Take part in one of the many events being held in The City throughout June.
The City of London is a fantastic place to be based and even if your stay is just short-term at one of the serviced apartments in London, you’ll still manage to pack a lot in. There’s so much going on in the Square Mile all year round, so plan your visit for June in advance to make sure you don’t miss out on any of these great events.
London Nocturne – St Paul’s – June 4th
Cycling fans will delight as an award-winning event celebrating the sport will take over The City on June 4th. It will be the tenth year that London Nocturne has been held in the heart of the capital, with lots to keep everyone entertained. The daytime event is a cycling festival, while in the evening it’s all about the racing. As well as events for elite cyclists, there’s a more light-hearted approach with the folding bike and penny farthing races. What’s even better is that many of The City’s bars and restaurants get involved too, bringing the party spirit to the whole area.
London Nocturne is free to attend, although hospitality packages are available for those who wish to enjoy the event in style or bring clients along. It begins at 3.30pm and ends at 10.30pm.
A Regency Dance Experience – Livery Hall, Guildhall – June 14th
If reading Jane Austen and watching period dramas is your idea of time well spent, then now’s your chance to learn the moves from the Regency period. The Guildhall Library is hosting a special event mid-month to mark the 200th anniversary since Austen finished writing her acclaimed novel Persuasion. Participants are encouraged to dress in Regency style and there will be a dance teacher on hand to offer tuition in the manner of the day to a live music accompaniment. Entry is ticketed at £15 each and must be purchased in advance. Includes a glass of wine.
Open Garden Squares Weekend – across The City – June 18th to 19th
Gardens across London will be opened up to the public on the weekend of June 18th and 19th, with many in The City being included in the event. It’s a great opportunity to see green spaces that are lovingly cultivated and kept by private individuals, as well as some that are more well-known. Among those in The City that will be welcoming visitors are Postman’s Park, Christchurch Greyfriars Rose Garden and Eversheds Vegetable Garden. There’ll be guided walks, pop-up cafes and exhibitions to help bring it all to life.
Tickets cost £12 in advance and £14 across the weekend, offering access to the majority of the gardens included in the event.
Immigrants of Spitalfields Festival – June 19th to 21st
Hosted by a number of venues across Spitalfields, this unique festival celebrates the many and varied contributions of people from different cultures and religions in the area. There’s something for everyone with the event programme including walks, talks, music, food tastings and film screenings, as well as much more. The festival is a joint initiative between the Swadhinata Trust, which promotes Bengali culture; Sandys Row Synagogue, the oldest Ashkenazi synagogue in London; and the Huguenots of Spitalfields, representing the French protestants that were the first refugees in the area.
Some of the events are free and others ticketed, so there’s an event to fit every budget.
The Shadow King – Barbican Theatre – from June 22nd
A run of The Shadow King starts at the Barbican Theatre this month, continuing until July 2nd. It transports the classic Shakespearean tale of King Lear to Australia, where two indigenous families battle with the play’s themes. Widescreen video projections and an onstage band help to give a real sense of place to the production, as well as bringing the story to life.
Performance times vary during the run and tickets start at £16.