Summer is finally here and this means that things are hotting up in the capital. We've rustled up our top 5 must-do events this June in London.
Taste of London
Foodies will love the Taste of London festival, which takes place from Wednesday 14 until Sunday 18 June at Regent's Park.
Eat your way around 40 up-and-coming eateries, including Kricket, Oldroyd, Pizarro, Vanilla Black and Aster. Meanwhile, you can sample champagne, tuck into craft beers and get some hands-on experience with the experts.
Top chefs Tom Kerridge, JosÃ© Pizarro and Vivek Singh will be appearing and demonstrating their incredible skills. On top of all this, there will be nibbles and artisan treats sold at over 200 stalls.
Entry starts at £17 and food can be purchased separately once inside. For more information, please visit the Taste of London website.
Open Garden Squares Weekend
This June, over 200 gardens will open their gates to the general public. In association with the National Trust, Open Garden Squares Weekend stretches across 27 boroughs of London - there's bound to be some interesting sites.
Most of the gardens on show are usually private dwellings for the rest of the year. Visit delightful roof terraces, charming allotments and intriguing backyards to get an insight into how other people live - because who doesn't like being a bit nosey? Additionally, there will be a wide range of exciting activities, including art trails, tours and poetry readings.
The event takes place across London on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June. An adult weekend ticket starts from £13 when booking in advance. You can find more details on the Open Squares website.
Vintage Vauxhall Antiques Market
With the distinctive backdrop of a former fire engine workshop, this relatively new vintage market is perfect for those who love browsing bric-a-brac from the past.
Over 70 traders will be there on the day, offering retro wears, fascinating textiles, original prints, paintings and secondhand furniture. You can also get your hands on upcycled homewares, rare collectables and a selection of antique gems.
Entry is absolutely free. You can find out more information on the Vintage and Antiques website.
Festival of Love
Love is definitely in the air during the warmer months, and what better way to celebrate than with colourful art installations, exciting activities and astounding performances?
Everyone is welcome at the Festival of Love, whether you're a loved-up couple, a family of fun or happily single. You can explore the festival, tuck into your favourite food and make a toast to the feeling of love. The theme for 2017 is Nordic Matters, which is bound to be absolutely stunning.
Festival of Love will run at the Southbank Centre from Saturday 3 June to Monday 28 August. It's free to get in, so sit back and enjoy the company of your loved ones. For more details, visit the Southbank Centre website.
World Naked Bike Ride
This cheeky form of protest is against the oil dependency and the way the car dominates our modern life. It's also a celebration of the individuality of the naked body.
Now in its 14th year, World Naked Bike Ride Day on Saturday 10 June is a fabulous affair that basically does what it says on the tin - people cycle around cities completely naked, or with little clothing on.
If you'd rather remain safely on the sidelines, you can enjoy the carnival atmosphere and maybe even the view!
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