What to Do in London in June

This post is our list of the best things to do in London in June, updated for 2020, 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

London attracts some of the most famous musicians of all time throughout the year, and June will be a banner month for concerts.

 

 

Some of the most popular performances will be coming from notable artists. June has so many much-loved performers, there is something for everyone.


2. See a Major Sporting Event

While most of the big sports like football will be finishing their seasons before June, there will be a few important events taking place this month.

One of the biggest attractions is the ICC Cricket World Cup, taking place on various dates throughout June.

 

 

Cricket fans will have the chance to see teams from around the world compete from June 2nd – 29th.


3. See a Hit Musical

No matter when you choose to visit London, chances are you’ll have the opportunity to see at least one popular musical.

One of the most notable musicals coming this month is Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This re-creation of the classic production will open on June 27th at the London Palladium.

 

 

If you’re looking for something a little different, consider going to On Your Feet: The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. This wonderful show includes her greatest hits. It opens on June 14th at the London Coliseum.

Below are just a few of the great musicals you can attend in London this month. 

TIP: There will also be several great shows in June to see at both Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Regent’s Park.


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.

 

 

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! 


5. Go to the Trooping of the Colour

Celebrate the Queen’s official birthday on June 13, 2020, 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.


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.

On June 6 and 7, 2020, 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)

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.

 

 

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 from June 17-21, 2020 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.

 

 

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

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 an assortment of activities on Father’s Day which is June 21, 2020.

For those interested in sports, consider a stadium tour like those offered at Wembley and Chelsea FC Stadiums.

Alternatively, you may also want to think about taking the father in your life out for a cruise on the River Thames.


10. Go to the West End Festival

On June 20-21, 2020, 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! 

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.

 

 

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 will be hosting its popular BP Big Screens event again this summer.  The 2020 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.

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 is on June 27, 2020. 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.

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 13, 2020, 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 the BP Big Screens ballet show, the Sky Garden, concerts, musicals, a David Blaine magic show, sporting events, and the Sundance Film Festival.

 

 

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

 

 


Go to the Beating Retreat

People of all ages will enjoy two evenings full of military pageantry at the Beating Retreat concerts on June 10-11, 2020.

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.


See a Limited Art Exhibit at Night

There are a few limited exhibitions taking place in London this month, and some of them can be seen after dark.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion – The British Library will host this exhibit featuring three of the artist’s most important notebooks which cover the subject of motion and physics.

Visitors are welcome as late as 8 pm on Tuesdays.

Van Gogh and Britain – The Tate museum will be hosting a gallery featuring over 50 different works by Vincent van Gogh which reveal how he was inspired by Britain and British artists.

This exhibit will be open until 10 pm on the first Friday of June (June 7). 


Enjoy an Opera at Holland Park

Every summer, a series of opera productions are held at Holland Park in the heart of London. In 2020, the two operas are:

Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky will be performed on various nights between June 2 – 26, 2020.

Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi will be performed on various nights between June 6 – 27, 2020.

TIP: Guests under the age of 18 are eligible for free tickets!  Read more about Opera at Holland Park.

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

 


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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 zoo lates and the Beating Retreat.

 

 
They might also enjoy seeing Harry Potter art at MinaLima, the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs, Queen Mary’s Garden, Trooping of the Colour, sporting events, and musicals.

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! 


Watch the Royal Ascot

Don your fancy hat as you enjoy the world-renowned Royal Ascot horse meeting. 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!

For more information and tickets click here


 

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


Go to Greenwich & Docklands International Fest

Enjoy dozens of culturally stimulating and thought-provoking performances and installations focusing on dance, sound, and art among other genres.

The Greenwich and Docklands International Fest is free and open to all ages. The festivities will begin on June 19, 2020, and run until July 4.

NOTE: If you’re planning to attend this festival, consider going on our Greenwich Tour to learn more about the area.


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

 


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An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 15 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.