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Splendid City Summer: London


Start your summer in London with a sizzle

70% of UK train journeys start or finish in London and it is the perfect destination to get your summer off to a splendid start. From Fork to Fork to the new Tate Modern, the opening of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to Wimbledon and the Queen’s Birthday, there is a lot to experience in London this June.

Fork to Fork Food Festival

Perfect if you want to treat yourself to something a little unusual. The festival brings together some of London’s top chefs for a family-friendly feast of artisan food and produce. It is run by a group of parents from West London and is fundraising for the Open Air Classroom project.

Extra Info: You need a ticket to get in, get one here.

Nearest Station: Queen’s Park

The New Tate Modern

The new Tate Modern opens on 17th June with ten-storeys of space erected behind the original power station building. The unveiling of the new building will showcase new kinds of art alongside renowned artists from around the world. It will also sport an amazing roof-terrace, perfect for spending a summer’s evening to reflect on the exhibits.

Extra Info: Find out more about Tate Modern

Nearest Station: London Bridge, London Blackfriars or London Waterloo

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

On 7th June reduced price previews of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begin, perfect for the Potter obsessed among us. The show is produced in two parts, so don’t forget to factor this in when you book your train ticket! Don’t forget to stop off at King’s Cross to see the entrance to Platform 9 3/4 and if you’re feeling really potty for Potter it’s only 15 minutes by fast train to the Warner Brother’s Studios where you can take the Making of Harry Potter Tour.

Nearest Station: For the show Charing Cross, for the Warner Brother’s Studio Tour Watford Junction


Strawberries and cream at the ready, it’s time for Wimbledon. The movers and shakers will be descending on Wimbledon Park for the UK’s biggest Tennis Championship. There will be a fun atmosphere across Wimbledon, but if you want to watch a match you will need to get into the infamous queue nice and early! (It officially begins at 8am!)

Extra Info: Wimbledon

Nearest Station: Southfields or Wimbledon

The Queen’s Birthday Parade 

On 11th June The Queen’s Birthday Parade will take place in London. The best places to stand to see the Trooping the Colour are the sides of The Mall, or along the edge of St James’s Park by Horse Guards Parade. The Parade is performed by regiments from Britain and the Commonwealth with its history dating back to 1748 as the marker of the sovereign’s birthday! Bring your own birthday cake!

Extra Info: Leave early if you want to get a good vantage point on the parade! (It starts at 10am)

Nearest Station: Charing Cross

Book your train tickets to London here.


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