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What's on in London this July 2016 near Canary Wharf

It's summer in the city and there are plenty of reasons to enjoy the outdoors this month.

CANARY WHARF SUMMER SCREEN

From 27 June to 21 August there's a large screen in Canada Square Park for watching this summer's sporting highlights every day. There are plenty of food outlets and bars in the area so you can stay all day.

Monday 27 June – Sunday 10 July: Wimbledon
Thursday 7 – Sunday 10 July: F1 British Grand Prix
Thursday 21 – Sunday 24 July: Highlights of the 145th British Open Golf Championship 
Thursday 21 – Sunday 24 July: Hungarian F1 Grand Prix
Thursday 28 – Sunday 31 July: Highlights of the German F1 Grand Prix
Friday 5  – Sunday 21 August: Rio 2016 Olympics

UEFA Euro 2016 is not being shown on the summer screen but many bars and restaurants in the area will show the football.

DANCING CITY

The Greenwich and Docklands International Festival comes to an end with the UK's largest and best loved annual outdoor programme of free outdoor dance. Journey across the parks, piazzas and waterfronts of Canary Wharf and encounter everything from dance in a three-dimensional head structure, a performance choreographed around a telephone box or reinvention of a football match.

Dancing City is on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 July (afternoons) throughout Canary Wharf.

OUTDOOR EVENINGS

Canary Wharf has many opportunities for high-quality outdoor evening entertainment this month. On Tuesday 5 July there's RSC Live: Hamlet and there's a free outdoor theatre steampunk Macbeth in Jubilee Park on Monday 18 July.

See Verdi's opera Il Trovatore on Canada Square Park's Summer Screen live from the Royal Opera House on Thursday 14 July. And the London Philharmonic Orchestra has a free performance in Canada Square Park on Tuesday 19 July.

THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF DR. SEUSS

Families will be pleased to hear about the next exhibition at the Discover Children's Story Centre in Stratford. The Fantastic World of Dr Seuss opens on 23 July (and is staying until August 2017).

The exhibition brings to life the wondrous world of Dr Seuss as you can climb onto the Once-ler Wagon, dress up as Thing 1 and Thing 2, play music with the Boom Band and maybe even come across The Cat in the Hat or Sam I Am!

Discover has been closed so there are lots of changes to see inside with three newly designed floors of stories and play.

PRE-EDINBURGH COMEDY FESTIVAL

You don't have to go to Scotland to see great comedians as the Cutty Sark Studio Theatre has a Pre-Edinburgh Comedy Festival starting this month. From 22 July to 4 August you can see brand new material from some of today's hottest comedians and catch the stars of the future.

In the run up to their sell-out Edinburgh shows, comedians including Seann Walsh, Shappi Khorsandi and Josie Long are performing in the lower hold where precious cargoes of tea and wool were stacked over a century ago on Cutty Sark's famous voyages.

BRICK BUILDING

Every weekend from 25 June to 4 August you can join The People's Brick Company and make a brick at the NOW Gallery on Greenwich Peninsula. It's a communal artwork commission and you get to dig up the clay and mould it into a unique brick with your initials added.

The 'Peninsula bricks' will be left to air dry on a large rack in the gallery over the summer, forming a constantly evolving display – a production line of thousands of handmade bricks. The end products will be used to construct a large kiln firing them all in one go in a public celebration on 17 September. Once fired, the bricks will be made into a permanent folly, serving as a reminder that architecture can be simple and inclusive.

LAZY JAZZ SUNDAYS

If you'd like something less physical then head to Eltham Palace for Lazy Jazz Sundays on Sundays from 17 July to 21 August. Four hours of relaxing music can be your backdrop to a summer picnic or while sauntering around the gardens.

THE QUEEN'S HOUSE

This time it's not anything to do with Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday, as The Queen's House in Greenwich is a stunning royal villa designed by Inigo Jones for James I's queen, Anne of Denmark, and completed round 1638 for Charles I's queen, Henrietta Maria.

The building has been closed for almost a year but reopens on 4 July for its 400th Anniversary. It was the first classical building in the country and is an acknowledged masterpiece of 17th century architecture.

There are refurbished galleries, new displays and colour schemes. The re-displays capitalise on the great strengths of the National Maritime Museum's world-class art collection, along with significant loans from both public and private collections. Orazio Gentileschi's 'Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife' is on display for visitors to see in its original surroundings for the first time since 1650. The painting, generously lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection, was one of a sequence commissioned for the Queen's House by King Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria.

GREENWICH MUSIC TIME

Greenwich Music Time is a six day series of outdoor concerts, taking place in the magnificent surroundings of the Old Royal Naval College, overlooking the Thames, lit by the big city lights of Canary Wharf.

This year the festival runs from 5 to 10 July and sees Croatian sensations 2CELLOS, UK jazz icon Jamie Cullum, plus Seal, Joe Bonamassa, David Gray and 10CC.

STAR WARS CELEBRATION

Star Wars Celebration is not actually in a galaxy far, far away but is at ExCeL London from 15 to 17 July. It's an official Lucasfilm festival that celebrates all things Star Wars.

You can see original props and costumes, meet Star Wars cast and crew, buy exclusive merchandise and get a first look into the future of Star Wars.

By choosing to stay at Fraser Place Canary Wharf you will be in the heart of Canary Wharf, and a short ride away from some of these great events happening in July. Check out our Special Offers and we hope to welcome you soon! 

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Laura Porter writes AboutLondonLaura.com and contributes to many other publications while sustaining an afternoon tea addiction to rival that of our Queen. You can find Laura on Twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as @AboutLondonLaura.