What’s On This Weekend: Trooping The Colour, Rio Azul & Orla Keily: A Life In Pattern


Trooping The Colour in Westminster

Also known as The Queen’s Birthday Parade, Trooping the Colour marks the second ‘official’ of the Queen’s two birthdays with a vibrant display of ceremony and military history. For anyone who hasn’t had the opportunity to see this before, this is a spectacular piece of pageantry but also a reminder of the role the armed forces who are traditionally under the Queen’s control. There will be hundreds of well-disciplined soldiers in their full dress uniform marching past the Horse Guards Parade, as well as a Battalion giving the Royal Salute and of course military bands playing some great music. If you’re able to get tickets, head down anyway to take in the atmosphere on the day. Only a short walk from our Westminster office, if you’re interested in looking at properties to rent or properties to buy in the area, feel free to drop in and hello to our team who would be happy to help.

Make Space Studios Open Day in Waterloo

If you’ve ever wondered what those multicoloured porter cabins are that run along the edge of the track at Waterloo Station, these are Make Space Studios which were set up in order to home the works of various artists from all backgrounds. This weekend, Make Space Studios will be hosting an Open Day where the studios will become open to the public and all the independent artists will be offering a rare glimpse inside. With over 60 studios to explore new painters, sculptors, fashion designers, goldsmiths, photographers and much more this is a fun and different day out for the whole family. It will also give you the opportunity to buy their work without any commission should you wish. There will live music on the day, as well as plenty of workshops to take part in and a kids’ treasure hunt!

Bearpit Karaoke in Vauxhall

Back again by popular demand from last year, Joe Hatchiban’s Bearpit Karaoke has returned to Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. In the world famous Mauerpark in Berlond, Germany, this weekly fixture has always been massively popular with locals and visitors alike. With that in mind, Joe has brought the fun to London after helping people unleash their inner performer since 2009. With the help of Vauxhall One and Lambeth Council, crowds will gather around to watch strangers singing karaoke in the park, encouraging the crowd to take turns. What is now a landmark on Berlin city’s cultural scene, promises to be a good laugh. Only a very short bus ride from our Kennington office, drop in if you’re keen to find out more about properties to rent or properties to buy in the area.

Open Garden Squares Weekend in Kennington

For this weekend only, over 200 green spaces, many which are usually closed to the public, will open their gates for public enjoyment and discovery. With the purchase of a Weekend ticket, you can explore London’s urban gardens as part of the Open Garden Squares Weekend as well as enjoy a host of activities and experiences for all the family. Relax in the natural spaces tucked away on rooftops, in allotments or unlock the private gardens of historic buildings and institutions. In the Kennington area alone, wander over to Bonnington Square near Vauxhall Park, Bee Urban in Kennington Park and Walworth Garden, to name just a few. London is jeweled with secret gardens that are worth visiting this weekend.

Rio Azul Exhibition in Bermondsey

White Cube Bermondsey is currently presenting a large-scale exhibition of works by Beatriz Milhazes called Rio Azul. Hailing from Brazil, Milhazes’ uses a variety of media for her newest exhibition including painting, installation, sculpture, collage and her first ever tapestry which takes pride of place on the back wall of the South Gallery II. Creating what she has termed as a ‘dialogue between symbolism and materiality’, her works employ an abundance of form and sensual colour to offer a vertiginous visual experience. Through optical movement and energetic visual cadences, her abstract work fuses a diverse reportoise of images and images. On until the end of June, this exhibition will be well worth a visit. Only a short walk from our London Bridge office, drop in and say hello to our team if you’re interested in looking at properties to rent or properties to buy in the area.

Orla Kiely: A Life In Pattern Exhibition in London Bridge

Orla Kiely OBE is one of the UK and Ireland’s most reputable and successful designers. Her unique graphic patterns an innovative, influential and instantly recognisable! Born in 1963, she began her career designing hats, and then moved on to design work on handbags and a variety of other items including kitchenware and cars. The Fashion & Textile Museum are playing host to a very special exhibition dedicated to her work and that focuses on the power of decoration to transform the way we feel. Including over 150 pattern and products, as well as collaborations with photographers, film directors and architects, Orla Kiely: A Life In Pattern highlights the role of ornament and colour in our everyday lives. Offering priviledged insight into the designer’s world, this exhibition is a must-see opportunity for everyone interested.

If you’re interested in finding out more about future events in Westminster, London, Kennington and the surrounding areas, feel free to drop by any of our offices – we’ll be glad to provide you with a list. We can arrange viewings of properties for sale and properties for rent within walking distance of some of these popular venues.


Photo Credit: John Pannell