You’re moving to London in the summer! It’s the best time of year to get settled into your new apartment and to explore your new home town. London puts on a spectacular show in summer and you’ll have a chance to discover the excitement and splendor of British culture and ceremony while making your way through the city.

The Jewels of June

After you’ve unpacked and moved into your new rental, you need to get out and experience some of the summer events that London is famous for.

The Trooping of the Colour

One of the most important military parades and a favorite of tourists and local Londoners alike, the Trooping of the Colour forms part of the Queen’s Birthday celebrations. Although the Queen was born on the 21st of April, it is a tradition to hold her official birthday during the summer days of June. The parade is watched by the Royal family and the public along the route. In 2011 the Trooping of the Colour will be held on the 11th of June.

The procession will be able to be seen along the Mall and the event starts at about 10 am. People start queuing from much earlier in the day though and if you want to see the procession and the Queen, then you’ll have to get up early to get a good view point.

If you have just moved to London, the Trooping of Colour is one of the most spectacular examples of British pomp and circumstance. This is one of the highlights of the summer months in the capital and even if you don’t get out watching the event in person, it will be extensively covered on the BBC.

The ceremony and the parade have been a part of British history since the early 1700’s and it is a symbol of the monarchy, a celebration of military history, and a summer splash like no other. Over 1300 officers and ranks take part in the parade with over 200 horses and nearly 500 musicians from the ten military bands and drummers.

Living in London will give you so much to see, experience and explore. Summer is a great time to start!