53 Things to do in London in July 2022

Take in the July warmth at London's outdoor attractions and open-air events, including the capital's biggest music and flower festivals.
Panorama of London with fields of grass and trees in sunshine.
Head to Primrose Hill in July, one of the hottest months to enjoy in London. Credits: Jan-Otto. Image courtesy of iStock.

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 2022

The Throne Room at Buckingham Palace, featuring two red throne chairs, red carpet and chandeliers.

  1. Celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee year at the annual summer opening of Buckingham Palace: Book ahead to explore the elegant State Rooms, Throne Room and more inside the Queen's residence. From 22 Jul
  2. Make memories during the school summer holidays in London: Enjoy epic attractions, fun family activitieschildren’s theatre shows and top family experiences this summer. 
  3. Don't miss the opening of Professor Sprout's Greenhouse at Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter: See the Mandrakes and magical creatures come to life!
  4. Head to ZSL London Zoo after hours: Spend an adults-only summer evening exploring the zoo, where you can enjoy pop-up bars, street food, animal tours and more. Thursdays and Fridays until 22 Jul 
  5. Celebrate the capital's LGBT+ community with the Pride in London festival: Watch the famous Pride in London Parade through central London and enjoy free performances in Trafalgar Square. Until 2 Jul
  6. Watch world-class tennis at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships: If you haven't secured a ticket, follow the action at pop-up screens across the capital. Until 10 Jul
  7. 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. 4-9 Jul
  8. Cheer on your favourite team at the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 at London's Wembley Stadium: See 16 nations compete to be crowned the champions of European football. 6-31 Jul 
  9. See baseball in full swing at the MLB Home Run Derby X in London's Crystal Palace Park: Watch iconic teams such as the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox compete in this electrifying new baseball format. 9 Jul 
  10. Be thrilled by the 2022 London E Prix at ExCel London and the Royal Docklands: See spectacular all-electric racing as The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship comes to London. 30-31 Jul
  11. Head to Mayfair for Summer in the Square: Enjoy a celebration of wellness, music and entertainment in Grosvenor Square. 21-31 Jul

London theatre in July

Four male actors singing in the hit musical, Jersey Boys.

  1. See the award-winning musical Jersey Boys at the Trafalgar Theatre this summer: Follow the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons featuring all their classic feel-good songs.
  2. Be enchanted by Disney's The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre: Follows Simba's epic adventures in the majestic Serengeti.
  3. Sing along to Sister Act at the Eventim Apollo: Rejoice as the heavenly musical comedy comes to London's West End. From 19 Jul
  4. Experience the sensational Anything Goes at the Barbican Theatre: Enjoy catchy songs and spectacular dance routines at this uplifting musical set onboard an ocean liner heading from New York to London.
  5. Be captivated by The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre: See one of the most romantic love story's brought to life with jaw-dropping scenery and special effects.
  6. Experience the magic of Wicked at the Apollo Victoria: Be spellbound by the untold story of the famous witches in the Wizard of Oz.
  7. Laugh out loud at The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre: Enjoy the hilarious musical comedy from the creators of South Park.
  8. Be charmed by Matilda The Musical at London's Cambridge Theatre: See the heart-warming stage adaption of Roald Dahl’s much-loved book.
  9. Bring out your inner dancing queen at Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre: Enjoy the summertastic musical full of love, laughter and your favourite ABBA songs.
  10. Experience a magical adventure in Narnia with The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the Gillian Lynne Theatre: Book your seat for a charming stage adaptation of the much-loved fantasy novel by C.S Lewis. From 18 Jul
  11. Be dazzled by Disney's Beauty and the Beast the Musical at the London Palladium: Delight in the much-loved family favourite that's full of colourful costumes, elegant sets, and timeless songs.
  12. Don't miss 101 Dalmatians at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre: Delight in spectacular effects and puppetry as Pongo, Perdi and their adorable Dalmatian pups come to life on stage. From 12 Jul
  13. Don't miss The Tiger who Came to Tea: Enjoy a delightful family show featuring a tea-guzzling tiger, plenty of magic and sing-a-long songs. From 11 Jul
  14. Experience the magic of Disney On Stage in Covent Garden: Inspire a lifelong love of theatre by taking the kids to this fun summer pop-up. 8 Jul-4 Sep

What can I do outdoors in July?

A guard stands among a sea of flowers at the Superbloom event at the Tower of London.

