Summer is a great time of year to visit London: The weather warms up and there are plenty of events to attend. But because of the nicer weather, July is one of the busiest months with crowds of tourists coming to London. Plan your trip well in advance as prices for flights and hotels can skyrocket as it gets closer to July.
July Weather in London
London isn't always like its rainy reputation. In fact, July and August are the hottest and sunniest months of the year in London. The average temperature is a comfortable 73 F (23 C), while in the evenings, temperatures can drop to 52 F (11 C). However, the British city has seen some record highs in the 90s. London doesn't have as much rain in July as it does in other months, but it still has an average of six drizzly days.
What to Pack
Because London's weather tends to change often, check the forecast before you leave. But in general, bring a few summer dresses, jeans, T-shirts, and a light jacket for the evening. Rain is always a possibility in London so throw in an umbrella or light waterproof windbreaker as a precaution.
July Events and Festivals in London
London hosts many major events and festivals in July that you won't want to miss. First, there's the Pride Festival, which runs from June to July and culminates in the Pride Parade on the first Saturday of July. This annual festival celebrates London's LGBTQ+ community with a series of events including concerts, talks, theater, parties, and a huge street parade. For sports lovers, there's the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, the oldest tennis tournament in the world. The competition takes place at the All England Club in southwest London during the first two weeks of July.
Other popular events include:
- Hampton Court Palace Flower Show: 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: Somerset House on the north bank of the Thames provides a stunning backdrop for a series of open-air concerts every summer.
- The Chap Olympiad: 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: This eight-week classical music extravaganza features concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall, and a series of events in parks across the U.K.
- Doggett's Coat and Badge Race: 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: This annual ceremony sees a parade of horse-drawn wagons, vintage buses, and trucks branded with red-hot irons in Guildhall Yard as part of an ancient City of London tradition.
- Wireless Music Festival: The fun weekend music festival takes place every year in Finsbury Park in north London. The 2018 lineup includes performances by Big Sean, Post Malone, and J. Cole.