Free events in London July 2012

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Free events in London in July

Our guide to free events in London during July 2012.

 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
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Summer Lates, at St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral St Paul's will be offering free entry to both the Cathedral floor and crypt on selected dates during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Cathedral floor will be open for quiet reflection, with organ music punctuating the calm and stillness -- the perfect opportunity for you to admire the architecture and history of the Cathedral.
 at Victoria Park, London
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London Live in Victoria Park

to Victoria Park If you didn't manage to get any tickets for the Olympics then check out London Live. The Victoria Park event will feature two giant screens which will cover every medal ceremony live throughout the day. You will also be able to take part in a variety of different sports and try out their 40-metre observation wheel and double zipline.
 at Hyde Park, London
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London Live in Hyde Park

to Hyde Park If you didn't manage to get any tickets for the Olympics then check out London Live. The Hyde Park event will feature six giant screens which will cover every medal ceremony live throughout the day. You will also be able to take part in a variety of different sports in the six "Have a go" areas including Handball, Hockey, Horse Riding simulators and athletics.
 at Royal Opera House, London
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The Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games

to Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House will be the unlikely venue for an exhibition about the Olympics. Called "The Story of the Games", it will host a selection of unique items, graphics, film and audio from the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. Visitors will learn about the first games in ancient Greece, and their revival in modern times by Baron Pierre de Coubertin.
 at Bedford Square, London
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The Chap Olympiad, in Bedford Square

to Bedford Square Those frightfully nice gents from 'The Chap' magazine will once again be hosting their annual 'Chap Olympiad' at Bedford Square. Everyone will be expected to attend in their best tweed trousers, with their moustaches waxed and twirled in the best gentlemanly fashion. There will also be plenty of music and Martinis. Sounds like jolly good fun, does it not? What-o!
 at Royal Albert Hall, London
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Proms #7 — Handel (Free Prom)

Royal Albert Hall The world famous Proms season continues at the Royal Albert Hall with a concert by Herve Niquet and Le Concert Spirituel. They will be performing Handel's "Water Music Suite in F major", "Suite in D major", "Suite in G major" and "Music for the Royal Fireworks".
 at Bankside, London
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Help the French celebrate Bastille Day, on Bankside

to Bankside Bankside will turn itself into a little bit of France for three days this summer, when it helps to celebrate Bastille Day. The events will be spread between London Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge (on the riverwalk), with a wide variety of French attractions, food stalls and Gallic entertainment. There will also be a French food focus at the world famous Borough Market.
 at Kensington Gardens, London
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The Kensington Palace Party!

to Kensington Gardens The Kensington Palace Party is a fun, free event that will take place around Kensington Gardens. Bring your dancing shoes and try out every kind of dance from the last four centuries! Taster classes will be provided for beginners, and professional dance companies will entertain the masses with some Baroque, Georgian and rock 'n' roll.
 at Somerset House, London
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Guided tour of Somerset House

to Somerset House This 45-minute tour of Somerset House will take in Tudor intrigues and the "King's Shilling", and the extravagant entertainments of the Georgian Enlightenment. As you explore the graceful staircases and atmospheric Deadhouse, you will get to see some scientific curiosities and learn more about British naval power.
 at Sir John Soane’s Museum, London
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See Sir John Soane’s Museum by candlelight

Sir John Soane’s Museum Sir John Soane's Museum is one of the most intriguing houses in the whole of London, crammed top to bottom with artifacts and oddities from all over the world, including masterpieces by Canaletto, Turner and Hogarth. Once a month you get the opportunity to see it by candlelight -- for free!
Michael Palin at Foyles, London
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Michael Palin, at Foyles

Foyles This is your chance to meet the world-travelling Monty Python star Micheal Palin, as he discusses his latest novel at Foyles. Michael will also talk about his his early years with "Monty Python's Flying Circus", through his award-winning film and television career, and how they have influenced his latest foray into fiction.
 at Trafalgar Square, London
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Celebrate Canada Day, in Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square Canada Day is a chance for the capital's large Canadian community to celebrate the country's birthday, with an exciting mix of Canadian sport, music, art, culture, food and drink. The celebrations going on in Trafalgar Square are expected to attract more than 80,000 people, making it the largest Canada Day celebrations outside of Canada.
 at National Portrait Gallery, London
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BP Portrait Award 2012

