Family coming to stay and you have no idea how to entertain them for a few hours, let alone a whole weekend? Bored of the usual tourist traps? Have no fear, little one. We’ve been checking out what’s going on in London this July, and here are our top picks.
1. Rooftop Brewing
Netil 360, 1 Westgate Street, E8 3RL
Saturday, July 5
Calling all beer lovers! Our friends Twenty Something London have something for you; Rooftop Brewing. The two-part party offers a boozy brunch or an alfresco disco, with great views and beer-infused everything! Get your tickets here before they’re gone. Oh, and if we hadn’t already tempted you; there’s hot tub sessions – bring your on-trend swimwear just in case.
Image: Tim Matcham Garden Design
2. Hampton Court Flower Show
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU
Tuesday, July 8 – Sunday, July 13
Get down to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show for superb show gardens designed on a budget, market-style shopping, trade stands and flowers galore.
Friday, July 18 – Saturday, July 19
Victoria Park, Grove Road, Hackney, E9 7DE
Lovebox Festival is back again this year for a celebration of the best of British and international music talent, dance and the arts. The festival takes place over two days in east London’s Victoria Park. Need no more convincing? You can pick up your tickets here.
Image: Balham Comedy Festival
4. Balham Comedy Festival
The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, Balham
Friday, July 11 – Saturday, July 19
The Bedford will play host to the Balham Comedy Festival for the third year running, with some of the hottest funny people on the scene at the moment. This year also includes a blast from the past, Paul Daniels. Yes, we’re as confused as you are. Pick up tickets here.
Image: BBC Proms
5. The BBC Proms
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP
Friday, July 18 – Saturday, September 13
The greatest classical music festival on earth, the BBC Proms, returns to London’s Royal Albert Hall, including the famous Last Night performances.
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6. Itchy Feet
Concrete, 56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ
Friday, July 18
No it’s not some sort of summer medical condition, but the biggest 1950s night in the country. The night will have big tunes, big moves, big fun, and (if you drink your gin right) a big hangover. So if you like a bit of 50s Funk, Soul, Ska, Rhythm and Blues or Rock n Roll, grab your tickets here.
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7. Camden Beach
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH
Saturday, July 26 – Saturday, August 23
A beach? In London? Are you cray cray? Summer in London has arrived, which can mean only one thing. The return of Camden Beach. Check out this little slice of paradise which re-opens from July 26 on the terrace of Camden Roundhouse.
8. Great British Carnival
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, E20 2ST
Sunday, July 27
Nothing says two years to Rio, or two years since London 2012, better than a Great British Carnival. To mark the midway point between these two huge athlete events, there’ll be free carnival down in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. So loosen up those hips, put on something bright, and have a party.