Top London Events for August 2018

Lily Crossley-Baxter

This August is promising sun, fun and plenty to do—from carnivals to gin festivals!

notting hill carnival
Photo by Valters Krontals used under CC

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!

 Ride London FreeCycle

London FreeCycle
Dates:Early Aug, 2020
Entry:Free

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.

 West Norwood Feast

West Norwood Feast Summer
Dates:1st Dec, 2019
Entry:Free

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).

 Great British Beer Festival

Great British Beer Festival
Dates:Early Aug, 2020
Entry:£9.00 – £14.00

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!

 Comida Fest Summer Season Vol. 2

Comida Fest
Dates:11th Aug–12th Aug, 2018
Entry:Free

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.

 Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival Dancer
Dates:Late Aug, 2020
Entry:Free

Last Chance Events

People watching an open air film screening in London
Photo by London Bridge City used under CC

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


Ongoing Events

london june events
Photo by Underbelly Festival used under CC

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

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Filed under: Things to Do
Tags: August, Carnival, Cocktails, Drinks, Entertainment, Festivals, Food Festivals, Free Events, Gin, Notting Hill Carnival, Summer
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