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The Queen's Diamond Jubilee
The Investec Derby
Field Day
The Apple Cart Festival
Diamond Jubilee Festival at Battersea Park
The Big Jubilee Lunch
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Opera Holland Park
MINT Polo in the Park
Open Garden Squares Weekend
London Green Fair
London Jewellery Week
LIFT Festival
LIFT Festival
Hampton Court Palace Festival
Lovebox Weekender
Lovebox Weekender
Trooping the Colour
Yoko Ono
Greenwich and Docklands International Festival
London 2012 Festival
West Side Story
BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship
Dr Dee - An English Opera
Les Troyens
New Designers
Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye
Masterpiece London
The Genius of Hitchcock
Birthday Offering | A Month in the Country | Les Noces
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012: Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei
Royal Ascot
Exhibition Road Music Day
Pride London
Blink 182
House of Lords v House of Commons Tug of War
Taste of London
Taste of London
London Festival of Architecture
London Festival of Architecture
Henley Royal Regatta
Kosal Khiev
Andy Warhol: The Portfolios
 

 

June in London is... strawberries and cream in SW19, the Open Gardens weekend, Polo in the Park and Royal Ascot. And in 2012 the Queen celebrates 60 years as the head of the British monarchy with a host of Diamond Jubilee events.

 
 

Festival of the World

Festival inspired by the cultural vision of the modern Olympic movement

Festival of the World Festival of the World Inspired by the cultural vision of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the Festival of the World has got it all. From the UK's largest ever poetry festival to an urban beach with a twist, the Southbank Centre will be transformed to show visitors how art can transform lives. Running throughout the summer as London celebrates the 2012 Olympics, the festival is based around Coubertin, a founder of the modern Olympic movement, and his belief that the arts could inspire young people in a manner similar to how sport can. The combination of sport and art is a theme common in many festivals this summer and, with a packed out programme of events at Southbank, you'll be hard pressed not to find something to enjoy here. 2012-06-012012-09-09 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Exhibitions

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 01st June - 09th September 2012

 

Inspired by the cultural vision of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the Festival of the World has got it all. From the UK's largest ever poetry festival to an urban beach with a twist, the Southbank Centre will be transformed to show visitors how art can transform lives. Running throughout the summer as London celebrates the 2012 Olympics, the festival is based around Coubertin, a founder of the modern Olympic movement, and his belief that the arts could inspire young people in a manner similar to how sport can. The combination of sport and art is a theme common in many festivals this summer and, with a packed out programme of events at Southbank, you'll be hard pressed not to find something to enjoy here.

 
 
 

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

The Queen celebrates 60 years on the throne

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Queen Lizzy has been sitting pretty on that throne for 60 long years now, and if that's not an excuse for a right royal knees-up then the four day extended weekend certainly is. School gates will close and shops shut as Brits take to the streets for four days of frolics to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The festivities kick off in May with a Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor Castle, but the real revelry begins in June with a big four day blowout commencing on Friday 2nd June and stretching to two bank holidays on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th June. The celebrations start when The Queen attends The Epsom Derby on Saturday 2nd June. On Sunday 3rd June neighbours across the country are encouraged to join in a Big Jubilee Lunch, which can be anything from little community get-togethers, to full blown street parties with food, music and dancing in the streets. The same day a grand pageant takes place on the River Thames at high tide a thousand boats gather on the water, little and large, old and new and all waving Union Jacks towards the shore as they are led by the Queen's Spirit of Chartwell, a specially decorated Thames cruiser. It promises to be a real sight to behold with daytime fireworks colouring the sky as bells chime, trumpets fanfare and the crowds cheer. Millions of people are expected to line the banks and as many as 20,000 people will take to the river making this one of the largest celebrations London has ever seen. The BBC will also put on a Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace featuring British and Commonwealth musicians, and up and down the kingdom celebratory beacons will be lit to mark the occasion. To end the weekend of celebrations The Queen and members of the Royal Family will take part in a formal carriage procession to a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on 5th June. To top it all off, pubs will be given special late licensing to accommodate the late-night jubilations.
2012-06-022012-06-05 Where:
Buckingham Palace , Buckingham Palace Road, London London, SW1A 1AA
Category: Seasonal

Buckingham Palace , Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1A 1AA

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 02nd - 05th June 2012

 

Queen Lizzy has been sitting pretty on that throne for 60 long years now, and if that's not an excuse for a right royal knees-up then the four day extended weekend certainly is. School gates will close and shops shut as Brits take to the streets for four days of frolics to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The festivities kick off in May with a Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor Castle, but the real revelry begins in June with a big four day blowout commencing on Friday 2nd June and stretching to two bank holidays on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th June. Across the country neighbours are encouraged to join in a Big Jubilee Lunch, anything from little community get togethers, to full blown street parties with food, music and dancing in the streets. A grand pageant will take place on the River Thames at high tide on Sunday 3rd June. Thousands of boats will gather on the water, little and large, old and new and all waving Union Jacks towards the shore as they are lead by the Queen's 90ft royal barge and spectacular flotilla. It promises to be a real sight to behold with daytime fireworks colouring the sky as bells chime, trumpets fanfare and the crowds cheer. More than one million people are expected to line the banks and as many as 40,000 people will take to the river making this one of the largest celebrations London has ever seen. The BBC will also put on a Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace featuring British and Commonwealth musicians, and up and down the kingdom celebratory beacons will be lit to mark the occasion. To top it all off, pubs will be given special late licensing to accommodate the late-night jubilations.

 
 
 

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012: Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

Chinese conceptual artist Ai Weiwei collaborates with the architect duo

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012: Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012: Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei The world-renowned architect pairing of Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron and Chinese conceptual artist Ai Weiwei will create the 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion , the twelfth commission in the annual series. The design team behind the highly acclaimed Beijing National Stadium, the winner of a prestigious RIBA Lubetkin Prize, will reunite for their first ever collaborative structure built in the UK. This year's Pavilion takes visitors beneath the lawns of the Serpentine to explore the hidden history of the eleven previous Pavilions, as well as the twelfth. The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is the most ambitious architectural project of its kind and will be presented as part of the London 2012 Festival . 2012-06-012012-10-14 Where:
Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London London, W2 3XA
Category: Exhibitions

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, South Kensington, London, W2 3XA

Tube: Lancaster Gate Station

 

Dates: 01st June - 14th October 2012

 

The world-renowned architect pairing of Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron and Chinese conceptual artist Ai Weiwei will create the 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, the twelfth commission in the annual series. The design team behind the highly acclaimed Beijing National Stadium, the winner of a prestigious RIBA Lubetkin Prize, will reunite for their first ever collaborative structure built in the UK. This year's Pavilion takes visitors beneath the lawns of the Serpentine to explore the hidden history of the eleven previous Pavilions, as well as the twelfth. The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is the most ambitious architectural project of its kind and will be presented as part of the London 2012 Festival.

 
 
 

The Investec Derby

The first official event of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June

Investec Derby Festival Investec Derby Festival Investec Derby Festival Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will begin her Diamond Jubilee celebrations by attending the Investec Derby Day on 2nd June 2012. The event is just one of a series of special celebrations marking The Queen's 60th anniversary which gives us an extended weekend with an additional Bank Holiday on Tuesday 5th June. This famous race meeting is one of the oldest and greatest horse races in the world, established by the Earl of Derby in 1779. Today this race for three-year-olds attracts prize money of over a million pounds and crowds approaching 100,000. The rolling hills of the Epsom Downs make this course a unique challenge for horses and jockeys alike. It is also one of the most glamorous events in the international racing calendar. The Queen arrives by carriage, followed by thousands of spectators in their best togs. Racing gets underway at 2pm sharp. The Investec Derby itself takes place on the Saturday, while Friday features a race called The Investec Oaks, and, more importantly, Investec Ladies' Day, which is as much a fashion show as a horse race. Last year, Mickael Barzalona riding French trained Pour Moi won the Investec Derby with The Queen's horse, the 5-2 favourite Carlton House, coming in fourth - she'll be hoping she can improve on that in 2012 to mark her special anniversary year.
2012-06-012012-06-02 Where:
Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom Downs, London London, KT18 5LQ
Category: Sporting Events

Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom Downs, London, KT18 5LQ

Tube: Morden Station

 

Dates: 01st - 02nd June 2012

 

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will begin her Diamond Jubilee celebrations by attending the Investec Derby Day on 2nd June 2012. The event is just one of a series of special celebrations marking The Queen's 60th anniversary which gives us an extended weekend with an additional Bank Holiday on Tuesday 5th June. This famous race meeting is one of the oldest and greatest horse races in the world, established by the Earl of Derby in 1779. Today this race for three-year-olds attracts prize money of over a million pounds and crowds approaching 100,000. The rolling hills of the Epsom Downs make this course a unique challenge for horses and jockeys alike. It is also one of the most glamorous events in the international racing calendar. The Queen arrives by carriage, followed by thousands of spectators in their best togs. Racing gets underway at 2pm sharp. The Investec Derby itself takes place on the Saturday, while Friday features a race called The Investec Oaks, and, more importantly, Investec Ladies' Day, which is as much a fashion show as a horse race. Last year, Mickael Barzalona riding French trained Pour Moi won the Investec Derby with The Queen's horse, the 5-2 favourite Carlton House, coming in fourth - she'll be hoping she can improve on that in 2012 to mark her special anniversary year.

 
 
 

Field Day 2012

Franz Ferdinand headline the festival on its sixth birthday

Field Day Field Day British band Metronomy headline Saturday at Field Day while recently-reunited US band the Pixies headline the Sunday leg of the Victoria Park festival which moves to June and expands to become a two-day event in 2014, the year the East London festival celebrates its eighth birthday. Saturday's bill includes Warpaint, Sky Ferreira, The Temper Trap and Syrian folk singer Omar Souleyman who has collaborated with Damon Albarn's Gorillaz. Sunday's headline act is pioneering band of the late '80s alt/rock movement, the Pixies who release Indie Cindy the band's first full studio album since 1991's Trompe le Monde, in late April. Having blazed the trail for artists from Nirvana to Radiohead to Pearl Jam they are now bringing their music to a whole new generation of music fans. Head to Field Day for subdued electro, melancholic folk, bold dance acts and a dreamy summer vibe. After parties at neighbouring clubs keep the vibe going after the main event - curfew at 10.45pm - has closed.
2014-06-072014-06-08 Where:
Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, London London, E3 5SN
Category: Concerts

Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5SN

Tube: Mile End Station

 

Dates: 07th - 08th June 2014

 

Field Day returns to East London once again, destroying the peace and making lots of lovely noise! Celebrating their sixth birthday in 2012 the boys and girls at Field Day arrive every summer bringing with them an unbeatable line-up of quality live music acts. Leafy Victoria Park is swamped by skinny-jean clad east London hipsters clamouring for a spot in the sun. Field Day offers a more diverse, fresh selection of acts than some of the more mainstream pop festivals in London. Think subdued electro, melancholy folk, bold dance acts, and a dreamy summer vibe to match. The line-up for 2012 looks like a corker with the Balkan-folk inspired band Beirut headlining, Scottish indie-rockers Franz Ferdinand and electro-popsters Metronomy taking to the stage. This festival is all about the music so the organisation can appear slightly lacking at times, despite reaching the grand old age of six Field Day still has some teething problems - prepare yourself for some serious queuing and don't expect to get within a mile of a stage. Afterwards, head on to one of the neighbouring clubs which put on an array of cracking after-parties to carry those dancing feet through till dawn.

