What’s On in the City: July

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A roundup of what’s on in the City this July.

Spitalfields E1 is welcoming a summer of sports by streaming most of the major sporting events on a big screen for free, including Wimbledon, the Olympics, Paralympics and cricket. The 188-inch screen located on Bishops Square invites viewers to lounge on deck chairs and enjoy offers and promotions from nearby food vendors while cheering their teams on. The screenings are part of Spitalfields Market’s activity-packed summer schedule.

The overview of the streaming timetable for the sporting events:

  • Wimbledon | 1-14 July
  • The Olympics | 26 July – 11 August
  • The Hundred Cricket | 1-25 August
  • Paralympics | 28 August – 8 September

Spitalfields will also be showing England’s cricket test matches. Full schedule can be found here and is updated regularly with timings and further details.

Don’t Cha Disco Brunch

Loosen up your buttons this summer and join pop royalty Kimberly Wyatt for her new Don’t Cha Disco Brunch series at The Anthologist by Drake on Morgan (Liverpool Street)_ on Saturday 13th July and Saturday 10th August. The pop princess will take to the decks to spin her all-time favourite feel-good anthems and disco tracks, as well as bringing iconic Pussycat Dolls hits to life with showstopping performances from her talented ensemble! Tickets here.

You Belong Here

As part of the Southbank Centre’s multi- art form summer programme You Belong Here, Smooth’s Bboyizm Dance Company joins The Dance Exchange on 21st July for a day of FREE workshops and performances championing intergenerational and international street dance.

Art in the City

With over 30 objects on display, including artworks by Edmund De Waal, Julian Stair and Peter Collingwood, this exhibition features the work of visionary artists who have transformed the perception and value of craft.

As winner of this year’s Brookfield Properties Craft Award, the show is a retrospective of Cassell’s +25 years as one of the most distinctive and dynamic sculptors in the UK. She also has artworks featured in permanent collection worldwide, including the Victoria & Albert Museum. The show’s highlight is ‘Virtues of Unity,’ an ongoing decade of sculptural projects through which the artist shares with the public her reflections on the importance of defining our sense of identity using clay sourced from across the globe.

The House & Garage Orchestra Brunch

With daytime dancing on the rise, The House & Garage Orchestra Brunch at The Anthologist by Drake & Morgan (near Bank), invites partygoers to embrace the energy of daytime hours and dance along to orchestrated reworkings of the best old skool 90’s and 00’s UK Garage and House hits. Created in partnership with the one and only The House & Garage Orchestra, grab your garage girls (and boys) on Saturday 27th July and Saturday 24th August, and witness iconic tunes such as FlowersA Little Bit of Luck; Moving Too Fast and Show Me Love, talentedly performed by a live band with horns, string sections and two stellar vocalists, with a DJ spinning the best tracks from the past two decades.

Purchase tickets HERE

A Month-Long Birthday Carnival

The Hummingbird Bakery’s 20th Birthday Carnival begins from Thursday June 6th in their Soho store. Roll up, roll up and visit the store from Thursday June 6 – Sunday July 7 to experience this sweet-treat oasis, full of limited edition carnival cakes, giant cupcakes, addictive Cotton Candy, and even an old-school Zoltar machine.

London Eye

Calling all Swifties! The lastminute.com London Eye has announced a series of experiences for those who have missed out on much coveted Eras tour tickets, or for those who just can’t get enough Taylor. Taylor by Candlelight, a performance inspired by the musical scores of Swift’s most famous songs, will be hosted on the London Eye pods at dusk surrounded by candlelight.

Opening on 19th August, Taylor By Candlelight will allow Swifties to pay homage to the star with other fans, will offer a double rotation (with the experience lasting an hour) as well as a welcome drink for guests to sip on as they enjoy the music and spectacular views over the capital. For more information and to book your limited run tickets now click here.

Much Ado About Nothing, Globe Theatre

Much Ado About Nothing runs from 25 April – 24 August, directed by Globe Associate Artistic Director Sean Holmes (The Comedy of Errors, 2023). Ekow Quartey and Amalia Vitale star as Benedick and Beatrice in an Elizabeth-dress production that will transform the Globe Theatre into a luxurious paradise.

