June in London isn't quite what you'd expect if you view London as being cold and damp. The temperatures are in the upper 60s and rainfall is about the same as in May—about eight days out of the month. It's a pleasant time to visit, although others have the same idea so you may already encounter some crowds of summer visitors.
There's plenty to see with the Queen's Birthday parade, Wimbledon Tennis Championships, and all the great historical and scenic sites that London is known for.
London Weather in June
June is very comfortable for being out and about in London. The average high hovers around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) and the average low is 52 degrees Fahrenheit (11 degrees Celsius). The sun shines an average of 7 hours a day.
What To Pack
Some days can be sunny and warm; some cloudy and rainy. It's best to pack layers and a light jacket and always bring an umbrella when exploring London. Comfortable walking shoes are a must, especially on canal-side paths and cobblestone streets.
June Events in London
Major events include the Queen's Birthday, visiting London's secret gardens and squares and the Wimbledon Tennis tournament. There are no bank holidays in the month of June. Here are some of the most popular events and when they typically occur each year.
- Queen Elizabeth has two birthdays each year. One, her real one, is on April 21 (she was born in 1926) and a second one, the public celebration, is on the second Saturday of June. The Trooping the Colour: The Queen’s Birthday Parade is a regal event celebrating the Queen's ceremonial birthday with a procession of over 1400 soldiers, 200 horses, and over 400 musicians. You can enter the lottery for prime viewing tickets ahead for viewing this exciting spectacle.
- Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (mid-June to mid-August): Admire work by artists of all merits at this annual event at the Royal Academy. Around 1,000 pieces of art are selected by a judging panel from as many as 10,000 entries each year. The tradition dates back to 1759.
- Free Range - Art & Design Degrees Shows (June and July): See works by creative graduates at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch. Categories include fashion, art, graphics, photography and interior design.
- London Open Garden Squares Weekend (early to mid-June): Explore London's secret gardens and squares, some of which are not normally open to the public.
- World Naked Bike Day (Hyde Park) (Saturday in early June): See thousands of naked cyclists take to the streets of London to protest against oil dependency and car culture.
- Spitalfields Festival (throughout June): This two-week-long festival features an eclectic lineup of musical performances, talks, and workshops in various venues throughout Shoreditch.
- London Rathayatra (Hare Krishna Festival of Chariots) (Sunday in June): This vibrant Hare Krishna festival features a parade of colorful chariots, music, drums, and dancing.
- Opera Holland Park (June to early August): Grab tickets to see some of the opera world's finest performers hit the high notes at the Holland Park Theatre.
- Bike Week (mid-June): Get involved with a number of city-wide cycling events as part of this international celebration of all things two-wheeled.
- Beating Retreat (two evenings in June): This ceremonial event at the Horse Guards Parade brings together military music, fireworks, and drums to mark the tradition of breaking off fighting between troops.
- Taste of London (four days in late June): Sample some of London's culinary highlights at this foodie event in Regent's Park that brings together food stalls and small bites from the city's top restaurants.
- BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery (mid-June to mid-September): This annual portraiture event is one of the most prestigious contemporary art competitions in the world.
- West End Live (weekend in late June): Catch free performances of top West End shows in Trafalgar Square as part of this annual showcase.
- Greenwich & Docklands International Festival (4 days in late June): London's largest outdoor art festival features street theater, dance, cabaret, and art installations.
- Wimbledon Tennis Championships (last week of June and the first week of July): This historic Grand Slam event takes place in a leafy corner of southwest London.
- Wireless Music Festival (June or July): This fun weekend music festival takes place every year in Finsbury Park in north London.
Late spring and summer in London is prime tourist season so there are few hotel and flight bargains. Fall and Winter are the seasons for deals, but it's bound to be wetter and colder. The holiday season, in December, is also a time when visitors flock to London. So for June, make your plans in advance and look for "early bird" deals.