Things to do in London in August 2019

London hosts Europe's biggest street party in August, and family-friendly attractions keep children entertained during the school summer holidays.
  • Summer is in full swing in August with plenty of open-air entertainment on offer. 
  • August events include the Notting Hill Carnival, Film4 Summer Screen and Prudential RideLondon
  • There are lots of family-friendly activities during the summer holidays
  • The capital's main football season begins this month. 

August is one of the warmest months of the year in London. Enjoy the capital’s many outdoor and open-air activities to make the most of the warm summer days.

Children are on school summer holidays during August, so there are always plenty of family-friendly things to do in London. 

Look out for children's activities at many London attractions, and take the kids to a top West End play or musical for free this month during Kids Week.

London's main football season kicks off in August. Experience one of London's great sporting passions during your visit by getting your hands on good-value tickets and soaking up the atmosphere at one of the capital's football clubs.

August events in London

Summer events in London

  • Enjoy a summer evening at London's open-air cinemas, such as Rooftop Film Club in iconic London locations or on the capital's largest outdoor screen with Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House.
  • Find live performances, summer parties and outdoor activities during the Join the Docks festival at the historic Royal Docks.
  • Follow the Illuminated River trail – London's new attraction – and discover the city in a new light during an evening stroll by the riverside.
  • Buckingham Palace opens up its magnificent State Rooms to visitors with tours and special exhibitions, while the Queen is away on her summer holidays.
  • Take an evening walk and gaze over the beautifully illuminated Kew Gardens during Chihuly Nights.

Top London festivals

August bank holiday weekend in London

  • Europe's largest street festival, the Notting Hill Carnival, comes to west London with a huge Caribbean party. Join more than one million people for three days of colourful floats, parades, music and dance over the August bank holiday (public holiday) weekend.
  • Grab a deck chair and some snacks, and chill out at the Fantastic Feats of Cinema at Guildhall Yard.
  • Re-live your childhood at the world's biggest inflatable obstacle course for adults, as The Monster takes over Alexandra Palace.
  • Indulge in scoops of the best ice-cream in London, along masterclasses and ice-cream based activities at the Covent Garden Cool Down.

Find more things to do on the bank holiday weekend.

Unmissable London events

Sporting events in London

For more things to do in August in London, take a look at our events calendar and guide to what's on in London. And catch the best of the London stage with our guide to London theatre.

WEATHER: For average seasonal temperatures and rainfall, see our London weather page.

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