A lot of tourists looking to head to London for a weekend break (or longer) often wonder: what is the best month to go to London?
Whilst there’s no right answer to this question and it will usually depend on your personal taste and what you’re looking for from your holiday, it is safe to say that there is something amazing to do whichever month you go.
With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, is June a good time to visit London? We definitely think so, and here are some interesting and exciting events happening in the capital this month that prove it.
HIGHLIGHTS IN JUNE
For those who love music, you’ll be pleased to learn it’s festival season in June, with fun-filled events right in the heart of the capital, including Field Day, All Points East and Mighty Hoopla, to name a few.If you’re looking to get your Royal fix, this is the ideal time of year to visit as it’s the month of the Trooping of the Colour, where everyone comes together to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday. Just make sure you book your Hyde Park accommodation early so you can start the celebrations from the best part of London!
It’s also Eid Festival, so you can celebrate the end of Ramadan – the Islamic month of fasting – at the annual Eid Festival at Trafalgar Square. It’s hosted by the Mayor of London, so expect tasty street food, world-class live music and more.
If the above hasn’t taken your fancy, or if you want to cram even more into your break in London, here are our other top picks for things to do in the capital in June.
Bonus Tip: If you’re wondering what is the weather in England in June, you’ll be pleased to know things are looking up! June tends to be mostly mild, with lots of sunshine and only the odd shower here and there. With average temperatures hovering around 23°C, it’s perfect weather for exploring – not too hot and certainly not too cold.
Of course, as we all know British weather can be somewhat unpredictable and June is no exception to this. This can make packing for your trip seem like a bit of a nightmare, as you wonder ‘what should I wear in London in June?’
It’s recommended that you bring a jacket to prepare you for the odd shower and cooler evenings, a good pair of walking shoes (it’s a big city and is best discovered on foot, or on and off tubes). Finally, don’t forget your umbrella or your sunglasses! This way, you’re ready for whatever the weather throws at you.
OPEN GARDEN SQUARES WEEKEND
8 – 9 June 2019
An absolute must for those who love their cities with an extra slice of greenery, this special event sees more than 200 gardens unlocking their gates for the entire weekend, allowing you to discover and explore London’s best-kept secrets.
Spanning over 27 boroughs, hundreds of the gardens taking part are usually closed to the public. As well as just getting lost in the beautiful surroundings, you can also take part in walking or cycling tours, family activities, art trails and poetry events. There’s also plenty of accommodation near the main and most beautiful parks, including lots of hotels near Hyde Park which are the perfect starting point for your day of exploring.
18 – 22 June 2019
One of the most famous horse racing events in the world comes to London once again this June, and it’s a must-see for those who love all things sporty, as well as those looking for something a little more glamorous than your average game.
Dress to impress in a suit, tie or fancy hat, and sit back and watch the horses (and countless celebrities who attend each year) pass you by. You can also see the daily horse-drawn procession, which runs from Windsor Castle all the way to the Ascot Racecourse itself.
Oh, and bet on a race, of course! Booking accommodation as early as possible is recommended for attending Ascot so you can take advantage of London hotels special offers to avoid paying more than necessary.
MOVIES ON THE RIVER
Until 3 August 2019
What could be better after a long day of exploring than relaxing under the stars on the top deck of a boat, after a cruise along the Thames?
Movies on the River is returning for a third annual season in June, for five nights a week until August. Enjoy a classic movie, from Grease to Dirty Dancing, or something a little more modern like A Star is Born or Bohemian Rhapsody. As well as crowd-pleasing films, the movie boat serves food and drink as you cruise down from the Tower of London, before docking up to enjoy the show.
FESTIVAL OF FOOTBALL
Until 9 July 2019
For the football fans out there, you’re sure to be up-to-date with just how well the England Lionesses are getting on, and how good their chances are looking ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup that kicks off in France this month.
To celebrate, there will be a month-long Festival of Football, organised by women’s team Goal Digggers FC to encourage women and non-binary people to play football at all levels. Proceeds raised from the events will go to the great charity Football Beyond Borders and LGBT+ Youth Homeless Charity AKT.
You can look forward to panel discussions, screenings, taster sessions for beginners, exhibitions and much more. When discussing the event, the founders shared; ‘While we cheer on footballers at the top of their game competing in France and showcase London teams of all ages that have been at the forefront of the thriving grassroots movement, the Festival is committed to bringing people and communities together to share our love for football and our commitment to wider social change’. Result!
LONDON HONG KONG DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
30 June 2019
A fantastically fun (and free!) mix of culture and sport, this annual event is one to add to your diaries.
According to both legend and history, it is said that the Dragon Boat Festival originated in ancient southern central China some 2,500 years ago along the banks of Yangtze River, around the same era the Olympic Games began in Greece. Today, dragon boat racing is one of the most popular water sports both in China and overseas. Taking place at the London Regatta Centre, scout your perfect spot along the banks of the Thames and watch around 40 different teams compete in various races across the day.
At the same time, you can try Asian street food and watch the colourful entertainment during this festival which provides the ideal opportunity to experience Chinese culture in all its glory.