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Things to do in London in August 2021

Enjoy world-class music, sport and outdoor festivals in August in London, while the school summer holidays bring plenty of family activities.

August is one of the warmest months of the year in London, when you can enjoy the capital’s many outdoor and open-air activities and 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. 

You can make the kids' summer memorable by taking them to London's best theatre shows during Kids Week, when tickets are heavily discounted.  

What's on in London in August?

Iconic August events

  • Grab a comfy corner of the blanket for an evening at London's best outdoor cinemas.
  • Immerse yourself in all sorts of artsy performances in south-east London during Greenwich+Docklands International Festival.
  • Feel the pomp at BBC Proms, an annual celebration of classical music at Royal Albert Hall, which is in full swing in August.
  • Enjoy concerts from music greats in the magnificent surrounds of Hampton Court Palace at the Hampton Court Palace Festival. Nile Rogers, Tom Jones and Van Morrison are part of the 2021 lineup.
  • Or see Sir Simon Rattle conduct the London Symphony Orchestra in the open-air BMW Classics concert in Trafalgar Square.
  • Check out the Underbelly Festival's unique mix of comedy, cabaret, variety performances and more, as it sets up a new home near Oxford Street this year. 
  • Book a spot for quirky shows and activities for the whole family at the London Wonderground in Earl's Court.
  • Cheer on your favourite teams during fast-paced cricket tournament The Hundred, which makes its London debut this summer.

New and returning theatre shows this August

  • Head Back to the Future with the Doc and Marty McFly, as the cult film series transforms onto the stage in a thrilling new musical.
  • Sing along to ABBA hits, with the return of long-running musical Mamma Mia! 
  • Mary Poppins pops up again on the London stage as PL Travers' classic tale is retold with plenty of catchy tunes.
  • Vote to choose which of three plays the cast performs on the day, in Shakespeare's Globe's Audience Choice Midnight Matinée.

August bank holiday weekend in London

  • Europe's largest street festival, the Notting Hill Carnival, is not taking place on the streets of west London this year. But stay tuned for lots of activities and events related to the iconic carnival.
  • Celebrate Black culture, food and music at Yam Carnival on Clapham Common, on bank holiday Saturday.

Find more things to do on the bank holiday weekend.

Foodie festivals

Find more food and drink events this summer.

August sightseeing ideas

August family activities

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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. Fancy a spontaneous break to London? Find out what you can do this weekend and what is on today

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

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