What to do in London in June?

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The month of June has many surprises in store for you: outdoor concerts, festivals, horse races and gay pride! But the flagship event is undoubtedly the birthday of Queen Elisabeth II. For this occasion, many festivities are given such as the Gun Salute, Major General's Review, Beating Retreat or Tropping the Color.


An exhibition dedicated to ABBA at the O2 Arena

An exhibition dedicated to ABBA presents personal objects, photographs and an immersion in the life stories of each member of the group.

For the first time, emblematic objects such as a limited edition replica of the “Star Guitar” played at Eurovision 74, the school book of member Bjorn Ulvaeus as well as photos, gold records and clothing are on display.

The ABBA Super Troupers exhibition immerses visitors through its music, lyrics, creative process and influence on the musical landscape of the 70s and 80s.

Information and reservations on the Lastminute website

When? Until August 31, 2020

Or ? 02 Arena

Price: £ 20 instead of £ 27 when booking through Last minute.

Metro bus North Greenwich 108, 129, 132, 161, 188, 422, 472, 486

David Hockney at the National Portrait Gallery

David Hockney is known for his paintings of swimming pools as,
Portrait of an Artist, Peter Getting Out of Nick's Pool or A Bigger Splash, his most famous painting (photo above).

Since February 27, 2020, the National Portrait Gallery presents works less known to the general public of the British artist.

Through the exhibition David Hockney: Drawing from Life, the museum exhibits for the first time 150 drawings and more particularly self-portraits and portraits of four people close to Hockney: his mother, Laura Hockney, his muse Celia Birtwell, his friends Gregory Evans and Maurice Payne.


Information and reservation on the museum website


When? April 1 - June 28, 2020
Or ? National Portrait Gallery
Price : £ 17- £ 20

Metro bus Charing Cross, Leicester Square3, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 24, 87, 91, 139, 176



Exposition Body Worlds

Conceived by the German professor Gunther von Hagens, the Body Worlds exhibition aims to explain the mysteries and the transformations of the organism by relying on real human bodies.
This traveling exhibition presents a total of 200 bodies and organs kept intact thanks to plastination, a technique for preserving human bodies invented by Gunther von Hagens.

With over 45 million visitors, Body Worlds Vital is one of the most visited health exhibitions in the world. Often described as a "life changing experience", Body Worlds will give you a better understanding of the complexity of the human body.

Information and reservations at the British Tourist Office 

When? Until October 1, 2020
Or ?  London Pavilion at Piccadilly Circus
Price : 27 €

Metro bus Piccadilly Circus3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 38, 88, 94, 139, 453


Visit the Palace of Westminster, seat of the British Parliament

During the Easter holidays, the Palace of Westminster is open to the public. A unique opportunity to visit the House of Commons and Lords, the nerve center of British politics, and understand how the parliamentary monarchy works.

An informative and impressive visit to share with the family.

Reservations and information on the site de See tickets (visit with an audio guide in French) or on Expedia (guided tour).

When? June 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2020
Or ? Palace of Westminster
Price: From £ 20 for a tour with an audio guide

Metro bus River shuttles Westminster3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 148, 159, 211, 453Westminster Pier

Colonel’s Review

The Saturday before the Trooping of the Color, a colonel reviews the troops for 2 hours.
The ceremony begins at Horse Guards Parade at 10:30 am.

When? June 6, 2020
Or ? Horse Guards Parade
Price: £10


Metro bus Charing Cross, Embankment, Westminster3, 11, 12, 159, 24, 3, 453, 53, 87, 88


Gun salute to celebrate the Queen's coronation

To celebrate the anniversary of the Queen's coronation - who was crowned on June 2, 1953 at theWestminster Abbey - cannon shots are fired at 12 p.m. at Hyde Park and at 13 p.m. at the Tower of London.





When? June 2, 2020
Or ? Hyde Park and Tower of London
Price: Free


Movies on the River

Five nights a week, watch a movie on the top deck of a boat after a Thames cruise!

On the program for this edition, classic films such as "Grease", "Dirty Dancing" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" "Top Gun, and recent hits like" A Star Is Born "," Bohemian Rhapsody "and" The Greatest Showman " »And many others.

Boarding at 20 p.m. at Tower Pier and returning to the same location once the film is over. Food and drinks from the Tower of London.

Complete program and information on the Time Out website.

When? 2020 dates not confirmed
Or ? Departure from Tower Pier
Price: From £ 29


Beating Retreat: a military music show

Beating Retreat is a military music show performed by 300 musicians. It is held annually on Wednesdays and Thursdays prior to The Trooping the Color at Horse Guards Parade. On one of the two evenings, a member of the royal family attends the ceremony and gives the salute.

Tickets are sold exclusively on on the Internet.

When? June 10 and 11, 2020 from 20:00 p.m. to 21:40 p.m.
Or ? Horse Guards Parade
Price: £15

Metro bus Charing Cross, Embankment, Westminster3, 11, 12, 159, 24, 3, 453, 53, 87, 88


National fish n 'chips day

National Day of fish n’ chips celebrates one of the country's favorite dishes! points of sale will be able to organize promotions and decorate their stores and points of sale.


