Things to do in London in August 2019

The ianVisits guide to August's unusual events, tours, lectures and exhibitions happening around London.


Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Thursday 1st August

Monthly late night opening at the modernist HQ of the ancient Royal College Of Physicians.
5:30pm to 8pm
 
Camden
Museum Lates at the Royal College Of Physicians

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Friday 2nd August

This talk will present the team who designed and built Agar Grove Phase 1a, this year’s Overall Winner of the New London Awards 2019.
8:30am to 9:30am
 
Agar Grove Phase 1a – New London Awards 2019 Overall Winner
The Archbishop's garden is open for a few hours each month between April and September.
12pm to 3pm
 
Southwark
Monthly opening of Lambeth Palace Garden
Explore American nuclear testing and protest, and the meanings of the Mayflower, 1620-2020
12:30pm to 1:30pm
 
Camden
Ruth Selman, Principal Early Modern Records Specialist, will explore the wills left by musical luminaries including Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel, between the 16th and 18th centuries.
2pm to 3:30pm
 
Richmond
Composing Wills: Legacies of Early Modern Musicians

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Saturday 3rd August

A delightful old barn now packed full of "clutter" that's oddly enjoyable to visit.
10:30am to 4pm
 
Upminster
 Occasional open day at the Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia
Come along and meet the firefighters at our open day.
11am to 3pm
 
Bethnal Green
Bethnal Green fire station open day 2019
This guided walk will tell the story of these lost and often long-forgotten graveyards, taking in a circular route around Southwark and finishing up back at Southwark Cathedral.
1pm to 2:30pm
 
Southwark
Southwark's Lost Burial Grounds
Talk by Carmine Pariante on connecting to modern day mechanisms of disease, and understanding the advances being made today.
2pm to 3pm
 
Beckenham
Monthly open day at one of London's more curious and delightful museums, devoted to the history of the sewing machine.
2pm to 5pm
 
Tooting

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Sunday 4th August

A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
11am to 5pm
 
Southwark
Occasional open day at the heritage windmill in Croydon.
12pm to 5pm
 
Croydon
Shirley Windmill open day
Monthly(ish) open days at 250 acres of the estate originally laid out by Capability Brown.
1pm to 5pm
 
Reigate
Gatton Park monthly open day

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Monday 5th August

In this talk, Marshall will talk through his experiences of the Flat Earth movement, take a look at the leaders and some of their reasoning, and report back from the weekend he spent at the UK’s first ever Flat Earth convention.
7:30pm to :
 
Camden

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Tuesday 6th August

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Wednesday 7th August

Author Chris Naunton describes the quest for the great ‘missing’ tombs – those we know existed, but which have not yet been identified
6:30pm to :
 
Hampstead
Chris Naunton - Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt

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Thursday 8th August

This Thursday, at around 11:35am marks the 50th anniversary of the famous photo session of the Beetles walking over the zebra crossing.
11:35am to :
 
St John's Wood
The Beatles' Abbey Road 50th Anniversary
Four late night openings of the Cathedral for visitors.
5pm to 6pm
 
City of London
Summer Lates at St Paul's Cathedral
This talk will explore folkloric plant concepts, a tale or two will be told & there may well be some singing.
8pm to 10pm
 
Southwark

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Friday 9th August

This talk by Overseas Records Specialist Dr Juliette Desplat will look beyond hero worship, at lesser known aspects of Lawrence’s war – and some of his failures.
2pm to 3:30pm
 
Richmond
Lawrence, of Arabia and Beyond

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Saturday 10th August

See a collection of steam traction engines big and small on display and moving around North Weald station. Steam and Diesel train services too
All Day
 
Vintage Steam Weekend
Monthly opening of the only surviving windmill in inner London.
10am to 4pm
 
Brixton
Brixton Windmill monthly open weekend

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Sunday 11th August

See a collection of steam traction engines big and small on display and moving around North Weald station. Steam and Diesel train services too
All Day
 
Vintage Steam Weekend
Monthly opening of the only surviving windmill in inner London.
10am to 4pm
 
Brixton
Brixton Windmill monthly open weekend
Capturing the atmosphere of a Brooklands race day, the new style Brooklands Relived sees us take a step back in time to the heyday of the track.
11am to 5pm
 
Weybridge
Brooklands Relived
Open day at a restored and working water mill.
2pm to 5pm
 
Weybridge
Monthly open day at Cobham Mill

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Monday 12th August

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the brightest and most active meteor showers in the year.
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Annual inspection of a mausoleum in Sutton as part of an ancient bequest.
1pm to 2pm
 
