June means it’s officially summer, along with (hopefully) sunny days. There’s plenty of variety on offer this month, with markets, country shows, open-air concerts and the annual Naked Bike Ride – just take your pick.

Camden Vintage Furniture & Flea

Photo by judy berger

Don’t miss the Camden Flea, which attracts mid-century furniture dealers from across the UK.

Doing away with expensive replicas and focusing on quality and affordability, the Flea provides an antidote; a celebration of mid-century living from the 50s and beyond. The event offers up TOP vintage traders, all offering furniture and homewares without costing the earth.

World Naked Bike Ride London

London Naked Bike Ride
Photo by WNBR

The massively popular annual event in protest against car culture and global oil dependence is back this June. Full nudity is optional (flesh-coloured underwear could save your blushes and solve your chafing issues) but expect well over a thousand naked cyclists to take to the streets.

BMW Classics with the LSO

Photo by Doug Peters/PA Wire

Hear London’s oldest symphony orchestra in a free open-air concert in Trafalgar Square. The BMW Open Air Classics concert 2024 includes the world premiere of a specially commissioned piece written for a mixed-ability orchestra, performed by the LSO and 70 young musicians from east London as part of the LSO Discovery programmes.

Lambeth Country Show

Photo by Rafael Holanda Barroso used under CC

There really is something for everyone at the free Lambeth Country Show: two music stages with a whole range of live bands and DJs, horticultural shows, craft and food stalls, diggers, birds of prey displays and an urban farm. It’s a day well spent wandering around and enjoying it all.

London Open Gardens Weekend

Kensington Square Gardens | Photo by Anna Barclay

Every year, London’s secret gardens are open to the public for two days in June. Grab a ticket to visit over 100 participating spaces from private garden to roof terraces, wild spaces and community allotments. You can plan your visits by browsing the website for the full list of this year’s gardens or filter by area.

Sophie’s Surprise 29th at Underbelly Boulevard

Photo by Sophies Suprise

Described as ‘a house party disguised as circus, comedy and chaos, alongside a pumping soundtrack’, you’re invited to the craziest surprise party around.

Great Exhibition Road Festival

Photo by Imperial College London

This year’s Great Exhibition Road Festival is celebrating how science and the arts help people, communities and nature to flourish. Exhibition Road (closed to traffic for the weekend) and its side streets, squares and historic buildings will come alive with events, games, experiments, food, music, mind-blowing ideas and cutting-edge creations.

Brixton Windmill Open Days

brixton windmill
Photo by Kevan used under CC

You can take a tour of the over 200-year-old Windmill in Brixton from April until October. Tours cost a fiver, take 30 minutes and run on the second weekend of the month. You have to book ahead, and once there you can see the original wind-powered machinery and find out about the windmill’s history. To visit the top floor there are narrow stairs to climb but, for visitors with accessibility needs, the tour guides can explain as much as possible from the ground floor.

London Tech Week 2024

London Tech Week started ten years ago to promote the city as a European tech hub with hundreds of events across tech-related fields. Previously held over multiple venues across the city, this year’s key events will be held at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster.

Wild Food Walks – Foraging in London

Several people looking closely at plants during a foraging tour.
Photo by Made in Hackney

Learn how to confidently identify the everyday plants you can eat, plus where and when to pick them, and take home your own foraged goodies with some tips on how to use them.

Unseen Tours

Unseen Tours supports vulnerably-housed individuals to develop, curate, and lead guided walks in different neighbourhoods of London. Tours currently run in Brick Lane, London Bridge, Soho, Covent Garden and Kings Cross; check out their website for more details and to book a tour.

West End Live

West End Live | Photo by Pamela Raith Photography

Watch performances from some of the West End’s biggest musicals for free. The annual musical theatre is back, so expect outlandish costumes and big show tunes to fill Trafalgar Square once more. This year’s line-up is yet to be announced, but past years’ events have included performances from shows including The Book of Mormon, Dreamgirls UK Tour, Heather The Musical, Rock of Ages UK tour and Matilda The Musical. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

Head over to our Events section for all the other good things happening this month!

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BIO: Freelance writer, flâneuse and former blogger at London Girl About Town, Amanda is dedicated to sharing the latest on London's restaurants, bars, hidden quirks and general wonderfulness.
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