Fabulous Family Events In London This August

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August is an exciting time in London, filled to the brim with fun events, cultural happenings, and things to do for all the family. The kids are off school and the weather is shaping up to be sunny, so take advantage. Here is my guide to the best pop-ups, parties, and events in August in London 2019:

Underbelly Festival in South Bank
This fun-packed and free-to-enter festival of live entertainment and alfresco dining enjoys its 11th year, with stages full of affordable theatre, cabaret, circus acts, music, comedy, and children’s shows on the south bank of the Thames.
The Underbelly Festival also boasts one of London’s largest outdoor bars; you can sip from the Pimm’s Hut while the children take in a show.

Notting Hill Carnival
Always a good idea, Europe’s largest street festival, the Notting Hill Carnival, takes over west London over the August bank holiday weekend. Join more than one million people for a huge Caribbean party, with the colourful floats and parades guaranteed to entertain all the family.

Buckingham Palace tour
Whilst the Queen is on holiday, her official London residence opens its doors to tourists until the 29th of September. Explore one of the world’s few remaining working palaces and its lavish interiors. Perfect for children interested in the Royal Family and its history, whilst adults can take in breath-taking paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin, and Canaletto.

Open-air cinemas
London’s open-air cinemas are becoming increasingly popular. Try the Rooftop Film Club in some iconic London locations for the ultimate film experience, and experience the capital’s largest outdoor screen with
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House. Child-friendly screenings include Blank Panther and The Princess Bride.

Afternoon tea
Yes, you read that correctly! Afternoon tea for children is all the rage, with restaurants creating menus for kids which complement their adult counterparts. Budding wand-wavers will love the wizarding feast at Cutter & Squidge, Brigit’s Bakery serves afternoon tea on a big red bus, and Monmouth Kitchen is offering a pizza and chocolate-inspired menu.

Hampstead Beach
If you’d like to add a sandy experience to your city retreat, head to Hampstead Beach. This an urban beach, complete with an inbuilt paddling pool and splash areas. It’s free to visit, but be prepared to splash out on food, cocktails, and special events while you’re there.

The London Dessert Festival
Embark upon a voyage of dessert discovery at the London Dessert Festival this summer. Through the use of scents, flavours, sights, sounds, and textures, you and your children are guided through a celebration of London’s finest desserts. This is a truly immersive experience which will capture your family’s imagination, one which you’re guaranteed to never forget!

Stay in a family-friendly hotel
To enjoy all of these delightful events in London, book ahead to secure your hotel for August – it’s a very busy time in the capital.
The Dorsett Hotel, Shepherds Bush, can be a great base for the family fun, stylish and comfortable accommodation in a great location for exploring.

Which of these events do you like the sound of the most?


  1. great list notting hill carnival sounds awesome

  2. Buckingham Palace Tour :- I wonder, as apparently media has reported that Prince Charles does not plan / aim to make use of Buckingham Palace to live in :- If / when he inherits the monarchy ( on the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II), if the future of Buckinham Palace is to be a museum. If so, then the amount of money (Publiic Funds, especially in time of Economic Downturn. Uncertainty due to Brexit, Time of Susterity) being used to upgrade Buckingham Palace seems :- An inEfficient use of such a huge amount of money. As the British Public are in NEED of Food, and other basic NEEDS.

    If it is to be a museum. Then it should most certainly bring MUCH returns on that money / INVESTMENT. Otherwise the money has been wasted, and the British Public have 'Done Without' for what??

    As seems if Public Funds have been used for Buckingham Palace then the British Public :- Should receive returns ( benefits such as an increase in Quality of Life via Better Economic climate :- Increased paid Employment, Increased wages / salaries. Improved Public Services :- Nurseries, Childcare, Schooling, etc, etc. Social Care Needs FREE and Quality Improved, Parks, Leisure Facilities Improved, etc, etc).

    Public should be receiving Returns on any Investments that they put into any Palaces, etc that the Roysl Fsmily have had / do have the opportunity of living in / making use of for Accomodation. The Royal Family should Improve Britain for the benefit of Britain, and the British Public.

    Maybe Prince Charles should make Public :- Plans for Buckingham Palace. 5 Year Plan, 10 Year Plan, 20 Year Plan, 25 Year Plan, etc, etc, etc. As presently the British Punlic bear the financial costs.

    Rachel Craig