August is just around the corner and as it looks like the hot weather is here to stay, the capital is in full summer swing. There is something for everyone in our August line-up, from the Royal Family visit to Carnival fever!
Notting Hill Carnival
Nearest stations: Holland Park and Ladbroke Grove
Dates: August 25th, August 26th and August 27th
Since 1959, this colourful and vivid annual carnival has been sharing it’s Caribbean history and traditions on the streets of London. The lively party atmosphere will be sure to awaken your senses as you smell sizzling jerk chicken being cooked, and watch as nearly a million revellers join in with the main attraction of the parade. The crowds follow the floats, which are full of dancers in spectacularly ornate and bright costumes as they dance to traditional Caribbean music. Attendees often wear accessories that show support for the Notting Hill Carnival, such as whistles and stand-out headpieces. Sunday is recommended for families as crowds are smaller, there are kid-friendly floats and the whole event is free to join!
Image: Andrew Holt/Royal Collections Trust
Buckingham Palace Summer Opening
Nearest Stations: St. James’
As the Queen makes her annual summer visit to Scotland, Buckingham Palace is opening up its State Rooms to grant visitors an exclusive glimpse in to Royal Life. Sitting in the heart of the Palace, State Rooms are used by the Royal Family to receive and entertain guests on State, ceremonial and official occasions. Decorating the rooms sit some of the world’s finest English and French furniture, along with treasures from the Royal Collection that include paintings from Rembrandt and stunning Sévres porcelain. The Palace also has a Garden Café where you can enjoy refreshments over the gardens, so your dreams of tea with the Queen really can come true! Tickets are on sale now.
The BBC Proms
Nearest Tube: South Kensington/ High Street Kensington
Date: July – September
For eight weeks each Summer, the world’s leading Orchestra’s, musicians and conductors gather at the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall to perform at BBC Proms. The festival was conceived in 1894 by Robert Newman in order to garner interest in classical and contemporary art music from a wider audience at an affordable price. This year has a wider scope than ever, ensuring that there is something for everyone’s musical taste. Advanced tickets are recommended for the biggest concerts (especially the Last Night of the Proms) although there are 1,400 standing tickets available for each performance – but be prepared to queue!
Tickets and more information can be found here.
Movies on the River
Nearest station: Tower Hill
Date: July – Early September
Come on board London’s first ever cinema on the Thames for five nights a week until early September. This movie boat offers food and drink whilst you cruise along the river as the sun goes down on the open-air deck. Movies on offer include classics such as ‘Jaws’ and ‘Dirty Dancing’ along with recent hits including ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘The Greatest Showman’. Check out the full line up here.
What will you be checking out in August? Let us know in the comments below!