What to do in London in August


Whilst many people head out of London during August, it can also be great time to see a different side of the city. Discover the capital without the crowds with these insider suggestions.


August is traditionally a time when many of London’s residents leave the city, meaning plenty of opportunity to make the most of the capital’s cultural attractions without the crowds. While away summer days in the capital’s Royal Parks, explore pop-up food festivals, take part in sightseeing excursions or enjoy the peace of the Montague on the Garden’s much loved Garden Terrace. Here’s what to do in London in August.

What to do in August in London

Food and drink festivals

A variety of summertime food and drink festivals are going ahead this year in London. Spend the August Bank Holiday weekend (25th – 27th August 2018) exploring the BBC Good Food Festival at Hampton Court Palace. Cooking demonstrations and book signings by the likes of Melissa Hemsley, Michel Roux Jr. and Great British Bake-off winner Nadiya Hussain will take place in the Summer Kitchen, and visitors can also take advantage of the pop-up restaurants and bars sprawled across the lawn of this lavish English estateGourmet street food can be sampled daily at KERB’s inner city markets all over the capital, including Granary Square in King’s Cross, Camden and Paddington. Moreover, for a grown-ups-only day out that’s dedicated to a quintessential pub tipple, the Great British Beer Festival in Olympia is the place to raise a glass.

Royal Parks

The perfect picnic spot is waiting to be found by the Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park, atop Primrose Hill or in any of the capital’s beautiful Royal Parks. Visit herds of native deer in Richmond Park or pull up a deckchair and read a book in Green Park. A leisurely bike ride or a dip the bathing ponds on Hampstead Heath are great ways to make the most of August in London, too.

What to do in August in London

Sip fizz in the sun

A scrumptious Afternoon Tea accompanied by a glass of Champagne is certainly an excellent English tradition to experience. While away an afternoon at the Montague’s Garden Terrace, located beside the pristine Bedford Estate gardens, dining on scones topped with clotted cream and homemade jam. 

Alfresco theatre and pop-up screens

A plethora of theatre shows and cinema screens come out to play in London in August. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre will perform The Little Shop of Horrors throughout the month. Catch cult classics, such as Thelma and Louise or check into The Grand Budapest Hotel and Moulin Rouge at the Pop-Up Cinema which will showcase a range of movies in locations including Greenwich and Fulham.

What to do in August in London

Take to the streets

Wondering what to do in August in London? Take to the streets and explore the capital’s historic cobbles, landmarks and architecture in the sun. An open bus tour promises fantastic views of iconic London sights, as you see the London Eye, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace in their full glory. For those who prefer exploring on foot, numerous guided walking tours are available. Self-navigate Notting Hill’s trendy boutiques and antiques shops or bag a spot on a Rock n’ Roll, James Bond or Harry Potter-themed day trip.

Bring your beautiful summer’s day in London to a close by unwinding at the Montague on the Garden’s Garden Terrace.

Image Credits: View of London from Primrose Hill © Stock/andresr. KERB at Granary Square © KERB. Deck chairs in Hyde Park © iStock/simonbrandfield. Pop Up Cinema © Pop Up Cinema. 

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