Five of the best things to do in London this weekend June 10-12 - from naked bike rides to Serpentine Gallery

From naked bike rides to music festivals, here are five events happening this weekend, June 10-12, that we think you should check out.

With warmer days and lighter nights upon us, take advantage of making plans this weekend with these five things to do in London.

From naked bike rides to music festivals, here are five events happening this weekend, June 7-1 that we think you should check out.

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Harry Styles is set to perform at this year's Capital FM Summertime Ball.

1. Capital’s Summertime Ball

Wembley Stadium, HA9 0WSTickets from £70pp

Capital’s Summertime Ball is back this Sunday (June 12), after a three year break due to the pandemic.

The line up includes Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, George Ezra, Becky Hill, Joel Corry, Aitch, Mimi Webb and many more.

Tickets for the biggest summer party, with Barclaycard, are now sold out.

However, people are reselling their tickets on Viagogo from £70pp.

Or you can win your way in by listening out for your chance to win tickets on Capital FM.

Doors will open at 12pm, and the first act (a special set from Ed Sheeran) will take to the stage at 2pm.

The event will finish at approximately 10pm.

Please note: All under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over

World Naked Bike Ride in Hastings 22/8/21

2. Naked bike rides

Multiple locations across LondonThe event is free to participate

On Saturday, June 11, London is hosting a large naked bike ride - with different starting points depending on cycling ability.

The interesting naked peloton is organised by World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR), who expect to see over 1,000 nudies take part.

Participation is free, and no sign up is required - so it’s just super easy to tag along!

The longest route is just over 20 miles, and it begins at 233 Shirley Church Road in Croydon, at 11am.

The shortest route is 7.5 miles, and it starts at on the outer circle of The Regent’s Park in Camden, at 2.50pm.

Cyclists can also join from Kew Bridge, Deptford, Tower Hill and Victoria Park, and there’s an accessible route for cyclists who are less able to complete the entire circuit.

All routes will merge together at Westminster Bridge for the central London part of the peloton, and the ride aims to finish between 5pm and 6.30pm.

Nudies are welcome to follow the route back to Croydon for a clothing-optional barbecue.

For more information and full details of all start times and locations, visit WNBR’s website.

The Belvoir Brewery balloon flies over the city of London in the Ricoh Lord Mayors Hot Air Balloon Regatta PHOTO MARCUS GREEN EMN-190621-163803001

3. The Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta

The central London sky Free to watch (if you can get up early enough)

The Lord Mayor’s Balloon Regatta is set to return this Sunday (June 12) after a two year break.

The event, run by Exclusive Ballooning, is a charity fundraiser in support of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

Known as the official ballooning event of London, fifty hot air balloons will take flight across central London as pat of the aerial extension of the Lord Mayor’s Show.

Balloons of all different shapes, sizes and colours will set off from Battersea Park in Wandsworth around 5.30am.

Leading the launch is the official Lord Mayor’s Appeal hot air balloon, which will carry the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress.

Please note: The weather is a crucial factor — conditions such as wind and rain are taken into account before it’s declared safe for the balloons to fly.

Dippy the dinosaur has returned to the Natural History Museum. Photo: NHM

4. Dippy Returns: The nation’s favourite dinosaur

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BDFree entry

Dippy was the first Diplodocus to go on display anywhere in the world, after it was gifted to the Natural History Museum in 1905.

He quickly became a star, capturing hearts and imaginations.

Dippy left the museum in 2017 to complete a tour of the UK, and has now been back in London since May 27.

Entry to the museum is free, however you should book your tickets in advance online.

Please note: The Museum is open everyday from 10am to 5:50pm (last entry at 5pm).

Serpentine Pavilion 2022 designed by Theaster Gates © Theaster Gates Studio. Photo: Iwan Baan. Courtesy: Serpentine

5. A new exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery

Serpentine Gallery, Hyde Park, W2 3XAFree entry

The Serpentine Gallery welcomes it’s new exhibition, Black Chapel - designed by Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates.

The structure references the bottle kilns of Stoke-on-Trent, the beehive kilns of the Western United States, San Pietro and the Roman tempiettos, and traditional African structures such as mud huts and Kasubi Tombs.

Gates has produced a series of seven new tar paintings specially to hang from the interior of the Black Chapel.