The best things to do in Kensington

The best things to do in Kensington

Hello summer in London, explore some of our favourite events happening in the City this summer.

London Festival of Architecture, across London
1-30 June

This festival is the world’s biggest annual architecture festival. It returns to London this month with a theme of exploring ‘boundaries’.

The packed programme of some 400 events and activities will open the doors to iconic tours and architectural installations, as well as energetic debates, Studio Lates, workshops and exhibitions.

The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson at Park Theatre, Finsbury Park
Until 8 June
The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson is a Brexit-inspired comedy drama from journalist, broadcaster and playwright Jonathan Maitland. 

It was the dinner that changed history – the night in February 2016 when Boris Johnson decided to vote ‘leave’. Guests included fellow MP Michael Gove and his wife columnist Sarah Vine, media mogul Evgeny Lebedev, and, for Boris at least, the spirits of past Prime Ministers – Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill and Tony Blair. Fast forward to post-Brexit Britain 2029 – a country divided. Boris is back in the political wilderness and has ambitions to make Britain great again, but what are his true intentions? 

St James’s London Fashion Week Men’s Show
8 June
This is the only show in the calendar that is open to consumers, the St James’s London Fashion Week Men’s Show features more than thirty menswear brands from St James’s will take to the catwalk on Jermyn Street.

Curated by stylist Catherine Hayward, the catwalk shows will showcase see-now-buy-now pieces from John Smedley, Dunhill, Cubitts, Aspinal of London, Aquascutum, Sunspel, Lock & Co, Paul & Shark, New & Lingwood and more.

The pedestrianised street will also host food trucks from local restaurants and live music performances. 

The Pink Singers: Divas Through The Decades at Cadogan Hall
15 June
Join The Pink Singers – an LGBT+ community choir of some 90 singers – as they celebrate what it means to be a diva at the iconic Cadogan Hall. Formed in 1983, the ‘Pinkies’ are the longest-running LGBT choir in Europe. Featuring fantastic arrangements, gorgeous harmonies and, of course a sprinkle of glitter, The Pink Singers: Divas Through The Decades promises to be a memorable evening. 

Romeo and Juliet, Royal Opera House
Until 11 June
This spring, the Royal Ballet is reviving Kenneth MacMillan’s dramatic ballet masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet. Set to Sergey Prokofiev’s seminal score, the performance will feature a number of principal and debuting dancers in the roles of Juliet and Romeo in the performance at the Royal Opera House. The work has been performed by The Royal Ballet more than 400 times since it was premiered at Covent Garden in 1965, making Romeo and Juliet a classic you can’t miss.

Take advantage of these wonderful events on the doorstep of Mercure London Kensington.

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