Things to do in London in July 2018

July is the perfect time to explore London's outdoor attractions and open-air events, including some of the capital's biggest music, sports and flower festivals.
  • July is one of the warmest months of the year.                                

  • Buckingham Palace opens to visitors for summer.

  • July events include Wimbledon, the BBC Proms, Lovebox, British Summertime, RideLondon, Underbelly Festival and the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

  • Pride in London LGBT+ celebrations often fall in July. 

July is usually one of the warmest months of the year in London.

Head outdoors to make the most of the summer weather: visit one of London's parks, enjoy an open-top bus tour, eat al fresco and enjoy a drink at a rooftop bar.

July events in London

Watch world-class tennis as you tuck into traditional strawberries and cream at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships. Advance tickets always sell out, but you can get your hands on same-day tickets if you're prepared to queue.

Peer inside the lavishly furnished rooms of Buckingham Palace and discover special royal exhibitions, during the annual summer opening of the Queen's official London residence.

Celebrate the capital's LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans +) community with the two-week Pride in London festival which usually takes place in June and July. The festival culminates in the famous Pride in London parade through central London, and free performances in Trafalgar Square and the West End.

Experience the world's greatest classical music event, the BBC Proms, which kicks off this month for eight weeks of fun and affordable concerts at the magnificent Royal Albert Hall.

If rock, pop or dance music is more your thing, head to another one of London's music festivals in July. Many of these take place in parks, such as Lovebox in Victoria Park or British Summer Time in Hyde Park.

Marvel at beautiful gardens and floral displays at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the largest annual flower show in the world.

Drop by one of London's many open-air summer festivals along the banks of the Thames, many of which offer free activities, from Underbelly Festival to Greenwich+Docklands International Festival.

Enjoy cycling shows, thrilling races and the UK's largest sportive, as London takes to two wheels for the RideLondon festival of cycling this July.

For more things to do in London in July, take a look at our events calendar and guide to what's on in London. And catch the best of the London stage with our theatre guide.

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

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