Not got much planned this August? Well that's about to change. The kids are let loose for the summer holidays, music festivals start to spring up everywhere, the list of outdoor events seems never ending - and then there's the lovely bank holiday to round it all off at the end. Perfect. Check out our highlights below and go get out about in London this August.
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Our August highlights
Go on a magical musical tour through the history of records at this beautifully designed and satisfyingly informative exhibition on the top floor of Camden’s Jewish Museum. You’ll be greeted by a row of antique gramophones and the story of how music came to be widely played on vinyl, told with a focus on contributions from Jewish inventors and businessmen.Read more
If ever a show was made for Instagram, this is it. The Natural History Museum’s exploration of colour, vision and their roles in the natural world is chock full of beauty. Stuffed hummingbirds glimmer like opals. A case holds dozens of cinnabar moths, scarlet wings spread wide. Even the jars of bisected animal eyes have a gruesome aesthetic appeal.Read more
John Osborne's great play about a music hall performer 'The Entertainer' reignited Laurence Olivier's career when he performed it in 1957. Here Kenneth Branagh - an actor repeatedly compared with Olivier - takes on the role of the tormented Archie Rice. But dispelling any whiff of vanity project, Branagh has effortlessly upstaged himself by casting the great John Hurt as Archie's dad Billy – Hurt's first stage appearance in a decade.Read more
Each year there's a special themed exhibition at Buckingham Palace to coincide with the public opening of the State Rooms during August and September. In 2016 (when the Queen will celebrate her ninetieth birthday) the exhibition will be devoted to the royal wardrobe. The Queen always looks most comfortable in a headscarf and sturdy dog-walking gear but she can hardly sit down to a state banquet in her jeans and OTT dressing-up goes with the job.Read more