What’s on in London for June 2012

Let the celebrations begin. June is the month when the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations really start. Listed below are some of the top events taking place all over London this month. Starting on the 2nd June, this is the start of a great summer and if you are here in the next few weeks don’t forget we still have Wimbledon Tennis and for horse racing fans Royal Ascot to come later in the month. The Olympics are also just a few weeks away, so what better time than  to come to London now.

Below are our top 10 things to see and do in London for this month.

No. 1.   2 June 2012 to 3 June  “Jubilee Family Festival “ Head to Hyde Park with the whole family to enjoy a festival of entertainment in celebration of the Queens Diamond Jubilee. Join hosts Myleene Klass and John Culshaw for a fun-filled festival that promises to be one of the highlights of the Jubilee weekend.  The two-day festival will give 50,000 people per day the chance to enjoy a family-friendly selection of live music and entertainment, alongside traditional food and drink. Each day will be capped with a magical Disney concert created especially for the Jubilee, featuring all 10 Disney princesses as well as familiar songs and characters.

There will be four different zones offering a variety of exciting entertainment, ranging from headline acts on the Main Stage to military displays on the Parade Ground.

Highlights Include:  Disney Zone and 70-minute Disney concert at the end of each day. Performances from the stars of Strictly Come Dancing, War Horse and more.

There will also be performances from Angelina Ballerina, and  entertainment from the Commonwealth countries, including Bollywood and Maori Kapa Haka dancers along with Military displays including the White Helmet Motorcycle Display Team and the Black Knights Royal Artillery Parachute Team. There will also be traditional British food and drink, Pearly Kings and Queens, marching bands, face painters and much more. The events start each day at 10:30 a.m.

No.2.  2 June “Field Day Festival 2012” at Victoria Park

Get down to London’s Victoria Park for this festival celebrating the best in alternative and indie music. Field Day started as a tiny gathering outside a pub in 2006. The following year it took to East London’s lovely Victoria Park for the first time. Five years later some 20,000 people make Field Day a must-see in their music calendar.

The festival attracts some of the world’s best bands. Previous line-ups have included Beth Orton, Bat For Lashes and Florence and the Machine

Field Day 2012 will feature acts including: Franz Ferdinand,The Vaccines, Last Dinosaurs, Liars, Gold Panda, Django Django, Citizens and  Afrocubism.

The event starts at 11.30 a.m. Tickets cost £39.50.

No 3.  3 June “ Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant” Starts at Battersea Bridge 2-3pm; Finishes Tower Bridge 5-6pm

Celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee along the Thames as hundreds of boats decked out in Union Jack flags float up the river.

See one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the River Thames, as London celebrates The Queen’s 60th year as the reigning monarch.

Up to 1,000 boats are expected to take part in the pageant, including those used by the armed forces and emergency services, as well as historic boats, wooden launches and steam vessels. Each craft will be decorated streamers and Union Jack flags, and the passenger boats will carry up to 30,000 members of the public.

Other highlights of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant include: Music barges, boats spouting geysers, Pyrotechnic barges releasing smoke and daytime fireworks, a floating belfry, A gun salute. There will also be family fun at Battersea Park, with music, a traditional funfair and Jubilee-themed entertainment

You will be able to watch the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant for free along the River Thames, and there will be up to 50 big screens along the route, so wherever you’re standing, you will see the flotilla!

No 4.  3 June “Big Jubilee Lunch on Piccadilly”

Dine al fresco on historic Piccadilly to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Join hundreds of Londoners and visitors for a communal picnic on one of the world’s most famous streets. In celebration of the Diamond Jubilee, a 500-seat party table will stretch from Piccadilly Circus to St James’s Street, offering those with pre-booked places a chance to enjoy their lunch in the heart of the festivities.

If you reserve an hour-long slot at the table you can either bring your own lunch or purchase snacks from stalls ranged along the street. With organisations such as Fortnum and Mason, the Ritz and the Wolseley taking part, there should be an abundance of delicious treats to choose from! The event starts at 12:00 p.m. – 6:00.p.m.

No.5.  3 June  “Diamond Jubilee Festival, Battersea Park”

Watch the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant and enjoy a thoroughly British festival in Battersea Park Curated by Clare Patey and Wayne Hemmingway, the festival will welcome over 50,000 ticket-holders on the day. As 1,000 ships sail majestically past, Battersea Park will come alive with an eccentric festival of entertainment and activities to create a truly memorable Diamond Jubilee experience.

