The City calendar is always full to bursting with with festivals, exhibitions, concerts and community fundraisers. Here are the top events in the City of London this July.
The City calendar is always full to bursting with things to see, do and experience each week. From festivals and food to concerts and community fundraisers, these are the top events in the City of London this July.
Sip on the finest ales, beers and ciders as you listen to live music in the atmospheric surrounds of Guildhall Yard. As part of the Women: Work & Power season, this year City Beerfest offers visitors the chance to toast the historic role women have played in brewing while enjoying music from female artists.
5 July, 12.30pm-9pm, tokens available for purchase from the website below
Guildhall Yard EC2V 5AE
Free summer concerts are running from June-August on Sundays at Parliament Hill from 3 June, and every second Sunday 3pm at Golders Hill Park Bandstand from 10 June. There are also special bandstand events throughout these months – call 020 7332 3322 for more information. Concerts are being billed as “great free community led outdoor events that showcase creative talent on the iconic bandstands”.
See the last remaining parts of the infamous Whitechapel fatberg – a sewer blockage which became an international media sensation when it was discovered in September 2017. Weighing 130 tonnes and over 250m long, it is one of the largest fatbergs ever found.
Until 1 July, 10am-5.50pm, free
Museum of London, 150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN
Celebrate five decades of elegant, modern design and excellent craftsmanship fuelled by the extraordinary creativity of silversmith Grant Macdonald. This glittering exhibition features exquisite, rarely-seen gold and silver items of superlative design and craftsmanship from a leading London-based silversmith.
Until 25 July, free Monday-Wednesday, 10am-4pm
Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane EC2V 6BN
MUSIC / Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize
Guildhall School pianist Ming Xie takes to the hallowed stage of Wigmore Hall as the winner of the annual Wigmore Recital Prize. A rising star of the classical music world, Ming will present a thrilling programme of piano music taking in Granados’ masterful Piano Suite, charming Chopin preludes and Ravel’s virtuosic Gaspard de la nuit, considered one of the most technically-challenging solo piano pieces of all time.at the end. Staff from the Bullion team will also deliver regular interactive talks throughout the event.
27 June, 7.30pm
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street W1U 2BP
Be transported back to 1836. The Bank of England’s directors have received a mysterious map of London claiming that one of the drains leads straight to the gold vaults. But which drain is it, and who made this bizarre claim? Find out by spotting clues as you go round the museum to claim your prize at the end. Staff from the Bullion team will also deliver regular interactive talks throughout the event.
From 23 July, free, Monday-Friday 10am-4.30pm
Bank of England Museum, Bartholomew Lane EC2R 8AH
Experience the London Symphony Orchestra up-close in this one-hour family concert. Travel through the depths of space on a musical and visual journey inspired by the Voyager spacecraft and extra-terrestrial life. With free pre-concert activities and opportunities to play along, introduce your children to the world of classical music.
8 July, 2.30pm-3.30pm, tickets £5-£15
Barbican Centre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS
Hear an inspiring take on Debussy’s music with Guildhall School professor piano and Debussy expert, Paul Roberts. As part of the centenary tributes to Debussy (1862-1918), Roberts will demonstrate the nature of Impressionism in music. He will discuss and perform the first book of préludes and show how Debussy’s visually evocative titles provoke an intensity of listening.
3 July, 7pm, tickets £15, concessions £10
Milton Court Concert Hall, Silk St EC2Y 8DT
Take a journey through London’s history based on archival records of the LMA. There will be introductory talks, archive viewing, film screenings and workshop activities, taking you from Norman times through to the present day. Check Eventbrite for the full programme.
23-27 July, 10am, 3.30pm, tickets £15 (day) or £60 (week)
London Metropolitan Archives,
40 Northampton Road EC1R 0HB
Hear stories of famous queens, forgotten women workers, medieval business owners and 20th-century heroines on this walking tour of the City. Grim tales of a woman’s work during the plague, Suffragette activity and two of the most powerful women in the City’s history conspire to offer a new insight into the lives of female Londoners.
2, 12, 16, 26 & 30 July, Mondays 11am-1pm and Thursdays 2pm-4pm, free – just turn up
Meet outside St Paul’s Tube station (Exit 1, Cheapside). Walk has step free access.
See London personified as a woman, appearing on one of the City’s most famous landmarks. On this guided walk, examine how suffragettes used iconic locations to further their cause, and explore the history of earlier political activists, from the women of Billingsgate to anti-slavery campaigners, freespirited medieval nuns, and great abbesses.
2, 11, 12, 16, 26 & 30 July, Mondays 2pm, Wednesday (11 July) 6pm, and Thursdays 11am, free, just turn up
Meet outside Monument Tube station (Fish Street Hill Exit)
The Courtaulds were one of the most celebrated Huguenot families in England. Dr Alexandra Gerstein’s talk traces the Courtauld family from the 17th to the 20th century, exploring the work of Augustin Courtauld, his son Samuel, Samuel’s widow Louisa, who ran the Courtauld workshop following her husband’s death, and their son Samuel II, with whom Louisa signed pieces, right up to the foundation of the Courtauld Institute of Art in 1932.
2 July, 6pm (doors open 5.45pm), tickets £5
Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane EC2V 6BN