June in London is here. Make it the greatest month of your year yet with our guide to the best art exhibitions, plays and general shindigs taking place around the city in June 2024.

June in London is filled with a sense of excitement. It’s that ‘school’s out!’ feeling, until you remember that you left school years ago, and ‘summer holidays’ don’t really exist for adults. Shame.

June is also the start of summer in London, which means the capital’s beer gardens are at their prime, the city parks are at their prettiest, the open-air theatre season gets into full swing and eating alfresco is on the cards at some of London’s best restaurants. Plus, expect to see long queues in south west London as tennis fans line up to bag a place at the epic Wimbledon championships.

June in London also means its time for London Sundance Film Festival, the Roundhouse’s poetry festival The Last Word and Open Square Gardens. So mark them all off in your calendar and prepare to have a ball fit for a queen.

1. Marylebone Summer Festival

Marylebone Summer Festival
⭐ Things to do 📌 Marylebone ⏰ 9 Jun 2024

A mini golf course, live music, alfresco bars and dining, a farmers market and a dog photobooth: you’ll find all this and more at Marylebone’s 20th annual summer fair which takes over Paddington Street Gardens for a jam-packed Sunday in June. Fashion and wellness brands in Marylebone Village will be handing out offers (think free ice cream at Rixo and Mud Australia) and street stalls will be handing out snacks and beverages from the array of local cafés. Have your pooch’s ‘pawtrait’ done at ‘Bark in the park’ in Marylebone Church gardens, or teach your furry pals something new at a trick training workshop. Essentially, it’s a summer fête dialled up to 11.

02. Taste of London

Taste of London
⭐ Things to do 🍽️ Food and drink events 📌 Regent’s Park ⏰ 13 Jun15 Jun 2024

Munch your way through dishes from the great and the good of the capital’s restaurant scene at this sprawling culinary festival. Set in the picturesque surroundings of central London’s Regent’s Park you can chow down on food from Korean rabata (barbecue) restaurant Roka, South American fusion from YOPO and Big Mamma’s quintet of maximalist Italian joints (that’s GloriaCircolo PopolareAve Mario, Jacuzzi and Carlotta) are among the line-up of restaurants peddling plates to celebrate the event’s 20th anniversary. If you’re not in a food coma by the end, there’ll also be kitchen masterclasses, chef talks and tastings to get involved with. Our advice? Have some Rennies on hand.

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03. Kew Midsummer Fete

Kew Midsummer Fete
⭐ Things to do 🛍️ Markets and fairs📌 Kew ⏰ 22 Jun 2024

With over 100 stalls, a traditional Victorian fun fair, a beer tent and a tea tent, a dog show with a VIP judge, tug of war, and live local bands, Kew’s Midsummer Fete is a brilliant way to chill out on the village green this month. But there’s plenty more to 2024’s edition of the popular afternoon, including a karate display, inflatables and a charity raffle, too. The best part? Entry is free, but all your well-spent cash will be going to some very worthy causes – last year raised more than £22,000 for local charities like Richmond Food Bank and the Riverbank Trust.

4. West End Live

West End Live
🎬 Theatre 𓍢ִ໋𝄞 Musicals 📌 Covent Garden ⏰ 22 Jun – 23 Jun 2024

Musical theatre fans, get ready for outdoor dancing and sing-a-longs with some of the West End’s biggest stars: West End Live is back! It’s the initiative that turns some of the most expensive forms of entertainment in London into the cheapest fun going. Each year, casts of some of London’s best West End musicals emerge blinking into the open-air for a weekend of free alfresco performances in Trafalgar Square, accompanied by fun photo ops, merch stalls, and bags of showbiz atmosphere.

5. Lambeth Country Show

Lambeth Country Show
⭐ Things to do 📌 Herne Hill ⏰ 8 Jun – 9 Jun 2024

The Lambeth Country Show is back. Just as it has done since 1974, this year’s show will bring countryside pursuits to Brockwell Park. Over its history, certain traditions have developed, like getting a glimpse of Vauxhall City Farm’s alpacas, downing a massive carton of Chucklehead’s super-strong cider and joining the long queue to see the pun-derful entrants in the vegetable sculpture competition. Look out for sheep-shearing, sheepdog and owl displays, an on-site mini farm and lots, lots more. Live music will be heard from two stages over the weekend, too.

6. Birds: Brilliant & Bizarre

Birds: Brilliant & Bizarre
⭐ Things to do 🎪 Exhibitions 📌 South Kensington ⏰ Until 5 Jan 2025

The Natural History Museum’s big exhibition for 2024 is this massive new celebration of our avian pals. As you can doubtless glean from the title, ‘Birds: Brilliant & Bizarre’ focuses on the weirder end of the feathered spectrum, from actually strange-looking birds to exploring things like the links between pigeons and T-rex, or daring you to sniff a stinky seabird egg. While some of the NHM’s permanent exhibitions can look a little tired these days, its big temporary exhibitions are typically cutting-edge, interactive and hugely fun.

7. Zoo Nights

Zoo Nights
⭐ Things to do 🎆 Quirky events 📌 Regent’s Park ⏰ 7 Jun – 26 Jul 2024

A reincarnation of Zoo Lates (which ended in 2015), Zoo Nights returns to bring ‘after hours’ fun to ZSL London Zoo. Attractions entrial a packed street-food market, live music, an after-hours look at the reptile house in ‘The Secret Life of Reptiles and Amphibians’, and a ‘The Birds and the Bees’ tour where experts will shed some light on animal sex. For the extreme animal enthusiasts out there, you can even opt for a Zoo Nights VIP Sleepover and rest your head in one of the zoo’s nine lodges. Time to unpack that elephant onsie?

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