Top 9 things to do in London this August
From family-friendly open-air cinema to insider looks at London’s biggest attractions, here are the top 9 things to do in the city this August.
5th June 2019
Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing
An exhibition of one of the most famous artists in the world, head over to The Queen’s Gallery in St James’s Park during June to see some rare works by Leonardo da Vinci. This particular exhibition showcases a series of drawings owned by Charles II, making this a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see some incredible works.
Open Garden Squares Weekend
This event presents an opportunity to visit more than 200 garden squares in London that are usually closed to the public. Taking place on 8 and 9 June, enjoy a privileged look at the city from a whole new perspective.
Summer by the River
This free, annual summertime festival returns to the banks of the River Thames at London Bridge this June. Expect live music performances, open air theatre and cinema, family days and live sports shown on the big screens.
Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2019
A prestigious annual celebration of art, the Summer Exhibition this year sees animals, light and time represented by some of the world’s greats. The works of artists including Tracey Emin RA, Polly Morgan and Wim Wenders can all be seen this year, as well as an installation of flags by Michael Craig-Martin RA that will spill out onto Bond Street. The exhibition opens on 10 June.
Al fresco opera
Watch operatic performances while enjoying the glorious surroundings of Regent’s Park. Either take in an alfresco performance of La Triviata on 26 June, or The Marriage of Figaro on 27 June.
Secret Cinema: Casino Royale
These larger than life secret events make you feel like you’re actually in a movie. Secret Cinema launches Casino Royale in London in June. Simply buy your tickets and head over to a secret location revealed closer to the time, dressed up like characters from the James Bond films. You’re guaranteed an immersive experience like no other.
Death of a Salesman
This famous Arthur Miller play has been reimagined at the Young Vic theatre in a way that is capturing the attention of both theatre lovers and critics. Starring Wendell Pierce from The Wire and other equally talented cast members, Death of a Salesman runs throughout June.
Make your way to Hyde Park on 8 June for a wellbeing session in nature. This walking tour will take you to lesser known corners of the Royal Park, while you enjoy guided meditation. You really will soak up all the benefits of the combination of wellness and being in the great outdoors!
Trooping the Colour
Celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s birthday at the annual Trooping the Colour parade on 8 June. A display of pageantry involving hundreds of officers from the Household Division – plus 200 horses – this is a truly unique royal celebration. The best places to watch are on The Mall or at the edge of St James’s Park.
Japan has arrived in London this June at the largest ever manga exhibition to take place outside of the country. Manga is an exhibition at the British Museum that spans the history, art, video games, cinema and literature of the cultural phenomenon of manga.
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