London is an amazing city to visit at any time of year. However, June is a month that has everything on offer, with (mostly) great weather and long evenings to enjoy. Whether you’re into foodie events, the natural or art worlds, or if you want to see some of London’s famous pomp and ceremony, June has got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about visiting London in June.
Important Dates in June
The last Monday in May is a bank holiday, leading into the summer half term. It’s worth bearing this in mind when booking a June holiday to London, as accommodation may be more expensive and events and attractions will book up quickly.
British Father’s Day also falls in June, making it a great reason to enjoy a special treat if you’re visiting with your family. You may see specific events or set menus on this day and, as with any special date, places will be busier and restaurant reservations may be necessary.
A benefit of visiting in June is that you should enjoy some summer weather without the summer crowds.
London’s Weather in June
As you may be aware, England is famed for its temperamental weather and inconsistent weather trends. While London isn’t known for having endless days of summer, you’ve still got a good chance of catching some rays in June and enjoying the outdoors lifestyle of pavement cafes and parks for which London is renowned.
June marks the start of the summer months, meteorologically, so you should expect long, mostly sunny days – but pack an umbrella, just in case! Temperatures average around 16° Celsius, although it can be much warmer during the day, sometimes peaking in the high twenties.
June 21 is Midsummer’s Day. With sunset occurring around 9.20pm, the long evenings are a great excuse for a leisurely evening stroll, picnic dinner in the park, or late-night beer garden visit. Temperatures tend to dip around sundown, so make sure you have a light jacket or wrap to keep cosy if you’re expecting a late night or two!
Festivals and Events
For festivals and special events, June has got you covered. With the weather warming up, it’s a great time to spend your days outdoors at some of London’s famous events, with the option of finding indoors entertainment if the weather doesn’t quite go to plan.
Whatever the weather, London’s social calendar is jam-packed for June. Here are our top picks for your visit to London this summer.
Whether it’s the dream of placing the right bet and watching horses thundering around the track or simply the excuse to put on a fancy frock, Royal Ascot is world famous as the place to be seen.
Royal Ascot races attract some major celebs, so if people-watching is more your thing you’ll be kept interested too. If you don’t fancy the races, you can enjoy the horse-drawn procession that travels from Windsor Castle to Ascot Racecourse daily – a fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors in the sunshine and soak up the atmosphere and anticipation.
Household Division’s Beating Retreat at Horse Guards Parade
If you want to observe a bit of traditional pomp and ceremony mixed with music and fireworks, this is for you. Traditionally held in Whitehall before the Queen’s birthday, this evening ceremony is fun for all the family and a great introduction to royal celebrations.
Including a military precision drill, cannons and horses, this event has a long history, dating back to the 1690s. Originally the drum beating signalled the end of fighting for the day, before the troops were to retreat into the safety of camp for the night. These days, of course, it’s purely symbolic and ends with the lowering of the regimental flag at sunset.
Trooping the Colour: The Queen’s Birthday Parade
June is a great month to visit London if you are a Royal Family fan, with the Queen’s official birthday on the 8 June. If the Household Division’s Beating Retreat isn’t enough, you can watch the special parade of over 1,400 officers, 200 horses and marching bands on this special day.
Tickets in the dedicated seating areas sell out fast, but without tickets thousands of spectators still line The Mall and edge of St James’s Park to catch a glimpse of the action, as the Queen travels past in her carriage.
London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
With previous years’ attendance topping 10,000 people, this unusual celebration of Chinese culture is a great day out. Based at the Royal Docks in East London, you can expect races of all different calibres, from professional right down to first timers, whilst enjoying traditional dance and music performances.
With an abundance of tasty Asian food to try, this free festival is as family friendly as it gets. Just pack up a picnic blanket and enjoy a wonderful day of Far Eastern delights.
All Points East
Started in 2018, All Points East is a popular newcomer on the live music scene. It’s held in Victoria Park, South Hackney over two weekends and the intervening week, spanning the end of May and beginning of June. Attendees enjoy an eclectic mix of music with past and upcoming artists including Bon Iver, The XX, James Blake and Dizzee Rascal. Alongside the music, there are community art and cinema events, as well as street food stalls to enjoy throughout the week.
Festival of Eid
Celebrating the end of the fasting period of Ramadan, the Muslim festival of Eid is a time for fun – and food! The date of Eid changes each year, as it is based on the lunar cycle as opposed to the calendar date, and can vary by over a week.
With celebrations across the city, including a great get together in the famous Trafalgar Square, expect deliciously tempting food stalls of tasty dishes for the whole family to try. Biryanis and other curries, couscous, meat and vegetarian savoury dishes are popular, as well as an array of traditional sweets, such as Seviyan, similar to rice pudding but with added tastes of India like cardamom and rose water, or Lapis Legit, a spiced cake originally from Indonesia. It’s a colourful, musical and tasty celebration to get involved in, and a great way to spend the day.
