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London events in July

Your guide to the best happenings in London this July

© Morgan O'Donovan

Summer may be in full swing but July's set to get even hotter. This month welcomes the arrival of more scorching events, pop-ups and festivals, including Lovebox, Citadel and Wimbledon - and don't forget that the kids are let loose for a whole six weeks for the summer holidays too. Check out our highlights below for the best things happening in town this July. 

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Our July highlights


David Hockney RA: 79 Portraits and Two Still Lifes

After his mega 2012 RA show, Hockney returns to the RA with a smaller show in the Sackler Wing of portraits made in Los Angeles over the past three years. The aquas and blues of the backgrounds immediately recall his seminal swimming pool paintings of the 1960s. Instead of bare-bummed beach boys, however, these relative small works are populated by Hockney’s current friends, family and acquaintances.

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Royal Academy of Arts , Mayfair Saturday July 2 2016 - Sunday October 2 2016

The 4th of July in London

We may be more than 3,000 miles away from our friends across the pond, but Londoners sure know how to throw a good Fourth of July party. If you're celebrating Independence Day in the capital this year, check out where and when the best shindigs are taking place.

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By: Elizabeth Darke

Queen's House 400th anniversary and reopening

The Queen's House will closed for refurbishment last year and will be reopening for its 400th anniversary on July 4 2016. The art collection of the Royal Museums Greenwich is displayed in what was formerly the summer villa of Charles I’s queen, Henrietta Maria. Completed in 1638 by Inigo Jones, the house has an interior as impressive as the paintings on the walls. 

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RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Returning once again in 2016, this high-summer event takes place over 34 acres in the spectacular grounds of Hampton Court Palace and features world-class gardens as well as marquees showcasing work by some of the country's leading designers and nurseries. There are many opportunities to buy plants (especially at the final-day sale on Sunday), fresh produce and gardening equipment.

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Hampton Court Palace , London Tuesday July 5 2016 - Sunday July 10 2016

Georgia O'Keeffe

Landscape painter, flower painter, feminist artist… Georgia O’Keeffe was all of these and more. One of the most popular and accessible artists on the planet – her work being among the most widely reproduced of any twentieth century artist. Tate Modern’s retrospective aims to reconcile these aspects of a forceful, though sometimes conflicted artist. Works on show will include her haunting paintings of her beloved New Mexico, skulls and famous flowers.

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Tate Modern , South Bank Wednesday July 6 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016

British Summer Time: Stevie Wonder

Forty years on from its first release on Motown Records, soul king Stevie Wonder drops in to perform his immortal album ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ at the British Summer Time festival. It’s an incredible way to round off the summer series in Hyde Park.

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Hyde Park , Kensington Sunday July 10 2016


If you were one of the people moaning about the Wireless line-up when it was announced, sort yourself out. Beyond the big headliners (Calvin Harris, Chase & Status, J Cole, Boy Better Know) there’s a shedload of great lesser-known acts including Future, Miguel and Anderson Paak. And anything’s better than Avicii, right?

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Finsbury Park , Brownswood Park Friday July 8 2016 - Sunday July 10 2016

Ragnar Kjartansson

If you missed one of the standout shows of 2015, the Vinyl Factory’s presentation of Ragnar Kjartansson sensational musical installation, ‘The Visitors’, fear not as you’ll be able to experience it at the Barbican’s summer exhibition dedicated to the young Icelandic artist who has brought fun back to art.

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Thursday July 14 2016 - Sunday September 4 2016

Summer holidays in London

Six weeks is a long time to keep anyone entertained, let alone your toughest critics. Don't panic, though, we've got this year's school summer holidays totally sorted. Let the younger ones go wild at a city farm, send your teens to swot up at a museum or sit back and relax with a film for all the family. 

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By: Elizabeth Darke

The Bodyguard

'The Bodyguard' returns for 2016 with Beverley Knight as Rachel Marron (not performing Mondays or Wednesday matinees). For anyone who grew up in the late Eighties, Whitney Houston was part of the decade’s hedonistic soundscape – the dynamic rhythms of her songs and that extraordinary undulating voice an instant cue to go wild on the dance floor.

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Dominion Theatre , Fitzrovia Friday July 15 2016 - Tuesday February 7 2017
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Patrik E
Patrik E

Fancy a unique experience? Try stand up paddle boarding on the sunny Thames Sun 26th July. 

Annabel C
Annabel C

Anything happening Saturday July 18th?

Annabel C
Annabel C

Anything happening July 18th?


Nice List! There is BBC Proms 2015 between 17 Jul - 12 Sep and EID in London on 25 Jul. I thought these were missed.

Kenneth M
Kenneth M

You stop at July the 19th. What happens the rest of the month?? Tried different icons to see if list was continued, but I eneed up connected to another month, or info about ONE particular event. 

Interrested in 21st of July until the 30th of July. Markets, food, shopping, art, design and theater.

 ken mason

 ( kapm )

Kenneth M
Kenneth M

you stop at July 21st, what happens the rest of the month???