July Super Seven

As we start our Super Seven for July, I’m not sure how much better London could be looking right now. The joy of beautiful weather, means people want to be outside enjoying the sunshine.  July kicks off with Wimbledon, followed by Henley later in the week, the festivals begin, the list goes on. There will be lots going on, aside from World Cup football. Can we dare to dream the English dream yet – we shall wait and see. Enjoy your July Super Seven;

Wimbledon Tennis 2-15 July. Quintessentially English, but could the swiss gentleman Roger Federer take the title for a record 9th time – we will have to wait and see. If you are not lucky enough to be at the ground there are plenty of places around town to watch the action on a big screen… Pergola Paddington, Market Hall Fulham, Flat Iron Square and Granary Square to name a few. If you are looking for a Day Out in Wimbledon, we have been and done the homework. We have also done an Eating in Wimbledon guide.

 

Henley Rowing Regatta : 4th-8th. One of my favourite events of the year. Standing on the river bank in glorious sunshine, find one or two boats to cheer on, and let’s not talk about those blazers.. in fact, lets not talk about the lycra either! A perfect English day out. Following the Regatta there is the fantastic Henley Festival 11th-15th which incorporates arts & music.

Tudor Jousting. 14-15th July.  Yes, there is a Tudor jousting weekend in store for you at Hampton Court Palace. Step back in time at this hugely popular event.

This balmy weather mean movie nights. The idea of sitting under the stars watching an old classic really appeals. We still love Movies on the River through September 15. There are also various locations for al fresco cinema with The Luna Cinema.

ART: Life in the Dark 13 July at Natural History Museum.
Christo & Jean-Claude at the Serpentine. An eye popping wonder in the middle of the Serpentine.
Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy it is always spectacular.
Don’t miss Monet and Architecture at the National Gallery which will close on the 29 July.
Charmed lives in Greece at The British Museum is a charming exhibition and closes on 15 July. Well worth catching I’ve been told.

James Cook : The Voyages at The British Library. The exhibition actually requires a blog post (it’s coming). It’s huge… and the journey takes you on the 3 expeditions of James Cook and his travels. There are documents, incredible drawings, artefacts documenting the journeys that changed Europe’s view of the world. David Attenborough described is as ‘remarkable’. That did it for me – and he wasn’t wrong – it’s overwhelming, it’s so good.

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 3-8 July. A perfect day out for the garden enthusiast in the beautiful setting of this glorious Palace of Henry VIII. Not as busy as Chelsea, yet hugely popular with lots going on, not only garden related.

The RAF is 100 years old and the RAF Museum after a 26m refurbishment is open again. We went many years ago with the children. They climbed in and out of planes, they learnt an enormous amount of history, human and factual. It’s a brilliant day out for the whole family and it’s FREE. There’s a reason they attract of 300,000 visitors a year. If you need tempting any further there is a flight simulator & a spitfire experience (at an extra cost). Get flying as they say.

A few extra to mention….

  • Pride London Parade on the 7 July
  • Buckingham Palace opens on 21 July until 30 September.
  • Bees Needs Week in Carnaby Street 9-15 July Bee inspired by the need to look after our bees.
  • Kids Week, in August kids go free to selected shows but you need to book this month.
  • The Gorilla Circus in Regents Park and Kensington Gardens…. learn to fly!
  • I saw the King and I this week. In one word AMAZING. Get your tickets now to see a show so full of nostalgia and fun. It’s limited run ends on September 29th, and they have added a load of matinee shows to cope with the demand.  You have been warned!