London in July promises a wide selection of summer festivals and some top class sporting events.
If its bats for you then you've come to the right place. England play two exciting games in July. First its against the Baggy Greens (Australia for those of you unfamiliar with the sporting parlance) in a five-day test in the Kia Oval, Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Riverside Ground and culminating in Old Trafford. They also face giants The Proteas (South Africa) over five days in the Oval. England's domestic league, the Friends Life t20, continues throughout the summer so keep those white slacks and v-neck jumpers handy as you'll never be far from a game.
Looking for an alternative to the Olympics....Then head over to the Chap Olympiad at the Bedford Square Gardens. A hilarious annual event, its sports include the Pipe Smoker's Relay, Three Trouser-ed Limbo and Cucumber Sandwich Discus, among others. An Olympic Pipe is lit for the Opening Ceremony. Un-missable for those taking a more light hearted view of sport.
An for the Olympics proper, you can give your heroes the ultimate send-off as they prepare for the biggest competition in the world at the Aviva London Grand Prix, an annual athletics warm-up event with a number of races held at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, a star studded line-up and a must see for athletics fans.
And after 75 years of misery can Andy Murray become the first British player to walk away with the Wimbledon tennis title? The world's biggest tennis tournament kicks off in July. So soak up the atmosphere on Henman Hill or savour the taste of fresh strawberries and cream, accompanied by a bottle of champagne. Or maybe even catch a bit of tennis, with home favourite Andy sure to be the centre of attention.
More than an armchair fan? Then why not take part in the British 10k London Run, staged on the world's greatest route through the heart of central London. Join 25,000 others of all abilities to run around the city's greatest landmarks like Trafalgar Square, London Eye
and Big Ben
. Another 10km race you can take part in is the Fullers London Pride 10k along the River Thames. Get fit and raise money for cancer research at the same time.
If you want to let your bike take the heat rather than your feet, then you can't miss the British Heart Foundation London to Paris off-road Bike Ride. Travel to France's capital in teams of four to six, you'll cycle the scenic off-road route as you go from capital to capital, palace to palace! Its will bring you from the Kempton Park racecourse in Surrey to the Palace of Versailles in Paris. All in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
For boxing fans, watch the much anticipated Cruiserweight fight between former British champion Leon 'Solid' Williams and arch-rival Tony 'Conqueror' Conquest in York Hall. Or, if you're lucky enough to get a ticket you can't miss the showdown between former World Champion David Haye and his nemesis Dereck Chisora. The pair infamously brawled at a press conference in Munich and as a result, this is a fight everyone wants to see. The 'Battle of Britain', it is sure to stir up an unforgettable electric atmosphere in Upton Park.
And if you want something totally different check out the National B-Boy Championships, the world's most famous break dancing competition. The UK and Ireland's elite dance groups and solo artists go head-to-head in the Regional Qualifers, where the winners will represent Britain in the World Championships. The event brings the very best who are seeking to establish themselves as the greatest b-boy talent from around the world, as over 1000 spectators cram into the O2 Academy Islington.
Just some of the many events on offer this July in the metropolis.