Things to Do in London in August 2016

London hosts Europe's biggest street party in August, while child-friendly attractions keep kids amused during the school summer holidays.

August is one of the warmest months of the year in London, so it's a great time to explore London's parks and outdoor attractions.

Children break up for the school summer holidays during August, so there are always plenty of family-friendly things to do. Look out for kids' events and activities at London attractions such as the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and Southbank Centre.

Why not experience one of London's great sporting passions during your visit? London's main football season kicks off in August. The capital offers a number of home football clubs, where visitors can buy great-value tickets and soak up the atmosphere of a game.

August Events

Europe's largest street party comes to West London's streets and squares. The Notting Hill Carnival showcases West Indian culture with two days of floats, parades, music and dance as more than one million people join in the celebrations.

Somerset House offers its elegant neoclassical court as a backdrop to Film4 Summer Screen. This open-air cinema shows new releases, classic films and current blockbusters.

While the Queen's away on her summer holidays, Buckingham Palace welcomes visitors into its 19 magnificent State Rooms. You can enjoy a recorded tour (available in several languages) and see special exhibitions with a royal theme.

WEATHER: For average seasonal temperatures and rainfall, see our London Weather page.

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