What’s on in London for June 2014

seatsYou always know when summer has arrived because everyone starts talking about who will win Wimbledon. Well Andy Murray will be back this month to see if he can retain his title, and there is lots of other sport this month, and everyone will be glued to the TV to see how England do in the World cup in Brazil. Meanwhile back in London there is Queens birthday celebrations lots of music and loads of other events just waiting for you to see and do

No. 1.   6th till 8th June 2014 “One Direction” at Wembley Stadium

Seemingly never out of the news, it’s back to basics for the pop megastars as they return to the stage and get back to doing what they do best – belting out the hits to an adoring audience. Having broken all sorts of album sales records in their short careers, the gang are setting out on a hugely ambitious stadium tour as they build on the success of recent hits Up All Night and Take Me Home.

Join Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik as the young princes of pop offer a master class in slick stage craft and zesty performance. Tickets: From £47.25.

No 2.  7th till 8th June 2014 “Field Day Festival 2014″at Victoria Park, Bow

Now entering its eighth year, the festival presents its unique formula of pioneering acts combined with a village fete atmosphere. Bringing some cutting edge tunes to the heart of East London, Field Day has expanded to a two day event in order to accommodate the many talented bands and performers who are keen to be a part of the action. Synonymous with imaginative and progressive bills, the line up this year boasts the likes of Metronomy, Pixies, The Horrors, SBTRKT and Simian Mobile Disco. In keeping with tradition from previous years, there is also plenty of entertainment to be had away from the stage. There will be traditional stalls, fete games (including tug of war) and even winkle picking contests. Tickets: £50

No 3.  14th June 2014 “Trooping the Colour: The Queen’s Birthday Parade” at Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall

London celebrates The Queen’s official birthday in June each year with Trooping the Colour, a fantastic military parade that has taken place in London since 1820.

Trooping the Colour is an annual event that marks the Queen’s official birthday.

The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is full of military pomp and pageantry as The Queen carries out an inspection of the troops from the Household Division.The Queen then leads the troops down the Mall to Buckingham Palace, one of London’s most famous landmarks.

The Queen salutes and guns are fired in Green Park and at the Tower of London. Finally she joins other members of the Royal Family on the balcony to watch the RaF fly past.

No. 4.   15th June 2014 “Father’s Day in London”

Want to give your dad the perfect Father’s Day in London? From cultural attractions, to getting active outdoors, to Sunday lunch, there are loads of ways to spoil your dad in London this Father’s Day. Arty fathers will love London’s many art galleries and history buffs will enjoy the big museums. Train spotting dads will love the London Transport Museum, which is very family-friendly. As is HMS Belfast on the river Thames near London Bridge. If your dad’s into sport, history or both, London’s sports museums are well worth a visit. Or why not book a stadium tour?

If your father’s more of an outdoors type, you might want to take a walk by the Thames or make a day of it at Kew Gardens. Visit the animals at ZSL London Zoo or London Wetland Centre or simply grab a football, frisbee or kite and head to one of London’s parks and gardens.

If you’re looking for Father’s Day presents, you’ll be spoilt for choice in London. Choose from one of the largest selections of wines and spirits in the country at Selfridges, pick up the perfect present for stylish dads at the men’s department of Liberty or find quirky gifts in one of Carnaby’s streets cool boutiques.

No.5.  16th till 20th June 2014 “The Eagles: History Of The Eagles Tour” at The O2

The tour follows in the footsteps of a recent, acclaimed documentary of the band charting their huge creative and commercial success since the early 1970s with rare archive footage, previously unheard performances and even home movie material. Looking to recreate the essence of the film with a live show, the quartet perform classic hits alongside lesser-known treasures. With a back catalogue that includes albums such as Hotel California, One of These Nights and The Long Run, there’s a wealth of great material for the rockers to choose from as they celebrate more than four decades at the top of their field. This is the first performance in London since 2009, so this is rare chance to catch the multi-award-winning band that have sold more than 120 million albums.

