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15 jubilant things to do this June in the City of London

The City of London in June is a treasure trove of vibrant activities and unique experiences. Whether you're a local or a visitor, the City offers something for everyone. From new exhibitions, to outdoor terraces and fantastic theatre productions here are just some of the top things to do in the City of London this June.

1. Explore Hidden Green Spaces: Open Gardens Weekend (8-9 June)

Get exclusive access to over 100 hidden green spaces across London usually closed to the public during the Open Gardens Weekend. Over the course of the weekend, visitors will be able to explore a variety of unique and surprising gardens throughout the City of London.

Highlights include:

  • Cloth Fair Hidden Garden: New for 2024, located east of St Bartholomew the Great church.
  • 25 Cannon Street Rooftop Garden: Offers a stunning view of St Paul’s Cathedral.
  • Stationers' Hall Garden: Typically only accessible to members of the Stationers' Livery Company.
  • Nic's Secret Garden and Plant Rescue Nursery: An award-winning garden near All Hallows by the Tower church.
  • Inner Temple Garden: A three-acre oasis within the historic Inner Temple precincts, featuring trees that are almost 300 years old.

2. Celebrate Father’s Day in style (16 June)

From a special hamper from Fortnum and Mason to a day out exploring Roman Ruins here are just a few ideas on how to spend Father’s Day in the City of London:

  • Grab a special hamper from Fortnum and Mason in The Royal Exchange.
  • From rooftop restaurants with unparalleled views to dining with a twist, treat him to a delicious meal he won’t forget.
  • For the history buff dad, head out to discover Roman Ruins together.
  • Take him on a bucket list trip to a traditional pub with fascinating history.
  • Find a special gift and browse around these fantastic Independent Shops.

3. Enjoy free musical performances at St Mary-le-Bow Churchyard (17 - 21 June)

Enjoy a week of free musical events at St Mary-le-Bow churchyard. The program features diverse musical acts including choirs, organ performances, jazz bands, and local student musicians.

Exterior view of the white stone tower and steeple of St Mary-le-Bow church with dragon weathervane, and the brick of the main church building.

4. See the new Francis Alÿs exhibition at Barbican Art Gallery (27 June – 1 September)

This major new exhibition by renowned artist Francis Alÿs marks his first and largest solo exhibition in the UK in over a decade. Featuring the UK premiere of his acclaimed series Children’s Games, the exhibition also includes site-specific projects and new works offering fresh insights into his extensive career.

5. Revel in Classical Music at the Summer music in City Churches Festival (6 - 15 June)

Don't miss out on this classical music festival! Ten days of concerts of beautiful music, programmed around themes of love, romance and Shakespeare, hosted in the historic church of St Giles-without-Cripplegate.

An orchestra of musicians with instruments.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra players © Ben Wright

6. Shop at Leadenhall Pop-up Markets (8 June)

As part of their ongoing series of monthly pop-up markets, Leadenhall Market will have the SoLo Craft Fair, featuring handcrafted items from talented crafters, monthly on Saturdays from June. Enjoy browsing unique art, jewellery, home accessories, and more in Leadenhall Market on Saturday 8 June, 13 July, 10 August and 14 September with stalls from 12 - 5pm. Entry to the market is free, register to attend.

There will also be a number of restaurants, cafes and bars open to keep you refreshed and replenished and, don’t forget, The Vintage Furniture and Flea presented by Judy's will be back on Sunday 30 June and selected Sundays throughout the summer.

Person browsing a craft stall

7. Celebrate Pride Month at the Barbican Centre (5 - 26 June)

From Wednesday 5 June - Wednesday 26 June, the Barbican Cinema will be presenting ground-breaking movies from across the globe as part of the Barbican’s Pride season this summer. 'Queer 80s: Cinema on the Brink of Global Change' invites audiences to time travel back to a decade when LGBTQ+ representation and creativity on screen thrived.

Still from the short film 'Era Vermelho'.

Barbican Centre

8. See the brilliantly fun 'Kiss Me Kate' at the Barbican Theatre

Catch the all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate, featuring stars like Adrian Dunbar and Stephanie J. Block. Directed by Bartlett Sher, this production is a highlight of the summer.

Hailed as 'the ultimate Broadway musical from the golden age’ (Financial Times), Kiss Me, Kate is a simple love story...about two people who just can't stand each other. Guess who wins...

Actors performing in the musical comedy Kiss Me Kate.

Musical comedy Kiss Me Kate. Image courtesy of Trafalgar Entertainment.

