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London events in July 2024

Your definitive guide to the best events and things to do happening in London throughout July 2024

Alex Sims
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July is set to be sun-soaked and full of brilliant happenings. Make the most of the hot weather with a splash in one of the city’s lidos, a meal outdoors or a cocktail or pint in one of London’s best rooftop bars or beer gardens. At this time of year, London’s parks are at their finest, or for more outdoor action visit one of the city’s urban beaches or outdoor cinemas

London music festivals are still in full swing in July, and it’s also a chance to take in the city’s lavender and sunflower fields, which are at their blooming loveliest. Here’s our guide to the best exhibitions, shows and things to do this July 2024 in London. 

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The best July 2024 events in London

  • Sport and fitness
  • Sport & Fitness

It feels like it was just yesterday that we were watching the Lionesses smash Germany in the Euro 2022 final. But it’s already time for another round of spectacular goals, missed penalties and euphoric wins. That’s right, the Euros are back. Our fave boys will be battling it out in Germany for a chance to become the UEFA Euro 2024 winners. Whether you’re a die hard footie fan or just hoping for an excuse to neck a few pints, you’re going to want to know all the best spots in London to catch the matches.

  • Outdoor theatres
  • South Bank

The National Theatre’s River Stage returns to the South Bank for a month of outdoor live music, dance, performance, workshops and family fun. Weekend evenings will see a varied programme of entertainment take place in front of the theatre, with special take-over weekends from The Glory, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, Rambert and the NT itself. The takeover weekends will be The Glory, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Rambert and the National Theatre.

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  • Music
  • Pop
  • Aldwych

Somerset House Summer Series is back for another year. Held in the Edmond J. Safra Fountain court, in the enclave of the iconic Neoclassical building, this open-air series of gigs has long held space for both exciting up-and-comers and well-known trailblazers from the UK and beyond.

When is Somerset House Summer Series 2024?

Somerset House Summer Series with American Express is spread out over eleven nights, starting July 11 and ending with a final gig on July 21.

How much are tickets?

Generally, tickets are selling for around the £30 - £40 mark, plus booking fee. If you’re feeling fancy, you also could even drop an additional £25 to get exclusive access to the Enhanced Bar and along with a complimentary drink, but note that these tickets are limited. Check the website for the full range of tickets and prices.

Who’s on the lineup?

From homegrown R&B singer Pip Millett to punk musicinan and poet Patti Smith, 2024’s line-up caters to a wide range of tastes, highlighting a vibrant selection of some of today’s coolest, most original musical artists operating today.

Here’s the lowdown:

Thursday July 11: Pip Millett
Friday July 12: Special guest – TBA
Saturday July 13: DBN Gogo & guests 
Sunday July 14: Corinne Bailey Rae 
Monday July 15: Smino
Tuesday July 16: The Amazons
Wednesday July 17: Hania Rani
Thursday July 18: The Big Moon
Friday July 19: Cory Henry
Saturday July 20: Hak Baker
Sunday July 21: Patti Smith Quartet

What time does Somerset House Summer Series start?

As a rule, doors will open from 7.30pm each night (except DBN Gogo which is 4pm), with supporting acts playing from 8pm, and headliners from 9pm. Curfew (boo!) is 10.30pm. 

Somerset House Summer Series has just revealed its full line-up for 2024.

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  • Things to do

Nothing says summer like the tennis whites, strawberries and cream and Pimms of Wimbledon. Missed out on tickets in the Wimbledon Tennis Championships (July 1 to 14)? Can’t face camping out on the street for day tickets? No problem. London is a city that gives back and this summer it will be peppered with big screens showing all the Murray Mound (okay, Henman Hill) action in so much blown-up high-res glory that you might as well be court-side. There’s a screen for everyone, with some offering special-edition cocktails and finger food and coming with pop-up tennis lessons. 

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  • Things to do
  • Food and drink events
  • Woolwich

There aren’t many festivals that can claim to descend from former monarchs, but this one certainly can. That’s because 251 years ago, when King George III was visiting Woolwich, he declared an annual holiday of beans and bacon which we know as Beanfeast – and it’s returned for 2024. Expect talks and live appearances from some well-known foodie faces such as Evening Standard and MasterChef critic Jimi Famurewa and chef and cookbook author Tim Anderson, free activities and interactive stalls, music from DJ PRNCSS and of course, plenty of beans (plus other food options, too).

