August in London 2018

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Notting Hill Carnival
London Craft Beer Festival
Walking with Dinosaurs
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
Michel Roux Jr is at the Hampton Court Palace Food Festival
Hampton Court Palace Food Festival
Carreducker bespoke shoemakers will appear in the dome at MAKEMORE
Elrow Town
Carmen La Cubana
Free Open Air Theatre at The Scoop
V For


Summer favourites like the Notting Hill Carnival and Kids Week return and two Open Air Theatre productions are staged in London during August 2018.

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Kids Week

Youngsters go free to West End shows throughout August.

The West End, , Soho, London, WC2H 7BP

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station


Dates: 1st to 31st August 2018


A truly inspired summer treat for families, Kids Week makes West End hits available to youngsters for free - as long as an adult pays the full price. For the whole of August, a child aged between 5 and 16 can go to any of the 43 participating shows for free and they get some top shows taking part. This year's line up includes School of Rock, Strictly Ballroom the Musical, 42nd Street, Disney's Aladdin, Wicked, The Lion King, Mamma Mia! and more. There are options for under-fives with a programme of shows and activities specifically for the very young. Tickets for Kids Week 2018 go on sale in June 2018 and adults can also buy up to two extra children's tickets at half price while paying no booking fees. Bargain!


Carmen La Cubana

This UK premiere features Bizet's classic score and new orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 1st to 19th August 2018


The UK premiere of Carmen La Cubana featuring Bizet's classic score, with new orchestrations by Tony Award-winner Alex Lacamoire (Hamilton), comes to Sadler's Wells this summer. Performed by a large company of singers, dancers and musicians, the show is a sultry take on one of the most famous operas, set against the simmering turmoil of Revolution in Cuba, 1958. Inspired by Oscar Hammerstein II's Broadway hit Carmen Jones, Christopher Renshaw (The King and I) directs this UK premiere which mixes opera with salsa, mambo and cha-cha-cha.


V For

A brand new vegan lifestyle festival with special menus, fitness events and wellness workshops.

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station


Dates: 1st to 31st August 2018


This August, the Old Truman Brewery hosts brand new vegan lifestyle festival, V For. Offering a positive platform for vegans, vegetarians and the V curious, the festival, which will also take over various east London venues, offers everything from demonstrations and education sessions to fitness events and experiences. The increasingly popular Vegan Nights will be kicking off the occasion with a market of delicious vegan treats on 2nd August while other foodie offerings include a new vegan menu at Juju's, DF/Mexico and Ninety One and the introduction of vegan and vegetarian traders to Brick Lane Food Hall. Health and wellness events include a month of yoga, mindfulness and lifestyle sessions from Adidas Studio LDN; a special workout event from No Kane No Gain; and happiness workshop sessions from The Art of Living Foundation. On the rooftop, Jessica Skye's Fat Buddha Yoga sessions will offer some inner peace away from the bustling city. There will also be a showcase of ethical fashion, including a vegan shoe pop-up, London's first vegan fashion show and sustainable fashion rooms.


Bring It On: The Musical

Expect sass, somersaults and singing in this musical adaptation of the popular noughties film.

Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD

Tube: Elephant & Castle Station , Borough Station


Dates: 2nd August to 1st September 2018


Step into the world of an American high school this August with Bring It On The Musical, a stage adaptation of the popular noughties film. Staged at the Southwark Playhouse, it combines the talent of Tony Award-winner Jeff Whitty, Tony Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt and Broadway lyricist Amanda Green to bring the story of friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness to life. Expect plenty of sass, somersaults and singing.



Lyndsey Turner directs this adaptation of Brian Friel's classic.

The Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9LD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station


Dates: 2nd August to 22nd September 2018


Part of Josie Rourke's penultimate season as artistic director, the Donmar Warehouse stages Brian Friel's Aristocrats. Directed by Lyndsey Turner, who returns to the Donmar following Faith Healer and Philadelphia, Here I Come!, the production comes 40 years after it premiered and explores the decline of a previously influential Catholic family. Once the regular host to grand balls, musical evenings and tennis parties, Ballybeg Hall used to be filled with painters, poets and politicians, with parties overseen by the imposing figure of Judge O'Donnell. Today, on the eve of a wedding, the O'Donnell children return to their ancestral home to find it in a state of disrepair.


Little Shop of Horrors

The big musical number comes to the Open Air Theatre.

Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station


Dates: 3rd August to 15th September 2018


Flower shop assistant, Seymour, discovers a mysterious new plant with questionable taste and a big appetite. Little Shop of Horrors brings the greenery to life as Maria Aberg (Dr Faustus, RSC, Fantastic Mr Fox) makes her Open Air Theatre directorial debut. A big musical number, the show features classic songs by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken including 'Suddenly, Seymour', 'Skid Row (Downtown)', and 'Dentist!' Find out whether our hapless hero will make the most of his newfound fame and win the attention of kind, sweet Audrey or will the mean green monster gobble them up?


London Craft Beer Festival

The festival returns with three days of beers, breweries, food and DJs.

Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, Hackney, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station


Dates: 3rd, 4th and 5th August 2018


The London Craft Beer Festival returns for its 6th year in 2018 and it's moving to Tobacco Dock, which will be the event's residence for the foreseeable future. The popular event will return with a host of breweries, hundreds of beers, talented chefs and hot DJs for three days of fun. The line-up won't be announced until later in the year but last year welcomed the likes of Sierra Nevada, CRATE, Brooklyn Brewery, Berber & Q, Gunpowder and Norman Jay. Early bird tickets are now available.


Flower Fairies: Botanical Magic

More than 40 of Cicely Mary Barker's beautiful designs, first published a century ago.

Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7LB

Tube: Lambeth North Station


Dates: 8th August to 30th September 2018


Enchanting and magical, Cicely Mary Barker's Flower Fairies have been an inspiration to generations and this summer the Garden Museum presents an exhibition featuring more than 40 of her designs, first published a century ago. Fairies were popular at the time with the mystery surrounding the Cottingley fairy photographs which Arthur Conan Doyle published in a sell-out article for The Strand. In this exhibition, original artwork from all eight of the books is displayed alongside research materials and previously unseen sketchbooks and drawings. Barker's carefully observed flowers continue to appeal to the avid gardener while younger visitors can dress up as some of their favourite fairies.


Free Open Air Theatre at The Scoop

Free outdoor theatre every Wednesday to Saturday evening throughout the summer.

The Scoop at More London, The Queen's Walk, Bridge City, London, SE1 2DB

Tube: London Bridge Station


Dates: 8th August to 2nd September 2018


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and King Arthur are the stories told as the free open air theatre returns to The Scoop for its 15th year, presenting outdoor theatre every Wednesday to Saturday evening throughout the summer. Join Dorothy and her dog Toto for an adventure down the yellow brick road and see a new adaptation of Sir Thomas Mallory's 1485 retelling of King Arthur, focusing on the love triangle between a king, a queen and a handsome young knight. The outdoor theatre season, part of the London Bridge City: Summer By The River festival, is supplemented by free community activities including workshops, concerts and talks. Free riverside theatre to dip your toe into, set against a backdrop of London landmarks like City Hall and Tower Bridge.


Secret Cinema: Romeo and Juliet

Masters of the immersive experience, Secret Cinema creates the world of Romeo Juliet.

Secret Cinema, Central, London, XX1 0LL



Dates: 8th to 25th August 2018


For the largest experience they've ever produced Secret Cinema puts star crossed lovers centre stage as Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is made immersive. They're recreating Verona Beach at a secret outdoor London location in the spectacular, immersive way that only Secret Cinema can. Live bands, DJs, choirs and actors take on the legendary characters and feuding families, with the themes of peace, redemption and salvation explored. As many as 5,000 people a night will be transported to a world where the most memorable moments of Baz Luhrmann's 1996 film become reality and Shakespeare's story is told in a way you've never seen it before.


Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

The outdoor film festival opens with the premiere of The Wife, introduced by Glenn Close.

Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 9th to 22nd August 2018


The most famous of all the open air film events in London, Summer Screen returns to Somerset House in association with Film4 to bring cinema lovers a truly eclectic mix of movies. Opening with the premiere of The Wife, starring Glenn Close, who will introduce the film with director Bjorn Runge, the 2018 line-up includes Inception, from the director of Dunkirk, Labyrinth, Call Me By Your Name and Blue Velvet. New for this year, Somerset House has commissioned a short film by performance artists Mel Brimfield and filmmaker Ewan Jones Morris, both resident artists in Somerset House Studios, to be screened ahead of each evening's feature film. There will also be DJ sets inspired by the evening's main event, al fresco picnics and a fabulous summer vibe.


Dinosaur World Live

A brand new interactive and engaging show for children.

Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station


Dates: 14th August to 9th September 2018


Playing during the day from 14th August 2018, dinosaurs return to Regent's Park in Dinosaur World Live, a brand new 50-minute show complete with Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Giraffatitan and Segnosaurus, to name a few. Interactive and engaging theatre for children aged 3 and over, you'll explore unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs.


Walking with Dinosaurs

The huge arena show returns, depicting the evolution of dinosaurs with cinematic realism.

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 14th to 19th Aug 2018


A follow up to the hugely popular 1999 BBC television show, here comes another chance to go Walking With Dinosaurs again. The arena spectacular has now been seen by over 9 million people worldwide and will be stopping by The O2 this August to depict the dinosaurs' evolution with almost cinematic realism. The updated show will depict spectacular and colourful changes to dinosaurs based on the latest scientific research and present nine species from their entire 200 million year reign. You can get up close to the terrifying Tyrannosaurus-Rex, who towers over us at an impressive 39ft, and walk alongside Allosaurus - one of the largest carnivores of the Jurassic period. Other dinosaurs featuring include the Plateosaurus and Liliensternus from the Triassic period, the Torosaurus and Utahraptor from the Cretaceous period and, the largest of them all, the Brachiosaurus, which stands at 11 metres tall and 17 metres from nose to tail.


Elrow Town

Top DJs, giant puppets, enormous inflatables and a twenty-foot high mechanical camel.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Olympic Park, London, E15 2EE

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station


Dates: Saturday 18th August 2018


After a successful debut last August - when 25,000 people flocked to London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for a first class rave - elrow Town returns on Saturday 18th August 2018 and this time they promise even more mayhem. Expect top DJs playing to a pack-out crowd from a colossal multi-story tower-block stage, while giant puppets, enormous inflatables and a twenty-foot high mechanical camel dazzle partygoers beneath a monsoon of streamers and confetti. Club night organisers elrow are also responsible for creating Monegros Festival and legendary Club Florida 135 in Fraga, Spain, and they have teamed up with Amnesia in Ibiza, adding circus and herds of unicorns to the club's Saturday nights.



Take part in bushcraft activities, wood turning and printing workshops.

Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5SN

Tube: Mile End Station


Dates: 23rd to 27th Aug 2018


A festival for makers and doers, MAKEMORE is a new summer jamboree in Victoria Park where you can try your hand at crafts activities, with live music and immersive theatre thrown in. An uplifting festival where you eat, drink, socialise and have a go at making something, take part in bushcraft activities with The Exploration Society, turn wood with Barn the Spoon or venture into the world of model animation with Wallace and Gromit creators, Aardman productions. Create your own posters, join a printing workshop, see how tiny house building is done, learn how to throw a pot and join Whelans Weaving for a live interactive art installation. Foodies are very well catered for too with Angela Clutton pulling together a who's who of published talent from Charlotte Pike, award-winning food writer and author of Smoked, to Masterchef's Dhruv Baker. Performing arts include a mix of cabaret, comedy, burlesque and puppetry from Frantic Assembly, Little Angel Theatre and Polka Theatre, supplemented by live music from London choir, Some Voices.


