July is a fabulous month in London. Flowers in full bloom – think Superbloom, and as the sun shines, it is picnic in the parks, concerts, some great theatre, and of course summer exhibitions. This year continuing the Jubilee, the Royal Palaces open with some glorious exhibitions. Catch more pomp and ceremony at Horseguards…
If you are visiting London there is lot’s to do. If you are doing the staycation, dig deep and make a good day out of it. Your feet may ache at the end of the day, but the rewards are great. Let me know what you think of the new July Super Seven.
Superbloom at Tower of London. At a preview to the work of the artists, I had a sneak peak at what was to come from this extraordinary Jubilee project. It is finally in bloom, and looks incredible. The glass artist Max Jacquard, was commissioned by the Royal Palaces to create 12 giant commonwealth symbols and a crown. They sit within the Queens Garden at the Tower of London, and look as majestic in the day as at night when they are illuminated.
Exhibitions in London : Summer Exhibition 2022 at Royal Academy Cornelia Parker at Tate Britain Dulwich Gallery : Woman in The Window Exhibition until 4 September & The Festival of Happiness on 30 July. Africa Fashion at the V&A open now. Kusama The Obliteration Room at Tate Modern 23 July – 29 August. London Art Week 4-8 July
Music Mondays at Coal Office in Coal Drops Yard. DJ’s nights every Monday and on 25th July book in for the live set with JSolWorld as the sun goes down. We went and loved our evening there. If definitely starts the week off on the right foot. Tip: book in for supper too – the food here is insane.
Mad House at The Ambassador’s Theatre. A limited run for the black comedy, which will have you transfixed from the start. Sharp as a knife delivery by an extraordinary cast led from the front by Stranger Things actor David Harbour and veteran actor of stage and screen Bill Pullman. I don’t want to give too much away, but safe to say I think the West End really needed a show like this.
NT Live is screening Prima Facie in cinemas on 21 July. A must see if you couldn’t get tickets to see the most talked about performance of the year by Jodie Comer.
Beating the Retreat with The Household Division at Horseguards 5-7 July. This is a fabulous evening out with music, pomp and ceremony including a firework display. Cannot recommend it more highly. Have a picnic in the park before hand to start your evening off in style. Buckingham Palace summer opening : The Queen’s Accession. Will include Dorothy Wilding’s portraits and jewellery from the portrait sittings. Windsor Castle opens 7 July – 26 September : The Queen’s Coronation : The coronation dress and robe from 2nd June 1953 are on display.
Jane Birkin in London : Two opportunities to see this 60’s icon. Jane is in conversation with film critic Jonathan Romney at The Barbican on 7 July after a screening of the film ‘Jane by Charlotte’ directed by her daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg. On Saturday 9 July she is at the same venue with her concert Oh! Pardon tu dormais… rescheduled from last year.
Kew Gardens : Kew the Music 5-10 July returns this month, and at the end of the month Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is taking the stage at Theatre on Kew 29 July – 29 August.. I can’t think of anything nicer on a beautiful summers evening. Be sure to pop in and see the Pip & Pop exhibition too, as part of the Food Forever exhibition until 18 September.
Pride London this Saturday … Walk with Pride through London’s West End leaving Hyde Park Corner at noon. See the Time Out’s Pride route guide.
Watch Wimbledon on a big screen in London. Choose from venues such as Eccleston Yards, King’s Cross, Bluebird on Kings Road, Covent Garden, Vinegar Yards.
Cocktails in the City return with their summer dates: 7-9 July, 11-13 August & 8-10 September.
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