This is it, guys – we’re already halfway through 2018! But July proves there are still so many things to do in London this summer.
The heat is on, and so are a load of bloomin’ fantastic events. Get a load of these things to do in London in July 2018.
1. Enjoy a suave night out at the House of Whisky
Whiskies of all tastes and flavours await you at the House of Whisky – it’s the perfect venue to discover your new favourite tipple. On July 20th, you’re invited inside exclusive member’s club TRAMP, to sample sumptuous whiskies from Scotland’s finest distilleries, including Talisker and Singleton. Head on a flavour journey by pairing them with a delicious three-course meal, or you can learn from the experts during a guided tasting that fully immerses you in this intriguing spirit. Live music and DJs will play into the wee hours of the morning, and the bar will stock a range of inviting whisky cocktails to whet your whistle. It’s the hottest ticket in town, so get one here before they’re gone!⭐️Sponsored⭐️
2. Step inside Sounds and Sorcery: Celebrating Disney Fantasia at The Vaults
This summer, the underground world of The Vaults presents a new immersive music concert experience inspired by Disney Fantasia; Sounds and Sorcery. Using cutting edge binaural sound recordings, 3D projection and light installation, the worlds of Disney Fantasia will be brought to life with musical sorcery. Whether you’re gallivanting with the fairies in an enchanted forest, or taking a daring trip into the Sorcerer’s lair, it’s sure to be like no other concert you’ve ever been to. Do yourself a favour and grab yourself a ticket today, ahead of the opening on 3rd July – they start from £30, so book ’em now. Let the sorcery begin! ⭐️Sponsored⭐️
3. Chill with the penguins at Zoo Nights
How about an after-hours event where you’re sharing the guestlist with lions, penguins, and giraffes? Zoo Nights are running at ZSL London Zoo until July 20th, so there’s still time to enjoy a gorgeous summer evening out (but tickets are selling fast so pounce before it’s too late!). Enjoy acrobatic performances, watch feeding time, or just take a sunset stroll to see your favourite animals. Pick up your tickets here, because it’s going to be flippin’ brilliant! ⭐️Sponsored⭐️
4. Have a nice lie down in the middle of Regent Street (from July 1)
Don’t worry, there won’t be traffic on it! Regent Street is once again becoming a pedestrian only zone, filled with music, food, and all sorts of bright and breezy summer entertainment. If you’ve ever dreamed of sipping Pimms in the middle of one of London’s busiest streets (weird dream, but you do you, hun), then this is for you. It runs every Sunday in July up until the 22nd.
5. See all the smashing action from Wimbledon (July 2-15)
Anyone for tennis? Ah who are we kidding, it’s everyone for tennis when Wimbledon rolls around and SW19 becomes the most desirable postcode in town. Will Roger Federer capture a record ninth title? Will Queen Serena reign over the court in her first Wimbledon since giving birth? Will you eat more strawberries than you ever thought possible? All these questions and more will be answered over the first two weeks in July. And if you didn’t manage to grab a ticket, or don’t fancy queuing, a load of venues around town will be showing it.
6. Get lost in a sea of flowers at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (July 3-8)
Summer isn’t the only thing in full bloom. Mosey on down to the idyllic surrounds of Hampton Court Palace for the Royal Horticultural Society’s second festival of the summer. These gardens are great for the ‘gram, and it’s a super spot for a lazy afternoon wander amongst the tulips.
7. Celebrate all things ‘Merica (July 4)
We’ll avoid mentioning the orange baby for once (unless it’s this amazing one), and instead celebrate our American pals. Hopefully with some sort of indulgent meal out, because seemingly every restaurant in town has an Independence Day special.
8. Show your colours at the Pride In London parade (July 7)
The big one is here. Pride In London have been running events throughout June and July, but the July 7th parade is the biggest event in the calendar. The colourful carnival celebrates LGBT+ culture, but regardless of how you identify, you’re invited to join in the fun! Speaking of which, the day concludes with the official afterparty at The Grand in Clapham – and we’ve got the tickets.
