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London events in July

Here’s your definitive guide to the best events and things to do happening throughout London in July 2020

By Time Out London Things To Do |
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July in London may not offer up the hottest weather (thanks to the unreliable British summer), but make sure you're ready for a scorcher. July in London dishes up a sizzling line up of events. Make a splash in one of the city’s lidos and wild swimming spots, dine alfresco, or sip on a cocktail in one of London’s best rooftops bars. As well as Wimbledon tennis, we’re also deep into festival season - Lovebox, Citadel and British Summer Time Festival are just some of the musical treats in store. July is also the month of Pride in LondonLambeth Country ShowRHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and Art Night. Here’s our guide to the best exhibitions, events, pop-ups and things do in this July 2020 in London.

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Dóra Maurer 'Relative Quasi Image' (1996) Private collection © Dóra Maurer Photo: Vintage Galéria / András Bozsó

‘Dóra Maurer’

Tate Modern, Bankside

This year-long free display will introduce British audiences to Dóra Maurer, an Hungarian artist who started making work at a time when her country's government were trying to mould artists' output to their own political ends.

Hairspray, Michael Ball, 2019
Theatre, Musicals


London Coliseum, Covent Garden

Hit up this revival of the big-hearted, acceptance-preaching, ’60s-homaging musical ‘Hairspray’. It’s being billed as a new production, though fans of the original are unlikely to be disappointed. 

'Sucker Punch' at Theatre Royal Stratford East
Theatre, Drama

‘Sucker Punch’

Theatre Royal Stratford East, Stratford

Back for a second bout after premiering at the Royal Court Theatre in 2010, Roy Williams’ ‘Sucker Punch’ is a boxing drama set in Thatcher's Britain. 

Things to do

Wimbledon Tennis Championships

The Wimbledon Tennis Championships are the oldest in the world and attract more than 500,000 spectators every year thanks to its old-school British rules and delightfully tense matches. Here’s our guide to everything you need to know about this year’s tennis extravaganza. 

Local Hero, Edinburgh Lyceum, 2019
© Stephen Cummiskey
Theatre, Musicals

‘Local Hero’

Old Vic, Waterloo

The Old Vic’s first musical in a little while is this hook up with Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre for a stage adaptation of the classic 1983 Scottish comedy. It’s adapted by Bill Forsythe (who wrote and directed the film) and already played in Edinburgh to warm reviews.

Pride in London 2015
Matias Altbach
Things to do

Pride in London: your ultimate guide

Welcome to our guide to Pride in London. From the parade route and the best after-parties, to the latest Pride in London pop-ups and where to source those all-important rainbow flags, here’s everything you need to know about London’s biggest and best LGBTQ+ celebration. 

Cush Jumbo, Hamlet, Young Vic, 2020
© Dean Chalkley
Theatre, Shakespeare


Young Vic, Southwark

Cush Jumbo follows in the footsteps of her ‘The Good Fight’ co-star Michael Sheen to star as the Bard’s doomed Danish prince at the Young Vic.

'Singin' in the Rain' at Sadler's Wells
Theatre, Musicals

‘Singin' in the Rain’

Sadler's Wells, Clerkenwell

Brollies at the ready: musical comedy gem ‘Singin' in the Rain’ is coming to Sadler's Wells for a limited five-week stint in Summer 2020. Get ready for fiendishly elaborate, rain-soaked tap routines. 

Sunday in the Park with George, Jake Gyllenhaal
Theatre, Musicals

‘Sunday in the Park with George’

Savoy Theatre, Strand

Jake Gyllenhaal made his stage debut in London – in Kenneth Lonergan’s ‘This Is Our Youth’, back in 2002 – but has stayed away since. Finally, he’s back, reprising his lead role in this recent Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant 1984 musical. 

'The Prince of Egypt' comes to the West End in February 2020
Theatre, Musicals

‘The Prince of Egypt’

Dominion Theatre, Bloomsbury

Stephen Schwartz is dusting the Egyptian sands from his 1998 Dreamworks movie, an old testament epic centring on Moses. Schwartz has dreamt up 10 new numbers for this musical version, which will sit alongside the movie’s songs including chart-topper ‘When You Believe’. 

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