Things to do in London in July 2020

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The ianVisits guide to July's unusual events, tours, lectures and exhibitions happening around London.


Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Sunday 5th July

Member of the Society of Garden Designers, Charles has created the garden over 30yrs.
 12pm to 4pm
 
 Clapham
Visit a garden - 51 The Chase
Monthly open day at Gatton Park, the core 250 acres of the estate originally laid out by Capability Brown.
 1pm to 5pm
 
 Reigate
Gatton Park's monthly open day
A row of historical railway cottages, tucked away from the bustle of Wood Green nr Alexandra Palace, takes the visitor back in time.
 2pm to 5pm
 
 Wood Green
Visit a garden - Railway Cottages
The Architectural Tour explores the Georgian features of House.
 2pm to 4pm
 
 Trafalgar Square
Architectural Tour of Benjamin Franklin House

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Monday 6th July


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A lecture about the near dam collapse and the efforts to prevent it happening.
 2pm to 7:45pm
 
The Toddbrook Reservoir Incident

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Tuesday 7th July


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Explore 18th Century London through the eyes of two of its most celebrated artists: John Rocque and William Hogarth
 2pm to 3pm
 
Long Views of London: Rocque and Hogarth
Hear fascinating and unexpected tales of London's great West End stores, from Selfridges to John Lewis via Liberty, HMV and many others
 3pm to 4pm
 
Virtual Tour -  West End stories - untold tales of London's great shops

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Wednesday 8th July

Surprisingly, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Thursday 9th July


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A talk about the works to stabilise a major landslip on the Tonbridge to Hastings railway line
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
West St Leonards Slope Stabilisation Project

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Friday 10th July

Summer evening openings of the Painshill Gardens estate.
 5pm to 9pm
 
 Cobham
Summer openings of Painshill estate

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Saturday 11th July

Highgate’s West Cemetery is the famous half of the cemetery and for the first time since the 1970s, they are going to open it up to people – without going on a tour.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 Highgate
Special opening of Highgate West Cemetery

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Sunday 12th July

Monthly opening of the only surviving fully working watermill in Surrey.
 2pm to 5pm
 
 Cobham
Monthly open day at Cobham Mill
Highgate’s West Cemetery is the famous half of the cemetery and for the first time since the 1970s, they are going to open it up to people – without going on a tour.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 Highgate
Special opening of Highgate West Cemetery

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Monday 13th July

Surprisingly, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Tuesday 14th July


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Explore the teeming metropolis of 19th century London through archives.
 2pm to 3pm
 
Long Views of London:  London Remade
Antony Clayton will give an illustrated talk about one of the greatest artists of the Victorian London scene, James McNeill Whistler.
 6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Whistler, Chelsea's Greatest Artist - with Antony Clayton

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Wednesday 15th July


Online events / webinars

A virtual walk through Kings Cross's fascinating history
 7pm to 8pm
 
Kings Cross & St Pancras: Wrong Side of the Tracks? -  Virtual Walking Tour
The most expensive square on the British Monopoly board for good reason. Hear the scandalous stories hidden behind these grand addresses
 7pm to 8pm
 
Scandalous Mayfair virtual tour

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Thursday 16th July

Owen Hatherley takes us on a subterranean expedition investigating the design aesthetics behind fifteen Metro networks built across the Soviet Union between the 1930s and 1980s.
 7pm to :
 
 Hampstead
Soviet Metro Stations

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Professor Michele Dougherty will host an update on the latest science being carried out on Cassini data, and discuss how that mission has fed into the planning for JUICE, the next Cassini scale mission to Jupiter.
 12:30pm to 1:30pm
 
Science Breaks: After Cassini
What role will science and technology play in sex, fertility and reproduction in the future?
 7:30pm to 8:30pm
 