 
 
 

The Apple Cart Festival

Adam Ant, Lianne La Havas and Noah and The Whale join the line-up

The Apple Cart Festival The Apple Cart Festival The Apple Cart Festival London's newest family-friendly festival likes to think of itself as a great gooey melting pot of fun, bubbling over with comedy, cabaret, art and outstanding music. This year Adam Ant, Lianne La Havas and Noah and The Whale bring the music to Victoria Park, whilst Sean Lock and Phill Jupitus ensure there is no shortage of laughs. The little folk will be kept busy with the enchanting House of Fairy Tales, Penguin books tent and an array of jubilee village fete games. Bellies are to be filled with high-end cuisines from the award-winning Venn Street Market - Argentinean empanadas, Creole fishcakes and big British hog roasts should do the trick - whilst their very own sell-out Apple Cart Ale keeps spirits high. The Apple Cart is a vibrant addition to the London festival scene, designed to bring out the child in us all.
2012-06-032012-06-03 Where:
Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, London London, E3 5SN
Category: Seasonal

Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5SN

Tube: Mile End Station

 

Dates: 03rd June 2012

 

London's newest family-friendly festival likes to think of itself as a great gooey melting pot of fun, bubbling over with comedy, cabaret, art and outstanding music. This year Adam Ant, Lianne La Havas and Noah and The Whale bring the music to Victoria Park, whilst Sean Lock and Phill Jupitus ensure there is no shortage of laughs. The little folk will be kept busy with the enchanting House of Fairy Tales, Penguin books tent and an array of jubilee village fete games. Bellies are to be filled with high-end cuisines from the award-winning Venn Street Market - Argentinean empanadas, Creole fishcakes and big British hog roasts should do the trick - whilst their very own sell-out Apple Cart Ale keeps spirits high. The Apple Cart is a vibrant addition to the London festival scene, designed to bring out the child in us all.

 
 
 

Diamond Jubilee Festival at Battersea Park

Vintage music, dance, crafts, funfair at Wayne Hemmingway's festival

Diamond Jubilee Festival at Battersea Park Diamond Jubilee Festival at Battersea Park On the day of the Queen's Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant, Battersea Park will be host to a family friendly Jubilee Festival featuring vintage music, dance, crafts, funfair and a multitude of other entertainments. Beginning at 12 noon, in anticipation of the flotilla, and continuing until 7pm, the Diamond Jubilee Festival at Battersea Park will feature a diamond geezer pop-up pub - where every self-respecting pearly king and queen will be for a right old knees-up - and a diamond encrusted giant cake stand that will take over 1,000 diamond jubilee themed cakes which will be served with tea throughout the afternoon. Cake specialists Konditor and Cook have even created a portrait of the Queen made of 3,120 cakes, one for each week of her reign. The festival, which has been organised by designer Wayne Hemingway and artist Clare Patey who curated Feast on the Bridge for the Thames Festival, will be a memorable celebration of the Diamond Jubilee through a timeline of the six decades of the Queen's reign with music, dancing, design and plenty of opportunities for dressing up - from vintage fashions to Morris dancing. There'll be a village fete, storytelling, outdoor cinema, old fashioned steam fair, fancy dress flotilla on the Boating Lake, and a mini-museum of royal memorabilia at the park's Pump House Gallery.
2012-06-032012-06-03 Where:
Battersea Park, Albert Bridge Road, Battersea Park, London London, SW11 4NJ
Category: Seasonal

Battersea Park, Albert Bridge Road, Battersea Park, Battersea, London, SW11 4NJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 03rd June 2012

 

On the day of the Queen's Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant, Battersea Park will be host to a family friendly Jubilee Festival featuring vintage music, dance, crafts, funfair and a multitude of other entertainments. Beginning at 12 noon, in anticipation of the flotilla, and continuing until 7pm, the Diamond Jubilee Festival at Battersea Park will feature a diamond geezer pop-up pub - where every self-respecting pearly king and queen will be for a right old knees-up - and a diamond encrusted giant cake stand that will take over 1,000 diamond jubilee themed cakes which will be served with tea throughout the afternoon. Cake specialists Konditor and Cook have even created a portrait of the Queen made of 3,120 cakes, one for each week of her reign. The festival, which has been organised by designer Wayne Hemingway and artist Clare Patey who curated Feast on the Bridge for the Thames Festival, will be a memorable celebration of the Diamond Jubilee through a timeline of the six decades of the Queen's reign with music, dancing, design and plenty of opportunities for dressing up - from vintage fashions to Morris dancing. There'll be a village fete, storytelling, outdoor cinema, old fashioned steam fair, fancy dress flotilla on the Boating Lake, and a mini-museum of royal memorabilia at the park's Pump House Gallery.

 
 
 

The Big Jubilee Lunch

The length of Piccadilly will be lined with a 500-seat table

The Big Jubilee Lunch The Big Jubilee Lunch The fourth annual Big Lunch takes on a dual role in 2012 as it falls on the weekend we celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee on Sunday 3rd June. The great thing about The Big Jubilee Lunch is that everyone can take part, it's all about the community coming together for some patriotic flag waving, plenty of food, perhaps some music and a bouncy castle but most of all for some good old fashioned fun. Expect to see the road blockades up at a street near you as any road can be shut (provided you get permission in advance) and used as The Big Jubilee Lunch venue. The event takes place on Sunday 3rd June, the weekend when we get two back-to-back Bank Holidays on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th June, so even if your big lunch turns into a late night party you'll have a few days to recover. If you want to organise your own Big Jubilee Lunch go to www.thebiglunch.com to find out more or email info at thebiglunch.com if you have any questions. With around 10 million people taking to the streets to celebrate the 1977 Silver Jubilee, organisers are hoping for a big turn-out at the 2012 Big Jubilee Lunch. 2012-06-032012-06-03 Where:
Piccadilly Circus, Piccadilly Circus, London London, W1J 0DA
Category: Foodie Events

Piccadilly Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London, W1J 0DA

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 03rd June 2012

 

The fourth annual Big Lunch takes on a dual role in 2012 as it falls on the weekend we celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee on Sunday 3rd June and one of the biggest big lunches in the country will be the Piccadilly Big Jubilee Lunch with a 500-seat table set up along the length of Piccadilly. Local restaurants and shops - including Fortnum & Mason, The Ritz and The Wolseley - are taking part, promising to treat visitors to "the very best of British entertainment, culture, art, music and food". The great thing about The Big Jubilee Lunch is that everyone can take part, it's all about the community coming together for some patriotic flag waving, plenty of food, perhaps some music and a bouncy castle but most of all for some good old fashioned fun. Expect to see the road blockades up at a street near you as any road can be shut (provided you get permission in advance) and used as The Big Jubilee Lunch venue. The event takes place on Sunday 3rd June, the weekend when we get two back-to-back Bank Holidays on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th June, so even if your big lunch turns into a late night party you'll have a few days to recover. If you want to organise your own Big Jubilee Lunch go to The Big Lunch website to find out more or email info at thebiglunch.com if you have any questions. With around 10 million people taking to the streets to celebrate the 1977 Silver Jubilee, organisers are hoping for a big turn-out at the 2012 Big Jubilee Lunch.

 
 
 

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

The RA's Summer Exhibition is an annual highlight

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Anyone can submit to the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition which gives it a wonderful element of surprise. Around 12,000 pieces are sifted through from relative unknowns to famous artists and members of the RA. The fun part for visitors is choosing a favourite and, with the majority of works on sale at varying price ranges, you can even buy one if you really fall in love with it. First held in 1768, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is the largest regular contemporary art exhibition in the world. It's an impressive show that gives an excellent cross-section of contemporary art every summer. Each year, a prominent sculpture greets visitors to the exhibition as they walk through the Royal Academy's great courtyard; last year Bryan Kneale's stainless steel Triton III was the chosen work.
2012-06-042012-08-12 Where:
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London London, W1J 0BD
Category: Exhibitions

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Mayfair, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 04th June - 12th August 2012

 

Anyone can submit to the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition which gives it a wonderful element of surprise. Around 12,000 pieces are sifted through from relative unknowns to famous artists and members of the RA. The fun part for visitors is choosing a favourite and, with the majority of works on sale at varying price ranges, you can even buy one if you really fall in love with it. First held in 1768, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is the largest regular contemporary art exhibition in the world. It's an impressive show that gives an excellent cross-section of contemporary art every summer. Each year, a prominent sculpture greets visitors to the exhibition as they walk through the Royal Academy's great courtyard; last year Bryan Kneale's stainless steel Triton III was the chosen work.

 
 
 

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: World Cities 2012

A celebration of influential dance choreographer Pina Bausch

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: World Cities 2012 Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: World Cities 2012 In order to celebrate influential dance choreographer Pina Bausch, Sadler's Wells and the Barbican are presenting a month long season of international co-productions. After living in a specific city round the world for a period of time, Bausch's company would then create a piece drawing on inspirations from that particular city. The Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: World Cities 2012 will be commemorating this with the month long programme including presentations such as Palermo, a slightly humorous piece looking at Sicily's capital and Ten Chi, a dance piece featuring visual imagery, hand gestures Polynesian dance movement and more.
2012-06-062012-07-09 Where:
Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Dance

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 06th June - 09th July 2012

 

In order to celebrate influential dance choreographer Pina Bausch, Sadler's Wells and the Barbican are presenting a month long season of international co-productions. After living in a specific city round the world for a period of time, Bausch's company would then create a piece drawing on inspirations from that particular city. The Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: World Cities 2012 will be commemorating this with the month long programme including presentations such as Palermo, a slightly humorous piece looking at Sicily's capital and Ten Chi, a dance piece featuring visual imagery, hand gestures Polynesian dance movement and more.

 
 
 

Opera Holland Park

Arias soar over the tree tops at West London's annual opera festival

Opera Holland Park Opera Holland Park Opera Holland Park The annual Holland Park Opera is a highlight of summer in London, when the temporary structure of Holland Park Theatre is erected in West London's Holland Park and the operatic arias soar over the tree tops. The magical atmosphere of these productions owe a lot to their surroundings but it's also a tribute to a remarkable opera company that has defied expectations and budgets to produce productions of the very highest standard. There are five new productions in the 2014 season which starts on 3rd June 2014: Puccini's 'La fanciulla del West' (3-21 June); Rossini's 'Il barbiere di Siviglia' (7-28 June); Britten's 'The Turn of the Screw' (1-12 July) staged for the first ever by Opera Holland Park; Bellini's 'Norma' (19 July-8 August), and Cilea's 'Adriana Lecouvreur'. 2014 also sees the revival of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' (exact dates to be confirmed), the family opera staged here last year.
2014-06-032014-08-09 Where:
Holland Park Theatre, Holland Park, London London, W8 6LU
Category: Concerts

Holland Park Theatre, Holland Park, Holland Park, London, W8 6LU

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 03rd June - 09th August 2014

 

The annual Holland Park Opera is a highlight of summer in London, when the temporary structure of Holland Park Theatre is erected in West London's Holland Park and the operatic arias soar over the tree tops. The magical atmosphere of these productions owe a lot to their surroundings but it's also a tribute to a remarkable opera company that has defied expectations and budgets to produce productions of the very highest standard. As part of the 2012 season, Thomas Kemp will conduct a new production of Cosi Fan Tutte. A talented cast including Elizabeth Llewellyn and Andrew Staples will be directed by Harry Fehr in one of the season's most exciting highlights. Also on the bill for 2012: Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, a brand new production at Opera Holland Park, in a double bill with Mascagni's Zanetto; Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, a charity gala in aid of The Rugby Portobello Trust; the very best from Verdi and Tchaikovsky; and a revival of Fantastic Mr Fox, especially designed to be performed in the gardens of Holland Park. With a packed schedule, there should be something for everyone.

