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Summer is well and truly on a roll and August is soon to be in full bloom, but with so many top things to do in London in August it can be tricky to whittle it down to the things that are truly worth your time. Here are our top picks, from gliding down the canal on a canoe in Hackney Wick to celebrating Black-owned businesses at the Black-owned Hackney Night Market.

(WA = Wheelchair Accessible)

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Hit up the colourful Notting Hill Carnival

One of the top things to do in London in August is undoubtedly Notting Hill Carnival. This vibrant outdoor festival first took place in the streets of Notting Hill back in the mid-1960s as a way to unify the local community after racially motivated attacks took place directed at the West Indian residents of the borough. These days, it’s one of the biggest celebrations around the world consisting of booming sound systems, flamboyant masqueraders, delicious street food and much more.

Notting Hill Carnival | WA | Notting Hill | Last Sunday of August

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Hire a canoe or SUP in Hackney Wick at Milk Float

Hire a stand up paddle board or canoe and take to the waters of Hackney Wick to cool off this August. It’s located on the Milk Float boat next to Barge East, a great place to grab a bite to eat post-canoe. Enjoy gliding down the canal and watch as the vibrant hustle and bustle of Hackney Wick ticks on. You can even swing by Alfred Le Roy, a cocktail bar moored along the canal outside CRATE brewery, where you can grab a drink without having to disembark.

The Milk Float | Hackney | Weekends only

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Sip on the best brews at The London Craft Beer Festival

The London Craft Beer Festival returns for its 10th year anniversary, and this year they’re going all out. You can expect a bunch of the best breweries from the past ten years, as well as a handful of the top new ones serving cold, refreshing pints throughout the day. There will also be some of the city’s best chefs serving mouth watering street food alongside a DJ spinning the freshest tracks.

The London Craft Beer Festival | WA | Tobacco Dock | 12th – 13th of August 2022

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Eat your way around Hampton Court Palace Food Festival

Foodies rejoice for a summer celebration of all things food and drink at the stunning Hampton Court Palace. Enjoy some of the city’s best street food, from sweet treats like churros and gelato to savoury delights like duck wraps and crispy calamari. Chow down on your choice of food to the sound of a live band with the Historic Royal Palace as your regal backdrop. When your belly is full take a stroll around the stalls of artisan producers and hit up one of the mixologist masterclass or cooking tutorials.

Hampton Court Palace Food Festival | WA | Hampton Palace | 27th – 29th August 2022

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Celebrate Black-owned businesses at the Black-owned Hackney Night Market

Next up on the list of top things to do in London in August is The Black-owned Hackney Night Market, located opposite Hackney Central Station. The collaboration between BlackEatsLDN and Bohemia Place Markets is bringing a vibrant marketplace to the streets of Hackney as a place to champion Black-owned businesses, from street food and artisan goods to drinks and more. This year, it’s taking place twice throughout August and is not one to be missed.

Black-owned Hackney Market | Hackney | Fridays and weekends of August

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Embrace natural light at Summer Lights at Canary Wharf

This is one for the design aficionados. Although the Summer Lights at Canary Wharf event actually started in June, a final couple of dates are taking place in August, so if you want to catch this epic ode to natural light, you’ve only got until the 20th of August to do so. The festival is a celebration of light and the long summer days that we get to enjoy every year. Six permanent installations and 11 temporary installations have been intricately designed and enhanced by gleaming natural light all around Canary Wharf. Expect all kinds of artworks, from kaleidoscopic designs inspired by the colours of the Pride flag to beautiful hand-blown glass structures.

Summer Lights | WA | Canary Wharf | 21st of  June – 20th of August 2022

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Dance at All Points East in Victoria Park

You can’t visit London during the summer months and not go to at least one music festival, and from around May to September the city is thrum with all kinds of vibrant festivals, including All Points East. This East London festival has an awesome lineup of artists this year, from Gorillaz and Idles to The Chemical Brothers and Peggy Gou. It’s also an excellent chance to dance the day away in the leafy Victoria Park, one of London’s lushest green spaces.

All Points East | WA | Victoria Park | Specific dates at the end of the month

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Swim in one of London’s lidos

As soon as summer hits people flock to the lidos of London as a refreshing way to cool off from the city heat, and with so many dotted around the city, you’re bound to be staying close to one. A few local favourites include London Fields Lido (WA), Brockwell Lido (WA), Charlton Lido (WA), Tooting Bec Lido (WA), and many more. If you prefer a spot of outdoor swimming then Hampstead Heath Ponds (WA) are also a great choice, with female, male and mixed ponds to choose from.

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If you head along to any of these top things to do in London in August, be sure to tag us @loveandlondon, we love to see you exploring the city!

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Jessica Dellow

Jessica Dellow is an East Londoner who loves to travel the world and eat her way around the city. When she's not eating, cooking or hanging out in the local pub, you’ll probably find her walking one of her BorrowMyDoggy dogs in Victoria Park with a coffee in hand.

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