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August events in London

All the best summer festivals, pop-ups, events and things to do in London during August 2018


We absolutely cannot guarantee sunshine in London this August, but we can guarantee a month teeming with brilliant events, festivals and cutural happenings. We've rounded-up the best things to do in August below, and there's plenty going on to keep you and the kid’s (who’ll be running wild during the summer holidays) entertained. 

Make sure you hit a music festival or two (or more), and take advantage of any fair weather by getting involved in some outdoor events, eating at one of London's best rooftop restaurants and drinking at one of these bars with a view. And don't forget that much-anticipated bank holiday at the end of the month, the highlight of which is Europe's biggest street party Notting Hill Carnival. Here's the very best of London during August.

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Our August 2018 highlights

Notting Hill Carnival

Since Notting Hill Carnival debuted in 1964, the event has grown and morphed, attracting revellers with its spectacle of floats and series of soundsystems for alfresco dancing. Here’s everything you need to know about the epic street party. 

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By: Time Out London editors

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

London Nights

London Nights looks at how photographers have captured the aesthetic of the city at night, present imagery depicting the darker side to capital and how Londoners live their lives after hours.

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Museum of London , Smithfield Friday May 11 2018 - Sunday November 11 2018

The Future Starts Here

Explore a collection of over 100 objects ranging from futuristic smart appliances, satellites, and iterations of artificial intelligence to the more cutting edge aspects of internet culture.

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V&A , Brompton Saturday May 12 2018 - Sunday November 4 2018

Frida Kahlo’s Wardrobe

The V&A’s much-anticipated exhibition is dedicated to the incredible collection of personal artefacts and clothing belonging to iconic Mexican, Frida Kahlo. Eye exceptional dresses and envy-inducing possessions which were locked away following the artist’s death. 

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V&A , Brompton Saturday June 16 2018 - Sunday November 4 2018
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