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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN LONDON THIS JULY

24.06.16

The Great British summer, whilst yet to make a solid appearance in 2016, is one of the most anticipated times of year and you won’t be short of things to do in London to make the most of the warmer weather. Here, we look at what’s coming up in July throughout the capital. Head to the Reiss Guide for more of our recommendations of where to eat, drink, sleep and what to see across the globe.

PICTURE RESTAURANT, MARYLEBONE

Inspired by the success of the original, Fitzrovia-based restaurant, the owners of Picture are launching a second branch on the 4th of July, this time in the equally prestigious location of Marylebone. Intimate in size and promising to be similar to the original, fans of the existing location won’t be disappointed. There’s a six course seasonal tasting menu that will change throughout the year and there’s an impressive drinks list to boot.

19 New Cavendish St, Marylebone, London W1G 9TZ

HEIST BANK, PADDINGTON

Summer is rife with bar and restaurant openings in London, but the one topping our bucket list for July is Heist Bank in Paddington. Scheduled to open on the 29th June, its timing couldn’t be better for our round-up, but what’s more, it promises to stand out from the crowd with its day to night concept. Aiming to bring something new to the local area, it specialises in craft beer, wood fire pizzas and, most interestingly, fresh flowers. Settle in for the day and get Instagram-ready – there’s sure to be photo opportunities aplenty.

5 North Wharf Road Paddington W2 1LA

THE BFG DREAM JAR TRAIL, VARIOUS LOCATIONS

This summer marks the launch of the much-anticipated Roald Dahl film, The BFG, and in turn, what would have been the author’s 100th birthday. In celebration, the streets of London will play host to a range of installations that represent the character’s ‘dream jars’, each with a different design and collated to capture the dream of a well-known celebrity. Follow the trail around London to see them all before they’re auctioned off in aid of Save The Children at the end of the summer.

MAMIES CREPERIE, COVENT GARDEN

Loved by tourists and Londoners alike, Covent Garden is a guaranteed winner if you’re looking for a buzzing atmosphere, whatever time of year it is. If you’re in the area this July, however, be sure to check in to the latest dining addition, Mamies Creperie. Interestingly, the three-floor location is both a creperie (as you could guess) and a cider bar (less obvious), which sounds like an unexpected yet perfect summer recipe. Choose from the innovative toppings or base yourselves on the lowest floor if you’re bypassing food and heading straight for the bar.

19 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JS

DAVID HOCKNEY EXHIBIT, ROYAL ACADEMY OF THE ARTS

If you’re looking for a little culture this summer, then be sure to book your tickets for the latest David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy of the Arts. Showcasing his latest portraiture in a concise collection, it will give an insight into what the artist has been working on since his move back to L.A. Each piece is part of the series, and the artist used friends and family as subjects, positioning them in the same chair in the same room and allowing the same amount of time per piece. The exhibit will run from the 2nd July to the 2nd October so if your summer calendar is looking full, there’s always the opportunity to go a little later in the year.

Piccadilly site, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

ART NIGHT, CENTRAL LONDON

Tap into your artistic side and let ICA dictate your cultural calendar for the month of July. They’re running an extensive list of events, performances and exhibitions throughout the summer, some of which are free of charge. On the night of the 2nd July, however, ten international artists will feature their work in a single showcase of art, architecture, dance, design and music named Art Night. The performances will commence at 5pm and will last the duration of the night, forming a trail throughout the capital.

The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH

SUMMER SERIES, SOMERSET HOUSE

Year after year, Somerset House hosts a series of outdoor music events in its picturesque, central London location and this summer is no exception. July’s line-up includes the likes of James Morrison and soul singer Laura Mvula. The best part? Tickets are priced at a reasonable maximum of £35 plus booking fee and there are shows most nights of the week, so there’s no excuse not to slot one into your July line-up.

Strand, London WC2R 1LA

SUMMER SUNRISE SESSIONS, HAM YARD HOTEL

Rooftop yoga has fast become a trend in London and this summer, The Ham Yard Hotel in Soho has joined the party with their sunrise offering. Top instructors from famous London gym, Equinox will be leading the Flow vinyasa classes every Wednesday morning from the 22nd June for six weeks. In addition, there are two weekend sessions that cost a little more but include a delicious post-workout brunch.

1 Ham Yard, London W1D 7DT

FOODIES FESTIVAL, BLACKHEATH

Food lovers may already be in-the-know when it comes to what markets and festivals are scheduled for the summer, but for those looking to explore the options, the Foodies Festival is taking to a new part of London, making its first appearance in Blackheath. Three days of celebrations will ensue, celebrity chefs will be in attendance and there will be an avenue of street food stalls amongst the traditional artisan produce. One for all the family, there’s a children’s cookery school scheduled to take place during the event.

Blackheath Common, Shooters Hill Road, SE3 0UA

WIMBLEDON, WIMBLEDON

As most British citizens know, Wimbledon tickets can be applied for by ballot – a tradition that has been in place since the event’s launch on 1924. However, if you’ve been unlucky this year, that’s not to say you won’t be in with a chance of experiencing a courtside view. If you get there early (by this we mean at dawn) on the day and are prepared to queue, there are tickets available to purchase. Make the most of it and take a breakfast picnic whilst you soak up the atmosphere.