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London events in July

Here's your definitive guide to the best events and happenings throughout July

Citadel Festival

Ready for a scorcher? We mean the amazing line-up of July events, rather than the unreliable British summer, obviously. As well as the Wimbledon tennis finals, July also means we're deep in music festival season and, yes, the summer holidays too – so don't be surprised if you stumble over a bunch of kids on your way home. Summer also means loads of new pop-ups, alfresco dining and hours spent lounging around London's best rooftop bars. If you can drag yourself away from those cocktails, here are our highlights of the very best things to do around town in July. 

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Our July 2017 highlights

Chorus Festival

Back for a ninth year in 2017, Chorus Festival celebrates the power of singing alongside others and explores the health benefits of belting out a tune. This time around, Chorus Festival features a Royal Festival Hall concert with a choir from each Nordic country, performing together with a specially-formed choir of Nordic diaspora singers in the UK. 

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Saturday July 1 2017

Wimbledon Championships

Getting into the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club requires quite a bit of prep. Seats on Centre and Number One courts are distributed by ballot the preceding year, although enthusiasts who queue on the day may gain entry to the outer courts. You can also turn up later in the day and pay a reasonable rate for seats vacated by spectators who have left early. 

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All England Lawn Tennis Club , Wimbledon Monday July 3 2017 - Sunday July 16 2017

British Summer Time: Kings of Leon

Seven albums in and the Kings continue to serve up epic rock that simply belong in arenas, stadiums and massive parks. If you've only been listening to them through headphones on the tube it's time to enjoy 'Use Somebody', 'Sex On Fire', 'Wait For Me', 'The Bucket' and 'Supersoaker' in all their glory. Support comes from The Pixies and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.

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Hyde Park , Kensington Thursday July 6 2017
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Pride Parade

That colourful, crowded, loud and unquestionably fun time of year is rearing its head again. No, we're not talking about Notting Hill Carnival, although they do both replace London's noxious traffic with joyous partying. We're talking about the Pride in London Parade, which this year sees its biggest ever celebration to date. 

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Trafalgar Square , Trafalgar Square Saturday July 8 2017

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

This exhibition looks set to flip the idea of 'black art' on its head, tracing an underlooked 20-year period of creative innovation among African-American artists, against the seismic backdrop of the Civil Rights movement. 

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Tate Modern , South Bank Wednesday July 12 2017 - Sunday October 22 2017

Lovebox

Consistently one of the finest festivals in London, catering for cool kids and party monsters, Lovebox packs as much fun into two days as many festivals manage in three. The sublime, but elusive, Frank Ocean is the first headliner to be announced and his only London date on a European tour. It’s one of the highlights of the London summer thanks to a genre-blurring line-up of DJs and live bands.

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Victoria Park , Mile End Friday July 14 2017 - Saturday July 15 2017
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Hyper Japan

Bringing a touch of Tokyo to East London, Hyper Japan arrives at Tobacco Dock for three days of anime, cosplay, J-Pop and wasabi pizza. Visitors will be challenged to sushi-making competitions and a sake experience at Eat-Japan, where the retro trucks of Shoreditch's 'Urban Food Feast' will be on site offering more choice for street food junkies. 

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Tobacco Dock , Wapping Friday July 14 2017 - Sunday July 16 2017

Lambeth Country Show

The Lambeth Country Show has brought countryside pursuits to Brockwell Park for the last 42 years and the 2017 instalment will once again feature home grown vegetable and flower competitions, sheep shearing, sheep dog and owl displays, an on-site mini farm and lots, lots more. Live music can be heard from two stages over the weekend (don't miss Roots Reggae Day on the Main Stage, Sunday). 

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Brockwell Park , Herne Hill Saturday July 15 2017 - Sunday July 16 2017

Citadel Festival

If we’re being honest, Sundays at a festival are usually a bit of a damp squib. After days of abuse, both your inflatable mattress and soul are dangerously deflated. Going to a festival on a Sunday all fresh and rested, on the other hand, sounds a lot more appealing, especially if it’s tailor-made for the day of rest. On top of the class music line up there’ll also be various arts-driven distractions and entertainment throughout the day.

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Victoria Park , Mile End Sunday July 16 2017
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Elvis Fest

Get ready to be all shook up at this tribute concert marking the 40th anniversary of the passing of the only King in history worth knowing about - Elvis Presley. Listen to a line-up of world class Elvis tribute acts as well as rock and roll bands guaranteed to get your blue sude shoes shuffling. There'll also be rides, attractions, stalls and pleanty of tasty food and drink. 

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Parsloes Park , Dagenham Sunday July 23 2017

Yerma

This heartbreaking classic is almost unrecognisable in Australian auteur-director Simon Stone’s hands – turned into a fiercely modern story that’s electrified by Billie Piper’s central role.

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Young Vic , Southwark Wednesday July 26 2017 - Thursday August 31 2017

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By: Laura Lee Davies

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6 comments
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

 ( kapm )

Kenneth M
Kenneth M

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