Your guide to London's culture and transport news and events taking place across the city.

Your guide to London's culture and transport news and events taking place across the city.

Things to do in London in July 2024

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


Monday 1st July

A journey through Darwin's vast correspondence that had global reach which illustrates the man as a hero and everyman of the 19th century.
2024-07-01
6pm to 8:30pm
 
Picadilly
Picadilly

More London events on Monday 1st July

Tuesday 2nd July

The Spanish Armada naval training ship, the Juan Sebastián de Elcano will be in Canary Wharf for a few days, and will be open to the public to visit.
2024-07-02
3pm to 8pm
 
Poplar
Visit the tall sailing ship, the Juan Sebastián de Elcano
Poplar
A rare screening of British Rock Ready for the Eighties: Punk and its Aftershocks + Q&A with director Wolfgang Büld
2024-07-02
7:30pm to 10pm
 
Clerkenwell
Clerkenwell

More London events on Tuesday 2nd July

Wednesday 3rd July

Explore the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) 500-year history with an expert guide.
2024-07-03
1:30pm to 2pm
 
Camden
RCP Museum taster tour – history
Camden

More London events on Wednesday 3rd July

Thursday 4th July

The Spanish Armada naval training ship, the Juan Sebastián de Elcano will be in Canary Wharf for a few days, and will be open to the public to visit.
2024-07-04
10am to 8pm
 
Poplar
Visit the tall sailing ship, the Juan Sebastián de Elcano
Poplar
Get creative with crochet, explore our collections and take your last chance to see the ‘Fortitude’ exhibition at this July Museum Late.
2024-07-04
5:30pm to 8pm
 
Camden
RCP Museum Late: Fortitude
Camden
On the first Thursday of the month, Holborn's Novelty Automation has a bar in the store for their late-night opening.
2024-07-04
6pm to 9pm
 
Holborn
Monthly bar night at Novelty Automation
Holborn
Join Peter Murray for the inaugural Murray Lecture, followed by a conversation with Beatrice Galilee, exploring London’s position.
2024-07-04
6:15pm to 7:30pm
 
South Kensington
The Murray Lecture: London - greatest city on the planet?
South Kensington

More London events on Thursday 4th July

Friday 5th July

Normally you need to pay to visit the gardens, but on a few weekends a year, the gardens are free to visit.
2024-07-05
10am to 4pm
 
East Molesey
Free entry to Hampton Court Palace gardens
East Molesey
Visit the Museum Depot in Acton, west London to discover the story of transport past and present and imagine what a green future could look like for London.
2024-07-05
10:30am to 5pm
 
Acton
Depot Open Days: From Past to Present
Acton
Six times a year, the private gardens at Lambeth Palace are opened to the public.
2024-07-05
12pm to 3pm
 
Southwark
Southwark

More London events on Friday 5th July

Saturday 6th July

There will be over 100 independent stalls selling a huge variety of goods from lovely children's clothes to luxury dog food, antiques, kaftans and much more.
2024-07-06
Starts at 12am
 
Fulham
Fulham
Monthly opening on a Saturday of this exhibition which is usually only open Mon-Fri.
2024-07-06
9:30am to 5pm
 
Southwark
‘Her booke’ Early Modern Women and their Books
Southwark
Normally you need to pay to visit the gardens, but on a few weekends a year, the gardens are free to visit.
2024-07-06
10am to 4pm
 
East Molesey
Free entry to Hampton Court Palace gardens
East Molesey
This exhibition marks the 30th anniversary of the ordination of 1200 women to the priesthood in the Church of England.
2024-07-06
10am to 5pm
 
Southwark
Southwark
Visit the Museum Depot in Acton, west London to discover the story of transport past and present and imagine what a green future could look like for London.
2024-07-06
10am to 5:30pm
 
Acton
Depot Open Days: From Past to Present
Acton
Twice a year, the island opens up to the public and the studios open their doors to visitors providing a unique opportunity to see inside a real working artist’s studio
2024-07-06
11am to 6pm
 
Twickenham
Twickenham
Just a note that if you were thinking of ever visiting, then the week of the anniversary might be a nice one to choose.
2024-07-06
11am to 4pm
 
Hampstead
90th anniversary of the Isokon Flats
Hampstead
Listen to talks, buy specialist plants, get advice, and take part in tours at the Plant Fair.
2024-07-06
11am to 4pm
 
Forest Hill
Horniman Plant Fair
Forest Hill
Watch demonstrations by crew, learn lifesaving skills, hear stories about the lifeboats on the deck of Cutty Sark, and see our shipwright in action.
2024-07-06
11am to 4pm
 