9. Stay up ’til dawn looking at art (July 7)
One for the consummate culture vultures, is this. Art Night is the free art festival that runs for one night only, with installations taking over London from dusk until dawn. Artworks can be found from Vauxhall up to the South Bank, and those prone to melancholy midnight wanders will find their stroll much improved by this event.
10. Run through clouds of paint at the Colour Run (July 8)
‘The Happiest 5k on the Planet‘ invites you to run, stroll, or walk through a whirlwind of colour up at Wembley Park. Ordinarily, trying to run whilst someone throws paint at you is a slog, but here, it’s all part of the fun. The theme this year is ‘Marvel-lous’, so find some superhero inspo before you zoom on up to Wembley.
11. Watch the RAF fly over Central London (July 10)
The Royal Air Force celebrated their one hundredth birthday in April, and one hundred days later, they’re planning something special. 100 aircraft, representing the full history of the RAF, will fly over Buckingham Palace in a splendid display of air power. Everything from spitfires to the Red Arrows will be here, along with a parade of 1300 RAF personnel. Quite the birthday celebration, this one.
12. Eat everything in sight at Brooklyn BBQ (July 13-15)
Name a finer pair than barbecques and beers, I’ll wait. New York duo Fette Sau (BBQ) and Brooklyn Brewery (beers), are launching a weekend residency at Mare Street Market. Brooklyn BBQ, as it’s called, has pretty much everything you’d need from a summer soiree (unless you’re vegan).
13. Meander around the Lambeth Country Show (July 21-22)
Family-friendly fun returns to Brockwell Park this July, and this year it’s bigger than ever. Think of Lambeth Country Show as a village fete on steroids – sure, there are flower shows, sheep displays, and live music, but it’s all done with typical London fair. Sometimes they have jousting, because you know, it’s freakin’ awesome. After all that, it’s still free. Peachy.
Yep, Secret London and Fever are hosting a cruise, and it’s not your usual seafaring fare. This one features bottomless prosecco, a cabaret host, and live entertainment. Oh, and maybe even the chance to see our smiling, slightly sozzled faces, which is always a joy! Pick up your boarding pass here.
Football’s coming home alright, but where exactly is home? We reckon it’s The Grand in Clapham, who are continuing to host their storming viewing parties throughout the knockout stages of the World Cup. Cheer on En-ger-land with a pint in hand when you grab tickets with Fever.
Razzle dazzle and a lizzle swizzle are on offer at Camden Roundhouse, where the sassy stars of Club Swizzle await you. Cabaret, acrobats, and music form just some of the delights you’ll see here, at one of the most unique nights in town. Find your tickets here.
17. Indulge in some friendly competition at Roof East
Honestly, rooftops these days are getting so good that soon we’ll be living up there full time. Over at Roof East, you can conquer friend and foe alike with a spirited sporting contest, courtesy of Social Fun & Games Club. Birdies mini golf lets you do your best Rory McIlroy impression, whilst Sluggers’ batting cages will get you swinging for the fences. Alternatively, try hip-hop lawn bowls at the punderful De La Bowl, and then snare street food for afters. To the victor, the spoils!
18. Sail the ocean blue at Tall Ships Festival
Ahoy mateys! Out in Greenwich, the Tall Ships Festival has made port, and you lazy landlubbers have been invited aboard for a jolly old cruise. Whether you take a day cruise, a VIP cruise, or the stunning fireworks cruise, you’ll have your sea legs by the time you dock once more.
They’re just like the Peaky Blinders, except this lot come with a delicious three-course dinner, instead of with razor blades. The immersive theatre performance is not to be missed – really, dinner and a show has never been this good. Get tickets here, by order of the Peaky Blinders.
Charming cinema from Pop-Up Screens is exactly what the doctor ordered this summer. True to their name, they’ll be popping up all over town, with films both new and classic to enjoy. Throw in the on-site bar and popcorn stand, and your evening is sorted. Get thyself a ticket here.
