What to do in London this August

Film4 Summer Screen
Each summer the Somerset House transforms itself for its popular Open Air Film Season. Offering (among other cool events) a wide range of films over 14 nights.
When: From 8th to 21st of August 2013
To access the entire program and for more information click here

Camden Fringe
The Camden Fringe is back at the Camden People’s Theatre for its 8th year, this summer with an amazing programme that includes dance, theatre, comedy, poetry and so much more.
When: Until 25th of August 2013
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West Side Story
This original Broadway classic returns to Sadler’s Well Theatre In August. Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the West Side Story changed the face of musical theatre forever.
When: from 7th of August to 22nd of September 2013, at Sadler’s Well Theatre.
Click here, for more information about the story and to book tickets.

FA Community Shield
The winners of the FA Cup take on the Premier League Champions at the Wembley Stadium this summer.  
When: Sunday 11th of August 2013
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The Great British Beer Festival
This hugely popular beer festival, takes place at the London Olympia Exhibition Centre every year in August, a celebration of the nation’s drink. Hundreds of ales, ciders, perries and lagers, this event attracts over 66,000 people from all over the world each year. You will see experts who are there to taste specialist beers as well as people who just want to discover new beers with their friends! It also features plenty of fun activities including traditional pub games, live music and hearty traditional pub snacks to soak it all up.
When: from 13th to 17th of August 2013
To book your tickets and for more information about this event, click here

England v Scotland
As part of The FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations, the two football rivals, England and Scotland, come head to head once again at Wembley Stadium.
When: 14th of August  2013
Click here for more information about this match.

Kids Week
Theatres around London (over 30 shows) will be offering free places for children from 5 to 16 years old (as long as an adult pays full price) so hurry up in book your tickets because the most popular show sell out rather quickly! Furthermore, children get access to backstage, participate in workshops, dabble with make-up and even get dance lesson as part of the activity packages.
When: Until 31st of August 2013 in theatres in the West End.
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Buckingham Palace Summer Opening
The Buckingham Palace opens its doors to visitors who will be able to discover the 19th State and its magnificent rooms. They will also be able access the Royal Exhibition which includes Her Majesty’s magnificent Coronation Dress and Coronation Robe.
When: Until 29th of September 2013
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Lollibop Festival
The Lollibop Festival has been the biggest UK’s festival for kids over the last 4 years.  This festival (also known as “the big bash for little people”) delights the under 10’s -and their families- thanks to its numerous interactive activities.
When: 16th, 17th and 18th of August 2013, at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
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Film4 Frightfest
The Empire Leicester Square hosts once again the “Home of Horror” featuring 4 days of horror films screenings If you like thrillers and horror films, this festival is for you!
When: from 22nd to 26th of August 2013, at the Empire Leicester Square.
For more information and to access the full programme, click here

RFL Challenge Cup Final
One of the most prestigious matches in the rugby world league comes to the Wembley Stadium this August, a fantastic chance to visit this breathtaking stadium and watch a great game.  
When: 24th August 2013
To book your tickets and for more information about this match, click here

South West Four Weekender
The UK’s premiere Inner City Dance Festival. This Bank Holiday Weekend promises spectacular performances and the world’s greatest electronic artists descending on Clapham Common, South West London.
When: 25th and 26th August 2013
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Notting Hill Carnival
Since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival (originally for homesick Caribbean’s, now  evolved into Europe’s biggest street party!) The Carnival brings a contagious Caribbean’s spirit that include extravagantly costumed dancers, Calypso and Soca musicians, giant sound systems, steel bands and great street food on a fun day out.
When: 25th and 26th August 2013
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Portobello Film Festival
The Portobello Film Festival since 1966, gives new film makers a chance to be on screen and to get their films seen! This festival also features the annual premières of short films, documentaries and animation films, lots of interesting talks and workshops with top film directors. Various venues around Notting Hill.
This year the theme is: “Rock and Roll Cinema and Art”.
When: From 28th August to 15th September 2013
For information about this festival, click here