London sizzles in July! It's no secret that it's one of the best months to be in London — mostly sunshine with plenty of classic summer events like Wimbledon Tennis or the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the largest of its kind in the world. If you're craving art, head to the Queen's Gallery to see the exhibition on the history of Scottish art.
Day trips from London are also in full swing in July. The Downton Abbey tour and Lunch in the Cotswolds often sell out in advance. If you're staying in the city, catch performances of Wicked and Les Miserables in the Theatre District. And, if you're feeling sporty, book an evening cycling tour to see the best of London from two wheels.
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Breeze by the long lines with your skip-the-line pass. It's the fastest way to the sky. Check in just 15 minutes early, then enjoy the ride to the top. On a clear day you can see as far as Windsor Castle. The package includes skip-the-line tickets, priority boarding, a free mini-guide for adults, an in-flight pack for children, and the interactive 4D Experience.
Glide past London's most famous landmarks — like the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral — while enjoying an evening of food, wine and live entertainment. Your evening begins aboard the London Showboat with a glass of bubbly. Then sit back and enjoy a four-course meal with wine, live entertainment, and dancing. The cruise departs nightly from Westminster Pier.
Visit the brooding ravens, the turrets, and secret chambers. See the Crown Jewels and St Edward's Crown, used at coronations since 1661. Explore on a free tour led by a Yeoman Warder (AKA Beefeater). Upgrade to the Royal Palaces option with priority entrance to Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Gardens, and Kensington Palace (the former royal home of Princess Diana).
Watch day turn to night on a sunset guided bike tour of London! As you pedal toward the River Thames, get a feel for the mystery and romance of the city. Pass the iconic London Eye, then eastward towards the City. Continue towards London Bridge and hear tales of Beefeaters, ravens and the Crown Jewels. See 14th century Leadenhall Market, featured in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, under the gleam of moonlight.
Visit the real-life locations from Downton Abbey! Explore Oxford and the charming village of Bampton, the setting for the award-winning series. The highlight of the day is Highclere Castle — wander the main hall, library, and sitting rooms where Lady Mary, Cousin Matthew, Lord Grantham frequent. Learn about the real families who have lived in the castle since the 17th century. This popular tour sells out, so book early.
On this action-packed day trip travel to Windsor Castle, home of the British Royal Family for the last 900 years. Continue through rolling green hills to Stonehenge, 5,000 years old and counting. Wander at your leisure and learn its mysteries at the visitors centre. Next stop is Bath, famous for its elegant Georgian architecture and preserved Roman baths. Includes hotel pickup, transportation by luxury coach, and all entrance fees.
The Cotswolds is nothing if not quaint and…well, perfect! Visit the villages and see the honey-coloured stones and rolling hills that make the Cotswolds so famous. Enjoy a traditional British lunch served in an oak-beamed restaurant with a huge stone fireplace. Continue to Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold to explore the charming cafes, shops and limestone houses. Includes London hotel pick-up.
While in London take the opportunity to see Wicked at the Apollo Theatre. Based on Gregory Maguire's best selling novel, Wicked transports you to a fantasy land of wizardry and witchcraft, with award-winning music, sets, costumes, and stunning special effects. Choose between standard seats or VIP seating for unobstructed views of the stage.
Considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century, Les Miserables went on to become a hit musical & movie. Here's your chance to see it performed in London's Theatre District. Follow the riveting story of Jean Valjean, who becomes a force for good but cannot escape his criminal past. We think you should upgrade to include a 3-course pre-show dinner at L'Escargot.
This haunting musical traces the tragic love story of a beautiful young opera singer and a composer (shamed by his physical appearance) into a shadowy existence beneath the Paris Opera House. The world premiere was at Her Majesty's Theatre in London in 1986 and has been performed ever since. Make the most of your night out on the town with a pre-show dinner at nearby Prezzo Restaurant.
Experience old-school English glamour at 5-star Grosvenor House Hotel, which overlooks Hyde Park. Your only decision? With or without champagne! Choose the Traditional Afternoon Tea with dainty sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and preserves served in the Grosvenor House's library. Or, choose Anna's Champagne Afternoon Tea with buttermilk scones, cream puffs, and a glass of champagne.
In the exclusive neighbourhood of Mayfair learn the history of chocolate while sampling chocolate delights. Get an Insider's peek into Bond Street chocolate shops Fortnum & Mason, Liberty of London, and Ladurée. Sample melt-in-your mouth truffles, chocolate-covered coffee beans, brownies and luxurious dark chocolates. It'll be a tough choice deciding which treats to take home.
It's the world's largest annual flower show! This six-day event is organized by the Royal Horticultural Society and features horticultural displays and activities on the grounds of the royal palace of Hampton Court. See spectacular floral displays and learn how to improve your own gardening techniques.
• July 5 to 10, 2017
This annual two-day festival of cycling was developed by the Mayor of London to encourage more outdoor activity. The event combines free family rides on closed roads in central London, as well as with the world's best professional cyclists racing in the RideLondon to Surrey Classic and RideLondon Grand Prix.
• July 30 to 31, 2017
For two weeks every summer tennis fans descend on Southwest London for the popular Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships. It's one of four annual Grand Slam tennis tournaments and the only one played on grass. It's also the longest-running tournament, with the first competition held in 1877.
• June 27 to July 10, 2017
Since 1895 it's been the greatest classical music festival on Earth and it returns to London's Royal Albert Hall. In case you're wondering, "proms", is short for promenade — an informal and inexpensive concert where "prommers" pay a mere £5 for a ticket. This two-month event is filled with concerts, talks, workshops, and family events.
• July 15 to September 10, 2017
Join this free daily tour to see & learn about the stunning Medieval & Renaissance Galleries. Gather at the Meeting Point at the Grand Entrance by 11:15 am.
• Victoria & Albert Museum
• Daily at 11:30 am
Discover the mechanical genius of Leonardo da Vinci. See 40 historical models of his flying machines, diving equipment and weaponry.
• Science Museum
• Ends September 4, 2017
From Caledonia to the Continent. See the best of Scotland's artists from the Scottish Enlightenment through to the 19th century. On display are 80 works from the Royal Collection.
• The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
• Ends October 9, 2017
Discover a timeless collection of more than 500 timepieces, from sand-glasses to sundials, water clocks to wristwatches. The exhibit traces the remarkable history of timekeeping.
• Science Museum
• Ends October 23, 2017
See never-before-displayed objects, photos and military equipment. Learn how Britain's armed forces are dealing with global security, from the Ebola outbreak to ISIS.
• The Imperial War Museum, London
• Ends November 13, 2017
Marvel at the incredible story of the major ancient civilisations of Egypt recently discovered beneath the sea and unveiled in this monumental new exhibition.
• British Museum
• Ends November 27, 2017
From camisoles to corsets, girdles to garters! See a 19-inch-waist whalebone corset alongside of designer pieces by Stella McCartney, La Perla, and Paul Smith.
• Victoria & Albert Museum
• Ends March 17, 2017