 
 
 

Blink 182

Recently reunited American pop-punk rock band hit London's O2 Arena

Blink 182 Blink 182 Recently reunited American pop-punk rock band Blink 182 hit London's O2 Arena in June, unleashing new material for the first time since splitting in 2005. The band were supposed to tour the UK last year but were forced to postpone as the comeback album Neighborhoods took much longer to make than they anticipated. Not wanting to use old material and go on another predictable greatest hits tour they decided to delay the dates and put in some serious studio time. Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker return to see their loyal UK fans. Most of whom have made the transition from angry teenager to fully functioning adult and are probably regretting all those copycat Blink 182 tattoos right about now. Formed in 1992 the band went on to define a generation with their 1999 album Enema of the State. Songs like What's My Age Again and All the Small Things provided the soundtrack for anyone who came of age at the millennium. Known for their tongue in cheek stage shows and humorous antics lets hope they've been worth the wait.

2012-06-082012-06-09 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London London, SE10 0BB
Category: Concerts

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 08th - 09th June 2012

 

Recently reunited American pop-punk rock band Blink 182 hit London's O2 Arena in June, unleashing new material for the first time since splitting in 2005. The band were supposed to tour the UK last year but were forced to postpone as the comeback album Neighborhoods took much longer to make than they anticipated. Not wanting to use old material and go on another predictable greatest hits tour they decided to delay the dates and put in some serious studio time. Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker return to see their loyal UK fans. Most of whom have made the transition from angry teenager to fully functioning adult and are probably regretting all those copycat Blink 182 tattoos right about now. Formed in 1992 the band went on to define a generation with their 1999 album Enema of the State. Songs like What's My Age Again and All the Small Things provided the soundtrack for anyone who came of age at the millennium. Known for their tongue in cheek stage shows and humorous antics lets hope they've been worth the wait.

 
 
 

MINT Polo in the Park

Chukkas and food stalls in Fulham's Hurlingham Park

Polo in the Park Polo in the Park Polo in the Park Now in its sixth year, Polo in the Park has become one of London's great summer outdoors events. Aimed at bringing polo to the people, the three-day World Series event showcases a more accessible version of the sport, mirroring the effect Twenty20 has had on cricket. Teams of three a side from cities around the world take part, with City AM as London's team, Mandarin Oriental for Beijing, IG for Sydney and Air Europa for Buenos Aires. There's usually also a steady flow of celebrities (Jodie Kidd) and royalty (Princess Beatrice), not to mention medieval jousting and an array of bars, shops and food stalls. Red or salmon pink trousers are a must.
2014-06-062014-06-08 Where:
Hurlingham Park, Hurlingham Road, London London, SW6 3NG
Category: Sporting Events

Hurlingham Park, Hurlingham Road, London, SW6 3NG

Tube: Putney Bridge Station

 

Dates: 06th - 08th June 2014

 

Now in its fourth year, Polo in the Park in Fulham's Hurlingham Park is quickly becoming one of London's great early summer outdoors events. Aimed at bringing polo to the people, the three-day World Series event - which is now sponsored by MINT - showcases a more accessible version of the sport, mimicking the effect Twenty20 has had on cricket. Rules have been simplified, snazzy new filming techniques (including head cams and bird's eye shots) are employed, and a couple of 'appy chappy Cockney commentators prattle on hilariously during each of the games' chukkas (or periods, to you and me). Last year saw teams of three taking part from counties including London, New York, Moscow, Buenos Aires and Sydney and on a special small pitch. In the past there has been a steady flow of celebrities (Jodie Kidd) and royalty (Princess Beatrice), not to mention medieval jousting and an array of bars, shops and food stalls. Detractors may deride polo as only fools and horses, but this three-day festival doesn't take itself too seriously, so while it's all a bit upper class and "rah", it's still a load of fun, especially if you get dressed up and go along with a group of friends. Polo in the Park may not yet be up there with Wimbledon, Henley and the Boat Race, but with a bit of sun it may just take off.

 
 
 

World Naked Bike Ride

Go as bare as you dare and bike

World Naked Bike Ride World Naked Bike Ride There's a good reason why professional cyclists wear Lycra: to hold their privates in the right place so as to avoid unnecessary (not to mention painful) chaffing (or entrapment) with the saddle. For naturists and exhibitionists who are prepared to risk getting all tangled up when pedalling on two wheels, the World Naked Bike Ride is just the job. Last year more than 1,000 people took off their clothes and rode around the capital nude to raise awareness of the need for more tolerance of bicycles on the roads of the city. Part of a unified world event, the London Naked Bike Ride, now in its eighth year, does make exemptions for those a bit too shy to reveal all, with a "go as bare as you dare" policy implemented above a stringent cry for nakedness. The actual ride is easy and relaxed, with participants often decorating their torsos with body paint and bikes with environmental protests against oil dependency and car culture. There are six events to choose from, each with an individual start point, and all routes eventually merge together to conclude at Wellington Arch at roughly 5.30pm. Similar rides in the UK take place in Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Manchester, York and Southampton. 2014-06-142014-06-14 Where:
Regent's Park, Inner Circle, London London, NW1 4NR
Category: Sporting Events

Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Hyde Park, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 14th June 2014

 

There's a good reason why professional cyclists wear Lycra: to hold their privates in the right place so as to avoid unnecessary (not to mention painful) chaffing (or entrapment) with the saddle. For naturists and exhibitionists who are prepared to risk getting all tangled up when pedalling on two wheels, the World Naked Bike Ride is just the job. Last year more than 1,000 people took off their clothes and rode around the capital nude to raise awareness of the need for more tolerance of bicycles on the roads of the city. Part of a unified world event, the London Naked Bike Ride, now in its seventh year, does make exemptions for those a bit too shy to reveal all, with a "go as bare as you dare" policy implemented above a stringent cry for nakedness. Part of Love London and Team Great Britain Bike Week, the actual ride is easy and relaxed, with participants often decorating their torsos with body paint and bikes with environmental protests against oil dependency and car culture. Simultaneous rides in the UK will take place in Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Manchester, York and Southampton.

 
 
 

Open Garden Squares Weekend

Behind the iron gates at London's private garden squares

Open Garden Squares Weekend Open Garden Squares Weekend Open Garden Squares Weekend From the iron-fenced residential parks of west London to the landscaped churchyards of the City, hundreds of garden squares play a vital part in maintaining London's status as one of Europe's greenest cities. The wonderful Open Garden Squares Weekend is the one time of the year when these gardens open their gates to everyone - many of these private spaces are not accessible to the public for the rest of the year. Over 200 gardens took part last year, including the minimalist Zen Garden at The Hempel hotel, Little Abbey near Westminster Abbey, and Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School near Whitechapel who inspired visitors to 'grow your own' with their roof garden. Royal College of Physicians' medicinal garden allowed guests to discover 1,000 different medicinal plants as well as enjoying the immaculate lawns Londoners walk past every day but have never been allowed onto. If you have youngsters in tow, many of the gardens stage activities for families too. Tickets allow entry to all participating gardens. Go to www.opensquares.org for full details.
2012-06-092012-06-10 Where:
The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, London London, W8 5SA
Category: Exhibitions

The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, W8 5SA

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 

Dates: 09th - 10th June 2012

 

From the iron-fenced residential parks of west London to the landscaped churchyards of the City, hundreds of garden squares play a vital part in maintaining London's status as one of Europe's greenest cities. The wonderful Open Garden Squares Weekend is the one time of the year when these gardens open their gates to everyone - many of these private spaces are not accessible to the public for the rest of the year. Over 200 gardens took part last year, including the minimalist Zen Garden at The Hempel hotel, Little Abbey near Westminster Abbey, and Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School near Whitechapel who inspired visitors to 'grow your own' with their roof garden. Royal College of Physicians' medicinal garden allowed guests to discover 1,000 different medicinal plants as well as enjoying the immaculate lawns Londoners walk past every day but have never been allowed onto. If you have youngsters in tow, many of the gardens stage activities for families too. Tickets allow entry to all participating gardens. Go to the official website for full details.

 
 
 

London Green Fair

Free event on environmentally friendly living

London Green Fair London Green Fair When the Camden Green Fair started over 20 years ago, its organisers can only have dreamed that the event would have evolved into the London Green Fair we know and love today. The fair celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, winning Best Event at the 2012 National Climate Week awards, and continues to thrive as 25,000 people descend on Regent's Park to celebrate environmentally friendly London. Contemporary music, high-profile guest speakers - who last year included Ken Livingston and Jenny Jones - free music lessons, workshops, exhibitions, children's activities, and even a bicycle-powered music area; you'll find all this and much more as natural and charitable organisations collaborate to educate Londoners on the benefits of environmentally friendly living. What's more, the event is totally free. The event takes place in early June, exact date to be confirmed.
2013-06-082013-06-09 Where:
Regent's Park, Inner Circle, London London, NW1 4NR
Category: Exhibitions

Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 08th - 09th June 2013

 

When the Camden Green Fair started 20 years ago, its organisers can only have dreamed that the event would have evolved into what it is today. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the London Green Fair as 25,000 people descend on Regent's Park to celebrate environmentally friendly London. Contemporary music, high-profile guest speakers, poetry, children's activities, workshops, exhibitions and even a bicycle-powered music area - you'll find all this and much more as natural and charitable organisations collaborate to educate and empower Londoners on the benefits of environmentally friendly living. What's more, the event is totally free.

 
 
 

London Jewellery Week

High quality jewellery design and a showcase of contemporary jewellery

London Jewellery Week London Jewellery Week There can be precious few people who aren't partial to a sparkling piece of jewellery and London Jewellery Week will provide Londoners with the chance to celebrate the city's unique heritage for high quality jewellery design. Whether you're looking for the latest and most glamorous piece to add to your collection or you're a novice buyer, desperately seeking expert advice, this is the place to be. This is the UK's biggest jewellery festival and thousands of people will descend upon the main hub at Somerset House and various other venues across London to seek out that perfect new bracelet or shiny gold ring.
2013-06-072013-06-16 Where:
Somerset House, Strand, London London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Exhibitions

Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 07th - 16th June 2013

 

There can be precious few people who aren't partial to a sparkling piece of jewellery and London Jewellery Week will provide Londoners with the chance to the celebrate the city's unique heritage for high quality jewellery design. Whether you're looking for the latest and most glamorous piece to add to your collection or you're a novice buyer, desperately seeking expert advice, this is the place to be for all jewellery connoisseurs or first time buyers. This is the UK's biggest jewellery festival and thousands of people will descend upon the main hub at Somerset House and various other venues across London to seek out that perfect new bracelet or shiny gold ring. Somerset House also plays host to Treasure, the contemporary jewellery showcase that is the cornerstone of the week.