  • Musicals
  • Soho

Director Dominic Cooke's stellar National Theatre revival of Sondheim's ‘Follies’ had much to recommend it, but one of its highest points was Imelda Staunton's performance as a wistful former showgirl, haunted by regrets. Now, Staunton and Cooke are reuniting for a crack at another classic musical, ‘Hello, Dolly’, which hasn't had a London revival in over a decade. Staunton will play the eponymous socialite matchmaker who finds a bride for her millionaire friend, then embarks on a hunt for a love of her own. It's got music and lyrics by Jerry Herman (‘La Cage aux Folles’) including the wonderful title number, plus 'Put on Your Sunday Clothes' and 'Before the Parade Passes By'.

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  • Things to do
  • Markets and fairs
  • Twickenham

There aren’t that many bits of London that are actually secret anymore, but the residents of Eel Pie Island have done a very good job at keeping their island as clandestine as possible. Only accessible by boat or via a little footbridge, a ‘private property’ sign usually keeps people out, except for twice a year when the public is allowed to snoop around the place at the island’s Open Studios event. The summer open days are usually a laidback affair and a chance to see inside the workspaces of 26 artists, from painters and potters to sculptors. 

  • Things to do
  • Performances
  • Hyde Park
BST Open House
BST Open House

BST has boasted some of the most exciting London line-ups over the last couple of years, but organising worldwide mega stars to perform in the park clearly isn’t enough work, so BST is also hosting eight days of free activities. All Things Orchestral will be performing a stunning show of classical music, hosted by Myleene Klas and there’s a free open-air cinema, pop-up bars, discussion panels plus chances to play tennis, cricket and football. Norman Jay MBE will be taking to the decks, and there’s even a chaos-fuelled chance to play Bongo’s Bingo. 

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  • Things to do
  • Film events
  • South Bank

It’s time for some discomfort. This BFI’s summer season is dedicated to films that make you grimace. The film institute has put together a brilliantly toe-curling programme including David Lynch’s ‘Eraserhead’, screened with an extended intro by curator Kimberley Sheehan, ‘The Lost Weekend’, a 1945 venture into alcoholism, and Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Requiem for a Dream’, a study of drug addiction. 

  • Things to do
  • City Life

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a hot air balloon! This July, London’s skies will be filled with glorious flying balloons as the Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta returns to the capital for the first time since 2019. There’s a catch though: the regatta can only take place if the weather is good enough. Fingers crossed July is a sunny one. If all goes according to plan, this year the balloons soar past landmarks including Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.

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  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours
  • Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square will turn pink and blue on July 27 as London Trans+ Pride celebrates its sixth year. The event is a vital coming together for trans people in the city, giving space to resist the encroaching threats on trans rights around the world, and come together to celebrate the community in the capital.

  • Things to do
  • Olympic Park

If your idea of a great time is watching giant trucks race their way across a massive stadium, then you’ll be blown away by Monster Jam. This unique sporting experience is returning to London in July, promising adrenaline-boosting action as you watch 12,000-pound monster trucks tear up the dirt. Prolong the fun with the Pit Party, where you can get up close to the trucks before they go into battle, take pictures and get autographs – from the drivers, obviously.

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  • Drama
  • South Bank

John Steinbeck’s 1939 masterpiece about a desperate Oklahoma family forced to migrate to California to escape the ravages of the Dustbowl is one of the most famous books of the twentieth century. And Frank Galati’s award-winning 1990 adaptation is pretty much agreed upon as the definitive stage version. Throw in the great American actor Cherry Jones as the family matriarch Ma Joad and you have a very handsome summer blockbuster indeed for the NT, which will be directed by the reliable Carrie Cracknell. Further casting – including the central role of Tom Joad – is TBA.

