This being June, there are lots of top events coming up in and around the capital over the next few weekends. So I thought I'd make a list of some, before I forget. And in case you were interested. Almost all of them are free.
Weekend of 12/13 June Sat 12: London World Naked Bike Ride - More than 1000 cyclists (weather permitting) parade their saddlesore bits around the heart of town Sun 13: Marylebone Summer Fayre - Activities and relaxation, set out across various coloured zones (in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust) Sun 13: Twickenham Carnival - Song and dance by the river (starts at 1pm) Sun 13: 19 Princelet Street - rare opening of a crumbling Huguenot house/synagogue in Spitalfields, a monument to diversity and tolerance through the ages (also open Thursday and next Sunday, then closed until 2011) » all weekend: Open Garden Squares Weekend - 200 London Gardens, most not normally open to the public, are open to the public (green-fingered nosiness encouraged) [Ian shows you what you missed] » all weekend: Blackheath Bike and Kite Festival Keep fit and active up on the heath (or just stand around with a bit of string in your hand)
Weekend of 19/20 June Sat 19: Tottenham Carnival - Parade starts at 11am, festival kicks off at noon (football not obligatory) Sat 19: Croxley Green Revels - A Metro-land tradition that stretches back to 1952 (as immortalised by Betjeman) (I went last year) Sun 20: Exhibition Road Music Day - Over 100 free musical performances as part of London's contribution to European Music Day » all weekend: London Festival of Architecture - Nash Ramblas Every two years, different bits of London celebrate architecture old and new. On this opening weekend it's Nash's Regent's Park/Regent's Street axis under scrutiny, with walks and talks and workshops, and a lot of standing around and admiring things. Some of the best tours are already sold out, but there's always something worth attending. » all weekend: Paradise Gardens - annual arty pleasure garden in Victoria Park, featuring circus big top, tea dances, a shed-sized nightclub, live music, Carter's Steam Fair, a village fete, Pearly Queens, street theatre, sideshows, beer and the Ken Fox Wall of Death (always delightfully diverse) » all weekend: Covent Garden Street Party - Celebrating a 180th birthday smacks slightly more of PR than a genuine event, but hey, you might love the chance to have fun in an old fruit and veg market.