Fun Things to Do in London This July 2022
The resident pics out the best things to do in London this July, from cabaret and ballet, to markets, festivals and Pride...
Lead Image: Summer in the Square
1 Summer Park, Canada Water
As summer heats up, the south east London neighbourhood invites Londoners to enjoy a free programme of events and activities for adults and children. Running through summer, guests can enjoy terrarium building workshops on Mondays, art classes on Thursdays and an evening of music from emerging DJs on Friday evenings.
Dates: Until August 26
Times: Monday to Friday 11am-8pm; Saturday 10am-8pm; Sunday 10am-5pm
Address: Chill Zone By Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, Redriff Road, SE16 7LL
2 Summer in the Square, Mayfair
Returning Summer in the Square will celebrate Mayfair's vibrant cultural scene with a programme of free events for friends and families. Taking place on Grosvenor Square's manicured lawn, there's dance classes, wellness activities and yoga for an office break, as well as food stalls and bars for an after work drink and a bite to eat. Jazz, opera, Shakespeare performances and kids workshops are set to entertain.
Dates: July 21-31
Address: Grosvenor Square, W1K 6LD
3 Somerset House Summer Series, Strand
Somerset House Summer Series returns with a string of 11 open air gigs held in the Somerset House courtyard showcasing a great swathe of musical talent. Artists include soulful songbird Arlo Parks, critically-acclaimed John Legend, pop star Mabel and experimental five piece Squid.
Date: July 7-17
Time: Doors 7.30pm
Tickets: From £27.50
Address: Strand, WC2R 1LA
4 Catch a film at the Ealing Project, Ealing
Ealing's first cinema in 14 years opens June 30. To celebrate its launch, throughout July the Ealing Project is offering £6 tickets. A multi-use space, the venue is also, a cafe, coworking space and will host live music nights, exhibitions and stand up, so there are plenty of reasons to check it out.
Tickets: £6 film tickets
Address: Ealing Broadway Centre, 1 High Street, W5 5DB
5 Savour London Food Festival, Chelsea
A new food festival lands in London this July, held at the wonderful Royal Hospital Chelsea. Savour will showcase some of the most sought after restaurants and bars in the UK, as well as up and coming restaurateurs and chefs. Participating venues include Covent garden's Frenchie, Polpo, the Salt Yard Group and Knightsbridge's Sumosan Twiga. There'e also wine tasting, oyster shucking and cocktail making, as well as cooking demonstrations, masterclasses and workshops, as well as Bloody Mary Buses, which sounds like the best kind of bus.
Date: July 30 & 31
Tickets: £25 each day
Address: Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road SW3 4SR
6 Greenwich Peninsula’s Summer Film Festival
The Design District is being transformed into an outdoor cinema this summer, with tasty cocktails, and street food from the Canteen and its six independent vendors. With screenings of some of the biggest motion pictures of the year such as Respect, King Richard and Dune, as well as much-loved classics including The BFG and Cruella, there's something to interest by gaggles of friends and the whole family. Each ticket comes with a free goodie bag too.
Date: Running through to August 27
Time: 2pm or 6pm sessions
Address: Design District, Peninsula Square, Greenwich, SE10 0QE
7 Pasta Evangelists & Butchery Masterclass, Farringdon
Pasta Evangelists' head chef Roberta D’elia, and Donald Russell's head butcher Dave Bergin come together to show guests how to master key techniques in butchery and pasta making, as they take you through the steps of how to make classic Italian dishes. Learn how to break down rump and loin joints into six different cuts, as well as how to create two pasta shapes that make the meat sing, while you enjoy unlimited free-flowing red wine throughout the two-hour masterclass.
Date: Saturday, July 2
Time: 12pm & 6pm
Address: The Pasta Academy, 62-63 Long Lane, EC1A 9EJ
8 Bite Club Southbank Centre
Bite Club is a cabaret show filled with burlesque, drag, comedy, circus and live music brought to you by Briefs Factory, an Australian collective of performance artists from Brisbane that are a little bit party punk while being highly polished and accomplished too. For audiences 18 years and older, catch them at the Southbank Centre in between the collectives Glastonbury and Edinburgh International Festival appearances.
Date: July 21-31
Address: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1
9 Birdies, Angel
Crazy golf centre Birdies is opening a new location at Angel. The new nine-hole course will feature three completely new holes - Wing it, Green and Bunker 2.0 - as well as tried and tested fan favourites Hazard, Kinetic, Steps, Infinity and Roulette. There will also be food and drink options - including a bar stocked with cocktails. The venue opens July 15, but if you book your session before then using the code BIRDIESHASWINGS, you['ll receive a complementary drink.
