With summer in the city well and truly here, we’ve put together our monthly list of things to do in London. Don your finest pair of shades, get back into those summer clothes and get stuck into everything London has to offer during July.
Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon
One of the twentieth century’s greatest style icons, this series of portraits on the great Audrey Hepburn is not to be missed. The personification of timeless elegance, Hepburn’s career both on and off the screen is one that came with a pretty impressive wardrobe. This exhibition covers Hepburn’s entire career, from the West End to Hollywood.
Alongside iconic portraits by the likes of Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon and Irving Penn, you can also catch rare behind-the-scenes snaps too. No less elegant mind.
National Portrait Gallery, July 2nd onwards – £9
If you’re into your hip-hop and R&B this is the festival for you and, held in Finsbury Park, it’s right slap bang in the heart of London. For the second year running, the festival features the likes of Drake, ASAP Rocky, Joey Badass and more. Ending the night on Saturday and Sunday are also Avicii and Guetta, giving everyone the chance for a good old boogie after all that snapchat taking. With a line-up about as big as Glastobury and far less need for wellies, this promises to be a good one.
Friday 3rd-5th July – £62.50-£69.50 Finsbury Park
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
The Chelsea Flower Show might think it’s the biggest player in the horticultural game but there are a handful of fierce contenders, none more magnificent that the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Spread over 34 acres, they’ve got a lot of flowers too. Featuring world-class gardens as well as marquees, a maze and a giant floral birthday cake (this year marking the event’s 25th anniversary).
For anyone with dreams of putting on their own flower show somewhere down the line, there will also be the opportunity to buy plants (especially at the final-day sale on Sunday), fresh produce and gardening equipment.
Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Court July 2 2015 – Sunday July 5 2015 – Prices vary
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
The Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park continues throughout the month of July with a variety of performances. Set amongst twinkling fairy lights hung from the trees, the theatre has a real sense of magic. With a bill that ranges from the dry wit of Simon Amstell to Anton Chekov’s classic play The Seagull, there’s something here for everyone. Theatregoers are encouraged to bring their own picnics, and perhaps even a drop of Pimms.
Regent’s Park, throughout July – Prices vary
The climax of the biggest thing to happen in tennis all year long, the Wimbledon Grand Slam takes place in front of a packed crowd. Don’t fret if you didn’t manage to blag yourself some tickets, there are plenty of alternatives – head down early to Murray Mound, an equivalent viewpoint or to one of the many big screens about the city.
Wimbledon, July 12th and 13th – prices vary
Somerset House Summer Series
What better way to enjoy those long hot summer nights in London than at one of the nightly live music events happening during mid-July at Somerset House. With performances from Chromeo, Jessie J, and Kwabs plus many more, there’s something here for everyone – providing it hasn’t already sold out that is. Set in the grounds of one of London’s most iconic landmarks, the Summer Series is a sure fire ticket to a fantastic night.
Somerset House, Thursday 9th to Sunday 19th July 2015 – prices vary
One of the best boutique festivals in the city, the diverse Lovebox line-up appeals to hipsters and party lovers alike. With a bill as impressive as this (we won’t even bother naming names, they’re all there), Lovebox promises to be a highlight of July, and probably the year. From big names to electronic artists, there’s something for everyone. That’s without mentioning all those great after parties.
17th and 18th July, £85 (weekend), £49.50 (day)
A lot of things are associated with July, ice creams in the park, swims in the Lido, festivals and, of course, the Proms. Probably the greatest classical musical event on earth, performances begin on July 17th and continue throughout the summer. Always looking to push the boundary and consider classical music from different angles, there’s more on offer at the Proms than just violins and Brahms. As part of the Late Night Proms series, DJ and presenter Pete Tong works alongside Jules Buckley and his Heritage Orchestra to celebrate 20 years of BBC Radio 1 in Ibiza. 2015 will also mark the first year that the festival introduces Sunday matinee performances and, with a concert narrated by Sir David Attenborough himself, they’re not messing about either.
Royal Albert Hall, From July 17th – Prices vary
Eid in London
To mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, Trafalgar Square once again plays host to its annual Eid celebration. As well as the traditional feast, including foods from around the world, there will also be live music and performance. For children, and fun loving adults, there’ll also be activities such as face-painting, henna, calligraphy and sports. Traditionally, Eid is also mark with extravagant traditional dress, so don your best rags and join in!
Trafalgar Square, 25th July – free
One for the city’s food and drink lovers, as you’d guess, Foodies Festival is all about eating, cooking and drinking. Each year the ever-growing festival sees thousands of hungry people descend on Clapham to feast on a vast array of food and drink. There will be top chefs cooking in the Chef’s Theatre; wine, beer, and cocktails in the Drink’s Theatre and kids can learn to cook too in the Children’s Cookery Theatre. Essentially, if you like eating (and who doesn’t), this one’s for you
Clapham Common South on 24th, 25th and 26th July 2015 – Prices vary