The Best Things To Do In London This August


Rediscover classic 90s fashion, sample some exotic culinary delights and dance the day away at a street carnival. We reveal what to do (and wear) for the month ahead...

dive into fresh flavours at A mexican pop-up

If you haven't managed to jet off on an exotic vacation this summer, we've found a pop-up that's guaranteed to make you feel like you've stepped out of the hustle and bustle of London, even if just for an hour or two. Set in the popular Cantina Laredo restaurant, Paloma Parlour features a bespoke Mexican menu with plenty of summery, fruit-infused cocktails and fresh Latin-themed eats (grapefruit guacamole, anyone?). Think of it as your perfect faux-holiday escape, minus the jet-lag. 

Open until late September

listen to a string quartet in Kensington


If you're enjoying an evening at The Proms in August, start your night on a glamorous note with drinks at The K Bar at The Kensington Hotel, just around the corner from the Royal Albert Hall. Every Thursday evening, this see-and-be-seen hotspot will play host to the City String Ensemble's String Quartet that will serenade the crowd with classical tunes as you enjoy a tipple from their bespoke vodka cocktail menu.  


Until 8 September


If you (really really) want to relive the girl power of the nineties, London’s Business Design Centre is hosting a ‘SpiceUp’ exhibition to celebrate the fab five’s unwavering influence on a decade of fashion, and beyond. Wannabe on-point with your outfit? There will also be a number of extra events taking place around the city where you can pick up a posh, scary, or sporty styling idea (and catchphrase) or two. Whichever girl’s sartorial signature you choose to emulate, just say you’ll be there…  

July 28 – August 20 

spend time outdoors in the beautiful allotment


Sometimes, you just need to swap skyscrapers for something a little more serene. Enter: The Beautiful Allotment. A post-work or weekend watering hole with a difference, this aptly-named garden in the Geffrye Museum boasts beautifully manicured grounds, sustainably-sourced cocktail ingredients and BBQ options that will make your mouth water. The cherry on top? Roaming 'garden-tenders' with wheelbarrow bars will bring drinks directly to your sofa so you don't have to lift a (green) finger...


Open Wednesday - Sunday

discover the futuristic Lee Bul exhibit

If you're not familiar with the avant-garde works of Lee Bul, her new exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in Southbank Centre will allow you to step inside the mind of one of Asia's most acclaimed contemporary artists. Featuring a futuristic landscape of monsters, cyborgs and Insta-worthy installations, her first solo exhibition in London makes a bold, unapologetic statement about the political landscapes that have shaped much of her practice. For art aficionados and novices alike, it's a unique, not-to-be-missed experience. 

1 Jun - 19 Aug

party the day away at the Notting Hill carnival


Get on your dancing shoes and head to W10 this bank holiday weekend for one of the capital's most anticipated events of the year - the Notting Hill Carnival. First launched in 1966, this two-day parade is a loud and colourful celebration of all things Caribbean with live music, fresh food and a palpable, high-octane energy. If you're new to the carnival scene, head down on Sunday when the atmosphere is more chilled, or if you're not afraid to let loose, join in the madness from Monday morning 'til sunset. 


26-27 August

immerse yourself in a psychological dining experience


This is dinner, but not as you know it. Renowned chef Jozef Youssef has teamed up with an experimental psychologist to create a multi-sensory dining experience that will leave you with a new appreciation for the culinary arts. Incorporating colour, texture and sound through a 10-course tasting, every moment at the Gastrophysics Chef's Table is designed to change the way you taste different flavours. With theatrical, thought-provoking elements woven in throughout, this is a unique, immersive meal you won't be quick to forget.


Open until the end of September