August has arrived, and with it comes a great selection of special events across the capital. From a giant inflatable obstacle course to the Notting Hill Carnival, there’s all sorts of fun to get up to in London this summer. So, if you haven’t already, book yourself a serviced apartment stay and enjoy the best that this world-class city has to offer.
Camden Fringe – North London – until August 27th
Camden is hosting its own alternative to the Edinburgh Fringe this month, with 20 venues across the borough taking part. An eclectic mix of comedy, theatre and dance will be presented to audiences through 250 productions that showcase some of the best talent on the scene today. Notable acts to try and catch include: Funmbi Omotayo, The Hidden Theatre Company and Three Men and a Babe.
Matisse in the Studio – Royal Academy of Art – August 5th to November 12th
The fluidity and vibrant colours of Matisse’s works may be instantly recognisable, but his influences are less well-known. That is about to change as a new exhibition exploring the topic opens at the Royal Academy. Concentrating on 65 of Matisse’s works, visitors will be able to see how his personal collection of objects led to some of his most famous creations. The Object as an Actor, The Nude, The Face, The Studio as Theatre and The Language of Signs are the primary themes that will be explored in this must-see event for any Matisse fans out there.
Jesus Christ Superstar – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – August 11th to September 28th
Among the wonderful things about spending the summer in London is all of the activities that can be done in the open air. Among these is theatre, and Regent’s Park is the perfect backdrop. It will play host to the latest production of Jesus Christ Superstar – the play by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber that is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. Under the direction of Timothy Sheader, this family favourite is given a new lease of life in the most stylish of ways.
The Beast – Alexandra Palace – August 25th to 28th
Combining the best things from childhood and adulthood, visiting The Beast is sure to be high on many people’s lists of priorities this August bank holiday weekend. The biggest inflatable obstacle course in the world offers up 32 cleverly-designed hurdles across 272 metres of space. It will be accompanied by street food stalls and cocktail and craft beer bars, as well as beats provided by an onsite DJ to up the ante on this grown-up version of a kids’ party.
Notting Hill Carnival – West London – August 26th to 28th
Nothing says bank holiday weekend like a street party, and Notting Hill Carnival is the biggest in London. It has been entertaining visitors, locals and anyone who enjoy a good time since 1966, with more than one million people attending each year. At the centre of the action is the parade, which is held on the Monday and is brought alive with 60 steel bands and 38 sound systems lining the route. A whole host of events take place across the weekend, with street food, family activities and music to enjoy.