9. Enjoy Performances by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Various dates in June)

This summer, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama will be hosting an array of public events including concerts, drama productions, opera, and jazz. Highlights include the Making It Festival (11-28 June) featuring final year actors and production artists, Handel’s opera Alcina (3-10 June), and a jazz performance by the Guildhall Jazz Vocal Ensembles featuring MOSS (14 June).

Additionally, Guildhall School provides free events such as masterclasses, recitals, and competitions. More details are available on their website.

Three performers on stage.

Image courtesy of Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Featuring Louisa Stirand, Mark Christian Bautista, and Alexandra Pouta.

10. Discover the City’s Hidden Gem Museums

If you're a fan of the unexpected, explore three hidden gem museums in the City of London, each nestled in historic churches. Start at All Hallows by the Tower, where the Crypt Museum showcases Roman and Saxon artefacts, including a Roman floor and 16th-century registers.

Next, visit St Margaret Pattens, a Christopher Wren church housing a unique collection of historical pattens, offering a fascinating glimpse into the City's past.

Finally, discover St Bride's Church, famous for its wedding cake steeple, with crypts featuring historical fragments from Roman times and intriguing insights into Fleet Street's newspaper trade.

11. Celebrate Black British Literature: Saluting the New Daughters of Africa (7 June)

The New Daughters of Africa is a special day that brings together leading poets as they discuss their creative journeys, the publishing landscape and offer advice for the next generation of Black British writers.

Enjoy workshops from Tolu Agbelusi, Patience Agbabi and Yassmin Abdel-Magied, an In Conversation with Malika Booker and Kat François plus a Panel Discussion and Poetry Showcase led by Jumoke Fashola with Bridget Minamore joining the Panel Discussion.

Portrait style images of 7 women.

Image courtesy of the New Daughters of Africa

12. Relax at the Barbican Lakeside Lounge (1 June – 13 September)

The Barbican Centre’s picnic garden on the Lakeside Terrace is back for summer 2024, with an outdoor kiosk serving soft drinks, snacks and ice-cream. Sit back, relax and soak in the summer vibes with a beautiful view of the water.

The Lakeside Lounge will be open every day until 13 September, weather depending.

Our Story - Lakeside Terrace, Barbican Centre - sunny day water fountains

Photo Credit: Max Colson

13. Enjoy Outdoor Fun at The Amicable Societies Summer Terrace (3 June – 31 August)

A fantastic area to get together with friends outdoors, the Amicable Societies Summer Terrace will be decked out with parasols, deckchairs, table seating, bespoke Summer Sipsmith cocktails and delicious BBQ food. Throughout the summer there will be delicious culinary delights, a festival of sports, live music and movie screenings from 3 June – 31 August.

Close up of summer drinks

Image courtesy of Apex Temple Court Hotel.

14. Interact with NEON’s SQUIGGLE Art Installation (June to September)

NEON's SQUIGGLE is a new immersive art installation reimagining how space and materials are used, at Citypoint from June to September 2024.

This installation is constructed using 3 repeating modules that are clad in lengths of flexible PVC ducting often used in building works. The modules are arranged in such a way that visitors can interact with the artwork by sitting, walking over and laying across the work.

‘SQUIGGLE’ is part of LFA (London Festival of Architecture), a month-long celebration of architecture and city-making, taking place every June across London from 1-30 June.

Outdoor art installation - yellow and green pipes, with red decoration.

15. Experience the Vibrant Summer Markets in Paternoster Square and by St Paul's (10 June to 21 July)

From 10 June to 21 July, visit the City of London for a unique summer market experience. In Paternoster Square and by St Paul's Cathedral, you'll find summer decorated chalets with a wide range of street food options, the Madison Rose Bar with a seating area serving summer drinks. Enjoy games, deckchairs, and a giant screen too!

The Summer Screen will also be back broadcasting Wimbledon and Thursday movie nights.

  • Thursday 13th June: Mary Poppins
  • Thursday 20th June: Matilda the Musical
  • Thursday 27th June: Harry Potter
  • Thursday 18th July: Chicken Run

Open seven days a week, Monday to Sunday.

Paternoster Square - a large public space with a column in the middle, and surrounded by buildings. In this image there are brightly coloured food stalls from a summer market.

Photo credit: © Paternoster Square

Bonus events just outside the City of London:

Celebrate Tower Bridge’s 130th Anniversary

This month Tower Bridge is celebrating 130 years with a free exhibition of never-before-seen photography. Visit one of London’s defining landmark, Tower Bridge, for a free, outdoor exhibition this summer "Launching A Landmark: The Unseen Opening Weeks". The new exhibition, opening on 22 June, will showcase a collection of never-before-seen photography from the Bridge’s final few weeks of construction and public opening 130 years ago in 1894, featuring the workers of the Bridge and members of the public.

