38 Awesome Things To Do In London This Month: July 2019

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38 Awesome Things To Do In London This Month: July 2019
No Wimbledon tickets? Watch it for free on the big screen instead.

CANADA DAY: 1 July is Canada Day. If you're a Canadian ex-pat or simply a fan of the North American country, mark the day by visiting these little bits of Canada in London, before tucking into some of London's best poutine. 1 July

CARTOON MUSEUM: The Cartoon Museum reopens at its new location in Fitzrovia on 1 July, with two gallery spaces, a learning centre and a shop, all focusing on the conservation of Britain's cartoon and comic art heritage. It's home to over 6,000 original artworks, and a library of over 8,000 books. From 1 July

WIMBLEDON: The first two weeks of July are Wimbledon season. If you've not yet got tickets but plan to queue up on the day, read our guide for everything you need to know. Otherwise, head to one of these locations around the capital where Wimbledon is being shown on the big screen. Most screenings are free, many have deckchairs and beanbags, and there's usually a restaurant or bar nearby selling the all-important strawberries and Pimm's. 1-14 July

Pick up tips and tricks at Hampton Court Palace

GARDEN FESTIVAL: Get inspiration for your green space at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, whether you've got a field or a window box to play with. Wander through the palace grounds browsing stalls of plants and flowers, pick up tips and tricks from experts, take part in workshops, or just kick back and listen to the live brass band. 2-7 July

FRIEZE SCULPTURE PARK: Tracey Emin is among the artists displaying work at Frieze Sculpture Park, the largest exhibition of outdoor art in London. The artworks are dotted around Regent's Park, ahead of Frieze Week in October. 3 July-6 October

INDEPENDENCE DAY: It's the USA's turn to wave its flag today, for Independence Day. Take a look at our guide to the best events, special menus and food and drink offerings in London this Independence Day. 4 July

Crosstown sells limited edition doughnuts for Independence Day

CARRIE UNDERWOOD: American country singer-songwriter Carrie Underwood brings her UK tour to Wembley's SSE Arena for one night only. The American Idol and Grammy Award winner is in town to promote her latest album Cry Pretty, but the tour setlist is a medley of older and more recent country classics. 4 July

THE OTHER ART FAIR: The newest incarnation of The Other Art Fair takes place at Canopy Market in King's Cross, offering the public a chance to buy artworks directly from the artist. The programme also includes creative workshops, upcycling sessions and a special supperclub. 4-7 July

Image: NOW Gallery/Kinska

KINSKA: Ceramic artist Kinska opens a playful exhibition at NOW Gallery, bringing together around 1,000 pieces. The highlight of the show is a wooden whimsical house based on her studio in Hackney under a rainy sky of hundreds ceramic tear drops. 4 July-22 September

JOY DIVISION: Former Joy Division bassist Peter Hook revisits the rock bands repertoire in a special show, Joy Division Orchestrated. A full orchestra plays homage to the band's greatest hits live on stage at the Royal Albert Hall. 5 July

WIRELESS: London's annual urban music festival returns to Finsbury Park for the sixth year running, with a real American rapper bent to the line-up: Cardi B, Travis Scott and A$AP Rocky get top billing. For our money though, the highlight of the weekend is west London's own AJ Tracey. 5-7 July

WingJam comes to Peckham

WINGJAM: Get saucy at rooftop chicken wing festival WingJam. Sample wing and sauces from a variety of vendors, from the mild to the mindblowingly hot. Watch or take part in hot wing eating contests, and wash it all down with a splash of whiskey. 5-7 July

BST HYDE PARK: You probably already know about the huge (and largely sold out) British Summer Time concerts that take place in Hyde Park over two weekends in July. But what about the Open House events during the week? Everyone's invited to attend the free film screenings, broadcasts of Wimbledon matches, circus and cabaret performances, art workshops, and other family-friendly events. 5-14 July

PRIDE PARADE: The pinnacle of Pride in London is the Pride in London Parade, and this year's celebrates 50 years of the LGBT rights movement. The procession sets off from Portland Place, wending its way through Oxford Circus, Regent Street, Pall Mall and Trafalgar Square, before finishing in Whitehall. 6 July

The Pride in London parade celebrates 50 years of the LGBT rights movement. Image: Shutterstock

THE WHO: Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend take to the stage at Wembley Stadium to perform their show, Moving On!, with The Kaiser Chiefs, Eddie Vedder and Imelda May as guest performers. have 6 July

MRS BROWN'S BOYS: Irish sitcom Mrs Brown's Boys has been turned into a musical, starring the original TV show cast. We can only imagine how riotous things will get once you chuck singing and dancing into the already-lively show. 5-7 July

Summer Series at Somerset House. (c) Owen Harvey

KEW THE MUSIC: Beverley Knight, Billy Ocean and Jess Glynne are among the big names performing at this year's Kew The Music, a civilised music festival in Kew Gardens. Taking place after the gardens have closed for the evening, the festival has plenty of food and drink stalls and bars. 9-14 July

TOP SECRET: Codebreaking, ciphers and secret communications take centre stage at Science Museum's free exhibition, Top Secret. Explore over a century of communications intelligence through hand-written documents, declassified files and previously unseen artefacts from the Science Museum Group's and GCHQ’s historic collections. 10 July-February 2020

Photo: Anders Sune Berg Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Copyright: 1993 Olafur Eliasson

SUMMER SERIES: 11 nights of open-air gigs come to the courtyard for Somerset House Summer Series. The event moves away from big names, and focuses on pioneering and up-and-coming musicians across a range of genres. 11-21 July

