What to do and where to go in London in July

02.07.2024Ksenia Batyshkina

A festival at Somerset House, classical music at the Royal Albert Hall, a new musical with Imelda Staunton, a cocktail party at London's Bedford Square Garden, a new dance show about the problems of age and aging artists in hip-hop culture, art and even a bit of sport - have gathered traditionally the most interesting cultural events that will take place in the British capital in July 2024.

Lottie Cole: A Commonplace Collection of Paintings. (Lottie Cole: A Commonplace Collection of Paintings)

When: July 3-July 31, 2024
Where: Long & Ryle, 4 John Islip Street, SW1P 4PX
Admission is free.

Lottie Cole’s solo exhibition explores themes of time and personal experience in the artist’s 30 watercolor and oil paintings. Drawing on her own experiences, including motherhood and personal life transitions, Cole reflects on change and fleeting moments of existence, creating a kind of visual “scrapbook” of thoughts that are meant to prompt a deep emotional response from viewers.

Wimbledon 2024

When: July 1-14, 2024

Big tennis came about thanks to a British army officer, Walter Clopton Wingfield. In 1874, he reinvented the old-fashioned jeux-de-pom and moved it to the lawn from the gymnasium. Wingfield immediately patented the invention and began selling rackets and balls. Already in 1875 the All England Croquet Club drew attention to the new game. Two more years later, on July 9, 1877, the first tournament at Wimbledon was inaugurated: two hundred people came to the final, and the organizers received only £10 profit.

On July 1, 2024, the Wimbledon Tournament, the oldest and most prestigious event in the world of big tennis, began.

How to get tickets, what to expect from the famous “Wimbledon queue”, where to watch this year’s broadcast, how the historic King George Vl match went, what the local hawk Rufus is famous for, what unusual record Maria Sharapova has set, as well as other interesting and useful facts, we collected in a recent material “ZIMA”.

Ablade Glover: Inner Worlds, Outer Journeys.

When: July 4 – August 3, 2024
Where: October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester St, WC1N 3AL
Admission is free.

In honor of the 90th birthday of Professor Ablade Glover, a recognized master of oil on canvas, the gallery presents a solo exhibition of his new paintings. Glover was the first artist from sub-Saharan Africa to exhibit at October Gallery (in 1982), presenting ten successful solo projects there since then. The exhibit, titled “Inner Worlds, Outer Journeys,” reflects Glover’s deep artistic evolution as well as his unique style, combining abstraction with vivid images of everyday life. The artist’s work, always colorful and energetic, not only celebrates the visual richness of Ghana, but also focuses on the enduring importance of oil painting in contemporary African art.

Everyman Screen on the Canal

When: July 1 to August 18
Schedule and tickets at link .

Everyman Cinema chain opens several pop-up outdoor spaces in and around the British capital every summer. This year, the location for this year’s open-air film screenings in London has been chosen as the Canal at Granary Square in King’s Cross. Every day for six weeks, the theater will show three or four pictures each day (as well as broadcasting the Wimbledon tournament). In the afternoon, you can have a family viewing party (the program includes everything from Disney’s “old school” to Potteriana, The Hunger Games and The Chronicles of Narnia). A very diverse program is also planned for the evening screenings – such as the iconic “Casablanca” and “Singin’ in the Rain” as well as “Dune 2”. Read about where else to see outdoor movies in London in a recent ZIMA piece.

The Barbie exhibit

When: July 5, 2024-February 23, 2025
Where: Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High St, London W8 6AG.
Tickets at the link.

It seemed like enough time had passed that we let go of the Barbie theme after the release of the movie of the same name last year. But, in all likelihood, “barbimania” will leave the information space not soon enough (and we don’t mind).

On July 5, 2024, London’s Design Museum will unveil a new exhibition featuring more than 180 Barbie dolls and clothes from the popular movie starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. The exhibit will include “Barbie Number 1” released by Mattel in 1959, the first black, Hispanic and Asian Barbie dolls, as well as the first Barbie with Down syndrome and the first Barbie to use a wheelchair.

The curator of the exhibition noted that the cult dolls of Mattel Corporation can be considered as an important part of modern pop culture, which has had a huge impact on society in general and the development of the design and fashion industry, in particular.

Lonnie Holley: All Rendered Truth.

