Like most destinations in the northern hemisphere, June is one of the best times to visit London. Long hours of daylight and warm weather make even the stodgiest-feeling Londoners crack a smile and soak up the sun – in fact, it kind of kills some pub conversations when the weather is so nice that there’s nothing to complain about!
If you’re planning a trip to London in June, you’re in for a real treat. In addition to nice weather and plenty of daylight hours to see the sights, some of London’s best events happen in the month of June – including the Queen’s Birthday and (in 2022) her Platinum Jubilee celebration.
While living in London, I had the pleasure to spend an entire June in London (in part aided by the fact I lost my passport and couldn’t travel elsewhere – oops!). It was a month of sunshine, Pimm’s at the pub, and good memories made with friends. Hopefully, your June visit to London will be equally memorable. Read on to discover all the details of visiting London in June as well as special events and other things to do during your trip.
June Sunrise & Sunset Times in London
Knowing how long the days are during June will help you plan your London trip. You’ll get a better sense of how you can manage your time and how many activities you can fit in a day. Here’s a quick chart of sunrise and sunset times in London in June:
|Sunrise||4:48 am||4:42 am||4:46 am|
|Sunset||9:08 pm||9:19 pm||9:21 pm|
If seeing a sunrise or sunset during your London visit sounds like an activity you’d like to include in your itinerary, I’ve got guides to help you plan it:
- The 13 Best Places to See Sunrise in London (& Sunrise Times)
- The 16 Best Places to See Sunset in London (& Sunset Times)
June is an unbeatable time to visit London – mainly because this month gets the longest days of the year, which means there’s plenty of sunlight and, consequently, plenty to do.
London June Weather & Temperature
Visiting London in June equals long days, blissful weather, and lush nature. In a few words, you couldn’t ask for better weather to explore this stunning city.
June marks the beginning of summer in the city. Still, the weather remains pretty mild. While the London temperature in June is definitely hot (at least for British standards), it doesn’t escalate to melting status. On average, you can expect temperatures ranging from 70°-73°F (21°-23°C).
What to Pack for London in June
When planning what to pack for London in June, I recommend you stick mainly to summer clothes and a couple of cozy garments if it gets chilly.
- Bring an umbrella. June is among the driest months of the year; however, occasional showers rarely disappear from the forecast. (You’re in London, after all!)
- Bring 1-2 pairs of shorts or light dresses, a pair of pants or jeans for a more casual yet fashionable alternative, and a couple of t-shirts.
- Bring one nicer outfit – while London is both more formal than the U.S. but more casual than it used to be, there’s one specific event you’ll want to dress nicely for… read on to discover which one!
- Pack a hoodie or a light jacket because London evenings tend to get a bit chilly.
- Also, bring a scarf in case you need an extra layer.
- Pack a pair of sunglasses. Sunny days, while a rarity, definitely occur in London in June.
I’ve got a list of essentials to pack for London too, so you don’t forget anything important.
7 Great Events in London in June 2022
It’s a fact. You’ve bought your London plane tickets for June. Now all you need is a list of all the fun events you can attend during your visit. Keep on reading to know what’s going on in the city during June.
The Queen’s Birthday Parade (June 2)
June is an excellent month for travelers who love all things royal. Not only are most Royal Residences open to the public, but you can also attend The Queen’s Birthday Parade. Also known as Trooping the Colour, the parade has taken place in London for over two centuries, and Britain has organized it to honor the sovereign’s official birthday. The ceremony is a fantastic military parade where 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses, and 400 musicians come together and put on an impressive display of pageantry.
Extended Bank Holiday (June 2-3)
2022 is a particularly special year for London, as it’s Queen Elizabeth’s 70th year as reining monarch. While there’s a bank holiday every year at the beginning of June to mark her birthday (June 2), this year there’s an additional bank holiday on Friday, June 3 to mark her Platinum Jubilee.
This means that from Thursday, June 2nd through Sunday, June 6th, much of London will be on holiday. Banks will be closed, and some other businesses may observe the national holiday(s) too. This is both a good and bad thing; be sure to check if attractions and tours you want to do will be operating if you plan to visit during these dates.
Chestertons Polo in the Park (June 10-12)
Held at the Hurlingham Park in Fulham, Chestertons Polo in the Park is a glorious event to have a taste of London’s summer calendar. The grounds are full of people having a whale of a time. British ladies and gentlemen dressed to the nine, hospitality suites along the field, stalls selling delicious nibbles and drinks… oh, and let’s not forget the stars of the show, the Polo players and their horses. The sport is beautiful to watch, and the commentators create an electric atmosphere, full of expectations and adrenaline.
Naked Bike Ride (June 11)
London is a diverse city, and its diversity manifests through clothes (or lack of them). While some prefer to dress up in their fanciest clothes, others prefer to strip them off.
The London Naked Bike Ride takes place on June 11 and starts in the afternoon at five different spots: Tower Hill, Regents Park, Croydon, Hyde Park, Victoria Park, Deptford, Clapham Junction, and Kew Bridge. Under the motto “go as bare as you dare,” thousands of nude cyclists pedal together around the city in the name of body positivity and cyclist rights.
Taste of London (June 15-19)
“To travel is to eat,” some might say. If you recognize yourself in this phrase, book your tickets for a Taste of London, one of the world’s greatest food festivals. Each summer, London’s top restauranteurs and chefs organize the ultimate alfresco feast in Regent’s Park. Besides offering the hottest selection of dishes from their menus, chefs hold live cooking demonstrations and impart the most varied masterclasses for foodies wanting to upgrade their culinary skills.
Camden Crawl (June 20-21)
Camden Crawl is a two-day multi-arts urban festival where well-consolidated artists and upcoming talents perform. Unlike other London festivals, Camden Crawl grew popular by mere chance. Five friends in the recording industry who didn’t know much about putting on a gig organized a few events that attracted a lot more attendants than they expected. Since its beginnings, the festival has stood out for giving exposure to relatively unknown musicians. The festival’s lineup for 2022 hasn’t come out yet, and there’s no information about ticket prices.
Wimbledon (Begins June 27)
Here’s when you unpack that fancy dress. Wimbledon is the world’s oldest tennis tournament. As you can imagine, attending an event of this caliber calls out for your best clothes. So you’re bound to see lots of posh British roaming the Grounds of the tennis extravaganza.
The sporting event isn’t solely about seeing Andy Murray and Roger Federer hitting their best slices to win the prize. It is an experience – even Kate and William attend Wimbledon. There are lots of side events taking place. You can munch strawberries and cream (a ritual for anyone attending the event), sip a glass of champagne, and exchange a few words with other attendees.
8 Other Things to Do in London in June
In case you still have a free hole in your itinerary, here are a few other activities you can do in London during June.
- Soak up the sun while walking down the Southbank
- Grab a pint in one of London’s beer gardens.
- Go for a picnic in one of London’s parks.
- Rent a boat to get a different view of the city. GoBoat offers boat rentals in Paddington, Kingston-upon-Thames, and Canary Wharf start from £89 for 1 hour (Reservations required)
- Go to a London-area beach for a sunbathing session – yes, there are nice beaches near London!
- Enjoy cocktails with a view in one of London’s stunning rooftops like Radio Rooftop or Aviary Rooftop.
- Catch a Shakespeare play at the Globe. King Lear, Julius Caesar, Much Ado about Nothing, Henry VIII are running throughout the summer.
- Enjoy classic plays in Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, a beautiful little theatre hidden away between the trees and flower beds in Regent’s Park. The company will be performing Legally Blonde throughout June.
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