to National Portrait Gallery The BP Portrait Award is worth a hefty £25,000, and is open to artists all around the world. More than 2,000 artists are expected to enter this year, and the 60 short-listed finalists will have their work on display at the National Portrait Gallery.
 at Tate Britain, London
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London Olympic and Paralympic Games posters

to Tate Britain London 2012 has commissioned twelve leading contemporary artists to create the official posters for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. This will be on display at Tate Britain as part of the London 2012 Festival.
 at Buckingham Palace, London
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Changing the Guard, at Buckingham Palace

to Buckingham Palace Strolling down The Mall to Buckingham Palace and watching the "Changing of the Guard" is one of the must-do events in everyone's itinerary. The new set of guards arrive on the forecourt accompanied by a military band, which they take part in a ceremonial handing over of the keys.
 at National Gallery, London
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Titian’s “Diana and Callisto”

to National Gallery This special exhibition celebrates the National Gallery's acquisition of Titian's "Diana and Callisto". Its companion painting "Diana and Actaeon" was purchased in 2009, and the pair have now been reunited in Room 1. "Diana and Callisto" shows the moment when Diana banishes Callisto after revealing her pregnancy.
 at British Museum, London
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See the London Olympic medals, at the British Museum

to British Museum The British Museum will be hosting a small exhibition showcasing all the medals that can be won at the London Olympics. Also on show will be medals from the 1908 and 1948 London Olympics. The display will tell the complete story of the medals from start to finish, from the mining of the metal to the creation of the designs, to the final casting at the Royal Mint.

We don’t have any more free events, but how about these other events in London during July?

Buckingham Palace Summer OpeningJuly 2012The Buckingham Palace Summer Opening will grant visitors access to the lavishly decorated State Rooms, furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection. This year, the Summer Opening will also include a special exhibition called “Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration”. There will also be an opportunity to take refreshments in the cafe overlooking the landscaped gardens.

Houses of Parliament — Summer OpeningJuly 2012During the summer months Parliament is thrown open to the public. The tour follows the processional route taken by Her Majesty the Queen when she performs the State Opening of Parliament, taking you through the House of Lords, the Central Lobby and into the House of Commons.

Walk around the “Albertopolis” (and into Kensington Palace)July 2012The “Albertopolis” is the name given to the historic South Kensington area which was funded by proceeds from the Great Exhibition. In this walk you will discover Prince Albert’s role in its formation, and the stories behind the buildings within, including the Royal Albert Hall, Natural History Museum, Imperial College and V&A.

Shakespeare’s Theatre of the WorldJuly 2012The exhibition will explore London’s emergence as a world city in 1612, through the lens of Shakespeare’s plays. It will use objects, quotes and performance to show how the playhouse gave everyday people a glimpse of the world beyond our shores, and how Shakespeare contributed to our national identity.

Walking the Piccadilly LineJuly 2012This walk, laid on by the London Transport Museum, will explore the Piccadilly Line from above ground. Have you ever wondered why there are no official flowerbeds in Green Park? Or why Paul McCartney is the only person allowed to whistle in Burlington Arcade? Find out with Mark Mason – the author of “Walk the Lines”.

Metamorphosis: Titian 2012July 2012“Metamorphosis” concentrates on just three of Titian’s paintings: ‘Diana and Actaeon’, ‘The Death of Actaeon’ and ‘Diana and Callisto’. The National Gallery has asked a group of specially chosen artists, choreographers, composers, dancers and poets to respond to the paintings in their own unique way.

London Zoo LatesJuly 2012Have a wild night out at London Zoo — after hours! Grab yourself a drink from the Penguin Beach Bar and enjoy the silent disco, twisted cabaret, and improvised comedy in the aquarium. You can grab a bite to eat from the BBQ, and pre-order a special picnic for you and your buddies.

Reginald D Hunter — Warm UpJuly 2012American comic Reginald D Hunter is one of the most engaging, honest and provocative stand-ups in the UK today, and is one a select group of comedians to have been nominated for the Perrier Award three years in a row. You might have seen him as a panelist on “QI”, “Have I Got News For You”, and “8 Out Of 10 Cats”.

“Detroit”, at the National TheatreJuly 2012When Ben and Mary welcome their new neighbours into the long-empty house next door, they hope for a new friendship. But after a boozy backyard barbecue their friendliness evaporates, and the fragility of Ben and Mary’s off-the-shelf lifestyle is laid bare.

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