Greenwich
Greenwich
The official historian of the series, Robert Ross, hosts another full day of hilarious anecdotes, rare clips from the vaults, and a roll-call of very special guests.
2024-07-06
11am to 7pm
 
Kennington
Carry On Up The Cinema Museum V
Kennington
Join the Institute of Making team for an afternoon filled with collaborative activities and interactive demonstrations.
2024-07-06
1pm to 5pm
 
Olympic Park
Olympic Park
Monthly open day at one of London's more curious and delightful museums, devoted to the history of the sewing machine.
2024-07-06
2pm to 5pm
 
Tooting
London Sewing Machine Museum - monthly open day
Tooting
David Jamieson reveals Galileo's secrets in the first planetary discovery and how it reshaped celestial science forever.
2024-07-06
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Hanover Square
Galileo's gaze: The secrets of cosmic discovery
Hanover Square

More London events on Saturday 6th July

Sunday 7th July

Weather permitting, at sunrise this morning, up to 50 hot air balloons will fly over central London.
2024-07-07
6am to 9am
 
Hot air balloons (may) fly over London this morning
Normally you need to pay to visit the gardens, but on a few weekends a year, the gardens are free to visit.
2024-07-07
10am to 4pm
 
East Molesey
Free entry to Hampton Court Palace gardens
East Molesey
London's largest outdoor flea market, hosting over 200 traders of vintage home decor, & peddlers of preloved bargains.
2024-07-07
10am to 5pm
 
Upper Edmonton
Drumsheds summer flea market
Upper Edmonton
Monthly open day at the museum to London's first international airport - in Croydon.
2024-07-07
10am to 4pm
 
Croydon
Monthly open day at Croydon Airport museum
Croydon
Visit the Museum Depot in Acton, west London to discover the story of transport past and present and imagine what a green future could look like for London.
2024-07-07
10:30am to 5:30pm
 
Acton
Depot Open Days: From Past to Present
Acton
TYC looks forward to inviting members of the public to try sailing or paddleboarding, enquire about membership, cruising and training opportunities.
2024-07-07
11am to 3pm
 
Twickenham
Twickenham
Twice a year, the island opens up to the public and the studios open their doors to visitors providing a unique opportunity to see inside a real working artist’s studio
2024-07-07
11am to 6pm
 
Twickenham
Twickenham
Just a note that if you were thinking of ever visiting, then the week of the anniversary might be a nice one to choose.
2024-07-07
11am to 4pm
 
Hampstead
90th anniversary of the Isokon Flats
Hampstead
Free
The UK’s largest one-day chess event is aimed at anyone who loves or wants to learn chess, and is completely free of charge.
2024-07-07
11am to 6pm
 
Trafalgar Square
ChessFest
Trafalgar Square
Watch demonstrations by crew, learn lifesaving skills, hear stories about the lifeboats on the deck of Cutty Sark, and see our shipwright in action.
2024-07-07
11am to 4pm
 
Greenwich
Greenwich
Visitors to the mill are given a full guided tour covering the history, operation and principal features of Shirley Windmill.
2024-07-07
12pm to 5pm
 
Croydon
Croydon
Heath Street is closed to traffic and will be lined with over 100 stalls selling artisan crafts, designer fashions, and international food and drink.
2024-07-07
12pm to 5pm
 
Hampstead
Hampstead Big Fair 2024
Hampstead
Plotholders at London’s oldest allotment are giving guests the opportunity to experience a genuine part of the capital’s history.
2024-07-07
1pm to 5pm
 
West Ealing
West Ealing
80ft long wildlife friendly garden, on two levels at rear of Victorian semi.
2024-07-07
2pm to 6pm
 
South Woodford
Visit a Garden - 83 Cowslip Road
South Woodford
A row of historical railway cottages, tucked away from the bustle of Wood Green nr Alexandra Palace, takes the visitor back in time.
2024-07-07
2pm to 5:30pm
 
Wood Green
Wood Green

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Monday 8th July


Online events / webinars

An illustrated talk to find out more about the Society of Photographic Relics of Old London's striking collection.
12:30pm to 1:30pm
 
Relics of Old London

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Tuesday 9th July

The world's oldest rowing race on the Thames between London Bridge and Chelsea.
2024-07-09
12pm to 2pm
 
Join one of the world's most prolific designers, Thomas Heatherwick in conversation with Chief Curator Johanna Agerman Ross.
2024-07-09
7pm to 8pm
 
