London has absolutely loads to offer both residents and visitors this summer. From vibrant festivals to London’s version of the famed Edinburgh Fringe – featuring comedy, dance, poetry and theatre – known as the Camden Fringe. There’s open-air cinema at Somerset House including early evening DJ sets, to sleepovers for grown-ups at the Natural History Museum.
For the full load down, check out this August 2013 London events guide for things to do in London this summer.
1-31 Camden Fringe
Camden People’s Theatre
Camden is well-known and loved for its quirky crowds and markets selling all sorts of weird and wonderful paraphernalia. Therefore, it will come as no surprise that the Camden Fringe – which is in its eighth year – brings together comedy, dance, poetry and theatre in hundreds of rather unusual shows. Staged in various venues in north London throughout August, you may be treated to a peculiar twist on Shakespeare or you could find yourself watching some of the edgiest stand-up in the city. Either way, the Camden Fringe promises to be a spectacle and a lively burst of creativity worthy of the famed Edinburgh Fringe.
8-21: Film4 Summer Screen
Going to the cinema is not generally seen as a summer activity, but thanks to Somerset House Londoners can indulge their love of film and make the most of the good weather. The popular open-air cinema is making an eagerly awaited return this August with a varied programme of films over 14 nights. Enjoy favourites such as Guys & Dolls, Crazy Stupid Love and Mean Girls on an enormous screen with full surround sound in the splendid eighteenth century courtyard of Somerset House. Early evening DJ sessions provide the perfect atmosphere for a picnic before settling down for your film, making this the ultimate summer cinema experience.
10-11: The Holi Festival of Colours
Battersea Power Station
From midday until 10pm on what is set to be a very colourful weekend, Londoners will be painting the town red. And blue and yellow and green… The festival, which originated in India, consists of people spending the day covering each other in coloured paint and water and dancing under water sprinklers to rhythmic tunes. The lively festival, which takes place yearly in northern India the day after the full moon in March, marks the end of winter and the abundance of the coming spring harvest. Add some colour to your summer with this exotic festival right in the heart of London!
16: Dino Snores for Grown Ups
Natural History Museum
To say this is a sleepover with a difference is a bit of an understatement. The renowned museum is opening its doors to night-time visitors, who are invited to bring a sleeping bag and enjoy the many events on offer within the museum’s walls late at night. You’ll be treated to stand up comedy, live music, a three-course meal and even breakfast in the morning. To top it all off, you’ll be able to sleep under a giant Diplodocus skeleton.
25-26: Notting Hill Carnival
This carnival is legendary amongst Londoners for being the final big bash of the summer, ensuring that it never disappoints visitors who want to find out what all the fuss is about. Expect colourful costumes, pan bands and busy crowds dancing late into the night – or all the way through it. Monday sees the main parade take place, although Sunday is more family friendly so people visiting with children may wish to take this into consideration.
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