10 of the Best Things to Do in London July 2022

The resident pics out the best things to do in London this July, from cabaret and ballet, to markets, festivals and Pride …

Lead Image: Don Quixote

1 Bite Club Southbank Center

Bite Club is a cabaret show filled with burlesque, drag, comedy, circus and live music brought to you by Briefs Factory, an Australian collective of performance artists from Brisbane that are a little bit party punk while being highly polished and accomplished too. For audiences 18 years and older, catch them at the Southbank Center in between the collectives Glastonbury and Edinburgh International Festival appearances.

Date: July 21-31

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £ 15- £ 30

Address: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Center, Belvedere Road SE1

Website: southbankcentre.co.uk

Bite Club Southbank Center
– Southbank Center

2 Birdies, Angel

Crazy golf center Birdies is opening a new location at Angel. The new nine-hole course will feature three completely new holes – Wing it, Green and Bunker 2.0 – as well as tried and tested fan favorites Hazard, Kinetic, Steps, Infinity and Roulette. There will also be food and drink options – including a bar stocked with cocktails. The venue opens July 15, but if you book your session before then using the code BIRDIESHASWINGS, you[‘ll receive a complementary drink. 

Date: Opens July 15

Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday 12pm-11pm; Friday & Saturday 12pm-12am

Tickets: £12/£10 adults/children

Address: Level 1, Angel Central, 31-32 Parkfield Street, N1 0PZ

Website: playbirdies.com

Birdies, Angel

3 Don Quixote, Sadler’s Wells, Clerkenwell

The London premiere of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s brand new production of Don Quixote comes to Sadler’s Wells in early July following a critically acclaimed UK tour. Company director Carlos Acosta promises the show will be all ages fun and an explosion of Spanish vibes, spectacular dance sets out on a quest to track down his true love and finds himself embroiled in an unlikely adventure of love and dreams.

Date: July 6-9

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: From £ 15

Address: Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN

Website: sadlerswells.com

Don Quixote, Sadler's Wells, Clerkenwell

Don Quixote, Sadler’s Wells, Clerkenwell
– Johan Persson

4 Where The Pancakes Are Pancakes Around The World, Fitzrovia

The pancake specialists will showcase pancakes from around the world by inviting some of London’s top chefs and restaurants to put their spin on the humble dish, This includes Head Chef of Myrtle Anna Haugh and her take on the Irish boxty, Amy Poon of Poon’s will pay tribute to her parents with a Hainanese chicken crepe, and Lee Johnson and Sinead Campbell from Filipino restaurant, Bong Bongs, will bring their crispy pata pancake. To celebrate the three-week run of specials, Where The Pancakes are will host a ticketed event at its Fitzrovia outpost with the guest chefs where diners can try all three pancakes.

Date: From July 7

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £ 25

Address: 7 Charlotte Street W1T 1RG

Website: wherethepancakesare.com

Where The Pancakes Are Pancakes Around The World, Fitzrovia

Where The Pancakes Are Pancakes Around The World, Fitzrovia
– Where The Pancakes Are

5 BTS Hyde Park

A stalwart of London’s summer festivals, BTS runs across several dates in June and July. While Elton John and Adele may be sold out, punters can still catch 90s grunge icons Pearl Jam (Jul 8 & 9), Eagles (Jun 26), Duran Duran (Jul 10) and The Rolling Stones (Jun 25, Jul 3). These of course are supported by a selection of class acts including Pixies, Cat Power, Sterophonics, Courtney Barnett, and Nile Rodgers & Chic. All in the great outdoors in one of London’s most delightful parks.

Date: July 3 & 8,9,10

Time: Gates open at 2pm

Tickets: From £ 79

Address: Parade Ground on the east side of Hyde Park. The postcode is W2 2UH

Website: bst-hydepark.com

6 Secret Cinema Presents Dirty Dancing

Cha Cha your way into the Summer of ’93 as Secret Cinema reignites the iconic world of Dirty Dancing. Opening on July 13, the immersive outdoor cinematic experience celebrates 35 years of the beloved film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray. Audience will embark on a journey of self-discovery and euphoric transformation, echoing Baby’s experience in the film, through live music, dance classes and various activities.

Date: July 13-31

Time: 5.30pm

Tickets: From £ 49

Address: TBC

Website: secretcinema.org

Secret Cinema Presents Dirty Dancing

Secret Cinema Presents Dirty Dancing
– Secret Cinema

7 Kensington and Chelsea Festival

Hitting the streets for the second time, Kensington and Chelsea Festival returns to light up the neighborhood with theater, circus, opera, dance, music, outdoor arts, family shows, participatory activities, talks, walks and public art pieces. Highlights include Shakespeare’s Globe’s production of Julius Caesar and the world premiere of Hannah Sandison and Opera Holland Park present Green Spaces: A Celebration in Song

Date: July 1-August 31

Tickets: Events individually ticketed

Address: Various locations around Kensington and Chelsea

Website: kcfestival.co.uk

8 Late at Tate Britain, Millibank

Kicking off the first Late at Tate Britain for the year, Guyanese-British artist Hew Locke’s colorful installation The Procession – which is Tate Britain’s current commission – is used as a starting point to explore intertwined cultures and black identity through a program of live performances, music workshops, talks and food.

Date: July 1; September 2; December 2; March 3

Time: 6 pm-9pm

Tickets: Free

Address: Millbank, SW1P 4RG

Website: tate.org.uk

Late at Tate Britain, Life Between Islands 2021

Late at Tate Britain, Life Between Islands 2021
– Dan Weill Photography

9 Pride Parade, central London

Celebrate love at this year’s Pride parade which marks 50 years since the first march snaked its way through central London. The parade starts at Hyde Park Corner and makes its way to Whitehall Place, and there are plenty of viewing spots along the way. After, four stages at Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Golden Square and the Soho Stage on Dean Street play host to a wealth of queer and ally talent and the streets will flow with partygoers. Get amongst it.

Date: Saturday, July 2

Time: From 12pm

Tickets: Free and unticketed

Address: Central London, parade starts at Hyde Park Corner

Website: prideinlondon.org

10 Crafty Fox Market, King’s Cross

More than 100 stalls showcasing independent designers and makers comes to The Crossing in King’s Cross this July, so you’re guaranteed to spy a unique treasure for yourself or as a gift. The market brings together the best artisanal, sustainable, small-batch makers, both experienced and emerging, who create handmade homeware, crafted ceramics, fashion, artwork, one-off jewelery pieces, organic skincare and stand-out kidswear among other gems

Date: Sunday July 17

Time: 11 am-6pm

Address: The Crossing, 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross N1C 4AA

Website: craftyfoxmarket.co.uk

Crafty Fox Market, King's Cross

Crafty Fox Market, King’s Cross
– Crafty Fox Market

It’s early days yet and there’s more to come. This guide will be updated …

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