  • Music
  • Music festivals
  • Acton

When brand new festival The Recipe launches in July, it will take two things off attendees’ minds – keeping an eye on their spending and keeping their purse or wallet safe. The one-day event is all-inclusive, meaning the ticket price includes unlimited food and drinks, amusement rides, and more. It also boasts a line-up that should get any tastemaker’s approval, with R&B star Jazmine Sullivan giving her first UK performance in 10 years, plus SiR, Alex Isley, Destin Conrad and more.


Line-up includes: Jazmine Sullivan, SiR, Alex Isley, Destin Conrad, Tone Stith.

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  • Experimental
  • Chalk Farm

After a decade or so away, cult Argentine physical spectacular Fuerza Bruta returns to London in a new guise. Following the brooding machismo of its previous incarnation, ‘Aven’ is, apparently, an upbeat burst of sunshine and light: ‘we abandoned any note of darkness, we got rid of every trace of intellectual or aggressive strife. And we decided to create the happiest show we have ever done’, quoth artistic director Diqui James. It will surely be a visually stunning tour de force.

  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours

Did a visit to see Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ at the National Gallery fail to provide your flower fix? Get neck-deep in heliotropic heaven at these golden fields full of custard-yellow blooms. 

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  • Things to do
  • Sport events
  • Olympic Park

Gear up for the buzz of the Paris 2024 Olympics at the London Athletics Meet at London Stadium. Part of the Wanda Diamond League series, this event is the last athletics competition before the big tournament across the channel kicks off, making it a crucial part of the athletes’ final preparations. Bonus: all the limbering up you’ll need to do is warm up your vocals to cheer the participating players on and help spur them to (hopefully) gold medal victory.

  • Musicals
  • Hammersmith

Aussie writer and performer Yve Blake scored a cult domestic smash in the immediate pre-pandemic era with ‘Fangirls’ (aka ‘FANGIRLS’), a subversive musical that she wrote the book, lyrics and music for, and even initially starred in. Inspired by interviews with actual pop star fangirls, the musical follows Edna, a 14-year-old Australian girl madly in love with one ‘Harry’, a member of a massive-selling pop group (hmm, rings a bell). When the band comes to Sydney she’s determined to meet Harry – at any cost.

 

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  • Music
  • Rap, hip hop and R&B
  • Finsbury Park

Wireless returns to Finsbury Park for 2024 with a line-up that’s positively bulging with hip-hop, R&B and grime talent. Spanning trap, grime, experimental and beyond, there's more A-list talent here than the Met Gala. Nicki Minaj, Doja Cat, 21 Savage, J Hus and Future – all bona fide superstars. That's not all though, you've got a crowd-pleasing array of rising artists like Ice Spice, Asake, Rema, Gunna, Sean Paul, Sexyy Red, Tyla and Digga D who could quite possibly provide those 'I was there when' moments. It’s looking massive.

  • Things to do
  • London

Edinburgh isn't the only place with a bursting, brilliant fringe, and indeed as the Scottish capital’s iconic event becomes ever more expensive, the once scrappy outsider Camden Fringe looks ever more like a serious alternative for the London-based. Returning for its eighteenth edition, it’s smaller than Edinburgh by a long shot, but still boasts hundreds of events all over Camden, taking in everything from the expected stand-up sets and experimental theatre to kids’ shows, dance, and even magic. Runs tend to be for a night or two rather than the entire month, and prices are bargain basement by London standards, usually less than a tenner. 

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  • Music
  • Jazz
  • South Bank

Sure, there are plenty of great venues across London to sit and enjoy some jazz tunes throughout the year, but this festival aims to spotlight the best but underexposed bands that the city has to offer right now – the likes of Shabaka Hutchings (Guildhall grad Jazz musician and composer), Nubya Garcia (London-based Saxophonist and composer) and Ezra Collective (Time Out’s 2023 Londonders of the Year) all received some early-career support from Jazz Re:freshed, the non-profit behind this event. Along with championing new talent, the event hopes to share access to Jazz with a whole new audience, too!

