July City Events in London
With summer now in full swing you can expect some warm days and sunshine in London. If you are visiting this Summer then you need to take a look at our favourite picks for July:
1. Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace at Buckingham Palace – 11th – 14th July
Following on from the festivities of the Queen’s Birthday in June Buckingham Palace will be opening its doors for the Coronation Festival Celebrations. If you love the Queen or are a bit of a royalist then this is for you. You will be allowed to roam the Royal Gardens in the Palace and experience the best of British style from food and drink to interiors and gardens. So to get a huge British culture fix in a regal setting get your ticket online now.
2. Hampton Court Palace Flower Show at Hampton Court Palace – 9th – 14th July
Hampton Court Palace is a stunning building set in amazing grounds and is a fantastic place to visit at any time of the year but every summer it opens its grounds to the world’s best gardeners and their beautiful blooms. This year look out for The Edible Bus stop Garden that harks back to the London riots in 2011, the World of Gardens that showcase incredible displays from other countries and the new competition which encourages the Low Cost, High Impact garden.
3. The Black Seeds at O2 Empire Shepherds Bush – 18th July
Some down under tunes now. The Black Seeds originally hale from New Zealand and with 7 albums behind them they certainly know what they are doing. They’ve built up their much deserved reputation with their grass-root fans by sweating through the years of gigs and live performances. Their music is a mix of funk, reggae, dub, and good time soul and if that doesn’t do it for you, you may recognise their tune “One By One” from the hit TV series Breaking Bad. The Black Seeds have a great rapport with their audiences and you will definitely feel the love.
4. Wireless Festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – 12th – 14th July
During summertime in London the city is more or less surrendered to music with festivals popping up everywhere. Wireless is one of the greats on London this year with three days of top tunes from big names. This year the head line acts are Justin Timberlake and rap royalty Jay Z. These two will be dominating the stages all weekend along with other famous acts like Snoop Dogg, Emelie Sandie and Calvin Harris. Special guest Will.I.Am is set to turn up and rock the festival. You just can’t miss this one.
5. 2nd Investec Ashes Test: England v Australia at Lord’s Cricket Ground – 18th – 22nd July
Now for something uniquely British – cricket. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what a silly mid off is or what LBW means, you can still enjoy the sport. A spot of history if you didn’t know, the rivalry between England and Australia over the Ashes is almost legendary. History says that the first time England lost to Australia on home soil at the Oval it was the death of English cricket and the Ashes are the cremated remains. Currently, the Ashes are held by England – and with recent form wavering you can expect a tense match.
6. BBC Proms at Various Venues – 12th July – 7th September
One of the things that truly marks summer in London is the BBC Proms. The BBC Proms is all about music just a little bit of pomp. You’ll find yourself caught up in the world of classical that swells up during the series of concerts. Of course, the big one is the Last Night of the Proms and Rule Britannia at the Albert Hall. But there are loads of other awesome concerts happening. Highlights in July include Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring performed by Les Siècles, opera from Stockhausen and the far-out The Adventures of Greggery Peccary from Frank Zappa.
7. Comedy Festival at Brick Lane – 10th – 14th July
We could do with a laugh now so how about the Comedy Festival? This is the rejuvenated Greenwich Comedy Festival which used to be at the Old Royal Navy College, but with a new location and a new look Brick Lane promises to continue to high jinks in disorderly fashion. Laugh in line up include comedy royalty like Alan Davies, Rich Hall and Al Murray as well as Isy Suttie (Peep Show) and Tony Law (Never Mind The Buzzcocks). We will definitely be heading over there for some huge laughs.
8. Henley Royal Regatta 2013 at Henley-on-Thames – 3rd – 7th July
Now for a even more English culture. The Henley Royal Regatta was originally more of a fair with attractions for the locals, but it soon evolved into a fevered rowing competition between national and international rowing clubs. Henley-on-Thames is a lovely little English village that hasn’t really changed much in hundreds of years and is well worth a wander if rowing is not really your thing. You can get there quite easily by train from London and during the regatta there are likely to be special events. So for some boating fun on the water head out of the big city and lark about by the river.
9. From Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 80s at V&A – 10th July Onwards
Are you something of a fashion diva? Do you rush out to get the hottest look for a night out? Then you will love the new exhibition at the V&A starting this month, From Club to Catwalk. Heading all the way back to the 80’s the exhibition charts the emergence of some of the biggest names in fashion; like Betty Jackson, Katharine Hamnett, Wendy Dagworthy and John Galliano. See how the club scene in London started to have a major influence on what was on the catwalks. An added treat will be some outfits from huge 80’s icons like Adam Ant and Leigh Bowery.
10. A Season in the Congo at Young Vic – 6th July Onwards
We will sign off with a spot of culture at the theatre. A Season in the Congo is from the pen of Aimé Césaire one of the founders of the negritude movement. You will need your political appreciation head on for this one as it charts the rise and fall of legendary leader Patrice Lumumba during the first few years of independence in Belgian Congo. The show is directed by BAFTA award winning Joe Wright who brought us “Atonement” and “Anna Karenina” and although he admits he was terrified he has done a bang up job with the play. The lead role is filled by another huge name Chiwetel Ejiofor who is known for his awe inspiring Othello at the Donmar Warehouse a few years ago. So if you want a political thriller with some great music and dance thrown in go and see A Season in the Congo.