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.
11th April 2018
As the weather continues to warm in London in May, the city’s open air theatre productions start to emerge. The incredible Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is one of Londoners’ favourites and this year’s season kicks off with performances of Peter Pan. With magic, puppetry and plenty of flying within the setting of one of London’s best loved parks, this is a theatre production with a difference.
Following the recent launch of the new £10 note in the UK – complete with a picture of British literary heroine Jane Austen – the Bank of England Museum is holding the Stories from the City exhibition. As well as celebrating the new note, looking at both the security features and the theme of money in Jane Austen’s works, the event also explores the bank’s wider literary connections. Stories from the City will be running throughout 2018.
Just a meander away from The Athenaeum is the Serpentine Gallery, surrounded by the splendour of Hyde Park. The Emissaries exhibition is the latest in Ian Cheng’s trilogy, which has recently been acquired by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. The intriguing exhibition is described as a computer-generated simulation that uses artificial intelligence to feature flora and fauna that interact in open-ended narratives. Emissaries runs from 24 April to 28 May 2018.
This V&A Museum exhibition looks at a collection of futuristic objects and what the near-future may look like on Earth. Featuring an autonomous sailing ship that cleans up oil spills, aura-powered bodysuits and a model of the world’s first carbon-neutral city, The Future Starts Here is a journey into what could just be possible. The Future Starts Here runs from 12 May to 4 November 2018.
For those who fancy a run on a visit to London, the Vitality London 10k is the perfect way to get some exercise, enjoy the great outdoors and become part of a London community. Runners gather in Green Park – opposite The Athenaeum – before setting off for a beautiful run in St James’s Park. The Vitality London 10k run takes place on 28 May.
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