Guide to August in The City

There is a wide selection of things to do in The City this August, on your own or as a family.

Summer is in full swing and there couldn’t be a better time to be staying in one of central London’s serviced apartments. There’s a jam-packed schedule of events taking place in The City throughout August, so whether you’re visiting for work or pleasure, be sure to check some or all of them out.

Open-air Cinema – Guildhall Yard – August 5th to 11th

Nothing says summer in The City like enjoying a classic old movie under the stars. Screenings of the likes of Pulp Fiction, Dirty Dancing and Stand By Me will take place in the Guildhall Yard over a few nights in August. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic, although there will also be food stalls and a well-stocked bar to keep everyone refreshed. An added bonus is that tickets also allow entry into the Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London Heritage Gallery and the Roman Amphitheatre, so come early to fit everything in.

Tickets cost £12 for adults, £6 for kids and £25 for a weekend ticket. Films start at 9pm, but the doors are open from 6pm, offering plenty of opportunities to enjoy the other attractions and get settled before the movie begins.

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Gigs Big Busk – City Information Centre – now until August 6th

If you wander past the City Information Centre near St Paul’s Cathedral, you may be struck by the high quality of the buskers performing there. That’s because they have been carefully selected as part of the mayor of London’s annual busking competition. Performers aged between 11 and 25 have been invited to take part and showcase any kind of music they like – from rock and pop to folk and reggae.

The grand final isn’t held until September, but this could be your chance to see the next big thing on a London street.

Family Activities Weekend – The Monument – August 6th to 7th

The whole of The City is gearing up for the anniversary of the Great Fire of London, which burnt from September 2nd to 5th, 1666, but events are already underway to mark the occasion. One of the best places to find out more about this historic event is The Monument, which was constructed to remember the fire. Families can meet key characters from the time, get involved in crafts and learn about that fateful period at a special activities weekend in August.

It’s free to join in and the activities will be best suited to children between six and ten years old.

Sculpture in The City – across the Square Mile – now until 2017

Despite being home to a number of art galleries, the Square Mile sees contemporary sculptures brought to its streets every year. Now in its sixth incarnation, Sculpture in The City features 17 pieces of art in 20 locations. How is that possible, you may ask? Well, some of the works are spread across several places. It’s a great way to take in some of The City’s most famous buildings, while exploring sculptures from the likes of Lizi Sanchez, Gavin Turk and Sarah Lucas.

It’s free to wander around and see the sculptures, while there are maps and an app you can download to help find all of the artworks.

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The BFG Dream Jar Trail, across The City – now until August 31st

There’s plenty of talk about the big screen release of Roald Dahl’s The BFG and the 100th birthday of the author. In tribute, a number of Dream Jars have been scattered across the capital for families to find and The City has not been left out. A selection of these wonderful creations, said to have been mislaid by the giant himself during his night-time meanderings are located within the Square Mile.

Completing the Splendiferous City Trail should take around an hour and a half, starting at St Paul’s Cathedral and ending at The Monument. It’s absolutely free to join in, so be sure to get hold of a map and get searching.

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