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August Highlights

Forget any plans you had for August, unless they involved the many brilliant events, festivals and cultural happenings we’ve rounded-up below. There’s plenty going on to keep you entertained. Make sure you hit a music festival or two (or more) in August, and take advantage of the sunshine by getting involved in some outdoor events and eating at one of London’s best rooftop restaurants. And don’t forget that welcome bank holiday at the end of the month. Here’s the very best of London during August.

Notting Hill Carnival Join London’s biggest street party as the Notting Hill Carnival fills the streets of west London with Caribbean colours, music and flavours.

Watch elaborate floats and colourful costumed performers wind their way through the streets in the carnival parade, dance to the sound of steel bands and calypso music, and visit the tempting food stalls along the route.If you’re new to the carnival, take a look at our 10 tips for Notting Hill Carnival to find out how to make the most of your day25 & 26 August

15 Beautiful Beaches Near London For A Seaside Day Trip – Looking for a sunny getaway, but can’t afford the flight? Beach, please! There are stunning beaches within two hours of London, so grab your flip flops and sunnies for a day trip to one of these beauties. (For a swim in the city, check out our guide to London’s best lidos.)Event Website: www.southbankcentre.co.uk.

London Bar Bus– This Open Top Bus Tour Doubles Up As A Gorgeous Floral Bar. Sightseeing bus tour company, The Original Tour, have branched out into the booze bizz, launching the first ever London Bar Bus.Perfect for locals and tourists alike, the London Bar Bus is a dreamy alfresco drinking spot – combining the city’s best bits with a gorgeous, floral “roof” terrace.Hop on board and drive past London’s most iconic sites, including Tower Bridge and the River Thames, with the wind in your hair and a drink in your hand. Does it get any better than that? As well as boasting incredible panoramic views of London, the immediate setting is also pretty neat. Designed to look like a blooming summer garden, the bus’ top deck will be kitted out with festival-style lighting and seasonal floral arrangements.

The Secret London Guide To The Globe– For some 500 years, London has been a thriving hotbed of theatre, filling the playhouses with the work of playwrights new and old. In terms of sheer spectacle though, nowhere can best The Globe, the stunning replica of an Elizabethan playhouse that premiered many of Shakespeare’s best-loved works. Famed for their outdoor performances of The Bard’s classics, an evening at The Globe is a theatrical experience like no other.

Bateaux London– Bateaux London’s fleet includes two handsome boats, River Room and Glass Room, specially designed for dining and celebrating on the water. With an experienced captain at the helm, our boats sail daily for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. You can also arrange to hire a room or the whole boat for your event. River views come as standard on every sailing.