Enjoy Outdoor Theatre at The Charterhouse

Join The Handlebards troupe at The Charterhouse on 7 June for a bicycle-powered outdoor production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Comedy of Errors’ like you’ve never seen before! This is an outdoor production, so attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to sit on, a picnic to dig into, and dress for the weather!

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The Conservatory x Ranjani Shettar
Cloud songs on the horizon is the artist’s first major institutional show in Europe and will feature five new, large-scale suspended sculptures across the entirety of the Conservatory space.
Folio 400: Shakespeare in Print
Drawing on Guildhall Library’s remarkable Shakespeare collections, this exhibition examines the history of the printing of William Shakespeare’s plays.
Christopher Wren: The Quest for Knowledge
Investigate the genius of Christopher Wren and his ever-enquiring mind in this new exhibition at St Paul's Cathedral - said to be Wren's masterpiece.
The Tower Bridge Cat Trail
02.01.2024 31.10.2024

The Tower Bridge Cat Trail

Tower Bridge
Inspired by 'The Tower Bridge Cat' and the characters from the award-winning books, families are invited to complete our interactive Trail as they make their way through Tower Bridge.
Barbican Music Library Exhibition – From the Caribbean to Coventry
A free exhibition for the fans by the fans going some way to explain not just what 2Tone music is, but why and how they got there.
Heritage Gallery Exhibition: Billingsgate Market
A new free display with a focus on Billingsgate Market, from 27 January to 20 June 2024.
DREAM-BRIDGE-OMNIGLYPH by Leo Robinson
This new installation is inspired by the Roman Temple of Mithras discovered on the Bloomberg site during the 1950s.
The Future of Money
28.02.2024 01.09.2025

The Future of Money

Bank of England Museum
A new free exhibition at the Bank of England Museum will take a tantalising look into the future - and the quickly evolving present - of money.
Soufiane Ababri: Their mouths were full of bumblebees but it was me who was pollinated
Moroccan-born artist Soufiane Ababri will transform The Curve for his first solo exhibition at a major UK institution.
Medieval Mayhem at the Tower of London
Experience family friendly performances - the bustling activity of medieval Londoners as they prepare to serve the Queen a captivating mini-pageant.
Ibrahim Mahama: Purple Hibiscus
Transforming the Barbican’s famous Lakeside Terrace, the site-specific artwork will dramatically envelop the building’s iconic concrete exterior with approximately 2000 square metres of bespoke woven cloth.
Anne Desmet: Kaleidoscope/London Exhibition
Celebrate the work of artist and specialist wood engraver Anne Desmet, at this new exhibition at Guildhall Art Gallery from 12 April to 8 September 2024.
Anne Desmet: Kaleidoscope/London Exhibition Tours
Join artist and co-curator Anne Desmet RA for an extended guided tour of the Kaleidoscope/London exhibition at Guildhall Art Gallery.
Engel Terrace
20.05.2024 30.09.2024

Engel Terrace

The Royal Exchange
Bringing the spirit of the roaring twenties onto the iconic steps of The Royal Exchange, this pop-up outdoor terrace is open for the summer.
Pop-Up Monthly Markets: Vintage Furniture & Flea presented by Judy’s
Putting the market back into Leadenhall, don't miss these monthly pop-up Sunday Markets filled with furniture and fashion.
Barbican Lakeside Lounge – Outdoor Terrace
The Barbican Centre’s picnic garden on the Lakeside Terrace is back for summer 2024!
London Festival of Architecture 2024 – in the City
Discover stunning outdoor art installations in the City of London during London Festival of Architecture (LFA).
The Amicable Societies Summer Terrace
The Amicable Societies Summer Terrace combines delicious culinary delights, a festival of sports, and live music and movie screenings.
SQUIGGLE – Interactive Outdoor Art Installation
Embark on a transformative journey through the unexpected with NEON's SQUIGGLE, an outdoor immersive art installation.
Lunchtime Tours: The Future of Money (selected dates)
Join Curator Jennifer Adam for a free lunchtime tour of the new exhibition at the Bank of England Museum, The Future of Money.
Theatre: Kiss Me, Kate
04.06.2024 14.09.2024

Theatre: Kiss Me, Kate

Barbican Centre
Don't miss this star-packed, all-zinging, all-dancing musical comedy.
Summer Season at Guildhall School of Music and Drama
This summer, Guildhall School of Music & Drama presents a varied programme of events for the public to enjoy, including concerts, drama productions, opera and jazz.
Rod McIntosh Exhibition
05.06.2024 28.06.2024