Kensington
Kensington

Online events / webinars

Dr Helen Lewandowski explores how royal photographic portraits circulated in the printed press and social media from the mid-19th century to today.
2pm to 3pm
 

More London events on Tuesday 9th July

Wednesday 10th July

A short procession in full ceremonial garb by the Worshipful Company of Vintners from their Livery Hall on Upper Thames Street to the local church.
2024-07-10
11:45am to 12:15pm
 
City of London
The Annual Vintners Procession
City of London

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Thursday 11th July

£16.20
City Beerfest brings together a selection of top brewers, a variety of food stalls, and live music.
2024-07-11
12:30pm to 9pm
 
City of London
City Beerfest
City of London
An illustrated talk to find out more about the Society of Photographic Relics of Old London's striking collection.
2024-07-11
12:30pm to 1:30pm
 
Clerkenwell
Relics of Old London
Clerkenwell
In this lecture, Nicola Clark explores the daily lives of ladies-in-waiting, revealing the secrets of recruitment, costume, what they ate, where (and with whom) they slept.
2024-07-11
1pm to 2pm
 
Soho
Soho
The usually private gardens at The Charterhouse will be open for three evenings this summer.
2024-07-11
5:30pm to 8:30pm
 
Clerkenwell
Open evenings at the Charterhouse Gardens
Clerkenwell
Journey through the history of the Household Cavalry after hours in this evening tour.
2024-07-11
6pm to 7:30pm
 
Whitehall
Early evening gin tour
Whitehall
A ground-breaking history of women in intelligence in the 20th century – showing how they were central to MI organisations from the outset.
2024-07-11
6:30pm to 8pm
 
Battersea
Women in Intelligence:The Hidden History of two World Wars by Helen Fry
Battersea
Join a panel of experts as they discuss the role and importance of football during the First World War.
2024-07-11
6:30pm to 8pm
 
Chelsea
Football and War: The First World War
Chelsea
£17.27
Explore the fascinating world of gases with Mark Miodownik. From neural pathways to climate crises, a captivating journey unfolds.
2024-07-11
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Hanover Square
It's a gas
Hanover Square
Join Lara Maiklem as she discusses the follow-up to her bestselling Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames with Hannah MacInnes
2024-07-11
7pm to 8pm
 
Southwark
A Mudlarking Year: Finding Treasure in Every Season  with Lara Maiklem
Southwark

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Friday 12th July

Dr James Mackay explores how Black freedom seekers found refuge with the British Army during the American War of Independence.
2024-07-12
12pm to 1pm
 
Chelsea
Refuge Within the British Lines
Chelsea
This panel discussion will explore different perspectives on the experience of adapting the biographies of Queens for storytelling in musicals, operas and plays, novels, film and television.
2024-07-12
7pm to 8pm
 
Soho
Soho
An evening to learn about the gardens of the Bloomsbury group.
2024-07-12
7pm to 8pm
 
Southwark
Southwark

Online events / webinars

Join Helen Fry to learn about MI9, the WWII organisation that engineered the escape of Allied forces from behind enemy lines.
2pm to 3pm
 
MI9: Escape and Evasion in the Second World War

More London events on Friday 12th July

Saturday 13th July

Around 300 exhibitors offering fashion, jewellery, gifts and homeware for browsing plus food and drink stalls from some of Barnes’ bars and restaurants.
2024-07-13
9:30am to 5:30pm
 
Barnes
Barnes
Pope's Grotto, in Radnor House School, will be open 13 days in 2024, and this is one of the open days.
2024-07-13
10am to 12:30pm
 
Twickenham
Pope's Grotto open day
Twickenham
Step into the world of The Great British Nanny in this one-day photo exhibition.
2024-07-13
10am to 4pm
 
Islington
The History of the British Nanny Exhibition
Islington
A day of talks exploring the archaeology of London buildings.
2024-07-13
10am to 4pm
 
Southwark
The Archaeology of London Buildings - A Day of Talks
Southwark
Upminster Windmill has been extensively restored and is now open one weekend per month from Spring to Autumn.
2024-07-13
10am to 4pm
 
Upminster
Upminster Windmill's monthly open weekend
Upminster
An old fashioned Fête in the picturesque garden square of Dean’s Yard next to Westminster Abbey with Morris Dancers, a brass band, BBQ and lots of stalls from bric a brac to gardening. Theres's also a raffle, tombola and games.
2024-07-13
11am to 3:30pm
 
