WIMBLEDON TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
All England Lawn Tennis Club – Mon 2 Jul-Sun 15 Jul
The world’s oldest tennis tournament attracts over half a million spectators for two weeks every year and takes over the area.
You may not have a ticket or you may not be able to get in on the day but you can join in the buzz in the village.
SUMMER BY THE RIVER: WIMBLEDON
Mon 2 Jul-Sun 15 Jul
Summer by the River will be screening the Wimbledon Championships on The Scoop cinema screen, offering city dwellers and tourists alike a chance to watch the games daily in one of London’s most atmospheric and exciting open air amphitheatres with an array of entertainment and food and drink venders to add to the viewing pleasure.
TENNIS BIG SCREEN
The Piazza, Wimbledon – Mon 2 Jul-Sun 15 Jul
No costs and no queues; pull up a deckchair, grab a bite to eat and soak up the sun while watching the world’s tennis giants battle it out on Centre Court.
RHS HAMPTON COURT PALACE FLOWER SHOW
Hampton Court Palace – Tue 3 Jul-Sun 8 Jul
See world-class gardens, explore marquees showcasing work by some of the country’s leading designers and nurseries in the spectacular grounds of Hampton Court Palace. It’s also a chance to buy a huge array sorts of plants (especially at the final-day sale on Sunday) fresh produce and gardening equipment.
Various venues – Sat 7 Jul, 6pm-6am
Follow a trail of art across south London during the all-night arts festival. Art Night presents a free one-night programme of contemporary art, performance, music and architecture, which takes place from early evening until dawn and moves to a different part of London each year. Curated by the Hayward Gallery to celebrate its 50th anniversary, this year’s event sees art projects running along the Thames from Southbank Centre, through Vauxhall and Nine Elms, to Battersea Power Station.
FESTIVAL OF DANCE
Horniman Museum and Gardens – Sun 8 Jul, 10.30am-5pm
All the family can enjoy a day of exciting dance and music from around the world. Experience sounds inspired by the musical styles of Eastern Europe and Latin America and discover unique acts – all set in the beautiful museum gardens.
The Curzon, Wimbledon – Sun 8 Jul
Digitally restored Yellow Submarine, The Beatles’ iconic, psychedelic pop adventure with songs and score remixed in stereo surround sound at Abbey Road Studios. Everyone will receive an exclusive 50th anniversary commemorative pack, including four stunning limited edition collector’s cards and a Peppertastic sticker set.
Henley-upon-Thames – Wed 11 Jul-Sun 15 Jul
Taking place next to the river, the festival provides a civilised setting for enjoying live pop, opera and comedy with proper sit-down restaurants on site, too. Dress up and watch Grace Jones, Rita Ora Nile Rodgers or Curtis Stigers. A proportion of the ticket price goes to charity.
LIFE IN THE DARK
Natural History Museum – Fri 13 Jul until Dec 31
Meet creatures that thrive at night, in the total darkness of caves and deep in the ocean. Find out how they navigate their environment, hunt, mate and evade predators. Discover nocturnal animals through sight, sound, touch and smell. Come face-to-face with anglerfish, vampire squid and other creatures from the deep sea and lose yourself in the otherworldly beauty of bioluminescence.
Alexandra Palace – Sat 21 Jul
A new one-day music and arts festival promising ‘a world where music, performance, theatre and comedy embrace in a collision of beautiful noise, brilliant ideas and brazen colour.’ This is the first time in 30 years that the park and palace have been open for a festival, and there’ll also be spaces opened up that haven’t been available to the public before.