Summer is in full swing, and as always London has plenty to offer by way of things to do during your time off.
Whether you’re looking to take advantage of the heat wave sweeping the country or you’re on the hunt for some evening entertainment, the one thing you can guarantee about London is that there will be something for everyone. Here are our top 5 things to do this month...
Camden Beach - open until August 24
One of London’s most popular summer attractions, this artificial beach has become a permanent fixture throughout July and August.
Found in trendy Camden within easy reach of our Pure Highbury accommodation, there is plenty to do here, whether you want to lounge in the sun or get involved in summer games and sample the fare from the delicious food stalls. Camden Beach is open from midday until 11pm, while August will also host four beach gigs spanning everything from urban soul to indie.
Shuffle Festival - August 8-18
Barely a day goes by in London when there isn’t some kind of special cinematic offering, but this one really is a bit special. Curated by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, this ten-day festival is set in an old Victorian workhouse in the East End and incorporates indoor and outdoor screenings of classics such as Trainspotting, Attack the Block and Withnail & I.
There will also be a Bollywood themed evening during the week, and most excitingly of all some nights host Q&As with Boyle himself. Tickets cost either £5 per film or £25 for a full evening’s entertainment.
Phoenix Fringe - August 3-11
A must for comedy fans, the Phoenix Fringe bills itself as a London version of its high profile Edinburgh equivalent, and indeed there is plenty of quality on display in the West End. The event hosts three sets a night, with audience members paying either £10 per show or £20 for three.
There will be a mixture of up-and-coming talent and established acts, with famous names including Alan Davies, Mark Watson, Shappi Khorsandi, Rufus Hound and Jarred Christmas providing excellent value for money.
Skate King’s Cross
Open throughout August close to King’s Cross station, Friday and Saturday nights are the best time to visit this stylish roller disco. For £18, you can hire a set of skates and enjoy a full DJ set, while the restaurant and bistro promises inventive twists on your favourite fast food dishes. You can also come and skate during the day for the lower price of £13.
Travel Photographer of the Year
For art lovers, this free exhibition showcases some of the most spectacular photography taken around the world over the past twelve months. Housed at the Royal Geographic Society in Kensington, it brings together professional and amateur efforts and highlights the winners in each category.
Taking in spectacular scenery from the most far-flung corners of the planet, there are very few better free days out to be had during August.