What to do in London in July

British Summer Time
Until 14th to July, Hyde Park
A brand new summer festival: British Summer Time will take place at Hyde Park. Sponsored by Barclaycard, this festival has an amazing line-up that includes several big names: Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Lionel Richie, the Rolling Stones among many others. To book your tickets or learn more about this festival, click here.

Canada Day
1st of July, Trafalgar Square
Canada Day (unsurprisingly) it’s about Canada and all things Canadian at Trafalgar Square on the 1st of July. This event never fails to create a real Canadian atmosphere with the best of Canadian’s music, food, business, art, culture, technology, tourism and education representation.
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The Press Photographer’s Year
From 6th of July to 31st of August
This memorable exhibition features astonishing photographic images in categories that include portraits, arts, sports and entertainment. If you’re a lover of photography, you can’t afford to miss it! For more information about this event, click here

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
From 9th to 14th of July, Hampton Court Palace
Taking place next to the magnificent Hampton Court Palace and grounds, several specialist nurseries will showcase their produce one Britain’s greatest flower shows. The displays in this event will certainly give you inspiration for you own garden or balcony once you go back. For more information, click here

Coronation Festival
From 11th to 14th of July, Buckingham Palace
The Coronation Festival is taking place over four days in the Gardens of Buckingham Palace. Upon the 60th anniversary of the Queen Coronation, this event will give visitors the opportunity to discover the Gardens and buy once-off souvenirs from some of the exhibitors. Don’t miss this occasion to see a truly unique festival in the stunning settings of the Gardens of Buckingham Palace. For more information, click here

Wireless Festival
From 12th to 14th of July, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
This year, the Wireless Festival moves from Hyde Park to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to feature three days of live music that you will never forget! Justin Timberlake will be joined by Jay Z along many others in a truly amazing headline, including Snoop Dogg, Emili Sande or WILL.I.am. To find out more about this event, click here  

Somerset House Summer Series
11th to 21st of July
Somerset House is a major arts and cultural centre in the heart of London, which offers a plethora of live music in a grand eighteenth-century courtyard, next to the Thames. To access the entire program, click here

BBC Proms 2013
From 12th of July to 7th of September, Royal Albert Hall
It’s time for the greatest classical music festival to return at the London’s Royal Albert Hall. With its 90 concerts, for lovers of classical music to enjoy to their heart’s content. Check out the entire Proms program here.

The Chap Olympiad
13th of July, at Bedford Square
The Chap Olympiad is a day event that takes place in the elegant Georgian Bedford Square. It offers live music, side shows and refreshments, but the real attraction is the funny sporting events. Some of the unusual ‘sports’ include the Three Trousered Limbo, Cucumber Sandwich Discus and Pipe Smoker’s Relay. It’s an opportunity for the British to dress inappropriately, drink G&T’s, and make complete buffoons of themselves. For more information about this slightly crazy event, click here

Tour de France – Fan Park
15th to 21st July, near Canary Wharf
For those fans of the most famous bicycle race there is, you will be happy to know that there a special spot in London for you: the Fan Park. You will be able watch the exciting battle for the 100th edition from 11 o’clock in the morning, for free.  With its giant screen, Fan Park village will give us the opportunity to follow the tour step by step live. To learn all about the Fan Park and its activities, just click here

The British 10K London Run
14th July – Wellington Arch (start)
Over 30.000 runners run each year since (since 2000) in this colossal fund-raising event, often sprinkled with a few celebrities and well-known athletes. The race is renowned for its emblematic circuit through London. For more information, click here

Lovebox
From 19th to 21st July, at Victoria Park
The famous Lovebox Festival features three days of live music and huge range of musical styles, to make everybody happy. With it amazing line-up, you will certainly succumb to taste the best musical culture London has to offer. For more information and to buy your ticket, click here

Electric Daisy Carnival
20th of July, at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
The Electric Daisy Carnival moves to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to bring Londoners and visitors, an incredible one-day musical event. Some of the top DJs in the world will play in an electrical atmosphere that will include carnival rides, art installations, costume-clad performers and giant puppets floating overhead. For more info and to buy tickets, click here

Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games
From 26th July to 28th July, at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
The Athletics return to the Olympic Park this summer on the first anniversary of the London 2012 Games. Over three days, we will be able to witness once more, one of the most incredible Olympic sport disciplines.  On Friday and Saturday, will be packed with IAAF Diamond League action in the British Athletics Grand Prix, featuring many of the Olympic champions. Sunday will be dedicated to the Paralympics’ champions of 2012. For more information, click here

Open East Festival
27th and 28th of July, from 1.30pm to 10pm, at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
On the first anniversary of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Games, the North of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park reopens for the Open East Festival. This festival lasts a week-end which will include live music, theatre, games, arts, great food. For more information, click here

Buckingham Palace Tour
From 27th of July to 29th of September, at Buckingham Palace
The annual Buckingham Palace summer opens their doors to visitors who will be able to discover its magnificent nineteen state rooms. Their Royal Exhibition will include Her Majesty’s Coronation Dress and Coronation Robe. For more information or buy to tickets, click here

Imperial War Museum
From 29th July, Lambeth Road
The Imperial War Museum partially reopens at the end of July with a major new family exhibition called Horrible Histories: Spies and IWM Contemporary, as well as a new program showcasing significant works by leading artists in response to war and conflict. To access the entire program of the exhibitions, click here