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5 Things to do in July
1. Henley Royal Regatta – For five days from 1 July:
For a quintessential British summer event, don't miss the 175th anniversary of the Henley Royal Regatta – a rowing event steeped in tradition. See teams from across the world compete in over 200 exhilarating races on this picture-perfect stretch of the river. Bring a picnic blanket and choose a perfect spot, within the Stewards’ Enclosure if you’re lucky, to sip some pop of your choice.
2. Wimbledon – 2-15 July:
‘Wimbly’ always has and always will embody and evoke the English summertime. The oldest tennis championship in the world combines the joys of lawn tennis on a grand scale with the languid delights of Pimms and (fingers crossed) long, sunny days. Ticketless? Into the queue with you. It's currently sold out, but camp in The Queue for the show courts, or by day for ground admission.
3. BBC Proms – First Night of the Proms, 13 July-September:
An all-British concert launches the 2018 season. Vaughan Williams atmospheric Whitman settings and Holst’s ever-popular 1918 suite The Planets sit alongside a new collaboration by Anna Meredith and 59 Productions. Tickets begin at a modest £14 but are likely to sell-out quickly, so buy now!
4. Explore the Green Spaces of Town – All summer long:
London may be a big city but there are plenty of green, open spaces where you can see an abundance of wildlife or enjoy a range of sporting activities.
You can spot birds and otters at the London Wetland Centre or visit a London City Farm; go cycling, walking or horse riding through Epping Forest; or the perfect way to beat the heat: an afternoon swimming in the natural ponds located at Hampstead Heath!
5. Glorious Goodwood – 31 July-4 August:
Hats and binoculars at the ready! Sitting somewhere between Royal Ascot and the Derby in terms of the formality, the Earl of March's summer race meeting is in an estate in a gorgeous setting on the Downs. Ladies' Day is on Thursday, July 29, and don't miss The Stewards' Cup – a 28-horse cavalry charge – on the last day; jolly good horsey fun.