What’s on in London in August
London is one of the best places to be in the UK during the Summer, and especially during the month of August. It really is the month to embrace the weather - whatever it’s doing - and go out to see what the capital has to offer.
There are so many events taking place this month – we’ve highlighted the top five that you should consider.
Notting Hill Carnival
Over the August bank holiday weekend (Sunday 25 - Monday 26), Europe’s biggest street party returns to the West London neighbourhoods of Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park.
Notting Hill Carnival, which has taken place every year since 1966, celebrates London’s Caribbean communities, their traditions and culture in a thrilling spectacle.
People from all over London don vibrant costumes, dance through the streets to the beat of steel drums, reggae and salsa, and indulge in a variety of delicious Caribbean food.
So, whether you want to dress up yourself and be a part of the parade, spectate from the roadside, or find out more about Caribbean culture, this event is like no other and has something for everyone.
Head to London’s government website by clicking here for further information.
Chihuly Nights at Kew Gardens
From 15 August, Kew Gardens will be lighting up the Summer nights with Chihuly’s illuminated artworks. This is a unique opportunity to view the artwork like never before, while wandering around Kew’s stunning gardens and glasshouses.
The installation, which will commence each evening from 7.30pm, offers an incredible after-dark experience for people of all ages, complete with live inspiring music.
Visitors will be able to tuck in to ice cream and other Summer food staples from the Victoria Plaza Café, or head to The Pavilion Bar and Grill for some good old’ British dishes.
You can get to Kew Gardens on the Tube and London Overground, getting off at the Kew Gardens stop, or by using the train and getting off at Kew Bridge.
Tickets can be bought on the day, but to avoid being disappointed if they all sell out, get yours now by clicking here.
The 2019 BBC Proms season began back in July, but there will be a Prom every single day of August.
This means that no matter what day in August you find yourself in London with nothing to do, there will be an opportunity for you to experience the world’s greatest classical music festival.
Orchestras, soloists, singers and musicians at the top of their field take to the stage to perform their musical programmes in unique and informal concert settings.
The Proms give visitors, young and old, the chance to experience a huge range of classical music at a variety of different venues across London for an affordable price.
For all the information that you’ll need about the Proms and which one you can find near you, click here.
Shake It Up! – A Shakespeare Festival For Shoreditch
Celebrating the capital’s literary heritage, Shake It Up! - a Shakespeare Festival for Shoreditch is an exciting programme of talks, performances from an internationally acclaimed choir, installations and pop up events on the 23rd – 24th August.
The Festival has a very varied programme of events from Elizabethan and Jacobean choral works with stories of everyday London, walking tours of Shakespearean London, and even Shakespearean Yoga which is performed to live music.
Also being held are archaeological exhibitions, and pop-up Shakespeare theatre performances of scenes as they would have been originally acted.
There will be something for all the family, including sword fighting, family workshops, and an Elizabethan ruff factory – you can even try one on for yourself!
The event marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Richard Burbage – the most renowned actor of the Elizabethan age.
For a glimpse into the literary heritage of London it’s a must. Information on all of the events of the festival can be found here.
Covent Garden Cool Down
Even if the sun isn’t shining, its always a good time for ice cream.
This Bank Holiday weekend, Covent Garden Piazza will be hosting a five-day festival for celebrating all things ice cream.
Featuring a huge variety of frozen treats, ranging from the luxurious and chic offering from Laduree to the quirky but delicious avocado from Avobar, to typical Italian Gelato. And for a grown-up twist, what about an Ice-Tail? - A cool alternative to a Daiquiri.
There will be a range of cool treats available at the festival, set against the iconic backdrop of Covent Garden. So, whatever the weather why not head down.
Entry is free. For more information and to see some of the mouth-watering treats on offer, click here.