10 things to do in London July 2023

This July, London is packed with events as usual. Here you'll find ten tips from us.
Old Royal Naval College
Old Royal Naval College grounds is where Greenwich Summer Sounds takes place

Greenwich Summer Sounds*

Experience a delightful evening with live music, street food, and a beautiful riverside view by joining the 4-day event at the Old Royal Naval College, one of the most beautiful locations in London. Enjoy tasty dishes while watching timeless classics at the Maritime Greenwich (UNESCO World Heritage Site as the sun sets over the stage). 4 – 8 July 2023

Summer by the River 2023

Enjoy diverse entertainment options all summer long at The Scoop in the London Bridge area, including music, film, theatre, and pop-up events. Every Tuesday evening, The Scoop will showcase various films, from family favourites to this year’s box office hits such as Top Gun: Maverick, Elvis and more. You can sing along to these movies while watching the sunset over the Thames. Every Thursday night, Jess Iszatt from BBC Music Introducing in London hosts a show featuring new and promising up-and-coming talents in music. The event showcases exciting lineups. Until 1 September

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival commemorates its 30th year by combining a contemporary exhibition with a traditional location. Attend talks and demos on three stages featuring famous speakers and practical demonstrations. Don’t miss the Festival of Roses, showcasing the quintessential British flower at its best. Head to the Bandstand for live music and enjoy a variety of genres. Take part in family-friendly activities in the new Go Wild area for nature enthusiasts of all ages. 4 – 9 July 2023

Somerset House Summer Series

The Somerset House Summer Series, sponsored by American Express, is marking its 20th anniversary by hosting eleven must-see concerts in July 2023. The concerts will take place in the stunning courtyard, providing an intimate and immersive experience. This popular summer event presents a range of music acts from across the world, including up-and-coming artists and established performers. 6 July– 16 July

Colours Festival: London’s Most Colourful Street-Art Experience

Visit a spacious exhibition area where you can freely explore a collection of monumental artworks. Each work is exhibited in a multi-colour-themed room, and you can immerse yourself in their vibrant atmospheres. This exhibit is suitable for art enthusiasts of all ages looking for a novel experience. The exhibition is in a uniquely transformed space where you can experience art in a new way. Until 23 July

Buckingham Palace’s summer opening

Visit and take a self-guided tour of Buckingham Palace and explore the luxuriously furnished State Rooms. You can uncover some of the Royal Collection’s most valuable treasures at one of the few remaining working royal palaces in the world. You can also access the gardens when you purchase entrance tickets to Buckingham Palace State Rooms. 14 July – 24 September 2023

BBC PROMS

Royal Albert Hall
BBC Proms concerts are held at the Royal Albert Hall

The BBC Proms is hosting eight weeks of classical music concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. The shows will start on Friday, 14 July 2023, and end on Saturday, 9 September 2023. The upcoming season offers a diverse selection of programs, including symphonic and choral performances, intimate chamber concerts, and new musicians at the Proms. The range of music genres includes both Berlioz and Bollywood. 14 July – 9 September

Genesis at the Swiss Church in London: A luminous and immersive experience

Experience a 30-minute, four-part journey that explores the elements of light, water, earth, and plants, symbolising the initial three days of creation in “Genesis”. Immerse yourself in an 18th-century architectural wonder that has yet to receive widespread recognition at the Swiss Church in Seven Dials, London. 28 July – 22 October

BST Hyde Park

BST Hyde Park is an annual music festival held in Hyde Park. BST stands for “British Summer Time,” which is the name of the event series organised by AEG Presents. The festival features a diverse lineup of renowned artists and bands and is scheduled over 3 weekends. The converts in July are Take That, Lana Del Rey, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and Billy Joel.

In addition to the music, BST Hyde Park offers various other attractions and activities. During the days between the concerts, you can take part in eight days of activities with BST Open House. These activities range from film screenings to workshops and circus skills. Until 9 July

The Queen and her Corgis

Throughout her reign, The Queen had a famously close association with Pembroke Welsh corgis, a (fearless) herding dog breed, and owned over thirty of them. A unique one-room display of photographs will be featured, coinciding with the Portraits of Dogs exhibition, which explores the special relationship between dogs and humans and celebrates the Queen’s unique connection with corgis throughout her life. Until 15 October