What’s on in London for June 2017


June in LondonThis month has lots of outdoor events taking place so let’s hope the weather stays dry. We have the state opening of Parliament, The Queen’s Birthday, Open air concerts, Open air Food events and loads more. See below for our top 10 events not to miss.

No. 1. 7th to 24th June 2017 “Hampton Court Palace Festival”

Watch top performers including Will Young, Van Morrison, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe on stage at Hampton Court Palace Festival in the palace’s beautiful open-air Tudor courtyard. Other acts on the line-up include Bryan Ferry, James Morrison, Jools Holland, Corinne Bailey Rae, Rick Astley, Björn Again and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as an evening of spectacular fireworks.

Soak up the atmosphere in the historic courtyard of Henry VIII’s impressive Tudor palace as part of an intimate audience. Tickets from £39.

No 2. 7th June to 14th July 2017 “BP Big Screens in London” at Trafalgar Square
Experience live opera and ballet in the centre of London with the Royal Opera House’s BP Big Screens 2017.

On 7th June, 4th July and 14th July, two operas and one ballet, together with exclusive backstage looks and competitions, are broadcasted directly from Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House to locations across the UK.

Big screens will once again be set up in Trafalgar Square, where you can watch all three performances, while some of the shows will this year also be relayed to The Scoop, Hammersmith Lyric Square and Alexandra Palace for more chances to catch all the action.

Get together with friends and family, bring a picnic and a blanket, and enjoy these free live screenings suitable for newcomers and fans alike. Make sure to arrive early to secure a space and to enjoy the full pre-show screenings.

No. 3. 9th to 18th June 2017 “M.I.A.’s Meltdown” at Southbank Centre

Experience M.I.A.’s Meltdown as she joins the ranks of Patti Smith, David Bowie, Yoko Ono, David Byrne, Ray Davies and Morrissey as curator of the festival at Southbank Centre.

Alongside the Mercury Prize-winning Young Fathers, Crystal Castles and a host of dynamic reggae, dancehall, rap and hip-hop acts, M.I.A. brings a diverse and disruptive music programme to the festival.

Take part in free cultural activities throughout the festival, including a mass carnival, all-day block party and special sessions developed with refugee artists and charities.

No.4. 14th to 18th June 2017 “Taste of London 2017” in Regent’s Park

Discover a tantalising selection of world-class chefs and London’s hottest restaurants as the Taste of London festival descends on London’s Regent’s Park once again.

For five summer days, the park in Central London is transformed into a foodie wonderland as 40 of London’s best restaurants gather to show off the hottest dishes from their extensive menus. Watch live cooking demonstrations, meet some of the capital’s leading chefs, participate in masterclasses and shop at more than 200 food and drink stalls. Restaurants already announced for Taste of London 2017 include Roka, Bubbledogs, Vanilla Black, Señor Ceviche, Club Gascon and Jamavar.

This year, you can also enjoy a one-hour sit-down menu at the table of top chefs including Massimo Bottura, Alex Atala and Ollie Dabbous, in the new Taste Residence. Plus, keep an eye out for more famous faces around the festival site, including chef patron of the two Michelin-starred The Hand & Flowers Tom Kerridge and renowned Italian chef Francesco Mazzei.

Tickets: £17 to £30

No. 5. 17th June 2017 “Trooping the Colour: The Queen’s Birthday Parade” on Horse Guards Parade.

Experience a traditional ceremony full of military pomp and pageantry.

Marking the Queen’s official birthday, this annual event features hundreds of officers, horses and musicians from the Household Division in ceremonial uniform.

The Queen herself attends the ceremony. She is first escorted in a carriage from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade. There, she carries out an inspection of her troops, before leading her Guards in a parade back down The Mall to Buckingham Palace. Once at the palace, the Queen takes the salute, and guns are fired in Green Park and at the Tower of London. Finally she joins other members of the Royal Family on the palace balcony to watch the Royal Air Force fly-past.

Events begin around 10am and the RAF fly-past takes place at 1pm.

No.6. 17th to 18th June 2017 “Open Garden Squares Weekend”

Take a peek behind the gates of London’s private gardens and discover hidden grassy gems during the Open Garden Squares Weekend, which takes place across 27 London boroughs.

