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This post is our list of the best things to do in London in June, updated for 2021, including a top 10 list, family-friendly activities, things to do at night, free events, and attractions.

For more ideas for any time of the year, read our master post on things to do in London.


Things to Do in London in June

 

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TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN JUNE

As London welcomes the warm June weather, it also gears up for summer festivals and events.

This post will guide you through loads of things to do in London in the month of June.

For more ideas of popular things to do, check out our guides on:


1. Go to a Concert

With the arrival of summer, London in June offers outdoor concerts in addition to the stadium shows and small venue gigs.

There are a nice variety of concerts scheduled for June, but you should check to make sure they are still taking place, because the Covid-19 pandemic might impact some of these events.

 

 

Find out who else is playing this month in London by checking StubHub's June concert calendar.


2. Watch the Royal Ascot Horse Race

Don your fancy hat as you enjoy the world-renowned Royal Ascot horse meeting from June 15th -19th, 2021.

Founded by Queen Anne in 1711, this horse race is a London tradition.

Often attended by members of the Royal Family including the Queen herself, the meeting features a daily horse-drawn procession led by the royal carriage from Windsor Castle to Ascot Racecourse.

 

 

This could be a great activity for kids who love horses or those who love to dress up! 

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, they have yet to reveal whether or not they will be able to welcome fans back to the racecourse in 2021. Please check beforehand to make sure this event is still open to the public.

If tickets are available, you'll be able to purchase them here.


3. Go to a Sporting Event

There are several soccer and tennis matches scheduled for June, and tickets are already being sold. Seating might be limited due to the pandemic, and some events may not be open to the public after all is said and done.

Even so, if you're a fan of these teams and athletes, this could be an excellent opportunity to see them perform. Check to see what sporting events are available in London this June.

 

 

Tennis

Soccer

Check here for additional sporting events you might be able to attend.


4. Take a Sightseeing Tour

This is the perfect time of year to see all the historic sites of London, and there are several great sightseeing tours you can take.

 

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One of the best ways to see the city is to take one of our pay-what-you-wish walking tours.

We offer the following outings in June:

In addition to these opportunities, there are also hop-on-hop-off bus tours that will take you to every major landmark in London.

Alternatively, you could also take a boat tour on the Thames to see what the city looks like from the water! 

NOTE: Some of these tours and activities may be limited, postponed, or canceled due to the pandemic.


5. Go to the Trooping of the Colour

Celebrate the Queen’s official birthday on June 13, 2021, with the Trooping of the Colour, a centuries-old birthday parade that dates back to King Edward VII.  (The current Queen Elizabeth was born on April 21st! ) 

 

 

This pageant features over 1,400 soldiers, marching, horses, and even aircraft flying overhead – it’s a true royal spectacle!

The parade route extends past Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, and then back again.

It is entirely free to attend and it is also perfect for the whole family.

NOTE: Attendance to this event might be limited due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


6. Enjoy Open Garden Squares Weekend

There are a lot of gardens in London that are usually closed off to the public, but during one weekend in June, their gates are opened.

A number of private green areas will be opened to the public such as:

  • 10 Downing Street (British PM’s House)
  • Royal College of Physicians Medicinal Garden
  • Crossrail Place Roof Garden
  • Tate Modern Community Garden
  • 49 Bankside Garden (Near Globe Theatre)

This event could be canceled or postponed due to the pandemic, but they have made no announcements as of yet.

See all the details from the Open Garden Squares Weekend website.


7. Look into Getting a Tourist Pass

Summer is a great time to get outside and see historic landmarks and fun attractions in London. 

Thankfully, a tourist pass can save you money on many of the most popular summer activities.

 

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Admission for the following attractions is included with at least one discount pass: 

These are just a handful of the activities you can enjoy in June with these services.

For more details, make sure to read our full post covering London tourist passes.


8. Get a Taste of London 

Foodies can enjoy the Taste of London this June in Regent’s Park. Try food from London's top restaurants while enjoying the beauty of Regent's Park.

We offer a few different food tours of London or you can explore at your own pace using our self-guided food tour of London's East End.

 

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All of the above activities are family-friendly, giving your kids an opportunity to try a variety of new cuisines.

This event was canceled in 2020, but it is still scheduled to take place in 2021.

For even more great things you can enjoy with the kids, read our section devoted to family-friendly activities.


