10 Things To Do In London In August


August in London is usually hot, happy and peppered with the wetness that constitutes the great British summer. We never take our warm-ish weather for granted so the August to-do list has many more exciting outdoorsy things in it. Scroll down below for 10 Things To Do In London In August.

Columbia Road Flower Market

1. Columbia Road Flower Market

The Columbia Road Flower Market has been around for yonks though it has evolved over time. This Sunday morning event is a visual and sensory delight. You can smell the flowers, and see the floral purchases by others, well before you get to the place. You can buy some very exotic blooms here at reasonable prices too. Visit later in the afternoon (around 1ish) for some absolute bargains.

When? Every Sunday from 8am-3pm (2015)
Where? Columbia Road ,London, E2 7RG

Buckingham Palace

2. Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of the Queen, will open its lavishly furnished State Rooms this summer. The rooms contain paintings by masters such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer and Claude, sculptures by Canova and Chantrey etc. For tickets and details, check out www.royalcollection.org.uk.

When? 27 July -27 September 2015
Where? Buckingham



3. Alfresco Dining at Dishoom

Head over to Dishoom this August for a spot of indoor/outdoor alfresco dining. The Indian inspired menu will transport you to balmy summers in colourful Bombay. The chai and Lamb buns come highly recommended.

When? All summer (2015)
Where? Dishoom, Boundary St, London E2 7JE



4. Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House will be (once again) held for 14 nights this August. Expect an eclectic mix of classic, cult and contemporary films as well as new premieres. This happens to be London’s largest outdoor screen and the stunning surroundings of Somerset House make for a great setting. For more details www.somersethouse.org.uk.

When? 6-9 August 2015
Where? Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA



5. Wilderness Festival

OK, this isn’t quite central London but isn’t far either. The Wilderness festival is a rather civilised but nevertheless very cool event. You will get to see the best of musical talent perform along with lots of culture, wellness, food and more culture, all in a stunning setting. For tickets and details, check out www.wildernessfestival.com.

When? 6-9 August 2015
Where? Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire


VA Facade

6. What is luxury? at the V&A museum

The V&A exhibition ‘What is luxury?’ will aim to explore the evolving meaning of luxury. The exhibition will “interrogate ideas of luxury today. It will address how luxury is made and understood in a physical, conceptual and cultural capacity.”

When? 25 April-27 September 2015
Where? Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL



7. London Craft Beer Festival

Why go to Munich (Germany) for the famous Oktoberfest (beer festival) when you can check out London’s very own craft beer festival? Besides great beer, there will also be a range of interesting food and music on offer. Tickets and info at www.londoncraftbeerfestival.co.uk.

When? 13-16 August 2015
Where? Oval Space, Bethnal Green



8. B.Y.O.C.

B.Y.O.C. is the place that everyone is talking about where the motto seems to be “Bring a bottle of your favourite alcohol for our mixologist to mix it for you and guests” For £25 per person for up to two hours, you get a 1920’S style cocktail experience that is unlike anything else you’ll have done before.

When? Various times, booking based on availability on www.byoc.co.uk (2015)
Where? West End, Camden and Brighton


Notting Hill Carnival

9. Notting Hill Carnival

Undoubtedly the most vibrant and eclectic August event, the Notting Hill Carnival is bright, colourful, musical and noisy! It most surely is “Britain’s biggest street party”

When? 29-31 August 2015
Where? Notting Hill


August 2015 Sample Sales London Style Barista London Sample Sales

10. London Sample sales

Last but not the least, head over to the Style Barista curated August London Sample Sales guide. Great brands such as Amanda Wakeley to pick from!


By Ann Jacob-Chandler from A Quirky Lifestyle

Credit images: all photos have been sourced from the official event page websites listed above except for Dishoom (www.esquire.co.uk, Notting Hill Carnival and Columbia Road Flower Market www.visitlondon.com)


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