Sunday, 30 May 2010


June 2010 in London

Trooping the Colour (12 June)

London celebrates The Queen's official birthday.

Dates: 12 June 2010
Times: 12 Jun 2010 10:00 AM
Venue: Horse Guards Parade

London celebrates The Queen's official birthday in June each year with Trooping the Colour, a fantastic military parade that has taken place in London since 1820.

About Trooping the Colour in London

Trooping the Colour is an annual event that takes place on Horse Guards Parade in London's St James's Park in June, marking The Queen's official birthday.

The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is full of military pomp and pageantry as The Queen carries out an inspection of the troops from the Household Division.
The Queen then leads the troops down the Mall to Buckingham Palace, one of London's most famous landmarks.

The Queen salutes and guns are fired in Green Park and at the Tower of London. Finally she joins other members of the Royal Family on the balcony to watch the RAF flypast.

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Royal Ascot (15-19 June)

Fast horses and fancy hats come to London.

Dates: 15 June 2010 to 19 June 2010
Venue: Ascot Racecourse

It's all about fast horses and fancy hats at Royal Ascot, the world's most famous race meeting, and the most glamorous event in London's sporting calendar.

About Royal Ascot
Royal Ascot is Britain's most popular race meeting. It's the place to see and be seen for high society, royal watchers, fun seekers and horse racing enthusiasts alike!

Steeped in tradition, heritage and pageantry, Royal Ascot dates back 300 years and is attended by the Royal Family, including Her Majesty the Queen.

Founded by Queen Anne in 1711, Royal Ascot features a daily horse-drawn procession from Windsor Castle to Ascot Racecourse led by the Royal carriage.

Horse Racing at Royal Ascot
Although the eye-catching fashion steals the show at Royal Ascot, this colourful occasion also features top-quality horse racing.

Racing highlights of Royal Ascot include the Golden Jubilee Stakes and the Gold Cup. Prize money for the week totals millions of pounds!

The Queen has enjoyed considerable success at Royal Ascot, having owned many winners including Free Agent, who won the Chesham Stakes in 2008.

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Father's Day in London (20 June)

Treat your dad to the perfect Father's Day in London.

Dates: 20 June 2010
Venue: Various venues

Want to give your dad the perfect Father's Day in London?

From cultural attractions, to getting active outdoors, to Sunday lunch, there are loads of ways to spoil your dad in London this Father's Day.

Cultural Father's Day in London
Arty fathers are spoilt for choice by London's many art galleries, history buffs will enjoy the big museums and music-loving dads shouldn't miss the British Music Experience at The O2.

If your dad's into sport, history or both, London's Sports Musuems are well worth a visit. And trainspotting dads will love the London Transport Museum, which is also very family-friendly.

Father's Day: The Great Outdoors

If your dad's more of an outdoors type, you might want to take a walk by the Thames, or make a day of it visiting Kew Gardens and Richmond.

Go to ZSL London Zoo or simply grab a football, frisbee or kite and head to one of London's parks and gardens. Check out the sports calendar for tickets to games and matches.

Father's Day Food in London
The way to a man's heart is definitely through his stomach… and that includes dad! Take him for a Father's Day meal at a cosy gastro pub or one of the many delicious restaurants in London.

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Open Garden Squares (12-13 June)

Explore some of London's loveliest garden squares.

In a special event visit gardens in London not usually open to the public. Enjoy special activities in gardens and discover gardens you didn't know existed.

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Wimbledon (21 June-4 July)

The world of tennis descends on Wimbledon in London.

Dates: 21 June 2010 to 4 July 2010
Times: 21 Jun 2010 - 04 Jul 2010 10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Venue: Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

The world of tennis descends on Wimbledon in London every summer for two weeks of tennis, strawberries and cream and good-natured queuing.

The tournament attracts around 500,000 spectators and millions of television viewers worldwide.

Almost unique for a major sports events, Wimbledon offers spectators the chance to buy premium tickets on the day – but be prepared to queue!

