June City Events in London
With the weather warming up there are loads of outdoor events and festivals in England’s capital this month (of course this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t forget your umbrella!). We have picked out our favourite London events so you don’t have to choose:
1. Wimbledon at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club – 24th June – 7th July
Summer in London is all about Wimbledon. If you don’t know, this is one of the biggest, most famous and longest running tennis tournaments in the world. Think hot summer days tucking into bowls of strawberries and cream and quaffing huge amounts of Pimms and lemonade – you can’t get much more British than this. It is almost impossible to get your tickets in advance (unless you’re one of the lucky few) – however if you’re prepared to get up early for on-the-day tickets then you’re in with a chance as a certain number of on-day tickets are always up for sale. Last year’s final between Andy Murray and Roger Federer was nail biting right to the last volley. If you fancy a flutter then favourites this year include Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic.
2. Painless at Science Museum – All Month
Have you ever taken a painkiller to clear a headache? Or you may well know someone who is dealing with pain every day. Ever wondered what pain is and how we treat it? Well now you can find out. Scientists are looking at what pain actually is, how it is produced in the body and the effect is has both physiologically and psychologically. Are some people more susceptible to pain than others? Learn about a man who suffers from chronic pain in a missing limb and a man that feels no pain at all. This free exhibition can give you real insight into the strange world of pain.
3. London Festival of Pride, city wide – 25th – 29th June
June is the month of Pride across the world and London will be holding another spectacular festival to celebrate LGBT. This year’s event is themed around “Love (and Marriage)”, we think this is very topical and a great idea. The highlight, of course, will be the parade on Saturday afternoon. Starting at Baker Street, winding through Regent Street and Whitehall then off to Trafalgar Square for the glam party of the year. Trafalgar Square is a focal point for many festivals and this one is set to be one of the most colourful and fun with live music, stand up comedy, dance acts and DJ sets, not to mention the odd celebrity supporting this righteous event. Last year Boy George, Deborah Cox, Guilty Pleasures and Corey Hart turned up.
4. Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs at London Transport Museum – All Month
If you have been on the tube in London then you cannot fail to have seen the poster art and adverts on the walls designed to catch your eye. Well, it turns out that this is an art form! The London Transport Museum’s free exhibition shows the best poster art seen on the underground. To mark the 150th anniversary of the world’s first underground railway, many of the pictures are from famous artists like surrealist photographer Man Ray, Edward McKnight Kauffer and Paul Nash. Why not pop by to get in grips with a real underground art movement?
5. Trooping the Colour The Queen’s Birthday at Horse Guards Parade – 15th June
After the spectacular celebrations last year for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee it can be no surprise that the Queen’s official birthday is treated with equal ceremony. If you like pomp and pageantry then this event is for you and don’t think it is like the changing of the guards, there is much more to it than that. The Queen will inspect the troops, who will be in their full dress uniforms, and then will lead them down the Mall to Buckingham Palace where there will be gun salutes and an RAF fly past over the Royal Family on the balcony.
6. Taste of London at Regent’s Park – 20th – 23rd June
Feeling peckish after all that excitement? Then head to Regent’s Park for the Taste of London. This is one huge open-air food and drink festival in one of London’s most beautiful parks. With cooking demos from big names like Jamie Oliver and Gary Rhodes, tasting sessions from some of London’s most exclusive restaurants, music, wine tasting, lectures, shopping you will not be stuck for something to do or see or taste. You might even spot a few famous faces in the crowd, also looking for top tips and tasty treats.
7. Greenwich + Docklands Festival – 21st June – 29th June
One of the lesser known festivals is the Greenwich + Docklands Festival – a big city event with a local, just around the corner feel. You will get everything you expect from a festival and more with live music, DJs, dance, outdoor theatre and street arts. The festival takes place over several venues so it is worth working out a schedule so you don’t miss anything. Have a look at the Greenwich Fair, in Greenwich, the “Word on the Street” a whole weekend of street performances, physical theatre and parades, the “Dancing City” at Canary Wharf and don’t miss the huge “Insectes” that come out at night and light up Roman Road (E3).
8. London Literature Festival 2013 at Southbank Centre – 20th May – 20th June
For something a little more highbrow try the London Literature Festival at London’s Southbank Centre. A whole month of page turning, book loving, and prize winning poetry. If you are a book worm you can meet some top writers like Barbara Kingsolver, Audrey Niffenegger, Lionel Shriver and William Dalrymple, who will be holding sessions to read and discuss their work. As well as readings and lectures there will be a spot of stand up and lighter entertainment.
9. Meltdown Festival at Southbank Centre – 14th – 23rd June
This Meltdown has been directed by super star Beatles wife Yoko Ono. With her amazing charisma, Yoko has brought together rock royalty and the hottest new talent. The opening gig is reserved for the organiser and Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band will be performing on 14th June, an amazing one-off gig. Other big names headlining include Siouxsie, Iggy & The Stooges and Boy George. Also there is some new talent to watch out for like Amadeus Leopold, Body/Head and Immortal Technique.
10. Hard Rock Calling at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – 29th – 30th June
Let’s finish off with some good old rock and roll. Hard Rock Calling is the first show at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park since it closed after the Olympics last year. Some of the biggest names in rock head up the gig and this year is no exception with the likes of Kasabian, The Black Crowes and, back for another encore, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. So if you like your music thumpingly loud then book tickets now for two days of truly the best rock in the world.