Things to Do in London in June 2018

These are some of London's top events in June including festivals, sporting spectacles, exhibitions and more.

Summer is definitely on its way, with offerings this month including top performances, an outdoor food festival and a very special equine event.  

1—30 Jun

The annual London Festival of Architecture brings a range of public events across the capital with the theme, "identity," celebrating the buildings and projects that define London. London’s skyline is never without cranes, nor the evidence of intense construction work, so you can be sure that this festival will be incredibly dynamic.

From 8 June

At its height during the 17th century, India’s Mughal Empire ruled over more than 150 million people and produced outstanding paintings and manuscripts. At The Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace, the new exhibition "Splendours of the Subcontinent: Four Centuries of South Asian Paintings and Manuscripts" celebrates the best of these, with illuminated Mughal manuscripts and natural history paintings. Look out for pieces sent to congratulate the newly crowned Queen Victoria in 1837.

Painted frontispiece of The Queen’s Travels in Scotland and Ireland. (Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018)

From 12 June

This year, the Royal Academy of Arts celebrates its 250th anniversary, so its annual "Summer Exhibition" is even more momentous. The arts institution selected flamboyant English artist Grayson Perry, to head up the committee of 10 fellow Royal Academicians. They selected around 1,200 artworks for display, from entries submitted by a combination of students, amateurs and established artists. Perry’s theme is "Art Made Now," explaining that he wants to "champion the democracy of the exhibition and show off the diversity of art being made in this moment."

13—17 June 

Taste of London at Regent’s Park gives you a chance to browse gourmet produce, watch chefs cook in a fire pit and sample fine dining and wine curated by international chefs in The Taste Residence. The 40 participating restaurants include Japanese gem ROKA, Sri Lankan eatery Hoppers, Michelin-starred Club Gascon and West African restaurant Ikoyi.

Taste of London food festival, Regent's Park, London, UK
Taste the creations of top London chefs at this food festival in Regent's Park. (©Taste of Summer)

14—15 June 

Pop star Katy Perry takes to the stage of The O2 as part of her European tour. Expect to see brightly coloured sets, fireworks and fun costumes, with the audience just as dressed up, while enjoying songs from her latest album, "Witness."

From 16 June 

The Victoria and Albert Museum celebrates the highly styled life of the Mexican artist with the exhibition "Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up." Critics of the Mexican artist said that her reputation and legacy would not have been as significant were it not for her image. There is no denying that most of her memorable paintings were self-portraits, which is why the V&A is highlighting how her look was created. Discover more than 200 items including her corsets, jewellry, cosmetics and even her medicine, that had been locked away for decades in her house in Mexico City.

Frida Kahlo exhibition, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Frida Kahlo with olmec figurine, 1939, one of many exhibits at the V&A. (©Nickolas Muray)

19 June 

Rock legends The Rolling Stones play at the home of England rugby, Twickenham Stadium. This is the finale of their Stones – No Filter European tour. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood last played in the UK in 2013, at Glastonbury Festival and in Hyde Park. Watts says "'The Stones' audience is the glue that keeps us together. The best and most satisfying moment is when you are reaching the end of the show and they’re all going nuts."

19—23 June

There’s hardly a sporting event where the dress code for spectators is so strict. Studying the runners and riders in your newspaper’s horseracing pages should at least be postponed until you’ve swotted up on the dos and don’ts for a trip to Royal Ascot. With 30 races across five days, with prize money exceeding £4million, all race aficionados’ eyes are on the three most important races: the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes and the Gold Cup. And the Queen herself, a keen equestrian and owner of previous winners, will no doubt be keeping a very close eye.

Ascot, UK
Racing at the annual Ascot horseracing festival. (©Thirdlight)

23 June

The end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, is in sight and marked by the festival of Eid beginning on 14 June. A week later Trafalgar Square, London’s main hub for celebrations, is the venue for a free afternoon festival. A stage, built between the square’s famous lions, welcomes a series of musical and dance acts, with the Global Food Market’s range of delicious flavours from across the Islamic world. London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who became Britain’s first Muslim cabinet minister when he was elected in 2009, is likely to attend, so you’ll be in good company.