More than 200 London gardens, from the historic and traditional to the new and experimental, are opened up to the public for one weekend every year. Venture into private gardens, roof gardens and community allotments, as well as gardens belonging to historic buildings, museums, churches and In 2017, participating green spaces include the garden of 10 Downing Street, home of the British prime minister; the Royal College of Physicians’ Medicinal Garden; Belgrave Square, a private garden surrounded by grand mansions; the garden of Trumpeters’ House, built on the site of the former Richmond Palace; Crossrail Place Roof Garden in Canary Wharf; and the gated community garden at Tate Modern.

Many of the public gardens provide guided walks, as well as music, family entertainment, art activities and food and drink stalls during the weekend.

No. 7. 18th June 2017 “Father’s Day in London”

Plan a day to remember this Father’s Day in London. From cultural attractions, to getting active outdoors and foodie delights, there are so many ways to treat your dad in London this Father’s Day with the right activity to suit his tastes.

Take a look at our Father’s Day ideas below for top things to do with dad in London.

Activities for Active and Outdoors Dads

• Challenge him to climb the famous arena with Up at The O2.
• Book an exhilarating speedboat ride on the Thames or helicopter tour high above the city.
• Take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful Kew Gardens.
• Go animal spotting at ZSL London Zoo or WWT London Wetland Centre.
• Send him snorkeling with sharks at SEA LIFE London Aquarium.

Things to Do with Sports Fans on Father’s Day

• Visit a fascinating sports museum.
• Book a stadium tour of one of London’s iconic sports venues.
• Watch live sports, or challenge him to a game of pool at Rileys, London’s biggest sports bar.
• Grab a football or a frisbee and head to a park.
• Find tickets to one of the capital’s top sports events.

Father’s Day Food and Drink in London

• Treat him to a gentlemen’s afternoon tea.
• Buy him a pint at a riverside pub or a beer garden on a sunny day.
• Sit down for a traditional meal in a cosy gastro pub.
• Take him to the annual Taste of London festival in Regent’s Park.
• Go on a tour of Camden Town Brewery or Meantime brewery.

Days Out and Games for Curious Dads

• Visit one of London’s many art galleries or major museums.
• Learn more about military history at the imposing HMS Belfast.
• Take your trainspotting dad to the London Transport Museum.
• Test his logic with an escape game or trail.

Father’s Day Shows in London

• Book tickets to one of London’s top shows and musicals.
• Catch a circus or comedy act at the Underbelly Festival, followed by a drink at the festival’s huge outdoor bar.
• Watch a show under the stars at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
• Head to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre for a play or tour.

No.8. 19th June 2017 “State Opening of Parliament 2017”

Watch the traditional procession which leads the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster for the State Opening of Parliament.
The State Opening of Parliament is the most important event in the parliamentary calendar, bringing together the sovereign, the House of Lords and the House of Commons to mark the start of the new parliamentary year. The century-old ceremony takes place in the House of Lords, where the Queen reads a speech written by the government (the Queen’s Speech) which outlines its agenda for the coming year. Join the throngs of spectators as the procession makes its way along The Mall and Whitehall, before heading to the Houses of Parliament. Spot the Queen and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh in the horse-led coach, escorted by the Household Cavalry.

No.9. 24th to 25th June 2017 “West End LIVE” at Trafalgar Square

Sing along to some of the West End’s leading musicals and discover London’s exciting new shows, with free performances for the 13th annual West End LIVE in Trafalgar Square.

Every year, the cast of some of the hottest West End shows take to the stage in front of thousands of spectators, to showcase the best of London’s West End. Last year’s line-up included The Lion King, The Bodyguard, Matilda The Musical, The Phantom Of The Opera, STOMP, Jersey Boys, Impossible and Breakfast At Tiffany’s, and starred Beverley Knight, Tom Chambers, Kerry Ellis, Matt Cardle, Pixie Lott and many more famous faces.

Check back nearer the time for the West End Live 2017 line-up.

This free event is hugely popular and there is limited space, so be sure to get there early to secure a space.

No.10. 30th June 2017 “British Summer Time Hyde Park 2017 Concert with Phil Collins and Blondie”

Music legend Phil Collins opens the festival with support from Blondie, Mike and the Mechanics and Starsailor. Tickets: From £62.50

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