June marks the beginning of the summer season, meaning London’s events calendar picks up pace with festivals and events taking place across the capital. Guests at any of Red Carnation Hotels’ London properties will be spoilt for choice for things to do, from experiencing a traditional British summertime event such as Royal Ascot to a festival that celebrates London’s ever-growing gastronomic scene and a host of inspiring exhibitions. Here are the events you won’t want to miss out on in London this June.
London Festival of Architecture
Launched in 2004, this month-long event is now Europe’s largest annual architecture festival. Inspired by London’s reputation as a world leader in architectural design and innovation, this year’s festival focuses on the theme of ‘identity.’ Expect panel discussions, networking events, competitions and, of course, plenty of opportunities to get up close to some of London’s most ground-breaking buildings.
1st–30th June 2018
Trooping the Colour
The Queen’s actual birthday may take place in April, but it’s officially celebrated with the highly anticipated Trooping the Colour ceremony in June. This elaborate parade is performed by members of the Household Division in the striking setting of Horse Guards Parade. The event involves an impressive 1400 troops, 200 horses and 400 musicians, all of whom follow a route from Buckingham Palace down The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, before returning the Palace. The magnificent finale is a fly-past, performed by the Royal Air Force and watched by The Queen and members of the Royal Family from the balcony at Buckingham Palace.
9th June 2018
Horse Guards Parade
Taste of London
A delicious celebration of London’s hottest restaurants, most talented chefs and most exciting culinary producers, Taste of London is an annual highlight for the city’s food lovers. Taking over Regent’s Park, visitors have the chance to sample signature dishes from some of the city’s finest eateries such as dim sum from Duddell’s, Taiwanese buns from Bao and Hoppers’ tasty Sri Lankan cuisine, as well taking part in gourmet masterclasses. Don’t miss the new Fire Pit Stage, dedicated to the craze for open fire cooking and smoking, which will feature appearances from the likes of Michelin starred Scandi chef, Niklas Ekstedt.
13th–17th June 2018
Summer Exhibition 2018 and The Great Spectacle: 250 Years of the Summer Exhibition
In 2018, The Royal Academy of Arts celebrates its 250th birthday, and along with the culmination of an extensive redevelopment project, the venue has several special events planned to mark the occasion. Chaired by Grayson Perry, this year’s Summer Exhibition is guaranteed to be both thought-provoking and playful, showcasing both up-and-coming and well-established artists working across a range of mediums. Running in tandem with the exhibition is The Great Spectacle: 250 Years of the Summer Exhibition, charting the history of this annual showcase, which has been in existence since 1769. Visit and you’ll be able get to know The Royal Academy past, present and future.
12th June–19th August 2018
Royal Academy of Arts
Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up
See iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo from a new angle thanks to this major exhibition of her personal belongings. Including photographs, clothing, make up and even the artist’s prosthetic leg, this is the first time these possessions have been seen outside Mexico. Well known for her distinctive style, the contents of Kahlo’s wardrobe provide an intimate portrait of the artist and her identity, which was influenced by both her Mexican and Western background.
16th June–4th November 2018
Victoria & Albert Museum
A highlight of the British summer calendar, Royal Ascot is a beguiling mix of sport, spectacle and glamour. The event has been in existence since the early 1700s, when it was founded by Queen Anne, and today it’s attended by The Queen as well as other members of the Royal Family. As much a social occasion as it is a racing fixture, this is the ideal place for people watching as you enjoy a glass of Champagne and Afternoon Tea in one of the enclosures, and soak up the atmosphere of this quintessentially British summertime event.
18th–23rd June 2018
From racing to live cooking demos, make the most of London’s packed June events calendar when you stay at one of Red Carnation Hotels’ London properties.
Image Credits: Lead image © Thirdlight. London Festival of Architecture event © WIBE. Taste of London © Taste Festivals. Frida Kahlo © Nickolas Muray.