Trooping The Colour

What: It’s one of London’s most spectacular royal traditions, with members of the infantry doing a whole range of fancy military manoeuvres to impress the watching monarch. Fortunately, it’s possible to enjoy all the pomp and ceremony without properly knowing what it’s all about.

When: June 11

Do it because: That whole stretch from the Mall down to Green Park comes alive with the trappings of tradition. You might feel a twinge of patriotism – even if you’re not British.

» Horse Guards Parade, Horse Guards, SW1A 2AX
Tube: Charing Cross