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.
23rd July 2018
Home of London’s creative industries, the iconic 18th century Somerset House is opening up its grounds for two weeks this summer for a run of outdoor cinema screenings. The line-up for the Somerset House Film4 Summer Screen includes Labyrinth, The Wizard of Oz, Being John Malkovich and Bride of Frankenstein. This is the perfect way to soak up history, culture and summertime in London all in one go.
09 – 22 August 2018
The riverbank at London Bridge is playing host to a range of summertime activities throughout August. Watch outdoor performances at The Scoop amphitheatre, get stuck into family arts and crafts sessions or get involved in outdoor fitness sessions. There’s something for all tastes and ages at Summer by the River!
01 – 30 August 2018
This temporary floating sculpture on the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park is the first major outdoor work by acclaimed Bulgarian artist Christo. The London Mastaba is made of 7,506 stacked barrels on a floating platform. The vibrant sculpture in shades of red, blue, mauve and white is a vivid temporary addition to the lake. The sculpture can also be enjoyed in virtual reality via the Acute Art app.
Now – 23 September 2018
Join Londoners making the most of a long weekend from 25 to 27 August, when everyone makes the most of having a bonus Monday off work. Planned events include Smithfield 150 – a street party celebrating 150 years of the markets at Smithfield. Regular and vibrant bank holiday events include the Notting Hill Carnival led by Britain’s West Indian community and South West Four music event. The bank holiday weekend is also full of low-key revelry, from picnics in the park to strolls along the river.
Art fans should head over to the Tate Modern during August for the gallery’s first ever solo Pablo Picasso Exhibition. Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy focuses entirely on the year of 1932, which is said to be one of the artist’s most creative moments. The exhibition is showing more than 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings by Picasso, together with family photographs and insights into his life.
Now – 09 September 2018
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