15 of our favourite things to do in London this July

Events and Workshops , Kids


1. Eat the Screen – Barbican

Location: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS
Date: 1st July – 24th Aug
Time & prices : check the full program
Films to Feed Conversations About Food! Food is at the heart of so many of today’s most urgent topics: the cost-of-living crisis, climate change, and biodiversity loss. The recent pandemic also focussed our attention on the subject – at-home cooking, the meaning of a shared meal, and a much-missed local restaurant.  This includes short films, features and documentaries, this season engages a variety of contemporary conversations around farming, food waste, food sovereignty, meat consumption, and the power of supermarkets. It also maps out, on film, a London ‘landscape’ of food; celebrates the joy of food and eating; and answers a general curiosity on the subject, from snail-hunting in Taiwan to maple syrup tapping in Canada and mushroom foraging in China.


2. Summer Science Exhibition

Location: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y 5AG
Date,time & price: 4th- 9th July, free
Explore a captivating and interactive experience that caters to anyone with an inquisitive mind about the latest advancements in science and technology. There will be drop-in workshops, meeting esteemed scientists and researchers, and delving into fascinating topics such as predicting volcanic eruptions, life on Mars, and the cognitive benefits of drumming. The event starts with a Lates evening, for those who are unable to attend in person, selected events will also be made available digitally.


3. Young V&A

Location: Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green,  E2 9PAC
Date: from 1st July
Time & Price: free
The much-loved Museum of Childhood in London is set to reopen as the Young V&A on July 1st, just in time for the summer holidays. Co-designed with children and young people, they aim to spark creativity and help build new skills and confidence in this fast ever-changing world. With amazing hands-on experiences, audiences can look forward to sensory playscapes, a finger skateboard park, an ‘Imagination Playground’ construction zone, and a performance and story-telling stage. Kids can now create their own Minecraft version of a town square and much more. The motto here is “Do Touch”.



4. William Racing Fan Zone

Location: 48 Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, London, W1B 5RA
Date, time & price: 3rd July- 9th July, free
If you’re a fan of Formula 1, you won’t want to miss out on the Williams F1 Fan Zone on Regent Street. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get up close and personal with some incredible cars, try your hand at driving on professional simulators, test your reflexes against those of an F1 driver, and even enjoy Q&A sessions with professional drivers.



5. Summer Place Festival

Location: Over-Seas House Park Place, St James’s Street London SW1A 1LR
Time, Date & price: 5th July – 8th July, free to reserve the spot ticket link
Experience an amazing summer filled with art and culture at ROSL’s first-ever festival dedicated to the arts. Their first Arts and Food & Beverage teams have curated a fantastic program of talks, concerts, and workshops just for you. Get ready to immerse yourself in ROSL’s rich heritage while enjoying spectacular music, theatre, art, food, wine, wellness, and much more. We’re lifting the curtain on a truly special four-day extravaganza that promises to inspire and delight. This summer place is open to everyone!



6. Wimbledon Screenings: Where To Watch The 2023 Tennis Action On The Big Screen In London

Locations: across London
Date, time & price: 3rd July-16th July, free
Planning to catch Wimbledon 2023, but missed out on the ticket ballot? No worries! You don’t have to be cooped up indoors, staring at a TV screen while the sun’s shining (fingers crossed!), Pimms in hand. London has got you covered with some amazing venues that offer giant screens, which means we can all watch all the thrilling matches of Wimbledon 2023 in the open air.


Wimbledon – Big Screen -Merchant Square Paddington
Booking is not required, just grab a comfy deck chair or bring your own picnic blanket and enjoy the championships by the canal.No tennis spectating is complete without a refreshing beverage in hand, so we’ve teamed up with The Thirsty Farrier who’ll be serving up an array of traditional cocktails from their signature horse box bar. Expect all the favourites including Pimms, Aperol Spritz and Espresso Martini’s.


Wimbledon at Canary Wharf -is part of the Summer Screen  series  which returns this summer, and as part of this Wimbledon matches are broadcast for free on a screen in Canary Wharf’s Canada Square Park and Cabot Square. Food and drink are available at bars and restaurants nearby, they usually run 11 am-7 pm daily but check schedules nearer the time.