 
 
 

LIFT Festival

The London International Festival of Theatre returns to the capital

LIFT Festival LIFT Festival LIFT Festival The London International Festival of Theatre (or LIFT, if your prefer) returns to the capital in 2014 at theatres, arts venues and other sites around London. There's a huge range of events - 30 productions from 13 countries in 2014 - including live performances, art exhibitions and a Haitian-inspired funeral procession. Events take place on the streets, squares and promenades of London from Canning Town to Harlesden and major venues include the Barbican Centre, National Theatre, Southbank Centre and Institute of Contemporary Arts. The 2014 programme includes Campo's Next Day at the Unicorn, Super Premium Soft Double Vanilla Rich at Arts Depot, Lundahl and Seitl's Symphony of a Missing Room at the Royal Academy, I Want to Play As You at Stratford Circus, and The Roof - a 360-degree panoramic performance which gives an insight into the mind of a free runner trying desperately to stay alive, viewed from a car park opposite the National Theatre. 2014-05-302014-06-29 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Theatre

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 30th May - 29th June 2014

 

The London International Festival of Theatre (or LIFT, if your prefer) returns to the capital in 2012 as theatres, arts venues and other sites around London. There's a huge range of live performances, art exhibitions and events from a talented bunch of international performers to choose from. Events take place on the streets, squares and promenades of London from Canning Town to Harlesden and major venues include the Barbican Centre, National Theatre, Southbank Centre and Institute of Contemporary Arts. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved online or in person, before, during and after performances. Tickets are selling quickly for the four Royal Shakespeare Company performances so be sure to snap them up before they disappear.

 
 
 

House of Lords v House of Commons Tug of War

Can the Lords come back from a defeat by the Commons last year?

House of Lords v House of Commons Tug of War House of Lords v House of Commons Tug of War They managed to raise over £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support last year and this summer they're going at it again - the annual House of Lords vs House of Commons Tug of War is back for a 27th year. The typically English setting of Westminster College Gardens plays host to this light-hearted skirmish between these two houses of Parliament as they battle it out to raise money for the Macmillan cancer support charity. Last year it was the Commons who came out on top, retaining their victory from previous years. BBC2's Jeremy Vine often plays the role of commentator and brings a witty repertoire to the occasion.
2014-06-032014-06-03 Where:
Westminster College Garden, Great College Street, London London, SW1P 3PA
Category: Sporting Events

Westminster College Garden, Great College Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3PA

Tube: Westminster Station, St James's Park Station

 

Dates: 03rd June 2014

 

They managed to raise over 110,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support last year and this summer they're going at it again - the annual House of Lords vs House of Commons Tug of War is back for a 25th year. The typically English setting of Westminster College Gardens plays host to this light-hearted skirmish between these two houses of Parliament as they battle it out to raise money for the Macmillan cancer support charity. Last year it was the Commons who came out on top as they retained their title with a 2-0 victory of the Lords. BBC2's Jeremy Vine often plays the role of commentator and brings a witty repertoire to the occasion.

 
 
 

Minsk, 2011: A reply to Kathy Acker

Minsk portrayed as a city where sexuality is contorted by oppression

Minsk, 2011: A reply to Kathy Acker Minsk, 2011: A reply to Kathy Acker As part of the LIFT Festival , Minsk, 2011 comes to the Old Vic Theatre , adapted and directed by Vladimir Shcherban. Telling the tale of modern day Minsk, the play is a thought-provoking and heartbreaking homage to a city from those who have left it behind. Delving deep into the underground scene of strip clubs and underground raves, Minsk is portrayed as a city where sexuality is contorted by oppression. A Russian masterpiece with English surtitles, this could well prove to be one of the standout shows on the London theatre scene in 2012. 2012-06-122012-06-23 Where:
The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London London, SE1 8LZ
Category: Theatre

The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, South Bank, London, SE1 8LZ

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 12th - 23rd June 2012

 

As part of the LIFT Festival, Minsk, 2011 comes to the Old Vic Theatre, adapted and directed by Vladimir Shcherban. Telling the tale of modern day Minsk, the play is a thought-provoking and heartbreaking homage to a city from those who have left it behind. Delving deep into the underground scene of strip clubs and underground raves, Minsk is portrayed as a city where sexuality is contorted by oppression. A Russian masterpiece with English surtitles, this could well prove to be one of the standout shows on the London theatre scene in 2012.

 
 
 

Hampton Court Palace Festival

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons headline this grown-up music festival

Hampton Court Palace Festival Hampton Court Palace Festival Hampton Court Palace Festival Returning for its 22nd year with 11 nights of concerts, the Hampton Court Palace Festival is one for the older generation. Taking place in the open-air court of King Henry VIII's Palace, the festival has a beautiful backdrop and this year welcomes a line-up of acts that worthy of the venue. Ten time Grammy Award-winner George Benson will take to the stage on 23rd June, performing a string of hits from his back catalogue; The Beach Boys will grace the stage on the 24th, treating audiences to live versions of hits Good Vibrations, Wouldn't It Be Nice and Surfs Up; and the UK's most successful jazz artist Jamie Cullum will make his festival debut to perform tracks from his new album, Momentum . Pop sensations Rick Astley and Jason Donovan offer a double-headliner, singing all their major hits, and Jools Holland returns once again with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. Guests can bring their own hampers with champers or take advantage of the pre-ordered picnic options on offer. Drinks and more basic meal options are also available from stalls, while those who want to go the whole hog can opt for the hospitality package in the Hampton Court State Apartments which includes VIP seating, a champagne reception with canapés, and a dinner with fine wines.

2014-06-112014-06-25 Where:
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey London, KT8 9AU
Category: Concerts

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, London, KT8 9AU

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 11th - 25th June 2014

 

The Hampton Court Palace Festival returns for its 20th year with over 10 nights of concerts featuring some top performers for the older generation. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons makes his UK comeback after a 10 year break to play classic hits such as 'Big Girls Don't Cry', 'Beggin'' and 'Can't Take Me Eyes Off Of You' to eagerly awaiting fans. The grown-up nature of the line-up is entirely in sync with the nature of the mature vibe of the festival, which takes place in the 17th-century courtyard and gardens of the lavish Tudor palace. Guests can bring their own picnic hampers full of goodies or take advantage of the pre-ordered Villandry picnic options on offer. Drinks and more basic meal options (such as jacket potatoes, sandwiches and salads) are also available from stalls, while those who want to go the whole hog can opt for the Hampton Court hospitality package, which includes VIP seating, a champagne reception with canapes, and a dinner with fine wines. Check the official website for all times, prices and ticketing details.

 
 
 

Lovebox Weekender

Friendly Fires, Hot Chip and Lana Del Ray play at Groove Armada's festival

Lovebox Lovebox Lovebox London's answer to Glastonbury is back for 2014 with a new format. This year Lovebox is being joined by Secret Productions, co-organisers of Wilderness Festival and Secret Garden Party from 2009 to 2013, for a true celebration of festival culture. The Lovebox Weekender is the park party that comes closest to capturing the vibe of a proper festival, with a huge range of musical styles across multiple stages and a friendly, music-loving crowd. This year's headliners will be Nas and M.I.A while further major artists performing include Chase & Status, A$AP Rocky, Crystal Fighters and Katy B. Vicky Park is a great festival venue, with loads of space and a sympathetic council who let them turn the music up really loud - the perfect excuse to sack off work on Friday and make it a long weekend.
2014-07-182014-07-19 Where:
Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, London London, E3 5SN
Category: Concerts

Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5SN

Tube: Mile End Station

 

Dates: 18th - 19th July 2014

 

London's answer to Glastonbury celebrates a decade of love in 2012 with three days of unadulterated partying. The Lovebox Weekender returns to Tower Hamlets' Victoria Park with an anniversary lineup fit for the occasion, topping the bill are Friendly Fires, Hot Chip, Lana Del Ray and shy and retiring Grace Jones. Set up by Groove Armada, Lovebox is the park party that comes closest to capturing the vibe of a proper festival, with a huge range of musical styles across multiple stages, and a friendly, music-loving crowd. Vicky Park is a great festival venue, with loads of space and a sympathetic council who let them turn the music up really loud. Running from Friday afternoon through until Sunday evening, each day will have its own distinct musical identity. Friday kicks off with bone shaking beats and a big injection of carnival spirit. Saturday welcomes pop superstars and rock icons before Sunday sees an out and out explosion of flamboyant and fierce hedonism.

 
 
 

Trooping the Colour

The Queen's Birthday Parade on her offical birthday, 16th June

Trooping the Colour Trooping the Colour Trooping the Colour A vibrant display of ceremony and military history, Trooping the Colour, also known as The Queen's Birthday Parade, marks the second of the Queen's two birthdays (this is the official one, her actual birthday is on 21st April). It's a spectacular piece of pageantry but also a timely reminder of the role of the armed forces who are - in theory, at least - under the Queen's control. Hundreds of well-disciplined soldiers in full dress uniform march past at the Horse Guards Parade, and a different Battalion gives the Royal Salute each year, all accompanied by stirring military music from the massed bands. On the same day, a 41-Gun Royal Salute takes place in Green Park at 12.52pm and there's a 62-Gun salute at the Tower Of London at 1pm. But if you want to avoid the crush at the Mall, you can see the Horse Guards practicing for the grand parade at two smaller rehearsals in the days leading up to the grand event - namely the Major General's Review on the Saturday before and the Colonel's Review on the Saturday two weeks before the Trooping of the Colour.

TICKETS:
The Ballot for tickets for seated stands around Horse Guards Parade opens in January and closes in February. Applications should be made in writing, during January and February only, enclosing a stamped self-addressed envelope to: Brigade Major, HQ Household Division, Horse Guards, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX.
2014-06-142014-06-14 Where:
Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, London London, SW1A 2AX
Category: Exhibitions

Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, Westminster, London, SW1A 2AX

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station, Westminster Station

 

Dates: 14th June 2014

 

To mark the second of the Queen's two birthdays (this is the official one, her actual birthday is on 21st April), Trooping the Colour presents a vibrant display of ceremony and military history. It's a spectacular piece of pageantry but also a timely reminder of the role of the armed forces who are - in theory at least - under the Queen's control. Hundreds of well-disciplined soldiers in full dress uniform march past at the Horse Guards Parade, and a different Battalion gives the Royal Salute each year, all accompanied by stirring military music from the massed bands. If you want to avoid the crush you can see the Horse Guards practicing for the grand parade at two smaller rehearsals in the days leading up to the grand event - namely the Major General's Review on Saturday 2nd June 2012 and the Colonel's Review on Saturday 9th June 2012.

 
 
 

Jimmy Carr: Gagging Order

The 8 Out Of 10 Cats presenter tours the UK with his stand-up show

Jimmy Carr: Gagging Order Jimmy Carr: Gagging Order Jimmy Carr: Gagging Order The hardest working man in comedy, Jimmy Carr, brings his acerbic (and often vile) scattergun gags to venues across London in 2012 and 2013 as part of his new Gagging Order tour. He may tone down his material for TV shows like Channel 4's 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Alternative Election Night and 10 O'Clock Live but a quick browse on Chortle reveals many complaints about Carr's crassness: "too many disgusting sex jokes," laments one; "total appalling use of foul offensive material," harrumphs another; "the show at times is that bad it makes you feel sick," offers a third, gagging. Well, judge for yourself with this selection of his famous recent one-liners: "I keep on getting mistaken for Alan Carr - so I've stopped sucking men off", "As an adult, wetting a child's bed is mortifying", "When I was a kid I was scared of the dentist - he was a paedophile" or (betraying his Cambridge degree) "I'm middle class, but I'm hard. Al dente, you might say". Like Marmite, Carr splits opinion; those who love him will be in fits, but if you're sensitive and easily offended, best do the others a favour and stay at home. 2012-06-172012-06-17 Where:
Richmond Theatre, The Green, Surrey London, TW9 1QJ
Category: Comedy

Richmond Theatre, The Green, Surrey, London, TW9 1QJ

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 17th June 2012

 

The hardest working man in comedy, Jimmy Carr, brings his acerbic (and often vile) scattergun gags to venues across London in 2012 and 2013 as part of his new Gagging Order tour. He may tone down his material for TV shows like Channel 4's 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Alternative Election Night and 10 O'Clock Live but a quick browse on Chortle reveals many complaints about Carr's crassness: "too many disgusting sex jokes," laments one; "total appalling use of foul offensive material," harrumphs another; "the show at times is that bad it makes you feel sick," offers a third, gagging. Well, judge for yourself with this selection of his famous recent one-liners: "I keep on getting mistaken for Alan Carr - so I've stopped sucking men off", "As an adult, wetting a child's bed is mortifying", "When I was a kid I was scared of the dentist - he was a paedophile" or (betraying his Cambridge degree) "I'm middle class, but I'm hard. Al dente, you might say". Like Marmite, Carr splits opinion; those who love him will be in fits, but if you're sensitive and easily offended, best do the others a favour and stay at home.

