London always comes alive during the summer months. Heck, who I am I kidding? London is always pretty darn lively and atmospheric, whichever the season. Yet, there's just something about the capital in the golden glow of sunlight, sitting beneath an ocean of light blue, that widens every smile. Drinks get colder (and stronger, perhaps), music gets louder, nights get longer and the city life gets better. If you happen to be taking a trip to the city I blissfully call home, or you're a Londoner yourself in search of adding to your summer bucketlist, why not marvel in all the city has to offer this June. There's plenty happening, from food festivals and midnight safari trips, and even a sporting event or two. What will you add to your list?
- Sunset Safari at Regent's Park London Zoo - 10th June - 15th July. I can't think of anything more unique and exciting to do this June. While the sun sets behind you, watch the animals eat their dinner or fall asleep, discover great food from around the world, enjoy face painting and live music, and even comedy evenings. This event is perfect for families, or an alternative fun evening with friends.
- Pop Fields in Brixton - 10th June - 30th September. A great summer hangout for sports lovers. This screening spot will broadcast major sporting events from the Olympics to Wimbledon, on a large cinematic screen. There's also plans to showcase non-sporting events too, such as films, general entertainment and live music. No need to worry about taking a picnic, this place has got it sorted with refreshments supplied by local restaurants, street food traders and bars.
- Fork to Fork Festival - 11th June. Fork to Fork returns to London once again. This year's restaurants include: Hoppers, Quo Vadis, Lyle’s, The Ledbury, Kitty Fisher’s, Granger & Co, Polpo (my favourite restaurant!), The River Café, The Modern Pantry, Wahaca and Caravan. The family-friendly charity event aims to raise funds for the Open Air Classroom charity project. Food stalls open from 12.15pm-4pm, while the bar, live music and activities run from noon-6pm. If only I had the day off from work to visit this - I would love to go!
- Field Day - 11th June - 12th June. London is the heart of amazing festivals. Over the last decade Field Day has slowly become one of London’s very best music festivals, featuring up-and-coming alternative acts. This year's headliners are James Blake, Skepta and PJ Harvey.
- Wimbledon - 27th June - 10th July. Good luck getting in to Wimbledon, it's certainly not easy (of course, unless you're a celebrity). Seats on Centre and Number One courts are distributed by ballot the preceding year, although enthusiasts who queue on the day may gain entry to the outer courts. Tickets are not sold over the phone, but on a strictly one per person queueing basis. Yet, you can turn up later in the day and pay a reasonable rate for seats vacated by spectators who have left early. This is one of my favourite things to watch on TV come summer, but I would like to think one day I (and my lovely Nan, a huge tennis fan) may be lucky enough to go there and watch it live.
- Watch Breakfast At Tiffany's on stage - 29th June - 17th September - One of my favourite Audrey Hepburn films has been adapted on stage by Richard Greenberg, featuring singer Pixie Lott as Golightly. Something not worth missing.
And there you have it! Of course, there's plenty of amazing things to do this June in London but these are just a few events that have certainly taken my eye.
I'm wondering if this should be a new series? Once a month I tell you guys London's best highlights - thoughts? Let me know by tweeting me or simply leaving a comment below!