Wimbledon screenings at The Piazza (SW19) with plenty of deck chairs to lounge in, plus they are dog friendly too, running from 11 am-8 pm.


Wimbledon in Covent Garden , watch the game whilst enjoying an ice-cold Pimms or strawberries and cream treat from The Crêpe Stop.


Wimbledon on the Big Screen – St Katherine’s Dock, seating is available, on a first come first served, bring a picnic and enjoy.


Wimbledon at Screen on the Canal, King’s Cross, located at Granary Square (King’s Cross), big screen, set up just across the canal. The steps have been cleverly transformed into a lush lawn, complete with oversized pillows for added comfort. Over summer the screen is also an outdoor cinema showing beloved cult classics and family favorites.


Wimbledon 2023 screenings at Summer in the Square, Marylebone – running 12 pm-8 pm. Portman Square Garden in Marylebone opens to the public for Summer in the Square. Free festival with Wimbledon screenings, street food, and bars. Enjoy the action while staying fed and watered!

Wimbledon 2023 at Vinegar Yard, London Bridge – will be hosting a summer of sport on their outdoor screen in the Courtyard Bar (just left to the main site). Bad Boy Pizza Soiety will be slinging their famous ‘za, we’ve got a fully stocked bar with your favourite beer, plus unmissable summer cocktails. To book a table, email: courtyard@barserveco.com. Walk-ins welcome!


Wimbledon screenings at Hackney Bridge – they will show all the court action on our garden screen, plus we’ll have Pimm’s by the jug load and food from their selection of international traders. All they ask is you bring your picnic blanket and settle in for an afternoon/evening of serves, volleys and Andrew Castle’s commentary.


Wimbledon screenings at Eccleston Yards, Belgravia – there are 100 seats available on a first-come, first-served basis, including beanbags, deckchairs, and picnic benches. You can also purchase refreshments from local businesses, such as the Amie Wine pop-up bar. Additionally, there will be screenings of England vs. Australia Ashes Test matches and family-friendly films like Mrs Doubtfire and Mamma Mia. Don’t miss out on this free and enjoyable experience!


Wimbledon screenings at Lyric Square, Hammersmith – as part of the local Summer Festival, deckchairs and a large screen will be available in Lyric Square in Hammersmith to catch the daily action of all the tournaments.


Strawberries & Screen 2023 at Duke of York Square, Chelsea – once again, the grassy area outside Saatchi Gallery is being opened up for tennis fans, with a large screen installed for anyone who wants to watch the Wimbledon action over the final weekend. The Men’s Semi-Finals and both Men’s and Women’s Singles Finals are shown here, with pop-up bars serving refreshments. Take your picnic blanket along, or splash out on VIP seating in the form of deckchairs — booking for those opens on 3 July.



7. National Geographic Traveller Food Festival

Location: Business Design Centre London – 52 Upper Street, N1 0QH
Date, time & price: 15th & 16th July, Adults: £25, 6-17yrs: £5, under 5 yrs: free / 2-day admission : Adults: £35, 6-17yrs:£10, under 5yrs: free ticket link
Eat your way around the world: sampling a diverse range of flavours and dishes. Attend live cooking demos and masterclasses from renowned cookbook authors. Immerse yourself in the vibrant ambience atmosphere, surrounded by fellow food lovers.



8.Black Venus – Somerset House

Location: Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
Date, time & price: 20th July -24th Sept, Price : pay what you can
“Black Venus” at Somerset House is a curated exhibition by Aindrea Emelife that showcases the work of 18 Black women and non-binary artists. The exhibition delves into the themes of othering, fetishization, and reclamation of narratives surrounding Black femininity. Through over 40 contemporary artworks, primarily photography, the exhibition challenges the historical objectification of Black women and celebrates the diverse and multifaceted nature of Black womanhood.



9. Kew the music – Picnic concerts

Location: Victoria Gate (TW9 3JR) Elizabeth Gate (TW9 3AB) Brentford Gate (TW9 3AF)
Date, time, price: 11th-16th July, :prices vary – click here
Get ready for an unforgettable experience at Kew Gardens, with live music performances from renowned artists like Bastille, The Vamps, Jack Savoretti, The Human League, Haçienda Classiçal, and Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. Enjoy a stage and large screen set up amidst the beautiful surroundings of Kew Gardens. Grab your own picnic chair or blanket or explore the food and drink available on-site.