9. Celebrate Father’s Day

Spend a day celebrating Dad with on Father’s Day which is June 20, 2021.  A River Thames cruise might be just the thing.

There are many options that will get you out onto the water, including hop-on-hop-off cruises, speedboats, and dinner cruises.

 

 

Find out about the many boat rides, cruises and ferries you can enjoy in June in London by reading our post on Thames River Cruises.


10. Go to the West End Festival

In mid-June, head to Trafalgar Square to enjoy two days of free performances of popular West End shows and musicals.

 

 

Past performances have included Wicked, Kinky Boots, The Lion King, and Annie among many others. This year you can expect plenty of excellent performances.

This event is sure to be crowded, so make sure to arrive early to secure a space! 

NOTE: In 2020, this was changed into a digital event as a result of the pandemic. That may be the case again this year, but they have announced plans to return to Trafalgar Square if at all possible.

Check the West End Live schedule for lineup information. 

 


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FREE THINGS TO DO

This section will include a variety of free things to do in London during the month of June.

Check our other sections for even more great ideas such as a visit to the Queen Mary’s Garden, the Greenwich & Docklands International Fest, and Trooping of the Colour.

 

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Don’t forget to take a look at our full post covering free things to do in London for additional budget-friendly activities. 


Enjoy a Free Ballet

The Royal Opera House should be hosting its popular BP Big Screens event again this summer.  The 2021 dates have yet to be announced, so check back with us or the Royal Opera House.

In addition to being a great family activity, this is also sure to be a fun attraction to see after the sun goes down.

For more details on pre-screening plans and other BP Big Screens happening this year, visit the Royal Opera House schedule.


Go to a Free Museum

Tate Britain/Tate Modern – Both of these museums offer a variety of interesting art from the 1500s to the present day, and they each provide free entry to all visitors.

The National Gallery – This museum has over 2,300 paintings with notable pieces from Van Gogh, Monet, Rembrandt and more, there are many reasons to visit, and it won’t cost you a thing!

Imperial War Museum – See exhibits and artifacts from as far back as WWI and WWII, including vehicles such as a Harrier jet, a Spitfire plane, a T-34 tank and more.

These locations and others may have limitations in place as a result of the pandemic. Make sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

If you’re looking for even more great locations to visit, make sure to read our post covering free museums in London


Attend the Pride Parade

London’s Pride Parade was postponed last year, but it should be taking place in 2021.

In the weeks leading up to the parade, there will be dozens and dozens of events including music, dancing, food, drinks theatre and more!

With both family-friendly activities and adults-only parties, there’s something for everybody during Pride season.


Visit the Sky Garden

This public garden sits atop the “Walkie Talkie” building in London, and it’s entirely free to visit until midnight or later.

In addition to all the greenery you can enjoy here, there are also fantastic views of the capital. Many people feel that this is one of the best ways to see the city.

Remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Find out more from our post on the Sky Garden


See Abbey Road

The street crossing depicted on the Abbey Road album can be found in St. John’s Wood, and it’s pretty easy to get there via the bus or the London Underground.

Read our full post about getting to the Abbey Road Crosswalk and tips to help you plan your visit.

For even more historic landmarks related to this beloved rock band, consider taking either our free self-guided Beatles tour or our pay-what-you-wish rock n’ roll tour.


Smell the Roses at Queen Mary’s Garden

Located in Regent’s Park, this rose garden is one of the most beautiful sites in all of London, especially during the summer.

In fact, June is the best month to visit Queen Mary’s Garden as it's the peak season for the roses!

In addition to the rose garden, there are also a few Victorian gardens nearby. Best of all, each of the gardens at Regent’s Park is entirely free to visit.


Watch the World Naked Bike Ride

On June 12, 2021, this annual event welcomes cyclists to ride around throughout the capital in the buff.

Originally begun as a protest against car culture and oil dependency, the event still holds true to this, but now attracts those who are just looking for an interesting day out!

Click here for more information and starting locations. This event is legal! 

You can find even more no-cost activities from our post on free things to do in London.

 


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THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT

The following section will cover a variety of fun things you can do after dark in London during the month of June.

Keep an eye on our other sections for even more excellent ideas like seeing a concert or musical, going to the SkyGarden, or taking a dinner cruise on the Thames.