Visitors can watch the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, featuring the Royal barge and other historical, modern and unusual ships, from the Viewing Area or while toasting The Queen at the festival’s Thames bars.

The rest of the park will host a right Royal knees up that will reflect the 60 years of The Queen’s reign and be the perfect excuse to put on your dancing shoes, experience traditional British culture and enjoy a day out with the family.

Highlights include music from the Noisettes, the Urban Soul Orchestra and top DJ Norman Jay MBE, vintage stalls and activities, the Diamond Geezer pop up pub and a giant cake feast that features a huge edible portrait of The Queen.

No.6.  8 June  to 10 June “MINT Polo in the Park” being held at Hurlingham Park

Don’t miss London’s premier polo event, MINT Polo in the Park at Hurlingham Park.

For the fourth year running, Hurlingham Park will host the world’s top polo players as they battle it out in a furious display of horsemanship. Teams from all over the world will be in action over three days, and there will also be additional entertainment and food and drink. A great summer’s day out.

No. 7.   14th to 23rdJune “Hampton Court Palace Festival 2012”

.This year, Hampton Court Palace Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary, with superstar Liza Minnelli headlining on the opening night.

She’ll perform several show stopping numbers including New York New York, Cabaret and Maybe This Time. Other stars on the Hampton Court Palace Festival line-up include: Jools Holland & His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra with special guest Marc Almond, on the  15 June, Van Morrison 17 June, Squeeze 19 June, James Morrison 20 June, Caro Emerald, 21 June, Katie Melua, 22 June, Frankie Vallie & The Four Seasons, 23 Jun, John Barrowman 24 Jun.

To mark the festival’s 20th anniversary on 16 June, there’ll be a gala performance by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, followed by spectacular fireworks over the palace.

Have a Picnic at Hampton Court Palace Festival

Hampton Court Palace Festival takes place over 10 nights in the grounds of a beautiful Tudor palace.

The music starts in the evening, but you can arrive early (5:30pm) and enjoy a picnic in the gardens courtesy of Jamie Oliver’s fabulous feasts (picnics must be booked in advance).

No.8. 19th to the 23rd June “Royal Ascot 2012” at Ascot Race course.

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!

Steeped in tradition, heritage and pageantry, Royal Ascot dates back 300 years and is attended by the Royal Family, including Her Majesty the Queen.

Founded by Queen Anne in 1711, Royal Ascot features a daily horse-drawn procession from Windsor Castle to Ascot Racecourse led by the Royal carriage.

Although the eye-catching fashion steals the show at Royal Ascot, this colourful occasion also features top-quality horse racing.

Racing highlights of Royal Ascot include the Golden Jubilee Stakes and the Gold Cup. Prize money for the week totals millions of pounds!

The Queen has enjoyed considerable success at Royal Ascot, having owned many winners including Free Agent, who won the Chesham Stakes in 2008.

There are three levels of tickets for each day of Royal Ascot: Silver Ring tickets, Grandstand tickets and Royal Enclosure badges.

Silver Ring tickets are the cheapest tickets to Royal Ascot. There is no formal dress code, so it’s a great way to catch all the racing action on a budget.

Grandstand tickets give you access to excellent facilities and entertainment, including military bands and a traditional sing-a-long after racing each day.

No.9.  25th June till the 8th July “Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships 2012”

The world of tennis descends on Wimbledon in South West London every summer 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. 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. 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.

N0. 10.   Starts from the 30th June till 7th October “Buckingham Palace Summer Opening and Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration”

To celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, there’s a special exhibition of royal diamonds, also inside Buckingham Palace you can explore lavishly furnished rooms containing some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection at Buckingham. There is also paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Poussin, Canaletto and Claude. Sculptures by Canova and Chantrey, some exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world.

This year The Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee – the only monarch to reach such a landmark, other than Queen Victoria.

To celebrate, Buckingham Palace is displaying a spectacular array of diamonds worn by The Queen and other monarchs over the past 200 years.

Discover the historical, political and diplomatic significance the jewels hold, and follow their journeys down the generations and between allies – or enemies.

Adult Ticket:   £18.00  per ticket, Child age 5-17: £10.25  per ticket, Family Ticket: £47.00  per tickets, Concession Ticket: £16.50  per ticket

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