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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


Night Tales

It’s back! One of London’s most popular pop-ups, with as much emphasis on dance music and good times as tasty food and drink, is setting up for a two-month stint at a new venue in Hackney Wick. The new set-up includes a sun terrace and a bar serving techno DJ Richie Hawtin’s own brand of sake.

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1-2 Hepscott Road , Hackney Wick Until Saturday August 27 2016


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 Saturday July 2 2016 - Sunday October 2 2016

Art Night 2016

On July 2, brand-new festival Art Night will be, well, putting on some art. And into the small hours at that. Across ten central London venues – from a disused Jubilee line platform at Charing Cross to a luxury apartment on the Strand – there'll be a whole host of installations and performance art. Some events are ticketed, some aren't.

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Various venues , London Saturday July 2 2016 - Sunday July 3 2016

Keeping up with the Jones

Enter a world of flawless parties and pristine homewares at the Clerkenwell abode of Mrs Jones at this bizarre and imaginative immersive event. Visitors will explore eight rooms, each with a domestic theme to explore; giant dishwashers, pillow fights and washing powder snowstorms are just some of the silliness that awaits. Edible part sof the adventure include macaroon dishwasher tablets.

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10 Clerkenwell Green , Clerkenwell Monday July 4 2016 - Sunday July 10 2016

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: Time Out London Things To Do

Somerset House Summer Series gigs

There’s no secret to the success of Somerset House’s annual gig series. Londoners love the venue for offering all the open-air excitement of a festival stage right in the centre of the capital, whilst artists enjoy playing to a captivated audience in a grand eighteenth-century courtyard by the Thames. The line-up is always great too – Adele, Amy Winehouse and Sam Smith have all graced the stage – and 2016 is no exception.

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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

Midsommarstång Pop-Up Party

London's getting the Swedish party treatment this summer as premium cider brand Rekorderlig celebrates Midsommarstång in serious style, bringing Scandi vibes, music and a whole lot more to three waterside spots along the Regents Canal: Merchant Square at Paddington Basin, Granary Square at King’s Cross, and the Olympic Park in Stratford. Skål! 

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Paddington Basin , Paddington Until Sunday July 24 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
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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???