Pimlico
Westminster Abbey Choir School Summer Fete
Pimlico
A creative mix of street arts, performances and community interaction, that take over the area for one day.
2024-07-13
12pm to 6pm
 
Moorgate
Moorgate

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Sunday 14th July

Upminster Windmill has been extensively restored and is now open one weekend per month from Spring to Autumn.
2024-07-14
10am to 4pm
 
Upminster
Upminster Windmill's monthly open weekend
Upminster
A creative mix of street arts, performances and community interaction, that take over the area for one day.
2024-07-14
12pm to 6pm
 
Moorgate
Moorgate
Monthly open day at a historic water mill.
2024-07-14
2pm to 5pm
 
Cobham
Cobham

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Monday 15th July

In this lecture, Pernille Rudlin will discuss why the first acrobats settled in Britain, what became of their families and their links to the second wave of performers.
2024-07-15
6:45pm to 6pm
 
Bloomsbury
Karuwaza, a Risky Business: Japanese Acrobats in Victorian Britain
Bloomsbury
Join Simon Singh, on a whistle-stop tour through two decades of his bestselling books.
2024-07-15
7pm to 8pm
 
South Kensington
Dr Simon Singh at Imperial College London
South Kensington

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Tuesday 16th July

Come along to this talk and document viewing to see to how Londoners responded to this last attempt to defeat them.
2024-07-16
12:30pm to 2pm
 
Clerkenwell
Hitler's Vengeance
Clerkenwell

Online events / webinars

Join Ben Edge for this Zoom talk as he takes you into the heart of British Folklore and shares his own journey as an artist
7:30pm to 9pm
 
Painting British Folk Customs - Ben Edge

More London events on Tuesday 16th July

Wednesday 17th July

Two sets of military gun salutes will take place today to mark the Birthday of HM The Queen.
2024-07-17
11:30am to 2pm
 
Gun salutes in Green Park and Tower of London
Historian Sarah Wise discusses her new book examining the horrifying reality of the 1913 Mental Deficiency Act.
2024-07-17
5:30pm to 7pm
 
Clerkenwell
An Evening with Author Sarah Wise – The Undesirables
Clerkenwell
A journey through 20th and 21st century railway architecture and design
2024-07-17
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Soho
Station by Christopher Beanland
Soho

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Thursday 18th July

Naomi Games will be exploring the work of artist Abram Games.
2024-07-18
12pm to 1pm
 
Colindale
Colindale
As England’s most celebrated royal dynasty, it’s often overlooked that the Tudors have their origins in rural Wales, far from the urban centres of English power where they dared to become great.
2024-07-18
6:30pm to 8pm
 
Southwark
The Son of Prophecy: The Rise of Henry Tudor - A Talk by Nathen Amin
Southwark

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Friday 19th July

Zakira Begum shares the stories of some of the Indian Army soldiers encamped at Hampton Court Palace in the early 20th century.
2024-07-19
12pm to 1pm
 
Chelsea
The Indian Army at the Palace
Chelsea
From manga and anime, to live music, fashion, street food, gaming and technology, this immersive celebration showcases the latest and greatest straight from Japan.
2024-07-19
12pm to 8pm
 
West Kensington
Hyper Japan 2024
West Kensington
Join Shoe Lane Library and Lester Hillman for a talk on the secret surrounding the Clerks Well in London.
2024-07-19
1pm to 2pm
 
Holborn
Holborn
Join Tom Shakespeare, Russell Tovey and Tanya Bentley, some of the judges of this year’s Herbert Smith Freehills Portrait Award 2024
2024-07-19
6pm to 7pm
 
Soho
Soho
Experience the unique surroundings of Leighton House after hours, through the lens of sustainability, recycling and upcycling.
2024-07-19
6:30pm to 9pm
 
West Kensington
West Kensington

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Saturday 20th July

Tour a historic Grade II listed water tower with views of the Kings Cross area and St Pancras station.
2024-07-20
10am to 4pm
 
Kings Cross
Occasional open day at the St Pancras Water Tower
Kings Cross
Cart Marking showcases a truly unique collection of transport dating from the horse and cart to the latest, cleanest, greenest, and safest in use today.
2024-07-20
10am to 12pm
 
City of London
Cartmarking ceremony
City of London
From manga and anime, to live music, fashion, street food, gaming and technology, this immersive celebration showcases the latest and greatest straight from Japan.
2024-07-20
10am to 8pm
 
West Kensington
Hyper Japan 2024
West Kensington
A monthly display of classic cars in Waterloo - usually attracting around 20 vehicles.
2024-07-20
11am to 2pm
 
