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6 Things to do in London this June

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by Serena Reidy (subscribe)
Freelance writer and avid reader living in the North of London. Check out my blog at www.ramblingsofanotherunistudent.blogspot.co.uk
Published June 2nd 2019

June has just arrived, which means more festivals, outdoor events, and of course warmer weather. This month you could try a new sport, relax at a pop-up beach in Fulham, enjoy special performances from your favourite musicals in Trafalgar Square, or cool down with some unique ice cream in one of London's prettiest neighbourhoods. Father's Day, Pride and Trooping of the Colour are also in June, so you won't be short of things to do.

1.Fulham Beach

Feel like you're on holiday Fulham Beach, which has returned to west London this summer. Inspired by the tropics, Fulham Beach will be draped with lush greenery and foliage. Guests can enjoy a selection of refreshing cocktails (such as Pina Colada and Aperol Spritz) and delicious pizza if you have a sweet tooth, try the Smore's Pizza, which consists of a Nutella base topped with marshmallows, banana or strawberries. You can also try your hand at a bunch of games, such as table tennis, mini golf or beer pong.

2. Field Day

After 10 years in Victoria Park and 1 year in Brockwell Park, Field Day finds itself in Meridian Water for 2019. The event takes place in 4 huge interconnected warehouses, which have a capacity of over 8000 people, and as it's located in the middle of Tottenham Marshes (i.e. not the easiest place to get to), Field Day goes on until 3am later than any other London summer festival. Artists on the Saturday include Skepta and Mahalia, while on Sunday Jorja Smith, Diplo and Pusha T will be performing. While you're at the festival, be sure to sample some of the street food and take a photography masterclass with The Guardian.

3. Rabble

Created by Charlotte Roach and Rosemary Pringle, Rabble is a unique form of exercise that is guaranteed to make you reminisce about your childhood. Rabble comprises of HIIT workouts disguised as old-school playground games such as British Bulldog, Capture the Flag and touch rugby, as well as more unusual challenge based on films like The Hunger Games. The games are designed to test participants' speed, endurance, coordination, agility and strength. Rabble is ideal for anyone who is bored of using the same machines at the gym and fancies getting some fresh air and doing something a little more sociable. You can find your nearest Rabble group at one of London's parks, for example, Hyde Park or Clapham Common.

4. Gelato Festival

Kick start your summer at Gelato Festival. At this event, you can sample flavours from 16 of London's best producers of gelato and vote for your favourite, watch gelato being made, and take part in workshops from Carpigiani Gelato University. Special flavours for 2019 include Cassata Siciliana (based on the candied fruit dessert) and Il Siciliano (almond, pistachio and mandarin paste).

5. West End Live

Waitress, Matilda, 9 to 5 the Musical, Aladdin and Magic Mike are among the shows expected to make an appearance at this year's West End Live. The casts of these shows will take to Trafalgar Square on the 22nd and 23rd of June and put on performances for hundreds of spectators, who are encouraged sing along. Audiences will also be able to enjoy a sneak peek of some upcoming West End shows like & Juliet and On Your Feet!.

6. Milk Cool

If you're in Notting Hill and fancy some ice cream, why not pop into Milk Cool? Here you will find London's first and only rainbow-layered soft serve ice cream, which is surrounded with colourful candy floss and comes with a range of toppings. Choose from flavours like black vanilla, mango, Japanese matcha and pomegranate. Be sure to visit Milk Cool early as you can guarantee that this photogenic dessert will attract lots of Instagrammers!
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