Ah, August. It’s either going to be boiling hot, humid, and full of complainers; or rainy, chilly, and full of complainers. Either way, hang on to your hats, because it’s going to get complain-y up in here. Also hang on to your hats because it might be windy. It is August, after all, and therefore unpredictable.
But this month isn’t all unpredictability and moaning. We’ve listed a few of our picks of the most exciting things happening in London this month:
Exciting Thing No.1: Slide the City
Some utter geniuses are turning the ramp from Wembley Stadium down to Olympic way into a giant slip ‘n’ slide on August 22nd. I’m really not sure there’s much else to say on this one. It’s a giant, inflatable water slide. It’ll either be a refreshing thing to do on a hot day, or the kind of thing where you’ve already been rained on so it really doesn’t matter any more. One thing is for certain – make sure your swimming costume is the type that will stay up under sliding-based forces, because spectators go free.
Exciting Thing No.2: Great British Beer Festival
Taking place in Olympia from 11th– 15th August, the Great British Beer Festival is a must-visit. You know, if you like beer. Or if you have someone in your life who does like beer and who needs shutting up for a while. It’s presented by CAMRA so, for the people who are genuinely interested, you know they’ll know their stuff. There’s also a hat day (13th) for those who are less interested in actual beer drinking. Basically there is something for everyone. That is everyone except for the teetotal anti-hat lobby.
Exciting Thing No.3: Kids Week
Winning the ‘spectacularly bad maths’ award (which I just made up) this month is Kids Week, which stretches for the full 31 days of August. Basically, kids go free to a variety of London shows. This is fantastic for parents, considering that it can now cost the equivalent of a small, quite-banged-up second hand car to go to the theatre. It’s also a good thing to bear in mind for adults who aren’t so keen on other peoples’ darling little ones. On the one hand, there may be a lot of them at some shows. On the other hand, you’re more likely to be able to see over the rest of the audience’s heads. So, swings and roundabouts.
Exciting Thing No. 4: London Triathlon
General entry to this closed a while ago. More fun than entering, however, is going down to watch, which you can do on the 8th and 9th of August. I say this as a person who cries with very little encouragement when people do difficult things for charities. And, if that’s not quite your bag, there’s also the ‘fit people in lycra’ factor. Which is one of the best factors.
Exciting Thing No. 5: Summer Screen at Somerset House
Tickets to a lot of these events (between 6th – 19th August) sold out a while ago, but there are still some going for a few of the films, as well as some of the ‘Behind The Screen’ events. And, let’s face it, it’s really the kind of event where you mainly just want to be able to say you’ve been. I’m planning on watching some of the films in the comfort of my own home, and then if anyone asks I’ll just say “oh, yeah. I was there, but it was just so packed – which I know, because I was totally there – that I couldn’t find you in the crowd – which was definitely there because so was I.” But that’s just me.
And that’s August. Obviously there’s tons more stuff happening that I haven’t mentioned, so feel free to let me know if there’s anything you think should have come up. Other shoutouts go to The Edinburgh Fringe, for taking away 90% of London’s comedians for the entire month of August, and also The Great British Bakeoff, which returns to our screens this month to give everyone cravings for cakes with hilarious names that nobody has ever heard of before. Oh, and barbecues. Presumably, whatever the weather, there will be barbecues.
What are you getting up to this month? Is there anything else you think we should know about?