July is an exciting time to be in London, with a wide selection of events to help fill the time during your serviced apartment stay.
July marks the start of the British summertime, and with it comes all sorts of interesting events in London. Whether you’re heading to the capital for the Wimbledon championships and are looking for other activities to enjoy during your stay, or treating the kids to some holiday fun, you’ll find no shortage of entertainment. Simply book yourself one of SACO’s 237 properties across London and enjoy The Big Smoke in all its glory this month.
Pride in London Parade – Portland Place to Trafalgar Square – July 8th
Marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexual acts in the UK, this year’s Pride in London festival is bigger and better than ever. The centrepiece for the event is its annual parade, where more than 300 groups and floats make their way through the streets to Trafalgar Square. Expect rainbow flags, outlandish costumes and in excess of 750,000 people enjoying the festivities. This year’s theme is Love Happens Here, which aims to promote tolerance of the LGBT community.
The parade starts at 1pm, but those wishing to line the route should get a spot early or head to Trafalgar Square to enjoy the celebrations after the procession.
Bastille celebrations – Borough Market – July 9th
For the tenth year in a row, Borough Market will be home to all things French in a celebration of Bastille Day. Hosted the week before the official holiday across the Channel, families can spend a Sunday partaking in everything from learning French nursery rhymes to attending cooking classes in this most sophisticated of cuisines. Even if you don’t fancy turning your hand to creating dishes yourself, there will be plenty of garlic sausages and tricolore macarons for you to try.
Activities will be taking place between 12 noon and 6pm, with entry to the market free.
The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt – National Portrait Gallery – from July 13th
Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt van Rijn may be among some of the most famous names in the art world, but not all of their works are regularly seen by the public. In a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, 50 drawings are going on show, many of which are not widely known. Part of the beauty of the collection is that sketches of nobility sit alongside unfamiliar faces, all perfectly rendered by classical artists.
Standard tickets are priced between £8 and £10, while concessions range from £6.50 to £8.50.
Much Ado About Nothing – Shakespeare’s Globe – from July 14th
There’s something very special about seeing a production at Shakespeare’s Globe, as the venue was rebuilt to offer an authentic experience akin to those of the playwright’s time. Despite its historic setting, the action for the latest version of Much Ado About Nothing is set in more modern times. Director Matthew Dunster had relocated the sparring lovers, Beatrice and Benedick, to Mexico in 1910, where a revolution is rocking the nation. The turbulence provides the perfect backdrop to the passionate exchanges and is only enhanced by the vibrant set design and Latin music.
£5 standing tickets offer the best view of the stage and represent great value for money. There are 700 of these available for each performance.
Summer opening – Buckingham Palace – from July 22nd
Once again, Buckingham Palace will open its doors this summer to allow visitors a glimpse of one of the few working palaces left in the world. As well as a tour of the decadently furnished state rooms of the Queen’s official residences, entry is included to this year’s temporary exhibition. Royal Gifts shows many of the items given to the monarch over the past 65 years. These include presents from former US president Dwight D Eisenhower and former South African president Nelson Mandela. The collection covers all continents and displays some intricate craftsmanship.
Adult tickets start at £23, children over five from £13, under-fives are free and concessions begin at £21. It may be economical to purchase a family ticket, with prices starting at £59.