June is a fantastic month to be in the capital—with international, creative and foodie events to be enjoyed every weekend!
Grab your sunscreen (and maybe pack your umbrella just in case) and make the most of the month’s offerings. There are a whole host of cultural screenings—choose from opera, ballet and West End musicals—art events, and even a naked bike ride! This is the month for trying something new so be adventurous and see what London has to offer!
HF Artsfest | Hammersmith and Fulham
An annual festival which takes places in Ravenscourt Park, this event is a celebration of culture in all its facets. There are 200 events to choose from including music, theater, literature, dance, comedy and circus acts and exhibitions too. Plenty of the events are free but some require tickets to check in advance—potentially by hailing the Big Red Festival Bus which will be touring the city with information.
London Pizza Festival | London Bridge
A celebration of the best food in the world (fight me), this event brings together experts from the world of pizza along with Djs and prosecco for a great night out. The Hearth, Pizza Pilgrims, Rossopomodoro and Yard Sale Pizza will all be there offering their signature pizzas to try. Tickets include a pizza, a dough-making class and prosecco. Prices may seem a little high,but the money goes to a charity that saves food destined for the skips and turns it into delicious meals for those in need of supprt, so it’s the best excuse for pizza we’ve ever heard!
West Norwood Feast | Norwood
A volunteer-run community market, this event features a farmers market with all the freshest produce and tasty street food as well as artisanal treats to tempt you in. There will be entertainment and live performances to enjoy while you soak up the summer Sunday atmosphere.
London Naked Bike Ride | Clapham Junction
Love cycling, protesting and being naked? In the unlikely event that you want to combine all three on the streets of London, this is the event for you! Protesters will be cycling around the city for the day, mostly naked and with various slogans painted on themselves to garner attention for the cause. Full nudity is not a requirement, so if you prefer, some clothes can be worn!
Trooping the Colour | Westminster
An excellent chance to see some more pageantry following the wedding, the Trooping of the Colour is an impressive event held at The Mall. Over 1,400 officers and men from the queen’s personal guard parade from Buckingham Palace to Hore Guard’s Parade in Whitehall and back again. There is a fly-past by the RAF at 1pm, so keep an eye on the sky!
Open Garden Squares Weekend | Various locations
A rare chance to enter some of the secret gardens of London for two days of adventure in the capital. Over 200 gardens are participating across 27 of London’s boroughs including hospital gardens, barges, museums, schools, churchyards and even skips! There will be activities, cycle routes, art, music and tours all included in the ticket price.
London Tech Week | Shoreditch
If you’re into tech up to your eyeballs, this is the event for you, with a whole host of summits, dinners and meet-ups held across the city. Tickets are available for different events and a Gold Pass is an option, but will set you back more than £2,000.
BP Big Screens at Trafalgar Square | Charing Cross
Bringing cinema to the masses, the BP Big Screens event is back to take over Trafalgar square with live opera and ballet performances. With screenings from the Royal Opera House, the audience is always huge so arrive early to nab a good spot—and bring something comfy to sit on as it can last a while. Romeo and Juliet is on June 11th, Carmen is on July 2nd and The Marriage of Figaro is on July 9th.
Greenwich and Docklands International Festival | Greenwich
A fantastic (and partly free) performing arts festival spread out over the Greenwich and Docklands area, this event will feature theater, dance and street art. There will be a real variety of shows including a formation of trained pigeons, a sound installation and a pedal-powered musical!
West End Live | Charing Cross
See some of the city’s best West End shows for free this summer with over 30 performances in Trafalgar Square! While this year’s lineup hasn’t been announced yet, previous years have featured shows like Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, Wicked and Les Mis, so you’re guaranteed the big-sellers. Arrive early as entry is first come, first serve, and bring something to wrap up in!
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival | Silvertown
For a change of scenery without the long-haul flight, head to the London Regatta Center in Silvertown for a taste of vibrant Hong Kong culture. Dragon Boats race past, street food is cooked up to entice you over and there’s plenty of entertainment including martial arts, dance and face painting. The event raises money for Chinese Schools in the M25 area and is hosted by the London Chinatown Lions Club. If you want to experience the real thing, see ou r Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival guide on Hong Kong Cheapo.
Ongoing exhibitions and events
Skylight Summer Opening | Until Sept 1st | Wapping
Summer By the River | Until Sept 1st | London Bridge
Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition | Until Sept 15th | Kensington
Smoke and Mirrors | Until Sept 15th | Euston
Zip Now London | Until Sept 15th | Lambeth
Free Tango Classes | Until Sept 22nd | Spitalfields
Underbelly Festival | Until Sept 29th | South Bank
Brixton Windmill Open Days | Until Oct 13th | Brixton
Summer Season at Shakespeare’s Globe | Until Oct 18th | South Bank
Beasts of London | Until Jan 5th 2020 | Barbican