What’s on in London for July 2016


Lots to do and see this month plenty of music in Hyde Park, New theatre productions and lots of one off events. Read our top ten for the month listings to see whats best in London for July.

No 1. 1st to 10th July 2016 “Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park”

Headlining the two weekends of live music in the iconic Royal Park are Take That, Mumford & Sons, Florence + The Machine, Massive Attack, Stevie Wonder and Carole King. Open House takes over during the week between the concerts with a schedule of free summer activities including open-air cinema, Wimbledon screenings, live music, food stalls, badminton and ping pong. Plus, enjoy breath-taking views over Hyde Park and the city skyline from a special platform raised 100ft (30m) above the ground! British Summer Time Hyde Park 2016 Highlights: Friday 1 July, Massive Attack, Patti Smith, TV on The Radio, Warpaint. Saturday 2 July, Florence + The Machine, Kendrick Lamar, Jamie XX, Blood Orange. Sunday 3 July, Carole King, Don Henley, Louise Goffin. Monday 4 to Thursday 7 July, Open House programme of free summer activities. Friday 8 July, Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes, Wolf Alice, Mystery Jets. Saturday 9 July, Take That, Olly Murs, Ella Eyre, Jamie Lawson, Nathan Sykes. Sunday 10 July, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Corinne Bailey Rae. Visit their website for the full programme of events: http://www.bst-hydepark.comPrices: Adult Ticket: From £77.75 per ticket

No 2. 5th to 10th July 2016 “RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016

Experience the world’s largest annual flower show in the setting of the historic palace at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Marvel at the beautiful flowers in the floral marquee and the innovative conceptual gardens showcasing the next big names in garden design. Watch demonstrations by celebrity gardeners around the showgrounds and get tips on gardening in a changing climate. Plus, learn about growing your own fruit and vegetables, and shop for garden supplies to create your own little oasis.The show is run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), and the RHS judges reward the best garden designs and floral exhibits on the first day of the show; see if you agree with their choices.

Highlights of this years show Are the Butterfly Dome where you can walk among thousands of free-flying butterflies from Indonesia and South America.

Bring the children to Family Saturday, a day full of kids’ activities, including a cookery class, a storytelling bus and the space-themed scarecrows competition.

Discover two new categories in the stunning Show Gardens with the Capability Brown Gardens,celebrating 18th-century landscape architect Lancelot Brown, and the City Gardens, showcasing how to make the best use of small outdoor spaces. Ticket Prices: Adult Ticket: £20.50 to £37.00.

No.3. 8th to 10th July 2016 “Wireless Festival 2016” at Finsbury Park

Head to one of the UK’s biggest outdoor festivals, as Wireless Festival returns to Finsbury Park. Dance long into the night at an event featuring some of the biggest names in dance music, R&B, urban and pop. See headline performances from superstar DJ Calvin Harris, Chase & Status, and grime superstars Boy Better Know. Plus, catch many other top artists and bands perform throughout the weekend, including J. Cole, Jess Glynne and Craig David.

Ticket Prices: FRIDAY SINGLE DAY: £66.45 to £69.75 per ticket.

No.4. 8th July to 27th August 2016 “Impossible”at the Noel Coward Theatre

Whether you like acts of daredevilry, card tricks or mind reading, Impossible at the Noel Coward Theatre has it all. Returning to the West End by popular demand, the line-up includes modern-day Houdini, daredevil and TV escapologist Jonathan Goodwin; London-born Magical Bones; mind-blowing mind-reader Chris Cox; boundary-breaking magician Ben Hart; magician to the stars, Josephine Lee and more. With grand stage illusions, cutting edge technological tricks andup-close-and-personal magic, whatever your age, you’ll be dazzled by these experts. Magic has

been having a revival for some time now, and Impossible is the place where you can discover why. Prices: Adult Ticket: £10.00 to £95.00 per ticket    If you have trouble getting tickets for the show then contact Harmony cars on 07976 374498 they may be able to help.

No.5. 9th July 2016 ” Eid Festival 2016″ at Trafalgar Square

Join the Eid Festival celebrations and learn more about Muslim culture in Trafalgar Square. Everyone is invited to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, at this annual event in Central London.

Feast on food from around the world with stalls serving up Turkish, Egyptian, Lebanese, Malaysian cuisines and much more. Enjoy live music and performances on the main stage, and watch the catwalk show featuring traditional and modern outfits. Plus, get the whole family involved with face-painting, calligraphy, henna and story-telling activities.The festivities take place between 12pm and 6pm.

No.6. 9th July to 31st August “The BFG Dream Jar Trail”

This summer the streets of London will be transformed by magical giant dream jars to celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday and The BFG movie release.

It is believed that the dream jars themselves belong to The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) who mislaid them during his night-time wanderings blowing dreams for the children of the world. Follow The BFG Dream Jar Trail to help the friendly giant find his missing jars. Ronald Dahl’s beloved character, The BFG, and his unlikely friend, Sophie, are hitting UK cinemas in The BFGmovie from 22 July, in what is promising to be one of the most magical live action Steven Spielberg movies ever.

