Alongside bright evenings and rising temperatures, the month of July also brings to London an enormous host of exciting events, must-see exhibitions and fascinating shows that are definitely worth visiting. There’s certainly something for everyone this year, from sport lovers to garden enthusiasts – what better excuse for you to book a serviced apartment stay in London this summer?
Wimbledon Tennis Championships – 2nd July – 15th July 2018
The oldest, and arguably most prestigious, tennis tournament in the world continues its legacy in July as it makes its return to the lively city of London. Get right at the heart of the action and come close to world-class sporting heroes as this year we see the likes of Roger Federer, Dennis Novak and Serena Williams battle in out to become Tennis Champion 2018.
Ticket prices fluctuate massively between days and courts, the lowest being £60 and most expensive being £210. If hospitality packages are more your thing then prices for these are around £400 per person; certainly more expensive – although this includes butler service and concierge along with a whisky and cigar bar. Ground admission may be more reasonable if you’re not worried about watching from court side as prices for entry are as little as £8 – £25. However you choose to watch the match, whether it be front row of the court or from a grassy picnic area outside the arena, allow yourself to get acquainted with the history of Wimbledon by visiting the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum – right next door to The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club where the championships are held.
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – 2nd July – 8th July 2018
Another renowned event occurring in London this summer is the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – the world’s largest flower show which spans over 34 acres. Must-see highlights include the Show Gardens, Rose Marquee and Floral Marquee, which stretches over an impressive 6,750 square metres. Don’t forget to visit Battlefields to Butterflies, a remarkable tribute to the 24 men of the Royal Parks and Palace gardens who lost their lives in the First World War, and feast your eyes upon a beautiful meadow of flowers depicting how Mother Nature reclaimed the landscape post-war.
Tickets are £33 (£39.50 on the day) for all day and £22 (£25.50 on the day) from 3pm onwards – RHS members are subject to a discounted rate. Hospitality packages range from £206 – £248 and include a four course lunch, champagne reception, complimentary bar and afternoon tea. The show runs every day from 10am – 7:30pm, on Sunday 8th July it finishes instead at 5:30pm and the plant sell off will begin at 4pm.
Movies on the River – Tower Millennium Pier, Aldgate – 13th June – early September 2018
You won’t want to miss this! From mid-June to early September this year you can catch classic movie greats like ‘Jaws’, ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘Grease’ as well as recent films such as ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘The Shape of Water’ on London’s first ever cinema on the Thames. Running 5 nights a week, the open air top deck boards from Tower Pier at 8pm, taking passengers on a breath-taking sunset cruise around the beautiful city before docking at some awe-inspiring locations ready to screen your chosen film. With an on-board bar and stocks full of blankets, this extraordinary moving cinema will make you feel right at home.
It’s important to note that this unique boat journey is for over-18s only, tickets start from £29 per person and varies between films (e.g. watching Grease costs £29 but to watch Love Actually will cost £38). Seating is unallocated and wireless headphones will be provided to you ready for the screening.
You can explore the full movie line-up at http://www.timeout.com/movieboat.
‘Scoop: A Wonderful Ice Cream World’ – Gasholders London, Kings Cross – 3rd July – 30th September 2018
This summer The British Museum of Food launches a mouth-watering exhibition exploring the past, present and future of the evolution of ice cream. Captivated audiences will be able to experience a sub-zero ice cream chamber, view sorbet moulds from Rome dating back to 1714 and taste a range of age-old classic flavours such as all-day-breakfast and cucumber. Visitors can partake in multiple activities at the exhibition including talks, demonstrations and workshops that truly bring the concept to life.
The museum is located in Kings Cross which is less than a 10 minute walk from King’s Cross St Pancras Station. General admission tickets are £12 per person, concession tickets are £10 per person, under 16s are £6 per person and under twos can go free.