This summer is certainly an exciting one – there are plenty of great excuses to join with like-minded travellers by visiting attractions exclusive to the month of August. Indulge in magnificent flavours, sounds and performances from all over the world and be astounded by what the vibrant city of London has to offer. Each activity is unique and different to its predecessor, so be sure to book a stay in order to be able to participate in them all.
Notting Hill Carnival – 25th August – 27th August
First held in 1966 to celebrate Caribbean culture and traditions in England, Notting Hill Carnival makes its long-awaited return to the streets of London this August Bank Holiday. So, be sure to dust off your dancing shoes, pull out your brightest costume and join over one million people in the celebrations this summer.
Discover the capital city decorated in vibrant Caribbean colours and treat your taste buds to authentic cultural flavours from one of the many popup food stalls dotted around. You won’t be able to resist tapping your feet to the live music or joining in with the dancers draped in beautifully extravagant costumes amidst the elaborate floats. Listen to the sound of the steel drums and calypso music fill the air as you witness superb Caribbean themed outdoor entertainment during Panorama which kicks off the carnival weekend Saturday evening 6pm – 10pm. Sunday is certainly one for the kids, so be sure to bring them along and behold the Children’s Day Parade which features more music, more food and a wide variety of family activities taking place throughout the day. Monday watches the carnival come to an end as the Grand Finale floods London once again with tantalising scents of appetizing food and even more enchanting music from the 38 surround-sound speakers.
Over the course of the weekend, the annual carnival will take place throughout W10 in West London around Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove, Westbourne Grove, Westbourne Park and Kensal Road. It’s important you plan ahead before you travel as a number of local tube stations will be closed or subject to disruption and even though extra buses will be put on to accommodate visitors, they will be diverted away from the carnival route.
Entry – Free
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House – 9th August – 22nd August
This is one for the movie buffs amongst you – during August, Film4 are hosting an exciting outdoor screening open-air film festival at Somerset House where you can watch modern flicks and classic favourites under a picturesque starry sky. Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court provides the stunning backdrop for London’s largest screen, creating an idyllic atmosphere to relax for an evening.
Choose from a mixed programme this summer of UK premiers, old favourites and even Cannes award-winning films in HD and full surround-sound. Doors open at 6:30pm, then at 6:45pm you’ll be entertained by DJ sets before each movie – inspired by the film itself. An exclusive screening of a short film commissioned for the festival, special guest introductions on selected nights and plenty of food and drink options are also special amenities, are offered by the festival on the night. If you’re out to make an evening of it, feel free to bring a picnic along and enjoy your dinner outdoors in the fresh air.
Feature recommendations for anyone interested in paying a visit to Film4’s Summer Screen this August are: the family adventure movie Labyrinth followed by The Wizard of Oz on 11th August, the much-loved Frankenstein sequel Bride of Frankenstein on 17th August, highly anticipated romantic picture Call Me by Your Name on 20th August and Total Recall which will precede A Nightmare on Elm Street on 18th August.
Entry – Tickets are £19.75 – £26.75 dependant on movie and date.
Ladbrokes Carnegie Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium – 25th August
The eagerly-awaited final of Ladbrokes Carnegie Challenge Cup kicks off at 3pm on the 25th August this year after nine months of long competition from superior sports legends. Notably, the Rugby League’s most historic and not to mention prestigious event, this exciting knock out tournament is the only of its kind to include teams from all sporting levels which makes the game all the more exhilarating.
London’s Wembley Stadium plays host to the game as it will boast live music and a friendly festival atmosphere appealing even to those without a wealth of rugby knowledge. As fans from all over the nation unify to celebrate the glorious ending, use the occasion as a viable excuse to opt for a hospitality package which is a superb way for groups to get together and enjoy a fun day out. If you do choose to buy hospitality tickets, prepare to be amazed by a host of entertainment from magicians to live music performances and, not to mention, get the chance to indulge in delicious culinary delights.
Entry – Tickets vary from £20 – £80 dependant on seat location, Club Wembley seats start at £55.
Moonshine Saloon – open now until 25th August
Immerse yourself in a live action Wild West cocktail experience which has popped up in Chelsea this summer. Bring your own liquor (a maximum of 35cl bottle size is recommended) and enjoy actors in cowboy gear as they use your spirits to create tantalizing cocktail creations in front your very eyes. Unfortunately, the law of the land permits that you can only bring unopened bottles of liquid so make sure what you bring hasn’t been previously opened.
You will only be able to take part if you reserve a table and have a pre-purchased ticket (which you can get via the website here) since the saloon is too busy to be able to accept walk-ins. Each booking lasts for one hour and 45 minutes, there is no minimum or maximum group size and throughout your time there you will be served four rounds of drinks made with your liquor of choice. Be sure to check opening times as the ingenious pop-up bar only opens up Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and in true saloon style, opens late in the evenings. Something else to note is that no food is served here, only drinks and you must be over 18 to enter.
Entry – Tickets are £33.99 per person