10 Things to do in London in June 2024

Published: 24 May 2024
The summer is in full swing in London, and it's a great time to spend in the city. This month's events include both outdoor and indoor events.
Flowers during the 2023 London Open Gardens event
Flowers during the 2023 London Open Gardens event

Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour 2024 will occur on June 1, June 8, and June 15 at the Horse Guards Parade in Westminster to honour the British Sovereign’s official birthday. The King’s Birthday Parade on June 15 will feature a special RAF flyover and be broadcast live on the BBC. Public viewing areas are free along The Mall and St. James’s Park. Early arrival is advised for the best spots.

Westminster | 1, 8 and 15 June

London Design Biennale

The London Design Biennale will mark its fifth edition with Dr Samuel Ross MBE as the Artistic Director. Themed ‘Surface Reflections’, this three-week international event will showcase cutting-edge design, creativity, and research from global participants, highlighting the crucial role of design in modern life and culture.

Somerset House | 5-29 June

World Gin Day

World Gin Day is an annual global celebration dedicated to gin, observed on the second Saturday of June each year. Its inaugural event was in 2009, and festivities are now held in more than 30 countries.

8 June

London Open Gardens

This year marks the 25th anniversary of London Open Gardens, an annual event arranged by the London Gardens Trust. It provides unique access to over 100 hidden green spaces not typically open to the public. The charity aims to promote the preservation and admiration of London’s gardens. Visitors can explore various gardens, from small courtyards to expansive country estates, all freely accessible during this time. 8-9 June

Our video from London Open Gardens 2023

Taste of London Festival

This year, Taste of London celebrates 20 years of culinary excellence with five days of feasting in Regent’s Park. The event highlights London’s diverse food scene, featuring tasting menus from top chefs, modern British dishes, and global cuisines. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, masterclasses, and wine tastings.

Regent’s Park | 12-16 June

The Paddington Bear Experience

Delve into the vibrant atmosphere of bustling London as you assist Paddington Bear and the Brown family in preparing for the Marmalade Day Festival. Explore interactive rooms and meet beloved characters from the books at No.32 Windsor Gardens before joining the festivities in Windsor Gardens for dancing, games, and indulging in special treats like Paddington’s favourite marmalade sandwiches.

County Hall, Southbank | 17 June -

David Hockney: Bigger & Closer

David Hockney: Bigger & Closer is a digital retrospective at Lightroom, showcasing Hockney’s work through large-scale projections and advanced sound systems. The exhibition runs from 17 June, featuring Hockney’s pieces from Sunday to Tuesday and The Moonwalkers: A Journey with Tom Hanks from Thursday to Saturday, with both available on Wednesdays. Visitors can enjoy immersive experiences highlighting Hockney’s innovative art and an enthralling adventure with Tom Hanks, making Lightroom a cultural highlight this season.

Lightroom, Kings Cross | 17 June - 6 October

West End Live

West End Live 2024 is featuring complimentary performances from West End musicals. As a non-ticketed event, entry will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Trafalgar Square | 22-23 June

Frock Me!

Frock Me! is London’s longest-running vintage fair, established over 25 years ago. It is renowned for its curated selection of rare vintage and antique clothing, jewellery, and textiles, from the Victorian era to contemporary designer pieces. Frock Me! features 100 top dealers from the UK and abroad.

Kensington Town Hall | 23 June

Marc Quinn: Light into Life

Embark on an enchanting journey this spring and summer as you explore a remarkable new exhibition by celebrated contemporary artist Marc Quinn at Kew Gardens. Titled “Light into Life,” this captivating showcase presents 17 intricate stainless steel and bronze sculptures strategically positioned across the Gardens and inside the Temperate House. Furthermore, the Shirley Sherwood Gallery will present Quinn’s recent and past creations, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, and entrancing frozen pieces.

Kew Gardens | Until 29 September