Southwark
Southwark
A two-day outdoor circus-style physical performance by a number of different groups.
2024-07-20
12pm to 6pm
 
Victoria Dock
Victoria Dock

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Sunday 21st July

Weather permitting, at sunrise this morning, up to 50 hot air balloons will fly over central London.
2024-07-21
6am to 9am
 
Hot air balloons (may) fly over London this morning
Pope's Grotto, in Radnor House School, will be open 13 days in 2024, and this is one of the open days.
2024-07-21
10am to 11am
 
Twickenham
Pope's Grotto open day
Twickenham
£11.50
Ice Sunday is the one day of the year when the Canal Museum can take visitors down into the Victorian ice wells beneath the ground floor, a unique experience.
2024-07-21
10am to 4:30pm
 
Islington
Islington
From manga and anime, to live music, fashion, street food, gaming and technology, this immersive celebration showcases the latest and greatest straight from Japan.
2024-07-21
10am to 5pm
 
West Kensington
Hyper Japan 2024
West Kensington
A two-day outdoor circus-style physical performance by a number of different groups.
2024-07-21
12pm to 6pm
 
Victoria Dock
Victoria Dock
Bigger, madder and badder, this year’s event features the much-mentioned and seldom seen spectacle of the Soho Police vs. Soho Firemen TUG OF WAR!
2024-07-21
12:30pm to 6pm
 
Soho
Soho Village Fete
Soho
Every year, thousands of people flock to the streets around the Church to watch the procession and to participate to the feast of the Church.
2024-07-21
Starts at 3pm
 
Clerkenwell
Clerkenwell

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Monday 22nd July

A guided tour of the unique and historic Stationers' Hall in the City of London.
2024-07-22
11am to 12:30pm
 
City of London
Occasional guided tour of Stationers' Hall
City of London

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Tuesday 23rd July

On Historic County Flags Day (yes, there is such a thing), the UK's county flags will be displayed on Parliament Square.
2024-07-23
All Day
 
Pimlico
Pimlico
Visit the beautiful gardens of Down House in the early evening when the site is closed to the public.
2024-07-23
Starts at 5:30pm
 
Orpington
Evening Garden Tour at Down House
Orpington

Online events / webinars

In this talk, Gilchrist scholar Daniel Pietersen will use newly-unearthed details of the writer's life to explore this change in fortunes
8pm to 9:30pm
 
Darkling Shadows:  Weird Fiction of R Murray Gilchrist - Daniel Pietersen

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Wednesday 24th July

No events are listed for today. Sorry.

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Thursday 25th July

Drawing on her recent book, Emily Butterworth will introduce the figure of Queen Marguerite de Navarre, also known as Marguerite d’Angoulême.
2024-07-25
1pm to 2pm
 
Soho
Soho
A talk on how fabric has shaped history with writer and cultural-historian Kassia St Clair
2024-07-25
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Southwark
Southwark

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Friday 26th July

A gallery-wide takeover – a Tudor extravaganza – for one night only.
2024-07-26
6pm to 8:30pm
 
Soho
Soho

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Saturday 27th July

A day full of discussions about the history of England during the 17th century.
2024-07-27
10am to 4pm
 
Southwark
Revolutionary England - A Day of Talks
Southwark
This popular community harvest is London’s only not-for-profit Pick Your Own Lavender event.
2024-07-27
10am to 5pm
 
Carshalton
Carshalton
A silent cinema screening with live musical accompaniment on the Wurlitzer by Donald Mackenzie.
2024-07-27
8pm to 10pm
 
Brentford
Summer Fright Night
Brentford

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Sunday 28th July

Weather permitting, at sunrise this morning, up to 50 hot air balloons will fly over central London.
2024-07-28
6am to 9am
 
Hot air balloons (may) fly over London this morning
The opening weekend of the Museum of the Home's new gallery with a Museum takeover.
2024-07-28
10am to 5pm
 
Bethnal Green
Bethnal Green
This popular community harvest is London’s only not-for-profit Pick Your Own Lavender event.
2024-07-28
10am to 5pm
 
Carshalton
Carshalton
A WW2-era history attraction that's open to the public once a month.
2024-07-28
10:30am to 4pm
 
Watford
Monthly open day at The 1940s Experience
Watford
Once a month, the oldest building in Hackney, St Augustine's Tower is open, so you can climb up to the top.
2024-07-28
2pm to 4:30pm
 
Hackney
Monthly opening of St Augustine's Tower
Hackney

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Monday 29th July

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Tuesday 30th July

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Wednesday 31st July

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