London you gave us a month of heat but now it’s raining again. However, this doesn’t dampen the spirits in this beautiful city and there is an array of events, celebrations and foodie experiences going on in the city. Why not head to Camden Beach for some ‘fake’ summer or grab your running shoes and take on your own 400m in Olympic Park! Here are some great events happening in London over the month of August.
Rio Olympics in London
Rio de Janeiro, the location of the Olympics Games, might be bloomin’ miles away, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave the city to catch it. You can get in on all the action and atmosphere via the capital’s copious coverage of the big event on little and large screens all over the place. We’ve rounded up the best places to find screenings of the Olympics around the city.
Buckingham Palace Summer Opening
Each year there’s a special themed exhibition at Buckingham Palace to coincide with the public opening of the State Rooms during August and September. In 2016 (when the Queen will celebrate her ninetieth birthday) the exhibition will be devoted to the royal wardrobe. The Queen always looks most comfortable in a headscarf and sturdy dog-walking gear but she can hardly sit down to a state banquet in her jeans and OTT dressing-up goes with the job.
This annual event promoting West End theatre for children returns – though don’t be confused by the title – it’s running for the whole month. Part of the month sees participating shows offer one child (aged 16 and under) per adult to see the performance for free, and up to two extra children can go for half price with no booking fees.
Streak for Tigers
The collective noun for tigers is a ‘streak’, which also happens to be the noun for ‘dashing across a public place with your bits dangling for all to see’. If you like tigers and enjoy getting naked, then you absolutely must sign up for this charity run through London Zoo, which is raising funds for global conservation work.
Travel Photographer of the Year
Explore the world without having to get on a plane at this free exhibition of awe-inspiring images. The winning entries of the Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 are on display at the University of Greenwich’s new buidling, next to Greenwich Park. What began in Chris and Karen Coe’s kitchen in 2003 has grown to become a highly regarded photography prize receiving entries from over 100 countries.
Great British Beer Festival
You’d better arrive thirsty or you’ll never even make a dent in the 900-strong list of ales, ciders, perries and international beers available at this festival. Many of Britain’s most recognisable breweries will run their own bars at the event, there will be traditional games and live music will break up the beer guzzling.
London Craft Beer Festival
If you can name us a trio of habits more commonplace in the capital than drinking craft beer, eating street food and getting stuck in an east London backstreet after missing the last train, you win a bottle of beard oil. The London Craft Beer Festival is back at Oval Space for a fourth year, bringing this threesome of temptation to a huge crowd of beer enthusiasts and fun-seekers.
Head up to the roof of Chalk Farm’s lovely Roundhouse and claim your spot on Camden Beach, an impressively big and often gloriously sunny pop-up sandpit. Relax in a deck chair with a rum cocktail, play a little ping pong, grab some food from the barbecue or build a magnificent sandcastle. Entry is free but it does get busy so make sure to arrive early to secure your portion of the 150 tonnes of sand.