Summer is a great time of year to visit London: the weather warms up, and there are plenty of events going on for you to attend. Although July and August are the warmest months of the year in London, there can still be plenty of rain. Most days will be sunny and warm; some will be cloudy and rainy. It's best to pack layers, sunglasses and a light jacket, and to always bring an umbrella when exploring London!
Average High: 73°F (23°C)
Average Low: 55°F (13°C)
Average wet days: 7 days
Average daily sunshine: 7 hours
There are two major events in July that you should be sure not to miss when you're in London.
First, there's the Pride London Parade in late June or early July. This annual festival celebrates London's LGBT+ community with a series of events including concerts, talks, theater, parties and a huge street parade.
Second, for the sports aficionado, there's the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, held in the last week of June/first week of July. The oldest tennis tournament in the world takes place at the All England Club in southwest London.
July Annual Events
There are lots of other great annual events going on in July in London.
- Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (early July). The largest annual garden and flower show in the world takes place in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace each July and is organized by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) who also host the RHS Chelsea Flower Show each May.
- Summer Series at Somerset House (10 days in early July). Somerset House on the north bank of the Thames provides a stunning backdrop for a series of open-air gigs every summer.
- The Chap Olympiad (mid July). Bedford Square Gardens plays host to this quirky event which celebrates British eccentricity through a series of "sporting" competitions including umbrella jousting and mustache wrestling.
- The Proms (mid July to mid September). This 8-week classical music extravaganza features concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall, and a series of events in parks across the UK.
- Doggett's Coat and Badge Race (last 2 weeks of July). Dating back to 1715, this historic rowing race on the Thames sees competitors row between London Bridge and Cadogan Pier in Chelsea. Spectators line the banks of the river to cheer on the watermen as they pass under 11 of London's bridges.
- Cart Marking Ceremony (late July or early August). This annual ceremony sees a parade of horse-drawn wagons, vintage buses and trucks be branded with red-hot irons in Guildhall Yard as part of an ancient City of London tradition.
- Wireless Music Festival (June or July). This fun weekend music festival takes place every year in Finsbury Park in north London.
- Free Range - Art & Design Degrees Shows (June and July)
- Opera Holland Park (June to early August)
- Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (mid June to mid August)
- BP Portrait Awards at National Portrait Gallery (mid June to mid September)
- City of London Festival (last week in June to mid July)
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