The Best Things To Do In London This June


Culinary delights, a ballet reboot and botanical-inspired cocktails are just a few of the capital's best offerings in June. We reveal the essential dates for your summer diary...

Swan Lake. Artists of The Royal Ballet. © ROH, 2018. Photographed by Bill Cooper 

be enchanted by Swan Lake

After 30 incredibly successful years, The Royal Ballet has refreshed their highly-acclaimed production of Swan Lake. With additional choreography by their artist-in-residence Liam Scarlett, this contemporary retelling of one of the world’s most-loved productions features fresh updates to the traditional set and costume designs, while still maintaining the original charm and magic of the story. Suitable for ballet novices and experts alike, it's not to be missed.

May 17 - June 21

experience new flavours at Taste of london

Bringing together culinary creatives from all around the world, Taste of London highlights the latest flavour profiles, foodie trends and cooking techniques from a range of global and local cuisines. London mainstays ROKA, Salon and Sartoria will be representing the best of the capital's dining offerings, while The Taste Residence exhibit will showcase the skills of talented international chefs in a bespoke tasting menu. You won't walk away hungry...

June 13-17 at Regent's Park

hang out at the all points east festival

Following on from their stellar May line-up, the All Points East Festival in Victoria Park continues with: 'Presents,' a new series that highlights individual standout acts across three days. The headliners for each one-day concert include the legendary Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The National and Catfish and The Bottlemen, plus an extensive list of supporting acts. Expect fun, festival vibes, a high-energy crowd and plenty of dining and entertainment pop-ups.

From June 1-3 at Victoria Park

marvel at 'the king and i' on the west end

Held at the London Palladium, The King And I promises to leave you in awe from beginning to end. This beautifully staged version of the critically-acclaimed show doesn't skimp on the theatrics, with costumes, props and production value that immerses you in Anna's world from the moment the curtain lifts. Led by Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara and Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe as The King, this is one show where you can expect the unexpected.

Previews June 21st. Runs from July 3rd -September 29th.

Frida Kahlo with Olmec figurine, 1939. Photograph Nickolas Muray. © Nickolas Muray Photo Archive

explore a new frida kahlo exhibit

Revealed for the first time outside of Mexico, the Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up exhibit allows you to step inside the Mexican artist's eccentric world - and her closet. Showcasing a selection of her personal artefacts and clothing, highlights from the collection include fascinating cosmetics, embroidered dresses, and her prosthetic leg. Her self-portraits, jewellery and personal medicine will also be on display, giving you an intimate insight into the real woman behind the legend.  

Opening on June 16 at the V&A

celebrate the queen's birthday parade

Although it's not actually set on the Queen's real birthday (which is April 21), Trooping the Colour is still known as Her Majesty's official birthday parade. Carried out by fully operational troops, this day-long celebration is a chance to see the military demonstrate their impressive skills on horseback as they parade from Buckingham Palace along the streets of London and back again. Expect live music, a spirited crowd of spectators and plenty of picture opportunities to snap the royal family.

June 9

spend balmy summer nights at the midnight apothecary

Even in less-than-perfect weather, rooftop gardens are a summer mainstay in London. If you're craving a venue with a more organic than urban feel, the Brunel Museum's not-so-secret haunt may have just the ticket. The brainchild of Lottie Muir, who helped transform the garden above Brunel's infamous Thames Tunnel into a curated destination, the Midnight Apothecary infuses signature drinks with select ingredients inspired by (or taken directly from) the surrounding foliage. 

Open until the end of September