As the long-awaited height of summer arrives, it’s time to get out and experience the best events London has to offer. Theatre, music, art and sinfully-delicious food, discover our pick of diary dates for a truly memorable August.
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House, 4 Aug – 17 Aug
Set in the picturesque Somerset House courtyard is London’s largest outdoor screen. There, Film4 will be showing an eclectic line-up of films ranging from the contemporary classic Trainspotting, to the premiering release of Captain Fantastic by the awarding winning director, Matt Ross. Just bring your blanket!
Drawing Workshop with Property Divas’ Laxmi Hussain, 12 Aug
Olive Loves Alfie East
Families — time to hone your art skills together this summer. Here to help set you on a path to illustrator mastery is Property Divas’ very own Laxmi Hussain. Hosted at the charming Olive Loves Alfie Stratford store (walking distance from Westfield, located in East Village), come along with your little ones and unleash your creativity at Laxmi’s ‘Draw in 30 Seconds’ workshop. Kids go free and materials are all included.
Hampstead Photographic Society Summer Exhibition 2016, 4 Aug — 21 Aug
Burgh House & Hampstead Museum
Dive into the world of extraordinary photography at NW3’s Burgh House & Hampstead Museum’s summer exhibition. Featuring more than 50 original works of art from the Society’s members, view scenes of wildlife, landscapes and travel (to name a few) whose artistic imagery really is worth a thousand words.
AOI World Illustration Awards Exhibition, 1 Aug – 29 Aug
Embankment Galleries, Somerset House
Selected from a diverse range of submissions, take a peek at the illustrative works of both emerging and established contemporary artists at this year’s World Illustration Awards. From serious sculptural pieces to amusing animations, visitors are sure to leave with a newfound respect for an illustrator’s intricate craft.
Gin Festival London Summer 2016, 26 Aug – 28 Aug
What better way to be-gin the August bank holiday than at the UK’s largest gin event? Gin Festival returns to London for a third time, and is bigger and better than ever before. This year, attendees will be able to pick from over 100 different gins to taste alongside live entertainment, and will be able to mingle with industry experts and gin lovers alike.
Foodies Festival, 27 Aug – 29 Aug
Foodies of London, there’s a festival calling your name! The UK’s biggest food festival, Foodies Festival, returns to London’s Ally Pally with an outrageously delicious agenda. From mouth-watering street food stalls to afternoon tea in a vintage tea tent, give your tastebuds a treat at this food lovers’ paradise.
Kids Week, 1 Aug – 7 Sept
If you are looking to entertain the kids this summer holiday, then how about a trip to the theatre? Kids Week offers a huge range of ‘Kids Go Free’ deals to fantastic shows across London, as well as lots of exciting and family-friendly free activities throughout the whole of August. Make your family theatre visit one they won’t forget.
Musical Wednesdays, 10 Aug — 26 Oct
Fenton House and Garden
Midweeks have just got more melodic with Fenton House and Garden’s Musical Wednesdays. Join a specialist each week and explore the musical world of the 15th – 19th centuries through informal talks and demonstrations. For there’s nothing quite like a spot of culture to see you through the week!