Finally, summer is here! And while London is evidently greeting the sun by stripping off and lying nearly naked on every piece of green space, there are marginally more cultured ways to spend the month. Here are some suggestions: Whether you’re looking to check out the latest food-themed exhibit, jam out to your favourite band in Hyde Park or simply kick back with an old movie and a cocktail under the summer stars, we’re going to fill you in on what’s in store…
One of the UK’s leading alternative theatre experiences is sure to wow audiences this summer. For six weeks starting in July, you can be transported to the sunny haven of Los Angeles, sipping cocktails under palm trees and living the lush life, all without ever having to leave the cinema! And don’t forget the best part – great movies!
Thursday 18th July to Saturday 17th August
Where: Chalk Farm Rd, Camden Town, NW1 8EH, UK
The most prestigious tennis tournament in the world is returning to London this July, and you certainly won’t want to miss it. Accompanied by the sound of cheering fans, balls whizzing through the air and fizzing glasses of Pimms, you’ll be delighted by this classic summer staple.
On Monday 1st to Sunday 14th July
Where: Church Road, Wimbledon, SW19 5AE
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Playing at the Bridge Theatre, this performance spectacle will plunge audiences into the heart of an enchanted forest for Shakespeare’s comedy classic. It’s sure to be immersive, imaginative and entirely impossible to miss.
On now until Saturday 31 August
Where: 3 Potters Fields Park, SE1 2SG
FOOD: Bigger than the Plate
This exhibition at the V&A museum offers a uniquely tantalizing experience for art, culture and food lovers. Inviting guests to interact by tasting and debating, the exhibit explores the food system in innovative, intelligent (and often delicious) ways. Those who attend will have the opportunity to experience both the pleasure and politics of food with exhibition highlights such as Symmetry Breakfast (pictured) and Sausage of the Future.
On now until Sunday 20th October
Where: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, SW7 2RL
BST Hyde Park
There’s no better way to celebrate summer time in Britain than with, well, British Summer Time! For two weekends in July, this rocking event will welcome artists from the likes of Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, Barabara Streisand and Florence + the Machine – how lucky are we! There’s nothing better than the perfect summer song, and you’re sure to find yours here.
Friday 5th July – Sunday 14th July
London Pride Parade
London’s annual pride month will culminate with this year’s Pride in London Parade. The escapade will begin at Portland Place and move through major landmarks of the city such as Oxford Circus, Regent Street, Pall Mall and Trafalgar Square. Last year, over a million people came to celebrate, and this year’s turn out is expected to be even more massive!
Saturday 6th July
Masterpiece London Art Fair
Until the early part of July, one of the world’s foremost cross-collecting fairs will showcase art, furniture and jewelry from over 150 exhibitors. This elegant event will allow guests to purchase art from world-class dealers, listen in on panel discussions and experience a cultural breadth unlike any other throughout the year!
Thursday 27th June to Wednesday 3rd July
Where: South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, SW3 4LW
Movies on the River
From now until August, prepare to be swept away for a night of food, drink and film as you kick back over the water and under the stars. This classic summer escape will have you gliding along the River Thames at dusk, watching great movies and soaking up those summer vibes in the best way possible.
On now until Friday 2nd August
Where: Tower Millennium Pier, Lower Thames St, EC3N 4DT
Lovebox Music Fest
Summer music fans are going to have a tough choice to make this year, because Lovebox is coming to London 12-13 July– which happens to line up with the second weekend of BST Hyde Park! Great artists like Solange, Chance the Rapper and Lizzo will make appearances at the weekend event and are sure to make your choice even tougher. But hey, don’t fret – no matter where you end up, you’re sure to have a great time, and more importantly, hear some fantastic music.
Friday 12th to Saturday 13th July
Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919-33
Last chance! This stunning exhibit at Tate Modern won’t last much longer. Before it’s gone, visitors will have the exclusive (and free!) opportunity to check out this amazing art chronicling the period between the two World Wars in Germany. The exhibit will disappear midway through the month, so be sure to organize this option at the top of your July bucket list.
On until Sunday 14th July
Where: Bankside, SE1 9TG
Rutherford and Son
Playing now through July at the Lyttelton Theatre, this acclaimed play will intrigue spectators with a candid look at power and family. Originally written by Githa Sowerby in 1912, this revival has already been well-received and is definitely worth a watch.
Running until Saturday 3rd August
Where: National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX
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July Cinema Releases
Last but not least: Sometimes we all just need to take a break from the heat by plopping down in a chair and catching the latest flick with a bucket of popcorn. Summer is known for bringing us some of the most exciting movies, and July’s film slate did not come to disappoint. If you’re looking for blockbuster fun, check out “Spider-Man: Far From Home” (2 July) or Disney’s live-action “The Lion King” (19 July). If you’re in the mood for something particularly spooky, look for “Midsommar” (3 July) or “Annabelle Comes Home” (10 July).
The Art of Breaking Down Exhibition
Join London-based artist Rob Howell as he unveils his newest exhibit, The Art of Breaking Down. This is a must-see event, not only for the wow-factor in terms of culture, but it’s also in the name of a good cause: Proceeds of the sale of Howell’s work will be going to his own charity – Stop Time Saves Lives, which offers free counselling and therapy sessions to visitors of the Fulham Food Bank.
Where: THE ART MOVEMENT GALLERY, 61 QUEENSTOWN ROAD, BATTERSEA, SW8 3RG