August in London 2019

 
 
 
 
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Mamma Mia! The Party
Prudential RideLondon
Brompton World Championship
RideLondon FreeCycle
London Craft Beer Festival
South West Four
Eastern Electrics Festival
Art's House: A Lovely London Festival
Elrow Town
Notting Hill Carnival
Evita is at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Fleabag
Luna Kids Cinema: Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace Food Festival
Jules Buckley presents Prom 45: Mississippi Goddam: A Homage to Nina Simone
 

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Evita comes to the Open Air Theatre, summer favourites like the Notting Hill Carnival and Kids Week return and Mamma Mia! The Party previews at The O2 in August 2019.

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Kids Week

In August, a child aged between 5 and 16 can go to any of the 43 participating shows for free.

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 2019

 

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. The line up always includes some top shows like School of Rock, 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 go on sale in June and adults can also buy up to two extra children's tickets at half price while paying no booking fees. Bargain!

 
 
 

Evita

Jamie Lloyd directs the moving musical about the rags-to-riches rise of Eva Peron.

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

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 2nd August to 21st September 2019

 

Jamie Lloyd directs Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita as the musical comes to Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, concluding the 2019 season. The musical premiered in the West End in 1978 and features a chart-topping score including Don't Cry For Me Argentina, Oh! What A Circus, Another Suitcase in Another Hall, and the Academy Award-winning You Must Love Me, originally performed by Madonna in the Oscar-winning 1996 film. As Artistic Director of The Jamie Lloyd Company, Jamie recently produced and directed the starry Pinter at the Pinter, a season of Harold Pinter's short plays in the West End with Tom Hiddleston, Lee Evans and a string of celebrities among the cast.

 
 
 

Prudential RideLondon

Cycling for top level pros, keen cyclists and fund-raising, fun-loving two-wheelers.

St James's Park, Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2BJ

Tube: Westminster Station , St James's Park Station

 

Dates: Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August 2019

 

A celebration of cycling, with more than 100,000 cyclists expected to take part, the annual two-day Prudential RideLondon encompasses several separate events for top level pros, keen cyclists and fund-raising, fun-loving two-wheelers. The festival includes the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix at the Lee Valley VeloPark, the Brompton World Championship, the pro level Prudential RideLondon Classic and the open-to-all Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 which sees 25,000 riders race 100 miles from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to The Mall, finishing in front of Buckingham Palace. If 100 miles sounds too far, there are the 46 and 19 mile challenges for new, young or less experienced cyclists, both finishing on The Mall. The whole family can get involved in FreeCycle, an eight-mile inner city circuit giving you the chance to cycle through central London over traffic-free roads.

 
 
 

Brompton World Championship Final

Smartly-dressed cyclists line up for a Le Mans style start as the competition unfolds.

St James's Park, Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2BJ

Tube: Westminster Station , St James's Park Station

 

Dates: Saturday 3rd August 2019

 

The annual Brompton World Championship comes to central London this summer, tying in with the Prudential RideLondon cycling festival. The London event takes the form of a Le Mans style start as 550 smartly-dressed competitors (strictly no Lycra) make a mad dash to unfold their bikes before setting off on the 16km circuit which starts on The Mall and covers eight laps around St James' Park, past Buckingham Palace before finishing back on The Mall. Given the cult-like nature of these much loved folding British Brompton bikes, it's no surprise that this has become a hugely enjoyable, somewhat eccentric event with prizes for fastest team, best veteran riders and the best dressed cyclists.

 
 
 

RideLondon FreeCycle

The family friendly part of RideLondon opens up London's traffic free streets.

The Mall, Westminster, St James's, London, SW1Y 5AH

Tube: St James's Park Station

 

Dates: Saturday 3rd August 2019

 

Britain's biggest bike festival, Prudential RideLondon, gets under way with the RideLondon FreeCycle, a family friendly event in which around 70,000 riders typically take part. An eight-mile loop through the traffic-free streets of central London - with bands, music bikes and stilt bicycles along the way - the route takes in some of London's most iconic sights, with participants free to stop and start, take photos and experience the fun and freedom of riding without worrying about cars, lorries and buses. From Tower Bridge to Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament, London's greatest sights will create an inspiring backdrop for a memorable day of cycling - and if you finish and want some more, then simply ride the route a second time. The FreeCycle is part of a weekend of cycling which includes the Brompton World Championship, RideLondon GrandPrix, the RideLondon 100 and RideLondon Classic for the pros.

