38 things to do in London in June 2024

Head to London in June, when you can be a part of some of the capital's most famous events and festivals.
Written by Kirstine Spicer Edited by Hannah Cornish 05 April 2024
The glass Palm House in Kew Gardens on a sunny day, with orange flower and grass in the foreground.
Explore Kew Gardens' Palm House © Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew . Image courtesy of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Key events in London this June

  • Iconic annual June events include Pride in LondonOpen Garden Squares Weekend and West End Live.
  • Father’s Day is celebrated across the city – look out for special offers and events at many attractions and restaurants.

With warm weather and an events calendar usually packed with sporting spectacles, music festivals, outdoor entertainment and more, June is one of the most lively and exciting times to visit London.

Make the most of your day out with an open-top Hop-on Hop-off London Bus Tour or take a trip down the Thames on a river tour, soaking up the sunshine as you spot London's top landmarks from the comfort of your seat. 

Apart from taking in the summer atmosphere at these unmissable events, June is also the perfect time to catch the rays at alfresco spots, throw a picnic or relax at an outdoor cinema. Don't forget to hop on a bike or squeeze in lots of summer walks around London's streets.

Looking for some last minute ideas? Check out what's happening this weekend in London.

Unmissable events in London in June

A group of people on a red double decker bus are waiving at the crowds during the London Pride parade.

  1. Enjoy a series of sensational concerts at the Hampton Court Palace Festival: See top music acts such as Sir Tom Jones and Jessie J at this exciting summer event. 11-22 June
  2. Discover new galleries and art across the capital during London Gallery Weekend: A three-day programme of talks, exciting activities for families and other special events which are free and open to all. 31 May-2 Jun
  3. Enjoy two days of fun from the musicals at West End LIVEGet a taste of the capital's theatre scene with free performances from London's top shows. 22-23 Jun
  4. Celebrate Pride in London: Join the capital's LGBTQ+ community for events and activities at LGBTQ+ bars and across the city, culminating in the famous parade each July. 1 Jun-1 Jul
  5. Get together for Father's DaySpend a special day with dad in London and find plenty of fun activities to do together, from top attractions and shows, to outdoor events and foodie treats. 16 Jun
  6. See performances by talented student musicians on the Ambassadors of Museum Program: Don't miss the London leg of this inspiring European tour that promises an unforgettable music experience. Saturdays and Sundays
  7. Be enchanted at History and Mystery at The Magical Circle: Enjoy a close-up magic show, a tour of the museum and a parlour magic show. 3 Jun
  8. Catch top music acts heading to London this summer: From pop-sensation Jonas Brothers, and indie singer Bess Atwell to the iconic soul performer Gladys Knight.
  9. Don't miss the Major League Baseball World Tour: London Series: See the New York Mets go head-to-head with the Philadelphia Phillies. 8-9 Jun
  10. Explore unique areas of the city at London Open Gardens weekend: Stroll through private gardens, hidden green spaces and experimental plantations for one weekend only. 8-9 Jun
  11. Attend the London Design Biennale at Somerset House: See leading innovation and creativity from participants around the world. 5-29 Jun

Theatre shows to see in London in June

The actor portraying Deloris Van Cartier stands on the side while the other religious sisters pray

  1. Spend a summer evening at a world-class theatre show: Discover London's top musicals and the best shows for kids
  2. Head to Regent's Park Open Air Theatre for a memorable evening of outdoor entertainment: See hit shows at this spectacular outdoor theatre.
  3. See the celebrated Roald Dahl children book brought to life on stage at Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre: Magic and mayhem awaits at this hit show. 
  4. Transport yourself to the Serengeti with The Lion King tickets London at the Lyceum Theatre: Be wowed by sensational sets and costumes as you follow Simba's adventures.
  5. Experience the electric sounds of The King of Pop at MJ The Musical at the Prince Edward Theatre: See the much anticipated show in London's West End.
  6. Discover notorious girl gang The Plastics in Mean Girls at Savoy Theatre: Brace yourself for a high-energy ride through high school drama.
  7. Meet the world's most hilarious housekeeper at Mrs Doubtfire at the Shaftesbury Theatre: See the delightful stage adaptation of the hit film.
  8. Be dazzled at  Sister Act The Musical at the Dominion Theatre: Rediscover the story of Deloris, a disco diva going from con life to convent life.

