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What's On in London in August

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Updated: 8 August 2017

Summer is still with us and there’s still plenty to do in London. Take a look at our list of the most fun and fascinating ways to spend the second half of the hot season. 

Londinium Events

📅  Throughout August

Don’t rest on your laurels: experience Roman London with this season of fascinating events and activities. Explore and discover the City’s Roman past with gladiator games, 3D animated projections, talks by eminent historians including Dr Mary Beard, a series of outdoor films and historical tours of the archaeological sites of London. Sling on your toga and get involved.

📍 City Of London, England +44 343 222 1234

Notting Hill Carnival: 27-28 August

📅  27-28 August

This multicultural bonanza is Europe’s biggest street festival and a huge celebration of London’s diversity. With Caribbean food, calypso, dub, reggae and salsa music, parades and a LOT of dancing, it’s not to be missed for anyone who loves a party. The carnival is spread throughout W10 in west London and the celebrations take over the areas of Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park.

📍 London W10, England

Notting Hill Carnival | © Wikimedia/David Sedlecky/Romazur

Buckingham Palace tours and exhibitions

📅  Throughout August

While the queen takes a well-deserved holiday, take the opportunity to snoop around Buckingham Palace with this selection of tours and exhibitions of her royal home. Take in the lavishly decorated state rooms and get a feel for how a real working palace is run. The royal family has accrued quite a few valuable pieces over the years, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer and Poussin, some Sevres porcelain and some pretty fancy furniture. Enjoy yourself but don’t forget to courtesy.

📍 Buckingham Palace, Westminster, London, England, +44303 123 7300

Underbelly Festival

📅  Throughout August

Southbank’s biggest summer festivals, London Wonderground and Udderbelly join forces to create Underbelly Festival. It will take place on the Southbank and will host a newly expanded line-up of cabaret, circus, comedy and children’s theatre. Don’t forget to visit the the food and drink stalls and fairground rides (not necessarily in that order).

📍 SouthBank London, England, +44 333 344 4167

Southbank Centre Summertime Festival

📅  Throughout August

With a huge array of different events and a food and drink market to rival the best in Europe, the Southbank Centre Summertime Festival is a must this year. There are street performers, family activities, banquets and live music to suit all tastes. There’s a focus on all things Nordic, so get involved with some traditional dancing, music and of course cuisine, or just take it easy on the not so Nordic Urban Beach.

📍 Southbank Centre Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London, England +4420 3879 9555

IAFF World Athletics Championships

📅  4-13 August

Don’t miss a moment of the excitement as the World Athletic Championships take over the stadium of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Team GB lead the charge after dazzling at the WACs in Beijing. More than 3,000 athletes will be competing for gold in the same stadium where Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Usain Bolt won theirs in the 2012 Olympics. Amazing athletics and a fantastic atmosphere are guaranteed.

📍 Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London England, +44 800 072 2110

Japanese robot toys | © wikimedia/DJ Shin, Highjump at the IPC World Athletics Championships | Wikimedia © Clément Bucco-Lechat, Buckingham Palace | © WIkimedia/ Diliff

South West Four

📅  26- 27 August

Clapham Common’s bank holiday dance music extravaganza returns for another big weekend of big beats. Perfect for London dwellers who want to feel the bass coursing through their chests but can’t make it to the Balearic party hubs this year. Headlining SW4 this year are Deadmau5, Knife Party and Sub Focus. If that’s not enough to get your hands in the air and your feet jumping then nothing is. EDM heaven.

📍SW4 Festival, Clapham Common, London, England +44 20 7926 9000

Summer of Love Party with Bumble

📅  27 August, 9pm – late

Dating app Bumble is throwing the perfect 60s-themed summer party at one of our favourite Shoreditch institutions, Bounce. Expect groovy face painters, plenty of ping pong and some inspired dance classes.

📍Bounce, Shoreditch, London, England +44 20 3657 6525

Robots at the Science Museum

📅  Throughout August

Remember Will Smith battling the evil automatons in I, Robot? Well, imagine that, but it’s an exhibition and Will Smith isn’t there and no one is being slaughtered by rogue machines. Basically, this exhibition charts the progression of robots from their basic beginnings to the incredibly advanced artificially intelligent specimens we see today. With over 100 mechanical marvels to ogle at the exhibition, you’ll be amazed just how far back the roots of robotica reach.

📍Science Museum Exhibition Rd, Kensington, London, England, +44 870 870 4868

Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

📅  From 11 August

The Regent’s Park Open Air theatre is set to be shaken by THE rock and roll musical of our times. You know all the songs, you may have even seen the version with Tim Minchin’s brilliant Judas from years ago, but this outdoor setting combined with a vast industrial set is bound to bring a new take to the classic. With a hugely talented cast working with tried and tested material, this is not one to be missed for musical theatre enthusiasts.

📍 Regent’s Park, London, England, +44 844 826 4242

California: Designing Freedom at the Design Museum

📅 Throughout August

Celebrate the coolest place in the world at this fascinating exhibition. The golden state has been responsible for so many design-based leaps and bounds over the decades and the Design Museum tracks them all, from the hippy movement and psychedelia, to the technological tidal wave of silicone valley. With amazing images, artifacts and information, it’s a visually arresting and informative experience.

📍 Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington, London, England, +44 20 7403 6933