 
 
 
 

Eastern Electrics Festival

Weekend rave with a pool party run by Ibiza Rocks.

Morden Park, Road, Merton, London, SM4 5QX

Tube: Morden Station

 

Dates: Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August 2019

 

Returning to Morden Park, Eastern Electrics is a weekend rave with a pool party run by Ibiza Rocks and a VIP area by Ministry Of Sound. Expect an Ibiza summer vibe, lasers and smoke cannons, upfront house and techno, big beats and a crowd of around 17,000 people up for a party. This year's festival welcomes London boy Skream who brings his fresh 'I Feel' brand to the Big Top. Defected, step up to host another EE mainstay, The Switchyard - the industrial stage, made up of shipping containers. New for 2019 is The Plant House, a summery arena filled with lush, leafy plants and a see-through roof letting the sun stream through at this summer weekender, filled with hip-hop, bass, garage, top-spec production and pyrotechnics.

 
 
 

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

This year's line-up includes Black Panther, This is England and Clueless.

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

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 8th to 21st August 2019

 

The most famous of all the open air film events in London, Film4 Summer Screen returns to Somerset House to bring cinema lovers a truly eclectic mix of outdoor movies. This year's line-up includes the Oscar-nominated Black Panther, '90s comedy Clueless, love story God's Own Country and Shane Meadows' This is England. As well as the evening's feature film, there are DJ sets inspired by the main event, al fresco picnics and a fabulous summer vibe. Additionally, Behind the Screen presents panel discussions and conversations from industry insiders who are shaping the world of cinema today.

 
 
 

London Craft Beer Festival

The festival returns with a bigger line up of 80 breweries, talented chefs and DJs for three days of fun.

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

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 

Dates: 9th, 10th and 11th August 2019

 

The London Craft Beer Festival returns for its seventh year in 2019 returning to Tobacco Dock with a bolstered line up of 80 breweries (much bigger than last year's 50), close to 500 different beers on tap, talented chefs and hot DJs for three days of fun. New York based breweries and new European breweries, including Brasserie Popihn from central France and Cerveja Letra from Portugal, join UK craft beer makers Northern Monk, Pressure Drop and Kings Cross based Two Tribes and Bohem. This year's festival sees the debut of the world renowned Copenhagen restaurant Amass as Matt Orlando and his team showcase beers from their new brewery Broaden & Build. Topping off the weekend will be the festival's curated selection of food and music. Luca, Pitt Cue and Gunpowder have appeared at the festival before with Two Door Cinema Club and Toddla T previously playing. This year's lineup will be revealed later.

 
 
 

Art's House: A Lovely London Festival

An all-day party soundtracked by Artwork and DJ Harvey.

Three Mills Island, Three Mill Lane, London, E3 3DU

Tube: Bromley-by-Bow Underground Station

 

Dates: Saturday 10th August 2019

 

For the second year in a row, Art's House takes over Three Mills, a lovely patch of greenery between Bow and Stratford, for an all-day party soundtracked by two London DJs, Artwork and DJ Harvey - "A libertine Englishman turned California surfer dude," says Rolling Stone who named him one of the world's 'Top 25 DJs that Rule The Earth'. Set in an industrial area enclosed by the Lee Valley river, it's the ultimate East London spot to throw a big ol' party. Festival-goers can expect Art's vivacious troupe of dancers, mouth-watering street food, cold craft beers, summer-inspired cocktails and a horde of home comforts (Artwork's front room sofa among them). DJ Harvey says "It's like the best house party ever but with 10,000 people in the garden. Having a right kneesup."

 
 
 

Luna Kids Cinema: Hampton Court Palace

Enjoy films in the open air with screenings of several family favourites.

