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    What's on in London this July 2018 near Kensington

    Summer in London is a wonderful time for enjoying the outdoors so we've chosen reasons to be out in the evening plus some brilliant music recommendations too.

    WIMBLEDON

    The sporting highlight of the month is the world famous Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on from 2 to 15 July 2018.

    Sporting fans descend on The All England Lawn Tennis Club every summer for the longest-running tennis tournament in the world, and one of four annual Grand Slam tennis events held around the globe. Games are still played on the original playing surface, grass, and there's a strict white-only dress code for players. The tournament attracts around 500,000 spectators and millions of television viewers worldwide.

    REGENT STREET

    On the first four Sundays in July Regent Street becomes a traffic-free area for Summer Streets. This is the sixth consecutive year for the free event with the area pedestrianised from Oxford Circus all the way to Piccadilly Circus.

    On 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd July there is a festival-style atmosphere on this iconic street with food markets and entertainment, plus shopping offers from the local stores.

    HAMPTON COURT PALACE

    RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, which runs from 2 to 8 July, is the Royal Horticultural Society's largest flower festival. This year it's celebrating iconic figures of the horticultural world.

    The show boasts an eclectic mix of gardens and displays over 34 acres either side of the dramatic long water. There's also a Cookery Theatre with celebrity chefs giving demonstrations and talks throughout the week too.

    You can get joint tickets for Hampton Court Palace and the flower show on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

    Or who not visit the following weekend to see a Tudor Joust? On Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July the grounds of Hampton Court will once again ring out with the sound of charging horses hooves and the clash of cold metal, as King Henry VIII and his court take up residence for that most Tudor of royal sports: the joust. Included in palace admission, visitors can enjoy all the pomp and ceremony of a lavish court entertainment.

    Or visit the following week for the Real Tennis Champions Trophy. With the world's greatest players set to participate, it offers a unique chance to soak up the action on the world's most historic court, that is a designated National Monument. The tournament kicks off with qualifying rounds on 17 July and culminates in a grand final on 22 July. Match day tournament tickets start from £25 and include palace admission.

    ROYAL ACADEMY

    The Royal Academy is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year and has expanded into the building behind to have 70% more space. There are now galleries that can be visited for free every day as well as the annual Summer Exhibition that opened in June.

    A special reason to visit this month is for the RA Lates: Summer Pleasure Garden on Saturday 21 July when The Royal Academy of Arts is being transformed into a reimagined pleasure garden inspired by the fantasylands of Georgian London for one magical summer night.

    BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK

    British Summer Time Hyde Park has returned with big name concerts this month. Roger Waters is headlining on Friday 6 July, The Cure on Saturday 7 July and Eric Clapton on Sunday 8 July.

    The concerts are back the following weekend with Michael Bublé on Friday 13 July, Bruno Mars on Saturday 14 July and Paul Simon on Sunday 15 July.

    But it's not just those concerts as from Monday 9 to Thursday 12 July there's the Open House. It's four days of free entry and summer activities including outdoor cinema, live music, comedy bingo and much more.

    VOICE AND VOTE EXHIBITION

    Voice and Vote opened in Westminster Hall at the Houses of Parliament on 27 June. The exhibition is on until 6 October 2018 and tells the story of Parliament, women and the vote from c.1800 to the present day.

    2018 is the centenary of the vote for all men and some women in 1918. It also marks 100 years of the first general election at which all men and some women could vote, and the election of the first woman MP, Constance Markievicz.

    This free exhibition is open Monday to Saturday with limited capacity. All visitors need to book online in advance. While a ticket will not give you full access to tour the Houses of Parliament, you can go to the excellent gift shop and cafe.

    KEW GARDENS

    On 19 July (and 16 August and 20 September) you can take a 'Curious Kew Evening Tour' at Kew Palace. Enjoy exclusive after hours access to rooms not normally on the public route, while discovering strange tales of the life and times of George III and his family, the palace and its most famous former inhabitants. Tickets are £15.

    Or visit Kew Palace for the Great Georgian Wedding Weekend on 28 and 29 July. To mark the 200th anniversary of the historic double royal wedding at Kew, Queen Charlotte's Cottage is hosting a special celebratory weekend. Visitors can meet the family of George III and other characters from 1818, enjoy tours of this unique building and even play popular garden games of the period. No special ticket is needed (included in admission to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew).

    And there's more music for a summer evening when Kew the Music returns from 10 to 15 July. Acts include Steps, The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonnino Baliardo, The Human League, Boyzone, and Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

    NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

    Discover dark mysteries and reveal hidden light in a new family exhibition at the Natural History Museum. Life in the Dark opens on 13 July giving us the chance to experience what life is like in the darkest caves and the deepest oceans.

    From fish to foxes, bats to boas, visitors can get up close to a huge variety of creatures specially selected from the Museum's world-leading Collection, each with their own story to tell. Discover the superb adaptations that allow animals to flourish in darkness and reveal how they use their super-senses to find food, find a mate and avoid being eaten.

    As well as coming face-to-face with some of the planet’s most elusive animals, visitors can experience science through immersive installations, transporting them from the chaos of a bat-filled cave, past live specimens and onto the spectacular luminescence of a deep sea light show.

    Impressively, the exhibition is free for children aged 16 and under.

    THE PROMS

    The Proms is the world's greatest classical music festival. It starts this year on 13 July and has more than 90 concerts over eight weeks. The main venue is the Royal Albert Hall where there are daily orchestral classical music performances.

    This season of informal concerts aims to bring the finest classical music to as many people as possible at affordable prices. Around 500 standing (Promming) tickets are available to buy on the door before each concert for under £10 each.

    BUCKINGHAM PALACE

    Every summer, the Queen leaves Buckingham Palace so the State Rooms can be opened to the public. The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are open to us from 21 July to 30 September 2018.

    The Palace's nineteen State Rooms predominantly reflect the taste of George IV (r.1820-30), who commissioned the architect John Nash to transform what had previously been known as Buckingham House into a grand palace.

    This year's special exhibition marks the 70th birthday of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales later this year. Prince and Patron features a number of works of art personally selected by His Royal Highness alongside works created by young artists supported by three charities which he has founded and is patron of: The Royal Drawing School, The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts and Turquoise Mountain.

    If you are planning a holiday or a weekend getaway to London this July, check-out Fraser Suites Queens Gate special offers and promotions! We are located in the heart of Kensington and surrounded by tourist attractions and large department stores such as Harrods and Harvey Nichols. 

     

    Laura Porter writes AboutLondonLaura.com and contributes to many other publications while maintaining an impressive afternoon tea addiction. You can find Laura on Twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as @AboutLondonLaura.