When: July 5 – September 15, 2024
Where: Camden Art Centre, Arkwright Rd, NW3 6DG
Admission is free.

Camden Art Center presents a solo exhibition by Lonnie Holley , an American artist and musician known for his role in both the development of “black art in the southern states of America” and in the international art arena. In creating her sculptures and installations, Holly draws on her personal “journey” through poverty, civil rights struggles and cultural upheaval. The artist works with discarded objects, infusing them with images of resilience, renewal and bringing a “redemptive aspect to discarded objects” to restore dignity to things and give them new life.

Hello Dolly

When: July 6 – September 14, 2024
Where: London Palladium, Soho, 8 Argyll St, W1F 7TF
Tickets can be purchased by clicking here .

This production has not been revived in London for over 10 years, several of which were missed due to the pandemic. And now, the musical is finally being staged on the big stage at the London Palladium. Acclaimed British actress Imelda Staunton will play a socialite matchmaker named Dolly Levy, who finds a bride for her millionaire friend and then sets out to find her own love. The audience will be treated to a touching, ironic and life-affirming story.

In addition to Staunton, actors Andy Nyman (as Horace Vandergelder), Jenna Russell (as Irene Molloy), Tyrone Huntley (as Barnaby Tucker) and Harry Hepple (as Cornelius Huckle) will take the stage.

Joy Labinjo: We Are Briefly Gorgeous.

When: July 6 – September 29, 2024
Where: Southwark Park Galleries, 1 Park Approach, Southwark Park, SE16 2UA
Admission is free.

As part of Southwark Park Galleries’ 40th anniversary program, British-Nigerian artist Joy Labigno will present her large-scale new collection of works celebrating the local community. Inspired by scenes seen in various London neighborhoods and locations such as Southwark Park, Bermondsey and others, Labigno’s paintings depict scenes from the ordinary lives of city dwellers. Combining personal and found imagery, the artist’s work evokes a sense of deja vu and invites the audience to internally reflect on the fleetingness and beauty of the moment.

The Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta.

When: possible dates July 7, 21, 28 (weather dependent)

The famous Balloon Regatta will return to London for the first time since Covid. The event will traditionally be held under the patronage of the Lord Mayor of the City of London – Michael Mainelli – and will take place on July 7, 21 and 28 – it is worth noting that the dates are tentative, because the aeronautics requires ideal, and most importantly safe weather conditions.

The event is designed to draw public attention to various initiatives of the capital’s mayor’s office. And despite the fact that it will not be possible to ride on an unusual means of transportation as a private passenger, all those interested will be able to enjoy the spectacle from different city locations. Around 50 balloons will fly on designated dates past Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, London Bridge and more.

Minoru Nomata: Continuum (Minoru Nomata: Continuum)

When: July 10 – August 24, 2024
Where: White Cube Mason’s Yard, 25-26 Mason’s Yard, London SW1Y 6BU
Admission is free.

Minoru Nomata’s debut solo exhibition will open at White Cube Mason’s Yard gallery in London. In his work, the artist explores the contradiction between humanity and nature. In his paintings, viewers will see lonely architectural structures rising from behind a low horizon line, as well as images of icebergs, frozen waterfalls and glaciers interacting with man-made mechanical elements.

Somerset House Summer Series

When: July 11 – July 21, 2024
Where: Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
You can buy tickets at the link.

A music festival to be held in the courtyard of the historic neoclassical Somerset House mansion in central London. Guests can expect eleven days of live music, from rap and R&B to soul and rock. This year’s Summer Series stage will feature and hear performances by Pip Millett, Fatoumata Diawara, Corinne Bailey Rae, Smino, The Amazons, The Big Moon and the legendary Patti Smith Quartet.

City Beer Festival

When: July 11, 2024
Where: Guildhall Yard, EC2V 5AE
Tickets can be purchased by clicking here .

Now in its 10th year, City Beerfest returns to London’s historic Guildhall Courtyard. The big “celebration of life” will already traditionally bring together the best brewers from across the UK and Ireland. Guests will be able to sample more than 35 beers, including non-alcoholic, low-alcohol and even gluten-free beers. And what beer without snacks and live music, which, according to the organizers, will be more than enough this year.

Herbert Smith Freehills Portrait Award 2024.

When: July 11 – October 27, 2024
Where: National Portrait Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia. Martin’s Pl, WC2H 0HE
Admission is free, and more details on related events can be found at the link.

