June is a fine month of the year to be in London – the days are long and summer is officially here. With any luck, the weather will be good the capital’s visitors and locals alike, meaning that you can take advantage of everything London has to offer outside as well as in. Here are a few things we, here at La Gaffe, recommend checking out this June…
You’ll also see members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages. Who knows, maybe Harry and Megan will bring baby Archie to enjoy the fun! For more details about tickets, take a look at https://changing-guard.com/ceremonial/trooping-the-colour.html.
Saturday 8th June, beginning at 10 am (Fly Past with the RAF at 1 pm)
Horse Guard’s Parade (Charing Cross or Embankment tubes
2. West End Live – London’s home to some of the best theatre and musicals in the world and, this June, you can enjoy performances of some of the leading shows, hosted in Trafalgar Square. Events this year include Mamma Mia!, Chicago, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and Kinky Boots (and a lot more besides).
West End Live is free and extremely popular so make sure you arrive early to find a good spot.
To get an idea of how good last year’s performances were, take a look at this link…
Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd June, Trafalger Square (Charing Cross or Leicester Square tubes)
3. Taste of London Festival in Regent’s Park – the ultimate festival for foodies, for five days this year Regent’s Park is transformed into a culinary wonderland. Many of London’s best restaurants will be there, showing off their most popular dishes and there’s also a chance to meet the chefs behind the creations!
As well as the mouth-watering dishes, you’ll be able to watch live cooking demonstrations, participate in masterclasses and browse over 200 shops for artisanal produce on sale.
Restaurants taking part this year include Club Gaston, Bao. Claw, Kutir and the Mango Tree (and so many more besides).
Pick up a ticket here…
Wednesday 19th – Sunday 23rd June
Regent’s Park (nearest tube, Regent’s Park
4. London Hong Kong Dragonboat Festival – originating in southern China, around 2,500 years ago, Dragon Boat racing remains one of the country’s most popular water sports – and now it’s in London! For the last 10 years, it’s been an annual charity event in the capital, and thousands of people now attend it.
The Dragonboat Racing Festival is a great chance to find out more about Chinese Culture – this year, there are 5 different cups up for grabs, as well as lots of entertainment and attractions. A great family day out, with a lot of atmosphere no doubt. So whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned paddler, come and enjoy this great free event.
Sunday 20th June, Royal Albert Docks (Upton Park tube or Canning Town railways station)
The astonishing number of squares in the city means that you can spend hours and hours, on 8th and 9th June, wandering through these gardens (there are also quite a lot of guided tours offered) and meet the gardeners too! Moreover, there are a host of activities on offer – poetry corners, cycle rides, family activities.
The gardens open are all over London – Hampstead, Marylebone, Bloomsbury, Hackney and Kennington are just a few neighbourhoods. So whether you’re got green fingers, or you just like green spaces, pick up a ticket.
Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th June, across London
COVID – 19 UPDATE
LA GAFFE RE-OPENING 4th JULY 2020
There is light at the end of the tunnel!
After three very trying months of lockdown, which have been disastrous for all businesses, but necessary for public health, we now have Government permission to re-open our premises to the public.
However, Covid-19 has not gone away and we must all be responsible in our daily lives to help stop the further spread of the virus.
We have followed Government guidelines to ensure that we are ready to welcome our lovely clientele back to La Gaffe. Our already high hygiene standards have been enhanced to make sure that all our staff and guests can work and socialise in a safe environment.
Our restaurant and bar areas have reduced seating with the recommended gap between tables. There are hand sanitiser stations upon entry and we will be doing our best to reduce unnecessary contact. Seating will be staggered and reservations are preferred as we take part in the track and trace program.
We are taking reservations for our rooms. For the continued safety and wellbeing of our staff and guests, once a room is occupied, it will not be serviced on a daily basis. If your requirements are just a bed and you are happy to use the same towels and sheets for a few days, we are happy to help. Obviously, in this scenario, our rates will be reduced and we are here to help with any requests. Once a room is vacated, they are sterilised with products especially for Covid-19 and left empty for a minimum of 24 hours. This way we can provide peace of mind for all concerned.
We look forward to a time when we can return to what we were very fortunate to call normal.
Thank you to all and we look forward to welcoming you