What’s on in London for July 2014

July in LondonLots to see and do this month, it is the start of the open air music festival season and London will have plenty of top music acts from around the world playing in central London during the month. There is also major sporting events which are listed below. If you want to see inside Buckingham Palace, her majesty opens her home to the public later this month. If you are a tennis lover Wimbledon’s men’s and ladies finals day is at the beginning of the month so if you can try and get tickets, it won’t be easy but worth the effort. Have a great time, and while you are in London don’t forget to try the English Strawberries and raspberries, they are to die for at this time of the year.

No 1. 1st July to 5 July 2014 “Monty Python Live” at The O2. Surrealist legends John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin return for a short-run of live performances. Monty Python Live (mostly): One down, five to go will draw from their highly acclaimed and undoubtedly influential comedy sketch show. After the original one night only perfromance sold out in under a minute the Python’s will be performing additional dates on 15-16 and 18-20 July.     Tickets from £32.50

No 2. 4th July to 13th July 2014 “Barclaycard British Summer Time Hyde Park”. This summer, Hyde Park is hosting an exciting programme of music and entertainment. Arcade Fire, Black Sabbath, The Libertines, McBusted, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Tim Minchin and Tom Jones are set to play headline sets. The line-up so far includes:

Thursday 3rd July, Arcade Fire, Jake Bugg and Future Islands.

Friday 4th July, Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Motorhead, Soulfly and Faith No More.

Saturday 5th July, The Libertines, The Pogues, Spiritualized, Maximo Park and The Enemy.

Sunday 6th July, McBusted, Backstreet Boys, Scouting For Girls and Diversity.

Thursday 10th July, Tim Minchin and his band, Alan Davies, Nina Conti, Milton Jones and Gina Yashere.

Saturday 12th July, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The National, Tom Odell, Caitlin Rose, Phosphorescent and Flyte.

Sunday 13th July, Tom Jones, Boyzone, Little Mix, Bootleg Beatles and 10CC.

As well as live music on the main stage during the weekends, there will be a programme of midweek entertainment available for everyone to enjoy.

No. 3. 7th July 2014 “Tour de France 2014”. See the world’s top cyclists race past London landmarks including Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace to a spectacular finish at The Mall. After setting off from Yorkshire on 5 and 6 July, the Tour de France Grand Depart will arrive in London. The race will enter London from the north east, via Epping Forest, before passing the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and heading for central London. The competitors will ride past a host of famous London attractions including the Thames, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. As with the prologue of the Tour de France in 2007 and the 2012 Olympic cycle road races, the final stretch will travel through St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace to a spectacular finish on The Mall. London will host several fan park sites providing the ultimate celebration of the Tour de France, with big screens at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and live coverage, cycling experiences, entertainment and French cuisine at official fan parks in Trafalgar Square and Green Park. For more information about the fan parks visit tourdefrancefanpark.co.uk

No.4. 8th July to 13th July 2014 “Hampton Court Palace Flower Show”. Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is the world’s largest annual flower show. As well as the stunning floral displays, you can learn about growing your own fruit and vegetables, get tips on gardening in a changing climate, and shop for garden products. For six days , thousands of gardening fans can see, smell and touch an abundance of floral delights. You can enjoy around 50 inspiring display gardens including the tranquil water gardens (a unique category of this show), the rose marquee and the innovative conceptual gardens showcasing the next big names in garden design. For the keen horticulturist the show is not just about viewing, shopping and relaxing – it’s also about winning! The RHS judges make their awards on the first day of the show; see if you agree with their selections.

