Guide to what’s on in London in August 2017
Summer is in full swing… Schools are closed, there’s weddings and festivals up and down the country. However for those staying in the capital, there’s plenty of alfresco – and indoor – fun to be had around town. Of course, the final Bank Holiday weekend of the year takes place from 26 – 28 August so London will be buzzing.
- 31 July – 27 August : Camden Fringe
The Camden Fringe returns for its 12th year, bringing over 270 productions of theatre, comedy and fringe fun to 22 venues across the borough of Camden, including Camden People’s Theatre, Camden Comedy Club, Canal Café Theatre and the Hen And Chickens. For more information and tickets, visit the Camden Fringe website.
- 3 August : Zorbing @ St Katharine Docks
Try your hand at Zorbing with Hubbub. Time TBC. St Katharine Docks, 50 St. Katharine’s Way, Tower Bridge, E1W 1LA. Nearest station: Tower Hill or Tower Gateway (DLR). For more information visit the St Kats website.
- 3 August : Summer Fete @ Paddington Basin
A lunchtime fete featuring stalls, games, photo fun, music and more. 12pm-2pm. Free. The Lawn, Paddington Basin, W2 1JS. Nearest station: Edgware Road or Paddington. For more information, visit the Merchant Square website.
- Now until 3 August : Future Forest @ Westfield Stratford City
Food and drink wizards Bompas & Parr are creating an immersive forest experience for both adults and child. For children, the Forest Zorb Lagoon provides the chance to walk, tumble and jump on water, while both young and old can walk through the Fruit Cloud – a walk-in fruit-flavoured mist. Opening hours vary. Free to enter. Future Forest, Westfield Stratford City, Olympic Park, Montfichet Road, Stratford, E20 1EJ. Nearest station: Stratford. For more information, visit the Westfield website.
- 4 August : The Fakery
Learn how to pass off store-bought bakes into looking homemade with a masterclass from ‘star faker’ Juliet Sear. The Food Network are hosting a pop-up ahead of their new show Bakers Vs Fakers where you can learn how to glam up your cake so it looks like you made it yourself. Classes at 11am-1pm, 2pm-4pm and 5.30pm-7pm. Free, but register for a place. Food at 52, 96 Central Street, EC1V 8AJ. Nearest station: Old Street. For a free ticket, visit Eventbrite.
- 4 – 6 August : London Craft Beer Festival
Forty-five breweries from London, the UK , Europe and USA will be showing off 100s of beers. Also including food stalls, live music and DJs from Hot Chip and Foals. Times vary. Tickets: £35-£42.50 (includes free glass and unlimited small pours). Shoreditch Electric Light Station, Hoxton Square, Shoreditch, N1 6HD. Nearest station: Old Street. For more information, visit the London Craft Beer Festival.
- 4 – 6 August : Summer In The City
The UK’s largest online video and YouTube event featuring Jack Maynard, Oli White, Emma Blackery, The Gabbie Show, Dodie, Nathan Zed and more. 11am-9pm. Tickets from £28. ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL. Nearest station: Prince Regent (DLR). For tickets, visit the Summer In The City website.
- 6 August : King’s Cross Sports Day
Get sporty with a range of activities, including yoga, bootcamp training, rock-climbing, tightrope walking, sack racing, or egg and spoon. 11am-4pm. Free. Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA. Nearest station: King’s Cross St Pancras. For more information, visit the King’s Cross website.
- 8 August : Summer Evening with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
A free concert by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, including Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. 7pm onwards. Free. Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, E14 5AH. Nearest station: Canary Wharf. For more information, visit the Canary Wharf website.
- 8 – 12 August : Great British Beer Festival
Up to hundreds of real ales, ciders, perries and foreign beers with be available to try, while there will also be plenty of entertainment and food. Tickets start from £11. Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For more information and tickets, visit the Great British Beer Festival website.