10. Where to watch the Women’s World Cup 2023 Matches In London

Location: TBC
The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 is scheduled to take place from 20 July to 20 August. The tournament will be held in Australia and New Zealand, which are in time zones 8-10 hours ahead of the UK. As a result, most matches will kick off in the morning, UK time.
The Lionesses. England’s group-stage matches in Group D are as follows:
22 July, 10:30 am (UK time), against Haiti.
28 July, 9:30 am (UK time), against Denmark.
1 August, noon (UK time), against China.
We expect tons of pubs, bars, outdoor screens and other venues around London will be screening Women’s World Cup matches, particularly those which England’s Lionesses are playing, when we know more we will let you know, especially local spots.



11. Somerset House Summer Series

Location: Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA,
Date, time & price: 6th-16th July, lots of gigs are sold out, but some tickets are still available. prices vary.
Somerset House Summer Series with American Express returns in July 2023 with eleven nights of unmissable gigs in the intimate and immersive setting of our spectacular courtyard. A staple summer experience, the series presents a trailblazing line-up of breakthrough music artists and established acts from across the globe.



12. Theatre on Kew (aged 5 plus) – Alice in Wonderland

Location: Victoria Gate (TW9 3JR) Elizabeth Gate (TW9 3AB) Brentford Gate (TW9 3AF)
Date, time & price: 22nd July – 28t August, adult: £23, child(2-16yrs): £16, group of 4: £17.50, group of 10: £16.50, Kew Members: £20, child(2-16yrs): £14, group of 4: £16.25, group of 10: £16.
Journey down the rabbit hole and enter a fantastical world inhabited by curious and more curious characters. Join Alice as she searches for a way home meeting the disappearing Cheshire Cat, the beautifully dressed Mad Hatter, and the bad-tempered Queen of Hearts who is busy painting the roses red. Come and explore the enchanting surroundings of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew with this specially commissioned adaptation led by a talented cast of actor-musicians.



13. Festival 14

Location: One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB
Date, time & price: 24th July – 30th July, times and prices vary, check full program
Canary Wharf offers a diverse range of entertainment options for everyone to enjoy. From music and theatre to dance, comedy, and children’s activities. Canada Square Park is the main stage and has a fantastic programme of free music. Away from the action on the Main Stage, there will be several other areas across the festival site to visit and soak up some culture. New to Festival14 this year is ‘The Monty’, a tent hosting some of the best UK comedy, spoken word and poetry. On the first night of comedy Abandoman, Paul Chowdhry, Stephen Bailey and Cally Beaton will be taking to the stage. On Friday night the double Grammy Award-winning and five-time Brit Award-nominated Soul II Soul will be taking over our main stage. Other events include classical Nubiyan Twist, Laura Misch, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra and Docklands Sinfonia and Comedy Club 4 Kids (aged6+). There is so much more, check out the full program for details.



14. Perform in the Park

Location:93 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1DN
Date, time & price: 22nd July-28th August, times and prices vary.
Check out these fantastic live performances, in the wonderful Coram’s Fields, with magical productions such as “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” and “Mermaids & Pirates” or a modern twist on a Shakespearean classic, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” receives a fantastic reboot for a new generation, featuring media moguls, pop stars, and YouTubers. Plus wood-fired pizzas, ice-creams and the playgrounds, sandpits and paddling pool of Coram’s Fields so you can make a day of it.



15.Annual summer opening of Buckingham Palace

Location:  SW1A 1AA
Date, time & price: 15th July – 24th Sept, adult: adv £30/on the day:£33, Young Person (18-24): adv:£21.50/on the day: £19.50, child (5-17) & disabled: adv:£16.50/on the day: £18, under 5’s free.
As we enter the era of a new sovereign, why not explore Buckingham Palace’s  magnificent State Rooms which are open to visitors for 10 weeks each summer. This includes The Throne Room, Ballroom Grand Staircase and Palace Gardens.

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