Things to Do in London in August 2017

London hosts Europe's biggest street party in August, summer festivals are in full swing, and family-friendly attractions keep children entertained 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. Look out for children's activities at many London attractions, and take the kids to a top West End play or musical for free this month during Kids Week.

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 in London

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

Travel back to Roman London this August with the City of London's Londinium season of events. Top events this month include realistic gladiator games and open-air screenings of Roman-inspired films, as well as archaeological tours and free family activities. Browse the Londinium events calendar.

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 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 south bank of the river Thames for the Underbelly Festival and Southbank Centre's Summertime Festival, head to the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms classical music festival, or check out another one of London's top music festivals.

The IAAF World Athletics Championships descend on London in August 2017. Watch track and field events in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, plus cheer on the athletes racing in the Marathon and Race Walks in Central London.

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 roundup of top shows to see in August.

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

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