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Find Out What's On in London in July

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Updated: 3 July 2017
The height of summer is here and there are a million and one things to do in our nation’s great capital. From art to food to music, from cultural festivals to epic concerts, these are the best events coming to London this July.

ART | Art Night London

📅 July 1st

It’s one night, it’s all night – it must be Art Night. Follow a trail of art from dusk til dawn through London’s East End. In this free programme, you’ll discover contemporary art, performance, music and architecture. Between 6pm and 4am, a dozen art projects can be found in incongruous and iconic locations, each work is site specific and engages with its surroundings. Highlights include an illuminated meditation session presented by Ian Whittlesea in Tower Bridge’s Bascule Chamber, Melanie Manchot’s mass dance performance inspired by cultures from around the world in Broadgate’s Exchange Square, and to finish the night, hit the Village Underground’s Club Night featuring Alva Noto and more DJs. Unique, creative and inspiring. Do not miss.

📍 East London

CULTURE | WHAT SHE SAID

📅 July 4th

Every month, one of the capital’s most fashionable hotels, W London, hosts the WHAT SHE SAID talk series. Having launched in 2016 with veteran womenswear designer Diane von Furstenberg, the talk series is a global initiative led by W Hotels to bring together passionate and progressive women spanning a number of fields. July’s talk will be the 9th in the series, featuring Managing Director of Very Exclusive Sarah Curran MBE and style and TV presenter Grace Woodward who’ll lead the discussion on STYLE vs FASHION.

📍Soho, London

MUSIC | Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

📅 Until July 9th

Hyde Park’s biggest party is back with a programme across several weekends that is sure to offer something for every kind of music lover. Forgot to get your dad something for Father’s Day? A ticket to see Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers will put it right. Or relive your not-so-rebellious teenage years with Green Day or Kings Of Leon. The main event is the absolute king of Eighties pop, Mr Phil Collins. And there’s some guy called Justin Bieber too… Tickets from £79.50.

📍 Hyde Park, London

CELEBRATION | Eid Festival, Trafalgar Square

📅 July 2nd

Now more than ever the importance of cultural exchange and coming together in the name of enlightenment and understanding is paramount. What better way to do this than a massive free festival in Trafalgar Square to celebrate the end of Ramadan? The Eid Festival offers an array of entertainment, great food and family fun. There’s a fashion show, food market, children’s workshops and a bazaar selling artisanal arts, crafts and jewellery.

📍 Trafalgar Square, London

Phil Collins Courtesy of BST Hyde Park
Phil Collins Courtesy of BST Hyde Park | Girl Standing In Front Of Tree by Charles Avery | Eid Festival (Wikicommons)

LGBTQ | Pride in London

📅 Until July 9th

With a packed programme of art, cultural and nightlife events and the whole fabulous affair culminating in the parade on Saturday July 8, this year’s Pride is going be a big one. 2016’s fest was a tough act to follow with 40,000 people joining the Pride in London Parade and as many as a million people taking to the streets to celebrate. Pride’s message is all about living life with ‘No Filter ­– celebrating the opportunity to be free, but also recognising that so many people are unable to be themselves.’ So come out and enjoy it!

📍Regent Street (parade route)

FILM | Luna Cinema at Brockwell Lido

📅 July 13th

This summer, The Luna Cinema has transformed the historic Brockwell Lido into an exciting and unique outdoor cinema. Showing the appropriately water-based film, Splash, you float in a rubber ring, while enjoying the movie and quietly wondering what may be lurking in the silent depths beneath you… Tickets are £15.

📍Brockwell Lido

SCULPTURE | Frieze Sculpture 2017

📅 From July 5th

Meander your way through this breath-taking exhibition of some of the world’s greatest sculptors in the pleasant surrounds of Regent’s Park. Comprising 25 sculptures from renowned 20th century and contemporary artists, this is the perfect way to acquaint yourself with Frieze before their Autumn art fairs. This year’s collection includes works by John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, Gary Hume, Michael Craig-Martin, Eduardo Paolozzi and Ugo Rondinone. You can roam around on your own with the free Frieze Sculpture Audio Tour app, featuring descriptions of all the artworks on show, or join a guided tour of the open-air display.

