August, better known otherwise as festival season, is the one month of the year where the cultural and artistic really come out to play, and this August doesn’t disappoint. Here are our picks of the best things to see and do this August:

Summer Screen, Somerset House

Classic, cult, and contemporary films return to the big screen at Somerset House for the Film Four season of outdoor events. Pick a film to your taste, book a ticket, take a cushion and enjoy the beauty of their historic courtyard. On the bill is recently released and Oscar-winning Moonlight, classics like All the President’s Men, black comedy Cruel Intentions, and cult classic My Neighbour Totoro. Book here.

Buckingham Palace

Most Londoners shun the idea of doing such touristy things like going to the Queen’s house. But to say you’ve lived in London this long, have you ever actually been? Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the public when the Queen takes her summer holiday to Balmoral, and this year there is also a collection of Diana, Princess of Wales personal items to mark 20 years since her death in 1997. Book here.

Notting Hill Carnival

Of course, Notting Hill carnival is the key event on most Londoner’s calendars every August Bank Holiday weekend, and it doesn’t exactly need an introduction. You know the drill: dancing, parading and celebrating cultural diversity across London.

Southbank Summer Festival

Southbank’s Summer Festival is one of the biggest events on their already packed calendar. The centre is transformed by installations and pop ups with performances, talks and other free events taking place throughout August. Still within their Nordic Matters season, events include performance from a Scandinavian circus troop, an immersive fictional self help group, or you can watch the English National Ballet perform Romeo & Juliet. Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, SE1 8XX.

Camden Fringe

The Camden Fringe boats over 250 productions by musicians, artists and performers, presenting the weird and wonderful of one of London’s most vibrant areas. The four week festival is an easier alternative to the Edinburgh Fringe, and represents the very best of fresh ideas from young creatives, giving anyone the chance to showcase their talents.

London Rum & Reggae Experience

Be transported to the Caribbean via Vauxhall at the London Rum & Reggae Experience, where you can sample and learn about some of the finest rums the tropics. There will be steel drum bands, a traditional limbo competition, a variety of food stalls and of course expert mixologists creating your own tailored cocktail. Saturday 5 August, Vauxhall Street Food Garden.

The Postal Museum

The Postal Museum has opened its doors in Farringdon, delivering the surprising and fascinating history of the worlds first social network. Uncover the inspiring stories behind the letters sent by those torn apart by conflict, or take the Archivists tour to discover the history of this fascinating industry. It’s also great for little ones – there is a Post Office play zone and a jolly postman themed picnic. Unfortunately the biggest attraction – Rail Mail – won’t be in operation until early September. 15-20 Phoenix Place, WC1X 0DA.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Following its overwhelming success in 2016, winning the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and Evening Standard Award for Best Musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar is back for the 2017 season at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, giving audiences one final chance to see it in its original home. Arrive early to picnic on the grass before the show. Regent’s Park, NW1 4NU.

Parks: Our Shared Heritage

For the first time ever, a free exhibition at the Mall Galleries will explore the rich history of the royal parks, with rarely seen artefacts including oil paintings, photographs, and historical documents spanning three centuries on display. The parks have evolved over the past 500 years, from monarchical deer-hunting grounds to to the world famous public parks enjoyed by millions today. 27 July – 11 August, 2017; Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, SW1.

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