What's on in London this July 2017 near Canary Wharf
There are so many reasons to be out and about in Canary Wharf and east London this month. From outdoor theatre to football legends, there's something for everyone!
CANARY WHARF EVENTS
You don't have to go far to have fun this month. On Saturday 1 July Dancing City is happening across the parks, piazzas and waterfronts of Canary Wharf. It's the UK's largest and best loved annual outdoor programme of free outdoor dance with performances from UK and international dance companies.
On Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July there's Nashville Meets London, a two-day country music festival in Canada Square Park. And on Monday 24 July, at the same outdoor venue, you can see Romeo & Juliet with a musical Mods and Rockers twist. On Tuesday 25 July there's The Best of British summer concert with the biggest tunes from the 60's right up to the present day. And it's all free.
Families are well catered for too with The Big Dippers street theatre in Jubilee Park on Sunday 2 July. Three Little Pigs & Goldilocks and the Three Bears is there on Sunday 23 July and Wind in the Willows is in Canada Square Park on Sunday 30 July. And again, it's all free.
From 6pm to 4am on Saturday 1 July, you can join in Art Night 2017 – a free festival of contemporary art in extraordinary spaces across London's East End.
Major international artists have work on display in iconic sites such as St Katherine's Docks and even in the bascule chamber under Tower Bridge. There are also secret locations and public spaces – from a vacant warehouse in the London Docklands to a Grade II listed Masonic Temple.
There are 13 projects by 11 artists in 13 venues so we can enjoy art, performance and music by some of the world's most exciting artists at work today.
There are also evening guided walks to take you between the venues and to point out stories about the local area.
DEATH IN THE ICE
Opening on 14 July (and running until 7 January 2018), Death in The Ice: The Shocking Story of Franklin's Final Expedition is the new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. It's a chance to explore the mysterious fate of Sir John Franklin and his crew on their final expedition with over 200 objects on display.
Setting sail from the Thames on 19 May 1845, Sir John Franklin and his crew, aboard HMS Erebus and Terror, were the British nation's biggest hope of finally traversing the whole of the North-West Passage – the much-desired passage from Europe to Asia thought to enable an easier trade route.
With no word from the men, search parties were sent but it was not until 1859 that the sole piece of paper, often known as the Victory Point Note (and on display as part of the exhibition), was found and revealed anything about what happened, including the date of Sir John Franklin's death – 11 June 1847.
The final resting place of HMS Erebus was only discovered in 2014 and artefacts are on display in this exhibition for the first time in Europe. Visitors to Death in the Ice will get the chance to step into a forensic tent for themselves and explore the evidence and theories put forward of what caused the deaths of the 129-strong crew.
Death in the Ice hopes to reveal the Victorian fascination with the Arctic, and to begin to answer questions about what may have happened to those men on their fateful journey to the Arctic all those years ago.
CUTTY SARK COMEDY
The Cutty Sark Studio Theatre is hosting its third pre-Edinburgh comedy festival this month. With shows from 14 – 30 July you can be the first to see brand new material from some of today's hottest comedians and catch the stars of the future on their way up.
Star Sixes reunites the world's greatest football players in their national team colours to renew old rivalries. It's the first-ever competitive world football tournament for iconic former international players.
On at The O2 Arena from 13 to 16 July, the star-studded tournament features 12 teams – England, Brazil, Spain, Germany, Mexico, Italy, France, Portugal, Denmark, Scotland, Nigeria and China – across 4 days of intense 6-a-side football.
Every Star Sixes player must be a former fully capped international. England will be captained by Steven Gerrard and Germany will be skippered by former Bayern Munich and Chelsea midfield ace Michael Ballack.
Brazil's Roberto Carlos, England pair Michael Owen and Rio Ferdinand and Spain's Gaizka Mendieta are some more of the big names to join over 100 top players at the inaugural Star Sixes tournament.
On Saturday 22 July leading names in Latin music from Dominican Republic, Colombia and Spain take over The O2 for a celebratory day of music, dancing and street food. Grammy award winners Juan Luis Guerra and Juanes join forces to launch Hola! London, the city's biggest Latin American celebration.
Outside the arena, a Spanish and Latin American food fair takes up residence from midday and fans have the opportunity to enjoy free music stages and activities.
Latin, tropical, salsa, urban and dance music enthusiasts can enjoy a full day of high energy vibrant performances for one incredible day and night. And with the night tube on the Jubilee Line you can stay late for a fiesta to remember.
LONDON ANNIVERSARY GAMES
On Sunday 9 July the Müller Anniversary Games are happening at the London Stadium at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This is one of the best athletics events in the world and plays host to the superstars of the sport at the former Olympic Stadium.
The most decorated British athlete of all time, Mo Farah, won double Olympic gold at the London Stadium in 2012 and most recently set the world leading 5000m performance at the 2016 Müller Anniversary Games as he won in a time of 12:59.29. This year will be his last so this is our chance to see the legend take on the best in the world on a track where he has never been beaten.
WORLD PARA ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Also at the London Stadium at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the World Para Athletics Championships on 14 – 23 July. This is the eighth edition of the World Para Athletics Championships, and the first since IPC Athletics was rebranded to World Para Athletics.
Para athletics was one of eight sports included at the first Paralympic Games in Rome, Italy, in 1960. Just 10 countries competed then but the sport is now practised by athletes in more than 130 countries.
The sport is open to male and female athletes who compete according to their sport specific classification in each event. Some compete in wheelchairs and some with prostheses, while visually impaired athletes are supported by a sighted guide.
On Tuesday 18 July there's an interesting evening talk at the Museum of London Docklands that will expose 150 years of railway history.
History of London's Railways looks at the development of the early railways in London, the rediscovery of structures associated to the early Brunel Great Western Railway and the untold stories of the Elizabeth line.
As part of the museum's Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail exhibition, guests can hear all about the secrets unearthed by the Crossrail excavations.
The experts for the evening are John Liffen, Curator of Communications at the Science Museum, Tim Dunn, Trainspotting Live presenter, Andy Shelley, author of 'From Brunel to British Rail: The Railway Heritage of the Crossrail Route' and the evening will be chaired by Professor Richard Dennis from UCL.
Returning for the fifth year, City BeerFest is an all-day beer and music festival in the heart of the City of London. On Thursday 6 July head to Guildhall Yard for a great day out.
This year's Beerfest features 14 breweries including household names and local brewers. Entry is free and you can buy beer tokens in advance for a discounted price, and to skip the queues on the day. Your tokens include a limited edition City BeerFest glass.
The festival is organised by City Music Foundation in partnership with the Worshipful Company of Brewers. All proceeds of the event go to City Music Foundation and the Lord Mayor's Appeal Charity.
If you are planning your trip in July, please check Fraser Place Canary Wharf offers! We are in the heart of Canary Wharf, minutes away from great bars, restaurants and shopping malls.
Laura Porter writes AboutLondonLaura.com and contributes to many other publications while maintaining an impressive afternoon tea addiction. You can find Laura on Twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as @AboutLondonLaura.
Required image credits: Death in the Ice: © National Maritime Museum