London events in July

Your guide to the best happenings in London this July

© Belinda Lawley

Summer may be in full swing but July's set to get even hotter – this month welcomes the arrival of more scorching events, gigs, pop-ups and festivals. Keep your eyes on our London events calendar and be sure not to miss the latest happenings, film releases and restaurant openings this month.

Our July highlights


Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

A byword for timeless elegance both on-screen and off, Audrey Hepburn is one of the twentieth century’s most enduring style icons. The National Portrait Gallery’s summer show charts Hepburn’s picture-perfect career, from West End chorus girl to leading lady. Alongside iconic portraits by the likes of Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon and Irving Penn, there’ll be rare family snaps and behind-the-scenes shots, too.

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National Portrait Gallery Thursday July 2 2015 - Sunday October 18 2015

High Definition

This solid dance event, now in its second year in Tunbridge Wells, offers prime beats from cutting-edge names covering house, techno, disco and some deeper, darker dance territories.

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Eridge Park Saturday July 4 2015 - Sunday July 5 2015


For the second year running, Finsbury Park plays host to an eyepopping line-up of hip hop, R&B and dance music royalty. Drake’s the big Friday headliner, making up for his no-show at last year’s festival, while EDM dons Avicii and Guetta take on Saturday and Sunday nights respectively. That’s not to mention young stars from both sides of the Atlantic such as Joey Bada$$, August Alsina and George The Poet, plus hip hop veterans Grandmaster Flash and Arrested Development and R&B queen Mary J Blige.

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Finsbury Park Friday July 3 2015 - Sunday July 5 2015

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Hot on the heels of the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show, 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 too.

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Hampton Court Palace Thursday July 2 2015 - Sunday July 5 2015

Village Green Market

This weekly Sunday market is in the heart of Hackney. Its smattering of stalls include an array of hangover-worthy food from vendors such as Cast Iron Kitchen and Mama’s Jerk station, and twee vendors selling everything from pickles to prints. A little row of adjacent shops offers bicycle sales and repairs from The Hackney Peddler, Smoking Gun Vintage for all your wardrobe needs, and a new hair salon. Weather permitting, there are also free yoga classes on the astro turf at 11am.

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Village Green Until Sunday July 5 2020

Paloma Faith

Hackney's sassy, retro soul chanteuse, who's an out-and-proud fan of insane outfits, theatrics and doo-wop harmonies, plays cuts from her latest LP 'A Perfect Contradiction'. Can the show possibly be as bonkers as the album sleeve? Quite probably.

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The O2 Tuesday June 16 2015 - Tuesday July 7 2015

Hyper Japan

Japanophiles in the know who can’t stretch to an airfare buy a tube ticket to North Greenwich instead and get their fix at Hyper Japan. What can you expect? The whole package: Hyper Japan embraces both authentic, traditional elements of Japanese culture and emerging trends, offering everything from food to fashion plus live music and cosplay. There’s sushi, sake and street food to sample and exponents of anime and manga to check out.

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The O2 Friday July 10 2015 - Sunday July 12 2015


Still one of the finest boutique efforts in London, catering for cool kids and party monsters, Lovebox returns for its second year as a two-dayer. As usual, it should be one of the highlights of the London summer thanks to a storming, genre-blurring line-up of DJs electronic acts and live bands, plus all sorts of weird fun on the side (performance, art, dance, and mysterious mischief) and a full range of banging after parties.

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Victoria Park Friday July 17 2015 - Saturday July 18 2015

Citadel Festival

From the people behind Lovebox and Wilderness festivals comes Citadel – a new one-day event that sets up in Victoria Park this July. This new venture aims to be a lot more culturally nourishing and arts-driven than most conventional festivals. Though it’s not strictly a music-led festival, there are some big-name bands headlining. Already announced is Ben Howard, who surprised many late last year by building on his folky acoustic debut with the deeper and darker ‘I Forget Where We Were’. Joining them are Bombay Bicycle Club, who firmly cemented their headliner status with a massive Earls Court show late last year.

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Victoria Park Sunday July 19 2015

Archikids Festival

Let your kids run riot in the Square Mile at a festival that hopes to turn five-to-eleven-year olds into 'architectives'. Some of the City's most iconic buildings are opening to families for workshops and activities that will help children explore aspects of design and construction. Highlights include sessions at the Gherkin, a new festival hub at 6 Bevis Marks, scooter competitions and DIY events.

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Various Venues Saturday July 25 2015 - Sunday July 26 2015 Free
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