 
 
 

Billy Budd

Benjamin Britten's opera based on Herman Melville's novel

Billy Budd Billy Budd The production team that brought you English National Opera's award-winning Peter Grimes return to the London Coliseum to present Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd, an opera based on the short novel of the same name by Herman Melville. Starring Benedict Nelson (fresh from a star turn as Demetrius in 2011's A Midsummer Night's Dream) in the title role, Matthew Rose and Toby Spence, this re-imagining sees the award-winning director-conductor partnership of David Alden and Edward Gardner brought together again. This splendidly orchestrated all-male opera was originally commissioned for the original Festival of Britain in 1951. The opera focuses on the manner in which particular societies deal with outsiders and tells the tale of Billy Budd, a young man forced into naval service in the British navy in 1797.

 

2012-06-182012-07-08 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatre

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4ES

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 18th June - 08th July 2012

 

The production team that brought you English National Opera's award-winning Peter Grimes return to the London Coliseum to present Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd, an opera based on the short novel of the same name by Herman Melville. Starring Benedict Nelson (fresh from a star turn as Demetrius in 2011's A Midsummer Night's Dream) in the title role, Matthew Rose and Toby Spence, this re-imagining sees the award-winning director-conductor partnership of David Alden and Edward Gardner brought together again. This splendidly orchestrated all-male opera was originally commissioned for the original Festival of Britain in 1951. The opera focuses on the manner in which particular societies deal with outsiders and tells the tale of Billy Budd, a young man forced into naval service in the British navy in 1797.

 
 
 

Royal Ascot

One of the 'must do' events in the social calendar

Royal Ascot Royal Ascot Royal Ascot Royal Ascot returns to the Berkshire racecourse where it has been a pretty much an annual fixture since 1711. With nearly £4 million in prize money at stake, this meeting attracts all the biggest names in the racing fraternity. And, of course, more than 300,000 visitors, all dressed in their finest attire. Ascot is as famous for its hats as it is for the racing, especially on 'Ladies Day'. Every year the ladies try to outdo each other with tremendous towering creations and outlandish designs. The gents usually go for a more understated look - with morning suits and top hats the norm. It's as much a giant outdoor party as a race meet: unters at the track will drink over 150,000 bottles of champagne, 14,000 bottles of Pimms and, of course, will place untold millions in bets.

2014-06-172014-06-21 Where:
Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, London London, SL5 7JX
Category: Sporting Events

Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, London, SL5 7JX

Tube: Heathrow Terminal 5 Station

 

Dates: 17th - 21st June 2014

 

Royal Ascot returns to the Berkshire racecourse where it has been a pretty much an annual fixture since 1711. With nearly 4 million in prize money at stake, this meeting attracts all the biggest names in the racing fraternity. And, of course, more than 300,000 visitors, all dressed in their finest attire. Ascot is as famous for its hats as it is for the racing, especially on 'Ladies Day'. Every year the ladies try to outdo each other with tremendous towering creations and outlandish designs. The gents usually go for a more understated look - with morning suits and top hats the norm. This particularly British penchant for very smart dress adds to the festive spirit of the occasion and Ascot is as much a giant outdoor party as a race meet. Punters at the track will drink over 150,000 bottles of champagne, 14,000 bottles of Pimms and, of course, they will place untold millions in bets. Strictly no jeans or trainers - unless of the horse variety! Go to the official website for more information

 
 
 

Yoko Ono

The artist's works go on display at the Serpentine Gallery

Yoko Ono Yoko Ono The Serpentine Gallery presents a major exhibition of work by celebrated artist Yoko Ono as part of the London 2012 Festival. The exhibition will include SMILE, a large-scale participatory project that invites people to upload and send images of their smiles in order to create a global collection. The exhibition will feature new and exciting works, many of which will be seen by UK audience for the first time. Ono has made a huge impact on contemporary art whilst working as an artist, film-maker, poet, musician, writer and peace activist over the past 50 years. She is renowned for her boundary defying works of art and this showcase of her finest work should be a big hit with the London art scene.

2012-06-192012-09-09 Where:
Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London London, W2 3XA
Category: Exhibitions

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, South Kensington, London, W2 3XA

Tube: Lancaster Gate Station

 

Dates: 19th June - 09th September 2012

 

The Serpentine Gallery presents a major exhibition of work by celebrated artist Yoko Ono as part of the London 2012 Festival. The exhibition will include SMILE, a large-scale participatory project that invites people to upload and send images of their smiles in order to create a global collection. The exhibition will feature new and exciting works, many of which will be seen by UK audiences for the first time. Ono has made a huge impact on contemporary art whilst working as an artist, film-maker, poet, musician, write and peace activist over the past 50 years. She is renowned for her boundary defying works of art and this showcase of her finest work should be a big hit with London art scene.

 
 
 

Andy Warhol: The Portfolios

Dulwich Picture Gallery displays some of Warhol's most famous prints

Andy Warhol: The Portfolios Andy Warhol: The Portfolios The iconic artist Andy Warhol will be showcased at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in a three month exhibition. Some of his most famous print portfolios will be on display alongside some of his lesser known works in an exhibition that is set to delight art fans in London. Portfolios on display include the Muhammad Ali and Myths portfolios that were produced just six years before the artist's death in 1987. Warhol was one of the leading figures in the visual art movement that became known as 'pop art'. His works have sold for millions of US dollars the highest price ever paid for a Warhol painting is $100 million for a 1963 canvas called Eight Elvises.


2012-06-192012-09-16 Where:
Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich Village, London London, SE21 7AD
Category: Exhibitions

Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7AD

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: 19th June - 16th September 2012

 

The iconic artist Andy Warhol will be showcased at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in a three month exhibition. Some of his most famous print portfolios will be on display alongside some of his lesser known works in an exhibition that is set to delight art fans in London. Portfolios on display include the Muhammad Ali and Myths portfolios that were produced just six years before the artist's death in 1987. Warhol was one of the leading figures in the visual art movement that became known as 'pop art'. His works have sold for millions of US dollars the highest price ever paid for a Warhol painting is $100 million for a 1963 canvas called Eight Elvises.

 
 
 

Taste of London

Four days of al fresco gluttony in Regent's Park

Taste of London Taste of London Taste of London Direct your rumbling stomach to Regent's Park for four days of al fresco gluttony as over forty of London's best restaurants, including a flurry of Michelin stars, show off their culinary handiwork. Work your way through a range of miniature speciality dishes - bought with the event's currency, 'crowns' - hot off the plates from upmarket places like Ametsa with Arzak Instruction, Bleeding Heart, Duck & Waffle, L'Anima, Le Gavroche, Theo Randall at The InterContinental, Barbecoa, and Yauatcha - to name but a bunch. Top chefs - who this year include such luminaries as Jason Atherton, Joes Pizarro, Ashley Palmer Watts (head chef at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in the Mandarin Oriental) and Salt Yard head chef Ben Tish - also attend, while the civilised sounds of live jazz and opera will fill the air and aid digestion at this gourmet grazing picnic extraordinaire. 2014-06-182014-06-22 Where:
Regent's Park, Inner Circle, London London, NW1 4NR
Category: Foodie Events

Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 18th - 22nd June 2014

 

Direct your rumbling stomach to Regent's Park for four days of al fresco gluttony as over forty of London's best restaurants, including a flurry of Michelin stars, show off their culinary handiwork. 'Taste of...' has become a nationwide phenomenon with events taking place in cities all over the country. Of these the London event in Regent's Park must be one of the most enjoyable. Work your way through a range of miniature speciality dishes - bought with the event's currency, 'crowns' - hot off the plates from upmarket places like Scott's, L'Anima, Petrus, Launceston Place, Benares, Bocca Di Lupo and Skylon - to name but a bunch. While tasting fashionable fare and shopping for fine wines, spirits and gourmet foods among the 120 stalls, the civilised sounds of live jazz and opera fill the air and aid the digestion. Top chefs such as Michel Roux Jr, Pierre Koffmann, Silvena Rowe, Chris Galvin and Gary Rhodes will also be doing the rounds. A gourmet grazing picnic extraordinaire, no restaurant lover should miss this tasty event which has already become a firm fixture in the foodie calendar.

 
 
 

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival

Outdoor dance spectaculars are a popular feature of the festival

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival Greenwich and Docklands International Festival The whole of Greenwich comes alive for the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, a 10-day free festival of street performances, art and dancing in the streets. The festival offers a free and inclusive programme of world class theatre and dance, family entertainment, two extraordinary spectacles and a Greenwich Fair. The GDIF is especially good at putting on outdoor dance spectaculars and last year was as strong as ever with performances by Marc Brew Company, Luca Silvestrini's Protein, Company Chameleon, Up and Over It and Avant Garde Dance. Canary Wharf also had Dancing City, a feature at the festival for 10 years, where Seville's Producciones Imperdibles featured Spanish dancers overhead on a transparent stage. The line-up for 2012 is still to be announced, but with events taking place across Maritime Greenwich, the Isle of Dogs, Canary Wharf, Stratford and Woolwich, there's bound to be plenty to keep the expected crowds of 50,000 entertained.
2012-06-212012-06-30 Where:
Greenwich, London London, SE10 9HF
Category: Seasonal

Greenwich, , London, SE10 9HF

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 21st - 30th June 2012

 

The whole of Greenwich comes alive for the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, a 10-day free festival of street performances, art and dancing in the streets. The festival offers a free and inclusive programme of world class theatre and dance, family entertainment, two extraordinary spectacles and a Greenwich Fair. The GDIF is especially good at putting on outdoor dance spectaculars and this year promises to be as strong as ever with performances by the Handspring Puppet Company, who worked on the National Theatre production of War Horse; Graeae, the disabled-led theatre company who have teamed up with Catalan masters of visual magnificence La Fura dels Baus for Prometheus Awakes; and Les Girafes who perform Le Voyage des Aquarves for the grand finale. Join them as they set sail through the streets of Woolwich on a giant ship of dreams with a crew of stiltwalkers, musicians and aerialists. The ship finally docks in Beresford Square, unleashing an ocean of foam and special effects.

