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August events in London

Your guide to the best happenings in the capital this August

© David Tett Photography, Notting Hill Carnival

Not got much planned this August? Well that's about to change. The kids are let loose for the summer holidaysmusic 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

1

Jukebox, Jewkbox! A Century on Shellac and Vinyl

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.

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Jewish Museum , Camden Town Until Sunday October 16 2016
2

Colour and Vision

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.

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Natural History Museum , Brompton Until Sunday November 6 2016
3

The Entertainer

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.

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Garrick Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday November 12 2016
4

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

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.

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5

August bank holiday weekend

Forget about work, shift yourself from the sofa and make the most of the long weekend. Plan your August bank holiday to the minute with our round-up of the very best events taking place in the capital during the three day weekend.

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By: Time Out London Things To Do
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