What's on in London in July 2012?
Event of the month
London 2012 Olympic Games (28 July - 11 August 2012)
It's the biggest sporting event in the world and the most important event we have all been waiting for - the 2012 Olympic Games finally comes to London! Events will take place at Olympic Park in addition to venues all across London, including Earls Court, Hyde Park, ExCel and Hampton Court Palace. - Find out more in our London 2012 blog post.
Wimbledon Tennis 2012 (25 June - 8 July 2012) - The world’s most famous and prestigious tennis event is upon us. Wimbledon is iconic for its green grass and white clothing, making the tradition almost as appealing as the game itself. The 2012 Wimbledon game will see 60 countries compete in five different Championships events. As 2012 is London’s year, all eyes will be on British contender Andy Murray and we will all be behind him 100% to take home the title this July – come on Andy! - The AELTC, Church Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 5AE - www.wimbledon.com
Wireless Festival 2012 (6 - 8 July 2012) - The Wireless Festival, held in Hyde Park, is a great day out and rivals the UK’s top festivals. A number of top acts have been secured including Nicki Minaj, Jessie J, Calvin Harris, Professor Green and DeadMau5 - with the emperor herself, Rihanna headlining! The festival boasts multiple stages, food halls and bars so you have everything you need for hours of musical fun – but move quick, as tickets are selling fast! - Hyde Park, London - www.wirelessfestival.co.uk
Thai Food Festival London (6 - 8 July 2012) - This is one food festival where you can truly lose your inhibitions and take your taste buds on an exciting, culinary rollercoaster. The Thai Festival is London’s finest, bringing together dishes from Northern Chiang Mai right the way down to the coastal south of Phuket. Enjoy classic Thai favourites or try something new and adventurous such as Moo Ping, and treat yourself to a Thai shoulder and foot massage from of the many traditionally trained specialists. - Ealing Common, Warwick Road, London, W5 3HN - www.visitthaifestival.com
WorldPride 2012 (7 July 2012) - 2012 really is an exciting year for London, as the city is set to host WorldPride 2012. The WorldPride celebrations will spread over two weeks with the main Parade event taking place on the 7 July. WorldPride will be raising awareness and campaigning for the decriminalisation of homosexuality around the world. The iconic, flamboyant and colourful parade is expected to attract over one million visitors. The high street after party will take over Soho once again with celebrations going on all evening. - Soho, London - www.pridelondon.org
Big Dance 2012 (7 - 15 July 2012) - Big Dance is the world’s biggest dancing event, breaking world record after world record - the event has grown to be the most influential dance initiative on the planet. The top five leading London dance companies coordinate the Big Dance to ensure all dance movements and eras are featured, with dancing taking place all over the city. Put on your dancing shoes and tap dance your way down to the Big Dance, you might even tango your way in to the arms of someone famous! - Across London - www.bigdance2012.com
BP Big Summer Screens 2012 (16 July 2012) - One of the greatest opera and ballet open-air events taking place this summer, and best of all - the event is completely FREE! The BP Summer Big Screens is the best way to introduce friends and family to the Royal Opera House, giving them the chance to enjoy the mesmerising world of ballet and opera. - Trafalgar Square and Canada Square Park - www.roh.org.uk/bp-big-screens
Buckingham Palace Summer Opening (30 June - 8 July 2012) - Visit Buckingham Palace and experience one of the world’s last remaining working Royal Palaces. This year will see Buckingham Palace celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with an exceptional exhibition of the dazzling royal diamonds, including a favourite crown of Queen Victoria’s with 1187 diamonds and the famous 18th century bloodstone box made of nearly 3000 diamonds! See the lavishly furnished rooms inside the palace as well as enjoy a guided tour of the Royal Mews. - Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA - www.royalcollection.org.uk
Madonna at Hyde Park (17 July 2012) - Following on from her hugely triumphant 2009 tour, Sticky & Sweet, the Queen of Pop is back with a new world tour to coincide with her new studio album, MDNA. Madonna will be performing new and old songs and will be joined in Hyde Park with special guests LMFAO. This is one event all you pop princes and princesses do not want to miss as Madge is back in London for one night and one night only! - Hyde Park, London - www.madonna.com
The One World 2012 Exhibition (17 July 2012) - Bringing together representatives of countries from all four corners of the world, including commercial organisations. This exhibition is a must see for all those who appreciate life, diversity and beauty! The Open World 2012 will showcase the varied exquisiteness of landscapes and people from across our magnificent planet and will be a unique event that celebrates the world’s culture, history and beauty. - National Hall, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX - www.oneworldexhibitions.com