- 9 August – 3 September : London Bridge City Summer Festival Theatre – The Odyssey
Watch God and Monster’s epic production of The Odyssey in three parts at this open-air free theatre. Wed-Sun 6pm-10pm (Pt 1 6pm, Pt 2 7.30pm and Pt 3 9pm). Free. The Scoop, Queen’s Walk, SE1 2DB. Nearest station: London Bridge. For more information, visit the London Bridge City website.
- 10 August : Dance Off
Different styles of dances will battle it out to be crowned the crowd’s favourite. 12pm-2pm. Free entry. Fountains at the Paddington Basin, W2 1JS. Nearest station: Paddington. For more information, visit the Merchant Square website.
- 10 – 12 August : Mr Black Espresso Martini Fest
Fans of the Espresso Martini will love this three-day festival, from Drink Up London (London Cocktail Week, London Beer Week, London Wine Week). Over 50 bars across London will be offering £5 Espresso Martinis and other Mr Black cocktails. Wristbands: £10. For more information, visit the DrinkUpLondon website.
- 12 August : River Rat Race
Watch the wettest obstacle race in the UK as participants swim, crawl, jump and slide through 35 obstacles over 10km. Money raised goes to Children with Cancer UK. ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL. Nearest station: Prince Regent (DLR). For more information, visit the Rat Race website.
- Now until 13 August : Cubitt Sessions
A series of free concerts in King’s Cross, spanning music, immersive theatre, surreal comedy, movement, street culture, experimental jazz and improvised opera. Times vary. Free to watch. Lewis Cubitt Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA. Nearest station: King’s Cross St Pancras. For listings, visit the King’s Cross website.
- 15 – 21 August : Future Forest @ Westfield London
Food and drink wizards Bompas & Parr are creating an immersive forest experience for both adults and child. For children, the Forest Zorb Lagoon provides the chance to walk, tumble and jump on water, while both young and old can walk through the Fruit Cloud – a walk-in fruit-flavoured mist. Opening hours vary. Free to enter. Future Forest, Ariel Way, White City, W12 7GF. Nearest station: Shepherd’s Bush, White City or Shepherd’s Bush Market. For more information, visit the Westfield London website.
- 17 August : Floating Music Sessions
Enjoy lunchtime concerts by up and coming acoustic artists. 12pm-2pm. Free entry. Floating Pocket Park, Paddington Basin, W2 1JS. Nearest station: Paddington or Edgware Road. For more information, visit the Merchant Square website.
- Now until 17 August : Tales Of Silk & Music Festival
Historic Devonshire Square in the City of London is celebrating UK-India Year Of Culture with an Indian dance festival. Featuring performances from world class dancers. During the festival, Cinnamon Kitchen will be hosting a Summer Pavilion and Bombay Sapphire Gin Garden. Performances every Thursday at 12.30pm. Free to watch. Devonshire Square, City of London, EC2M. Nearest stations: Liverpool Street or Aldgate. For more information, visit the Devonshire Square website. Read Metro Girl’s blog post on the festival.
- 19 August : Spotlight Festival
One day festival returns to Seven Dials in the West End, featuring live music and performances from Some Voices, Whinnie Williams, Old Dirty Brasstards and The House And Garage Orchestra and West End shows, complimentary cocktails and much more. 12-6pm. Free entry. Seven Dials, Covent Garden, WC2H 9HD. Nearest station: Covent Garden or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the Seven Dials website. Check out Metro Girl’s blog post on the festival.
- 19 August : London Tequila Festival
Live music and DJs, over 30 different Tequilas, Processions and piñatas, Tequila cocktail bar, tacos, fajitas and more. 1pm-11pm. Tickets £20 (inc complimentary shot). Studio 338, 338 Boord Street, North Greenwich, SE10 0PF. Nearest station: North Greenwich. For tickets, visit Fatsoma.
- 19 August : Africa Centre Summer Festival
Celebrate the best of African culture at this one-day festival. Times TBC. The Africa Centre, 66 Great Suffolk Street, Southwark, SE1 0BL. Nearest station: Southwark. For more information, visit the festival website.