The Future of Sex

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Friday 17th July

Summer evening openings of the Painshill Gardens estate.
 5pm to 9pm
 
 Cobham
Summer openings of Painshill estate

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Saturday 18th July

Monthly tour of the former Inland Revenue offices, now a artists workshop.
 Starts at 1:15pm
 
 Strand
Somerset House Studios Tours

Online events / webinars

Gurbir Singh will speak about Stephen H Smith who was testing solid-fuel rockets in Calcutta during the 1930s and 1940s.
 2pm to 3:15pm
 
India’s Forgotten Rocket Pioneer
Find out about the hidden history of Merton - a little known corner of SW London with connections to Lord Nelson, William Morris and Liberty
 3pm to 4pm
 
Virtual Tour - Liberty, Fraternity & infidelity - Hidden History of Merton

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Sunday 19th July

The London Gaming Market is a place to buy retro video-games, board games and merchandise all in one place.
 Starts at 12pm
 
 Euston
 Retro games fair

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Monday 20th July

Surprisingly, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Tuesday 21st July

As far-right violence grows in both volume and visibility globally, this symposium takes a close look at its core aspects.
 1pm to 5pm
 
 St James
Terror from the right: forms, function and future

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Wednesday 22nd July


Online events / webinars

Virginia Woolf had a London home all of her life. In this tour we explore the various places she called home in London.
 4pm to 5pm
 
Virtual Tour -  A Room of Ones Own: Virginia Woolf in London
On this tour we'll look at the rise of the docks and their history as well as the incredible transformation of Canary Wharf as a 'Wall Street on water"
 7pm to 8pm
 
The Docklands: Pirates Old & New - Look Up London Virtual Walking Tour

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Thursday 23rd July


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Why are my photographs fading? Why do some of my books smell funny? How can I look after my documents?
 4pm to 5pm
 
Family Matters:  Care of Photos, Papers and Books

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Friday 24th July

Surprisingly, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Top events in London on Sat 25th Jul 2020

Monthly open day at a wood and nature reserve that's next to the railway at Forest Hill.
 1pm to 4pm
 
 Forest Hill
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Monthly open day at Dacres Wood nature reserve
Occasional open day of the eclectically designed home of artist, Stephen Wright.
 10am to 5pm
 
 East Dulwich
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Open day at the House of Dreams

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Sunday 26th July

A monthly open day at a quirky transport museum housed in an old water pumping building.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Enfield Town
Monthly open day at a Transport Museum
Open days usually feature the restored engines in operation, a light railway trip, and walks around the Victorian buildings.
 10:30am to 4pm
 
 Abbey Wood
Open day and steaming at the Crossness pumping station
Open day at the restored Victorian steam powered pumping station, with the machine running regularly throughout the day.
 11am to 5pm
 
 South Tottenham
Victorian steam engine - steaming day
Discover the history of the building and climb the 135 stairs for the best view of Hackney.
 2pm to 4:30pm
 
 Hackney

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Monday 27th July

Surprisingly, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Tuesday 28th July


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Through LMA’s picture archive we will visit a London that continues to grow in size and prosperity whilst also grappling with the mixed legacy of its 19th transformation, and the urgent challenges of war.
 2pm to 3pm
 
Long Views of London:  Out of the Maw
Find out some odd or quirky things about the London Underground and maybe learn the answers to questions you have often wondered about.
 3pm to 4pm
 
Virtual Tour - Quirks and oddities of the London Underground
Was it WILBERFORCE or WILL-BY-FORCE? Genealogist Paul Crooks presents an alternative perspective of slavery and abolition in the Caribbean.
 7pm to 7:30pm
 
A Black & British History: the Jamaican slaves who abolished slavery

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Wednesday 29th July


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Never has so much passion, talent and history been crammed into so small an area. We will have a closer look at Soho through time, revealing its dirty secrets, inspiring social history and its colourful communities.
 7pm to 8pm
 
Soho's Soul - Look Up London Virtual Walking Tour

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Thursday 30th July

Surprisingly, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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