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. Make sure you hit a film summer screening or two (or more), take advantage of the sunshine by getting involved in some outdoor events and visiting one of the many exhibitions. Don’t forget that welcome bank holiday at the end of the month, the highlight of which is the immense Notting Hill Carnival.
Exclusively selected for you from the Washington Mayfair Hotel, here’s the very best of London during August.
IAAF WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS – from 4th to 13th August
London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will light up for a spectacular Summer of World Athletics. It will be the biggest global sporting event of the year. The world’s top athletes will bring the roar back to the iconic stadium that saw Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Usain Bolt race to glory. Visit the IAAF World Championships website to find more information about the location, tickets and event calendar.
FILM 4 SUMMER SCREEN – from 10th to 23rd August
Watch modern and classic movies under the stars at gorgeous Somerset House this summer. Last year, the open-air film festival presented a mixed programme of UK premieres, old favourites and Cannes award-winning films in full surround sound, as well as DJ sets inspired by the films and special guest introductions. Films start at 9pm, but doors open at 6.30pm. Arriving early you can enjoy a picnic listening the DJ playing music inspired by the film. For more information or to buy tickets visit the official website.
NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL – 27th and 28th August
Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street festival, is a vivid spectacle representing London’s multicultural past and present. Elaborate floats and colourful costumed performers wind their way through the streets to the sound of steel bands and calypso music. Watch the carnival parade, join in the fun and visit the tempting food stalls at one of London’s biggest and best annual events. The Carnival celebrations take over the areas of Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park. Visit Notting Hill Carnival website for more information.
STAR WARS IDENTITIES: THE EXHIBITION AT THE O2 – until 3rd September
If you are a Star Wars fan you can’t miss this extraordinary exhibition. Now you can see your favourite characters like you’ve never seen them before, explore what makes you who you are and discover the Star Wars hero hiding inside you. Get a fresh perspective on the legendary Star Wars characters thanks to the 200 costumes, models and props from the saga on display. Official website.
ROBOTS AT THE SCIENCE MUSEUM – until 3rd September
Explore how and why scientists and artist have attempted to recreate humans through robotics with Robots at the Science Museum. Featuring a unique collection of over 100 robots, from a 16th century mechanical monk to robots from science fiction and modern day research labs, this exhibition will enable visitors to discover the cultural, historical and technological context of humanoid robots. Visitors will be able to interact with some of the 12 working robots on display. For further information or to purchase exhibition tickets visit the official website.
SENSATIONAL BUTTERFLIES, NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM – until 17th September
Enjoy a fun family day out among hundreds of live butterflies and moths in the tropical butterfly house at the National History Museum. Most of the creatures in the Natural History Museum have been dead for a very, very long time. But here, in this humid tent on its lawn, you can see the most beautiful birth sequence in the natural world: a butterfly wriggling out of its chrysalis, pumping up its damp wings then taking flight and landing, maybe on you, instead of a flower. Book your tickets.
BUCKINGHAM PALACE TOUR: SUMMER OPENING – until 1st October
Every summer London’s most famous house opens for tours with an accompanying exhibition. Visit the official London residence of the Queen, as Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the public. During a visit to Buckingham Palace, visitors can see the nineteen magnificent State Rooms which provide the setting for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. All rooms are furnished with many of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection. This year’s exhibition, Royal Gifts, will tell the story of the Queen’s reign through a wide-ranging display of official gifts presented to Her Majesty during the past 65 years. With gifts representing every continent, including those from world leaders such as former US President Ronald Reagan, former South African President Nelson Mandela and President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China, the exhibition will present a spectacular display of craftsmanship from across the globe. Visit the website and book your tickets.
FRIEZE SCULPTURE 2017 IN REGENT’S PARK – until 8th October
Explore a free outdoor exhibition featuring 25 new and significant works by some of the world’s most famous sculptors with Frieze Sculpture 2017 in Regent’s Park’s English Gardens. Highlights of the sculpture trail include works by Ugo Rondinone, Gary Hume, Eduardo Paolozzi, Gary Hume and Emily Young. You can also join a guided tour of the open-air display, or download the free Frieze Sculpture Audio Tour app, with descriptions of all the artworks on show. Find more info.
WASHINGTON MAYFAIR HOTEL SUMMER AFTERNOON TEA
This summer staying with us enjoy a cup of tea and a glass of Pimm’s, complimented with freshly baked warm scones, sweet pastries, fresh cream & strawberries and an array of sandwiches. Afternoon Tea at The Washington Mayfair Hotel is the ideal opportunity to spend a lovely afternoon with family and friends in the heart of London. Offer price is £29.50 for two instead of £59. Book today. email@example.com