August is a month when London, like many other European cities, gets a different vibe: less residents , more tourists. We have created a list of what's on in London reflecting the summer holiday season.
food: Magnum Pleasure Store
until 22nd September
The Magnum Pleasure Store is back by popular demand on Regent Street. In the pop up shop an experimental Play Room will make its first debut. The Magnum Chef's Table package is £15 per person and it will include: the opportunity to dip and craft your own Magnum bar, an interactive presentation of Magnum craftsmanship from bean to bite, a welcome drink, and an exclusive VIP area and seating. The Magnum Pleasure Pop Up store will be open until 22nd September. Check the website for details and timing of some special events.
art: Architecture of London
until 1st December
At Guildhall of London the exhibition Architecture of London explores over 400 years of the Capital's ever-evolving cityscape through the eyes of visiting and resident artists.
The exhibition brings together 80 works by over 60 artists from the 17th century to the present day, drawing from the City of London Corporation’s extensive art collection to examine the rich diversity of London’s buildings and its varied portrayal by artists.
It also features important loans from other major British collections and a number of private collections, including masterpieces by renowned and emerging artists, such as Canaletto, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach and Catherine Yass.
cinema: Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
This cinematic experience offers a beautiful view of the starry sky while you watch a movie. This open-air cinema has over 14 summer evenings for participants to choose from. For the first time this year, participants have the opportunity to use beanbags, director chairs, and pre-book a hamper or dining package. There is Jimmy Garcia's BBQ Club on site for those looking for food. There will also be DJ's on-site playing tunes while the sun is setting before and after the movie.
cinema: Luna Kids Cinema
The Luna Kids Cinema is the first ever UK open air cinema designed for kids. This open air cinema has 8 locations throughout the UK: Edinburgh, Herts, Leeds, Glasgow, Kent, Cheshire, Hampton Court Palace and Bath. At the venue, there is a full bar on-site suited for all ages. The kids bar offers a range of soft drinks, healthy juices and water. The big kids bar will have everything from prosecco and wine to teas and coffees. Meadowland and Prestige Doughnuts will be on-site for people interested in food. Some movies you can expect to see are: The Lego Movie 2, Coco, Dumbo, Greatest Showman, Harry Potter, Moana, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Mary Poppin Returns, Incredibles 2, and more.
festival: London Dessert Festival
The London Dessert Festival will be coming the 17th-18th August. This festival will celebrate London's finest dessert creations from different vendors. This experience will take you on a voyage of discovery through the use of scents, flavours, textures, sights and sounds. The festival will offer two different options for tickets. The standard ticket will include: entry to one session of the festival, access to all instagrammable walls and immersive installations, access to lounges and outdoor garden, lots of free samples, and more. The golden ticket is more experience but will offer everything in the standard ticket and more. The festival will be held at the Old Truman Brewery.
fitness: Regent's Park August 10K & 5K
The Regent's Park August 10K & 5K has been running for over 15 years. The popular 10K has over 100,000 finishers. During the run, you will pass the London Zoo. Some runners will spot camels, giraffes, and other big cats. Other sections during the run will go past the tranquil boating lake, floral gardens, and centuries old statues and monuments. The race is on Sunday, 18th August at 9.30 am. The pricing for this event is £19/£17 for unaffiliated participants, £17/£15 for affiliated participants, and £0 for gold member participants.
festival: South West Four
The South West Four Weekender will take place on the 24th-25th August. The main stage headliner for Saturday, 24th August is Martin Garrix. This festival will have a variety of different artists to choose from all the different stages at the venue. Book soon because tickets are selling out fast!
festival: Notting Hill Carnival
This annual summer event, Notting Hill Carnival, brings in about one million people to attend and celebrate the Caribbean heritage. There is street food, dancing, and music. This event will take place on Sunday, 25th August. The carnival's main attraction is a parade comprised of revelers donned with mug and brightly coloured paint. The Grand Finale will be on Monday, 26th August. The attendees are encouraged to wear accessories that show support and love for the Notting Hill Carnival, such as: whistles, crazy styled hats, large jewelry, and whatever fancies you. The Notting Hill Carnival is free, this event does not require you to buy tickets or pay to get in. As this is a very busy event we reccommend members to pay extra attention and to bring children only to the Monday event.
art: Frank Bowling
until 26th August