June in London is about sport, festivals, and generally enjoying the outdoors. We have been spoilt for choice to to pick just 7 things for June in the Super Seven. We are bursting at the seams with ideas for you. Quite a few of the events are at the beginning of the month, so check the links to the websites, as the events run for the whole month of June. Finally our shop this month has some brilliant choices for the men in our life. Don’t forget Father’s Day on 16 June.
Trooping of the Colour 8 June. Even if you can’t get tickets, this is such a fabulous British spectacle that lines the Mall with pageantry, flags and the Royal Family all the way to Buckingham Palace. Nicely topped off with a fly-past at the end of it. The best of British.
The Great Exhibition Road Festival 28-30 June | Exhibition Road in South Kensington. This 3 day extravaganza is a celebration of curiosity, discovery and exploration that brings together science and the arts in the spirit of Prince Alberts Great Exhibition of 1851. There will be workshops, talks, performances … there is even an insect kitchen for those young foodies!
Trafalgar Square: This month they seem to be hosting a lot of events. If the weather is lovely, there is no where nicer that hanging out for a little live music. It is first come first served for seating, so get there early (be sure to check local websites for up to date information on the day). West End Live (22 & 23 June) , Eid Festival (8 June), London Symphony Orchestra Festival with Simon Rattle (1st July, so plan it now). Finally, catch the incredible SOMOS Brazil Exhibition at the Brazilian Embassy. An extraordinary project taken on by the respected photographer Marcus Lyon.
Summer by the River: This riverside festival has returned to London and is here until September. All around City Hall and More London the area has street food vans, bars, music. On a summer’s evening honestly it is such fun, we went last year for the Havana evening, and we really didn’t want to leave. Check here for details. Each night of the week will run a different theme, so get on down there for fitness, family, world music, outdoor cinema and more!
London Festival of Architecture : Starts 1 June. There are over 400 events happening in London. It is the biggest celebration on this subject in the world – there is something for everyone. There is the Lego challenge at the Royal Academy, to a Colour Palace at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, to building castles in the air, Daedalum by Alan Parkinson at the RAD London. Take a look at the event listing and pick out a few things to see. They genuinely all look fantastic.
Green scenes in London for June:
Open Garden Squares 8-9 June. Have a look at some stunning London garden squares which are so often closed up and out of sight. Some have a small entry charge for charity.
Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 1-7 July : Book your tickets now for the less showy but equally beautiful flower show.
Chihuly at Kew on until October : Don’t forget to book for the Chihuly nights in August.
Art picks for the month:
RA Summer Exhibition 10 June
BP Portrait Award 13 June : National Portrait Gallery
Stanley Kubrick at the Design Museum until 17 September
Natalia Goncharova 6 June : Tate Modern
Leonardo da Vinci | A life in Drawing at Queens Gallery : Blog post
Culture Pick of the Month : Leonardo at Buckingham Palace.
Sporting Event : It has to be the World Cup Cricket. See the website for details of the matches.
Foodies of the month : Taste of London 19-23 June in Regent’s Park.
Theatre Pick: Rosmersholm at the Duke of Yorks. Only on until 20 July. We are booked having heard fabulous things.
Catch it before it goes: Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the NHM. Closes 30 June 2019.
Talk of the month: Our Rainbow Queen at the V&A. Fashion historian Amber Butchard takes us on the journey of how the Queen has made ten decades of fashion so colourful – and always on point.
Rooftop film clubs are also a great night out. Head east or look up Luna Cinema for their screenings all over the capital, and in some cases throughout the country.