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The 14 Best Things to Do in London This August

Published On 07/30/2015 Published On 07/30/2015

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Aug 1 Sat

Beach East Someone’s gone and dumped 2,200sqft of golden sand all over the Olympic Park in Stratford, and everyone’s surprisingly relaxed about it.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Beach East Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Someone’s gone and dumped 2,200sqft of golden sand all over the Olympic Park in Stratford, and everyone’s surprisingly relaxed about it.

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Aug 1 Sat

10th Annual Brompton World Championship Turns out, these miniature folding bicycles are serious racing machines. Now you can see them in all their sporting glory, thanks to this Grand Prix around the regal St James Park.

St James Park

10th Annual Brompton World Championship St James Park Turns out, these miniature folding bicycles are serious racing machines. Now you can see them in all their sporting glory, thanks to this Grand Prix around the regal St James Park.

Flickr/Eli Christman

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Aug 1 Sat

Eastern Electrics Twelve thousand dance music connoisseurs descend upon the decadent Hatfield House again this year for a heady day of beats, bass, and definitely, absolutely, certainly no drugs.

Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

Eastern Electrics Hatfield House, Hertfordshire Twelve thousand dance music connoisseurs descend upon the decadent Hatfield House again this year for a heady day of beats, bass, and definitely, absolutely, certainly no drugs.

Time Run

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Aug 1-30

Time Run Join this mind-bending immersive theatre experience that's a cross between an escape the room game, a functioning time machine, and The Crystal Maze.

9-15 Helmsley Place

Time Run 9-15 Helmsley Place Join this mind-bending immersive theatre experience that's a cross between an escape the room game, a functioning time machine, and The Crystal Maze.

Howard's Meat Co.

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Aug 2 Sun

Dine Street Beer, BBQ, and a Sunday afternoon. The folks from Howard's Meat Co. are hitting Brew By Numbers' beer factory to give you 16-hour, Austin-style ‘cue.

Brew By Numbers

Dine Street Brew By Numbers Beer, BBQ, and a Sunday afternoon. The folks from Howard's Meat Co. are hitting Brew By Numbers' beer factory to give you 16-hour, Austin-style ‘cue.

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Aug 5 Wed

Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch Cumberbatch plays the world’s whiniest prince in Shakespeare’s sublime tale of incest, murder, madness, and betrayal. To go or not to go, that is the question.

The Barbican

Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch The Barbican Cumberbatch plays the world’s whiniest prince in Shakespeare’s sublime tale of incest, murder, madness, and betrayal. To go or not to go, that is the question.

Flickr/Katie Hunt

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Aug 11-15

Great British Beer Festival Over 350 breweries descend on 27 bars armed with more than 900 beers, ciders, perries, and ales for the 38th year of this CAMRA organized pint-o-rama.

Olympia

Great British Beer Festival Olympia Over 350 breweries descend on 27 bars armed with more than 900 beers, ciders, perries, and ales for the 38th year of this CAMRA organized pint-o-rama.

Flickr/Jaryl Cabuco

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Aug 13-16

London Craft Beer Festival Okay, it’s the second beer festival in this list, but don’t act like you’re not impressed. This one welcomes craft houses and microbreweries, so you can find/drink the next big thing.

Oval Space

London Craft Beer Festival Oval Space Okay, it’s the second beer festival in this list, but don’t act like you’re not impressed. This one welcomes craft houses and microbreweries, so you can find/drink the next big thing.

Flickr/Nuno Gomes

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Aug 15 Sat

Red Bull Air Race Expect barrel rolls, speeds in excess of 230mph, and some (probably) unhinged pilots.

Royal Ascot

Red Bull Air Race Royal Ascot Expect barrel rolls, speeds in excess of 230mph, and some (probably) unhinged pilots.

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Aug 23 Sun

JAWS at the Open Air Theatre On the 40th anniversary of Spielberg’s watery epic, this huge outdoor screen puts the giant great white into horrifying new dimensions.

Regent’s Park

JAWS at the Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park On the 40th anniversary of Spielberg’s watery epic, this huge outdoor screen puts the giant great white into horrifying new dimensions.

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Aug 23 Sun

The Mind Sports Olympiad An "Olympics for the mind," this weeklong festival sees global geniuses battle it out across 60 board games and mental disciplines. Sounds childish? Think again: the Pentamind event carries with it a six-digit prize fund..

JW3 Finchley Rd, West Hampstead

The Mind Sports Olympiad JW3 Finchley Rd, West Hampstead An "Olympics for the mind," this weeklong festival sees global geniuses battle it out across 60 board games and mental disciplines. Sounds childish? Think again: the Pentamind event carries with it a six-digit prize fund..

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Aug 29 Sat

South West Four Fatboy Slim, Faithless, Skrillex, and Basement Jaxx descend upon the Common for what has been described -- possibly slightly underwelmingly -- as "Clapham does Ibiza."

Clapham Common

South West Four Clapham Common Fatboy Slim, Faithless, Skrillex, and Basement Jaxx descend upon the Common for what has been described -- possibly slightly underwelmingly -- as "Clapham does Ibiza."

Flickr/Jaume Escofet

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Aug 30 Sun

Notting Hill Carnival Europe’s biggest street festival returns this year to show why it’s the jewel in the crown of London’s summer. We shouldn’t really have to sell this one to you.

Notting Hill

Notting Hill Carnival Notting Hill Europe’s biggest street festival returns this year to show why it’s the jewel in the crown of London’s summer. We shouldn’t really have to sell this one to you.

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Aug 30 Sun

Secret Sundaze Day & Night Birthday Party A two-part festival stretching over two venues and one day in East London, Sundaze celebrates its birthday with a lineup of achingly cool underground DJs.

Oval Space, Bethnal Green

Secret Sundaze Day & Night Birthday Party Oval Space, Bethnal Green A two-part festival stretching over two venues and one day in East London, Sundaze celebrates its birthday with a lineup of achingly cool underground DJs.