 
 
 

London 2012 Festival

During the 12 weeks of the Cultural Olympiad leading artists descend upon London to perform

London 2012 Festival London 2012 Festival The culmination of the Cultural Olympiad will be the London 2012 Festival, which runs in venues and open spaces all over the capital from 21 June 2012 - Midsummer's Day - until 9 September 2012 - the last day of the 2012 Paralympics. During the 12 weeks, leading artists from all over the world will descend upon London to be a part of the UK's biggest ever festival. Celebrating both the Olympics and Paralympics through dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, film and digital innovation, the London 2012 Festival will feature commissions from the likes of dancer Akram Khan, actress Cate Blanchett, director Mike Leigh, artist Tracy Emin, the singer Damon Albarn and the late painter Lucian Freud. Whether you're into circuses, carnivals, fashion, opera, African music, sculpture, Shakespeare, dance or the paintings of David Hockney - to name but a handful of bases - there'll be something for you in a programme which boasts more than 1,000 events and which will reach an estimated audience of 10 million people. And while some major events will be ticketed, the majority will be free and easily accessible for everyone, adding to the party atmosphere and feel-good vibe of the Games. Like the trickle-down effect Team GB hopes to have on the sporting aspirations of the entire nation, the London 2012 Festival intends to leave a lasting legacy for the arts in the UK for many years to come.

For more information please visit www.london2012.com/festival.
2012-06-212012-09-09 Where:
Trafalgar Square, Central London London, WC2N 5DS
Category: London Olympics Cultural Events

Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 21st June - 09th September 2012

 

The culmination of the Cultural Olympiad will be the London 2012 Festival, which runs in venues and open spaces all over the capital from 21 June 2012 - Midsummer's Day - until 9 September 2012 - the last day of the 2012 Paralympics. During the 12 weeks, leading artists from all over the world will descend upon London to be a part of the UK's biggest ever festival. Celebrating both the Olympics and Paralympics through dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, film and digital innovation, the London 2012 Festival will feature commissions from the likes of dancer Akram Khan, actress Cate Blanchett, director Mike Leigh, artist Tracy Emin, the singer Damon Albarn and the late painter Lucian Freud. Whether you're into circuses, carnivals, fashion, opera, African music, sculpture, Shakespeare, dance or the paintings of David Hockney - to name but a handful of bases - there'll be something for you in a programme which boasts more than 1,000 events and which will reach an estimated audience of 10 million people. And while some major events will be ticketed, the majority will be free and easily accessible for everyone, adding to the party atmosphere and feel-good vibe of the Games. Like the trickle-down effect Team GB hopes to have on the sporting aspirations of the entire nation, the London 2012 Festival intends to leave a lasting legacy for the arts in the UK for many years to come.For more information please visit the official website.

 
 
 

London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Posters

Twelve chosen artists present their take on the Olympics

London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Posters London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Posters Twelve artists have put their thoughts on the Olympics to paper for the official Olympic and Paralympics posters for London 2012. The Tate Britain is giving visitors the opportunity to admire the pieces at a free exhibition during the Cultural Olympiad, the public can also sign up to receive information on how to purchase limited edition prints of the art. The posters include Rachel Whiteread's take on the Olympic Rings, which are also meant to represent marks left by drinking glasses to symbolize the memories of a social gathering. Another piece is Chris Ofili's For The Unknown Runner; this is a blend of a super-athlete and a mythical creature running past a watching crowd; the figure is outlined with a vase motif, representative of the Ancient Olympic Games. Further official posters were created by artists including Anthea Hamilton, Howard Hodkin, Martin Creed, and Bridget Riley.
2012-06-212012-09-23 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank, London London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Exhibitions

Tate Britain, Millbank, Westminster, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 21st June - 23rd September 2012

 

Twelve artists have put their thoughts on the Olympics to paper for the official Olympic and Paralympics Posters for London 2012. The Tate Britain is giving visitors the opportunity to admire the pieces at a free exhibition during the Cultural Olympiad, the public can also sign up to receive information on how to purchase limited edition prints of the art. The posters include Rachel Whiteread's take on the Olympic Rings, which are also meant to represent marks left by drinking glasses to symbolize the memories of a social gathering. Another piece is Chris Ofili's For The Unknown Runner; this is a blend of a super-athlete and a mythical creature running past a watching crowd; the figure is outlined with a vase motif, representative of the Ancient Olympic Games. Further official posters were created by artists including Anthea Hamilton, Howard Hodkin, Martin Creed, and Bridget Riley.

 
 
 

West Side Story

Film screening and live orchestral music at the Royal Albert Hall

West Side Story and Live Musical Accompaniment West Side Story and Live Musical Accompaniment Following its sold-out fiftieth anniversary performances in 2012 the live music screening of iconic musical West Side Story returns to the Royal Albert Hall due to phenomenal demand. The film is screened in high definition and brought to life by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in a spectacular show which celebrates the original movie in all its glory. The emotionally charged score features the original vocals on songs like 'Tonight', 'Somewhere' and 'I Feel Pretty.' Set in hot and restless downtown New-York in the 1950s, Tony and Maria are our American Romeo and Juliet who find themselves torn between warring families and rival gangs until the situation inevitably ends in tragedy. The film won ten Academy Awards and featured a remarkable performance from Natalie Wood, whose tragic drowning continues to cause mystery and controversy in the press. The show only runs for five performances so be sure to book soon if you don't want to miss out.
2014-07-042014-07-06 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Film Events

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 04th - 06th July 2014

 

Fifty years after the release of the iconic musical West Side Story the Royal Albert Hall puts on a spectacular show to celebrate the original movie in all its glory. The film will be screened in high definition and will be brought to life by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. The emotionally charged score will still feature the original vocals on songs like 'Tonight', 'Somewhere' and 'I Feel Pretty.' Set in hot and restless downtown New-York in the 1950s, Tony and Maria are our American Romeo and Juliet who find themselves torn between warring families and rival gangs until the situation inevitably ends in tragedy. The film won ten Academy Awards and featured a remarkable performance from Natalie Wood, whose tragic drowning continues to cause mystery and controversy in the press. The show only runs for three nights so be sure to book soon if you don't want to miss out.

 
 
 

Exhibition Road Music Day

London's contribution to European Music Day

 

Exhibition Road Music Day returns in 2012 as London's contribution to European Music Day, as leading arts, scientific, academic and cultural organisations gather to present a day of exciting sounds from around the world. A large range of indoor and outdoor stages will play host to a variety of musical performances, covering as many genres as one can think of. From urban to jazz and folk to rock, there'll be plenty of different types of performances taking place and plenty of new music for you to enjoy. Music Day is also an excellent opportunity to catch a glimpse of bands before they embark on the hectic summer music festival circuit. And the event is free, giving you even more incentive to head down.

 
 
 

BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend

Radio 1's biggest free music festival comes to London's Hackney Marshes

BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend Radio 1's Big Weekend free music festival comes to London's Hackney Marshes in 2012 for the biggest event of this kind they've ever staged, to mark the London 2012 Olympics. A host of British and international artists including Leona Lewis, Will.i.am, Jessie J, Florence & The Machine, Lana Del Rey, Ed Sheeran and Tinie Tempah will be performing across the six stages to 100,000 people. Tickets to the event are free (plus £2.50 handling fee), but demand will be high and luck will play a part if you're successful in securing one. To be in with a chance of getting a ticket you must register your details and upload a photo on the BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend website before 11pm on Monday 19th March. Only those who have registered will be able to apply for tickets (maximum of two) online or by phone, and if you're a Hackney resident or live in the other five Olympic boroughs you'll have a better chance of getting in. More than 25 acts have been announced in total, with more to be confirmed in due course.
2012-06-232012-06-24 Where:
Hackney Marshes, Homerton Road, London London, E9 5PF
Category: Concerts

Hackney Marshes, Homerton Road, London, E9 5PF

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 

Dates: 23rd - 24th June 2012

 

Radio 1's Big Weekend free music festival comes to London's Hackney Marshes in 2012 for the biggest event of this kind they've ever staged, to mark the London 2012 Olympics. A host of British and international artists including Leona Lewis, Will.i.am, Jessie J, Florence & The Machine, Lana Del Rey, Ed Sheeran and Tinie Tempah will be performing across the six stages to 100,000 people. Tickets to the event are free (plus 2.50 handling fee), but demand will be high and luck will play a part if you're successful in securing one. To be in with a chance of getting a ticket you must register your details and upload a photo on the BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend website before 11pm on Monday 19th March. Only those who have registered will be able to apply for tickets (maximum of two) online or by phone, and if you're a Hackney resident or live in the other five Olympic boroughs you'll have a better chance of getting in. More than 25 acts have been announced in total, with more to be confirmed in due course.

 
 
 

London Festival of Architecture

The Playful City is the theme for this year's architecture festival

London Festival of Architecture London Festival of Architecture London Festival of Architecture First set up in 2004 the London Festival of Architecture is back for its eleventh year in 2015 with an exciting month of events, tours, talks and exhibitions taking place across the city. Addressing the theme 'Work in Progress', it will feature a programme of more than 200 events with many organised by London's leading cultural and academic institutions such as the Design Museum, Royal Academy of Arts, Serpentine Galleries and the Victoria and Albert Museum. This year's full programme is yet to be announced but highlights will include the Serpentine's pavilion and a pop-up 'inspired by the sky' outside the V&A's Museum of Childhood.
2015-06-012015-06-30 Where:
Various Venues London, London, W1J 9LN
Category: Exhibitions

Various Venues London, , Bloomsbury, London, W1J 9LN

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 1st to 30th June 2015

 

'The Playful City' is the theme for this year's London Festival of Architecture. Spread across various locations during a summer in the city that welcomes the Olympics for the first time since 1948, the 2012 festival seeks to look into the ways that both Londoners and visitors can become part of the fabric of the city. In acknowledgement of the Olympics, public spaces will be reinterpreted to encourage physical fitness and festival participants will be encouraged to play in, and play with, the surrounding city. There will also be open studios, public realm installations, performances and other activities taking place in an arc around the City core. Visit the London Festival of Architecture website for further details.

 
 
 

City of London Festival

A summer programme of music, visual arts, film, walks and talks

City of London Festival City of London Festival City of London Festival Founded in 1962, the City of London Festival is a summer programme of music, visual arts, film, walks and talks. It takes place across several City of London venues, including St Paul's Cathedral, and outdoor spaces, and many of the events and activities are free (particularly if outdoor). This year pays homage to the former uniform of the City with a giant inflatable Bowler Hat. Popping up in Paternoster Square, next to St Paul's Cathedral, the Bowler Hat seats 212 audience members and will host more than 100 events, including children's theatre, cabaret, comedy and circus. An annual highlight of the festival is the children's parade which this year sees 1,500 children taking to the City's streets on Friday 27th June 2014.

