Douglas & Gordon July Events Guide

Friday, July 03, 2015 by

Hot summer days welcome in July. Looking for something to do over the weekend? Find a list of great events happening this month in Douglas & Gordon’s July London weekend guide.


North of the River


July is all about Wimbledon. If you’re watching from home, or were lucky enough to grab tickets to centre court, celebrate some fierce tennis this month with one of the oldest tournaments in the world. This weekend, watch Gentlemen's Singles third round, Ladies' Singles third round, Gentlemen's Doubles second round and Ladies' Doubles second round on Saturday.


Agnes Martin at the Tate

This weekend, visit the Tate Modern for an exhibition of Agnes Martin, perhaps most recognised for her evocative paintings marked out in subtle pencil lines and pale colour washes. This is the first retrospective of Martin’s work since 1994. Covering the full breadth of her practice, this extensive exhibition will reveal Martin’s early and little known experiments with different media and trace her development from biomorphic abstraction to the mesmerising grid and striped canvases that became her hallmark. Tickets are £12.00, on until 11th October.


Opera in Holland Park

The 2015 Holland Park Opera continues during July. This month watch Leo Delibes from the 9-27 July, best known for the ‘Flower Duet’ as well as Giuseppe Verdi, on this weekend 4th July up until the 24th. Finally, see Italo Montemezzi later in the month, starting on the 22nd and leading into August. Show dates vary.


Garden Walk at Fulham Palace

This Sunday 5th July, put your botanical hat on during one of Fulham Palace’s enjoyable garden walks. Discover more about the garden’s history and the rare plants grown at the Palace today. The garden has a long and fascinating history dating back to the Tudor period when Bishop Grindal introduced the tamarisk to England through to Bishop Compton’s famous collection of plants in the early 1700s. The tradition of growing rare plants and trees was continued by later Bishops of London alongside the development of the Walled Garden to provide food for the busy household. £5 per person.

Bishop's Park Farmers and Fine Foods Markets

On Sunday, 19th July, visit Bishop’s Park Farmers and Fine Food Markets for a family-friendly venture that caters for all taste buds, and budgets. The market is open between 10am and 2pm and all are welcome to go and enjoy the day in the sun, sampling some scrumptiously fresh food.  


Botanical Illustration at Fulham Palace

Embrace your artistic side at Fulham Palace on Saturday, 11th July. Explore the intricately beautiful art form of botanical illustration in a one day course led by professional artist Hazel Adams. The course is inspired by the exotic plants and flowers of Fulham Palace, using the garden’s flora to create your own piece of art to take home.


Talk by the Armed Forces Art Society

See the healing powers of art during a talk at Mall Galleries by members of The Armed Forces Art Society and Army Arts Society on their role in supporting serving and retired members of the Armed Forces and their families through art and art therapy. Talk starts at 3.30pm, on Monday, 13th July. Tickets are £5.


Aviation Paintings of the Year Exhibition

The Aviation Paintings of the Year Exhibition starts on the 21st July and runs until the 26th. See work depicting early flight through the World Wars to the latest civil and military subjects in a wide range of media and styles at Mall Galleries. This display of original art by internationally renowned artists and talented amateurs is one of the world’s largest exhibitions of aviation art.  


Shows at Olympia London

The month of July offers a wide range of shows for all tastes. From the International Make-up Artist Trade Show from 10th-12th July for beauty buffs, to London Film and Comic Con from 17th-19th July for those with a passion for pop culture, see the full list of events on at the Olympia here.



South of the River

Venn Street Market 

Visit the Venn Street Market on the A3, just off the South Circular. Stop by for some locally sourced fresh seasonal fruit and veg; fresh Dorset fish from day boats; organic and free range meat, milk, eggs and poultry; artisan breads; award-winning cheeses; charcuterie; gluten free, vegan and vegetarian sweets and savouries; as well as pastries, cakes, tarts and brownies. Open every Saturday from 10am to 4pm.


Banana Cabaret at The Bedford

It’s July and that means it’s time for all new acts at Banana Cabaret at The Bedford. Doors open at 7.30pm Fridays and 7pm Saturdays, and there is food available till 9pm. Shows start at 9pm and finishes at approximately 11pm. Once the show is finished then the chairs and tables move back and you can dance 'til 2am to the DJs in the theatre.


The Half Moon

This Saturday, 4th July, enjoy the best in American blues, soul and funk of the 60’s and 70’s in celebration on Independence Day. Show starts at 8pm and artists include Jim Kirkpatrick, a renowned guitarist and musician from Cheshire and Ticklin’ The Pickle, a vibrant funk and soul band, famous for their innovative arrangement of rare grooves.


Caius House Fashion, Music and Dance Event

Visit Caius House for the fashion, music and dance event of the month this 10th July. Including live performances from talented artists including Cat Burns, Jae Poet, Dee'Riginal and special guests as well as the Ebony Clique Spring Summer Fashion Show and dances from around the world. Doors open at 6pm.


Fiction at Battersea Arts Centre

Immerse yourself in a unique performance from the creators of ‘The Ring’ at Battersea Arts Centre, on from the 7th-17th July. ‘Fiction’ is an immersive sound journey in absolute darkness. It is the second performance by Glen Neath and David Rosenberg using binaural sound and complete darkness. With the audience wearing headphones, it is an anxious journey through the sprawling architecture of our dreams. Doors open at 7.30pm, and 9.15pm on 16th-17th July. Tickets are £15.


Wilting in Reverse at Battersea Arts Centre

Experience a compelling story from the maker of ‘Before Us’ and ‘Doctor Brown’ at Battersea Arts Centre. ‘Wilting in Reverse’ is an impressive performance featuring live music, vigorous dance moves, understandable words and profound body movement. Prices start at £10. On 30th -31st July.


If there are any events you think we should know about, please don’t hesitate to let us know.