What to do in London in August?

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The month of August in London is placed under the sign of carnival and festivals: music, beers and open-air cinema !!!! Athletes will not miss the prestigious show jumping championship and the Emirates Cup!


An exhibition dedicated to ABBA at the O2 Arena

An exhibition dedicated to ABBA presents personal objects, photographs and an immersion in the life stories of each member of the group.

For the first time, emblematic objects such as a limited edition replica of the “Star Guitar” played at Eurovision 74, the school book of member Bjorn Ulvaeus as well as photos, gold records and clothing are on display.

The ABBA Super Troupers exhibition immerses visitors through its music, lyrics, creative process and influence on the musical landscape of the 70s and 80s.

Information and reservations on the Lastminute website

When? Until August 31, 2020

Or ? 02 Arena

Price: £ 20 instead of £ 27 when booking through Last minute.

Metro bus North Greenwich 108, 129, 132, 161, 188, 422, 472, 486


Exposition Body Worlds

Conceived by the German professor Gunther von Hagens, the Body Worlds exhibition aims to explain the mysteries and the transformations of the organism by relying on real human bodies.
This traveling exhibition presents a total of 200 bodies and organs kept intact thanks to plastination, a technique for preserving human bodies invented by Gunther von Hagens.

With over 45 million visitors, Body Worlds Vital is one of the most visited health exhibitions in the world. Often described as a "life changing experience", Body Worlds will give you a better understanding of the complexity of the human body.

Information and reservations at the British Tourist Office 

When? Until October 1, 2020
Or ?  London Pavilion at Piccadilly Circus
Price : 27 €

Metro bus Piccadilly Circus3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 38, 88, 94, 139, 453

Movies on the River

Five nights a week, watch a movie on the top deck of a boat after a Thames cruise!
On the program for this edition, classic films such as "Grease", "Dirty Dancing" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" "Top Gun, and recent hits like" A Star Is Born "," Bohemian Rhapsody "and" The Greatest Showman " »And many others.

Boarding at 20 p.m. at Tower Pier and returning to the same location once the film is over. Food and drinks from the Tower of London.

Complete program and information on the Time Out website.

When? 2020 dates not confirmed
Or ? Departure from Tower Pier
Price: From £ 29


BBC Proms: August's biggest classical music festival

Around a hundred classical music concerts are given for nearly two months at the Royal Albert Hall, in Hyde Park and broadcast live on the BBC.

Festival program

When? July 17 - September 12, 2020
Or ? Royal Albert Hall


Metro bus Knightsbridge 9, 10, 52, 70, 360, 452, N9, N52


Visit the Palace of Westminster, seat of the British Parliament

On the occasion of school and parliamentary holidays, the Palace of Westminster is open to the public. A unique opportunity to visit the House of Commons and Lords, the nerve center of British politics, and understand how the parliamentary monarchy works.

An informative and impressive visit to share with the family.

Reservations and information on the site de See tickets (visit with an audio guide in French) or on Expedia (guided tour).

When? August 1 - September 30, 2020
Or ? Palace of Westminster
Price: From £ 20 for a tour with an audio guide

Metro bus River shuttles Westminster3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 148, 159, 211, 453Westminster Pier


Buckingham Palace open to the public in August

During the summer period, Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the public who will be able to visit the queen's apartments, the royal reception room or the Throne Room.


Limited places. Reservations recommended on the websiteGreat Britain tourist office.


When? August 1 - September 27, 2020
Or ? Buckingham Palace
Price: € 30.50

Metro bus Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Victoria11, 211, 239, C1, C10


Longines Global Champions Tour: show jumping championship

Longines Global Champions Tour is an international show jumping competition which brings together for 3 days in Chelsea, the 30 best riders in the world of the Longines world ranking.


Tickets available on Ticketmaster.

When? August 2 - 4, 2019
Or ? Royal Hospital Chelsea
Price: £ 18 - £ 22

Metro bus Sloane Square11, 137, 211, 360, 452, N11, N137


August and the Summer Screen Outdoor Film Festival

Take advantage of the beautiful evenings of August to watch a movie under the stars in the beautiful courtyard of Somerset House.

To get the best seats, arrive as soon as the doors open at 18 p.m. and take the opportunity to have a picnic (glass bottle not allowed)!
The screening of the film begins at 21 p.m.

Tickets on sale from May on Ticketmaster.

When? August 8 - 21, 2019
Or ? Somerset House
Price : £ 20- £ 27

Metro bus Covent Garden, Charing Cross, Embankment6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 77a, 91, 176


People's Carnival

The carnival del Pueblo celebrates Latin American culture through many activities: parades of floats, costumes, dance shows, street entertainment and concerts of Latin music, reggaeton, tango, Mexican mariachi, Bolivian folklore, Peruvian panpipes). Each year, the Carnival del Pueblo attracts more than 100 people.

The whole carnival program on the website.

 August 1 and 2, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. - 21:00 p.m.
Or ? Elephant Castle
Price : Free

Metro bus Elephant Castle53, 63, 168, 172, 363, 415, 453, N63


Great British Beer: the beer festival

This festival offers the largest selection of craft beers and ciders, as well as a selection of English wines, spirits and street food stalls.

Information and reservation on the event site.

When? August 6 - 10, 2019
Or ? Olympia
Price: £11

Metro bus Kensington9, 10, 27, 28, 49, 391


August and the Notting Hill Carnival

With more than a million people, the carnival of Notting Hill is the largest in Europe. Colorful and lively, it celebrates Caribbean culture for 3 days.

The carnival begins on Saturday with a competition of steel-band orchestras then continues on Sunday with the children's parade and ends on Monday with the grand parade (10 am-00pm).

For security reasons and due to high traffic, Ladbroke Grove metro station is usually closed. Other nearby stations may be partially closed where only exits are allowed.
Finally the buses do not serve the stations on the route of the carnival.


When?August 28 - September 1, 2020
Or ? Notting Hill
Price: Free

Metro - Ladbroke Grove : closed Sunday and Monday
- Latimer Road : closing at 23:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday
- Notting Hill Gate : reserved for the Sunday and Monday outing from 11 a.m. to 19 p.m.
- Westbourne Park : reserved for the Sunday and Monday outing from 11 a.m. to 18 p.m. Closes at 23:30 p.m.
- Royal Oak : reserved for the Sunday and Monday outing. Closes at 18 p.m.


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