22 Of The Best Things To Do In London – August 2017

August is another stellar month to be London with plenty to celebrate including the Notting Hill Carnival and the Great British Beer Festival. You're in luck, Buckingham Palace opens their doors for tours for only two months of the year, and August is one of them. Space is limited so you must book now.

With summer at its peak, it's ideal to plan a day trip from London. Stonehenge offers VIP tours during sunrise & sunset. And when you return to the city, plan to spend an evening on the Thames River enjoying a dinner cruise, or head to the West End for a spot of theatre. It's all happening in London!

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Things to Do in London August 2017

Buckingham Palace + Windsor Castle in One Day

Buckingham Palace + Windsor Castle

Discover 900 years of history at Windsor Castle with an early-access tour. Then ride to Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns, and the Queen's official home. Be one of the lucky few to explore the priceless artwork and the Queen's personal jewels. Only available in August & September, so book now!

London Eye Skip-the-Line Tickets

London Eye Skip-the-Line Tickets

Breeze by the loooong lines with your skip-the-line pass – it's the fastest way to the sky. Check in just 15 minutes before your flight, then enjoy the ride as you gaze over the best of the city. Includes Skip-the-Line Tickets, priority boarding, a free mini-guide for adults, an in-flight pack for children, and the interactive 4D Experience.

Thames River Dinner Cruise

Thames River Dinner Cruise

Board the Harmony, a Scandinavian sightseeing boat with a spacious open deck or the Symphony, the largest dinner cruise boat in London. Dine in style aboard one of these luxury sightseeing boats and relax to live jazz as you glide past the illuminated city sights. The menu features regional cheeses, Scottish salmon, and a decadent dessert.

Rock Music Tour

Rock Music Tour

Visit legendary landmarks, from Paul McCartney's flat where he wrote songs like Yesterday, to Tin Pan Alley, where the Rolling Stones cut their first album. You'll walk the Abbey Road crossing, see where Jimi Hendrix burned his first guitar, where Jimmy Page cut his first song, and where Amy Winehouse lived and died. Choose from either a half day or full day of rock 'n roll fun.

Top Day Trips From London

Things to Do in London August 2017

Private Viewing of Stonehenge + Bath + Lacock

Private Viewing of Stonehenge + Bath + Lacock

See Stonehenge's secret inner circle, normally off limits to the public. In the morning you'll see the stones bathed in early light. You also travel to Lacock, one of England's prettiest villages and Bath to see Britain's only extant Roman baths. Includes round trip hotel transportation and Stonehenge VIP entrance. This tour sells out quickly as tickets are limited.

Blenheim Palace Tour + The Cotswolds

Blenheim Palace Tour + The Cotswolds

Discover England's beauty and rich history in the Cotswolds and at Winston Churchill's birthplace of Blenheim Palace, the Baroque manor where he was born. Tour the State Rooms, see priceless works of art and stroll through the gardens where young Winston played. Next, journey through the Cotswolds to see villages featured in Downton Abbey. Continue to the Little Venice of the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water. Includes hotel pickup and all entrance fees.

Paris Day Trip from London

Paris Day Trip from London

Board the sleek Eurostar at St. Pancras and enjoy the quiet ride to Gare du Nord for a memorable day trip to Paris. Choose from an independent trip with a hop-on hop-off bus tour or a guided tour that takes you to the best of Paris including a skip-the-line Eiffel Tower visit and a Seine River cruise. Late in the afternoon, catch the train back to London.

The Best of London Theatre

Things to Do in London August 2017

The Lion King

The Lion King

The Academy-award winning Disney film is brought to life in a spectacular West End musical. A visual feast, you'll be transported to a world that dazzles with stunning effects and enchanting music. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba and the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to King of the Pridelands.

Faulty Towers – The Dining Experience

Fawlty Towers The Dining Experience

Prepare yourself for plenty of laughs in this mostly-improvised comedy! This theatre dining experience is an homage to the hit 1970s British sitcom. Take your seat as Basil frantically ushers everyone to their table. Only a portion of the show is scripted, so no two dining experiences are ever the same. And with Basil, Sybil, and Manuel acting as the waiting staff, expect everything but good service during the evening performance.

