The best July events in London
Hop aboard London’s first ever cinema on the Thames. Time Out's movie boat will offer a food and drink-fuelled sunset cruise from the Tower of London. Once the sun disappears, we’ll play a movie on our open-air top deck.
Pride in London needs no introduction, but let's do the honours anyway: last year, it brought more than a million people on to the streets of London for the UK's biggest LGBT+ celebration.
What is it? Tate Modern's major free exhibition does a number on reclaiming the term 'magic realism'.
Why go? Franz Roh, the German artist and critic coined the genre as a name for the art created in his home country following the emotionally fraught German Expressionist movement. Seventy paintings and works on paper are shown here, including some surely unmissable ones by the brilliant Otto Dix.
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What is it? A major spring exhibition at the National Gallery of the lesser-known Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida.
Why go? Very few of the Valencian's paintings are in UK public collections but that just makes this feast of landscapes, seascapes, garden and bathing scenes more worth a visit.
With its pride-of-place position on the South Bank, the National Theatre would be silly not to make the most of such a setting in the summer months. River stage brings an open air-weekend series of takeovers.
Spent all your money on your summer hol? Keep yourself occupied for the rest of the balmy months at Summer by the River, a three-month festival that's totally free.
A psychedelic escape game themed around London's gentrification. Go for a cheap, fun night out with zany characters, puzzles and plenty of gin.
Which of our culinary habits are screwing up the earth? Can urban farming save the planet? What weird foods will we end up eating in the future? The V&A's new show about what we eat and the ways we eat really is food for thought.
What is it? The world's favourite sunflower-painted returns to London with 2019's EY exhibition at Tate Britain.
Why go? A lesser-known fact about the Dutch painter is that he was a bit of an Anglophile. Admire his artworks alongside those by British artists who, in turn, owe a debt to Van Gogh.
Head to the National Theatre to see Githa Sowerby's landmark drama about a tyrannical glassmaker. Expect ravishing atmospherics and a great cast led by Roger Allam.
This little known Venezuelan artist is 98 and has been making art for decades, creating works that play brilliantly with perspective. It's about time we paid her some attention.
Like Jerram's six-metre glowing sculpture has Nasa-inspired detail. It's lighting up the Natural History Museum for the fiftieth anniversary of Apollo 11. We have lift-off!
This massive interactive exhibition shows that the cleverest (or maybe stupidest) thing humans have ever done is to create machines that can outwit us all.
Organised by ace women's team Goal Diggers FC, this charity festival is all about encouraging women and non-binary people to play football. Expect panel discussions, film showings, tournaments, comedy nights and, of course, screenings of the Fifa Women's World Cup.
A whole bunch of stunning drawings by art's great master. It's as intimate as you'll ever get with Leonardo.
What is it? This spin-off from the beloved stripper comedy that made Channing Tatum a household name is co-directed by the man himself (alongside choreographer Alison Faulk).
Why go? It's billed as ‘a 360-degree dance and acrobatic spectacular’, which we're guessing means ‘stripping’.
What is it? In 2003, visitors to Tate Modern went mad for Olafur Eliasson's Turbine Hall installation 'The Weather Project' and now he's back at the same galley with a big exhibition and an outside artwork.
Why go? He's even taking over the Terrace Bar, turning it into a vegetarian canteen.
Pioneering artist-activist Ringgold combines storytelling and painting to stitch together narratives about black American history and the fight for equal rights. This is art for changing society, and it’s a pretty worthwhile cause.
This nonagenarian Venezuelan painter is art's hottest new discovery. These are stunning inventive works of arts that are finally getting their due.
See complex, politically minded and playful art by Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz. This is a show full of complicated ideas, histories and perspectives.
Krasner is one of the most important abstract artists ever, but she has always been overshadowed by the men of the genre. This show should finally put an end to all that.
Bowling is a British-Guyanese artist who has been creating gorgeously coloured works of semi-abstraction since the '60s, and this retrospective is long overdue.
See the stunning glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly (the chap behind the chandelier in the V&A's entrance hall) explode out of the foliage in the wonderland of Kew Gardens.
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