London Calling: Your Guide to a Sun-Kissed July

Get ready for a sizzling July in London! With the sun high in the sky, the city transforms into a vibrant hub of outdoor activities. Dive into a refreshing lido, savor a delicious meal alfresco, or sip on a cool drink while taking in the panoramic views from a rooftop bar or beer garden. London’s parks burst with life this time of year, offering the perfect escape for a picnic or leisurely stroll. Craving a beach vibe? Hit one of the urban beaches or unwind under the stars at an open-air cinema.

July is also prime time for London’s music festivals. And for a touch of floral beauty, don’t miss the sprawling fields of lavender and sunflowers in all their blooming glory. This guide brings you the best exhibitions, shows, and activities to make your July in London unforgettable.

1. Where to watch Euro 2024 matches in London

Where to watch Euro 2024 matches in London
⭐ Sport and fitness

The spectacular goals, missed penalties and euphoric wins of the UEFA Euros are back. Our boys are battling it out in Germany for a chance to become the UEFA Euro 2024 winners. Whether you’re a die hard footie fan or just hoping for an excuse to neck a few pints, you’re going to want to know all the best spots in London to catch the matches.

2. BST Open House

BST Open House
⭐ Things to do 🎸 Performances📌 Hyde Park ⏰ Until 11 Jul 2024

BST has boasted some of the most exciting London line-ups over the last couple of years, but organising worldwide mega stars to perform in the park clearly isn’t enough work, so BST is also hosting eight days of free activities. All Things Orchestral will be performing a stunning show of classical music, hosted by Myleene Klas and there’s a free open-air cinema, pop-up bars, discussion panels plus chances to play tennis, cricket and football. Norman Jay MBE will be taking to the decks, and there’s even a chaos-fuelled chance to play Bongo’s Bingo.

3. Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta

Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta
⭐ Things to do 🌃 City Life
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a hot air balloon! This July, London’s skies will be filled with glorious flying balloons as the Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta returns to the capital for the first time since 2019. There’s a catch though: the regatta can only take place if the weather is good enough. Fingers crossed July is a sunny one. If all goes according to plan, this year the balloons soar past landmarks including Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.

4. Monster Jam

Monster Jam
⭐ Things to do 📌 Olympic Park ⏰ 13 Jul 2024

If your idea of a great time is watching giant trucks race their way across a massive stadium, then you’ll be blown away by Monster Jam. This unique sporting experience is returning to London in July, promising adrenaline-boosting action as you watch 12,000-pound monster trucks tear up the dirt. Prolong the fun with the Pit Party, where you can get up close to the trucks before they go into battle, take pictures and get autographs – from the drivers, obviously.

5. Find sunflower fields near London

Find sunflower fields near London
⭐ Things to do 📌 Walks and tours

Did a visit to see Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ at the National Gallery fail to provide your flower fix? Get neck-deep in heliotropic heaven at these golden fields full of custard-yellow blooms.

6. London Athletics Meet

London Athletics Meet
🏃‍♀️ Sport events 📌 Olympic Park ⏰ 20 Jul 2024

Gear up for the buzz of the Paris 2024 Olympics at the London Athletics Meet at London Stadium. Part of the Wanda Diamond League series, this event is the last athletics competition before the big tournament across the channel kicks off, making it a crucial part of the athletes’ final preparations. Bonus: all the limbering up you’ll need to do is warm up your vocals to cheer the participating players on and help spur them to (hopefully) gold medal victory.

7. ‘Fangirls’

🎶 Musicals 📌 Hammersmith ⏰ 13 Jul – 24 Aug 2024

Aussie writer and performer Yve Blake scored a cult domestic smash in the immediate pre-pandemic era with ‘Fangirls’ (aka ‘FANGIRLS’), a subversive musical that she wrote the book, lyrics and music for, and even initially starred in. Inspired by interviews with actual pop star fangirls, the musical follows Edna, a 14-year-old Australian girl madly in love with one ‘Harry’, a member of a massive-selling pop group (hmm, rings a bell). When the band comes to Sydney she’s determined to meet Harry – at any cost.

8. The North Face Climb Festival

The North Face Climb Festival | Canary Wharf | Things to do in London
⭐ Things to do 🥳 Quirky events 📌 Canary Wharf ⏰ 12 Jul – 13 Jul 2024

If you’re more of a sit-back-and-watch kinda person as opposed to a get stuck in kinda person, we’ve got some good news. North Face is hosting a Climb Festival at Canary Wharf South Dock, but don’t worry – you don’t have to do any climbing. Instead, watch some of the world’s top climbers (including North Face reps Caroline Ciavaldini and James Pearson) scale 16 metre walls and complete deep water solo climbs, from the safety of the ground. There’ll also be talks from climbers, a clothes repair space plus a handful of DJs.

9. Explore lavender fields around London

Explore lavender fields around London
⭐ Things to do 📌 London

It may be known for its sleepy scent and soothing properties, but there’s nothing dozy about the explosion of colour happening right now in London’s lavender fields. Here are the best places to treat your eyes and nose to this year’s epic summer blooms.