Events in London – July 2013

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Music, comedy & film

Some of the best concerts and comedy gigs to attend this month

Battersea Arts Centre
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Ardal OHanlon, from TVs Father Ted

to Battersea Arts Centre A chance to see the award-winning comedian from TV's 'Father Ted', 'My Hero' and Irish sitcom 'Val Falvey'. As a highly acclaimed stand-up, Ardal has sold out venues both nationally and internationally with his self-effacing and thoughtful comedy.
Comedy Store
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Jarred Christmas, at the Comedy Store

Comedy Store Join Jarred Christmas for a night of topical comedy at the Comedy Store. Other comedians on the bill will include Paul Thorne, Martin Coyote, Alistair Barrie, Sean Meo and Sean Collins.

Theatre shows

How about a night at the theatre watching a West End musical?

Lyttelton Theatre
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Liola, at the National Theatre

to Lyttelton Theatre Performed by an Irish cast with gypsy musicians, "Liola" is a high-spirited drama that is unexpected, funny and touching. It takes us into the heart of a rural community where property and kinship provoke fierce passions. But Liola, a young man untroubled by tradition, takes the part of nature all the way.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
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Open Air Theatre - The Sound of Music

to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre If you shut your eyes and pretend, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre could almost pass itself off as the snowy mountains of Salzburg -- especially when you hear the timeless tunes from "The Sound of Music". Rediscover this classic musical with Maria, the nuns, the dashing Captain and his gaggle of singing kids in the enchanting surroundings of Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.

Family & Kid’s events

Here are some family day’s out in July if you’re coming to London on holiday

Golden Hinde
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Sleep overnight on the Golden Hinde

Golden Hinde Become part of Sir Francis Drake's crew and spend a night on the Golden Hinde. On arrival you will be dressed in Tudor clothes and after an evening of fun activities you will settle down and sleep by the cannons. Tudor snacks and dinner will be provided in the evening, along with a tasty breakfast in the morning.
London Duck Tours
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The James Bond Tour - by land and sea

London Duck Tours The James Bond Tour is a lively and fun-filled trip through the capital by both land and sea. You'll get to see some of the locations that feature in the movies, including 'Q's workplace, where Bond bought his boxer shorts, and even Ian Fleming's old home! The highlight of the trip will be when the craft enters the water alongside the MI6 building.

Art & Museums

Here are some interesting exhibitions if you’re coming to London on holiday

National Portrait Gallery
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Laura Knight Portraits

to National Portrait Gallery Dame Laura Knight was one of the most popular British artists of the 20th-century. She painted everything from dancers at the ballet to gypsies at the races, and was especially acclaimed for her work as an war artist. Her paintings are remarkable for their diverse range of subjects and settings, and this exhibition will feature more than 30 of her most distinctive and vivid works.

Royal & Religious

For tourists interested in visiting London’s palaces, churches and cathedrals

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

to Buckingham Palace The Buckingham Palace Summer Opening will grant visitors access to the lavishly decorated State Rooms, taking you through the Grand Entrance, Throne Room, Picture Gallery, Silk Tapestry Room, Ballroom, State Dining Room, Marble Hall and Music Room. There will also be an opportunity to take refreshments in the cafe overlooking the landscaped gardens.

Political & Military

Daily parades and political events taking place during July

Houses of Parliament
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Houses of Parliament - Summer Opening

to Houses of Parliament During 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.

Sightseeing tours

If you’re visiting London in July then try one of these sightseeing tours

Victoria Embankment
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Guided walk along the Victoria Embankment

to Victoria Embankment The Museum of London is laying on a guided walk from Blackfriars to Westminster, to explore this important example of 19th-century civil engineering by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.

Classical music

All of the classical music, operas and ballets in London during July

Royal Albert Hall
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Proms #25 - Frank Zappa, Philip Glass and Nancarrow

Royal Albert Hall Join conductor Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra for Proms #25 at the Royal Albert Hall, as they perform a selection of works by Frank Zappa, Philip Glass and Nancarrow.

Free events

Visit London on the cheap in July, by trying these great free events

Tower of London
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Explore the Tower of Londons foreshore

to Tower of London This is a rare opportunity to visit Tower Beach -- the foreshore that stands opposite the Tower of London (the space between Tower Moat and the river wall). Maybe you will find an ancient artifact lying on the beach! Fun activities will be held between 11 AM and 4 PM, and there will be some stalls, games, and the chance to dress-up as a Roman Londoner. A team of archaeologists will be there to answer your questions and identify any finds.

Other London events

Here are some more great events that are worth trying during July

Royal Albert Hall
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Proms #22 - Naturally 7

Royal Albert Hall Proms #22 will feature the a-cappella group Naturally 7, seven gospel voices who comes to the Proms fresh from supporting Michael Buble at The O2. The group will performs its own original material alongside inventive arrangements of classic tracks like George Harrison's 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' and Phil Collins' 'In the Air Tonight'.
Battersea Park
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Charity run around Battersea Park… in a sumo suit

Battersea Park Battersea Park is expecting 2,000 runners to don their best Father Christmas suit and run 6K around the grounds. Don't worry if you haven't got a Santa outfit (and if not, why not?) because the cost includes a costume which you will receive on the day.
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Afternoon tea, in the Long Room at Lords

Lord’s Enjoy an afternoon tea in the historic Long Room at Lord's. If you're a cricket fan then this will be an opportunity to have a short tour of the museum and enjoy the commanding views over the outfield. The tea will consist of hand-baked scones and Cornish clotted cream, finger sandwiches, and plenty of fancy cakes and dainties.
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