Get out your summer dresses, shorts and flip-flops – summer is here (or at least on its way), which means lots of great events, music gigs and festivities for you to get excited about. We’ve put together a guide to what we think are the best London events in June.
Don’t worry if all of your friends and colleagues are escaping to Spanish islands to soak up the sun. London is a fantastic city to be in during summer and you’ll have plenty of fun and good times just a short tube ride from your own home.
Now one of London's most loved weekend festivals, Field Day is a guaranteed awesome day out that can't fail to get you in the holiday spirit. All the crazy fun team games and summer themed fun are infections even if it doesn't end up being a sunny weekend.
The music has been brilliant every year so far with an amazing selection of some of the best underground and alternative DJ's and bands around. It's an eclectic mix with headliners this hear including Caribou, Patti Smith, Ride, Django Django, Savages, Chet Faker, FKA Twigs, Ride, Madlib and a whole load more!
Save your money and forget paying thousands of pounds to fly all the way to Africa for a safari experience – now you can get up close and personal with more than 750 species of animals in the heart of London. London Zoo is keeping its doors open every Friday from 5 June until 17 July from 6pm to 10pm, allowing visitors to take self-guided safari tours and discover what animals get up to in the twilight. Ok, so it isn’t quite the same as seeing herds of wild animals from the back of a jeep but it is definitely a lot safer.
Pre-book your tickets online at the Zoological Society of London website.
If secret gardens are your thing then the weekend of 13 to 14 June will provide you with the chance to enter over 200 gardens that are normally closed to the public. Stretching over 27 boroughs, the gardens vary from rooftop terraces to traditional squares and there are plenty of historically significant garden spaces.
An advance ticket of just £10 will give you access to most of the gardens. Entrance to some gardens, however, need to be booked in advance (such as the Prime Minister’s back yard to which tickets are limited to 40 and distributed via a ballot system) so check out the Open Square Weekend website for more details.
It may not be her actual day of birth but we think Liz deserves a good party. What better way to celebrate the Queen’s 89th birthday than with a massive parade of horses and marching soldiers on Saturday 13 June? Her Majesty will be there, being carted around in a carriage. You can check out the action from the Mall or St James Park for free but we recommend you get there early. We’re hoping the new princess will be joining the party, too, but don't blame us if she doesn't show.
The parade is due to start at 10am and there’ll be a fly over at 1pm.
For more details, head to the Trooping the Colour website.
Put it in your diaries now and don’t forget to spoil your dad this Fathers’ Day, Sunday 21 June. There are heaps of events, restaurant deals and activities happening throughout the city that there’s bound to be something to please even the most difficult of fathers.
Stuck for ideas? Why not take dad out for a great Sunday lunch at one of these awesome pubs?
What could be more exciting than row upon row of food tents offering delicious samples for you to try? Sound like your sort of heaven? Grab a ticket to this year’s Taste of London food festival at Regent’s Park. Some of the biggest names in food will be there including the beautiful-eyed Marcus Wareing.
You won’t go thirsty either – there will be wine, beer and champagne on offer to help you wash down your food.
The Taste of London festival runs from Wednesday 17 until Sunday 21 June. Buy your tickets in advance from the Taste of London website.
Ladies and gentlemen, don your finest attire and fanciest hats for the grandest of all horse races. The Royal Ascot is being held from 16 to 20 June and it has developed a reputation as the place to be seen, rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous. These days for the Royal Ascot, the attendees’ fashions get more publicity than the horses so make sure you pick your outfit well. Picking the winning horse is a good idea, too.
You can book tickets to attend the big event on the Ascot racecourse website, or watch all of the action at a live television screening at one of the many pubs showing it across the city.
This rambunctious and whacky festival of circus, cabaret, music and comedy returns to the Southbank Centre for yet another season of wonderful performances. Expect the unexpected with this festival programme with live shows performed on stage beneath a giant upside-down purple cow.
With shows ranging from adults-only boudoir cabaret to comedy clubs for kids, there’s a laughter-filled show for everyone.
The best news is that the Udderbelly Festival has already started and continues through until 19 July. Get more information about what’s on at the Udderbelly Festival website.
Get ready for some tennis action as Wimbledon returns for another year. Even if you’re more interested in the strawberries and cream than the sport itself, Wimbledon brings a spot of excitement to cosy Wimbledon each year. While you had to have put your name in the ballot by December 2014 in order to get advance tickets, there will still be tickets available on the day.
Wimbledon starts on 29 June with the men’s finals taking place on 12 July. For more information, visit the Wimbledon website.
Fashionistas get excited – there’s still time to see the retrospective exhibition detailing the amazing talent of fashion designer Alexander McQueen at the Victoria and Albert Museum. This show was originally created by the Costume Institute at MoMA in New York and features of 200 examples of McQueen’s work.
Avoid the queues and buy your tickets online at the Victoria and Albert website.
While you’re at the V&A, head to the museum’s summer exhibition exploring the agony and ecstasy shoe design can inspire. Over 200 pairs of the most extreme shoes from the last 2000 years will be on display. The exhibition opens on Saturday 13 June and continues through until the New Year.
Book your tickets in advance at the Victoria and Albert website.
This Australian is a little bit excited that her national singing hero, Kylie Minogue, is headlining one of the outstanding concerts at the Barclaycard British Summer Time festival (BST) in Hyde Park. On Sunday 21 June, the singing budgie will hit the stage with Grace Jones and Mika to perform her most famous hits.
The line up for BST this year is incredible – Taylor Swift, The Strokes, Beck, Blur and The Who will all be performing, plus there is mid-week comedy from Rich Hall and Ed Bryne.
Buy your tickets online at the BST website.
Do you know about another exciting event happening in London this June? Let us know (and send us free tickets!)