Event website 


When? June 5, 2020
Or ? All over London


Trooping the color: the Queen's birthday in June

During a military parade called Trooping the Colour, the Horse Guards celebrate the birthday of Queen Elisabeth II. At 11:00 am, Queen Elisabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh go by coach to Horse Guard Parade to give the royal salute to the sound of “God Save the Queen”. Then at 12:52 and 13:00 p.m. cannon shots were fired at Green Park and the Tower of London. Finally at 13 p.m., the royal family appears on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to attend the flypast.

It is possible to attend all of these events for free, however if you wish to have a grandstand seat you will need to make a written request and pay £ 35.

When? June 13, 2020
Or ? Horse Guards Parade
Price: £ 35 to be in the grandstand.

Metro bus Charing Cross, Embankment, Westminster3, 11, 12, 159, 24, 3, 453, 53, 87, 88


World Naked Bike Ride: international cyclo-nudist event

To demonstrate against oil addiction and against the cult of the car, cyclists will parade naked or made up!

Program and practical information on the site of the event.


When? June 13, 2020
Or ? 6 points de départ : Tower Hill, Regents Park, Deptford, Hyde Park, Clapham Junction et Kew Bridge
Price: Free


Gun salute for the Duke of Edinburgh's birthday

On the occasion of the Duke of Edinburgh's birthday, 41 cannon shots were fired at Hyde Park and 62 at the Tower of London.

When? June 10, 2020
Or ? Hyde Park and Tower of London
Price: Free



Taste of London: the food festival

For 5 days, Regent's Park welcomes world-renowned chefs who prepare their favorite recipes live. Visitors can sign up for interactive cooking classes, attend foodie talks and sample food.

All information on the website of Taste of London.

When? 17 - 21 June 2020
Or ? Regent's Park
Price: From £ 17


Concerts in Chelsea in June

The Royal Hospital welcomes this year Toto and the Gipsy Kings.

Reservation on the website of Ticket Master.


When? 13 - 14 June 2020
Or ? The Royal Hospital
Price: £49



Gun salute for the Queen's official birthday celebrated in June

Although the Queen was born on April 21, her official birthday is celebrated on June 11. Like all birthdays of the Royal Family cannon salutes are fired at Green Park and the Tower of London.

When? June 9, 2020
Or ? Green Park and Tower of London
Price: Free


Lovebox: the June music festival

Lovebox is one of London's top music festivals with an eclectic music lineup: rock, rap and electro. Atmosphere guaranteed in Victoria Park where a giant stage is set up in the open air.


Reservation on Ticketmaster.


When?  June 12 - 14 - 2020
Or ? Victoria Park
Price: £72

Metro bus Bethnal green8, 277, 309, 339, 388, D3, D6, S2

Hunting at Adams Antiques Fairs

In June, the flea market in Adams Antiques Fairs is held twice, to the delight of bargain hunters!

When? June 14, 2020
Or ? The Royal Horticultural Halls
Price: £4



Attend the Order of the Garter procession at Windsor Castle

During the procession of the Order of the Garter, the Queen officially invests in Windsor Castle, the new companions in the oldest Order of British Chivalry.

This ceremony is open to the public on condition that tickets are reserved by email between January 1 and March 1.



When? June 15, 2020
Or ? Windsor Castle
Price : Free


The Royal Ascot horse race

Royal Ascot is a prestigious horse race and is one of the most VIP events on the sports calendar. During 4 days, no less than 35 races are held

A dress code must be respected, namely an elegant and chic outfit. The opportunity for the ladies to get ready with a dress and a hat and for the gentlemen to wear their best costume!


When? 16 - 20 June 2020
Or ? Ascot Racecourse
Price: From £ 26


 Art Night: the contemporary art festival in June

Art Night is a night-time contemporary art festival that takes place from dusk to dawn, in secret places or in public spaces in London.

When? June 2020
Or ? Different places in London
Price : Free



Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival celebrates the art of the outdoor stage. During 10 days, more than 200 free performances are given in which more than 80 people participate.

The shows are given in various venues in East London such as Old Royal Naval College, Canary Wharf, Bethnal Green Gardens or Royal Artillery Barracks.


When? 19 June - 4 July 2020
Or ? East of London
Price: Free


Gay Pride

La london gay pride is the largest gay pride in Europe which brings together more than 750 people.


When? June 27, 2020
Or ? All over London
Price: Free



Opening of Parliament: the opening ceremony of Parliament

The opening ceremony of Parlement which marks the beginning of the parliamentary session is held each year in May. The Queen delivers her speech in the House of Lords of the Palace of Westminster where she sets out the government's legislative program.

On this occasion, Queen Elisabeth II leaves the Buckingham Palace and travels to Westminster in a horse-drawn carriage accompanied by an escort of Horse Guards. This ritual attracts each year several thousand people eager to discover this very solemn ritual. If you wish to attend the ceremony, arrive no later than 10:00 a.m. and stand on the right sidewalk to see the Queen who is sitting on the same side in the coach.


When?  Dates not confirmed
Or ? Depart around 11am from Buckingham Palace and arrive around 11:15 am in Westminster (Sovereign's Entrance).
Return to Buckingham around 12:15 p.m.
Price: Free


Wimbledon tennis tournament

Le Wimbledon tournament is one of the most emblematic competitions of the Grand Slam which is held a few weeks after Roland Garros. Getting tickets is not easy because it takes anticipation and time.

However, thanks to site Ticketmaster, you can buy your tickets the day before each match on Center Court and Court No.3.

When? 29 June - 12 July 2020
Or ? Wimbledon
Price: From £ 15

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