Come July people start booking last-minute holidays abroad, leaving the streets of London less crowed. Less people doesn’t just mean less congestion, it also means more space in the pub. Let’s have a pint on it!

If you still feel the need to hide, disappear in Highgate Woods for a few hours. If you need to cool-off, the Hampstead ponds are just a train stop away and if you fancy a Pimm’s with a view, London’s rooftop bars are open and ready to serve you.

That’s not enough? You are looking for something unique to do this July? Worry not, we’ve got you covered! Whether you’re after the best gig, hottest new show or unique stand-up comedy, our July round-up will keep your leisure time exciting.

  1. The Murder Express

7 July | Pedley Street Station

Taking place on a glamorous retro steam train, this new immersive adventure sounds more than a little Agatha Christie-inspired. An adventurous widow, a music hall star, a costermonger and an antique dealer are on their way to the French town of (ahem) ‘Murdér’ – but they could be in real danger. The audience will sit down to a menu composed by two MasterChef finalists as they follow a tale set in the golden age of rail travel.

  1. British Summer Time – Paul Simon

15 July | Hyde Park

One of America’s greatest living songwriters, Paul Simon, will be playing what’s being called a ‘farewell show’ at BST in Hyde Park, London on Sunday July 15th.

With an overflowing back catalogue of hits like ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘The Sound of Silence’, ‘Still Crazy’ and more, plus a big following in the UK, this is expected to be a highly desirable show. Get your ticket here:

  1. Karaoke in Queens

5 July | The Old Queen’s Head, Islington 

Ever dreamed of hearing Conor Maynard sing Shaggy? Well if you missed it last time, don’t worry, because one of London’s best karaoke nights is back! There’ll be loads more free shots, prizes and of course, the infamous wheel of doom.

Get in the mood with Lucky Chip burgers and some old school funky bangers. You don’t have to sing, but by the end you’ll probably want to. Round up your pals, get up there and get that crowd going. It’s going ( going twice?) to be great.

      4. Citadel

15 July | Gunnerbury Park, London

Delivering the ultimate summer Sunday, this one-day event brings great music largely of the independent, folksy variety, excellent food, London beardiness and lots of quirky side events. Check out the Glitter Boutiques for the festival make up of your dreams, plus mass yoga and dance workshops. Acts include Tame Impala, Leon Bridges and La Femme.

  1. Laugh Train Home 

  • SEANN WALSH (Work in Progress) & CHRIS MCARTHUR-BOYD: Home Sweet Home (Preview) 
  • Tuesday, July 3, 2018 | 8:00 – 10:15 PM | The Honor Oak

Every year, thousands of comics bring comedy shows to the internationally known Edinburgh Fringe Festival. But those shows need to be tweaked and refined, honed and perfected…and that’s happening at London’s Laugh Train Home. Don’t miss this behind-the-scenes unique opportunity to see these Work in Progress shows. This is how live stand-up comedy is put together.