Unmissable Things To Do in London in July 2024

Unmissable Things To Do in London in July 2024

Summer actually arrived! Yes, it’s here – for however long it lasts – but whatever the weather, you know you can rely on us for a our monthly list of Unmissable Things To Do in London (and beyond).

Oh, and… DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!

Making Connections at the Old Waiting Room

Making Connection | The Old Waiting Room, Peckham Rye Station | Until 14 July

A groundbreaking arts festival in a secret gallery within Peckham Rye Station.

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English | Kiln Theatre | 1-6 July | From £15

Four adults learn English as a foreign language – and some exposing home truths along the way.

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Fool’s Moon | Soho Theatre | 1 July | From £16

A batshit crazy night for lovers of the obscure. Hold on tight Soho Theatre!

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Bitesize Festival | Riverside Studios | 3-28 July

A chance to see fierce new works in Hammersmith, including Bunny Man, where Chris – a young trans man – navigates the thorny world of gay hook up apps.

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The Films of Fuyuhiko Takata | UCL East | 2 July | FREE

The Films of Fuyuhiko Takata are erotic, strange, fairytales with a tongue in cheek sense of tragicomedy.

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Tales from the Hostile Environment | Camden People’s Theatre | 2 July | Pay What You Can

Hear first-hand immigrant testimonies from the hostile environment our government has created.

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Classical Pride | Barbican | 3-7 July

A revolutionary pride taking on the old world of classical music and turning it on its head. Cult heroes like Snow White Trash, Vinegar Strokes and Barbs compete in front of a panel featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race royalty Monét X Change and Thorgy Thor, plus queer operatic tenor megastar Nicky Spence

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Live Drafts: Temi Wilkey | The Yard | 4-6 July | £9

Sick of being side-lined, this one is all about Temi. Get on down to the Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick to see a future hit-maker.

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down below things shudder | ICA | 4 & 5 July | From £14

Unleash the sexual energies of dance, movement and closeness in this experimental surrender to the intimacy of dance.

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River Stage | National Theatre | 5-28 July | FREE

The most fun you can have for free on the banks of the Thames. See a spectacular preview of To Do List’s favourite, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, plus drag royalty from the Divine and new talent from National Theatre themselves.

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WAY ART WEST | Scale Space | 5 July | £5

A fun pick n mix of art, cult artists like Juno Calypso, music, DJ’s, Negronis and food.

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London Dyke Market | Space Station Sixty-Five | 6 July

London’s finest Dyke talent come forth to flog their wares and champion their cultures.

SHANNON: World Premiere | Rio Cinema | 7 July | From £8

A biting documentary exploring the life and legacy of Californian trans icon Shannon Pat.

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Street Food Rooftop Market | Dalston Roofpark | 7 July | FREE

Have a yummy Sunday on the roof, with food stalls and a Queer market all in one place.

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London Clown Festival 2024 | Soho Theatre & Jacksons Lane | 8-26 July | From £13

Forget the IT clown and Ronald McDonald, the deconstructed art form of clowning is taking London by storm. Celebrate the fabulous performance culture of clown that lives in London right now.

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Fuerza Bruta: Aven | Roundhouse | From 9 July | From £20

The unmissable Argentine spectacular is back with a new show to blow your mind and tear the roof off the Roundhouse. Get tickets now or you’ll regret it.

Debut Authors Panel: Ania Card, Joshua Jones and Rachel Dawson in Conversation | Waterstones Trafalgar Square | 10 July | From £6

Fancy yourself a writer or critic? See how it’s done at this literary salon of debut works.

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Daughters of the River | Stone Nest | 11 July | £15

Head to a secret vault in central London to see Adham Faramawy fusing dance, sound and spoken word to tell stories of the romances and toxicities of rivers and waterways. 

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Fragments of a Panorama by Murthovic and Thiruda: Opening Party | arebyte Gallery | 11 July | FREE

Visual artist Thiruda (Avinash Kumar) and musician Murthovic (Sri Rama Murthy) look to Indo-Futurism whilst celebrating tradition, in this genre-bending installation at arebyte (on the offbeat London City Island, near Canning Town).

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FOC IT UP! | Soho Theatre | 12 & 13 July | From £13

London’s best comedy night for new talent full of femmes of colour returns with a line up you better show up for.

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FANGIRLS | Lyric Hammersmith | From 13 July | From £10

The Australian pop phenomena comes to the UK to celebrate the cult of fandom.

Vegandale | Clapham Common | 13 July | From £12

‘Animals rate Vegandale five stars!’ the rather OTT social media ads declare loudly. Vegandale is a global sensation and it’s coming to London for a much needed Vegan food fest.

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Open House & Garden | Triangle Deptford | 13 July | FREE

SE London’s queer home from home is full of quirky decor, artists studios and fabulous events. Step inside the Abigail’s Party kaleidoscope and see their beautiful tribute to Derek Jarman’s Dungeness Garden.

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Lead Me Into Temptation, Please: LGBT Summer Fair | Conway Hall | 13 July | £3

A celebration of Gay Humanist values with stars such as David Hoyle, Mahatma Khandi and Holly James Johnston (aka Orlando).

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Up on the Roof Community Day | Southbank Centre | 14 July | FREE

Creative activities and music up on the roof in London’s enchanting riverside roof garden packed full of plants, trees and colour.

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BARBIELAND vs REAL WORLD | 183-185 Bermondsey Street | 14 July | From £5

An art and performance experiment featuring an exhibition by Nicole Houff and Merlin Nova – and, in the evening, a participatory read through of Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach’s award winning Barbie movie script soundtracked by artist Fran Lobo..

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Live Drafts: Frankie Thompson, Alice Cockayne, Freddie Hayes | The Yard | 18 & 19 July | £9

Frankie and friends tackle the important issue of DOGS.

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Big Quiffy Bingo | Museum of Comedy | 19 July | £11

Join cult gameshow host Boogaloo Stu for a night of the UK’s favourite game, B-I-N-G-O.

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Shirk, Rust & Pray – Summer Holiday | Blackheath, New Cross & Eltham | 20 July

A bus pub crawl to South East London’s finest craft beer pubs.

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Our Street | Broadway Theatre | 20 July | From £10

Lewisham’s own urban opera takes to the stage.

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Puddles Pity Party | The London Palladium | 21 July | From £41

A clown of distinction and star of beautiful renditions of songs like All the Small Things, Puddles Pity Party’s unique vocal tones take on the Palladium.

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Ensemble Festival 24 | Royal Victoria Docks | 20 & 21 July

Certain Blacks present a free circus and performance spectacular for all.

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ORANGES AND STONES | Theatro Technis | 23-27 July | £15

ORANGES AND STONES is conceived and directed by Mojisola Adebayo, co-created with ASHTAR Theatre. ‘It’s a play without words, told solely through physical action and original music that conveys a moving image of occupation and settlement in Palestine spanning over 75 years.’

FAMEHUNGRY | Jacksons Lane | 24 July | £10

Insightful artist Louise Orwin unravels the murky depths of TikTok.

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FIST CLUB – VIOLENT DELIGHTS | The Garage | 26 July | From £15

Wrestling, drag, comedy and cabaret.

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Pride Screening of The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert | Cinema Museum | 27 July | £15

Get nostalgic in the eerie old movie theatre vibes of the Cinema Museum to watch this gay classic.

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Great British Mysteries: MAN MOUNTAIN | Soho Theatre | From 30 July | From £16

The hilariously weird duo return with their odd tale of MAN MOUNTAIN.

Did we forget any unmissable things to do in London? We almost certainly did – please let us know in the comments below or contact us!