June in London promises to be a lively affair, with everything from world-class art exhibitions to tennis championships lighting up the capital over the course of the month – even the monarchy is getting in on the festivities with the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony. Whether you’re after a traditional day out at the polo or night at the opera, or are looking to enjoy a little local culture, stay with us at one of our central London hotels and you’ll be mere minutes from the action. Take a look at out breakdown of the best June events in London to enjoy during your stay.
Chesterton’s Polo in the Park
The largest polo tournament in Europe returns to Fulham’s Hurlingham Park this year. A key event in any true socialite’s diary, Polo in the Park is a quintessentially British event, deliciously garnished with afternoon tea, canapés, and plenty of bubbly.
From 5th-7th June 2015.
Chestertons Polo in the Park
The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition
Hailed as one of London’s most impressive displays of contemporary art, this year’s Summer Exhibition, co-ordinated by distinguished artist and teacher Michael Craig-Martin RA, will display 1,200 works of art, handpicked from a staggering 12,000 entries.
From 8th June – 16th August 2015.
Summer Exhibition 2015
Undoubtedly one of the best June events in London, make sure to catch the upcoming production of Don Giovanni at London’s renowned Royal Opera House. Resident in Covent Garden for the duration of its run, the performance will also be shown for free on outdoor screens across the city as part of BP Big Screens 2015 on 3rd June.
From 12th June – 3rd July 2015.
Shoes: Pleasure & Pain
From historic heels to couture kicks, the V&A’s exhibition follows the evolution of the shoe from ancient Egypt to the present day. The collection features designs that once adorned the feet of Queen Victoria, Marilyn Monroe and Sarah Jessica Parker (to name but a few).
From 13th June 2015 – 31st January 2016.
Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
Trooping the Colour
June events in London don’t get more majestic than the official celebration of the Queen’s birthday (she was actually born in April). Hoards of people flock to watch the impressive military procession along Horse Guards Parade, as well as the much-anticipated royal greeting from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Trooping the Colour
British Summer Time Festival
Featuring some of the biggest names in contemporary music and comedy, the British Summer Time Festival returns to Hyde Park this year. Along with Kylie, Beck, and Taylor Swift, the festival will also introduce Britpop sensation Blur back onto the festival circuit.
From 18th – 28th June 2015.
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time
Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World
This month, Tate Britain pays homage to one of the twentieth century’s most significant artists. Barbara Hepworth, who received worldwide acclaim for her abstract sculptures, is celebrated in the first exhibition of its kind dedicated to her work in over 50 years.
From 24th June – 25th October 2015.
Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture of a Modern World
Greenwich & Docklands International Festival
Practically bursting at the seams with dance, theatre, and outdoor art, the programme of the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival will also feature a theatre production to celebrate the work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, complete with the hair-raising ritual flight of the Voladores.
From 26th June – 6th July 2015.
Greenwich International Festival
One the most anticipated June events in London, the world’s best tennis players will descend on The All England Club for two weeks of tireless tennis at Wimbledon. Spectators and fans not lucky enough to get tickets in the ballot can still purchase tickets on the day, or watch on a big screen with the picnic crowd on Henman Hill.
From 29th June – 12th July 2015.
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