Summer sun is obviously the time to head to the beach, and this is one hot spot. Central London will feel exactly like Miami, especially when you’ve got cocktails and a sharing platter. Nab yourself some tickets, and then it’s time to relax.
22-26. Absorb some culture at an art exhibition
It’s your last chance to get a proper art attack, as these exhibitions are all ending this month. In fact, they all end on the same day: July 29th. That’s when the British Museum‘s culture combo of Auguste Rodin and Ancient Greece, and Tate Modern‘s retrospective of Joan Jonas will ride off into the sunset/be put into storage. Also finishing then are the National Gallery’s magnificent Monet & Architecture showing and Lee Ufan‘s outdoor installation at the Serpentine Galleries, whilst London also waves goodbye to Southbank Centre’s ABBA exhibition. So I say, Thank You For The Memories…
27-32. Head to a brilliant London festival
Let’s shout about the best fests in town, shall we? Stormzy, DJ Khaled, and Cardi B head to Finsbury Park for Wireless Festival (6th-8th), and the family-friendly Kaleidoscope Festival arrives at nearby Alexandra Palace on July 24th. Somerset House plays host to their Summer Series (5th-15th), with De La Soul, Jorja Smith, and MGMT all putting in an appearance. Lovebox has a new home in Gunnersbury Park, and the first arrivals are Childish Gambino and Skepta on July 13th & 14th. As soon they’ve packed up, Citadel (15th) turns up with Tame Impala and CHVRCHES in tow. Finally, your parents will have a great night out at British Summer Time from July 5th-16th – but they’re spoiled for choice with Roger Waters, Bruno Mars, The Cure, and Mr Christmas himself, Michael Bublé.
33-39. Saunter on over to a glorious gig
The music and the noise continues with this lot, all playing London in July. Wiz Khalifa heads to the Roundhouse Camden on the 1st, whilst the Reverend JT (that’s Justin Timberlake, FYI) is bringing sexy back to the O2 Arena (9th). Run DMC will Walk This Way to Hammersmith Apollo on the 5th, just before Canada’s finest, Alanis Morrisette (7th), plays the same venue. Eminem headlines at the O2 on July 14th, and Alaskan aces Portugal. The Man hit up the O2 in Kentish Town on July 24th. Finally, Kelis plays the Jazz Café in Camden on the 27th, and you can bet her Milkshake will bring all the boys to the yard.
40-44. See Hollywood’s next big release
If the summer sun should fail, there are plenty of options to glue your eyes to the silver screen instead. We’ve patiently waited 14 years, and finally the moment is here: Incredibles 2 hits UK cinemas on July 13th. Waterloo’s ABBA-themed restaurant may have been nixed, but the arrival of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (20th) will satisfy you with probably every ABBA song they didn’t cram into the first one. Tom Cruise goes a little rogue in Mission Impossible: Fallout on the 26th, and The First Purge (4th) reveals the origins of the pesky Purge night. Meanwhile, a whole host of new content is arriving on Netflix this July – see it all here.
45-61. Keep exploring this charming city
We uncovered some more perfect places to visit this month – why not check them out in July?
? Tamesis Dock: floating pub that sees gorgeous sunsets
? Coin Laundry: Clerkenwell’s charming restaurant
? Columbia Road Flower Market: fab floral Sunday visits
? One New Change: dreamy views of St Paul’s
? Tate Modern Viewing Platform: lovely city views
? Japan House: dedicated to Japanese art, food, and culture
? Camden FEST: roof garden and singalong parties
? Biscuiteers: cute café with beautiful biscuits
? Holborn Dining Room: over 500 different gins at this eatery
? Ruislip Lido: the beach at the end of the Piccadilly line
? Strawberry Hill House: gorgeous Gothic house in Twickenham
✨ Crystal Grotto: crystalline cave out in Surrey
?? Pizarro: Bermondsey’s brilliant Spanish restaurant
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