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Simmering July Events 2023

Having trouble deciding on the best spots for photography in London?

Then check out our amazing events to visit in the London and Watford area this month. These events are more geared towards photography and art.

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Pride In London – 1st
This year the parade runs from Hyde Park Corner, through Piccadilly Circus, down Haymarket, and along Pall Mall to Trafalgar Square, culminating at Whitehall Place. Attendees are invited to watch from any of the designated public spaces along the route. The parade will see around 600 groups made up of LGBT+ Community Groups, LGBT+ businesses, and partners, forming together to make our total over 32,000 participants.
Find out more here.

Young V&A – 1st 
Spark your creativity at Young V&A – the museum where children, young people and families can imagine, play and design. Be inspired by spaces, explore our collection and get creative. Co-designed with children and young people, Young V&A is a free national museum designed to showcase the power of creativity in children’s lives as they build new skills and develop the creative confidence needed to thrive in our fast-changing world.
Find out more here.

Pierre Garroudi Fashion flashmob (£3) – 1st (every Saturday after that)
If you are a photographer or want to model for the flamboyant fashion designer Pierre Garroudi. The flash mob occurs every Saturday afternoon in central London. You can find out more on his YouTube link below in a different part each week.
Find out more here.

Wimbledon Tennis Championship – 3rd to 16th
Wimbledon starts on the 3rd and is always good for photography (personal use). Grab an evening pass, especially in the first week, and you can get in around 5 pm for less than £20. You can visit all the outside courts and even get discounted tickets for the show courts when people leave. Sometimes I have got to the centre court for £5! You have to queue to get in, usually best around 4 pm. If there is rain in the first week, then there are even more top matches on the outside courts.
Find out more here.

Hampton Court Flower Festival, London – 4th to 9th
RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is a bonanza of glorious gardens and fabulous flowers, all of which fill the grounds with the heady scent of summer.
Find out more here.

Contemporary African Photography at the Tate Modern, London – 6th to 14th January 2024
A celebration of the varied landscape of contemporary African photography today. Bringing together a group of artists from different generations, this exhibition will address how photography, film, audio, and more have been used to reimagine Africa’s diverse cultures and historical narratives.
Find out more here.

BLACK VENUS: Reclaiming Black Women in Visual Culture at Somerset House – 20th to 24th September
Somerset House is delighted to present BLACK VENUS, an exhibition which examines the historical representation and shifting legacy of Black women in visual culture. Curated by Aindrea Emelife, BLACK VENUS brings together the work of 18 Black women and non-binary artists to explore the othering, fetishisation and reclamation of narratives around Black femininity. 
Find out more here.

Soho Village Fete & Waiters’ Race – 16th
A traditional Village Fete with a Soho Twist! 6 hours of live music and The French House Bar! A dog show, amongst other events.
Find out more here.

Colour Walk Meetup at Spitalfields Market – 20th
An informal gathering of colourful, creative souls who meet, dressed in their finest, to walk, talk and strut their stuff. Excellent for photography.
Find out more here.

Sunset lavender models shoot in Mayfield, London – 21st
With the beautiful backdrop of the Mayfield lavender fields, we will be shooting a couple of models. Taking place 2 hours before sunset, it should be golden light.
Find out more here.

HYPER JAPAN Festival 2023, London – 21st to 23rd
The UK’s biggest J-culture event launched in 2010. The event introduces the diversity of contemporary Japan, from manga and anime to music, fashion, food, traditional culture, gaming, technology, tourism and more.
Find out more here.

In a Field By a Bridge, London – 22nd
A new FREE festival for London coming to Potters Fields Park and St. John’s Churchyard. 11AM – 7PM. A brand new  FREE  weekend festival in an inspirational setting, taking place in summer 2023. From when the sun sits high over Tower Bridge until the last pink rays disappear behind London Bridge, on grassy fields next to the Thames.
Find out more here.

Photographic Walk in Cassiobury Park Nature Reserve – 26th
Take a guided walk through Cassiobury Park Nature Reserve led by Andrew Lalchan (local photographer); we will be exploring summer in the park with the butterflies, dragonflies & damselflies.
Find out more here.

