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May 23, 2019

 

June is the month of the Summer Solstice in the Northen Hemisphere, which means we will have the longest day of the year on 21st June.

Father's Day is celebrated in the UK on Sunday 16th June, together with many other countries around the globe.

The United Nations proclaimed 21st June as the International Day of Yoga and in the UK we also celebrate Bring your Dog to Work Day.

More is happening in London and the UK, and here are some suggestions:

 

 

theatre: Our town

16 May - 8 June

 

Our Town comes to Regent’s Park open air Theatre this summer. It is a three-act play by the American playwrite Thornton Wilder which tells the story of the inhabitants of Grover’s Corner, a fictional American small town, between 1901 and 1913. Our Town was first performed in 1938, went on to success on Broadway and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. But it's timeless themes make it just as relevant today. The novel follows the relationship of a young couple. Birth - Marriage - Death. And in between. What happens in our lives? What is important? Our Town is a moving celebration of what it means to be human. 

 

 

 

sport: Chestertons Polo in the Park

7-9 June

 

This June, the three day sporting spectacle returns to the hallowed grounds of Burlington Park for its tenth birthday. From Friday 7th June to Sunday 9th June, teams from across the world compete in one of Europe's largest and most popular polo tournaments. Restaurants, bars and boutiques are open from midday. There's music, plenty of food and drink, and even the chance to indulge in a cheeky shopping spree. Three games of ‘city polo’ will take place with the home team ‘London’ competing in late afternoon. Enjoy access to the Grandstand to watch the pinnacle of professional polo from 7pm, as the Flannels England polo team compete against ICM.com Team Australia in order to win the historic Olympic Trophy.  Be part of one of the most exciting weekends in the European polo calendar for as little as £15 and an unmissable summer celebration. 

 

 

 

not to be missed: Trooping the colour 

8 June

 

See the magnificent Trooping the Colour ceremony on the Horse Guards Parade on June 8th. With Her Majesty the Queen taking the salute, this traditional, impressive ceremony full of military pomp and pageantry marks the Queen’s official birthday. It is the highlight of the great spectacles in the royal calendar with over 1400 officers and men, two hundred horses and over four hundred musicians from ten bands. The Queen rides in a carriage  from Buckingham Palace along the Mall to Horse Guards Parade and back, accompanied by a Sovereign's escort from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

Back 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 flypast.

The best place to watch the Trooping of Colour is from The Mall or on the edge of St. James Park overlooking the Horse Guards from 9am. There is also ticketed seating for £40.00 which has to be applied for in advance.

 

 

children: Open Garden Square Weekend

8-9 June

 

Take the children and discover London’s hidden green spaces and secret gardens the first weekend in June. Various green spaces in London across 27 boroughs open their gates for the public enjoyment. A lot of gardens and roof terraces  belong to historic buildings, schools, shops, private houses and are usually closed to the public. Have fun and find out what is behind the secret doors. New to the Open Garden Square Weekend are a handful of ’star’ community gardens, which showcase how we can all work together to create unusual local green spaces. Check the website for walking and cycling tours, family activities, art trails and much more.

 

 

festival: London Seafood Festival

12-16 June

 

London Seafood Festival once again makes a splash at Battersea Power Station this summer, offering culinary delights, masterclasses, chef collaborations and new exciting pop-ups suitable for all the family.

The five-day-long seafood fun festival will take place on the banks of the River Thames, under the view of one of London’s most iconically beautiful pieces of architecture. Some of the leading seafood specialists in London like Vivek Singh and Asma Khan will offer special menus and ticketed dinners. Wright Brothers are donating fresh oysters. You can get a plate of three in exchange for a small donation to Action Against Hunger or BPS Foundation. The festival will also host live music, street food stalls and live cooking demonstrations.

 

 

 

music: Heritage Live Concert Series: Kenwood House 

14-16 June

 

Heritage Live is returning to Kennwood House with some amazing live performances by world-class artists. This year, the first concert of the weekend is held by the music group The Piano Guys, who have amassed a staggering 3 billion audio and video streams worldwide and are very well known for their music videos at the most magnificent locations in the world like The Great wall of China, Chichen Itza and Iguazu Falls.

Madness, a group of local North London boys who played their first show in the Borough of Camden in 1979, continue on Saturday with a special show celebration their 40th anniversary. (Madness XL is playing in Northampton at Franklin's Gardens, June 28) Staged next to the lake and with a captivating view of the magnificent Kenwood house, Jose Carreras will perform on Sunday with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, which will be conducted by David Gimenez. The concert is part of Carreras’ farewell tour and will be his musical farewell to the UK capital.

Please make sure to look at the website for general information

 

 

 

dance: Somnium. A Dancer’s Dream

20-22 June

 

A new explosive dance show is coming to Sadler’s Well in June this summer. Somnium: A Dancer’s dream, directed and choreographed by Neil Jones tells the story of a British boy and a Russian girl who fell in love and became World Champion dancers. Starring dance professionals Neil and Katya Jones and World Latin show dance Champions, the show features masterful storytelling and incredible Latin and ballroom dance. Real life couple Neil and Katya Jones are both British and currently dance on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing. Don’t miss this magnificent guest event, that will make your night unforgettable. 

 

 

 

art: London Art Week

27 June - 3 July