22 June events in London

Pick of the day – Michael Palin talking about HMS Erebus

Monty Python star and globe-trotter extraordinaire, Michael Palin, will be celebrating the paperback release of his bestselling book Erebus: The Story of A Ship with a one-man stage show at Cadogan Hall. The first half of the show will be a richly-illustrated talk on HMS Erebus, a tough little ship from the 1840s that took on the Antarctic and the Arctic oceans... more

 

Need some inspiration for 22nd June? The first cricket match at Lord’s was played on this day in 1814, between the MCC and Herfordshire. If you’re lucky there might be a game on today, or perhaps you can go on a behind-the-scenes tour and see the dressing rooms, media centre and historic Long Room.

Theatre shows on 22nd June

Here’s a guide to all the theatre shows playing in London on Saturday 22nd June

Sweat at Gielgud Theatre

Sweat at the Gielgud Theatre

22 Jun to Sweat tells the story of a community worried about the loss of jobs at their factory and how their anger and frustrations led to disaster
Merry Wives Of Windsor at Globe Theatre

The Merry Wives of Windsor

22 Jun to See one of Shakespeares best-loved characters get his comeuppance when Falstaff tries to woo the Merry Wives of Windsor
Orpheus Descending at Menier Chocolate Factory

Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams

22 Jun to Tennessee Williams play about a drifter who excites a bored American wife whos stuck in a loveless marriage
Rosmersholm at Donmar Warehouse

Rosmersholm - Tom Burke and Hayley Atwell

22 Jun to Rosmersholm is a twisting political thriller by Henrik Ibsen starring Tom Burke and Hayley Atwell
Small Island at Olivier Theatre

Small Island - National Theatre

22 Jun to Small Island interweaves three stories about the Windrush generaton coming over to Britain from Jamaica in the 1940s
Top Girls at Lyttelton Theatre

Top Girls - National Theatre

22 Jun to Now theres a woman PM and a female boss at the Top Girls employment agency — the future belongs to woman like them!
9 To 5 at Savoy Theatre

9 To 5 – with the music of Dolly Parton

22 Jun to 9 To 5 uses the music of Dolly Parton to tell the story of three put-upon workers who oust their egotistical office boss

Music and comedy on 22nd June

Have a night out at one of these rock and pop concerts or comedy gigs

Michael Palin at Cadogan Hall

Michael Palin talking about HMS Erebus

22 Jun 2019 Join Monty Python-star Michael Palin as he talks about his own career and his new bestselling book about HMS Erebus
Jo Caulfield at Comedy Store

Jo Caulfield at the Comedy Store

22 Jun 2019 Jo Caulfield is one of our finest female comedians and a regular performer at the Comedy Store near Leicester Square

Family & Kid’s events on 22nd June

Here are some good events for kids if you’re taking them to London on the 22nd June

Serpentine

Hire a pedal boat on the Serpentine lake

22 Jun to Spend a pleasant afternoon pedalling around in a little hire boat on the Serpentine or catch the sun-powered SolarShuttle
Medieval Banquet London at Medieval Banquet

Medieval Banquet with minstrels and knights

Enjoy a medieval banquet and be entertained by English knights and singing minstrels and King Henry VIII
London Zoo

Meet the animals up close at London Zoo

Heres your chance to enter the animal enclosures and get close to some of the friendliest animals at London Zoo
Royal Observatory

The night sky tonight (planetarium show)

The Royal Observatory in Greenwich puts on a daily show at their planetarium to show you what will be visible in the sky tonight
Namco Funscape London at Namco Funscape

Play arcade games at NAMCO Funscape

NAMCO Funscape is like an indoor funfair with arcade games pool tables 10-pin bowling bumper cars and a sports bar
Emirates Air Line Cable Car at The Emirates Air Line (Cable Car)

Cable car across the River Thames

This cable car offers fantastic views as it carries you across the Thames from the O2 Arena to the ExCel Centre in five minutes
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child at Palace Theatre

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

22 Jun to Palace Theatre will be showing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child -- a brand-new Harry Potter story by JK Rowling
Matilda at Cambridge Theatre

Roald Dahls Matilda - The Musical

22 Jun 2019 to Roald Dahls Matilda tells the story of a child who rebels against the grown-ups when she discovers her amazing powers
Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre

Wicked - Untold story of The Wizard of Oz

22 Jun to If you like The Wizard of Oz then you will love Wicked -- it tells the story of what happened to the good and evil witches

Art & Museum exhibitions on 22nd June

How about spending a few hours on Saturday in one of London’s art galleries or museums?

