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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 (sort of) but July's set to get even hotter with this line-up of events. This month welcomes the arrival of more scorching things to do, 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



Critics' choice

The brilliant surrealist theatre-maker Anthony Neilson returns to the Royal Court with a new play about a director on an obsessive quest to find the perfect light. More than that, we don't know, as the show will be devised in the rehearsal room with a cast headed by erstwhile 'Doctor Who' star Matt Smith.

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Until Saturday August 6 2016

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 Until Sunday October 2 2016

The Sherlock Holmes Experience

Once upon a time, the basement of Madame Tussauds was home to the Chamber of Horrors. The wax likenesses of murderers and criminals have made way for a Sherlock Holmes-themed interactive experience, which brings the world of the fictional detective to life for a walk-through adventure. See Holmes's drawing room, walk along a lamp-lit Victorian street and search for the infamous 'demon' hound on a dark moor. This permanent addition to Madame Tussauds London is included in the venue's entry price.

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Madame Tussauds , Regent's Park Until Saturday July 15 2017

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 Until Sunday October 30 2016

Groundhog Day

A new musical based on the 1993 hit film proves that the Old Vic is anything but stuck in the past. The venue's new boss Matthew Warchus has brought together the team behind innovative West End hit 'Matilda': composer and lyricist Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling, and designer Rob Howell.

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Old Vic , Southwark Until Saturday September 17 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 Until 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 museum, or take your pick of our favourite family-friendly events going on in the capital.

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By: Time Out London Things To Do

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 Until Tuesday February 7 2017

Beach East

Life's a beach once again at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with over 2,200 square metres of sand deposited at the site for endless sandcastle competitions and balmy evening walks. This year's tropical offering will have a Rio theme in celebration of the Olympics and there will be big screens to watch it on from Aug 6-21. 

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park , Stratford Until Sunday September 4 2016
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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?

Travoline I
Travoline I

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

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Kenneth M
Kenneth M

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