July is a busy month, with festivals, sporting events and immersive food experiences to be enjoyed, it can be difficult deciding what to do. So, we’ve made it easier for you and picked out a range of this month’s events and experiences to keep you entertained. There might not be a Glastonbury this summer but don’t worry there’s plenty more to get your music festival fix. Here’s our July line-up.
Summer Series at Somerset House
Nearest stations: Temple
Dates: Various throughout July for the full line-up look here.
This season’s mix of old and new school dance, electro and hip-hop artists includes legendary names De La Soul and the Roots, as well exciting acts from Metronomy, Flight Facilities and more. It’s a month long not-to-be-missed series of live acts. The picturesque setting of the Edward J Safra square and Somerset House are one of the best in London to see live music. Make sure to enjoy a pre-gig drink on the terrace overlooking the Thames and across the water on Southbank. Tickets are almost sold out for several events but hurry and you might be lucky to snap up the last few.
Another event at Somerset House to look out for this summer are the live cinema screenings hosted by Film Four Summer Screen. Find out more here.
Locations across South London
Date: 7th July
One night, sixty locations and over a hundred artists showcase their works in this unmissable South London event. The weird, wonderful and extreme of the art world are all here. Highlights for this year are likely to include; haunting HD projections in the Old Paradise grounds – a former burial ground, live puppet animation from Cecile B. Evans and a blue caravan suspended 30 feet above the ground from Italian artist, Lara Favoretto. Don’t expect to be bored, in fact don’t expect anything because you won’t be able to predict it! Events and installations are set up all along the river from Southbank to Battersea taking in some of the most iconic London river views and locations. Don’t miss out on a thing and make sure you plan your night with a festival map here.
Nearest Tube: Trafalgar Square/Oxford Circus
Date: 7th July
London Pride is this city’s chance to celebrate, support and champion the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. This year, Pride is supported by the Mayor of London’s office and has stages across Central London locations. Be sure to check out the Women’s stage in Leicester Square for a whole day and night of ‘Pride’s Got Talent’ in association with DIVA magazine. Dean street in the heart of Soho is the perfect setting for the Cabaret stage. Expect colourful and entertaining acts including Busty & Ginger, winners of last year’s Pride’s Got Talent. Visit the Community village in Soho Square where stalls for all the charities involved in raising awareness LGBTQ+ community will offer information and the opportunity to get involved in their work. If you’re with the kids, head to the Family stage for karaoke and a bedtime story from Pop and Olly. The parade, the part of the day Pride is best known for, kicks off at 12pm – check here for the route map so you can plan ahead.
Events in celebration of Pride run throughout July and, to find out what’s going on in the coming weeks check out the event list here. Remember to tweet your progress following this year’s hashtag #PrideMatters.
Nearest station: Wood Green/Alexandra Palace
Date: 21st July
The iconic setting of Ally Pally is perfect for this eccentric festival. A light, art and music festival, this one day extravaganza over-looks a stunning view of the London skyline. The programme includes a range of music, art and events, promising surprises at every turn, as well as an exciting range of food and drink. Tuck in to fried chicken from the Mother Clucker, fried perfection from the Arancini Brothers, and delicious wraps the geniuses at the Halloumi Guys. Comedy acts feature the likes of Katherine Ryan and Mark Watson, music is provided by the Flaming Lips, (always a spectacular show), Ghost Poet, the Mystery Jets and Beth Orton. There’ll be theatrical performances from the Rift Theatre and more party tunes from DJs the 2 Bears and Norman Jay.
Tickets are still available here. Hurry, hurry.
What will you be checking out in July? Let us know how you get on in the comments below!