From international sporting championships to vibrant carnivals and world class art exhibitions, there’s plenty to do in London this August. Fortunately, our London hotels are the ideal base from which to take advantage of the city’s best summer events.
Notting Hill Carnival
Notting Hill Carnival is one of London’s biggest summertime events. Begun in the 1960s, it is a celebration of multicultural London and is largely led by the city’s West Indian community. Around 1 million people attend the three-day festivities each year – so be prepared to brave the crowds – to see the dazzling display of parades, floats, live music and Caribbean food stalls.
26th–28th August 2017
The Luna Cinema
There are few nicer ways to spend a summer’s evening than watching a film under the stars. The Luna Cinema organises open air cinema events across London and the UK at some high-profile venues including Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace. Expect crowd-pleasing classics such as Dirty Dancing, as well as more recent hits like La La Land.
Romeo & Juliet
The English National Ballet perform a romantic tour de force that combines Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers and choreography by the late ballet icon, Rudolf Nureyev. This production was originally created to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 and has since been performed worldwide, receiving several awards.
1st–5th August 2017, Royal Festival Hall
Film4 Summer Screen
Set in the imposing courtyard of Somerset House, Film4 Summer Screen mixes showings of cult films with arty premieres at London’s largest outdoor screen. Arrive early to enjoy DJ sets inspired by the film being show than day, as well as hot food including sourdough pizza and chilli nachos.
10th–23rd August, Somerset House
BBC Good Food Show Feast
BBC Good Food’s Feast is a food themed festival taking place over the August bank holiday weekend. Entertainment includes live demos and interviews with some of the country’s best-known chefs, alongside artisan stalls, book signings and plenty of activities for kids, too. What’s more, it’s taking place this year in the impressive grounds of Hampton Court Palace, so visitors will also have the chance to snoop around the spectacular building and gardens.
26th–28th August, Hampton Court Palace
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
This internationally renowned annual exhibition showcases the work of world famous artists alongside up-and-coming talent. This year, the exhibition features pieces by big names like Tracey Emin and Gilbert & George, as well as work by artists from Turkey, India and the Congo. It’s impossible to miss the Wind Sculpture VI, an eye catching, multi-coloured sculpture by Nigerian-British artist Yinka Shonibare, which has been installed in the Royal Academy’s courtyard.
Until 20th August, Royal Academy of Arts
The Encounter: Drawings From Leonardo to Rembrandt
The Encounter is the National Portrait Gallery’s first exhibition of old master European portrait drawings and it offers a fascinating insight into the relationship between artist and sitter. Comprised of 50 drawings, the exhibition includes works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt and Rubens as well as rarely seen portraits that are too delicate for permanent display and a showcase of some of the tools used by the artists, such as coloured chalks and metalpoint
Until 22nd October, National Portrait Gallery
Girl from the North Country
Less a musical and more a ‘play with songs,’ Girl from the North Country is set to the songs of Bob Dylan and directed by acclaimed Irish playwright, Conor McPherson. The play is set in Minnesota during the Great Depression, and profiles a local community ‘living on a knife edge,’ promising great drama along and a very special soundtrack.
Until 7th October, The Old Vic
World Athletic Championships
A highlight in the sporting calendar, the biennial World Athletic Championships will take place in London from 4th-13th August. In what will be the UK’s biggest sporting event since the London 2012 Olympics, over 3,300 athletes will descend on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, competing in everything from the Triple Jump to the Marathon.
4th–13th August, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Desperate for last minute ballet tickets? Need directions to a must see exhibition? The highly knowledgeable staff at any one of our London hotels will be happy to help. For more information on some fantastic sightseeing tours, visit our partners Evan Evans.
Image Credits: Lead image © 2017 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Publishing Rights © J.K.R. TM J.K.R. & WBEI. Notting Hill Carnival © iStock/Helen_Starr. Romeo & Juliet © Jason Bell. Film4 Summer Screen © Peter Macdiarmid. BBC Good Food Feast © BBC Good Food. David Mach ‘Blizzred’ painting © Courtesy of the artist. Girl from the North Country © Manuel Harlan. Athletics stadium © IAAF World Championships.