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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 2021

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Time Out London Things To Do
Katie McCabe

July is almost here and we’re ready to soak up everything London has to offer, which will hopefully include endless sunrays, because we’re in need of some sweet, sweet vitamin D. Make the most of the hot weather with a splash in one of the city’s lidos, a meal outdoors or book in for a cocktail in one of London’s best rooftops bars

Most of the big London music festivals have been moved to August, but there’s still an awful lot going on, including major exhibition openings, outdoor art shows and the arrival of the big purple Spiegeltent tent in Cavendish Square for Underbelly FestivalHere’s our guide to the best exhibitions, shows and things do this July 2021 in London. 

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The best July events in London

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Too many beer events take place in corporate exhibition centres. But not BrewLDN, oh no. These guys are holding their big craft beer party at Printworks, one of the city’s biggest nightclubs. Aside from all the posh hops, there’ll be DJ sets from RAW SILK and Eliza Rose to help ease you back on to the dancefloor.

When is it? Jul 29-31. Where is it? Printworks. Find out more here

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Skating has had a massive, though largely overlooked, impact on contemporary culture. New Somerset House exhibit ‘No Comply: Skate Culture and Community’ will give it some longoverdue attention, with a collection of photography, film, design and fashion, all about life on four wheels and a plank of wood. Gnarly.

When is it? Until Sep 26. Where is it? Somerset House. Find out more here

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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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If the name of this museum isn’t ringing any bells, that’s because it used to be called The Geffrye, but was renamed after it closed for a long refurb in 2018. It recently reopened, on June 12, with a new café inside a former Victorian pub, and installations exploring the meaning of ‘the home’, including playwright Michael McMillan’s recreation of a 1976 African-Caribbean London front room. If nothing else, it’s a chance to see a living room other than your own.   

When is it? Open daily. Where is it? Geffrye Almshouses, 136 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8EA. Book your tickets here. 


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Great news for fans of animals, late nights, drinking and other adults: ZSL London Zoo is doing a series of special evenings throughout July. ‘Twilight Tickets’ promises ‘a relaxed, child-free environment’, which sounds equally appealing for parents and non-parents. You get the chance to explore the zoo’s 19,000 species of animals, its various habitats – including rainforest, savannah and jungle – plus there will be events, pop-up activities and experiences across the site. Then, it’s feeding time at the zoo, with an array of street-food vendors dishing up their wares. Oh, and you’ll be able to get a couple of summer bevs in, of course, too.

When is it? Thu Jul 1, Fri Jul 2, Thu Jul 8, Fri Jul 9, Thu Jul 15, Fri Jul 16, Thu Jul 22, Fri Jul 23. Where is it? ZSL London Zoo. Book your tickets here.


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