10 Things to do in London in July 2024

Published: 30 Jun 2024
The summer is at its best, and London is busy with events big and small. Many of the events we’re highlighting this month are outdoor events.
Wimbledon Tennis tournament logo
Wimbledon Tennis tournament takes place in July

Wimbledon Championship

The world-famous Tennis tournament starts on the first of July. While the tickets have been sold out for a while, Wimbledon reserves some tickets each day for the early birds that don’t mind a bit of queuing. The second best way to watch the tournament is by visiting one of the big screens set up city-wide, in parks and public squares. Some examples are Covent Garden , Eccleston Yards in Belgravia , and Screen on the Canal in King’s Cross. The screening locations usually have deck chairs and some refreshments available.

Wimbledon | 1 – 14 July

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is an annual flower show held at Hampton Court Palace in London every early July. It features show gardens, floral displays, talks, and demonstrations. The event has grown to become the UK’s second-largest flower show, attracting visitors globally. The festival features themed show gardens, floral marquees, expert talks, and the return of the RHS Allotment.

Hampton Court Palace | 2 July – 7 July

Barbie®: The Exhibition

In 2024, a major exhibition at the Design Museum in Kensington will celebrate Barbie®’s 65th anniversary by showcasing the brand’s design evolution. The event will feature over 250 unique dolls from 1959 to the present, including the original Barbie, innovative editions like the Day to Night Barbie, and diverse dolls representing today’s multicultural society. The exhibition will also highlight Barbie’s friends, family, and iconic Dreamhouses, illustrating their influence on and reflecting modern design trends.

The Design Museum | Kensington | 5 July 2024 — 23 February 2025

Riverstage

Southbank Centre
The Riverstage festival is held at the Southbank Centre

Riverstage is a free outdoor festival on the South Bank , a great place to visit in the summer. In collaboration with the National Theatre, The Glory, Greenwich +Docklands International Festival, and Rambert, the festival will feature a vibrant program of live music, theatre, dance, family workshops, and club nights over four weekends in July.

Southbank | 5 – 28 July

Camden Rocks Festival

The Underworld in Camden
The Underworld hosts weekly club nights

An independent festival presents a diverse lineup of hundreds of emerging and established bands. This event highlights the vibrant music scene with performances across various genres. In addition to the main festival, The Underworld hosts weekly rock-n-roll club nights, which are known for their lively atmosphere and history of hosting renowned artists.

Camden Town | On Fridays and Saturdays until the end of July

Wireless Festival

Wireless Festival in Finsbury Park is an annual hip-hop and rap music festival featuring top artists and performers. This year’s headliners are Nicki Minaj on Friday, 21 Savage / J Hus on Saturday and Doja Cat on Sunday. Expect a vibrant atmosphere with multiple stages and food and drink vendors.

Finsbury Park | 12-14 July

Taste of the Caribbean Food and Drink Festival in Hammersmith

The Taste of the Caribbean Food & Drink Festival, Europe’s biggest event focused on Caribbean cuisine, celebrates various cultures with street food, desserts, crafts, and other products. The festival is held at different locations each weekend and will be in Hammersmith on 13/7. Enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations, eating contests, funfair rides, and activities for children.

Hammersmith | 13 July

Kaleidoscope Festival

The Kaleidoscope Festival features a diverse mix of live music, DJs, and comedy. Highlights include Ministry of Sound Classical with the London Concert Orchestra, Soul II Soul, Mr. Scruff, and Simon Amstell. The Alexandra Palace festival site is gorgeous and on top of a hill, offering great views over London. Performances are both indoors and outdoors. The event is family-friendly and as such fun for the whole family.

Alexandra Palace | 13 July

BBC Proms

Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall in Kensington hosts the BBC Proms

The BBC Proms Classical Music Festival has taken place at the Royal Albert Hall every summer since 1941. It features eight weeks of performances, talks, classes, and more. This festival presents classical music by renowned orchestras, soloists, and conductors from around the world. BBC Proms is held at the magnificent Royal Albert Hall .

Royal Albert Hall , South Kensington | 19 July – 14 September

Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition

Burlington House
The Summer Exhibition is organised at the Burlington House on Piccadilly

Explore over 1,700 works of art at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition in Burlington House on Piccadilly, featuring pieces by famous artists and the public. Curated by sculptor Ann Christopher RA, this event showcases art and architecture in various mediums. Many pieces are available, with some under £250, offering a great chance to start your art collection.

Burlington House , Piccadilly | Until 18 August