52 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.
Sunset over London showing the River Thames and the city skyline
Celebrate summer in London. Image courtesy of visitlondon.com/Antoine Buchet.

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.  

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

  • Celebrate August bank holiday weekend (26-29 Aug) at Europe's largest street festival, as the iconic Notting Hill Carnival, returns to the streets of west London. 27-29 Aug
  • Dance all day and night to top DJs and electronic music acts at the Eastern Electrics Festival at the Lee Valley Showground. 27 Aug
  • Feel the pomp at BBC Proms, an annual celebration of classical music at the Royal Albert Hall, which is in full swing in August.
  • Immerse yourself in all sorts of artsy performances in south-east London during the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival26 Aug-11 Sep
  • Fill your tummy with street food and sip on refreshing coolers at the Hampton Court Palace Food Festival27-29 Aug
  • Treat yourself to a sensory celebration of all things sweet at the London Dessert Festival12-14 Aug
  • Or cool yourself down by trying a new flavour at the Ice Cream Festival in Covent Garden19 Aug–4 Sep
  • Join more than 100 producers at the London Craft Beer Festival in Tobacco Dock for a celebration of brewing.... 12-13 Aug
  • Celebrate days out in the sun at the Carnaby Summer Festival, with fun activities, music, fashion, food, and more in the heart of London's West End. Dates TBC Aug-Sep
  • Grab a comfy corner of the blanket for an evening and check out London's best outdoor cinemas.
  • Or get together with friends and dance under the stars at London's annual music festivals.

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.
  • See the award-winning Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre, where one extraordinary girl takes on her terrifying headmistress Miss Trunchbull. 
  • Laugh out loud at the hilarious The Play that Goes Wrong at the Duchess 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 Rock 'n' Roll anthems at The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre, and see how the famous singer became a global superstar. 

Fun things to do in August

People enjoying a boat ride, with their hands up in the air on a bright day. 

London exhibitions in August

A woman looks at a painting at the National Gallery in London.

Check back closer to the time for more art and exhibitions in London in August.   

More August ideas 

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. Make sure to download the Visit London app for on-the-go inspiration.

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