Photo credit:Mayor of London.

Photo credit:Mayor of London.

our pick of free things to do in london this june

1st to 9th June 2019. Kingston School of Art Degree Show. Showing the work of graduating students in fashion, graphic design, textiles, fine art, and photography. More info. 

4th June 2019. The Treaty of Versailles: 100 Years Later. Gresham College lecture by Margaret MacMillan. Museum of London, 6pm. More info.

5th June 2019. Mergers & Acquisitions: Do they Create or Destroy Value? Gresham College lecture by Alex Edmans. Museum of London, 6pm. More info.

8th June 2019. Royal Gun Salutes. The Royal Artillery mark the Queen's Official Birthday. 12.52pm Green Park. More info. 

8th June 2019. Trooping of the Colour. Fourteen hundred officers and men, with ten massed bands, march in formation to celebrate the Queen's official birthday. More info. 

11th June 2019. Royal Gun Salutes. The Royal Artillery mark the Duke of Edinburgh's birthday. 12 noon Hyde Park (41 guns), 1pm Tower of London (62 guns). More info. 

11th June 2019. Opera in Trafalgar Square. Free open-air opera in Trafalgar Square from the Royal Opera House and BP Big Screen. Performance of Romeo & Juliet. More info. 

12th June 2019. Chamber Music with Historical Guitars. Royal Academy of Music, 1pm, Piano Gallery. More info.

15th & 16th June 2019. Marylebone Summer Festival. 140 stalls, 25 bands, a Film Night on Saturday and a Street Party on Sunday. More info.

15th to 23rd June 2019. Crystal Palace Festival. Lewisham. A free music and arts festival held over one week in June, with the main event being on the Saturday. More info. 

15th June 2019. Waterloo Classics. Monthly classic car and motorcycle show and meet-up, with market stalls. Third Saturday of the month behind Waterloo Station. More info. 

17th June 2019. Academy Bassoon Ensemble. Royal Academy of Music, 7pm, Angela Burgess Recital Hall. Includes Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream for 12 players. More info.

18th June 2019. The Weimar Republic: Germany’s First Democracy. Gresham College lecture by Richard Evans, University of Cambridge. Museum of London, 6pm. More info.

19th to 23rd June 2019. Central St. Martin's Design Degree Show. Graduating students' work in ceramics, industrial design, drama, fashion, graphics, jewellery, and textiles. More info. 

20th June 2019. Britten Canticles. Royal Academy of Music, 1.05pm, Angela Burgess Recital Hall. More info.

21st June to 6th July 2019. Greenwich & Docklands International Festival. Over 200 intriguing free street performances, some highly acrobatic, by international artists. Two weeks in June & July. More info.

21st June to 13th July 2019. Architectural Association. End of year show of students’ projects at Bedford Square. Showcasing almost 800 students’ visions of the future. More info.

22nd June 2019. Barbershop-o-gram. At the bandstand by the lake in Regent’s Park. 12.30pm to 2pm. More info.

22nd to 23rd June 2019. West End Live. Free open air performances in Trafalgar Square by the casts of leading West End musicals. More info. 

23rd June 2019. Music at the bandstand by the lake in Regent’s Park. 12.30pm to 2.30pm Take Twenty. 3.30pm to 5.30pm Rock Choir. More info.

29th June to 7th July 2019. Royal College of Art Graduate Show. Showcasing students' final year work at the UK's leading postgraduate school of art and design. More info. 

30th June 2019. Hanworth Classic. Richmond. A free family day out in Bushy Park each June. 500 vehicles of the forties and fifties, with jitterbug and jive dancing. More info. 

26th June 2019. Science Museum Late. Free late opening (6.45pm to 10pm) on the last Wednesday of each month, with talks and special activities. More info. 

28th June 2019. Natural History Museum Late. Free late opening (6pm to 10pm) on the last Friday each month with talks and special activities. More info.  

28th June 2019. V&A Friday Late. Free talks, performances and music from 6.30pm to 10pm on the last Friday of every month except May and December. More info. 

30th June 2019. Music at the bandstand by the lake in Regent’s Park. 12.30pm to 2.30pm: NYJO Jazz Ensemble. 3.30pm to 5.30pm: NYJO Academy Big Band. More info.


Hackney City Farm. Offers children and adults the opportunity to get up close to a range of farmyard animals. and see, smell and plant vegetables. More info.

House of Commons. Westminster. Watch debates from the Strangers' Gallery at no cost and without prior booking. Visitors can also attend all committee meetings. More info.

Thames Foreshore. The Thames foreshore is a surprising place at low tide.  In places it resembles a beach. Watch licensed metal detectorIsts, searchers and diggers. More info.

And go online to the wonderful Spitalfields Life website. A beautifully illustrated and tender commentary on people and places in this historic part of London.

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