June marks the longest days of the year, roughly 21 hours of daylight each day to make the most of with the sun almost always making an appearance, and we know that you want to be out at every opportunity as well. So we’ve put together some of the exciting events happening this month to help you decide to how to spend the start of your summer!
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Taste of London
Open: 13 June 2018 – 17 June 2018
Nearest Tube: Regent’s Park
Every year, all the foodies in London horde together for this week long restaurant festival celebrating the best tastes, cultures and innovations with a selection of dishes from a mixture of 40 up-and-coming eateries and popular old-hands.
So far we’ve heard a few restaurants including El Pastor, Smoke & Salt, Salon, Barrafina, Hoppers and Bao have confirmed their places at this year’s festival, with appearances by chefs as auspicious as Will Bowlby, Surender Mohan and Pip Lacey.
If you haven’t been before, expect a range of demos, boozy tastings and cookery classes available to watch or take part in and of course, lots of food and products available to try and purchase. Get booking before it sells out, with both lunch and dinner sessions available from £17.
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Wild Life Drawing
71 Blandford St
Open: 2 June 2018
Nearest Tube: Baker Street, Bond Street
Have you ever wanted to take part in a life drawing? Well here’s one with a twist, putting the wild in wildlife, London-based artist and animal lover Jennie Webber founded Wild Life Drawing sessions where instead of people, you will be tasked with capturing the character and beauty of some of the cutest animals that will be standing in as the model. In this case, you can get up close to these super cute miniature pigs as well as learning about the animals themselves.
For all the animal lovers out there, this sounds like the perfect way to spend an afternoon, regardless of your artistic abilities. You can feel rest assured that the little porkers, siblings Lauren and Hardy, will be accompanied by their handlers to make sure they’re comfortable and happy throughout the class.
Jennie runs many of these sessions, each one starring a different animal, so if you miss out on this month’s miniature pig session, make sure you catch the next one!
Bethnal Green’s Affordable Vintage Fair
5-15 Old Ford Rd
Open: 3 June 2018, 10:30–16:30
Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green
Every fashion Guru out there… gather round! For those who love a great deal or are looking for a new rare and unique staple piece for their summer wardrobe, join us at our favourite vintage fair in East London. Bethnal Green’s Vintage fair is actually the UK’s largest travelling marketplace where you can discover retro clothes, homewares and accessories. Depending on your favourite styles, you’ll find vintage bargains dating from the Forties to Nineties – and let’s face it, it’s all coming back in again!
Just a tip – around three-quarters of the 45 stall-holders will accept payment by card, but bring cash to be on the safe side – you don’t want to find the perfect statement piece only to lose it while you head off to find the nearest cash point.
Once the shopping is done, treat yourself to a slice of cake and a spread of other savouries put on by Pear of Peas especially for the event.
London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
London Regatta Centre
Royal Albert Docks
Date: 3rd June
Nearest Tube: Royal Albert DLR
The London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival is returning in early June for its annual celebration of Chinese culture. Whilst the main event will be taking place on the water, there will be plenty to do on land with plenty of planned activities and performances such as martial arts displays, traditional lion dancing and live music.
In between the sporting events, dive amongst the stalls of south-east Asian street food that will be set up for the event. For a day that is sure to be exciting and energetic, head on down to the Thames to cheer on dozens of dragon boats racing and immerse yourself in the Chinese culture.
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Royal Opera House
Open: 17 May – 21 June 2018
Nearest Tube: Covent Garden
Get ready for another breathtakingly beautiful new production of the classic Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House. Running up until the 21st June, the Royal Ballet’s resident artist in production and choreography, Liam Scarlett, rose to the challenge of rejuvenating this classic tale and we think he’s done a spectacular job of marking the show his own whilst leaving the core storytelling and the most iconic choreography left intact. To experience every little girl’s ballet fantasy, make sure you get your tickets before they sell out!
How do you plan on spending June in London? Let us know in the comments below!