Where did May go? I was in London a lot in May – spending time at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, at a conference in Greenwich and I visited for a long weekend exploring Hackney and Soho. Now it’s June, and the sun seems to be officially out!
This month sees the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in full force and the music festival season begins, with plenty of London festivals proudly appearing across the capital. Clear your diary, and get to London in June – there’s so much on!
Over the last decade Field Day has slowly become one of London’s very best music festivals, with a consistently excellent booking policy covering the world’s finest alternative acts. The festival is more streamlined for 2017, pouring all the programming into one day – the Saturday.
London celebrates the Queen’s official birthday in June with Trooping the Colour, a spectacular military parade in the centre of the city. Head to The Mall to enjoy all the pomp and pageantry.
There’s also plenty of horse sports and off-field entertainment to be enjoyed in June at the very glamorous Royal Ascot and thrilling Polo in the Park.
Taste of London
Taste of London is a sprawling restaurant festival, where visitors can stuff themselves with food from a selection of 40 up-and-coming new eateries and popular old-hands. There’s more to be announced, but restaurants already confirmed include Kricket, Oldroyd, Aster, Pizarro, Roka, Vanilla Black and Ember Yard, with appearances by chefs as auspicious as Tom Kerridge, José Pizarro and Vivek Singh.
World Naked Bike Ride
A protest against oil dependency and the way the cult of the car dominates contemporary life, World Naked Bike Ride Day is also an unfettered celebration of individuality of the bare body. Many people opt to go au naturel and bike in the buff, though full nudity is optional. But remember: while clothes are discouraged during the event, no one should get naked before the official start of the ride.
The military ban on women in close combat frontline roles was lifted as recently as 2016. What part did feminism play in the change? The first National Army Museum Lates looks at the evolving experiences of women in the army, and examines how feminist thinking influences their lives.
Open Garden Squares Weekend
Open Garden Squares Weekend returns for 2017, once again featuring more than 200 gardens across 27 boroughs for visitors to enjoy. Lose yourself in some gloriously green London spaces that are normally hidden away.