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What's on in London in July 2015

The summer is a wonderful time to be in London for the warmer weather and longer daylight hours.

Wimbledon

A great reason to enjoy the evenings is to watch The Wimbledon Tennis Championships which are on from 29 June to 12 July. During 'Wimbledon Fortnight' there are also lots of restaurant specials and cocktail offers for Pimms, plus strawberries and cream are a must.

The City of London Festival

The City of London Festival also started in June and goes on until 13 July. For three weeks The City offers an extensive artistic programme of music, performance arts, tours, walks and talks.There's plenty for free too including Bank of England open days on Saturday 4 and 11 July.

The Heritage Gallery

Plus, while you're in The City, the Heritage Gallery at the Guildhall Art Gallery has their copy of the Magna Carta back on display again and you can see it for free. And there's a Roman Amphitheatre there too.

Udderbelly at Southbank Centre

Another festival that's already started is at Udderbelly at Southbank Centre. Inside an upside down inflatable cow there's comedy, circus and family entertainment. On until 19 July.

Secret Cinema

For an off-the-wall evening for movie lovers, Secret Cinema presents Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in a secret London location from 4 June until 27 September. Secret Cinema run fully immersive events where you are expected to dress up and become part of the show. The Star Wars event has a secret nightclub and a shop for costumes.

The Importance of Being Earnest

For a more traditional trip to the theatre, The Importance of Being Earnest opens at The Vaudeville Theatre on 1 July. Best known as Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, David Suchet stars as Lady Bracknell in this Oscar Wilde classic.

National Portrait Gallery

The must see art exhibition of the month is Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon opening at the National Portrait Gallery on 2 July. This photography exhibition looks at the fascinating life and career of the celebrated film star, fashion icon and humanitarian.

Coinciding with the 65th anniversary of Hepburn's little known career-changing performance at renowned West End nightclub Ciro's, in the space now occupied by the Gallery's public Archive, the exhibition will bring together both classic and rarely seen photographs from the family of the successful British actress.

National Gallery

Just around the corner in Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery has Soundscapes where you can 'hear the painting and see the sound'. From 8 July to 6 September you can find the work of commissioned musicians and sound artists who selected a painting from the collection and composed a new piece of music or sound art in response.

The new sound pieces are site specific and can only be heard in the context of the Soundscapes exhibition with the painting that inspired it. Relying on minimal text, the idea is to give visitors the opportunity to experience and think about these works of art in a very different way, through what they hear as much as what they see.

Shrek’s Adventure

For family fun take an adventure to the Kingdom of Far Far Away as Shrek's Adventure! London opens on 1 July on the South Bank, near the London Eye. The walk-and-ride through attraction takes guests on a completely new misadventure, combining laugh-out-loud live shows and iconic sets from the popular film series.

The Proms at The Royal Albert Hall 

It's the 120th year of the world's largest classical music festival, The Proms, which opens on 17 July. While you can book tickets for the performance of your choice you could try 'Promming' which is to queue at the Royal Albert Hall for one of the 1000+ standing places on offer for each show at just £5.

Cutty Sark in Greenwich

If you're looking for more laughs this month the Cutty Sark in Greenwich is launching its first ever Edinburgh Comedy Festival warm-up running for just over a week from 24 July to 3 August.

The Cutty Sark is a 19th century sailing ship and transforms in the evening into a 92-seat studio theatre. The comedians include Josh Widdicombe, Romesh Ranganathan and Katherine Ryan.

State Rooms at Buckingham Palace 

And finally, you can visit the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace from 25 July to 27 September.

For the first time ever, visitors to the Summer Opening will enter the State Rooms through the Grand Entrance. Several dresses and items of personal jewellery worn by The Queen at State Banquets and a number of gifts presented to Her Majesty by visiting Heads of State will be shown.

At this year's Summer Opening, the Palace's Ballroom will be set up for a State Banquet with silver-gilt centerpieces and candelabra and 2,000 pieces of cutlery for 170 place settings.

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!  

Laura Porter writes the About.com London Travel site 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.

Photo credit:
Udderbelly image Credit: Kevin Usborne
Credit: Royal Collection Trust (c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2015
Hans Holbein the Younger -Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve ('The Ambassadors') - 1533 © The National Gallery, London
Audrey Hepburn image. Copyright: Paramount Pictures