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    What's on in London this June 2018 near Canary Wharf

    This is great month for unusual tours, seaside fun and some huge music acts in London.

    WORLD NAKED BIKE RIDE

    The 15th annual World Naked Bike Ride in London is on Saturday 9 June 2018. And yes, that is the Queen's official birthday so it is the same day as Trooping the Colour.

    There are multiple start points converging into a 1000+ rider peloton through central London which is an impressive sight. The London ride has the excitement of a carnival, with big crowds to cheer it on.

    Every year, in cities around the world, people ride bikes naked to celebrate cycling and the human body. The ride demonstrates the vulnerability of cyclists and is a protest against car culture.

    SKY HIGH WALK

    Another unusual tour, but this time fully-clothed, is this idea from the Museum of London Docklands and Up at The O2. It's a walking tour with a twist as you get to scale The O2 before getting a sky-high tour of London's historic docklands.

    The unique vantage point provided by Up at The O2 gives a distinctive opportunity to view famous landmarks and highlight a local history that only reveals itself 52 metres above ground level.

    This tour that gives climbers a historical twist with some of the best views in the City is available on the first Wednesday of the month, from 2 May to 5 September 2018.

    MUSIC AT THE O2

    Quincy Jones is returning to the UK for a concert at The O2 on 27 June that pays tribute to his unparalleled career, in celebration of his 85th birthday year. Quincy Jones - A Life In Song brings the acclaimed producer, songwriter, composer, and all-round hitmaker back to the stage for a night of music, as well as an onstage conversation.

    He is also musical director for the show, as the full symphony orchestra performs stunning arrangements of his best loved hits sung by some of the world’s greatest musical talents including Jess Glynne, Mick Hucknall and Beverley Knight.

    More contemporary choices for this month include multi-platinum singer and songwriter Demi Lovato on 10 June, twelve-time Grammy Award-winner and international superstar Shakira on 11 June and Katy Perry on 14 June 2018.

    CUTTY SARK

    Discover hidden histories with Cutty Sark's Curator and enjoy luxurious afternoon tea under the ship's gleaming hull at this combined archive tour and afternoon tea on 18 June 2018.

    The tour starts at the National Maritime Museum's Caird Library for an up-close look at letters, logbooks, photographs and objects that aren't usually on display. Discover what it was like to work, live and sometimes die on board a ship that was to become world famous.

    After the Library, the tour continues at the Cutty Sark with an hour to explore the ship before tea and cakes. Because what better place to have a cuppa than underneath the very ship that brought tea to Britain?

    Or why not attend the Sailor's Ball on 9 June 2018? The dynamic dance troupe The Medway Lindy Hoppers and their resident band The Spittin' Feathers promise an evening of dance and entertainment. Boogie on down and get your feet moving to rock'n'roll, R&B and swing music beneath Cutty Sark's copper hull.

    Vintage sailor-style outfits are very much encouraged, and tickets include your first drink for free.

    GREAT BRITISH SEASIDE

    Also in Greenwich, The Great British Seaside: Photography from the 1960s to the present is on at the National Maritime Museum. This major photography exhibition celebrates the nation's love affair with the seaside, featuring more than 100 photographs by Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn and Simon Roberts, as well as newly commissioned work by Martin Parr.

    The exhibition explores our changing relationship with the seaside over the last six decades and holds up a critical and affectionate mirror to a much-loved and quintessentially British experience, captured by photographers who share a mutual love of the seaside.

    The Great British Seaside includes images from the archival collections of each of the photographers, news film as well as some never before seen images.

    On 28 June 2018, Panikos Panayi, Professor of European History at De Montfort University, explores the history of this a most quintessential British dish.

    Fish and chips were the country's original fast food. Fried fish was first introduced and sold by immigrant Jews before it spread to the British working classes during the course of the nineteenth century. By the twentieth century other migrant communities such as Italians and Greek Cypriots were playing a leading role in the fish and chip trade.

    Putting the Fish in Fish and Chips is a daytime lecture that unwraps the history of the UK's most popular takeaway, a story that brings up complicated issues of class and identity.

    HEART OF HOLLYWOOD

    The 14 metre high 'H' from the original Hollywood sign is the centrepiece of The Heart of Hollywood show opening at The O2 on 21 June 2018. This year marks the 40th anniversary since it was last seen in public and the first time the 'H' has been seen outside of the USA. The world tour will culminate in 2023 – exactly 100 years since it first stood tall on the Hollywood Hills.

    Alongside the 'H', which is one of only four man-made structures that can be seen from space, are original costumes and memorabilia. Highlights include Batman and Robin's costumes from the original TV series and films, Elvis Presley's black stage suit and gold ring, a signed fedora hat worn by Michael Jackson, and five sets of costume memorabilia from The Wizard of Oz - Tin Man, Dorothy, Wicked Witch, Scarecrow and Lion.

    LONDON STADIUM

    The London Stadium at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has some incredible music acts this month.

    Two of the world's most influential artists take to the stage over two consecutive nights as Jay-Z and Beyoncé are here on 15 and 16 June 2018. Beginning a world tour spanning Europe and North America, this iteration of the On The Run tour follows a 2014 summer run across the US.

    And the world's biggest rock band, Foo Fighters return to the Park for two nights on 22 and 23 June 2018. Prepare to enjoy an extensive set featuring fan-favourite hits and new rock anthems from their acclaimed 2017 album Concrete and Gold.

    FORMULA 1 POWERBOAT RACING

    Formula 1 Powerboat Racing (F1H20) returns to the capital for the first time in over 30 years. The spectacular, high-octane event is happening at east London's historic Royal Victoria Dock for the first time since 1985.

    The two-day race weekend (16-17 June 2018) gives spectators the chance to see the  lightweight, tunnel-hull catamaran powerboats battling each other into turns at over 90 mph and hitting speeds of up to 140 mph on the straights.

    Showcasing the latest powerboat technology and engineering, the race is part of London Tech Week 2018, Europe's largest festival of technology and innovation.

    If you are planning your holiday in June, please check Fraser Place Canary Wharf offers! We are in the heart of Canary Wharf, minutes away from great bars, restaurants and shopping malls and only a 15 minutes tube ride to Westminster for Big Ben and the London Eye. 

     

    Laura Porter writes AboutLondonLaura.com and contributes to many other publications while maintaining an impressive afternoon tea addiction. You can find Laura on Twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as @AboutLondonLaura.

     

    Required image credits: Great British Seaside, National Maritime Museum © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos