Trooping The Colour

This year The King’s Birthday Parade is 15 June. If you’ve been following my insta feed, you will have seen I was given access to watch an early morning rehearsal of the Irish Guards. Glorious sunshine had me living my best life watching the magic of it all. It was fabulous, and totally got me in the mood for a summer of pageantry. It also involved a visit to the Household Cavalry Museum.



The Major General’s rehearsal is 1st June & The Colonel’s Review is the 8th June. Both are sold out now, but head to The Mall or Birdcage Walk and see the Troops march their way to Horseguards.


Open Gardens  8-9 June | Time for gardeners to get super nosy and go into London gardens. See what’s growing & blooming. Every year I enter the Downing st ballot, and every year I fail to get a ticket. I guess I keep trying.


Naomi in Fashion at the V&A | This long awaited exhibition opens in time for the summer crowds. Expect big things and a look into the life and world of super fashion model Naomi Campbell. Tickets £18. Concession available.


Photography in London is having a moment.

Key exhibitions to see would be;

Fragile Beauty at V&A. A beautifully curated look at the extraordinary collection of Sir Elton John and David Furnish in collaboration with Gucci. If it isn’t the photography, the subject or the talent it is the framing… you’ll be in there longer than you think. 5stars from me. Tickets £22.
Beyond Beauty at Saatchi Gallery 31 May – 8 September 2024 | A look a fashion photography from around the world, delving into archives and looking at the now. It’s bold and has the wow factor you wouldn’t expect. Tickets £6.

They also have a beautiful exhibition downstairs called Metamorphosis. A look at eco-photography and film. Closes 28 July. Free.
Zaneli Muholi at Tate Modern opens 8 June. The work of South African activist with a body of work spanning her career with over 260 images on display.
Royal Portraits at The King’s Gallery : A truly remarkable look at Royal portraits over the last 100 years. Tickets £19.00.
Double Exposure at Claridge’s Art Space : David Bailey & Mary McCartney showing alongside each other. The first time Bailey has shown his work alongside anyone, so that’s quite something in itself. Free.


Design Notes

Wow House 4 June – 4 July Chelsea Design Centre | 19 full size rooms and outdoor spaces created by world class designers with internationally recognised design brands. Tickets £25. Concessions available.

Treasure House Fair 27 June – 2 July at Royal Hospital | Last year a lot of people were telling me this fair was fabulous, so I thought I’d highlight it in case it appeals to you.


Queen’s Reading Room at Hampton Court 8 June | This festival was so popular last year, it returns once more with an even bigger line up. It includes Helena Bonham Carter, Miriam Margolyes, Harlen Coben and Richard Coles.


Gifford’s Circus returns to Chiswick House 6 – 23 June | This charming circus returns with a new show Avalon. This is their only London location, so if you haven’t been, now is your chance and I defy you not to be bitten by their enchanting bug.


Anya Hindmarch’s Ice Cream project returns for a third year on Friday 7 June | Clear your freezers now for tubs of quirky flavoured ice cream, or book in for the blind tasting afternoon ice cream tea. Anya Village, Pont St, SW1.

Royal School of Needlework Fashion Week | 10 – 13 June The Truman Brewery. This graduate show is usually stunning and well worth seeing. I’ll be going to their preview so watch my IG stories if you want a sneak peek.

Shakespeare in the Squares :  This has to be one of the most quintessentially English things to watch. This non-profit touring Shakespeare company play in London squares during the summer. It starts on 5 June. Check the  link to find a venue near you. I went last year and had the best evening. Take a little picnic and your favourite tipple to elevate your evening.