In the height of summer, London’s cultural calendar is packed full of shows, markets and world-class sporting events. Whether you head to the Albert Hall for some high-brow music or Hampton Court for some horticultural beauty, there’s something to see or do around every corner. Stay with us at one of our central London hotels and you’ll be within easy reach of the best events taking place in July, from music, art and theatre to sport, gardening and film.
BP Big Screens
Set up at Trafalgar Square, The Scoop, Hammersmith Lyric Square and Alexandra Palace, BP’s big screens pull people in with their picnic baskets and blankets for a musical menu of two operas and one ballet. This year’s big hitters include The Royal Ballet’s medley of works by choreographer Frederick Ashton, The Royal Opera’s La Traviata, as well as Puccini’s masterpiece, Turandot.
BP Big Screens 7th June – 14th July 2017-05-31
The greatest tournament in tennis, Wimbledon hosts the biggest names in the game each summer. Turning the London suburb into a quintessentially British scene of strawberries and cream, Pimm’s and picnics, not even these delights can detract from the tensions on the court, which will see the likes of Rafael Nadal and, of course, the British favourite, Andy Murray, compete on the grass courts.
Wimbledon Championships 3rd – 16th July 2017
RHS Hampton Court Flower Show
Attracting over 140,000 visitors each year to its 34-acre site, the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show continues to wow visitors with its 250,000 blooms. Some of the highlights of this year’s show include the Butterfly Dome (full of tropical butterflies) and the Cancer Research Garden, which hands out virtual reality headsets that allow viewers to see another dimension to their plot.
RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 4th – 9th July 2017
Summer Series at Somerset House
Now a reoccurring fixture in London’s summer calendar, the Somerset House Summer Series of concerts gives Londoners who love beautiful architecture, sunny courtyards and a festival atmosphere the chance to party at the heart of the city. 2017 headlines include Norah Jones, Birdy and Goldfrapp, who look set to wow audiences with their spectacular live acts.
Summer Series 6th – 16th July 2017
A Tale of Two Cities at Regents Park Open Air Theatre
Venture to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre this summer and you’ll encounter Matthew Dunster’s dramatic new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ famous novel, A Tale of Two Cities. Opening on 7th July, this powerful play examines age-old social issues of inequality among the classes, and will be directed by Artistic Director of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Timothy Sheader.
A Tale of Two Cities 7th July – 5th August 2017
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
A provocative rallying cry, this exhibition is set at the height of the Civil Rights movement in 1963, when African Americans sought to frame their desires for autonomy and solidarity within a vibrant art scene. Featuring powerful murals, photography and sculpture, many works engage with the big figures of the period, from Martin Luther King to Malcolm X.
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 12th July – 22nd October 2017
This year’s BBC Proms includes plenty of big name composers, from John Adams to Philip Glass, but the largest celebrated themes involve the centenary of the Russian Revolution and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This year, concerts will take place in Southwark Cathedral, Wilton’s Music Hall and Tanks at Tate Modern, in addition to the Cadogan and Albert Halls.
BBC Proms 14th July – 9th September 2017
Trajal Harrell at the Barbican
An incredible tapestry of choreography that spans geography and history, Harrell’s performances at the Barbican bring together everything from classical Greek dance to Japanese butoh, from classical ballroom to belly-dancing. Ambitiously reconsidering where lines have been drawn between cultures (and some of the emotions they conjure), the result is a new dialogue that proves as intriguing as it is novel.
Trajal Harrell at the Barbican 20th July – 13th August 2017-05-31
If you plan to visit London in July, stay at one of our London hotels and you’ll be perfectly placed to make the most of these fantastic seasonal events.
Image Credits: Lead image © AELTC/Jon Buckle. BP Big Screens © Royal Opera House CGF. Andy Warhol, Muhammed Ali © TATE. Summer Series at Somerset House © James Bryant. RHS Hampton Court Flower Show © iStock/grajte. Proms © istock/inFocusDC. Open Air Theatre © David Jensen. Barbica – The Untitled Still Life Collection, 2011, 30 minutes Co-authored with Sarah Sze. First conceived in 2010 during a residency at ICA Boston.jpg © Jaye R. Phillips.