Rod McIntosh Exhibition

Broadworks
A solo exhibition of work by contemporary, abstract painter Rod McIntosh is on in Broadworks this June.
Queer 80s: Cinema on the Brink of Global Change
From Wed 5—Wed 26 Jun, the Barbican Cinema will be presenting ground-breaking movies from across the globe as part of the Barbican’s Pride season this summer. 'Queer 80s: Cinema on the Brink of Global Change' invites audiences to time travel back to a decade when LGBTQ+ representation and creativity on screen thrived.
Queer Walking Tours in Culture Mile
06.06.2024 27.06.2024

Queer Walking Tours in Culture Mile

To celebrate Pride month 2024, the Culture Mile BID will be hosting two Queer History walking tours on 6 and 27 June.
Summer Markets Paternoster Square and by St Paul’s
Discover cabins serving food and drinks, deckchairs, and a giant LED screen to watch live sports and movies outdoors this summer.
St Mary-le-Bow: LIVE in the Churchyard
A week of free performances at St Mary-le-Bow including jazz, choir performances, and more.
LSO Half Six Fix: Prokofiev 7
Kick-start your evening with a Half Six Fix concert. One piece in a 60-minute concert, introduced by the performers, with screens in the hall to bring you closer to the action.
Open Garden Evenings at Charterhouse
Visit the stunning Charterhouse Gardens on selected summer evenings - enjoy a relaxing evening with live music.
Heritage Gallery Exhibition: Tower Bridge
A new free display celebrating 130 years of Tower Bridge by London Metropolitan Archives.
Outdoor Exhibition: Launching A Landmark
Tower Bridge is celebrating 130 years with a free, summer-long exhibition you won't want to miss.
L’Animale
22.06.2024 23.06.2024

L’Animale

The Old Bailey
Set against the historic backdrop of The Old Bailey, Italy’s Chiara Bersani revisits The Dying Swan with her work, L’Animale.
Tour of London’s Roman Amphitheatre – June
Join archaeologist Dr Andrew Lane for an extended tour of one of the most important buildings in Roman London.
LSO Concert: Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana
LSO's 2023/24 Season closes with Carl Orff’s irresistible cantata, Carmina Burana, and Shostakovich's Third Symphony, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.
Anne Desmet: Kaleidoscope/London Wood Engraving Workshop
Join artist and co-curator Anne Desmet RA for this interactive 'introduction to wood engraving' workshop.
Concert: Beethoven Opus 132
Don't miss the opportunity to hear Beethoven: String Quartet No 15 Op 132 in the magnificent surroundings of Temple Church.
Exhibition / Francis Alÿs
A major new exhibition by renowned Mexico-based artist Francis Alÿs – his first and largest institutional solo exhibition in the UK for over a decade.
Classical Pride – at the Barbican
Classical Pride is a five day festival celebrating queer classical music, and many of the performances are at the Barbican Centre.
City Beerfest
Raise a glass to 10 years of City Beerfest! Sample delicious brews, enjoy mouth-watering street food and dance to live music under the summer sky in historic Guildhall Yard
Tour of London’s Roman Amphitheatre – July
Join archaeologist Dr Andrew Lane for an extended tour of one of the most important buildings in Roman London.
Second Saturday – Family activities at Guildhall Art Gallery
A revolving programme of family activities may have you heading into the Roman Amphitheatre and hearing tales of Roman conquests, or creating crafts from the Victorian paintings surrounding you.
Cart Marking Ceremony
The annual Cart Marking Ceremony is a free-to-watch historic tradition in the City of London, led by a City Livery company (the Worshipful Company of Carmen).
Roman London Family Quest
Bring your family back in time to Roman Londinium in this interactive fun family day.
Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra: Beethoven’s Ninth
On the evening of 29 July, the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra will join the Royal Opera House’s Songs for Ukraine Chorus in a historic performance at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral. 
Exhibition / Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum
In her first solo exhibition at a major UK institution, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum creates dynamic works newly commissioned for The Curve.
Thames Day
An exciting day of activity, Thames Day celebrates World Rivers Day and the significance of the river Thames to the nation's capital city. Taking place on 22 September on the riverside in the City of London, there will be a programme of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Lord Mayor’s Show
Visit the City for the Lord Mayor’s Show - a three mile long outdoor procession with colourful floats, music and fun.
Gotts Street Park and Friends
Gotts Street Park makes its Barbican debut with a live presentation of some of the Leeds-based trio’s favourite studio moments and collaborations so far – from their first release, right up until today.