11 things to keep you busy in June

One cube, or two, darling?

Discover Mayfair’s hidden tea spots and delve into some freshly baked scones with home-made jam and clotted cream. Learn more about the rising tea culture in London and answer that much debated question; which comes first the milk or the tea? Grab your ticket online for tomorrow’s event.

Date: 1 June
Time: 10h30 – 13h30

Paddle! Paddle! Paddle…

Experience the best of Chinese culture by cheering on dozens of dragon boats racing on the Thames while you enjoy traditional lion dancing, live music, martial arts displays and south-east Asian street food. It’s free, family-friendly and a great way to get a taste of Hong Kong life.

Date: 3 June
Time: First race is at 10h00

Rule, Britannia!

Love art? Love Britain? You’ll love this! Let your patriotism come to life at Tate Britain as they mark the centenary of the end of the First World War with a major exploration of the impact the war had on British, German and French art. The horrors of war became a catalyst for a great amount of social change, but it was also a time of creativity and artistic reflection. With some big names in the house like Picasso, this is an exhibition not to be missed.

Dates: 5 June – 16 September
Time: 09h45 – 18h00 with extended opening hours on Friday 3 August

Rein it in

Channel your inner Pretty Woman and get ready to stomp the divots at Hurlingham Park this summer. Now in its tenth year, Polo in the Park has fast become Europe’s largest polo tournament. Aimed at bringing polo to the people, this is a great opportunity to rub shoulders with the rich and famous while enjoying a glass of champers.

Dates: 8, 9 and 10 June
Time: 12h00 – 21h00 (19h00 on Sunday)

Feel good food

Back for its 8th year, the Soho Food Feast brings together over 50 of London’s top restaurants serving their signature dishes all to raise money for Soho Parish Primary School. Stands will be located throughout St Anne’s Churchyard Garden where you can kick back and enjoy a Summer’s day with live music, DJs, house wines, family activities and generous raffles too. What could be better than eating and drinking for a good cause!

Dates: 9 and 10 June
Time: 12h00 – 18h00 but the early bird catches the worm with this event to avoid disappointment!

Whisky, ice and everything nice

This prestigious and exclusive Whisky event, held at Grosvenor House, features an array of worldwide whiskies, food pairings as well as whisky and gin-based cocktails. There are over 150 whiskies to taste from top distillers from around the world, providing the perfect occasion to try something new, or savour something old. Get tips and advice for the best way to enjoy your favourite tipple during a luxurious and indulgent day out, complete with a virtual tour of Glenfiddich’s distillery. A hefty (but money-well-spent in our opinion) £100 ticket gets you tasting all whiskies, the magnificent buffet and a complimentary cocktail of your choice.

Dates: 17 June
Time: 17h00 – 22h00

Social Spritz

You’re in for a treat with Italy’s iconic orange bittersweet aperitif ‘Aperol’ having set up the biggest Aperol Spritz bar at Shoreditch Electric Light Stadium until June 9th. Complete with a ‘tango-coloured Aperol’ canal and carousel, the DJ sets will keep you and your friends moving and grooving while you sip on those refreshing Aperol Spritz’s.

Dates: 31 May – 9 June
Time: Weekdays 18h00 – 22h00, Weekends 12h00 – 22h00. Last entry at 21h30

Worry about Taste not the waist

London’s most popular al fresco foodie festival is back in Regent’s Park this June. Chances are you’ve been before but if not, this is your chance to pop that Taste of London cherry and sample scrumptious speciality dishes from a selection of 40 budding and established restaurants. With well-known eateries like El Pastor, Smoke & Salt, Salon, Barrafina, Hoppers and Bao, what’s not to love. Not only can you feed yourself but there are a range of demos, boozy tastings, cookery classes to enjoy as well as live music.

Date: 13 – 17 June
Time: Pre-book online for lunch / dinner sessions

Be aMAZEd

Set against the stunning backdrop of Henry VIII’s magnificent Tudor Hampton Court Palace, this music festival encourages a spot of picnicking and the chance to hear some familiar musicians in an intimate 3,000-seat open-air auditorium. You’ll be able to sing along to big names like Paloma Faith, Gary Barlow, Tom Jones, legendary guitar player Joe Bonamassa, Jools Holland, American rock band The Beach Boys and Lionel Richie (playing his only London shows of 2018).

Dates: 5 – 23 June
Time: Gates open at 17h30

London Bridge Open Kitchen

Overarching theme: Food

This annual mouth-watering festival will take place at a new pristine location outside the recently redeveloped London Bridge station, on the last 2 days of June. Food lovers will be ecstatic to hear the event has secured top restaurants including Hawksmoor, Gaucho, Honest Burgers, Tom Simmons, Flour & Grapes, Londrino and Santo Remedio. Sip on bubbly from Prosecco House while you indulge in delectable dishes from just £5 per portion. Best bit of news is that the event is completely free to attend but just ensure you register in advance here.

Dates: 29 – 30 June
Time: Friday 12h00 – 20h00, Saturday 12h00 – 18h00

We’ve got the scoop

Summer by the River has a lot to boast about. It’s the largest free outdoor festival in the capital, it’s packed with delicious food stalls, cold beverages, entertainment and our personal favourite thing about it… it has the best ice cream stall in London on sale – Greedy Goat. Nothing says summer more than an ice cream cone with a view of Tower Bridge and the Thames. We can’t wait for this one.

Date: 1 June – 2 September
Time: tbc

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