Things to do in London in July 2020

Take in the July heat at London's outdoor attractions and open-air events, usually including the capital's biggest music and flower festivals.
Panorama of London with fields of grass and trees in sunshine.
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.                         

  • Buckingham Palace usually opens its doors to visitors for summer.

  • Epic annual July events include Wimbledon, BBC Proms, BST Hyde Park and the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

  • Pride in London, a huge celebration of the LGBT+ community often falls in July.

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 toureat alfresco and sip on a drink at a rooftop bar.

There are all manner of things to do in July, but this year some London events have been postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

You can still squeeze plenty out of the summer in London with the Virtually London guide, which if full of online events and things to do at home. Or take a look at the iconic July events still going ahead virtually.

Virtual events this July

  • Enjoy some tennis-themed fun during what would have been this year's Wimbledon championships, with online activities as part of Wimbledon Recreated.
  • Admire the creative response of 20 artists to the coronavirus lockdown at an online exhibition of Isolation Mastered at JD Malat Gallery.
  • Big name London music festival Wireless is offering 360-degree, pre-recorded virtual reality gigs as part of its three-day Wireless Connect virtual festival.
  • Missing your festival fix? Junction 2 has moved online with four stages and six hours of exclusive DJ sets from some of the world’s top house and techno artists.
  • Experience the world's greatest classical music event, BBC Proms, which kicks off its virtual edition this month for eight weeks of fun concerts accessible from home.
  • Join the The Peninsulist Presents virtual events series, showcasing online workshops, music and more from Greenwich Peninsula.
  • The annual Pride in London parade and festival may have been postponed until next year, but you can still celebrate in 2020 with online events from Pride in London's Coming Out platform.

Find more virtual events with our guide to experiencing London from home.

Contact-free events in July

If you're in London, walk, cycle or drive (if it's a drive-in) to one of these contact-free events in your local area. But remember to follow social distancing guidelines and act responsibly when out and about.

  • Pack your housemates into your car and visit your local drive-in cinema. Complete with safety measures and social distancing, these alfresco cinemas are popping up across the capital this summer – find your nearest outdoor cinema and discover what's on.
  • If you're in north London, park up and tune in your car radio to enjoy hits from the West End musicals, performed live on stage at the West End Musical Drive In.
  • Prepare your bellies for a heavy dose of laughter on summer evenings – The Drive-in Club in Brent Cross hosts live comedy almost everyday in July. 
  • Don't wait and book guaranteed entry to art exhibitions and museum exhibitions at your local London art galleries and museums, which are reopening safely this month.

Explore London's outdoors

What's on in London in July? 

Find a flavour of what's usually on in July below. Make sure to check the individual event for confirmation of this year's edition or plan ahead for next year.

Unmissable July events for your diary

  • Peer inside the lavishly furnished rooms of Buckingham Palace during the annual summer opening of the Queen's official London residence (while the Queen is away on a holiday!). This year's event has been cancelled.
  • Shop on a traffic-free Regent Street, tuck into foodie treats and enjoy free entertainment during Summer Streets. This year's event is yet to be confirmed.
  • Take in the infectious atmosphere at the African Village Cultural Festival, celebrating the African culture through performances, mouthwatering food, talks and workshops. This year's event has been postponed.
  • Tobacco Dock London welcomes you to devour tonnes of halal goodies! Make your way to the London Halal Food Festival to get your fill. This year's event has been postponed.

Must-see music festivals this July

Annual festivals in July in London

  • Celebrate the capital's LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans +) community with the Pride in London festival, which usually takes place in June and July. The festival culminates with the famous Pride in London Parade through central London, and free performances in Trafalgar Square. This year's event has been postponed.
  • Every July, you can marvel at the beautiful gardens and floral displays at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, the largest annual flower show in the world. This year's event has been cancelled.
  • Immerse yourself in all things tattoo-art at Europe's biggest tattoo festival, the London Tattoo Convention 2020. This year's event has been postponed until 2021.

London sports events

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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