What’s on in London for June 2016

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London is going Queen mad this month. No Freddie Mercury is not making a come back. Her majesty Queen Elizabeth is celebrating her official 90th Birthday and the whole country is invited to celebrate with her. Her majesty is also our longest serving Monarch making this an even more special occasion. As you will see from our 10 top events they are mostly dominated by things to do with the Queen . If you have never seen her majesty in the flesh this may be your opportunity to put that right. So just in case the Queen finds our blog “Congratulations your majesty from everyone at Harmony cars”.

No 1. 3rd June to 15th July “Sunset Safari” at London Zoo. Explore London Zoo as the sun comes down with Sunset Safari on Friday evenings this summer. Get together with friends, family or colleagues and start the weekend in the company of the zoo’s animals. Catch the tigers prowling in the twilight, watch the giraffes turn in for the night and encounter more than 700 fascinating species as they prepare for their nightly adventures. Watch the keepers feed the animals, listen to captivating talks, take a guided tour of the zoo and test your animal knowledge with the Zooniversity Challenge. Plus, there’s delicious food on offer from around the world in the street food festival, and acoustic music finishes off the night. Opening times: 6pm to 10pm, every Friday

No 2. 8th to 9th June “Household Division Beating Retreat” at Horse Guards Parade. Watch the Household Division Beating Retreat for a uniquely British spectacle featuring the Queen’s Foot Guards and the Household Cavalry, amongst others. Beating Retreat refers to a military drum call that can trace its origins to 16th-century England and was first used to recall nearby units to their castle. Over the centuries that followed it developed into a musical ceremonial event that is practiced throughout the Commonwealth, but it is at its most spectacular in the magnificent surroundings of Horse Guards Parade in Central London. Always performed on the Wednesday and Thursday evenings preceding the Queen’s Birthday Parade in June, it is a sunset pageant of precision drill, horses, cannons and fireworks, all accompanied by music from around 300 musicians from the Massed Bands of the Household Division. On at least one evening, the Queen or a senior member of the British Royal Family usually attends and takes the salute.

No.3. 10th June “Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday Service of Thanksgiving” at St Paul’s Cathedral. Watch as the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other invited guests attend a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral to mark Her Majesty’s 90th birthday The date also happens to be the Duke of Edinburgh’s 95th birthday, but he has specified that he does not want the date to be celebrated publicly. The service is only open to invited guests, but will be televised.

No.4. 10th to 26th June “Pride in London 2016”. Join the party as thousands of people take part in the Pride In London festival, a celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) community across London. The culmination of the 16-day event is the Pride in London Parade, which follows a route from Baker Street to Whitehall via Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall and Trafalgar Square on 25 June. Taking place from 1pm, it features more than 250 community groups, dancers and performers; while more than 15,000 spectators are expected to attend the showcase of gay and lesbian culture in the city. The 2016 theme will be announced closer to the date.Trafalgar Square hosts the main Pride in London event during the day on 25 June, with plenty of live performances and speeches. Previous performers have included the popular London Gay Big Band and up-and-coming talent within London’s LGBT+ community plucked from the “Pride’s Got Talent’ competition. Soho takes over at night with parties and events in the many pubs, bars and clubs.

No.5. 11th June “Neil Young” at The O2. See the ageing but forever engaging Neil Young perform with his new support band, Promise of the Real. Young and Promise of the Real will be playing hits off their environmentally-driven new album, The Monsanto Years. Watch as Young does what he does best, infusing his new tracks with crowd favourites, such as Cowgirl In The Sand, Down By The River, and Harvest Moon. Prices Adult Ticket: £50.00 to £65.00 per ticket. If you are having problems obtaining tickets for this concert give Harmony cars a ring on 07976 374498 or email them at info@harmony-airport-transfers.com   they may be able to obtain tickets for you.

No.6. 11th June “Trooping the Colour: The Queen’s Birthday Parade”. Trooping the Colour is an annual event that takes place on Horse Guards Parade near London’s St James’s Park, marking 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 flypast.

No.7.   15th to 19th June “Coldplay” at Wembley Stadium. Catch Coldplay, the world-famous indie-rock music band, play live in concert. Hear all your favourite Coldplay songs such as Yellow, The Scientist, A Sky Full of Stars and Fix You performed at the biggest stadium in the UK. Eight-time BRIT Award winners Coldplay take their 2016 tour A Head Full Of Dreams to the national stadium on their first tour since 2012. The latest album of the same name includes hit singles Hymn for the Weekend, Adventure of a Lifetime and Everglow.     A Coldplay tour is quite rare and only happens once in a while. Book your Coldplay tickets now and be part of this spectacular occasion. Ticket Prices £49.50 to £104.50 per ticket. If you are having problems obtaining tickets for this concert give Harmony cars a ring on 07976 374498 or email them at info@harmony-airport-transfers.com they may be able to obtain tickets for you.

No.8. 19th June “Father’s Day” in London. Arty fathers will love London’s many art galleries and history buffs will enjoy the big museums. Trainspotting dads can spend hours getting “hands on” with interactive visits at London Transport Museum, which is very family-friendly. Those who are more into their military history will enjoy exploring the imposing HMS Belfast on the river Thames near London Bridge, which played a crucial role in supporting troops during the Second World War. If your dad’s into sport, London’s sports museums are well worth a visit. Or why not book a stadium tour at one of London’s iconic stadia?     Outdoors types might prefer a walk by the Thames or make a day of it at Kew Gardens. Visit the animals at London Zoo or London Wetland Centre or simply grab a football, Frisbee or kite and head to one of London’s parks and gardens. The way to a man’s heart is definitely through his stomach… and that includes dad! Take him for a cosy gastro pub meal or treat him to a gentlemen’s afternoon tea. If the weather is nice, why not treat him to a drink in one of London’s riverside pubs, which have stunning views of the Thames; or opt for a pint in a beer garden. If he has a head for heights, see if he can take the challenge of Up at the O2, a unique taste of urban mountaineering, or head up to The View from The Shard. Here, you can savour the views of London, which stretch up to 40 miles away, before heading up to The Shard’s champagne bar on level 69.

No.9.   24th June to 31st December “The Slide” at ArcelorMittal Orbit,Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Get the adrenaline pumping with a ride on The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit. Whizz down the UK’s tallest public artwork with a 40-second ride on the tallest and longest tunnel slide in the world. Twist and turn your way down the sculpture at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour (24km per hour) as you glimpse London’s skyscape passing by through sections of light. Anish Kapoor, creator of the ArcelorMittal Orbit, has worked in collaboration with artist Carsten Höller to create the 76m (250ft) high and 178m (584ft) long tunnel slide that intertwines with his Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park sculpture. The slide is made up of 12 twists and turns, including a tight corkscrew named the Bettfeder, and ends in a thrilling 50m straight run to the ground. Slide Ticket: £5.00 per ticket

No.10.   29th June till 17th September “ Breakfast At Tiffany’s” at Theatre Royal Haymarket. Singer Pixie Lott takes on Audrey Hepburn’s iconic role as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s at Theatre Royal Haymarket. Set in New York during the Second World War, this highly anticipated production returns to the rougher edges and candid nature of the original text.

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