London from the inside Monday 3rd - Sunday 9th July 2017
It’s July! Officially the warmest month of the year across the whole of Britain. July was named after Julius Caesar - his birthday being during this month and until the 18th century July was pronounced like ‘Julie’. Six down, six to go - the exact midpoint of the year comes at 1pm on 3rd July.
WHERE TO …… IN JULY
Meet at the Crescent Wood Road entrance to Sydenham Hill Wood for 9pm on Friday 7th July to go on a prowl for owls, bats and moths with the London Wildlife Trust. The Woodhouse gastropub and beer garden is nearby if you fancy some dinner, dinner, dinner, dinner, dinner, dinner, dinner, dinner before your Bat Walk!
The Edinburgh Festival warm up shows take place throughout July. Usually in tiny upstairs pub rooms, that you didn’t even know existed, with tickets going for less than the price of a pint. Keep your ears peeled and your eyes to the ground as seats will go fast for the big names.
The East Wing of Somerset House is playing ode to perfume until September. With ten impressive installations to look and sniff at, and an exhibition of perfume through the decades, see what nose-driven nostalgia it will conjure up for you.
It’s Barclaycard’s British Summer Time in Hyde Park with The Killers, Kings of Leon and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers still to play the park in July.
If you think Sunday’s are for more than sitting around in your pajamas waiting for Monday, then head to The Sunday Experiment at Chris Denney’s 108 Garage in Portobello Road.
After we all went cycling bonkers at London 2012, RideLondon began to celebrate our new obsession with lycra. It’s a three-day festival of cycling from 28th - 30th July including a 100-mile cycling event from London to Surrey.
...GET ALL SHOOK UP
At Elvis Fest in Barking and Dagenham on Sunday July 23rd where there’s certain to be loads of tributes to the King himself in the 40th anniversary year since his death.
TAKE PRIDE IN LONDON
London Pride 2017 goes on for a whole fortnight, finishing with the main weekend across 8th and 9th July. There’s events everyday for the two weeks across the whole city including…
Penguin Pride at Proud
For the first time ever Penguin Pride takes to the stage at Proud Galleries in Camden on the evening of 5th July with live music, performance poetry and photography. Kele Okereke (Bloc Party) will be headlining the night.
The London Parade
Get there early on Saturday 8th July to bag your spot along the route. It goes from Oxford Circus, down Regent Street, across Piccadilly Circus to Trafalgar Square and then ends at Whitehall. It starts at 1pm and finishes at 4pm and they’ll be over 300 marching groups and floats - the biggest ever Pride parade.
The Pride Main Stage in Trafalgar Square
There’s pop-up bars and a full day of music on Saturday 8th July and inspirational speakers from 12pm-8pm including Fleur East, The London Gay Big Band and Amber Riley from Glee.