No.5. 9th July to 21st September 2014 “Let it Be” at Garrick Theatre. Back by popular demand, this hit show has been brought back to London’s West End to celebrate the half-century since the Beatles album and film A Hard Day’s Night took the world by storm. As enduring as the band that inspired the show, this stage spectacular is an essential experience for fans of the Fab Four. The show follows their progress from humble beginnings at the Cavern Club through to the heady days of the Abbey Road Studio sessions, with the madness of Beatlemania taking up the intervening years. Expect hit after hit as the band’s amazing back catalogue of tunes is resurrected in true 1960s style. More than 40 Beatles’ classics are performed live, with firm favourites setting the mood for a night of pop music genius. Songs include: I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Strawberry Fields, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Twist and Shout. Tickets from £16.45

No.6.   11th July to 12th July 2014 “Eminem” at Wembley Stadium. Internationally renowned, Grammy award-winning US rapper and hip hop artist, whose hit singles include 8 Mile, Stan and Rap God, performs his first London show since 2001, taking over Wembley Stadium for two nights.     Tickets from £75.00

No.7.   17th July to 21st July 2014 ” England vs India – Second Investec Test Match ” at Lord’s. Fans of cricket should not miss a chance to experience a test match at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Widely referred to as the home of cricket, Lord’s has a rich history which dates back to the 1700s. England v India will be a hard fought and exciting match; England will be hoping to complete an historic Investec Test series double over India. Tickets from £84.09

N0. 8 . 18th July 2014 to 13th September 2014 ” BBC Proms 2014″ at the Royal Albert Hall. The greatest classical music festival on earth returns, It’s time for the Proms! Every year the BBC Proms host two months of concerts, including the famous Last Night performances, world premieres of contemporary works and shows by a diverse range of artists. This year commemorates the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War with a focus and reflection on the works of wartime composers, as well as songs and the musical legacy of the conflict. Among the highlights are a special War Horse prom featuring life-size puppets from the hit show, a performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem based on the poetry of Wilfred Owen, and Sally Beamish’s violin concerto inspired by Erich Maria Remarque’s novel All Quiet on the Western Front. Another landmark in 2014 is the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’ birth, which is marked by the performance of three of his complete operas and a number of choral concerts. In a continuing effort to promote artists from across the musical spectrum, the Proms welcomes singer Paloma Faith and versatile performer Rufus Wainwright for the first time; while the Pet Shop Boys take to the stage with their new piece, A Man from the Future, based on the life and work of wartime code-breaker Alan Turing. Firm classical favourites make a return for the season, including the Berlin Philharmoniker, Cleveland Orchestra and Budapest Festival Orchestra. There are also first-time appearances from orchestras based in China, Greece, Iceland, Lapland, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea and Turkey. The full programme is available from the BBC’s website. Tickets prices from £54.61

No.9.   23rd July to 6th September 2014 “A Streetcar Named Desire” at Young Vic SE1. Enjoy American classic A Streetcar Named Desire as Tennessee Williams’ brilliant work is brought to life at the Young Vic Theatre. Both profound and lyrical, Williams’ hit play charts the downward spiral of a woman, Blanche DuBois, and her encounter with her violent brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Directed by Benedict Andrews and starring Gillian Anderson (X Files), this tale of sexual tension in New Orleans is a modern classic, with its atmospheric setting and slyly brilliant dialogue. Set in a rather seedy apartment, the truth about Blanche’s character is slowly but surely revealed as her southern belle facade is gradually chipped away. Despite desperately trying to project airs and graces to protect her true character, the brutish Kowalski manages to see straight through her. A subtle battle of characters and opposites, Williams’ complex character study remains as fresh as ever. Tickets from £59.90

No.10. 26th July to 28th September 2014 “Buckingham Palace Summer Opening”. Visit Buckingham Palace, one of the world’s few remaining working royal palaces, in London this summer. Explore the lavishly furnished State Rooms, containing some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection. Highlights include: Paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Poussin, Canaletto and Claude. Sculpture by Canova and Chantrey. Exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain. Some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. Every year, Buckingham Palace’s summer opening features a special exhibition. In 2013 the exhibition marked the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s coronation in 1953 with the palace’s ballroom transformed into the largest-ever exhibition about this historic event. This year offers a glimpse into the childhoods of the royals, with the Royal Childhood exhibit. As well as a look at the newest arrival, Prince George, there is a focus on the formative years of other members of the Royal Family through their toys, outfits and previously unseen images. Bringing together objects from the Royal Collection, the Royal Archives and the private collections of members of the Royal Family, this exhibition spans 250 years of life as a young royal. Tickets £19.75

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