London in June offers a plethora of unique activities, perfect for creating memorable family experiences. Here are 8 off-the-beaten-track suggestions to keep the kids busy before the big summer holiday in July. Let’s go!

1. Open Garden Squares Weekend

This popular event happens this year on the weekend of the 8th and 9th of June 2024. Open Garden Squares allows visitors to explore over 100 private, hidden, locked and little-known gardens across London, from historic squares to contemporary rooftops. It’s a rare opportunity to see beautiful gardens that are normally closed to the public.

Make sure to pre-book your tickets so you can visit as many gardens as you wish during these two days. Children under 12s go FREE.

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2. Hampton Court Palace’s Magic Garden

This adventure playground is perfect for families. With its mythical beasts, battlements, and towers, children can immerse themselves in a world of imaginative play within the historic setting of Hampton Court Palace.

Children can climb up towers, slide down from heights, and explore hidden tunnels, all inspired by the history and legends of the palace.

A dragon sculpture that kids can climb on, surrounded by mist, adding an element of fantasy and excitement.

Simulating the defensive features of a castle, children can engage in pretend play as knights or royalty.

Finally, there is a water play area where children can splash and cool off, ideal for warm June days.

Address: Hampton Ct Way, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU

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3. Strawberry Picking at Garsons Farm

Head to Garsons Farm in Esher for a quintessentially British experience. June is prime strawberry season, and this family-friendly activity allows kids to enjoy the countryside and taste the fruits of their labour.

Garsons Farm is also a fantastic shop for everything about outdoor gardens. If you need a brand new BBQ, you will be amazed by the choice.

Equally, the shop has lots of plants and accessories I am sure you will be pleased to bring back home.

Finally, there is a nice café and restaurant where you can lunch with the kids.

Address: Garson Farm PYO, Winterdown Rd, Esher KT10 8LS

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4. Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

This iconic outdoor theatre in Regent’s Park often features  plays in a stunning natural setting. In June, the venue has two fantastic plays worth going with your children. One is based on Roald Dahl’s story The Enormous Crocodile. Your family will love this musical which is available for children across all ages but of course more specifically for the young audience.

Otherwise, you can also book your tickets to see The Secret Garden which opens on the 15th June. This play is recommended for children over 10 years old.

Address: The Regent’s Park, Inner Cir, London NW1 4NU

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5. Kew Gardens’ Temperate House

Explore the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse, which houses 1,200 species of plants from around the globe. In June, Kew Gardens is in full bloom, offering a vibrant and educational outing.

The building is simply magnificent and is probably among the most visited glasshouse in the world with a rare collection of plants.

Overall, visiting Kew Garden’s Temperate House with the kids is a good way to introduce them to nature and learn more about plants that they’ve never seen before.

Address: Kew Gardens, London

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Kew Gardens is a great day out with children in London
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6. Columbia Road Flower Market + The Art of the Brick

Visit this bustling Sunday market in East London to experience a riot of colour and fragrance. Beyond flowers, the market is surrounded by quirky shops, cafes, and street performers, making it a lively and engaging family outing.

This month, you can also visit with the kids the temporary exhibition The Art of the Brick where you can spot multiple gigantic models like the Venus de Milo, a cello or the famous painting called Scream from Munch.

Address: Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG

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7. Explore Epping Forest

Take a day trip to Epping Forest, a large ancient woodland on the outskirts of East London. Families can enjoy walking trails in the natural beauty of this historic forest.

There are dedicated cycling paths, making it a popular destination for cyclists.

Epping Forest has also several horse riding trails and facilities for hiring horses.

The forest has a rich history, dating back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. Historical features include ancient earthworks and remnants of former settlements.

Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, built in 1543, is a particularly interesting historical site within the forest.

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8. London Wetland Centre

This wildlife reserve in Barnes offers a peaceful retreat from the city. In June, it’s an excellent spot for bird watching, pond dipping, and exploring the various wildlife habitats.

My kids love going back to London Wetland Centre and stare at otters in their pond habitat.

Also you can stop by the café to enjoy hot food and your favourite hot drinks until half an hour before the centre closes.

Address: Queen Elizabeth Walk, London SW13 9WT

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There you have it! These activities offer a mix of nature, history, and adventure, providing unique and memorable experiences for a family visiting London in June.



things to do in June in London with Kids

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