📍Regent’s Park, London

Frieze Sculpture 2016 (WIkicommons)
Frieze Sculpture 2016 (WIkicommons) | Brockwell Lido courtesy of Luna Cinema | Pride Fest, © Moyna Tulcer

CULTURE | Shubbak Festival

📅 1-16 July

Taking place every other year, Shubbak is the biggest festival of its kind to celebrate contemporary Arab culture. Its aim is to connect all members of the community to the best of Arabic culture, through a wide-ranging programme of film, arts, music, theatre, dance literature and debate. 2015’s Shubbak featured over 130 artists, originating from 18 Arab countries, across 70 events in more than 40 venues, performing to a total audience of over 50,000. Prepare yourself for cultural delights on a spectacular scale!

📍 Venues across London

JAPANESE | Hyper Japan

📅 14-16 July

Japanophiles assemble! Hyper Japan is the ultimate celebration of contemporary and traditional Japanese culture, cuisine and cool. The event will transform the iconic Tobacco dock into a magical space filled with food, drink, fashion and technology, drawing inspiration from both the past and future of Japan. Just one of the mind-blowing treats on offer is self-produced songstress Toriena on the Hyper Japan live stage. She writes, sings, programs and produces her own music using two Game Boys. This and so much more can be discovered at the most Japanese event this side of Tokyo.

📍 Tobacco Dock

ARTS | London Bridge Summer Festival

📅 Until 31 Aug

This is London, so nothing is going to stop us partying. This year’s London Bridge Summer Festival is a testament to that. Across three locations between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, you’ll find a jam-packed programme of events. The outdoor amphitheatre The Scoop, The Pier and Hay’s Galleria will host film screenings, live sports broadcasts, food, fitness events, quizzes, live music and much more. Mark Dolan hosts A Taste of the Fringe on 26 July, with some of the biggest comedians from the Edinburgh Fringe. Feel like singing? Belt out classics like Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Say A Little Prayer and Purple Rain alongside a live gospel choir with Gospeloke on 28 July. Try to hold on to your teacups at The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, an interactive performance and culinary experience for families on 29 July. These are just three of the exciting and interactive events you can be a part of at this year’s fest.

📍 London Bridge

Shubbak performers © Emilie Jacquet
Shubbak performers © Emilie Jacquet | Hyper Japan, courtesy of Hyper Japan

TRIBUTE | Elvis Fest

📅 July 23rd

It’s been 40 years since the King passed away. Long live the King. What better way to pay tribute to the rock and roll royalty than to swagger down to Elvis Fest? Will there be Elvis tribute acts to watch? You better believe it. If you’ve had your fill of curled lips and huge sideburns, there are a bunch of other rock and roll bands to watch too, as well as rides, attractions, stalls and shed load of delicious food and drink.

📍 Parsloes Park

SHOPPING | Summer Streets

📅 Every Sunday

Love to shop, but can’t stand the honking horns and pollution of London’s busiest shopping areas? Summer Streets has got your back. Every Sunday in July, Regent Street is banning traffic to let the shoppers run wild, car-free. Every Sunday takes on a different theme, including health and leisure, garden party and fashion, and there will be loads of activities to keep you busy to give your credit card a few minutes of relief.

📍 Regent Street

ROOFTOP | Big Screen On The Beach

📅 From July 15th

The ever popular Camden Beach returns to the Roundhouse this year, calling itself Big Screen On The Beach. With a taste of Caribbean culture, barbecues and real sand, there’s no need to take to the skies this summer to find your slice of paradise. It’s all about the stay-cation. From July 15 there will be screenings of the Wimbledon finals, followed by cult classic and family films such as The Goonies, Arrival, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Frozen and T2 (Trainspotting). Kick off your shoes and get involved!

📍 Roundhouse, Camden

Elvis impersonators, NRMA/Flickr
Elvis impersonators, NRMA/Flickr | Strawberries and Shopping, courtesy of Summer Streets