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London August 2013

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What's on in London in August 2013?


Event of the Month

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening (3 August to 29 September 2013)

Every summer inquisitive visitors get the chance to look around Buckingham Palace and admire the interiors of the principal royal residence. Visitors for the Summer Opening tour are permitted access to the nineteen State Rooms which are still used by the Royal Family to receive and entertain guests on state and ceremonial occasions. Decorated in lavish fashion, they include paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto, Sevres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. This is a fascinating opportunity to admire the taste - often wonderful, sometimes comically bad - of Britain's monarchy. Find out more in our Buckingham Palace Summer Opening post.

Location: Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA

Website: royalcollection.org.uk


The Great British Beer Festival

Calling all beer lovers, Britain’s biggest pub opens its doors as over 66,000 flock to celebrate the nations favourite drink. The festival brings you over 700 real ales, ciders and beers from all over the globe. However, it is not just about beer, with lots of activities to keep you entertained from traditional pub games to live music.

Location: Olympia, London W14 8UX7

Website: gbbf.org.uk


Jolly Day Out (31 August - 1 September 2013)

Make the most of the last weekend before the kids go back to school and enjoy a 'Jolly Day out'. With kids shows, live music, fun fairs, circus acts, arts and crafts, pig racing and dancing sheep, this is the perfect summer outing. Just add a pint of real ale or a glass of Pimm's and you'll have all the components for a superb, summer family day out.

Location: Hampton Court Green, London KT8 9AT

Website: hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com


Film4 Summer Screen (8 - 21 August 2012)

Lucky for Apex guests, one of the most famous open air film events takes place on the doorstep of Apex Temple Court.This August, Somerset House has teamed up with Film4 to house film screenings in its beautiful courtyard, bringing cinema lovers a truly electric mix of movies. It's no wonder this annual festival has quickly become London’s most popular outdoor film event.

Location: Somerset House, London WC2R 1LA

Website: somersethouse.org.uk


Kids Week (1 - 31 August 2013)

A truly astounding pleasure for families, Kids Week brings London's Theatreland to excitable tots and teens ... for FREE! That's right, for the whole month of August children aged 5 to 16 can enjoy an array of stunning West End hits for FREE, including shows likes We Will Rock You, Wicked and Horrible Histories. During Kids Week (or technically kids month) kids can even peep backstage, experiment with makeup and even sign with a cast.

Location: Various Venues across The West End

Website: kidsweek.co.uk


Camden Fringe (1 - 25 August 2013)

Now in its 8th year, the Camden Fringe is back and boasts over 400 performances, taking place in venues across Camden. Witness the odd (and outright crazy) which brings together theatre, dance, poetry, comedy and much more. Whether you are looking for edgy stand-up or an inventive twist on Shakespeare the Camden Fringe has it all.

Location: Across Camden, London

Website: camdenfringe.com


South West Four (24 – 25 August 2013)

The world of electro and dance music embarks on South London this August Bank Holiday and is packed with some of the industry’s biggest names. Celebrating its 10th anniversary 'SW4'is set to fill Clapham Common, uniting dance revellers from around the globe. It’s not just music that will keep these festival goers happy, as SW4 is packed with stalls selling food, drinks and festival essentials as such as glow sticks!

Locations: Clapham Common, London SW4 9DE

Website: southwestfour.com


Lollibop Festival (16 - 18 August 2013)

Not sure how to entertain the little ones over the summer holidays? Not to worry as the 'Glastonbury for little people' is back and has become the biggest UK festival for kids! LolliBop is a magical place with live stages, arts, disco, science, workshops and crafts. It's the perfect place to build family memories day and will keep the pint-sized festival goers busy and entertained with an action packed programme for the whole family to enjoy.

Location: Regent’s Park

Website: lollibopfestival.co.uk


RideLondon (4 August 2013)

This two day festival of cycling is the first large scale event to use the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park following its summer 2013 re-opening. First up, Saturday's 'FreeCycle' welcomes 70,000 cyclists to ride along an eight mile, traffic-free loop in central London. Britain's biggest bike festival culminates with Sunday's 'RideLondon 100' - a 100 mile race for amateurs that organisers have described as the London Marathon on wheels. Other Sunday events include 'RideLondon Classic' - the biggest ever men's professional one day race in Britain. Both the Classic and 100 races will start at the Olympic Park and cover a similar route to that used in the London 2012 Olympics - taking in all eight London boroughs, Richmond Park and the Surrey countryside, before finishing on The Mall. Ride on

Location: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 2ST

Website: prudentialridelondon.co.uk


Peter Pan: The Never Ending Story World Arena Tour (21 - 26 August 2013)

This imaginative and theatrical staging of JM Barrie's classic children's book, directed by Luc Petit, is sure to be one of the most extravagant you'll ever see. Peter Pan, The Never Ending Story comes to London's Wembley Arena as part of a worldwide arena tour under the artistic direction of Geert Allaert, who runs Belgian production company Music Hall. Songs by the likes of Duran Duran, Robbie Williams and Rod Stewart have been adapted by Matt Dunkley who has written music for films including Moulin Rouge, The Black Swan, Love Actually and The Pirates of the Caribbean.

Location: Wembley Arena, London HA9 0DH

Website: theticketfactory.com


Investec Aches Test: England v Australia (21 to 25 August 2013)

The fifth, final and potentially most crucial Ashes Test takes place at the Kia Oval more than a month after the opening Test at Trent Bridge. England have, of course, beaten fierce rivals Australia in the past two Ashes series and only time will tell if Alastair Cook's side can make it a triumphant treble.

Location: Kia Oval, London, SE11 5SS

Website: kiaoval.com