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Your London Events Calendar: August to October

Posted on August 05, 2015 by David

There are so many things going on in the capital each month that it can be hard to sift through them and find out what appeals and what doesn't. So, to make the job a little easier we've brought together some of the most anticpated, noteworthy and plain quirky events (DJs lining the route of a 10K race anyone?) taking place between August and October.


It's no idle boast to say that the height of summer in London is packed with occasions and events that appeal to all tastes. Here we’re looking at five to consider during your break.

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

Photo: Somerset House. Photo supplied by Flickr

From 6 until 19 August the most famous of all open air film events in the capital takes place. Film 4's Summer Screen is an eclectic mixture of movies screened amidst the neoclassical architecture of Somerset House. The 2015 event included the opening night premier of Gemma Bovery as well the sure-fire hit double bill of cult classics Withnail & I and An American Werewolf in London. As well as the stunning setting of Somerset House, the event attracts film fans due to a huge screen and top quality surround sound. There is also a programme of additional events including discussions with actor and directors organised.

Hamlet at the Barbican

Opening on 5 August, one of the country’s biggest talents Benedict Cumberbatch is back on the boards as Hamlet, in Lyndsey Turner’s production of the classic Shakespearean tragedy. The play is staged at the Barbican Centre and runs until 31 October 2015. Tickets officially go on public sale on 11 August and the huge popularity of the leading man means you’ll need to get in quick if you want to grab yourself a seat.

Royal Academy of Arts – Summer Exhibition

Photo: Royal Acadmey of Arts- Summer Exhibition. Photo supplied by Summer Exhibition 2015

Closing on 16 August, this is your last chance to see the summer 2015 exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. It is the world’s largest open-submission exhibition and the interior is looking absolutely awe-inspiring, thanks to the curator and director Michael Craig-Martin. There are more than 1100 works to experience as you wander through the Academy.

London Craft Beer Festival

Photo: London Craft Beer Festival. Photo supplied by London Craft Beer Festival

Running from 13 until 16 August, the London Craft Beer Festival is a must-visit for foodies and drink connoisseurs as eighteen world-renowned craft brewers come together to show off their finest brews and creations. Over 300 superb beers are brought to Oval Space in Bethnal Green, with breweries such as BrewDog, The Kernel Brewery and other recognisable names from across the UK and Europe serve up their latest creation.

Notting Hill Carnival

Photo: Notting Hill Carnival. Photo supplied by Flickr

The only place to be in London during the August Bank Holiday Weekend, the Notting Hill Carnival is Europe’s biggest street party and is a chance to immerse yourself in a calypso atmosphere with live music, food and much more. Since the 1960s the Notting Hill Carnival has been a main event of the London calendar and it’s on from 30 to 31 August this year, with Sunday recommended as the best bet for a family-friendly experience.


ZEE London Mela

Photo: ZEE London Mela. Photo supplied by London Mela 2015

Another chance to celebrate the diverse culture of London, the ZEE London Mela takes place on 6 September. It is Europe’s largest South Asian festival and has a huge programme of traditional and contemporary live entertainment and traditional Asian culture. It all takes place at Gunnersby Park and there will be the chance to enjoy a huge range of different music and dance styles, as well as plenty of food and a fireworks display to end the celebrations.


Bringing the heart of Deep South barbecue to London, Grillstock celebrates US barbecuing culture as well as the music that comes with it. Taking place in Walthamstow from 5 until 6 September, Grillstock will host a line-up of more than 25 bands and more barbecue competitions than you can shake a stick at as well as plenty of tasty treats to try.

Sure Run to the Beat

Photo: Sure Run to the Beat. Photo supplied by Sure Run to the Beat

For something a little more sporty and worth a watch even if you don’t fancy getting involved, Sure Run to the Beat is a 10k race in Wembley Park and it stands out because the route is lined with DJs and musicians to keep runners feeling motivated and energetic and also keep the crowd entertained too.

London Flower Show

It’s not the Chelsea Flower Show but it is another fantastic chance to enjoy the beautiful gardens and outdoor spaces of the city. From 11 to 13 September, East London garden enthusiasts and those from around the city and beyond flock to the London Flower Show at Victoria Park. Trade stands, garden installations and growing competitions are all included in the floral programme.

20/21 British Art Fair

From 9 until 13 September work from important modern British artists from 20 and 21 centuries goes on sale at the Royal College of Art's British Art Fair. The Fair offers stunning works of art for sale from many recognisable names including Henry Moore, Francis Bacon and David Hockney. Whether you’re in the market for a purchase or not, it is a wonderful way to spend a day exploring some of our finest contemporary artists.


Fabric of India at the V&A

Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum. Photo supplied by Wikipedia

Opening on October 3, the Fabric of India exhibition looks at the sumptuous and intricately-designed textiles of India, Over 200 handmade textiles will be on show including an 18th century sultan’s tent and contemporary fashion by well-known Indian designer Manish Arora. The exhibition also forms the base for several Indian-themed events at the museum.

RHS London Harvest Festival Show

From 6 until 7 October, the Royal Horticulture Society brings together some of the finest British nurseries, growers and independent producers in an annual celebration of the harvest festival. Visitors to the RHS London Harvest Festival Show can come along to admire, taste and even buy the freshest autumn product. There are, of course, growing competitions awarded for the biggest and heaviest fruit and vegetables.

The Crime Museum Uncovered

Photo: Crime Museum Uncovered. Photo supplied by Crime Museum

Up until now, the only way you could have seen artefacts at London's Crime Museum was either if you were a serving police officer or booked an appointment. However, that changes this autumn as the Crime Museum has, for the first time in its existence, agreed to loan some of its exhibits for a public exhibition. From 9 October, the Crime Museum Uncovered exhibition at the Museum of London will give us 'civvies' the chance to see the history of some of the city’s most infamous crimes and many previously unseen police artefacts. Included in the displays will be items from notorious crimes such as the Acid Bath Murders and the Great Train Robbery.

The Rumfest

Photo: The Rumfest. Photo supplied by The Rumfest

Now a London traditional, The Rumfest is back for a ninth year and is, once again, one that all foodies out there must consider attending. From 17 to 18 October, the Event showcases over 400 blends of fine rum from around the world. There will be tasting sessions, masterclasses, seminars and drinks mixing and cocktail making sessions to enjoy. Alongside the rum, there will be plenty of opportunities to taste and try Caribbean cuisine and enjoy the carnival atmosphere.

London Literature Festival

Running from 1 until 12 October, London Literature Festival is a celebration of the written and spoken word. The Southbank is its HQ and there will be a wide array of fantastic world class literature, spoken word performances, new collaborations and talks from recognisable authors to enjoy. Confirmed speakers include Terry Gilliam and Matt Haig.

This is just a small example of everything London has to offer over the next three months and there is truly something for everyone, giving you more opportunities than simply seeing the sights.

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