Concerts and festivals in London in June

 

Crowds of festival goers sit in groups under the sun enjoying picnics on the grass

  1. See great musicians at an iconic venue at Hampton Court Palace Festival: With hits from the legendary Tom Jones, Nile Rodgers and CHIC, and many more. 11-21 Jun
  2. Get involved with London's independent festival Camden Rocks: Showcasing hundreds of the best new and established bands across Camden Town. Select dates in Jun
  3. Enjoy folk tunes at the Harrison All Day Festival: This unique festival features folk, world and jazz acts from the local music scene. 23, 28 Jun 
  4. Don't miss top music acts at Mighty Hoopla in Brockwell Park: This year's line-up features pop sensation Rita Ora and the iconic Nelly Furtado. 1-2 Jun
  5. Take the kids to the Lambeth Country Show: One of the UK's biggest family-friendly festivals, enjoy a great weekend of entertainment with live shows, street food and more.
  6. Get your tickets to British Summer Time Hyde Park: One of the UK's most iconic festivals,this year you'll see SZA, Kings of Leon, Andrea Bocelli and Shania Twain take to the stage.

Check out more of London's best festivals.

Fun things to do in London in June

The gold and red grand reception room at windsor castle.

  1. Plan a day trip to discover top sights within easy reach of London: From mystical Stonehenge and regal Windsor Castle to the home of the Vikings, York.
  2. Take to the skies with London's top attractions: See sweeping views of the city's skyline from the London cable car or spot landmarks from the London Eye or the IFS Cloud Cable Car.
  3. Uncover royal London: Wander the grand halls of Westminster Abbey, stroll through the gardens of Kensington Palace and get a behind-the-scenes look at the Household Cavalry Museum
  4. Join a sightseeing tour: Tick off sightseeing musts such as a Speedboat Tour on the Thames, or the more unusual with a tour of London's Borough Market
  5. See the city on foot on an exciting walking tour: From discovering Paddington Bear's London to following in the footsteps of the iconic band The Beatles
  6. Stroll through picturesque Kew GardensAdmire a colourful landscape of exotic flowers and plants in bloom.
  7. Head to an exciting Theme Park: Ride the rollercoasters at Thorpe Park and enter a fantastical new world at LEGOLAND Windsor.
  8. Kick off summer by discovering London's great outdoors: Take time to explore London's green spaces, from famous parks to elegant gardens.

London exhibitions in June

My Neighbour Totoro, Studio Ghibli.

  1. Don't miss Japan: Myths to Manga at the Young V&A: Go on a journey through Japanese history through folklore, manga and more.
  2. Discover the world of Yoko Ono at Tate Modern: Delve into the work of artists and activist Yoko Ono that spans more than six decades.
  3. Experience Portraits to Dream in at the National Portrait Gallery: See how the talented Francesca Woodman and Julia Margaret Cameron have influenced portraiture.
  4. Explore the unique work of John SInger Sargent at Sargent and Fashion at Tate Britain: Celebrated for striking portraits, see this special exhibit showcasing his use of fashion as a powerful tool to depict identity.
  5. Immerse yourself in the world of art at The Royal Academy of Art's Summer ExhibitionDiscover artworks by established and emerging artists. 

For more things to do in June in London, take a look at our events calendar and guide to what's on in London. Find out all the fun things to do in London this weekend, and see what you can catch the London stage with our London theatre guide.

Weather in London in June

The first of London's summer months, June is a fantastic time to visit the city.

At the beginning of the month you can expect pleasantly warm days, with temperatures of around 18-19 C, with temperatures rising towards the end of the month. With most of the UK's rainy days out of the way in April, expect sunny days that get cooler in the evenings.

For average seasonal temperatures and rainfall, see our London Weather page.

Tips to visit London in June

  • With June being a popular season to visit, book a London Pass to have your transport and attractions covered in advance. 
  • Pack for every kind of weather; although the days are mostly warm and dry be sure to pack a light rain coat and umbrella incase the heavens do open.  
  • Check out the city's best parks and gardens while the flowers are in full bloom.
  • Longer days and lighter evenings mean there's plenty of outdoor entertainment to enjoy. Swap some of your indoor activities for rooftop bars and open-air theatre shows.