Date: Opens July 15
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday 12pm-11pm; Friday & Saturday 12pm-12am
Tickets: £12/£10 adults/children
Address: Level 1, Angel Central, 31-32 Parkfield Street, N1 0PZ
10 Don Quixote, Sadler’s Wells, Clerkenwell
The London premiere of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s brand new production of Don Quixote comes to Sadler’s Wells early July following a critically acclaimed UK tour. Company director Carlos Acosta promises the show will be all ages fun and an explosion of Spanish vibes, spectacular dance sets out on a quest to track down his true love and finds himself embroiled in an unlikely adventure of love and dreams.
Date: July 6-9
Tickets: From £15
Address: Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN
11 Where The Pancakes Are Pancakes Around The World, Fitzrovia
The pancake specialists will showcase pancakes from around the world by inviting some of London’s top chefs and restaurants to put their spin on the humble dish, This includes Head Chef of Myrtle Anna Haugh and her take on the Irish boxty, Amy Poon of Poon's will pay tribute to her parents with a Hainanese chicken crepe, and Lee Johnson and Sinead Campbell from Filipino restaurant, Bong Bongs, will bring their crispy pata pancake. To celebrate the three-week run of specials, Where The Pancakes are will host a ticketed event at its Fitzrovia outpost with the guest chefs where diners can try all three pancakes.
Date: From July 7
Address: 7 Charlotte Street W1T 1RG
12 BTS Hyde Park
A stalwart of London's summer festivals, BTS runs across several dates in June and July. While Elton John and Adele may be sold out, punters can still catch 90s grunge icons Pearl Jam (Jul 8&9), Eagles (Jun 26), Duran Duran (Jul 10)and The Rolling Stones (Jun 25, Jul 3). These of course are supported by a selection of class acts including Pixies, Cat Power, Sterophonics, Courtney Barnett, and Nile Rodgers & Chic. All in the great outdoors in one of London's most delightful parks.
Date: July 3 & 8,9,10
Time: Gates open at 2pm
Tickets: From £79
Address: Parade Ground on the east side of Hyde Park. The postcode is W2 2UH
13 Secret Cinema Presents Dirty Dancing
Cha Cha your way into the Summer of ’93 as Secret Cinema reignites the iconic world of Dirty Dancing. Opening on July 13, the immersive outdoor cinematic experience celebrates 35 years of the beloved film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Audience will embark on a journey of self-discovery and euphoric transformation, echoing Baby’s experience in the film, through live music, dance classes and various activities.
Date: July 13-31
Tickets: From £49
14 Kensington and Chelsea Festival
Hitting the streets for the second time, Kensington and Chelsea Festival returns to light up the neighbourhood with theatre, circus, opera, dance, music, outdoor arts, family shows, participatory activities, talks, walks and public art pieces. Highlight include Shakespeare's Globe's production of Julius Caesar and the world premiere of Hannah Sandison and Opera Holland Park present Green Spaces: A Celebration in Song
Date: July 1-August 31
Tickets: Events individually ticketed
Address: Various locations around Kensington and Chelsea
15 Late at Tate Britain, Millibank
Kicking off the first Late at Tate Britain for the year, Guyanese-British artist Hew Locke’s colourful installation The Procession - which is Tate Britain's current commission - is use as a starting point to explore intertwined cultures and black identity through a programme of live performances, music workshops, talks and food.
Date: July 1; September 2; December 2; March 3
Address: Millbank, SW1P 4RG
16 Pride Parade, central London
Celebrate love at this year's Pride parade which marks 50 years since the first march snaked its way through central London. The parade starts at Hyde Park Corner and makes its way to Whitehall Place, and there are plenty of viewing spots along the way. After, four stages at Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Golden Square and the Soho Stage on Dean Street play host to a wealth of queer and ally talent and the streets will flow with partygoers. Get amongst it.
Date: Saturday, July 2
Time: From 12pm
Tickets: Free and unticketed
Address: Central London, parade starts at Hyde Park Corner
17 Crafty Fox Market, King's Cross
More than 100 stalls showcasing independent designers and makers comes to The Crossing in King's Cross this July, so you're guaranteed to spy a unique treasure for yourself or as a gift. The market brings together the best artisanal, sustainable, small-batch makers, both experienced and emerging, who create handmade homeware, crafted ceramics, fashion, artwork, one-off jewellery pieces, organic skincare and stand-out kidswear among other gems
Date: Sunday July 17
Address: The Crossing, 1 Granary Square, King's Cross N1C 4AA