As London springs into summer, outdoor festivals, parades, sports events and more bring life to the vibrant capital’s streets in June. Take the chance to be a part of some of Britain’s best-loved events as they return for their latest addition, from the Taste of London food festival to Trooping the Colour in celebration of the Queen’s birthday. So, order yourself a Pimm’s and embrace the balmy summer days, as you make the most of London in June.

Taste of London

London in June
Find the city’s top chefs in one place at Taste of London © Taste of London

Stroll over to Regent’s Park during June to sample food from some of the capital’s best-known restaurants, including Duck & Waffle, Kurobuta and The Cinnamon Club. Watch a live cooking demonstration, take part in a masterclass and pick up some artisanal gifts. Don’t miss José Pizarro and Monica Galetti, just two of several renowned chefs in the festival line-up.

Taste of London
From 15th – 19th June 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

London in June
As well as seeing the Harry Potter theatre production, explore the world of Harry Potter on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour

The most talked-about play of the year launches in June, following on from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as Harry’s son Albus embarks on his first year at Hogwarts. Although the booking period has now closed, you can ballot for tickets each day or buy one in the weekly sale, which will take place at 1pm every Friday, throughout the play’s run.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
From 7th June 2016

Masterpiece London

London in June
The David Gill Gallery will make an appearance at Masterpiece London © Masterpiece London

Bringing together exhibitors from across the world, this luxury annual fair will feature artworks spanning 5,000 years, alongside an array of unique antiques. There will also be talks, tours and a variety of entertainment, as well as food from the likes of The Ivy, Le Caprice and Scott’s.

Masterpiece London
From 30th June 2016

Trooping the Colour: The Queen’s Birthday Parade

London in June
Celebrate the Queen’s birthday at the annual Trooping the Colour © Flickr / Jon’s Pics.

This procession by the Horse Guards has been a staple on the calendar since the 18th century, and this year it’s set to be particularly special in recognition of the Queen’s 90th birthday. Head over to St James’s Park before 10am to watch the parade for free, and stay for the fly-past, which takes place at around 1pm. Get there early to secure a good spot, as it’s likely to be busy.

Trooping the Colour
11th June 2016

Wimbledon Championships

London in June
Catch a tennis match at Wimbledon Championships © Flickr / Justin Smith.

Nothing says quintessentially British quite like strawberries and cream at Wimbledon. You can turn up on the day to try and buy a ticket, and if you don’t manage to get access to a game, you can still explore the grounds by purchasing a Ground Admission wristband in the morning.

Wimbledon Championships
From 27th June 2016

Open Garden Squares Weekend

London in June
Explore London’s green spaces during Open Garden Squares Weekend © Open Garden Squares Weekend

Over 200 gardens will welcome in the public at the Open Garden Squares Weekend, providing a unique opportunity to explore London’s hidden green spaces. Tours, arts events, guided walks and more will be taking place in various locations across the city, with gardens spanning everything from private rooftop lawns to public squares.

Open Squares Weekend
From 18th – 19th June 2016

As we see the summer in, what better way to celebrate than by setting out on a Thames River Cruise, on a hop-on hop-off River Roamer, exhilarating Thames Rib Experience, or with live music as the city’s bright lights reflect on the water after dark. Whichever you choose, cruising along the capital’s great river is sure to be a memorable way to take in the iconic sights of London in June.

Cover photo © Taste of London 

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