  1. Wander among the flowers at Superbloom at the Tower of London: Step into a sea of vibrant blooms to commemorate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
  2. Sail by London landmarks on a top river Thames tour: Combine cruising with a top attraction, travel with the Uber Boat by Thames Clippers River Roamer to North Greenwich pier before soaring above London with an Emirates Air Line cable car.
  3. Reach new heights Up at The O2Make memories this summer as you climb the famous tented roof of London's top entertainment venue.
  4. Grab a picnic basket and bask in the sunshine at London's top picnic spotsSpend summer days soaking up a scenic views.
  5. Search for secret spots and epic vistas at commons and heaths around LondonFind picturesque green spaces to relax and unwind.
  6. Roam some of the city's best parksDiscover the bicycle-friendly Hyde Park, wildlife-rich Richmond Park or pretty St James's Park.
  7. Work your way through 101 things to do outdoors in London: including the best picture spots, waterside walks and outside hidden gems.
  8. Swim, sweat and sightsee at these outdoor fitness spots across the capital: Get active in London's great outdoors.
  9. 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.

London exhibitions in July

The Queen's coronation dress and robe from 1953

  1. Admire the Platinum Jubilee: The Queen's Coronation exhibition, included with entry to Windsor Castle: Get a chance to see the Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate worn by the Queen in 1953. From 7 Jul
  2. Discover exciting artworks at the Royal Academy of Art's Summer Exhibition: Explore all forms of art on display, from painting and photography to sculpture and prints.
  3. Be fascinated by Football: Designing the Beautiful Game at the Design Museum: Delve into the story of how design has influenced the sport.
  4. Explore the Summer Lights at Canary Wharf: Enjoy a colourful exhibition of outdoor installations that sparkle in the light on summer days.
  5. Immerse yourself in Africa Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum: Explore the impact of African Fashion as you admire textiles, photographs, visual arts and more. From 2 Jul
  6. Enjoy The Secret Garden exhibition at the Garden Museum: See how different artists have bought Frances Hodgson Burnett’s much-loved children’s book to life with their illustrations. From 6 Jul
  7. Discover the dreamlike artworks of Milton Avery at the Royal Academy of Art: See lustrous paintings by one of American's most influential 20th-century colourists. From 15 Jul
  8. Spend an afternoon at the beach with Sun & Sea at the Albany: Experience the award-winning art installation that explores our relationship with the planet. Until 10 Jul
  9. Don't miss the Brent Biennial: See an intriguing series of artworks that delve into the meaning of homemaking, at London's only art biennial  8 Jul-11 Sep 

What are the best London festivals in July?

A man in a bright pink jacket performing on stage in Hyde park in front of thousand of people at sunset

  1. Get your London music festival fix: Take your pick from everything from Lovebox (16 Jul) and BST Hyde Park (Until 10 Jul), to Somerset House's Summer Series (7-17 Jul) and Kew the Music (5-10 Jul) in Kew Gardens.
  2. Or 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 From 15 Jul
  3. See international music icons at Higher Ground Festival at Alexandra Palace: Watch headliner Patti Smith take to the stage as this boutique event, featuring DJ sets and workshops. 24 Jul
  4. Head to London's urban music festival Wireless: See some of the biggest names in rap, hip hop, and R&B at Crystal Palace (1-3 Jul) and Finsbury Park (8-10 Jul). 
  5. For family fun head to Kaleidoscope Festival at Alexandra Palace: Experience panoramic views across London as you enjoy epic gigs, DJ sets, comedy acts and more. 23 Jul
  6. Be dazzled by the Underbelly Festival: See sensational acts and performers this summer at Earls Court and Cavendish Square.
  7. Don't miss the Seven Dials Summer Sessions: Head to this vibrant destination in London's West End for entertainment, shopping and more. 30 Jul

What else is on in July?

a woman throwing a large dice in front of a group of children and adults.

  1. Play Monopoly Lifesized in London's West End: Experience a super-sized version of the popular family game with epic challenges and immersive gameplay.
  2. Immerse yourself in The Gunpowder Plot at Tower Vaults: Relive one of history's most daring conspiracy plots as you come face to face with the legendary Guy Fawkes.
  3. Join in the fun at Redbull Soapbox Race at Alexandra Palace: Build your own racing machine or watch the action from the side lines, either way, expect plenty of laughs. 3 Jul

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

If you're in London, find out what's on this weekend and download the Visit London app for the latest information on coolest things happening in the capital. 

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