45 Things to do in London in August 2022

Enjoy world-class music, sport and outdoor festivals in August in London, while the school summer holidays bring plenty of family activities.

August is one of the warmest months of the year in London, when you can enjoy the capital’s many outdoor and open-air activities and make the most of the warm summer days. 

Children are on school summer holidays during August, so there are always plenty of family-friendly things to do in London. 

You can usually make the kids' summer memorable by taking them to London's best theatre shows during Kids Week, when tickets are heavily discounted.  

Unmissable London events August 2022

A carnival queen dressed in a white costume with red feathers, surrounded by red ticker tape dancing at the Notting Hill carnival

London theatre in August

Giraffe and Cheeter puppets on stage in front of a large yellow and orange sun in The Lion King

  • Be dazzled by London's top theatre shows and see long-running musicals, classic comedy and innovative plays on the West End stage.
  • Feel the warmth of the Serengeti as you follow Simba the lion cub on his adventures in The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre.
  • Escape the summer heat for a winter wonderland at Disney's family favourite, Frozen at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
  • Don't miss the much-loved romantic tale Beauty and the Beast the Musical at the London Palladium.
  • Raise the roof as you sing along with Deloris, the nun on the run in the heavenly musical Sister Act at the Eventim Apollo.
  • Spend a summer evening at sea, with the heart-warming and hilarious nautical musical Anything Goes at the Barbican Theatre.
  • Get into the holiday spirit, as you are whisked away to unforgettable Greek island wedding with Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre.
  • Sing along to your favourite pop anthems with & Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre, and see the famous love story remixed.
  • Get your summer soul fix at The Drifter's Girl at the Garrick Theatre, a musical inspired by the story of the legendary American vocal group The Drifters.
  • Enjoy a perfect summer's day in the park, as 101 Dalmatians comes to life on stage at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.
  • See Games of Thrones star Emilia Clarke in The Seagullan epic tale of love, loneliness and chasing dreams at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
  • Surprise the little ones and book all their favourite shows with incredible ticket offers during Kids Week. 1-31 Aug

Fun things to do in August

A family take a photo at the london attraction up at the O2 after climbing the O2 stadium.

London exhibitions in August

A white apartment with sofas and a rocking horse covered from floor to ceiling in colourful dots

  • Visit Yayoi Kusama's The Obliteration Room at Tate Modern with the kids, and transform a blank apartment into a vibrant sea of colourful dots as part of UNIQLO Tate Play. Until 29 Aug
  • See colourful artworks celebrating the wonders of natural light at Canary Wharf's Summer Lights festival. Until 20 Aug
  • Don't miss the Summer Exhibition 2022 at the Royal Academy of Arts, showcasing innovative works from emerging artists around the world. Until 21 Aug
  • Be intrigued by Salvador Dali's Lobster Telephone and other mind-blowing creations at Surrealism Beyond Borders at Tate Modern. Until 29 Aug
  • Head to the West End for The Art of London Season and see it transformed into a vibrant canvas of colourful art. Dates TBC Aug-Oct

What else is on in August?

Colourful fireworks shoot off from the pitch and The Kia Oval stand to celebrate the first Hundred tournament in 2021.

  • Celebrate the return of summer as you watch your favourite pop stars in concert from Coldplay (12-20 Aug) and Westlife at Wembley Stadium (6 Aug), to Christina Aguilera at the O2 Arena (5 Aug).
  • Immerse yourself in Punchdrunk's The Burnt City, a spectacular combination of theatre, immersive sets and special effects based in mythical Troy.
  • Catch all the cricket action at must-see sporting event The Hundred, at the Kia Oval and Lord's Cricket GroundFrom 3 Aug
  • Take your seat for some high-dining 100ft (30m) above ground at The O2, with London in the Sky. Until 29 Aug

August bank holiday opening times

Opening times may vary and many attractions and venues require advance booking. Check with the individual venues before you go.

More bank holiday ideas

If you’re looking for “bank holiday events near me” and more things to do in London on bank holiday weekend, download the Visit London app.

Alternatively, discover what’s on in London by day, more August activities or browse the London events calendar for key events. Find more inspiration for weekends in London with these handy weekend guides.

If you're not able to visit London this bank holiday, plan ahead for the next public holidays in London.

For more things to do in August in London, take a look at our events calendar and guide to what's on in London. And catch the best of the London stage with our guide to London theatre. Fancy a spontaneous break to London? Find out what you can do this weekend and what is on today

WEATHER: For average seasonal temperatures and rainfall, see our London weather page.