National Portrait Gallery

BP Portrait Award 2019

22 Jun to The National Portrait Gallerys annual BP Portrait Award is one of the most prestigious portrait painting competitions in the world
National Gallery
free

Bermejo - Master of the Spanish Renaissance

22 Jun to The National Gallery will be showing two masterpieces by the Spanish painter Bartolome Bermejo
Royal Academy of Arts

Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts

22 Jun to The Royal Academys Summer Exhibition is the largest open art exhibition in the world attracting 12000 entrants
British Library

Leonardo da Vinci - A Mind in Motion

22 Jun to The British Librarys Leonardo da Vinci exhibition will bring together pages from three of his extraordinary scientific notebooks
Tate Modern

Natalia Goncharova at the Tate Modern

22 Jun to The Tate Modern will be putting on a major retrospective of the work by Russian avant-garde artist Natalia Goncharova
Hayward Gallery

Kiss My Genders - Hayward Gallery

22 Jun to This group exhibition will explore the idea of gender fluidity with artworks that challenge the accepted definitions of gender
Tate Britain

Frank Bowling at Tate Britain

22 Jun to A major new exhibition at Tate Britain that covers the entire career of abstract painter Frank Bowling from the 1960s to the present day

Royal & Religious events on 22nd June

See inside some beautiful buildings with one of these Royal or religious events

Windsor Castle Tour at Windsor Castle

Visit the State Rooms at Windsor Castle

Visit the State Apartments at the worlds oldest inhabited castle which has been home to the Royal Family for a thousand years
Westminster Abbey
free

Evensong Mass at Westminster Abbey

You can enjoy a choral Evensong service at Westminster Abbey which combines a traditional mass with a choir
St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

Evensong Mass at St Pauls Cathedral

If you attend a choral Evensong service at St Pauls Cathedral then you can see a small part of the Cathedral for free

Political & Military events on 22nd June

Parades are always popular with tourists, so here are some military events and political debates

Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament tour with afternoon tea

Enjoy a Saturday tour of Parliament and then enjoy an afternoon tea on the Terrace Pavilion overlooking the Thames
Houses Of Parliament Saturday Tour at Houses of Parliament

Saturday tour of the Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament offers guided tours on most Saturdays when the MPs have returned to their constituencies
British Museum
free

The World Exists To Be Put On A Postcard

22 Jun to An exhibition of artists postcards that have been used to highlight political and social issues from the 1960s onwards
Churchill War Rooms

Private tour of the Churchill War Rooms

Enjoy a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms and experience Winston Churchills wartime bunker from behind the glass
Dismounting Ceremony At Horse Guards at Horse Guards
free

4 OClock Parade or Dismounting Ceremony

The Dismounting Ceremony (or 4 OClock Parade) is a short ceremony that takes place every day at Horse Guards
Tower of London

Yeoman Warder tour at the Tower of London

One of the best ways of seeing the Tower of London is alongside a Yeoman Warder (better known as the Beefeaters)
Changing The Guard At Horse Guards at Horse Guards
free

Changing the Guard at Horse Guards

Changing the Guard at Horse Guards is similar to Buckingham Palace but its less crowded and takes place every day
Tower of London
free

Ceremony of the Keys – Tower of London

The Ceremony of the Keys is the traditional locking up of the Tower of London and has been taking place every night for 700 years

Classical music on 22nd June

Saturday sounds like a good day to go and watch an opera, ballet or listen to some classical music

Hansel And Gretel at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Hansel and Gretel

22 Jun 2019 Regents Park Open Air Theatre will be putting on a production of Humperdincks operatic re-telling of the Grimm Brothers famous fairytale
Manon Lescaut at Holland Park Opera

Puccinis Manon Lescaut

22 Jun 2019 Opera Holland Park will be putting on a production of Giacomo Puccinis opera Manon Lescaut about her love affair with a young student
Royal Albert Hall

Guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall

This guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall will take you inside one of the balcony boxes for a fantastic view of the famous auditorium

Sightseeing tours on 22nd June

When was the last time you sat on the top-deck of a sightseeing bus, or enjoyed a boat trip up the Thames?