  • Things to do
  • Quirky events
  • Canary Wharf

If you’re more of a sit-back-and-watch kinda person as opposed to a get stuck in kinda person, we’ve got some good news. North Face is hosting a Climb Festival at Canary Wharf South Dock, but don’t worry – you don’t have to do any climbing. Instead, watch some of the world’s top climbers (including North Face reps Caroline Ciavaldini and James Pearson) scale 16 metre walls and complete deep water solo climbs, from the safety of the ground. There’ll also be talks from climbers, a clothes repair space plus a handful of DJs.

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  • Musicals
  • Regent’s Park

The final show of Timothy Sheader’s Open Air Theatre reign is – what else – a musical, a form he’s done so much to champion since taking over the hitherto Shakespeare-centric venue almost two decades ago. Sheader won’t himself be directing this revival of Bock and Stein’s immortal musical following the life of Teyve, a Jewish milkman living in the shtetl in the early twentieth century. Nor do we know anything about Jordan Fein’s revival, conceptually speaking. But you can be sure of a crowdpleaser, with much-loved songs like ‘If I Were A Rich Man’ and ‘Tradition’ all present and correct. 

  • Things to do
  • Performances
  • Hyde Park
BST Open House
BST Open House

BST has boasted some of the most exciting London line-ups over the last couple of years, but organising worldwide mega stars to perform in the park clearly isn’t enough work, so BST is also hosting eight days of free activities. All Things Orchestral will be performing a stunning show of classical music, hosted by Myleene Klas, which you can book here, but if that’s not your thing, don’t worry – there’s a free open-air cinema, pop-up bars, discussion panels plus chances to play tennis, cricket and football. Norman Jay MBE will be taking to the decks, and there’s even a chaos-fuelled chance to play Bongo’s Bingo. Have a look at the website for more deets on the schedule.

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  • Music
  • Music festivals
  • Crystal Palace

South Facing might still be a fledgling festival only in its third year, but it’s continuing a lineage of over 150 years at Crystal Palace Bowl. The venue has played host to some of music’s most legendary names, from Elton John and Bob Marley to Vera Lynn and the Sex Pistols. South Facing brings the same level of thrilling eclecticism with its line-ups, hosting its bill in a space that feels intimate. There’s a diverse mix of headliners on the line-up including disco icon Grace Jones, indie auteurs Future Islands, dancehall legend Popcaan, hip-hop pioneers The Roots, amapiano trailblazers Major League DJz, London jazz luminary Yussef Dayes, pop queen Jess Glynne, and reggae royalty Damian Marley.

  • Film

When the sun’s out and the weather’s at its summery best, hiding away in a dark, stuffy room isn’t the most appealing option. Thank god then, for outdoor cinemas letting us get our film fix under the stars and with a sweet summer breeze in our hair.

London is home to some brilliant alfresco movie spots, which will be popping up all over the city in 2022, everywhere from docks and parks to rooftops and manicured gardens. Here’s a list of our favourites. 

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  • Music
  • Music festivals
  • Crystal Palace

We know Skepta is a man of many talents: he's a rapper, a DJ, a record label head and a fashion designer. And now he's a festival curator. This July, the famous Londoner has curated two stages personally, assembling a star-studded, multi-genre lineup of artists for an unmissable celebration of the music he cares about. 

Catch his only UK performance of 2024, alongside unmissable sets from The Streets, Mahalia, JME, Lancey, K-Trap, Odumodublvck, The Den featuring Frisco, Flowdan, Sir Spyro, Infamousizak, Manga, Thafirst and a special guest. You've also got some of house and amapiano's biggest stars taking over The Más Tiempo Stage, with the likes of Loco Dice, Uncle Waffles, Syreeta and Kitty Amor all locked in. 

  • Music
  • Dance and electronic
  • Brentford

One of London’s biggest dance music festivals is back to take over Boston Manor Park in 2024. If previous years are anything to go by, you can expect Junction 2 to provide a careful balance of massive names and hotly-tipped up-and-comers across the last Friday, Saturday and Sunday of July. This year you've got a stacked selection of house and techno juggernauts like Richie Hawtin, DVS1 b2b DJ Nobu, LSDXOXO Hot Since 82 and Kölsch live. They come alongside the likes of Barry Can't Swim, The Blessed Madonna, Honey Dijon, Joy Anonymous and The Martinez Brothers. Basically, it's the holy grail of raves.

