This August is promising sun, fun and plenty to do—from carnivals to gin festivals!
Whether you’re a keen cyclist or a beer hound, London has drink events to keep you merry and food ones to keep you full. Spend evenings by the river with free classes and screenings then weekends at carnivals—London has it all, and you can take part!
Ride London Freecycle
As part of the annual three-day festival, this event offers an opportunity for cycling and sightseeing in a car-free cycle route. Stretching out at eight-miles, you can join at any point and see sights including Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral and Waterloo Bridge. There will be entertainment along the route, a pedal-powered cinema and even a bling-your-bike area!
West Norwood Feast
A market with crafts, vintage stalls and foodie treats – this is the perfect Sunday afternoon stroll. From April to December the event is held on the first Sunday of the month and also includes live performances.
Great British Beer Festival
An annual event run by the Campaign for Real Ale, this festival has been running for over 40 years, so it attracts the best breweries around. There are over 900 drinks to choose from and it’s nicknamed the biggest pub in the world, so grab a stool and spend an afternoon sipping the best of Britain (and the rest of the world too).
Comida Fest Vol. 2
This is the second installment of the giant street-food festival with plenty of music and entertainment to keep you entertained as you eat your way from stall to stall. There will be over 30 vendors with all sorts of seafood, BBQ and sweet treats to try, so make sure you arrive hungry!
Notting Hill Carnival
Probably London’s biggest event, this year’s Notting Hill Carnival is back and bigger than ever. Taking over the streets of London for the Bank holiday weekend, the festival is more kid-friendly on the first day and decidedly messier. The grand finale will feature over 60 bands performing in Powis Square on Monday and although parades finish at pm, you’ll be sure to find plenty of after-parties to keep the spirit going.
Last Chance Events
AI: More than Human | Until August 26th | Barbican
Manga at the British Museum | Until August 26th | Bloomsbury
Summer by the River Festival | Until September 1st | London Bridge
Skylight Summer Opening | Until September 1st | Wapping
Smoke and Mirrors | Until September 15th | Euston
Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition | Until September 15th | Kensington
Zip Now | Until September 15th | Lambeth
Free Tango Classes | Until Sept 22nd | Spitalfields
Crate Brewery and Beer Tasting Tour | Until September 28th | Hackney
Underbelly Festival | Until September 29th | South Bank
Summer Season at Shakespeare’s Globe | Until October 18th | South Bank
Brixton Windmill Open Days | Until October 13th | Brixton
Jive Party | Until Dec 21st | Brockley
Deptford Market Yard | Until December 22nd | Deptford
Beasts of London | Until Jan 2019 | The Barbican