Sutton
Mary Gibson's Mausoleum Inspection

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Tuesday 13th August

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the brightest and most active meteor showers in the year.
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Lisa Drewe, author of Islandeering, will take us on a unique adventure around the outer edge of the UK's 50 most spectacular islands.
7pm to 8:15pm
 
Soho
Islandeering by Lisa Drewe
Speakers include Jacqueline Riding, historian for Mike Leigh’s film Peterloo, and George Hay, records specialist at The National Archives.
7:30pm to 9pm
 
Richmond
The Peterloo Massacre at 200

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Wednesday 14th August

Join Olivia Squire and India Dowley of Suitcase Magazine as they share their expertise in travel writing through an editorial lens.
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
Southwark
A lesson in travel writing with Suitcase Magazine
Paul Wood (author of the bestselling London’s Street Trees) takes us on six forest trails that lead from London’s edgelands to the centre.
6:30pm to :
 
Hampstead
Paul Wood - London is a Forest

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Thursday 15th August

Four late night openings of the Cathedral for visitors.
5pm to 6pm
 
City of London
Summer Lates at St Paul's Cathedral
A chance to go into the normally private gardens in the medieval monastery by the Barbican
5:30pm to 8:30pm
 
Clerkenwell
Monthly opening of the Charterhouse's gardens
Do you know the connection between Polari and Southbank Centre? Or how 6,000 people celebrated the Marriage Act here in 2014?
6pm to 7pm
 
Southwark
William and Jonathan will be discussing all things shooting – from what to take with you on your first shoot and the etiquette and history of the sport to what food best to keep you fuelled throughout the day.
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
New Oxford Street
Fortnum's And William & Son Present: The Art Of The Shoot
A talk by the author on a book about the UK's lighthouses
6:30pm to :
 
Hampstead
Tom Nancollas - Seashaken Houses
Join Professor Curry as she demonstrates the fascinating insights revealed by a project, now on the verge of completion, to create an online calendar of the rolls.
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
Richmond
Writs of passage: medieval Anglo-French relations though the Gascon rolls

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Friday 16th August

Dagmar Hovestädt – Head of Press at the Stasi Records Archive – explores this controversial corner of history and just how the Stasi Archive manages its wealth of top secret material never meant for public eyes.
2pm to 3:30pm
 
Richmond
The legacy of secrecy: experiences from the Stasi Records Archive
A range of at least 15 different rums to taste on board the replica Golden Hinde ship.
6:30pm to 9pm
 
Southwark
National Rum Day Rum Tasting
Dani Trew will speak about her role as Assistant Curator in the Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department at the V&A, with particular responsibility for the Fashion Gallery.
6:30pm to 8pm
 
South Kensington
Join us in The Regent’s Park for a moth talk and trapping session with expert Tim Freed.
Starts at 8:45pm
 
Camden

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Saturday 17th August

Join us in The Regent’s Park for a moth talk and trapping session with expert Tim Freed.
10am to 12pm
 
Camden
A delightful old barn now packed full of "clutter" that's oddly enjoyable to visit.
10:30am to 4pm
 
Upminster
 Occasional open day at the Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia
Waterloo Classics is a monthly classic car show/meet in central London.
12pm to 4pm
 
Southwark
Monthly Waterloo Classic car display

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Sunday 18th August

Monthly tours of the City of London Cemetery & Crematorium
Starts at 10am
 
Manor Park
Cemetery heritage walks
Open day at one of the largest surviving historic estates in Surrey.
1pm to 5pm
 
Manor Park
Titsey Place Gardens Open Day
A note that a steam train will leave King's Cross station in the morning, returning in the evening.
4pm to 5pm
 

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Monday 19th August

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Tuesday 20th August

Do you know the name of the – UK's highest mountain? Or in what year the euro was introduced as legal l tender? Pit your wits against the toughest travel quiz to date.
6pm to 7:30pm
 
Soho
The Ultimate Travel Quiz with Lonely Planet

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Wednesday 21st August

How close are we to swapping our GPs for AI's? Join our panel discussion that looks at the ethics of AI-driven healthcare.
7:45pm to :
 
Barbican
The AI will see you now
Let’s do the Time Warp again at an outdoor screening of the cult musical film starring Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon.
8:30pm to :
 
Southwark
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Thursday 22nd August

Four late night openings of the Cathedral for visitors.
5pm to 6pm
 
City of London
Summer Lates at St Paul's Cathedral
A screening, marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, of the BBC drama-documentary about the run-up to the night of queer protest.
6:30pm to :
 
Barbican
Heat of the Moment: Stonewall (15) + intro

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Friday 23rd August

£5.50
Join Lee Valley Regional Park staff and the Essex Bat Group for an evening dedicated to these fascinating animals.
7:30pm to 10pm
 
Waltham Abbey
Go Batty!

