A London heatwave summer like no other. Why leave London in August when the city is full of glorious sunshine? Cooling off is a visit to the cinema (Mamma Mia or Mission Impossible) for good air conditioning, or it’s Hyde Park for a paddle boat. Either way “summer lovin’ s having a blast..” and we are here to stay. There is so much going on in London, outside and in, here is our August Super Seven;
Buckingham Palace has opened its doors for their annual State Room opening for 10 weeks over the summer. The ticket includes a visit to the beautiful garden – a must in our book. Something I hadn’t realised until now was that Clarence House is also open for all of August. This stunning John Nash home, was once home to the Queen Mother, and now to HRH Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall. This could be on my list this year!
Frieze Sculpture in Regents Park : Find the sculptures dotted around the park, it makes a walk in the park far more artistic. There is an app, an audio tour, and a Frieze family trail. So no excuses. It finishes 7 October, when the Arts Festival is over.
Kids Week for London Theatre during AUGUST. This is such a great offer, so anyone in London with kids, should be checking out their favourite shows. For every paying adult, a child under 16 goes free. It’s such a good deal. I also noticed that my favourite musical has released tickets for this offer – The King & I… get booking! Also a lot of the theatres have air conditioning, so this is a good option for keeping cool!
Zip wiring in London. We did this last year, and it was a HUGE hit with the teens. However, as we stood in line, there were more adults than children enjoying the ride. I’m sorely tempted!
Evening Standard Eating Out in London. This is a fabulous deal, and one that we’ve taken advantage of before, so can truly vouch for it. D&D London’s Summer Festival offer in 27 of their top restaurants. Eat out from as little as £15 until 9 September.
August isn’t August without Notting Hill Carnival. It seems to close August rather nicely. However, if the Carnival isn’t your thing, Victoria Park from Thurs 23-Mon 27 August has a Festival for Makers and Doers. Everything creative from campfire sessions to mixology to the spoken word, there will be something for anyone creative. Check out the website, and if you are quick you will be 20% off your ticket if you book with the code PAPER20.
Michael Jackson : On the Wall at NPG. It’s far more about the creative art of his image than about the man himself, but it’s a good one for creatives.
RA Summer Exhibition – don’t miss this vision of colour curated by Grayson Perry. Ends 19 August. Picasso at the Tate Modern ends 9 September.
There are some really brilliant talks coming up at the RA & the V&A. Take a look at both and book before they sell out.
Cocktails in the City– 3rd and 4th in Bedford Square. What a great way to stay cool on a summer evening.
Carnaby Street Eat Food Festival: 11 August 12-6pm. I’ve been to this in the past, and its great fun, and you get some fabulous dishes for £5 & live music to top it all off.
Little Shop of Horrors at Regents Park Open Air Theatre 3 August – 15 September
Pressure The Play at the Ambassador Theatre – Ends 1st September. This is BRILLIANT.
Lehman Trilogy at The National.
Photographer lovers should head to the Alex Prager Silver Lake Drive exhibition at the Photographer’s Gallery. On until 14 October. Free entry before midday.