31 Things to do in London in July 2024

Take in the July warmth at London's outdoor attractions and open-air events, including the capital's biggest music and flower festivals.
Two people in white tshirts and sunglasses eat ice creams on a sunny day in London.
Enjoy an ice cream from one of London's many parlours. © London & Partners/Peter Kindersley
  • July is one of the warmest months to visit London.                         

  • Annual July events include the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships and RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.

  • Pride in London, a huge celebration of the LGBT+ community 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: enjoy open-air theatre, see the sights on an open-top bus tour or visit top outdoor attractions

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. 

Unmissable London events July

A group of people on a red double decker bus are waiving at the crowds during the London Pride parade.

  1. Make memories during the school summer holidays in London: Enjoy epic attractions, fun family activitieschildren’s theatre shows and top family experiences this summer. 
  2. Celebrate the capital's LGBTQIA+ community with the Pride in London festival: Watch the famous Pride in London Parade through central London and enjoy free performances in Trafalgar Square. 1 Jun-1 Jul
  3. Marvel at beautiful gardens and floral displays at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival: Immerse yourself in vibrant summer blooms at the largest annual flower show in the world. TBC

Check back nearer the time for more July 2024 events in London.

London theatre in July

Once on this island theatre show at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.

  1. Catch a show at the enchanting Regent's Park Open-Air Theatre: Check back nearer the time for the 2024 programme.
  2. Be charmed by Matilda The Musical at London's Cambridge Theatre: See the heart-warming stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s much-loved book.
  3. Laugh (and sing!) the night away at Sister Act The Musical: The sell-out show returns with Beverley Knight and Alexandra Burke taking on the role of diva-in-disguise, Deloris van Cartier.
  4. Head to Hawkins before the world turned upside down at Stranger Things: The First Shadow: Follow the untold story of Jim, Bob and Joyce and the new kid in town, Henry Creel. 

Discover more of London's top musicals, explore comedy shows and see what's on for kids

What can I do outdoors in July?

A smiling family is taking a selfie with the city in the background on top the Up at the O2.

  1. Sail by London landmarks on a top river Thames tour: Combine cruising with top London tourist attractions, travel with the Uber Boat by Thames Clippers River Roamer to North Greenwich pier before soaring above London with a London cable car.
  2. Soak up the sun as you explore Kew Gardens: Immerse yourself in nature as you wander the themed gardens and seek out exotic flowers and giant lily pads.
  3. Reach new heights at Up at The O2Make memories this summer as you climb the famous tented roof of London's top entertainment venue.
  4. Take on the rig climbing experience at Cutty Sark: Scale the masts of the famous tea clipper and enjoy views of iconic London landmarks. 
  5. Grab a picnic basket and bask in the sunshine at London's top picnic spotsSpend summer days soaking up scenic views.
  6. Search for secret spots and epic vistas at commons and heaths around LondonFind picturesque green spaces to relax and unwind.
  7. Head to Croydon, The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2023:  Explore the exciting lineup of events, including Croydon Pridefest (15 Jul), Croydon Mela (16 Jul) and Croydon Carnival (30 Jul).
  8. Roam some of the city's best parksDiscover the bicycle-friendly Hyde Park, wildlife-rich Richmond Park or pretty St James's Park.
  9. Work your way through 101 things to do outdoors in London: including the best picture spots, waterside walks and outside hidden gems.
  10. Swim, sweat and sightsee at these outdoor fitness spots across the capital: Get active in London's great outdoors.
  11. Grab some friends and head over to London's cool outdoor cinemasCatch your favourite films at trendy rooftop locations, open-air screenings and retro drive-ins.  

What are the best London festivals in July?

Fearn cotton stands in a green dress in front of tipis at the happy place festival in london.

  1. Discover the best new and established London bands at Camden Rocks FestivalSee rock, alt, indie bands and more at this famous summer festival. Jul TBC
  2. Get your wellness fix at Fearn Cotton's Happy Place Festival at Chiswick House: Attend talks, craft workshops, energy studios, yoga sessions and dance to great music acts. TBC
  3. See globally renowned artists at BST Hyde Park: Watch legendary headliners perform their top hits; previous line-ups have included Blackpink and Bruce Springsteen. TBC
  4. Fill your summer calendar with classical concerts: Don't miss the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with more than 40 days of concerts to enjoy. TBC
  5. Head to London's urban music festival Wireless: See some of the biggest names in rap, hip hop, and R&B at Crystal Palace. 12-14 Jul
  6. Be dazzled by the many summer events at Somerset House: From film to live music performances, the annual festivities are a great way to celebrate summer.

London exhibitions in July

Heel-less Shoes by Noritaka Tatehana in collaboration with Ryūkо̄bо̄.

  1. Discover exciting artworks at the Royal Academy of Art's annual Summer Exhibition: Explore all forms of art on display, from painting and photography to sculpture and prints. TBC
  2. Uncover the story of friendship at Expressionists: Kandinsky, Munter and The Blue Rider at the Tate Modern: See the brilliant works of this close circle of artists from the early 20th century. Until 20 Oct
  3. See the charming How Not to Photograph a Bulldog exhibition at the V&A Museum: Discover how our canine friends have helped photography over the years. Until 15 Jul
  4. Don't miss Discover Degas and Miss La La at the National Gallery: This exciting exhibition features unique works of art yet to be seen by the public. Until 1 Sep
  5. Delve into the powerful work of Yoko Ono at the Tate Modern: Discover the work of this leading activist and artistic figure in conceptual and performance art, experimental film and music.
  6. Explore Japan: Myths to Manga at the Young V&A: Take an atmospheric trip through Japanese history at this exciting exhibition. 
  7. Be inspired at A World in Common: Contemporary African Photography at Tate ModernDiscover dream-like utopias and bustling cityscapes from the artists' perspectives. 6 Jul-14 Jan