The Herbert Smith Freehills Portrait Award and Exhibition was organized to celebrate outstanding achievements in contemporary portraiture, discover new talent, and give today’s generation of artists an opportunity to be heard. Since the competition’s inception 40 years ago, more than 40,000 people from over 100 countries have participated and the accompanying exhibition has been viewed by some 6 million visitors.

The 2024 expert panel included National Portrait Gallery director Dr. Nicholas Cullinan OBE, visual artist Barbara Walker MBE RA, sociologist and bioethicist Sir Tom Shakespeare, actor and Talk Art podcast host Russell Tovey, and the gallery’s curator of contemporary collections Tanya Bentley. The awarding of the Young Artist category will take place on July 9, 2024.

The exhibition is also accompanied by a whole series of events – various thematic tours, discussions with jurors, workshops and much more.

Cocktails in the City (Cocktails in the City)

When: July 11-13, 2024
Where: Bedford Square Garden, WC1B 3ES
You can purchase tickets by clicking here.

This outdoor festival will feature 20 of London’s best bars, including newcomers such as The Royal Cocktail Exchange and Gaia Mayfair, as well as established favorites The Coral Room. Guests will be welcomed by a “sea” of author’s cocktails, various corners with street food, exciting bartender competitions, master classes on making drinks, games in the garden, live music, and even some unusual entertainment, such as “silent disco”.

Crazy Smooth: In My Body

When: July 18-20, 2024
Where: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
Tickets can be purchased at the link.

The European premiere of Crazy Smooth: In My Body is a dance show from some of Canada’s best street dancers that addresses the issues of age and aging artists in hip-hop culture. With original music by DJ Shash’U, the audience will see intricate choreography and personal stories collected by writer Alejandro Rodriguez. Dancers such as DKC Freeze (born 1965) and Tash (born 1971) will appear on stage – through their performance they will tell stories of survival, triumph and defeat.

BBC Proms

When: July 19-September 14, 2024
Where: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, SW7 2AP
You can follow the schedule and purchase tickets by clicking here.

The BBC Proms is an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts, predominantly held on the stage of the famous Royal Albert Hall in London. Starting July 19, the public will be treated to performances by a symphony orchestra, pianists, singers, guitarists and more. In total, more than 90 multi-format music events are planned as part of the BBC Proms this season.

UNIQLO Tate Play: Oscar Murillo.

When: July 20 – August 26, 2024
Where: Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG
There is no charge to participate .

This summer, artist Oscar Murillo will transform Tate Modern Gallery’s Turbine Hall into a place of collective creativity. Everyone will be able to take part in the creation of a colorful work of art of epic proportions, namely, to take a brush in hand and leave their mark on a giant canvas. Visitors are encouraged to draw inspiration from the paintings of Claude Monet and the works of Oscar Murillo himself, which will be on display in the South Wing of the museum.

Peter Kennard: Archive of Dissent (Peter Kennard: Archive of Dissent)

When: July 23-January 19, 2025
Where: Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, E1 7Q
Admission is free.

One of Kennard’s largest exhibitions to date will occupy three rooms in the former Whitechapel Library. The exhibition will bring together the artist’s work over his fifty-year career into a kind of archive of social and political world history. Most of these will be in the form of posters in display cases and printed materials on walls or lecterns. Kennard deconstructs familiar and ubiquitous images and reinterprets them through different formats and scales of publication, raising not only the themes of the relationship between power, capital, war, and the destruction of the planet, but also “showing new possibilities emerging from the cracks and shards of old realities.”

Taylor Swift: Songbook Trail

Where: V&A, Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
When: July 27-September 8, 2024

Admission is free.

This summer, the V&A Museum will host Taylor Swift: Songbook Trail, a free exhibition celebrating the pop star’s work.

Visitors will find 13 zones, each of which will tell about a certain era in the musical career of the performer. Costumes and accessories from her personal archive will include the cowboy boots Swift wore during her rise as a country singer in 2007, a black dress with ruffles on the shoulders worn in her latest music video for the song Fortnight, instruments, awards, lyrics, and previously unseen exhibits about Taylor’s childhood.

According to V&A representatives, the exposition will give visitors the opportunity to explore the inner world and creativity of the artist, as well as to understand more about the phenomenon of her influence on the world pop scene.

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