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August events in London

Your guide to the best happenings in the capital this August

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Not got much planned this August? Well that's about to change. The kids are let loose for the summer holidays, there's loads of outdoor events, music festivals and gigs to stock up on, including Notting Hill Carnival, RideLondon, Wilderness and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, plus the lovely August bank holiday to round it all off at the end. 

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Our August highlights


Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

The State Rooms open annually while the Royal family is on their summer hols. It's difficult to imagine what it would be like to attend one of the state, ceremonial or official occasions for which the rooms that visitors have access to are used, protected as they are by Perspex and seasonal staff – but it's fascinating to see them, all the same.

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Buckingham Palace, St James's Park Until Sunday September 27 2015

A Summer Shindig with Old Dirty Brasstards

Make the most of summer while you can at this full-on fun happening, organised by Time Out. Soulful troupe Old Dirty Brasstards will be unleashing their infectious 'drum and brass' party jams from 7pm and Time Out's own Alexi Duggins will be on DJ duties, spinning hip hop and further dancefloor-filling tunes. Best of all, it takes place in a beautiful, fascinating veue: Hornsey Town Hall – recently the setting for a Prohibition-themed Secret Cinema.

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Until Sun Aug 16

London Triathlon

After last year's super successful event, the London Triathlon is back for 2015 and is expecting a record number of triathletes to take part. The race sees top sportsmen compete alongside total novices and a variety of distances are on offer to suite all abilities. Participants can choose from Super Sprint, Sprint, Olympic and Olympic Plus waves, and can also compete as part of a team relay. The event takes place at the site of the 2012 Olympics which is sure to have everyone feeling like a champion, even if you're up against 13,000 other people.

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Until Sun Aug 9

Silent Disco at the Cutty Sark

We've partied 244 metres above the city at The Shard and now we're sailing south with dance floor, headphones and expert DJs all in tow. The latest Time Out Silent Disco will be hopping aboard the Cutty Sark in Greenwich with three channels of perfect pop tunes to keep you dancing all night long. 

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Cutty Sark, Greenwich Friday October 2 2015 - Saturday December 5 2015

Red Bull Air Race World Championship

The loud, fast and frankly terrifying Red Bull Air Race returns for 2015, with the British leg of the Championship being hosted for a second year at Royal Ascot. Daredevil pilots including World Champions, Paul Bonhomme and Nigel Lamb will negotiate the racecourse at just a few metres about the ground, barrel-rolling and looping their way through obstacles at some 230mph. There'll be plenty of thrills, but not - we hope - any spills.

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Until Sun Aug 16

South West Four

Clapham Common’s dance music explosion returns for another weekend of classic club-flavoured festival business, overflowing with anthems and arms in the air. If you're longing for super-club sounds but can't afford Ibiza and are loath to spend the last days of summer in a dark, sweaty room, head to SW4 for your fix of big-room house, EDM, electro, techno and trance, as well as other genres creeping in from all angles.

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Until Sun Aug 30

Notting Hill Carnival

Since Notting Hill Carnival debuted in 1964, the event has undoubtedly grown and morphed, attracting ever more revellers with its spectacle of floats featuring calypso, mas and pan bands as well as a series of soundsystems for alfresco dancing. You can be sure of dense crowds and a vibrant celebration of music, movement and masquerade together with Caribbean food stalls serving up jerk chicken and fried plantain.

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Notting Hill, Westbourne Park Monday August 31 2015

Mind Sports Olympiad

There are, it seems, myriad ways of proving your prowess – and winning gold, silver or bronze medals – that don’t involve getting sweaty. This annual festival of the mind will feature sedentary tournaments in more than 60 board games. Classics such as chess, draughts, Scrabble and Monopoly all feature alongside more recent hits such as Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne. Card games, an amateur poker world championship, a general knowledge quiz, and even a Tetris tournament are also on the schedule.

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JW3, Frognal Monday August 31 2015
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