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 14th to 18th Aug 2019

 

Families can enjoy films in the open air thanks to Luna Kids Cinema who put up the big screen at Dulwich Park and Hampton Court Palace this spring and summer. Screenings kick off with a special May half term run in Dulwich Park, on the East Lawns next to the bowling green, where Moana, Mary Poppins Returns and new film release Dumbo are among the 27 screenings. Just released this year, popular children's films include The Lego Movie 2, Disney's remake of Aladdin and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. There will also be exclusive screenings of The Gruffalo, The Highway Rat, Zog and the brand new Peppa Pig movie - Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun. Later in the summer, from 14th to 18th August, the projector moves to Hampton Court for 15 screenings including high flying adventure How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and computer caper Ralph Breaks the Internet.

 
 
 
 

London Dessert Festival

A multi-sensory festival featuring the best desserts from across the UK.

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

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August 2019

 

Calling all sweet tooths: the first London Dessert Festival comes to the Truman Brewery this August. Presenting the best desserts from across the UK, the multi-sensory festival will be full of experimental ways to celebrate and enjoy the sweet treats. Visitors can expect a number of interactive features such as themed rooms and Instagrammable walls along with indulgent treats like Macaron ice cream sandwiches, Frozen S'mores, Cookie Shots, Cereal cocktails and more.

 
 
 

Elrow Town

Forest parties and house tunes at one of London's most vibrant summer music festivals.

Trent Country Park, Cockfosters Road, London, EN4 0PS

Tube: Oakwood Station

 

Dates: Saturday 17th August 2019

 

After two successful years at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park elrow Town moves to Trent Park, in north London, on Saturday 17th August 2019 for a bigger, one-day-only party. In the vast, lush green setting, there's space for forest parties, queer dance troupe, wonky races, town trains snaking across the fields and all round elrow extravagance. Promising to add the wackiest town to the London map, this is a party populated by over dressed up 200 characters while more than 50 DJs deliver the phat house and techno anthems, ensuring that elrow Town London ranks as one of the capital's most vibrant summer music festivals. Last year, Fatboy Slim, Paul Kalkbrenner and Idris Elba were on the bill so you can expect a strong line-up from a festival that's grown from being a club in Barcelona into a moveable club event with residencies in Ibiza, Madrid and Amsterdam.

 
 
 

Fleabag

Phoebe Waller-Bridge performs Fleabag on stage for the final time.

Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA

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

 

Dates: 20th August to 14th September 2019

 

After making the nation cry with laughter and sadness with the critically-acclaimed season two on BBC Three, Phoebe Waller-Bridge brings her much-loved Fleabag back to its origins with a strictly-limited West End season of the one-woman show. Taking to the stage at the Wyndham's Theatre for just four weeks, the homecoming run will be the last time that Waller-Bridge will perform the piece. Having originally previewed at Soho Theatre, the production then premiered at Edinburgh Festival in 2013 and went on to tour the UK, South Korea and Australia before being given an off-Broadway run in New York. The stage production was nominated for an Olivier Award and Evening Standard Award while the BBC Three adaptation earned Waller-Bridge a BAFTA for Best Female Comedy Performance. Taking audiences on a journey through one woman's tumultuous life and sexual antics, Fleabag is an emotional rollercoaster, and Phoebe has perfected the art of transitioning from laugh-out-loud moments to tear-jerking scenes in the blink of an eye.

 
 
 

Prom 45: Mississippi Goddam: A Homage to Nina Simone

Jules Buckley presents A Homage to Nina Simone at this year's Proms.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: Wednesday 21st August 2019

 

Grammy award-winning, pioneering conductor, curator and musical maverick Jules Buckley, best known for collaborating on the Ibiza Prom with Pete Tong, presents Mississippi Goddam: A Homage to Nina Simone at this year's Proms. It's one of two Proms concerts he's doing this summer and is followed by The Breaks, a spin on the music of breakdancing. But before that he gives us this bold, fresh look at the life and work of Nina Simone, celebrated here in all her guises. Buckley presents innovative reworkings of some of her most well known songs including, 'My Baby Just Cares For Me' and 'Feelin' Good', alongside some lesser known gems. Buckley leads the Metropole Orkest with special guest, American contemporary R&B and jazz vocalist Ledisi whose gospel vocals and trademark swagger make her the perfect artist to bring the music of Nina Simone to life.

