July Events in London

 
 

July in London is an all-singing, all-dancing affair, with plenty for art lovers, music mavens, and culture hounds to enjoy. And with so much fun to be had this month, stay with us at one of central London hotels and make sure you’re never far from the action. From the stately Summer Opening of Buckingham

 

01st July 2015

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July in London is an all-singing, all-dancing affair, with plenty for art lovers, music mavens, and culture hounds to enjoy. And with so much fun to be had this month, stay with us at one of central London hotels and make sure you’re never far from the action. From the stately Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace to the floral bonanza at Hampton Court Palace, the bold reimagining of a beloved classic at Sadler’s Wells to the pomp of the Proms, join us in celebrating the most anticipated July events in London.

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

London July Events Audrey Hepburn at the National Gallery credit Norman Parkinson Ltd

Over 70 images of Audrey Hepburn will be on display as part of the new exhibition at the National Gallery © Norman Parkinson Ltd.

With many never-before-seen pictures on display (including private photos lent by her sons), this exhibition of Audrey Hepburn portraits at the National Gallery is a chance to see the many faces of this icon, from her days as a London chorus girl through to her philanthropic work in later life.

From 2nd July – 18th October 2015.
Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man 

London July Events Matthew Bourne s THE CAR MAN Ensemble Credit Johan Persson

Head to Sadler’s Wells this July to watch this high-octane adaptation of Bizet’s opera © Johan Persson

Hot off its international tour, Matthew Bourne’s critically acclaimed contemporary ballet returns to London for a run at Sadler’s Wells. Expect high-energy, passionate performances in this reimagining of Bizet’s opera Carmen, set in 1960s America. 

From 14th July – 9th August 2015.
Matthew Bourne’s Car Man

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

London July Events Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Credit RHS   Andy Paradise

Flowers fit for a Queen at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show © RHS/Andy Paradise

Floral bounty abounds at this year’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Celebrating its silver anniversary this year, this award-winning show will feature fireworks, food and more flowers than you could shake a trowel at.

From 30th June – 5th July 2015.
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Somerset House Summer Series

London July Events Summer Series at Somerset House Credit James Bryant

Somerset House is a beautiful backdrop for open-air concerts this July © James Bryant

The iconic surrounds of Somerset House will provide an impressive backdrop to a series of open-air concerts this July from a wide range of performing artists, such as Passenger and Belle and Sebastian.

From 9th – 19th July 2015.
Somerset House Summer Series

BBC Proms 2015

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The iconic Royal Albert Hall will once again play host to the Proms © John Pavel/iStock/Thinkstock

Any run down of July events in London would not be complete without including the world famous BBC Proms. This year’s programme is vast, but highlights include performances from the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, as well as a narrated Prom from Sir David Attenborough.

From 17th July – 12th September 2015.
BBC Proms 2015

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

London July Events Buckingham Palace State Banquet Credit Royal Collection Trust Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II  2015

Peek behind the Royal scenes at the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening © Royal Collection Trust/Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2015

Step beyond the gates of London’s most popular palace this summer thanks to Buckingham Palace’s Summer Opening. Explore the State Rooms and take in this year’s exhibition, entitled “A Royal Welcome”, which explores what it takes to host an event of Royal proportions.

From 25th July – 27th September 2015.
Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

Carsten Höller: Decision

London July Events Carsten H ller  Isomeric Slides Credit David Levene Courtesy of LUMA Gallery Carston Holler

The Isomeric Slides are one of the highlights of Höller’s exhibition © David Levene/LUMA Gallery/Carsten Höller

Interactive, immersive and, at times, uncanny, “Decision” is the largest ever survey show of Carsten Höller in the UK. Taking place at the Hayward Gallery on the Southbank, this is guaranteed to be a gallery experience that, as the artist himself remarked, is “somewhere between delight and madness.”

From 10th June – 6th September 2015.
Carsten Höller: Decision

Kew the Music

London July Events Kew the Music Evening stage shot Credit Kew the Music

Kick back and enjoy the open-air concerts at Kew the Music © Kew the Music

Set in the verdant grounds of Kew Gardens, this open-air music festival is one of the most scenic July events in London. Headline acts include Paloma Faith and the musical stylings of Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

From 7th – 12th July 2015.
Kew the Music

Aida

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Opera Holland Park is staging Aida as part of this year’s season © Terry Love/Flickr

High priests and princesses abound in this tragic tale of love and betrayal staged as part of Opera Holland Park’s 2015 season. This production of Verdi’s epic opera will be performed in Italian with English surtitles, with soprano Gweneth-Ann Jeffers singing the title role. 

From 4th June – 24th July 2015.
Aida

Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust

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Close up of “Untitled (Tilly Losch) c.1935-38” at the RA Exhibition “Wanderlust” © The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation/VAGA

When it comes to July events in London, Wanderlust at the Royal Academy is one of the more unusual events taking place. Visit to see 80 of artist Joseph Cornell’s miniature “shadow boxes”, some of which have never before left the United States.

From 4th July – 27th September 2015.
Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust

Whether you opt for mind-bending art or sweet-smelling flowers in London this month, finish off the day in the luxurious surrounds of one of our central London hotels, perhaps with a glass or two of Champagne to help you unwind.

Header image © Royal Collection Trust/HM Queen Elizabeth II