What's on in London in August 2012?
Event of the month
Notting Hill Carnival (26 - 27 August 2012)
Every August bank holiday the streets of West London come alive for the Notting Hill Carnival – Europe's largest street festival! The Caribbean theme sees the streets packed with steel bands, Calypso music and tempting food stalls; it's a huge party and everyone's invited! - Find out more in our Notting Hill Carnival blog post.
Animal Inside Out (until 16 September 2012) - This August why not take the family to the Natural History Museum and see Animal Inside – an exhibition brought to the UK from the team behind Gunther Von Hagens' 'Body Worlds'. Animals Inside Out is not just skin deep, as this exhibition allows visitors the chance to step inside the flesh and travel on an anatomical safari of the natural world. This UK premier exhibition features 100 animals, displaying the inner working of some of the world's most magnificent creatures - Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD - www.nhm.ac.uk
Great British Beer Festival (7 - 11 August 2012) - Calling all beer lovers, Britain's biggest pub opens its doors for a five day festival starting on Tuesday 7th August. With day tickets from just £6, this festival is money well spent as you can try over 800 different real ales, ciders and foreign beers. The festival is not just about beer, as there will be the chance to try a variety of different foods and music to enjoy from all over the world - Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX - www.gbbf.org.uk
London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony (12 August 2012) - As quickly as it came around, it's over – the London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony celebrates the achievements, commitment, blood, sweat and tears of all the athletes that took part in the Olympics. With a cast of 15,000 performers the ceremony will include a march of the athletes, hoisting of the national flags, and the extinguishing of the torch flame. The BT Closing Ceremony concert will take place at Hyde Park with top acts such as Blur, The Specials and New Order performing - Olympic Stadium and Hyde Park - www.london2012.com
British Design 1948 – 2012: Innovation in the Modern Age (until 12 August 2012) - This V&A exhibition celebrates the best of British post-war art and design from 1948 to the present day. It examines the shifting nature of British design over the past 60 years, tracing those changes by exploring buildings, objects, images and ideas. Spread over three galleries, the exhibition reveals how British designers responded to economic, political and cultural forces that have ultimately shaped the way we live today - The Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL - www.vam.ac.uk
Film4 Summer Screen 2012 (16 - 25 August 2012) - Every summer, Somerset House opens its doors to house film screenings in its beautiful courtyard. This annual festival has quickly become London's most popular outdoor film event. The twelve-day series features a broad range of films, all displayed on a state-of-the-art screen, equipped with a fully encompassing surround sound system – this is one film event you will want to be a part of - Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA - www.somersethouse.org.uk/film
LolliBop Festival (17 - 19 August 2012) - Not sure how to entertain the little ones over the summer holidays? Not to worry, as the LolliBop is back this year and is the biggest UK festival for kids! LolliBop is a magical place with live stages, arts, disco, science, workshops and crafts this truly is the best family day out for families. This day event will keep the pint-sized festival goers busy and entertained with an action packed programme for the whole family to enjoy - Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR - www.lollibopfestival.co.uk
Carnaval del Pueblo 2012 (19 August 2012) - This Carnival has been held in London since 1999 and has grown to be the largest Latin American out-doors festival in Europe. The festival is a celebration of Latin American culture with a 3 mile carnival procession, Latin music, dance and fun - making it the event of the year for all Latinos and lovers of their culture. Why not bring the family along and experience this intense culture festival especially as the festival is FREE! - Burgess Park, Albany Road, Camberwell, London, SE5 0RJ - www.carnavaldelpueblo.co.uk
South West Four (25 - 26 August 2012) - The world of dance and electro music comes to South London this August Bank Holiday, spread over two days packed with some of the industry's biggest names. Don't miss Carl Cox, Chase & Status, 2Many DJs, Eric Prydz and Erick Morillo as they go all out on dazzling performances at this year's South West Four festival. It's not just music that will keep these festival revellers happy, as SW4 is packed with stalls selling food, drinks and festival essentials as such as glow sticks! - Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE - www.southwestfour.com
London 2012 Paralympic Games (28 August - 9 September 2012) - It has almost been a decade of planning, constructing and testing, but the light is at the end of the tunnel as the 2012 Paralympic Games finally comes to London. The Paralympic Games is the biggest sporting event on the planet for disabled athletes, competing for gold across 20 different sports. Cheer on your country's athletes, soak in the electric atmosphere and experience the wonder of the London 2012 Paralympic Games - Various venues - www.london2012.com/paralympics