Every wondered what’s behind the gate? Wonder no more, on 17th and 18th June this year, London is opening itself up. Explore over 230 private gardens across the city in just one weekend. Spread across 27 London Boroughs, don’t forget not all gardens are on the ground. Explore landscaped rooftops, museums, schools, and even allotments, maybe even a barge or two if you are close by.
If you are a plant enthusiast make sure you book ahead, not all the gardens are open the whole weekend. A Full list of participants and opening times can be found here.
Trooping the Colour
A tradition dating back to Charles II, the custom of Trooping the Colour has been around since the 17th Century. A way to commemorate the Queen’s official birthday, over 1,000 officers and men are now involved, alongside 200 horses, and over 200 musicians. The Royal Procession arrives at precisely 11am, and the Queen takes her salute. The Royal Family will then take to Buckingham Palace’s famous balcony to watch an RAF flypast.
If you want to see the parade, take your spot along the well trodden route, and prepare for all weathers. The parade route extends from Buckingham Palace, up the Mall to Horse Guards Parade, on to Whitehall, and then back again. It is recommended people arrive from 9am and stand along the Mall or St Jame’s Park overlooking Horse Guards Parade. Events will start at 10am and the flypast at 1pm.
London Wine Week
Sounds almost as good as a food week, or maybe even better! This summer festival lasts for a week and is spread all over London, with over 100 brilliant wine bars opening their doors to shower you in glorious wine and delicious food. If you like the sound of a pop up wine bar or an al fresco lunch (let’s hope it’s sunny), then this event was made for you.
For just £10 you can buy your festival pass here.
West End Live at Trafalgar Square
A wonderful event for musical lovers, West End Live is a weekend in Trafalgar Squre attracting over 500,000 visitors. Showcasing samples from over 30 top West End Shows. Last year featured performances from Lion King, Matilda, Phantom of the Opera and so much more. What’s even better is that the event is completely FREE, so arrive early as spaces are limited and get filled up fast.
Hampton Court Palace Festival
2017 is the 25th Anniversary of this popular music festival at Hampton Court, a world famous venue. Hosting international stars from around the globe including Tom Jones, Paloma Faith, Elton John, and Katherine Jenkins, Hampton Court is the perfect setting for live music and a picnic.
The East Front Gardens open at 5:30pm, offering open-air bars and gourmet food stalls, and for those wanting an even more magical experience, VIP ticket holders can enjoy a fabulous dinner in the Great Hall.
Tickets can be booked here.
Pride in London
Showcasing London’s talent and diversity in the LGBT+ community, Pride in London is all about love and inclusion. Enjoy theatre, dance, cinema, parties and activities and during this magnificent two week event, finished by a colourful parade through central London
London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
An excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in Chinese culture, this has become a key part of London’s event calendar over the last few years. Originating in ancient southern central China over 2,500 years ago upon the Yangtze River, the Dragon Boat Race was born. Over a ten years ago, the London Docklands was the birthplace of the Dragon Boat Race in London, to raise money for Chinese schools around London.
Co-organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association and the Hong Kong Executives Club, this has become a popular event and attracts over 10,000 people. With four cups up for grabs, head down and enjoy this exciting regatta whilst raising money for charity!
You can enter your team here.
Sundance Film Festival: London
An offspring of Robert Redford’s Sundance Festival in Utah, London is premiering some of the best movies and documentaries from the original festival back in January. Playing at Picture House Cinema on Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly, there will be 14 new feature films.
Tickets cost £16 and can be bought here.
London Festival of Architecture
Europe’s biggest annual architecture festival returns to London on 1st-30th June 2017. A place to celebrate London’s place in the world of architecture, this year the theme is ‘memory’. This year will be bigger and better than ever, with countless exhibitions, debates and talks, family activities, cinema screenings, student displays, and so much more.
This year exhibitors will be reflecting on London’s past.
London’s 10 Mile
Want something to get fit for? Or perhaps you would prefer to cheer on from the sidelines. London’s 10 mile run is back this summer on 4th June in Richmond Park.
All roads through Richmond Park will be closed, giving runners and cheerers the opportunity to enjoy this royal park in complete peace free from traffic. Don’t forget to set your alarm, this event starts at 8:30am sharp!
To secure your place in this epic running event, enter here now. You can even raise some money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Along the Way.
Royal Academy Summer Festival
Whether you are an art geek or you just fancy a nose around, this summer exhibition will show you exactly what is going on in the art world. Showcasing pieces from students up to the most well known artists and designers, this annual event is the world’s largest open-submission contemporary art show.
The Summer Exhibition is also a place for featured artists to sell their pieces, so you could come home with enough art to fill your house.
Tickets start at £14 and can be purchased here.
Live at Chelsea
Held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, a venue oozing in hundreds of years of history, Live at Chelsea is a series of concerts that take place in the 17th Century courtyard.
Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and home to the Chelsea Pensioners, the Royal Hospital Chelsea has become a home to retired soldiers from the British Army, many of whom have fought in wars. A portion of ticket sale proceeds will go towards funding the care of the Chelsea Pensioners, helping to ensure they are not alone and do not suffer from isolation.
This open-air event spreads over three days and includes performances by the famous pianist Ludovico Einaudi, Belle and Sebastian, as well as a fireworks display on Friday 16th June.
Tickets start from £40 and can be purchased here.