Tickets for Wimbledon
You've got until the end of December to enter the ballot for Wimbledon Tickets. Find out more here:

During the tournament Wimbledon sells approximately 500 tickets each day for Centre Court (except for the last four days), Court No.1 and Court No.2. You should expect to queue overnight for a chance to buy one of these tickets.

Around 6,000 ground admission tickets for Wimbledon are also available each day for entry to the grounds. These tickets give you the chance to watch games from the No.2 Court standing enclosure and from unreserved seating and standing on the outside courts, as well as popular areas such as "Henman Hill".

Ground admission tickets are for the whole day's visit to Wimbledon, not for individual matches.
Once ground capacity has been reached, queuers are admitted on a one-out, one-in basis as spectators finally leave Wimbledon.

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Bon Jovi (7-26 June)

Bon Jovi return to The O2 for the ultimate arena gig.

Dates: 7 June 2010 to 13 June 2010
Times: 07 - 08 Jun 2010 6:30 PM; 10 - 11 Jun 2010 6:30 PM; 13 Jun 2010 6:30 PM; 17 - 23 Jun 2010 Tue - Thu, Sat, Sun 6:30 PM; 25 - 26 Jun 2010 Fri, Sat 6:30 PM
Venue: The O2

See legendary rockers Bon Jovi at The O2 in London.

Bon Jovi Live in London
Bon Jovi are moving into The O2 this summer, with 12 stomping live dates.

Dance, sing and scream along to your favourite Bon Jovi classics, such as Living On A Prayer, Wanted Dead or Alive and It's My Life.

Bon Jovi at The O2
This is an extra special gig for The O2, as Bon Jovi were the opening act for the venue back in June 2007.

Now they've come full circle, as they return to The O2 and prepare to release their latest album, oddly enough, entitled The Circle.

Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, David Bryan and Tico Torres have sold 120 million albums and performed more than 2,600 concerts. Don't miss them in London.

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Swan Lake (9-19 June)

English National Ballet's spectacular in-the-round show.

Dates: 9 June 2010 to 19 June 2010
Times: 09 - 12 Jun 2010 Wed - Sat 7:30 PM; 12 - 13 Jun 2010 Sat, Sun 2:30 PM; 15 - 19 Jun 2010 Tue - Sat 7:30 PM; 19 Jun 2010 2:30 PM
Venue: Royal Albert Hall

Don't miss English National Ballet's spectacular Swan Lake in-the-round at the Royal Albert Hall.

Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall
Derek Dean's popular in-the-round production of Swan Lake returns to the Royal Albert Hall this summer.

The breathtaking show features 120 dancers, plus acrobats, jugglers and an orchestra of more than 80 musicians.

About Swan Lake
Swan Lake tells the story of Prince Siegfried and his love for the Queen of Swans, Odette.
The much-loved ballet is set to a classic score by Tchaikovsky.

English National Ballet Stars
One of the world's most sought-after ballerinas, Polina Semionova, will play the part of Odette on the opening night of Swan Lake. Semionova first performed with English National Ballet when she was 19, in the 2003 production of Swan Lake in-the-round.

Up-and-coming ballet star Vadim Muntagirov will dance as Prince Siegfried. Muntagirov joined English National Ballet in 2009, after graduating from the Royal Ballet School.

The lead roles on other dates will be performed by English National Ballet's principal pairings:
• Daria Klimentová and Vadim Muntagirov
• Erina Takahashi and Dmitri Gruzdyev
• Elena Glurdjidze and Arionel Vargas
• Begoña Cao and Esteban Berlanga

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The Thai Festival London (12-13 June)

Try a taste of Thai for two days on Ealing Common.
Dates: 12 June 2010 to 13 June 2010
Venue: Ealing Common

Lose yourself among the ambient and aromatic hubbub of food stalls as The Thai Festival comes to Ealing Common, bringing an authentic taste of South East Asian finery in association with the Thai Festival Organisation (TFO).

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