August is irreplaceable in London because that is when the city’s fun part is being revived. Here are some of the most trending events, exhibitions, and festivals that will take place in London this August. Students would want to check these because most of the events/exhibitions listed are free-of-charge or for reasonable prices. London’s diversity offers something for everyone coming from anywhere on earth, and that is a privilege that you have to benefit from.
If you are feeling a bit artistic and into deep paintings, go and check Picasso: Minotaurs and Matadors in Gagosian Gallery for free. It will be starting August the 15th and it will continue till August the 25th from 10 AM till 6 PM. Picasso’s art reflects love, lust, desire, sexuality, and even brutality and animality. The gallery is located on 20 Grosvenor Hill and the nearest tube is Bond St.
Summer festivals are apparently London’s favourite! London Bridge City Summer Festival already started on August the 13th and will be on until the end of the month. It is for free and it features live theatrical performances, music gigs, DJs, complimentary fitness and dance classes, film screenings, and much more. The nearest tube is, of course, London Bridge.
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is also taking place at the Royal Academy of Arts starting the 13th of August till the 20th from 10 AM till 1 PM except for the Friday in between. The walls of the academy will be full of works of art giving you a chance to consider new talented artists alongside already well-known artists. The nearest tube is Piccadilly Circus and the entrance fees are £4, £10-£13 or for free if you are under the age of 16.
Casablanca, Romeo and Juliet, and Notting Hill films will be screened in The Luna Cinema in Westminster Abbey in the 15th, 16th, and 17th of August by the same order. The doors open at 7 PM and the screening start at 8:30 PM and the ticket will cost £17.50. Casablanca is the black and white classic, Romeo + Juliet is Baz Luhrmann’s Shakespeare’s adaptation, and Notting Hill is starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. Westminster Abbey is a widely known venue, especially after hosting Prince William’s and Catherine Middleton’s wedding in 2011.
August will not only have a good start but also will offer surprises at its end. Notting Hill Carnival will start from the 26th August until the 28th filling the streets of West London with vibrant costumed performers, Caribbean colours, music and flavours. The Carnival parade’s performers will dance to the sound of steel bands and calypso music, and visit the tempting food stalls along the route. Notting Hill Carnival is for free and it takes place every year on the last weekend of August. Saturday’s Panorama will be between 6 PM and 10 PM at Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park, Sunday’s Jouvert and Family Day will start at 6 AM at Canal Way, and Monday’s Grand Finale will take place in Powis Square. Students should consider that many routes will be subject to closures during the festival, so public transportation will be the best way to get to the carnival.
If you feel more puckish in summer, the Foodies Festival will be held during the Band Holiday weekend at the Alexandra Palace this summer. The 26th, 27th and 28th of August will witness pop up restaurants, shopping, BBQ area, chilli eating quest, cake and bake theatre, street food avenues and more drinking events with wine and champagne masterclasses. It starts at 11 AM till 5 PM and the tickets are available for £16 for one day, or buy the £25 three days ticket.