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With residents migrating to palm shaded beach resorts, there’s a well-entrenched assumption that big cities close shop and turn into desolate wastelands once August strikes. Well, this could not be further from the truth of London. The British capital defiantly bucks the trend by firing up a host of festivals, carnivals and activities to cater for all tastes and ages.

This August, London has once again laid out a full repertoire of exciting events, ranging from the world-famous Notting Hill Carnival (the largest street festival in Europe), to Film4’s open air cinema, to the acclaimed BBC Proms; making a visit almost mandatory.

 

London Notting Hill

London Notting Hill

 

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London in August delivers colour and culture

 

And it’s not just colourful samba parades and music festivals. London’s more traditional cultural delights also deliver August specialties. During the month of August, HRH Queen Elizabeth vacates Buckingham Palace and heads north to Balmoral Castle in Scotland. This means that the Palace’s doors are swung open to allow curious visitors to explore the majestic State Rooms and other special exhibitions, getting a much better feel of regal life.

London Buckingham Palace

London Buckingham Palace

 

Away from the pageantry, the theatres of the West End entice families with free entrance for youngsters during ‘Kids Week’. There is a wide variety of musicals, comedies and plays taking place during throughout the weeks, what’s more, some participating theatres also hold a number of special activities such as Q&As, behind-the-scenes tours, and workshops – who knows maybe future stardom awaits.

 

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Harry Potter studios, Madame Tussauds, and much more…

 

Other favourite sites also remain eager to welcome summer travellers. Why not head down to Warner Brother’s Harry Potter studios and rediscover the magic of Hogwarts. Or meet dozens of life-like celebrities at Madame Tussauds. Or the dizzying number of museums and galleries – most notably the British Museum (free entry), the National Portrait gallery (free entry), the Natural History Museum.

Harry Potter Studios

Harry Potter studios London

 

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Words: Jeremy Sacramento