Insider guide: How to enjoy a socially distant London staycation
Put the Berlin trip on ice, say ciao to Rome for now and indulge in some of the capital’s best bits with our guide to safely making the most of London in this new era.
3rd May 2018
For those who still have garden fever after visiting Chelsea Flower Show (22 to 26 May), June has plenty of garden-themed events to keep the green spirit alive. A visit to Cedric Morris: Beyond the Garden Wall is a must. Held at the Philip Mould & Company Pall Mall gallery throughout the month – reached by a pleasant walk through Green Park from The Athenaeum – this exhibition celebrates Cedric Morris’s art, plants and travels. Morris reached national acclaim as both an artist and a plantsman, and was said to be equally talented at both. In addition, 9 to 10 June sees dozens of usually private garden squares and rooftops across London open their gates to the public for Open Garden Squares Weekend.
An impressive parade on 9 June celebrating the Queen’s birthday, Trooping the Colour involves more than 1,400 officers and men from the Household Division, 200 horses and 400 musicians. The route runs from Buckingham Palace and along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade and Whitehall, before going back to the palace. A time when Londoners take to the streets to watch a great royal tradition, the feeling on the streets is like nowhere else in the world.
For a week in June, it’s time to head out with blankets, baskets and gourmet treats to have a picnic. Running from 15 to 24 June, National Picnic Week is the time to enjoy the great outdoors and the simple pleasure of the company of your loved ones. Given the fact an enormous 47% of Greater London consists of green space, a picnic in the city is the perfect pastime this June. Green Park, Hyde Park and St James’s Park are all within striking distance of The Athenaeum.
The Royal Academy of the Arts (RA) is showcasing the story of 250 years of the Summer Exhibition, opening on 12 June. The Great Spectacle takes a closer look at the world’s longest running annual display of contemporary art and celebrates more than two centuries of the RA. Coinciding with the Summer Exhibition 2018 at the RA too, the show will offer fascinating insights into one of the world’s most revered art institutions.
Running from 19 to 23 June, Royal Ascot is one of the most esteemed race meetings in the UK. An easy day trip from London, a visit to Ascot marks a time to dress up, soak up the atmosphere of a great British tradition, and have a good old flutter on the horses. Expect to see world-class racing from an array of international competitors, watch the annual Royal Procession to officially start the event and listen to choral renditions by the Royal Welsh Guards.
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