Tickets: from £57

No. 6.    17th till 21st June 2014 “Royal Ascot 2014” at Ascot Racecourse, Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire

This is a chance to see her majesty the queen, who usually attends the event every day with a royal parade on the course just before the racing starts.

Once the parade has finished It’s all about fast horses and fancy hats at Royal Ascot, the world’s most famous race meeting, and the most glamorous event in London’s sporting calendar.

Royal Ascot is Britain’s most popular race meeting. It’s the place to see and be seen for high society, royal watchers, fun seekers and horse racing enthusiasts alike!

No. 7.  June 24th and 25th    “Kenwood House Picnic Concerts 2011”

Kenwood House is just outside central London in a place called Hamstead, it has fantastic grounds and every year the park is opened up to the public for open air concerts. This year on the 24th the famous Welsh warbler Tom Jones will be performing and the following day on the 25th Jools Holland and Sandie Shaw will be  playing. Bring along a hamper and make a nice day of it. Tickets available from there web site.

No.8.  19th till the 22nd June 2014 “Taste of London 2014” in Regent’s Park

Gourmet delights for all at Regent’s Park as the Taste of London festival sets up for business.

For four summer days the park in central London is transformed into a foodie wonderland. More than 40 of the best restaurants in the city gather to show off the best items from their extensive menus. Visitors can choose dozens of fine dishes to create the perfect taster menu. The ultimate alfresco feast, over 200 artisan producers and premium brands also attend the festival, offering some of the best food from Britain and around the world.

As well as sampling the delights, visitors can take part in cooking demonstrations, meet some of the capital’s top chefs, including Michel Roux Jr and Atul Kochar, and explore themed areas dedicated to certain types of food. If sampling the great food creates a thirst, help is at hand from some of the best wine and beer makers who can help out with their fine drinks. Tickets : £25.80

No. 9.   23 June till 6th July 2014 “Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships 2014”

The number one tennis tournament is back with our very own Andy Murray back to defend the men’s singles title he won last year.

The world of tennis will descend on Wimbledon in South West London for two weeks of tennis, strawberries and cream, and good-natured queuing.

Wimbledon is one of four annual Grand Slam tennis tournaments held around the world. It’s the world’s longest-running and most prestigious tennis tournament in the sport. Games are still played on the original playing surface, grass, and there’s a strict white-only dress code for players.

The tournament attracts around 500,000 spectators and millions of television viewers worldwide.

During the first week, the early rounds of the Singles and Doubles matches are played, with the top seeds playing on Centre Court and Courts 1 and 2. The Ladies’ and Men’s Singles Finals take place over the final weekend of the Championships.

Advance tickets for Wimbledon are allocated via a public ballot, which was first introduced in 1924. The ballot is always oversubscribed, so entry does not entitle you to tickets. Successful applicants are selected at random by computer. It is not possible to request tickets for specific days or courts.

Almost uniquely for a major sporting event, Wimbledon offers spectators the chance to buy premium tickets on the day – but be prepared to queue!

During the tournament, 500 tickets are available on days one to nine for Centre Court and No.2 Court. Approximately 500 tickets are available on all 13 Days for No.1 Court. You should expect to queue overnight for a chance to buy one of these tickets.

Several thousand ground admission tickets are also available each day. These give you the chance to watch games from the No.2 Court standing enclosure and from unreserved seating and standing on the outside courts, and on the big screen at Henman Hill. Once ground capacity has been reached, queuers are admitted on a one-out, one-in basis.

No.10.   28th June 2014 “Pride in London”

Join the party as thousands of people take to the streets for Pride in London, a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and culture.

A highlight is the Pride parade, which usually follows the traditional route from Baker Street, along Oxford Street and Regent Street, ending in Trafalgar Square. One of London’s most vibrant celebrations, the parade features thousands of marchers, roller-skaters, dancers and singers.

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