We went to the launch, where Roger Daltrey talked 50 years of Tommy, returning to Wembley this summer and more
No matter who you are or where you come from, you’ll find something captivating, unusual and oh-so-amazing going on in London. This is the city where everything happens.
The iconic arch of Wembley Stadium reaches toward the sky, and the West End radiates an energy unlike anywhere else. Throw in age-old royal palaces, skyscraping architecture, the Tube, world-class museums, sport of all forms and nonstop live music…and you’ve just begun to scratch the surface.
Although London weather can be unpredictable, you can be certain each month will bring a whole new ginormous selection of events – and you’re not going to want to miss these awesome June activities.
Spotlight on: Festivals
Music fans, festival season is officially underway – and there’s no better city than the capital for partaking in one. Whether you want a full weekend of musical madness or just a day of letting loose in the early summer sun, there’s a London festival perfect for you this month.
As June kicks off All Points East is winding down its second edition at Victoria Park with incredible headline performances from Mumford & Sons on 1 June and Bon Iver on 2 June.
You can also catch the last two days of The Ends, a brand new food and music festival at Lloyd Park in Croydon. Wizkid will be on the main stage on 1 June, with Damian Marley appearing on 2 June.
Plus, Camden Rocks is taking over London on 1 & 2 June with over 400 bands – including Frank Turner, Deaf Havana and The Pigeon Detectives – performing at more than 20 venues throughout the city.
Mid June features another solid selection of festivals with genre-straddling line-ups. Head to Field Day at The Drumsheds in Meridian Water on 7 & 8 June to see the likes of Skepta, Jorja Smith and many more.
Alternatively, you can listen a slew of rip-roaring artists behind the decks amidst natural beauty at Junction 2, which is being held in Boston Manor Park on 7 & 8 June.
Hampton Court Place Festival has put together a first-rate line-up fit for such a royal setting. Jools Holland kicks this season off on 6 June, followed by The Jacksons on 7 June, Busted on 8 June, Carol Emerald on 12 June, Nile Rodgers & CHIC on 14 & 15 June, Tears for Fears on 18 & 19 June and Kylie on 21 June. Wrapping things up with an incredible fireworks finale on 22 June are musical theatre duo Michael Ball and Alfie Boe.
Another brand new London festival to check out this month is Cross the Tracks at Brockwell Park in Brixton on 9 June. Eat to your heart’s content while enjoying tunes from Chaka Khan and The Blackbyrds.
And returning for its third straight year is Community Festival at Finsbury Park on 30 June. This is your chance to catch top indie acts like The Kooks, Blossoms, Don Broco, The Amazons and The Hunna, as well as discover emerging talent.
Don’t forget about Father’s Day!
Father’s Day is on Sunday 16 June. Instead of getting a boring card and pair of socks, why not shower dear ol’ dad with tickets to a London event he’ll never forget?
The legendary Fleetwood Mac – including Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, along with newcomers Mike Campbell and Neil Finn – are touring Europe this month and making a stop at Wembley Stadium on 16 & 18 June.
Lead singer of the band Stereophonics Kelly Jones is heading out on a solo tour this summer. Bring your father to his Don’t Let the Devil Take Another Day show at Eventim Apollo on 16 June.
Speaking of June festivals, pops is sure to enjoy Live at Chelsea. This open-air concert series at Royal Hospital Chelsea, the historic home of the Chelsea Pensioners, features Toto with The Darkness on 13 June, Gipsy Kings on 14 June and Tom Jones in two huge performances on 15 & 16 June.
Or make your cricket mad dad a happy man with tickets to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. The tournament opened at the end of May, with several matches set to be played in June at The Oval and Lords.
And in a secret London location Secret Cinema Presents Casino Royale is bringing the world of James Bond to life from 5 June – 22 September.
Find even more great ideas for what to give the man who raised you and has your heart on our Gifts guide.
Other things to do
There’s lots more early summer fun calling your name.
The month gets off to a bang with Muse and their awesome bass lines at London Stadium on 1 June.
Enjoy the trippy vibes of Erykah Badu and Jhené Aiko when Badu X Aiko comes to The O2 on 9 June.
Rock legends Metallica are stopping at Twickenham Stadium with their WorldWired tour on 22 June, Quincy Jones is performing his blockbuster ’80s hits at The O2 with a live symphony orchestra on 23 June and Julio Iglesias is celebrating his 50th anniversary at The SSE Arena, Wembley on 26 June.
Of course, the most talked about music event of the month has to be the Spice Girls stadium reunion tour. See them together again 25 years since first storming the charts at Wembley Stadium from 13 – 15 June. (Check out photos from the first night of their tour in Dublin here.)
Want to be completely baffled? David Blaine brings his dangerous stunts and street magic to Eventim Apollo on 18 – 19 June.
If you’re looking to laugh, catch Julian Clary in his Born to Mince tour at The London Palladium on 8 June, while Frank Skinner returns to comedy with his first live shows in five years at Leicester Square Theatre from 3 June – 4 July.
Gegard Mousasi is taking on Rafael Lovato Jr. at The SSE Arena, Wembley on 22 June in what promises to be the most stacked Bellator MMA card ever seen in the UK.
Until 8 June Fraiser star Kelsey Grammer is appearing in Man of La Mancha, inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ masterpiece novel Don Quixote, at the London Coliseum. Head to Aldwych Theatre on 9 June for An Amusing Evening with Kelsey Grammer to hear the award-winning actor discuss his career in an intimate setting hosted by Iain Lee.
Theatre fans will also want to see The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ –The Musical. The joyous musical adaptation of Sue Townsend’s best-selling book opens at Ambassadors Theatre in the West End from 15 June. (For more insider news from Theatreland be sure to read our monthly roundup here.)
Plus, be transported to the world of Pandora when Cirque du Soleil: TORUK – The First Flight, inspired by James Cameron’s smash hit film Avatar, flies into The O2 from 26 – 30 June.
Live music venues
Looking for a gig to see? On any given night, you’ll be spoilt for choice in London. From stadiums and world-class concert halls to historic theatres and hole-in-the-wall bars, we’ve rounded up some of June’s music offerings as a starting point.
Stadium and arena shows:
Mid-sized venues with big atmosphere:
New music to have on your radar:
Along with the London Underground, the capital is famous for many things – among them its royal palaces, fantastic selection of museums and gloriously green parks. Here are a few happenings at these and other popular sites.
Watch a play under the summer skies. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has returned with a fantastic line-up of productions. Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Our Town runs until 8 June followed by Hansel and Gretel, a collaboration with English National Opera and Engelbert Humperdinck, from 14 – 22 June. Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, also kicks off its run on 28 June.
Put Chestertons Polo in the Park on your calendar. Now in its 11th year, the finest summer social returns to Hurlingham Park from 7 – 9 June with plenty of thrilling polo matches, as well as fun for all the family.
Cabaret enthusiasts won’t want to miss the 2019 London Burlesque Festival which runs all month until 29 June. Held at various venues including Bush Hall and Conway Hall, it features an array of showcases ranging from striptease to contemporary vaudeville.
You can do all this and more in the capital this June. For full details, head to our London Guide.