Jason’s Trip

Jasons Trip from Little Venice to Camden

22 Jun to Jasons Trip runs a beautiful painted 100-year old canal boat down the Regents Canal from Little Venice to Camden Lock
London Bike Tour at BrakeAway Bike Tours

Guided tour of London on a bicycle

Forget the sightseeing buses and jump on your bike and see the sights and landmarks of London from your saddle
See London By Night Tour at See London by Night

See London by night - on a sightseeing bus

The See London By Night bus tour will show you Londons most famous landmarks beautifully lit up in the night sky
Ghost Bus Tour London at Ghost Bus Tours

Ghost Bus Tour around Londons dark past

The Ghost Bus Tour will take you on a journey through Londons gruesome past and into the dark heart of the capital
Thames Rockets at Thames Rockets

Roar down the Thames in a speeding boat

A trip on a Thames Rocket is something youll never forget speeding down the river underneath the Londons bridges
City Cruises at City Cruises

Boat trip down the Thames with City Cruises

City Cruises offer one-way return or all-day boat trips between Westminster and Greenwich stopping off at Tower Bridge
Trs Boat Cruise London at TRS River Cruise

TRS river cruise from Big Ben to Greenwich

Spend a leisurely afternoon on a TRS river cruise from Big Ben to Greenwich and see some of the sights along the river
Big Bus Tour London at Big Bus Tours

London Bus Tour - open-top sightseeing bus

This traditional open-top bus tour will take in all the best landmarks and attractions with a free river cruise and guided walk
Original Bus Tour at Original Bus Tour

The Original Tour - Open-top sightseeing bus

The Original Tour is one of Londons most popular sightseeing buses and its also a great way to travel around the capital

Sports events on 22nd June

Here are some football tours, cricket games and rugby matches being played on Saturday 22nd June

Lord’s

Guided tour around Lords Cricket Ground

Cricket fans will love having a look around the home of cricket with this tour of Lords Cricket Ground and the MCC Museum
Chelsea at Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge

Chelsea FC - Tour of Stamford Bridge

Walk in the footsteps of your football heroes with a guided tour of Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea Museum
Arsenal at Arsenal FC, Emirates Stadium

Arsenal FC - Tour of the Emirates Stadium

Walk in the footsteps of your Arsenal heroes on a tour of the stadium and pitch and visit the Arsenal Museum
Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium tour

Join a Wembley Stadium Tour and see the changing rooms and pitch and walk up the stairs to the Royal Box and pretend to lift the FA Cup

Other London events on 22nd June

Here are some other London events that will be taking place on Saturday

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge scheduled lift times

22 Jun to Here is a list of the scheduled lift times for Tower Bridge so you can see the roadway open and close and grab a photo
St. James’s Park

Hire a deckchair in one of Londons parks

22 Jun to Hire out a deck-chair in one of Londons Royal parks and have a nice relaxing sit-down and do a bit of people-watching
Bateaux London at Bateaux London

Dinner cruise on the river with Bateaux London

Bateaux London offers you great cuisine and live entertainment onboard the boat as it sails serenely down the Thames
Thames Clippers at Thames Clippers

Thames Clippers from Putney to Greenwich

Thames Clippers offer one-way return or all-day trips along a 15-mile stretch of the river between Putney and Greenwich
Fortnum & Mason

Enjoy an Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason

Put on your best clothes and enjoy an elegant Afternoon Tea in the famous Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason
The Ritz

Afternoon tea in the Palm Court at the Ritz Hotel

Dress up in your Sunday best and enjoy an afternoon tea at the Ritz Hotel in the luxurious surroundings of the Palm Court
O2 Arena

Climb to the platform at the top of The O2

Climb to the top of The O2s tented roof and enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view of the London skyline from the viewing platform
 
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