If like me, you are hesitant about going away, London will probably be your staycation for the summer of 2020. If August delivers the weather we hope for, we can really enjoy ourselves. London streets are quieter and we may have lost our summer festivals, but dining has taken to the streets instead. So let’s go al-fresco for our August Super Seven.
In view of constant changing Government guidelines, please check relevant websites before you travel.
King’s Cross | Great Outdoors : I have featured Coal Drops Yard as a Day Out in London, but now the whole area seems to come together as one this August. Since lockdown they have maximised their use of outside space for dining, fun art installations, new places to eat and music on Friday nights outside Note cafe. The only thing you wont hear will be the sound of cars. The Stephan Zirwes art work in Granary Square is fantastic and worth a visit alone.
Regents Park Open Air Theatre : Sadly they have had to move their entire 2020 season to 2021. Good news is that Jesus Christ Superstar is making a return on 6 August 2020. I saw this last summer, and had one of my best nights out. It is a fantastic production, brilliantly cast and lends itself so well to the open air. Enjoy a picnic in Regents Park before hand, and you really have the perfect afternoon planned.
Be a tourist in London: There is nothing like being a tourist in your own country sometimes -you’d be surprised how much fun it can be. The London Eye re-opens today, as does Madame Tussauds. However, many other attractions are now open. The Tower of London have numbers right down on their usual summer visitors, so it is the perfect time to support these wonderful venues if you can, whilst enjoying a day out. The Tower is open Wednesday to Sunday only. London Zoo is another one that is really suffering from lockdown, and I’m told it feels really safe and makes for a great day out.
The Royal Mews has re-opened : During August they are running Family Sundays. It’s free to drop in, listen to stories about the Royal mews and take part in arts and crafts. There is limited capacity due to the new restrictions so check the Royal Mews website before setting out.
Downton Abbey fans : 20 August and you can check in with the Crawley sisters are ‘At Home with..’ live from Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds. Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith) and Michele Dockery (Lady Mary) talk all things Downton and more. Get your ticket and you can submit a question for the event. Tickets are £5 for the Zoom live.
Ronnie Scotts is live streaming… so if you want your jazz evening, this is one fabulous option. Alternatively they have now re-opened with socially distancing measures in place. Jazz outside? Yes, I can help you there too. On 15 August in the gardens of Southwark Cathedral Ronnie regulars Leo Richardson Quartet will be playing. Tickets are available HERE
Eat Out to Help Out : During August there is an eating out scheme set up by the Government to help restaurants, cafes and pubs. Put in your postcode and the Eat Out to Help Out website will bring up all the places participating within a 2 mile radius. In some cases its 50% off your meal when it is over £10. Take a look.
Soho and Seven Dials are car free zones, so you will find tables on those streets for outside dining. Finally Selfridges have opened their weekend Market on the Mews behind the store. You will find a rotation of stalls including florals from Moyses Stevens, but I’d have to recommend the Assembly coffee and a cardamon swirl from the Fabrique bakery, leaving room for a delish Darlish ice cream!
Luna Cinema 2020 : Screenings all over the UK, but some good venues have popped up in London. Royal Hospital, Dulwich Park, Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, and Chiswick House. Check out the website for a castle further afield..!
Peter Pilotto sample sale at the Music Rooms 3 – 8 August.
FA Cup Final 1 August : A London Derby, it’s worth a watch isn’t it?
London Museums : As they slowly re- open pre-booked tickets are a must. The good news from feedback is that the experience of seeing London’s wonderful artwork is enhanced by the small crowds. Exhibitions have been extended, so if you missed some before lockdown, now is the time to catch them without the crowd. South Kensington reopens in stages this week.
Greenwich is re-opening: Cutty Sark is open and are offering free kids tickets until 31 August. The Royal Observatory opens on 3 August, with other museums following.
Look out for Ralph Fiennes at the Bridge Theatre in David Hare’s Beat the Devil.
The Proms 2020 : The Royal Albert Hall will have some live streaming from 28 August, culminating with the ‘Last Night of the Proms’ in September. All details on BBC website