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11 Must-Do Activities in London This June

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London in June is a delightful! Don't miss the festive festivals, park strolls, and fun unusual summertime activities. The long days of summer offer visitors ample time to explore the city's entertainments. Our listicle is for locals and tourists alike! Here are eleven must-do activities in London this June.


 

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1. Regent's Park Open Air Theatre


Enjoy a magical evening beneath the stars! Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre was established back in 1932 and is one of the largest theatres in London (1,304 seats). This is a must-do experience in London!


THE SECRET GARDEN: 15 June through 20 July

 
Camden Market London

2. Camden Market


The question is what does Camden Market not have for you to enjoy? It is a literal treasure trove of unique experiences. Between the Locks, Stables and Hawley Wharf there are over 1,000 shops, stalls, and food vendors. In June, the market’s outdoor spaces are vibrant with live music, street art, and alfresco dining. They have an underground theme park called Babylon; a Peaky Blinders immersive theatre show; Gin Tasting; Food Tours; Yoga; Dart throwing; Junkyard golf and so much more!


Website Link: Camden Market





 
Chef serving food at a tasting festival in London

3. Taste of London Festival


Attend the Taste of London Festival in Regent's Park. This culinary extravaganza features dishes from the city’s best restaurants, cooking demonstrations by top chefs, and a variety of food and drink stalls. It’s a must-do event in June for Foodies!


12 – 16 June 2024, Regent’s Park

Website Link: Taste of London

 
A graphic of a ticket to The Great Exhibition in Hyde Park showing an audiovisual tour on the Bardeum Mobile App

4. Travel Back in Time in the Royal Parks


BARDEUM's London walking tours are written by two of the most well-known historians in England (Lord Charles Spencer & Tracy Borman) and an international bestselling author (Elizabeth Macneal). The Royal Parks are beautiful places just for a summer stroll - but they are also steeped in history. Visitors can download a BARDEUM mobile app audiovisual tour and step back in time to experience three of the most fascinating events that took place in the parks over the course of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.



 

HYDE PARK


ATTEND THE GREAT EXHIBITION. One of the most defining events of 19th century London was The Great Exhibition of 1851. An enormous glass palace was erected in Hyde Park to house and attract visitors from across the world in order to highlight Britain at the height of its imperial dominance.


You can now step back in time as you stroll through Hyde Park as if you were attending the opening day of the exhibition. Download the BARDEUM app in the App Store or Google Play and our immersive audiovisual tour THE GREAT EXHIBITION.


It is written by Elizabeth Macneal (The Doll Factory, The Circus of Wonders) and narrated by Tuppence Middleton (Downton Abbey, The Imitation Game).


Cover Art for BARDEUM's audiovisual walking tour of Hyde Park London taking visitors back to The Great Exhibition of 1851

"A perfect afternoon stroll into another age, told with capriciousness and verve. Put on your top hats and bring your parasols, Victorian London is just a tap on your phone away!"

-Inga Vesper, journalist


The experience begins at The Italian Gardens Cafe on the north side of Hyde Park near the Lancaster Gate. The walking tour ends a short distance from the Victoria & Albert Museum where you can see many objects that were displayed at The Great Exhibition.


 

KENSINGTON GARDENS


Step back in time to Georgian London and take a stroll through Kensington Gardens with King George II's long time mistress, Henrietta Howard, and hear tales of the gardens as well as the cutthroat world of the Georgian Court. The audiovisual walking tour begins just outside the palace at the King’s Arms Gate at the junction of Palace Avenue and Kensington Road. Download the BARDEUM Mobile App in the App Store or Google Play.


The experience is written by TRACY BORMAN, acclaimed author, historian, and Joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces and narrated by FLORA MONTGOMERY, a celebrated actor best known for her roles in Grantchester, Endeavor & A Very English Scandal.



Bardeum's audiovisual walking tour of Kensington Gardens "Tales of a Mistress in the Georgian Court" written by Tracy Borman

"A deliciously inviting way to explore one of the most atmospheric places in London. At once entertaining and informative, this is a stroll in the best of company through the elegant, eccentric world of the early Georgian court.’

Sarah Gristwood, best-selling Tudor biographer, novelist, and broadcaster


*The Tales of a Mistress tour offers images as well as narration - perfect for a virtual visit as well.

 

 

ST. JAMES'S PARK


ATTEND AN EXECUTION (1649). London was once known as the City of Gallows. Between the first recorded public execution in 1196 to the last in 1868, tens of thousands of people were put to death. These public displays of control and violence became part of life in London.

 

Step back in time and experience the most controversial execution in British history. The Death of a King: The Path to Execution on the BARDEUM mobile app is an audiovisual walking tour written by CHARLES SPENCER (The White Ship, Killers of the King) and narrated by ANTHONY HOWELL (Foyle's War; Selfridges).


Download the BARDEUM app in the App Store or Google Play. The experience begins outside St. James's Palace and takes users through St. James's' Park and onto the Banqueting House.



Bardeum's audiovisual walking tour of St. James's Park "death of a King" written by Charles Spencer


"A magical tour...brilliantly written. it weaves you into its story and you are spellbound, watching the decline, fall and execution of the King - and you can’t do anything to stop it."


Kate Williams, CNN royal historian & New York Times bestselling author

 

The River Thames in London

5. Thames River Cruise


See London from a different perspective with a Thames River Cruise. Whether you opt for a leisurely sightseeing tour, a romantic dinner cruise, or an exhilarating speedboat ride, the river offers stunning views of iconic landmarks like the Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye.


 

2016 Temporary Serpentine Pavilion in Kensington Gardens London
The 2016 Serpentine Pavilion designed by Bjarke Ingels

6. Explore the Serpentine Pavilion


Each summer, the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens unveils a new temporary pavilion designed by a leading architect. The pavilion serves as a café and venue for live events. It’s a great spot to relax, enjoy contemporary architecture, and perhaps catch a thought-provoking talk or performance.


Website Link: Serpentine Pavilion

 

Kew Gardens London

7. Kew Gardens


June is the perfect time to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. The gardens are in full bloom, showcasing a spectacular array of flowers and plants. Don’t miss the stunning Rhododendron Dell and the tranquil Japanese Garden. The Temperate House, the world's largest Victorian glasshouse, is also a must-see.


Website Link: Kew Gardens

 
Photo of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, England

8. Royal Globe Theatre


A visit to London is not complete without attending an outdoor performance at Shakespeare's Royal Globe Theatre! Experience his spectacular plays as spectators did in the late 16th century - rain or shine!


Address: 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT, United Kingdom

 
Setting up for West End Live in Trafalgar Square

9. West End Live


For theatre enthusiasts, West End Live in Trafalgar Square is a must. This free event showcases performances from some of the best West End shows. It’s an excellent opportunity to see snippets of top musicals and plays, from long-running favorites to the latest hits. This year it runs from 22-23 June!


Website: West End Live

 

Borough Market entrance London

10. Borough Market


Indulge your taste buds at Borough Market, one of London’s oldest and most renowned food markets, offering gourmet produce and street food


Address: 8 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TL 020 7407 1002

 

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11. Concert in the Park


Enjoy top name talents performing live in Hyde Park throughout the summer! Friday 28 June is ALL THINGS ORCHESTRAL. Saturday 29 June is SZA. Sunday 30 June is KINGS OF LEON. Get your tickets ASAP!!



 

ENJOY LONOND IN JUNE!!!


BARDEUM as summer flowers
 

BARDEUM offers self-guided audio/visual tours via mobile app. These immersive experiences are written by award-winning & bestselling authors, journalists, and historians.


Available in the App Store and Google Play.



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