Summer has started in London and it’s all kicking off. Wimbledon has started, the Euros are in full swing and there are events galore happening all over the city. Whether it’s visiting the Queen at Buckingham Palace or going to see your favourite band at a festival, London is the place to be this summer. Here are some great events happening in London over the month of July.
Buckingham Palace Summer Opening
Like every year, the Queen opens up her abode to the public. Each year there is a special theme and this year the exhibition will be devoted to the royal wardrobe. The Queen always looks most comfortable in a headscarf and sturdy dog-walking gear but she can hardly sit down to a state banquet in her jeans and OTT dressing-up goes with the job.
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Returning once again in 2016, this high-summer event takes place over 34 acres in the spectacular grounds of Hampton Court Palace and features world-class gardens as well as marquees showcasing work by some of the country’s leading designers and nurseries.
London’s Highest Summer Garden at The Shard
This summer visit The View from The Shard and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the capital from London’s highest summer garden. For a limited time, the open-air Skydeck on Level 72 will be transformed into an immersive garden featuring thousands of brilliant blooms in celebration of The Year of The English Garden.
London Anniversary Games
It seems London just can’t let go of the Olympics and this summer World-class athletics will fill the Olympic Park once more in 2016 for two days of Anniversary Games. Athletic superstar Usain Bolt will be in attendance on the Friday with other top stars including David Weir, Jonnie Peacock and Hannah Cockroft before they jet off to Rio later in the year.
Back again, Wireless is welcoming some big acts this summer including Calvin Harris, Chase & Status, J Cole, Boy Better Know. But there’s also a shedload of great lesser-known acts including Future, Miguel and Anderson Paak.
Life’s a beach at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with over 2,200 square metres of sand deposited at the site for endless sandcastle competitions and balmy evening walks. This year’s tropical offering will have a Rio theme in celebration of the Olympics and there will be big screens to watch it on from Aug 6-21.
Walthamstow Garden Party
Programmed by the Barbican and Create London in partnership with Waltham Forest Council, the Walthamstow Garden Party is a free two-day festival in E17 that combines a cracking music line-up with plenty of family fun: theatre, dancing, comedy, circus, art activities with the William Morris Gallery and a designers’ market.
Somerset House Summer Series gigs
I went last summer, nothing took my fancy this time around but Londoners love the venue for offering all the open-air excitement of a festival stage right in the centre of the capital, whilst artists enjoy playing to a captivated audience in a grand eighteenth-century courtyard by the Thames.