our pick of free things to do in london this july
21st June to 6th July 2019. Greenwich & Docklands International Festival. Over 200 intriguing free street performances, some highly acrobatic, by international artists. Example in image above. Two weeks in June & July. More info.
1st to 31st July 2019. Smoke and Mirrors. Exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, Euston Road, about the psychology of spiritualism and conjuring. Runs until 15th September 2019. More info.
Architectural Association Exhibition of Student Work. Student output from one of London's most creative schools of architecture. More info.
1st July to 7th July 2019. Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition. A free science festival, with demonstrations, which celebrates the science that is shaping the future. More info.
3rd July to 6th October 2019. Frieze Sculpture in Regent's Park. Westminster. An annual open-air show of contemporary sculpture, in the south east corner of Regent's Park. More info.
3rd to 6th July 2019. Bedford Square Festival. Free talks, exhibitions and building visits over four days in July. Covers literature, history, and architecture. More info.
6th July 2019. Pride in London. Annual parade and rally in the West End celebrating the LGBT+ community. Since 1972. More info.
7th July 2019. Music at the Regent’s Park Bandstand. By the Boating Lake. 12.30pm Mardi Gras Jazz Band, 3.30pm Belvedere Concert Band. More info.
14th July 2019. Regent Street Summer Streets. Regent Street closed to traffic every Sunday in July. Food, drink and entertainment in a festival-like atmosphere. More info.
2nd July 2019. Opera in Trafalgar Square. Free open-air opera in Trafalgar Square from the Royal Opera House and BP Big Screen. Performance of Carmen. More info.
9th July 2019. Opera in Trafalgar Square. Free open-air opera in Trafalgar Square from the Royal Opera House and BP Big Screen. Performance of Marriage of Figaro. More info.
13th to 14th July 2019. Walthamstow Garden Party. Barbican and Create London produce a weekend of music, theatre, dance, circus, film, spoken word, crafts and family fun. More info.
14th July 2019. Music at the Regent’s Park Bandstand. By the Boating Lake. 12.30pm Lewisham Concert Band, 3.30pm Lambeth Wind Orchestra. More info.
14th July 2019. Regent’s Street Summer Streets. Regent’s Street closed to traffic on a Sunday and turned into a festive space. More info.
15th to 19th July 2019. Swan Upping. Inspection of swans in the Thames by Royal Swan Uppers in scarlet and gold uniforms. Third week of July. More info.
17th July 2019. Artifishial: Film on the Future of Wild Fish. Free large screen film showing at Ellis Brigham, Covent Garden. More info.
17th July 2019. Cart Marking Ceremony. Branding of vehicles by the Worshipful Company of Carmen. Annual ceremony in the courtyard of Guildhall, dating from 1665. More info.
20th July 2019. Waterloo Classics. Monthly classic car and motorcycle show and meet-up, with market stalls. Third Saturday of the month behind Waterloo Station. More info.
20th & 21st July 2019. Lambeth Country Show. Lambeth. Country show with more than 150,000 visitors. Vegetable and flower competitions, sheep dog and owl displays. Every July. More info.
21st July 2019. Regent Street Summer Streets. Regent Street closed to traffic. Food, drink and entertainment in a festival-like atmosphere. More info.
21st July 2019. Music at the Regent’s Park Bandstand. By the Boating Lake. 12.30pm Fulham Brass Band, 3.30pm Kew Wind Orchestra. More info.
26th July 2019. Natural History Museum Late. Free late opening (6pm to 10pm) on the last Friday each month with talks and special activities. More info.
26th July 2019. V&A Friday Late. Free talks, performances and music from 6.30 pm to 10 pm on the last Friday of every month except May and December. More info.
24th July 2019. Kings Cross Music. Camden. London Brass in concert at Coal Drops Yard, just north of Kings Cross Station. More info.
28th July 2019. Music at the Regent’s Park Bandstand. By the Boating Lake. 12.30pm Harrow Concert Band, 3.30pm South London Symphonic Winds. More info.
31st July 2019. Science Museum Late. Free late opening (6.45pm to 10pm) on the last Wednesday of each month, with talks and special activities. More info.
OTHER SUGGESTions FOR july 2018
Albert Memorial. Westminster. Commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her husband Prince Albert, who died of typhoid in 1862 at the age of 42. More info.
Columbia Road Flower Market. Tower Hamlets. A Sunday flower market in a characterful street. Bedding plants, shrubs, bulbs and freshly cut flowers. More info.
Design Museum. Kensington and Chelsea. Entrance is free to the Design Museum's permanent collection 'Designer, Maker User'. More info.