OLAFUR ELIASSON: The name may not mean anything to you, but what if we told you that Eliasson was the artist responsible for bringing the sun to the Tate Modern Turbine Hall? He's back at the same gallery with installations and artworks that make you very aware of the space around you, including introducing a rainbow into the gallery space. 11 July-January 2020

Festival vibes at Lovebox

LOVEBOX: Lovebox has a few rappers and electronic music artists on the line-up, but always shows plenty of love to the R&B scene, and representatives from the genre this year include H.E.R. and Solange. Dress code is colourful but cool — see what vintage Fila or Adidas you can get your hands on at a trendy second hand shop. 12-13 July

FOOD FESTIVAL: The Great British Food Festival comes to the walled garden at Chiswick House. Watch chef demos, tuck into artisan food and drinks, take part in gin-offs, cheese-offs, cake-offs... then go home and sleep it all off. 12-14 July

ON BLACKHEATH: One of the city's more chilled festivals, ONBlackheath offers two days of good vibes from the likes of Morcheeba, Jamiroquai, James Morrison and UB40. A family playground, starring Andy & the Odd Socks, and a pop-up from the Science Museum tells you this is a good intro to festivals for the the kids. Although we fully expect the highlight to be Sunday's headliner — the redoubtable Grace Jones. 13-14 July

The Grand Flaneur Walk replaces the Chap Olympiad

CITADEL FESTIVAL: Catfish and the Bottlemen and Bastille are the top acts at Citadel Festival this year. The festival takes on an astronomy vibe for its non-music areas. There's a space pub quiz, a Q&A with someone from the UK Space Agency, space yoga and more. We expect most people will interpret this space-theme through glitter but why don't you one-up them with a full astronaut outfit? 14 July

GRAND FLÂNEUR WALK: Sadly there's no Chap Olympiad this year. The event's been replaced by The Grand Flâneur Walk, which celebrates the 100th edition and 20th anniversary of The Chap Magazine. It's  an immaculately dressed mass-saunter through the streets of London, encouraging people to put their smartphones away and see the sights around them. 14 July

WOLF HALL LIVE: Hear the score of the BBC's 2015 adaptation of Wolf Hall performed live at Southbank Centre. Anton Lesser, who played Thomas More, performs readings from the original novel too. 14 July

Wolf Hall Live at Southbank Centre

SUMMER STREETS: Regent Street goes traffic-free for four Sundays between July and September. We're promised live entertainment and food and drink stalls in the middle of the busy thoroughfare, although exact details for this year are yet to be announced. 14 July-15 September

BBC PROMS: Dubbed 'the world's greatest classical music festival', BBC Proms opens with a live edition of BBC Radio 3's In Tune, and a performance of Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass. Peruse the full two-month programme to find something that takes your fancy. 19 July-14 September

THE MOON: National Maritime Museum opens its latest exhibition, The Moon, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. See over 180 objects relating to our relationship with the Moon, including artefacts from the Apollo 11 mission and samples of the Moon collected on that trip. From 19 July

Regent Street goes traffic-free

MOON LANDINGS: July marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and while that may have been a small step for man, it's triggered a plethora of anniversary commemoration events, including exhibitions, installations, screenings, talks and other activities. Anniversary is 20 July.

LAMBETH COUNTRY SHOW: Music festival, agricultural stall, market and food festival all rolled into one, Lambeth Country Show is a free entry event in Brockwell Park for all ages. Dog displays, sheep shows, a petting zoo, live music, and ceilidh dancing are just of the activities on the schedule. 20-21 July

The Lambeth Country Show is completely free entry. Photo: Ren Forrest

ANNIVERSARY GAMES: Seven years ago, London was in the grip of Olympic fever. The British Athletics Anniversary Games take place over one weekend to mark the occasion. You (probably) won't get Daniel Craig and the Queen parachuting into the stadium this time, but you will see world-class running, hurdles, javelin, pole vault, long jump and other competitions, with many athletes using it to prepare for Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 20-21 July

FOOD FEST: Raymond Blanc, Adam Handling and Felicity Cloake are among the big names scheduled to appear at the National Geographic Traveller Food Festival in Islington. Stalls, masterclasses and speakers offer a way to immerse yourself in dishes from all over the world.  20-21 July

PALACE STATE ROOMS: Every year, the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace open to the public for the summer. See inside certain rooms of the Queen's official residence, including the opulent Throne Room, the Ballroom (which is used for state banquets), and the White Drawing Room, where the Queen and other members of the family gather before official occasions. 20 July-September 2019

Visit The Throne Room at Buckingham Palace. Photo: Royal Collection Trust

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER: Fashion Freak Show is a cross between catwalk show and theatre revue, and is the work of fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier. It comes to Southbank Centre for a short run, telling the designer's own story, from his childhood to his catwalk successes. 23 July

LONDON TRIATHLON: Sign up to take part in the London Triathlon and raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity or Macmillan Cancer Support. Or, just turn up to offer your support for those who are taking part. See the route on the website and find a spot to cheer them on. 27-28 July

Streatlife Festival at Alexandra Palace

STREATLIFE: Tuck into pizza, burgers, falafel, paella, duck, waffles, donuts and plenty of other options at Streatlife. The street food festival takes place at Alexandra Palace, so comes with a side of views over the capital's skyline, plus live music and DJ sets. 27-28 July

NATIONAL PARK CITY FESTIVAL: London's about to become the world's first National Park City, and kicks things off with a festival celebrating all things outdoors. Bee-keeping, outdoor fitness sessions, film screenings, roof gardens and hundreds of other activities appear on the programme. 20-28 July

Check out our guide to summer in London for more music festivals, outdoor film screenings, pop-up beaches and more.

Last Updated 26 June 2019