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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 2019

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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 2019 in London.

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The best July events in London

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Movies on the River
Film

Movies on the River

icon-location-pin Tower Millennium Pier, Aldgate
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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. 

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Pride London, press 2010
© Pride London
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Pride in London Parade

icon-location-pin Various London locations, London
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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. 

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© Estate of Otto Dix 2018
Art

‘Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919 - 1933’

icon-location-pin Tate Modern, South Bank
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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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Joaquín Sorolla 'The Pink Robe (La bata rosa)' (1916) © Museo Sorolla, Madrid
Art

‘Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light’

icon-location-pin National Gallery, Trafalgar Square
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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. 

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Theatre, Outdoor theatres

River Stage

icon-location-pin National Theatre, South Bank
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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.

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Diana Jarvis
Film

Summer by the River

icon-location-pin London Bridge City, London Bridge
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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.

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Things to do, Games and hobbies

The Viewing

icon-location-pin Ninth Life, Catford
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A psychedelic escape game themed around London's gentrification. Go for a cheap, fun night out with zany characters, puzzles and plenty of gin. 

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'honey & bunny' (Sonja Stummerer & Martin Hablesreiter) Daisuke Akita
Museums

‘Food the Bigger Plate’

icon-location-pin V&A, Brompton
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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.

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© RMN
Art

The EY Exhibition: ‘Van Gogh and Britain’

icon-location-pin Tate Britain, Westminster
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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. 

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Theatre

‘Rutherford and Son’

icon-location-pin National Theatre, South Bank
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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. 

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Luchita Hurtado 'Untitled' (1969) Image courtesy of the artist. Photo Credit: Jeff McLane
Art

Luchita Hurtado

icon-location-pin Serpentine Gallery, Knightsbridge
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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. 

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Luke Jerram's 'Museum of the Moon' at Greenwich and Docklands International Festival
© Luke Jerram
Things to do, Exhibitions

Museum of the Moon

icon-location-pin Natural History Museum, Brompton
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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! 

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'AI: More Than Human 2065 (preview)' by Lawrence Lek Courtesy the artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London
Museums

AI: More Than Human

icon-location-pin Barbican Centre, Barbican
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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. 

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© Kaleido Shoots
Things to do, Festivals

Festival of Football

icon-location-pin The Book Club, Shoreditch
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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. 

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'A portrait of Leonardo', attributed to Francesco Melzi, (c.1515-18) Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019
Art

Leonardo da Vinci: ‘A Life in Drawing’

icon-location-pin The Queen's Gallery, St James's Park
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A whole bunch of stunning drawings by art's great master. It's as intimate as you'll ever get with Leonardo. 

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Magic Mike Live
© Jerry Metellus Photography Inc.
Theatre, Comedy

‘Magic Mike Live’

icon-location-pin Hippodrome Live, Covent Garden
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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’. 

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© Olafur Eliasson. Photo: Jens Ziehe. Boros Collection, Berlin, Germany.
Art

Olafur Eliasson

icon-location-pin Tate Modern, South Bank
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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. 

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Faith Ringgold, ‘The Flag is Bleeding #2 (American Collection #6)’, 1997 Courtesy Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London © 2018 Faith Ringgold / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Art

Faith Ringgold

icon-location-pin Serpentine Gallery, Knightsbridge
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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.

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Luchita Hurtado 'Untitled' (1969) Image courtesy of the artist. Photo Credit: Jeff McLane
Art

Luchita Hurtado: ‘I Live I Die I Will Be Reborn’

icon-location-pin Serpentine Gallery, Knightsbridge
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This nonagenarian Venezuelan painter is art's hottest new discovery. These are stunning inventive works of arts that are finally getting their due. 

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Michael Rakowitz 'The invisible enemy should not exist (NW Palace of Nimrud)' (2018) Image courtesy of the artist. Photo by Robert Chase Heishman
Art

Michael Rakowitz

icon-location-pin Whitechapel Gallery, Whitechapel
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See complex, politically minded and playful art by Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz. This is a show full of complicated ideas, histories and perspectives.

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Lee Krasner 'Icarus' (1964) Thomson Family Collection, New York City. © The Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Image courtesy of Kasmin Gallery, New York. Photo: Diego Flores
Art

Lee Krasner: ‘Living Colour’

icon-location-pin Barbican Centre, Barbican
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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.

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© Frank Bowling
Art

Frank Bowling

icon-location-pin Tate Britain, Westminster
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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.

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Dale Chihuly 'Green Hornets and Gold Waterdrops' (2010) Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee. © Chihuly Studio
Art

Chihuly at Kew: ‘Reflections on Nature’

icon-location-pin Kew Gardens, Kew
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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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