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Saturday 24th August

The Festival offers fun to all who love spending time by the water and over 100 boats are expected to attend the event.
10am to 6pm
 
Waltham Abbey
IWA Festival of Water
Rummage through a selection of salvaged treasures from over 30 handpicked vintage traders.
11am to 6pm
 
Stoke Newington
Hackney Flea Market
The free day out will feature all the fun and games usually found back in the 19th century – including tightrope walkers, strong men and stilt walkers.
2pm to 7pm
 
Kennington

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Sunday 25th August

A note that the famous Flying Scotsman steam train will be passing through West London.
All Day
 
The Festival offers fun to all who love spending time by the water and over 100 boats are expected to attend the event.
10am to 6pm
 
Waltham Abbey
IWA Festival of Water
A monthly open day at a quirky transport museum housed in an old water pumping building.
10am to 4pm
 
Enfield Town
Monthly open day at a Transport Museum
An opportunity to have a look at the buildings and engines, to take in the exhibition and learn something of the Victorian sewer system.
10:30am to 4pm
 
Abbey Wood
Crossness Engines open day
Rummage through a selection of salvaged treasures from over 30 handpicked vintage traders.
11am to 6pm
 
Stoke Newington
Hackney Flea Market
A rare opportunity to visit the Claremont's island by boat, full of mysterious hideaways and historical importance.
11am to 4pm
 
Esher
Monthly open day at a site of an important railway wildlife reserve.
1pm to 5pm
 
Forest Hill
Discover the history of the building and climb the 135 stairs for the best view of Hackney.
2pm to 4:30pm
 
Hackney

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Monday 26th August

The Festival offers fun to all who love spending time by the water and over 100 boats are expected to attend the event.
10am to 3pm
 
Waltham Abbey
IWA Festival of Water
Over 150 stalls, children's activities, local craft, interactive demonstrations, farmers' market, etc.
10:30am to 8pm
 
Carshalton
Semi-regular days where they fire up a Victorian steam engine.
12:30pm to 4:30pm
 
South Tottenham
Open day at a Victorian steam pump
17th Century Renaissance walled gardens on the outskirts of Harefield Village, next to the beautiful medieval church of St Mary's and Anzac war cemetery.
2pm to 5pm
 
Denham
Church Gardens open day

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Tuesday 27th August

Visit three beautiful courtrooms and explore the building's extensive artwork collection.
9:30am to 4:30pm
 
Pimlico
Open Days at the Supreme Court
To celebrate Prince Albert’s 200th birthday at the end of August, join a tour of the Albert Memorial which will take you beyond the railings.
Starts at 10:30am
 
Paddington

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Wednesday 28th August

Visit three beautiful courtrooms and explore the building's extensive artwork collection.
9:30am to 4:30pm
 
Pimlico
Open Days at the Supreme Court
The celebrated panel of gardening experts tackle questions put to them by local gardening enthusiasts
5:30pm to 8:30pm
 
Camden
At the Science Museum’s August Lates, visitors can catch a unique glimpse into the AI-driven tech that could shape the habits, behaviour and society of tomorrow.
6:45pm to 10pm
 
South Kensington
A panel of authors and journalists come together to discuss the disturbing re-emergence of scientific research into racial differences.
7:30pm to 9pm
 
South Kensington
What does race science look like in the 21st century?
An illustrated talk by John Phillips exploring the life of John, Lord Lumley, a remarkable and largely forgotten Elizabethan.
7:30pm to 8:30pm
 
Cheam
John, Lord Lumley, Nonsuch Palace and His World

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Thursday 29th August

Four late night openings of the Cathedral for visitors.
5pm to 6pm
 
City of London
Summer Lates at St Paul's Cathedral

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Friday 30th August

Late night opening at the Natural History Museum, with events and tours.
6pm to 10pm
 
South Kensington

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Saturday 31st August

Visit the c.1397 Grade 2 listed ‘threshing’ barn, over 100ft x 40ft in size, with a fine crownpost roof.
10:45am to 1pm
 
Rickmansworth
Each open day will be individual to the station, but there will be a fire engine on display for everyone to have a good look at, and may be even get in!
11am to 4pm
 
Barkingside
Hainault fire station open day
Annual Asian culture and food festival in Southall.
1pm to 8pm
 
Southall
Screening of 1986 BBC documentary ‘The Beyond Within’ which explores the mystical drug, LSD.
2pm to 3pm
 
Beckenham

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