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    What's on in London this July 2018 near Canary Wharf

    July is a wonderful time of the year to be in London. This month there's fantastic music at The O2 and also lots of family entertainment in the Canary Wharf area.

    THE O2

    There really is a lot of great music at The O2 this month. First up, following a phenomenally successful 25 date tour of Europe and the UK last year, Queen + Adam Lambert return to The O2 on Monday 2 July 2018. The shows has over 300 moving lights and amazing laser elements (created by ER Productions who were behind both the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics).

    Justin Timberlake is bringing his The Man Of The Woods Tour to The O2 on Monday 9 and Wednesday 11 July 2018, named after his fourth studio album.

    Latin music fans will love Hola! London on Saturday 21 July 2018. Carlos Vives is headlining this celebratory day of music, dancing and street food. Outside the arena, Latin American Street Food from Comida Fest is taking up residence from midday and fans have the opportunity to enjoy a full day of high energy performances and activities, all under one roof. Traders include the likes of Smokoloko Smoked BBQ, Tayrona Colombian Street Food and Portena Argentinian Empanadas, with Café Pacifico serving up delicious cocktails.

    And it's not just music as The Muppets are bringing their most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, muppetational, full-length live show to The O2 on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 July 2018. Based on their hit 1980s variety TV show, this is the first time The Muppets have ever performed their full live extravaganza outside of the USA.

    To celebrate this special weekend of Muppet fun, The O2 is rolling out the green carpet for Muppet movies, street food, live music, best costume competitions and a whole host of celebrations for Piggy, Kermit and the gang.

    RIDE LONDON

    Ride London is a world-class festival of cycling on 28 and 29 July 2018. There is no other closed-road event like it that combines the fun and accessible element of a free family ride in central London with the excitement of watching the world's best professional cyclists race in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic and Prudential RideLondon Classique.

    If you would like to join in there are FreeCycle led rides into central London on Saturday 28 July (the nearest to Canary Wharf are from Greenwich or Lewisham). 

    Or if you prefer spectating, go to one of the Festival Zones set up at Green Park, Lincoln's Inn Fields, Southbank, Aldwych, St Paul's Churchyard, Leadenhall Market and Guildhall.

    The Guildhall Festival Zone includes performances by Extreme Unicyclists – the world's only stunt unicycle team, pedal-powered sounds from the DJs and a pedal-powered juice bar for you to produce your own tasty smoothie.

    CANARY WHARF FAMILY FESTIVAL

    There's a family festival in Canary Wharf this month. Don’t be late for this very important date as you can see a wonderful ballet production of Alice in Wonderland in Jubilee Park on Sunday 1 July.

    And on Saturday 7 July there's a drop-in Circus Skills Workshop in Jubilee Park. Children and adults can learn juggling, poi spinning, diablo, plate spinning, stilt walking, devil sticks or tight wire walking.

    There are two performances of Jakob J Johnson's Magical Menagerie in Jubilee Park on Sunday 8 July (and another circus skills workshop too). This is a storytelling session combining mime, physical comedy and circus skills.

    And on Saturday 21 July families can enjoy Peter Pan in Jubilee Park. It's a funny script and there's plenty of audience interaction, with the opportunity to meet the characters after the show.

    PAINT JAM

    Paint Jam returns to Canary Wharf on Thursday 5 July with their pop up art studio. This is part of a series of six art workshops (with further dates on 2 August and 6 September).

    Novices and enthusiasts are welcome at the evening art workshop at Crossrail Place Roof Garden to explore painting abstract style. You can learn new techniques, find out about the artists who inspired them – such as Rothko, Mondrian, Gorky, Paul Klee and Kandinsky – and then paint your own original artwork on canvas.

    BEACH VOLLEYBALL

    Montgomery Square is once again transformed into a haven of summer sport with two pop-up beach volleyball courts from 9 July to 3 August.

    The courts are open to all with pay-to-play sessions in doubles or as a team. And there are Beach Volleyball Championships on Friday 20 July to raise money for Action For Kids.

    BIG SCREEN OPERA

    On Thursday 12 July you can see a performance of Don Giovanni for free on a big screen in Canada Square Park live from the Royal Opera House.

    The music for Don Giovanni is some of Mozart's most captivating, with a host of wonderful arias and ensembles. The conclusion is famously dramatic, with the terrifying final scene in which Don Giovanni's past finally catches up with him. He may be a master seducer but the thrill Don Giovanni arouses comes at a price.

    A cast of renowned singers is led by Mariusz Kwiecien who returns in the title role, and conducted by Marc Minkowski. Tragic and comic in turns, this is a story high in high emotions of every sort, expressed to perfection through Mozart's musical subtlety and human insight.

    SHAKESPEARE

    There's free live theatre in Westferry Circus on Monday 23 July with Romeo and Juliet.

    This love story is performed by a four-strong female troupe of cycling actors who load up their bicycles with all of the necessary set, props and costume. It's energetic, chaotic and full of laughter.

    You can also enjoy The Tempest on Monday 16 July.

    VINTAGE FAIR

    Browse a range of retro stalls and discover handpicked vintage goodies at a free to visit pop up Vintage Fair in Cabot Square on Wednesday 18 July.

    Stop for lunch as there are also vintage food vans serving up lunchtime treats and heaps of vintage inspired entertainment.

    NASHVILLE MEETS LONDON

    Nashville Meets London is in Canada Square Park on 28 and 29 July. This free two-day festival, now in its third year, celebrates all things country music by bringing together established artists and exciting new talent from Nashville and the UK.

    There are both American artists and the best UK talent, in this unmissable taste of Tennessee.

    DOCKLANDS TOUR

    Explore Canary Wharf and hear how the derelict West India Docks were transformed into a thriving business hub with this Docklands regeneration walking tour on Friday 6 July at 2pm.

    Organised by the Museum of London Docklands, the tour starts at the Museum's 1802 warehouse building. You can find out about the fascinating history of London's docks, their recent regeneration and the development of Crossrail, London's newest railway.

    If you are planning your getaway 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 and only a 15 minutes tube ride to Westminster for Big Ben and the London Eye. 

     

    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.