August in London is synonymous with one thing: Notting Hill Carnival. Earlier this year, we got the sad news that the event will not be taking place on the streets for 2021, though there are alternative plans afoot (more on that very soon). We may not be able to spill out onto the streets of Ladbroke Grove with a pocket full of Red Stripe, but all is not lost for August in London. For one thing, there’s been a summer festival roll over.
In normal circumstances (whatever that means, it’s been a minute) All Points East and Field Day happen in late May/early June, but this year both festivals will be sharing the muddy grass of Victoria Park over the August Bank Holiday weekend (Field Day, which is on Sunday August 29, is sold out, but there are still tickets going for APE). And those aren’t the only big hitters for the Bank Holiday: brand new festival Yam Carnival will be taking over Clapham Common on the Saturday, with Davido and Kehlani headlining.
Not up for a major music festival just yet? Not a problem. Throw on a facemask and go and see some art. August is typically a dead month for art exhibitions in London, but a lot of great new shows launched in July, including an enormous Paula Rego retrospective at Tate Britain, so consider this month your chance to catch up. If it’s theatre you’re after, make your way south for the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, where artist Dan Acher will be recreating the Northern Lights over the skies of Greenwich and Woolwich.
Weather wise, temps are expected to stick around 23° for the beginning of August. As you’d expect from the early twenties, things are looking erratic, unpredictable and a little cloudy, but there should be just enough sun to go around for you to have some London lido swims, and lazy days in the city’s parks. And after the great beer garden booking wars of April, this sunny month is a chance to fall back in love with the simple pleasure of drinking pints at a picnic table.
August is a month for long holidays, a time for winding down, lying around and discovering that mint Cornettos are just as delicious as you remember. But it’s also a time for making memories, so make the most of your days off with the help of our Big List of things to do in August in London 2021.
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