The weather we’ve been experiencing this month in London is unprecedented. Thirty degree days, balmy summer evenings and barely a cloud in the sky – the city feels more like Los Angeles than it does the capital of the UK (but with better beer!).
As you can imagine, the city is teeming with life and activities. July is Pride month and we’ve had street parties and festivals throughout the weekend. If music, drinking and dancing isn’t your thing, though, there’s an enormous variety of events around the city to help you take advantage of the beautiful weather.
Let’s explore everything London has to offer in this blistering heat. Don’t forget to stay hydrated and wear your factor 50! What’s on in London, July 2012
Friday and Saturday sees the return of one of London’s favorite music festivals, this time in Gunnersbury Park. With stand-out headline acts like Childish Gambino, Bonobo and the Wu Tang Clan, it’s set to attract huge crowds over the weekend. Don’t miss out on Lovebox’s signature experiences like Hip Hop karaoke and ‘The Chapel of Love’.
Regent Street’s Summer Streets
Every Sunday in the month of July, Regent Street will be closed to traffic to allow the Summer Streets festival to strut its stuff. This fantastic arts, culture and wellbeing event is perfect for those looking to enjoy the festival atmosphere without too much in the way of partying. Explore twelve top-tier food stalls and free workshops from Anthropologie in this celebration of 250 years of the Royal Academy of Arts.
Continuing the celebration of London’s diversity this month, the Southbank Center is holding their annual festival of African arts and culture. With theatre performances, music and dance, workshops and photography exhibitions, you’ll get to experience a small slice of this fascinating continent right in the center of London.
Buckingham Palace Summer Openings
Have you ever wanted to see what life is like inside one of the most luxurious and famous buildings in the world? If so, don’t miss the opportunity to check out the Buckingham Palace tours this summer. Explore the stunning state rooms and see paintings by Rembrandt and Rubens, sculptures by Canova and Chantrey, and some of the finest furniture in the world. It’s as close as you can get to experiencing Britain’s traditional regal culture (without being a member of the Royal Family that is!).
Shakespeare in the Garden
If you’re coming to the UK for the first time you simply can’t miss out on a seeing a Shakespeare play in the flesh. There’s no better way to see one then at this month’s Shakespeare in the Garden series. Enjoy one of your favorite plays and soak up the sun at the same time in one of London’s best pub gardens.
July is simply one of the very best times to experience the UK, so don’t forget to check out our range of tours operating this summer. In this weather, we highly recommend our Stonehenge tour – it’s a great chance to get out into the countryside.