Unmissable Things To Do in London in July 2022
It’s time for a hot summer in the city with our unmissable things to do in London (and beyond) in July.
Make your life fabulous by ticking off everything on this list – but do it safely!
A Pinch of Vault | The Vaults, Leake Street – Waterloo | 5-16 July | Various Prices
Can’t afford the schlep to Edinburgh? Head to London’s underground caverns for exciting previews of fringe shows and
Grime Stories: from the corner to the mainstream | Museum of London | All July | FREE
Uncover the grassroots history of Britain’s grime scene at this free exhibition including the legendary Jammer’s basement.
Summer Lights | Canary Wharf | All July | FREE
Canary Wharf is famous for its winter dazzling displays but this time they’re taking over summer with these playful installation.
Bitesize Festival | Riverside Studios | All July | £10
Head to Hammersmith for the second year of the festival full of snack-size new shows.
Fierce Festival | Birmingham | All July | Prices Vary
Birmingham 2022 Festival is full of queer joy from Duckie’s Princess, Picnic, Promenade in the Botanic Gardens to Club Até’s sumptuous visuals with In Muva We Trust.
Ukraine Fundraiser: Atlantis | Genesis Cinema | 13 July | From £12.50
Support Ukraine with London’s best programmed indie cinema who will be showing this ‘striking post-apocalyptic piece of work’.
In the Black Fantastic Weekender | Southbank Centre | 15-17 July | Prices Vary
A free weekender celebrating the themes raised around ‘In the Black Fantastic’ exhibition, which we reviewed 5 stars here.
Imagine Watford | Watford Town Centre | 16 July | 12-8pm | FREE
A free bonkers festival of open-air performance. Expect the unexpected.
Lewisham People’s Day | Mountsfield Park | 16 July | FREE
London’s most sincere community festival is unmissable and features Grammy-nominated reggae singer Tippa Irie, Hollie Cook with her ‘tropical pop’ and South London’s favourite disco band, All Day Breakfast Café.
Festival14 | Canary Wharf | 21-24 July | Prices Vary
The grey skyscrapers of Canary Wharf are enlivened with a free programme of music and theatre.
Liberty Festival | The Albany | 22-24 July | FREE
The must-see free culture fiesta from D/deaf and disabled artists champions accessibility and fun.
Nocturnal Creatures Festival | Whitechapel Gallery | 23 July | FREE
Night owls can explore artworks, performances and unusual happenings in Whitechapel Gallery as well as secret spaces in East London, including House of Annetta, St Boniface Church, Toynbee Hall, the Hickman, Aldgate Square, and Bishopsgate Institute.
The Melting Ceremony ft. Neil Luck & ARCO | The Octagon, QMUL | 7 July | £20
A mind-bending performance part of Spitalfields Music Festival in which Neil Luck and Hydar Dewachi collaborate with young people from our Neighbourhood Schools in Tower Hamlets and the Blackheath Morris Men to create a future ritual.
Ensemble Festival 2022 | Royal Victoria Docks | 23 July
Epic free circus and fun outdoor performances including Fatt Butcher’s Big Gay Disco Bike.
Did we miss any amazing, beautiful things to do in London (or beyond) this July?
We almost certainly did – please let us know in the comments below!
Occasionally the To Do List team are forced to work together.
Rupert likes: free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.
Stuart likes: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.