Top Food, Tea & Pub Events

Things to Do in London August 2017

Historic Pub Walking Tour of London

Historic Pub Walking Tour of London

Discover ancient ale houses and London's literary drinking dens. Wander through cobblestone alleyways, stop at a 17th-century pub tucked away on a side street. Choose from a large selection of beers, ales & ciders and hear tales of British literary greats who once drank there. Learn the history of pubs, Elizabethan coaching inns and Victorian gin palaces.This small-group pub tour is limited to 12 for more fun.

Chocolate Walking Tour in Mayfair

Chocolate Walking Tour in Mayfair

In the exclusive neighbourhood of Mayfair learn the history of chocolate while sampling chocolate delights. Get an Insider's peek into Bond Street chocolate shops Fortnum & Mason, Liberty of London, and Ladurée. Sample melt-in-your mouth truffles, chocolate-covered coffee beans, brownies and luxurious dark chocolates. It'll be a tough choice deciding which treats to take home.

Festivals & Events

Things to Do in London August 2017

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

The streets of West London come alive with Europe's biggest Caribbean festival! Expect steel bands, Calypso music and a sea of colour with floats and costumed performers and dancers. First held in 1964 the Notting Hill Carnival remains true to its Caribbean roots and celebrates the spirit of cultural diversity of London.
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The Great British Beer Festival

Great British Beer Festival

Could there be anything more British than a festival devoted to beer? 350 breweries, 27 bars, entertainment, and traditional pub games under one roof in the heart of London. The Great British Beer Festival is organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and offers you the chance to sip and sample 900+ ales, ciders, and international beers.
• Olympia Exhibition Centre. August 9 to 13, 2017
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Carnaval del Pueblo

Carnaval del Pueblo

This popular London Latin American celebration combines, dance, authentic cuisine with arts & crafts. Did we mention salsa? Sample, learn the dance moves, or gp to the main stage to catch a performance of legendary Salsa stars. There are free Zumba and Salsa dance lessons and free cooking classes where you learn how to cook traditional Latino favourites, from Arepas to Empanadas.
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Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

London's open-air cinema returns this August with an extended program of films over 14 nights. Presented in the magnificent 18th century courtyard at Somerset House on a giant screen with full surround sound, Film4 Summer features comedy, romance, thrillers and best-loved classics. Enjoy a film under the stars with a picnic, live DJ sets and special-guest introductions.
• August 4 to 17, 2017
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What's On at the Museums

Things to Do in London August 2017

Leonardo da Vinci – The Mechanics of Genius

Leonardo da Vinci

See 40 historical models of the mechanical inventions of this Italian genius. .
• Science Museum
• Ends September 4, 2017
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Scottish Artists 1750-1900

Scottish Artists 1750-1900

80 works from the Royal Collection of the best of Scotland's artists through to the 19th century. From Caledonia to the Continent.
• The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
• Ends October 9, 2017
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Measuring Time – A Free Exhibition

Measuring Time

This exhibition brings together a timeless collection of timepieces from over the years.
• Science Museum
• Ends October 23, 2017
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Fighting Extremes – From Ebola to ISIS

Fighting Extremes: From Ebola to ISIS

Find out about how Britain's armed forces are currently dealing with global issues.
• The Imperial War Museum, London
• Ends November 13, 2017
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Sunken Cities – Egypt's Lost Worlds

Sunken Cities Egypt's Lost Worlds

This exhibition tells the incredible story of recently discovered Egyptian artefacts from the Greco-Egyptian era. The hook here is that these items were found beneath the sea!
• British Museum
• Ends November 27, 2017
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Undressed – A Brief History of Underwear

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

From a 19-inch-waist whalebone corset to modern designer pieces by La Perla and Paul Smith, this show uncovers it all!
• Victoria & Albert Museum
• Ends March 17, 2017
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George Shaw – My Back to Nature

George Shaw

No, not that G. Shaw! These are the works of George Shaw, artist in residence at the National Gallery.
• National Gallery
• Ends October 30, 2017
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