Lavender at Ham House

When:Daily, between 10am - 5pm

Ham House, a glorious National Trust property near Richmond, is one of our favourite places to visit in August when the glorious Cherry Garden provides a dazzling display of over 1200 lavender plants. There’s also a historic Kitchen Garden, dating back to the 1650’s. Visit in August to discover large beds filled with neatly organised […]

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London’s best outdoor swimming spots

When:Throughout June, July & August

Outdoor swimming and London temperatures don’t always go hand in hand. However, visit in August and there’s a good chance that you’ll need somewhere to cool down. London has a great collection of outdoor pools, ponds and lidos which provide wonderful refuges from the heat of the city. London ponds and reservoirs Our top spot […]

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Party time at the Notting Hill Carnival

When:27-28 August 2023

Get ready for London’s biggest street party! The annual Notting Hill Carnival sees W10 crackle with Caribbean colours, music and flavours. This is Europe’s biggest street festival and certainly one of its most colourful.  If you’re in London over the last weekend of August, enjoy  glorious technicolour parades and the sound of calypso music in […]

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Watch a movie under the stars at Somerset House

The Film4 Summer Screen programme at Somerset House is as popular with Londoners as tourists. Watch a series of red carpet premieres, classic, cult and contemporary films for two weeks in August. A state-of-the-art outdoor screen, with full surround sound, displays the films in the magical setting of Somerset House’s stunning courtyard. Take your own […]

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Kids Week at London’s theatres

When:1-31 August

Calling all drama queens …. Kids’ Week is a superb (month-long) London initiative every August that encourages young people to get involved in theatre. It offers free and reduced kids’ theatre tickets across the city throughout the month. The offer entitles each full-paying adult to qualify for a free kids’ (under 16) ticket. Additionally, there is the […]

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Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

When:13 June - 20 August 2023

Held every year since 1769, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission art show. The 2023 show runs from 13 June to 20 August 2023. The Exhibition is a great chance to view work by emerging and contemporary leading artists, as well as Royal Academicians and household names. And the good […]

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