1. Explore Latitude
The 1975, Mumford and Sons and Fleet Foxes are all headlining Latitude festival in Suffolk from 13 - 16 July. The festival’s about way more than the music though, it’s one of the most renowned performing arts festivals in Europe - expect world famous theatre, cabaret and poetry. Plus, you can explore the nearby forest and swim in the lake. Weekend tickets costs £197.50.
2. Watch Wimbledon
Game, set.. Wimbledon’s back. Until 15 July our TV screens, social media accounts and water cooler chats are sure to have one focus: London’s world famous tennis tournament. There are loads of big match screenings going on across the UK. In London, you can watch the action from the rooftop of One New Change shopping centre, overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral. In Manchester, Black Dog Ballroom is offering free strawberries and cream every time Andy Murray plays.
3. Party at Pride in London
Rainbow flags ready, London’s annual celebration of LGBT+ culture and platform for LGBT+ people runs for the whole first two weeks of July. The main event though? The Pride in London parade running from Regent Street to Whitehall on 8 July. The party/parade/protest starts at 12.30pm with celebrations rounding up at 4.30pmish and then after-parties running on into the evening.
4. Explore Whitstable Oyster Festival
For kitsch seaside fun, plus delicious seafood head to Whitstable in Kent this month. The picturesque coastal town hosts an annual Oyster Festival from 22 until 24 July. There’s a food fair, Oyster eating competition and a sea-themed parade. Plus, you’ll be able to dip in and out of local galleries, boutiques and vintage shops. (As well as hitting the beach, of course!)
5. Get snap happy at Mayfield Lavender Farm
Could Mayfield Lavender Farm be the most Instagrammable place in the world? We reckon so. Entry to this beautiful Surrey spot, open from June to September, costs just £1. Head there to find 25 acres of radiant lilac flowers. You can even tuck into a lavender cream tea or a lavender cider. You’d never guess it was just a couple of buses away from London.
6. Watch ‘Dunkirk’
You know that movie that Harry Styles has been papped filming for seemingly years? It’s out on 21 July. Christopher Nolan blockbuster ‘Dunkirk’ follows the evacuation of French, Belgian, Dutch and British soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk during WW2 in 1940. It’s an epic war movie of Saving Private Ryan proportions - and it also stars Tom Hardy (as well as Harry).
7. Listen to Haim
It’s been four years since sister act Haim released their last album, but the trio are finally back with a new record on 7 July. The girls had to cancel tour dates to finish ‘Something to Tell You’ so expectations are high, but they do promise more of the harmonies and synth sounds that made their debut a hit. They’ve apparently also taken lots of inspiration from Prince too. If it’s anything like latest single ‘Want You Back’, it’s a sure-fire hit.
8. Work out on a roof
Fancy a workout with a view? New rooftop bar Aviary, on Finsbury Square, is offering HIIT classes on their terrace. Run by fitness group Digme the classes include spinning and cardio drills, with a focus on conditioning and fat burning. More importantly you’ll be able to spy panoramic views of the city while you work out. Each class costs £25 and includes a juice.
9. Watch ‘To The Bone’
Netflix launches a new must-watch feature film on 14 July. ‘To The Bone’ stars Lily Collins and Keanu Reeves, and follows a 20-year-old with severe anorexia as she enters a group recovery home for alternative treatment. It's being praised as a brutally honest and funny portrayal of the illness.
10. Chill out at the Summer Series at Somerset House
Set in one of central London's most iconic gig locations, the Summer Series at Somerset House with American Express is one of the dreamiest ways to spend an evening. Spread over eleven nights in July, this summer the line-up includes Norah Jones, Birdy, Foster The People and Songhoy Blues.
11. Eat like a Barbie at Maison Assouline
If you’re a Barbie girl looking for a Barbie world, we’ve got you sorted. To celebrate the launch of Barbie’s new book, Swans Bar at Maison Assouline (a hip Soho bookshop) is offering a fun pink afternoon tea. Expect salmon and cucumber sandwiches, pink Ladurée macarons and a special pink cocktail. The event runs from 3pm-5pm on 1 July and costs £30.
Head to micro-distillery Our/ London in Hackney, where each Saturday a super talented chef is taking over their food truck. So far Andrew Clarke of Brunswick House, Snackbar aka Freddie Janssen + Seb Myers and Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen have all taken part while still to come is Nicholas Balfe of Salon Brixton, Lope Ariyo, OFM Rising Star plus author of Hibiscus and Jamie Guy, + the bread knife and Hix Restaurants. With a DJ and plenty of delicious vodka cocktails to sip on, it's the vibe-iest place to spend a Saturday.
Taking place on the 29th of July in an abandoned manor house in Hampshire, The Krug Festival promises to be a summer highlight. Francis Mallman AKA that guy from Netflix documentary The Chef's Table is flying in from Patagonia to showcase his signature dramatic open-fire cooking style with flames reaching up to 10ft high. Meanwhile, the music label Mahogany are curating a selection of performances and of course, there will be plenty of Krug champange including the Grande Cuvee Rosé and Vintage 2002. Tickets from £395. are available to purchase here