Things to Do in London in August 2016

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

August is one of the warmest months of the year in London. Enjoy the capital’s many outdoor and open-air activities to make the most of the warm summer days.

Children are on school summer holidays during August, so there are always plenty of family-friendly things to do. Embark on an adventure across London by following The BFG Dream Jar Trail through the city, or look out for kids' activities at many London attractions such as the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and Southbank Centre.

London's main football season kicks off in August. Experience one of London's great sporting passions during your visit by getting your hands on great-value tickets and soaking up the atmosphere at one of the capital's football clubs.

August Events

Europe's largest street party, the Notting Hill Carnival, comes to the streets of West London with a huge Caribbean party. Join more than one million people for two days of colourful floats, parades, music and dance over the August bank holiday weekend.

 
Enjoy an outdoor film screening on a warm summer evening at one of London's open-air cinemas, such as the Luna Cinema in iconic London locations, Rooftop Film Club with stunning views over the capital, or on London's largest outdoor screen with Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House.

While the Queen is away on her summer holidays, Buckingham Palace opens up its magnificent State Rooms to visitors with tours and special exhibitions.

Many of London's summer festivals continue into August: make your way to the Southbank Centre on the banks of the river Thames for London Wonderground and the Festival of Love, or head to the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms classical music festival.

 
For more things to do in August in London, take a look at our events calendar and guide to what's on in London, or download a free copy of the August London Planner visitor guide. And catch the best of the London stage with our guide to top shows in August.

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

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