What's Happening in June
Summertime in London is one of the finest times to enjoy the city. You could arguable say its one of the best months in the year to enjoy the Capital. With open air festivals, parks filled with fairs, foodie events, art exhibitions, film festivals, and so much more, you'll have a calendar full of scribbles with activities you'll want to do (even if that does mean just lying in the park and enjoying the weather).
1. Marylebone Village Summer Festival
The annual summer event is returning on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June 2023.
With an outstanding weekend line-up featuring outdoor film screenings, live music performances, a dog show, alfresco bars, food and gift stalls, shopping, alfresco dining and more, this weekend is one to set in the calendar. On Saturday 10th June, Paddington Street Gardens will host an open-air cinema showing two films for the first time ever, to be enjoyed in the day or under the stars at night; a family friendly screening of Disney’s Encanto (U) at 1:30pm and blockbuster hit Elvis (12A) at 8pm. On Sunday from 11am - 5.30pm, Marylebone Village will be pedestrianised to host on-street stalls with fashion and food, funfair rides and much more. There will also be a programme of fun family activities, including a photo booth, DJ, roaming entertainment (stilt walkers, bubble artists and juggler) and live music. Paddington Street Gardens will stay open with live music until 8pm.
10, 11 June, 2023
2. West End Live
Musical theatre fans, get ready for outdoor dancing and sing-a-longs with some of the West End's biggest stars. Taking London’s finest entertainment toi Trafalgar Square’s stage, casts of London’s best West End musicals will emerge in the open-air for a weekend of free alfresco performances, accompanied by fun photo ops, merch stalls, and bags of showbiz atmosphere.
17, 18 June, 2023
Trafalgar Square, London
3. Zoo Nights
Zoo Nights brings ‘after hours’ fun to ZSL London Zoo. For an adults only experience, explore the zoo without kids, hear the Birds and The Bees guided tour where expert guides reveal what animals get up to after dark, play animal-themed games, graze on delicious international street food, or grab a drink at one of the bars.
Fridays, June 9 until July 28 from 6pm
4. Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition
The RA’s annual showcase of all the artists you need to know about right now returns for its 255th edition to fill the summer holidays. The world’s oldest open submission exhibition opens (which means anyone can enter their work to be considered for inclusion ). The artist with the big job of sifting through the works and curating them this year is David Remfry who will be exploring the theme ‘Only Connect’, inspired by a quote from the novel ‘Howards End’ by E. M. Forster.
13th June until 20th August, 2023
5. London Square Open Gardens
London is a famously green city – nearly half of its many square miles is parks, heaths and open space. Since a lot of this consists of private squares and gardens, London Square Open Gardens Weekend addresses just this, revealing some of the city’s least-seen spaces: historical, traditional, contemporary and experimental. Weekend tickets are available, and there are guided tours, suggested walking routes and cycling tours.
6. Taste of London
One of the world's greatest food festivals, descents again into London for five days of feasting. Taste of London transforms Regent’s Park into the ultimate foodie paradise with a delicious medley of dining, drinking, and live entertainment. Indulge in signature dishes from some of the capital’s top-rated restaurants, watch live demos by the hottest chefs in town, and sample everything from the finest whiskies to the most unique ingredients as you browse and buy from the 200-plus market producers.
14 – 18th June, 2023