Things to do in London in August 2024

Enjoy world-class music, sport and outdoor festivals in August in London, while the school summer holidays bring plenty of family activities.
Visit London Editors
Written by Visit London Editors Edited by Hannah Cornish 19 July 2024

August is one of the warmest months of the year in London, when you can enjoy the capital’s many outdoor and open-air activities and make the most of the long summer days. 

Children are on school summer holidays during August, so there are always plenty of family-friendly things to do in London. 

You can make the kids' summer memorable by taking them to London's best theatre shows.  

Unmissable events in London in August

A carnival queen dressed in a white costume with red feathers, surrounded by red ticker tape dancing at the Notting Hill carnival

Theatre shows in London in August

Giraffe and Cheeter puppets on stage in front of a large yellow and orange sun in The Lion King

  • Be dazzled by London's top theatre shows and see long-running musicals, classic comedy and innovative plays on the West End stage.
  • Enjoy outdoor entertainment at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and see one its many family-friendly shows.
  • Feel the warmth of the Serengeti as you follow Simba the lion cub on his adventures in The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre.
  • See the award-winning Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre, where one extraordinary girl takes on her terrifying headmistress Miss Trunchbull. 
  • Laugh out loud at the hilarious Mrs Doubtfire, a brand-new comedy musical that brings the hit film to London's theatreland. 
  • Get into the holiday spirit, as you are whisked away to an unforgettable Greek island wedding with Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre.
  • Sing along to your favourite rock'n'roll anthems at The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre, and see how the famous singer became a global superstar.
  • Catch a performance of the Broadway comedy hit, Something Rotten! Have your mind blown by this modern mashup of Shakespeare and musical theatre.

Check back nearer the time for more theatre shows in August in London.

Fun things to do in London in August

People enjoying a boat ride, with their hands up in the air on a bright day. 

London exhibitions in August

A man in a red shirt stands in front of a painting at the national gallery in london.

Check back closer to the time for more art and exhibitions in London in August.

Festivals and concerts in London in August

Matt Kean from Bring Me The Horizon performing live during the All Points East Festival at Victoria Park in London

  • Enjoy summer nights filled with great music at Battersea Park in Concert with their series of open-air picnic concerts. 24-26 Aug
  • Join the warehouse party movement at Eastern Electrics and enjoy music from Jamie Jones, Groove Armada, Seth Troxler and many more. 24 Aug
  • Celebrate some of the world's most legendary soul and disco singers of all time at Soultasia London in Moredon Park. 9 Aug
  • Discover the UK's leading independent festival for R&B, soul and alt rap at Cloud X Festival whose lineup includes Ghetts, Bellah and Tim Garcia. 2 Aug
  • Don't miss the Ministry of Sound 51st State Festival this August where partygoers can carry on the night at the iconic venue's festival afterparty. 3 Aug
  • Music fans flock to All Points East for a weekend of epic tunes and entertainment from the likes of Loyle Carner, Nas, Arlo Parks and Beabadoobee. 16-25 Aug
  • Head to Crystal Palace Bowl in south London for the South Facing festival, which features acts such as Damian Marley and The Originals. 26 Jul-11 Aug
  • Get involved with the one-day celebration of all things drum and bass at Hospitality in the Woods17 Aug

More August ideas

For more things to do in August in London, take a look at our events calendar and guide to what's on in London. And catch the best of the London stage with our guide to London theatre.

Fancy a spontaneous break to London? Find out what you can do this weekend and what is on today. Make sure to download the Visit London app for on-the-go inspiration.

What is the weather like in London in August?

August in London boasts some of the UK's best weather, as the temperatures average around 25C (77F) and often reach much higher on a particularly warm day. 

Be sure to pack a good selection of summer clothes for your trip to London in August including light layers that can be thrown on should it get cooler in the evening. 

For average seasonal temperatures and rainfall, see our London weather page.