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Things to do in London in July 2021

Take in the July warmth at London's outdoor attractions and open-air events, including the capital's biggest music and flower festivals.
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Head to Primrose Hill in July, one of the hottest months to enjoy in London. Credits: Jan-Otto. Image courtesy of iStock.
  • July is one of the warmest months to visit London.                         

  • Explore and even picnic in Buckingham Palace gardens for the first time this summer.

  • Annual July events include Wimbledon, BBC Proms and the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

  • Pride in London, a huge celebration of the LGBT+ community often falls in July, but it will take place in September in 2021.

July brings fabulous festivals to the city, and is one of the warmest months of the year in the capital! It's time to head to London's great outdoors: visit one of London's parks, enjoy an open-top bus tour, east alfresco and catch up with friends over drinks at a rooftop bar

With the warm weather and relaxing vibes around every corner, there are lots of iconic summer events to experience – check out our top picks below to make this month utterly unforgettable. 

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What's on in London in July?  

Unmissable July events for your diary

  • Book ahead to discover the beauty of Buckingham Palace Gardens, which are opening for picnics and self-guided tours for the first this summer. 
  • The annual summer opening of Buckingham Palace takes a different form this year, with guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays only.
  • Spend Summer Days Out at King's Cross, where a bunch of sizzling activities happen this month. 
  • Grab some friends and head over to London's cool outdoor cinemas, which are popping up across the city.
  • Stuff your stomach with flavours from across the world at Taste of London in Regent's Park.
  • Watch world-class tennis and tuck into traditional strawberries and cream at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships. If you haven't secured a ticket, watch the action at pop-up screens across the capital.
  • Marvel at beautiful gardens and floral displays during the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, the largest annual flower show in the world.
  • Enjoy plenty of show-stopping performances, pop-ups and good vibes at the Underbelly Festival, which finds a new home in Cavendish Square this year.

Where are the must-see music festivals this July?

  • Many London music festivals usually take place in July. You can normally take your pick from everything from Lovebox and American Express presents British Summer Time, to Somerset House's Summer Series and Kew the Music in Kew Gardens. However, most music festivals have been cancelled in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • ...But you can still fill your calendars with classical concerts, as the BBC Proms returns with 44 days of concerts from the end of this month.

Which shows are reopening in July?

What can I do outdoors in July?

What are the most iconic annual festivals in July in London?

  • You can usually celebrate the capital's LGBT+ community with the Pride in London festival in June or July, featuring the famous Pride in London Parade through central London, and free performances in Trafalgar Square. However, this year's event is taking place in September.
  • Shop on a traffic-free Regent Street, tuck into foodie treats and enjoy free entertainment during Summer Streets, which usually happens in July. This year's event has been cancelled.
  • Sit back at one of London's iconic squares to enjoy a show of opera and ballet at BP Big Screens in London. This year's event has been cancelled.

For more things to do in London in July, take a look at the events calendar and guide to what's on in London. And catch the best of the London stage with the London theatre guide. If you're in London, find out what's on this weekend and download the Visit London app for the latest information on coolest things happening in the capital. 

WEATHER: For average seasonal temperatures and rainfall, see the London Weather page.

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