- 19 August : Embroidery Workshop
Two-hour embroidery workshop with The Rug Company and Genevieve Brading, founder of British embroidery brand Floss & Mischief. Materials, tea and cake provided. Open to beginners or seasoned embroiderers. 2pm-4pm. Tickets: £20. The Box, 4-6 Ram Place, Hackney, E9 6LT. Nearest station: Hackney Central or Homerton. For tickets, visit eventbrite.
- 19 – 20 August : London Halal Food Festival
The UK’s only food festival dedicated to Halal. Featuring stalls, cookery theatre, demonstrations, shisha lounge and live entertainment. Tickets start from £10, Children 4-11 £5, 3s and under free. Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, Wapping, E1W 2SF. Nearest station: Wapping. For tickets, visit the London Halal Food Festival website.
- 19 – 20 August : Canary Wharf Jazz Festival
The annual jazz festival returns to Canada Square Park again, featuring performances from Riot Jazz Brass Band, Melt Yourself Down, Rob Barron Quintet, Poppy Ajudha, Omar Puente and Mammal Hands. Sat 2-10pm, Sun 2.15-9pm. Free. Canada Square Park, E14. Nearest station: Canary Wharf. For more information and set times, visit the Canary Wharf website.
- 19 – 20 August : London Sausage Festival
Celebration of the mighty sausage…. An array of Sausages from around the world, beer, cider and craft hale and live music. Tickets: TBA. Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11. Nearest station: Notting Hill Gate. For tickets, visit the festival website.
- 24 August : High Ropes @ Paddington Basin
Tackle a high ropes course, featuring a rope walk, monkey bars, zipwire and a climbing net. 12pm-2pm. Free to take part. The Lawn, Paddington Basin, W2 1JS. Nearest station: Edgware Road or Paddington. For more information, visit the Merchant Square website.
- 24 – 28 August : Frightfest
Five day film festival featuring scary thrillers, fantasy and horror films. Ticket prices vary. At Cineworld Leicester Square and Prince Charles Cinema, WC2H. Nearest station: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the FrightFest website.
- 25 August : Natural History Museum Lates
This month’s theme for the lates is ‘Wild City – Creatures Of The Night’, featuring talks, pop-up science stations, food and drink and the chance to explore the exhibitions in a quieter setting. 6-10pm. Free entry, but entry to some exhibitions will cost. Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, Kensington, SW7 5BD. Nearest station: South Kensington. For more information, visit the Natural History Museum website.
- 25 August : Don’t Forget Your Passport – Friday Late
Travel themed treasure hunt at the V&A Museum from THATMuse. Teams must work together to decipher clues, pose for a snap next to their findings and complete light-hearted bonus challenges along the way, as they race against the clock to be the winning team. Other events include learn how designers are reinventing holiday essentials, create-your-own ice cream flavour and find out what’s the future for the British passport. Also featuring live performance, film, installation, debate, DJs and late-night exhibition openings. 6.30-10pm. Free entry. Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL. Nearest station: South Kensington. For more information, visit the V&A website
- 25 – 27 August : Gin Festival
The UK’s largest gin festival returns to London with over 100 different gins being showcased. Featuring talks from gin experts, live entertainment, food and more. Times vary. Tickets: £18. Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, Wapping, E1W 2SF. Nearest station: Wapping or Shadwell. For tickets, visit the Gin Festival website.
- 25 – 27 August : London Super Comic Con
Comic convention featuring comic memorabilia, superheroes and graphic novels, panels, autograph sessions, art and more. Tickets: Adults from £15, Children from £4. Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0QH. Nearest station: Angel. For more information, visit the London Super Comic Con website.
- 25 – 28 August : The Beast London
The world’s largest inflatable obstacle course comes to the capital, with 32 obstacles over 272 metres of track. Also includes street food, cocktails, craft beers, live DJs and sound and light show. Age 16 and over only. 10am-11pm. Tickets: £22. Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY. Nearest station: Alexandra Palace. For tickets and more information, visit The Beast London website.
