Things to Do in London in August
Your August starts here with our trusted list of things to do in London in August.
There’s no need to pack up your bags for Edinburgh Fringe or Clacton, the big smoke has your back!
A barmy mix of top new talent, all around our favourite north London borough.
Here’s our top 5 to watch out for:
1. Judge Judy’s Buzz World (4-7 August): ‘Pulp Fiction meets the Vagina Monologues in this darkly comic one-woman show.’ We loved this company’s rather wonderful take on postmodern art at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. It should be a treat!
2. The Death of Gregory Akerman (6-11 August): Gregory Akerman’s poster has a gas mask on it. If that wasn’t enough, his stand up hones in on death. What a trouble maker.
3. The Rudy Vees: Sweet Little Zombies! (23-25 August): ‘The Rudy Vees are a 4 piece acoustic comedy band performing beautifully very original comedy material in perfect harmony.’
4. Cockamamy by Louise Coulthard (18-20 August): An uplifting tragicomedy about the struggles of dementia, supported by the Alzheimers Society.
5. Ya’akobi & Leidental (3-5 August): A grotesque comedy about a love triangle gone wrong from international ensemble Éternels Vagabonds, who are raising the profile of Israeli and Eastern European dramatists in the UK.
NT River Stage | Weekends 5-7, 12-14, 19-21 & 26-29 August | Outside National Theatre, Waterloo | FREE
A lovely excuse to spend more time on the South Bank. Pull up a deck chair and be entertained by curated line ups from Latitude Festival, Rambert and the National Theatre themselves.
Not been to Hackney Downs? Summer is the time to remedy that, and this ace free festival sees the park alive with plenty of stalls to make the perfect mooch for a sunny Saturday afternoon.
A 360° immersive gig experience with acts such as Gaika (pictured, 11th August), who promises to create an immersive clubbing experience inspired by Akira, Brixton and SECURITY.
Theatre & Shows
This show looks mad and spectacular in a beautiful way. Bring out the child in you or be the coolest relative and take someone special to this.
We saw a preview of a song from Tim Minchin (Matilda the Musical) on the South Bank Sky Arts Awards and if the rest of this show lives up to that one taster, it’s defo a goer!
Events & Exhibitions
An enlightening evening with the legendary club kids Sue Tilley and Just May. Get there early to sample the Iceland buffet…
Celebrate the late Victoria Wood’s incredible writing talents, alongside Julie Walters’ coup-d’idiot as the divine cleaner Mrs Overall.
Our favourite Pride festival has a lot of heart, and this year a superb line up including Sister Sledge, Carly Rae Jepsen, Fleur East, Lipa and Sink the Pink. Our tip is to head to Dynamite Boogaloo on Saturday night for a polysexual cabaret party where ‘too much is never enough’.
An epic belter of a British history on the scale of the London 2012 Opening Ceremony is worth the journey thanks to live sheep, 1000 performers and fireworks galore.
At last a sport we can truly get our chops around. Forget the olympics, watch larger men battle for glory in this roast like no other!