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London events in July

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

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Ready for a scorcher? We mean this line-up of events, rather than the unreliable British summer, obviously. As well as Wimbledon tennis, July also means we're deep in 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. So, if you can drag yourself away from those cocktails, here are our highlights of the best things to do around town in July. 

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Our July 2017 highlights

Girl from the North Country

Acclaimed Irish playwright Conor McPherson is known for plays including 'The Weir' and 'The Seafarer', which mix wittily observed naturalism with a touch of dark magic. So a new work from McPherson is something to get excited about. 'Girl from the North Country' is a story of a lost family running a bleak guesthouse in Depression-era Minnesota. 

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Old Vic , Southwark Until Saturday October 7 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 Until Sunday October 22 2017

Much Ado About Nothing

After his explosive gangland reimagining of 'Cymbeline', last year's 'Imogen', Matthew Dunster is reimagining well-loved comedy 'Much Ado About Nothing'. It's a play that's famous for its pair of warring lovers, Beatrice and Benedick. Dunster's amped up the tension by relocating their sparring to 1910 Mexico, a country locked in revolution. 

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Until Sunday October 15 2017
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Plywood

An exhibition about industrially produced sheet wood might not exactly sound enthralling. But never underestimate the V&A's ability to take the most humdrum of subjects and bring it to life. This exhibition will cast a look at plywood's revolutionary use within furniture, aircraft and architecture, and the role it currently plays in digital design.  

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V&A , Brompton Until Sunday November 12 2017

Mosquitoes

After her sprawling, intense hit 'Chimerica', Lucy Kirkwood's back at the NT with a new play about sisterhood and tragedy, directed by NT boss Rufus Norris. A scientist is working on the Large Hadron Collider, in search of the Higgs Boson particle. Then she's thrown back in contact with her sister, who's living a somewhat less exciting life in Luton. 

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National Theatre , South Bank Until Thursday September 28 2017

Trajal Harrell: Hoochie Koochie

Get ready to see some serious shapes thrown at the Barbican this summer! American choreographer Trajal Harrell will be showing a series of his genre-bending, age-spanning dance routines, in which everything from vogueing to traditional Japanese butoh is thrown into the mix. Watch out for the restricted opening hours, though – this stuff's kinda exclusive. 

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Until Sunday August 13 2017
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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 Until Thursday August 31 2017

Holi Festival of Colours

Wembly Park hosts the 2017 edition of the Holi-inspired Festival of Colours. The actual Hindu celebration of Holi took place in March, so this is very much an excuse for an inclusive good time, banging tunes and throwing powder paint on your mates around, rather than any sort of authentic celebration. 

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Wembley Park , Wembley Park Saturday July 29 2017

Ride London

The world's largest festival of cycling returns to the capital. More than 100,000 people are expected to take on eight miles of empty London roads for this weekend feast of cycling aimed at riders of any age and ability. If you're more of a spectator, give your hands and vocal chords a workout by cheering those amateur riders taking part in the 100-mile fundraising challenge and the pros whizzing past in the Grand Prix event. 

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Various London locations , London Friday July 28 2017 - Sunday July 30 2017
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By: Laura Lee Davies

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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???