2014-06-222014-07-17 Where:
Various Venues London, London, W1J 9LN
Category: Seasonal

Various Venues London, , City, London, W1J 9LN

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 22nd June - 17th July 2014

 

Founded in 1962, the City of London Festival is a summer programme of music, visual arts, film, walks and talks. It takes place across several venues (including St Paul's Cathedral) and outdoor spaces, and events and activities are frequently free (particularly if outdoor). This year the festival is celebrating its Golden Jubilee 50 years of animating the city with world-class arts. With over 100 free festival events, the line-up includes the Sydney Dance Company, English National Ballet at St Paul's Cathedral and a favourite feature with Londoners and visitors alike the Golden Street Pianos, which sees 50 golden pianos left out in random spots in the capital for anyone to play. For the full programme visit the official website

 
 
 

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship

The most watched tennis event in the Grand Slam calendar

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship In 2013 Andy Murray finally put an end to Britain's 77-year wait for a Wimbledon winner so we can expect tickets to the famous tennis tournament to be in even greater demand this year. Wimbledon is the most watched tennis event in the Grand Slam calendar; with a TV audience of untold millions and over half a million spectators attending the All England Club to catch the action live. Many tennis pros covet the Wimbledon crown above all others and the grass surface makes for fast, breathless duels. Tickets can be applied for through the public ballot on the website, if however you're not lucky enough to get hold of one it is easy to get in to the grounds if you queue up in the morning. However, there are only 500 tickets for the centre courts available, so you have to turn up seriously early - or queue overnight - to be certain of getting to see the biggest matches. But in the first week the outer courts still have some of the world's greatest players and you can grab tickets for them if you arrive by about 9am.
2014-06-232014-07-06 Where:
Wimbledon: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Church Road, London London, SW19 5AE
Category: Sporting Events

Wimbledon: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Church Road, London, SW19 5AE

Tube: Wimbledon Park Station

 

Dates: 23rd June - 06th July 2014

 

Will this be the year that Britain finally has its first Wimbledon winner since Fred Perry way back in 1936? Last year, much like 2010, Andy Murray made it gamely to the semi-finals but was obliterated by a rampant Rafael Nadal for the second year running. Still, with it being the third successive semi-final for the Scot at Wimbledon he could continue with his progression, and then surely it is only a matter of time before Murray gets a shot at the title. Wimbledon is the most watched tennis event in the Grand Slam calendar; with a TV audience of untold millions and over half a million spectators attending the All England Club to catch the action live. Many tennis pros covet the Wimbledon crown above all others and the grass surface makes for fast, breathless duels. Tickets can be applied for through the public ballot on the website, if however you're not lucky enough to get hold of one it is easy to get in to the grounds if you queue up in the morning. There are only 500 tickets for the centre courts available, so you have to turn up seriously early - or queue overnight - to be certain of getting to see the biggest matches, but in the first week the outer courts still have some of the world's greatest players and you can grab tickets for them if you arrive by about 9am.

 
 
 

Dr Dee - An English Opera

Damon Albarn invites you into the weirdly wonderful world of Dr Dee

Dr Dee - An English Opera Dr Dee - An English Opera Damon Albarn invites you into the weirdly wonderful world of Dr Dee, astrologer, alchemist, magician and spy. Unbelievably, this is not a fictitious character drummed up in the deep subconscious of Albarn's mind. The man in question was an influential 16th century Englishman, an advisor to Elizabeth I. He is credited with inventing the concept of the British Empire, developing maps, and (successfully) putting a hex on the Spanish Armada. Shakespeare's Prospero, King Lear and Marlowe's Doctor Faustus are all believed to be inspired by the great man himself. So it's easy to see why the Blur and Gorillaz musician Damon Albarn based his latest project around the fascinating figure. Fresh from his success with Africa Express and Monkey Albarn embarked on an operatic show full of Dr Dee themes, science, study and sorcery. Dr Dee opened at the Manchester International Festival and received glowing reports; it now opens in London at the London Coliseum. Don't expect ruffle necks and tights in this production. Dr Dee is a modern musical masterpiece with stunning staging by Rufus Norris, drawing upon the workings of an Elizabethan masque, paired with a haunting intellectual score written and performed by Albarn.

2012-06-252012-07-07 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Concerts

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4ES

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 25th June - 07th July 2012

 

Damon Albarn invites you into the weirdly wonderful world of Dr Dee, astrologer, alchemist, magician and spy. Unbelievably, this is not a fictitious character drummed up in the deep subconscious of Albarn's mind. The man in question was an influential 16th century Englishman, an advisor to Elizabeth I. He is credited with inventing the concept of the British Empire, developing maps, and (successfully) putting a hex on the Spanish Armada. Shakespeare's Prospero, King Lear and Marlowe's Doctor Faustus are all believed to be inspired by the great man himself. So it's easy to see why the Blur and Gorillaz musician Damon Albarn based his latest project around the fascinating figure. Fresh from his success with Africa Express and Monkey Albarn embarked on an operatic show full of Dr Dee themes, science, study and sorcery. Dr Dee opened at the Manchester International Festival and received glowing reports; it now opens in London at the London Coliseum. Don't expect ruffle necks and tights in this production. Dr Dee is a modern musical masterpiece with stunning staging by Rufus Norris, drawing upon the workings of an Elizabethan masque, paired with a haunting intellectual score written and performed by Albarn.

 
 
 

Les Troyens

Royal Opera's Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts

Les Troyens Les Troyens Not seen at the Royal Opera House since 1972, Les Troyens makes a glorious return to the London opera scene in June. The Royal Opera's Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts David McVicar's re-imagining of Hector Berlioz's epic tale of the Trojan war and its aftermath. Written during the 1850s, Les Troyens was Berlioz's largest work and was seen as a summary for his entire artistic career. Internationally renowned names such as Jonas Kaufmann, Eva-Marie Westbroek and Anna Caterina Antonacci make for a stellar cast in this five-act classic that is sure to be one of the major events in the whole Royal Opera Season.



2012-06-252012-07-11 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Concerts

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 25th June - 11th July 2012

 

Not seen at the Royal Opera House since 1972, Les Troyens makes a glorious return to the London opera scene in June. The Royal Opera's Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts David McVicar's re-imagining of Hector Berlioz's epic tale of the Trojan war and its aftermath. Written during the 1850s, Les Troyens was Berlioz's largest work and was seen as a summary for his entire artistic career. Internationally renowned names such as Jonas Kaufmann, Eva-Marie Westbroek and Anna Caterina Antonacci make for a stellar cast in this five-act classic that is sure to be one of the major events in the whole Royal Opera Season.

 
 
 

Southbank Centre's Poetry Parnassus

Readings and workshops with 205 poets from each of the competing Olympic countries

Southbank Centre's Poetry Parnassus Southbank Centre's Poetry Parnassus It seems that the Olympic grandeur has rubbed off on everyone this year as June sees London's Southbank Centre host the largest poetry festival the UK (and possibly the world) has ever seen, with 205 poets from each of the competing Olympic countries descending upon London to battle for their country. Southbank's artist in residence Simon Armitage and artistic director Jude Kelly are behind the ambitious cultural event, which will host readings and workshops with the poets. There will be performances aplenty and a UK tour before the final release of a poetry collection containing all of the 205 chosen poems. Kelly hopes the event will 'celebrate language, diversity and a sense of global togetherness.' The Poetry Parnassus has serious credibility and a list of patrons that reads like the poetry walk of fame. Carol Ann Duffy, Andrew Motion and Seamus Heaney have all been involved in the past. However, this year they trust the public with the task of nominating the poets and will announce the final 205 in the spring.

2012-06-262012-07-01 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: London Olympics Cultural Events

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 26th June - 01st July 2012

 

It seems that the Olympic grandeur has rubbed off on everyone this year as June sees London's Southbank Centre host the largest poetry festival the UK (and possibly the world) has ever seen, with 205 poets from each of the competing Olympic countries descending upon London to battle for their country. Southbank's artist in residence Simon Armitage and artistic director Jude Kelly are behind the ambitious cultural event, which will host readings and workshops with the poets. There will be performances aplenty and a UK tour before the final release of a poetry collection containing all of the 205 chosen poems. Kelly hopes the event will 'celebrate language, diversity and a sense of global togetherness.' The Poetry Parnassus has serious credibility and a list of patrons that reads like the poetry walk of fame. Carol Ann Duffy, Andrew Motion and Seamus Heaney have all been involved in the past. However, this year they trust the public with the task of nominating the poets and will announce the final 205 in the spring.

 
 
 

Henley Royal Regatta 2012

Famous boat racing festival in a picturesque riverside village

Henley Royal Regatta 2015 Henley Royal Regatta 2015 Henley Royal Regatta 2015 Henley Regatta is a historic occasion, set in a riverside village that has hardly changed in the last two centuries and bringing some serious competition to the water in one of Britain's most famous summer sporting events. It has been running since 1839, and has grown from a local event into one of the biggest meetings in rowing, attracting crews of international quality to an array of Challenge Trophies. The draw is still conducted on a knock-out basis with only two boats racing in each heat. Nineteen events take place over the five days including six classes of races for Eights and aces for Coxless Pairs and Double Sculls. But this is just as much a social event, with thousands gathering to eat picnics and drink Pimm's aplenty by the waterside. Expect lots of Tim-Nice-But-Dims as the English upper class and middle classes descend in their hoards.
2015-07-012015-07-05 Where:
Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, London London, RG9 2AQ
Category: Sporting Events

Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, London, RG9 2AQ

Tube: Amersham Station

 

Dates: 1st to 5th Jul 2015

 

Henley Regatta is an historic occasion, set in a riverside village that has hardly changed in the last two centuries and bringing some serious competition to the water in one of the world's most physically challenging sports. It has been running since 1839, and has grown from a local event into one of the biggest meetings in rowing, attracting crews of international quality to an array of Challenge Trophies. The draw is still conducted on a knock-out basis with only two boats racing in each heat. Nineteen events take place over the five days including six classes of races for Eights and aces for Coxless Pairs and Double Sculls. Come and admire one of the country's loveliest areas and some of the toughest sports stars in the world. But expect lots of Tim-Nice-But-Dims as the English upper and middle classes descend in their hoards, with sports jackets, boaters and Pimm's aplenty.

 
 
 

New Designers

Young designers showcase their innovative creations

New Designers New Designers Young designers gather in their thousands to showcase their fresh and innovative creations at the Business Design Centre this summer. Acting as a springboard for young graduates exiting the safety of higher education the exhibition brings together designers from all ends of the spectrum. Everything from fashion to graphics, interiors to architecture is displayed as over 3,500 students represent over 200 top UK design courses. Shining a spotlight on the hottest trends to come and a glimpse into the future of British design, whether you work in the industry, love discovering new talent, or just enjoy a good browse the New Designers is sure to have something that will catch your eye. Visit www.newdesigners.com for further information. 2012-06-272012-07-07 Where:
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London London, N1 0QH
Category: Exhibitions

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 27th June - 07th July 2012

 

Young designers gather in their thousands to showcase their fresh and innovative creations at the Business Design Centre this summer. Acting as a springboard for young graduates exiting the safety of higher education the exhibition brings together designers from all ends of the spectrum. Everything from fashion to graphics, interiors to architecture is displayed as over 3,500 students represent over 200 top UK design courses. Shining a spotlight on the hottest trends to come and a glimpse into the future of British design, whether you work in the industry, love discovering new talent, or just enjoy a good browse the New Designers is sure to have something that will catch your eye. Visit the official website for further information.

 
 
 

Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye

Norwegian creator of The Scream gets the Tate Modern treatment

Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye The Modern Eye is a major exhibition of work by celebrated artist Edvard Munch at the Tate Modern. Combining his pictorial work from the twentieth century with his interest in the modern representational forms of photography and film, the exhibition presents Munch as a twentieth century artist, thoroughly reflecting the modernity of his era. His famous paintings include The Sick Child, Madonna and, perhaps his most iconic piece, The Scream, which was part of a series called The Frieze of Life, in which he explored the themes of love, fear, death and anxiety. This showcase of the Norwegian symbolist painter is sure to be a hit with London art lovers.
2012-06-282012-10-14 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London London, SE1 9TG
Category: Exhibitions

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Station

 

Dates: 28th June - 14th October 2012

 

The Modern Eye is a major exhibition of work by celebrated artist Edvard Munch at the Tate Modern. Combining his pictorial work from the twentieth century with his interest in the modern representational forms of photography and film, the exhibition presents Munch as a twentieth century artist, thoroughly reflecting the modernity of his era. His famous paintings include The Sick Child, Madonna and, perhaps his most iconic piece, The Scream, which was part of a series called The Frieze of Life, in which he explored the themes of love, fear, death and anxiety. This showcase of the Norwegian symbolist painter is sure to be a hit with London art lovers.

