From celebrating summer solstice at the British Museum to sipping on the nation’s top tipple for World Gin Day, there are so many exciting events happening across the city every year in June. So, to make it easier for you to decide where to go and what to do, here’s our favourite picks of the top things to do in London in June.

Top Things to Do in London in June - Glide through purple fields of lavender at Mayfield Lavender Farm

Glide through purple fields of lavender at Mayfield Lavender Farm

Visiting the violet meadows of lavender that make up Mayfield Lavender Park is probably one of the best things to do in London in June. Well, actually this 25-acre lavender farm is located 15-miles outside of central London but it’s easy to get to and offers a wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of busy city life. Meander through the jaw dropping purple fields and snap a few photos before stopping by the café for a bite to eat after.

Mayfield Lavender Farm | Surrey | WA | Visit between June and August

Top Things to Do in London in June - Boris bike around London’s lush parks

Boris bike around London’s lush parks

There are over 12,000 Santander bicycles, better known by Londoners as Boris Bikes, spread out across 800 docking stations throughout the city. A top thing to do as the days get warmer is to hop on one and head for one of London’s lush green parks. Victoria Park in East London is lovely and is home to the Pavilion (their almond croissants are to die for) or Brockwell Park in South London is just as relaxing.

Watch our video showing you around Victoria Park…

Top Things to Do in London in June - Visit The Royal AscotImage Courtesy of Royal Ascot

Dress to the nines for Royal Ascot

Again, this one may not be located smack bang in the middle of the city, but it’s a short train ride away. This iconic British event is four days of dressing fancy (think fascinators and glam), teamed with world-class racing and fine dining. This one is super fun to do with a group of friends.

Royal Ascot | Ascot | WA | 20th – 24th of June 2023

Top Things to Do in London in June - Celebrate Her Majesty’s birthday at Trooping the ColourImage Courtesy of Royal Air Force

Celebrate Her Majesty’s birthday at Trooping the Colour

It’s Her Majesty’s sovereign birthday on the second Saturday of June, where over 1,400 marching soldiers take to the streets with 200 horses and 400 musicians to mark this momentous occasion. Wave your flags high and proud as the parade takes centre stage all the way down through Buckingham Palace in this must-see royal spectacle.

Trooping the Colour | Westminster | WA | Second Saturday of June

Top Things to Do in London in June - How to watch top-tier tennis at WimbledonImage Courtesy of Wimbledon

Watch top-tier tennis at Wimbledon

Wimbledon is one of the most quintessentially British events you can attend in the city and is certainly one of the top things to do in London in June. You can buy tickets on the day (but be prepared to queue from the early hours, but that’s part of the fun), or do as the locals do and find one of the many outdoor screens across the city broadcasting the matches. Just pull up a deck chair, grab a glass of Pimms and some strawberries and watch as world-class players battle it out in live time.

Wimbledon Finals | Wimbledon | WA | 27th June – 10th of July 2022

Top Things to Do in London in June - Join in the celebrations for World Gin Day

Join in the celebrations for World Gin Day

Celebrating World Gin Day in London is basically a London rite. Londoners really love their gin and events pop up all across the city in celebration of what was once one of the most dangerous alcohols to drink (it used to be nicknamed Mother’s Ruin!) These days it’s trendy as hell (and safe) and Londoners drink it by the gallon. Head to Junipalooza at Tobacco Dock for an annual knees up in celebration of the nation’s favourite beverage, or take a look at the World Gin Day website for their annual round-up of events.

Second Saturday of June

Top Things to Do in London in June - See in the summer at StonehengeImage Courtesy of English Heritage

See in the summer at Stonehenge (in London)

For a big old slice of English heritage, you can’t get better than summer solstice at Stonehenge. Watch in awe as the sun rises behind the prehistoric monument and the rays begin to seep through the heart of the stones. If you don’t fancy travelling outside of the city, The British Museum is also putting on an incredible exhibition all about the world of Stonehenge

Stonehenge | Salisbury | WA | 18th – 21st of June 2022

Top Things to Do in London in June - Take a dip in the chilly Hampstead PondsImage Courtesy of City of London

Take a dip in the chilly Hampstead Ponds

Hampstead Heath is arguably one of the prettiest parks in the whole of London (at least that’s what every North Londoner would say). What makes it even better is the excellent outdoor swimming ponds in the heart of the park that are ideal for cooling off from the June rays. There’s an all-ladies pond, a men’s pond and a mixed pond, and each one invites you in for a chilly swim surrounded by nature.

Hampstead Ponds | Hampstead | WA | Visit during Summer

Top Things to Do in London in June - Get some R&R at Balance FestivalImage Courtesy of Balance Festival

Get some R&R at Balance Festival

If you’re embracing a healthy lifestyle then there’s no better place to go than Balance Festival on Brick Lane. This yearly event is one of the top things to do in London in June for health fanatics, and it brings together world-class fitness trainers, top yogis and some of the best health conscious chefs in the game. Head to the Meditation Dome for a moment of relaxation, pick up a healthy snack from The Market, or sip on non- and low-alcoholic drinks at The Mindful Drinking Zone.

Balance Festival | Brick Lane | 17th – 19th of June 2022

Don’t forget to tag us at @loveandlondon to show us how you’re seeing in the month of June. We want to see you celebrating it in style!

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Jessica Dellow

Jessica Dellow

Jessica Dellow is an East Londoner who loves to travel the world and eat her way around the city. When she's not eating, cooking or hanging out in the local pub, you’ll probably find her walking one of her BorrowMyDoggy dogs in Victoria Park with a coffee in hand.