The whole weekend
WIMBLEDON: As the biggest tournament in tennis enters the final weekend, don’t worry if you don’t have center court tickets. Many places around the capital are streaming the action for free, including Canary Wharf, Mayfair and King’s Cross. Just keep in mind that these screenings will be busy over Finals weekend (especially if the weather is good), so you’ll want to get there well in advance if you want to pack a lounger. Until July 10
WATCH THE MUSIC: A stage and large screen have been set up at Kew Gardens for live music this week, with the final two gigs taking place this weekend. Bananarama headlines on Saturday, with Gypsy Kings on stage on Sunday. Take your own picnic chair or blanket, pack a picnic or buy food and drink on site, and listen to live music in a relaxed and (hopefully) sunny setting. July 5-10
SUMMER SCIENTIFIC EXHIBITION: The Royal Society’s annual summer science exhibition is a free interactive experience for anyone curious about the latest advances in science and technology. Take part in drop-in workshops, meet scientists and researchers, and learn about topics like the taste of chocolate and virus-fighting llamas. July 6-10
WOMEN’S EURO: The UK hosts the 13th edition of the UEFA Women’s Euro 2020 football tournament, with some matches taking place here in London. Matches this weekend include Portugal v Switzerland, Netherlands v Sweden, Belgium v Iceland and France v Italy. No ticket? No problem – see if any of these places filter your match. July 6-31
SUMMER LIGHTS: Head to Canary Wharf for a free art trail that uses natural light. Summer Lights consists of 11 new installations and six permanent works of art, including a flock of colorful carbon-neutral birds hovering above visitors’ heads, using natural light to create mesmerizing shadows on the ground. Until August 20
THE SECRET GARDEN: The Garden Museum’s summer exhibit centers around the beloved children’s book, The Secret Garden. Enter the immersive show, with interactive paths for children, and discover how different artists have illustrated the story since it was first published. A good one for the school holidays, one suspects it, and the children are free! July 6-September 4
BALHAM COMEDY FESTIVAL: Sara Pascoe, Shappi Khorsandi, Zoe Lyons, Carl Donnelly and Mark Steel are among the artists on the program for the Balham Comedy Festival this weekend. The festival is now in its 10th year and takes place in the Club Room at Bedford. July 8-16
BRENT BIENNALE: Kilburn, Willesden and Harlesden are among the regions hosting the Brent Biennale this year, the theme of which is: In my love’s house. Artists and community groups present work on the theme of housekeeping and how the idea of home and belonging can take many forms. July 8-September 11
WHITE CROSS STREET PARTY: It hosts a bustling street food market most days of the week, and Whitecross Street near the Barbican really comes alive for the annual Whitecross Street Party. This year’s theme is reclaiming public space, with live painting and street art, a music stage and a word stage, family activities and food stalls. July 9-10
SPORTS DAY: As part of its program of summer events, Hawley Wharf in Camden Market is hosting a family sports weekend to coincide with the Wimbledon final. Family yoga, a tug of war and water bomb passing games are all part of the fun, along with a chance to watch the Wimbledon action on the big screen. July 9-10
OUR TIME ON EARTH WEEKEND: Barbican is organizing a weekend of events linked to the current exhibition Our Time On Earth. Over three days, take part in guided walks and rewilding workshops around the estate, attend a panel discussion on digital nature, enjoy a sound installation, and watch live performances. July 9-11
Saturday July 9
GARDEN FESTIVAL: Didn’t come to the Chelsea Flower Show? Head to the final day of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival instead. Stroll through the Palace Gardens to see purpose-built gardens and watch demonstrations on gardening, floristics, design, food, crafts and health by experts such as Monty Don and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall . 10am-5.30pm
FOOTBALL IN THE CITY: The Museum of London is hosting a ‘Football in the City’ themed walking tour, examining the history of the beautiful game in the City of London, from medieval mob football to the creation of the offside rule. 11 a.m.
