Top 10 things to do in London over the August bank holiday weekend
From music festivals and open air cinema, to glorious gardens and treats for the children, here are our top tips of things to do this August bank holiday weekend in London.
25th June 2019
Buckingham Palace summer opening
When Her Majesty the Queen takes her summer holidays every year, Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the public. The palace’s summer opening starts on 22 July this year, and it’s the perfect summer family activity to find out more about the most famous royal family in the world! Book tickets in advance to this incredibly popular event.
This world-famous eight-week classical music festival in London has plenty of family friendly performances during July. This includes A Musical Trip to the Moon at the Royal Albert Hall on 21 July and 22 July, and a Proms Family Workshop at Imperial College on 27 July.
World Illustration Awards 2019 Exhibition
The perfect event for budding artists, this occasion takes place in Somerset House from 11 to 28 July. Be wowed by the creative minds of illustrators from across the world and find out more about the art form of illustration.
London’s West End venues and other theatres are playing host to a number of family friendly shows this July. Enjoy The Gruffalo at the Lyric Theatre, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium, and Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre. Also check out the Underbelly Festival Southbank, where The Showstoppers’ Kids Show is on until 7 July, and Shakespearience is on until 14 July.
London’s amazing museums have a whole host of family-friendly exhibitions and experiences on this July. From the Summer of Space festival at the Science Museum, to free archaeology workshops for under 5s at the British Museum, there really is something for everyone. Also make your way to the House of MinaLima in Soho for a free Harry Potter exhibition featuring brilliant artwork and movie props from the Harry Potter films.
Kidzania London Summer Camp
Described as an indoor city run by kids, Kidzania is a place where children can immerse themselves in new experiences while exploring careers from medicine to firefighting. The Summer Camp kicks off on 29 July and allows children to get involved in longer and more in-depth experiences than usual.
Spend some time in London’s immense Royal Parks this July and take part in a number of special events. In Regent’s Park, enjoy al fresco artwork at the Frieze Sculpture event throughout the month. Make the most of discovery walking tours in Kensington Gardens, or immerse yourselves in the worlds of water and mini-beasts at sessions for children in Hyde Park on 30 and 31 July.
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