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.
(WA= Wheelchair Accessible)
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 from 10th June 2023
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…
Image Courtesy of Mighty Hoopla
Let your hair down at Mighty Hoopla
Brixton gets a glittery makeover for one weekend a year when Mighty Hoopla touches down for two fabulous days of nostalgic music and impeccable vibes. The festival attracts mainly an LGBTQ+ and female crowd who come to sing, dance and let their hair down to some of our all-time favourite artists. Past line-ups have included the likes of Blue, Atomic Kitten, Steps and more, and this year is set to impress yet again; you’ll find Sophie Ellis Better, Kelly Rowland, Kelis, Natasha Bedingfield and many more slaying the stage. Heaps of street food vendors also serve delicious dishes for when you’ve worked up an appetite.
Mighty Hoopla | Brockwell Park | WA | 3rd- 4th of June 2023
Image Courtesy of Pub in the Park
Celebrate the classic British pub at Pub in the Park
Every year, chef Tom Kerridge throws a festival dedicated to everything there is to love about the classic British pub, and this year, it’s taking place at Dulwich Park from 9th – 11th June. There will be a line-up of renowned chefs and highly-acclaimed Michelin-starred heroes, like Ainsley Harriot, Misha Katona and the Hairy Bikers, alongside pubs and eateries that will pop up around the park, like the Michelin-starred Hand & Flowers, Dulwich-based pub, Hicce Hart, and Thai hot spot, The Begging Bowl, plus more. They’ll offer guests the chance to try tasty dishes and drinks from places you may not have had the opportunity to visit on your trip. There will also be cooking demos, live music from the likes of Mcfly, Craig David and UB40, plus plenty of opportunities to get stuck into top-notch British grub.
Pub in the Park | Dulwich Park | WA | 9th- 11th of June 2023
Image Courtesy of Royal Air Force
Celebrate His Majesty’s birthday at Trooping the Colour
It’s His 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 | 17th June 2023
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.
World Gin Day | 10th June 2023
Image Courtesy of Craft Beer Cruise
Get your beer jackets on for this Craft Beer Cruise
If it’s a day of fantastic beer from some of London’s best breweries that you’re after, then the London Craft Beer Cruise is the place to be. You’ll get to sip on the best brews with the city as your backdrop as you cruise through central London on a boat. If you get hungry from all of the tipples (you will), then there’s a plethora of street food options on offer, including renowned cheese boards from London iconic Neal’s Yard Dairy.
Craft Beer Cruise | Central London | Check website to see the days it’s happening
Image 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.
Stonehenge | Salisbury | WA | 20th – 21st of June 2023
Image 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
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!
- Top London Kid-Friendly Tours
- Things to know About Pubs in London
- Top London Tours For Film And TV Fans