Things to Do in London in July: A Few Favourites
If you're spending your summer in the city, look no further than this guide to our favourite things to do.
Thanks to the (hopefully) glorious sunshine and long, balmy and evenings, it comes as no surprise that London is well and truly alive during the summer months. From picnics in the best parks and gardens, to festivals and al fresco dining; you'll have a list as long as your arm of things to do in London in July. In this expert guide we here at Plum Guide will be sharing with you our favourite ways to enjoy summer in the city.
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 hand at getting some same-day tickets (as long as you're prepared to queue).
Open-top bus tour
When it comes to things to do in London in July, it's best to make the most of the weather before it's back to dark, rainy winter. For that reason, we (believe it or not) recommend becoming a true tourist for the day…as long as you do it in style, of course. Something as simple as an open-top bus ride that travels across London can be a great way to get a sense of the city if you're only visiting for a few days. If you prefer to be a bit more active and a little less of a tourist, you could try a bike tour instead, where you'll cycle past landmarks like Big Bed, 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 abode 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.
Music festivals and concerts
You're spoilt for choice when it comes to festivals and concerts during the month of July in London. No matter what your age or music preference is, there's something for everyone. For those looking for some relaxing and inspirational things to do in London in July, head to The Proms which offer a generous eight week orchestral based programme at the Royal Albert Hall. 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, uh, lively, 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, British Summer Time and All Points East. Previous headlining artists have been big names such as Solange Knowles, Kings of Leon and Frank Ocean to name just a few. (Ask your children who these are if you're not too familiar.)
This famous 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 until the early hours. Party animals, this one's for you. For more information on Pride and LGBTQ things to do in London, take a look at our comprehensive guide to LGBT London.
Restaurants and rooftop bars
Al fresco dining and drinking reaches an all time high during summer, so no surprises this is on our list of things to do in London in July. 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 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.
Plum Guide homes
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 Plum Guide, we've got a wealth of London homes for you to indulge in whether you're planning a romantic trip away or a family vacation.