the best things to do in london in august

School’s out for summer and you’ve got weeks of free time stretching in front of you….oh wait a sec. Unless you’re a teacher or a student, you’ll still be working but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun post-5pm, and the weekends too of course. These are the best things to do in London this August…


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Jump Aboard the Murder Express

‘The Murder Express’ is a theatre and dining experience with a twist. Boarding the train at the Pedley Street Station ‘Seven Sins’ Bar, you’ll journey to the (fictional!) town of Murder in France whilst seated in the train’s luxurious period dining car.

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Cool off at Giant Steps in Hackney Wick

Taking over Swan Wharf, Giant Steps is from the people behind Brilliant Corners and has the largest outdoor spaces in east London, perfect for a cool beer in the London sunshine.

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Ride on the River Thames Inside A Killer Whale

An 18-foot killer whale that can hit speeds of up to 60mph on the surface and 40mph when submerged as well as jump 18 feet in the air. It’s one hell of a ride.

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Join the Sausage Dog Cafe Paw-ty

Taking over The Happenstance in St Pauls for one day only, the cafe is open to dachshund owners and dachshund fans alike for you to join this very cute sausage dog paw-ty.

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Slam Your Body Down at The Spice Girl Exhibition

Taking over the Business Design Centre, #SpiceUpLondon – The Spice Girls Exhibition will feature 350 costumes, loads of memorabilia and merch, and stages dedicated to each of the girls.

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Put Your Feet Up at Beautiful Allotment

Brought to you by the team behind Bourne & Hollingsworth, The Geffrye Museum has been turned into a beautiful English summer garden with cocktails infused with herbs and flowers and BBQ food. It’s Insta gold.

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Get involved in The Wonderful World of Ice Cream

Mad food duo Bompas & Parr are taking on all things ice cream at the British Museum of Food, covering the history of our fave sweet treat. Get 20% off tickets.

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Secret Cinema Presents Romeo + Juliet

An outdoor location will be transformed into Verona Beach, there’ll be live bands, DJs and choirs, and it’s going to be the biggest production they’ve ever done. EXCITING.

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Take On The Ultimate Inflatable Obstacle Course At Ally Pally

It’s a whopping 300 metres long, with 42 different obstacles, including an 18-metre slide…basically, it’s like the biggest bouncy castle you could imagine on steroids.

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Join The Lagunitas Beer Circus

Apart from being packed full with beer (obvs), the Beer Circus also features everything from bizarre burlesque, bearded ladies to marching bands and freak shows entertainment, with a load of quirky bands providing the soundtrack.

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