Each giant jar will contain the dreams of celebrities and top artists such as Steven Spielberg, Sophie Dahl, Quentin Blake, Nadiya Hussain of Bake Off fame, Paralympian David Weir, Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams and Arsenal Football Club. Every jar will have a unique design and will be placed in a “splendiferous” London location. You’ll be able to see them in iconic spots such as Trafalgar Square, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, St Paul’s Cathedral, Leicester Square, Tower of London and the home of Roald Dahl himself, Great Missenden; but you’ll have to wait

to find out exactly where and what they all are, as it’s a “whoppsy big secret”.

The jars will be auctioned after the trail in aid of Save the Children, as well as Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. So you could even own your very own dream jar and give children in the UK and around the world the chance to dream big and fulfil their potential. The BFG Dream Jar Trail is run in conjunction with Roald Dahl 100, which is celebrating 100 years since the author’s birth with a series of events and activities throughout the UK.

No.7.   9th July 2016 to 29th August 2016 “Festival of Love” at Southbank Centre

Love in its many forms along the Thames, as the Festival of Love returns to Southbank Centre with a host of love-themed works, performances and events – half of which are completely free. Discover large-scale artworks, vibrant pop-ups, street food, shows and interactive installations at this summer of love in and around the culture hub on the South Bank. Enter the magical world of Air Play, a thrilling circus performance featuring flying umbrellas, giant balloons, floating kites and an enormous snow globe. Catch Body. Dance. Nation. City, an exciting signature piece by Ballet National de Marseille, one of Europe’s leading dance companies.

Enjoy the ever-popular Appearing Rooms fountain by artist Jeppe Hein – perfect for the kids to play in. Experience the new installation Modified Social Benches NY, also by Jeppe Hein – kids and adults alike will love seeing and sitting on these bright red reinventions of the park bench. Celebrate street culture with free dance residencies, workshops and parties as part of Urban. Keep the family entertained with skateboarding, graffiti knitting and pop-up basketball.

No.8. 13th to 24th July 2016 “Just For Laughs London”

Enjoy 12 days of comedy and entertainment at the inaugural Just For Laughs London in and around Russell Square.The creators of Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy event bring their world-famous festival to London for the first time this summer, showcasing big names and emerging talent from the UK and the rest of the globe.

Join in with free daily street acts, activities and art in Russell Square, and get your tickets to seethe main performances in venues located around the square, including the atmospheric Paradiso Spiegeltent, new venue The Mix and 900-seat Logan Hall.

Stand-up star Jim Jefferies headlines the festival, joined by London’s very own Gina Yashere and magician and comedian Piff The Magic Dragon. Plus, catch the incredible illusions show Champions of Magic, hear Eddie The Eagle’s hilarious anecdotes as he recounts his story, and discover a curious mix of imporv and hypnosis by Whose Line Is It Anyway?’s Colin Mochrie; all part of the festival’s packed programme of comedy, children’s activities, silent disco, cabaret shows, live music.

No.9.   15th July to 10th September 2016 “BBC Proms 2016”

Hear a wide range of classical music in a season of informal concerts with the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and in venues across London.

Each year the BBC Proms host two months of concerts, aiming to bring the finest classical music to as many people as possible at affordable prices and in an informal atmosphere. From classical favourites to world premieres of contemporary music and family concerts, soloists to orchestras, singers and musicians, the BBC Proms offer a stage for leading artists from across the musical spectrum with a broad programme of music, culminating in the famous Last Night performances.

The event returns in 2016 for its 122nd edition with brand new Proms Director David Pickard and plenty to celebrate.Get in the carnival spirit as the Rio Olympics unfold this summer with music from Latin America, including the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Symphony Orchestra. Mark 400 years since the death of Shakespeare, with performances inspired by the playwright’s work, including

Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Hans Abrahamsen’s Let Me Tell You. And celebrate the cello with a series of concerts specially dedicated to the instrument.

A new feature this year, Proms at… takes concerts to four unique and unusual London settings, from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Roundhouse, to the Old Royal Naval College and a large car park in Peckham.Plus, catch the first Strictly Prom featuring the professional dancers from the television programme, and get the children involved with the return of the popular CBeebies Proms, as well as weekend matinee family concerts.

No.10.   23rd July to 2nd October 2016 “Buckingham Palace Tour: Summer Opening 2016”

Visit Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of the Queen, this summer. Buckingham Palace is one of the world’s few remaining working royal palaces – don’t miss the chance to see it. Explore the lavishly furnished State Rooms, containing some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection. The Highlights this year include: Paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Poussin, Canaletto and Claude, Sculptures by Canova and Chantrey Exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain.

Some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. Make sure to keep an eye out for special items on display. Every year, Buckingham Palace’s summer opening features a special exhibition. This limited edition exhibition can only be seen during that year’s summer opening. This year’s special exhibition will celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday with a display of outfits worn during her life and reign. If you’d like to make your trip to Buckingham Palace even more memorable, why not combine a visit to the Queen’s residence with an afternoon tea at a nearby hotel?

Buckingham Palace Tour Tickets The summer opening of Buckingham Palace is extremely popular so booking tickets in advance is recommended. Entry is timed. Prices: Adult Ticket: £20.50 per ticket, Child age 5-17: £11.80 per ticket


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