- 26 – 27 August : Shuffle Festival
Film and arts festival in Mile End, featuring live music, food and drink and film screenings. Tickets start from £22.50. Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park and various venues around Mile End, E3. Nearest station: Mile End. For more information and tickets, visit the Shuffle Festival website.
- 26 – 28 August : BBC Good Food’s Feast
Food festival in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. Featuring celebrity chefs and cooks, such as Michel Roux Jnr, John Torode, Anjula Devi, Emily Roux, Alice Liveing, Lotte Duncan, Marcus Bean, Antonio Carluccio, Lisa Faulkner, Jose Pizarro and Max Lowery. Tickets: Adults £18.40, Children £9.20. Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU. Nearest station: Richmond. For more information, visit the BBC Good Food Show website.
- 26 – 28 August : Foodies Festival @ Alexandra Palace
Enjoy fine food and drink, teach your kids to cook in the Children’s Cookery Theatre, listen to live music, tea dances, vintage kitchen market and watch chefs in action such as Rosemary Shrager, Atul Kochhar, Adam Simmonds, Jamie Thicket, Selin Kiazim, Juanita Hennessey, Emma Spitzer and Tony Rodd. Sat and Sun 11am-7pm, Mon 11am-6pm. Tickets: £16. Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY. Nearest station: Alexandra Palace. For more information and tickets, visit the Foodies Festival website.
- 27 – 28 August : Notting Hill Carnival
Long-running institution returns to the streets of West London. Plenty of soundstages will be dotted around featuring a wide range of music. Then of course there’s the carnival itself. Sunday is more geared towards children, while Monday is the adults’ day. Free. Check the TFL website for transport information because many stations nearby will be closed. For more information, visit the Notting Hill Carnival website.
- Now until 29 August : Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths
An exhibition to commemorate 100 years since the Russian Revolution by looking a propaganda from both sides. Including a first edition of the Communist Manifesto and Lenin’s handwritten application for a Reader Pass. Open Mon, Wed-Fri: 9.30am-6pm, Tues 9.30am-8pm, Sat 9,30am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Tickets: £13.50 (free for members). PACCAR Gallery, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB. Nearest station: Euston, King’s Cross or St Pancras. For booking, visit the British Library website. Read Metro Girl’s review of the exhibition here.
- 30 August : Space – Science Museum Lates
Late night opening of Science Museum teams up with Tomorrow’s World, including the Wellcome Trust talking about sleeping in the dark, the Royal Society exploring dark matter and the Open University talking about Rosetta probe’s Philae landing on a comet. Also including the usual talks, silent disco, live music and food and drink. Over 18s only. 6.45pm-10pm. Free entry. Science Museum, Exhibition Road, Kensington, SW7 2DD. Nearest station: South Kensington. For more information, visit the Science Museum website.
- 31 August : Great British Seaside @ Merchant Square
The British seaside comes to the capital with a retro barbershop quartet, fortune teller, surfing simulator, peephole cutouts and free ice cream. 12-2pm. Free. Paddington Basin, W2 1JS. Nearest station: Paddington. For more information, visit the Merchant Square website.
- 31 August – 16 September : Portobello Film Festival
Two and half week festival returns to Notting Hill with screenings and events at the KPH, Pop Up Cinema in Acklam Road and the Muse Gallery. Free. Nearest stations: Ladbroke Grove or Westbourne Park. For more information, visit the Portobello Film Festival website.
- Now until 3 September : Star Wars Identities
Star Wars fans are in for a treat as over 200 costumes, props, models and artwork from the franchise are displayed in a special exhibition. Find your own Star Wars character in an interactive quest. Open 10am-6pm. Tickets: Adults £20-£25. Children £10-£15. The O2, Peninsula Square, Greenwich, SE10 0DX. Nearest station: North Greenwich. For more information, visit the Star Wars Identities website.
