July in London means long summer nights just made for festivals, rooftop bars, open-air cinema, music and exhibitions celebrating the culture, creativity and diversity of the city, so get out there and get involved!

Pride in London Parade

Get your rainbows ready for London’s annual Pride Parade. Watch and cheer as over 30,000 people from over 600 LGBT+ groups march through London in a riot of flags, balloons and fabulous outfits. It’s a wonderful, upbeat celebration as well as a platform to highlight the injustices and inequalities that still exist. Hugely enjoyable and uplifting.

Hyper Japan Festival

Curious about Japanese culture? Head to Hyper Japan, the UK’s biggest J-culture event. There’s shopping, entertainment, fashion, cosplay and plenty of food from the land of the rising sun.

The Other Art Fair

Run by Saatchi, this art fair brings together pieces from 110 independent artists in a relaxed, informal environment. It’s a good chance to see and support up-and-coming artists, with performances, immersive installations, DJs and a bar.

London Gaming Market

London Gaming Market is the city’s biggest (and perhaps only) regular market dedicated solely to games and game culture. It’s a regular grab bag for merch, with everything from retro consoles and accessories to new games and general geek swag.

Wing Fest London

We’re very happy to see Wing Fest is back; over 40 restaurants, street food traders and BBQ experts will be seriously winging it (sorry!).

Historical Highlights Tours at Somerset House

Explore an unrivalled architectural gem, get exclusive access to areas hidden away from public view and learn more about the fascinating individuals who have lived and worked at Somerset House over the centuries.

Wild Food Walks

Learn how to confidently identify the everyday plants you can eat, plus where and when to pick them, and take home your own foraged goodies with some tips on how to use them.

The London Craft Gin Cruise

Take a leisurely cruise along the Thames taking in the sights of central London, with four serves of artisan gin and a souvenir glass included in the ticket.

Soho Village Fete

Wonderful urban village fete including a dog show, spaghetti-eating contest, a tug-of-war between the Soho police and fire brigade, a human fruit machine and the famous Soho Waiters’ Race. Don’t miss this one.


Canary Wharf’s four-day arts festival is back for 2023. The programme will include live music, comedy, outdoor theatre, dance and family activities.

Brixton Windmill Open Days

Brixton Windmill’s open days are a great chance to step back in time and gain a new appreciation of skills past and present.

The Luna Open Air Cinema

What’s summer without sunset screenings of great movies in prime locations across London?

Proud West End

Don’t miss these intriguing ‘living portraits’ of 15 members of the West End’s LGBTQIA+ community, with QR codes you can scan to hear their stories.

Somerset House Summer Series 2023

It must be summer; it’s the return of the Summer Series, eleven nights of gigs in the iconic courtyard of Somerset House.

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BIO: Freelance writer, flâneuse and former blogger at London Girl About Town, Amanda is dedicated to sharing the latest on London's restaurants, bars, hidden quirks and general wonderfulness.
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