This month is all about colourful drinks, breathtaking exhibitions and spectacular West End shows. With unmissable culture at every corner, you’ll be sure to find something that piques your interest. Without further ado – the very best things to do this August…
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House, 10 – 23 Aug
Don’t miss the most famous, and picturesque, open air film events of them all – Film4 at Somerset House. Bringing cinema buffs a truly eclectic mix of movies (including the highly anticipated ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’, introduced by Al Gore himself), there’s no better setting to sit back, relax and enjoy the show.
Summer Quest & Craft, throughout Aug
Get stuck in at Kenwood House’s exciting creative workshop, where families get the chance to dabble in a variety of arts and crafts, all while exploring the stately home’s breathtaking interiors and stunning art collection. A fun-filled day guaranteed, with a beautiful backdrop to match.
Festival of Love, Now – 28 Aug
Romance is in the air along the banks of the Thames, as the Festival of Love returns to Southbank Centre with a fanciful lineup of love-themed installations, activities and performances. Grab your nearest and dearest and celebrate l-o-v-e in all its many guises.
Roof Terrace Summer Sessions, Now – 29 Aug
Ham Yard Hotel
The multicoloured cocktails are flowing at Ham Yard Hotel’s pop-up summer bar. Located on their swanky fourth-floor roof terrace, the hotel is hosting a series of ‘Summer Sessions’ all throughout the month of August, including a (seriously chic) botanical-themed cocktail menu. We’ll take two!
Kids Week at The West End, Now – 31 Aug
In a rut with kid-friendly activities for the summer? Fear not – Kids Week returns with its stellar line-up of West End hits, available to youngsters for free! From the whimsical Adventures in Wonderland to the catchy beats of The Lion King, pay for a full-price adult ticket and get your little one in on a complimentary pass. The ultimate entertainment that will have them on the edge of their seats.
Travel Photographer of the Year, Now – 3 Sept
University of Greenwich
Spark your wanderlust and travel to salt deserts, lush mountains and beyond, all at Greenwich’s Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition. Showcasing the latest prize winning images, visitors will be left stunned by the extraordinary scenes of wildlife and landscapes from all corners of the world.
Matisse in the Studio, Now – 12 Nov
Royal Academy of Arts
Step into the studio of renowned painter, printmaker and sculptor Henri Matisse and catch a rare glimpse into his quirky collection of objects from far-flung destinations, of which inspired much of his masterful vision. From vibrantly patterned textiles of North Africa to intricately carved pottery from Mali, the RAA’s exhibition weaves an electrifying narrative.