Looking for something to do this weekend in London? Jo Golding has some ideas for you.
Trooping the Colour
Horse Guards Parade, Saturday 11th June
It’s The Queen’s official birthday on Saturday which means she will be inspecting her troops from Household Division. This ceremony has been taking place annually since 1820 and is followed by gun salutes in Green Park and at Tower of London, plus a procession along the Mall to Buckingham Palace and an Official RAF flypast. Definitely worth seeing! Happy Birthday Your Majesty!
The Stitch London annual Stitch Crawl
Various London Parks, Saturday 11th June
To celebrate Worldwide Knit in Public Day, Stitch LDN are organising several meet-ups for anyone who wants to join in. Whether you’re into cross stich or knitting, a pro or beginner, 7 or 70, you can come along to one of the events and either show off your skills or be taught by a pro – and it’s completely FREE! Events are taking place in St James’ Park, Green Park, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Check out the website for exact locations and times.
World Naked Bike Ride
Meeting in Hyde Park, 3pm, Saturday 11th June
If you fancy something completely opposite to Trooping the Colour, then why not join hundreds of naked cyclists on a ride across London in protest against oil dependency and car culture. If you’re a bit shy then why not turn up a bit early and get your body painted? You’ll still be naked but it might help! Oh and please wear clothes to and from the event, for everyone’s sake! Fingers crossed the weather’s warm…
Spitalfields Music Summer Festival
Spitalfields area, Friday 10th – 25th June
For the next couple of weeks, Spitalfields is hosting a bunch of evening concerts and open air music to entertain the market-going crowds. There’s going to be loads to listen to, music to dance to and even the opportunity to get involved. Check the website to see what’s going on and where.
Rathayatra – Festival of Chariots
Sunday 12th June
Orgininating in Jagannatha Puri, India, the festival has taken place for over 2,000 years and celebrates Lord Krishna and his devotees. The procession leaves Hyde Park at 12noon and ends in Trafalgar Square at 2.30pm where there will be talks, stalls and some free authentic Indian food. Check it out!