Until 24 August

Fleet Street Quarter 

Fleet Street Quarter is getting into the sporting spirit this summer to host the FLEET STREET QUARTER FUSION GAMES – a ten-week programme of free sporting events and leisure activities transforming some of the Quarter’s most iconic streets from Fleet Street to Chancery Lane into colourful hubs of activity, designed to inspire movement and spirited play. Highlights include the City’s first community Wallball court in New Street Square, a vibrant sporting spectacle amidst the urban landscape adorned with a striking street art mural by celebrated artist Donough O’Malley. Wallball is already proving to be a global hit with a thriving World Tour and ongoing discussions about Olympic inclusion. This thrilling sport challenges participants to a game of skill where they hit a ball against a wall using their hands – a bit like squash, but without a racquet. Fleet Street Quarters’ eye-popping free-to-access Wallball court will offer complimentary training sessions from the UK Wallball Association, the National Governing Body and Charity for the sport. Coaches and players from Team GBR will be on site to run games and activities. It promises to be a must-visit favourite throughout the summer.


Play Cycles Are Go! Free Summer Play Programme

Come and check out our Play Cycles, a pop-up outdoor play programme taking place across London during the Summer holidays! Designed by NOOMA Studio, in partnership with the Museum of London and City of London Corporation, this family of pedal powered play units hits the road this summer to reimagine London’s streets as radical places for joy, creativity and gathering. Come and see our Play Cycles in action and get creative with loose parts play, arts and crafts, games and more. There will be activities for all ages and we recommend dressing for mess!

28 June – 21 September 2024, full details: Play Cycles Are Go! | Museum of London

Rum Show

Rum Show brings together more than 350 different rums from more than 40 exhibitors, it’s simply an event no rum lover should miss. This year we will be welcoming familiar favourites like Appleton Estate, Havana Club and Foursquare as well as cult icons Hampden Estate and Holmes Cay alongside some new exhibitors for this year. For 2024 we are thrilled to be welcoming, among others, Bacardi, National Rums of Jamaica and Papa Rouyo from Guadeloupe for their show debut. Once again, we will be joined by Georgi Radev from Laki Kane and Sly Augustin from Trailer Happiness as both co hosts for masterclasses and mainstage sessions as well as our pop-up cocktail bar. This year will see Georgi put his characteristic tropical spin on the line up with Sly shaking and stirring up some rum based hits.

We put education at the heart of all our events and Rum Show will see us presenting a full schedule of free to attend mainstage talks as well as ticketed masterclasses. Highlights from this year’s schedule include Matt, Rum Wonk, Pietrek delving into the world of funk.

Last year saw Rum Show host the launch of three new exclusives from The Whisky Exchange including a small batch Havana Club, as well as the unveiling of new releases from our exhibitors.

Create! Studio for Families: Squeeze

Sunday 7 July – Saturday 14 September 2024

11.00 – 14.00 / 14.00 – 16.00

Imagine Studio


Create! Studio invites all members of the family to explore, play and make together in workshops inspired by different monthly themes. In July’s session, ‘Squeeze’, families will make and play with salt dough to create squishy sculptures using a variety of materials.

Make-Lab Workshop: Umbrella Yōkai with Aco Burnett

Saturday 3 August 2024

10.30 – 12.30 / 14.00 – 16.00



Join model-maker Aco Burnett in a workshop inviting visitors to make their own, unique stop-motion puppet based on the famous Umbrella Yōkai. Using wire, air-dry clay and Japanese origami paper, visitors will learn how to create a wire armature for animation, add features and build a traditional Japanese Umbrella structure.

For the love of pizza

This is a great way to spend the weekend. Why not visit Pizza Pilgrims in Canary Wharf and learn the true art of pizza making at the brand new Masterclass kitchen, in the basement of Pizza Pilgrims Canary Wharf. In this session you will learn how to shape dough, create the perfectly balanced pizza and then, of course, how to master the art of baking it in their dome pizza oven. Sounds like great fun to us!

Pasta Festival, hosted by Emilia’s Crafted Pasta

Following on from the success of last year, with over 2500 pasta lovers attending, Emilia’s outdoor terrace and riverside bank will be transformed again into a Summer street-food style festival filled with live music, various pasta-themed masterclasses and kid’s activities. Entry to the festival will remain free, whilst the tickets for the Masterclasses will be bookable online (with a limited number of walk-ins available on the day).

Save the date: Sunday 21st July, from 12pm to 7pm at the flagship Canary Wharf restaurant, to enjoy the second Summer Pasta festival together at Emilia’s.

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