 

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  • Things to do
  • Film events
  • South Bank

Whether yours is Bridget Jones, the Lion King or Lord of The Rings, you can take that cosy, comforting hum you get when curling up in front of an old movie and leave it at home – it’s time for some discomfort. That’s right, one of BFI’s summer seasons this year is based on films that make your mouth grimace and your toes curl. David Lynch’s Eraserhead will be screened, with an extended intro by curator Kimberley Sheehan, as will The Lost Weekend, a 1945 venture into alcoholism, and Requiem for a Dream, Darren Aronofsky’s study of drug addiction. Have a look for more details of the full programme on BFI’s website.

  • Things to do
  • Festivals
  • West Kensington

Dig out your best cosplay for this annual festival bringing a touch of Tokyo to London. The biggest celebration of Japanese culture in the UK, it involves a Haydo tournament gaming and anime area, sake and Kawaii fashion shows, as well as putting on exclusive performances from J-music artists. For the 20th edition of the event, over 350 exhibitors will be showing off the best in Nippon culture, while performers will include Britain’s Got Talent 2023 finalist Tonikaku, DJ and producer Ram Rider, singer and cosplayer Akari Akase, and more. 

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  • Things to do
  • Concerts
  • Kew

Sure, Kew Gardens is maybe London’s most iconic setting to enjoy some horticultural marvels and catch some rays, but it’s also home to this fun little music festival. The likes of JLS, Ronan Keating, Mika, Tinchy Stryder and Gabrille Aplin will be performing – now that is an all-rounder of a programme. But it wouldn’t be a festival at Kew without a talk from at least one gardener, and who better than the legendary TV presenter and gardening mastermind Monty Don, himself? An evening in conversation with him is what kick-starts this week-long festival – have a look at the website for more info.

  • Things to do

It’s going to be very very hot indeed this week. So, there’s no better time to cool off in one of London’s brilliant outdoor swimming pools. Here’s a list of our favourite alfresco bathing spots, however, our desire to paddle around under a sunny sky does mean that it’s important to book ahead if you want your open-air swim fix. So no rocking up to try your luck. 

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  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions
  • St James’s

Want to get the latest on cutting-edge research in science and technology? This year’s Royal Society Summer Science show will let visitors try out personal brain scanners, hear ice core samples from Antarctica, learn about stem cells and much more. Over 300 scientists will be on hand to delve deeper into their research, help with interactive activities and deliver fascinating talks. 

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  • Things to do
  • Food and drink events
  • City of London

Now in its 10th year, City Beerfest is back in historic Guildhall Yard, bringing together a selection of top brewers for a big beery bonanza. Breweries from across the UK and Ireland will be represented at the event, allowing you the chance to sip upon over 35 different beers – including non-alcoholic, low alcohol and gluten free varieties – from Meantime, St Austell, Guinness, Shepherd Neame, Timothy Taylors, and many more.

  • Things to do
  • Quirky events
  • Regent’s Park

A reincarnation of Zoo Lates (which ended in 2015), Zoo Nights returns to bring ‘after hours’ fun to ZSL London Zoo. Attractions entrial a packed street-food market, live music, an after-hours look at the reptile house in ‘The Secret Life of Reptiles and Amphibians’, and a ‘The Birds and the Bees’ tour where experts will shed some light on animal sex. For the extreme animal enthusiasts out there, you can even opt for a Zoo Nights VIP Sleepover and rest your head in one of the zoo’s nine lodges. Time to unpack that elephant onsie?

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  • Things to do
  • Concerts
  • Kew

Sure, Kew Gardens is maybe London’s most iconic setting to enjoy some horticultural marvels and catch some rays, but it’s also home to this fun little music festival. The likes of JLS, Ronan Keating, Mika, Tinchy Stryder and Gabrille Aplin will be performing – now that is an all-rounder of a programme. But it wouldn’t be a festival at Kew without a talk from at least one gardener, and who better than the legendary TV presenter and gardening mastermind Monty Don, himself? An evening in conversation with him is what kick-starts this week-long festival – have a look at the website for more info.

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