 

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Look at our full post covering what to do at night in London for even more great activities you can enjoy after the sun goes down. 


Take a Night Tour

For a city as old as London, you can imagine there are numerous tales to tell once the sun goes down. Consider taking a night tour!

For those who enjoy thrilling mysteries, check out our Jack the Ripper tour. Alternatively, for a broader view of the darker side to London, enjoy our London Ghost tour.

If you don’t fancy ghost tours, check out some of the other evening tours London has to offer like a boat tour by RiverLights or a Big Bus tour

NOTE: Some of these activities might be limited in scope due to the pandemic, and you will likely be required to practice social distancing and wear a mask.


Go to the Beating Retreat

People of all ages will enjoy two evenings full of military pageantry at the Beating Retreat concerts on June 8th - 10th, 2021.

A tradition dating back to 1690, the military concerts will take place on Horse Guards Parade and will feature canons, horses, fireworks, military precision drills, and music.

This is one of the most impressive displays of patriotism all year, as many members of the military come out to celebrate in grand fashion.

Check the Household Division schedule for more information and tickets. 


Experience an Orchestral Performance

If you’re not interested in the typical concerts or music festivals taking place this month, perhaps a more classical experience is in order.

Both the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing in the capital this month.

Among a variety of other shows, the RPO will be performing classical tunes from legendary artists such as Strauss, Bach, and Beethoven throughout the month during a show called The Planets: An HD Odyssey.

This event might be postponed due to the pandemic, but as of yet it is still scheduled for June of 2021.


Visit a Museum at Night

Many London museums have late nights. Combine a night out with some art and culture.

The British Museum, the Tate Modern, and the National Gallery operate after the sun goes down on selected days. 

Most of the museums open at night are free of charge. 

Be sure to check out our guide on free London museums as well as our free guided tour of the British Museum.

You can learn about more nighttime activities from our post about things to do at night in London.

These locations will likely have limited space and you will be required to both wear a mask and practice social distancing.

 


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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS

This section will provide a variety of fun family-friendly activities you can enjoy in London throughout the month of June.

Take a look at our other sections above for even more great things to do with your children such as going to the Royal Ascot Horse Race or attending the Beating Retreat.

 

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For even more great ideas, take a look at our full post about visiting London with kids


Take a Harry Potter Tour

Now that the sun is coming out, Harry Potter fans might want to take this opportunity to see several notable filming locations from the Harry Potter movies.

We offer a pay-what-you-wish Harry Potter walking tour that covers a variety of sites including Diagon Alley, the Ministry of Magic Visitor’s Entrance, the Muggle Prime Minister’s office and more.

Alternatively, this would also be a wonderful time to take the Harry Potter tour at Warner Bros Studios.

This service will give you the opportunity to see some of the sets from the films and get a good behind-the-scenes look at the world of wizards! 

Some of these events may not be available in June, but there is no indication as of yet that they have been postponed or canceled.


Ride The London Eye

A favorite with kids and adults alike, this massive Ferris-wheel-style observation pod offers amazing views of the city.

June skies are generally clear giving you the best chances of seeing London to its outer reaches. 

Tickets are included with the 2 for 1 program, the London City Pass, the London Explorer Pass, and more.

For additional details, please read our full post about visiting the London Eye.

Chances are that the London eye will be open yet again this summer, but there's a chance they will be temporarily closed due to Covid-19.  Check their pandemic information page for more details.


Take a Tour of Wimbledon

Spend an afternoon touring behind the scenes at the most famous tennis club in England.

Learn about the history and traditions of the game and be inspired by the championships trophies. 

Tickets include a 90-minute tour of the grounds and entrance to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.

Admission for this activity is included with at least one London tourist pass

If the Wimbledon games take place this year, chances are they will also be offering tours on days when there are no games scheduled. 


See the Dinosaurs at Crystal Palace Park

The Crystal Palace dinosaurs have become well known as one of the most popular attractions in London.

These statues were designed by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins in the 1850s and they represent what we knew about the subject during the Victorian era.

There are 30 dinosaurs to see in total, and it’s entirely free to enjoy this attraction. Find out more here 

You can find even more ideas from our post on things to do with kids in London

This attraction may either be temporarily closed or offering only limited entrance when you visit. Remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

 


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Margaret

An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
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