Despite what the weather forecast keeps telling us, the Great British Summertime is officially upon us, which means that London is buzzing with open-air events, festivals, and exhibitions. There’s so much to choose from it’s mind-boggling, so to help you plan your summer social calendar, we’ve investigated everything that London has to offer this July and handpicked our Top 5.
Read on to discover what’s on our bucket list..
When: 7-11 July & 14-18 July
Where: Regent’s Park
How much: From £23.00
This is the mecca for foodies in the city and it’s back at Regents Park with a pop, sizzle and munch. Taste Of London is described as ‘a next level food-fuelled garden party slap bang in the centre of one of the coolest cities on earth’. You can stuff you stomach with flavours from across the world, join London’s hottest restaurants, meet your favourite celebrity chefs, sample some of the city’s tastiest new concepts or just head straight to the Laurent-Perrier Club House to toast the summer. It’s the ultimate alfresco feast. Hop over to our Instagram for more fun food photos and live stories from this event.
What: Independent Label Market 10th Anniversary
When: Saturday 10th July, 2021
Where: Coal Drops Yard
How much: Free Entry
If you are more interested in hot music than hot meals, then you have to get yourself down to Coal Drops Yard this weekend for The Independent Labels Market 10th Birthday Bash. This summer event will be impeccably sound tracked by curated DJ sets from artists and labels and the finest indie labels in the land will selling limited editions, vinyl rarities and test pressings, as well as exclusive label and brand merchandise.
Since launching on Berwick St in May 2011, Independent Label Market has brought together the founders of over 400 of the World’s greatest independent record labels on both sides of the Atlantic to sell their fresh vinyl produce directly to the public at that traditional goods exchange – a market stall. As the music industry embraces streaming and a more digital strategy, Independent Label Market is proving to be a valuable reminder of how music retail can be a social affair; people hanging out together as a community and buying records.
What: RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival
When: 6th – 11th July, 2021
Where: Hampton Court, Surrey
How much: From £27.75
Held in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, the RHS Garden Festival, is one of the largest flower shows in the world. Amongst the highlights are, a newly introduced allotment zone where you can attend talks and practical demonstrations and a Cut Flower Sanctuary, inspired by Dutch designer Carien van Boxtel’s own garden in the Netherlands. You will have the opportunity to hobnob with gardening experts such as award-winning designer Tom Stuart-Smith, no-dig champions Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty, and former RHS Young Designer Will Williams who have each designed inspirational gardens. While Mary Berry, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Chris Packham are taking to the stage with expert tips, advice and insights. If this event makes you blooming excited then we recommend you buy your tickets now as they are selling faster than ever due to the sudden increase in gardening popularity that occurred last year.
London Living will be at Hampton Court on Sunday so keep an eye on our Instagram account (@londonlivingblog) for our floral photos and live stories.
What: Buckingham Palace and Garden Tour
When: Every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday (Friday, 9 Jul 2021 – Sunday, 19 Sep 2021)
Where: Buckingham Palace
How much: £16.50
This summer the paying public can picnic at the palace because The Queen has opened her 39 acre London garden. For the first time in history visitors can explore the magnificent, landscaped gardens at Buckingham Palace without a chaperone.
You will be free to wander around the garden’s winding paths at your own pace and experience the beauty and calm of this walled oasis in central London. Among the many features to discover are the 156-metre Herbaceous Border, the Horse Chestnut Avenue, the plane trees planted by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and the famous lake with its island that is home to the Buckingham Palace bees. This unique, once in a lifetime experience is running between July and October and tickets are predictably scarce, so we highly recommend you book fast!
What: Van Gogh Alive UK
When: June 4th – September 26th 2021
Where: Kensington Gardens (opposite the Royal Albert Hall)
How much: from £20.00
Having dazzled over 7 million in 65 cities worldwide, Van Gogh Alive UK is making its hotly anticipated debut in the heart of one of London’s most beautiful Royal Parks this summer for an exclusive four month run!
Hosted within a stunning, 25,000ft purpose-built venue in Kensington Gardens (opposite the Royal Albert Hall) from 4 June – 26 September, this Covid-safe and family-friendly experience is anticipated to become London’s biggest visitor attraction this summer.
Prepare to transcend time and space as you accompany Van Gogh on a journey through the Netherlands, Arles, Saint Rémy and Auvers-sur-Oise, where he created many of his timeless masterpieces. Set to an evocative classical score, a thrilling display of over 3,000 inspirational images transforms every surface that surrounds you in what has been described as an “unforgettable multi-sensory experience”.
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Like the sound of our bucket list? Let us know in the comments what’s on yours.
From all of us here at London Living – HAPPY JULY!