WHAT TO DO AND WHERE TO STAY IN LONDON IN JULY

Spending July in London is always a great idea, and if you're looking for unique things to do, read on

Being one of the warmest months of the year, it comes as no surprise that London is well and truly alive during this peak summer month. From picnics in the park, to festivals and al-fresco dining; you'll have a list as long as your arm on what to do and where to go. In this handy guide we'll be sharing with you our best advice on how to spend your July stay in London so you can be sure your making the most out of your trip.

If you know anything about London you'll know it's famous for having a somewhat unfortunate climate. In the words of Rihanna, you can't usually leave the house without an 'Umbrella-ella-ella' so when it comes to the summer months, London really embraces every outdoor activity possible. So join the Londoners as they head outdoors to events such as The Hampton Court Flower Show, Underbelly Festival, The Proms, and Wimbledon.

THE CHAMPIONSHIPS: WIMBLEDON

For anyone looking to enjoy a spot of good weather, strawberries with cream, and an excuse to drink at the pub, you'll want to embrace the spirit of Wimbledon.

This world class tennis tournament is one of the hottest events of the year showcasing the finest tennis players in the world from the ever-cheerful Andy Murray to Rafael Nadal. Tickets are bound to sell out, even months in advance, so your best best is to head up to 'Henman Hill' and see if you can grab a picnic spot to view the matches from the iconic vantage point. Either that or try your hands on same-day tickets if your prepared to queue.

OPEN-TOP BUS TOURS OF THE CITY

As July is all about the weather in London, we definitely recommend becoming a true tourist for the day and embracing a few touristy things to do. Something as simple as an open-top bus ride that travels across London, can be a great way to explore the city with ease.

Companies like Big Bus Tours even offer something in it for Harry Potter fans. If you however prefer to be a bit more active, you could try a bike tour instead, where you'll cycle past landmarks like Big Ben, The London Eye and St. Paul's Cathedral.

If you do try one of the above, make sure you take a pit stop at Buckingham Palace, as the Queen opens up her palace during the summer months for visitors to view the state rooms. If you're lucky enough you might just spot a Corgi running through the palace grounds as you end your day at the garden tea shop.

LONDON IN JULY IS ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Anyone into their music will be spoilt for choice when it comes to festivals and concerts during July in London. No matter what your age or music preference is, there's something for everyone.

For those looking for something relaxing and inspirational, head to The Proms which offer a generous eight week orchestral based programme at the Royal Albert Hall. It's here you'll find affordable concerts in an informal atmosphere offering some of the most aurally pleasing musical events.

If however you'd prefer something a little more vibrant featuring current chart topping artists, just head to any of the main parks in London and you'll see that most offer their own summer festival. Usually lasting one or two days, the most popular ones are Lovebox in Gunnersbury Park, British Summer Time in Hyde Park and All Points East in Victoria Park. Previous headlining artists have been big names such as Solange Knowles, Kings of Leon & Frank Ocean to name just a few, so you're in for some top-notch performances.

Don't try and sneak in your own booze though as you'll be told to leave faster than you can say 'Beyonce'. Tickets can sell out quickly, so do try and book in advance.

Check out our expert guide on the best spots to see live music in London.

JULY IN LONDON = PRIDE IN LONDON

Part of the LGBTQ community? Well then you've got to visit London Pride which usually takes place in June and July. The festival culminates in the famous parade through central London where people gather to celebrate the community.

Expect an array of colours, free performances and an all round great sense of cheer throughout the day. In the past crowds have exceeded over 1 million people and it continues late into the night as clubs and bars in areas like Soho keep the momentum up with parties until the wee hours of the morning. Party animals, this one's for you!

For more information on Pride and LGBTQ things to do in London, take a peek at our comprehensive guide to LGBT London.

POP-UP RESTAURANTS AND ROOFTOP BARS

Al fresco dining and drinking reaches an all time high during July in London. Pop-up restaurants and rooftop bars are the place to be on a hot summer day. You'll find many all across London so here's a few to consider visiting.

Bar Elba: Bar Elba in Waterloo is a great stop for a cocktail under a colourful canopy filled with fairy lights. Although the view at the top is breathtaking, be prepared for a tiresome walk up flights of stairs to get up there.

The Queen of Hoxton: For those staying further East, try gay staple Queen of Hoxton for great late night drinks on an expansive roof terrace. It's here you'll find trendy crowds listening to live DJ's in a wigwam. If you want all the joys of a festival without the long hours of travelling and unpleasant toilet facilities, you might just find yourself taking a shine to this renowned hotspot.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden: For a more fine-dining open aired experience, try The Ivy Chelsea Garden on the famous Kings Road. It's here you can spot one or two of the cast of Made In Chelsea enjoying a botanical cocktail in the orangery. This beautiful garden themed restaurant offers a fine European based menu set amongst a backdrop of trailing ivy, roses and a landscaped garden. Definitely a great stop for those looking for a lavish evening meal to top off a day of shopping on the Kings Road.

WHERE TO STAY IN LONDON IN JULY

Now that you've decided on what to do and where to go, consider a great location to stay in to top off your London summer stay. Here at The Plum Guide, we've got a wealth of London properties for you to indulge in whether you're planning a romantic trip away or a family vacay.

For a unique stay in London like no other, why not try Velvet Morning - a houseboat! Any Londoner knows that these are ideal to stay in during the summer months as you can relax on the the hull enjoying a glass of wine as you people watch onlookers jealous of you.

Velvet Morning
With cosy decor, a charming bedroom and a view like no other from the barge, it's a stay you shouldn't resist. 

If you're more inclined to stay on land, The Chalton in Kings Cross is a great stay for groups of up to six people. Centrally located too, you'll be able to zip around London with great ease.

The Chalton
With a large open plan living-dining space, modern decor and an outdoor terrace, it's the ideal summer stay. 

Alternatively, those looking for a non-traditional home with a traditional feel, should definitely check out Caledonia's Garden. Situated next to an artists studio in Islington, you'll be in awe as soon as you arrive and enter through the secret garden passage.

Caledonia's Garden
With a bedroom that has doors opening onto the garden itself, this place is an oasis of calm that feels miles away from the hustle and bustle of central London. 

With over 1000 properties though listed on The Plum Guide, there's bound to be more than a few that are going to tickle your fancy. See what other unique luxury stays you can find that will top of that London stay in July.


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