Trooping the Colour

Occasionally it’s great to wallow in traditional London, the bits that tourists get excited about. It feels almost like going on holiday in your own city. The Queen’s birthday parade, Trooping the Colour  takes place on June 11th. Bands and massed ranks of soldiers are inspected by the Queen, and an RAF fly-past roars overhead. It’s all very formal and establishment, but there’s a real connection with history; it’s been taking place since 1748. You’ll need to the Mall or St James’ Park early to bag a good view (allocated tickets went months ago), but, heads up, the fly-past should be visible from most of central London. TOP TIP: If you have smaller kids, or would just like a quieter experience, go to the rehearsal, held the week before (June 4th) More here

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