What’s on in London for June 2013

sunJune is one of the best months to visit London, with so many major events taking place. As you can see from our top 10 below, Wimbledon, Royal Ascot, plus the start of the open air concert season are some of the great events aking place for you to come and enjoy, and don’t forget to try our fresh English strawberries and cream. There is nothing quite like it. Welcome to the English summer, let’s just hope we see some sunshine.

No 1. 13th June to 18th July “BP Big Screens” Trafalgar Square Experience ballet and opera al fresco this summer, as BP Big Screens returns, screening world class productions .The events will be beamed live and direct from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, and available to watch for free. This year’s performances are The Royal Ballet’s Mayerling on 13 June. In addition, The Royal Opera’s La Rondine will be screened on 11 July and Tosca on 18 July. All performances start at 7.30pm.

No 2. 15th June” Trooping the Colour: The Queen’s Birthday Parade” 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 takes place on Horse Guards Parade in London’s St James’s Park in June, 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. After existing in various forms from around 1700, the Trooping the Colour ceremony was restored in 1820 on the accession of King George IV. The main aspects of the parade have changed very little since then. Trooping the Colour has been held each year in London, apart from during the world wars and a national rail strike in 1955. Although the official birthday is celebrated in June, Queen Elizabeth II’s actual birthday is in April. Monarchs are traditionally given a second birthday if they were born in winter, in case the weather is unsuitable for an outdoor event!

No. 3. 16th June” 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. Trainspotting 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. The way to a man’s heart is definitely through his stomach… and that includes dad! Take him for a Father’s Day meal at a cosy gastro pub or one of the many delicious restaurants in London. 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 cool boutiques.

No.4. 18th June to 22nd June “Royal Ascot 2013” Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire 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 fashions 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. For Tickets for Royal Ascot there are three levels 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. Access to the Royal Enclosure at Ascot is restricted to those who have been sponsored for membership. Overseas visitors may also apply to their embassy or high commission for badges.

No.5. 20th June to 23th June “A taste of London” Regents Park. Calling all foodies! Taste of London is the capital’s largest open-air food and drink festival, bringing together big-name chefs, popular restaurants and top-notch food. Taking place in the city’s beautiful Regent’s Park, the festival attracts a stellar line-up of culinary greats, from Jamie Oliver to Gary Rhodes. Foodies can sample signature dishes from London’s best restaurants, meet celebrated chefs at live cooking demonstrations and see more than 100 specialty food producers.

No.6. 22nd June “The Killers at Wembley Stadium” Global rock superstars The Killers put on their biggest ever standalone concert at Wembley Stadium. Don’t miss Brandon Flowers and his band perform hits from their best selling albums Hot Fuss, Sam’s Town, Day & Age and Battle Born.

No.7. 22nd June to 23rd June “West End Live” Trafalgar Square West End LIVE is back for its ninth year this summer, showcasing free performances in Trafalgar Square, from loads of top West End musicals. Theatre fans will not be disappointed as a line-up of exciting new shows perform for the first time ever at West End LIVE, alongside long-running classic London musicals. Last year, the two-day event attracted half a million people and saw performances from smash hit musicals including Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, Matilda and Wicked. Visitors can also participate in a number of family-focused interactive activities, and explore exhibits from many of London’s most popular museums and attractions. This unique free event is hugely popular and there is limited space, so be sure to get there early as it is first come, first in.

N0. 8 . 24th June to 7th July “Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships 2013” 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. 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. Wimbledon Tickets: On the Day. 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, people who have queued are admitted on a one-out, one-in basis.

No.9 29th June to 5th July “Robbie Williams with Olly Murs” at Wembley Stadium Robbie Williams takes to the stage at London’s Wembley Stadium for his first full tour for over six years, with special guest Olly Murs. Tickets from £55.00

No.10. 29th June to 30th June “Hard Rock Calling” at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Bruce Springsteen and Kasabian are headlining Hard Rock Calling this summer. US rock legend Springsteen and backing group The E Street Band are returning to London’s Hard Rock Calling festival for the third time to headline the event. They will perform on 30 June, along with The Black Crows and Alabama Shakes. British indie-rock icons Kasabian will make their debut.

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