Things to do in London in July 2020

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.

Wednesday 1st July

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

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Thursday 2nd July

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

Online events / webinars

In this Lunch Hour Lecture Dr Klaas give update on the 2020 election, while also forecasting how the United States might behave post pandemic.
1pm to 1:45pm
 
VIRTUAL EVENT: Trump, 2020, and America in a post-Covid world
A panel discussion with Jeannette Ehlers (artist), Isaac Julien (artist), Keith Piper (artist/Middlesex U.), John Siblon (Birkbeck) and Tony Warner (Black History Walks). Chaired by Tamar Garb (IAS, UCL)) and Paul Gilroy (SPRC, UCL)
5:30pm to 7pm
 
Submerged Histories - Statues, Stories, Salvage
Three museums talk about how their collections cope with crisis.
6pm to 7:30pm
 

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Friday 3rd July

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

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Saturday 4th July

The Architectural Tour explores the Georgian features of House.
2pm to 4pm
 
Trafalgar Square
Architectural Tour of Benjamin Franklin House

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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


Online events / webinars

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


Online events / webinars

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

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

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Thursday 9th July


Online events / webinars

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

A Dutch training ship that teaches young people to sail will pass through Tower Bridge this morning.
6am to 6:40am
 
Southwark
Sailing ship to pass through Tower Bridge
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

Visit a sunny, 120 foot S facing garden, planted for colour.
11am to 5pm
 
Visit a garden - 24 Twyford Avenue
This gem of a garden has an all-white front and a family friendly back.
1pm to 5pm
 
Dulwich
Visit a garden - 38 Lovelace Road
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

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

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Tuesday 14th July


Online events / webinars

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
Museum workers talk about life at work - this month online rather than on a stage.
8pm to 9pm
 
Museums Showoff

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Wednesday 15th July

A contemporary garden designed by RHS Chelsea Gold Medal Winner, Marcus Barnett.
11am to 3pm
 
Belmont
Visit a garden - 15 The Avenue

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


Online events / webinars

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
 
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

The skills of two artists created this pretty cottage style garden in a suburban setting.
2pm to 4:30pm
 
Visit a garden - 7 Norwood Park Road (West Norwood)

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
 
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

A well loved town garden approx 40 ft by 70 ft with ancient tall trees, deep borders of shrubs and perennial planting and with sculptures and a walled area
1pm to 8:45pm
 
Surbiton
Visit a garden - 15 Catherine Road (Surbiton)
A generous ½ acre plot converted by the owners into a colourful, plant-filled garden, with many features of interest.
1pm to 5pm
 
Keston
Visit a garden - 81 Baston Road

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Monday 20th July


Online events / webinars

This virutal walk will trace the story of the West End's most outrageous district. From Cassanova's parties to the birth of British Rock and Roll. Mild mannered serial killers and decadent drinking clubs. Soho had (and has) it all.
7pm to 8pm
 
Snapshots of Soho Virtual Tour

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Tuesday 21st July


Online events / webinars

Join London Blue Badge Guide Russell Nash for this fascinating, if occasionally gruesome tale of a sick city.
7pm to 8pm
 
Sick London Virtual Tour

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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


Online events / webinars

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

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

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Saturday 25th July

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

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Sunday 26th July

Members of The Surrey Classic Vehicle Club will be displaying their vehicles on the meadow at Painshill.
10am to 3:30pm
 
Cobham
The Surrey Classic Vehicle Club display

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Monday 27th July

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

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Tuesday 28th July


Online events / webinars

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


Online events / webinars

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
Hear stories of how the ordinary Londoners were affected by bombs, rationing, and the evacuation of most of the children.
7pm to 10pm
 
London at War virtual tour

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Thursday 30th July


Online events / webinars

Archivist Penny McMahon draws upon historical documents to highlight the significance of parliamentary legislation on the lives of LGBT+ people and to tell some of their stories.
6pm to :
 
 Pride in the Parliamentary Archives
In this 30-minute online talk, Parliamentary archivist Penny McMahon draws upon historical documents to highlight the significance of parliamentary legislation on the lives of LGBT+ people and to tell some of their stories.
6pm to 6:45pm
 
Pride in the Parliamentary Archives online talk

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Friday 31st July

Just a note for the curious, that some sort of filming event is taking place around the London Eye overnight.
8pm to 11pm
 
Southwark

Online events / webinars

Neil Johnston charts how Charles II secured his kingdoms and re-established himself and his government across the Stuart territories in 1660, using unique examples from our collection.
2pm to 3pm
 
Restoring Charles II, 1660
Using The National Archives' unique collections, this talk will chart how Charles II secured his kingdoms and re-established himself and his government across the Stuart territories in 1660.
2pm to 3pm
 
What's Online: Restoring Charles II

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