 
 
 

Masterpiece London

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is home to this art exhibition for collectors

Masterpiece London 2014 Masterpiece London 2014 Dedicated to finding the best in art and design, Masterpiece London, held on the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, is a high-end exhibition for serious art collectors. In its fifth year Masterpiece London offers an international collection of galleries and dealers from 11 different countries, showcasing the best fine and decorative arts with premium collectors' items such as classic cars, fine wines and exquisite jewellery for sale. As well as presenting important historic paintings, exquisite jewels, Renaissance sculpture and pieces suitable for museum collections, there are free to attend talks giving visitors an opportunity to learn about important exhibits, their makers and influences. What's more, weary art buyers can dine at the custom-built Le Caprice restaurant or Scott's Seafood & Champagne Bar.
2014-06-262014-07-02 Where:
Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London London, SW3 4SR
Category: Exhibitions

Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4SR

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 26th June - 02nd July 2014

 

Dedicated to finding the best in art and design, Masterpiece London is truly an exhibition for collectors to be excited about. You can expect contemporary and historical paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings and antiques representing both UK and international galleries, collectors and dealers. Held on the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the 2012 event promises to build on the successes of previous years; offering a staggeringly wide array of high-end products on display and some superb dining options, from the iconic custom-built Le Caprice restaurant to the Mount Street Deli with its strong selection of sandwiches, pastries and salads.

 
 
 

The Genius of Hitchcock

Screenings of nine surviving silent films by the master of suspense

The Genius of Hitchcock The Genius of Hitchcock The British Film Institute has been working long and hard to try and restore some of Alfred Hitchcock's early masterpieces; their aim is to present The Genius of Hitchcock as part of the London 2012 Festival with nine surviving silent films by Hitchcock, together with brand new live musical scores. One of the films on the list is The Lodger; released in 1926 this was Hitchcock's original suspense thriller and is now known as his first trademark movie. It focuses on a landlady who suspects her strange lodger may be on a killing spree, the killer known as 'The Avenger' is in fact targeting blonde women in the city. On July 21st, the Barbican Centre will be hosting the world premiere of the restored version, allowing for viewers to squeal and scream and appreciate this visually imaginative masterpiece. Hitchcock is known as one of the greatest directors of all time; film companies even referred to him in all his titles; Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. He managed to cast characters perfectly as well as having an innovative thought process, an example being from The Lodger, where he installed a glass floor so he could show the lodger pacing up and down his room from below. This festival is a chance to bring these pieces of work back to life once more; donations can be made through the BFI website to help complete this project. 2012-06-282012-07-21 Where:
Barbican Hall, Silk Street, London London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Theatre

Barbican Hall, Silk Street, City, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 28th June - 21st July 2012

 

The British Film Institute has been working long and hard to try and restore some of Alfred Hitchcock's early masterpieces; their aim is to present The Genius of Hitchcock as part of the London 2012 Festival with nine surviving silent films by Hitchcock, together with brand new live musical scores. One of the films on the list is The Lodger; released in 1926 this was Hitchcock's original suspense thriller and is now known as his first trademark movie. It focuses on a landlady who suspects her strange lodger may be on a killing spree, the killer known as 'The Avenger' is in fact targeting blonde women in the city. On July 21st, the Barbican Centre will be hosting the world premiere of the restored version, allowing for viewers to squeal and scream and appreciate this visually imaginative masterpiece. Hitchcock is known as one of the greatest directors of all time; film companies even referred to him in all his titles; Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. He managed to cast characters perfectly as well as having an innovative thought process, an example being from The Lodger, where he installed a glass floor so he could show the lodger pacing up and down his room from below. This festival is a chance to bring these pieces of work back to life once more; donations can be made through the BFI website to help complete this project.

 
 
 

Birthday Offering | A Month in the Country | Les Noces

Retiring Royal Ballet director departs with a triple bill of favourite works

Birthday Offering | A Month in the Country | Les Noces Birthday Offering | A Month in the Country | Les Noces Retiring Royal Ballet director, Monica Mason, departs with a "director's choice" of works she particularly loves, finishing with Bronislava Nijinska's Les Noces. The piece is performed at the Royal Opera House as part of a triple bill along with two other works: Frederick Ashton's Birthday Offering, and A Month in the Country based on Turgenev's play of the same name. A Month in the Country and Les Noces are well matched as both present Russian stories of rituals and all three have a particularly strong place within The Royal Ballet repertory. But it's the final work, Les Noces, which is likely to stand out as a must-see classic of 20th-century ballet and will no doubt be a poignant moment for the departing Royal Ballet director.
2012-06-302012-07-09 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Dance

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 30th June - 09th July 2012

 

Retiring Royal Ballet director, Monica Mason, departs with a "director's choice" of works she particularly loves, finishing with Bronislava Nijinska's Les Noces. The piece is performed at the Royal Opera House as part of a triple bill along with two other works: Frederick Ashton's Birthday Offering, and A Month in the Country based on Turgenev's play of the same name. A Month in the Country and Les Noces are well matched as both present Russian stories of rituals and all three have a particularly strong place within The Royal Ballet repertory. But it's the final work, Les Noces, which is likely to stand out as a must-see classic of 20th-century ballet and will no doubt be a poignant moment for the departing Royal Ballet director.

 
 
 

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

For two months in the summer visitors can go beyond the big iron gates

Buckingham Palace Tickets - Summer Opening Buckingham Palace Tickets - Summer Opening Buckingham Palace Tickets - Summer Opening Every summer inquisitive visitors get the chance to look round Buckingham Palace and admire the interiors of the principal royal residence. Visitors for the Summer Opening tour are permitted access to the nineteen State Rooms which are still used by the Royal Family to receive and entertain guests on state and ceremonial occasions. Decorated in lavish fashion, they include paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto, Sevres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. There are also some exquisite royal gifts, including Faberge Eggs, on display. This is a fascinating opportunity to admire the taste - often wonderful, sometimes comically bad - of Britain's monarchy.

Audio Guides
Audio tours are included in the admission price and are available in the following languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and Russian
2014-07-262014-09-28 Where:
Buckingham Palace , Buckingham Palace Road, London London, SW1A 1AA
Category: Tours

Buckingham Palace , Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1A 1AA

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 26th July - 28th September 2014

 

Every summer inquisitive visitors get the chance to look round Buckingham Palace and admire the interiors of the principal royal residence, and this year the season is extended until October to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee. Visitors for the Summer Opening tour are permitted access to the nineteen State Rooms which are still used by the Royal Family to receive and entertain guests on state and ceremonial occasions. Decorated in lavish fashion, they include paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto, Sevres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. There are also some exquisite royal gifts, including Faberg Eggs, on display. This is a fascinating opportunity to admire the taste - often wonderful, sometimes comically bad - of Britains monarchy. Also, as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, there will be a special exhibition which will look into how diamonds have been used by British monarchs over the last 200 years. There will be a beautiful display of many of the Queens personal collection, some of which she inherited by Her Majesty or acquired during her reign. Booking in advance is recommended.

 
 
 

Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration

An unprecedented display of The Queen's personal jewels

Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration This spectacular exhibition at the Ball Supper Room at Buckingham Palace shows the many ways in which diamonds have been used by British monarchs over the last 200 years. Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration is just one of a number of exhibitions organised by the Royal Collection to mark Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee including a photography exhibition at Windsor Castle and a special show of royal treasures at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scotland, as well as a touring exhibition of ten drawings by Leonardo da Vinci which travels to five UK venues from January 2012 to January 2013. There are two exhibitions at The Queen's London residence - the Diamonds display runs alongside the Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist exhibition at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, from 4th May to 7th October 2012. The spectacular Diamonds exhibition includes an unprecedented display of The Queen's personal jewels, both inherited and acquired during her reign. Highlights include the necklace and earrings made for Queen Victoria to wear at her coronation, a small crown worn by Queen Victoria for her official diamond jubilee portrait, and a Garrard Fringe brooch - remodelled from a set of diamonds given to Queen Victoria by the Sultan of Turkey. This is one of a number of pieces shown here which have undergone a transformation, their new settings revealing a fascinating history. 2012-06-302012-10-07 Where:
Buckingham Palace , Buckingham Palace Road, London London, SW1A 1AA
Category: Exhibitions

Buckingham Palace , Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1A 1AA

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 30th June - 07th October 2012

 

This spectacular exhibition at the Ball Supper Room at Buckingham Palace shows the many ways in which diamonds have been used by British monarchs over the last 200 years. Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration is just one of a number of exhibitions organised by the Royal Collection to mark Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee including a photography exhibition at Windsor Castle and a special show of royal treasures at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scotland, as well as a touring exhibition of ten drawings by Leonardo da Vinci which travels to five UK venues from January 2012 to January 2013. There are two exhibitions at The Queen's London residence - the Diamonds display runs alongside the Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist exhibition at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, from 4th May to 7th October 2012. The spectacular Diamonds exhibition includes an unprecedented display of The Queen's personal jewels, both inherited and acquired during her reign. Highlights include the necklace and earrings made for Queen Victoria to wear at her coronation, a small crown worn by Queen Victoria for her official diamond jubilee portrait, and a Garrard Fringe brooch - remodelled from a set of diamonds given to Queen Victoria by the Sultan of Turkey. This is one of a number of pieces shown here which have undergone a transformation, their new settings revealing a fascinating history.

 
 
 

Pride London 2012

London hosts the WorldPride Festival in 2012

Pride in London Pride in London Pride in London The Pride parade, the main event of Pride in London, regularly draws a crowd of 500,000 people to the streets of London, and 150 groups parade from Oxford Street through Trafalgar Square. A celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, the colourful crowd marches proudly from Baker Street, along Oxford Street and Regent Street, ending in Trafalgar Square with a concert featuring chart acts, musicians, dancers, West End stars and other performers. The year's theme is 'freedom to...' in celebratation of the freedom that Londoners have fought for and enjoy today.
2014-06-282014-06-28 Where:
Trafalgar Square, Central London London, WC2N 5DS
Category: Concerts

Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 28th June 2014

 

Enlarge For the past few years London's Pride Parade has been growing in scale and ambition, and now it's reached the ultimate; with Pride London hosting the WorldPride Festival for 2012. The festival will take place from 17th June to 8th July, with two weeks of festivities and more than a million visitors expected to flock to the capital and celebrate; gay or straight, you can join in the heady mix of fun, fabulous costumes, live concerts and politics. This year the main parade - taking place on 7th July - promises to be bigger, better and longer than ever before; with the space being extended from Oxford Street to Shaftsbury Avenue, a stage in Leicester Square and an extended parade by half a mile to allow a spectacular route past London's finest landmarks. Entertainment is provided by floats and costume groups and walking bands. The serious stuff takes place in Trafalgar Square, where community stalls and music support a rally, with major speakers celebrating a year of successes for the Gay Rights movement. Soho is usually host to more frivolous activities, with DJs, cabaret and bands in the bars and streets which are closed to traffic. There's usually an official after party but there are also hundreds of lesbian and gay bars and clubs in the area who'll be keeping the celebrations going all night long. This year there are even plans being made for Sunday 8th July, creating the perfect excuse for the celebrations to be taken well into the morning after this feisty night before.

 
 
Sophie Wallace

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Sophie Wallace

27th December 2014

 
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