Feast on these August Events in London

1–31  August

Kids Week is not just a week, but a whole month of free tickets for kids to major shows (when accompanied by a full-paying adult) in this popular annual event. There’s a wide range of shows on offer, from seeing the scary Miss Trunchbull in "Matilda" and the heart-warming "Everyone’s Talking about Jamie", to the fun "Dinosaur World Live" and "Brainiac Live". Look out for special restaurant deals, too.

9–11 August

Ale, lager, whatever your poison, you can try them at the London Craft Beer Festival at Tobacco Dock. Now in its seventh year, it attracts more than 85 breweries, from London’s Hackney Brewery and Howling Hops to Evil Twin from New York and Aegir from Norway. Unlimited 100ml samples are included in your ticket, but drinking on an empty stomach is unwise. Fill up on street food first, such as Sri Lankan curry from Hoppers and Israeli dishes from The Palomar.

14–18 August

Ashes urn, Lord's Museum, London, UK

Now the razzle-dazzle of the ICC Cricket World Cup is over, and England won its first-ever trophy in an enthralling final, it’s back to the traditional rivalry of England vs Australia in The Ashes. One of the five Test matches in this biannual encounter is always held at Lord’s cricket ground, the world’s home of cricket. The tournament itself has been going since 1882 and the actual ‘prize’, the Ashes urn, is a surprisingly minuscule 15cm high. 

15 August–26 October

Chihuly Nights, Kew Gardens, London, UK

To further enhance the stunning glass artworks on display at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday (7.30pm-10.30pm) sees a very special after-dark event. Chihuly Nights sees Dale Chihuly’s works looking even more spectacular when seen under the sunset and accompanied by a unique soundscape. 

17–18 August

London Dessert Festival, Old Truman Brewery, London, UK

If you want to indulge in tempting treats all under one roof, head to the London Dessert Festival, a sweet treat haven at The Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane. These aren’t just desserts—these are delicious creations to impress, a dazzling combination to tickle your taste buds that look almost too good to eat. Enjoy immersive installations, free samples and lots of entertainment. 

20 August–14 September

After the rip-roaring success of the TV series “Fleabag”, which won many awards earlier this year, the show’s writer and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge brings her production to Wyndham’s Theatre for a strictly limited run. Waller-Bridge’s poignant, witty one-woman show, about ‘some sort of woman living her sort of life’, recently sold out on Broadway—now it’s the turn of lucky West End audiences to enjoy “Fleabag’s” charms.

25–27 August

Notting Hill Carnival, London, UK

Sequins, feathers and sashaying dancers mingle at stalls with sizzling jerk chicken and the dizzying beat from steel bands and sound systems at the Notting Hill Carnival. No wonder this celebration of Caribbean culture in attracts around a million people to its parade and party. 

30 August–4 December

MAMMA MIA! The Musical, London, UK

ABBA fans, it’s time to don your sparkly flares and platform heels and join “Mamma Mia! The Party” at The O2. As you enjoy a Mediterranean dinner and a shot of the Greek drink ouzo, actors sing and dance in this immersive theatrical experience. You can get up and dance to ABBA’s hits, including “Dancing Queen”, “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” and “Waterloo”.  

Neil Simpson
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