 
 
 

South West Four

Craig David and Chase and Status headline the two-day electronic music extravaganza.

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station

 

Dates: Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August 2019

 

A firm favourite on the London festival calendar after 15 successful years, South West Four is back on Clapham Common for two days of dance music and big names over the late August Bank Holiday weekend. Martin Garrix, Craig David and Chase and Status headline the two-day electronic music extravaganza. On Saturday Martin Garrix and Tinie Tempah are the main stage headliners while Craig David presents TS5 Takeover at the indoor tent. They're supported by a strong lineup of Basement Jaxx (doing a DJ set), UK House star James Hype, highly popular songstress Mabel, and Heldeep Records head honcho Oliver Heldens. South London rap star Yungen, and Sigma, returning after mesmerising 30,000 fans at the festival last year, also put in an appearance. Sunday sees Plan B on the main stage outside while Ms Dynamite sings live and Chase & Status presents RTRN II JUNGLE indoors. Expect many stars of the global dance scene, filling Clapham Common with revellers united in the knowledge that they don't have to get up for work the next day. The festival finishes around 11pm but there are after-parties for those keen on all-night revelry.

 
 
 
 

Notting Hill Carnival

Europe's biggest street party brings the Caribbean spirit to west London.

Notting Hill, , London, W11 3AG

Tube: Holland Park Station

 

Dates: Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August 2019

 

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.

 
 
 

Hampton Court Palace Food Festival

Sample a great selection of food and get cooking tips from top chefs.

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 24th, 25th and 26th August 2019

 

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. While this year's line-up has yet to be revealed, last year's top chefs included Michel Roux Jr, Nadiya Hussain, Lisa Faulkner, Melissa Hemsley and Dr Rupy Aujla who all gave 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.

 
 
 

Mamma Mia! The Party

The immersive Mamma Mia! experience with a script by Sandi Toksvig.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 29th August to 31st December 2019

 

Be immersed in the world of sunshine and ABBA songs as Mamma Mia! The Party comes to town, co-produced by Bjorn Ulvaeus himself. Set on a Greek island, you'll sit at tables in the taverna's courtyard, enjoying Mediterranean food and drink while seeing the theatre - which follows a script by Sandi Toksvig - unfold. It's as if you've been invited to the afterparty for Mamma Mia! so you'll get the chance to dance along to ABBA songs. The immersive experience takes place in one of the venues within The O2 which has been transformed into Nikos' Taverna, designed by Steve Tompkins of Haworth Tompkins architects. You'll certainly feel as if you've been whisked away to the island of Skopelos, amongst olive trees and bougainvillea. It's already proved a huge hit in Stockholm where it first opened in January 2016 and is now in its third sold-out year.

 
 
 

London Brunch Fest

A food festival dedicated to our favourite weekend meal.

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

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September 2019

 

A food festival dedicated to our favourite weekend meal, somewhere between breakfast and lunch, London Brunch Fest takes over The Old Truman Brewery for a whole weekend this summer. A number of headline restaurants will be taking part, bringing together London's best menus under one roof to serve everything from avocado on toast to American pancakes. Expect both coffee and booze to wash it all down with as well as a programme of workshops, talks and music.

 
 
 

Meltdown Festival 2019

Grammy Award-winning record producer Nile Rodgers curates this year's Meltdown festival.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 3rd to 11th August 2019

 

Grammy Award-winning record producer Nile Rodgers curates this year's Meltdown festival. Returning for its 26th year, the festival of contemporary music and culture is the longest-running artist-curated festival in the world, and this year will welcome a line-up of exclusive collaborations, world-wide one-offs and unmissable opportunities all curated by Nile Rodgers, who joins a long list of illustrious Meltdown curators including David Bowie, James Lavelle and Yoko Ono, Morrissey, Elvis Costello and Jarvis Cocker. The musician himself will open the festival on 3rd August with a massive disco all-nighter followed by a night of partying in the Southbank's recreation of notorious New York nightclub Studio 54. Also on the line-up this year are Thundercat, Kokoroko, Anitta, Alfa Mist and Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, who will perform the music of cult hit Stranger Things.

 
 
 
 
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