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 London, Lambeth Country Show, RHS 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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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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