If pop music is more your thing, Mighty Hoopla might be just the ticket for your June visit to London. Held in Brockwell Park near Brixton in South London, it’s an over-18s festival and a pure pop music festival of fun and colourful performances, plus it’s an important part of the LGBT+ calendar held during London Pride, which runs across June and July.
With over 40 street food and drink stalls, and events like Drag Queen Lip Sync Battles, it offers great entertainment value. Splash on the glitter, wear your best sparkles; this event is nothing less than fabulously flamboyant, with past and future headliners including Chaka Khan, Artful Dodger and Lily Allen.
Taste of London in Regent’s Park
June is official London Food Month, and this is an event for the eyes and taste buds. Taste of London spans across four days in the magnificent surroundings of Regent’s Park. Around 40 of London’s top restaurants showcase their best dishes, and with over 200 food and drink stalls to purchase ingredients from, you can go home and recreate their masterpieces – or at least give it a try! There are demonstrations, masterclasses and celeb chefs to entertain you, and with plenty of tastings to sample, you’re sure not to go home uninspired or hungry!
Open Garden Squares
Open Garden Squares runs across a June weekend, and offers the general public an opportunity to get some major green-fingered inspiration from the city’s hidden green gems. Private gardens of residential, historic and commercial settings open their doors for a good old nosy around, some providing tours, music and information guides. Don’t just think of typical English gardens either – there are rooftop oases, urban terraces, community gardens and grand formal gardens to delight and intrigue. Visit the Open Squares website for ticket information and to download your map, so you can start planning your route for maximum enjoyment.
London Tech Week
If all things technology is more your thing, London Tech Week is for you! Hosting over 300 industry and consumer events over a four-day period, this is the go-to spot for discussions on how access to the latest technologies means brighter futures for us all. Think artificial intelligence and robotics, to the best systems and processing for businesses. With speakers from companies like British Airways, Twitter and Sony Pictures Network, it’s sure to be an eye opener.
West End LIVE at Trafalgar Square
If you’re ready for some razzmatazz and jazz-hands, West End LIVE is probably where you should be headed. Casts perform snippets of some of the best current shows from London’s West End stages; it’s free to come and go, so is a great family option if your little ones might not make it through an entire musical performance. With past inclusions from smash hits such as The Lion King, Annie and Kinky Boots, you’re sure for an amazing experience. This event is free to attend, so is sure to draw large crowds. Check the listings online ahead of time and make sure you arrive early to get a good spot for your favourite.
Things to See and Do
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
What can be more classically British than taking in a day’s cricket match, while enjoying the sunshine, light evenings and perhaps a cold beverage or two? While the ICC Cricket World Cup is not held in London every year, it is in 2019, with matches taking place at the iconic Lords and The Oval. Tickets sell out way in advance, but there is an official resale website for tickets to be sold at face value, so you might still be lucky. If you can’t make it to see a match live or on the years when London is a host city, there are still plenty of places to watch the action across the city and soak up some of that match-day atmosphere.
Masterpiece London Arts Fair at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Held every year, this is a world-renowned gathering of over 150 global dealers of the finest furniture, sculpture, art and jewellery, from antiques to the modern day. Set in the stunning Royal Hospital in Chelsea, this event makes sure London is at the forefront of elegance and design. With talks and discussions from industry experts it’s the perfect way to spend the day, whether you’re looking for a new piece to add to your home or collection or just a lover of all things beautiful. Tickets need to be purchased in advance and can be bought online.
The Sky Garden
While it might sound like the name of a children’s book, the Sky Garden is pretty incredible for the whole family! Located at 20 Fenchurch Street in the city of London, you might find it more easily if you go by the building’s local name – the walkie talkie. Book free tickets and you can visit the highest public garden in London for incredible views and enjoy the bright colours and blue skies of June. There’s also a restaurant at the top; bookings are essential but would make a memorable meal, whatever the occasion.
Open Top Bus Tour
To do some major sightseeing, tick off a classic London experience, and make the most of the summer weather, why not choose an open top bus tour? Take in the sights while being guided through the characterful streets of London by a knowledgeable guide – it’s a great opportunity to see the city and take some instaworthy snaps!
Queen Mary’s Garden
Located within Regent’s Park, Queen Mary’s Garden is a great spot to visit if you’re a keen gardener. June is the best month to see and smell the plethora of stunning roses on display, while the well-kept and beautifully designed gardens are the perfect place to stop and have a peaceful moment or two amongst the busy rush of city life. The whole of Regent’s Park is free to visit, so you can easily while away the hours and bask in the early summer sun, surrounded by grassy knolls, mighty trees and floral displays – bliss!
Anniversary of D-Day
The 6 June marks the anniversary of the Normandy landing operation of World War II, known as D-Day. 2019 marks 75 years since the war, so special events are planned right across the city. Whichever year you visit, the Imperial War Museum – a family of five museums across England with three located in London – is a great place to view some thought provoking displays, artefacts and stories. With interactive sections to keep the kids entertained too, this is an interesting day out for all the family.
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