NATURAL HISTORY IN ISLAM: Celebrate Eid at a family-friendly festival at the Natural History Museum, exploring the relationship between natural history and Islam. Discover how the natural world inspires henna designs, which plants are important in the Arab world, and how the Islamic calendar is linked to the cosmos. 11am-6pm
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Get a taste of Major League Baseball, as the Home Run Derby X takes place at Crystal Palace Park for one day only. Watch four teams compete in a mini-tournament, eat at your own pace in the Ballpark Food Village, swing in the batting cages and catch a performance by British rapper AJ Tracey. 12pm-9pm
COCKTAILS IN TOWN: Cocktails in the City is back. The boozy festival takes place over three weekends this summer, bringing together some of London’s most popular bars to serve their drinks in a private garden, Bedford Square, with live entertainment. Today is the last day of the first event this summer. 12pm-10pm
GIN & RUM PARTY: Gin + rum, plus tequila – what could go wrong? Oh, and it all happens in a church. This is the business of the Gin & Rum Festival, which is an opportunity to meet the creators of your favorite drinks, and perhaps to try some new ones. Today is the second and last day. 12:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
SUMMER GRILL: Head to Artsdepot in Finchley for a mini family festival. Summer Sizzler consists of live DJs accompanied by lights, projections, confetti, parachute dancing, balloons, bouncy balls and free flower garlands, as well as arts and crafts, face painting, d a ball pool and much more. 2:30-4:45 p.m.
LONDON CLOWN FESTIVAL: That’s right, there’s a London Clown Festival – and it ends today at the Soho Theatre. After six days of international acts, physical comedy and contemporary clown-influenced performances, reunite with Lachlan Werner, Garry Starr or CLOWNTS as the festival draws to a close. 3:30-9:15 p.m.
FESTIVAL OF WOMEN COMPOSERS: Southbank Center celebrates women in music with the Women Composers Festival. Choirs from across the UK come together to perform choral music written by women, including Annie Lennox, Kate Rusby and Hannah Kendall. 7:30 p.m.
Sunday July 10
10K LONDON: Note that the London 10k race is taking place in central London today, with several roads closed as a result, so factor that into your plans. All the details here.
EALING BROADWAY: Join Footprints of London guided Alan Fortune to explore the area at the end of the Central and District lines, Ealing Broadway. Learn about the film industry at Ealing Studios and Pitzhanger Mansion, Sir John Soane’s country home, as well as dark events in Ealing’s history and the area’s Doctor Who connections. 11am-1pm
COMIC FAIR AND ZINE: Head to the Stanley Arts Cafe in South Norwood for the South London Comic & Zine Fair, with cartoonists, self-publishers, a small press, zine makers and book artists all showcasing and selling their creations. There are also free workshops and talks (register in advance) and a chance to contribute to a self-portrait drawing wall. 11am-6pm
THE CITY COVERS: Cemetery Club guide and historian Sheldon K Goodman leads a walk through the ancient cemeteries of the City of London. Learn about the people who are buried beneath the cobbled graveyards – or cobblestones – and hear their stories. 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
SOHO VILLAGE PARTY: A dog show, a spaghetti contest, a showdown between police and firefighters and Soho’s famous waiter race are all part of the Soho Village Festival, which takes place in St Anne’s Gardens on Wardour Street . A raffle, community and food stalls are also offered. 12pm-6pm
DR WHO DOUBLE BILL: Calling all Whovians! Watch a double screening of Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 AD (1966) on the big screen at the Barbican, with Peter Cushing playing the role of the Doctor. Although not part of the official BBC collection, the films are very popular with Doctor Who fans and have recently been restored. 1:45 p.m.
SENSORY TOUR: Once a month, visually impaired visitors (and their carers) are invited to take a sensory tour of Kew Gardens. It is led by a specially trained guide and offers the opportunity to experience elements of the gardens through touch and smell. 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
PINK JUKEBOX: Aimed at members of the LGBTQ+ community and their friends, Pink Jukebox is a ballroom and Latin dance club. It is open to dancers of all levels and begins with step familiarization lessons, followed by an evening of social dancing. 2pm-7pm