South West Four

Two days of dance music and big names over the bank holiday weekend.

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station


Dates: Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August 2018


Now a firm favourite on the London festival calendar, South West Four is back for two days of dance music and big names over the bank holiday weekend. This year's line-up is yet to be announced but former programmes have provided a strong offering so we're expecting great things. The festival has proved a great success over the past fourteen years, filling Clapham Common with revellers united in the knowledge that they don't have to slum it in a tent and that there's no work the next day - so the party can go on and on. The music may finish around 11pm but there are after-parties for those keen on all-night revelry.


Hampton Court Palace Food Festival

See cooking demos from Michel Roux Jr and Nadiya Hussain at the historic royal palace.

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, London, KT8 9AU

Tube: Richmond Station


Dates: 25th, 26th and 27th August 2018


Taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the Hampton Court Palace Food Festival comes to Hampton Court Palace giving visitors a great selection of food to sample and expert tips from well-known cooks and chefs. This year welcomes Michel Roux Jr, Nadiya Hussain, Lisa Faulkner, Melissa Hemlsey and Dr Rupy Aujla who'll take part in live cooking demonstrations. The festival also offers tastings and masterclasses, pop-up restaurants, book signing opportunities and over 100 producers of speciality foods. Feast on street food, enjoy afternoon tea, sip on cocktails, quaff Champagne from pop-up bars and leave time to visit Hampton Court Palace - all tickets include free entry into the beautiful home of King Henry VIII.


Notting Hill Carnival

The colourful carnival is back for bank holiday weekend.

Notting Hill, , London, W11 3AG

Tube: Holland Park Station


Dates: Sunday 26th and Monday 27th August 2018


Held since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival was originally a local affair for west London's homesick Caribbean community, this has evolved into Europe's biggest street party. Carnival sets London on fire in a blaze of Caribbean spirit as extravagantly costumed dancers, calypso and soca musicians, giant sound-systems and steel bands are joined by over a million revellers of all ages. Sunday is officially children's day, but there are loads of kids on both days enjoying the bright colours of the floats and the dancers' feathered costumes. Adults can shake their booty at dozens of stages and there are tunes for all tastes, from house to hip-hop. It's a huge area and can get very crowded, so be prepared for an exhausting day out, but for anyone who loves a party, carnival remains the absolute highlight of the London summer.



A vivid new adaptation of Shakespeare's late romance.

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 26th, 27th and 28th August 2018


Chris Bush's vivid new adaptation of Shakespeare's late romance, Pericles, comes to the National's Olivier Theatre this summer. Directed by Emily Lim, the adaptation of the epic story of love, loss, family and community features choreography by Imogen Knight and music composed by James Fortune. This will be the first Public Acts production - a nationwide initiative in the UK that will create extraordinary acts of theatre and community - and will feature a large community ensemble and small cast of professional actors.



The biggest festival of BBQ and smoking to hit London.

Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station


Dates: 31st August, 1st September and 2nd September 2018


Smokestak, Gunpowder and Breddos Tacos are three of the top restaurants appearing at London's meatiest food festival as Meatopia returns. Originally conceived by the late Josh Ozersky, the concept is the biggest festival of BBQ and smoking to hit London, welcoming a raft of UK and international chefs, restaurants, butchers and food heroes. Taking place at Tobacco Dock, the carnivore's paradise will treat guests to tasting-sized portions of dishes from renowned chefs and iconic restaurants. Chefs making their Meatopia debut include Jeremy Chan of Ikoyi, Sam Bryant of Coal Rooms, Freddy Bird of Bristol's The Lido, Ben Davy from Ox Club, Rok Shoreditch's Matt Young and Aaron Webster & Remi Williams of Smoke & Salt. There's an eclectic line-up of live music, DJs, informal workshops, live chef demos and, with the Saturday night session lasting an hour longer, there's more time to appreciate those smokin' hot chefs.

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