Feria de Londres in Wembley, London – 29th to 30th
The much-loved Spanish festival is making a triumphant return to London on 29th and 30th July, in the brand-new location of Wembley Park, London’s most exciting new neighbourhood. The unique and free two-day festival will transform the space by bringing a taste of Andalusian culture and colourful carnival spirit to the area.
Find out more here.

Watford Carnival – 29th
Watford Cultural Musical Carnival, not much information, but it may be added soon.
Find out more here.

Watford Market Lates – 30th
Includes live music alongside craft beer, a pop-up bar and delicious street food from around the globe, including Caribbean, Asian and Korean street food.
Find out more here.

Ballerina Shoot in Battersea Park, London – 30th
Through Battersea Park with Mila, a professional ballerina. Mila will be going through some ballet moves as we move through the various parts of the park. She will have a couple of outfit changes.
Find out more here.

Jive Swing Festival in Cassiobury Park, Watford- 30th
JiveSwing.com, sponsored by Watford Borough Council, presents one of the biggest FREE one-day ‘JiveSwing Jazz Festivals’ ever, to be held in the UK for both dancers, musicians and fans to jam together in one of the UK’s largest and most beautiful parks. This is its 10th year and is always a popular event in the park.
Find out more here.

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Isaac Julien at Tate Britain – till 20th August
The first major UK exhibition by one of today’s most compelling artists and filmmakers. Celebrated for his compelling lyrical films and video art installations, Isaac Julien is one of the leading artists in film and video today. This ambitious solo exhibition reveals the scope of Julien’s pioneering work in film and installation from the early 1980s to the present day. The exhibition highlights Julien’s critical thinking and how his work breaks down barriers between different artistic disciplines, drawing from film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting and sculpture by utilising the themes of desire, history and culture.
Find out more here.

Superbloom at the Tower of London – til 1st September
Experience the Tower of London Moat from a fresh perspective this summer as this unique and historic space blooms into life once more. Walk amongst the plants and flowers in this unique green space as it evolves into a beautiful, biodiverse landscape over a number of years, and enjoy seeing many different pollinators visiting the moat to forage.
Find out more here.

Hilma Af Klint & Piet Mondrian Forms Of Life at Tate Modern – till 3rd September
This is a unique chance to discover the visionary work of Swedish painter Hilma af Klint and experience Dutch painter Piet Mondrian’s influential art in a new light. Although they never met, af Klint and Mondrian both invented their own languages of abstract art rooted in nature. At the heart of both of their artistic journeys was a shared desire to understand the forces behind life on earth.
Find out more here.

Planet Summer at the Southbank – till 3rd September
The Southbank Centre presents Planet Summer, a landmark multi-artform season that explores themes of care, hope, connection and activism in response to the climate emergency. Performances, exhibitions, music, new artistic commissions, a busy talks programme and free programming, will connect audiences with a range of environmental issues and highlight the need for active care of the environment and nature.
Find out more here.

The Rossettis at Tate Britain – till 24th Sept
This exhibition follows the romance and radicalism of the Rossetti generation through and beyond the Pre-Raphaelite years: Dante Gabriel, Christina and Elizabeth (née Siddal). Visitors will get to experience world-renowned works from their boundary-pushing careers. The Rossettis’ approach to art, love and lifestyles is considered revolutionary, and this will be thoroughly explored in an immersive show using spoken poetry, drawings, paintings, photography, design and more.
Find out more here.

Style & Society: Dressing the Georgians at Buckingham Palace – till 8th October
This exhibition explores what the Georgians wore, from the practical dress of laundry maids to the glittering gowns worn at court. Discover what fashion can tell us about life in the 18th century, a revolutionary period of trade, travel and technology which fuelled fashion trends across all levels of society. Delve into the Georgians’ style story and get up close to magnificent paintings, prints and drawings by artists including Gainsborough, Zoffany and Hogarth, as well as luxurious textiles, sparkling jewellery, and a range of accessories from snuff boxes to swords.
Find out more here.

Serpentine Pavilion 2023 by Lina Ghotmeh – till 29 October 2023
Serpentine Pavilion 2023: À table, designed by French-Lebanese architect Lina Ghotmeh, derives from the aspiration to create a sustainable kinship with the land through food and our primal relationship to the Earth.
Find out more here.

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