What's On in June

June is an exceptionally fine time to be outdoors in London. Celebrate the warm weather by visiting one of the city's many festivals and events that highlight the exuberant arrival of summer.

What's On in June

Just as the summer returns to London, so do some of the world’s best festivals and shows. In one month you can celebrate the Queen's birthday, view the garden of the Prime Minister's residence, and marvel at the color and sounds from the annual dragon boat festival. Mix that in with warm days and your summer is off to a great start!

London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

June 3, 2018

This fantastically free event is a true spectacle of sporting culture, and takes place every year at the London Regatta Center. Find your ideal 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 colorful entertainment.

Website: www.lhkdbf.co.uk/

Household Division's Beating Retreat at Horse Guard's Parade

June 6 – 7, 2018

For true British pomp and ceremony, this pageant of horses, cannons, and fireworks certainly ticks many boxes. Located at Whitehall, featuring the Queen’s foot guards and the Household Cavalry, this event takes place every year before the Queen’s birthday parade and is a fun-filled spectacle of music, fireworks, and entertainment.

Website: www.householddivision.org.uk/beating-retreat

Pride in London Parade

June 7, 2017

Come one, come all and be proud of who you are! The annual Pride Parade is this June and it provides a platform for every part of London’s LGBT+ community to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues and campaign for the freedoms that will allow them to live their lives on a genuinely equal footing.

Website: www.prideinlondon.org/

Open Garden Squares Weekend

June 9 – 10, 2018

If you’ve ever wanted to have a sneak peak into some of the most beautiful gardens in London, then this particular weekend event is for you. There are more than 200 private gardens in the capital and for one weekend per year they open their doors to the general public. This year you can check out the green spaces of Downing Street, Belgrave Square, and the Royal College of Physicians Medicinal Garden.

Website: www.opensquares.org

Trooping the Color: The Queen's Birthday Parade

June 16, 2018

Although Trooping the Color is also known as the Queen's Birthday Parade, this prime piece of pageantry doesn't take place on Her Majesty’s actual birthday (that's on April 21), but on her official birthday, as a Saturday in June is more likely to provide beautiful weather for the proceedings. You can watch along the Mall or from the edge of St James’s Park for free. Limited grandstand seating is highly sought after so you need to arrive well before events begin at 10 am to get a good view. 

Website: www.householddivision.org.uk/trooping-the-color

West End LIVE at Trafalgar Square

June 16 - 17, 2018

Fabulous new shows, old favorites, and performances old and new, Trafalgar Square is the place to be during West End LIVE. Every year the hottest shows in the capital come together in one place, allowing visitors to enjoy snapshots of theater, mostly for free! 2016 saw shows including The Bodyguard, The Lion King, and Phantom of The Opera, and this year looks set to be just as action-packed.

Website: www.westendlive.co.uk

Royal Ascot

June 19 – 23, 2018

Don your tuxedo or your fanciest hat and attend one of horse racing’s most prestigious evens. Spot a celebrity, bet on a race, and enjoy all the perks of high society, as well as enjoying the daily horse drawn procession, which runs from Windsor Castle to the Ascot Racecourse itself. This is sporting pomp and ceremony at its best.

Website: www.ascot.co.uk/royal-ascot

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