- Now until 3 September : The Art Of The Brick – DC Super Heroes
Lego artist Nathan Sawaya has created an exhibition of Lego sculptures of Super Heroes and Villains including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Joker and Harley Quinn. Open Sun-Wed 10am-6pm, Thurs 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-7pm. Tickets: Adults £16.50, Child £11. The exhibition is in a temporary structure on the corner of Upper Ground and Cornwall Road, South Bank, SE1 9PP. Nearest station: Waterloo. For booking, visit the Art Of The Brick website. For a review of the previous Art Of The Brick exhibition, click here.
- Now until 10 September : Magnum X Moschino Pleasure Store
Magnum ice cream is opening a pop-up store designed by Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott, where customers can personalise their own Magnums. Open Mon-Wed 10am-7pm, Thur 10am-10pm, Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-6pm. 21-23 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, WC2H 9LL. Nearest stations: Covent Garden or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the Magnum UK website.
- Now 23 September : Alice’s Adventures Underground
Award-winning immersive theatre experience returns to The Vaults. Choose between Adventures In Wonderland for 5-10 years old and Alice’s Adventures Underground for 11 plus and adults. Tickets for Adventures In Wonderland: Adults £26.50, Children £15.50. Tickets for Alice’s Adventures Underground: Adults £39-£54. The Vaults, Launcelot Street (off Lower Marsh), Waterloo, SE1 7AD. Nearest station: Waterloo. For more information and booking, visit the Alice’s Adventures Underground website. For Metro Girl’s review of Alice’s Adventures Underground, click here.
- Now until 30 September : Underbelly Festival
The usual Udderbelly Festival and London Wonderground have merged to form the summer-long Underbelly Festival. Featuring comedy, circus, cabaret and family shows at affordable prices in the inflatable upside down cow venue, international street food, open-air bar. Festival grounds open daily until 11pm. Ticket prices for show vary, but a majority are under £20, free entry to festival grounds. Jubilee Gardens (off Belvedere Road), South Bank, SE1 8XX. Nearest station: Waterloo. For more information and tickets, visit the Underbelly Festival website.
- Now until 1 October : The World Of Anna Sui
Exhibition featuring over 100 looks from the American fashion designer’s archives dating back to 1991. Open Tues-Sat: 11am-6pm (or 8pm on Thurs), Sun 11am-5pm. Tickets: Adults £9.90, Concessions £7.70. Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, SE1 3XF. Nearest station: London Bridge. For booking, visit the Fashion and Textile Museum’s website.
- Now until 8 October : Frieze Sculpture
Free outdoor sculpture exhibition in Regents Park, featuring 23 new and significant creations by 20th-century masters and leading contemporary artists, including Rasheed Araeen, John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, Gary Hume, KAWS, Alicja Kwade, Michael Craig-Martin, Eduardo Paolozzi, Jaume Plensa, Thomas J Price, Ugo Rondinone and Hank Willis Thomas. Regents Park, Marylebone, NW1. Nearest station: Regents Park, Great Portland Street or Camden Town. For more information, visit the Frieze website.
- Now until 8 October : Serpentine Pavilion
Visit the temporary structure in the grounds of the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. This year’s Pavilion is designed by Francis Kéré. Free to visit, but also contains a pop-up café inside. Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA. Nearest stations: Lancaster Gate, Knightsbridge or South Kensington. For more information, visit the Serpentine Gallery website. For Metro Girl’s post on this year’s Pavilion, click here.
- Now until 31 March 2018 : Painted Hall Ceiling Tours
The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College is undergoing a huge restoration. For a limited time only, visitors will be able to ascend 60ft to see the painted ceiling up close. Times vary. Tickets: Adults £10, Children £5. Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9NN. Nearest station: Greenwich, Maze Hill or Cutty Sark (DLR). To book, visit the Old Royal Naval College website. Read Metro Girl’s review of the tour here.
- Now until June 2018 : Sculpture In The City 2017/2018
Free public art exhibition, bringing contemporary pieces to the streets and spaces of the City of London. At various sites around the Square Mile. Nearest stations: Fenchurch Street, Monument or Liverpool Street. For more information and a map of the artworks, visit the City Of London’s official website.
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